elections

Bart Staszewski bringing president Duda pictures of queer youth bullied into suicide

I keep running away from Polish homophobia. Geographically, I've left five years ago. But online? I'm trying not to read the news, not to engage with homophobes on Twitter, I'm unfollowing Polish accounts…

But I can't keep it up. The extent of queerphobic hatred, especially recently, is terrifying. I can't just idly watch my queer siblings suffer.

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Politics sucks. Even people who are honestly interested in all the political games often admit: it’s shit.

I would compare it to the Scrum methodology – it might be a useful tool to get your team to get the shit done, but it often ends up resulting in more meetings about what to do than actually doing it.

What if instead of elections we just had a draw?

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There are many problems with the European Union. But that doesn’t mean the EU sucks! Quite the opposite!

The main one is that we take it for granted. Even the euro enthusiasts giving speeches during the Pulse Of Europe, even those old enough to remember the atrocities of war or the reality of divided Germany, say that they need to constantly remind themselves: the peace wasn’t always there, the free movement, free trade – that was was built quite recently, it still is being built, and it requires our effort to continue working.

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I’ve lived in German for only about a year. Next Sunday, I’m already gonna vote in German elections. All thanks to my UE-citizenship.

There are four levels of elections here:

  • municipal (in case of Berlin it doesn’t mean the whole city, but its 12 districts)
  • country (one of 16 Bundesländer, including Berlin as a whole)
  • federal (Germany)
  • European (EP)

Thanks to the Article 22 of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union, I can vote in the elections on the first and the latter level. And that’s, obviously, awesome. But it’s not enough.

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