The German Times’ wrong on Lithuanian ‘Europsceptism’
I have read an article in the German Times monthly and found some untruth about the Lithuanian election results. The information in the article is simply untruth. I have sent a letter to the paper asking to correct this missinformation.
I am a subscriber to the German Times and enjoying reading it for almost a year. It is a fantastic monthly which gives its reader the German perspective of the current affairs to the world. I am convinced that despite this IT age every country in the world should have something similar to the German Times.
However, the November issue (Vol 2. No.11) had grossly misinformed its readers. In the article ‘A guarantor of freedom and prosperity’ by Andreas Theyssen it is written; ‘In October, a majority of Lithuanians voted for parties that had proclaimed two main goals during the election campaign; a more distant stance toward the EU and resistance to decisions in Brussels that supposedly go against national interests…’
I would like to inform you that this is simply untrue. Out of all parties, which entered the parliament, only one party (Order and Justice) openly declared that it would not allow closing the Ignalina nuclear plant ‘no matter what Brussels will say’. Some other parties declared their support for the advisory referendum on the issue, which was held simultaneously with the elections.
I can assure you that all the parties, which were elected to the Parliament declare support for the Lithuania’s EU membership. Even though some of the members of the Order and Justice MP’s are calling to look after the Lithuanian national interest first, the party’s programme fully supports Lithuania’s EU membership and highlights membership’s benefits to for the countries future.
Hence, it is evident that Mr Andreas Theyssen was subjective in his remarks and unprofessionally saw what he wanted to see in his analysis of the Lithuanian Parliamentary vote results.
I hope that the German Times will correct this mistake since it is a well-respected international publication.
In addition I would like to add that the Lithuanians traditionally remain amongst the one of the staunchest EU supporters. Furthermore, the referendum of extension of the Ignalina plant was void due to lack of votes (less than 50 per cent of those eligible to vote turned up) and the party Order and Justice will be represented only by 15 MPs. And this is out of 141 seats.