Agent Zo: the Polish blonde with nerves of steel

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Clare Mulley celebrates the courage of Elzbieta Zawacka, who repeatedly risked her life in the second world war liaising between London and the Polish Resistance

The scandal unravelling Polish higher education

10 April 2024 3:22 am

In February 2024, Poland’s Anti-Corruption Bureau opened an investigation into the ‘Collegium Humanum Warsaw Management University’, a ‘Private Management School’ opened…

Poland’s MBA scandal has exposed our credentialling culture

10 April 2024 3:22 am

In February 2024, Poland’s Anti-Corruption Bureau opened an investigation into the ‘Collegium Humanum Warsaw Management University’, a ‘Private Management School’ opened…

A web of rivalries: The Extinction of Irena Rey, by Jennifer Croft, reviewed

16 March 2024 9:00 am

Eight translators gather to work on a novel written by their heroine, Irena Rey. But when she goes missing in a nearby forest, relations between them begin to fray

‘The truth will make us free’: students on the march in post-war Europe

21 October 2023 9:00 am

The radical Rudi Dutschke in 1960s Berlin and the angry Johnny Rotten in 1970s London are just two of the charismatic figures in this history of youth activism

Poland’s battle with the EU over migrant quotas

15 July 2023 9:00 am

Warsaw’s battle with the EU over migrant quotas

Poland, 1968: the last pogrom

18 March 2023 9:15 pm

‘Are you Jewish?’ the officious-looking Dutch diplomat asked my dad. ‘Yes’, he said, realising at that very moment, everything had…

The forgotten history of Poland and Ukraine

3 July 2022 4:00 pm

Since the outbreak of war in February there has been an overwhelming focus on the historical links between Russia and…

The EU is trying to bring Hungary to heel

28 April 2022 9:35 pm

If there was a word in Euro-speak for ‘Move on, nothing to see here,’ the EU would undoubtedly have used…

Why I drove a lorry to Poland

26 March 2022 9:00 am

‘Why the hell did you hire a lorry without a spare tyre?’ asked Rizvana. Fair question. Luckily we had just…

Putin is bad, not mad

12 March 2022 9:00 am

I wish people would not say Vladimir Putin is mad. One understands him much better if one says he is…

The war is redefining Poland’s place in the world

12 March 2022 9:00 am

The war is redefining Poland’s place in the world

Why is the EU attacking Poland and Hungary in a crisis?

11 March 2022 11:30 pm

With Russian bombs harassing Kiev and Kharkiv, the two unsung heroes of Europe have been Poland and Hungary. With very…

The myopic focus on racism at the Polish-Ukrainian border

5 March 2022 9:50 pm

There are already a hell of a lot of foreign correspondents and human-rights workers at the Ukrainian-Polish border – an…

Are Poles really against immigrants?

3 March 2022 3:25 am

Krakow The invasion of Ukraine is being felt across Europe. Already hundreds of thousands of displaced Ukrainians are spilling out…

The crisis in Ukraine is strengthening the EU

3 March 2022 12:30 am

The EU has a knack for turning a crisis into an opportunity. The Eurozone crisis led to the centralisation of…

The EU is pushing Hungary and Poland to the brink

17 February 2022 4:15 am

Storm clouds looming over the EU’s ‘rule of law’ dispute turned a shade darker on Wednesday. The European Court of…

Poland’s abortion culture war is a battle for the country’s soul

12 December 2021 7:30 pm

This week it emerged that a hospital in the city of Białystok in Poland refused to grant an abortion to…

The EU doesn't understand Hungary and Poland

18 November 2021 10:00 pm

Rather like Germany with its ill-starred ‘Drive to the East’ in the 19th and 20th centuries, one suspects the EU…

How the EU hardened its heart towards refugees

17 November 2021 9:27 pm

‘They wanted me to fight, and I knew I had toleave, or die.’ My translator, a former English teacher from…

Lukashenko and Putin are exploiting Europe's migration muddle

12 November 2021 7:11 pm

At the border of Belarus and Poland, camps of migrants wait for a chance to cross the border into the…

How Turkey is fuelling the Belarus-Poland migrant crisis

11 November 2021 5:35 am

In the cold, damp forest lining the border between Poland and Belarus, thousands of refugees flown over from the Middle…

Poland’s Belarusian border conflict is becoming violent

10 November 2021 1:59 am

The EU’s conflict with Belarus is heating up. The simmering migrant crisis on the Polish border with Belarus exploded into…

Can Poland and the EU resolve the rule of law crisis?

1 November 2021 12:38 pm

In recent months the spectre of ‘Polexit’ has been haunting Europe. Poland and the EU have become embroiled in a…

Why did neo-Nazis patrol the German border?

30 October 2021 11:00 am

Just after midnight last Sunday, around 50 vigilantes gathered in east Germany to ‘patrol’ the country’s border with Poland. They…