I am away at a conference, so posting may be sporadic until Tuesday.
In the meantime, I thought that I would draw attention to an informative article in Lithuania Tribune about presidential/prime ministerial relations there. It is called ‘The President and the Prime Minister are now on the same team?’.
Recall that President Dalia Grybauskaitė is officially an independent. The PM, Andrius Kubilius, is from the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats.
If you go to the Lithuania Tribune homepage and type Grybauskaitė in the ‘search’ box, then it also reveals various articles about the president. The general tone is that she has been quite vocal in her criticisms.
The Lithuanian president is not a figurehead, like the Slovenian president, but the office does not have great powers, scoring 4/9 in the Siaroff scale. So, the president’s activism of sorts is interesting.