Category Archives: EU

Listening

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” The words of Ernest Hemingway, which women would say apply to most men and which the rest of us would say apply to … Continue reading

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Dictator

“Every dictator is an enemy of freedom, an opponent of law.” The words of Demosthenes, which no doubt the Polish prime minister, Beata Szydło, had in mind as she delivered her latest broadside against the European Union, with dictatorship and … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding

“It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.” The words of French poet, Charles Baudelaire. And when it comes to a lack of understanding which, in life … Continue reading

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Lethargy

“Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul.” The words of French philosopher Michel de Montaigne. And if there is one person who … Continue reading

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Forest

“I’m always astonished by a forest. It makes me realise that the fantasy of nature is much larger than my own fantasy. I still have things to learn.” The words of author Gunter Grass. And as far as Poland’s primaeval … Continue reading

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Emigration

“A great emigration necessarily implies unhappiness of some kind or other in the country that is deserted.” The words of economist Thomas Malthus which ring as true today – perhaps even more loudly – as they did in the nineteenth … Continue reading

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Unfair Competition

“Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress.” The words of Herbert Hoover which while generally acknowledged to be true, are inevitably of little comfort to whichever group is suffering the … Continue reading

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Opening

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keep leading us down new paths.” The words of Walt Disney whose curiosity produced wonderful films. On a more practical level, the Polish prime … Continue reading

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Happiness

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” These well-known words of Thomas … Continue reading

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Candidate

“Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.” The words of philosopher Bertrand Russell which, albeit tending to cynicism, is probably true. As L.P. Hartley began the Go Between: “The past is a foreign … Continue reading

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