Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

Minority government

I ma trying no to compare Ukraine 2014 and Poland 1989. Different times, different geopolitics and different people. I must admit, however, that there are some similarities. The following months in Ukraine might resemble the times of Tadeusz Mazowiecki’s governance in Poland: there was a majority in Sejm, frightened opposition from former Polish United Worker’s Party, OKP (Citizens Parliamentary Committe) forced reforms and changes and the rest approved them seeing that “Solidarność” had the nation’s support. Similar scenario may be repeated nowadays in Ukraine.

New government will win the Verkhovna Rada’s support but it will be formed by minority. Batkivshchyna and Swoboda make together slightly more than 100 seats. They are however additionally boosted by Maidan. Part of the Party of the Regions and Udar will raise hands for this government, but in every case on the table the prime minister will have to negotiate support. This situation might be a result of chaos in the Party of the Regions. It was abandoned by almost half of the members. The rest do not really know how to react to this new reality. Sooner or later they should sit in the Verkhovna Rada and take the benches of the opposition.

Slightly different is the situation of Vitali Klitschko. The leader of UDAR did not want to become a minister but he would have been happy to take a position of the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada for his party. This, however, was refused to him. He will observe everything from a certain distance, make reviews and prepare himself for the presidential election.

Out of the representatives of Maidan I would like to point out the person of Andriy Parubiy. He was a true commander of Maidan, he was governing. When in January, in the middle of the cold night he was showing us how demonstrators live and prepare for defence, I had no doubts that this deputy from Batkivshchyna was making his own history. He will be appointed Chief of National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine.

Another person in a long list of partners I know and with whom I cooperated.

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