I found this rather distressing doom mongering article written in the very early 1990's which seemed to predict that Poland wouldn't make it.
And here we are now 17 or so years later, and Poland does not seemed to have died a death at all. However, it is a somber reminder of the economic, political and social perils Poland has dealt with in the last 20 years. This recent history, which has shaped the generation of young Poles currently working in the UK and Eire. For many of the under 25 yrs olds, communism must seem exceptionally distant.
In my missus family her grandfather knew Poland before WWII, during, after and present day. My missus' mother knew Poland under communism and present day. My missus basically only remembersthe very end of communism and the present day and my little nephews know only the free market European world they now live in.
So thats 4 generations, all of whom have been subject to differing governing systems.
Its no wonder that the Poles are distrustful of the controlling elites.
Anyway back to the article below.
SUCH WAS the pace of events that no two pundits can even agree when the Polish revolution occurred. During the roundtable talks in April of last year, when the Communists agreed to renounce their monopoly of power? After the June 1989 elections, in which they were soundly defeated? In August, when Solidarity formed its own government? Perhaps Poland is not free at all, since completely unencumbered parliamentary elections have not yet been held. The confusion is so deep that one seasoned dissident-Mr. Kornel Morawiecki of Fighting Solidarity-remains in hiding, even though the Communist Party which had once persecuted him no longer exists.