Children in the middle of the EP campaign

Law and Justice runs a campaign against the LGBT+ community accusing the opposition of an ideological war and "sexualisation of children";Teachers' unions go on strike: derailment of the spring exams in sight and maybe even graduation;The Youth Climate Strikes hit the Polish streets;The Catholic Church in Poland releases its statistics about paedophilia. Law and Justice … Continue reading Children in the middle of the EP campaign

Hübner & Boni out of the European Parliament?

The European Coalition (KE) has presented its leaders in the upcoming European elections. Only a third of the current Civic Platform (PO) MEPs has a real life chance to return to the Strasbourg chamber in July. Some very well known MEPs are not coming back. The lead candidates are: Lewandowski is (almost) sure to return … Continue reading Hübner & Boni out of the European Parliament?

PiS EP tactics: buy & scare

23 February, Jarosław Kaczyński, PiS chairman enters the stage to present PiS' new political offer. On the agenda are five key points, which soon are labelled "the Kaczyński Five". In the following days the details come in. Are votes for sale? Or the Kaczyński Five: The most radiant is the extension of the PiS government … Continue reading PiS EP tactics: buy & scare

Trzaskowski: Orbán is EPP’s enfant terrible

The 2019 European elections are important. There are many issues creating its context. High partisanship does not allow for a proper debate to take place in Poland, but there is a great divide in whole of Europe, too. The united opposition accuses the government of breaking the basic principles of democracy in Poland. The anti-Europeans … Continue reading Trzaskowski: Orbán is EPP’s enfant terrible

Orbán’s days in the EPP are…

Early March in Brussels is a cloudy weather for Fidesz, the Hungarian EPP member. Fidesz is a powerful national party in Hungary, ruling alone in Budapest since 2010. Fidesz is also a powerful party within the European People's Party. With 12 MEPs the Hungarian delegation in among the strongest in the EPP group. EPP's chief … Continue reading Orbán’s days in the EPP are…

Is the Spitzenkandidaten system dead?

2014. There are two candidates who compete for the presidency of the European Commission. Jean-Claude Juncker is the candidate of the European People's Party. Martin Schulz is the candidate of the Party of European Socialists. Other Spitzenkandidaten include the Greens' and the Liberals' candidates (Ska Keller and José Bové, Guy Verhofstadt) as well as the … Continue reading Is the Spitzenkandidaten system dead?

European Coalition is a reality now

Some ideas take years to materialise. Some take the world by storm. Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz Early December 2018 Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Poland's former left wing prime minister, foreign minister and for many years an independent senator, appeals: "if the opposition does not unite, it is responsible for the PiS continued rule". Mr Cimoszewicz was the foreign minister … Continue reading European Coalition is a reality now

When the child predator priest monument goes down

The issue of paedophilia in the Catholic Church is a delicate and important matter. The issue of covering up of paedophiles among the Catholic clergy has been a major problem for the leadership of the Catholic Church for years. This week the Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse takes place. There are two new Polish … Continue reading When the child predator priest monument goes down

Hosting the Middle East Summit was a mistake

The conference on the Middle East peace and security ends in Warsaw on Thursday, 14 February. Some 60+ countries are present. US Vice-president Mike Pence, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo and Poland's minister of foreign affairs Jacek Czaputowicz are the hosts. They sign the final statement. Benjamin Nethanyahu is the key guest. The Americans and … Continue reading Hosting the Middle East Summit was a mistake

SLD and the Polish Greens join the European Coalition

The Polish Social-Democrats Democratic Left Alliance, SLD (members of S&D with 5 MEPs in the current EP) will not compete in the European Parliament elections on their own. In May 2019 they will run in a major pro-European bloc called the European Coalition. The Polish Greens also joined the bloc. Social-Democrats: we need one army … Continue reading SLD and the Polish Greens join the European Coalition

Five Stars fakes a future EP group at a press conference

Leaders of 5 parties from Italy, Poland, Croatia, Finland and Greece met in Rome to sign an electoral manifesto. The block has been in discussion for weeks. Initially 4 parties, today they are 5. M5S is likely to be one of the largest national delegations in the next European Parliament. Today it needs allies. The … Continue reading Five Stars fakes a future EP group at a press conference

PiS leaks front people in EP elections

Yesterday evening the Polish media revealed the leading candidates of Law and Justice in the EP elections. As Poland is divided into 13 electoral districts the candidates who are PiS no.1 choices in each electoral district have very high chances of being elected into the EP. Here are the leaked names: Beata Szydło will be … Continue reading PiS leaks front people in EP elections

Before the Warsaw Middle East Conference begins

Before the Middle East conference in Warsaw starts there is an array of perspectives on why this event takes place now and why in Warsaw. A variety of actors land in the Polish capital with mixed expectations. Some 60 delegations from across the world come to expect something, but what exactly? When the news broke … Continue reading Before the Warsaw Middle East Conference begins

Who Poles like

According to the latest survey of positive and negative feelings towards 22 nations, the Polish citizens hold positive views of 16 of the surveyed nations. The results of the opinion poll: https://twitter.com/CBOS_Info/status/1093481110489743360 The Polish love of Czechs Czech citizens have been among the most-liked nations among the Poles for years. In the top spots of … Continue reading Who Poles like

Poland’s EP elections latest opinion poll

From the mists of chaos the closer we are to 26 May, it seems there will be the following options to vote in the European elections in Poland. The latest figures have been provided by the Ibris polling institution. Law and Justice (PiS/ECR)37.1% and 22 MEPsCivic Platform (PO/EPP) within a likely coalition:SLD (S&D)PSL (EPP).Modern (ALDE)21.8% … Continue reading Poland’s EP elections latest opinion poll

Norway and Poland at a consular war

Yesterday evening Norway declared the Polish consul Sławomir Kowalski persona non grata. The news that due to Warsaw's refusal to call back their consul. In response, the Polish MFA has declared a Norwegian consul a persona non grata, in reciprocity. https://twitter.com/PolandMFA/status/1095049161815273474 Last time I wrote about the case of the Polish consul Sławomir Kowalski expulsion … Continue reading Norway and Poland at a consular war