Paradise Lost? Thirty Years after Transition

Countries of Central Europe had a great opportunity in 1989 to restore their freedom. At the time of the transition people believed that implementing the achievements of the Western World, like democracy, rule of law, human rights, capitalism and market economy will change their lives overnight and will bring Paradise to earth. Thirty years after the transition one may easily find that the Paradise is lost. Central European countries, especially Poland and Hungary are often blamed for being illiberal, populist or xenophobe. Is this really the case? And if it is, where has the enthusiasm gone?
Political transition of 1989 proved to be a milestone in Central European history. Western World achievements might have been overestimated but there is no reason for considering the transition as something mistaken. Instead, we should think of how Paradise can be regained.