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Kasčiūnas, Laurynas

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BNS - Lithuania | 09/10/2015

Lukashenko remains Russia's 'governor'

Belarus will elect a president on Sunday. Europe is naive if it thinks this will bring political change in the country, political scientist Laurynas Kasčiūnas writes on the online portal of the news agency BNS: "Alexander Lukashenko is more modest than the dictators of Central Asia, and for that reason he won't give himself much more than 80 percent of the vote. Far more interesting is how the relations between Belarus and the West develop after the elections. Voices calling for a new rapprochement with the regime in Belarus are already making themselves heard in the corridors of the EU. ... Ostensibly this would allow Belarus to reduce its dependence on the Kremlin. ... The fact is, however, that for a long time now Lukashenko has not been the one with his hands on the wheel. Such strategic decisions were most likely never in his hands at all. Lukashenko is caught up in a relation of dependence on Russia. For the last two decades Belarus has looked more like a Russian provincial government than an independent state."

Delfi - Lithuania | 03/09/2014

More Nato troops for Eastern Europe

In view of Russia's aggression Eastern Europe urgently needs permanent Nato bases, political scientists Laurynas Kasčiūnas and Linas Kojala demand on web portal Delfi: "Nato membership alone doesn't guarantee the safety of the Baltic countries. Practical measures are needed - for example the setting up of Nato bases. There could be no better opportunity to realise this goal than the summit in Wales. ... The Kremlin stresses again and again that stationing Nato troops in Eastern Europe violates the founding act of the 1997 Nato-Russia Council. ... However the commitment back then not to set up permanent bases was clearly formulated in the context of the 'current and foreseeable security environment'. Russia's openly aggressive actions in Ukraine have fundamentally changed the security environment."

15min - Lithuania | 23/01/2014

West must pressure Yanukovych

The West can only stop the government's brutal approach in Ukraine with targeted sanctions against Yanukovych, political scientist Laurynas Kasčiūnas writes on the portal 15min: "Such sanctions could allow the EU to save face. ... The goal of such measures should be to divide the country's political elite. Or to be more precise: to get the oligarchs - who until now have been independent political actors - to pressure Viktor Yanukovych to stop controlling the state, dissolve parliament and call snap elections. ... We shouldn't be talking just about black lists of people not allowed to travel to the West, but also - and more importantly - about freezing financial assets. The decisive thing is for these measures to be coordinated jointly by the US and the EU. Nevertheless, the Magnitsky list [with US sanctions imposed after the death of the lawyer and government critic Sergey Magnitsky in Moscow] shows how difficult that will be."

Veidas - Lithuania | 06/11/2013

Laurynas Kasčiūnas on the causes of Europe's right-wing populism

In the run-up to next year's European elections the right-wing populist parties are gaining traction in many European countries, with polls predicting that they will win a substantial proportion of the vote. Political analyst Laurynas Kasčiūnas examines the reasons behind the rise of radicalism: "The conservative British thinker Roger Scruton has observed that Europe has embarked on a political course that rejects the nation state system but is not accepted by the people. ... Other authors explain that Europe's political elite still can't answer the question of how to put the model of a multicultural society into practice and how to reconcile the economic need for immigration with the social and cultural consequences of this trend. ... Another aspect supplements these explanations: the ideas of the traditional right-wing political forces are undergoing major changes. These established forces are proving utterly incapable of reacting to the cultural and social rifts now emerging in society."

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