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The Polish and Hungarian prime ministers give a joint press conference.
The Polish and Hungarian prime ministers give a joint press conference.

The End of the Affair

Europe’s illiberal alliance is disintegrating. Don’t get your hopes up though.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shakes hands with Polish President Andrzej Duda at a press conference in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland, on June 2.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shakes hands with Polish President Andrzej Duda at a press conference in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland, on June 2.
Russians in Poland protest
Russians in Poland protest

Poland Has Had It With Russia

The ratings are out: And Biden falls alongside Putin.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

Russia’s War Has Created a Power Vacuum in Europe

Moscow’s war and Berlin’s morally bankrupt response to it leave Europe without a leader.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Polish President Andrzej Duda review a military honor guard during an official welcoming ceremony prior to a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on March 26.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Polish President Andrzej Duda review a military honor guard during an official welcoming ceremony prior to a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on March 26.

The Battle for Democracy Can Be Won in Warsaw

The West has a unique opportunity to pressure the Polish government to restore the rule of law.

The logo of Russia’s energy giant Gazprom is seen in Bulgaria.
The logo of Russia’s energy giant Gazprom is seen in Bulgaria.
People, mainly women and children, arrive in Przemysl, Poland on a train from wartorn Ukraine on March 28.
People, mainly women and children, arrive in Przemysl, Poland on a train from wartorn Ukraine on March 28.

Poland Demonized Refugees. Now It’s Struggling to Integrate Them.

The heaviest burden of accommodating fleeing Ukrainians has fallen on the state least prepared to carry it.

Two French fighter jets and two Polish MiG-29s
Two French fighter jets and two Polish MiG-29s

Sending Old Fighter Jets to Ukraine Is a Terrible Idea

The urge to do something is strong, but there are more practical ways to help.

A traffic jam on a boulevard leading out of Kiev is seen as Ukrainians flee the city following the Russian invasion on Feb. 24.
A traffic jam on a boulevard leading out of Kiev is seen as Ukrainians flee the city following the Russian invasion on Feb. 24.

There Could Be 10 Million Ukrainians Fleeing Putin’s Bombs

Europe has opened its borders to the continent’s biggest exodus of refugees since 1945.

A Polish border post is pictured in in Zerdziny, Poland, on July 3, 2016, on the NATO nation's frontier with alliance partner Lithuania and Russia's Kaliningrad region.
A Polish border post is pictured in in Zerdziny, Poland, on July 3, 2016, on the NATO nation's frontier with alliance partner Lithuania and Russia's Kaliningrad region.

NATO Must Prepare to Defend Its Weakest Point—the Suwalki Corridor

On the Polish-Lithuanian border, the West must respond to Russia’s actual capabilities rather than making assumptions about its intent.

Children from primary and high schools hold banners and flags during a protest for Peace in Ukraine in Przemysl, Poland, on March 1.
Children from primary and high schools hold banners and flags during a protest for Peace in Ukraine in Przemysl, Poland, on March 1.

Poles Shed ‘Old, Bad Memory’ to Express ‘Simple Human Compassion’ for Ukrainians

Reflecting the mood of the country, the Polish press has been unusually unified in support for its “eastern neighbors.”

Refugees rest at the Medyka pedestrian border crossing in Poland.
Refugees rest at the Medyka pedestrian border crossing in Poland.

Poland Unprepared for Waves of Ukrainian Refugees

Ukraine’s largest friendly neighbor is struggling under the impact of evacuees.

Protesters hold out a giant Ukraine Flag. In the background another Ukrainian flag is held up and a Polish flag is also visible.
Protesters hold out a giant Ukraine Flag. In the background another Ukrainian flag is held up and a Polish flag is also visible.

How the Russia-Ukraine Crisis Is Turning Poland Into a Strategic Player

Warsaw is set to become the linchpin of the West’s efforts to project power in Eastern Europe.

Polish President Andrzej Duda and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hold a press conference following talks on bilateral relations and Ukraine’s ties to Europe at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on Aug. 31, 2019.
Polish President Andrzej Duda and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hold a press conference following talks on bilateral relations and Ukraine’s ties to Europe at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on Aug. 31, 2019.

How Poland Turned Ukraine to the West

For Kyiv, Warsaw is a model of what a country can become when it escapes the Russian umbrella.

Soldiers take part in a NATO military exercise in Adazi, Latvia, on Nov. 29, 2021.
Soldiers take part in a NATO military exercise in Adazi, Latvia, on Nov. 29, 2021.

NATO Is Dangerously Exposed in the Baltic

Don’t listen to Russia. NATO needs to bolster, not downsize, its flimsy defenses.

Concertina wire along a Polish border crossing with Belarus.
Concertina wire along a Polish border crossing with Belarus.

Will Poland’s Border Emergency Become Permanent?

After months of closure, Foreign Policy gets an authorized glimpse into the militarized Polish-Belarusian border zone.

Soldiers from the Polish Armed Forces rest.
Soldiers from the Polish Armed Forces rest.

The European Union Owes Poland a Thank You

Brussels likes to ostracize the Polish government, but Warsaw has just done the entire continent a favor.

A hand gesticulates next to a Polish and European Union flag.
A hand gesticulates next to a Polish and European Union flag.

Poland’s Twin Crises

Warsaw is challenging Brussels on the rule of law but using an immigration crisis to soften any pushback.

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pis-poland-refugees-border

How the Belarus Crisis Boosted Poland’s Ruling Party

By focusing on an external enemy, the Law and Justice Party is trying to transform its image in Brussels and beyond.

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