Democracy, The EU, And Political Systems: Europe Thirty Years After 1989
- Tomasz Grosse, Associate Professor, Warsaw University
- Martin Michelot, Deputy Director, EUROPEUM
- Katarzyna Pelczynska-Nalecz, Director, ideaForum, Batory Foundation
- Jacob Poushter, Associate Director, Pew Research Center
- Michal Baranowski, Warsaw Director, German Marshall Fund of the United States
Thirty years ago, a wave of optimism swept across Europe as walls and regimes fell, and long-oppressed publics embraced open societies, open markets, and a more united Europe. Three decades later, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that few people in the former Eastern Bloc regret the monumental changes of 1989-1991. Yet, neither are they entirely content with their current political or economic circumstances. Indeed, like their Western European counterparts, a substantial number of Central and Eastern European citizens worry about the future on issues like inequality and the functioning of their political systems.
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