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Did Putin Kill a Polish President? - Will Cathcart, The Daily Beast

A plane crash at Smolensk in Russia four years ago wiped out the Warsaw leadership. It used to be seen as an accident. Now, after Putin’s games in Ukraine, people aren’...

Don't Mess with Poland - Robert Beckhusen, War Is Boring

Warsaw’s military may be the only thing standing between Putin and Europe....

Poland Wins, in a Way, in Ukraine Crisis - Andrew Peek, Fiscal Times

For Poland, Hungary, and Latvia and the other Soviet punching bags there’s only Russia. If NATO won’t defend them– if its bluff was just a bluff – well the...

Romney's Vindication Is Complete - Seth Mandel, Commentary

In the summer of 2012, Politico broke the news that Mitt Romney was planning to travel abroad to make a series of speeches intended to earn some foreign-policy credibility in his...

How to Think About the Crimea Crisis - James Carden, A. Conservative

What Poland's 1981 Solidarity movement can teach Ukraine—and what Reagan's response teaches us...

Use the Cold War Playbook Against Putin - Charles Krauthammer, NRO

The alternative to passivity is not war but a serious foreign policy. For the last five years, Obama’s fruitless accommodationism has invited the kind of aggressiveness demonstra...

Most Recent Articles

To Stop Russia, Convene the 'Quad + 1' - Burt & Feinstein, Nat'l Interest

It now seems almost certain that this weekend’s referendum by the Crimean parliament on joining the Russian Federation will pass. There is also a real threat that Russian pre...

Why Poland Cares So Much About Ukraine - Padraic Kenney, NY Times

Poles believe they have a special message, even a special gift, to convey to those around the world who struggle for liberty and civil rights, and especially to Ukraine....

How to Counter Putin's Designs on East Europe - A. Wess Mitchell, RCW

The invasions in Crimea and Georgia represent a pattern of Russian strategic behavior in which a rapid, limited military thrust is followed by a cessation of hostilities to await m...

Poland's Big Opportunity in Ukraine - Alex Berezow, RealClearWorld

Here's some unsolicited advice for Mr. Tusk: Try harder. Why? Because if Poland plays a pivotal role in brokering a deal in Ukraine, at least three good things will happen for Pola...

Why Ukraine? Take a Look at Its Neighbors - Dmitri Oreshkin, Kommersant

To understand the Maidan protesters in Kiev, just go to Prague, Warsaw and beyond. While other post-Soviet bloc economies have emerged, Ukrainians know too well that their leaders ...

Elections Don't Matter, Institutions Do - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Institutions, or the lack of them, explain much that has happened in the world in recent decades. Following the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Central Europe went on to build functio...

The Border That Set Off WWII Is Crumbling - Elisabeth Braw, Newsweek

"This is a country area, so after a hard day it's nice to drive in to Stettin and go to a café," said Detlef Horn, reflecting on how some rural Germans now choose to spend their...

Blame the EU for Allergies in Poland - Alex Berezow, The Economist

The European Union's Common Agricultural Policy gets a lot of flak. Critics lambast it for illogical subsidies, onerous regulations and vast expense. It might even cause allergies....

How Ukraine Would Benefit from Europe - William Hague, Telegraph

We recognise that the people of Ukraine face pressing short-term economic challenges, and economic transformation can be painful. But the experiences of the countries of c...

Poland Needn't Fix Unbroken Pension System - Anders Aslund, Bloomberg

Since 1989, Poland has stood out among the former communist countries as the most successful reformer with the highest cumulative economic growth. It sailed through the global cris...

Old Poland, New Nationalism - Artur Domoslawski, New York Times

On Nov. 11, they burned a rainbow-themed art project, attacked a squat to clear out the “scum,” and finally hurled firecrackers at the Russian Embassy here. Just a typi...

Russia's Pipelines of Empire - Robert Kaplan & Eugene Chausovsky, Stratfor

Russia is, after the United States, simply the largest producer of natural gas worldwide, with trillions of cubic meters of reserves. Europe gets 25 percent of its natural gas from...

Central Europe's Velvet Power - Kristina Mikulova, World Affairs Journal

Central Europe used to be a place of tragedy, according to Czech novelist Milan Kundera, a leading dissident voice during the communist era. Throughout its troubled history, the re...

Europe's New Jewish Question - Ronald Lauder, Project Syndicate

In March 1936, Poland’s Sejm (the lower house of parliament) almost succeeded in outlawing shechita (slaughter according to Jewish law). Only the Polish Constitution prevented an...

Why Poland and Israel Are Feuding - The Economist

POLES are sensitive to the charge they are anti-Semitic. That’s the implication many derived from the reaction in Jewish circles to the Polish parliament’s decision to ...

A More Secular Europe, Divided by the Cross - Andrew Higgins, NY Times

At a time when Europe needs solidarity and a unified sense of purpose to grapple with its seemingly endless economic crisis, religion has instead become yet another a source of dis...

Countries Lobby for More in Race for U.S. Visas - Eric Lipton, NY Times

The government of South Korea hired a former C.I.A. analyst, two White House veterans and a team of ex-Congressional staff members to help secure a few paragraphs in the giant immi...

Why Does Poland Want to Join the Eurozone? - Jeremy Warner, Telegraph

It defies belief that Poland and others are still keen on joining the economic doomsday machine of the single currency....

An Anti-Communist's Fall from Grace - Kamil Tchorek, Newsweek

Though Poland is steeped in Catholic tradition, it is also going through spectacular social change, which appears to have left Walesa in the 20th century. Openly gay celebrities ap...

Europe's Most Catholic Country Seeks Modern Pope - Donald Snyder, NBC

The Polish Catholic Church openly supports the conservative Law and Justice party, which aggressively opposes the moderate coalition government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk and hi...

British Hypocrites Scold Eastern Europe Once Again - Matt Day, Scotsman

The horsemeat saga has prompted the British media to sharpen their knives again. Not so that it can get stuck into a burger, lasagne or some other questionable product spawned by t...

Britain's Anti-Immigration Campaign - Michael Simkins, The National

For the last three decades, Britain has been busting a gut to advertise itself to tourists as a land of plenty for foreigners, a message that reached its highest volume during last...

Why the Poles Are Moving to Britain - Sarah Rainey, Daily Telegraph

A Polish friend, who grew up in south London, laments that the recent wave of Polish migrants to Britain has played havoc with his morning commute. Not, he says, because of the she...

World Politics After the Next Energy Boom - Aviezer Tucker, Foreign Affairs

Unconventional energy technologies, such as hydraulic fracturing, are here to stay. They have already produced a staggering glut of natural gas in the United States, and in the yea...

Poland's Shale Gas Dream - Dimiter Kenarov, Foreign Policy

bout a year ago, Poland lit what it calls the "Flame of Hope," the first flare to burn over a shale gas well in the country. Its photo ran as a full-page ad in Gazeta Wyborcza and ...

Poland Becoming Hub for NATO - Andrew Michta, Public Service Europe

Ever since the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's initial post-Cold War enlargement, the absence of United States military assets in Central Europe has been seen as indicative of...

Changing Face of European Terrorism - John Schindler, National Interest

Last week the Polish government announced the thwarting of a terrorism plot that is worrisome in its audacity and in who was behind it. In a country with minimal experience of terr...

Poland's Never-Ending National Nightmare - Liam Nolan, The Atlantic

Just when Poles thought the ghost of Smolensk had disappeared, up it popped again. Last week, Polish military authorities exhumed the body of another wrongly identified victim of t...

No, Obama Did Not Abandon Poland - Stephen Flanagan, Foreign Policy

In the foreign policy debate last week, Governor Mitt Romney repeated an assertion he's made throughout the campaign: that, in "pulling our missile defense program out" of Poland, ...

Polish Prime Minister Tusk's Winter of Discontent - The Economist

POLAND’S centrist government is being battered on all sides. Growth is slowing, unemployment remains high, and a combination of austerity and scandal is stoking public discontent...

Why Poland Is the New France for Germany - ECFR

It needed the tragic airplane crash in Smolensk in 2010, where Poland lost half of its military-politico elite, to effect a complete u-turn, not only in the Polish-Russian, but als...

Poland's Middle Class Searches for Ancestors - Tomasz Zarycki, Eurozine

As the new Polish middle class seeks to establish its own identity and to break with the traditional ethos of the central European intelligentsia, it may find a model for integrati...

Anti-Government Protests in Warsaw - Eastern Approaches

ANTI-GOVERNMENT protests at the weekend saw an estimated 50,000 demonstrators in the streets of Warsaw, under the slogan "Wake up, Poland". Most were supporters of Law and Justic...

Poland Peels Back Layers on Secret CIA Prison - Roy Gutman, McClatchy

On an idyllic lake surrounded by woods and a double row of mesh-and-razor-wire fences about 100 miles north of Warsaw, there stands a secluded villa that the CIA once used to inter...

Obama Abandons Eastern Europe - Michal Kuz, National Review

Adding insult to injury has become a trademark of President’s Obama policies regarding Poland and other Central and Eastern European (CEE) states. After several political jabs an...

Romney's Excellent Trip - Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

Scorecard? Romney's trip was a major substantive success: one gaffe (Britain), two triumphs (Israel and Poland) and a fine demonstration of foreign-policy fluency and command — w...

Romney Is the True Face of America - Adrian Hamilton, The Independent

You can say, as every commentator has, that Romney's mis-steps mean nothing back at home, that it is the domestic economy not foreign policy which will determine the outcome of the...

Dissecting Romney's Tour de Gaffe - S. Fischer & C. Hebel, Der Spiegel

In the end, Mitt Romney tried to find something positive to say about his European adventure. He said an important lesson he had learned is that "rejection of one kind or another ...

Why Culture Matters - Mitt Romney, National Review

The linkage between freedom and economic development has a universal applicability. One only has to look at the contrast between East and West Germany, and between North and Sout...

Obama Lost Poland. Can Romney Win It Back? - Benjamin Weinthal, FP

After the "Romneyshambles" of his London visit, the U.S. Republican presidential candidate has a good chance to end his European tour on a high note as he arrives in Poland on Mond...

The Highs and Lows of Romney's Foreign Trip - Frank James, NPR

As Mitt Romney nears the end of his seven-day trip abroad, it's safe to call the results mixed at best. The trip to Great Britain, Israel and Poland had several goals. It was mea...

Mitt Finds Solidarity in Poland - Alana Goodman, Contentions

Polish Anti-Communist and Nobel Peace Laureate Lech Walesa embraced Mitt Romney’s candidacy during his visit to Poland this week, but later added that Romney has to work a bit o...

Romney's Safe and Predictable World Tour - Steve Coll, New Yorker

Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, lacks a defining foreign-policy disagreement with the President, which makes an overseas campaign trip more problematic. ...

Why Poland Would Probably Vote for Obama - Andrzej Jonas, CNN

If people in Poland could vote for U.S. president, Barack Obama would probably get at least half the vote. While that’s probably much less than in the liberal countries of Weste...

About Poland

  • Republic of Poland
  • Population: 38,482,919 (34th)
  • Area Size: 120,728 sq mi (69th)
  • GDP: $670.7 billion (22nd)
  • Currency: Zloty (PLN)
  • Official Language: Polish
  • Capital City: Warsaw
  • Largest City: Warsaw

Poland Prosperity Rank: 29

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