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Donald Tusk’s Polish Stalker

Jacek Saryusz-Wolski Challenging Tusk for President of European Council

WARSAW, 27 February 2016 - On Saturday over 150 thousand people from all over Poland joined in demonstrations against the current government. © Jaap Arriens | Flickr
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The Illiberal International

Stalin, in the first decade of Soviet power, backed the idea of “socialism in one country,” meaning that, until conditions ripened, socialism was for the USSR alone. When Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán declared, in July 2014, his intention to build an “illiberal democracy,” it was widely assumed that he was creating “illiberalism in one country.” Now, Orbán and Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, and puppet-master of the country’s government (though he holds no office) have proclaimed a counter-revolution aimed at turning the European Union into an illiberal project. …