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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 09/08/2006

Poland's nation state policy

In a guest commentary, Michal Syska, deputy chairman of "Social Democracy Poland" (SDPL), which is not represented in the Sejm but in the European parliament, criticises the conservative ruling party's nation-state oriented policies. "For PiS politicians, the project of a federalised Europe is artificial. They advocate the nation state, which they see as a natural, autonomous entity that is not the product of human endeavour. Its basis, the national identity, is homogenous (society is held together by ethnic-religious bonds), exclusive (public space is reserved for the national and religious majority…) and confrontational." Syska argues that Poland's Left should "not allow the government to slam the door in Europe's face" because "for parts of the population, integration in the EU also (and perhaps above all) means opening Poland up to Europe – with its acceptance of diversity, openness and tolerance."

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