The Ministry of Hate

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It is evening, 19 August 2019. Another sunny, hot day. The climate change shows its positive side for holiday-makers, as there are thousands of people on the sunny sandy beaches over the southern Baltic coast and thousands more hike the hills and mountains of south Poland. 30 degrees in the shade, and the political campaign … Continue reading The Ministry of Hate

Facebook bans 13 Polish pages

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On Europe Day, 9 May, the news about Facebook's new elections operations centre in Dublin hit the wires. This time it is different. This time the social platforms take the fake news threat seriously. The European elections is particularly vulnerable to foreign manipulation. In April, Facebook goes serious and bans the pan-European campaigns altogether. After … Continue reading Facebook bans 13 Polish pages

The Euro question…

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Poland is outside of the Eurozone, together with Sweden, Denmark, Czechia and Hungary. Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia joined the EU later and are on their way to the Eurozone, at least this is what one hears... "Should Poland join the Eurozone?" is not the question on people's minds this elections. At least, not until Saturday, … Continue reading The Euro question…

Children in the middle of the EP campaign

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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

Five Stars fakes a future EP group at a press conference

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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

Human rights today: under attack in Poland, in Europe, in the world.

I talk with Mr Bogusław Stanisławski, who is a nestor of the Polish human rights defenders. Mr Stanisławski (born 1930) is a World War II survivor, was a diplomat during the Helsinki process in 1970s, member of the Solidarność in 1980s, co-creator and leader of the Amnesty International Poland (1999-2001). It seems that human rights … Continue reading Human rights today: under attack in Poland, in Europe, in the world.

Norway to expel Polish consul: EU reacts

Migrant families are particularly exposed in Norway to a powerful agency Barnevernet. Now one of their protectors, consul Sławomir Kowalski, is to be expelled. Polish and EU diplomats react. Act 1: The accusation 21 January: the Oslo government officially requests for the Polish consul Sławomir Kowalski to be sent back to Poland. Norwegian MFA claims … Continue reading Norway to expel Polish consul: EU reacts

Far-right begins EP campaign with a pro-gun ad

...clearly the electoral campaign has started. Friday morning I am up, open my computer, turn on Facebook to see how our blog project #Gimme5EUblogs looks like. I am happy to see there are almost 400 followers of the page in a week. Nice. I am back to Warsaw from Brussels, where we launched the project … Continue reading Far-right begins EP campaign with a pro-gun ad

Facebook manages bans with the Polish government

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