Grzegorz Braun
Grzegorz Braun Sejm 2019.jpg
Chairman of the KKP
Assumed office
7 September 2019
Member of the Sejm
Assumed office
12 November 2019
Constituency23 – Rzeszów
Personal details
Born (1967-03-11) 11 March 1967 (age 55)
Toruń
NationalityPolish
Political partyConfederation of the Polish Crown
Other political
affiliations
Confederation Freedom and Independence
Spouse(s)Aleksandra Braun
Children3

Grzegorz Michał Braun (born 11 March 1967) is a Polish far-right[1][2] politician, journalist, academic lecturer, movie director and screenwriter. He is the leader of the Confederation of the Polish Crown and one of the leaders of Confederation Liberty and Independence. He was elected to the Sejm in 2019.

Biography

Grzegorz Braun was born in Toruń, Poland. His father, Kazimierz Braun, is a movie director. His mother is Zofia, née Reklewska, while his maternal grandfather was Wincenty Sebastian Reklewski. Grzegorz is a nephew of Juliusz Braun (former network director of Telewizja Polska) and a brother of actress Monika Braun.

He graduated from the University of Wrocław in 1987, and completed postgraduate studies at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice in 1993. From 1987 onward he co-organized activities of the Orange Alternative, for which he was oppressed by the communist government of the Polish People's Republic. In 1988 and 1989, he participated in the student protests at the University of Wrocław. He was also active in the Polish-Czech-Slovak Solidarity.

Later, he also was a journalist for, inter alia, the Option Right[3] and the Polskie Radio Wrocław. Until 2007, he taught journalism at the University of Wrocław. As a movie director, he had produced and directed over 30 titles, including: Transformation, New Poland, Correction to Biography, Positive Additions and Negative Additions, Comrade General Goes to War, Martin Luther and the Protestant Revolution, Smolensk Assassination. He is a co-founder of the Errata TV series, revealing the biographies of former Polish communist agents.

He was involved with the Polish Monarchists Organization,[4] for which he contributed written works and lectures. He is involved with "Wake-up Call" ("Pobudka") an organisation that he has founded[5] to strengthen the self-sustainability of faith communities and the internet TV channel "Sumienie Narodu."[6]

Braun is a Traditionalist Catholic.[7] He is fiercely critical of Protestantism in Poland and has often debated Protestants in public.[8]

Political activity

Braun at a rally opposing Act 447 in 2019
Braun at a rally opposing Act 447 in 2019

Braun's political views are based on the assessment of Polish history with special insight to the 1050th anniversary of Poland's acceptance of Christianity. He is opposed to the idea of Poland being a state dependent on and controlled by the European Union. He believes that Poland's continuous prosperity can only be guaranteed by the preservation of traditional family values, the principles of Roman Catholic faith, and faith-based education. His political views are far-right. He is a proponent of revisions to the legacy of former president Lech Wałęsa based on Wałęsa's alleged cooperation with the communist secret service. He is a proponent of revisions to the current Polish government's investigation of the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash (Polish presidential airplane crash) at Smolensk. His economic views can be described as classically liberal[9] as he supports a tax per head and cutting VAT tax.

On 24 January 2015, he announced his candidacy to run for the office of the President of Poland. In February 2015 he started campaigning in the United States among Polish immigrants and Americans of Polish descent. On 5 August 2015, he formed his own campaign committee God Bless You! (Szczęść Boże!) while receiving only 13,113 votes amounting to a 0,09% of the total cast he withdrew from the parliamentary elections in the fall of 2015.

In August 2016, Braun took part in a conference organized by the Center for European Policy Analysis reporting on Russian propaganda in the former Soviet satellite countries. He suggested maintaining a controlled balance between the EU and Russia.[10] National Movement presidential candidate Marian Kowalski criticized Braun for not trusting NATO forces stationing in Poland as a legitimate defence against Russia.[11] Braun calls for Poland to independently maintain and operate nuclear weapons.

In January 2019, Braun announced his candidacy for the mayoral office of Gdańsk. The unexpected early elections were called after the untimely death of mayor Paweł Adamowicz. Braun's candidacy has been endorsed by Janusz Korwin-Mikke and the National Movement. On 4 March 2019, it was determined that Braun received 11.86% votes and thus conceded to the winner Aleksandra Dulkiewicz who received 82.22% votes.[12][circular reference]

In the 2019 European Parliament election in Poland Braun was the leading candidate for the Confederation in the Podkarpackie Voivodeship. Although his list received 5.89% of the vote, the best result for Confederation in the country, the coalition failed to reach the 5% threshold nationwide and so he did not pick up the seat.[13]

In the 2019 Polish parliamentary election Braun was the leading candidate for the Confederation Liberty and Independence in the Rzeszów Constituency, located in the Podkarpackie Voivodeship. He built on his success from the last election, and his list received 8.25% of the vote, which was again the best result for the Confederation nationwide. This time Braun picked up the seat, as did 10 other candidates from the Confederation.[14]

He was a candidate in the 2020 Confederation presidential primary. He made it into the final round of voting where he lost to Krzysztof Bosak. He immediately endorsed Bosak and said he would campaign for him.[15]

References

  1. ^ Kość, Wojciech (8 July 2020). "Duda taps into anti-vax sentiment ahead of Poland's presidential election". Politico. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  2. ^ Gera, Vanessa (12 May 2019). "Poles protest over Holocaust compo claims". Forbes Advocate. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  3. ^ Option Right "Option Right Magazine" Retrieved on 4 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Organizacja Monarchistów Polskich" Retrieved on 4 March 2015.
  5. ^ https://www.pobudka.org/
  6. ^ "Sumienie Narodu - YouTube". YouTube.
  7. ^ "Grzegorz Braun o Tradycji Katolickiej". YouTube.com (in Polish). 22 June 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  8. ^ Danielak, Damian (16 April 2018). "Grzegorz Braun vs protestanci na targach książki katolickiej". ObywateleNieba (in Polish). Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Free Market with Grzegorz Braun ep. 1". YouTube.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ https://cepa.ecms.pl/files/?id_plik=2706[bare URL PDF]
  11. ^ YouTube, a Google company. YouTube. Archived from the original on 10 February 2017.
  12. ^ pl:Przedterminowe wybory prezydenta Gdańska w 2019 roku
  13. ^ "Wybory do Parlamentu Europejskiego 2019".
  14. ^ "Wybory do Sejmu i Senatu Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej 2019 R".
  15. ^ "Krzysztof Bosak kandydatem Konfederacji na prezydenta Polski, pokonał Grzegorza Brauna - Wiadomości".