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Yearbook 1996

Poland. According to Countryaah.com, Poland's economic success continued in 1996. The country is the EU's largest trading partner in Central and Eastern Europe and the economic engine of the post-communist states. A paradox is that those who forced the system change, e.g. the shipyard workers in Gdańsk, became unemployed while many of the old oppressors established themselves as successful businessmen and politicians.

1996 Poland

At the same time, the political calamity continues. The political year began with Prime Minister Józef Oleksy being forced to throw in the towel after accusations that he had been an agent of the Soviet/Russian KGB for many years. Oleksy was Poland's seventh prime minister since the 1989 revolution. However, he was not regarded as more compromised than the fact that he was the only candidate in February to succeed the recently elected President Aleksander Kwaśniewski as chairman of the Social Democrats (SdRP). New prime minister became Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, a politically experienced member of the Communist Party, 45 years old, lawyer and farmer. He had his political right to the left, but without being a member of the SdRP, the Communist Party that turned into social democracy. In February, Cimoszewicz reshaped the government coalition, which has persisted despite severe wear and tear. A controversial feature was the appointment of Red Concrete politician Jerzy Wiatr as Minister of Education. The government consists of a coalition between the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), where the Social Democratic SdRP is the largest party, and the Polish People's Movement Party, Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe (PSL). The government has on several occasions been close to cracking, among other things. during the fall's big tax settlement, when PSL voted with the opposition. The political oddities during the year must include the referendum that was carried out in February. Voters would decide on how the country would continue to be privatized and how (the modest) gains from privatization would be used. For voters, the questions were obviously so complicated, or so indifferent, that the result had to be rejected because of too low turnout. when PSL voted with the opposition. The political oddities during the year must include the referendum that was carried out in February. Voters would decide on how the country would continue to be privatized and how (the modest) gains from privatization would be used. For voters, the questions were obviously so complicated, or so indifferent, that the result had to be rejected because of too low turnout.

During the year, according to Digopaul, Poland became a member of the OECD, an important step in the approach to Western European conditions. For the red-green coalition government, membership of the EU and NATO are also the most important foreign policy goals. In November, during a visit to Finland, Prime Minister Cimoszewicz was asked by a journalist which is most important, the EU or NATO? The Polish Prime Minister responded ironically: - It's kind of like asking a child, who do you like best, mom or dad?

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