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The Attitudes of Poles towards the USA - Why Poles love America?

Historically, people of Poland and other countries of Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Baltic Republic etc) had always very friendly attitude towards the USA.

There are many reasons:

The massive immigration at the end of XIX century took place from Eastern Europe to America. You can read more about it in a series of articles about History of Polish Immigration. People from Eastern Europe believed that it was very easy to get rich in America, that this is a dream place to be in - especially compared to the place where they lived. One of the first massive Eastern European immigration originated from poor, mountainous regions of South Poland and Slovakia, America for them was a dream country, a country of potential prosperity. Since this immigration happened not a long time ago (the end of XIX century) many Americans of Eastern European origin are keeping in touch with their country of origin and their families in Poland. Polish Americans can usually trace their families in Poland, they identigy themselves as Polish Americans, whereas Americans from earlier immigration often cannot identify their roots properly in censuses calling themselves just Americans.

Read more: The Attitudes of Poles towards the USA - Why Poles love America?


Poland and the USA: A Culture Clash

First of all - the USA is much bigger, more powerful country than Poland is. There was a time in the history that Polish-Lithuanian Kingdom was a biggest state in Europe. But the size was not really equaling a political power. Polish kingdom was not considered powerful and imperialistic - except having interests to the East. Poland never had colonies, as England or Netherland, which were smaller in size but had a strong navy.

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Unemployment in Poland: Historically

Unemployment is one of the most serious problems in Polish social and economical life in a present time.

Changing of a political system did not improve this situation. It rather made it worse like it happens usually during a transition period. The unemployment during the last ten years oscillates around 18% in Poland. It is much higher than the average unemployment in Europe (10%).

Poland is in a turning point. This week referendum, 7-8 June 2003, would decide whether Poland would join European Union or not. Please read about benefits and shortcomings of joining European Union and also about Polish-American relations in previous articles. Whatever the outcome will be, would definitively affect the structure and level of Polish unemployment. We hope, that whatever decision Poles would choose, it would rather help to overcome economical problems, also unemployment.

Read more: Unemployment in Poland: Historically


Present Polish-American Relations

Should Poland build a close relationship with the USA?

Should Poland become a close ally with Eastern or Western Europe or choose just the USA? This question was never more actual, more "hot", that it is right now. In a couple of weeks, 7-8 June, 2003, Poles will choose in the referendum whether they want to join European Union or not. The outcome of the referendum is unclear. Although the majority of Poles indicate their moderate support towards joining the EU the turnout may be less than 50% which is necessary for the referendum in Poland to be valid. Since the current government is devoted very much to joining EU the time for the referendum was expanded to two days, which is unusual in Polish political history. There are many reasons to be uncertain about the outcome. We were discussing the benefits and shortcomings of joining European Union in several articles in the past. Just click the highlighted text if you are interested. This article is a continuation of a series of articles about the place of Poland in Europe and in the World.

Read more: Present Polish-American Relations


Poland, Hungary & Czech Republic on the War in Iraq

Eastern European contribution to the war with Iraq

Czech Republic

Czechs committed army specialists (357 people) - experts in combating chemical weapons to Iraq. USA has also asked permission for coalition forces to pass through Czech territory and airspace. Czech Republic gave similar assistance during the first Gulf War in 1991, and is unlikely to raise objections this time. Slovakia also send their 59 soldiers to join Czechs battalion. Czech's policy was friendly towards the USA but this may change because there was a change in a leadership recently.

Read more: Poland, Hungary & Czech Republic on the War in Iraq


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