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Horizons and demarcation lines

By Ania Skrzypek / 22 October, 2019

From today’s perspective, the 1990s may seem like ancient history. The images of the Polish Solidarność trade union rising and the fall of the Berlin Wall remind us of the transition, during which the populations of Central and Eastern Europe chose a democratic path and reunification with the West. Soon...

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Learning about intensifying democracy from other continents

By Giovanni Allegretti / 21 October, 2019

Involving citizens in choosing policy priorities has proven able to increase their quality of life. When the discussion between institutions and citizens focuses on resources, spaces to discuss different scenarios for increasing wealth and rationalising the expenditures of the places where we live emerge. Participatory Budgeting is a democratic innovation...

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Social investment if not now, when? 

By Robin Huguenot-Noel / 21 October, 2019

For almost two decades EU institutions have paid lip-service to capacitating welfare provision. With the new legislature, it’s time to ratchet up domestic social investment. A ‘golden rule’ of exempting certain types of social spending from the Eurozone fiscal rule book for about a decade would allow to invest in...

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Poland after the general elections 2019: a divided country in a state of suspension, where citizens don’t give up their hopes

By Ania Skrzypek / 18 October, 2019

Last Sunday, 13th of October 2019 an unprecedented number of Polish both in Poland and abroad went to cast a vote in the general elections. It had nothing of a fatigue that otherwise could have been the case in a nation that went to vote for the third time in...

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Joy or disappointment? The Polish elections in brief

By Konrad Golota / 18 October, 2019

“The most important elections since 1989” were saying all parties running in General Elections on 13th October in Poland. The competition was quite narrow, so all the parties focused on the mobilisation of voters. Let’s start with numbers: the Sejm consists of 460 MPs and the Senate of 100 Senators....

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An anticipated, but yet astonishing result in the general elections

By Marcin Duma / 18 October, 2019

The parliamentary elections in Poland ended with a predicted result – even if that one wasn’t exactly surprise-free. Before the vote, the analysts and pollsters agreed regarding the possible outcome – which would entail a victory of the governing party (Law and Justice – PiS). It would enable this force...

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The return from afterlife

By Bartosz Rydlinski / 18 October, 2019

When, in 2015, Polish Social Democracy and its largest party, the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), fell out of parliament for the first time in the history of Poland, couldn’t believe it. Two times, the ruling party responsible for bringing Poland into the European Union, whose politicians were elected president twice,...

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Poland: the Left will be a real threat to PiS’ hegemony

By Aleks Polaks / 18 October, 2019

The Polish Left is back in parliament and its decisive stance on social policy makes it a much clearer threat to the governing Law and Justice party than the centre-right opposition from the Civic Platform has ever been. During this year’s parliamentary elections in Poland, the registered turnout (61.74%) was...

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Parliamentary elections in Poland

By Ireneusz Bil / 18 October, 2019

The final results of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Poland are well known: the national populistic Law and Justice party of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, building up on national pride and close relations with the Roman Catholic Church, but drawing its strength mainly from very generous social transfers and even more limitless further...

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Social investment for the full development of human dignity

By Giuseppe Provenzano / 14 October, 2019

The crisis and the paradoxical response of austerity, imposed on the most affected countries, has interrupted a process of economic and social convergence that had barely begun to overcome strong asymmetries. In Europe, the gap has widened between the so-called “virtuous” countries, which despite the crisis still have room for...

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