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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 16/11/2009

Homosexuals should stand up and be counted

Today is the International Day for Tolerance, and homosexuals in Poland are using it to fight discrimination in their country. Pior Pacewicz comments good-naturedly in the left-liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza on a discussion on homophobia organised in the northern Polish town of Olsztyn: "I hope many gays and lesbians will come to the meeting in the 'Gazeta Cafe' and that they will have the courage to stand up and be counted. Everywhere in the world a massive 'coming out' has changed the way people think. Something changes in the hearts and minds of 'heteros' when they find out that their colleage is gay or that their next-door neighbour is lesbian. Until now the large majority of Poles - including no doubt the population of Olsztyn - haven't shared in this development. On the one hand they prefer hateful discrimination to understanding, and on the other hand it suits them just fine when gays and lesbians remain hiding in their closets."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 17/07/2007

A new electoral alliance in Poland

Poland's populist Samoobrona Farmers Party and the ultra-conservative League of Polish Families (LPR) have joined forces. They plan to run under the joint list name LiS (Polish for fox) in the next parliamentary elections, in the hope that this will boost their position within the governing coalition with the PiS. Piotr Pacewicz comments: "This alliance between the cheap populism of Samoobrona and the nationalist provincial agenda of the LPR, which has sprung from fear of the PiS, is good news. It is bound to accelerate the gradual demise we have been witnessing over the past few months of two embarrassing formations... Each of the two parties has a large, negatively oriented body of voters which partially intersect. The battle for power within the alliance will increase the number of Samoobrona and LPR opponents. In this way the little fox alliance will end up being rejected instead of rewarded by voters."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 13/11/2006

The opposition's success in Poland's local elections

The final results of the local elections in Poland have not yet been announced but in the cities of Warsaw, Cracow, Posen, Breslau and Gdansk it looks like the main opposition party, the centre-right liberal Civic Platform (PO), has won a clear victory. Piotr Pacewicz praises the relatively high voter turnout of 45 percent. "That's not bad for Polish standards. The sharp political and cultural debate that currently divides Poland is obviously encouraging people to take an active stance.... It's still too soon to congratulate the Civic Platform, but if its success in the cities extends to rural areas, we can only hope this expression of voter support will encourage it to be more forceful in stating its position in future; that it will stress those features that distinguish it from the PiS and commit clearly to an open attitude towards Europe and modern patriotism and that it will make it clear that it wants tolerance and opposes the current climate of suspicion and the exaggerated preoccupation with settling accounts with the past."

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