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Poland’s Supreme Court Declares Presidential Election Valid

Poland’s Supreme Court on Monday upheld the results of President Andrzej Duda’s narrow victory in presidential elections last month, the country’s closest contest since the fall of communism in 1989, a decision that clears the path for the country’s conservative Law and Justice party to continue in power. Thousands of supporters of the opposition candidate […]

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Izera SUV And Hatchback Prototypes Aim To Become The First Polish EVs In 2023

Poland is one of Europe’s biggest producers of automobiles but the country lacks a carmaker to call its own ever since FSO stopped making cars there in 2011. ElectroMobility Poland, a state-backed joint venture set up in 2016 by four Polish power companies, wants to solve that problem. Enter Izera, a new car brand named after the […]

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When Conservatives Fall for Demagogues

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher | RSS Feed How did the conservative defenders of classical liberal ideals like free speech and the rule of law wind up abetting authoritarians across Europe and the U.S.? With Ross out for the […]

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Twilight of the Liberal Right

Anne Applebaum’s new book, “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism,” begins cinematically, with a party she threw at a Polish manor house to mark the dawn of the new millennium. Applebaum’s husband was then the deputy foreign minister in Poland’s center-right government; she was a right-leaning journalist who would go on to write […]

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Poland Considers Leaving Treaty on Domestic Violence, Spurring Outcry

The Polish government, emboldened by a narrow election victory this month and undeterred by criticism from European Union leaders, is considering withdrawing from a treaty aimed at curbing domestic violence and protecting women’s rights, with the country’s minister of justice filing paperwork on Monday to start the process. The move came just one week after […]

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Hungary’s Independent Press Takes Another Blow and Reporters Quit

BUDAPEST — Hungary’s most widely read news site was thrown into disarray this week after the organization’s editor in chief was fired and scores of journalists quit in protest as the government moved closer to near-complete control over the country’s media landscape. A decade into Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s quest to transform Hungary into an […]

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A Director Brings Cerebral, Sexy Style to Opera Classics

SALZBURG, Austria — On a recent afternoon here, Krzysztof Warlikowski sat on a roof terrace, tousling his mane of hair and drawing deeply on a vape pen. Behind him were the spire of a church where Mozart prayed and the hills made famous by “The Sound of Music.” Just as the louche clouds of vapor […]

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Why Intellectuals Support Dictators

TWILIGHT OF DEMOCRACYThe Seductive Lure of AuthoritarianismBy Anne Applebaum Even before the coronavirus began to test our social order, the world was experiencing another plague, a pandemic of authoritarianism. Over the past decade it has infected democracies around the globe, including our own. Among the first responders were writers offering dystopian fiction and apocalyptic nonfiction, […]

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Poland’s Presidential Election Was Close but Voters Remain Far Apart

WARSAW — President Andrzej Duda narrowly won re-election this week, using the same playbook that brought his Law and Justice party to power five years ago: stoking fear and blaming an enemy. In 2015, it was an enemy at the gates: Migrants, who party leaders said carried “all sorts of parasites,” were threatening the nation. […]

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In Tight Race for Polish President, Andrzej Duda Is on Track to Win

WARSAW — President Andrzej Duda of Poland appeared on Monday to have narrowly won a second term in the closest presidential election since the end of communist rule in 1989, although the results could still be challenged if his opponent challenges the result by claiming voters’ rights were infringed. If the decision stands, Mr. Duda […]

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Poland’s Presidential Election Too Close to Call

WARSAW — Poland’s presidential election, widely viewed as the most important since the end of Communist rule in 1989, failed to produce a clear winner on Sunday night, with exit polls showing President Andrzej Duda holding a razor-thin lead over the challenger, Rafal Trzaskowski. Mr. Duda, a conservative nationalist, had 50.4 percent of the vote […]

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