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From Paragon To Pariah: How Kaczynski Is Driving Poland Away from Europe

From Paragon To Pariah: How Kaczynski Is Driving Poland Away from Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 21, 2017

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the most powerful politician in Poland, is the architect of judicial reforms that have drawn massive criticism across Europe. As the Polish government chips away at checks and balances, is it possible the politician could drive the country out of the EU? By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Interview with Poland's Foreign Minister: 'We Want Our Concerns to Be Taken Seriously'

Interview with Poland's Foreign Minister: 'We Want Our Concerns to Be Taken Seriously'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 28, 2017

Poland's foreign minister complains that his country has been mistreated by the European Union. SPIEGEL spoke with Witold Waszczykowski about what Warsaw wants, what Warsaw gets and his country's troubled relationship with Germany. Interview Conducted by Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


Democracy in Europe: EU Commissioner Pushes for Hard Line on Poland

Democracy in Europe: EU Commissioner Pushes for Hard Line on Poland

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2017

The EU has been unable to find an effective lever to combat the flouting of democratic values in Poland and Hungary. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová proposes cutting funding to the countries. By Markus Becker more... Comment ]

Angry Majority: Poland after a Year of Populist Rule

Angry Majority: Poland after a Year of Populist Rule

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2016

The national-conservative Law and Justice party has been in power in Poland for a year. Its anti-EU message has resonated in the country even though leaving the bloc isn't really an option. State control, meanwhile, is expanding. By Ralf Hoppe and Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


A Polish Putin: Autocratic Power Grab Accelerates in Warsaw

A Polish Putin: Autocratic Power Grab Accelerates in Warsaw

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 30, 2016

Poland's national-conservative government was quick to sideline the country's high court. Now, Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his party have their sights set on complete control of the state. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Lurching Right: The Escalating Fight for Poland's Future

Lurching Right: The Escalating Fight for Poland's Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 27, 2016

The new government in Warsaw is transforming Poland into a nationalist, anti-Western and arch-Catholic country. Now, though, a protest movement is forming, made up of leftist activists, journalists and even a former prime minister. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


European Council Head Tusk: 'I Am Public Enemy No. 1' in Poland

European Council Head Tusk: 'I Am Public Enemy No. 1' in Poland

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 17, 2016

Polish European Council President Donald Tusk has said little about the constitutional crisis in his home country. But during a closed-door meeting at the European Parliament on Tuesday, he did little to hide his views. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]

An Attack on Democracy? Worries over Poland Mount in Brussels and Berlin

An Attack on Democracy? Worries over Poland Mount in Brussels and Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2016

From the courts to the media, Poland's new government has passed a number of new reforms that have the EU concerned about creeping autocracy. Complaints thus far have fallen on deaf ears in Warsaw, triggering calls for firmer action from Brussels. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Polish Elections: Law and Justice Party Regains Credibility by Dialing Down Rhetoric

Polish Elections: Law and Justice Party Regains Credibility by Dialing Down Rhetoric

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2015

Poland's parliamentary elections in late October look set to sweep the right-wing Law and Justice party into power. Its current popularity is partly due to leading candidate Beata Szydlo, who has helped tone down its strident, nationalistic image. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Stuck in the Middle: Polish Intellectuals Sound the Alarm on Russia

Stuck in the Middle: Polish Intellectuals Sound the Alarm on Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2014

Poland has long seen itself as stuck between the East and West, resulting in plenty of historical suffering. Russian aggression in Ukraine has many in the country fearing the worst. Leading Polish writers worry that the West isn't doing enough. By Jurek Skrobala more... Comment ]