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Hey Hans, what happened to 10 years of growth before Poland became eligible for EU funds? Poland’s economy grew steadily BEFORE EU funding. Solid, sometimes painful economic/monetary policy (Balcerowicz) and Polish entrepreneurship resulted in growth.
Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Ireland all received similar subsidies upon their entry to the EU. With the exception of Ireland, none have outperformed Poland economically upon entry, especially considering Poland had a state-run, communist economy during the Soviet era.
Hans, let go of your Prussian tendencies and accept the new reality:
1. Poland is on track to becoming a leading European economy. Please become familiar with all economic indicators and you will realize the true role EU funding plays.
2. Germany is slowly fading due to immigration policies, cultural, economic, and demographic factors.
3. Prussian “expellees” (as they like to be called) will never get their land back.
4. Keep spending money in Poland. Poland thanks you. Keep up the good work!
Greece is only now getting round to building sewers - they invested in roads first (and in politicians' bank accounts by way of brown envelopes).
Poland, despite sluggishness in roadbuilding, has built loads of sewers and water pipes.
As for business, anything the govt doesn't harm by direct action has done well.
As a side issue, cash for clunkers is a waste of money. It has diverted money yet again from the real problem of debt. Collapse in demand is not the driving force in this crisis. Debt is.
"2. Germany is slowly fading due to immigration policies, cultural, economic, and demographic factors."
I think reunification has caused a decline rather than the others.
3. Prussian “expellees” (as they like to be called) will never get their land back. "
Goodness the whole getting land back brigade really needs to be closed off now. I mean for each group it's like saying lets pretend all the wars didn't happen and go back to such and such a date (when the status quo was advantageous for them) and pretend we are back there. It's beyond any logic.