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Thirty Years since the January Bloodshed in Lithuania

Lithuania marks the Freedom Defenders’ Day on January 13th to commemorate the 14 victims that lost their lives during Soviet aggression exactly thirty years ago in Vilnius. The tragic events were of international significance as they marked the coming end of the Soviet Union. To this day, the memory of the bloodshed also reveals the stark divides between the Baltic States and Russia.


Lithuania Has Voted for Change

The outcome of this year’s run-off election confirmed the election result of the first round of voting

The outcome of this year’s run-off election confirmed the election result of the first round of voting. While in the last election the seemingly clear-cut victory was lost during the 2nd round of voting, it was mostly representatives from the centre-right parties who prevailed in this election, even in the run-off. As a result, Lithuania will have a new government headed by Ingrida Šimonytė. The run-off election took place in 68 constituencies and only three candidates won their constituency during the first round of voting, including Šimonytė. In the run-off election, the party of the prospective future Prime Minister was successful in 26 constituencies. With a total of 74 representatives from parties of a potentially centre-right coalition versus 67 of the then opposition parties, there are great prospects for a successful term of office.

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Economic Perspectives for Lithuania in Times of COVID-19

Economic Promotion Programme and a Corona Package of Measures to Help the Shrinking Lithuanian Economy

Various institutions estimate that we can expect the Lithuanian economy to shrink from 7.3 to 8.1 per cent in the year 2020 owing to the coronavirus pandemic. In March, the Parliament adopted a programme concluded by the government to promote the economy and mitigate the effects of Covid-19. One of the newly planned measures met with sharp criticism.

Lithuanian Parliamentary Elections 2016 – First Round


It took more than 24 hours for the Central Electoral Commission to count the votes and declare the winner. Right before midnight on October 10th it became ultimately clear that the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (HU-LCD) received 1441 votes more than the Peasant and Greens Union and won the first round of the parliamentary elections of 2016. HU-LCD has already won 21 parliamentary seats after the first round, two seats more than the Peasants and Greens Union.

Parliamentary Elections in Lithuania, October 2016

With no party expected to win by a clear margin, Lithuania eagerly awaits the outcome of the parliamentary election

The current ruling centre-left coalition, shaken by corruption allegations, is seeking re-election in the upcoming voting. Latest election polls show that the leading party, the Social Democrats, is still in the pole position in spite of a gradual decline of the ratings. The Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union, which did not pass the 5% threshold in 2012, could become a major player as it firmly sits in second place. The rising support for the Peasant and Greens Union opens up new opportunities for coalition building.

Lithuania in Focus

History, Corruption and Coming Elections

In October 2016 national elections will take place in Lithuania. In this report, we focus on the current state of politics and the topics dominating the public debate in early 2016.

German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visits Lithuania

On the 6th of September German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visited Lithuania on the invitation of Lithuanian State President Dalia Grybauskaitė. Previously the visit of German Chancellor had to take place in the beginning of June, during the BDF and the CBSS Summits. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had to cancel her visit in June because of the resignation of the German State President Horst Köhler (Publication in German).

Lithuania has elected!

Parliamentary Elections 2008

The EPP member party Homeland Union/Lithuanian Christian Democrats won the first round of the parliamentary election held on 12th of October. The Homeland Union with his leader Andrius Kubilius gained 19.70% votes and has already 18 seats in the Lithuanian Parliament. The second best result has the National Resurrection Party by the Entertainer Arūnas Valinskas, which gained 15.10% of the votes and 13 seats. Next comes the Order and Justice Party by the Ex-President Rolandas Paksas with 12.68% votes and 11 seats in the Parliament. The governing party Social Democrats gained only 11.72% votes.

Abwanderung aus dem Baltikum


Brücken bauen in Europa

Wettbewerb für Schüler und Jugendliche

Aus Anlass des 60. Jahrestages des EKGS-Vertrages schreibt das KAS-Auslandsbüro Baltischen Länder unter dem Motto „Brücken bauen in Europa“ einen Kunst-/Literatur-Wettbewerb für Schüler und Jugendliche zwischen 16 und 20 Jahren mit deutschen Sprachkenntnissen aus. Der Wettbewerb lädt dazu ein, über wichtige Motive oder eigene Erfahrungen im Zusammenleben in Europa nachzudenken und diese auf künstlerische/literarische Art und Weise darzustellen. Der Einsendeschluss ist der 4. April 2011.

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