Regions / Poland
Membership in Poland’s Solidarity trade union is shrinking and the aging leadership blocks the way of new blood.
When it came to power in Poland, Solidarity liquidated all the citizens’ committees, which were composed of everyone from workers to university professors.
Mounting Islamophobia in East-Central Europe can result from indigenous chauvinism and a misreading of history.
The Polish Catholic church spans the spectrum from socialism to restricting abortions.
The Poland justice system is weighed down by lengthy trials and pre-trial detention.
Lustration ― screening of officials for their ties to Communist-era secret police ― is of little consequence to the new generation of East-Central Europe politicians.
The world is “trapped in the fetishism of economic growth,” says Polish sociologist Ryszard Zoltaniecki and must “learn to live with zero” growth.
The Catholic church was the main vehicle for dissent in Poland before the emergence of Solidarity.
In Poland, the market has replaced Solidarity as a symbol of civil society.
Few images from the last days of the Cold War are as enduring in the West as the fall of the Berlin Wall. But in Central and Eastern Europe, a more complex picture emerges.