The Baniak family live frugally in a crumbling communist-built steel town outside Kraków, but they remain hopeful for their future.

This article titled “New Europe: the life of a Polish family” was written by Patrick Kingsley, for The Guardian on Monday 4th April 2011 07.00 UTC

‘This is it.” Marcin Baniak holds the arm of his four-year-old daughter in one hand and points at an empty flowerbed with the other. I’m not sure what I am supposed to be looking at. The only things poking through the dirt are the stumps of a few rose bushes. Marcin senses my confusion and tries again. He turns round and points at another barren patch of mud. “Maybe this,” he says, “is it.”

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