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Vladimiras Laučius. What actually shames Lithuania in two elections

On the day when campaigning was banned in not only the municipal, but also presidential and European Parliament elections, president Dalia Grybauskaitė lashed out against candidate Saulius Skvernelis over his supposed “international shame.”

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Seimas opposition groups agree on opposition leader

The Seimas opposition parties – Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD), Liberal Movement (LRLS) and Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) – have agreed on an opposition leader.

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A riddle awaits Karbauskis prior to the Seimas elections

Based on the ruling parties’ results in the municipal elections, we can predict their potential results in the Seimas elections.

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Lithuania defended its dissertation

It comes as no surprise that the European Court of Human Rights ruling in the so-called Drėlingas case has so far met with little public attention. This always happens when major events occur. Their scale takes time to emerge, Bernardas Gailius writes on lzinios.lt.

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Unsolved presidential election mystery: who will Matijošaitis‘ votes go to?

A February Spinter Tyrimai poll showed that if the presidential elections were held this coming Sunday, Lithuanians would send Gitanas Nausėda and Ingrida Šimonytė to the second round, while Saulius Skvernelis would be left out. That said, the ratings list no longer features Visvaldas Matijošaitis, who declared in February that he will not run for president. The question is – where did the support of the Kaunas mayor’s sympathisers go?

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After Strasbourg Court conclusion, MEP urges Amazon to treat Soviet symbols like Nazi’s

Last week European Court of Human Rights officially recognized that the crimes of Soviet soldiers against Lithuanian partisans for their resistance against the oppressive regime are considered as a genocide in Lithuania. Following the Court’s decision, MEP Antanas Guoga in the official letter urges Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to treat goods with Soviet symbols equally to the Nazi ones and discontinue sale of them on the popular online platform, a press release from the MEP's office states.

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I. Šimonyte. A few insights in the aftermath of municipal elections

After the first round of municipal council elections there was a large discussion who has won and how the results should be treated. We heard the traditional party funeral melodies, though counting the joint result of the election committees is as logical as counting the joint parties result, not to mention the origin of many of the most popular committees. The democratic deficit in a local self-government has also been widely commented, seeing that long-standing mayors have strengthened their positions not only because of the work done, but also because of the available administrative resources, which are likely to be a barrier for any change in the municipality, a press release from Ingrida Šimonytė‘s press office reads.

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PM considers China as most important trading partner in Asia

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday that Lithuania attaches great importance to constructive relations and practical cooperation with China.

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Vidas Rachlevičius. Presidential elections: let’s not pose nonsensical questions to the candidates

Lithuania, as if a hopeless romantic and naïve person constantly lives in cycles of constant waiting, disappointment and new hope. We are now at the starting phase of a new cycle – the presidential elections.

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Banks make record profits: does Lithuania benefit from this?

Last year, bank profits were the largest since 2007 and their incomes were built by loan interest payments. Is the Lithuanian banking system stable and do the citizens actually receive the best possible services? Bank Association president Mantas Zalatorius and Seimas Budget and Finance Committee chairman Stasys Jakeliūnas discussed this on Delfi Diena.

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Grey zone around parties contracts: voters’ views become clearer

The Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) and the Lithuanian Farmer and Greens Union (LVŽS) remain at the top of party ratings, the most recent Spinter Tyrimai survey shows.

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Conservatives: lies spread by the ruling coalition about the construction of the Astravyets NPP must be prevented

When answering the question on the letter of Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis to the Belarusian Prime Minister, Foreign Affairs Minister Linas Linkevičius said the untruth that the decision to build the Bielorusskaja AES in the Astravyets district was allegedly adopted at the end of 2008, a press release from the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats states.

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Wellness start-up Urban establishes development office in Lithuania

Urban was founded in 2014 by Jack Tang and Giles Williams to provide easy and affordable access to wellness, so people can live happier and healthier every day, a press release from Invest Lithuania states.

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Wind from the East at the rostrum of the Seimas

Some Signatories to the Act of Independence were struck by the wind from the East several decades ago. Unfortunately, the damage is irreversible. Some of them wanted to wait a moment for something and refrain from ‘irritating’ the greater power on that fatal day of 11 March 1990. Witnesses say that Egidijus Bičkauskas also marked time for some reason. Anyway, that was long ago. However, it seems that the wind from the East (in other words the wind from the Kremlin) is seeping through Mr Bičkauskas’ grey raincoat today, too. The wind is so strong that it confuses not only his legs, but also his thoughts.

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Profits in Lithuanian banking sector highest since 2007

Lithuanian banks and branches of foreign banks in Lithuania earned almost 358 million euros (406 million U.S. dollars) in net profits in aggregate last year, the most since 2007, announced the country's central bank on Tuesday.

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Mažvydas Jastramskis. Why did the “Farmers” lose? Municipal election evaluation

The municipal elections brought on few surprises.

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Alternative lending in Baltics is taking market share from traditional banks and credit unions

In the ever-growing European alternative finance market, Lithuania - together with other Baltic countries - shows peculiarly favourable results among the crowdlending operators.

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Global supplier to mobility industry to open shared service centre in Lithuania

Dana Incorporated, a world leader in highly engineered solutions for improving the efficiency, performance, and sustainability of powered vehicles and machinery, will be opening a new global shared service center in Vilnius, Lithuania. The center will employ approximately 100 people in a variety of finance and accounting positions and provide intercompany support to Dana operations in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, ltaly, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, a press release from Invest Lithuania states.

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Vilnius Airport cinema hall presents a new short film program for families

Film Spot LT – a unique cinema hall at Vilnius Airport presents an updated film program for families. Starting today, two new film programs will be screened at Film Spot LT, which is the first and only airport cinema hall in the Central and Eastern Europe. The cinema hall, which is located next to the Gate 2, operates free of charge and welcomes all passengers of Vilnius Airport to spend time before their flight watching Lithuanian films, a press release from Lithuanian Film Centre states.

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Ramūnas Bogdanas. Invertebrate formations in municipal rule

It is time to get used to electoral committees – we have lived through a full term of municipal rule with them after all.

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