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
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
Everyday news is one thing. The Harrold Macmillan words "Events, dear boy, events" rule the politics and the media attention. What grows underneath in the country is not exactly catchy on a specific day. Yet to know why people say what they say is often as important as what they say. Not only the specific … Continue reading The kind of Europe PiS wants
When on Sunday Robert Biedroń entered the main stage in Warsaw's Torwar stadium, he had his Macron moment with the Ode to Joy playing in the background. Is Biedroń Poland's Macron the same way as the French president stopped the rise of Marine Le Pen in 2017? Can Biedroń be the response to the nationalist … Continue reading The Spring is coming
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.
Last Friday the leader of the Polish People's Party (Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe, PSL) Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz gave a major policy interview in Dziennik-Gazeta Prawna. In it he outlined the main issues his party has to confront in the current political environment. PSL has a stable support in the Polish society. As the only party it has … Continue reading Kosiniak-Kamysz: PSL like CSU
Where the horizon ends on the far, far right side, Sunday saw two new - marginal, I hope - developments in Poland. Both in the context of the European elections. Żółtek's Polexit First, another new party was created. It is called Polexit and its driver is Stanisław Żółtek, MEP, former associate of Janusz Korwin-Mikke. Mr. … Continue reading Far, far away on the right side
On Saturday, 26 January, the Civic Platform (PO) and its remaining partner within the Civic Coalition, the small association Initiative Poland (Inicjatywa Polska, IP), held a congress. Its leitmotif: "Woman - Poland - Europe". Now we know the main platform of the Polish leading opposition in the campaign ahead of 26 May: it's the women's … Continue reading PO gears up for the European Parliament
Ever since the local and regional elections in October and November 2018, the opinion polls have been stable. PiS support is between 30 and 40%, depending on methodology, and PiS is always first. Behind - the opposition. The largest party is the Civic Platform (PO) under the leadership of Grzegorz Schetyna. Latest opinion polls put … Continue reading The Opposition Prepares for Battle
...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
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
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!