European Coalition (Poland)

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European Coalition

Koalicja Europejska
AbbreviationKE
Leader • Grzegorz Schetyna
 • Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz
 • Włodzimierz Czarzasty
 • Katarzyna Lubnauer
 • Marek Kossakowski
 • Małgorzata Tracz
Founded1 February 2019
Headquartersul. Wiejska 12a, 00-490 Warsaw, Poland
IdeologyPro-Europeanism
Liberal democracy
Big tent
Political positionBig tent
Colors     Blue
Sejm
179 / 460
Senate
29 / 100
European Parliament
25 / 51
Website
koalicjaeuropejska.pl

The European Coalition (Polish: Koalicja Europejska, KE) is a political alliance and electoral list in Poland established in 2019 by a group of former prime ministers and former foreign ministers, including Jerzy Buzek, Ewa Kopacz, Grzegorz Schetyna and Radosław Sikorski. They declared the will to construct "one broad list in European Parliament election, the aim of which would be to restore Poland's strong position in the European Union". The Coalition is to be pro-European and centrist.[1]

Parties included in the coalition are the Democratic Left Alliance (since 16 February),[2] The Greens (since 17 February),[3] Now! (since 18 February),[4] Civic Platform (since 21 February),[5] Modern,[6] Democratic Party (since 22 February),[7] Polish People's Party,[8] Union of European Democrats (since 23 February), Social Democracy of Poland (since 2 March),[9] Liberty and Equality (since 3 March),[10] League of Polish Families (since 11 March)[11] and Feminist Initiative (since 15 March).[12]

The Coalition also gained the support from Barbara Nowacka and her movement, the Poland Initiative and civic organisation Committee for the Defence of Democracy.[13]

The Coalition came in second place in the 2019 European Parliament election with 38.5% of the vote, returning 22 MEPs.[14]

Signatories[edit]

Prominent signatories of the European Coalition's foundation appeal include:[15]

  • Marek Belka (SLD), former prime minister (2004–05), former president of the National Bank of Poland (2010–16)
  • Jerzy Buzek (PO), former prime minister (1997–2001), former president of the European Parliament (2009–2012)
  • Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz (SLD), former prime minister (1996–97), former minister of foreign affairs (2001–05)
  • Ewa Kopacz (PO), former prime minister (2014–15), former marshal of the Sejm (2011–14)
  • Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz (ex-PiS), former prime minister (2005–06)
  • Leszek Miller (SLD), former prime minister (2001–04)
  • Adam Daniel Rotfeld, former minister of foreign affairs (2005)
  • Grzegorz Schetyna (PO), leader of PO (since 2016), former minister of foreign affairs (2014–15), former marshal of the Sejm (2010–11)
  • Radosław Sikorski (PO), former minister of foreign affairs (2007–14), former marshal of the Sejm (2014–15)
  • Hanna Suchocka (ex-UD/UW), former prime minister (1992–93)

Composition[edit]

The main parties include the following:

Name Ideology Position Leader MPs[a] Senators MEPs Entry
Civic Platform Liberal conservatism Centre Grzegorz Schetyna
145 / 460
27 / 100
18 / 51
21 February
Modern Liberalism Centre Katarzyna Lubnauer
14 / 460
0 / 100
0 / 51
22 February
Democratic Left Alliance Social democracy Centre-left Włodzimierz Czarzasty
0 / 460
0 / 100
3 / 51
16 February
Polish People's Party Christian democracy Centre-right Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz
14 / 460
1 / 100
4 / 51
23 February
The Greens (Zieloni) Green politics Centre-left Marek Kossakowski
Małgorzata Tracz
0 / 460
0 / 100
0 / 51
17 February

Also affiliated to the coalition include the following:

Name Ideology Position Leader MPs Senators MEPs Entry
Now! Liberalism Centre Ryszard Petru
3 / 460
0 / 100
0 / 51
18 February
Union of European Democrats Social liberalism Centre Elżbieta Bińczycka
3 / 460
0 / 100
0 / 51
23 February
Alliance of Democrats Liberalism Centre Paweł Piskorski
0 / 460
0 / 100
0 / 51
22 February
Social Democracy of Poland Social democracy Centre-left Wojciech Filemonowicz
0 / 460
1 / 100
0 / 51
2 March
Liberty and Equality Social democracy Centre-left Piotr Musiał
0 / 460
0 / 100
0 / 51
3 March
League of Polish Families Christian democracy Centre-right Witold Bałażak
0 / 460
0 / 100
0 / 51
11 March
Feminist Initiative Feminism Centre-left Collective (Katarzyna Kądziela, Elżbieta Jachlewska, Iwona Piątek)
0 / 460
0 / 100
0 / 51
15 March

Candidates[edit]

The European Coalition lists in the 13 constituencies are headed by:[16]

Results[edit]

European Parliament[edit]

Year Leader Vote Vote % Seats Place
2019 Grzegorz Schetyna[b] 5 249 935 38,47
22 / 52
2

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As of 5 April 2019 (unchanged since 13 December 2018). A detailed table of parliamentary group swings in the Lower House can be found on the Polish Wikipedia article regarding the 8th Sejm.
  2. ^ As the leader of the biggest party of the coalition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Koniec Koalicji Obywatelskiej, Schetyna pokazuje nowy szyld". Onet Wiadomości (in Polish). 1 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  2. ^ "SLD dołącza do Koalicji Europejskiej na eurowybory. Kandydatami m.in. Miller, Belka i Cimoszewicz". gazetapl (in Polish). Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Koalicja Europejska rośnie w siłę. Przystąpiła kolejna partia". fakty.interia.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Partia Teraz! dołącza do Koalicji Europejskiej". wyborcza.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Zarząd PO zadecydował w sprawie koalicji". fakty.interia.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Koalicja Europejska coraz większa. Kolejna partia na wspólnych listach opozycji do europarlamentu". naTemat.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Partia Pawła Piskorskiego zasili Koalicję Europejską? Jest wniosek o akces". dorzeczy.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  8. ^ "PSL wchodzi do Koalicji Europejskiej. Kosiniak-Kamysz: To nie jest "antyzwiązek"". gazeta.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Konwent krajowy postanowił: Socjaldemokracja Polska przystępuje do Koalicji Europejskiej". sdpl.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  10. ^ Musiał, Piotr. "Rada Krajowa WiR w sprawie przystąpienia do Koalicji Europejskiej". wir.info.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Liga Polskich Rodzin popiera Koalicję Europejską. Chce się znależć na jej listach". radiozet.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Czarzasty: Nie musimy tak samo myśleć o aborcji". www.rp.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  13. ^ "KOD będzie wspierał Koalicję Europejską przed wyborami do PE | Polska Agencja Prasowa SA". www.pap.pl. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  14. ^ https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/polands-pis-wins-eu-polls-braces-for-decisive-battle-in-autumn/
  15. ^ ""Koalicja europejska dla Polski". Apel byłych premierów i szefów dyplomacji". TVN24.pl. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  16. ^ https://wiadomosci.radiozet.pl/Eurowybory-2019/Kandydaci/Listy-kandydatow-do-Parlamentu-Europejskiego-Koalicja-Europejska-WYBORY-2019