President of the National Remembrance Institute
The constitution of Polish freedom
On the 3rd of May each year the Poles celebrate the anniversary of the passing of their 1791 constitution, the first such document of its kind in Europe and only the second in the world.
An enthusiastic crowd thronged Świętojańska Street in Warsaw's Old Town that day. A whole cross-section of Polish society was present – aristocrats, clergymen, burghers, as well as peasants and members of the Jewish minority.
Prof. Wojciech Roszkowski
Professor of humanities, academic teacher, professor at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Author of publications on Polish history of the 20th century.
What happened to European values?
“You have your principles, we have structural funds” – whose words are these? They were uttered by the French president François Hollande in 2017. From his perspective, the “you” referred to the new EU members states from Central and Eastern Europe, whereas the “we” stood for the countries of the so-called Old Europe.
Professor Piotr GLIŃSKI
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
Five factors impacting the world today
The war in Ukraine calls for a re-examination of the values of the modern world. Over the past six weeks, we have witnessed a radical re-alignment of the geopolitical situation, which has triggered a change in our understanding of the modern world, as well as a shift in the players and factors driving contemporary geopolitics.
The burgeoning strength of Central and Eastern Europe stems from a common past
The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (Rzeczpospolita Obojga Narodów) was a state that existed in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries and was inhabited by Lithuanians, Poles, Belarussians and Ukrainians. It had a population of just under 8 million people and covered a territory of around 800,000 square kilometres between the Baltic and the Black Sea. It had a mainly traditional economy, with a high concentration of land ownership - 80 percent of the population worked in agriculture. Vast quantities of grain were exported from these lands to Western Europe, where, very soon after the discovery of America and at the beginning of its colonisation, it was traded at high prices, and provided a per capita income of around half that of the then booming Netherlands. This may not seem like an impressive amount of revenue from a contemporary perspective, but at that time the purpose of farming was to provide security for all in life, and operating in a manorial economy provided just the right amount of security for peasants living predominantly in conditions of serfdom.
Poland Gangnam Style
For the last quarter century, the Polish economy has been an underappreciated success story – underappreciated certainly in my country, the United States. GDP per capita tells the tale. In the early 1990s, at the outset of the transition, average income, in purchasing power parity terms, was barely a quarter the European Community average. Three decades later, on the eve of the COVID 19 pandemic, Polish GDP per capita had risen to more than two-thirds the Euro Area average. Income per capita, again in purchasing power parity terms, tripled over the period. Few economies outside of East Asia can claim something similar.
About Polish Weekly
Polish Weekly (Tygodnik Polski) is the oldest Polish newspaper in Australia and New Zealand. Its founder was Father Edmund Konrad Trzeciak CM, who created the paper to help him in the pastoral and social work among Polish refugees. The priest was also the administrator, editor, printer and distributor of the newspaper.
That the Polish Weekly could appear for sixty five years is due to the hundreds of people involved with the newspaper - writers, the technical and administrative staff, but most of all its faithful readers.
Regardless of the situation in Poland, regardless of the changes taking place in the world and in our own backyard, deeply patriotic Polish Weekly has always been committed to the independence of Poland and to the Polish community in Australia, while at same time being involved in current affairs in Australia.
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