EU referendum: voting as a pleasant surprise

  • 2003-05-15
  • Egidijus Vareikis
Lithuanian voters have a strange tradition to surprise politicians and pollsters. One can recall the unexpected victory of the "reformed" communists in 1992 or the victory of Rolandas Paksas earlier this year.This time, however, there was a pleasant surprise: voters supported Lithuania's EU candidacy overwhelmingly, with some two-thirds of voters participating and 91 percent voting "yes." On the eve of the referendum, by contrast, politicians and sociologists had been unsure if a majority would show up to vote, and they only expected 60-70 percent support.What kind of conclusions can be dra...
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