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

PiS fights the Solidarność heritage

Back in time: in 1980s a massive political opposition to the Communist government of Poland arises under the name Solidarność. It has its leaders and structure. It works under the spiritual leadership of the Pope of the Catholic Church and a fellow Pole John Paul II. Solidarność is popular: at the peak of its days … Continue reading PiS fights the Solidarność heritage

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.

European Coalition for Poland

The European Coalition for Poland is a new initiative of former Polish pro-European prime ministers and foreign ministers, who have joined forces to stop the anti-European march of the Law and Justice. Will they succeed? Will this push for unity among the opposition forces be successful? On February 1, the Civic Platform's leader Grzegorz Schetyna … Continue reading European Coalition for Poland

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

Kosiniak-Kamysz: PSL like CSU

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