An interview by two FRANCE24 journalists with a Polish priest who is being investigated for alleged child abuse ended in a violent confrontation on Sunday. The video has sparked outrage in deeply Catholic Poland.
Paedophilia scandals have rocked the Catholic Church across the world in recent years. Yet Poland, the most Catholic country in Europe, appeared to have been largely spared. But as increasing numbers of alleged victims of sexual abuse begin to speak out, it looks as if the problem may have simply been better covered up in Poland. France 24's Gulliver Cragg and Tomasz Lubik went to investigate the allegations and got a dramatically hostile reception.
Poland is marking 70 years since the start of the Warsaw ghetto uprising. It was the first major act of resistance against the occupying Nazis during World War II and went down in history as a heroic act to restore the dignity of a condemned people. Indeed, of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, half of them were Polish. Poland had the largest Jewish population of any country before World War II; it now has only around 20,000.
The Polish capital on Friday commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when hundreds of young, poorly armed Jews staged an ultimately doomed revolt against the Nazis. FRANCE 24 reports from the ground.
As Warsaw marks 70 years since the ghetto uprising against the Nazis, Gulliver Cragg meets one of the last survivors, Irena Boldok. She recalls her ordeal during World War II, including life as a child in the Warsaw ghetto and her risky escape from deportation.
Marc Perelman meets Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland's Foreign Minister. They discuss the eurozone debt crisis and the role Germany should play. Radoslaw Sikorski also explains why Poland has not yet fully joined the euro and what would help his country do so. Finally, he discusses Poland’s relationship with Russia, focusing on Putin’s role as president and on the Syrian crisis.
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Poland is the only EU country to have maintained continuous growth for the last five years, although part of that success was due to the Euro 2012 football championships. With that party over, the economy started to wobble. The government has revised its growth targets downwards, but it's also declared that the infrastructural revolution must continue - even at the cost of running a higher deficit than planned - and is lobbying Brussels to keep the cash for such projects coming through.