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Les Echos - France | 11/01/2008

Lena Kolarska-Bobiñska on waning populism in Poland

Lena Kolarska-Bobiñska, director of Warsaw's Institute of Public Affairs (ISP), notes that in Poland, "The middle-class, bang in the middle of a period of economic growth, have overthrown the populists [by voting for Donald Tusk's Civic Platform in the legislative elections of October 21st]. The waning of populism is directly linked to the fact that fear of the European Union is diminishing. This fear was shared by many citizens of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia after these countries entered the European Union. Today it has gone. In several countries of Central and Eastern Europe, economic growth is indeed very high. ... It is nonetheless not sure that countries in Central and Eastern Europe have been cured of populism once and for all. In Poland this will depend on the results obtained by the governing team ... ."

Les Echos - France | 15/11/2006

Lena Kolarska-Bobiñska on the elites of Eastern Europe

The Polish sociologist Lena Kolarska-Bobiñska, director of the Polish Institute of public affairs (ISP), seeks the causes of the political instability in Central and Eastern Europe. Neither Brussels nor European integration are responsible for the alienation of voters. When implementing their reforms, the political authorities [of Eastern countries] did not  sufficiently concern themselves with social dialogue and participation ... . What is happening at the moment should rather be referred to as a 'revolt of the elites'. The masses, in Poland anyway, for the most part support EU integration, whereas the elite in power is on the contrary manifesting  eurosceptism. This revolt of the elites is also brandishing slogans of the liquidation of 'communism's vestiges' and of the investigations into abuse committed during the 'transformations'. This approach once again dominated the recent electoral campaign."

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