Posts tagged as Poland

Lithuania’s new government in ‘dilemma’ over relations with Poland

By Vaidotas Beniušis on Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Lithuania’s would-be prime minister Ingrida Šimonytė is meeting Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday, which may give an indication of how the country’s new government will balance good relations with Warsaw and its professed championing of democratic values. On Tuesday Duda, who is on a two-day visit in Vilnius, thanked outgoing Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis for great cooperation in building strong relations and said he expected the same good relations…

Lithuanian president thanks Poland ‘for defence of democratic values’ in Eastern Europe

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

On Wednesday, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda and Prime Minister Saulius congratulated Poland on its Independence Day. In his official message of congratulation to Polish President Andrzej Dudai, Nausėda thanked Poland for “the defence of democratic values, human rights and freedoms in our neighborhood”. Nausėda also “thanked Poland for solidarity in ensuring the security of the Baltic region”, according to a statement issued by the president’s office. He also highlighted the…

‘This is war’, say anti-abortion protesters in Poland

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Poles staged further protests in cities across the country on Monday (2 November) ahead of the expected entry into force of a ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal that bans most abortions and that has prompted nearly two weeks of demonstrations and rallies. The 22 October ruling bans terminations due to foetal defects, ending one of the few legal grounds left for abortion in staunchly Catholic Poland and setting the country…

Is US about to finance a motorway linking the Baltic and Black Seas?

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Romania’s less-than-discerning press corps last week reported with barely-disguised joy that the United States had announced plans to finance – to the tune of seven billion US dollars – the construction of a motorway linking the Baltic and Black Seas. What’s more, a railway would be built alongside the motorway. It didn’t take long for maps of this as yet imaginary infrastructure bonanza to appear, optimistically showing potential routes linking…

Belarus state media begins calling Lithuania ‘former socialist republic’

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Belarusian state-owned Capital TV (CTV) began calling Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine the “former socialist republics” after the three countries no longer referred to Alexander Lukashenko as the president of Belarus. “Lukashenko’s propaganda takes revenge on Belarus’ neighbours for not recognising Lukashenko as president,” Franak Viačiorka, a Belarusian journalist and a researcher at Atlantic Council think tank, posted on Facebook. “Now State TV ‘doesn’t recognise’ the independence of these states and…

Protect Poland’s LGBT community, urge diplomats from 50 countries including Lithuania

Monday, September 28, 2020

Ambassadors from 50 countries including Lithuania wrote the appeal in an open letter amid a worsening situation for the LGBTQ community in the country. A Polish lawmaker hit back, claiming all were protected under Polish law. Ambassadors to Poland from some 50 countries and international organisations worldwide called on Poland to support its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTQ ) community, in an open letter published late on Sunday.…

Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic ‘oppose EU’s new migration pact’

Friday, September 25, 2020

The EU’s bid to reform its migration policy has been met with mixed reactions from a number of countries with Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic outright opposing it. Zoltan Kovacs, the spokesman for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, said on Twitter the country’s stance on migration “has been clear and unchanged” since 2015. “We must ensure that the external borders of the EU and the Schengen Area remain perfectly…

‘Democratic transition’ plan for Belarus proposed

Monday, September 21, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, together with the presidents of Poland and Romania, has called upon European Union to consider an assistance plan for “for a democratic Belarus”. According to the president’s office, Nausėda and his Polish and Romanian counterparts issued a joint declaration calling on EU institutions and member states to consider a package of measures “for the political, economic, and societal transition of the country”. The plan will be…

Belarus to close border with Lithuania and Poland

Friday, September 18, 2020

Belarus’ Alexander Lukashenko has said the country will close its borders with Lithuania and Poland, Reuters news agency reported on Thursday. “We are compelled to withdraw our troops from the streets, have half our army on guard and close our state border with the West, first of all with Lithuania and Poland,” said Lukashenko, according to Reuters. “To our greatest regret, we are compelled to strengthen our border with brotherly…

Lithuanian PM backs Warsaw in dispute with Brussels

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Lithuania’s PM says his government will support Poland in its dispute with the European Commission over the rule of law, adding that his country could follow Poland’s example to “de-sovietise our justice system”. Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki held a joint government meeting in Vilnius on Thursday, which the Lithuanian PM called a historical event in Lithuanian–Polish cooperation. Asked by reporters about Lithuania’s position…