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November 05, 2012
Lost in Transition

After the 2012 parliamentary elections, it is tempting to describe Lithuania as a victim of a series of ugly and unscrupulous manipulations undertaken by political cheats like Viktor Uspaskich and his party, the Labor Party, which is among the major winners of the elections along with Lithuanian Social Democrats and Motherland Union (Christian Democrats). Yet on a closer look it appears a simplistic perception of Lithuania’s political reality. (Read more...)

November 01, 2012
Shakespeare as a Modern Sensibility

William Shakespeare is likely to have become a modern sensibility. Like Niccolò Machiavelli or his own contemporary and significant other, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare seems to have developed into a modern moral and political sensibility, a criterion of modernity, and even a symbolic design within which we perceive and interpret ourselves and the world around us. (Read more...)

October 31, 2012
Democrats and dictators

George Orwell once offered an insight into the source of double standards applied to violence when it comes to European pacifists. When confronted with facts of violence at home, they take a stand immediately, leaving no room for doubt and ambiguity. Yet they choose to keep a blind eye, if not their eyes wide shut, on violence practiced not in the Western world, or at least not in democracies. (Read more...)

October 05, 2012
Is European Culture a Fantasy?

Is European culture a fantasy? Is it more or less so than European politics? These are the questions that cross my mind over and over again when I try to think of how to reverse the ongoing tragedy of the EU – namely, its silent and slow demise, which is a fact of reality, to my dismay. (Read more...)

September 28, 2012
Criminals in Politics

Is politics free of criminals? Has it ever been so? In fact, it hasn’t. Far from war criminals, who, as a cynic’s dictionary would suggest, are statesmen who lost the war (whereas the heroes solely remain on the winning side), felons squeeze into politics from time to time. Crooks, charlatans, various other dodgy figures and even mobsters become part of the classe politique. As the witty saying goes, the dividing line between parliament and prison tends to be quite thin. (Read more...)

September 28, 2012
The revolt of crooks

We had long thought that cleptocracy is something safely distanced from Europe and, therefore, related to African and Latin American political classes. What strikes us now, however, is the fact that we witness its strong presence in Europe. What is happening in Eastern Europe now may well be described as the revolt of crooks, thieves and cheats who make up the political classes nowadays. (Read more...)

September 05, 2012
Remembering a friend of the Baltic States

John Hiden, an eminent British historian and a dedicated friend of the Baltic States, passed away on August 10, 2012. (Read more...)

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