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Leonid Bershidsky

Eastern Europe’s Workers Finally Get Paid

The region’s populist governments are raising minimum wages as fast as they can, and it helps the economies — for now.

In Poland, these jobs get better and better.

In Poland, these jobs get better and better.

Photographer: Adam Berry/Bloomberg

Eastern European countries are aggressively raising minimum wages in the face of acute labor shortages. Nevertheless, these economies are retaining their international competitiveness and still growing faster than their wealthier neighbors. The region’s nationalist and populist governments are succeeding with policies their liberal predecessors wouldn't have risked.

But the success won't last forever without more complex and targeted policies.