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Ukraine after Election: History of Patriotism and Division

It does not really matter who would win the elections in Ukraine. Whenever it will be Yushchenko - the supporter of westernization of Ukraine or Yanukovich - a puppet of Putin and Kuchma, both of them would deal with a deeply divided country.

Ukraine is the biggest country of Europe

Not too many people realize that Ukraine is the biggest country in Europe by area, with the size over 233 thousand sq miles and the population over 52 mln people. See the detailed map of Ukraine and also the map of Ukraine in respect to other European countries to see its size. Ukraine is bigger than France in size and similar in population to Great Britain. This is hard to believe considering that Ukraine is not really known very well in Europe, especially in Western Europe. It is not taken really seriously as a state by anybody in spite of its long and turbulent history.

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Unemployment among older and less educated people

The report about unemployment released in September 2004 (the total unemployment was estimated at 18.9-19%) by vice prime-minister, Hausner, expressed concerns that more and more people remain unemployed even after one year - after this time period they stop receiving any unemployment benefits.

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Specific Features of Polish Unemployment

Domination of one type of industry

Some towns and regions were dominated by only one type of industry or a heavy industry which underwent crisis in 90-es. Regions with heavy industry (Starachowice, Walbrzych - brown coal industry) or with one dominating industry, like for instance textile (Lodz area) or shipyard industry (Gdansk). We will write more about it in the following article about structural unemployment. Since the fall of the heavy industry there are regions where an unemployment reaches 30% and also there are towns (Warsaw, Poznan) were unemployment is very low. The fall of the industry is partly related to the old economic structure which was bounding all Eastern European communist countries into mutual dependence on one another, more about it in the next point of our analysis below.

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Why uneasy relations exist between Poles and Russians

European neighbors Poland and Russia have both a shared, and a strained, history together. Both nations are Slavic, they speak similar languages, and have lived in relatively the same way throughout history. Over various periods of history, both Poland and Russia have conquered each other's territory. Despite all the similarities, however, there are sharp contrasts. Poles are Roman Catholics, and therefore use the Latin alphabet in their script, as well as being a very Western-oriented country; Russians are of the Orthodox religion, which has a centuries-long hatred of Roman Catholicism, and therefore write using the Cyrillic alphabet. In addition, Russia is oriented towards the East, towards Byzantine for its religious history, and the hordes of Mongolia for its political history. The centuries of conquering each other, as well as totally oppsite ways of thinking, have left a long mark of distrust between the peoples of these two countries.

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Nice or Death: Poland's Fight to keep Nice Voting System in European Constitution

Finally all 25 European Union (EU) countries representing 450 million people adopted the European constitution after the negotiations which took place in Ireland on June 17-18, 2004. As you know from the earlier article Fiasko of EU Brusselss Summit - Position of Poland in Europe the agreement was not easy. During the first EU constitution Brussels summit in December 2003 the countries did not agree on all points of the constitution.

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