Episode 4: The Poland paradox: A discussion with Leszek Balcerowicz


The Munich Security Conference was a new low for relations between the U.S. and Europe; Susan Corke and Greg Feifer sift through the wreckage. Then, joining the podcast to discuss seeming paradox in Poland is Leszek Balcerowicz, the former finance minister who was the main architect of Poland's so-called "shock therapy" in the 1990s. Poland was recently the poster child of success among post-Communist countries of the former Soviet bloc. But with the rise of the right-wing populist wave sweeping Europe, Poland's election of the Law and Justice Party in 2015 has thrown into question the country's previous commitment to open society and the rule of law. But what is driving this change ? Immigration is negligible and GDP per person has nearly tripled since 1990.