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By Slawomir Sierakowski - Mar 26,2018
WARSAW — According to recent reports, the US Department of State warned Poland’s foreign ministry that it would suspend high-level meetings if the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party enacted a new law making it illegal to insinuate Polish culpability in crimes committed by the Naz
By Slawomir Sierakowski - Oct 26,2017
Late in the afternoon on October 19, a 54-year-old man outside the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw distributed several dozen copies of a letter addressed to the Polish people. Then he set himself on fire.The text of the letter is eminently rational.
By Slawomir Sierakowski - Sep 24,2017
While many Americans remain transfixed by investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, Poles are learning that their country may have served as a testing ground for Russia’s efforts.Russia has long sought to install pro-Kremlin politicians at the hig
By Slawomir Sierakowski - Jul 02,2017
On June 13, the European Commission filed a lawsuit against Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary, accusing them of violating European Union law by refusing to admit refugees.The next day, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo gave a speech at the site of the Auschwitz death camp t
By Slawomir Sierakowski - Mar 21,2017
Until his recent bungled attempt to block Donald Tusk’s reelection as European Council president, Poland’s de facto leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, may have appeared to many European Union leaders to be a politician in the vein of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán or some Western
By Slawomir Sierakowski - Mar 06,2017
European Union leaders are set to announce their choice for president of the European Council at a summit on March 9.Until very recently, the reelection of the incumbent, former Polish prime minister Donald Tusk, seemed certain: the outgoing French president, François Hollande, f
By Slawomir Sierakowski - Feb 12,2017
Antagonism is mounting between today’s right-wing populists and a somewhat unexpected but formidable opponent: women.In the United States, much like in Poland, women’s rights have been among the first targets of attack by populist leaders.Women are not taking it lying down.Tradit
By Slawomir Sierakowski - Jan 05,2017
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland’s de facto leader, has become, next to Donald Trump, an avatar of the populist threat to the Western democratic model.As we await Trump’s inauguration as US president on January 20, it is worth pondering the first year of populist rule in Poland.
By Slawomir Sierakowski - Dec 28,2016
Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Donald Trump, two politicians who have shocked the world this past year, have mostly got away with their outrages.

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