it is not govt. i think, it is truth that poles were never best in business :).
I believe that by best you actually meant good, yes? Well, coming from Greater Poland I would like to say bollocks!
Another big problem - Poland is losing its own identity and copies too much from the western, "plastic" cultures (consumption, relativism).
The side effect of globalization is that people affected by it at one point tend to go back to their roots, so the situation isn't that dramatic as one would think.
I believe you :-) In my opinion position of church is too high. Today church is involved in everything in Poland, including politics which isn't good...
By everything you mean....?
I could mention a few thing here. One of the worst things about Poland and the Poles is that they never accept responsibility for anything. It does not matter what it is, they always find an external force to blame. In my day it was always Churchill who was responsible for the Russians or the weather!
You are very lucky Michal, this is your one in the life time opportunity to convince a Pole that what happened with Poland after WWII was actually our fault. I'm looking forward hearing your story.
As for Poland’s biggest problem... Well we could name things like:
Corruption on many levels.
Old-fashioned business laws that hinder development and promote bureaucracy.
poverty, unemployment, low level of life - high prices comparing to wages, corruption
level of lives in EU currently. Poles have wages about 4 times less than western countries of EU and we have prices of flats and homes in big cities higher than in Berlin, one of most expensive "electric drift" (sorry dont know the proper word in english) in EU, as well as petrol and cars, not to mention the highest taxes, which take 40% of our wages brutto.
and also top it with police, health and judicatory system problems, bla bla bla... but it basically all comes down to one thing, that we inherited a big mess from our previous system and even 17 years after the fall of communism nobody knows how to effectively deal with it. Kaczyński brothers don't know how to do it, Tusk and the rest of opposition don't know how to do it, I don't know it as well as you lot don't. Still, comparing Poland pre my trip to Albion and now I definitely see a big change. All is going in the right direction. It will only take some time and we will be up there with the rest of Europe. And when that time comes… we will ban socks and sandals combination in EU!!! Ohhh ze Germans are going to be sooo furious! Wooo hooooo! ;P