In response to the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, Lithuania, for the first time since regaining independence, has declared a state of emergency. It imposes certain restrictions on migrants, asylum seekers and Lithuanian residents.
Lithuania has experienced a steady rise in COVID-19 infections since July 2021 and is ranking 1st in the European Union in terms of a 14-day case notification rate per 100,000 inhabitants in mid-October 2021.
Following the undemocratic elections in Belarus and in the face of growing tensions between Belarus and the European Union, Belarusian authorities have responded to EU sanctions by increasing the flow of migrants crossing the EU-Belarus border.
The European Parliament has a unique opportunity to set the course toward the right direction and to dismantle walled gardens built by Big Tech that hold too much control over individuals’ digital rights.