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1.  IQ.lt - Lithuania | Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Exodus to Europe: Lithuanians must integrate themselves first

According to a current survey by the opinion research institute Spinter tyrimai, sixty percent of Lithuanians are against the country taking in refugees. This shows the country's citizens aren't mature enough to be part of Europe, the monthly magazine IQ contends: "Now that Europe is in the grips of an almost unmanageable refugee crisis, for the first time [since joining the EU] we have the opportunity to play the role not only of recipient but also of donor. This is a unique opportunity for us to come across as strong and self-assured. ... Almost 27 percent of the population is for taking in refugees, while only 17 percent says this would be an expression of humanity and solidarity with Europe. The rest hope that the foreigners won't stay here for long. ... That only allows one conclusion: first of all thousands of Lithuanians need to integrate [into Europe], because their superstition and fear are preventing them from feeling the compassion and humanity that are part and parcel of the European's DNA."

2.  IQ.lt - Lithuania | Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Leonidas Donskis on the crisis of Europe's parties

Lithuania's parties are not doing well at present. They lost many votes to independent alliances in local elections in February. However considering the state even of established parties in Western Europe philosopher and former MEP Leonidas Donskis is not too worried by this, as he writes on the website of the business magazine IQ: "We're currently witnessing the happy childhood (or in the best case, happy adolescence) of our parties and politics in general. The dramatic acceleration in the pace of life has forced us to learn within 25 years lessons that Western Europe took centuries to internalise. ... Nevertheless I tend not to take too sceptical or pessimistic a view of politics in our country. Because things don't run smoothly in Western European politics either: there too, even the large traditional parties are being rocked by serious crises and hounded by all kinds of new parties and popular alliances. ... To say nothing of the political matrix in Central and Eastern Europe. Those countries are dominated by a two-party system in which ex-communist parties are at odds with the parties on the far right."

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