Edmund Janniger

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Edmund Janniger
Macierewicz and Janniger.jpg
Janniger and Antoni Macierewicz
Advisor to the Minister of National Defence
In office
November 16, 2015 – December 8, 2015
PresidentAndrzej Duda
Prime MinisterBeata Szydło
Personal details
Born (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 23)
Political partyLaw and Justice
ParentsCamila Krysicka Janniger
Robert A. Schwartz
Alma materRutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration

Edmund Janniger (born 30 December 1995) is a Polish political analyst who briefly served as Advisor to the Minister of National Defence of Poland in 2015.[1] He holds the record for being the youngest ministerial advisor in Poland’s history.[2][3]


A child of university professors Robert A. Schwartz and Camila Krysicka, Janniger conducted medical research in his teenage years, coauthoring six academic papers along with his father,[4] and worked for several international nongovernmental organizations.[citation needed] He initially wanted to become a physician, but later decided to engage in politics.[3]

Prior to nomination, Janniger worked with Antoni Macierewicz for around three years, including as his as legislative assistant and Deputy Chief of Staff.[5][6][7] During the 2015 Polish parliamentary election, Janniger served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Law and Justice in the 10th Electoral District.[8][9]

External image
A political cartoon about Janniger in Tygodnik Angora

On 24 November 2015, Janniger was appointed as Advisor to the Minister of National Defence, Antoni Macierewicz.[10][11] His responsibilities included managing the Minister's online presence. The appointment of the 20-year-old to the post met with support of the media sympathetic to the newly elected government and with criticism from the opposition.[12] His controversial designation became a subject of Polish internet memes.[13][14][15]

He held the post for two weeks, until 8 December 2015, when he returned to the US.[16] Janniger then founded a New York City-based membership organization and think tank, Institute of Global Affairs.[17][18]


  1. ^ "20-latek będzie doradzał Macierewiczowi. "Dziękuję za zaufanie, jakim mnie obdarzył"" [20-year-old will advise Macierewicz. "I am thankful for his confidence in me"]. TVN24 (in Polish). 2015-11-24.
  2. ^ "Defence Minister's 20-year-old aide resigns". Polish Radio External Service. 2015-12-10.
  3. ^ a b "Ciekawostki o 20-latku u boku Macierewicza" [Interesting facts about the 20-year-old alongside Macierewicz]. Fakt (in Polish). 2015-11-26.
  4. ^ Profile of Edmund J. Janniger at ResearchGate
  5. ^ "Doradza szefowi MON i przyznaje, że podziwia Macierewicza: "Zawsze był dla mnie wzorem"" [He advises the Minister of Defence and admits he admires Macierewicz: "He was always my role model"]. wPolityce.pl (in Polish). 2015-11-28.
  6. ^ Sikora, Kamil (2015-11-28). "Uff, jesteśmy bezpieczni. Student Edmund Janniger właśnie został doradcą szefa MON Antoniego Macierewicza" [Phew, we are safe. Student Edmund Janniger just became advisor to Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz]. NaTemat.pl (in Polish).
  7. ^ "Edmund Janniger. Kim jest 20-letni doradca szefa MON?" [Edmund Janniger. Who is the 20-year-old advisor to the defence minister?]. Interia.pl (in Polish). 2015-11-24.
  8. ^ "Antoni Macierewicz stawia na młodych. Dwudziestolatek doradcą szefa MON" [Antoni Macierewicz bets on young people. Twenty years old advisor to the Defence Minister]. TVP Info (in Polish). 2015-11-24.
  9. ^ "Edmund Janniger doradcą szefa MON Antoniego Macierewicza" [Edmund Janniger advisor to the defence minister Antoni Macierewicz]. Parlamentarny.pl (in Polish). 2015-11-24.
  10. ^ "20-letni Edmund Janniger doradcą Macierewicza w MON. Kim jest?" [20-year-old Edmund Janniger, Macierewicz's adviser at the Defence Ministry. Who is he?]. Onet.pl (in Polish). 2015-11-24.
  11. ^ "20-latek doradcą Macierewicza w MON" [20-year-old advisor to Macierewicz at the Defence Ministry]. Wprost (in Polish). 2015-11-24.
  12. ^ "Wojciech Skurkiewicz (PiS) i Tomasz Lenz (PO) o młodym doradcy Antoniego Macierewicza". Informacje. 2015-11-25. TVP Info.
  13. ^ http://www.poznajmemy.pl/uncategorized/edmund-janniger-dzieciak-z-monu/
  14. ^ https://www.facebook.com/EdmundJannigerMemes/
  15. ^ http://jastrzabpost.pl/newsy/20-letni-doradca-antoniego-macierewicza-mocno-namieszal-w-polityce-internet-zalaly-bezlitosne-memy_221894.html
  16. ^ "Edmund Janniger nie doradza już szefowi MON" [Edmund Janniger no longer advises the Minister of Defence]. TVN24 (in Polish). 2015-12-09.
  17. ^ "Edmund Janniger przewodniczącym Instytutu Spraw Globalnych w Nowym Jorku" [Edmund Janniger Appointed President of the Institute of Global Affairs in New York]. Wprost (in Polish). 2015-12-12.
  18. ^ "Edmund Janniger przewodniczącym Instytutu Spraw Globalnych" [Edmund Janniger Appointed President of the Institute of Global Affairs]. Telewizja Republika (in Polish). 2015-12-12.