The Calviño Defeat Reveals What Europe Is

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The editorial of El Pais entitled "Calviño's defeat in the Eurogroup is also that of a more integrated Union" made me think. Here is why. How can a leading European paper associate "Europe" with one's own party and one's own country? This is not the first time and probably not the last. Anyway, this is … Continue reading The Calviño Defeat Reveals What Europe Is

It’s the fight of the decade and the Polish presidency is the prize (update)

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On Sunday (28 June) almost 20 million Poles went to the polls to choose their head of state, who is largely ceremonial. Yet in a country ruled by symbols, the presidency is of utmost importance. Holding it is the ultimate proof for any political party of their power and popularity. Earlier version of this article … Continue reading It’s the fight of the decade and the Polish presidency is the prize (update)

Poland Elects its President 2020

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So it happens. We are in the middle of a political hurricane. Once again, the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) is facing the Opposition. Can they prevail? Can they win, again? Can they prolong the momentum beyond 2020?: No. It does not seem so. The momentum clearly is elsewhere. PiS puppet president Andrzej Duda is … Continue reading Poland Elects its President 2020

Poland’s Political Police

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Today's Gazeta Wyborcza runs an interesting article written by Kacper Sulowski. It reads: "They take journalists out, they do the postmen job. And how heroically they defend the chairman's mailbox! Here is our Police". It enumerates the number of incidents in recent weeks when the police - nation's trusted force (75%) as of 2019 - … Continue reading Poland’s Political Police

Over 550 thousand EU citizens with Covid-19

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Ever since beginning of the corona crisis all we hear is "national". How many sick people are there in Spain and Italy and in our own country. Not only Italians or Spaniards fighting against the coronavirus, but aren't we all as Europeans fighting this crisis? One of the first person to get sick in Poland … Continue reading Over 550 thousand EU citizens with Covid-19

A European Green Card for #the5million?

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I talk with Roger Casale, the founder of New Europeans about Brexit, #the5million campaign and the New Europeans' proposal of the European Green Card. Initially this interview was published in Polish on Onet.pl. Piotr Maciej Kaczyński: There is about one million Poles in the UK. But the migration of people around the EU is a … Continue reading A European Green Card for #the5million?

Poland votes for President 2020. Who’s running?

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The presidential elections in Poland are scheduled for late spring 2020. Most likely the first round of voting shall take place on 10 May 2020, but the formal decision has not been taken as of now. The incumbent, Andrzej Duda, has been the country's president since 2015, and an MEP before that (2014-2015) with Law … Continue reading Poland votes for President 2020. Who’s running?

EP post-Brexit: the End of Centre-Left Majority

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Brexit is looming on the European Parliament. A few days ago the EP's research service published a simulation showing how the Parliament changes on 1 February 2020, the day EU shrinks to 27 member states. The main consequence for the delicate balance in the fragmented Parliament is the end of the minimal centre-left majority in … Continue reading EP post-Brexit: the End of Centre-Left Majority

Poland loses interest in EU

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When the Council of the EU votes on energy transformation, environmental protection or transport, the PiS government is usually in the minority. The Eternal Question Since joining of the EU, Poland is facing the question of its own position in the Union. The question is linked to its size: Poland is the smallest among the … Continue reading Poland loses interest in EU

What kind of Geopolitical Commission?

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At one point this summer Ursula von der Leyen said her Commission will be “geopolitical”, as opposed to the “political” Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker. There was no meaning to the adjective back then. There is little meaning to it today. Still, the adjective is growing on the Commission. First foreign trip of the new President: … Continue reading What kind of Geopolitical Commission?

2 Commissioners missing

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Today there were hearings in the European Parliament. Extra hearings following the rejection of the initial candidates for Commissioners from Romania, Hungary and France. The replacement candidates who did well are the two: Adina-Ioana Vălean of Romania, who is scheduled to be the Commissioner for transport, and Thierry Breton of France, who will be responsible … Continue reading 2 Commissioners missing

4 Commissioners missing

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For the new European Commission to take office - initially scheduled for 1 November - we are still missing four confirmations and a final confirmation vote in the European Parliament. Three Commissioners-candidates were rejected earlier by the European Parliament. The French Sylvie Goulard was denied after her hearing. The Romanian Rovana Plumb and the Hungarian … Continue reading 4 Commissioners missing

Donald Tusk writes a book

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President of the European Council just announced a new book to be published in December, "Szczerze", or "Honestly", about his 5 years in office as the President of the European Council. https://twitter.com/Agora_SA/status/1188859934500380678?s=20 Agora, the publisher, announced the date, 12 December. Mr Tusk's term in office ends on 1 December. The question of the week everybody … Continue reading Donald Tusk writes a book

Jarosław Kaczyński writes to voters

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Almost two weeks after the Polish general elections the politics in Warsaw is fourfold. There is a fight for the control over the Senate where the united opposition parties snatched a tiny majority (51-49) over the ruling Law and Justice (PiS). PiS challenges outcome in six districts with limited chances of success. The other three … Continue reading Jarosław Kaczyński writes to voters