Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

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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Jacek Saryusz-Wolski MEP is an author of quite an original concept on Ukraine: President Yanukovych has been deceiving us since the very beginning and he did not want to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union even for a while. All the talks, negotiations and treaties were merely a means to raise the value… » read more

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The meeting of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee is under way. Although it has been one year since the Ukrainian parliamentary election, little optimism can be felt among participants, some of whom constitute a strong Ukrainian representation. Yesterday, after a motion put forward by the Party of Regions, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine decided that… » read more

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Today morning in an interview by Monika Olejnik, the President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski asked about his reflection on the burning of Warsaw rainbow said sincerely that he does not understand the arsonists because the installation was built at the Savior Square in Warsaw to commemorate Polish presidency in the European Union!!! Formally speaking, the… » read more

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Commentators agree that the reasons for an extraordinary visit of John Kerry to Poland are rather unclear. On this occasion, I have read some speculations that the Secretary of State wants to forewarn us against what else Edward Snowden knows in order to avoid an unpleasant surprise after another leak. This observation, even if made… » read more

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Polish press seems to have overlooked several crucial events in Ukraine. Over a week ago, Yulia Tymoshenko accepted the proposal of partial pardon put forward by Cox and Kwasniewski. Interestingly, this news was revealed during a political talk-show the following day. The same issue is being worked upon by the Verkhovna Rada. Two legislative proposals… » read more

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Great politics consists of small and silent declarations which at a certain moment hit us with the power of the waterfall. A few days ago, after a meeting of Marine Le Pen with Austrian Freedom Party, a seemingly insignificant message appeared. Both parties declared that nationalistic international group in Europe (European Alliance for Freedom) will… » read more

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American budget crisis is developing. Official meetings are being held in Congress but on the third day there´s still no agreement. After an initial defense, Republicans begin to reveal number data, particularly the costs that have to be borne by employers, and simulations of the impact of these costs on a labour market. For now,… » read more

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Shutdown

American government shutdown is seen by Europeans as a curiosity. Democrats and Republicans didn’t reach an agreement, they will quarrel for a while and everything will work out. Sitting on board of a plane that is about to land in Denver this problem seems more significant. Were the state employees who work at airport control… » read more

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