Stories By 'SLAWOMIR SIERAKOWSKI'
Warsaw--There is no escaping history in Poland. At an abruptly convened session in late June, the Polish Sejm (the lower house of parliament) rushed through an amendment to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance, reversing another amendment that had been adopted in January of this year. Effective immediately, attributing blame to Poland for World War II-era Nazi crimes would no longer be punishable by three years in prison.
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Warsaw—Massive protests in Warsaw have made headlines around the world in recent weeks. Poles are demonstrating against legislation enacted by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party that would lower the retirement age of Supreme Court justices, effectively forcing out all judges over the age of 65 and allowing the PiS to pack the court with its own tame justices.
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Berlin—Because populism is not an ideology in itself, it can easily appeal to mainstream political parties seeking to shore up flagging electoral support. There are always politicians willing to mimic populist slogans and methods to win over voters, even if doing so divides their own party.
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Warsaw—So far, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Polish Law and Justice (PiS) party Chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s “illiberal” counterrevolution has meant cracking down on the independent judiciary, public media, and—in the case of Orbán’s government—even private universities, such as Budapest’s Central European University.
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Warsaw—European Union leaders are set to announce their choice for President of the European Council at a summit on March 9.
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Warsaw—Antagonism is mounting between today’s right-wing populists and a somewhat unexpected but formidable opponent:
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