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Nationalism as a meeting point for Lithuania and Georgia2010-08-30 19:17
A good politician will never grow too romantic, while a romantic will never go into politics. That's an axiom. However, life is a thing that constantly breaks such axioms. Let's take, for instance, the latest statement made by President of Lithuania. Madam Dalia Grybauskaite has stated that she regards Georgia as one of the priority partners. Well then, more power to you! Any country has got the right to choose its favorites. A romantic woman crazy about Saakashvili.
For Georgia, Lithuania is not the partner that could stuff it with resources, finance and qualified personnel. Large business projects have been frozen, no credits are extended, and production has stuck. The state is lacking means: the government traditionally keeps the entire budget in Scandinavian banks, which have got no time for Lithuania presently.
The Baltic country is experiencing mass dismissals and reduction of personnel. However, it does no good even to some large companies that declare themselves bankrupt. There is no small or medium business; it was removed from Lithuania's business card in the first months of the crisis. A car is not a luxury but gasoline is a luxury, indeed. Central heating grew up in price by 50%. Inflation goes up.
Many people escape to the USA; the entrance there is visa-free. The unemployed population has taken out loans and is gradually losing property. Banks are massively snatching apartments from the people and put them up for sale. Still, real estate prices have fallen by 50%, and even after losing the apartment, people still owe money to the banks. Financial and fuel crisis shuts down Lithuanian enterprises producing meat, diary products and bread. The country is suffering from food crisis. Foodstuff is not imported: Lithuanian market is considered to be unpromising and the customers insolvent.
Neither is Georgia an acquisition for Lithuania. According to official data, the aggregate unemployment level is 16,9 %; it is 28,8 % among the town population and 29,6 % among the population of Tbilisi. According to the poll conducted by the Kviris Palitra newspaper, 50,4 % of people have lost their job. Other indicators have been reported earlier.
And now goes the statement of Dalia Grybauskaite: "the top priority of Lithuania's foreign policy should be given to the relationship with such countries as Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova, for they have got on the European Union's Eastern Partnership program". Now, they have truly "got" - into trouble. Grybauskaite also underlined that she had met with her Georgian counterpart four times.
What is Eastern Partnership, after all? The project implies maintaining friendly relations with Eastern Europe and simultaneously not allowing problem countries to European Union. It was presented by the Polish Foreign Minister with the participation of Sweden. The main purpose of the project is to bring together European Union and 6 countries of the former USSR: Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Byelorussia.
Well, what have these two counties got in common, being so different in their mentality and so alike in their economical situation? Hatred of Russia, of course, and nationalism. Dwarfs have always been known for their spite.