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🇵🇱️ Poland in Focus 🇵🇱️

This week Poland is in our lens. Here you can find our recent pieces and interviews about the current political situation as well as a selection of our popular archives as we have kept abreast of developments in Polish politics.

 

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

An interview with Elżbieta Korolczuk by Bartlomiej Kozek

After waves of protest sweep through Poland again, yet still fail to make a dent in the dominance of the ruling right-wing government, Bartlomiej Kozek talked to sociologist Elżbieta Korolczuk about the Polish context, why the opposition is failing to make headway, and how the progressive forces and the Left can left the all-important realm of emotions to the right-wing populists in the political discourse.

 

Beyond Opposition – How to Break Conservative Rule in Poland

By Aleksandra Koleczek

Protest after protest can fill Poland’s streets but the ruling Law and Justice’s popularity and grip on power seems undiminished. The political opposition – both in parliament and out – has little success iterating an alternative vision that separates them from the unpopular neoliberal reforms of PiS’s predecessors. It is crucial to understand why and for the Left to develop a fresh strategy.

 

Poles Apart

By Bartlomiej Kozek

The fight for democracy in Poland deserves European solidarity – but it should not simply consist of commissioners pointing fingers from Brussels. Poland can become a great place to start democratising Europe through enhanced social dialogue on the future of the continent, but a blanket espousal of liberal democracy will be counterproductive.

 

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

An interview with Małgorzata Tracz by Eliana Capretti

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.

 

Cry Me a River: Poland’s Threatened Waterways

By Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart and Radosław Gawlik

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

 

Quo Vadis, Polonia?

By Jolanta Kurska

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.

 

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

By Kerrie Milford

In the wake of the Black Protest for reproductive rights in Poland, women living in other restrictive societies like Northern Ireland can be encouraged by the success of this campaign which emerged from a grassroots movement and took on a global scale.