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A Polish Recession Is Coming - Matthew Tyrmand, Forbes

Hopefully this coming recession lasts two to three years at most and is accompanied by a changing of the political guard. But, if Polish politics follow the trend of most of Europe...

British Tanks Practice for War with Russia - Joe Trevithick, War Is Boring

U.K. armor pairs up with Polish troops for eastern war game....

How the Polish Buried Their Vampires - Alex Berezow, RealClearScience

Belief in vampires was a global phenomenon. Cultures all over the world once believed that certain humans wander the Earth after their death, engaging in acts of decidedly anti-soc...

NATO's Russia Strategy Is Taking Shape - David Francis, Foreign Policy

American soldiers from the Army's 1st Cavalry Division will rotate to locations throughout Poland and the Baltics until at least the end of 2015 to reassure U.S. allies on edge bec...

NATO Sharpens Its Cyber War Defenses - Ben Makuch, Motherboard

​These days—in the wake of persistent attacks from hostile actors—NATO is taking cyber war very seriously. It’s part of the reason why it’s beginning its ...

Russia Increases Provocation of NATO - Michael Totten, World Affairs

These events form a highly disturbing picture of violations of national airspace, emergency scrambles, narrowly avoided mid-air collisions, close encounters at sea, and other dan...

Most Recent Articles

A Legacy of Fear Stunts the post-Soviet World - D. Brooks, New York Times

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the biggest surprise is how badly most of the post-communist nations have done since. There was a general expectation back then...

Poland Needs More Berlin in Foreign Policy - J. Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Despite the frustrations of Poland's top diplomats over Ukraine's squandered revolutions, Warsaw has steadfastly believed in and supported a Ukraine anchored to the West. Indeed, R...

25 Years After the Wall Fell, Separatism Marches on - D. Edgar, Guardian

The rise of a racist far right across Europe is a clear and present danger to both halves of the continent....

Europe's Perennial State of Fragmentation - Adriano Bosoni, Stratfor

Over the past 12 months, I have traveled extensively throughout Europe, observing firsthand how the global economic crisis is reawakening dormant trends along the Continent's tradi...

Poland Can Help Reshape NATO - Bruno Lete, German Marshall Fund

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe, modern-day Poland is by many measures the most successful case of post-communist political and economic transition t...

Meddling with Europe's Blood-Soaked Borders - G. Rachman, Guardian

If nations were again allowed to claim bits of their neighbours, it could convulse the continent....

UKIP Weakens EU's Emissions Ambitions - Nick Cunningham, Oil Price

European Union leaders have agreed to a landmark deal to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years....

Ukrainian Voters Can Change Europe's Fate - Carl Bildt, Project Syndicate

To put it simply: the future of Ukraine will decide the future of Russia, and the future of Russia will have a substantial impact on the future of Europe....

The Myth of Russian Humiliation - Anne Applebaum, Washington Post

For the record: No treaties prohibiting NATO expansion were ever signed with Russia. No promises were broken. Nor did the impetus for NATO expansion come from a “triumphalist” ...

Europe Needs a Daring Energy Union - Michael Grubb, Euractiv

Poland has a golden opportunity to use EU climate policy to transition to other energy sources....

Suspected Russian Cyber Spies Targeted NATO - R. Lemos, Ars Technica

A group of cyber spies targeted the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Ukrainian and Polish government agencies, and a variety of sensitive European industries over the las...

Eastern Europe Is Siding with Putin - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

To grasp how Vladi­mir Putin is progressing in his campaign to overturn the post-Cold War order in Europe, it’s worth looking beyond eastern Ukraine, where the Kremlin is...

Tusk Gives the EU Reason for Optimism - Ian Hansen, EU Observer

Even for optimists, it is often difficult to be enthusiastic about the direction of the EU. However, the recent choice of Polish prime minister Donald Tusk as the next president of...

Putin Has Mushrooms on His Mind - Nina Vazhdaeva, Worldcrunch

One effect of Russia's embargo on Western food products is the disappearance of imported Polish mushrooms. It provides a microcosm of economic warfare around a Russian culinary tra...

A Gaping Hole at the Heart of Polish Politics - The Economist

DONALD TUSK’s elevation to president of the European Council, the most prestigious job for a Pole since Karol Wojtyla became John Paul II, has left a gaping hole at the heart...

NATO Is Relevant Again - Patrick Smyth, Irish Times

In truth Nato owes Vladimir Putin. Big time. While the alliance’s members would much rather he had not sent troops into Ukraine, in doing so, the Russian leader has reaffirme...

Erase the Line Between Old and New NATO - Michal Baranowski, GMF

It is time to call a spade a spade. By annexing Crimea, supplying separatists with weapons and personnel, and now directly intervening in Ukraine, Russia has broken the rules-based...

NATO's Second-Class Members - Slawomir Sierakowski, New York Times

During her recent visit to Latvia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany assured the Baltic states of German and NATO solidarity with them in the face of a potential armed conflict b...

Jozef Pilsudski's Europe - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Pilsudski dominated Polish affairs from the middle of World War I until his death in 1935. In the words of the late British-educated academic Alexandros Petersen, Pilsudski was fro...

What Pushed Poland into the Arms of the EU - Boris Johnson, Telegraph

If there was one man who behaved with more cynicism and ruthlessness than Hitler, it was, of course, Stalin. The Russians had incited the revolt; they appealed on the radio f...

Nonviolence Worked for Mandela -- Why Not Gaza? - Ray de Souza, NP

Leaving aside the particularities of this latest Gaza war, a different question arises when observing the situation from Eastern Europe, where I have spent the past few weeks: Why ...

On MH17, It's Old Europe Versus New Europe - Matthew Yglesias, Vox

Key to understanding the "European" stance on Russia is that Europe's countries are themselves divided. Broadly speaking, the big western European nations — the UK, France, a...

Identity, Not Ideology, Is Moving the World - Fareed Zakaria, Wash Post

In an age of globalization, elites have discussions about political ideology — more government, less government — but, as Samuel Huntington noted many years ago, the bottom-up ...

Why Europe Misses George W. Bush - Kori Schake, Foreign Policy

The Obama administration has achieved a landmark heretofore considered impossible: they are making America's allies homesick for the administration of George W. Bush. This week, ne...

Poland's Second Golden Age - The Economist

Poland just had the best 25 years in half a millennium, but its transformation remains unfinished....

U.S.-Polish Relationship Is Worthless -- for America - Doug Bandow, TNI

Washington should reconsider who it protects from whom, reserving “worthwhile” alliances for countries that offer something meaningful to America in return....

The Conspiracy Weakening Poland - Tony Barber, Financial Times

The case against Russia is far from certain – there is no real evidence....

Warsawgate Rocks Poland - Andrew Nagorski, The Daily Beast

In early June, Poland celebrated the 25th anniversary of the partially free elections that brought Solidarity to power, triggered the collapse of communism throughout Eastern and ...

Polish FM: We Gave U.S. a 'Blowjob,' Got Nothing - Ben Smith, BuzzFeed

“We are gonna conflict with both Russians and Germans, and we’re going to think that everything is great, because we gave the Americans a blowjob. Suckers. Total suckers,” Si...

Poland & the 'Worthless' Alliance - Daniel Larison, American Conservative

This is how our allies and clients try to sucker the U.S. into doing things for them that they could and should be doing for themselves. It’s a pattern that the U.S. should be tr...

Putin Has Exposed Europe's Cracks - Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal

For the past 25 years, the Poles were told that the new Germany would have their back. After German unification and the eastward expansion of the EU and NATO, as the reassuring slo...

U.S. Needs New Bases in Central Europe - Andrew Michta, American Int.

President Obama sounded the right notes in Warsaw last week when he reassured Central Europeans of America’s commitment to NATO. Now he needs to back that commitment by shoring u...

Russia Pushing East Europe into NATO's Arms - Doyle McManus, LA Times

This isn't another Cold War. The United States and Russia aren't threatening each other with nuclear weapons, and that's a big difference. And the conflict is mostly local, confine...

A Day for Poland's Dreamers - Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail

They said the same thing and dreamed the same dream, a dream that when they explained it to visitors in the early 1980s seemed wildly implausible, even dangerous. We want to re-en...

The Disparity Between Poland and Ukraine Is Stark - Neil Buckley, FT

A tale of two post-Cold War trajectories....

Poland's Mr. Perfect: The Rise of Radoslaw Sikorski - Jan Puhl, Der Spiegel

The Ukraine crisis has thrust Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski into the limelight as he takes a leading role in formulating Europe's response to Russian aggression. Long a...

Poland's Warmed-Over Cold Warrior - Andrew Nagorski, The Daily Beast

The death of Poland’s last communist dictator comes 25 years after its first free elections, two events that tell us a lot about the old Cold War and the new one....

Europe's Precarious New Normal - Erik Berglof, Project Syndicate

As Europe’s leaders mull over their next steps and consider how to respond, Ukrainians should consider carefully how much they would gain by moving down the path of economic ...

Memo from Poland: Hammer Putin - Dawid Warszawski, Gazeta Wyborcza

Should a state be driven by law, or by force? Russia's neighbors, friends and enemies must reflect on what's really at play in the showdown over Ukraine....

Can Radek Sikorski Save Europe? - Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy

Meet the Oxford-educated Polish foreign minister fighting to get a wishy-washy continent to stand up to Russia....

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...

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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