Thomas Wallerberger in conversation with Sławomir Sierakowski about the illiberal developments that have recently taken place in Poland.

For months a great number of NGO’s, intellectuals and new formed alliances such as ‘The Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD)’ are protesting against the ongoing breaches of the Polish Constitution by the recently elected PiS-government. Protesters are taking issues with laws threatening the independence of the judiciary, media and other public areas. The developments show astonishing similarities to Austria’s so-called “Wenderegierung” from 2000-2005 under participation of the right-wing Freedom Party.

Podium:Sławomir SIERAKOWSKI (sociologist, activist and founder of Krytyka Polityczna), Moderation: Thomas WALLERBERGER (RC).

Date: 18.03.2016


Sławomir Sierakowski
Born in 1979, Sławomir Sierakowski is a Polish sociologist and political commentator. He is a founder and leader of Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), an Eastern European movement of liberal intellectuals, artists and activists, with branches in Ukraine and Russia. He is also the director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw and the president of the Stanislaw Brzozowski Association, overseeing its publishing house, its online opinion site, cultural centers in Warsaw, Gdansk, Lodz and Cieszyn, in Poland, and in Kiev, Ukraine, and 20 local clubs.