Poland can become a great place to start democratising Europe through enhanced social dialogue on the future of the continent, but a blanket espousal of liberal democracy will be counterproductive.
A quiet but fierce war rages in Poland today for the hearts and minds of the citizenry. The Law and Justice Party appears to have a long-term plan to solidify power by weakening all the levers of democracy and civil society.
“We want education, not lies”. Around four hundred people gathered in front of the Ministry of National Education in Warsaw. But even that couldn’t stop the government from passing the education bill.
In Poland the pluralising gaze has not yet reached a confident critical mass.
Poland’s recent uprising against an increasingly authoritarian government offers the opportunity for its left to reassert itself.
PiS is derailing the debate from environmental issues to their favourite narrative: them being true patriotic Poles against the EU.
‘We got into the car, we had to go. There was nothing to think about. There is no other place in which we should be right now.’