Poland’s Round Table only served vested interests


Twenty-five years ago on Thursday, the opposition and Communists in Poland began the “Round Table Talks” to negotiate the transfer of the responsibility of government

But ultimately the participants were only defending their own interests, the national religious web portal Gość Niedzielny criticises:

Today the ‘Round Table’ is regarded as a Polish export hit. It forms the foundation for the social dialogue that enables the peaceful transfer of power and a solution to conflicts without the use of violence. Many myths and great symbolism are attached to this table. Under [former Polish president Aleksander] Kwaśniewski, this piece of furniture even ended up in the presidential palace.

… But the truth is different: ultimately it just paved the way for the elections in June [1989] which were only half free. And the ‘knights’ gathered around this table have sat in their seats for years and defended their own interests instead of the state, the state’s independence and civil rights.

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