Poland in the news

A quick round up of some topical stories for you:

Poland is a poor country

It seems all those who keep whining about how poor Poland is are actually right! Poland comes fourth from bottom of the EU “rich list” judging by GDP per capita (as expressed by Purchasing Power Standards which eliminate price level differences between countries).

poor-poland

The only countries to be worse off than Poland are, in descending order;

  • Latvia (crisis stricken – definitely)
  • Romania (overrun by gypsies, dead dogs & thieves – allegedly)
  • Bulgaria (in the grip of the mafia – allegedly)

Doesn’t look good, does it! [That’s one of those ‘question tag things – feel free to ignore it]

Finance Minister gets a close shave

tusk rostowski

No wonder Tusk is looking so miserable. His minister of finance seated next to him, Jacek Rostowski, survived a vote of no confidence yesterday by 223 votes to 193, not exactly encouraging. It’s pretty easy to understand the concerns though. Looking back at an article in the Economist from a year ago we see that Tusk’s government was predicting a budget deficit this year of 1.3% of GDP, well within the EU 3% guideline. A year on and we’re looking at a deficit that is predicted to be a whopping 6.6% of GDP and stern words from the EU to get this back under control.

I have trouble believing that the economic crisis has unexpectedly deteriorated by such a magnitude in the last 12 months so I think it’s fair to ask questions about the competence of this government’s financial management and forecasting. One thing for sure, we won’t be enjoying these lower tax rates for very long!

Want a Polish Master’s degree? Got €330?

masters-degree

So the truth is out, we finally know why there are so many Poles with Master’s Degrees – because there’s a roaring trade in downloaded pre-prepared theses. For just €330 you can buy yourself a Master’s thesis on any subject you like, but why stop there? For €3,000 you may as well go the whole hog and get a Doctoral one!

For some people writing dissertations on demand is the only source of income and they earn up to 3,000 zlotys (660 euros) a month. Internet shops which specialize in writing Master’s, Bachelor’s and Doctoral theses, and employ the whole teams of “experts” are also thriving.

This doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. Not that Pole’s aren’t as smart as we thought they were but that they are smart enough to find find ways around everything, usually involving a download and a profitable business opportunity. What they lack in thesis writing ability they make up for in street savvy.

The next Polish sporting hero is……..

For sure going to be Agnieszka Radwanska, the tennis player who is currently competing at Wimbledon. Yesterday, she won a very tight second round match against the unseeded Chinese player, Ping Pong (surely shome mishtake – Ed). I expect to see Aga crowned as the Ladies Singles champ pretty soon and for a Polish media frenzy to follow immediately thereafter. Her younger sister, Urszula, who is also playing at Wimbledon this year, sadly lost her second round match against Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova (something to do with onions perhaps?) and so will be taking an early bath. Give it a couple of years and we’ll be toasting “the Polish Williams sisters”. What am I talking about, let’s toast them now, who cares if they won anything yet! GO GO RADWANSKA SISTERS!!!

Indian Wells Tennis

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21 thoughts on “Poland in the news

  1. Interesting bit of news,

    Foreign Ministry to Protest Against Russian TV Attack on Poland
    , June 24, 2009
    Poland’s Foreign Ministry is going to officially protest against a program that was broadcast by the Russian public TV last Sunday suggesting that Poland, Germany and Japan entered into an alliance to attack Russia.

    The Polish Embassy in Moscow is going to send a letter of official protest directed to the Russian broadcaster, Piotr Paszkowski, foreign ministry spokesman confirmed.

  2. Silly, yes. It’s quite amazing how such a big country with such great lands, resources, population etc. still cherishes fear of Poland. I am flattered.

    Scatts, I’m with you on the Premieru Tusku topic. Not a very good government – they’re playing liberal and pro-market, but all they do is BORROW. Brace yourselves for the October. Crisis is coming.

  3. Anna you are right Russia is so large and still fears the Hussars.
    Hopefully the history books will tell the correct story.

  4. Ania – making good historic movies is the way to go.

    Polish history can be inspiration for many “brave heart” like plots.

    But we only make historic movies based on school lectures (so every children in Poland is guaranteed to see them).

    I would like to see film about WWII that shows story of one soldier, from the start of war (no sabres vs tanks please, show the real fight – maybe Polish armored train vs German tanks) , then retreat to eastern Poland, then attack of USSR, some Gulag in Siberia, Iran, Great Britain, Monte Casino, Berlin, in the end there can be narrator telling about coming Jalta, and 50 years of PRL. Maybe Wojtek the bear soldier can be included (he’s too cool to not have movie based on).

  5. Oh, BTW. Poland is such a poor country, that when a friend of mine, Dianne from work, who is a Purchase Ledger Clerk went for a week to Kraków, she wasn’t able to buy anything. She wanted clothes, but ended up with one poncho.

    My MA is legit.

    And Radwańskie are from the new generation – they don’t know that nothing can be done, like we have experienced. So they just go ahead and do it. In the next elections I will vote for the youngest people – if they are not from SLD circles. I won’t sponsor their cocaine habits.

  6. I too would like to see a genuinely honest film about WWII but there are so many honest perspectives…..

    No clothes in Krakow? That would at least explain Jamie’s penchant for walking around in his pyjamas all day.

    SLD are on coke, eh? Should make for interesting “question times”.

  7. SLD and LSD are similiar for a reason :)

    About honest WWII movie – I don’t mind that “Brave Heart” is not honest to history, it’s entertainment after all.

    I just want people over the world to know our point of view, and there is no better way to show that POV other than film. And most other points of view are more publicized than ours. How many are there WWII movies about Jews, USA and English soldiers. Every possible interesting thing about them were made into film. Comedies, drama, action, romance, choose your genre. So people all over the world think – all the WWII movies shows English speaking people fighting Germans, so that must be it, other nations weren’t important. USSR story is known too. But other countries are just background.

    And only these countries (for example Poland, Canada, India, African countries) can change this. There is material for many movies.

  8. Like this one: a story of young partisans and how they aspired to be real soldiers, even though they were 12 or 7 years old.

  9. I never understood Russia – It’s a nation that has the know-how and technology to send men into space but not build a proper dishwasher or tv etc.

    As far as Poland being poor, expats have to remember that Warsaw and Krakow are not the best socio-economic representations of Poland…there are a lot of have-nots in the countryside and B-cities. But on the flipside one can never discount the power of kombinowac! Poles have always been masters of hiding their entire income and since GDP is calculated from official figures (tax returns, etc) I am sure the TRUE GDP per capita of Poland is probably 20% higher :^)

  10. Pioro-Boncza.
    There are a lot of have-nots in the so-called ‘rich-countries’.

    In the Isles I can see the evidence every day. So can 2 million others.

    In the USA, where I’ve lived, there’s poverty as well. Try those books:

    -Barbara Ehrenreich Going to Extremes
    -Deer Hunting with Jesus: Guns, Votes, Debt and Delusion in Redneck America by Joe Bageant

    I’ve seen children going to church on Sundays in shoes 4 sizes too big. No money to buy good clothes.
    At least in Poland we all have the clothes in our sizes. And such poverty as in the States was rarely seen even in the 19th century.

    But – they’ve got Hollywood.

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