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Tygodnik Powszechny - Poland | 10/09/2008

Historical inquiry

Poland's judiciary has launched an inquiry into the death of General Władysław Sikorskis, the prime minister exiled during the Second World War who is said to have died in a plane crash off Gibraltar's coast in 1943. There are rumours in Poland that Sikorski's death was ordered by Moscow or London because he stood in the way of the Soviet Union and its Western allies at the time. The weekly Tygodnik Powszechny defends the inquiry initiated by Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) against criticism. "All those who criticise the IPN's decision [to investigate the circumstances of the death] of Sikorski ..., should bear in mind that the IPN is acting because it has the task of clearing up difficult or controversial historical issues that need to be clarified. The results, although they are not of a penal character, are of great importance for our knowledge of the past. ... By launching this inquiry the IPN can demand official access not only to British ..., but also to American, French, Spanish and Russian archives. ... If, as a consequence of the IPN inquiry, documentation similar to that on the Jedwabne pogrom [against the Jews] comes to light, this will be an important achievement."

Tygodnik Powszechny - Poland | 25/09/2006

Wojciech Pieciak on a turning point in Europe

Europe is at a turning point in its history, concludes the newspaper's head of foreign affairs, Wojciech Pieciak. The problems in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary and those in Germany and France are very similar. "This turning point, which not only affects the economy and politics, but also questions of identity, is not just restricted to Central Europe. The two largest countries in the EU, France and Germany, are also in a 'transitional phase'. There, too, the majority of society doesn't want to accept the fact that far-reaching economic, tax and health reforms are necessary. But what makes the countries of Western Europe different from the countries of Central Europe is the fact that the former have had several decades to accumulate wealth and prosperity and can still draw on these resources. But this doesn't make introducing reforms any easier. On the contrary, it has a soothing effect on society and makes people think everything can go on as before. The societies of Central Europe lack this kind of 'air cushion', which is why everything happens quicker here and takes on more spectacular proportions."

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