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Poland hardly ever impinges on my Australian world. However, the 25th anniversary of the first free elections since World War 2 precipitated a flurry of segments on Radio National's Saturday extra program. Here are links to them.

 

 

An interview with Radislav Sikorski, Poland’s Foreign Minister, who is an Oxford-educated former journalist and author, a respected strategic thinker, a frank commentator on geopolitical matters and a crucial player since the Ukraine crisis erupted.

 

 

Adriano Bosoni, a Europe Analyst with the geopolitical intelligence firm Stratfor, says it's not an exaggeration to speak of a Polish “economic miracle.” But he believes Poland must still confront some complex issues, including the reliance on EU development money.

 

 

 

In spite of its growing economic success, this 25th ‘celebration’ of freedom reveals a nation still grappling with some inner contradictions that stem from the big tragic arc of history.

A new international campaign was recently launched by Poland to capture the changing mood of the nation. Polska: Spring into the new. But Spring into what?

In spite of its growing economic success, this 25th ‘celebration’ of freedom reveals a nation still grappling with some inner contradictions that stem from the big tragic arc of history.

Guests Beata Zatorska and Michael Moran explore contemporary cultural life and different perspectives of Poland.

 

 

Because I'd read Michael Moran's book about his experiences in Poland in the early 1990s, “A country in the moon”, I checked out his blog

http://www.michael-moran.com/

which led me to a video at http://vimeo.com/101515664

 

That wasn't the end of Polish wilfing. I found a blog about Polish roadside shrines, which provided a good sense of the countryside as well.

http://blogs.transparent.com/polish/why-are-there-chapels-on-the-side-of-the-polish-roads/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=languageblog&utm_content=polish

 

 

Finally, after a movie drought of four months, I scoured the program for Narooma Kinema and found two Polish-associated offerings this weekend.

 

 

Does this mean it's time to think about returning to the other side of the world?

 

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