Tag: Law and Justice (Poland)

In Pivotal Vote in Poland, Many See a Test for Democracy

WARSAW — For three decades, Poland was held up as a paragon of how a country could peacefully transition from authoritarian rule to liberal democracy and as proof that a capitalist society allows men and women to flourish, while communism crushes the soul and saps the spirit. Now, as the country goes to the polls […]

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Poland’s State Media Is Government’s Biggest Booster Before Election

After the climate change activist Greta Thunberg testified at the United Nations, urging world leaders to take action, the presenters on Polish state television said viewers needed some context. They displayed a photograph of Ms. Thunberg standing with George Soros, the billionaire investor and progressive political donor. They said it is evidence she belongs to […]

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For Poland, Nobel Prize in Literature Is Cause for Conflict as Much as Congratulation

WARSAW, Poland — Winning a Nobel Prize in Literature is usually a cause for celebration in the writer’s home country, a point of pride and a justification for a bit of patriotic pomp. But in Poland, where the nation is engaged in a bitter and consequential battle over the question of what it means to […]

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In Poland, Nationalism With a Progressive Touch Wins Voters

ZAMOSC, Poland — Four years ago, Agnieszka and Adam Kowalczyk were struggling. They both had full-time jobs — she as a teacher and he as an electrician — yet month after month they found themselves falling deeper into debt. So when Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his Law and Justice Party promised voters that they would introduce […]

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Mixing Politics and Piety, a Conservative Priest Seeks to Shape Poland’s Future

TORUN, Poland — From the martyrs of World War II to the heroes who led the fight against communist rule, priests in Poland have long played an outsize role in shaping the political life of this deeply Catholic country. And in Poland today, there is no more politically powerful — or divisive — cleric than […]

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Poland Had the Royal Castle Ready. Then Trump Canceled His Trip.

WARSAW — Elaborate military escorts stood ready. Chefs were at work on a grand state dinner at the Royal Castle. A concert was cued up for television and radio broadcast. The annual commemoration of the outbreak of World War II was even moved from Gdansk to Warsaw, where crowds would be bigger. Poland’s governing party […]

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Coke Ad Riles Hungary Conservatives, Part of Larger Gay Rights Battle

WARSAW — By the standards of Western advertising, Coca-Cola’s billboard campaign in Hungary was pretty tame. Three couples are shown enjoying a soda, smiling and seemingly in love. One picture shows a man, a woman and a Coke; another two women and a Coke; and a third shows two men and a Coke. “Love is […]

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Anti-Gay Brutality in a Polish Town Blamed on Poisonous Propaganda

BIALYSTOK, Poland — The marchers at the first gay pride parade here in the conservative Polish city of Bialystok expected that they would be met with resistance. But last week when Katarzyna Sztop-Rutkowska saw the angry mob of thousands that awaited the marchers, who numbered only a few hundred, she was shocked. “The most aggressive […]

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Part 4: Poland’s Culture Wars

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher In Poland, a nationalist party has been in power for four years. We went to Warsaw, the capital, and Gdansk, the birthplace of a movement that brought down Communism, to see how this government has changed […]

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