Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

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Less Ukraine

There is no Ukraine in Davos this year. Well, there is, but not that vividly as it was in the last years. On Wednesday, Martin Schulz, Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwasniewski participated in a meeting held in camera with Deputy Prime Minister Jurij Bojko who represented the authorities and Petro Poroszenko speaking for the opposition.… » read more

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Time for mediation

A legislative package adopted recently by the Verkhovna Rada furnishes Ukrainian authorities with the right to harass the opposition not “under the pretext” but “due to” their failure to obey the law. This is a more dangerous weapon when hidden in holsters than in direct use. Everyone knows that Maidan protesters breach the law. The… » read more

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Since the beginning of the last year Prime Minister David Cameron has been announcing that he will be “tightening the taps for immigrants, including the Poles”. We reacted immediately- I sent a written question to the European Commission. The answer I received was giving Polish government every opportunity to continue legal procedures within the European… » read more

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Prime Minister David Cameron is reaching the top of his popularity. It is rather a negative popularity in the country on the Vistula River, but still. Hardly anyone mentions the context of his statement, namely the approaching elections to the European Parliament and the opposition Labour Party, which has been leading in the polls for… » read more

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Ukrainian portal „Tyzhden” published an article in which it warns against Russian actions directed towards several Members to the European Parliament who are engaged in the process of association of Ukraine with the European Union. The list includes 13 names – 5 Polish, 3 German, 2 Estonian, Dutch, Romanian and British. Political circle is mixed.… » read more

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„I would like to recommend you an article of Yaroslav Mendus, my Ukrainian adviser and a former deputy to Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The text was published in a popular Ukrainian Internet newspaper “Obozrevatel”. It is definitely worth reading” – Marek Siwiec Who – whom – where All revolutions are conceived by idealists, implemented by… » read more

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Two days in Kiev

Yesterday’s voting in the Vekhovna Rada was an important message about what is going on in Ukraine. Since the beginning of the demonstration in Majdan, there have been signs that so far united Party of the Regions got disintegrated. A few deputies announced their planned withdrawal from the party and it was also said that… » read more

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The sitting of Verkhovna Rada started some time ago. Routine as it seems, the imagine of Majdan somewhere at the background. It is obvious for me that in the face of the present situation the Parliament has to start talking. It possess all instruments to learn a lesson from all that has been going on… » read more

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Some claimed that venison with apple puree preceded by sturgeon in celery sauce would change the result of the Vilnius summit. The elegant dinner was full of courtesy and statements about the indivisibility of the continent, but it did not change the final outcome. We can expect the diplomatic relations with Ukraine to cool down… » read more

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A Few Differences

People in Kiev gathered again at Maidan Nezalezhnosti. Their demand was straightforward: they want to join the European Union. Many people asked me yesterday whether this protest might develop into a serious clash we know from the past. Nobody knows the answer, but this protest differs from that nine years ago. Today’s authorities have a… » read more

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