Four Corruption Waves Hit PiS

It is a common knowledge: corruption scandals take down governments. How you deal with them is crucial for any party survival. Three years into government, PiS is facing challenges on multiple fronts. Case 1: Military Equipment On Monday a bombshell hits the Polish morning news: Bartłomiej M., a former advisor and protégé of the powerful … Continue reading Four Corruption Waves Hit PiS

Far, far away on the right side

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

PO gears up for the European Parliament

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

EP Elections: This Time I’m Voting

Ever since 1979 the turnout in the European elections has been lower than five years before. In 2014 the first indications suggested the trend might have been stopped. Unfortunately when the final data came through, it turned out that the turnout was the lowest in history, once again. In 2014 only 42,54% of Europeans voted. … Continue reading EP Elections: This Time I’m Voting

Czaputowicz bravado on the Brexit backstop

Two days ago, minister Jacek Czaputowicz spoke to the daily Rzeczpospolita about Brexit's backstop. The Bravado Monday, 21 January. Minister of foreign affairs Jacek Czaputowicz in discussion with Jędrzej Bielecki, a journalist of Rzeczpospolita. The interview is published. The question is if the UK can be saved from hard Brexit. The minister: "We need brave … Continue reading Czaputowicz bravado on the Brexit backstop

The Opposition Prepares for Battle

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

Poland to open a lobby centre in Brussels

The Polish Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology wants to open a Polish lobby hub in Brussels. Why? There are almost 12,000 registered lobbyists in the European Transparency Register, 227 of them are located in Poland and 2082 in Belgium. Only about 10 associations/organisations based in Brussels represent the Polish companies. This figure does not include … Continue reading Poland to open a lobby centre in Brussels

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

The Adamowicz Murder Fall-Out

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

How MEPs are elected in Poland

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

First Polish reactions to the Brexit vote

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

A new role for Poland in the Trump’s World

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

Poland’s public TV is a propaganda tube, confirmed.

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.

ALERT! Mayor of Gdańsk attacked UPDATE

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