As Winston Churchill famously remarked, an Iron Curtain descended across Europe after World War II. In 1989, when that Iron Curtain collapsed, the countries behind it started their transition to free-market economies. Some are still continuing the process, while others, like Slovenia or the Czech Republic, are as developed as western Europe. Others, like Poland recently, have been included in the group of 25 most developed markets globally.
Yet three decades after the transformation began, all people of Eastern Europe (for that is where their countries are located geographically, whether they like it or not), still have the experience of living under communism in their collective memory, regardless of how developed their economy is. They also find it difficult to come to terms with what to call the region they originate from: Eastern Europe, Eastern Bloc, post-communist countries.
But is this legacy something these countries should be ashamed of? On the contrary, the decades of communism helped create a large pool of hard-working talent. Years of hardship have taught them creativity, entrepreneurship and persistence, all of which are appreciated not only in the region but all across the Old Continent and beyond.
We believe the region should finally come to terms with the experiences that helped shape it into what it is today and become more visible on the global stage. It should come to light and make the most of its true potential.
Or, as the Oxford Dictionary says, it should continue to emerge!
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