Letter from Warsaw

Letter from Warsaw

Poland has once again become a very interesting country. The Polish elections were overshadowed by events in Russia, but despite all the differences, recent developments in the two countries should be seen as part of the same trend. All this is a very bitter lesson for the economic shock therapists—the “big bangers.”

This letter is being written shortly after parliamentary elections in Poland, which brought a spectacular victory to the left. Two parties widely regarded as successors of the former Communist party and its Peasants’ party ally have together won two-thirds of the seats in the Seym, and still more in the upper chamber. And almost 10 percent of the remaining seats were won by Labor Union, a new party of the left led by former Solidarity activists such as Karol Modzelewski. Thus, Poland may once again claim to be a

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