Rule of Law in Poland - English-language online resource on the backsliding of the rule of law in Poland | 2019-03-18more
The Wiktor Osiatyński Archive, Civil Development Forum (FOR), and Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Warsaw have created the Rule of Law in Poland, a new English-language online resource on the backsliding of the rule of law in Poland.
Almost all of yesterday's interview with Mateusz Morawiecki for the Rzeczpospolita daily, entitled "We Want to give Poles Peace of Mind and a Prosperous Life" was based on statements that insult the intelligence of the average citizen and thoughts on economic policy, which are in vivid contrast to empirical research. This means that either Morawiecki doesn't know what he's talking about or he knows, but in spite of this he decides to speak untruths, which he encapsulates with magical concepts - spells.
Press briefing with the participation of Madeleine Albright, Lech Wałęsa and Leszek Balcerowicz | 2019-03-08more
A special press briefing with the participation of Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State of the United States, Lech Wałęsa, former President of the Republic of Poland and Leszek Balcerowicz, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.
FOR Communication 7/2019: Capital Investment Fund - Another Instrument for the Nationalization of the Economy | 2019-03-06more
On Thursday, February 21, the Sejm adopted an amendment to the Act on the Principles of State Property Management. It provides for the establishment of a Capital Investment Fund - a special purpose fund through which the Prime Minister will be able to finance the purchase or acquisition by the state of shares in companies. This will be another instrument in the nationalization arsenal of the Law and Justice party.
Leszek Balcerowicz: Poland was a pioneer in comprehensive and radical transition, Segye Times | 2019-03-05more
In an interview with the Korean newspaper Segye Times, Leszek Balcerowicz talked about the transitions in Poland.
FOR Communication 6/2019: The Right to Observe the Sessions of the Sejm in View of the Latest Jurisprudence of Administrative Courts | 2019-03-04more
The possibility for citizens to enter the session of the Sejm and observe the session is an explicit result of the provisions of the Constitution; in May 2018, however, some people were refused access to the gallery, which allowed this decision to be verified by the administrative courts.
FOR Communication 5/2019: Law and Justice: "Après nous, le déluge" [After us, the flood] | 2019-02-25more
In its economic policy the Law and Justice party announced a repetition of its actions from 2007. At that time, at the peak of the world economic boom, the Law and Justice party government passed laws that came into force during the slowdown in 2008 and 2009, increasing the public finance sector deficit by 2% of GDP and forcing the PO-PSL government to look for savings. The current announcements were also communicated at the peak of the world economic boom, but will only fully enter into force in the coming years, when economic growth will be slower according to the available forecasts and, as a consequence, the situation of public finances will be more difficult.
FOR 4/2019 communication: Populism Index 2019 - Highest support for populist parties since 1980 | 2019-02-20more
The Timbro Swedish think-tank presented the subsequent edition of the Authoritarian Populism Index. The aim of the index is, among others, to determine to what extent populist parties can pose a real threat to liberal democracy in the European Union and five other countries on our continent.
Analysis 4/2019: The Disciplinary System of Judges Under the Control of the Minister of Justice | 2019-02-15more
By the Act of 8 December 2017 on the Supreme Court, prepared by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, the Law and Justice party made radical changes in the system of the disciplinary liability of judges. As a result of this change, important powers have been transferred to the Minister of Justice and the Prosecutor General, who may influence the conduct of disciplinary proceedings against judges, both directly and through the disciplinary ombudsmen whom he chooses. This applies especially to Piotr Schab and his deputies: Michał Lasota and Przemysław Radzik. Such a system creates the danger that it will be used in order to intimidation of judges.
Rafał Trzeciakowski, Marcin Zieliński: The Mass Demonstrations in France is a Reaction to the Effects of Interventionism, Not Liberalism, Epicenter | 2019-02-07more
Mass protests of the “yellow vests” have been taking place in France since 17 November 2018. The catalyst of the demonstration was a fuel tax increase, supposed to place a disproportionate burden on the middle class from the province. However, the list of demands quickly grew to include various social and protectionist slogans. The protestors are demanding a simultaneous growth of the state and a reduction of taxes.