Posts tagged as politicians

Lithuanian politicians take the last money from the population

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, June 30, 2021

In the updated draft budget for 2021, the Lithuanian Cabinet of Ministers is proposed to significantly increase funding for the defense sector. The revised project involves an increase of 53.5 million euros. Thus, the new document focuses on the protection of the state border and the country’s financial obligations to NATO. It is proposed to increase military spending to 2.03% of GDP and allocate an additional 20.7 million euros to…

Latvian Party ratings for March show politicians have plenty of work to do

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The latest party ratings for March show good results for the non-parliamentary left-leaning party Progresīvie (Progressives), amid generally underwhelming performance among most other players on the political scene. At the request of Latvian Television (LTV), the research agency SKDS conducted its monthly survey, which show that as usual the opposition Harmony party commands the largest support (9.9%), though even that constitutes less than 10% of those surveyed. Respondents were asked which…

Lithuania’s outgoing ministers take care of their own

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Some in the outgoing Lithuanian government have been filling jobs in ministries and state agencies with people close to the former ruling politicians, according to the LRT Investigation Team. In January 2020, the Economy and Innovation Ministry started looking for a new head of the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA). Later, the ministry stopped the search because there were plans to restructure the institution. But at the beginning…

Study says Latvians doubt politicians regarding COVID-19

Monday, November 23, 2020

Latvian Television and the research center SKDS sought to find out who the Latvian society trusted more in relation to COVID-19: experts or politicians, LTV reported November 22. An unknown virus, self-isolation, quarantine, emergency – it is all completely new, unfamiliar to the society. In such times of crisis, people are particularly actively seeking an authority, or a trusted person, who could answer the question – what do we do now?…

Politicians hide behind civilians

By Vairis Godmanis on Friday, June 26, 2020

The United States plans to transfer the command of the 5th Corps of the U.S. Army from Kentucky to Poland and 30 American F-16 fighters from Germany to the eastern borders of NATO. In addition, the United States is redeploying to Poland not one thousand, as mentioned earlier, but two thousand American troops. In addition to these measures, the deployment of U.S. nuclear weapons in Poland has been publicly discussed…

Analysis: Why are our politicians so popular during COVID-19 crisis?

By Darren McCaffrey on Friday, April 17, 2020

There seem to be certain “truths” in politics, including one long-established one: at times of crisis, people turn to their governments. And with coronavirus pandemic, it seems no different. Many of our politicians have never been so popular. In Austria, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s support has skyrocketed to 77 per cent, up an extraordinary 33 points. And in Denmark, where restrictions are already being lifted, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s approval ratings…

Flower of discord: Lithuanian politicians clash over forget-me-not symbol

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Forget-me-not, a flower symbolising eternal love and remembrance, has become the object of a feud between Lithuanian political parties. In the past several years, the five-petalled blue flower has been used throughout Lithuania to commemorate the Soviet aggression in Vilnius on January 13, 1991. The forget-me-not came to signify a pledge to never forget the 14 civilians who were killed by Soviet soldiers. But since it was proposed by conservative…

Vilnius University offers training to politicians

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Vilnius University will teach graduates running for parliament the “competencies necessary for a modern politician” as an “intellectual intervention” into the Seimas, according to VU rector, Artūras Žukauskas. University lecturers and staff are demanding to raise the salaries, which have been stagnant for a decade, according to Žukauskas. Some VU teachers have previously protested by starting their lectures 4.5 minutes late, representing the 10-percent raise promised but not delivered by…

EU politicians turn to “ball of snakes” to make own careers

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, October 7, 2019

Some of EU politicians are very successful in making their careers using the weak points of the European Union member states. Current tensions between Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and NATO (including EU countries) lead to the development of many expensive programs and projects that European taxpayers have to pay for. Current security situation provides a huge space for ambitious politicians. Those, in turn, involve the population of European countries…

Matijosaitis, Karbauskis, Landsbergis on Lithuanian politicians’ rich list

Monday, September 23, 2019

Liudas Skierus, a member of the municipal council in the northwestern town of Plunge, and Kaunas Mayor Visvaldas Matijosaitis are the wealthiest politicians in Lithuania, according to a rich list released by the Delfi.lt online news site referred LETA/BNS. Both of them are shareholders of Viciunu Grupe (Viciunai Group), a leading Lithuanian food product group.   Skierus, whose family’s wealth is valued at 136.4 mln euros, tops the list, followed closely by Matijosaitis with…