Situation in Poland

By KOD UK | 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 Poland.

OP 13: How To Deal With Poland And Hungary

Grzegorz Ekiert<p>In this Occasional Paper Grzegorz Ekiert analyses the erosion of democracy in Poland and Hungary and explains what steps the EU and …

Activists Blocking Far-Right March in Poland Cite Va. Rally

Police forcibly removed activists who tried to block a march by far-right extremists marching Tuesday on Poland's Armed Forces Day holiday.<p>The …

Polish crisis goes on, media stays silent - Civil Liberties Australia

One of the pivotal events in contemporary European history seems to have largely bypassed Australia. The event is the constitutional crisis in …

BBC iPlayer - HARDtalk - Witold Waszczykowski, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski. In July the European Union began legal action against the Polish government over controversial proposed reforms that critics say will politicise the legal system. It is threatening to withdraw funding and suspend Poland's voting …

International Relations

Judge: 'Poland's separation of powers being undermined'

New reforms to Poland's judiciary would put it under more political influence. Waldemar Zurek, the spokesman for Poland's National Council of the …

Opinion: Reparations for Poland - Kaczynski's latest diversion

Poland's de facto leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski has revived demands for German war reparation payments, despite the issue being tabled for decades. The …

[Ticker] Poland preparing WWII claim on Germany

UK pledges easy registration for EU citizens after Brexit<p>7. Nov, 18:22<p>Ahead of Brexit negotiations later this week, the UK government insists that …

Logging in ancient forest would affect rule-of-law process against Poland: EU

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Logging in Poland’s Bialowieza primeval forest would add to arguments against Warsaw in the European Union’s investigation on whether Poland is observing the rule of law, the European Commission said on Wednesday.<p>Logging machine is pictured during logging at Bialowieza forest, …

Judiciary

Pride is at stake in Poland’s tussle with the EU. It won’t give ground easily

Poland’s populist leaders came to power on a wave of nationalist feeling. Liberals trying to shame them into backing down will only make them dig their heels in<p>• Anna Gromada is a researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences and a co-founder of the Kalecki Foundation thinktank<p>The EU has given …

Brexit

Poland’s Kaczynski says sticking to judicial reform plans

Poland's Kaczynski vows 'radical' court reform will happen, targets private media

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party is sticking to its flagship plans for “radical” reform of the judiciary, despite seeing two bills vetoed by the president this week, PiS head Jaroslaw Kaczynski said on Thursday.<p>Kaczynski, who holds no government post but is widely seen …

Andrzej Duda

Do You Live in Hungary or Poland? We Want to Hear From You

Share your views on the European Union’s role in these countries and on how being part of the bloc has affected your life.

Poland's President Is No Friend of the Opposition

President Andrzej Duda's veto of judicial reform legislation won't change much.<p>It looks to the whole world, and even to the battered Polish opposition, as though President Andrzej Duda took the country a step back from the brink of catastrophe by vetoing bills that would have put Polish courts …

Russia

Poland appears to be dismantling its own hard-won democracy

A bill now in Poland’s Parliament would destroy the judicial system’s independence and authority — and it’s likely to become law. In 2015, the far-right populist Polish Law and Justice (PiS) party won both the presidential and parliamentary elections. Since then — despite public protests and …

Democracy

The attack on Poland’s judicial independence goes deeper than you may think. Here are 5 things to know.

Major news outlets have erupted in recent days over protests in Poland to defend the independence of the nation’s judiciary.<p>During its last session before breaking for summer vacation, the Polish parliament (first the lower house, the Sejm; then on July 21, the Senate) approved legislation to …

Judiciary

Poland’s war on democracy was aided by Trump

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p><i>Update: On Monday morning, Polish President Andrzej Duda surprised virtually everyone by announcing he would</i> …

Andrzej Duda

The Guardian view on Poland’s courts: people power and a glimmer of hope

After days of protests against the government’s plans to control the judiciary, the president has vetoed part of the legislation. That is something – but not enough<p>People power has historically been a powerful force in Poland. The energy and singular determination of the 1980s grassroots Solidarity …

Andrzej Duda

Poland’s royal visit and judicial independence

Polish ambassador Arkady Rzegocki responds to criticism of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s trip; Paul Craig and seven other Oxford University law academics express support for Polish judges<p>I feel I have to protest against some outrageous claims by Kate Maltby in her article (Less a royal visit, …

Duchess of Cambridge

Poland's president signs controversial law despite protests

Andrzej Duda promised to veto two bills seen as limiting judicial independence but has now signed a third<p>Poland’s president has signed into law one of three contested bills that organises the judiciary in a way that critics say limits their independence.<p>The move came after senior members of the …

Andrzej Duda

3xVeto Candlelight Vigil for Democracy

Protests in defence of the constitutionally guaranteed separation of powers have given spectacular results. President Andrzej Duda yielded to the …

Polish judges urged to 'fight every inch' for their independence

Supreme court president says plans to change how judges are appointed could turn courts into ‘plaything’ for politicians<p>The president of Poland’s supreme court has urged the country’s judges to “fight for every inch of justice” as the rightwing government pushes for changes that critics say would …

Judiciary

This is what the gradual erosion of rule of law looks like in Poland

From Dec. 16 to Jan. 11, 10 members of parliament occupied the plenary hall of the Polish parliament (called the Sejm). The unprecedented blockade began with a protest against the right-wing ruling party’s ban on allowing the news media in the building. It continued as a way to object to what many …

Andrzej Duda

A dangerous backward step for women and girls in Poland

Pregnant at 11, a girl raped by her own father, will have no choice but to give birth. Equally, a woman at high risk of dying in childbirth or of …

The New Polish Government and ‘Gender Ideology’

The recent change in power <b></b>in Poland <b></b>from October 2015 has put the populist, conservative and nationalistic Law and Justice (PiS) party in charge. …

Thousands protest against proposed stricter abortion law in Poland

Measure drawn up with church backing would outlaw terminations except where necessary to save a woman’s life<p>Women’s groups and human rights campaigners in Poland have staged protests against a proposed new law that would criminalise nearly all abortions.<p>Thousands gathered outside the national …

Rights & Freedoms

Smolensk plane crash 2011 report 'was result of doctored evidence'

Polish team re-examining 2010 crash in which President Lech Kaczyński died says its predecessors manipulated facts<p>A new Polish commission re-investigating the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczyński and 95 others has accused its predecessors of doctoring evidence and manipulating …

Aviation

European commission president decries attacks on Poles since Brexit vote

Jean-Claude Juncker says incidents are unacceptable as he sets out policies aimed at alleviating fragmentation across Europe<p>The president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has condemned attacks on Polish people in the UK in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.<p>“We Europeans can never …

Brexit

Poland Is Poised to Put ‘Bad’ Historians of the Holocaust in Prison

Jan Grabowski, a historian at the University of Ottawa, expects his upcoming book to be controversial in his native Poland. But if a proposed new law …