In Poland is now more tense than ever.

In 1980, after 33 years of communism, workers at a shipyard in Gda?sk, Poland decided to undermine communist rules against the organization of workers and went on strike.  News of the strike rapidly spread throughout other regions, sparking the Solidarity movement.  Soon other workers in the nearby region also went on strike.  This movement was led by Lech Wa??sa, a man who would eventually become president of a communist-free Poland.  Solidarity began a, non-violent, anti-communist social movement that, at its peak, included nearly 9.5 million members.  These members were vital to the workforce and crippled the economy of Poland and the Soviet Union.  Eventually Poland would succumb to the demands of these workers.  These workers formed the first union in the Soviet Bloc.  It is considered to have contributed heavily to the fall of communism by incentivising workers rights across the USSR.  This entire movement started in Poland.  Just as it was in the 1980’s, Poland’s role is still incredibly vital in the world today.Poland has the largest economy in central Europe and therefore sets the precedent for the rest of central Europe.  Back in November of 2015, following attacks in Paris, Poland refused to accept refugees under EU quotas.  Poland has been criticized heavily by the EU for not accepting refugees.  The conflict between the EU and Poland is now more tense than ever.  In December of 2017 the EU enacted Article 7 disciplinary actions on Poland, stripping Poland of their voting rights.  The EU claims that Poland’s Judicial system, when altered, turned into an anti-democratic process.  This is dramatically untrue.  When the judicial system was altered in 2015,Parliament made it so a two-thirds vote was needed for changes instead of a simple majority as it states in the Polish constitution.  To put his into perspective, in the United States, impeaching a justice also requires a two-thirds majority vote.  Most people would agree that it is better to have more people agree to remove a justice.  It is not anti-democratic as the EU claims.  It seems as though the EU is punishing Poland because they don’t agree with their steps on immigration.  One would think the simple answer here is to leave the EU, but things are far more complex than that.Since entering the EU in 2004, Poland has seen their economy explode.  Their gross domestic product, or GDP, has increased from 255.1 billion USD in 2004 to 469.5 billion USD in 2016.  By receiving almost 90 billion euros in subsidies from the EU from 2004 to 2013 Poland has been able to invest in infrastructure, farmers and several research and development projects.  Because of this the people of Poland have benefitted drastically.  When Poland first joined the EU their unemployment rate was at a staggering 19.3%.  As of October 2017 the Polish unemployment rate has dropped to 4.6%.  More people now own basic household items than ever.  Since 2004 the amount of houses with a dishwasher has increased by 529%, those with a computer have increased by 146% and those with a car have also increased by the same percentage.  The EU has helped to mold Poland into the country it is today.  Leaving the EU could potentially be devastating to the Polish economy.  This is especially true when you consider that in 2015 Poland only gave 3.718 billion Euros to the EU, but the EU gave 13.358 billion Euros to Poland.  If Poland leaves the EU they will lose nearly 10 billion euros per year.  Losing that much vital financial assistance per year could force Poland back into poverty.  To remain a superpower in central Europe, Poland must figure out a way to settle tensions with the EU.  Leaving the EU would be catastrophic to Poland’s economy and an assault on the people of Poland.