Purge Lithuania of Poles

August 28, 2014
Poles in Vilnius

Poles in Vilnius

In Lithuania, an internet game whose goal it is to “purge” the country of Poles is gaining popularity. As the Znad Wilii website reports, the nationalistic game E-Sim is advertised in a way that is offensive to Poles: “E-Sim is a strategy game that allows you to become a citizen of a country of your choice. You can be anyone: a politician, an economist or a brave soldier willing to give his life for the country. Lithuania is currently in a deep crisis. Help us: free Lithuania from Poles”. According to the well-known Lithuanian journalist Vidmantas Valiušaitis, this kind of language is unacceptable as not only could it lead to worsening relations between Poles and Lithuanians but it could also lead to acts of violence. Valiušaitis adds that the current political climate causes Lithuanians to perceive Poles as people who often demand something from them; Russians are considered to be a “less problematic” minority. According to an opinion poll published last spring, almost 27% of Lithuanians consider Poland to be Lithuania’s enemy; only 12% see Poland as an ally. What is more, although Lithuanians would prefer Poles as neighbours or supervisors, they would rather welcome Russians into their families.
polskieradio.pl

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Eastern Polish Companies Go to Africa

August 24, 2014
Time for Poland

Time for Poland

The Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ) will take entrepreneurs from the eastern regions of Poland on a trade mission to Africa. Companies from eastern Poland will look for new business opportunities in Ethiopia and Tanzania. Currently, PAIiIZ is recruiting volunteers. The business trip to Africa will take place between 8 and 13 October and is being organised by PAIiIZ under the Eastern Poland Economic Promotion Programme, which has been realised by the Agency since January 2010. The PAIiIZ programme creates opportunities for the economic promotion of such regions as Warmia-Mazury, Podlasie, Lublin, Podkarpacie and Świętokrzyskie as well as for individual companies operating in these regions. “Africa is an extremely attractive economic area and entrepreneurs from eastern Poland have a lot to offer. There is great interest in the engineering industry mainly machinery, agriculture or that needed for food processing,” says PAIiIZ vice-president Monika Piątkowska. Some eastern Polish companies have already been active on the African continent. For example, last year a Polish tractor manufacturer from Lublin signed a contract to sell 3,000 to Ethiopia. PAIiIZ is directly promoting and has created a media campaign which is intended to draw the attention of foreign investors to eastern Poland. So far, the main direction of international promotion was Europe, the USA, Arab countries, China, Korea and Japan. PAIiIZ has recently expanded the direction of promotion to African countries. Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin or Gambia could be other interesting markets for Polish companies.
ekonomia.rp.pl

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Polish Apples in America

August 20, 2014
Polish Apple Pie

Polish Apple Pie

The Polish authorities are asking the USA for permission to export Polish apples to America, according to Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf who has been quoted as saying, “Open the door for Freedom Apples”. For years Americans have not allowed EU apples on their market (except for Italy). Officially, the US authorities give health reasons in an effort to protect their own market. Now Poland is attempting to get approval for export due to the Russian embargo on the import of agricultural products from the EU and the USA, including apples. The Polish Ambassador in Washington Ryszard Schnepf has already discussed the recently implemented sanctions by the Russian Federation with Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse. According to Schnepf, Americans are not precluding the use of fast track approval, but further meetings with the heads of agencies working with agricultural products to the United States are necessary. On 18 August there will be a meeting during which Poland will provide the Americans with a list of fruit and vegetables most affected by the Russian sanctions. So far Poland has exported broccoli and peppers to the USA. The Polish Embassy in Washington has posted a video of Schnepf touting “delicious Polish apples” on Facebook and Twitter. “Dear American friends, please join me in asking the US Government to open the door for our Freedom Apples,” the Polish Ambassador encourages.
wyborcza.pl

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Eat Apples to Annoy Putin

August 8, 2014
Eat Apples

Eat Apples

While the European Union is putting in place new sanctions against Russia over the situation in Ukraine, Russia has banned the import of fruit and vegetables from Poland. This has led thousands of Polish internet users to encourage Poles to eat apples in order to laugh in the face of Russia’s embargo. Russian news agency ITAR-TASS first learnt that in a matter of days Russia was going to either limit or completely ban the import of fruit from Poland. Officially, the embargo is motivated by ‘issues with the quality of the fruit’, but it is widely believed to be retaliation for Poland’s support of European Union sanctions against Russia. In response, Puls Biznesu journalists started what quickly turned into a national campaign when they appealed to Poles to #eatapples (#jedzjabłka) to annoy Russian President Putin. The campaign is supposed to help local farmers who will feel the effects of the Russian embargo hardest. The internet is being flooded with selfies of people eating apples, edited images of Putin mocking the Russian leader, apple recipes, as well as more creative ideas of people finding new uses for apples, for example to produce fuel, to name but one. The campaign has been endorsed by Polish politicians, celebrities and journalists. Poland is Europe’s largest producer of apples; half of its produce is exported to Russia.
tvn24.pl

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Poland, Business Partner of China

August 5, 2014
Polish Dragon (in Kraków)

Polish Dragon (in Kraków)

On 30 June, Warsaw was visited by representatives of one of the largest provinces in China: Shandong. During the meeting, which included 90 companies from Shandong province, the head of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ) Sławomir Majdan encouraged Chinese entrepreneurs to enter the Polish market. He also emphasised that Poland has been one of Europe’s top countries in terms of development during the global economic crisis. “We want Chinese companies to play an important role in the creation of new jobs in Poland as well as participating in Polish reindustrialisation,” said the head of PAIiIZ. Grażyna Hanclewska, deputy Minister of Economy, noted that China is Poland’s largest trading partner in Asia. “We are also interested in developing cooperation with particular provinces,” she said. According to Hanclewska the prospective areas of Polish-Chinese economic cooperation are: environmental protection, energy, metallurgical industry, machinery, chemical, agricultural, food, construction, transport and mining. “All forms of cooperation related to modern technologies are important for Poland,” she added. Grażyna Hanclewska also stressed that Poland is the EU leader when it comes to economic growth. “For more than 20 years Poland has consistently had positive economic growth,” emphasised the deputy minister. Also deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Katarzyna Kacperczyk argued that the prospects for the Polish economy are good and she added that Polish foreign trade and Polish entrepreneurship is developing rapidly. According to the deputy governor of Shandong Province Xia Geng, Poland continues to be China’s strategic trade partner in Central Europe. He also stated that Poland has great potential and trade between the two countries is growing every year. Data from the Ministry of Economy shows that in 2013 exports of Polish goods to China amounted to $2.1 billion dollars. Chinese imports to Poland amounted to over $19 billion.
polskieradio.pl

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Poland Helped CIA

August 2, 2014
CIA Prison in Poland

CIA Prison in Poland

The Süddeutsche Zeitung has reported that Poland helped the CIA and now has to answer for it. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Poland broke the European Human Rights Convention in helping the Central Intelligence Agency render two terror suspects. This judgement violates the democratic and libertarian tradition of the Polish nation. The Warsaw correspondent of SZ Klaus Brill points out that the name of U.S. President George W. Bush is associated with “two terrible wars and a number of further cases which his successor Barack Obama is still trying to deal with.” This includes Guantanamo, “a synonym for the violation of the fundamental principles of the rule of law.” As we read in SZ, secret CIA operations involved the deportation of people who were under suspicion of terrorism to other countries, followed by interviewing and torturing them in these countries. According to the German journalist, 54 governments were involved in such operations, including Syria, but also three EU states: Poland, Lithuania and Romania. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled on 24 July that seven violations on the European Convention on Human Rights had been committed by Poland.
fakty.interia.pl

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Poland and Japan Stand United

July 13, 2014
Self-Defence Forces

Self-Defence Forces

The Japanese ambassador in Poland hosted a reception in his official residence on the occasion of the anniversary of the establishment of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces. Japan’s Self-Defence Forces are the unified military forces of Japan that were established on 1 July 1954. The reception helped Polish defence policymakers become acquainted with Japanese defence policy and the functioning of the Japanese defence forces. It was also an important opportunity at building greater mutual understanding between the two countries and strengthening the relations between both partners. This year more than 130 guests attended the celebration. Representatives of Poland’s Sejm and Senate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence and military forces (ground, air, naval) were among those invited. In his speech, ambassador Makoto Yamanaka emphasised the progress made in the bilateral cooperation of Polish and Japanese forces. He also noted last year’s visit of Defence Minister Siemoniak to Japan and the treaty signed by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. The ambassador also explained Japanese defence policy to the participants and pointed out the significance of cooperation between Polish and Japanese forces.
pl.emb-japan.go.jp

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