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June 27, 2013   
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New Right-Wing Group Urges Exit From EU
At its first convention in Warsaw June 8, a radical right-wing organization known as the National Movement vowed to press for Poland to quickly leave the European Union—“in the same way it left the Warsaw Pact after the fall of communism.”

The organization also announced that it would oppose what it described as the “Round Table republic”—the political system introduced in Poland after the 1989 Round Table talks between the communist government and the democratic opposition.

Many right-wingers criticize the opposition of that era for agreeing to a compromise deal with the authorities instead of purging all traces of communism from public life and the economy.

The convention was attended by members of dozens of right-wing groups, including the All-Polish Youth, the National Radical Camp, the Independence March Association, the Union for Realpolitik, the Freedom Movement, and a host of local organizations.

Robert Winnicki, leader of All-Polish Youth and one of the leading figures of the National Movement, said the new organization is thinking of running in the upcoming European Parliament elections as well as in local government and parliamentary elections. The decision on whether or not the National Movement will join the fray will be made in the fall, Winnicki said.

Addressing Poland’s political leaders, Winnicki said, “We do not believe in the system you have built in our country, because we are Poles, not Europeans and not citizens of the world. We despise you because you are politicians controlled by foreigners; you have gotten rich thanks to scheming; you are shallow celebrities,” he added.

Winnicki also said that the National Movement refuses to accept the kind of multiculturalism increasingly popular in Western Europe, and that it opposes Poland opening its doors to Muslim immigrants. “Poland is and should remain a Slavic and Christian country,” Winnicki said.

Convention participants signed a declaration calling for Poland to maintain a national identity based on Christian values and for efforts to keep the zloty as the national currency.

Farewell to Rio?
The Polish national soccer team unexpectedly failed to beat outsider Moldova in Chisinau in a World Cup 2014 qualifying match June 7. The 1-1 draw with one of the weakest teams in their qualifying group means that Poland are left with only a theoretical chance of qualifying for next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.

In each of the nine qualifying groups in Europe, the top team qualifies, and the eight best runner-ups will be matched into four pairs for playoffs. At the moment, Poland are in fourth place in their group with only nine points after six games. To qualify, in the remaining four matches in the fall, they need to outperform at least two of three teams: Montenegro (14 points after seven games), England (12 points after six games) and Ukraine (11 points after six games). Poland still have a match at home against Montenegro, and then play away against San Marino, Ukraine and England. In practice, only playing against the all-amateur team from San Marino is likely to be an easy ride for Poland.
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