Reluctant refomer, ambivalent legacy

  • 2010-07-21
The death of Algirdas Brazauskas, the former president and prime minister of independent Lithuania as well as the last leader of the Lithuanian Communist Party (LCP), marks the passing of an era. And not in the trivial sense that is evoked upon the death of every elderly political leader. Brazauskas was the last leading Lithuanian politician, for whom bargaining with emissaries from Moscow in a sauna blessed with vodka in abundance came more naturally than sampling cheese and sipping wine at receptions in Brussels. He will have no successor because the milieu in which he matured has disa...
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