Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

Martin Schulz’s story is typical for the German thinking about European policy. He started modestly from the book trade in the tiny town of Würselen near Aachen. For two years he was its mayor, and in 1994 he came from local politics to the European Parliament. I am talking about a “typical story” because the majority of German MEPs from both major parties “jumped” from the local government (land) to Brussels. Anyway, so far, many national politicians in Germany have treated the EP as a lower category of politics.

Martin Schulz needed 10 years to become the head of the Socialist group. When I started my term in 2004, I voted for him. The past 7.5 years of my activity hasve been associated with his person. At that time I was the head of the Polish delegation, then Vice-President of the EP. I looked at his negotiation skills, the patient way of considering different reasons, even if it happened to him to lose his temper. Besides, he is a friendly person, demanding, efficient in actions and quite fast. These qualities enabled him to consolidate my fraction, which, though not the largest, has always voted consistently and is therefore influential.

For nearly 18 years Schulz has managed to perfectly understand both the mechanism of the EP and of the people who make this institution work. He entered into the national politics in Germany, because he is a member of the presidium of the SPD. Today we will choose him as the head of the European Parliament. He cared a lot about the Polish voters. Especially those from the EPP, because our (Socialist) votes already belonged to him.

I wish him a good term. Unlike its predecessor, he will carry an old, well-known principle of Archimedes: “Give me a fulcrum on which to rest, and I will move the earth.” Schulz knows where to find a fulcrum in the EP. He knows how to exploit the potential, ambition, but also complexes of my institution. He will fight like a lion for the unity of Europe and therefore he will have to risk a conflict with some of the Member States. He promises to fight for a strong Parliament and thanks to this he will certainly gain followers.

It will be interesting.

PS: Martin Schulz knows Poland. He has repeatedly reminded that his wife comes from Szprotawa, and he pronounces proudly, from time to time, a few words in Polish. For example “dziękuję bardzo” (“thank you very much”).

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  1. I really enjoy that Mr.Schulz will be European Parliaments’ Archimedes. I don’t know he is or he isn’t the best MP for beeing an EP President but I’m sure that he will be much better than one of the musketeers. Now EU is needing a resolution voice which tell everyone that unity is as improtant as indsipensable to life.

  2. German socialist Martin Schulz certainly will be a great president of the European Parliament. He is the right person in the right place at the right time.

  3. If our socialist Archimedes were to run naked through the streets of Strasbourg, shouting ‘Eureka’ like his metaphorical ancient forebear, that would be a sight to behold.

    A gift appointment for the English public….every prejudice about Germans and Europe rolled up in one package.

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