Pro-choice demonstration in Warsaw: A compromise reached with Poland’s influential Catholic Church in 1993 has, in the intervening years, been a source of constant legal battles. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Three former first ladies of Poland have attacked a proposal by the country’s national conservative government to tighten already restrictive abortio(...)

Lech Walesa in Gdansk in 1983: the Nobel Peace Prize winner has previously acknowledged signing a commitment to be an informant but has insisted he never acted on it.   Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Recently seized documents show that Poland’s former president and Solidarity founder Lech Walesa was a paid informant for the communist-era secret sec(...)

Former Polish foreign minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski who died over the weekend. Photograph:  AFP PHOTO/DPA/ STEPHANIE PILICK

Polish politician, writer and activist Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, who was persecuted both by the Nazis and Polish communists before serving two terms as(...)

ROMANIA: civilians cross Bucharest on a truck waving flags where the communist symbol has been cut off
1989’s other revolutions
  • Europe
  • November 6, 2014, 06:00

At a remove of 25 years, many people remember the collapse of communism in eastern Europe starting with the fall of the Berlin Wall.But by the time th(...)

Gen Wojciech Jaruzelski, who has died aged 90, giving an interview in 2008. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Wojciech Jaruzelski, the last communist leader of Poland, who has died aged 90, sent tanks to crush the Solidarity movement in 1981 yet went on to pre(...)

Former president of Poland General Wojciech Jaruzelski during the 15th anniversary of the Polish Round Table Agreement in Warsaw, Poland, in 2004. He died yesterday after a long illness. Photograph: Radek Pietruszka/EPA

General Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland’s last communist leader who imposed martial law to crush the Solidarity movement only to hand over power less t(...)

Tadeusz Mazowiecki, who has died aged 86, was Poland’s first post-communist prime minister. Photograph: Reuters

Tadeusz Mazowiecki, who has died aged 86, was Poland’s first post-communist prime minister. One of the country’s leading Catholic intellectuals, he ha(...)

Former Polish prime minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki    in Warsaw  in  2009.   His  appointment in 1989 as the first non-communist prime minister in the Soviet bloc helped usher in democratic change across eastern Europe. Photograph: Wojciech Surdziel/Agencja Gazeta

Polish statesman Tadeusz Mazowiecki, whose appointment in 1989 as the first non- communist prime minister in the Soviet bloc helped usher in democrati(...)