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Poland’s ruling conservatives say files cast new shadow over Walesa | Reuters

Newly-publicised documents have revived claims Lech Walesa, the giant of Poland’s struggle to overthrow communism, was a secret police informant in the 1970s – allegations still fuelling an old feud among post communist leaders.

Poland’s ruling cons…

28 lutego 2016

Thousands protest Polish government, defend former president | News | DW.COM | 28.02.2016

The latest in a series of anti-government protests in Poland has brought thousands of people into the streets. But this time they also came out to defend the man who led the pro-democracy movement that toppled communism.

28 lutego 2016

Poles protest against government

Thousands of Poles chanting "We will defend democracy!" and "Lech Walesa!" have rallied in Warsaw to protest moves by Poland’s three-month-old conservative government that they say undermine freedoms and the constitution.

Saturday’s march was organised by the Committee for the Defence of Democracy, which was formed in November in reaction to moves by the ruling Law and Justice party that have essentially paralysed the Constitutional Tribunal, preventing it from acting as a check on new government legislation.

28 lutego 2016

Venice Commission warns that democracy in Poland at peril in draft opinion – Radio Poland :: News from Poland

The Venice Commission was called to Poland by Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski for an opinion on the legal solutions contained in the amendments to the Constitutional Tribunal.
The draft report said that “as long as the situation of constitutio…

28 lutego 2016

‚We are unwilling to accept the breaking of our constitution’ | World news | The Guardian

Saturday 27 February the Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD) are planning a “We, The People” march in Warsaw. The protest movement was formed in the wake of the Polish parliamentary elections in October 2015, when the rightwing Law and Jus…

26 lutego 2016

I made a mistake, says Polish politician accused of being communist-era informant – Telegraph

Lech Walesa, the former Polish president credited with helping to bring down the eastern bloc, has admitted he made a “mistake” after his signature was found on a document saying he had agreed to work as an informant for the country’s communist reg…

25 lutego 2016

Poland to change its street names in bid to ‚de-communise’ the country – Telegraph

Hundreds of streets, squares and bridges across Poland could have their names changed in a new effort to “de-communise” the country and rid it of anything that could promote totalitarian systems.

25 lutego 2016

Poland’s leading daily feels full force of Jarosław Kaczyński’s anger | World news | The Guardian

arosław Kaczyński, the leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, has a very special place in his heart for Gazeta Wyborcza, the leading Polish daily newspaper. He hates it.

The most powerful politician in the country gave a hour-long lect…

25 lutego 2016

Families welcome Poland’s new child benefit, economists sound alarm

Families in Poland are anxiously waiting to receive their first 500zl (€114) monthly benefit for each second and subsequent child. This was one of the most talked-about election promises announced by the ruling Law and Justice party ahead of its gene…

22 lutego 2016

What is the current mood like in Poland? Share your experiences | Community | The Guardian

Since the election of the conservative Law and Justice government last October, we’d like to hear your views on what it’s like living in the country

18 lutego 2016

Academics Furious at Poland President’s Threat to Strip Holocaust Scholar of State Honor – Jewish World News – Haaretz – Israeli News Source Haaretz.com

The office of President Andrzej Duda said recently it might strip Princeton-based historian and sociologist Jan Tomasz Gross of the Order of Merit he received in 1996.

18 lutego 2016

The conspiracy theorists who have taken over Poland | Christian Davies | World news | The Guardian

Jarosław Kaczyński has convinced Poland that it is threatened by a shadowy leftwing cabal – and become the country’s most powerful man

16 lutego 2016

Divisive Polish party leader Kaczynski pulls the strings – US News

The mysterious meeting recently in a guest house on Poland’s southern border enhanced the perception that Kaczynski, rather than Prime Minister Beata Szydlo or President Andrzej Duda, is the main decision-maker in Poland today, and that, like Hungarian…

8 lutego 2016

Poland’s Liberals Strike Back | Foreign Policy

Here’s how Poles are fighting back against their authoritarian-leaning new government.

8 lutego 2016

JURIST – Human rights commission investigating Poland changes to constitutional court

The international Venice Commission, a branch of the Council of Europe , began an investigation Monday into Poland’s recent changes to its Constitutional Court.

8 lutego 2016

EU puts on brakes on Polish democracy talks? – Radio Poland :: News from Poland

“This is an orientation debate which will determine the way things develop and they will decide on the next steps,” said European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas, referring to the commissioners’ meeting on the subject planned for Wednesday.

4 lutego 2016

POLAND: NEW SURVEILLANCE LAW A MAJOR BLOW TO HUMAN RIGHTS

This document contains Amnesty International analsyis of and response to a new law governing surveillance powers by police and other agencies in Poland, which will seriously undermine the right to privacy in the country. The law, which could come into …

30 stycznia 2016

Why Are Poles Marching Against Surveillance Laws? — Red Herring

Thousands of Poles have been marching through their country’s major cities, in protest of online surveillance laws proposed by the new right wing government.

Foreign Policy yesterday accused the Law and Justice Party, which swept to election victo…

29 stycznia 2016

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