Poland is a country with the highest social inequality in the EU

Summary

As a result of the market reforms of the 1990s, Poland lost its chance to establish a just social system. Today, Poland is a country with the highest social inequality in the European Union.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative on the poor economic situation and failed market reforms in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (see a similar example here).

According to the Gini coefficient statistics, Poland has lower social inequality than the average EU level. The most socially unequal EU countries are Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia and Romania. Poland's Gini coefficient is similar to Germany and France.

According to the data of the OECD, the income inequality indicator for Poland is as high as 0.28 (where 0 means complete equality and 1 - complete inequality), which puts Poland on the 9th place among the EU countries.

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  • Reported in: Issue 155
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Poland
  • Keywords: Economic difficulties
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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This story is in line with the encircling Russia and belligerent NATO narratives.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US presence in Europe and hostile NATO plans against Russia (see examples here and here).

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Disproof

Disinformation narrative consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about NATO aggression.

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