Europe: Poland fails to stop Donald Tusk EU re-election

More tensions in Brussells. The European Council president Donald Tusk was reelected by EU leaders less by Polish Prime Minister Beata Syzdlo. “Poland will defend these founding principles of the EU until the end,” she said, quoted by AFP news agency. “Countries that don’t understand that are not building European society, they are destabilising it.”

Tusk is a main rival to Polish government because him was violated the rules for political interference Poles issues since conservative Justice and Law Party has won General Elections in 2015.

Conclusion: More troubles to mrs. Syyzdlo.

 

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Defence: Poland plans paramilitary force of 35,000 to counter Russia

The row between Poland and Russia has another chapter today. On Friday, Polish government has announced plans to create a paramilitary force to counter Russia. It will have 35.000 privates on next four years. Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz said top positions in the Territorial Defence Force had already been decided.

Conclusion: This is a Polish way to deal with Russian threat

UK: Cameron receives Danish backing for EU deal

During his trip for Poland and Denmark. British Prime Minister David Cameron has gain support by both countries. Danish PM Lars Lokke Rasmussen said plans for a brake on benefit payments were “understandable and acceptable” and he would be as “supportive as possible” to keep the UK in the EU.

Following talks in Copenhagen, Rasmussen said Denmark – a country historically sceptical about the EU and which also retains its own currency – did not object to any of the UK’s proposals and did not expect them to be significantly amended in the coming weeks.

He said the EU needed to retain a “strong British voice”. “I truly believe that adopting this package will create a better Europe,” he said.

On the issue of welfare curbs, which is proving a stick point for a number of other EU members, Mr Rasmussen said individual members should be able to “protect” their national welfare systems from abuse.

“It creates momentum towards the goal of ensuring that the EU does not develop into a social union,” he said.

“We need to ensure that EU citizens move across borders to work, not to seek a high level of benefits.

“The package also contains an emergency brake which is specifically designed to handle the particular problems faced by the UK in regard to in-work benefits. That is perfectly understandable and acceptable to us.”

In Poland, Polish PM Beata Szydlo said she backed the UK’s plans to boost national sovereignty and raise competitiveness but said the welfare needed to be “ironed out” to ensure Poles in the UK were not disadvantaged.

“There are always topics that need to be ironed out,” she told reporters. “Over a million Poles live and work in Britain. Their work is growing Britain’s GDP and we want them to enjoy the same kind of opportunities for development as Britons.”

Cameron said the talks were “very good” but acknowledged there was “important detail to be filled in”.

Conclusion: Cameron and his new allies in Europe.

Europe: EU launches probe into new Polish laws

The row among EU and Poland had another chapter today. The European Commission has opened an unprecedented inquiry into whether new Polish laws break EU democracy rules.

Vice-President Frans Timmermans announced a “preliminary assessment” under the EU’s “rule of law mechanism“.

The EU mechanism allows the Commission to press a member state to change any measure considered a “systemic threat” to fundamental EU values.

The Polish government has approved new rules to the media and constitutional court.

Addressing the Polish parliament on Wednesday, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo denied that her government had violated democratic norms.

“Democracy is alive and well in Poland,” she insisted, adding that the government was carrying out a programme backed by Poles in the October general election that the brought the PiS to power.

Conclusion: Szydlo and her stupid view over Polish democracy.

Polish dictatorship?

Poland lives a political turmoil. The new government has approved laws to undermine justice and media. It raised concerns by European Union. EU commissioner for the Digital Economy, Guenther Oettinger, said: “There are solid grounds for us to activate the rule of law mechanism and put Warsaw under monitoring.”

The new media law give powers to government a direct control over top appointments in public broadcasting. It undermines free speech, critics say. On Saturday, The directors of four channels of TVP has resigned to protest against it. The Polish news website Dziennik named them as: Piotr Radziszewski (TVP1), Jerzy Kapuscinski (TVP2), Katarzyna Janowska (TVP Kultura) and Tomasz Sygut (Television Information Agency).

In an interview with Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) newspaper, Oettinger said he would raise the Polish media law issue at a meeting of the Commission on 13 January. Under the EU’s rule of law mechanism, adopted last year, the Commission can escalate pressure on a member state to amend any measure that is considered a “systemic threat” to fundamental EU values.

The populist government of Justice and Law Party want to reshape Poland under its point of view. But EU commission could be veto new media law. In the last resort, a state’s voting rights in the EU Council – where government ministers shape EU policy – can be suspended. The Commission is the EU’s top regulator, enforcing EU treaties.

Last week, Polish parliament has approved a new Constitutional Court reform which undermines their powers.  Over Media Law, the PiS says new managers are needed at the top of state institutions because the previous centre-right Civic Platform party allowed corruption to flourish. Poles, goes to the streets again.

 

Poland: Court reforms signed into law despite protests

Poland lives a political turmoil. The polish government has signed a new law which changes the Constitutional Court.  It require the 15-strong court to reach a two-thirds majority with at least 13 members present, in order to pass most of its rulings.

Activists say the amendment undermines democratic checks and balances.

The European Union executive expressed concern over the changes and asked for their introduction to be postponed.

The amendment was drafted and passed by the conservative nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, which has accused the court of blocking its policies.

“We won the election, but we have no right to set laws and remodel Poland,” the party’s leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski told a crowd, earlier in December.

The PiS argue they are defending the court’s role in upholding the constitutionality of the country’s new laws.

“It’s hard for me to understand the situation we’ve had until now, in which, de facto (just) three judges could rule on the legal fate of legislation passed by the parliament elected by the people,” said President Andrzej Duda – a close ally of the party – who signed the amendment into law.

Conclusion: Poles will go to the streets again.