Things have just got worse … again

Things have just got worse … again

Written by: in: Economy

Last week saw in a whole raft of very disturbing news. Once again disaster was on everyone’s lips  while others said “I told you so”.  In the eye of the storm was the news that Sicily and Valencia needed bailouts and that the yield on 10 year Spanish bonds had risen to 7.75%.  Spain is […]

It won’t be easy for Greeks

It won’t be easy for Greeks

Written by: in: Politics

The Greek elections’ outcome came with a sigh of relief for Europe. Of course, European decision makers were prepared for the back-up plan, in which they would need to talk to the leader of populist SYRIZA, but those talks would be much more difficult and less predictable as to their final outcome. However, it will […]

Europe is supported by one pillar only…

Europe is supported by one pillar only…

Written by: in: Economy

Not only in Europe but also elsewhere, people are commenting on the possible Greek’s exit from the eurozone. I am not going to dwell on that utopian socialist lamentation. When you read in a newspaper that a strong Europe says to Greece ‘you’ve done that yourself so don’t expect us to be merciful’ you can […]

We need real choices – interview with Jiří Schneider

We need real choices – interview with Jiří Schneider

Written by: in: Politics

Two years ago, here in Wrocław [at Wrocław Global Forum], you called United States and Europe “G2 of the world” and today you referred to them as “catamaran on stormy waters”, so I was wondering if you think that we can observe serious, permanent shift of power in contemporary world or just this storm that […]

Wrocław Global Forum 2012

Wrocław Global Forum 2012

Written by: in: Thought

Between 31 May and 2 June 2012 Wrocław hosted Wrocław Global Forum 2012, co-organized by The Atlantic Council of the United States. This year’s edition was entitled “Reinventing the West: Prosperity, Security and Democracy at Risk?” For three days experts, politicians and economists were discussing various issues in numerous panels. After welcoming remarks by Rafał […]

On the likely benefits from the Greek lesson

On the likely benefits from the Greek lesson

Written by: in: Economy

The mass media, along with the political, social and economic authorities, flood us with comments on whether Greece leaves the Eurozone or not – and what costs Greece, the Eurozone and the world (including Poland) would have to bear. The markets suffer from consecutive tremors. A disaster is coming – they announce. Meanwhile, it would […]

Tourists avoid Greece fearing the consequences of the debt crisis

Tourists avoid Greece fearing the consequences of the debt crisis

Written by: in: Economy

The Europeans are afraid to book trips to Greece for their vacation, fearing the aftermath of the parliamentary elections planned for June 17. In the last weeks, the number of reservations dropped by half. ‘We have experienced a 50% decline in bookings since the elections on May 6,’ said George Drakopoulos, general director of the […]

Positive effects of the crisis

Positive effects of the crisis

Written by: in: Economy

The economic slowdown that currently takes place in Poland has also some advantages, as it is the time when more traditional strategies work, all hooray-optimistic plans will fall apart and when the 100% mark-up has to be reduced. Fortunately, what we deal with in Poland is only an economic slowdown and not the recession, such […]

The end of a certain cycle.  Heroes, The Magnificent, Masters of Hypocrisy and Shamans.

The end of a certain cycle. Heroes, The Magnificent, Masters of Hypocrisy and Shamans.

Written by: in: Politics

On October 28th, 1980 – a week before the elections – Jimmy Carter, serving President of the United States of America, challenged in a debate his Republican rival Ronald Reagan. His scarce advantage in the opinion polls had rapidly decreased after the meeting, which eventually led to his electoral defeat. The President, who four years […]

Trains going in opposite directions

Trains going in opposite directions

Written by: in: Politics

Undoubtedly, as in the words of Samuel Brittan, the Financial Times columnist, we have recently been living in “a gloomy era of the glorification of the state.” The public sphere has been dominated by the amateurs trying to fix capitalism and the politicians who mainly shout at the “greedy financiers.” The new prophets of anti-capitalism, […]

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