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RULE OF LAW - Poland: Q&A

Turning to the right: the EU reacts to threats to Polish democracy

The right-wing Eurosceptic Law and Justice Party was victorious in the 2015 parliamentary elections in #poland, forming a new #Government with over …

When NATO’s Man in Poland Ran Anti-Semitic Paper

The recent NATO summit, held for the first time ever in Warsaw, was a triumph for Poland’s defense minister, Antoni Macierewicz.<p>The United States …

Israel

Poland is having a constitutional crisis. Here’s why you should care.

On May 3, Poland celebrated the 225th anniversary of its constitution, usually considered Europe’s first modern constitution. Created only two years after the US Constitution came into force, it too was heavily influenced by principles of the Enlightenment, and incorporated ideas like bicameral …

Poland’s Democracy

Wanda Koscia’s documentary about the uprising, The Battle for Warsaw, was about a fight for freedom and democracy. The filmmaker now casts a worried …

Poles Are Taking to the Streets in Massive Numbers to Protest the Country's Shift to the Right

LVIV, Ukraine -- In the past few months, alarm bells have been raised in Poland as critics of the country's new ruling party, Law and Justice, or PiS, speak out against what they believe are dangerous infringements on democracy and a wave of conspiratorial panic in the country. The accusations of …

Huge anti-government protest fills Warsaw's ceremonial boulevard | Reuters.com

Polish finance minister calls for restraint in court row ahead of Moody's review | Reuters

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland’s finance minister has asked the constitutional court’s head to cool its dispute with the government until ratings agency Moody’s has made its review of the economy next week, a sign of concern that the row is hurting investors’ confidence.<p>Andrzej Rzeplinski, head of …

1791: The First Modern Constitution in Europe was Made in Poland, not France

Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons / In 1791 the "Great" (Four-Year) Sejm (1788–92) and Senate adopted the Constitution at Warsaw's Royal Castle<p>Story …

‘Vindictive’ Polish leaders using new war museum to rewrite history, says academic

A spectacular new museum of the second world war is at the centre of an extraordinary row between international academics and Poland’s political leadership, amid claims that the country’s ruling Law and Justice party is putting history at the service of politics.<p>Due to open in December in the …

Europe

Poles apart: Gdansk divided as city grapples with immigration and identity

Judging by the behaviour of some of its football fans, Gdańsk might not be expected to extend a warm welcome to any refugees arriving in this port city on Poland’s Baltic coast.<p>One infamous banner unfurled at a Lechia Gdańsk match showed a black man kneeling in front of a robed Ku Klux Klan …

Europe

Hipster behind Poland’s anti-government resistance

WARSAW — Jarosław Kaczyński, Poland’s most powerful politician, doesn’t spend much time needling the country’s fractured opposition parties.<p>Instead, …

US and Germany say No to Poland on Nato base

His comment came at the Globsec conference in the Slovak capital after Poland’s foreign minister, Witold Waszczykowski, said he wanted “presence, …

The Rolling Stones and Dead Horses Expose Poland's New Elite

As Poland dismantles one elite and builds another, the five-month-old government has replaced scores of executives at state-owned companies and …

Europe

Europe’s Rule-of-Law Crisis

Hungary and Poland are now jeopardizing hard-won European democratic norms – and thus undermining the very purpose of European integration. The sad …

Investors worry over Poland’s political direction

During its annual European investor roadshow in February, members of Cushman & Wakefield’s Poland capital markets team soon discovered that those …

European Parliament to push for tougher action on Poland

Poland should face the next level of scrutiny from the European Commission in its probe of the country’s rule of law, according to a draft motion …

What in the World: Poland's dangerous turn - CNN Video

Is one of America's main allies marking "in the direction of a dictatorship"? Fareed takes a look at Poland's recent turn towards authoritarianism.

Salon.com

Macierewicz Attacks the US: They Only Founded Their State in the 18th Century and They Want To Lecture Us About Democracy?

<i>“People who built their country as late as the 18th century want to teach us about democracy?” Such was the question asked in mock disbelief by</i> …

Europe

Official: Rights court could start getting cases from Poland

Official: Rights court could start getting cases from Poland<p>By , Associated Press | Posted Apr 4th, 2016 @ 11:10am<p> 2 photos<p>0<p>WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A …

Human Rights

Poland’s Coat Hanger Rebellion Against a New Anti-Abortion Law

Poland’s Catholic Church and conservative government may have figured a draconian new “pro-life” law would have general acceptance. They were …

What has happened in recent months

As you may have heard on the news, Polish democracy is in jeopardy. We hope that you are as concerned and shocked as we are by the recent events in …

Europe

New Polish historical policy could silence Holocaust debates

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's governing party is seeking to shape the country's future by controlling perceptions of the past.<p>The conservative Law and Justice party's strategy includes the use of museums, film, public television and other tools to promote certain episodes in Poland's history, like …

OECD Warns that Poland Risks Breaching EU Deficit Rules

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has issued a dire warning to Poland and the European Union. According to the OECD, …

Poland approves logging Europe’s last primeval forest

Poland on Friday gave the go ahead for large-scale logging in the Bialowieza forest intended to combat a spruce bark beetle infestation, despite …

Will no one stop Poland destroying Europe’s most precious forest?

If the EU can’t save Białowieża from the loggers, its protections are meaningless<p>Białowieża is “the misty, brooding forest that loomed behind your eyelids when, as a child, someone read you the Grimm brothers’ fairytales”, in the words of American ecologist Alan Weisman. This unique place of …

Biodiversity

Channel 4 News

Polish women walk out of a church service in Gdansk as a priest reads out a letter in favour of a proposed ban on abortion.<p>The Roman Catholic Church …