|Leader||Originally Daniel Pawłowiec
later Declan Ganley
|Founded||~2006/7 (as Pawlowiec's Lewica i Demokraci)
2 February 2009. (announced as Libertas Polska)
24 February 2009 (renamed to Libertas Polska)
|Headquarters||Aleje Ujazdowskie 22/3, 00-478 Warsaw|
|Ideology||anti-Lisbon Treaty, Euroscepticism|
|European affiliation||Libertas Party Limited|
|European Parliament group||none|
Libertas Poland (Libertas Polska, LP) is a political party in Poland. It contended the 2009 European Parliament elections under a common banner with Libertas Party Limited, the organization founded by Declan Ganley.
Pawlowiec's Lewica i Demokraci
Before the Polish parliamentary election, 2007, three LPR then-members, Cyprian Gutkowski, Daniel Pawłowiec and Sebastian Jargut, registered a party called Lewica i Demokraci, (Left and Democrats). The party was a party-in-name-only designed to frustrate the party of the same name, which was forced to register itself as SLD+SdPl+PD+UP – Lewica i Demokraci (LiD) instead.
Declan Ganley visited Poland on Friday 9 January 2009 to discuss terms for the formation of the Poland branch of Libertas with representatives from Forward Poland (NP), PSL Piast and Prawica Rzeczypospolitej (PR). Ganley insisted that the Poland Libertas party used the word "Libertas" in the title but the party politicians were concerned that the non-Polish name would deter voters. The name "Forward Poland - Libertas" (Naprzód Polsko – Libertas) was suggested as a compromise name should NP decide to ally with Libertas.
On February 1, 2009, Ganley spoke to the inaugural Warsaw meeting of the Referendum Committee (Komitetu Referendalnego), an organization advocating that referendums be held prior to treaty ratifications by Poland. The speech was filmed and placed on YouTube (prolog, part 1, part 2). The meeting attendance was estimated at 700 or 500 and attendees included Mirosław Orzechowski (LPR), Zdzisław Podkański (PSL), Krzysztof Filipek and Danuta Hojarska (once Samoobrona, now Party of Regions) and Antoni Tyszka (UPR), Konrad Bonisławski (head of All-Polish Youth) and Krzysztof Bosak (former LPR MP).
On February 2, 2009 a press conference was given in which the head of the Referendum Committee, former LPR MP Daniel Pawłowiec, was named as head of Libertas Poland (Libertas Polska, LP), and the Referendum Committee offices at Aleje Ujazdowskie 22/3, 00-478 Warsaw were named as the headquarters of Libertas Poland.
Although the party had been announced, it did not exist under that name at that point: registering a political party in Poland is a lengthy process. Instead, Pawlowiec's Lewica i Demokraci was renamed to Libertas Polska, the new name being registered on 24 February 2009
On 11 February 2009, Libertas Poland held a press conference concerning the emergency meeting of the European Council. In that press conference, Libertas Poland demanded that the Polish government should reduce VAT following the UK example, propose an EU joint energy policy, and reopen the labor markets of Germany and Austria to Polish workers.
Libertas attempted to get other parties to affiliate (run candidates under a common list) to it. Libertas's search for affiliates was assisted by Roman Giertych and Wojciech Wierzejski, with Wierzejski resigning from the leadership of LPR to devote his time to the unification of the Polish patriotic, nationalist, conservative and Christian right under a Libertas list.
Parties that did affiliate to Libertas
The parties that affiliated with Libertas Poland and the parent organization Libertas.eu are as follows:
- Forward Poland and PSL Piast
- Forward Poland (Naprzód Polsko, NP) originally rejected cooperation with Libertas because they felt that Libertas did not reflect their desire for a more independent Poland. PSL Piast (a.k.a. Stronnictwo "Piast") also initially rejected cooperation with Libertas for similar reasons to Forward Poland and because the party did not have a Polish name. Instead, the two parties planned to run their own combined list (Naprzód Polsko - Piast) in the 2009 elections.
- But the two parties eventually decided to affiliate to Libertas and candidates from the two parties appeared on the Libertas lists. The decision to affiliate was not unanimously welcomed within the two parties.
- There was a controversy involving allegations of forged signatures in constituency number 11 and the Naprzód Polsko - Piast list did field candidates in that constituency.
- Partia Regionów
- Partia Regionów considered running under a Libertas list. Partia Regionów's president, Bolesław Borysiuk, negotiated cooperation with Libertas Polska and he announced in PR's inaugural Congress that PR's candidates were likely to run under a Libertas list alongside Libertas Polska, and this did in fact occur.
- League of Polish Families
- As of 9 March 2009, League of Polish Families (LPR) were still considering whether to run under a Libertas list or form their own, either by themselves or with UPR, or Prawica Rzeczypospolitej. But by 19 March, Ganley was distancing Libertas from LPR. Nevertheless, Libertas and LPR were still in ongoing discussions on Friday 27 March 2009 about running under a common list. By 21 April 2009, LPR had agreed to affiliate to Libertas and their candidates did run under the Libertas list instead of their own list in the 2009 European Parliament elections.
- Organizacja Narodu Polskiego – Liga Polska
- Zjednoczenie Chrześcijańsko-Narodowe
Parties that did not affiliate to Libertas
The parties that considered affiliating with Libertas Poland and the parent organization Libertas.eu, but did not, are as follows:
- Prawica Rzeczypospolitej
- Prawica Rzeczypospolitej considered Libertas to have Eurofederalist aspects and rejected Libertas accordingly. No Prawica Rzeczypospolitej candidates appeared on the Libertas list in the 2009 European Parliament elections.
- Law and Justice
- Law and Justice (PiS) personnel were mentioned by Pawłowiec as possible Libertas candidates, although no names were given. Libertas tried to get PiS to affiliate to it but it did not do so, and instead ran a full list of its own, although one of its members (Slawomir Ligecki) did defect to Libertas.
|Daniel Pawłowiec||Originally President, later Vice-president. Former LPR MP|
|Artur Zawisza||Vice-president and former PR MP|
On 20 March 2009, journalist Hanna Lis refused to do a TVP interview with Declan Ganley. Controversy promptly arose revolving around LPR's Roman Giertych and whether LPR were encouraging coverage of Libertas on TVP via Piotr Farfał the President of TVP and a member of LPR. Hanna Lis, Piotr Kraśko, and Jarosław Kulczycki, the three presenters of a nightly news program, took sick leave in protest, forcing the news to be presented by Marcin Szczepański.
European Parliament elections, 2009
Libertas Poland started work on/before 20 March 2009 on collecting sufficient signatures to field candidates, although the number and names of those candidates was not specified. By 2 May 2008, a Libertas Election Committee (Komitet Wyborczy Libertas) had been formed and its list consisted of 130 candidates, later falling to 128. The breakdown was as follows:
which candidates were
|Law and Justice||PiS||1||0|
|Organizacja Narodu Polskiego - Liga Polska||?||1||0|
|Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe "Piast"||PSL Piast||13||1|
|Liga Polskich Rodzin||LPR||40||2|
- "Libertas w Warszawie". Nasz Dziennik. February 3, 2009.
- "Irish Eurosceptic party sets up in Poland". Polskie Radio. February 2, 2009.
- ""Nowa partia nie będzie mieć polskiego prezesa" (English translation). ONET.pl. 20 March 2009.
- "Partia "Libertas" została zarejestrowana w Polsce" (English translation). Polskie Radio. 20 March 2009.
- "Libertas powstal z... LiD-u" (English translation). newsweek.pl. 28 March 2009.
- "Ganley otworzył biuro Libertas w Warszawie" (English translation). RP.pl. February 2, 2009.
- "Otwarcie biura Libertas w Polsce" (English translation). Referendum Committee website]. 2 February 2009.
- "Declan Ganley Visits Poland". liberatas.eu.
- "Ganley to set up Libertas offshoot in Poland". Saturday. 10 January 2009.
- "Irlandzki milioner tworzy w Polsce antyeuropejski ruch" (English translation). tvp.info. 7 January 2009.
- "Polska może być inspiracją dla innych – Declan Ganley w Warszawie" (English translation). Libertas. 19 February 2009.
- "Ganley launches European campaign in Poland". 2009. February 3. Check date values in:
- "Ganley, postrach Unii" (English translation). Gazeta Wyborcza. February 2, 2009.
- "Konferencja Libertas na temat szczytu Unii Europejskiej" (English translation). Referendum Committee website. 11 February 2009.
- Andrzej Zapałowski. "Naszym zdaniem: NIE ZA WSZELKĄ CENĘ". rs-naprzodpolsko.pl.
- "Wierzejski oddaje władzę w LPR". tvn24.pl. 20 April 2009.
- "Liga znowu straciła swoją głowę: Wierzejski porzuca fotel szefa LPR". dziennik.pl. 19 April 2009.
- "Skrajna prawica razem, ale bez Libertas" (English translation). rp.pl. 1 March 2009.
- "Lubelszczyzna - desant o. Rydzyka" (English translation). Gazeta Wyborcza. 26 March 2009.
- "Koalicyjny Komitet Wyborczy Naprzód Polsko - Piast".
- "Libertas allies with fringe right wing in Poland". polskieradio.pl.
- "Komitet Wyborczy Libertas".
- "NAPRZÓD POLSKO I KPN RAZEM".
- "Borysiuk otworzy listę Libertas na Lubelszczyźnie?". radio.lublin.pl. 2009-03-28.
- "Pierwszy kongres polskiej Partii Regionów". wiadomosci.wp.pl. undated; ? 18 April 2009 ?. Check date values in:
- "LPR coraz bliżej podjęcia decyzji, z kim do eurowyborów" (English translation). gazetaprawna.pl. 9 March 2009.
- "Libertas to cut links with controversial Polish political party". Irish Times. 19 March 2009.
- "Do PE startują Libertas, LPR, UPR, Prawica i PDP" (English translation). newsweek.pl. 29 March 2009.
- "Kandydaci Stronnictwa 'Piast' w wyborach do Parlamentu Europejskiego ogłoszonych na dzień". 7 June 2009.
- "Komitet Wyborczy Liga Polskich Rodzin".
- "LIBERTAS - największe oszustwo wyborcze w wyborach do Parlamentu Europejskiego 2009 r.".
- "Wojciech Wierzejski komentuje rejestrację list: Hasłem naszym Wolność będzie i Ojczyzna nasza!".
- "Libertas list candidates in constituency number 4".
- "Libertas list candidates in constituency number 8".
- "Jurek: Nie działamy w izolacji" (English translation). dziennik.pl. 9 March 2009.
- "Libertas Wants PiS to Split". wprost.pl. 2009-04-22.
- "Z całą pewnością oba stanowiska są dla nas nie do uzyskania". pis.org.pl. 4 May 2009.
- "Komitet Wyborczy Prawo i Sprawiedliwość".
- "Libertas list candidates in constituency 13".
- "Lis nie chce chodzić na pasku Giertycha" (English translation). dziennik.pl. 20 March 2009.
- "FARFAŁ PREZESEM TELEWIZJI PUBLICZNEJ: Będą czystki w TVP". TVN24.pl. 29 December 2008.
- "On zastąpił Hannę Lis i Piotra Kraśkę" (English translation). dziennik.pl. 26 March 2009.