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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

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  • In the spring of 2014, Poland celebrated three important anniversaries: on 12 March, the 15-year anniversary of accession to NATO in 1999; 1 May the 10-year anniversary of Poland's membership of the European Union (in 2004). And finally, on 4 June, Poland commemorated the 25-year anniversary of the first partly free elections in 1989, which paved the way for the election of the first non-communist prime minister in communist Europe, Tadeusz Mazowiecki.

     

    Those three events, each in their own way, marked Poland's transition from a communist-led dictatorship heavily dependent on the Soviet Union and with an economy in ruins to a free and democratic member of the European family of nations. The 1989 elections marked the break with communist rule in Poland and the beginning of comprehensive democratic and economic reforms that slowly turned Poland into the free and prosperous society we know today. The elections, which were the first partly free parliamentary elections in communist Poland, also inspired other communist countries to follow suit - culminating in the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. The accession to NATO in 1999, together with the Czech Republic and Hungary, was the final step in Poland's military integration with the West. And when Poland, together with 7 other post-communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe, entered the EU in 2004, the Poles could finally call themselves an equal member of the European community - also in an economic and political sense.

     

    On this page we have collected information and news about the three anniversaries.