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Newsweek Polska - Poland | 20/01/2011

Prime minister wins debate on air crash

The newest revelations in the investigations into the air disaster near Smolensk sparked fierce debate in the Polish parliament on Wednesday. The clear winner was Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who had been accused of not doing enough to ensure the causes for the disaster were properly looked into, writes the news magazine Newsweek Polska: "The prime minister outclassed [opposition leader] Jarosław Kaczyński. It's been a long time since we've seen such emotional debates in the Polish parliament. Of course it was only to be expected that the debate over investigations into the crash would have tempers flaring. It was also a battle between two styles of oratory: that of the [governing party] PO against that of the [largest opposition party] PiS. it must be said that Tusk's style prevailed. Once more he has demonstrated his talent at winning political conflicts. Tusk explained convincingly that it was best to cooperate with the Russians in the investigation into the air crash, because only in that way could we have sufficient access to all the evidence."

Newsweek Polska - Poland | 12/08/2010

Commemorative plaque resolves Polish cross dispute

Poland continues to seek a solution to the fight over how to commemorate late President Lech Kaczyński, who died in a plane crash in April. Newly elected President Bronisław Komorowski has now proposed that the capital city of Warsaw remove the memorial cross from in front of his official residence and replace it with a commemorative plaque. The magazine Newsweek Polska lauds this proposal: "It is good that the president's office has asked the state conservator for permission to set up a memorial honouring the victims of the catastrophe in Smolensk. Only the quick placement of such a plaque can bring this escalating conflict to a halt. The president's office has learned from experience. They have decided to take action to stem the riots over the cross in front of the Presidential Palace. ... This is real progress. Once they have put up the commemorative plaque, they can set up the cross elsewhere. Perhaps that will solve the problem."

Newsweek Polska - Poland | 08/03/2010

Moderate smoking ban in Poland a good thing

Poland has introduced a smoking ban in public places which allows for certain exceptions. Newsweek Polska is pleased that bars and restaurants larger than 100 square metres can set aside rooms for smokers: "This is a setback for all those in favour of radical measures, and that's a good thing. For a long time in some circles people have been saying that citizens must be protected from everything that can be harmful to them in any way. These 'good people' prop up their arguments in various ways - for example by saying morals or people's long-term health must be protected. But what they fail to see is that many of their ideas constitute an attack on the basic civil rights whereby individuals have the right to inflict damage on themselves as much as they wish. Of course only if they do it voluntarily and don't harm anyone else in the process."

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | 12/01/2006

Aiming for New Elections?

Is Poland headed for new elections? Piotr Smilowicz voices his concern about the strategic games being played by the governing party, Law and Justice (PiS). According to Smilowicz, the PiS, under the leadership of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, President Lech Kaczynski's twin brother, is deliberately trying to bring make the parliamentary vote on the budget fail. "All the indications are that the strange struggle about setting a date for the vote has only one objective: preventing parliament from passing the new budget law within the required period of time. This would mean that President Lech Kaczynski can call new elections this year."

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