Tag: Poland

This Right-Wing Party’s Big Win in Poland Is Very Bad News for Liberal Democracy

Poland’s nationalist Law and Justice party won a second term in power in Sunday’s national elections, in a result that critics fear could hasten the country’s slide toward authoritarianism. With 99.5 percent of votes counted Monday, the right-wing populist Law and Justice party had won 43.8 percent of the vote, comfortably ahead of the biggest […]

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Gamekit expands its integrated marketing platform to North America

Gamekit is expanding its integrated marketing platform to North America, and it will use its rewards to connect mainstream brands with the elusive gamers on their own turf. The Warsaw, Poland-based marketing company has already reached 18 million gamers in 33 countries with its European customers. In Europe and Latin America, Gamekit has connected non-endemic […]

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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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Olga Tokarczuk’s Gripping Eco-Mystery

Murder mysteries, however else they might differ, rely on one major, shared belief: that murder matters, and is worth looking into. Whoever did the killing, whoever was killed, the investigation moves forward because the people inside the story and those outside of it, following along as the clues unfold, agree that the murder has moral […]

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Ukraine? Impeachment? Trump Can Survive It All, Foreign Analysts Say

BRUSSELS — This summer, just after he visited the White House for the second time, President Andrzej Duda of Poland held forth about how much he admired President Trump’s transactional style. “I must tell you that in this respect I find it very easy and good to cooperate with President Donald Trump,” Mr. Duda said […]

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Teenager’s Diary Offers Window Into Life Under Soviets and Nazis

ImageElizabeth Bellak under a picture of her sister, Renia Spiegel, in New York, in 2016.CreditBrian Harkin for The New York Times PRZEMYSL, Poland — She was a Jewish teenager in a small trade city in southeastern Poland when she began writing her diary, months before the advent of World War II. By the time she […]

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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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Klezmer Music and Memory at a Festival Celebrating Jewish Life in Poland

KRAKOW, Poland — There were lectures on the journey of Jews from shtetls in Poland to new homes in what would become Israel; workshops on chanting the Torah and cooking for Shabbat; exhibitions documenting the devastation brought by World War II; and debates about Jewish life in Poland today. Everywhere, there was music. Gentle lullabies […]

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With No Boys Born in Nearly 10 Years, a Polish Village Finds Fame in Its Missing Males

MIEJSCE ODRZANSKIE, Poland — The mayor is offering a reward for the missing. Scientists want to investigate their absence. And television crews have come searching for answers about a small Polish village’s strange population anomaly. No boy has been born there in almost a decade. The detail first attracted the attention of the Polish news […]

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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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Poland plans tighter 5G security standards, may curtail Huawei

(Reuters) — Poland has proposed tightening its cyber security standards and could ban certain products or suppliers from key parts of a future 5G network, the country’s digital ministry said in a document published on Wednesday. The proposals, sent to the European Commission on July 15, come after assessments conducted by European states amid an […]

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‘Modern Slavery’ Ring in U.K. Ensnared up to 400 Polish People, Authorities Say

LONDON — They lived in desperate straits in Poland, often homeless and suffering from addictions. So when the call came to get free housing and well-paid jobs in Britain, hundreds decided to make the move. But instead of a better life, the British authorities said on Friday, the immigrants found themselves in the clutches of […]

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For Artist at Auschwitz, a Challenge: Stepping Into the Past, Not on It

OSWIECIM, Poland — The letter to Daniel Libeskind’s father arrived shortly after the war ended. His sister, Rozia, informed him that his family was dead. She was the only one of 10 siblings to survive Auschwitz. Over three handwritten pages in Yiddish, she detailed the horrors they endured. “As I write these words,” she concluded, […]

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European Heat Wave? It’s the New Normal

Temperatures started to soar across Europe on Wednesday, with authorities from Paris to Warsaw issuing heat alerts, canceling events and bracing for potentially record heat across the region. Meteorologists say the temperatures, a result of a warm air mass traveling north from Africa, could climb well above the typical June average to 40 degrees Celsius, […]

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Europe Is Bracing for a Heat Wave. It’s the New Normal.

Temperatures were set to soar across Europe beginning on Wednesday, with authorities from Paris to Warsaw issuing heat alerts, canceling events and bracing for potentially record heat across the region. Meteorologists say the temperatures, a result of a warm air mass traveling north from Africa, could climb well above the typical June average to 40 […]

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The Holocaust Survivor Who Deciphered Nazi Doublespeak

They didn’t wait for the war to end. In August 1944, as soon as Soviet troops swept the Nazis out of eastern Poland, a group of Jewish intellectuals rushed to cities like Lublin and Lodz to begin collecting and recording, scouring for any trace of the still fresh horror that had taken their own loved […]

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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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