When Lech Wałęsa was elected the president of Poland in 1990, he instantly became one of the most crucial players in bringing about the end of the Cold War. He was endlessly lauded as a hero of workers' rights, as a fearless anti-communist warrior, and as a champion of Polish democracy. But that was thirty years ago, and Walesa (now aged 77) has since lost all semblance of relevancy he once had. How could one man fall from the heights of political popularity to the depths of national embarrassment in so short a time frame? In today's episode, we aim to find out.
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