This month Lithuania’s ruling party, the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (HU-LCD), will hold its biennial convention. It will be the most important in a decade. The chairman of the Lithuanian Parliament, Irena Degutiene, has thrown down the gauntlet to Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius and is trying to replace him as party chairman. It is an unconventional challenge fraught with risks for the HU-LCD.European political parties have a fondness for their party leaders, who generally have long tenures and are replaced reluctantly. Gordon Brown famously had to w...
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