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You're reading: A snapshot of Ukraine and Poland on eve of Euro 2012

There is a difference in the scale of what’s going on, to start with. I mean, if Ukraine decides to build infrastructure for a big project like Euro 2012, then it’s going to be the lot of it – airports, stadiums, roads an hotels, and all in just under two years.

There is a difference in the scope of the problems: if we have a hotel shortage, the media will call it “a crisis”, and the football teams will choose to live outside of Ukraine because of it.

The vocabulary of the headlines in Ukraine and Poland is different. The worlds “boycott,” “political football,” as well as “racism” are next to none in headlines about the Polish preparations. But never will you see a headline like “Cheer up, says PM on Euro 2012 city tour” about Ukraine.

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