Posts tagged as democracy

Lithuanian judges slam PM’s support for Poland’s judicial reform

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lithuanian judges have distanced themselves from the prime minister’s statements that the country should follow Poland’s example to reform the judiciary. During a joint conference with his Polish counterpart last week, Lithuanian PM Saulius Skvernelis said that Vilnius supported Warsaw in its dispute with the European Commission over controversial judicial reforms. He added that Lithuania, too, should “de-sovietise our justice system”. The Lithuanian Judicial Council released a statement on Monday,…

US is yet to achieve democratic ways of doing politics

By Stero Veberts on Thursday, September 17, 2020

There are many opinions on the US politics. This country had been the centre of many many debates. And there’s a reason for that. It’s fair to say that the USA is the greatest country in the world. Seems as its level of life is at the highest, it has the strongest army in the world and the idea of democracy and equality is its political agenda for lifetime. But…

Belarus sheds ‘facade’ of democracy, says Lithuanian foreign ministry

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Belarusian government has “shed the facade of democratic practice” amid to the ongoing crackdown against protesters and independent presidential candidates, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. In a press release, the ministry expressed concern over the wave of political repressions in Belarus, including imprisonment of opposition politicians and possible presidential candidates, as well as repressions on the independent media and bloggers. “We call on the leaders of Belarus…

Balts believe that they are under occupation

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, July 13, 2020

Research fellows from GLOBSEC published at the end of June their report «Voices of Central and Eastern Europe» which presents perceptions of democracy and governance in 10 EU countries, including the Baltic States. GLOBSEC is a global think-tank based in Bratislava. Its main goal is to shape the global debate through conducting research activities and connecting key experts on foreign and security policy. This report provides an overview of the…

How much will coronavirus hurt European democracy?

Monday, March 30, 2020

Democracy has also been infected by the  coronavirus  . All normal, everyday  features   of a healthy democracy are suffering from the pandemic, as checks on governments weaken due to the all-out fightback. Elections are being postponed across Europe, parliaments’ work has been streamlined, gone online or closed, some courts only deal with urgent cases, freedom of assembly has been suspended, and journalists are forced to work from home rather…

LRT contributes to democracy – survey

Friday, January 31, 2020

The majority of Lithuanians believe that LRT contributes to strengthening democracy in the country. A recent survey has shown that 71 percent of the public agree that the Lithuanian public broadcaster’s plays a positive role for democracy. “The public broadcaster […] serves an important mission to promote civil society, one of the cornerstones of democracy,” says Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė, the CEO of LRT. Election debates, investigative reporting and live broadcasts from…

Levits says new public service media law vital for quality of democracy

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The new law on public service media and their management is vital for the quality of democracy, President Egils Levits believes. LETA was told at the president’s office that Levits made his opinion about the draft legislation known to the Saeima Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee which is readying the bill for the second reading in parliament. Commenting on the draft law on public service media and their management,…

Lower election threshold in Lithuania – more democracy or chaos?

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Lithuanian legislature, Seimas, has lowered this week the parliamentary election threshold to 3 per cent for political parties and 5 per cent for coalitions. Supporters of the initiative touted it as a sign of mature democracy in the country, while its opponents called it a Trojan horse designed for political parties on the margins of politics to enter Seimas. Previous attempts failed The majority of analysts that BNN spoke…

From Democracy to Dictatorship in Modern Europe

By Andrew Hunter & Christina Petru on Thursday, November 21, 2019

Ceded to Soviet Premier Josef Stalin on August 23rd 1939 by the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact between Nazi Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the Republic of Moldova has simultaneously struggled to wear the identity it was denied as part of the territory of what is now Romania. Approximately 50% of the population still look west for linguistic and migratory routes, favoring closer affinity with Europe. Yet a portion of…

Strong public service media is a cornerstone of democracy in Latvia

Thursday, October 3, 2019

President of Latvia Egils Levits and Noel Curran, Director-General of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), met in the Riga Castle today to discuss the EU legal framework and EC’s audio-visual service initiatives, role of public service media in democratic systems and current global media landscape, the existing public service media framework in Latvia and progress in the adoption of changes in Latvia’s legal framework. Both President Levits and Director-General Curran…