Warsaw 11th January 2016 Before you condemn Poland – An open letter to the EU Commission
Jean-Claude Juncker President European Commission
Dear Mr President, Dears EU Commissioners
In reference to the recent emotional attacks on Poland run especially by the German politicians (Mr Mr, Martin Shultz, Günther Oettinger, Volker Kauder) it is worth warning that before you condemn Poland you need at first to learn better Poland’s tortuous march for freedom. Up till now however one can have impression that hostile words of some politicians and journalist against Poland arise rather from limited and distorted knowledge about the essence of Polish internal changes which aim in fact to overcome plenty of systemic failures accumulated during the “transition process” in general and during last eight years in particular.
Thus, at first you need to understand “Why it was so easy to break communism and why it is so difficult to find social consensus” in order to get ability to judge both the recent reforms of Constitutional Tribunal of Poland, and recently introduced new rules for public media management, as well as the whole process of “the good changes” taking place in Poland. There is a lack of considerations in Poland on question if rules and regulations in Corporate governance, in Labor Code, or in Law for the Central Bank, conform the article 20th of the Constitution of Poland which tells about the “Social Market Economy” idea (nota bene successfully implemented in Germany). Fortunately, the outcomes of the last parliamentary election effecting in changes in the personal set of the Tribunal, give hopes for improvements in the economic order and for enhancing social capital in Poland, as designed by Andrzej Duda the President and by Beata Szydło the Prime Minister. “The Quest for Ownership. Why it was so easy...” published in Eastern European Economics No. 4. 1994, (updated and extended in “Studia Ekonomiczne” no. 2. 2010; INE PAN) is helpful to understand the essence of mystifications done at the very beginning of system conversion in the late eighties of XX c. in Poland, with its todays political consequences.
The same concerns the urgent need for extending the freedom of expression and scope of themes considered in public media, that have failed for long time to face falsifications of the reality made both by dominant press narration by the “heirs” of the Polish Communist Party and by foreign controlled units. In order to get the ability to judge reasonably reforms in the public media management recently introduced in Poland you will need learn much about discrepancies between Poland presented as “green island of Europe” both by public and private media and actual Poland, marked by the hemorrhage of 2,5 mln. of economic refugees. (I have enclosed my “slightly uncommon glimpses of the state and private sector performance” to exhibit the falsifications in presentations of effects of privatization, published yet in 1996, but with feedback in recent parliamentary elections).
And last but not least, you need to be very cautious in making any interference into the Polish internal competition for power to avoid setting yourselves on the “wrong side of the force” by those in Poland whose political aspirations were reflected in taking Pola Negri, a popular actress of the German dumb films, for the symbol of the Polish Presidency in EU in 2011 and not Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the virtuoso, statesman of Versailles Congress, the friend of the US president W. Wilson – and the symbol of the Polish Republic subjectivity in global politics and in Transatlantic integration as well, which is now the Europe’s new destiny. (I enclosed my “official EU publication” of 2001 on “Is there any European End of History”)
To conclude – you not need to make any political debate on Poland at EU Parliament in January 2016. That which is needed indeed is a serious political and scientific conference on the Transatlantic Integration and Central Europe march for freedom on 28th June 2016, exactly at the 60 anniversary of anti-Stalinist riots in Poznan, Poland, followed by the October 1956 uprising in Budapest, Hungary.
- Ryszard Domański, professor in economics at SGH and INE PAN, Visiting scholar at Rotterdam 1987/88, Chicago 1991/92, Cambridge 1995 Devoted Fun of the EU and Transatlantic Integration