““If Lithuania wishes to remain a part of the European Union then its basic laws must respect our common core values and agreed basic, fundamental, human rights, namely the freedom of expression and equality of treatment.”
Indeed… And Lithuania should be allowed to be a member of the EU WHY exactly then?
If they cannot play by the rules of the club, then they should not be allowed to enjoy its benefits…simple.
If they insist on pushing through this piece of dark-ages legislation, then kick them back there. They clearly have no place in a modern Europe.
I am not surprised really.
I have been to Lithuania. They are a prejudiced bunch not only towards homosexuals, but other races and ethic groups.
I am sure that EU will do something EVENTUALLY, or perhaps…one brave Lithuanian will take this law to the European Court of Human Rights where Lithuania will be wrapped for it.
At least, Ms. Grybauskaitė can see reason.
About time too . . . lets monitor this situation. Lithuania needs to know that it cannot remain apart of Europe, if it does not want to uphold the human rights of its LGBT citizens.
Here’s a solution.
Kick Lithuania out of the EU.
How does Europe benefit by having a dull, bigotted, tiny, backward state in our midst?
Let Russia have Lithuania, if Lithuania insists on being backward, ignorant, bigotted and dull.
So, dear people-it is obvious we will not be spending our gay money in Lithuania and neither will we purchase anything made in Lithuania. We can live without that place quite nicely thank you. We do not need anything Lithuanian. Perhaps Lithuania should not be part of the EU since they seem to prefer to be backward. They should be allowed to ‘stew’ in their own bigotry. Forget them.
I am not sure whether it is true or not, but I have been told once you become a member of the EU, you cannot back out.
It is a one-way street. This is why I am so concerned that the UK is heading towards that same slippery slope.
I think the main reason is the currency and the way that it is locked into the international banks. So you agree to all the terms and conditions, sign up, and then stick two fingers up at them and walk away laughing.
Apparently, because of our slipshod accounting, Britain is liable to fines of over £1bn in the next year, so if the EU cannot give them the bum’s rush, they should do the same and fine them. Maybe that will make them sit up and pay attention.
Lithuania – what a f***king dump.
I find it strange that eastern European countries such as Lithuania have so stringent a view on homosexuality- considering the amount and rather good quality of gay porn that’s produced there. There’s also a part in the centre of the capital that come sun down is chock a block with cock of all ages. Great times, great city.
A country can leave the EU of its own volition (under article 50 of the Treaty on European Union), but there’s no mechanism for expelling a country. It is, however, possible to suspend any or all of the benefits of membership benefits of a country that fails to respect “the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities”.