Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

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Nest of Spies

Back in the old days Vienna used to be the capital of European espionage. Austria turned a blind eye to numerous agents milling around the Capital on the Danube under the guise of diplomats and businessmen. Austria was not a member of NATO; it abolished visas for the Eastern countries, and was easy to reach.… » read more

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Obviously foreign ministers have much more time than their colleagues from finance. That is my observation from the brainstorming that recently swept over Warsaw, further moving to the West. After a fruitful debate, the representatives of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain came up with a statement to define… » read more

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Human Factor

Since 2 weeks we have been watching the streets of Arab countries, where thousands of people storm the U.S. embassies and burn their flags. The U.S. Ambassador was murdered in Libya. Those Internet users, who ended up watching the notorious video by the end of the night, do not protest. The ones in the streets… » read more

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Despite the discussion being divided into separate panels, every debate in Yalta would go down to the financial crisis and functioning of the European Union. If the panel on the Future of Europe includes such speakers as the former Prime Minister of Great Britain Gordon Brown, Turkey’s Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen… » read more

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A conference like the one in Yalta is bound to have its rituals, stars and local flavours. The main ritual would be the traditional opening of the meeting by the President of Ukraine. This year he did that together with the Prime Minister of Turkey. Yanukovych did not surprise us, but Erdogan definitely did. Most… » read more

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B+ for Barroso

Jose Manuel Barroso is a great speaker indeed. Moreover, he is constantly maturing, just like old wine. Yesterday he did not bother with the usual courtesies and instead simply outlined the major dilemma EU is currently facing: together or separately? President of the European Commission pointed out the hypocrisy of several countries (like Finland or… » read more

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In less than 50 days Ukraine will hold the parliamentary election. A few minor facts describe the landscape of this last stage. The opposition has decided to submit a motion for the dismissal of President Yanukovych, accusing him of constantly violating the constitution. 500 thousands Ukrainians signed the petition. They have no chance to succeed… » read more

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Everything is clear

Last week I shared my impressions regarding the Republicans’ convention. Democrats have worked hard to come up with an alternative to what their rivals had to offer, and President Obama presented it last night. In fact, it is an elaboration on the idea of a welfare state American-style. Access to education and health care is… » read more

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Trumpets on board!

Maybe the name of the MEP for Luxembourg shall be of a great significance for this story. The thing is that a representative of the European People’s Party, Georges Bach, addressed the European Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas with an urgent request. Mr Bach demands for the musicians to be able to transport their instruments… » read more

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