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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lech Wałęsa's embarrassing Libertas appearance

The liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza is deeply embarrassed by the appearance of former Polish president Lech Wałęsa at the congress of the anti-European party Libertas in Rome: "Lech Wałęsa is Poland's trademark throughout the world. He is our pride, and our shame. Everything he does reflects on us. And that includes what he does to earn his daily bread and how he goes about doing it. That is the fate of heroes. He is the symbol of peaceful change in Poland and all of Europe, and our ambassador in the world. And this ambassador has now given us cause for shame. ... He appears at events by the Eurosceptic party amid the symbols of nationalists and populists. And he takes money for doing it. Wałęsa must ask himself if he wants to be our symbol for freedom, or just a second-rate politician, and if he is not a star who can be rented out by all and sundry."

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