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.
Leszek Balcerowicz: Polen läuft Gefahr, wie Putins Russland zu werden, Neue Zürcher Zeitung | 2019-10-08more
Vor den Wahlen kritisiert der berühmte Reformarchitekt Leszek Balcerowicz die Angriffe auf die Rechtsstaatlichkeit in Polen. Die PiS-Regierung gefährde Demokratie und Wirtschaftsentwicklung.
Marek Tatała joined the debate "Enforcing the Rule of Law in the European Union", Radio Radicale | 2019-10-05more
Organizzato da ALDE Party Individual Members con il supporto di Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom e la collaborazione di +Europa e di Radicali Italiani. Convegno "Enforcing the Rule of Law in the European Union", registrato a Napoli sabato 5 ottobre 2019 alle ore 10:48. L'evento è stato organizzato da Partito dell'Alleanza dei Democratici e dei Liberali per l'Europa Individual Members.
Leszek Balcerowicz: There is a need to build stronger, more organised civil society organisations, Financial Times | 2019-10-01more
Thirty years ago, Leszek Balcerowicz and a group of advisers were preparing to try something no one had done before: transform a collapsing communist economy into a free market one — and at breakneck speed.
In the decades since, Poland’s economy has almost trebled, and the country is in the grip of a multiyear boom. Yet Mr Balcerowicz’s reforms remain a topic of heated debate, and as Poland prepares for an election this month, the faultlines that opened up during its transition to capitalism continue to run through the nation’s politics.
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Balcerowicz lamented the heavy-spending policies, which he believes will hurt the country in the long run. He also accuses the ruling party of trying to recreate “homo sovieticus,” a mindset of dependence on ruling authorities for security and benefits as the party consolidates its power over the state and many state-run companies.