Poland and the Uncontrollable Fury of Europe’s Far Right

As right-wing populists enter government, they have violent radical groups to thank—and to fear, The Atlantic speculates. In Poland, last weekend’s independence day celebrations mutated into perhaps the ugliest international congregation of the extreme right seen in Europe in recent times. The grotesque procession of militant nationalists, white supremacists, and

Robert Mugabe in detention after military takes control of Zimbabwe

Army says it has taken temporary control to ‘target criminals’ around head of state, who sacked his vice-president last week. Robert Mugabe remains in detention at his home in Zimbabwe more than 12 hours after the military declared on national television that it had temporarily taken control of the country

Tens of thousands of far-right demonstrators march in Poland

Tens of thousands of people overtook an Independence Day celebration in Poland’s capital on Saturday, carrying Polish flags and espousing a white nationalist and anti-immigrant agenda that has swept through parts of Europe in recent years, according to PBS. Police in Poland estimated that 60,000 people marched through the city of

Polish reforms of judiciary pose threat to rule of law: EU Commission

Polish reforms of its judiciary pose a systemic threat to the rule of law in the country and Warsaw must change tack, the deputy head of the European Commission said on Monday. Poland has been locked in a deepening dispute with the European Union’s executive over democratic standards since the nationalist-minded,

Poland to ban Ukrainians with ‘anti-Polish views’ from

Poland plans to bar Ukrainians with “anti-Polish views”, its foreign minister said on Thursday, emphasizing the nationalist credentials of his ruling party that often talks of the “historic wrongs” inflicted on Poles by their neighbors, Reuters reported. Witold Waszczykowski said the policy was a reaction to disrespect shown at a Polish

Poland Fails to Spend Billions of Euros in EU Funds

As much as 354 billion złotys (82.5 billion euros) has been allocated to Poland from the European Union’s 2014-2020 budget. Halfway through the budgetary period, contracts worth some 131.5 billion złotys have been signed, and only 28 billion złotys have been paid to beneficiaries, about 8 per cent of the

Kijów, Warsaw agree on opening four new border checkpoints

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Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy and Marshal of the Sejm of Poland Marek Kuchcinski have called for an increase in the number of checkpoints on the Ukrainian-Polish border. “Today [on Oct. 22] we agreed that the next stage during our next visit will be four more border crossing points – [one]

Andrzej Duda to sign defence spending boost into law

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Polish President Andrzej Duda was on Monday to sign into law plans to steadily increase the country’s defence spending to 2.5 percent of GDP by 2030. The Polish army is to be expanded to 200,000 troops under the plan. Amid fears of potential aggression by Russia, Poland’s ruling conservative Law and

UK plan to register EU citizens would be illegal, say MEPs

Britain will have to register ‘everyone or no one’ in Brexit transition, says cross-party group after Amber Rudd outlines plans. The home secretary, Amber Rudd, has been warned by a cross-party group of MEPs that her plans to force EU nationals to add their names to a register in the