The history of Poland has been a series of defeats by other nations with an occasional period when some form of democracy was in place. After the end of Communist rule in Poland, its people were able to enter the European Union and enjoy the benefits of a democratic society. The Polish economy took off and standards of living increased for all people. The press finally enjoyed opportunities to engage in the open discussion of ideas. Within a few years Poland became a model of how dictatorship could be replaced by democracy.
Alas, that is no longer true. A Conservative political party emphasized in the last election that it was committed to democracy. It lied.The new government which is dominated by Jaroslav Kaczynski has taken control of the Constitutional Court, curbed freedom of speech and places its people in control of television and radio programs.
A sad day for the Polish people.