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Poland threatens to turn ‘all our cannon’ on EU in rule-of-law row

Ruling party steps up rhetoric by suggesting it could unseat European Commission’s Ursula von der Leyen Poland’s national-conservative government has significantly toughened its rhetoric in its rule-of-law standoff with Brussels, threatening to turn “all our cannon” on the European Commission and if necessary build a coalition to unseat its president. If the EU executive “tries […]

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‘A battle in our souls’: women who fled Ukraine agonise over when to return

Many of those in nearby countries ask themselves the same questions – is it time to go back? Is it safe? Russia-Ukraine war – latest updates Natalia Kompaniets spends her days running over a dilemma with her daughter as they sit in their temporary new home, a simply furnished room on the first floor of […]

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Bus crash in Croatia kills 12 Polish pilgrims travelling to shrine

Eighteen of 30 people injured are in serious condition, say authorities, after vehicle veered off motorway Twelve Polish nationals have died and 30 others were injured when a bus bound for Zagreb veered off a motorway in northern Croatia. The injured were taken to hospitals in the area and 18 were in a serious condition, […]

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Ten UK sex offenders tried to travel to Poland after Ukraine invasion, says NCA

Individuals, who said they were providing aid but had not informed police of intent to travel, were asked to leave Ten British sex offenders travelled to Poland after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, under the guise of humanitarian aid, according to British police. In the six weeks after the outbreak of war, the individuals, all of […]

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Senior official criticises EU handling of Poland’s Covid recovery plan

Frans Timmermans’ comments reveal depth of concern about rule of law in central European country A senior European Commission official has criticised a decision by his colleagues to approve Poland’s Covid recovery plan, in comments that reveal the depth of concern about the rule of law in the central European country. Frans Timmermans, a commission […]

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Europeans are overwhelmingly pro-choice, but that doesn’t mean women’s rights are safe | Anna Grzymala-Busse

Roe v Wade was overturned in the US by a court, not by voters. The same happened in Poland – and it could happen again Abortion access is about to be severely curtailed or cut off for millions of women in the United States following the supreme court’s decision to abolish the constitutional protections for […]

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‘The Russians could come any time’: fear at Suwałki Gap on EU border

Sixty-mile strip on edge of Poland and Lithuania is seen as vulnerable due to its position between Russian exclave of Kaliningrad and Belarus Stefan Bilas, 68, says he hears the Russians sometimes. It can be the growl of tanks that drowns out the gentle clucking of the chickens in his front yard, or more often […]

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Planning for the long haul: four months on, the Ukrainian refugee crisis is only just beginning

As countries reeling from their own crises work to house millions who have fled, the focus has switched to long term solutions Read more: ‘I will stay until Kharkiv is rebuilt’: we revisit five Ukrainian families rebuilding their lives in the EU Nearly four months after the Russian invasion began, more than 7.5 million Ukrainians […]

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Leave No Traces review – tense drama of state brutality in communist Poland

Two teenage boys fall victim to state-sanctioned violence in a faithful retelling of an infamous true story An unscrupulous political regime barricades itself behind lies, threats and flexed authoritarian muscle to cover up an incident of police brutality. The backdrop to this meticulously detailed thriller from Jan P Matuszyński is Poland 1983, at the ragged, […]

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Leave No Traces review – dense, detailed reconstruction of the killing of a Polish teen

An account of a murder in early 1980s Warsaw by communist-era police mixes John le Carré-ish intrigue with a documentary-like detachment This well-intentioned Polish drama is based on actual events: the notorious beating to death in 1983 of 18-year-old Grzegorz Przemyk in a Warsaw police station, a crime covered up at the highest level of […]

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