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 A short history of Poland
Poland and Lithuania are united in a personal union since 1386.
An important event is the election of the bishop of Krakow, Karol Wojtyla, in 1979 to become Pope John Paul II, head of the roman catholic church.
A new parliament is elected, in which one third of the seats is open to free contest.
www.electionworld.org /history/poland.htm   (1408 words)

 European Parliament   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Other organisations of European countries such as NATO the OSCE the Council of Europe and the Western European Union have parliamentary assemblies as well but European Parliament is unique in that it directly elected by the people and has power.
Although the two institutions of the EU's the European Commission and the European Council both have their seats in Brussels a protocol attached to the Treaty of Amsterdam requires the European Parliament to have sessions in Strasbourg.
Elections to the parliament are held using forms of proportional representation as selected by member states.
www.freeglossary.com /European_Parliament   (735 words)

 Poland in limbo; parliament ... - May 16, 2004
WARSAW - Poland was embroiled in a new political crisis on Saturday, just two weeks after joining the EU, with its new government losing a confidence vote and its prime minister-designate losing his grip on the office he inherited from his scandal-tainted predecessor.
Poland, a key US ally, has 2,500 troops with the US-led occupation force and is in overall command of one of the military regions set up in Iraq.
Poland, the largest of 10 countries mainly from the former Communist eastern Europe which joined the EU, has said it believes there is still work to be done to reach a deal on the terms of the controversial constitution, with most differences centering on voting rights.
www.inq7.net /wnw/2004/may/16/text/wnw_5-1-p.htm   (675 words)

 The GULLY | Gay Mundo | New Anti-Gay Regime in Poland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Poland has hit the homophobic jackpot: the new President, the new Prime Minister and the boss of the conservative Catholic party which now controls a big chunk of Parliament, are all virulent, card-carrying queer-haters.
With an 18 percent unemployment rate, the highest in the European Union, crumbling health and education systems, widespread corruption and a growing underclass of "new poor," Polish voters were frightened by the austerity measures espoused by the moderate conservative Donald Tusk and his Civic Platform, who ran a lackluster campaign.
Poland is also in the throes of a nationalist backlash, after joining the EU last year.
www.thegully.com /essays/gaymundo/051110_poland_election.html   (1295 words)

 CNN.com - World News: Election Watch
European Council: The European Council is composed of the heads of state or government of all European Union member states and serves as the Union’s chief decision-making body.
European Commission: The European Commission is composed of 20 commissioners nominated by the member states and confirmed by the European Parliament.
The Parliament is responsible for drafting legislation, adopting the Union budget, and supervising European Community activities.
www.cnn.com /WORLD/election.watch/europe/european.union2.html   (594 words)

 Poland (08/06)
Poland was the first former centrally planned economy in central Europe to end its recession and return to growth in the early 1990s.
Poland became an associate member of the EU and its defensive arm, the Western European Union, in 1994.
Poland continues to be a regional leader in support and participation in the NATO Partnership for Peace Program and has actively engaged most of its neighbors and other regional actors to build stable foundations for future European security arrangements.
www.state.gov /r/pa/ei/bgn/2875.htm   (4771 words)

 European Parliament election, 2004 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Elections to the European Parliament were held from June 10, 2004 to June 13, 2004 in the 25 member states of the European Union, using varying election days according to local custom.
The elections coincided with legislative elections in Luxembourg and presidential elections in Lithuania.
Czech Republic and the European Parliament elections 2004
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/European_Parliament_election,_2004   (819 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > World -- European elections continue with Italians, Czechs, Maltese and Latvians
ROME – In voting for the European Parliament, Italians cast ballots Saturday with their government's pro-U.S. stance in Iraq in mind, while in the Czech Republic opposition parties wary about the European Union appeared to be on their way to victory.
Italy is assigned 78 seats in the new parliament – nine fewer than in the previous vote in 1999.
While the European Parliament cannot introduce legislation – that right is reserved for the European Commission – its powers have steadily grown to the point that it now influences all EU laws, by voting on them and amending them.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/world/20040612-0845-europeanelections.html   (761 words)

 Ukraine 2004 Presidential Election
Parliament adjourned for a ten-day break without passing electoral reforms intended to ensure the election on December 26th will be free and fair.
On 07 December 2004 it was planned that a meeting of the Rada would pass changes in the constitution and pass changes to the election law.
Parliament began debating opposition-proposed changes to the election law to help prevent fraud in the Supreme Court-mandated 26 December repeat of the poll.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/world/ukraine/election-2004-3.htm   (1567 words)

 RTE News - Result predictions across European Union
First results in the European Parliament elections have been published in some EU member states, but most are still awaiting final figures.
Turnout in France and Spain appeared to be heading for a record low since direct elections to the Parliament began in 1979.
Poland's 20% unemployment and a series of sleaze scandals have boosted the popularity of populist farm leader Andrzej Lepper, who calls mainstream politicians 'bandits'.
www.rte.ie /news/2004/0613/euroelections.html   (485 words)

 Travel Tips Of Poland
For much of the medieval and early modern period, Poland was one of the largest states in Europe, although generally cut off from the mainstream of European life.
Elections to both the presidency and the Sejm are due in 2005.
Poland became a full member of the European Union on May 1 2004 as one of 10 new entrants.
www.southtravels.com /europe/poland/history.html   (1452 words)

 European governments rocked by EU election results   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
European parliamentary elections held in the 25 member countries of the European Union (EU) June 10-13 were marked by record levels of voter abstention and dramatic losses for governing parties across the continent.
With 48.7 percent, the CDU was regarded the clear winner of the European elections in Germany.
The main beneficiary of the election was the Socialist Party, which obtained nearly 30 percent—an increase of 8 percent over the party’s total for the last European elections.
www.wsws.org /articles/2004/jun2004/euro-j15.shtml   (2588 words)

 Poland Travel Guide - Facts on Poland
Poland is an ancient nation that was conceived near the middle of the 10th century.
Solidarity suffered a major defeat in the 2001 parliamentary elections when it failed to elect a single deputy to the lower house of Parliament, and the new leaders of the Solidarity Trade Union subsequently pledged to reduce the Trade Union's political role.
Poland joined the EU in May 2004, and surging exports to the EU contributed to Poland's strong growth in 2004, though its competitiveness could be threatened by the zloty's appreciation.
www.thereareplaces.com /Guidebook/pdest/plci.htm   (786 words)

 CNN.com - Poll protest at Ukraine parliament - Nov 23, 2004
Parliament agreed to hold an emergency session Tuesday, and Yushchenko and his U.S.-born wife, Kateryna Chumachenko, led protesters in a walk to the parliament building ahead of the session.
Kiev city council passed a resolution calling on parliament to reject the election results, and the governments of Lviv and three other sizable cities said they recognized Yushchenko as the winner.
And in Warsaw, Poland's Solidarity founder and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa told AP he was willing to mediate a resolution to the disputed election after receiving a letter from Yushchenko seeking his help.
www.cnn.com /2004/WORLD/europe/11/23/ukraine.1110/index.html   (784 words)

 FRONTLINE/WORLD . Election 2004 - Europe | PBS
On June 13, election night for most of Europe, I was invited to join a hundred or so of the EU elite -- a mix of politicians, parliamentary aides, policymakers and multilingual technocrats -- as they awaited the returns in a reception hall on the seventh floor of the Parliament.
Indeed, the election is viewed in Brussels -- the capital of an integrated Europe -- from a new position as the EU evolves into a superpower that for the first time in history is based not on nationalism or military strength, but on the idea that national interests can be better expressed collectively than individually.
Europeans on the left, right and center know there is a lot at stake in the U.S. presidential election.
www.pbs.org /frontlineworld/elections/europe   (2726 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > World -- Blair's party loses support across Britain in first test after Iraq war
Ireland and the Czech Republic voted for the European Parliament on Friday but most of the 25 EU nations are waiting until Sunday.
In the European elections, the Conservatives campaigned against a new constitution, but feared that some traditional supporters might defect to the upstart U.K. Independence Party, which wants Britain to get out of the European Union.
Eastern European nationalist parties that campaigned against giving up powers to join the EU are taking their message into the bloc with campaigns for seats in the assembly.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/world/20040611-0504-europeanelections.html   (859 words)

 USATODAY.com - Protests mark EU parliament elections   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
BRUSSELS (AP) — Elections for the European Union's parliament were marked by widespread apathy and protest votes as citizens of the 25 EU nations punished their governments for everything from high employment to involvement in Iraq.
Of the 10 new members that joined the EU in May, the eight from the former Soviet bloc showed particularly little appetite for the vote, with the worst turnout — a mere 20% — in Slovakia.
The election result means that the European Parliament will be more polarized than ever, with a growing number of anti-EU parties, including far-right anti-immigrant members pitted against the traditional pro-European parties on sensitive issues like approval of a draft EU constitution.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2004-06-13-euro-elections_x.htm   (1036 words)

 Poland: Official Homophobia Threatens Human Rights (Human Rights Watch, 15-2-2006)
The European Parliament urged member states “firmly to condemn homophobic hate speech or incitement to hatred and violence, and to ensure that freedom of demonstration—guaranteed by all human rights treaties—is respected in practice.” It also called on them “to promote and implement the principle of equality in their societies and legal systems.”
As president of Poland it is your responsibility to speak in defense of the rights freedoms of all Polish citizens, particularly vulnerable minorities.
In 2004 and 2005, as mayor of Warsaw, you banned Gay Pride marches—a peaceful exercise of the freedom of assembly which had taken place several times in previous years without incident.
hrw.org /english/docs/2006/02/15/poland12679.htm   (1055 words)

 European Parliament election, 2004 (Poland) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Elections to the European Parliament were held in Poland on June 13, 2004.
The elections resulted in a heavy defeat for the governing Alliance of the Democratic Left and Labor Union parties, although the very low turnout makes a direct comparison with national election results difficult.
The election results were a success for Social Democracy of Poland, which managed to cross the required 5% threshold, and the Freedom Union, which got over twice the expected percentage of votes.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/European_Parliament_election,_2004_(Poland)   (424 words)

 Opposition, anti-EU parties the winners in Poland's European election — EUbusiness - EU law, politics and finance
Poland's opposition liberal and anti-EU parties emerged victorious in its first European Parliament elections on Sunday, an exit poll showed, after most people in the bloc's biggest new member shunned the chance to choose their deputies.
With just four hours left to the close of voting, Poland's central electoral commission said only 15.40 percent of Poland's nearly 30 million voters had turned out to choose their first 54 European deputies.
Poland has been in political limbo since joining the European Union on May 1 after the unpopular leftist prime minister Leszek Miller of the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) resigned the day after membership.
www.eubusiness.com /Poland/040613221511.nfm5ysr2   (692 words)

 EU news: An Independent View from European Voice   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
THE NEW President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso is under pressure to decide the distribution of his administration’s top jobs among the candidates nominated as commissioners.
EUROPEAN Commission plans to ban EU insurance companies from discriminating against men or women when they set premiums suffered another blow after a majority of member states rebuffed a Dutch presidency effort to press ahead with the idea.
Poland’s infamous political infighting, which led to one prime minister’s resignation and a difficult confirmation of a caretaker premier last month, has now stepped onto the European stage.
www.europeanvoice.com /archive/issue.asp?id=412   (1646 words)

 IFES Election Guide - Country Profile: Bangladesh - Elections
On December 7, the Election Commission of Bangladesh moved the date of the next parliamentary election from January 21 to January 23, 2007.
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's election commission announced a date for parliamentary elections -- against the wishes of the opposition's political alliance, which accuses the panel of being biased.
The Election Commission stated that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) won 185 of the 283 declared seats after the October 1, 2001, parliamentary election.
www.electionguide.org /country-news.php?ID=19   (689 words)

 Results of the European Parliament Elections - European Public Health Alliance
The first European Parliament elections in the enlarged EU were marked by voter apathy and punishment of national ruling parties.
The graphics provided by the European Parliament on the results of the election specifically state that this picture may by updated by the composition of the groups at the 20 July session.
Election results for ruling parties or coalitions in the UK, France, Denmark, Cyprus, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Italy, Poland, Estonia, the Netherlands, Slovakia and the Czech republic ranged from a second place position to disastrous.
www.epha.org /a/1291   (832 words)

 IFES Election Guide - Country Profile: Poland - Elections
Polish President Aleksander KWASNIEWSKI signed the European Parliament electoral law on February 16 which allows Poland to elect 54 deputies to represent the state in the European parliament in the upcoming June elections.
According to the results released by the National Election Commission, about 58.85% of the country’s 29,868,474 registered voters participated in the referendum, with 77.45% of the votes in favor, while 22.55% were against integration.
Poland was the fifth country to hold a referendum regarding its membership into the EU.
www.electionguide.org /country-news.php?ID=173   (752 words)

 Poland's liberal Civic Platform tops European election: partial result — EUbusiness - EU law, politics and finance
Poland's main liberal opposition Civic Platform was leading elections for the European parliament early Monday with 25.21 percent, amid a record low participation, official results showed after 10 percent of the vote was counted.
Turnout in the first ever Polish elections to the European parliament reached 20.76 percent, the lowest recorded in a ballot since the fall of communism in 1989, Poland's central electoral commission said.
The last group to reach the five percent threshold for representation in the European Parliament so far was the breakaway Social Democratic Party of Poland (SDPL), the official data showed.
www.eubusiness.com /Poland/040614020622.dachqo9u   (289 words)

 CNN.com - World News: Election Watch
Assembly: Poland has a bicameral National Assembly (Zgromadzenie Narodwe) which consists of the Senate with 100 seats and the Sejm with 460 seats.
A 50% turnout rate is required to make the vote valid or parliament is required to ratify the membership by a two-third majority vote.
Despite the concern on voter turnout, opinion polls show that 79% of the country's registered voters planned to participate, with 66% of registered voters over 18 years of age in favor of the integration and 18% against the membership.
edition.cnn.com /WORLD/election.watch/europe/poland4.html   (237 words)

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