Polish grassroots resistance to antisemitism on the rise
This year Poland commemorates the anniversary of March 1968, when thousands of Polish Jews were forced to leave the country, with a surge of activism.
15 Mar 2018
New election law in
Poland -- the art of wasting 145 million euros
Elections in Poland must now be recorded and streamed online. With too little funds and and not enough time to design and install cameras at all polling stations, the move may paralyze the upcoming local elections.
28 Feb 2018
Polish PM deepens divide between Poles
During last week's Security Conference in Munich, a journalist asked Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki to justify the infamous Holocaust bill. The PM compounded the scandal by answering that Russians, Ukrainians and even Jews had also been "perpetrators".
20 Feb 2018
Polish pro-choice activists try new strategy
With parliament clearly hostile, pro-choice activists have changed course. Their new campaign will address women and emphasize that abortion is common, and that they have no reason to be ashamed.
7 Feb 2018
Controversial Polish bill causes tension in
diplomatic relations with Israel
According to the new legislation, Poles face up to 3 years in prison for falsely ascribing crimes against Jews during the II World War to the Polish nation or state. Israel fears that Holocaust survivors could now be punished for their testimonies.
30 Jan 2018
Poland shocked to discover neo-Nazi activity on the rise
A documentary about Polish neo-Nazis has recently aired on TV. The public is in shock. But this shouldn't come as a surprise -- the ruling party's flirtation with the alt right has been going on openly for many years.
26 Jan 2018
Lawmakers allow abortion rights bill to collapse in Poland
A draft law from the Committee for Saving Women would have legalized abortion and provided ways to get free contraceptives and sex education. But liberal lawmakers couldn't be bothered to vote for it.
11 Jan 2018
Top Polish TV news channel fined 350,000 euros
for doing its job
The National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT), the body designed to protect the freedom of speech, has imposed a draconian fine on TVN for reporting on last year's parliamentary crisis. Here's why.
19 Dec 2017
one of the most severe social inequalities in Europe
Since the turn of 1989, the share in the income of the richest group of Poles (1% of society) has doubled. Why is Poland one of Europe’s leaders in terms of inequalities?
11 Dec 2017
Waluś -- murderer, neo-fascist, racist and idol of the alt-right
The National-Radical Camp (ONR), an extreme nationalist movement, organizes a tournament of indoor soccer to commemorate Janusz Waluś. The only thing their idol is famous for is killing a leader of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.
5 Dec 2017
Only in Poland
-- media mogul priest receives
government funding to fight crime
The foundation of Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, media tycoon and key ally to Poland's current ruling party, received 600 thousand zlotys (140 thousand euros) to combat crime. Meanwhile, organizations that actually deal with the problem received nothing.
28 Nov 2017
Want to protect a national forest? Be
prepared to get naked at a police station
The Polish government ordered the logging of one of the oldest forests in Europe. 24 activists, who oppose it, were detained and forced to undress and withstand inappropriate comments of the police officers.
21 Nov 2017
Poland may soon face sanctions from the EU
A resolution was passed on Wednesday which includes the decision to launch Article 7 of the EU treaty. Often referred to as an "atomic option", the article opens the door to imposing sanctions on a member state.
17 Nov 2017
60 thousand nationalists march in Warsaw to honor Independence Day
"May all of Poland sing with us -- f..k off refugees!", "White Europe!", or "Pedophiles, lesbians, gays – Poland is laughing at you" -- these slogans were heard and read during the march. This event is meant to celebrate my country’s independence.
14 Nov 2017
When transparency goes only one way
Poles are given one week to weigh in on an important new transparency bill. The message, and the bill, are clear -- the government doesn't want feedback, it wants more power.
8 Nov 2017
Poland (sort of) legalizes medical marijuana
From today on, Polish patients will find themselves in a truly Kafkian situation. Yes, they can finally buy medical marijuana. But no one in Poland is allowed to grow it.
31 Oct 2017
What are Poles really praying for?
Phrases of "prayer for peace" mingled with those about not letting refugees in and threats posed by Muslims. Xenophobia is key to Rosary to the Border.
26 Oct 2017
Poland demands freedom to completely outlaw abortion
The Polish foreign ministry to the United Nations: the Polish government wants rules on abortions gone from international treaties.
24 Oct 2017
Can doctors win the hunger games?
Monday is day 14 of a hunger strike at a Warsaw pediatric hospital that began October 2. Talks with the government so far have ended in fiasco, doctors have asked the Polish president for help.
15 Oct 2017
A year after their famous march, women in Poland are reopening their umbrellas
Tuesday marks a year since thousands of women protested in the streets, in their workplaces, and in their homes, against an attack on their reproductive liberties. A year ago to the day, women have to do it again.
3 Oct 2017