Latest news in English from and about Lithuania

Rising Covid-19 cases overwhelm contact-tracing capabilities in Vilnius

Lithuania’s National Public Health Centre (NVSC) has urged people in Vilnius to self-isolate and trace their close contacts as soon as testing positive for Covid-19.

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Coronavirus update: Lithuania confirms 480 cases over weekend

Lithuania’s health authorities confirmed 228 cases on Saturday and 252 on Sunday.

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Lithuanian immigrant song from post-war New York. White Shroud by Antanas Škėma

LRT English presents a series of articles about seminal works by Lithuanian authors – all of them are available in English.

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One in 3 Lithuanians feels anxious about money

Thirty-nine percent of Lithuanians feel anxious about their finances every day, which adversely affects that relations with family members and their health and productivity at work, the latest survey has found.

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Two Lithuanians remanded in custody for Belarus woman’s murder in Limassol

… for eight days two young Lithuanian suspects in connection with the …

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Nostalgia trip down the Nemunas river: legendary ship makes a fleeting comeback

This summer, around 5,000 people used an opportunity to travel from Kaunas to Nida on a revived Soviet-built hydrofoil ship Raketa (Rocket). Despite the successful season, the owners spent most of the proceeds on maintenance and said it was unclear if the ship would sail next year.

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“Farmer” dream coalition: reining in a “spineless” V. Uspaskich and crushing the Conservatives

The Lithuanian Farmer and Greens Union’s (LVŽS) leaders are hopeful for a left-wing coalition despite how it wasn’t they who earned the most trust from voters and how in the second round of the Seimas elections, there will be far more right wing party candidates in the running. The “Farmers” are firmly attributing the Labour Party to the left despite its leader Viktor Uspaskich manoeuvring and saying that he would gladly also work in the opposition and also congratulates the Freedom Party with its success. Do the leftist powers seeking to form a coalition even need a “Labour” crutch? Perhaps the LVŽS’ desire to form a coalition is a pipe dream? What could the “Farmers” do in order to make it into a reality?

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Simonyte: key budget issue is what to do with borrowed money

The key question related to Lithuania's next year budget is what will be done with borrowed money and EU funds, says Ingrida Simonyte, leading the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats' candidate list in the parliament election.

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Minsk-Vilnius relations continue to worsen: what changes will a new minister bring?

With the start of mass protests in Belarus, Lithuania took on a loud and clear position directed against Alexander Lukashenko. More than two months later, Lithuania’s proposals for resolving the crisis have not been heeded, new sanctions have been imposed and the number of diplomats has been reduced. The next head of the Lithuanian diplomatic corps who will replace Linas Linkevičius could soften the tone of conversation, but could we expect breakthroughs in policy?

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Lithuanian student in Yale: it made me rethink my personal experiences

Gintarė Venzlauskaitė, a researcher at KTU Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, who has recently obtained her PhD at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, today is already a thousand miles away. Dr Venzlauskaite is undertaking a four-month internship at one of the best in the world, Yale University in the US. A number of opportunities opened to Gintarė when she won the scholarship of Kazickas Family Foundation.

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Belarusian swimmer Herasimenia seeks support for her country's athletes in Vilnius

Belarusian swimmer Alexandra Herasimenia is seeking to pool support in Vilnius for athletes who have been affected by Minsk's repressions, and also attract the international community's attention to the ongoing crackdown on athletes.

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Minister: Lithuania financially capable of withstanding another coronavirus outbreak

Lithuania would be financially capable of withstanding another coronavirus outbreak, Finance Minister Vilius Sapoka said, adding that the government is unlikely to reintroduce the stringent quarantine measures that were in place last spring.

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Champagne meets Belarus’s exiled opposition leader in Lithuania

… during a press conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (Mindaugas … their meeting in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius on Friday. Tikhanovskaya fled … to Lithuania following the crackdown against …

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Coronavirus patients in Lithuania to be released from isolation after 10 days

Coronavirus patients who feel no symptoms after 10 days will be considered recovered from COVID-19 and released from self-isolation, the Health Ministry said on Friday, October 16th, informs LETA/BNS. Under Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga's decree …

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Germany continues to expand its military presence in Lithuania

… at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, supplemented by additional sub-elements … interoperability. Germany is Lithuania';s principal ally … Force Integration Unit in Vilnius. Germany is the framework … Brigade of the Lithuanian Armed Forces was affiliated to …

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