Last week Facebook banned 16 Polish pages due to irregularities. Earlier this week I've heard that Facebook plans to ban some 300 more pages in Europe in the upcoming days or weeks. Did you know that the banned pages can appeal from Facebook's ban in Poland? Here's the situation. Back in November 2018 Facebook and … Continue reading Facebook manages bans with the Polish government
Earlier this week Theresa May lost her Withdraw Agreement vote. The next day the House of Commons kept her in office. All this is the debate about the future of the United Kingdom relationship with the EU. As a side effect, Brexit makes the size of the next European Parliament unknown. As the UK does … Continue reading Brexit: EP size uncertain
The Adamowicz murder has stunned and shaken Europe. The Compassion The Gdańsk mayor has been stabbed on the evening of 13 January. He died the next day. The immediate reactions of condolences are beautiful and filled with compassion and sympathy. Marches against violence take place across Poland and in many places in Europe, where Polish … Continue reading The Adamowicz Murder Fall-Out
Elections to the European Parliament in Poland will take place on Sunday 26 May 2019, together with 20 other EU countries. Only 6 countries have elections on Thursday, Friday or Saturday ahead of the Sunday vote. The Polish elections have their specificity. In this blog we outline the way the elections in Poland are organised. … Continue reading How MEPs are elected in Poland
So she lost. May is over, it feels as if it was the longest month ever. Winter is coming. Now, let's get serious on the issue. The House of Commons voted down the Withdrawal Agreement tonight by a landslide, 432 against, 202 in favour. Will May finally end tomorrow with the Labour motion of no … Continue reading First Polish reactions to the Brexit vote
Over a few last days two simultaneous geopolitical events took place. It would be fair to treat them separately, but as they have a rare joint actor, we won't. First, Mike Pompeo announced that there will be a Middle East conference - Iran being the most important topic - in Warsaw. This triggered an outcry in Tehran … Continue reading A new role for Poland in the Trump’s World
Just few minutes away the most terrible news came. Paweł Adamowicz, stabbed yesterday evening during a concert of the charity event in his home Gdańsk, passed away a few moments ago. Marches Against Violence will take place tonight across Poland. More on yesterday's events: ALERT! Mayor of Gdańsk attacked UPDATE
The media freedom, especially the pubic media in Poland has been an on-going controversy since 2015. To understand this complex situation, I have sat down to talk to Andrzej Krajewski, a retired journalist, whose list of “former” is an inspiration for any aspiring journalist out there. For example, Andrzej was a correspondent of TVP (Polish … Continue reading Poland’s public TV is a propaganda tube, confirmed.
At 20:00 on Sunday night Paweł Adamowicz (53) was stabbed in the stomach multiple times during a concert organised on the occasion of the 2019 grand finale of the Great Orchestra of the Christmas Charity. The attacker forced himself on stage and attacked the mayor with knife. The attacker identified himself as "Stefan" and shouted … Continue reading ALERT! Mayor of Gdańsk attacked UPDATE
Last year (2018) the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity collected 126 373 804 zł, or some 29 million Euro, making it one of the largest charity events in the world. This year final figures are still unknown, the provisional figure is... well, check the status here in real time. Jurek Owsiak started this charity project … Continue reading Europe’s biggest charity takes on the government
Facebook deleted 16 pages for violations of its internal rules. Some of the pages were followed by up to 320,000 people. Facebook was fast to assure that it was not about the content of what the pages were publishing. It was about the pages evolution. They had started as hobby pages (on cars, football, etc.) … Continue reading Facebook bans 16 Polish pages
1. Spy story in Warsaw: a Huawei employee and an ex-ABW officer (Internal Security Agency) have been arrested for alleged spying. 2. Teachers on strike: following ZNP, a second trade union FZZ announced they will join the strike. Teachers demand increase of salary. 3. Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State announced that on 13-14 February … Continue reading Warsaw brief news 12 Jan 2019
What might happen and what may be a major blow for the ruling party: the powerful Teachers Union (ZNP) just called for a massive strike in schools to take place during the exams season. What's the problem? Salaries. Currently the starting salary for a teacher in Poland is the country's minimal wage, 2250 zł, or … Continue reading Teachers strike in Poland this spring?
Who will run in the European Elections from Poland in 2019? Here’s a quick preview of the political actors. In 2019 there is one dominant party in Poland, Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, PiS). PiS’s is a ruled by Jarosław Kaczyński, a former prime minister (2006-7), party co-founder and leader since 2002. PiS is … Continue reading Overview of Polish political parties, Jan 2019
...before it became a reality, the Rome-Warsaw axis has a new friend. Meet Hungarian prime minister and the country's strongman: Viktor Orbán. Today at a press conference in Budapest, the country leader supported the Italian-Polish initiative to tame immigration into Europe. He was super happy about it. Orbán said "as for the Polish-Italian axis, the … Continue reading Orban supports Warsaw-Rome axis
The leader of La Lega met with Jarosław Kaczyński. Two leaders of two major political parties in two more populous member states. No wonder there was a buzz about this meeting that transcended borders and melted snow outside of the PiS HQ. Even Jarosław Kaczyński noticed Salvini’s popularity in Warsaw: “I see you are very … Continue reading Matteo Salvini meets Jarosław Kaczyński
A gift from Prime Minister Morawiecki to the Polish' far-right came late for Christmas. By the end of the year Adam Andruszkiewicz was appointed a vice-minister of digitalization. Who is this 28 years old minister? He is a former leader of the All-Polish Youth movement (organisation long known for anti-Semitic allegiance). In 2015 he was … Continue reading 28 years old nationalist appointed minister
Luigi Di Maio of 5 Star Movement and Paweł Kukiz of Kukiz’15 just met in the shadow of the Salvini-Kaczyński meeting. The two men met in Brussels 8 Jan 2019 and talked about direct democracy and the idea of referendums in Italy and Poland. Both exchanged their perspectives on the artificial divisions between right and … Continue reading Di Maio-Kukiz meeting: more direct democracy in Europe!