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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 recension - spänt drama om statlig brutalitet i det kommunistiska Polen

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 recension - tät, detaljerad rekonstruktion av mordet på en polsk tonåring

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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EU är redo att godkänna Polens Covid-återvinningsfond trots rättsliga betänkligheter

European Commission to decide whether Poland has met requirements to reform its legal system The European Commission is poised to approve a long-delayed Covid recovery plan for Poland, overriding concerns that Warsaw is making cosmetic changes to its heavily criticised legal system to unlock EU cash. The commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen, is expected […]

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EU:s ledare säger att det är osannolikt att gas kommer att ingå i den nya omgången sanktioner mot Ryssland

Estonian PM says gas sanctions would be more difficult because it would affect whole of Europe Russia-Ukraine war: latest updates EU leaders suggested Russian gas was unlikely to be part of the next round of sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s war machine, hours after agreeing a historic but incomplete oil embargo. After nearly a month of […]

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Polen avlägsnar kontroversiellt rättsligt organ som fördöms av EU

Critics say removal is largely cosmetic as chamber with members chosen by president will replace it Polish lawmakers have approved removing a controversial disciplinary body within the county’s top court that the right-wing government has used to sanction outspoken judges and which has drawn condemnation from the EU. Poland’s government expects the removal of the […]

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"Ingen mänsklighet alls": vädjar till Storbritannien att bevilja visum till autistisk ukrainsk pojke

Timothy Tymoshenko was sent to Poland because of his distress but does not qualify for Homes for Ukraine scheme Ukraine-Russia war – latest updates A British man who has turned his Polish castle into a makeshift hotel for Ukrainian refugees has accused the UK government of showing “no humanity whatsoever” for not allowing a severely […]

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EO review – an innocent donkey leads the way in surreal Bresson-inspired ride

Life is seen through the eyes of a put-upon beast of burden in this beautifully photographed homage to Au Hasard Balthazar by the veteran Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski Jerzy Skolimowski is the celebrated veteran director who first came to Cannes in 1972 with King, Queen, Knave starring Gina Lollobrigida and David Niven; now he has […]

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Eurovision winners sing at Polish border on way back to Ukraine

Kalush Orchestra gives impromptu rendition of Stefania, which includes lyrics ‘I’ll always find my way home’ Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra gave an impromptu rendition of their Eurovision-winning song, Stefania, at the Polish border as they made their way home on Monday. The band, whose music blends traditional folk and hip-hop, were presented with blue and yellow […]

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