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Edward Lucas shared insights on situation in Ukraine and the Baltics at the LCLC event

Edward Lucas shared insights on situation in Ukraine and the Baltics at the LCLC event

“There is plenty of stuff we could do to help Ukraine; we just don’t want to do it,” said Edward Lucas at the event organised by the Lithuanian City of London Club.
Rimvydas Valatka: Chevron is out, Lithuania – Russia 0:4

Rimvydas Valatka: Chevron is out, Lithuania – Russia 0:4

Chevron is out. Protectors of crapper heritage celebrate as if Lithuania had scored a goal that would qualify it for the World Cup. In fact, it was an own goal. After that, Lithuania will only play...
Rimvydas Valatka: The Dalai Lama move – Grybauskaitė becomes a real politician, Butkevičius falls flat on his face again?

Rimvydas Valatka: The Dalai Lama move – Grybauskaitė becomes a real politician, Butkevičius falls flat on his face again?

The president hit the bull's eye! By opting, in the last minute, to have a meeting with the Dalai Lama, Dalia Grybauskaitė has showed she can be flexible. Is she turning into a real politician?...
Raimundas Celencevičius: Tactic for negotiating with Gazprom – if you've got nothing to offer, offer a punch on the nose

Raimundas Celencevičius: Tactic for negotiating with Gazprom – if you've got nothing to offer, offer a punch on the nose

These were some negotiations indeed. Something we had not seen before. No one had ever negotiated the way Lithuania did with Russian behemoth Gazprom on cheaper gas. The Russians must be scratching...
Ellen Cassedy: Can Vilnius Remember Vilna?

Ellen Cassedy: Can Vilnius Remember Vilna?

Vilna. Once, this city with its narrow, twisting lanes was renowned as the Jerusalem of the North, a flourishing center of Jewish culture.
Rimvydas Valatka: Why Dalia Grybauskaitė's sudden liking to the United States?

Rimvydas Valatka: Why Dalia Grybauskaitė's sudden liking to the United States?

Turning a blind eye to bloody events in Biržai, then rubbing her feet, together with the prime minister, on the Seimas Committee of Foreign Affairs, Dalia Grybauskaitė announced urbi et orbi that she...
Rimvydas Valatka: Which part of the body, if any, does Algirdas Butkevičius use for thinking?

Rimvydas Valatka: Which part of the body, if any, does Algirdas Butkevičius use for thinking?

Innocent but guilty. Two ambassadors did no harm to Lithuania's foreign policy, did not commit any crime, but they still lost the prime minister's trust. The president believes that those who leaked...
Rimvydas Valatka: Lithuanian diplomacy face-toface with YouTube

Rimvydas Valatka: Lithuanian diplomacy face-toface with YouTube

It never rains but it pours. It wasn't enough that police officers immobilized and carried away Petras Gražulis, that loud advocate of family values, like they were taught at the police academy to...
Juris Lavrikovs: Lithuania and the EU's blind spot on gay rights

Juris Lavrikovs: Lithuania and the EU's blind spot on gay rights

The EU is one of the leading voices on LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) equality, but Lithuania is way out of tune.
Rimvydas Valatka: Vilnius replaces Vienna as a backyard of Russian spies

Rimvydas Valatka: Vilnius replaces Vienna as a backyard of Russian spies

How will we remember the year 2013? The year when we finished reconstructing and finally opened the Palace of the Grand Dukes. If one were to believe lofty opening speeches, interspersed with...
Rimvydas Valatka: Lithuania without squat toilets and asbestos roofing – mission impossible?

Rimvydas Valatka: Lithuania without squat toilets and asbestos roofing – mission impossible?

Lithuania is presiding over Europe. For the occasion, our leaders have newly paved two bumpy streets and replaced Brezhnev-era tiles on several sidewalks. All politicians and diplomats act like...
Artūras Račas: The spirit of Lithuanian taliban – alive and well

Artūras Račas: The spirit of Lithuanian taliban – alive and well

After the parliamentary elections, when it became clear that the Lithuanian taliban will no longer be in the majority and will cease their influence on citizens' lives, we thought that everything...
Jonas Grinevičius: What Is Art And Are Video Games Part Of It?

Jonas Grinevičius: What Is Art And Are Video Games Part Of It?

Are video games a form of art? This question arises in a world of rapid technological development, a world which no longer has a clear awareness of aesthetics, impact and cultural legacy.
Milda Žalgevičiūtė: Queer People Should Get Married and Have Kids and You Should Shut Up

Milda Žalgevičiūtė: Queer People Should Get Married and Have Kids and You Should Shut Up

And again, this is something I’m prepared to figuratively bite peoples’ heads off for, so beware if you don’t agree and get into discussing this with me.
Rimvydas Valatka: Estonians no longer believe in Lithuania's nuclear fairy tales

Rimvydas Valatka: Estonians no longer believe in Lithuania's nuclear fairy tales

The new-born megastar Economy Minister Vėsaitė has overshadowed everything else: the tax non-reform, the shale gas non-exploration, the nuclear non-construction. Who does even bother talking about...
Milda Žalgevičiūtė: How being irresponsible worked out perfectly

Milda Žalgevičiūtė: How being irresponsible worked out perfectly

Before I even start, I want to note that I do not advise being irresponsible. In fact, it usually has more or less severe unhappy consequences, might they be bittersweet or just bitter. It is just a...
Lauras Bielinis: Dalia Grybauskaitė declares war on Algirdas Butkevičius?

Lauras Bielinis: Dalia Grybauskaitė declares war on Algirdas Butkevičius?

Over the last weeks of April, the President has performed several actions that might raise concern among analysts who follow her politics.
John Higginson: The Lithuanian night I met Margaret Thatcher

John Higginson: The Lithuanian night I met Margaret Thatcher

There is a saying: it is hard to see the forest when the trees are in the way. Sometimes things are so close that you cannot focus on them. The only way you can do so is when time has past or through...
Rimvydas Valatka: All Quiet On Eastern Front

Rimvydas Valatka: All Quiet On Eastern Front

Did Butkevičius's rendezvous with Russian Prime Minister Medvedev constitute the beginning of a reset in Lithuanian-Russian relations, something which is written in golden letters in the leftist...
Rimvydas Valatka: The lesser brother

Rimvydas Valatka: The lesser brother

Eschewing pathos. Without exaggerated devoutness. Speaking in simple words. But suggestive. Compelling the crowd. As if he knew a secret how to endow a simple 'good evening' with a different, higher...
Opinion: Homophobia and the limits of art criticism

Opinion: Homophobia and the limits of art criticism

The story is about a play. Or, rather, about the play’s review in an EU-supported cultural publication.
Tomas Šernas: Why Lithuania's Calvinists do not fear Poles?

Tomas Šernas: Why Lithuania's Calvinists do not fear Poles?

Reformation reached Lithuania in the 16th century in two forms – Lutheranism from Germany and Calvinism from Switzerland. Everyone knows about the many benefits that the Lutheran faith has brought....
Lauras Bielinis: Polish and Lithuanian prisoners of ideological bunkers

Lauras Bielinis: Polish and Lithuanian prisoners of ideological bunkers

Even though I will be speaking specifically about the leader of the Electoral Action of Poles, Valdemar Tomeševski, what I want to say concerns the early-20-century version of nationalism and...
Rimvydas Valatka: There are still brave men in Lithuania

Rimvydas Valatka: There are still brave men in Lithuania

While elderly citizens were queuing outside the boarded-up madman's bank, a curious piece of information almost slipped unnoticed. Lithuania's ambassador in Washington D.C., Žygimantas Pavilionis,...
Rimvydas Valatka: Despite EU billions, Lithuania is coming apart at the seams

Rimvydas Valatka: Despite EU billions, Lithuania is coming apart at the seams

National optimists – those who react against every attempt to take a critical look at the situation the country is in as an affront against God, the nation, and the motherland – now seem to have a...
MEP Leonidas Donskis: The Magnitski list as a wake-up call

MEP Leonidas Donskis: The Magnitski list as a wake-up call

The Magnitski list becomes much more than merely a benign and disconnected political fantasy. After the United States Congress adopted this law, with its clear legal and political implications,...
Open letter from Jerzy Giedroyc Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation: Lithuania and Poland can and must take new steps towards communication and cooperation

Open letter from Jerzy Giedroyc Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation: Lithuania and Poland can and must take new steps towards communication and cooperation

The Jerzy Giedroyc Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation released an open letter on the situation in Lithuanian-Polish relations, addressed to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Parliament Speaker...
Eglė Digrytė: Let's rehearse being civilized

Eglė Digrytė: Let's rehearse being civilized

Musician Victor Diawara has stirred our otherwise swampy Lithuanian waters. It is hardly news that the Lithuanian nation – which is about to disperse across the face of the earth – thinks itself...
Rimvydas Valatka: 13 January and old Russian New Year

Rimvydas Valatka: 13 January and old Russian New Year

In the midst of last week's international news that Gérard Depardieu was hiding from excessive taxes behind a Russian passport presented to him by Vladimir Putin – and his compatriot Brigitte Bardot...