Monday, 9 February 2015

Green MP Anna Grodzka to run for president of Poland

The left-wing coalition initiated by The Green Party and the Association FAIR Society has reached a decision to propose Anna Grodzka as a candidate in the elections for the President of Poland.

Anna Grodzka, deputy in the Polish Parliament and a member of the Green Party, is a candidate of the Green Party and the social left, elected by the Steering Committee “Primaries for the Society’s Candidate for the Polish President”. The Committee was established on January 24, 2015 by the members of fourteen organizations, including the Green Party, Association FAIR Society, The Humanistic Society, Free Radom, The Institute for Global Responsibility, The Stop-Stereotypes Association, The Modern Left, The Feminoteka Foundation, The Suwak (Zipper/Slider) Association, The Independent Institute of Social-Political Thought, The Polish Tenants Association, The Polish Society of Rationalists, The A.F. Modrzewski Foundation, and Ecological Association EKO-Unia.

The Committe works according to an open-ended formula, allowing all organizations and institutions which share the principles contained in the Program Manifesto adopted by the Committee to join in. The aim of the Committee was to propose a common candidate, a person who would offer a genuine left-wing alternative to the President now in office and to the candidates of the mainstream parties.

In the manifesto of the Committee the candidate is presented as a person who will actively protect the interests of the society, and will stop Poland being treated as the reservoir of cheap labour. The candidate will also defend the economic and social rights of the Polish people.  The aim is to create in Poland conditions for sustainable, harmonious economic growth and for social solidarity. The candidate of the social left is also interested in supporting energetic transformation of the Polish economy, in the direction of dispersed, prosument, renewable energy. But the main objective of the candidate is to invigorate and renew Polish democracy, to safeguard the secular character of the Polish state, to make the political system more transparent, and to secure true participation of Polish citizens in the process of political decision-making, while guaranteeing the influence of all citizens on the economy in accordance with workplace democracy.

The Committe agreed that Anna Grodzka will best represent the values of the social left in the forthcoming presidential elections, and will actively pursue the established goals.

During the Press conference, organized on February 13, 2015, at 12.00 noon in the headquarters of the Polish Press Agency (PAP ul.Bracka 6/8), the candidate appointed by the Committee, Anna Grodzka, will officially open her presidential campaign.

(Translation: Daniel Arciszewski)

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Anti-coal human chain: Green call from Poland and Germany

Anti-coal human chain, Saturday 23 August 2014

Climate change does not stop at borders - join hands across borders in the German-Polish Lausitz region:  against new brown-coal strip mining - for a Europe-wide switch to Green energy!

Green call from Poland and Germany

Swedish energy corporation Vatenfall and Polish energy group PGE are planning to expand brown coal mining in the German-Polish Lausitz region. Huge brown-coal mining fields already destroyed nature, the environment and the homeland of thousands of people there.  Would the plans for new strip mines be realized, further villages would have to be bulldozed. Further billions of tons of dirty brown-coal would be fired in power plants and harm the climate and environment more than any other fuel. In Germany, the State governments in Saxony (CDU/FDP) and in Brandenburg (SPD/Linke) intend to approve the plans for the expansion of brown-coal mining. In Poland, the Polish government is pushing for new strip mines in the Lausitz region despite the fact that local communities rejected these plans in local referendum in 2009.

Climate change is a devastating force which does not stop at borders. We as Greens from Poland and Germany therefore fight together for a Europe-wide switch to Green energy which would also create millions of new sustainable jobs, for 100%  renewables, for more energy efficiency, for clean energy and a good future. We unite to stand up against new brown-coal mining in the Lausitz.

We strongly support local communities in Poland and Germany who have been fighting for sustainable future for their homelands.

And we ask you to fight with us and support people in the Lausitz: Be part of it and join hands in a human chain across borders between Kerkwitz in Germany and Grabice in Poland tomorrow, on Saturday 23 August 2014 – against the expansion of brown-coal mining in the Lausitz region, for a Europe-wide transition to Green energy!

Stop climate change! Create new green jobs! Think European, act local!

Agnieszka Grzybek, Adam Ostolski
Co-chairs of the Polish Greens Zieloni

Sven Giegold
Spokesperson of German delegation of the Greens in the European Parliament

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Łukasz Moll: The 'Old Federalism' is Retreating

Do we really want more Europe, integration and solidarity? Or should we perhaps first ask exactly what ‘more Europe, integration and solidarity’ should look like? The results of the European elections in Poland show that ‘old federalism’ is retreating. - Łukasz Moll in the Green European Journal.

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