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11 May
Inequality tops agenda as Lithuania elects new president
Nine candidates are vying to replace two-term independent incumbent Dalia Grybauskaite, but surveys show that only three stand any real chance of making it to the expected 26 May run-off coinciding with European parliament elections. Top contenders include centre-left Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, conservative-backed ex-finance minister Ingrida Simonyte and independent economist Gitanas Nauseda.
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Phenomenal annual wage growth -- approximately 10% -- in recent years has raised the average gross salary to €970. But poverty and income inequality remain among the highest in the EU, largely due to weak progressive taxation.
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Lithuanian presidents are in charge of foreign policy and hold a seat at EU summits. They also appoint ministers, judges, the military chief and the head of the central bank, but must often seek approval from parliament or the prime minister.

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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat May 11th, 2019 at 05:59:02 PM EST
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You forgot to tell us who funds euraktiv, so that we can tell whether the use of "weak progressive" as a euphemism for "flat" is due to ideology or ignorance.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 11:56:18 AM EST
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I didn't forget. euractiv is a commercial enterprise. Following ALPHABET/GOOGLE/YOUTUBE Style Guide, funding sources of commercial enterprise needs no disclosure.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 12:08:20 PM EST
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Who gives Google the authority to decide such matters?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 10:08:12 PM EST
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US federal gov, uncontested.

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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 10:24:27 AM EST
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Lithuania presidential runoff pits novice against ex-minister as PM quits
Nauseda, promising to seek the political middle-ground and build a welfare state, scored 31.07% of the vote, according to near complete official results.
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Simonyte, 44, a technocrat who also warns against deepening inequality and the rural-urban divide, has vowed to reduce it by boosting growth further. Socially liberal, Simonyte supports same-sex partnerships which still stir controversy in the predominantly Catholic country.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 03:32:37 PM EST
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The story is that two serious candidates defeated populism in the face of the policeman Skvernelis and lesser wannabes.

The Prime Minister Skvernelis is going to keep his vow to resign after this failure, signaling that the common electorate is making a mistake by yielding to high-brow public shaming of his party. Next Parliamentary election is scheduled for October 2020.

Both Nausėda (a mainstream economist) and Šimonytė (a former finance minister) look very similar to the outgoing Grybauskaitė (a former EU finance commissioner), particularly regarding expected EU/NATO/economic/social policies. Nausėda has a better chance, as much of the Soviet generation feels antipathy to the conservatives. On the other hand, Skvernelis called Nausėda a covert conservative this week (and was politely rebuked, of course).

by das monde on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 09:02:48 AM EST
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