Here is the up-to-date list of my articles published by

  1. Tokarczuk’s Nobel is good news for Polish liberals ahead of Sunday’s vote
    11 October 2019
  2. Top EU jobs: Is there a ‘cordon sanitaire’ against Central Europeans?
    17 July 2019
  3. Groups are ready, EU Parliament is ready to play
    25 June 2019
  4. Tusk addresses Poles on Constitution Day
    6 May 2019
  5. The Five Star Movement’s attempt to create a European Parliament group
    18 February 2019
  6. Fallout from the Kaczynski Twin Towers scandal
    30 January 2019
  7. EU elections: Polish opposition prepares for battle
    23 January 2019
  8. Poland’s constitutional conundrum…explained
    13 June 2016
  9. Kaczynski blames Tusk for Smolensk crash
    11 April 2016
  10. Bring women into the College!
    22 August 2014


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Two Original Sins of the European Commission

Europeum Institute for European Policy based in Prague just published my analysis of the European politics post-elections. You can access it here. Here are the main points:

  • There are signals of increased political confrontation in the European political arena. The new European Commission has not yet taken office and already has two big political problems awaiting it: how to deal with the democratisation of the Union and how to address the Euroskeptic support for the Commission in the eyes of the pro-European forces.
  • I call them “the original sins” of the new Commission, but in fact they may mean that if the Juncker Commission was a political one, the von der Leyen Commission might be the most political commission in the history of the institution.

The first of the original sins is the issue of Spitzenkandidaten process. Criticized as unrealistic and unnecessary before the elections, is now revered among those who care for the European democracy. Some claim the process is dead; I’d argue it will bounce back stronger during the next cycle. The reason being – it is an original sin of the von der Leyen European Commission.

The second original sin comes from the fact that the new Commission President dwells on the support of the Euro-sceptics and Euro-realists and failed to gain meaningful levels of trust of the pro-European majority in the House of the People, as the European Parliament is called. The pro-European President of the Commission needs to prove herself to the pro-European parliamentarians in the months and years to come.

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The EU after the elections: a more plural Parliament and Council

Real Instituto Elcano in Madrid just published my analysis about the new European Parliament. This is one of a few recent publications from me about the current European political developments.

  1. 26 June 2019 Madrid, Elcano: The EU after the elections: a more plural Parliament and Council
  2. 25 June 2019 Euractiv, Brussels: Groups are ready, Parliament is ready to play
  3. 25 June 2019 New Europeans, Brussels/London: Time to listen to the citizens

Bonne lecture!

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