Category: Poland

‘Populist but not popular’: Poland’s illiberal regime on the rocks?

     

  After weeks of watching massive peaceful demonstrations against neighboring Belarus’s authoritarian regime, Poles have finally taken to the streets to confront their own illiberal government, says Sławomir Sierakowski, founder… Read more »

‘We are between epochs’ – democracy must adapt

     

  ‘A Dictatorship Is Being Created’: An Interview with Lech Wałęsa https://t.co/U6rrtpxhQL via @nybooks — Democracy Digest (@demdigest) September 3, 2020 The current democratic crisis demonstrates that “we are between… Read more »

Polish opposition offers lessons for anti-populists

     

  Lessons from the Polish Opposition by Jacek Rostowski @ProSyn https://t.co/gqWHgarDUK — Democracy Digest (@demdigest) July 13, 2020   Although Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski did not come out on top… Read more »

‘Democracy on Pandemic Pause’: Why populists understand Eastern Europe

     

Amid the turmoil and fear caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Central and Eastern European populists are wasting no time sowing division and attempting to cement their positions. Hungarian Prime Minister… Read more »

Post-1989 structures need ‘remodeling, even democracy,’ says Walesa

     

Did Central Europe’s democratic forces defeat one form of authoritarianism, but fail to anticipate other threats to freedom? The post-Cold War disruption in job markets, economic inequities, and disputes over… Read more »

‘Underestimating democracy’ invites demagoguery, says Walesa

     

Authoritarians are resurgent because of the failure to create a new global system of democratic values, said former Solidarnosc leader and Polish president Lech Walesa. “Polish democracy in practical terms… Read more »

Europe’s East and West again divided – by values, not walls

     

Thirty years after the Berlin Wall fell, ending the Cold War in Europe, new political divisions are rising between East and West. Despite the economic success of German reunification and… Read more »