Examining the oppression of Polish socialism offers answers to Poland’s socio-economic woes

OPINION Socialism and the struggle for self-determination in Poland always went hand in hand. However, every time the country regained its autonomy it ended up rejecting democratic and egalitarian ideals. This was the case after Poland gained its independence in 1918, following over a century of foreign rule. In the nineteenth century socialist activists, including Józef … Continue reading Examining the oppression of Polish socialism offers answers to Poland’s socio-economic woes

PiS’ proposed ‘free speech’ law: state hypocrisy and a radical right-wing agenda

OPINION Following the storming of the Capitol building in Washington, Twitter, followed by other social media outlets, took the decision to suspend Donald Trump’s accounts, sparking an international debate regarding freedom of speech. The Polish government gave its contribution to this debate in the form of its proposed social media ‘free speech’ law. The law … Continue reading PiS’ proposed ‘free speech’ law: state hypocrisy and a radical right-wing agenda

Young Polish progressives dismiss an EU incapable of punishing corruption

OPINION Why are young progressives in Poland growing disillusioned with the European Union? In December of last year, the Union was plunged into yet another crisis when Poland and Hungary vetoed the EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund. This was done in response to a proposed mechanism which sought to make access to EU funds … Continue reading Young Polish progressives dismiss an EU incapable of punishing corruption