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Stories about Poland

25 September 2016

Polish Lawmakers Move Forward With a New Abortion Ban That Critics Say Will Be ‘Hell for Women’

Poland's “Black Protest” movement picks up steam, after lawmakers vote to proceed with legislation that will criminalize abortions in nearly all circumstances, threatening women and doctors with prison.

23 September 2016

Poles Dress in Black to Protest Legislation That Would Mean a Near Total Ban on Abortions

Thousands of Poles share photos of themselves dressed in black to protest against legislation that would criminalize almost all kinds of abortion and toughen the country's already severe anti-abortion laws.

23 May 2016

Global Voices Interviews Activists From ‘Defense of Democracy’ Committee Who Say Poland Is in Peril

The Committee for the Defense of Democracy accuses the Polish government of destroying the country's democratic foundations. So what now? Global Voices talks to three of the movement's figures.

8 April 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: What Panama Papers?

In this episode, the period gets political in Poland, Afro-Chileans demand recognition in Chile, and Chinese censors go into overdrive to remove the Panama Papers -- even from email.

5 April 2016

Women Flood Polish Prime Minister's Facebook With Vivid Menstruation Descriptions to Protest Abortion Ban

Polish citizens react with satire to their government's attempts to control their bodies. Their approach: extreme obedience to the prime minister meddling in their reproductive health.

21 January 2016

‘Hands Off Our Privacy': Polish Citizens Speak Out Against Surveillance Law

Poland's parliament adopted a surveillance law that would give authorities fast access to citizens' Internet and telecommunication usage data, without prior approval from a judge.

18 January 2016

The Creeping Politicisation of Theatre, Film and Public Media in Poland

Censorship of a play by Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek calls attention to the precariousness of state-funded art in Poland.

17 December 2015

Poland's Constitutional Tribunal Crisis

Constitutional crisis. Protesters outside the parliament. Enigmatic national addresses. A power struggle between governments. This is Polish politics today.

5 December 2015

New Appointments to the Polish Constitutional Tribunal May Be Unconstitutional

People have been protesting and discussing a recent set of acts passed by Polish parliament, some claiming it is a true threat to democracy in the country.

27 November 2015

President Duda's Controversial Pardon Has Not Put Poles in a Forgiving Mood

Earlier this month, just a day after the new Polish government was sworn in, President Duda made the controversial decision to pardon Mariusz Kamiński, a member of Duda's former party.

19 May 2015

The Profitable Patriotism of Vladimir Putin's Biker Bromance

RuNet Echo

Putin’s biker bromance admittedly isn’t radically new, but the prominence—both in Russia and abroad—of the "Night Wolves" motorcycle gang is exploding like never before.

7 September 2014

The European Court Confirms : The CIA's ‘Black Sites’ Operated in Poland

Human rights groups have welcomed the ECHR's ruling confirming the existence of CIA "black sites" in Poland, but officials in the Polish government have been less enthusiastic.

10 May 2014

Two People Are Driving Around Europe to Find What It Means to Be European

On the eve of European elections, two French artists will tour Europe to meet with as many types of Europeans as possible.

14 February 2014

A Visitor Describes How it Feels to be Mugged by Bulgarian Police

Political scientist and blogger Anastas Vangeli used social networks to describe his experience of extortion by Bulgarian policemen on his way from Macedonia to Poland.

GV Face: This Valentine's Day, Love and Courtship Across Borders

GV Face

Happy Valentine's Day! This February 14 we bring you GV's very own love story told by the beatiful couple Sylwia Presley and Dan Braghis.

12 February 2014

VIDEOS: Argentina's Melting Pot of Culinary Traditions

A large diversity of migrants in Argentina allows us to enjoy a wide array of international dishes often shared in feasts for the various immigrant communities throughout the country.

20 November 2013

COP19: Fasting For The Climate

Bloggers and Twitter users attending the summit are reacting to Yeb Saño's hunger strike to pressure for meaningful progress at the UN climate talks.

15 November 2013

Polish Right-Wing Nationalists Hijack Country's Independence Day

Poland's National Independence Day, traditionally celebrated on November 11, ended in violence this year during a march organized by a nationalist movement. Police detained around a dozen individuals.