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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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive for a joint press conference at the end of the European summit at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on July 21.

Europe’s Faustian Union

The EU’s budget deal shows that the club has long given up on rule of law in its member states.

A guard patrols Poland's border with Ukraine.

Poland Needs Migrant Workers. The Pandemic Has Kept Them Away.

Despite the government’s anti-immigration rhetoric, many Polish businesses rely on workers from other parts of Eastern Europe.

People walk their dogs as they pass by election posters of Polish President Andrzej Duda (R) and opposition candidate Rafal Trzaskowski (L) in a suburb of Warsaw, on June 25.

Will Poland’s Presidential Race Deal a Blow to Nationalist Conservatives?

President Andrzej Duda is locked in a surprisingly close race with Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski. Their rivalry is the latest battle between the country’s poorer and more religious rural regions and its wealthier, socially liberal cities.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki shakes hands with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a meeting at the Palace on the Isle in Warsaw's Lazienki Park on May 14, 2018.

Why Populists Understand Eastern Europe

Liberals have changed the region for the better—but don’t perceive its sense of loss.

An Israeli protester lifts a placard during a rally in Tel Aviv on April 25, to protest what the demonstrators consider threats to Israeli democracy.

What Democracy Will Fall Next?

Hungary was the first democratic victim of the coronavirus. It may not be the last.

A man holds a copy of the Polish Constitution as police officers check his ID card after he took part in a protest in Warsaw, Poland, on April 30.

Poland Is Showing the World How Not to Run a Pandemic Election

The upcoming Polish election is shaping up to be a farce. Washington should learn from Warsaw’s mistakes before November.

Women's rights activists protest against a draft legislation that would ban the abortion of fetuses with congenital birth defects, in front of the parliament building in Warsaw, on April 16, while observing coronavirus safety measures.

In Poland, Abortion Access Worsens Amid Pandemic

Abortions were already difficult to obtain and then came the coronavirus.

A mural paying tribute to the sacrifice of doctors, nurses, and paramedics fighting the coronavirus pandemic is seen in Warsaw, Poland, on April 2.

Poland’s Shortchanged Health Care System Is Already Straining

The country’s medical infrastructure is notoriously underfunded. Doctors say it will buckle under the coronavirus.

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