A Tragedy for Poland, A Triumph of Polish Democracy?

by Joshua Tucker on April 11, 2010

in Comparative Politics

Professor Anna Grzymala-Busse emailed me the following comments on yesterday´s events in Poland:

One thing strikes me: this tragedy is also becoming a triumph of Polish democracy, in two ways. First, the political institutions worked: the army leadership has been immediately replaced, Komorowski is now President ex officio, new elections are being announced. There’s been no question of coups, colonels, or emergency measures. Second, the Polish elites, no matter what their political flavor, say the same thing: they may not have agreed with Kaczynski, but this is a vast tragedy. Personal animosities and political cleavages have been buried, at least for the time being. So both formally, and in spirit, Kaczynski’s death brings this new maturity into focus.

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