Bo, I will not defend PiS to the last drop of my blood. ;D
Good. It seems that people who try to work for/with PiS suffer a moral breakdown. www.tvn24.pl/-1,1608661,0,1,nietrzezwa-cugier_kotka-pobila-sie-z-policjantami,wiadomosc.html
Especially that they are doomed and their role will only diminish -as we have agreed in another thread.
Not quite. They are doomed not to gain power again, anymore. Their voters, all those uneducated and obsessed with various national phobias are too few to give PiS victory. But they will last for many many years because they will always find the uneducated and obsessed to vote them.
But there's a difference between what is PiS programme and what Jarosław says.
Curently the programme doesn`t matter as long as Duck brothers act like Napoleons.
Euro parliament elects new leader The European Parliament has elected former Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek as the chamber's president. The election of the 69-year-old Polish conservative was the first job of the newly-elected parliament in Strasbourg. The elections last month produced an assembly of 736 MEPs with the centre-right forming the biggest bloc. "Human rights will be a priority," Mr Buzek told MEPs, recalling the key role of the Solidarity trade union movement in democratising Poland in the 1980s. MEPs will postpone for at least two months a vote on reappointing European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso, a veteran Portuguese conservative. The new parliament includes far-right groups that made gains in June, including the British National Party. Correspondents say it is not clear how British MEPs from the political mainstream will interact with their two colleagues from the BNP. It is also not yet clear whether the BNP will form a new bloc with other far-right MEPs - including those from Hungary's Jobbik, France's National Front, Belgium's Vlaams Belang, Bulgaria's Ataka, the Danish People's Party, and the Dutch Freedom Party - or be independent. Strongest bloc June's election produced a clear victory for centre-right parties across Europe. Although the 25 British Conservative Party MEPs have left the European People's Party to form the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR), the EPP remains the strongest bloc in parliament with 264 seats. The centre-left Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in Europe (PASDE) is the second largest bloc with 183 MEPs, followed by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) with 84.
Quite how influential the ECR will be in the new parliament should become clear when the members and chairmen of the powerful committees are decided, says the BBC's Dominic Hughes in Strasbourg. The EPP and PASDE are expected to share the presidency of the parliament over the next five years, with Mr Buzek the first to occupy the top job for two-and-a-half years. Our correspondent says the president sets the tone of the parliament and can rule on points of order. The post holder also represents the assembly to heads of state and government. Absent from the session, however, will be a vote on the reappointment of Mr Barroso as president of the European Commission, the EU's executive arm. The former Portuguese PM has the support of all 27 member states, but his centre-right allies in the assembly do not have a majority. The Greens bloc, which increased its number of MEPs to 52, said in a statement on Monday that it did "not trust him to wholeheartedly implement the policies that Europe urgently needs" as a result of his handling of the economic crisis in recent months. The chairman of the PASDE, Martin Schulz, meanwhile said EU nations had made a mistake by trying to force a vote well before Mr Barroso's term ended in October. "They wanted to rush this through, and we have prevented that. We will see and hear in September what Mr Barroso has to say and discuss with him," he said. "What I have seen over the past weeks does not make me hopeful." The Swedish presidency, which took over from the Czech Republic on 1 July, will lay out its priorities for the next six months on Wednesday.
NEW PARLIAMENT IN FIGURES Half of MEPs were re-elected, half are new Highest proportion of newly-elected MEPs is from Lithuania Youngest MEP - Emilie Turunen (Danish), 25 Oldest MEP - Ciriaco De Mita (Italian), 81 Women MEPs - 35.3% (31.2% in old parliament) Finland has most women MEPs (61.5%) Malta has no women MEPs
EPP - European People's Party (Christian Democrats) PASDE - Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in Europe (centre-left) ALDE - Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (liberal) GUE/NGL - European United Left-Nordic Green Left (left-wing) Greens/EFA - Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens and regionalists/ nationalists) ECR - European Conservatives and Reformists Group (right-wing) EFD - Europe of Freedom and Democracy (Eurosceptic) NI - Non-attached (MEPs not part of any group) These groups may change if new alliances are formed. The number of MEPs will increase to 754 if the Lisbon Treaty comes into force.
PiS fraction in EP blackmails British consrervatives and wins the Eurosceptics group`s leadership.
Tories give up EU parliamentary leadership of Eurosceptic group
Timothy Kirkhope surrenders leadership of new group to Polish MEP after deal to secure a vice-presidency of the parliament for the Pole unravels
The Conservatives were today forced to forfeit the leadership of their new Eurosceptic grouping in the European parliament in order to prevent it from falling it apart on its first day.
Timothy Kirkhope, the Tory leader in the chamber in Strasbourg, had to surrender the leadership of the new group to the Polish MEP Michal Kaminski after a deal to secure a vice-presidency of the parliament for the Pole unravelled, triggering a major row.
On the first day of the new parliament on Tuesday, the veteran Tory MEP Edward McMillan-Scott defied the party whip and stood for one of the vice-presidency posts despite Conservative pledges last week that Kaminski would be backed for it.
Kaminski's bid for a vice-presidency then failed, and McMillan-Scott ignored pleas from David Cameron to make way for the Pole.
The Poles then threatened to abandon the new caucus of "European conservatives and reformists" on its first day unless Kaminski was made the group leader in the parliament.
Kirkhope went to an emergency meeting with the Poles in Strasbourg and proposed sharing the group leadership with the Pole.
He was rebuffed and had to step down as the overall fraction leader.
The 55-strong grouping is the fourth biggest caucus in the new parliament. The Tories are the strongest national contributor, with 26 members, while the Poles of the Law and Justice party are the second biggest contingent with 15 seats.
Cameron formed the new grouping, mainly with new EU member states from eastern Europe, to campaign against the Lisbon treaty.
The move brought an end to two decades of collaboration with the mainstream centre-right parties in the EU.
The dispute with the Poles in the first 48 hours of the new parliament highlights the volatility of the new caucus and raises questions about its durability.
McMillan-Scott, a vice-president in the outgoing parliament and a long-serving MEP, was expelled from the Conservative delegation in the European parliament.
He could yet decide to rejoin the mainstream centre-right European People's party, making him the sole Briton in the parliament's biggest fraction.
While proclaiming his loyalty as a lifelong Conservative, McMillan-Scott is known to believe Cameron's new allies in Poland are "racist and homophobic".
Liberal on market, conservative at home thenews.pl 14.07.2009
Civic Platform is liberal and conservative at the same time, conclude scientists from the Free University of Brussels and the University of Wroclaw.
Polish and Belgian political scientists conducted research among 500 Civic Platform (PO) members, including PM Donald Tusk and top ministers.
The research shows that an average member of Civic Platform believes in God (93 percent), has a university education (91 percent) and lives in a city (82 percent).
When it comes to the economy, Civic Platform members express liberal views. They are strongly against state interference in the economy, support a low flat tax, want to diminish the role of trade unions and claim that IVF should be co-financed by the state.
However, Civic Platform is conservative with regards to social issues. Over 60 percent of party members think that the Catholic Church in Poland is too influential but at the same time they do not mind crosses hanging on the walls of public institutions.
An average Civic Platform activist opposes abortion on demand (56 percent), thinks that people who want to have children should get married (46 percent), does not approve of same sex marriages and thinks that homosexuality is against human nature (over 50 percent). Most members of Civic Platform (80 percent) oppose the legalization of soft drugs.
The Law and Justice candidate for president Jaroslaw Kaczynski is more popular among the female electorate while Civic Platform’s Bronislaw Komorowski can count on well-educated city dwellers, shows a new poll.
A survey conducted by SMG/KRC shows that Jaroslaw Kaczynski can mainly count on women for his support. Sixty one percent of female electorate want to vote for the Law and Justice leader. Most Poles who support Kaczynski are between 46 and 59 years old (29 percent) and over 60 years old (25 percent). The former prime minister’s electorate consists mainly of people who graduated from a primary school (28 percent) and some university graduates (12 percent). Kaczynski is popular mainly in the countryside (41 percent) and towns (31 percent). Most of Kaczynski’s adherents support the Law and Justice party.
An equal amount of men and women support acting president Bronislaw Komorowski. Civic Platform’s candidate’s electorate consists mainly of middle-age and older people. One third of Komorowski’s supporters are between 45 and 59 years old and one forth are over 60 years old. Most Poles who wish to vote for Komorowski are Civic Platform’s voters and are well-educated.
As many as 36 percent of the acting President’s adherents are secondary school graduates and 25 percent have higher education. Komorowski is popular among inhabitants of big cities (61 percent) and medium-size cities (50 percent).
The Democratic Left Alliance’s candidate Grzegorz Napieralski, contrary to the party’s expectations, has not managed to woo a younger electorate. Only six percent of young people below 24 years old would cast their votes on the left-wing candidate. Meanwhile, a conservative-liberal Janusz Korwin-Mikke and an independent Andrzej Olechowski can mainly count on young people – respectively 58 percent and 36 percent of the Polish youth would vote for them.
The popular election of the President of Poland will be held on 20 June 2010. If necessary, a run-off will be held on 4 July 2010. 
After President Lech Kaczyński's death in a plane crash on 10 April 2010, the Constitution required the Marshal of the Sejm to declare the date within two weeks, with the election to take place on a weekend within the following 60 days, i.e. 20 June at the latest. On 21 April, the Marshal, Bronisław Komorowski, announced the election date as 20 June 2010.  Candidates were required to register by 26 April 2010 (with 1,000 signatures of voters in support) and submit 100,000 signatures by 6 May 2010. 
I can`t tell you why because the law is the law - no campaigning on the day.
Have you already taken part in voting? American Poles have:
See films (after commercials): www.tvn24.pl/12691,1661416,0,1,kolejki-do-konsulatow-kazde-wybory-sa-wazne,wiadomosc.html
US kicks off Poland’s election 20.06.2010 01:11
Because of time difference, Polish Americans in the US are the first to vote in Poland’s presidential elections. The June 20 elections are actually being held on June 19 in North America, with polling stations open from 6 am to 8 pm local time.
Voting at consular offices is taking place in Chicago, New York, Washington and Los Angeles.
Polish Radio reports that at 6 am sharp, a group of Polish Americans were queuing outside the consulate in Washington, after especially making the trip by bus to vote. Izabella and Dariusz Bogacki came from Baltimore to vote in the capital, after living in the US for 10 years. “We were prepared for elections in October, but [the Smolensk disaster] happened. So here we are now. We always vote,” Dariusz, a real estate agent, said. According to Włodzimierz Sulgostowski, the consul-general in Washington, 28 regional election committees have been created to match voters’ demand. This year a record number of Poles living in the US registered to vote, including over 18,771 in Chicago as well as 16, 218 in New York.
In total, 38,000 - that’s 8,000 more in the general elections of 2007 - have registered to vote across the US. This year for the first time about 50 Poles living in Alaska will be able to cast their votes, as will be a hundred Poles living in Las Vegas.
In Poland polling stations open till 20.00 CET, June 20, until when ‘pre-election silence’ is in place.
We will see, on July 4th. who the people want, and I hope he is the best person for the people, but it looks like both are good. I just hope that Poland does not get a bad leader like we have here in the USA. He will go down in history as the worst ever, if he does not get shot first. And it is not just because he is black, that he is no good.
22.06.2010 10:58 The National Election Committee announced the final election results of the presidential election, Monday evening.
The figures provided by the Committee show that in total, 30,815,005 Poles were entitled to vote in the election last Sunday. Actual turnout amounted to 16,923,832 people, a frequency of 54.94 percent. The number of valid votes was 16,806,170, with 117,662 spoiled ballots being cast. Two candidates, Bronislaw Komorowski and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, will be competing for the presidential post in a second round of elections to be held on July 4. Civic Platform’s candidate, Bronislaw Komorowski gained the most votes in Sunday’s ballot, with 41.54 percent, amounting to 6,981,319 votes. Komorowski’s best results were obtained in Poznan (56.41 percent), Gdansk (52.93 percent) and Opole (51.62 percent). The worst three constiuencies for the Civic Platform candidate were Zamosc (22.48 percent), Lomza (23.62 percent) and Biala Podlaska (25.17 percent). Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of Law and Justice came runner-up in the presidential race, gaining 36.46 percent, equal to 6,128,255 ballots cast. Kaczynski’s best results were mainly from areas in eastern Poland (click here for more information on how Poland voted in the election), gaining the highest proportion of the ballot in Lomza (58.23 percent), Nowy Sacz (57.87 percent) and Rzeszow (56.48 percent). The lowest results for Kaczynski were noted in Poznan (23.08 percent), Koszalin (23.48 percent) and in Pila (24.02 percent). Third place was claimed by leftist candidate Grzegorz Napieralski, who gained 13.68 percent of the ballot, amounting to 2,299,870 votes. The highest recorded frequency was in the Baltic resort of Rewal, with 82.21 percent of eligible voters going to cast their ballot. The lowest turnout was in the Radlow ward, located in the Opole constituency (27.30 percent). (jb)
Alphabetical list of presidential candidates with ballot result
For 3 weeks, I have been isolated from the Polish political life. I didn`t even listen to the car radio. Coming back home, I learnt that Kaczyński broke off with his pre-election image of a nice man and returned to rampant accusations and violent political fight with the ruling party.
We see if it will do him any good but experts are rather sceptic about positive results.
Yes, my point exactly...swimming and enjoying your holiday is 'way lovelier than watching or listening to news about politics!
Yes, seeing how PiS party is dealing with current political issues makes me really worried. I just see how irrationally people can behave and I get scared because they are so unpredictable. God forbid they ever rule Poland again.
Yes, seeing how PiS party is dealing with current political issues makes me really worried. I just see how irrationally people can behave and I get scared because they are so unpredictable. God forbid they ever rule Poland again.
The newest poll: The ruling party would get 46% votes, the opposition PiS - only 26%.
It means that no matter what PO does, Poles will vote for it in fear of PiS which is suspected of political madness.
Poor voter turnout appears to be a Polish speciality. A recent survey showed that this tradition is here to stay. Homo Homini, a Polish pollster, predicted a turnout of 49.7 percent if next year’s parliamentary election were to have taken place last month. The ruling Civic Platform (PO) would have taken 35 percent of the vote, with Law and Justice (PiS) in second place with 25.4 percent. The Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) would have achieved the third best result with 16.4 percent, thus leaving the Polish People’s Party in last place with a result of 8.5 percent. The blame for low voter turnout is often placed on the political class, or is otherwise connected to the infancy of modern democracy in Poland. After all, the history of municipal authorities in Poland is only two decades long.
Municipal elections on 21 November will be somewhat overshadowed by the murder of Marek Rosiak, an assistant to MEP Janusz Wojciechowski, which took place on 19 October in Łódź. However, Grzegorz Schetyna, lower house speaker from Civic Platform, stated that his party planned an election campaign focused on regional politics. The slogan is supposed to be constructed of two elements. The first will be invented by the particular candidate, whereas the second will be “far from politics”. The idea behind this catchphrase is to present municipal affairs as independent from national politics. The Civic Platform has been leading its campaign by means of various media. In Łódź, the candidates will focus on Internet communication. On the other hand, activists in Małopolska distributed leaflets amongst farmers during an annual harvest festival, which took place in late September.
Jarosław Kaczyński, the opposition leader of the Law and Justice party, opened his election campaign by vowing to foster sustainable development and the relocation of budget funds to the poorest regions in Poland. He criticised the incumbent government for a vision of development which leads to the concentration of wealth in big metropolises. He described these privileged areas as “islands of opportunity”. Kaczyński expressed his concern that such policy will only lead to a division of Poles into better and worse citizens. He also proposed limiting directly elected posts to two terms in order to open prospects for new politicians.
The Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) launched its campaign in Silesia with the slogan “Together we can do more”. The party will try to attract voters by promoting new faces among the candidates. The Alliance also counts on support coming in particularly from feminist and environmental activists.
The Polish People’s Party (PSL), the populous party, is most active in the streets, according to its campaign manager Artur Andrysiak, in contrast to PO and PiS, who are dominant in the media. The campaign budget of PSL is said to be very modest, leading them to emphasise face to face contact with voters. The party is represented by the slogan “Man counts most” which has three meanings according to Andrysiak. First of all, candidates are always locals from the particular region. Further, PSL focuses on the voters, who they are obliged to serve when chosen. Finally, the party attempts to notice local leaders who stimulate their communities.
In Krakow, the highlight of the elections will be the race between Jacek Majchrowski, independent left-wing mayor of the city since 2002, and Stanisław Kracik, who is affiliated with the Civic Platform. The incumbent’s campaign promises further investments in transport and social housing. In contrast to every other candidate, he opposes the idea of an underground in Krakow, considering it too expensive. Kracik presented himself as an effective leader by boasting of his success stories as mayor of Niepołomice, a small town in Małopolska. Representing Law and Justice in the election is Andrzej Duda, while Piotr Boroń represents the Christian conservative party, Right of the Republic (PR).
Elsewhere in Małopolska, a bizarre incident occurred in Tarnów during the election campaign, where the representative of Law and Justice attempted to register a candidate list in which she included her daughter whilst leaving out several confirmed candidates. Party officials pledged to explain the affair.
An interesting novelty in the forthcoming elections is the introduction of voting by a representative. This is especially aimed at people with mobility limitations and those who will have turned 75 years old by election day. The voter must submit an appropriate request at latest 10 days before the vote.
Possessing EU citizenship gives every citizen of an EU Member State a limited right to vote in municipal elections in the area where they reside. The requirement is that the person holds resident status in Poland. A foreigner may only elect members of the city council or mayor of the city, town or village where he or she resides in Poland.
As Europe recovers from a financial crisis, it is particularly important to stimulate parallel growth in all Polish regions. Neglecting underdeveloped regions of Poland will seriously hamper the competitiveness of its economy. The prevailing notion is that Polish politics takes place foremost in Warsaw, which is not always the case.
Can we keep these results to keep PiS away from power?
I doubt it. But anything close to it will be good.
Ruling party jumps ahead in opinion polls 16.06.2011 A new poll released today reveals that if elections were to be held this week, the ruling Civic Platform party would be able to govern without the need for a coalition.
The survey, which was undertaken by pollsters GfK Polonia, shows the Civic Platform gaining 49 percent of the ballot. By comparison, the same pollster gave the ruling party 45 percent two weeks ago, and 42 percent one month ago.
Such a rise in support has widened the gap between Civic Platform and the major opposition party, Law and Justice, from 7 to 22 percentage points.
If the poll’s results would be reflected as a real scenario, the Civic Platform would gain 251 seats out of 460 in the Sejm lower parliamentary house, giving it an outright majority.
Meanwhile, support for Law and Justice has dropped to 27 percent, one of the lowest results this year. In May, 35 percent of respondents stated that they would vote for Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s party.
The Democratic Left Alliance would gain 13 percent of the ballot, with no change noted since the last GfK poll.
Junior coalition partner, the Polish Peasants’ Party would gain 3 percent, while the centre-right splinter group Poland Comes First would receive 2 percent of the ballot. Neither party would gain any seats. (jb)
Opposition loses first election campaign legal joust 24.08.2011 12:49 A court in Warsaw has ruled that the opposition Law and Justice party must apologise for making false statements about the government's record, ahead of the 9 October n election.
Law and Justice must make apologise and give 10,000 zloty (2,500 euros) to charity.
The catalyst for the case was the slogan under which the Civic Platform (PO), the senior coalition partner, is running its campaign.
The centre-right party is drumming up support under the banner: “Poland is being built” (Polska jest w budowie).
However, conservative rival Law and Justice (PiS) responded at a press conference that Poland is not being built but, “Poland is in a mess” (Polska jest w balaganie), adding that some of the planned or current investments that the senior coalition partner was claiming credit for could be ascribed to the work of previous governments.
Politicians from Civic Platform called for “a public correction of the false information that was uttered during the press conference of Law and Justice chief of staff Tomasz Poreba and spokesman Adam Hofman.”
Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski was swift to assess the development.
“There is perhaps no more foolish idea than trying to conduct an election campaign in the law courts,” he contested.
“All that I can say about it is that it has provided me with a great deal of amusement,” he added.
Meanwhile, Hofman himself, who made the initial remark about Poland being “in a mess,” took a sarcastic line at a follow-up press conference.
Hofman said that he could indeed follow PO's wishes, by “never again saying that Poland is not changing,” because “Poland is changing – for the worse,” he argued.
With five weeks to go before Poland's general election, leading opposition party, Law and Justice (PiS) has been accused of insulting part of its electoral base after its chief spin-doctor made some disparaging remarks about “peasants.” Adam Hofman, chief spokesman for the conservative Law and Justice party, made the comments concerning a promotional video of the current junior coalition partner, the Polish Peasant's Party (PSL). The PSL video shows party members dancing, in what appears to be a bid to attract a more youthful electorate ahead of the 9 October elections. “With PSL, the situation is that these peasants left their little towns and the countryside, and made it to Warsaw,” Law and Justice's Hofman reflected in an interview with television station TVN 24. “They became savage, and got dumb-founded, then they dance, sing and vote for such laws... as civil partnerships,” mused the conservative MP. “The peasants left the countryside and went bonkers,” he concluded. The apparent disdain for country folk made dizzy by the bright lights of the city by Law and Justice, a party which relies on a sizeable proportion of its vote from rural areas, sparked swift criticism from other parties. Prime Minister Donald Tusk described the remarks as “a scandal,” while on the campaign trail over the weekend. “I had hoped that this feeling that the city is so much more important than the countryside had vanished long ago,” Tusk said.
PSL peasants offered Hoffman a sugar beetroot:
BTW, calling someone a beetroot in Poland is an abuse.