Piotr Maciej Kaczynski

Politics 31-05-2021

The decision on who should lead the EU’s Warsaw office is crucial

The next Head of the European Commission in Warsaw needs to be a political heavyweight, argues Piotr Maciej Kaczyński.
Politics 08-02-2021

Is the European Union truly like the Soviet Union?

Will the EU collapse like the USSR? Piotr Maciej Kaczyński puts forward "the power of argument" against "the argument of power" used by politicians such as the Polish or Hungarian prime ministers, who say the EU is similar to the defunct Soviet Union.
China 28-09-2020

Defusing US-China tensions: European geopolitics in the making

It is in the European interest not to become a battlefield for an American-Chinese war; and only a strong EU can defuse the disputes between Washington and Beijing, writes Piotr Maciej Kaczyński.
19-08-2020

Overly paid and insensitive bureaucracy: Is this the Union we want?

The COVID-19 crisis has only made worse the income and work security gap between Commission employees and European citizens. A senior university professor in Bulgaria makes similar salary as a starting secretary in the Commission. Is this the Union we want, Piotr Maciej Kaczyński asks.
Coronavirus 14-08-2020

17 newly arrived migrants in Lesbos test Covid-19 positive

Greece has been lucky – 17 migrants, all from Somalia, are safely isolated at Kara Tepe camp in the island of Lesbos, a show-case reception centre on the island. But at the overcrowded Moria camp on the same island the...
Elections 30-06-2020

It’s the fight of the decade and the Polish presidency is the prize

On Sunday (28 June) almost 20 million Poles went to the polls to choose their head of state, who has not many prerogatives. Yet in a country ruled by symbols, the presidency symbolism is of utmost importance. Holding the it is the ultimate proof for any political party of their power and popularity. Piotr Kaczyński looks into whether the Law and Justice's (PiS) rule could continue.
Elections 11-10-2019

Tokarczuk’s Nobel is good news for Polish liberals ahead of Sunday’s vote

With this award, Europeans can see how strong, powerful, but most of all, resourceful, the liberal Poland is, writes Piotr Maciej Kaczyński.
EU Elections 2019 17-07-2019

Top EU jobs: Is there a ‘cordon sanitaire’ against Central Europeans?

There are speculations that the next European Commission will have three vice-presidents, but none of them is from Central and Eastern Europe, writes Piotr Maciej Kaczyński.
EU Elections 2019 25-06-2019

Groups are ready, EU Parliament is ready to play

Seven political groups have been formed in the new European Parliament and there are two major left-outs still looking for their place ahead of the Parliament's inaugural plenary on 2 July. Piotr Kaczyński takes a look at the groups and their Polish members, as well as at the strategic agenda for the next five years.
Future EU 06-05-2019

Tusk addresses Poles on Constitution Day

Council President Donald Tusk, a former Polish Prime Minister who is at odds with the populist government of the Law and Order party (PiS), addressed a series of messages to his compatriots on 3 May, Constitution Day.
EU Elections 2019 18-02-2019

The Five Star Movement’s attempt to create a European Parliament group

Leaders of 5 parties from Italy, Poland, Croatia, Finland and Greece met in Rome last week to sign an electoral manifesto. Piotr Kaczyński has followed the event and offers his impressions and comments.
EU Elections 2019 30-01-2019

Fallout from the Kaczynski Twin Towers scandal

The public image of Poland’s political mastermind Jarosław Kaczyński and his ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party was shattered by revelations published by the Gazeta Wyborcza daily on Tuesday (29 January). Piotr Kaczyński (unrelated to the PiS leader) looks into the fallout.
EU Elections 2019 23-01-2019

EU elections: Polish opposition prepares for battle

Opinion polls since Poland's local and regional elections in October and November 2018 have consistently put the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) in the lead with between 30% and 40%, depending on methodology. The largest opposition party, the Civic Platform (PO), led by Grzegorz Schetyna, is at 22%.
Politics 14-01-2019

Mayor of Gdańsk stabbed during charity concert

The mayor of the Polish city of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz, was stabbed on Sunday (13 January).
Central Europe 13-06-2016

Poland’s constitutional conundrum…explained

Like other European nations, Poland will remain a source of conflicting messages in years to come. But the EU has nothing to worry about – the democratic government in place can be removed in a peaceful manner next time people come to vote, writes Piotr Macej Kaczyński.
22-08-2014

Bring women into the College!

The newly elected European Parliament has more female MEPs than ever in its history and the days when there was just one female member of the European Council are long history. Ten female out of 28 Commissioners is just the bottom line for the new Juncker Commission as there is no way the European Parliament will accept a College packed with testosterone, argues Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski.
EU Priorities 2020 22-08-2014

Returning commissioners: keeping portfolio and political responsibility

Can an outgoing Commissioner keep his portfolio in the new Juncker College? This question is pending and relevant mostly for Commissioner Oettinger, who is seeking to keep his job as Energy Commissioner. According to Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski, the answer is yes.