December 16, 2003


Miller lauded by Poland's political leaders (Stefan Wagstyl, December 14 2003, Financial Times)

Leszek Miller, the Polish prime minister, was not short of critics in Brussels, ready to blame him for the summit's collapse.

But in Warsaw he was met with a chorus of approval. In a show of unanimity - as rare in Poland as a winter heatwave - politicians of the left and right praised Mr Miller for his defence of Poland's position on the Nice treaty voting rights.

President Aleksander Kwasniewski personally thanked him for arguing Poland's case in spite of the injuries he suffered in a recent helicopter crash. The two men, both former Communists who became social democrats, are fierce political rivals. But on this occasion Mr Kwasniewski avoided any hint of criticism.

Jan Rokita, leader of the Civic Platform, a centre-right opposition grouping, who earlier coined the slogan "Nice or death" said: "This is a good debut in the European Union."

Roman Giertych, leader of the far-right League of Polish Families, said: "I think this is the best Christmas present divine providence could have given Poland - that we will not lose the sovereignty of the Polish state."

"Divine" is right.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 16, 2003 2:24 PM

A good example of leaving domestic politicking at the border. No criticism of un unilateralism here. Dean, Kerry, Clark, Carter, Clintons could learn a lesson.

Posted by: MG at December 16, 2003 2:38 PM

Go Poland!

Great stuff.

Incidentally, the best Christmas present divine providence could give us is that we will not lose the sovereignty of the American state.

Immigration moratorium now. And please send the National Guard to the southern border.

Posted by: RT at December 16, 2003 4:24 PM

RT: All things considered, I'd send them to the Northern border, or send a portion up there.

I'd let local police and state troopers handle it down South.

Posted by: Chris at December 16, 2003 4:27 PM

The Poles had a bad rep for the pogroms which killed a lot of Jews and forced a lot more of them to emigrate to the U.S. where they distinguished themselves in every area of human endeavor. Thank you for that.

It seems the bad guys have gone away and the good guys are now in power. I applaud their courage and intelligence. BTW - The best looking guy I ever met was a Pole and believe me he couldn't be improved upon.

Posted by: erp at December 16, 2003 4:45 PM

RT: Every industrial power attracts immigrants from the third world. The real issue is which immigrants do you want. Europe has the Arabs who refuse to assimlate, who go on the dole, who preach jihad and who run around terrorizing Jews and women. The US has Mexicans who work hard, are chrisitan and are highly family oriented. I say we are winning. Next time you see a mexican, go up and give him a hug and a kiss and tell him how glad you are that he has come here.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at December 17, 2003 9:30 PM