Lech Wałęsa and Leszek Balcerowicz visit to the US on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the collapse of communism and the beginning of the democracy and the free market in Poland | 2019-11-12more
Three decades ago, on November 15, 1989 Lech Wałęsa spoke to the joint session of Congress as the leader of the “Solidarity” – a movement that has just toppled communism in Poland, and began the unraveling of the Iron Curtain.
Karolina Wąsowska: Law and Justice’s Concentrated Power over Polish Prosecutors, Rule of Law | 2019-11-12more
On 8 July 2019, prosecutor Mariusz Krasoń was relocated from the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Cracow, Poland to the District Prosecutor’s Office in Wrocław-Krzyki, almost 300 km away, and two levels lower in the hierarchy. The Justice Defence Committee (KOS) indicates that in May 2019, prosecutor Krasoń initiated a resolution of the Assembly of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Cracow.
FOR Communication 31/2019: How Seriously Does the Government Treat Taxpayers and the Expenditure Rule? | 2019-10-30more
After the election campaign, the Law and Justice Party stopped pretending that the 2020 budget would be deficit-free, starting a discussion on its amendment. The implementation of the new election promises will be difficult to reconcile with the existing spending rule, but there have already been voices offering it to be softened, such as Prof. Łukasz Hardt of the Monetary Policy Council.
Rafał Trzeciakowski: Forced Deglomeration in Poland: Unconvincing Government’s Report, 4Liberty.eu | 2019-10-22more
In July 2019, the Polish Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology published its report regarding transfer of central public administration offices from Warsaw to smaller cities – interchangeably referred to as deglomeration or delocalization – an idea popular in the Law and Justice’s government circles
Karolina Wąsowska: Law and Justice’s Concentrated Power over Polish Prosecutors, 4Liberty.eu | 2019-10-21more
On July 8, 2019, prosecutor Mariusz Krasoń was relocated from the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Cracow, Poland, to the District Prosecutor’s Office in Wrocław-Krzyki, which is almost 300 km away, and two positioned levels lower in the hierarchy. The Justice Defense Committee (KOS) indicates that in May 2019, prosecutor Krasoń initiated a resolution of the Assembly of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Cracow.
Agata Stremecka: Beyond populism: European politics in an age of fragmentation and disruption, American Enterprise Institute | 2019-10-16more
With contributions from Ismaël Emelien, Karin Svanborg-Sjövall and Andreas Johansson Heinö, and Agata Stremecka
Since 2016, concern over the resurgence of illiberal populist political parties and movements has been palpable in Europe and the United States. The election of Donald Trump, the United Kingdom’s referendum to leave the European Union, and the electoral advances of far-right parties in many European states, including France and Germany, created the sense that populist parties were a new, unstoppable political force in democratic politics.1 Yet in 2019, the notion that populist parties are the future of European politics seems far less certain.
Marek Tatała: The media should be protected against Orbanization or "re-polonization", Eesti Televisioon | 2019-10-12more
Marek Tatała gave the comment about the elections in Poland to the Estonian public television. He said that one area where Jaroslaw Kaczynski is not so advanced in consolidating power is the media environment which should be protected against Orbanization or "re-polonization".
Since coming to power in 2015, Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has captured state institutions, attacked the independence of the courts and violated the basic norms of the legislative process.
Despite these controversial moves, the government has maintained a high level of support among Polish voters. In large part, that’s because the Polish economy is still surprisingly strong.
Leszek Balcerowicz: The propaganda machine of the government has been relentless, The New York Times | 2019-10-10more
Leszek Balcerowicz, an economist who played a key role in Poland’s transition from communism to capitalism and now runs FOR, a foundation focused on civic development, said the spending was coming at the cost of funding other essential services like health care and education.
The Balcerowicz reforms paved the way for spectacular macroeconomic success, Financial Times | 2019-10-09more
Since Leszek Balcerowicz introduced the epoch-making package of reforms — dubbed "shock therapy" — which began Poland's journey to capitalism in 1989, the country's economy has almost trebled in size. It has not had a recession since 1992, a streak bettered only by Australia. Based on purchasing power parity, Poles are now richer than Greeks and closing in on the Portuguese. Growth in gross domestic product — which topped 5 per cent in 2018 — has been among the highest in the developed world in recent years.
The Balcerowicz reforms paved the way for spectacular macroeconomic success.