Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Polish Left at Crossroads

It’s hard to believe that at the beginning of the 1990s Poland was regarded as being the best hope for the left in Central Eastern Europe. It now stands as the country with perhaps the weakest left in Europe and where right-wing ideology and parties dominate. Yet, Poland is a country whose destiny is largely determined by changes occurring in Europe, particularly inside the EU. Therefore, in order for the Polish left to reinvigorate itself, it needs to integrate with and seek to influence the political debates and movements occurring within the wider European left and help promote a common programme for European development.

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  1. The problem is that the New Left, the social democrats were all too eager to get swallowed by SdRP and SLD. While it gave them much leverage in the early years when the voters were too afraid of radical reforms, it hurt them in the long run when the shady businesses of former communists became clear.

  2. Well its a problem that has consistently plagued the left. The SLD has been the main source of the left and at the same time the main obstacle to building a real alternative left in Poland. my own view is that the left departed the SLD too soon. It should have remained on the SLD slate at the 2001 elections, the PPS for example would have had a number of MPs and then could have helped form a real left opposition to Miller's government. But this is all in the past now.


Go for it - but if its abusive then it gets blocked