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Polityka Online - Poland | 04/10/2012

For Wawrzyniec Smoczyński the euro crisis is becoming a social crisis

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans have protested against their governments' crisis policies in recent weeks. The journalist Wawrzyniec Smoczyński writes in the left-liberal news portal Polityka Online that the euro crisis is evolving into a social crisis: "Why now of all times? Because as in Poland, the governments in all of Europe have now presented their budget statements for the coming year. With a sizable dose of harsh measures like cuts and tax hikes. In this way the budgets will be balanced, as is stipulated by the EU fiscal compact which will come into effect in 2013. In addition, the economic recession is now morphing into a social crisis. That means unemployment is rising and the fear of the future is constantly growing. The next unavoidable stage involves political tensions. The majority of Southern Europeans have recently elected new governments. As a consequence, the anger is being vented on the street [and not at the polls]: In Spain, Catalan separatism is growing ever louder, and in Greece support for the neo-Fascists - like that for the extreme Left in France - is growing."

Polityka - Poland | 31/10/2007

Donald Tusk's political temperament

The election victory and political style of Poland's Prime Minister elect Donald Tusk remind Wawrzyniec Smoczyński of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "Like Angela Merkel, Tusk underwent a psychological transformation from party manager to political leader during these elections. ... Although Tusk's rhetoric in the election campaign bore traces of the Blairite vision, the future prime minister now appears to be tending towards Merkel's methods, namely small-step politics, painstaking reforms and correcting the country's image in foreign policy. The problem is that although in temperament Tusk is more akin to the German chancellor, the challenges he faces cry out for the Blair approach."

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