Poland is now a country at the economic level of Portugal, with American-like laws and attitudes, a bit right-wing. In the 1990s, I was thinking: "The country is so backward, we'll never catch up, there's just crime and no progress", but the recent years have brought some prosperity. Generally, the younger generation is not "homo sovieticus" (those born after 1975), but wants to get really Western. Entry into the EU has been the turning point. Now there are no differences left between us and the old Capitalist states.
Poles like it that way. There have been no protests against the political-economic system as such in the last 20 years. These have been interesting times because in 20 years we have become acquainted with things which were introduced in the West for 60 years - such had been our isolation. So the transformation has been surprisingly successful, and fast, which means that there really were unused skills in the nation.
Of course we are not an A-level economy (own strong industry), but this is not a condition of prosperity in the world now - look at Qatar or Switzerland, or Ireland. But all those B-economies rely on American military protection. In Communism, all products in the market were Polish - and everyone craved foreign goods. Now only foodstuffs are Polish, though even fruit is imported. And no one cares.
Russians block imports and foreign investment, but they have oil and gas, so they work like Arab countries.
There is no lack of sources in English about Poland on the Internet.
Polish state radio:
Articles from Gazeta Wyborcza: