Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

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The town of Sederot is as young as Israel itself. It was established in 1951 and it is inhabited by 24 thousand people. Nobody would probably ever know that such a town exists if it wasn’t for its location- it is situated about one kilometre away from the Gaza Strip border. Its dark fame derives… » read more

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As we know, Israeli authorities rejected the UN resolution concerning Palestine. Yesterday I spoke to president Simon Peres who can find a positive side to this situation, as it is usually the case with an experienced man. He said that after the last “seven-day-long war” and the UNs decision, the only thing that is left… » read more

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Day After UN Voting

Outbreak of joy in the West Bank. Hidden anger in Israel. The situation is well illustrated by the drawing from the yesterday’s International Herald Tribune- ecstatic Abbas receiving the decision about his upgrade to a nonmember observer state status at the United Nations and Obama making a remark to Netanjahu in the plenary room: “It… » read more

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The Gaza conflict ceasefire has still been in place since it took effect. Israel has not been attacked by militant rockets and, in result, it has not carried out any reprisal attacks. It might be expected that this state of bliss will soon be over, if not literally then at least media silence over Gaza… » read more

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When everyone talks about truce, there exists a strong suspicion that each has got something else in mind – the idea behind it differs. Great authorities of worldwide politics such as UN Secretary General to begin with, US Secretary of State or finally the president of Egypt have already engaged into the conflict in the… » read more

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This morning Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski via twitter made a ‘political analysis’ of Barack Obama’s victory – ‘My intuition once again told me rightly that with the polls on a knife-edge the current President has an advantage’. It is a little embarrassing for the incumbent Minister of Foreign Affairs. Embarrassing – because it is… » read more

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Many people think that the European Parliament has a decorative role and only approves decisions taken elsewhere. Or does not approve. Yesterday it gave a consent to a seemingly trivial thing that concerns trade in medicines. The European Union considers trade agreements as an important tool of foreign policy. Mediterranean countries are covered by the… » 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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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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