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November 5, 2008   
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President Lech Kaczyński and Law and Justice (PiS), the largest opposition party headed by the president's twin brother Jarosław, spent months locked in a public feud with the government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk. News that the two sides have finally started talking instead of hurling invectives at each other caused relief bordering on euphoria among the public and a large part of the political community.

The political dialogue, the norm in any modern, civilized country, was seen as something of a breakthrough in Poland. Accustomed to hearing and seeing reports of yet another quarrel, exchange of accusations and increasingly unparliamentary arguments, Polish citizens were near shocked to learn that the prime minister had met with the opposition leader and that a joint meeting bringing together the president, the prime minister and ministers did not culminate in another row.

The Polish Soccer Association (PZPN) has for years ranked high among organizations which, if opinion polls and graffiti at Polish stadiums are to be believed , epitomize all evil, corruption in particular. Delegates of a recent PZPN convention were supposed to elect a new president whom Sports Minister Mirosław Drzewiecki hoped would be a figure untainted by PZPN's shady dealings over the past several years. Somebody who could help the government rescue Polish soccer from the chronic problems besetting it. That is not exactly what happened, as newly elected president Grzegorz Lato, a brilliant striker in Poland's national soccer team from 1974 to 1982, is considered a supporter of those who prefer the old-style PZPN-that is, officials who believe they are and will remain untouchable.
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