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Kick-off in Eastern Europe

Poland and Ukraine are co-hosting the Euro 2012 football championship, which for the first time since the fall of communism is taking place in Eastern Europe. Kiev is being harshly criticised for the imprisonment of opposition politician Yulia Tymoshenko. How should politicians and fans react to the tournament?

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Wednesday, 24. October 2012

Excessive Euro 2012 bonuses anger Poles

The Polish organisers of Euro 2012 will receive up to 1.3 million euros in bonuses independently of their performance even though the games were marred by serious glitches, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita writes. News like this doesn't go down well with the people, according to the paper, "because the man on the street will ask: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Wednesday, 11. July 2012

Bankruptcies help Polish development

The Polish Ministry of Economy indicated on Tuesday that the state may possibly assume control of construction companies that are on the verge of bankruptcy after miscalculating the profits they would turn with the Euro 2012 football championship. The conservative daily Rzeczpospolita says this is the wrong approach. "In the capitalist system, insolvency doesn't put you at a disadvantage. On the contrary: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 3. July 2012

The legacy of Euro 2012 in Eastern Europe

Euro 2012 ended on Sunday with Spain's victory over Italy in the final. The Championship leaves an important legacy in its co-host countries Poland and ... » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 3. July 2012

Uefa the big winner of the tournament

The clear winner of the Euro 2012 football championship is Uefa, the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes, warning against further commercialisation of the event: » more

Lrytas - Lithuania | Monday, 2. July 2012

Euro 2012 dashes Northern European prejudices

After the Euro 2012 final in which Spain beat Italy, the Internet portal is delighted that the tournament has dispelled Northern European prejudices about the South: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 3. July 2012

Unity between Ukraine and Poland empty promise

European football championships don't really bring the countries that co-host them together, writes the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung, arguing that the Uefa simply used the competition to stage a commercial mega event: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Tuesday, 3. July 2012

Costs will have long-term impact for Poland

In a survey conducted by the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza, 90 percent of the Poles included rated the Euro 2012 as "excellent". This survey can't be taken seriously because the respondents were carried away by a prevailing mood without thinking about the cost of the event, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita notes ironically: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Monday, 2. July 2012

Yanukovych the winner of Euro 2012

Apart from Spain and Italy, the controversial Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych also had his moment of glory at the Euro 2012 final in Kiev on Sunday, writes the liberal daily Sme: » more

ABC - Spain | Monday, 2. July 2012

Euro champions a model for Spain's politicians

Spain won the final of the Euro 2012 football championship against Italy 4-0 in Kiev on Sunday. The conservative daily ABC hopes that Spain's political and economic decision-makers will be infected by the footballers' team spirit: » more

Wprost - Poland | Monday, 2. July 2012

Poland's problems after the championship

Taken as a whole the Euro 2012 football championship was a success for Poland, writes journalist Michal Kobosko in the conservative news magazine Wprost, but he also notes: » more

Polska - Poland | Friday, 29. June 2012

Euro 2012 as professional as in the West

The Uefa European Football Championship in Poland and Ukraine will end on Sunday with Spain and Italy facing each other in the final game. The quality of the event's organisation was as high as in the West, writes the conservative daily Polska, taking stock of the tournament: » more

Público - Portugal | Thursday, 28. June 2012

After Euro 2012 nothing left but crisis

The Euro 2012 football competition is coming to an end and soon there will be no way to forget the euro crisis at least for a few moments, the daily newspaper Público laments: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Thursday, 28. June 2012

German football patriotism not a threat

Germany plays Italy tonight in the second semi-final of Euro 2012. The patriotism of the German fans before the game is no cause for alarm, writes the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza, looking back to the Fifa World Cup in Germany in 2006: » more

De Standaard - Belgium | Tuesday, 26. June 2012

Euro 2012 a disguised Champions League

Italy, Germany, Spain and Portugal have made it into the semi finals of the Euro 2012 football championships. It's no mere coincidence that - with the exception of Portugal - these countries also have the strongest national leagues, writes the liberal daily De Standaard: » more

Polityka Online - Poland | Monday, 25. June 2012

Radio station insults Ukrainian cleaning ladies

The Polish government apologised on Friday at the behest of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the behaviour of two Polish radio presenters. After the Ukrainian team was eliminated from the Euro 2012 football championships, the two joked that they would "now act like true Poles and send their Ukrainian [cleaning lady] packing." The two presenters are wanna-be artists who lack the skill to do their job properly, writes the news portal Polityka Online: » more

Novinar - Bulgaria | Thursday, 21. June 2012

Root for Germany at Euro 2012

Germany and Greece face off this Friday in Gdańsk for a spot in the Euro 2012 semi finals. The daily Novinar sides with the German team for political reasons: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Friday, 22. June 2012

Footballers improve German-Polish relations

Germany plays against Greece today in the 2012 quarter finals in Gdańsk. Stefan Szczepłek, sports editor for the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita, takes a conciliatory view of the past tensions between Germans and Poles: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Thursday, 21. June 2012

Ukraine suffers from Euro 2012 elimination

The Ukrainian national football team was eliminated from Euro 2012 on Tuesday. For the country this is more than a disappointment in sport, writes the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Tuesday, 19. June 2012

Striker's insolence prompts Dutch to think

After the elimination of the Dutch team from the Euro 2012 in the last match of the group phase on Sunday the Dutch are seeking the reasons for their defeat. Striker Arjen Robben in particular is being criticised for having shouted three times "Shut your mouth, man!" at coach Bert van Marwijk during the game against Portugal. The event and the debate it has sparked are symptomatic for the Dutch, writes columnist Bert Wagendorp with a touch of irony in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Monday, 18. June 2012

EM improves Poland's reputation

The Euro 2012 co-host Poland was eliminated from the competition after it lost 0-1 to the Czech Republic in the group stage on Saturday. But the tournament has done much to boost the country's reputation, writes the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Friday, 15. June 2012

Football riots induced by fear of Russia

Polish courts on Thursday sentenced 23 hooligans for rioting before and after Tuesday's game between Poland and Russia. The underlying reason for the riot was fear of Russia, writes the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita: » more

Wprost Online - Poland | Thursday, 14. June 2012

Polish hooligans put their country to shame

The Polish police arrested more than 180 Polish and Russian fans who ran riot before and after the Euro 2012 match (1-1) pitting Poland against Russia. The conservative news portal Wprost Online has harsh words for the Polish fans: » more

Fakt - Poland | Tuesday, 12. June 2012

Poland's fans just pseudo patriots

Many Poles are decorating their cars and houses with Polish flags during Euro 2012 in a display of support for their country's football team. But that has less to do with real patriotism than with a desire to party, writes Łukasz Warzecha with regret in the conservative tabloid Fakt: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 11. June 2012

Italy can make up with its football

The Italian President Giorgio Napolitano was the guest of honour at the game that pitted Spain against Italy in Gdańsk on Sunday. After the match ended in a 1-1 draw, Napolitano expressed his good wishes to team captain Gianluigi Buffon. In view of the match-fixing scandal that has rocked the world of Italian football, the gesture by the Italian head of state is more significant than the result of the game, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica writes: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Friday, 8. June 2012

A historical turning point for Poland

The inauguration of Euro 2012 in his home country, Poland, is a historical turning point for Rafal Stec of the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: » more

Večer - Slovenia | Friday, 8. June 2012

South Africa already forgotten

Commenting on the ongoing criticism of Euro 2012 co-host Ukraine, the daily Večer points to how quickly the problems in the country that hosted the 2010 World Cup, South Africa, have been forgotten: » more

Blog 100 Reféns - Portugal | Thursday, 7. June 2012

Portugal's footballers too chic to kick

In advance of their first Euro 2012 game, which will pit them against Germany on Saturday, Portugal's football team has come under fire because it hasn't won a single test game. In his blog 100 Reféns, Tiago Mesquita accuses superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's team of acting like prima donnas: » more

Sydsvenskan - Sweden | Wednesday, 6. June 2012

Euro 2012 boycott deserves respect

A number of leading European politicians including Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt will stay away from the football matches in Ukraine in protest at human rights violations and in particular the imprisonment of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The liberal daily Sydsvenskan praises this stance and hopes the pressure will not let up even after the European Championship: » more

Le Monde - France | Tuesday, 5. June 2012

Euro 2012 brings no progress for Ukraine

The European Football Championship kicks off in Poland and Ukraine on Friday. But whereas Poland has a high standing in the EU both economically and politically, the event has hardly benefited Ukraine, the left-liberal daily Le Monde writes: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Wednesday, 30. May 2012

Euro 2012 just as monotonous as Europe

The Euro 2012 football championship in Ukraine and Poland will highlight Europe's cramped mentality because football reflects the spirit of the times, writes philosopher Hans Schnitzler in his column in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, 29. May 2012

Italy's football thoroughly corrupt

Shortly before the Euro 2012 is due to kick off, the Italian police arrested 19 people on suspicion of match-fixing in a nationwide raid in the early hours of Monday morning, including 13 professional footballers. Among the suspects was a national player who was immediately thrown out of the Italian national team. Italian football has lost all credibility and needs a thorough purging, writes the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more

Heti Válasz - Hungary | Thursday, 24. May 2012

Jaroslaw Gizinski on Yulia Tymoshenko's oligarchic side

Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Ukrainian prime minister who has been sentenced to seven years in prison, has made the headlines with her hunger strike and poor health. But in an article published in the conservative weekly Heti Válasz, Jarosław Gizinski , editor of the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita, isn't convinced by what he calls her attempts to play the martyr: » more

Polityka - Poland | Wednesday, 23. May 2012

Adam Krzemiński calls for dual strategy on Ukraine

A good two weeks before Euro 2012 kicks off in Poland and Ukraine, the imprisonment of Ukrainian opposition figure Yulia Tymoshenko is putting a strain on Kiev's relations with the West. The West should opt for a twin strategy regarding Ukraine, the Polish publicist Adam Krzemiński writes in the left-liberal weekly paper Polityka: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Tuesday, 22. May 2012

UEFA takes over government in Poland

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has demanded that Poland set up special bus lanes giving sports officials and players direct access from the airports to the stadia during Euro 2012, even though rail connections are available. The conservative daily Rzeczpospolita sees such wishes on UEFA's part as brazen effrontery: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Thursday, 10. May 2012

Stick to boycott against Ukraine

The incarcerated Ukrainian ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was transferred to a hospital on Wednesday where she will receive medical treatment. The international protests against the conditions of her imprisonment and the pressure from Brussels have had an impact, the left-liberal daily Der Standard concludes, and warns that this should not prompt the EU states to "end their boycott and send representatives to the Euro 2012 in Ukraine. Because neither Tymoshenko's prison conditions nor the trial against her are Yanukovych's biggest sins: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 9. May 2012

Ukraine completely isolated

Ukraine on Wednesday postponed the planned summit meeting of leaders from Central and Eastern Europe for an indefinite period of time. The official reason given was that a string of heads of state were unable to attend. But the truth is that they cancelled in protest at the treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko, the business paper Hospodárske noviny comments: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Thursday, 3. May 2012

Sport fans should switch off their TVs

In addition to the Euro 2012 in Ukraine another major sport event has come into the spotlight: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Wednesday, 2. May 2012

Boycott discussion is hypocritical

Western politicians' calls for the European Football Championship to be boycotted because of Yulia Tymoshenko's imprisonment are hypocritical since there have been worse hosts than Ukraine in the past, writes the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita: » more

Savon Sanomat - Finland | Wednesday, 2. May 2012

Euro 2012 boycott won't help

According to the liberal daily Savon Sanomat, Western politicians staying away from the Euro 2012 in Ukraine won't achieve anything: » more

Financial Times Deutschland - Germany | Wednesday, 2. May 2012

Germans only pick on the little guys

If Ukraine is facing a boycott because of human rights abuses the same must apply for other countries too, writes the Financial Times Deutschland: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 2. May 2012

Sport has always been political

The head of the Czech Football Association, Miroslav Pelta, has rejected the idea of a political boycott of the Euro 2012 football championships in reaction to the jailing of opposition figure Yulia Tymoshenko, on the grounds that sport must not be held hostage to politics. The liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes does not agree: » more

Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | Monday, 30. April 2012

No stage for Yanukovych

In view of ex-prime minister Tymoshenko's situation it's important for the EU politicians to boycott the Euro 2012, writes the liberal daily Eesti Päevaleht: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 30. April 2012

Manoeuvre can harm EU

A boycott of the Euro 2012 football championship would drive Ukraine straight into Moscow's arms, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera warns: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 30. April 2012

Russian criticism self-serving but helpful

The departing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has also sharply criticised the Ukrainian leader's treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko. That puts the Ukrainian government under additional pressure even if Medvedev's motivations are unclear, writes the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Monday, 30. April 2012

The Hague should ponder Euro 2012 boycott

At the upcoming Euro 2012, both the Dutch and the German national teams will play in Ukraine during the group stage. In view of the treatment of former prime minister Tymoshenko, politicians from the two countries should seriously consider boycotting the games, the right-wing tabloid De Telegraaf writes: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 27. April 2012

Using sport to put pressure on Yanukovych

German President Joachim Gauck has cancelled his planned May visit to Ukraine in protest against the imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko. Gauck's gesture is a good moment to consider a boycott of the coming European Football Championship in Ukraine, opines the left-liberal daily Der Standard: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Thursday, 26. April 2012

Yulia Tymoshenko like Aung San Suu Ky

The Ukrainian ex-head of government Yulia Tymoshenko claims that she was beaten in prison and began a hunger strike last Friday in protest. Meanwhile a video has surfaced on the Internet apparently showing Tymoshenko pacing around her cell without appearing to be in any pain. The country has already come out the loser, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 25. April 2012

Europe's difficult relations with Ukraine

According to her lawyer, former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has gone on a hunger strike to protest at the conditions of her imprisonment. The EU must rebuke President Victor Yanukovich without losing Ukraine as a potential partner, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes: » more


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