Poland in the Modern World

The Politics of COVID in Poland

Something very strange is happening to the coronavirus in Poland right now. If we look at the number of new confirmed cases, we see a success story. In mid November it seemed that the country was only days from a return to a full lockdown, which the government had announced would automatically happen if the

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The End Game

The picture above says more than anything I could write here. That’s Barbara Nowacka, an opposition member of the Polish sejm, displaying her parliamentary ID to a policeman during a Women’s Strike protest yesterday. And that’s pepper spray in that bottle. A police spokesperson later said that the officer used force because he perceived Nowacka

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The Women’s Strike

I was fortunate enough to be in Poland in October of 2016, when the radical-right Law and Justice Party (PiS) first attempted to roll back the already restrictive abortion laws in that country. I say “fortunate,” because I had a front-row seat to the largest display of public resistance against PiS authoritarianism. On the day

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The US Elections through a Polish Mirror

Poland may be the only place in the world where people have a higher opinion of Donald Trump today than they had in 2016.

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The Disunited Right

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Poland’s governing coalition may be breaking up. Whatever happens, Kaczyński’s power has been significantly weakened.

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I cannot recall an election in my lifetime that hasn’t been described as a turning point, with the very future of life-as-we-know-it at stake. Sunday’s presidential elections in Poland are no exception, but in reality the potential disaster is much greater for one side than the other.  For supporters of liberal constitutional democracy, there is

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