Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

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The map of Europe which shows the levels of unemployment in the European Union countries is worth the look. Let’s first exclude, however, two dark islands – Spain and Greece. These countries depart significantly from the average (already quite high) unemployment rate in the EU. A number of conclusions which break down a stereotype over… » read more

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If numerous ‘fans’ of Aleksander Kwasniewski feel like following his Ukrainian mission activities I have a surprise for them. A day schedule of the former President and Pat Cox for both today and tomorrow. Monday 9-12 Meeting with President Yanukovych 12-13:30 Meeting with PM Azarov 14-30-15:30 Meeting with Speaker Rybak 16-17 Meeting with Tymoshenko defence… » read more

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When I am writing these words Aleksander Kwasniewski and Pat Cox are giving a report on their Ukrainian mission at the Conference of Presidents in the European Parliament. The mission is concluded by the release of 2 former ministers in Yulia Tymoshenko government (earlier one more prisoner had been released) The report prepared by Kwaśniewsk… » read more

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LGBT and the visas

Yesterday the European Parliament held a debate on visa facilitation for the Ukrainians. The issue seemed indisputable since it applies to a small group of citizens – youths, students and seniors. The idea in question concerns mainly prolonging the visa validity and in some cases reducing the cost of issuance. I used the word SEEMED… » read more

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The government and its representatives give inconsistent statements on so called Yamal II. What is known for sure is the fact that a memorandum has been signed and that its impact is contrary to national interest. All the other issues might be subject to interpretation. They say that the memorandum is not significant. Then why… » read more

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Information on the settlement of the Cypriot crisis hit today’s press covers. Articles feature pictures of furious people, most of whom are mad at Brussels. It was bad Brussels who ordered to close the banks and is actually to be blamed for everything. Angry Cypriots and sympathetic citizens of other countries deserve a few words… » read more

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The results of voting on budget at the Plenary Session last week were crushing. Over 500 MEPs were for, 161 against and 23 abstained. But what did it really mean to be FOR? FOR veto, if the Council did not engage in negotiations FOR flexibility, which meant moving unused money in time and from one… » read more

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Annual AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) conference consists of two types of activities. Firstly, for a few hours a day, there is a plenary session which gathers over 13 thousand delegates who come to listen to the speech of the star of the day. On Sunday, an outgoing Israeli Minister of Defence, Ehud Barak,… » read more

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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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