Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

In the USA everyone can lobby in his own interest, provided that is it carried out openly and within the limits set by American law. The biggest organization which sows fear among politicians (even Barack Obama recently) is the National Rifle Association of America (NRA). Nothing to be add here. The second such organization with… » read more

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Hardly anyone notices a few additional consequences of a new electoral arithmetic in Italy. A strong position of Silvio Berlusconi and Beppe Grillo (Five Star Movement) reflects Italian support for anti-German rhetoric of both leaders. It also shows how easy it is to play with anti-European minds. Grillo could do anything during the campaign. Therefore,… » read more

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Short message

The EU-Ukraine Summit will be held in Brussels next Monday. The atmosphere around the bilateral relations is quite dense. Since 10 December, when the European Union accepted the election results, there has not been a significant step forward towards the fulfilment of the Union’s requirements. Just to recall, the changes in question included election law… » read more

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A political season usually starts later in Ukraine than in Poland. Christmas holiday falls there in January. However, a Ukrainian political year has not started yet. Normally, the Parliament should resume its session on 5th February but it didn’t. Opposition blocked the parliament’s presidium and rostrum demanding introduction of personal voting. The issue may sound… » read more

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I do not want to put a damper on a nice atmosphere around the European budget. It is better to have a multiannual perspective than not to have it at all. I would not like to put joyful minister Sikorski in a bad mood either. He is trying to save his own hide since he… » read more

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Ukrainian day

Yesterday for me everything was all about Ukraine. I will start not very chronologically but in the afternoon the mission Kwasniewski-Cox arrived at the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament. After a long conversation, which concerned more the relations between the EU and Ukraine, it was decided that the mandate of the mission’s members… » read more

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The European Parliament is a practical institution. When majority is needed and an issue does not have to be tackled at a Plenary Session, a so called “Conference of Presidents” decides. The word conference is clear. “Presidents” are leaders of political groups. It is known how many swords they have in their scabbards. Thus, it… » read more

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Michael Cashman is a Labour Member of the European Parliament. He is a president of the LGBT-rights intergroup. The structure consists of 139 members representing almost all countries and all political groups. I have talked with Michael Cashman about a recent voting on civil partnerships in the Polish Sejm. He was very much interested in… » read more

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In the common language “a child, a person with special needs” reflects a permanent physical or mental disability. These words were used by Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs to describe the position of Great Britain in the European Union. He could have mentioned an illness, told about a possible treatment, claimed his readiness to help,… » read more

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When William Browder, a grandson of an American Communist and a former presidential candidate Earl Browder, decided to invest in Russia in 1996, everything seemed rather easy. The fund registered in London was thriving with its assets reaching $4billion in a short time. The profits were so high that more than $200 million tax was… » read more

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