The EU’s worst paid teachers went on strike one month before the European Parliament elections. Their ongoing protest might have had an impact on the poll results.
- In many ways, Kaczynski’s economic policy is similar to Orbán’s in Hungary. It is a mix of welfare and statism, while remaining open to foreign investment.
- Protests were organised and attended by large numbers of people in Warsaw and in many Polish cities
- In October 2015, the Law and Justice Party (PiS), the reference party for Polish conservativism, returned to power obtaining an absolute majority of seats and putting an end to a series of centrist-liberal governments (PO-Civic Platform).
- Poland is a country with a traditionally confrontational public debate. As a result, many messages are formulated in a particularly expressive way, especially when compared with the relatively peaceful political process. But in the last 18 months one could observe a process of radicalization of Polish public debate, as well as shifting the borders of what is permissible in public pronouncements.
- Foreigners currently make up at least 10% of Ireland's population (4.5 million), but in Dublin the percentage is even higher. Moore Street seems to be the privileged observatory to see the Dublin of the future. Here, in particular, it is the Poles who are in charge. Their arrival is the result of a brave and unconventional choice made by the Irish government in 2004 to open its labour market to citizens of the eight Eastern European countries that at that time joined the E.U. Now, however, with Ireland crushed by the economic crisis and saved by a bailout, there is the risk that not only the Poles will pack their bags and return home.