What are the topics politicians are quarrelling over? And who is succeeding? Which web gems did impress our colleagues the most? We are sending a chain letter through the European media landscape, a "blog baton" for the European election on May 25th.
The dismissal of the interior minister is a serious matter, and if that were not enough, the prime minister alleges that Janusz Kaczmarek leaked classified information and then lied about it.
PARIS - To evaluate an American president's foreign-policy performance after one term is challenging, given the complex diplomatic and strategic environment and significant domestic constraints that confront every US president. Nevertheless, in advance of November's presidential election, it is important to distinguish the forces that have shaped Barack Obama's foreign policy, and to assess his handling of them.
paying increasing attention to the newly created Japan Restoration Party (JRP) and its populist leader, Osaka City Mayor Toru Hashimoto, a former governor of Osaka prefecture and the son of a minor Yakuza (mafioso).The JRP aspires to be a ruling party, or at least a kingmaker in Japanese politics, but it
', Professor Sztompka writes, 'was who outsmarts whom, who finds more dirt on whom, and who proves more effective at eavesdropping on the other. How true. Dirt was sought on everyone: doctors and writers, university professors and journalists, politicians and businesspeople. The coalition of the ruling parties
is down one percentage point. The ruling Civic Platform (PO) has also slipped though, by 5 points, while the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) is up 5 points to 12 percent. How do the politicians interpret these figures? 'The PiS thought that by spending a few millions they would buy themselves a new
offend - and especially one treating the judiciary so instrumentally. For this coalition, criminal law, public arrests are shows that are supposed to produce media and political success. Such as, for instance, the detention of the cardiac surgeon, Mr Mirosław G., and the subsequent mega-show embellished
ruling elite. Recent research by the sociologists Erica Chenoweth, Maria J. Stephan, and Sharon Erickson Nepstad shows that one factor more than any other determines whether nonviolent struggles succeed: protesters' decision to adopt nonviolence itself. Indeed, Chenoweth and Stephan have shown that
Poles did not believe the propaganda of the PiS-controlled public media and the ruling party's campaign tricks. What prevailed was the civic Poland, the Poland without inferiority complexes - a partner in the family of European nations, Poland desiring modernisation, rejecting Radio Maryja's
away from the Seychelles and Mauritius. Some settled in London (my European Parliament constituency). They have been a persistent thorn in the side of successive British governments, but at long last Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government seems to be seeking to conclude this matter in a
legality, has been gradually turned into a weightless body. The number of judges has been increased with members known to be loyal to the ruling parties (including a former minister and a member of Parliament, both being Fidesz party members). The scope of the Court has been narrowed, partly by depriving
Polskie Radio management as soon as possible. 'We should vote against the veto, because changes at TVP and Polskie Radio are needed immediately', Mr Olejniczak told Gazeta yesterday. Mr Napieralski, in turn, insisted from the very beginning there'd be no concessions whatsoever to the ruling coalition. He
international one. For Mr Kaczyński, the EU is good when it gives money and helps oppose the Kremlin's hostile energy policy. It is bad when it makes critical remarks about the ruling coalition. In such a case, Angela Merkel becomes a direct heir of Adolf Hitler and should feel responsible, financially as well
Fundamental Rights. The PiS wants decisions on these matters to require the simultaneous consent of the President, the cabinet, and the parliament. The ruling Civic Platform (PO) has refused to amend the bill along such lines. Instead, it has proposed to include the PiS's demands in a separate resolution. But
Parties were to receive less public money as early as this month. In April, parliament (with the PiS voting against) passed a law reducing public subventions for political parties by end-2010. The PO was to lose some PLN 18 million, the PiS, some PLN 15.5 million, the Left and Democrats coalition
context, the prospect of early elections - if the Sejm votes in favour today - offers relief and hope. But also the risk that the outcome may be distorted. Not through electoral falsifications, which is unlikely. But as the result of an uneven playing field, the ruling party's crushing advantage in access