>Lithuania: I’m a celebrity, get me into there (parliament, that is)


Early results from Lithuania’s parliamentary election provide further, and rather depressing, confirmation of my SSEES colleague Allan Sikk’s work about the the emergence of some party systems in in Baltic and beyond, as a whirlygig of loosely populist parties headed up by celebrity businesspeople and politicians which stand for nothing much more than a ‘project of newness’. In Lithuania a party headed by a reality TV talent show host, the National Revival Party polling 15% is the latest addition.

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