Stories about Poland from January, 2008
The beatroot writes about Wojtek the Polish war hero bear.
The beatroot reports: “‘Civic Platform are clueless.’ That’s what many are saying of Poland’s still fledgling government. It must be the shortest political honeymoon in history.”
Imshin, from Israel, discusses the relationship between Israelis and Germans and Poles in this post.
Leopolis writes about the crisis at Poland's eastern border: “Traffic has come to a standstill on the Polish-Ukrainian border. Polish customs officers are on strike for the sixth day, demanding pay increases.”
Our Man in Gdansk writes about Poland's eastern border, the non-Schengen, closely guarded one: “A lorry driver died in the 20-mile queue at the Ukrainian-Polish border crossing at Dorohusk. Warsaw sat up and noticed: Poland has an eastern border.”
The beatroot visits a state-run and a private clinic in Warsaw to get a sick note and a medicine – and ends up writing about disadvantages of each option.
Information Policy reports on the introduction of electronic tax declarations in Poland and the launch of an “anti-corruption portal” in Bulgaria.
Polish, Latvian and Lithuanian fishers are robbing Mauritania of its fish – all because “the EU has methodically depleted fish stocks in its own waters, and now, it is buying fish quotas from poor countries in the third world,” Jonathan Newton reports.
The beatroot writes on “who should Poles vote for, if they could, in US primaries”: “What goes on in Washington should be of keen interest in Warsaw.”
“‘The government can do nothing’, should be the slogan for this new government,” writes the beatroot.
Our Man in Gdansk writes about the lack of state funding for such crucial areas as health care and education in Poland.
A Polish translation of Jan Gross’ Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland is selling well and causing debates in Poland, the beatroot reports.
The beatroot writes about Poland's plans to set up “a Polish rival to NASA.”