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The Polish drift: from Europeanization to Autocracy

1989. Poles vote in their first since World War II, clearing the path for the Eastern Bloc states to abolish communism and join the free world.

2015. Less than two months after the parliamentary election and barely six months after the presidential one, tens of thousands flood the streets of major Polish cities. All chanting with one voice: “Freedom, equality, democracy!”

Poland leaves the Western world wondering: How could this have happened? What went wrong?
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