The European Social Party is the second-largest political force in the European Parliament and includes the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party
, while the politicians headed by Kirkilas and Bernatonis will also aim to join the political force.
Balcytis also announced his plans to leave the race for chairman of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party
Vilnius Vice-Mayor Gintautas Paluckas has confirmed his intention to run for the post of leader of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party
Against the backdrop of western European social democratic parties, the Lithuanian social democratic party
is rather conservative, especially on a range of social issues, including legalising cohabitation, let alone same-sex partnerships, artificial insemination, and some other hot social issues.
Despite their occasionally fierce polemics and mutual distrust, the two traditional governing parties, the Lithuanian social democratic party
(LSDP) and the conservatives (TS-LKD), have similar views on many important domestic and foreign policy issues, so change in government does not disrupt policy continuity.