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.

Migrant children peer through a barbed wire fence as security forces in riot gear on the other side look back at them.

The Poland-Belarus Border Crisis Is a Harbinger of the Future

The crisis is a window into the pitfalls of prevailing migration politics.

Migrant children pose for the camera in a tent camp on the Belarusian-Polish border on Nov. 11.

Don’t Blame Belarus. Blame Brussels.

The migrant crisis on the EU’s eastern border is the result of an incoherent and inhumane European migration policy ripe for exploitation by autocrats.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki speaks to border army units.

Belarus Is Risking Crisis on the Polish Border

The “weaponization” of migrants and growing provocations leave Warsaw few options.

A woman holds a banner and shouts slogans during a march on International Women’s Day in Krakow, Poland.

Poland’s Abortion Ban Protests Changed the Country Forever

Restrictions are still in place, but the Catholic consensus that dominated Polish politics is over.

A demonstrator flashes the victory sign in front of the Constitutional Court in Warsaw, Poland.

Polish Court Ruling Sets Stage for ‘Polexit’

Brussels is scrambling to stamp down a frontal challenge from a Polish court that threatens to undermine the entire European project.

Polish soldiers construct a barbed-wire fence on the border with Belarus

Russia and Belarus Are Using Migrants as a Weapon Against the EU

Authoritarian regimes in Moscow and Minsk are aiding Iraqis and Afghans in order to sow chaos and domestic discord in Eastern European countries.

Merkel and Biden at the White House

Biden’s Surrender to Merkel on Nord Stream 2

His support for the pipeline abandoned a bipartisan consensus, got nothing in return, and made the world less secure.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Italian Lega party leader Matteo Salvini

Europe’s Far-Right Seeks to Unite

Can European far-right parties overcome their differences and boost their clout in Brussels? 

Illustration of a foreign policy board game

All the World’s a Game

From Diplomacy to “Sex With Stalin,” board and video games have long drawn from the wild world of international politics.

Police control people in the restaurant Schronisko Smakow, on Jan. 18, 2021 at Bukowina Tatrzanska in the Tatra mountains, which was opened on Jan. 17 despite the lockdown.

Poland’s Businesses Are Rejecting Their Lockdown

The Polish government ordered the economy to shut down. Small-business owners organized a mutiny.

People wearing protective face masks hold banners during a protest against draft laws used to threaten abortion-rights protesters in Warsaw, Poland, on Jan. 20.

Trump’s Legacy Is a Global Alliance Against Women’s Rights

U.S. conservatives have forged dangerous ties on abortion with reactionaries abroad.

Police stands between members of far right associations standing on the stairs of the Holy Cross Church and pro-choice protesters during the National strike for the seventh day of protests against the Constitutional Court ruling on tightening the abortion law on Oct. 28, 2020 in Warsaw, Poland.

Poland’s Anti-Abortion Dream Has Become a Nightmare

The country’s Catholic conservatives have achieved a long-sought goal—and may have fatally weakened their power in the process.

A police officer faces a woman in mask as she argues against a pro-life counter protest in front of Krakow's Archbishop's Palace in Krakow on Oct 25.

Poland’s Culture Wars

Central Europe’s battles over rights are dangerous, and Europe can’t risk handing Russia a victory.

An anti-immigration protest in Poland

Deporting Muslim Immigrants Won’t Make Poland Safer

The right-wing government in Warsaw has weaponized a 2016 anti-terrorism law to ruthlessly pursue suspected foreign terrorists while ignoring homegrown threats.

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