As soon as Poland gained freedom from Soviet influence in 1989 the country has developed rapidly without looking back, and since joining the EU in 2004 has continued this success, on track to become a liberal Western society. In 2015, the conservative Law and Justice party was elected into power and, in the attempt to return the country to traditional Polish values, focusing on religion, nationality and the family, has put the country into a spin. Poland went from being seen by many as the EU’s ‘poster boy’ to a contentious member of the union.  Women’s rights issues, media censorship, the role of religious institutions, ‘brain drain’ and a slow in economic performance are just some of the issues facing contemporary Poland at this time of change.

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