Posts Tagged ‘Poland’

  1. “Until very recently Poles had never given much thought to Islam”?

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    November 19, 2017 by AK

    The Polish historian Jan Gross, the longtime target of nasty attacks by right-wing populists for his work on the Jedbawne massacre, is comparing the Warsaw marchers to the pre-WWII fascists from the anti-Semitic parties led or inspired by Roman Dmowski: A youth organization that helped organize the march in Warsaw is a descendant of a …
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  2. What if they were perfect liberals in 1996?

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    January 12, 2017 by AK

    Seán Hanley of University College London and James Dawson of King’s College and Queen Mary University, London, published a long piece on Poland in Hungary in Foreign Policy (reprinted in the Chicago Tribune) earlier this month – an interesting article, definitely worth reading despite the unwarranted claims in its title and subtitle. The Tribune‘s title …
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  3. Crazy theories are sometimes true, just not this time

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    April 13, 2016 by AK

    The mode of the murder in Grosvenor Square was so inordinately bizarre that for years, I could not bring myself to accept the Kremlin’s complicity. Perhaps the 21st-century approach to political assassination is performing it as if an episode of Austin Powers. This said, the pet hypothesis of Antoni Macierewicz and Jarosław Kaczyński – Putin brought …
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  4. Anna Bikont on PiS v. Jan Gross

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    April 12, 2016 by AK

    Anna Bikont had an article in Tablet in mid-March about the new Polish government’s attack on the historian Jan Gross. Poland held a presidential election in May 2015. At a televised debate, the most important of the campaign, the pro-Kaczynski candidate Duda and the pro-Civic Platform Komorowski were supposed to ask each other questions: The …
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  5. Putinist rhetoric in Poland

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    April 10, 2016 by AK

    The Lavrov argument – “Who are you to f—ing lecture me?” – makes a certain sense when the lecturer is currently acting in ways similar to the auditor. Otherwise, it seldom works. Being lectured by David Miliband must be torture – but hey, so what? “Your grandfather was a Nazi” is also used from time to time – by Moscow against …
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  6. S&P’s downgrade of Polish debt: sounds familiar

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    January 31, 2016 by AK

    For those willing to read beyond the first paragraph, S&P provided a detailed list of Poland’s fiscal risks in their downgrade note (linked by Puls Biznesu). The nationalists’ fiscal preferences have already begun to show, according to Moody’s: Moody’s has warned that Poland’s incoming bank tax threatens the profitability and credit ratings of the country’s lenders. Fitch analysts are also warning against fiscal …
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  7. S&P’s downgrade of Poland was well-founded

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    January 30, 2016 by AK

    There has been much wailing from certain quarters that S&P’s January 15 downgrade of Polish foreign-currency debt from A- to BBB+ was motivated by “politics” and had nothing to do with Poland’s economy. This argument does not make sense, and would still make none if “politics” were magically divorceable and insulable from “the economy” in …
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  8. The Kremlin’s Polish frenemies

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    January 22, 2016 by AK

    When I got back to Moscow after the winter vacation earlier this January, one of the first things I had heard (on the boring but, at least, non-government-owned FM station that pretends to focus on “business” but mostly babbles amateurishly about financial markets) was news from Poland. The Kremlin seems to influence the choice of subjects covered by private …
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