On 12 July, President Dalia Grybauskaitė will celebrate the third anniversary of her presidency. Politicians and experts that were interviewed by the “Lietuvos Žinios” (“Lithuanian News”) amplified that the President was active, strong, and has respected the defined pursued directions writes delfi.lt
According to the sociologist Vladas Gaidys, during all three years of her presidency, the rating of D. Grybauskaitė remained very high.
“The President is supported by all population groups and the supporters of all parties,” – he said. The popularity of the President was slightly lower at the beginning of this year: in February it was 80 percent, in March and April – 70 percent, in May – 73 percent, in June – 67 percent (during the inauguration days she was supported by 85 percent of the respondents). V. Gaidys confessed to not to be able to tell exactly of why did this happened – it is possible to assume that it was influenced by the so-called Garliava story, risk factor – the favour of the President to the ruling coalition, who certainly cannot enjoy the public support.
According to the political scientist Algis Krupavičius, the third tenor year for D. Grybauskaitė were the most difficult and most complicated in all aspects.
In the main area of the responsibilities – foreign policy – there were no serious or positive changes. Rather the opposite. Relations with Poland have experienced new challenges; the tension in them has increased. Relations with other neighbours were quite passive as well, they lacked dynamics,” – said political scientist.
According to him, in the Europe issues, Lithuania has largely supported the initiative of the major euro area countries, but has not shown more initiative here either.
“One of the most serious achievements in the foreign defence policy – NATO’s commitment to ensure effective defence of Baltic countries. But, as the saying goes, one swallow does not bring spring,” – said A. Krupavičius. In his opinion, the President has manifested in the domestic politics quite actively, but this activity is controversial.