Written by Vishnu Anandraj Produced by Tifo Studios

In 2004, the Republic of Poland joined the EU, and was recognised as one of the world’s most promising democracies. Fast forward 15 years, though, and Poland is controlled by PiS, a right-wing nationalist political party that has won the presidency, the majority in parliament, and used its newfound power to seize Polish courts, silence the Polish media, and openly rebel against the EU.

How did a country make such a dramatic U-turn in such a short space of time?

A less discussed mechanism has been through the exploitation of the native football supporters in Poland.

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