Throughout Europe, parliamentary politics has become increasingly intertwined with the politics of street protest, writes Mateusz Falkowski. And as recent events in Poland and Hungary show, a new dynamic of protest has emerged from the clash in central and eastern Europe between populist and liberal visions of democracy.
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There is a genuinely European future for central Europe, insists Michal Koran. But it won’t come to fruition without a frank look at the deficiencies that accompanied the transformation of central European societies during the last two decades.
The Slovak writer and artist Matus Ritomsky provides some insight into the mood in Slovakia, as the debate about events in Cologne and other cities in Germany on New Year’s Eve continues across Europe.
East, or, the veins of this land
In this excerpt from Andrzej Stasiuk’s latest book, one of Poland’s leading writers and critics explores what drove him to realize a lifelong dream, and strike out ever further eastwards, away from his childhood home. As Stasiuk remarks, he always was attracted to places “that lie at the end of the line, spaces from which you can only ever return”.
The curious case of Poland's political self-harm
A show of EU concern for developments in Poland can do no harm, writes Stefan Szwed, but ultimately the fate of the country’s democracy is for Poles themselves to sort out. And, luckily, crises often come with opportunities; Poland’s PiS challenge is stirring a new political awakening.