Poland

Rzeczpospolita Polska

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...

Most Recent Articles

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...

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...

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...

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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