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European solidarity – added value for the Polish judiciary independence

By Bartosz Rydlinski / 17 January, 2020

On Saturday, January 11th, we witnessed a March of a Thousand Robes’ in Warsaw. It was an unprecedented event because nobody remembers such a manifestation of legal circles in recent Polish history. Thousands of judges, attorneys, solicitors and prosecutors have taken part in a silent protest against the ongoing illiberal...

New Left at challenging times

By Bartosz Rydlinski / 20 December, 2019

From the historic return of Polish social democracy to the mainstream of parliamentary life in Poland in October 2019, we have witnessed several important events in Polish public life. Starting with the attempt to depose the President of the Supreme Chamber of Control connected with Law and Justice (PiS), who...

Did sexuality education become instrumentalised in Polish politics?

By Anna Pacześniak / 25 November, 2019

The draft law to amend the Polish Penal Code aimed to introduce a ban on the “demoralisation and sexuality of children”, and de factoa ban on reliable sexual education, are the cuckoo’s egg of the electoral campaign. Extremist ultra-Catholic circles pushed it to the conservative and national Law and Justice party...

Jail sentence for talking about sex in Poland

By Anka Grzywacz / 25 November, 2019

While many European countries are liberalising their restrictive laws on sexual and reproductive health, Poland is moving in the ultraconservative direction. Far-right politicians from the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) want to criminalise sexuality education through its newly proposed draft law. Anyone who provides sexuality education or even discusses it...

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Progressive Pod on Poland Elections

By Ania Skrzypek / 18 October, 2019

Just three days after the elections, President Aleksander Kwasniewski (in the office 1995 – 2005) shares with us his insights of the campaign, his reading of the electoral results and how he expects things to unfold.  In a conversation with Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and Training, President touches...

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Poland after the general elections 2019: a divided country in a state of suspension, where citizens don’t give up their hopes

By Ania Skrzypek / 18 October, 2019

Last Sunday, 13th of October 2019 an unprecedented number of Polish both in Poland and abroad went to cast a vote in the general elections. It had nothing of a fatigue that otherwise could have been the case in a nation that went to vote for the third time in...

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Joy or disappointment? The Polish elections in brief

By Konrad Golota / 18 October, 2019

“The most important elections since 1989” were saying all parties running in General Elections on 13th October in Poland. The competition was quite narrow, so all the parties focused on the mobilisation of voters. Let’s start with numbers: the Sejm consists of 460 MPs and the Senate of 100 Senators....

The future of the Left: how to cross the ten ‘plus something’ percent

By Michal Sutowski / 18 October, 2019

With MPs such as: Gdula, Zawisza, Czarzasty, Zandberg, Dziemianowicz-Bak, Gill-Piatek, Konieczny and Scheuring-Wielgus – the Left in the Sejm has the best ever composed delegation that crosscuts between young and middle-aged population. It is certainly the most outstanding in the span of one and a half decades, or even, it...

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An anticipated, but yet astonishing result in the general elections

By Marcin Duma / 18 October, 2019

The parliamentary elections in Poland ended with a predicted result – even if that one wasn’t exactly surprise-free. Before the vote, the analysts and pollsters agreed regarding the possible outcome – which would entail a victory of the governing party (Law and Justice – PiS). It would enable this force...

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The return from afterlife

By Bartosz Rydlinski / 18 October, 2019

When, in 2015, Polish Social Democracy and its largest party, the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), fell out of parliament for the first time in the history of Poland, couldn’t believe it. Two times, the ruling party responsible for bringing Poland into the European Union, whose politicians were elected president twice,...

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