Poland Economic Review

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Introduction Poland’s historical intrigue, its bumpy path towards sovereignty, its current ‘economic future’ dispersed throughout Europe, together with its growing economic credentials, were some of the reasons attracting me to choose her as my assignment topic. 1.1 General. As the last independent King of Poland abdicated in 1795, it became a protectorate under Napoleon I, only to cease to exist as a political entity between 1815 and 1918 being divided between Russia, Prussia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Predominantly Slavic culturally, one third of modern Poland used to be to be ethnically, culturally and linguistically German. In 1939, Poland had the largest Jewish community in Europe, almost 3.5 million, decimated by its Western neighbour’s ideology only then to be subsumed by its Eastern neighbour’s communist dogma for the bulk of the remaining century. So EU membership with its democratic mandate enshrined, in itself, gives assurance to its population given her subjugated past and more pointedly its central European geographic positioning next door to the Ukraine. It aspires to join the Euro club after 2020. Poland has since become one of the biggest success stories of post-cold war Europe and one of the world’s fastest-growing middle-income economies in two decades. It has ‘offset a
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