Balance restoration

Balance restoration

Written by: in: Society

Extension of the retirement age is necessary and it results from both demographic transformations and future challenges of the labour market The contemporary Pole’s life looks more or less as follows – he spends about 25 first years of life outside the labour market trying to overcome next stages of education. Next, there is about […]

Offside!

Offside!

Written by: in: Politics

The Prime Minister said that it was an own goal. This is how he described Jaroslaw’s Kaczynski’s calling for boycotting the Ukrainian part of Euro 2012. photo: Sean MacEntee The Prime Minister has an incomparably greater knowledge of the principles of “kicking the ball” than the chairman of the Law and Justice party does. Yet […]

Reading Mazowiecki’s expose twenty years later

Reading Mazowiecki’s expose twenty years later

Written by: in: Politics

On August 24, 1989 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, the first Prime Minister of non-communist Poland, gave a visionary expose. Going back to that text today – so fresh, so prognostic and politically modern – it is hard to believe that during that time the Warsaw Pact still existed, that the Iron Curtain subsisted, the army of the […]

Arguments for increasing retirement age

Arguments for increasing retirement age

Written by: in: Economy

Debate on a longer retirement age is difficult owing to the fact that the most important arguments are non-intuitive. In communism era things seemed to be clear. Since the state guaranteed a fixed pension, early exit from the labour market was the most rational choice for an average citizen. Because seniority had indeed a minor […]

Cairo-Warsaw. Common issue?

Cairo-Warsaw. Common issue?

Written by: in: Politics

Throughout the years, Western countries have been continuously collaborating with torturers of Arabic nations, thus separating values from economic interest and betraying their own ideals. And all that in the name of mercantilism. Such logic is not, and never will be, beneficial for Poland, because our geopolitical location and borders with still unstable East requires […]

War dances around shales

War dances around shales

Written by: in: Economy

Judging from various statements and behaviors, politicians – and not just them! – sometimes think of Poland as of Kuwait – the country of rentiers, living on “manna falling from heaven” (or rather from the depths of the earth). You can understand them. What a wonderful prospect! You can always promise what social problems will […]

13% of Poles are personally involved in the protest

13% of Poles are personally involved in the protest

Written by: in: Society

Last weeks went by under the banner of protests against ACTA, and at work we decided to ask Poles what do they think about it. The protest is a fight for freedom in the Internet For young Poles the protest against ACTA means first of all a struggle for freedom of the Internet. As much […]

How to disenchant the word “Liberalism” in Poland?  Liberals versus libertarians

How to disenchant the word “Liberalism” in Poland? Liberals versus libertarians

Written by: in: Thought

The term “Liberalism” has many meanings. The term “liberal ideas” was used for the very first time in the proclamation by Napoleon in 1799 (Jacek Bartyzel). Liberalism, in its classical form, has appeared at the end of the 18th century, as an attempt to oppose absolutism. In the 19th century liberal ideas were dominating in […]

Shale, shale

Shale, shale

Written by: in: Economy

It is tempting to envision Poland as a shale gas Eldorado. If the prognoses about the amount and accessibility of shale gas prove to be accurate, it is great news, and a promise of the enormous profits, or even a hope for our country to change its position on a geopolitical chart of Europe. Becoming […]

A Wish List for 2012

A Wish List for 2012

Written by: in: Economy

During the last day of 2011, just when the fact that GDP has not been exceeded by 55% was being hailed as one of the year’s triumphs, I tweeted my wish list for 2012. To sum up it was for the euro zone to stay intact, for the government to keep its promises, for investments […]

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