The article concerns methapors taken from the political language. The author investigates the lingustic representations of relations (rooted in the historical context) between Poland and the EU. These metaphors were active in the public discourse and their meanings influnced the social reception of the Polish accession to the UE. The common aspect of these lingustic figures is the tacit conviction about the 'fatalism of history' in Polish politics. The author also discusses the social and international understanding of metaphors in foreign mass media. The main hypothesis concerns an important influence of speech acts on internal and external politics - in the lingustic perspective - where metaphors create images and representations of reality. In the Polish context, these metaphors are rooted in the semantic field implicated by associations with 'death', 'sacrifice', 'prejudice' and 'uncertainty'.
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