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From the archive – Poles apart: the bitter conflict over a nation’s communist history – podcast

We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2018: Many Polish people remember Soviet soldiers saving them from Nazi occupation. But a growing number are rejecting that narrative, and the monuments that come with it Archive: Euronews, […]

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Silent Land review – chilly comeuppance for picture-perfect tourists in Italian idyll

Aga Woszczynska’s incisive debut skewers guilt, desire and class for a vain pair of holidaymakers Polish director Aga Woszczynska’s methodical and incisive debut feature offers a painterly study of guilt, desire and class, rendered in sky blues, terracotta tiles and white-people nude fabrics. Through an account of a holiday on an Italian island that goes […]

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Truss to meet Biden and world leaders flying in for Queen’s funeral

Prime minister will welcome the US president for first time since taking office on Sunday at No 10 Liz Truss will meet Joe Biden and other world leaders flying in for the Queen’s funeral over the weekend but the government will not reveal what is discussed because of the national mourning period. The prime minister […]

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Poland to ask Russia to return paintings looted by Red Army in WW2

Culture minister says ‘traces of hundreds of thousands of items lead to the Russian Federation’ Poland will formally ask Russia to return seven paintings from a Moscow museum that were looted by the Red Army during the second world war, the Polish culture minister has announced. Piotr Gliński said about 20 previous requests to Moscow […]

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Europe’s Ukraine refugees fear falling through the cracks as winter looms

With energy bills adding to the strain on their hosts, some refugees are are choosing to return home Alisa, a 16-year-old art student from Kharkiv, arrived in Hungary in April with her family after fleeing their apartment in the suburb of Saltivka, which came under heavy shelling for weeks on end. After two days in […]

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Poland’s ruling party counts on anti-EU stance to boost election chances

Jarosław Kaczyński, chair of Law and Justice party, said Polish politicians had ‘sacred duty’ to oppose ‘culturally alien’ EU Leaders of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party appear intent on stoking an anti-EU and anti-German climate as it faces a battle in next year’s parliamentary elections. Speaking at an economic forum in Karpacz this week, […]

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‘Constant and reassuring’: global media reaction to the death of the Queen

New York Times says Elizabeth II ‘projected stability’; Japan’s Asahi Shimbun says she ‘cared about post-war reconciliation’ Britain mourns death of Queen Elizabeth – latest updates Newspapers in the Commonwealth and beyond have led with the death of Queen Elizabeth II, with many paying tribute to her accomplishments during seven decades on the throne. Some […]

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Germany rejects Poland’s claim it owes €1.3tn in war reparations

Foreign ministry spokesperson says matter is ‘closed’ after Jarosław Kaczyński says Poland will formally request damages Germany has rejected a Polish parliamentary report claiming it owes its eastern neighbour €1.3tn for damages caused during the second world war, saying the question of wartime reparations is “closed”. “The federal government’s position is unchanged”, a spokesperson for […]

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Tariff shields and turning off lights: how Europe is tackling the energy crisis

The scale of the crisis in several European countries, and what governments are doing about it Governments across Europe are scrambling to cushion citizens from soaring energy prices and have so far allocated a total of about €280bn (£240bn) to helping reduce the impact of the crisis, according to the thinktank Bruegel. Pressure is mounting […]

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Trans community in Poland braces for political attacks as election nears

Rightwing fight against ‘LGBT ideology’ switches focus to transgender people as homophobia recedes Poland’s transgender people are bracing for an onslaught of hate speech from politicians before parliamentary elections next year after the chair of the ruling party used several meetings with supporters to launch attacks on them. Jarosław Kaczyński, the chair of Law and […]

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