Poland gained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War
II. It became a Soviet satellite state following the war, but one that was comparatively tolerant and
progressive. Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity"
(Solidarność) that over time became a political force and by 1990 had swept parliamentary elections and the
presidency. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy
into one of the most robust in Central Europe, boosting hopes for acceptance to the EU. Poland became a
full member of the EU on 1 May 2004.
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