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Newsweek Polska - Poland | 25/02/2008

The Visegrád group and Kosovo

Aleksander Kaczorowski is complaining that the Visegrád group, consisting of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, has not been pursuing a common line on Kosovo. "Poland is not among the countries that immediately recognized Kosovo's independence. ... Polish politicians must decide if we want to be among those countries that set the tone in European policy on this issue. Or would we rather wait to recognize Kosovan independence, to minimize damage to our relations with Belgrade? The Czechs, who traditionally bestow greater sympathy on the Serbs, prefer this option, as does the Hungarians, who are concerned about protecting their minority in the Serbian province of Vojvodina. ... If Polish politicians cannot find an optimal date for recognizing Kosovo, they should ask the advice of their partners in Prague and Budapest."

Newsweek Polska - Poland | 16/01/2008

Gross' book on anti-Semitism is checked by prosecutors

Krakow's public prosecutor's office is examining the new book by US historian Jan Tomasz Gross – "Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz" - for possible "slander against the Polish people." Aleksander Kaczorowski protests: "The Krakow prosecutor's office, by considering a suit against Gross' book, is trying to use police-state methods… to nip in the bud an important and needed discussion about the genesis of domestic anti-Semitism. To do so, it is relying on an absurd law, which holds that 'anyone who publicly accuses the Polish nation of participation, organization or responsibility in communist or National Socialist crimes' faces a possible prison sentence of three years. … So that's the result of the so-called history policy, one of the most important catchwords of the PiS [the previous ruling party, Law and Justice]. But it has nothing to do with the rules of a democratic state."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 09/05/2006

That dump called Europe

Aleksander Kaczorowski writes enthusiastically about the anthology "Last & Lost. An atlas of disappearing Europe", in which writers describe their quest for the lost and the forgotten in Europe. "It turns out that 15 authors from several European countries – people with lives and experiences that are as disparate as they can be only in Europe – are on the same wavelength. Despite everything, the much doubted European identity comes over as live and kicking – even in the sphere of art, where ideas and solutions are really put to the test. Although it's difficult to believe sometimes: we are genuinely proud of that dump called Europe."

Polityka Online - Poland | 28/03/2006

The death of Stanislaw Lem

Polish author Stanislaw Lem died of heart failure at a hospital in Cracow on March 27. He was 84 years old. In his obituary Aleksander Kaczorowski writes: "Between 1982 and 1988 he lived in Vienna. Back then, the famous science fiction writer Philip K. Dick caused an international scandal by claiming that there was no author by the name of Lem. According to Dick, it was impossible that such an extensive and diverse collection of works could be the fruit of the labour of a single person. To put it as Mark Twain would: the death of Stanislaw Lem is conclusive proof that the rumours that he did not exist were grossly exaggerated."

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