Kotsyuba (Krytyka, Ukraine) speaks
with Sławomir Sierakowski (Krytyka
Polityczna, Poland) about the events in the aftermath of Ukrainian
President’s decision not to sign the Association and Free Trade Agreement with
the European Union.
In our series on the Polish
left, an interview on the future of politics in Europe and beyondwith the sociologist, founder of the Krytyka Polityczna
movement in Poland, and director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw.
happened when two teachers from one of the
biggest and most populated cities in Poland, decided to put multicultural Wroclaw to the test; and how they
encountered serious problems the minute they actually tried to implement their
As the old, post-communist left struggles with its own failures, the nascent new left already appears to be compromising with a liberal centre - a simple repeat of the old left's mistakes. For the left in Poland to survive, something has to give.
A series of public events in
Wrocław, Poland’s European Capital of Culture in 2016, have been disrupted by
radicals. Those responsible are not only supported by the main right-wing opposition party. They
have also received strong material support from the present Polish government.
In the first article of our new debate on the Left in Poland, Anna Grodzka MP discusses her party, the Palikot Movement, and its commitment to freeing up and encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit of the Polish people.
The 90th birthday of General Jaruzelski, the military figure who imposed martial law in Poland in 1981, was marked by a flurry of backward-looking, politicised debate. A pity, says Krzysztof Bobinski, for the experience of those times offers potential lessons to many regions around the world.
This sudden emergence of populism was in
fact a true sign of modernity. This is what you might describe as a warning
shot – and when you see it happen, you have to realize that something is very
wrong with democracy. An interview.
has two populisms: “the populism of
the dispirited”, mobilising those who struggled to adjust to life in the new
Poland; and a form of neo-liberal populism, embracing free market capitalism
and excluding those who did not prosper. Both have deep roots in
of the criticisms made of the emerging economies is that they are using cooperation
to gain markets, political influence and access to natural resources. But that
is what the countries of the North are also seeking.
Collusion between the press and politicians
is not confined to western Europe. Central and Eastern European countries are
also plagued by their own mini-Murdochs – and in these more fragile democracies,
they represent an even bigger threat.
Poland is less engaged with this American election than on previous occasions. But its people and elites are still viewing the contest and its candidates with a wary eye that reflects their domestic political concerns, says Adam J Chmielewski.
Is football racist to its core? The author starts out having thought so, but his experience of a particular group of joyful fans makes him wonder whether an inclusive tribalism might not be possible - even desirable
‘War minus the shooting’ was George Orwell’s definition of sport, unpleasantly brought once more to mind during the recent battles between Russian and Polish football fans. There is a long history of animosity over sporting events between the two countries, but there could be a way forward, says Zygmunt Dzieciolowski
Palikot’s symbolic gesture played into the hands of a media that is eager to demonize the decriminalization campaign. The symbol however overshadowed a more complex debate around the decriminalization of cannabis and other illicit drugs in Poland.
The Arab uprisings of 2011 are provoking the European Union into a rethink of its approach to encouraging democracy in its neighbourhood. A European Endowment for Democracy with a new kind of mandate could be at the centre, says Jacqueline Hale
The still uncertain outcome of the eurozone crisis makes predictions for 2012 difficult. But its singular impact in the European Union's newer member-states could include a revived appreciation of the benefits of federalism, says Krzysztof Bobinski.
A citiziens' initiative seeking a reform of Poland's abortion law is facing a crucial test in parliament. This is the latest phase of a long struggle over women's reproductive rights. It is also part of a changing Poland's wider debate about what kind of country it should be, says Agnieszka Mrozik.
German-born Daniel Zylbersztajn has recently returned to Poland, two months after his father's passing away. In the son, this has prompted thoughts on neighbourly relations and the meaning of transformative dialogue in general, taking account of his experiences in Jewish - Palestinian dialogue and his upbringing in Germany.