Right-Wing Parties Unite

July 23, 2014
(c) Fakt

The Holy Trinity (photo: Fakt)

After long negotiations, three of Poland’s right-wing parties have managed to reach an understanding regarding their future cooperation. On Saturday, the leaders of Law and Justice (PiS), United Poland (SP), and Poland Together (PRJG) signed a political agreement. “It is important to know the situation in the country, but also to know what to do in order to change it. One thing is certain: the change can only be accomplished together,” said Jarosław Kaczyński (PiS). According to the signed agreement, the two smaller parties will support a PiS candidate in the upcoming by-elections to the senate. Following that, all three parties will unite for this year’s regional elections, as well as in the parliamentary elections in 2015. In addition, the parties agreed to have one candidate in the presidential elections of 2015; however, none of the politicians wanted to comment on the rumour that the presidential candidate could be SP head Zbigniew Ziobro. Earlier this week, following a string of accusations made by PiS MPs who blamed the failure of negotiations on Ziobro and Gowin’s personal ambitions, Ziobro declared that he was willing to leave the world of politics if that was necessary for the right wing to unite.
wp.pl

Get Newzar directly by email


Ziobro and Gowin Join Forces

July 15, 2014
New Right-Wing Power?

New Right-Wing Power?

Zbigniew Ziobro’s United Poland (SP) and Jarosław Gowin’s Poland Together (PRJG) have decided to join forces and create a new parliamentary group. The new right-wing alliance under the leadership of Jarosław Gowin will have fifteen MPs. “For many weeks, we have been observing the deepening crisis of the state,” said Gowin, explaining the reasons for the parties banding together. According to PRJG leader, the ruling PO-PSL coalition has lost its political and moral right to rule. He sees establishing a partnership between various right-wing and patriotic political forces as the only feasible way to remove PM Donald Tusk from office. That being said, neither Ziobro nor Gowin attended the “uniting congress” of the right wing, which Law and Justice (PiS) held on Saturday. Both politicians have declared their willingness to continue negotiations between their political formations and PiS, but consider the celebratory congress premature. On Monday, PiS head Jarosław Kaczyński met with Ziobro in order to discuss the possibility of forging an alliance with his former Justice Minister’s party. Although the negotiations so far proved unsuccessful, Ziobro hopes that “an important step towards reaching an understanding has been made”.
tvn24.pl

Get Newzar here for free


PM Committed Crime?

June 26, 2014
In Trouble?

In Trouble?

The leader of the opposition and head of Law and Justice (PiS) Jarosław Kaczyński has said that his party will notify the public prosecutor that a crime may have been committed by Prime Minister Donald Tusk. According to the PiS head, the PM knew about the irregularities of Amber Gold, but did not notify law enforcement agencies. Kaczyński was referring to one of the illegally taped conversations published by Wprost magazine between Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz, the Interior Minister, and the head of the National Bank of Poland (NBP) Marek Belka. The latter says that he spoke with the Prime Minister about Amber Gold. “A few months before that affair, I called Donald and told him that the Amber Gold matter is quite serious, it is a financial pyramid scheme, but more serious due to the fact that they are the owners of the fast growing OLT Express airlines,” said Belka. The Prime Minister has defended himself saying that he spoke to Belka, while the public prosecutor was investigating the Amber Gold case.
wp.pl

Subscribe to Newzar here


Palikot Calls for New Elections

June 24, 2014
Palikot Concerned

Palikot Concerned

“We are in a tight spot. On the one hand, the associates of PM Donald Tusk have been compromised and need to go, but on the other, no decent person could possibly wish for Law and Justice (PiS) to return to power,” said Janusz Palikot, leader of Your Movement (TR). “It is extremely difficult to tell the difference between PiS and PO (Civic Platform): they use the same methods and often the same people, and the same approach to the most important social issues,” he continued. According to Palikot, earlier elections are necessary in light of the wiretapping scandal. Palikot argues that it is impossible to continue in a situation where the government is losing sleep over every upcoming issue of Wprost, fearing new pieces of information and new scandals that might be released. When asked if his party will support the PiS initiative of a constructive vote of no confidence in the government, he replied that PiS is only trying to make it look like it wants this cabinet gone. “I will never form any government with Jarosław Kaczyński, neither a cabinet of experts nor any other. I would be disgusted with myself,” he declared.
tvn24.pl

Get Newzar directly by email


Vote of No Confidence

June 22, 2014
Much to Contemplate

Much to Contemplate

In the aftermath of ‘Vistulagate’, as the world’s media have christened it, Law and Justice (PiS) is calling for a constructive vote of no confidence in the government. This is not the first PiS attempt at replacing PM Donald Tusk with its own candidate. In all likelihood, the vote will fall through, just as the previous attempt did in March 2013. In order to succeed, the motion requires an absolute majority of 231 votes, whereas PiS has only 136 votes at its disposal, as opposed to the 235 votes of the government (the PO-PSL coalition). Jarosław Kaczyński, head of PiS, has invited potential allies to a meeting that will take place on Monday, but refused on principle to talk to Your Movement (TR), despite the fact that Janusz Palikot’s party could be willing to vote for the motion. What is more, PiS needs all the help it can get as even the entire opposition together would not secure enough votes to force the cabinet to resign. Due to this fact, PiS is looking to the junior government coalition partner, the Polish People’s Party (PSL), for support. However, PSL highlights the fact that the whole idea is unrealistic as the opposition will once again fail to stand united.
wp.pl

Get Newzar here for free


Prisoners Vote for Prosecutor

June 15, 2014
Democracy At Work

Democracy At Work

In the elections to the European Parliament, Civic Platform (PO) managed 39.4% of all prisoners’ votes, whereas Law and Justice (PiS) did not fare too well. There was, however, one notable exception. In a detention facility in Chmielów, in the province of Podkarpacie, a PiS candidate garnered the majority of the votes. Stanisław Piotrowicz, a former prosecutor, was rather shocked by his popularity among inmates. “I would never have expected any kind of support from the inmates and more importantly, I would never ask for it”. It has since transpired that shortly before the elections, prisoners received packages containing packs of cigarettes and coffee along with election leaflets endorsing Piotrowicz. “It’s either some kind of setup and somebody put Piotrowicz’s name on the packages or it simply did not happen at all,” said Jarosław Kaczyński, head of PiS. The director of the detention facility informed the local prosecutor’s office about the fact that a crime could have been committed by one of the prison officers, who allowed the packages into the facility. The packages were supposedly sent by a businessman who wanted to help his favoured candidate, but he ended up doing more harm than good.
tvn24.pl

Get Newzar directly by email


Support for PiS Increases

June 12, 2014
Rise of Kaczyński

Rise of Kaczyński

Law and Justice (PiS) did not win the last elections to the European Parliament, but according to a recent survey, Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s party recorded the greatest increase in support and also came in first place in the survey, unlike ruling Civic Platform (PO), according to Rzeczpospolita. Your Movement (TR) would not manage to win any seats in parliament. According to the survey, 30% of respondents supports PiS, giving the party an increase of 1%. PO, on the other hand, has lost 3% and is supported by 26% of respondents. Assuming that the elections were held now, PiS and PO would be first and second in parliament with the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) in third with 11% (a loss of 1%). The New Right (NP) of Janusz Korwin-Mikke would have 6% and the junior government coalition partner, the Polish People’s Party (PSL), would have 5%. Interestingly, people’s willingness to participate in the next elections has increased. Currently, 51% of Poles declares that they would like to take part in the next elections, while previous research indicated only 45%.
wp.pl

Get Newzar directly by email


Marta Kaczyńska Book

May 31, 2014
Famous Parents

Famous Parents

It is the most eagerly awaited Polish book in recent years. The daughter of former President Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria Kaczyński, who both died in the Smolensk air disaster, tells the story of her parents. First of all, it is the story of their love for one another. Moreover, it is a family saga in which we learn how Lech Kaczyński, a father and grandfather, became President of the Republic of Poland and what dolls’ clothes First Lady Maria Kaczyński sewed for her children and grandchildren. However, Marta Kaczyńska does not shirk away from political topics. She talks about her father’s old friends, who later became his enemies. She paints a picture of Lech Kaczyński as a visionary statesman, describing especially the soul-stirring, tragic memories of April 2010, when her parents died. The book includes over 120 unique photographs, mainly from the private albums of Marta Kaczyńska herself.
empik.com

Get Newzar here for free


PiS on Family

May 4, 2014
Family Man?

Family Man?

“We want a good policy on families to become one of the most important goals of the EU. However, I want to stress that by saying family I mean one consisting of a man, woman and children,” said Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jarosław Kaczyński during a press conference in Warsaw. The conference was devoted to the notion of the family in contemporary society. “The family is an extremely important institution. It is the source of our strength, power and values,” he continued. “Thanks to the family, we are able to plan our personal future as well as the future of our community,” said the PiS chairman. “Recently, Polish families have experienced a tough time; a time of emigration. Many Polish people have managed to find well-paid jobs abroad, however, these jobs have forced them to abandon their relatives,” said Kaczyński. “A lack of jobs and jobs that require unbelievable effort should be regarded as a great danger to Poland. We must do everything in our power to do away with this,” he added. “When we were in power, we created 1,300,000 new workplaces and reduced taxes. Our family policy assumes the establishment of free kindergartens and a number of free services for children such as consulting rooms and canteens at schools. In addition, we guarantee that families will receive benefits of PLN 500 per each child. This will be partially funded by the EU,” said Kaczyński. While answering questions, Kaczyński kept stressing that all these benefits would be provided only for traditional families: a man, woman and children. “We have to protect humans from the moment of conception to death. Since the family is the fundamental unit of every nation, we have to put an end to all factors that might destroy it,” said Kaczyński.
gazeta.pl

Get Newzar directly by email


Macierewicz Investigates

April 11, 2014
Questioning Smolensk

Questioning Smolensk

“I am certainly not mistaken; what we are dealing with here is a crime,” said PiS MP and Jarosław Kaczyński confidante Antoni Macierewicz, discussing the Smolensk plane crash. “Those people died because the plane exploded in the air. I believe that it involved the actions of third parties,” stressed the deputy leader of Law and Justice (PiS). At the same time, he did not indicate the persons who in his opinion are responsible. “At this stage of the proceedings of the parliamentary team, we cannot indicate those responsible. However, everything implies that culpability lies on the Russian side.” Antoni Macierewicz emphasises that the details of the catastrophe are still unknown, which can be blamed on “the prosecutor’s office and the governing bodies of the state.” “Unfortunately they are only blocking this investigation. Hence, there is a necessity to introduce a special Smolensk Act,” notes the deputy PiS head.
wiadomosci.onet.pl

Get Newzar directly by email


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 848 other followers