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Poland Feels Pain of Its Love Affair With Coal - Barteczko & Lewis, Reuters

Last year Poland's three biggest mining firms, including Kompania Weglowa, KHW and the listed JSW as well as three state-run power producers, which burn the mines' coal booked a ne...

Poland Aborts Freedom - Maciej Kisilowski, Project Syndicate

Poland’s abortion bill may be just the beginning of a frightening stream of policy proposals aimed at dismantling basic human rights and rule-of-law protections in Poland. Fo...

Poland's Anti-Anti-Abortion Rebellion - Christian Borys, The Daily Beast

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

Poland: The U.S. Is Slighting Europe's Eastern Front - Josh Rogin, B. View

It’s going to become increasingly difficult to explain to Eastern Europeans how the U.S. and NATO are buttressing the eastern flank if most of the investment continues to end...

Trouble on Europe's Eastern Front - Christine Nikol, RealClearWorld

Where exactly is PiS taking Poland?...

U.S. and Poland on the Rocks - Daniel Larison, American Conservative

The funny thing is that Poland was arguably very subservient to Washington under the last Law and Justice government during the Bush years....

Most Recent Articles

Autocratic Power Grab Accelerates in Warsaw - Jan Puhl, Der Spiegel

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 sta...

The Putins of the EU - Nina Krushcheva, Project Syndicate

One of the saddest ironies of this year’s commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union is that Hungary and Poland, always the most restless of th...

Warsaw Sounds a New Note - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Fear of Russia, ambiguity toward Germany, and a sense of insecurity: such were the feelings expressed by Poland's plain-speaking foreign minister in an exclusive interview....

The Polish-American Romance Sours - Cienski, Schatz & Oreskes, Politico

The escalating conflict between Poland’s right-wing government and the country’s top constitutional court is starting to taint its crucial security relationship with th...

Walesa, Gorbachev, and Freedom's End - Ivan Krastev, New York Times

The populist insurgency feverishly advancing in Poland, Hungary and other parts of Eastern Europe is a rebellion against moderates and moderation. The events of 1989 are condemned ...

Killing the Dream of the West - Dalibor Rohac, Foreign Policy

If Trump becomes president of the world’s greatest democracy — or if someone like Le Pen accedes to power in France — the new and aspiring democracies will irrevo...

Give Poles a Break, We're Fine - Agnieszka Kolakowska, Standpoint

Having loony economic policies hardly makes you fascist. It might be salutary to remind ourselves that countries which have the likes of Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Trump or Bernie Sande...

Polarized Poland Is on Edge - Ola Cichowlas, Reuters

The two sides emerged from the split between Solidarity activists-turned-politicians after the communist regime fell, which soon spread throughout Polish society. One side insists ...

Poland's Populist Revenge - Cedric Gouverneur, Le Monde Diplomatique

“It’s hard to find permanent work,” Kalabis admitted. “That’s why young people go abroad.” Since their country joined the EU in 2004, at least t...

Has Poland Really Fallen From Grace? - Adrian Karatnycky, The Atlantic

Let Poles, then, think in gray, and let outsiders not look for avatars of perfection in its politicians. Those viewing Poland from the outside should remember that even when these ...

Poland's Tea Party Takeover - John Feffer, Foreign Policy In Focus

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the twin brother of Lech who died in the Smolensk air disaster, is the force behind PiS. He has remained in parliament to control the party while elevating the ...

The Moral Perils of Being Polish - Emily Tamkin, Foreign Policy

Lech Walesa, Poland’s legendary dissident, may have been a communist informant, but that makes him neither hero nor villain — only complicated, like his country....

Why Poland Needs American Support - Witold Waszczykowski, NY Times

Poland and the United States are more than strategic partners; we are close friends and allies with a shared history and values. After the 9/11 attacks, Poland responded to America...

Poland Swerves Right - Jan-Werner Muller, New York Review of Books

Central Europe’s authoritarian turn has come as a surprise to many Western observers. Why, they ask, has it happened in countries that after 1989 were at the vanguard of the ...

Poland's Right Lurches Left on Health Care - Jo Harper, Politico EU

“Poland doesn’t like the word socialism very much, but what we are proposing is a Poland simply based on solidarity,” Health Minister Konstanty Radziwiłł said i...

In Poland, the Ashes of Smolensk Smolder Yet - A. Duval Smith, Guardian

Reminders of Smolensk are constant in Poland. Many relatives of the victims have accepted the findings of the initial inquiry. But others, especially people close to the Kaczyński...

VIDEO: Is Poland Adopting Putin-Style Politics? - BBC News

The Polish Prime Minister, Beata Szydlo, has rejected criticism of her government's policies that prompted an inquiry by the EU Commission. During the public hearing, some centrist...

Sharpening the Knives in the Fight for Poland's Future - Der Spiegel

Officials close to Kaczynski say that he fears protests in his own country even more than objections from the European Union and the European Commission's probe into whether Poland...

Warsaw's New Vision Was Born in Moscow - Adam Zamoyski, FP

Among the greatest misfortunes resulting from the election of the current Polish government is that it has given Polish nationalism a bad name. “Nationalistic” has join...

Poland May Not Be so Lucky as Hungary - Gostynska-Jakubowska, CER

First, Orbán conducted most of his controversial reforms between 2010 and 2012 when the EU was preoccupied with the euro crisis. The Barroso Commission had little time to wo...

Europe Must Draw a Line in the Polish Sand - Slawomir Sierakowski, PS

WARSAW – Poland has now emerged as the latest European battleground in a contest between two models of democracy – liberal and illiberal. The overwhelming election vict...

Obama Is Poland's Only Hope - Ackerman & Kisilowski, Foreign Policy

This July, Warsaw is scheduled to host a special NATO summit. This is not a regular meeting of cabinet defense ministers, but an extraordinary session at which the heads of all mem...

Polish Prime Minister: 'Nothing to See Here' - M. de la Baume, Politico EU

Until recently Poland was a star of the ex-Communist east, with the fastest growing economy of any EU country over the past decade and with an increasingly powerful position in the...

A Slap on the Wrist for Poland - Economist

POLAND is in trouble with Brussels. On January 13th the European Commission launched a formal assessment of whether changes to the constitutional tribunal and public media pushed t...

Europe Is Right to Worry About Poland - Guardian

Poland is one of Europe’s pillars, so its new government’s policies need watching....

Poland Still Loves Europe - Andrzej Duda, Financial Times

We are and will remain pro-European. Poland wishes to maintain a friendly and fruitful relationship with all our partners in Europe. This is particularly true of Germany, given our...

How Poland's Government Endangers Europeans - N Ascherson, Guardian

If it stays on its course, this Law and Justice government will not only bring Poland to boiling point. It may undermine the security of all Europe....

Poland Redefines Democracy - Philip Stephens, Financial Times

The EU, though, is a club with rules. Where Poland’s partners have a legitimate voice is in weighing up whether the concentration of power in the hands of the ruling party me...

EU Spat Stalls German-Polish Engine - Karnitschnig & Cienski, Politico EU

Moves by Poland’s new right-wing government to impose its will on the public broadcasters and constitutional court have sparked a war of words between Warsaw and Brussels, wh...

Poland Deviates from Democracy - New York Times

It has been distressing these past weeks to watch Poland, long the poster child of Eastern European states that shed the Kremlin’s suffocating embrace, adopting dictatorial measu...

The Fault Lines at Europe's Core - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

Swedish border checks on the Oresund Bridge are a powerful symbol of how much has changed in a year. The measures are the first of their kind seen among Nordic countries in 60 year...

Poland's Democracy Is Doing Great - Matthew Tyrmand, Breitbart

Undeniably, this is the first government elected in the post-Communist period with a unilateral imprimatur to govern without coalition partners, but that rarely gets disclosed in r...

Poland Invokes the Nazis - Andrew Rettman, EU Observer

The Polish justice minister, Zbigniew Ziobro, on Saturday (9 January) invoked Nazi-era crimes in his rebuke to Germany’s EU commissioner, Guenther Oettinger, as the rule-of-l...

Destroying Polish Democracy - Timothy Garton Ash, Guardian

PiS represents a whole conservative, religious side of Polish society and a solid third of the Polish electorate. Skilfully picking up other votes, benefiting from disillusionment ...

Why Poland Matters - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

When the center-right Civic Platform party ran the Polish government from 2007 to 2015, it could do no wrong. That was the reputation it earned from several of its European Union p...

The EU's Final Countdown Begins - Oliver Schmidt, The European

Contrary to popular belief, the future of the European Union will not be determined in Brussels. Even less in Berlin, Paris, London or Rome. It is and will be determined within the...

Poland to Trade UK Welfare for NATO Bases - A. Rettman, EU Observer

Poland has said it is willing to trade British welfare rights for UK support for Nato bases, as the country edges closer to pariah status in the EU over domestic reforms....

Poland's New Leaders Take Aim at Democracy - Noah Feldman, Bloomberg

The changes in Poland took place in the wake of a landslide victory by the Law and Justice party in October, when it became the first party to win a parliamentary majority since Po...

Polish Democracy Is Under Attack - Remi Adekoya, The Guardian

The shackling of Poland's top court is the latest troubling sign that Jaroslaw Kaczynski is taking his country in Hungary’s illiberal direction....

Polish Government Takes on Public Media - Eric Maurice, EU Observer

A day after enforcing controversial constitutional reforms, the polish government launched a new parliamentary operation Tuesday (29 December), this time to put public media under ...

Poland's New Govt. Takes Tougher Tack With EU - Sobczyk & Feher, WSJ

Political tensions stoked by the European Union’s migration crisis have flared in Poland, causing what has been one of the most influential members in the bloc’s east to take a...

Poland Takes a New Direction - Adriano Bosoni, Stratfor

Two events last week show the direction where Poland is moving. On Dec. 15, during a visit to Kiev, Polish President Andrzej Duda promised financial, political and energy support f...

Poland's Crisis Goes Global - Jan Cienski, Politico EU

With the opposition powerless, PiS’s effort to tighten its grip on the country’s most important institutions is creating a domestic protest movement and growing interna...

The Plane Crash Conspiracy Theory That Explains Poland - I. Krastev, FP

Five years after the country’s president and 95 others went down in a forest in Russia, Poland’s new leaders are pouring fuel on the cover-up fire....

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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