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European Elections in Poland Confirm Dominance of the Right NEW
Beyond the Transition 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 14 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
This article was first published on the LeftEast website. The 2014 European elections have confirmed a number of trends in Polish politics. These include a general disillusionment with the political establishment; the dominance of the right in p...
Rather the Useful Idiot NEW
Beyond the Transition 5 Months, 1 Week, 23 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
The images from Odessa were truly horrific. Burnt corpses, a strangled pregnant woman, people jumping out of windows to their deaths. Yet perhaps the most disturbing of them all was the scene where a group of young educated looking teenage girls, dra...
Poland Must Rediscover its Anti-Fascist Voice NEW
Beyond the Transition 7 Months, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Below I reproduce an article I have had published on the openDemocracy site about Poland and the Ukrainian far-right.Ternopol Mayor Sergei Nadal was asked why Svoboda supports the recognition of descendants of former members of the Ukrainia...
Nurseries Not Guns NEW
Beyond the Transition 7 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Below I reproduce a statement released by the III Congress of Left Women held in Warsaw this weekend.  (Original version here) As women of the left we stand in solidarity with all women in the world, especially those living in areas of chao...
The Ukrainian People Must Be Free to Determine Their Own Future NEW
Beyond the Transition 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
The Polish government and opposition are speaking with one voice. Ukrainian sovereignty must be defended, its territorial unity preserved and western governments should do all they can to support the new government in Kiev. The focus of their concern...
Gender and Immigration – Two Conservative ideologies NEW
Beyond the Transition 8 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 21 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Nearly 25 years since the end of Communism a new cultural and political divide has opened in Europe. This is being exploited by the conservative right,that promotes a regressive ideology of division around issues of gender in the East and immigration...
1/8 of full-time emloyees on minimum wage NEW
Beyond the Transition 9 Months, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
According to the most recent assessments of the Polish Statistics Agency 1/8 of all those employed on a full-time contract in Poland earn the minimum wage.This means that 1.3mln Poles earned less than the minimum gross salary of 1,500 złoty (360...
Empty Promises for Ukraine NEW
Beyond the Transition 9 Months, 3 Days, 10 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
 Polska Wersja na Lewica24.....The recent protests in Ukraine are another example of the social and political instability created by the global economic crisis. Ukraine has just undergone its third serious economic shock in little over two decad...
Poland Doesn't Give a Damn NEW
Beyond the Transition 11 Months, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
An interesting, amusing, although ultimately depressing article by Bartłomiej Kozek, about how the climate summit in Warsaw has been relegated to the sidelines by the Polish media, has been published by the Green European Journal.Until COP 19 st...
One Movement, Two Tactics NEW
Beyond the Transition 11 Months, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Polska Wersja na Lewica24......Let’s imagine that things had been the other way round. Suppose the May Day march in Warsaw had been dominated by extremists and organised masked hooligans, carrying banners and shouting slogans glorifying Stalini...
Piotr Ikonowicz Out of Prison NEW
Beyond the Transition 11 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
After 16 days in prison, during which he was on hunger strike, Piotr Ikonowicz has been let free.
Far Right Show Their True Colours NEW
Beyond the Transition 11 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
If the organisations of the left do not try and disrupt the Independence Day celebrations, it will certainly be peacefulThese were the words of the President of the committee organising Warsaw's Independence March, before it took place this year on 1...
Lobbying Against Emission Cuts NEW
Beyond the Transition 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 7 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
From November 11 probably the most important international conference of the year will start in Warsaw. Delegates from 192 countries will gather in Poland’s capital city in an attempt to set a timetable towards agreeing a global, binding agreem...
Political Uncertainty in the Czech Republic NEW
Beyond the Transition 1 Year, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
This weekend's Parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic are taking place in the midst of political uncertainty, as the country's caretaker government has failed to win a vote of confidence in parliament. Below I reproduce an article by Sean Hanl...
In Defence of Piotr Ikonowicz NEW
Beyond the Transition 1 Year, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Below I have translated a letter written by former prominent Solidarity activists to the President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski. They are appealing for him to pardon the left-wing activist and former MP Piotr Ikonowicz. Ikonowicz, has bee...
Winning the Race to the Bottom. NEW
Beyond the Transition 1 Year, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
‘We are excited about Amazon coming to Poland. The creation of thousands of new jobs is without doubt a milestone in our economic development.’Such were the words of Poland’s Minister of the Economy, after Amazon announced that it w...
The Loser Takes It All NEW
Beyond the Transition 1 Year, 1 Week, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Tourists walking into Warsaw’s Old Town now invariably stop to look at the view across the river and take pictures of the national stadium. It is a symbol of the city’s success, a reminder of last year’s Euro football championships...
Falling Public Investment Depresses Growth NEW
Beyond the Transition 1 Year, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
We can all now breathe a sigh of relief. Donald Tusk has declared that the crisis in Europe is over, with Poland managing to survive this period of economic turbulence relatively unscathed. It is easy to dismiss such proclamations as wishful thi...
Rewarding Failure NEW
Beyond the Transition 1 Year, 2 Months, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Polska Wersja Tutaj... It now seems that the highest awards of the state in Poland are being given to those who inflicted the most damage on the country and then suffered the greatest political defeats.  After receiving the Order of the White Ea...
The False Promise of a New Left NEW
Beyond the Transition 1 Year, 2 Months, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
I have recently written an article as part of a series  on the Polish left that is being published on the openDemocracy site. My article is partly in response to one written by the Palikot Movement MP Anna Grodzka, and argues that the Palikot Mo...