All might not be well in Lithuania

  • 2010-06-03
  • By Kestutis K. Girnius
Lithuanians have reacted with Olympian calm to the economic difficulties besetting them and their country. Last year GDP fell by more than 15 percent, salaries decreased by 10 percent, even meager pensions have been cut. Despite the fall in the standard of living Lithuanians have not embarked on strikes, while rallies and demonstrations are infrequent and disciplined. Violence broke out only once - in January 2009 when hooligans broke windows in the parliament building.It is unclear whether this self-restraint is a sign of fortitude or apathy, an indication of the weakness of the labo...
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