Despite 80 per cent of Poles declaring that family is the most important thing to them, they are increasingly refusing to have children and start one, laments Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, adding that the much vaunted family values are just “a facade hiding frustration and aggression”.

The concept of a traditional family is in crisis as the last decade has witnessed the number of married people fall by 3 per cent, the number of divorcees increase by 30 per cent and the number of unmarried people living together double.

This, combined with the economic slowdown, has further dragged down the Polish birth rate to 1.3 children per woman, already among the lowest in the EU where the average is 1.58.

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Even though Poles long for stability, they are afraid to live formalised lives and commit themselves to traditional social relationships.