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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 05/12/2014

Strong words to mask Moscow's weaknesses

Russia is a giant on feet of clay, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza comments after Putin's speech: "Hearing him talk yesterday you couldn't help feeling that for all his strong rhetoric what he wanted was to hide just how weak his state really is. ... Because his harsh stance comes at a high price. Capital is steadily flowing out of Russia. Estimates put the figure at 100 billion dollars this year alone. And the Western sanctions are preventing many Russian banks and companies from taking out foreign loans. ... The fact that even huge giants like the oil company Rosneft are facing financial difficulties highlights just how bad the situation is."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 23/01/2014

Kiev needs national reconciliation

Despite the recent escalation in violence, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza still sees a glimmer of hope for Ukraine, and calls on the country's leadership and the opposition to seek reconciliation: "The president now has no other option: he must try to achieve a national reconciliation with the leaders of the opposition. Both sides must shoulder responsibility and do all they can to avoid further bloodshed. For Yanukovych, that would mean recalling the much hated government under Mykola Azarov. At the same time he should bring forward the date for the presidential elections, scheduled for the coming year. And he may well have to step down immediately, on the proviso that he and his family would not be subject to prosecution after the change of leadership. In exchange, the opposition must abandon all thoughts of revenge. That would be the best scenario for Ukraine and the Ukrainians."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 08/01/2014

Scapegoats for domestic problems

Cameron's plan to scrap child's benefit for immigrants to the UK when the children themselves still live in their home country is pure populism and an attempt to divert attention from domestic problems, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza criticises: "Because he didn't make any mention of the fact that according to a study by London University College, citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein contributed 22 billion pounds [26 billion euros] in tax revenue to the British economy between 2001 and 2011. That sum is 34 percent higher than what the state has paid for them, for example in social benefits. ... So the claim that migrants make a huge dent in the budget can't be the real reason for Cameron's attacks. He just wants to show that he can take a hard line against foreigners, whom the British tend to blame for many problems, such as unemployment or long queues at the doctor's."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 12/09/2012

Disabled athletes no better than the rest

In honour of the Paralympics in London, Polish media hailed the disabled athletes who participated in the games as athletes that embody the true Olympic spirit, saying that their goal was to rise above their disabilities rather than win medals. Roman Imielski, deputy editor of the foreign news desk of the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza, which had joined in the praise, contradicts this logic: "The same kind of cheating goes on as in the standard Olympic Games, from doping (in London three weightlifters were disqualified) to doubts about whether the technical requirements were adhered to (after losing a race the South African sprinter Pistorius accused his rival of having protheses that were too long) to faked medical reports about the extent of a disability. Many Paralympic athletes are not amateurs but make a living from sport thanks to financial support from the state and sponsors. … What's the big deal? They're just part of society too, with all its dark sides."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 23/05/2011

Poland's political clout grows

Poland will assume the EU presidency in July and already has the best connections for the job, writes the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: "Warsaw, which will soon begin its first presidency of the European Union, currently has excellent relations with Berlin as well as increasingly good ties with Moscow. The other European capitals also greatly appreciate Poland because it prefers talking with them to insulting them. As a result Poland has become an important player in the international arena - both West and East. The revival of the Weimar Triangle grouping Poland, France and Germany has done much to aid this process, because Paris and Berlin are the motor that drives the EU. The rotational meeting of the foreign ministers of Poland, Germany and Russia should also prove helpful in this regard."

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