New Europe: Poland
The Guardian’s series New Europe comes to its last week by sketching a profile of Poland. Is Poland really struggling to find its true place in Europe? “It still feels apart from the west“, contends Timothy Garton Ash, explaining how the country tries to come into terms with “being normal”: Being in Warsaw these days is like being in Madrid or Rome. It’s normal. Except that for Poland, this normal is profoundly abnormal; the ordinary, extraordinary.
Read about Poland’s ex Solidarity trade union leader, and his pessimism on the country’s state of affairs, and his biopic by Oscar-winning Polish film maker, Andzrej Wajda. Listen to a podcast on the future of Polish football and its preparation for the 2012 European Championships, learn how Warsaw is turning into a techno paradise for young Poles and take a glimpse into the stereotype of Poles being homophobic.
Enjoy the last week of this series and let us know what you think.