When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

Already a subscriber? Log in .

You've reached your limit of one free article.

Get unlimited access to Worldcrunch

You can cancel anytime .

SUBSCRIBERS BENEFITS

Exclusive International news coverage

Ad-free experience NEW

Weekly digital Magazine NEW

9 daily & weekly Newsletters

Access to Worldcrunch archives

Free trial

30-days free access, then $2.90
per month.

Annual Access BEST VALUE

$19.90 per year, save $14.90 compared to monthly billing.save $14.90.

Subscribe to Worldcrunch
eyes on the U.S.

US Election, Around-The-World Edition: 15 Front Pages From Six Continents

EUROPE

CORRIERE DELLA SERA(Italy) "Obama: Trust Me, Again. Romney: It's Me Tomorrow"

DIE WELT (Germany) "Two Men, Two Visions"

LIBERATION (France): "Double or Nothing"

ABC (Spain): "A Duel Until The End"



ASIA/PACIFIC


THE HINDU (India): "U.S. Presidency Poised On Razor's Edge"

MANILA STANDARD TODAY (Philippines): "Still Too Close To Call"

THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW (Australia): "Obama Bets The Firewall Will Hold"


LATIN AMERICA


CORREIO BRAZILIENSE (Brazil): "The World Wants Obama. The U.S. Decides Today"

LA JUVENTUD (Uruguay): "The Hispanic Vote Will Be Decisive Today"

2001 (Venezuela): "Why Do Gringos Vote on Tuesdays? Obama-Romney The Final Hour"

USA


THE PLAIN DEALER (Ohio): "Vote"

MIDDLE EAST


HAARETZ (Israel): "Obama's Second Chance"

TIMES OF OMAN (Oman): "A Last-Minute Pitch To Woo Undecided Voters"

AFRICA


BUSINESS DAY (South Africa): "Obama, Romney Blitz Swing States"

EL WATAN (Algeria): "America Still Undecided"

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

food / travel

Legalizing Moonshine, A Winning Political Stand In Poland

Moonshine, typically known as “bimber” in Poland, may soon be legalized by the incoming government. There is a mix of tradition, politics and economics that makes homemade booze a popular issue to campaign on.

Photo of an empty vodka bottle on the ground in Poland

Bottle of vodka laying on the ground in Poland

Leszek Kostrzewski

WARSAWIt's a question of freedom — and quality. Poland's incoming coalition government is busy negotiating a platform for the coming years. Though there is much that still divides the Left, the liberal-centrist Civic Koalition, and the centrist Third Way partners, there is one area where Poland’s new ruling coalition is nearly unanimous: moonshine.

The slogan for the legalization of moonshine (known in Poland as "bimber") was initially presented by Michał Kołodziejczak, the leader of Agrounia, a left-wing socialist political movement in Poland that has qualified to be part of the incoming Parliament.

✉️ You can receive our Bon Vivant selection of fresh reads on international culture, food & travel directly in your inbox. Subscribe here.

”Formerly so-called moonshine was an important element of our cultural landscape, associated with mystery, breaking norms, and freedom from the state," Kołodziejczak said. "It was a reason to be proud, just like the liqueurs that Poles were famous for in the past.”

The president of Agrounia considered the right to make moonshine as a symbol of "subjectivity" that farmers could enjoy, and admitted with regret that in recent years it had been taken away from citizens. “It's also about a certain kind of freedom, to do whatever you want on your farm," Kołodziejczak adds. "This is subjectivity for the farmer. Therefore, I am in favor of providing farmers with the freedom to consume this alcohol for their own use.”

A similar viewpoint was aired by another Parliament member. “We will stop pretending that Polish farmers do not produce moonshine for their own use, such as for weddings,” the representative said, pointing out the benefits of controlling the quality. “Just like they produce slivovitz, which Poland is famous for. It's high time they did it legally.”

Keep reading...Show less

The latest