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History of Poland Part 3 - Modern Day

by EasternEuropeans.co.uk
History of Poland Part 3 - Modern Day
The influence of the Soviet Union remained in Poland until the late 1970's and 1980's. The opening for Poland to get rid of Soviet influence came when Mikhail Gorbachev took power and the "perestroika" policies began in the Soviet Union. In Poland, two parties took control of the government without the need of another bloody war. The Democratic Party and the Communist Party were founded and a peaceful change of government ensued.
Life in Poland was stable until the worsening economic conditions of the country led to one strike after another in 1988. The government of Poland was ineffectual in controlling the workers strikes and turned to Interior Minister Kiszczak to make a deal with Lech Walesa in August 31 of 1988. These talks were known as the Round Table talks. The political situation was heating up and the communists were angry at losing at the voting poles. The National Assembly acting with Solidarity deputies decided to put a communist president in power. They chose General Wojciech Jaruzelski as president. He made two attempts to form a government and failed. President Jaruzelski turned to Solidarity journalist, Tadeusz Mazowiecki to help him build a government. The lower house of the assemble, the Sejm approved journalist Mazowiecki as the Prime Minister and along with his cabinet formed Poland's first non communist government in more than 40 years.
In 1989, President George Bush and his wife Barbara visited Poland. The end of the communist control of the government led to much of the property that had been controlled by the communists to be turned over to the new government of Poland. The 1990 elections saw Lech Walesa elected as the first popularly elected President of Poland backed by Solidarity's Citizens Commitees. In 1995, Poland elected Solidarity leader Aleksander Kwasniewski in their second free presidential elections following World War II.
In 1997, a new Polist Consititution, the Consititution of 1997 defined the Polish law in national rather than in ethnic language which marked a major turn in Polish history especially since it expressly prohibited racial discrimination. The major political parties in Poland continue to be the Communist Party and the Democratic Party. In 2004, Poland joined the European Union against the opposition of the League of Polish Families. Fueding continues in Poland with in fighting and secret deals being made as if the past had never changed for the Poles.
In 2008, the United States tried to build a missle interceptor system in Poland. The reason given was that it was necessary to have such a system to defend Poland which is also a member of NATO. The Russians viewed that as a threat and threatened Poland telling them that such a missle would threaten Russians friendly relations with the United States. The Russians threatened to use nuclear power in all United States assets in Europe.
In April of 2010, Lech Kacynski died in a plane crash in Russia. On August 6, 2010, Bronislaw Komorwski was picked as their new president. 


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