The Baltics opened the borders as one of the first ones in Europe and they had the so-called “Baltic bubble” which was later joined by Poland as well. In 2019, the present Lithuanian government (the Lithuanian Peasants and Green Union) started to lean left and similarly to Poland, they basically hijacked the left-wing agenda for their conservative purposes. Through the partnership with a regional Polish political party, the present Lithuanian coalition sneaks in a lot of anti-LGBT and reproductive rights onto the agenda, says Šarunas Liekis, Professor and Dean of the Political Science and Diplomacy Faculty at the Vytautas Magnus University.
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