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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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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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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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‘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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From the archive: How globalisation has transformed the fight for LGBTQ+ rights – podcast

We are raiding the Guardian Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2021: Much progress has been made in attitudes towards sexual equality and gender identity – but in many places a dramatic backlash by conservative forces has followed. By Mark […]

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Influencers, activists and an army general: new MEPs heading to European parliament

Intake of lawmakers after the election also includes some controversial figures to keep an eye on While attention has focused on gains made by far-right and centrist parties in the European Parliament elections, this term’s intake includes an assorted – and often contrasting – mix of lawmakers. They include a social media influencer, a racing […]

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EU elections 2024: how did key countries vote and what does it mean?

A surge in support for far-right parties in France, Germany and Austria was tempered by strong support for centrist and leftwing groups in other countries European election results – live updatesMacron to dissolve French parliament after crushing loss to far rightResults tracker – live European Union lawmaking is set to get more complicated after parliamentary […]

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Ukraine is a dividing line in European election that centrists hope to exploit

With populists on the left and right winning support across Europe, moderates have found a single issue of their own to campaign on Campaigning in Europe comes easily to populists but less so to centrists. A single word printed in large letters – “diesel” – is enough for the German far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) […]

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