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June 29, 2015   
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“You can’t introduce democracy to the Middle East just as you can’t expect Poland to introduce sharia law. You can’t combine something that’s human with something that’s divine.”
—Marek Dziekan, a professor in Arabic Studies at the University of ŁódĽ in central Poland

“He’s an ill-mannered ignoramus who doesn’t know the first thing about running the country or about international politics, but all the other contenders were evidently even more off-putting, so he got lucky.”
—Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, a former left-wing prime minister, on veteran rock musician Paweł Kukiz, who came third in the first round of Poland’s presidential election after winning a sensational 21 percent of the vote

“Powers mightier than the Democratic Left Alliance have fallen in the past, like ancient Rome and the Soviet Union.”
— Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) activist Ireneusz Tondera on the disastrous showing of the party’s presidential candidate, Magdalena Ogórek, who won a paltry 2.38 percent of the vote

“Had the ancient Egyptians had as many legal regulations as we have today, the pyramids would still be under construction.”
—Journalist and commentator Łukasz B±k on the countless regulations that constrain economic freedom and enterprise in Poland
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