Apparently, according to Real Warsaw, Poland is single-handedly styming EU progress. Poland's recently elected populist government isn't seen as a solution since future-oriented policies appear off the table. However, according to Bernski in the comments section, the problems may be deeper than a newly elected government — shibboleths such as Polish-style Catholicism and red-tape are mentioned:
Poland is a country full of great people, but the resistance to change and red tape is sickening. It was obvious to me the first day I came to Poland. I don't see Poland being a major player even in the next 20 years…
But is Poland to blame in all cases? In the spirit of passing the buck, Poland – IP news and resources reports that the dearth of Polish patents (an important index of national creativity) is the fault of “the European patent system.” In 2005, just 79 Polish inventors applied for patents, compared with 13,000 applications in Germany.
Not only having trouble at home, according to the beatroot, Poles are taking a beating abroad as well. Incidents of scuffles between Poles and local residents are not isolated, particularly in Ireland. The beatroot makes a religious connection, arguing that beatings are less common in Catholic areas. To be fair, Ireland is one of the few countries that have opened their borders to work-hungry Poles. A point that Michael M. reiterates in the comments section:
I think it has to do with the fact that the UK and Ireland both opened up their labor markets to new EU member states right from the get-go.
Maybe Susquatch can help? Coming right out of the X-Files, according to Polish Ufological Journal, a Yeti-like creature has been spotted in south-eastern Poland.
Attention Polish literati, Indian poems are available in Polish. In a ceremony hosted by India's Ambassador to Poland, and attended by the who's who of Polish literary circles, the Urdu poetry of 19th century poet Mirza Ghalib (translated by Janusz Krzyzowski and Surender Zahid) was released.
Polish political satire is on the rise. “We can observe a true renaissance of political humour” in Poland, according to Kurczeblade, that quotes a handfull of new political jokes in circulation (in Polish, regretfully).
First Commandment for an opposition party is: always aim for early elections, always be ready to take over. It's a clear situation for voters, obvious element of a healty democracy. For the ruling party it's a constant treat. Although I understand an argument that “the longer Law & Justice stays in power, the bigger support for Civic Platform will get,” I do not accept it. If the rule of the PiS party is as bad as opposition claims, they need to be stopped immediately. And if there's no need to do it right away, then somebody's been using too strong words…
That’s the Poland blogopshere update! Until next time – Do widzenia!