Letter to the editor: It seems to have worked in Poland

Mr Brunell writes about the record growth of Poland’s economy since its liberation from Soviet rule in 1989 and the adoption of a free enterprise system. Mr Brunell forgets to mention that Poland has been the biggest beneficiary of European Union (EU) development funds since joining the EU in 2004. These grants have had a significant impact on the strong Poland’s economic growth. Mr Brunell did not mention that the Polish economy received a boost with increased growth from 2014 to 2017 due to increased spending by the Polish government on social programs and welfare. This has translated into increased growth driven by consumers. Mr. Brunell writes that here at home, President Biden’s increased government intervention “never works.” It seems to have worked in Poland.

Mr Brunell also did not mention the worrying undemocratic trends in Poland since the Polish Law and Order Party, the PiS was elected to majority power in 2014. PiS laws have increased political control of the system. judiciary, have weakened the independence of the media. , made changes to the education system making higher education less accessible and directing more students to technical schools. PiS reform policies also advocate restricting women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and prohibited abortion in accordance with the doctrine of the Polish Catholic Church. I hope that the populist, ultra-conservative and anti-democratic sentiments of the PiS will not attract followers to our country.

Berit Kristiansen,


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