A strange kind of patriotism

Lech Kaczynski, president of Poland

After the Irish referendum, the president of Poland refuses to sign the Lisbon treaty, even though the Polish parliament gave it an overwhelming majority back in April (384 votes to 56 in the lower house, 74 votes to 17 in the Senate).

In effect, President Kaczynski is saying that the votes of the Irish people count for more in weighing up the future of the EU than the votes of the Polish parliament. A strange kind of patriotism, that.

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