Comeback to important issues

Comeback to important issues

Written by: in: Politics

When in 2010 we decided that one of our main directions of action and stimulation to public discussion in Liberte! should be liberally understood social policy, our political class was busy with discussing issues completely not connected with people’s life. Smolensk, rhetoric of deterring Law and Justice Party, Tusk’s small steps (a real stagnation), changes […]

Poland’s Strategy

Poland’s Strategy

Written by: in: Politics

Polish national strategy pivots around a single, existential issue: how to preserve its national identity and independence. Located on the oft-invaded North European Plain, Poland’s existence is heavily susceptible to the moves of major Eurasian powers. Therefore, Polish history has been erratic, with Poland moving from independence — even regional dominance — to simply disappearing […]

Job Centres: Reform or Revolution?

Job Centres: Reform or Revolution?

Written by: in: Society

On the pages of Gazeta Wyborcza, Jacek Męcina, the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy, announced “the revolution” in the functioning of one of the most bizarre institution of our country, that is the job centres. The question is if this will be indeed a revolution or rather some cosmetic changes, as job centres […]

Euphoria rules

Euphoria rules

Written by: in: Economy

It’s again become impossible to know whether to laugh or cry. One day the markets react with disappointment to ECB President Draghi’s vague statements (despite his declaring unequivocally that there is the possibility of buying up government treasuries on the primary market) – the next day markets are bursting with euphoria when the Spanish premier […]

The future of Russia – divergent scenarios for 2020-50

The future of Russia – divergent scenarios for 2020-50

Written by: in: Politics

Forecasts concerning the future of Russia are widely divergent which is alarming and should receive our immediate attention. On one hand, there are forecasts concerning the possibility of the Russian Federation’s territorial breakdown – as it was foreseen by a CIA report[1] – on the other hand, some people, like Sachs who is an outstanding […]

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 […]

(Un)funded artist

(Un)funded artist

Written by: in: Culture

Once, on Małgorzata Gutowska-Adamczyk’s blog, I read a post entitled: “Is being an artist a profession?”. Now two pieces of information, which I came across in the press, reminded me of it. The first one was about the closure of museums for one day as a part of artists’ protest against lack of any national […]

We CAN (if we really want to)

We CAN (if we really want to)

Written by: in: Thought

How is it that when we truly desire something, we will climb mountains to achieve our goal and succeed, but if we tackle things with even just a little less determination, we get the same tired old results? Let me go back to the fall of communism and its replacement with the free market model. […]

How are we going to benefit from Euro 2012?

How are we going to benefit from Euro 2012?

Written by: in: Economy

In the midst of the soccer hype, we can’t forget that the world is not over after the Euro 2012. In several different reports, we could find out that Poland spent PLN 100 billion (which is an astonishing number for a not-so-rich country). After a while, it turns out that the stadiums cost us PLN […]

Polish national team lost, but Poles are still in game

Polish national team lost, but Poles are still in game

Written by: in: Society

I won’t be writing about the match with the Czech team although I knew the recipe for success as a half of Poles. If it wasn’t for the fact that because of some reasons Smuda, not me, was then (still) the selector, the fate of the championships (and of the world) would have been completely […]

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