One hundred years ago Poland was reinstated on the world map. On 11 November 1918, World War I was over and Poland became free after 123 years of geo-political oblivion. The current government, the Law and Justice party (PiS) makes no secret of its desire to preside over the centenary celebrations. Its success is largely attributed to campaigning on Polish national pride and ‘getting up off our knees’. Repeatedly accused by Western commentators of giving Polish nationalism a bad name, three years on, the Law and Justice remains the most popular political party. The way to a Pole’s heart and vote lies in posing as a defender of Poland’s sovereignty.
A free Poland is a relatively new reality.