In the Academic Legion of Krakow, like in many other Polish communities, young Poles are being trained to handle weapons. Increasingly, women also want to prepare for the worst-case scenario.
Poland is a country currently drifting towards the political right, where young leftists earn nothing but laughter, as demonstrated by Krakow's political talk show "Młodzież kontra..." (Youth versus...). The secret stars of the show: right-wing conservative Polish youths.
Europe is pointing the collective finger at Polish coal, the polluting fossil fuel that continues to power the country, yet is barely profitable. Despite political pressure and the question marks surrounding its future, young Poles continue to head down the mines in droves, turning a blind eye to the pleas from Brussels.
It’s not just a few Poles who fear an "Islamisation" of their country – just a quarter of the population say they are open to Muslims. Yet in Catholic Krakow – a city of 761,000 inhabitants – a few hundred individuals still pray to Allah. To get a better picture of the situation, we met those who say “No” to this welcome, as well as those who fight against this nationalist drift.
Nowa Huta was the first city in post-war Poland to be built virtually from scratch. The district owes its name – “the new steelworks” – to the industrial complex that was built along with it. Later, in 1951, the town became incorporated as part of Krakow. We ask the young generation of Nowa Huta what changes in their neighbourhood would help to lift their spirits.
With EUtoo, our latest series of special reports, Cafébabel offers you the chance to meet the disenchanted youth of Europe. Who are these young people who challenge Europe by turning towards alternative ideas? Why do they feel under represented? What are their demands? What do they hope for the future? To address these many issues, we went to meet with them and discuss the issues in their cities and neighborhoods.