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Matthew Zajac: ‘I set out to write about my father’s life but discovered his war stories were all lies’

The actor and writer examines what drove his father to weave a false tale of an epic wartime journey from Poland to Inverness It was some years after my dad died that I discovered he was a liar. I loved him enormously. But he was a liar. I grew up in Inverness where my father […]

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China’s Xi Jinping to head for Serbia on second day of Europe visit – as it happened

Chinese premier has lunch with Emmanuel Macron before heading to Serbia on his closely watched trip to Europe. This live blog is closed China hacked UK ministry: report The Chinese state has hacked the British ministry of defence, Sky News reported this morning. Continue reading…

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EU to end sanctions procedure against Poland

Brussels says it will drop rule-of-law case after new government vowed to restore judicial independence Europe live – latest updates The European Commission has said it will end an EU sanctions procedure against Poland after a promise from Donald Tusk’s new government to restore the independence of the judiciary. In an announcement on Monday, the […]

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Station to station: the European language DJs taking radio to new realms

Cian Ó Cíobháin’s show, ‘one of the most radical in the world’, has been beguiling listeners in Irish for 25 years. Others, from Warsaw to Lyon, offer similar musical adventures In the early 2000s, trudging through the static of mainstream radio, I stumbled upon RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, the Irish-language outpost of Ireland’s national broadcaster […]

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Five skeletons found under Wolf’s Lair home of Hermann Göring in Poland

Amateur archaeologists discover remains missing hands and feet at former Nazi military headquarters Amateur archaeologists have unearthed five human skeletons missing their hands and feet under the former home of the Nazi war criminal Hermann Göring at Hitler’s Wolf’s Lair military headquarters in present-day Poland. The remains, believed to be that of a family, were […]

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Norwegian Dream review – queer romance speaks for all the oppressed underclasses

This idealistic feature draws parallels between the struggles of immigrant Polish workers in Norway and the homophobia faced by two young lovers, but can’t quite sew up the two seams Director Leiv Igor Devold makes an unexpected link-up between Norway, the country where he grew up, and Poland, where he attended film school, in this […]

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Media freedom ‘perilously close to breaking point’ in several EU countries

Civil liberties network warns of decline across the bloc as a result of harm or neglect by governments Media freedom is declining across the EU and “perilously close to breaking point” in several countries, a leading civil liberties network has said, highlighting widespread threats against journalists and attacks on the independence of public broadcasters. The […]

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Polish border ‘pushbacks’ back in spotlight after pregnant woman’s ordeal

Activists say little has changed in treatment of migrants and refugees under Donald Tusk’s new government The case of a woman from Eritrea who was forced to give birth alone in the forested border area between Poland and Belarus has raised questions about the new Polish government’s response to the continuing humanitarian crisis at the […]

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Poland and Lithuania pledge to help Kyiv repatriate Ukrainians subject to military draft

Strong rhetoric boosts Ukraine’s effort to reinforce frontlines, but mechanism by which émigrés could be sent back remains unclear Poland and Lithuania have said they are prepared to help Ukrainian authorities return men subject to military conscription to the country, after Kyiv announced this week that it is suspending consular services for such men who […]

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Georgians arrested over cross-Europe thefts of rare library books

Europol says suspects sometimes posed as academics to access to books and replace them with copies Police have arrested nine Georgians suspected of running a sophisticated criminal operation stealing valuable antique books – including an original Alexander Pushkin manuscript – from national libraries across Europe. Shelves of 19th-century Russian literature had been ransacked over two […]

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