Poland

Rzeczpospolita Polska

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...

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...

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 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 ...

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...

Most Recent Articles

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...

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....

Why Did Poland Raid NATO-Linked Training Center? - A. Chapman, TDB

The defense world was shocked on Friday to find NATO member Poland raiding a NATO-linked training center, but it looks like it was the new government cleaning house....

Judicial Dispute Prompts Rallies in Poland - Eszter Zalan, EU Observer

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated over the weekend in Poland after its recently elected government installed five judges in the top court....

Poland, Europe's New Scapegoat - Olenka Hamilton, Spectator

When an EU country elects a government with nationalist or Eurosceptic policies, the European Parliament calls an urgent investigation into ‘the situation’ in that coun...

How to Explain Poland's Illiberal Lurch? - Ivan Krastev, New York Times

Why has Poland, the poster child of post-Communist success and Europe’s best economic performer of the last decade, suddenly taken an illiberal turn? Why, despite the profoun...

Europe's Liberal Dream is Disappearing - Rafael Behr, The Guardian

When Jean-Marie Le Pen made it into the second round of the 2002 French presidential election, part of the horror many voters felt was in seeing, in stark light, a face of the nati...

An Abrupt Takeover of Poland's High Court? - M. Kisilowski, Politico EU

Kornel Morawiecki, an icon of the anti-communist opposition and a government ally, declared: “Law is important … But law is not sacred. The good of the nation is above...

A Creeping Coup in Warsaw? - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

Americans have been slow to grasp that Europe’s familiar, centrist, European Union-centered political order is endangered. Poland’s new government could deliver a wake-...

Poland's New Leaders Are Conspiracy Theorists - The Economist

ON THE 10th of every month Polish nationalists gather outside the presidential palace in Warsaw with flowers and votive candles to mourn Lech Kaczynski, its former occupant, who di...

Will Poland Become Like Orban's Hungary? - The Economist

ONLY one thing is generally agreed about the result of Poland’s election held on October 25th; for the victors, it was a triumph on a scale that nobody else has managed to ac...

Polish Paranoia - Mitchell Orenstein, Foreign Affairs

The good news is that Kaczynski’s apparent obsession with Russia could keep Poland firmly anchored in the West. At the same time, however, Poland’s relations with the European ...

Europe's Politics of Dystopia - Nouriel Roubini, Project Syndicate

The recent victory of the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party in Poland confirms a recent trend in Europe: the rise of illiberal state capitalism, led by populist right-wing a...

No, Poland Has Not Turned Its Back on Europe - A. Michta, Amer. Interest

The largest issue set—namely, Poland’s relations with the United States and Germany—is unlikely to change in any fundamental way, though there will be shifting ac...

Did Poland Just Turn Its Back on Europe? - Joel Weickgenant, RCWorld

Is a wave of euroskepticism sweeping over this most crucial of Central European nations?...

Poland Takes a Stand for Sovereignty - A. Kasonta, American Conservative

The leader of the Polish delegation also suggested that there is a fine line between leadership and control, warning that different viewpoints need to be heard in the EU. Acknowled...

The Return of Jarosaw Kaczyski - Sławomir Sierakowski, Project Syndicate

WARSAW – Jarosław Kaczyński’s Law and Justice (PiS) party is back in power, after receiving 37.6% of the vote in last weekend’s general election and soundly def...

Poland Tries Populism - Wall Street Journal

Voters in Poland handed power to the Law and Justice (PiS) party on Sunday, serving notice to the incumbent Civic Platform party that its center-right platform wasn’t right e...

Poland's Election: More Trouble Ahead for EU - Joshua Keating, Slate

But the biggest clash is likely to come over Europe’s refugee crisis, which played a major role in the campaign. Along with the EU’s other newer eastern members, Kopac...

EU Issues a Blunt Threat to Poland - Kaj Leers, RealClearWorld

Eastern European member states of the European Union could see some of their EU subsidies cut if they keep refusing to take in refugees, Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup chairm...

Poland's Rightward Swing - New York Times

Poland is the success story among former Soviet satellites, having had a prolonged period of strong economic growth and political stability. Yet the pro-market coalition that has l...

The EU Elite Should Listen to Poland - Telegraph

The Polish election is another rejection of the centralising EU project....

Poland and Portugal: Not so Euroskeptic - Guardian

It is tempting to use Europe’s crowded electoral calendar as a way of reading the runes about the continent’s future and, in particular, about the future of the European Union....

Jaroslaw Kaczynski: Meet the 'King' of Poland - Jan Cienski, Politico

Sunday’s parliamentary election wasn’t the first crucial political test faced by Beata Szydło, who is slated to become Poland’s next prime minister....

5 Takeaways From Poland's Election - Jan Cienski, Politico EU

3. Don’t expect a revolution in Polish foreign policy. The outgoing government of Ewa Kopacz wasn’t keen on accepting migrants and battled EU emissions policies while d...

Is Poland the Next Hungary? - Alex Duval Smith, Guardian

Exit poll points to Beata Szydło becoming the country’s next prime minister as ruling party concedes defeat...

The Rise of Euroskeptic Poland - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

It’s the Euroskepticism of Law and Justice that is bad news for the EU. Another Euroskeptic government has the potential to further weaken the union’s ability to projec...

Colluding to Kill Free Expression in Poland - Matthew Tyrmand, Wprost

Sadly, such a protection was not codified into Polish law—in either the Polish May Constitution of 1791 nor in 1989 after the famous Round Table talks where the despotic comm...

A Tough Education for EU's President - Jacopo Barigazzi, Politico EU

When Donald Tusk got a top European Union job, the former Polish prime minister took a crash course in English, going from virtually zero to proficiency in the language in less tha...

Polish Conservatives Prepare for a Return to Power - K. Lees, Suffragio

For all of Kaczyński’s odd statements, he may turn out to be more distraction than puppetmaster. Duda, for example, has taken a much friendlier line towards Germany than Kac...

Poland's Right-Wing Party Regains Credibility - Jan Puhl, Der Spiegel

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 ...

Referendum Fever Is Taking Over the EU - Matthew Holehouse, Telegraph

There's an old joke where a diner in a restaurant complains: “Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup.” The reply: “Keep your voice down, or everyone will want one...

Poland Rising? - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

Poland has been a major supporter of Europe's enlargement policies; has benefited greatly from EU structural funds and the institutional infrastructure of the Common Market; and ha...

A New Europe, Ready or Not - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

In the Europe of yore it was possible to craft an external policy focused on internal movement, shutting the gates to the world and leaving its constituent states to deal alone wit...

The Growing Importance of the Visegrad Group - Tomas Prouza, EU Obs

The European Union is no longer a club of a few French-speaking politicians who know each other well....

The World According to Poland's New President - Jan Cienski, Politico

Poland’s new president wants American troops on Polish ground and Germany to back off on NATO and emissions....

New President Puts Poland's Future at Risk - The Economist

IT IS one of Europe’s shining successes. Alone in the European Union, Poland did not suffer a recession after the financial crisis. Its economy has grown by 33% since 2007, c...

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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