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Four migrants found dead on Poland-Belarus border

Minsk accused of abandoning migrants at frontier in attempt to put pressure on EU Four people stranded on the border between Poland and Belarus have died in recent days, officials have said, amid continuing allegations that Minsk is abandoning migrants at its frontier in an attempt to put pressure on the EU. Polish authorities confirmed […]

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Poland vows to keep coalmine open despite €500,000-a-day ECJ fine

Warsaw argues suspension of operations at Turów on Czech border would put its energy security at risk Poland’s rightwing government has said it will continue to mine coal on its border with the Czech Republic despite being ordered to pay €500,000 for every day that it defies a European court of justice order to stop. […]

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Last stop for democracy: on tour with Poland’s rebel judges

Vilified as enemies of the people, judges have cast off their robes, hired a minibus and gone on a nation-wide road trip to explain why they’re defending the rule of law It could be a village festival at the end of summer. Pop music blares from loudspeakers competing with the screams of children playing. Only […]

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Trump may be gone, but Covid has not seen off populism

It is liberal fantasy to imagine that poor handing of the pandemic has lessened the allure of Modi and Bolsonaro. They are learning fast how to subvert voting When the pandemic struck, newspaper opinion pages were full of pieces predicting the end of authoritarian populism. Surely Donald Trump, Narendra Modi and Jair Bolsonaro couldn’t survive […]

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Texas anti-abortion law shows ‘terrifying’ fragility of women’s rights, say activists

Campaigners fear ban emboldens anti-choice governments as more aggressive opposition, better organised and funded, spreads from US The new anti-abortion law in Texas is a “terrifying” reminder of the fragility of hard-won rights, pro-choice activists have said, as they warn of a “more aggressive, much better organised [and] better funded” global opposition movement. Pro-choice campaigners […]

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EU countries urged to protect journalists as number of attacks rises

European Commission calls for action as it says 908 media workers were attacked in 23 EU states last year EU governments have been urged by Brussels to take action to protect journalists, after an increase in physical and online attacks on members of the press. Issuing its first-ever recommendation on journalists’ safety, the European Commission […]

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Marta Krawiec obituary

Marta Krawiec, who has died aged 41 after being involved in a traffic collision as she cycled to work at the Evelina London children’s hospital, was a paediatric doctor and child allergist. She had moved to London from Warsaw to develop her career in child health. Born in 1980 in Kielce, southern Poland, to Ewa […]

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Small World review – full-throttle trafficking tale goes off the rails

Polish director Patryk Vega’s usually slick technique fails him utterly here in this lurid story about a cop investigating a girl’s kidnapping by the Russian mafia Patryk Vega is the Polish writer-director whose hardboiled thrillers have found commercial favour both at home and with diaspora audiences: 2018’s The Plagues of Breslau was the kind of […]

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Rediscovered 1931 film Europa to get world premiere in London

Festival to show anti-fascist masterpiece by Surrealists Stefan and Franciszka Themerson A powerful anti-fascist film which was seized by the Nazis and thought to have been lost forever is to receive its world premiere at the London film festival. The 1931 film Europa, made in Warsaw by husband and wife Surrealists Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, […]

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The disappeared in Mexico, Afghan female footballers and a giant puppet: human rights this fortnight in pictures

A roundup of the coverage of the struggle for human rights and freedoms from Thailand to Texas Continue reading…

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