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Poland on the Economic Periphery

John Feffer | Posted 08.16.2015 | World
John Feffer

Small countries often have no choice but to align themselves with larger economic entities, as for instance the Baltic countries have done inside the European Union. But Poland is not a small country. It is the sixth largest EU country by population, and the largest country in East-Central Europe (twice the size of its nearest competitor, Romania).

What Happened to Poland's Red Capitalists?

John Feffer | Posted 03.13.2015 | World
John Feffer

In Poland in the late 1980s, Polish sociologist Jadwiga Staniszkis began writing about "political capitalists." These were colloquially known as "red capitalists" -- technocrats and enterprise managers who were technically part of the Communist system but had already begun to function like capitalists.

Poland's Extraordinary Economic Transformation

Barry D. Wood | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Barry D. Wood

Poland and Germany -- with a long history of conflict -- are very close partners. Chancellor Angela Merkel was instrumental in elevating Poland's conservative Prime Minister Donald Tusk to becoming the next president of the EU council.

Slovenia's Gradualist Transition

John Feffer | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
John Feffer

I talked with one of the major architects of Slovenia's economic transition, Joze Mencinger, about the relationship between economic reform and independence, the influence of the European Union, the particular brand of self-management practiced in Slovenia, and the casino capitalism years that overtook the country a decade ago.

Naomi Klein: "Disaster Capitalism" Still On The Rise | Lloyd Grove | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Marauding multinationals and their enablers in the U.S. government have a worthy adversary in Naomi Klein, a Canadian social critic whose books punctu...