Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

A boxer in politics

I had the pleasure to meet him for the first time a few years ago when it seemed that he finished his sport career and started a political one. His start in politics was difficult but in recent years two things have happened. Klitschko returned to the sport and in local elections he introduced 400 representatives of his party (Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform) to the local authorities throughout Ukraine.

Everybody knows what Vitali is like in the ring – effective and successful. On the political salons he is also doing well. Yesterday he began a visit to the European Parliament where he arrived at the invitation of the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation. The dinner organised on this occasion gathered over 50 high-ranking politicians. Klitschko arouses a great interest because people hope he might bring a fresh breeze into politics. He is independent, well-educated and incredibly popular – at the Dniepr and across Europe.

The fact that he was invited to Brussels by the foundation associated with the German CDU is in my opinion a sign of the European Christian Democrats’ interest in his party. It is significant because until recently the only partner of the European People’s Party in Ukraine was the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc.

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