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Rzeczpospolita - Poland | 22/05/2014

European elections: Like it or not, Merkel's in charge

The opinion research institute Millward Brown has forecast a turnout of just  29 percent in Poland for the European elections, one of the lowest in Europe. The conservative daily Rzeczpospolita shows some understanding for this, pointing out that when all is said and done only one person is in charge in Europe: "Who really decides questions of European politics? ... Is it really the European Parliament? That's a joke. We all know that only Angela Merkel's word counts. Just for fun we could say that general elections in Europe would only really make sense if we could directly elect the German chancellor. People are openly saying that Berlin doesn't like the new way in which the Commission President is to be elected. For that reason it's likely that someone who's not among the official candidates will get the job."

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | 13/02/2014

Bad jokes about child murderer intolerable

The release from prison of the child murderer Mariusz Trynkiewicz after 25 years in prison has sparked a hefty debate in Poland. The serial killer is the main topic in the media, and various radio stations have made jokes about paedophilia since his release on Tuesday. A demeaning spectacle, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita writes: "The worst thing is the trivialisation of crime and the criminal. This is the opposite of a serious debate where arguments are weighed up against each other. Instead we're seeing a kind of pop culture phenomenon which has spread like the plague. ... But the real problem isn't the tabloids. We all know what to expect from them. The worst aspect is the idiots on the radio stations and blogs, who don't show a shred of decency. They make the same type of jokes about Trynkiewicz as they do about [the much criticised pop singer] Nazasza Urbańska or [the reality show] Warsaw Shore. In so doing they are trivialising a human tragedy."

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | 29/11/2013

Germany remains constant threat for Europe

In the coalition agreement signed on Wednesday, the CDU/CSU bloc and the SPD call for equal treatment for the German language alongside English and French at EU institutions. The conservative daily Rzeczpospolita opposes the idea using history to support its arguments: "We must always remember why Germany has never been accorded the privileges to which it would normally be entitled on the basis of its huge economic potential and its number of inhabitants. This is about the legacy of the war it triggered, in which the Germans murdered millions of people, organised the Holocaust and pushed Europe to the brink of complete ruin. The Americans rebuilt it. As we can see, this legacy is increasingly being forgotten - in the EU member states and in Germany. And this doesn't bode well. Somehow it always ends in disaster when Germany calls for all Europe to speak German."

Newsweek Polska - Poland | 30/03/2011

Polish men need their moustaches

Adam Małysz, the successful Polish ski jumper and proud wearer of a moustache, bade farewell to active sport last weekend. His departure could also mean the end of the moustache as a symbol of Polish masculinity, laments Mariusz Cieślik in the online edition of news magazine Newsweek Polska: "I very much fear that Adam Małysz may be the last representative of the generation of true moustache-wearers. They have been succeeded by the metrosexuals and the chic guys who treat moustaches like a fashionable gag. To claim that moustaches, of all things, are a typical feature of Polish males would perhaps be an exaggeration. But can it be mere coincidence that both the president and our greatest ever athlete both wear one? And let's not forget the Nobel Prize laureate Lech Wałęsa, who was once offered a million dollars to shave off his moustache. He wasn't interested."

Newsweek Polska - Poland | 05/03/2007

The dispute over a contemporary art museum in Warsaw

A new museum of contemporary art is to be built next to Warsaw's Culture Palace. In an international competition, a jury whose members included Daniel Libeskind, selected the design of Swiss architect Christian Kerez from 109 entries. However, the director of the museum project, Tadeusz Zielniewicz, was so appalled at the jury's choice that he resigned. Now the decision has been made not to use Kerez' plan. For Mariusz Cieslik, "the residents of Warsaw didn't like the plan for the museum building either. They said - not without reason - that it looked a radiator. Nevertheless, no one can tell me that things couldn't have been done better - sparing the city and country all the embarrassment. The Warsaw Rising Museum is one example of things being done properly. There are many indications that the then mayor of Warsaw, Lech Kaczynski, became president on the back of this successful project. The problem is that none of the politicians believe they can make their mark with contemporary art. This is why it's likely that nothing will come of it."

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