EP post-Brexit: the End of Centre-Left Majority

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Brexit is looming on the European Parliament. A few days ago the EP's research service published a simulation showing how the Parliament changes on 1 February 2020, the day EU shrinks to 27 member states. The main consequence for the delicate balance in the fragmented Parliament is the end of the minimal centre-left majority in … Continue reading EP post-Brexit: the End of Centre-Left Majority

2 Commissioners missing

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Today there were hearings in the European Parliament. Extra hearings following the rejection of the initial candidates for Commissioners from Romania, Hungary and France. The replacement candidates who did well are the two: Adina-Ioana Vălean of Romania, who is scheduled to be the Commissioner for transport, and Thierry Breton of France, who will be responsible … Continue reading 2 Commissioners missing

Wojciechowski gets EP approval on second attempt

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Janusz Wojciechowski will be Ursula's von der Leyen's Commissioner for Agriculture, after all. The Agricultural Committee of the European Parliament just heard the Polish politician for the second time today. After the second hearing was held with Mr Wojciechowski speaking at ease in his native language, the coordinators unanimously agreed to give him a green … Continue reading Wojciechowski gets EP approval on second attempt

The Hearings Are Coming Up

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The second to last element in the process of establishing the new European leadership is about to take place. The show will begin as each of the individual Commissioners-nominees will face the European Parliament committee or committees. In the committees public hearings are scheduled. Here is the itinerary of the upcoming shows: 30 September: Commissioners … Continue reading The Hearings Are Coming Up

Krasnodębski is NOT a Vice-President. How come?

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There are 14 vice-presidents of the European Parliament. Elected in three rounds on Wednesday, here they are: The natural thing for the European Parliament in choosing its vice-president is to do so by a consensus between the political groups. Except for, there is no consensus in this new European Parliament. Cordon sanitaire There are two … Continue reading Krasnodębski is NOT a Vice-President. How come?

Habemus papam… not yet

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2 July 2019, a series of tweets of Donald Tusk: https://twitter.com/eucopresident/status/1146102183034785792 https://twitter.com/eucopresident/status/1146102257555050496 https://twitter.com/eucopresident/status/1146102340732235776 https://twitter.com/eucopresident/status/1146102409959227395 This is the package negotiated by the European Council. No place for Mr Weber. No place for Mr Timmermans. Why? The European People's Party got stubborn in their demands for an EPP politician on top of the next European Commission. If … Continue reading Habemus papam… not yet

The Battle of 2 ex-PMs in the European Parliament is looming

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Two weeks ago the new European Parliament is chosen. Today the politicians and the media in Poland are already focused on the next hurdle, the Sejm and the Senate elections in October. Meanwhile, the new European Parliament is self-organizing, taking shape and taking its first decisions. The European People's Party (EPP), the largest political group … Continue reading The Battle of 2 ex-PMs in the European Parliament is looming

Tusk goes political & violent incidents in South Poland

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The last weekend before the European elections the Polish campaign is gaining speed. The paedophilia covered in the Catholic Church dominates the debate. With the 18 May march in Warsaw and reinforcement in the person of Donald Tusk, the European Coalition motivates its supporters and hopes to outplay Law and Justice. 18 May, morning, Warsaw: … Continue reading Tusk goes political & violent incidents in South Poland

Only 6 Committees to run in EP elections in Poland

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The Electoral Commission registered all the electoral lists and only six of them are registered in the entire country, hence are entitled to mandates, should they meet the 5% threshold in Poland. They are (with the list numbers next to them): Confederacy KORWiN Braun Liroy NationalistsSpring of BiedrońEuropean Coalition - PO, PSL, SLD, .N and … Continue reading Only 6 Committees to run in EP elections in Poland

The Scare v. The Big Lie

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The campaign to the European Parliament in Poland revolves around the weekends, when all the major political blocks try to impose a new narrative. This weekend is no different. In the recent weeks PiS run an anti-LGBT campaign (failed) and a series of proposals with new spending programme (party successful). The European Coalition response so … Continue reading The Scare v. The Big Lie

Hübner & Boni still fight for the MEP seat

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Two of some of the best politicians in the outgoing European Parliament (judging by the amount of MEP Awards nominations, alone...) have been elected five years before from the Warsaw electoral district. This spring they both faced a non-inclusion threat on the list of candidates' of the otherwise crowded European Coalition. The European Coalition puts … Continue reading Hübner & Boni still fight for the MEP seat

Hübner & Boni out of the European Parliament?

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The European Coalition (KE) has presented its leaders in the upcoming European elections. Only a third of the current Civic Platform (PO) MEPs has a real life chance to return to the Strasbourg chamber in July. Some very well known MEPs are not coming back. The lead candidates are: Lewandowski is (almost) sure to return … Continue reading Hübner & Boni out of the European Parliament?

Orbán’s days in the EPP are…

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Early March in Brussels is a cloudy weather for Fidesz, the Hungarian EPP member. Fidesz is a powerful national party in Hungary, ruling alone in Budapest since 2010. Fidesz is also a powerful party within the European People's Party. With 12 MEPs the Hungarian delegation in among the strongest in the EPP group. EPP's chief … Continue reading Orbán’s days in the EPP are…