Housing As a Right? Let's Hope It's Not a Speculative Asset
In terms of the availability of housing, over the course of just five years, we have become ten per cent poorer. Meanwhile, private investors, who treat housing as an investment asset, have become equally richer. Today, as a the national average we can buy 0.76 square metres of a flat
Together against "Eurosodomy" – Even with Putin's Fan Club
Disputes with Europe over the judiciary and ideological obsessions such as the "fight against gender and LGBT" has driven the PiS into the arms of Moscow-obsessed radical right-wing populists. An alliance with Salvini and Orbán would be the culmination of this, yet they stand completely against Poland's most fundamental interests
Church Open for Covid-19
Hairdressers, beauticians and restaurant owners all abide by the current restrictions in place under the threat of high penalties. Yet the government continues to negotiate with the Catholic Church in a series of never-ending concessions. Every day tens of thousands cases and hundreds of deaths are reported, but that doesn't matter – churches remain open to the faithful and to Covid-19
Poland Has Failed in Migration Policy Once Again
For several years Poland has required foreigners to provide a state certificate of proficiency in Polish to become long-term residents. Access to the appropriate exam before was not easy, but with the onset of Covid-19 the situation has become disastrous. This begs the question: it really worth remaining in Poland as a foreigner?
Attachment to The EU Brought Morawiecki And Macron Together
While the government remains divided over ratifying the Reconstruction Fund, and Andrzej Duda is busy talking to Xi Jinping about buying vaccines, Mateusz Morawiecki presented himself in Paris as an ardent supporter not only of a united Europe, but of the French conception of it in particular
Poland Needs Nuclear Energy for Energy Transition
"It is possible that in the upcoming years the United Right will lose power and it is unknown whether the new authorities will be interested in bringing this project to fruition", Adam Rajewski from the Institute of Heat Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology tells OKO.press
Class Struggle at The Stadiums. Who Are The Polish Hooligans?
"The hooligan class has a decisive voice on many issues, and they often exploit the 'working class' of the football world, ie other fans who work for the football fan community," says Radosław Kossakowski, a researcher of fan culture in Poland
Poland's Largest Lignite Plant is Shifting Away from Coal (Though They Haven't Realised It Yet)
The spirit in the Bełchatów region resembles that on board of the Titanic, just before crashing into an iceberg. The ship is on a collision course, the orchestra is playing unconcerned. Only on the bridge there is an argument about who is going to tell the passengers that a catastrophe is about to happen. All the more so since there are not enough lifeboats to evacuate all the passengers
Feminism Is Winning The Battle for The Political Centre. The Time of Fundamentalists Is Over, They Will Leave Together with This Government
"In liberal or centrist circles, it is no longer appropriate to say that abortion is a controversial topic that is meant to distract the public from other issues. The political mainstream has taken over the language typically used by Marta Lempart or the Abortion Dream Team", says sociologist Magdalena Grabowska
Media in Poland protest against the planned "advertising tax". This means bankruptcy for many media and limits to pluralism
"Advertising "contributions" will mean the weakening or even liquidation of some media operating in Poland" – write media publishers in Poland in a letter to the authorities. The government wants to introduce a new levy under the pretext of fighting the Covid pandemic
How Did You Manage To Win? Polish Feminist Questions Argentinian Women's Rights Activist
We made leaflets for the president saying "Alberto, you're late", in reference to a period coming late. The senators were saying that, now, we have the pandemic or the holidays to think about. But we wanted the law legalising abortion to be passed by the end of the year. Either we enter modernity, or we stay in the Middle Ages.