Green Border review – an angry and urgent masterpiece about Europe’s migrant crisis

Agnieszka Holland’s vital drama about refugees stranded between Belarus and Poland could hardly be more topical “They aren’t people. They are live bullets.” The dehumanisation of refugees has long been a key weapon in anti-migrant rhetoric. But even so, it’s hard to overstate the sickening gut-punch impact of this line of dialogue in Green Border, […]

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5* Radisson Blu Hotel Krakow from €109/double

Located in the heart of Krakow, the Radisson Blu Hotel offers a luxurious stay blending modern elegance with historical charm. Situated near the famous Wawel Castle and the…

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Bear witness: the white bears of Zakopane – in pictures

Our Streets are Full of White Bears by Barbara Caillot and Aleksandra Karkowska is an archival project presented by the Belfast photo festival that documents the history of the legendary White Bear of Zakopane, in Poland. It examines how thousands of pictures of people with white bears became part of Polish popular culture Our Streets […]

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4* Novotel Warszawa Centrum, Warsaw, from €68/double

Novotel Warszawa Centrum, located in the heart of Warsaw, seamlessly blends modern comfort with Polish hospitality. The hotel offers contemporary rooms featuring stunning city views, ensuring a restful…

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Populist, nativist, neofascist? A lexicon of Europe’s far right

There are numerous terms to describe the wide array of far right parties, but what do all they mean – and do we always use the right ones? They are known, variously, as far right, national-conservative, radical right, anti-Islam, nativist, and Eurosceptic. Also as extreme right, populist, “alt-right”, neofascist, anti-immigration, nationalist, authoritarian, and assorted combinations […]

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‘Making this film was forbidden’: how Agnieszka Holland’s migrant thriller inflamed the Polish right

The director has long explored the darkest corners of European life. Now her latest drama Green Border has caused outrage in her homeland – and become an unlikely box office hit Director Agnieszka Holland is accustomed to attacks from the right in Poland, but her latest film, Green Border – about the plight of immigrants on […]

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5* InterContinental Warsaw with spectacular pool on the 44th floor from €113/double

Located in central Warsaw, the 5* Intercontinental Warsaw offers a wellness centre with an indoor pool, fitness centre and restaurant. The king (or twin) rooms come with a…

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Luxurious 5* Sofitel Warsaw Victoria from €116/double

Sofitel Warsaw, a luxurious haven in the capital of Poland, seamlessly combines modern elegance with cultural heritage. Nestled in the heart of the city, this five-star hotel offers refined accommodations,…

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‘Brexit made Polish culture more visible’: how the diaspora is changing Britain

Although barely visible on TV, the UK’s 700,000-strong community has a growing presence in music, books and film. We meet some of its hidden stars With its high-tempo use of Multicultural London English and blend of drum’n’bass and acoustic guitar, the song Five by Bedford-based rapper Pat is instantly recognisable as a product of the […]

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Treasure review – Lena Dunham and Stephen Fry uneasy in well-intentioned Holocaust drama

Wonky-toned story follows Dunham as a journalist visiting Poland, and Fry as her cuddly European dad, both trying to get to grips with family history An uncomfortable experience this: a laboriously acted odd-couple heartwarmer starring Lena Dunham and Stephen Fry, with a sentimentality unsuited to its theme: the horrors of the Holocaust. Director and co-writer […]

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