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· May, 2006

Stories about Poland from May, 2006

Poland: The Pope's Visit

Kinuk reports on the Pope's visit to Poland: “Civil servants have been given Friday off, at least in Warsaw. Schools have had to cancel lessons. There is a complete ban...

Europe: Eurovision Song Contest

Rachel of Pustolovina: Adventure in Serbian shares her impressions on this year's Eurovision Song Contest, the first one she's watched.

Poland: The Da Vinci Code

The beatroot writes about the apparent sin of going to see The Da Vinci Code in Poland.

Poland, Russia: Sciagawki/Shpargalki

Edward Lucas, Central and East European correspondent of the Economist, writes about sciagawki: cheat sheets used by Polish students to survive exams, which are “largely a memory test.” Tom Adshead...

Poland: Gay Activist and Homophobia

rod 2.0:beta writes about Krystian Legierski, “a Polish-born black gay activist. He is 27 years old and the owner of Le Madame, the influential Warsaw club that was recently shut...

Poland: Revolution Needed to Fight Red Tape

Kinuk thinks a revolution is needed in Poland, at the local government level: “In the 21st century, I am waiting for the wheels of 19th century-style bureaucracy to turn so...

Poland: Homophobic Coalition Party Official

The beatroot writes about Wojciech Wierzejski, the homophobic spokesman for the League of Polish Families, one of the three parties that make up Poland’s government coalition.

Poland: Different Kind of Diaspora

Aaron Fowles of p3 writes about young Polish friends who are planning to go to England to earn some money: “England is a shangri-la for many Polish people. It's the...

Banned White-Red-White Flag of Belarus Travels Abroad

This flag used to be the official state flag of Belarus from 1991 to 1995. Following the controversial referendum of May 14, 1995, president Aleksandr Lukashenko banned it and reintroduced...

Poland: Politics and Freedom of Speech

Our Man in Gdansk writes about how freedom of speech in Poland is sometimes affected by politics: “In the puling adolescent west the new boss of a TV station or...

Poland: Footbal ‘Pseudo-Fans’

Kinuk writes about football and the trouble that Polish football hooligans are causing.

Poland: Controversial New Minister of Education

Students and teachers protested this week in Poland against the appointment of Roman Giertych – “catholic-nationalist, arch-conservative” – as Minister for Education, the beatroot reports – and then muses on...

Polish Blogosphere Update

Who says that in the blogosphere text is king? Photographers are alive and clicking in the Polish Blogosphere. Fotosia shows us everyday Poland through her camera. Staying with the visual...

Poland: Preparations For the Pope's Visit

p3 writes that some of Poland's preparations for the Pope's visit don't make sense: “This is typical Poland for me. Someone important is coming so let's slap up a coat...

Poland: High School Finals

Kinuk wishes good luck to the Polish students who are about to take their final exams: “Maturzysci, as the students taking the end-of-school exams (the equivalent of British A-levels) are...

Poland: Populist Politics

The beatroot explains what ‘populist’ means in the context of Poland: “The truth these days is that, in this post-ideological world of managerial politics, where policy is driven by focus...

Poland: Anti-Semitic Deputy Prime Minister

The beatroot writes about Andrzej Lepper, Poland's new deputy prime minister, who received an honorary degree from a private Ukrainian college with a dubious reputation and is considered an anti-Semite.

Poland: Getting Residence Permit

Becca of p3 compares her experience of getting registered Brussels to that of getting registered in Poland: “Brussels take note: Poland is well known for its inability to carry out...

Poland: Endless Attempts at Building a Coalition

The beatroot discusses the coalition-building process in Poland, nearly eight months after the general election: “Will this charade ever end? A coalition has just been signed, but it’s 19 votes...

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