Poland in Focus

A selection of articles and interviews on developments in Polish politics, from the fight for democracy and women’s rights to environmental protection.

Articles in this focus

“Let’s Not Leave Emotion to the Populists!”

How is Poland’s ruling party managing to retain popularity despite mass protests, and how can its progressive parties learn to tap into people’s emotions? An interview with sociologist Dr Elżbieta Korolczuk, chair of one of the organisations behind the demonstrations.

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Beyond Opposition – How to Break Conservative Rule in Poland

Feminist and Green activist Aleksandra Kołeczek argues that to successfully challenge the Law and Justice Party’s grip on power, political opposition in Poland must develop an alternative vision and a fresh strategy.

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Poles Apart

The fight for democracy in Poland deserves European solidarity – but it should consist of more than commissioners pointing fingers from Brussels.

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A Discussion with the Polish Greens on Abortion and Women’s Rights

Leader of the Polish Greens, Małgorzata Tracz, talks to Eliana Capretti from the European Green Party about the ‘Black Monday’ protests and the fight for abortion rights in Poland.

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Cry Me a River: Poland’s Threatened Waterways

The Polish government’s plans for Poland’s rivers would be disastrous – instead, control should be handed to communities.

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Quo Vadis, Polonia?

Since the crash of Polish President Lech Kaczyński’s plane in 2010, a period of renewed nationalism centred around Catholicism, conservatism, and an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ mentality has taken hold in Poland. This wave of populism has led to an increase in division and violence.

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Polish Women’s ‘Black Protest’ – a Model of Successful Campaigning for Women on the Other side of Europe?

A look at both Poland and Ireland’s policies and recent movements regarding abortion.

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