These are days of shifting alliances, partings with old friends and the embracing of new comrades. So Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s visit to Poland on Friday(...)

Poland’s foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski: “You can’t criticise anyone for wanting to improve relations with Russia.” Photograph: Gian Ehrenzeller/EPA

As Central European leaders from the Baltic to the Black Sea congratulate Donald Trump on his accession to the White House, some can hardly wait for (...)

“For much of human history, war was seen as the natural relationship between societies.”

Humanity is tribal. We are social and cultural animals. Culture lets us co- operate not just in family bands, but in imagined communities. Of all such(...)

Protesters with a picture of Andrzej Rzeplinski, the outgoing head of Poland’s constitutional court, at an anti-government rally in front of the court  in Warsaw. Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

In the chilly gloom of Warsaw’s Dominican Friars church, three confessionals are doing a roaring pre-Christmas trade – on a Monday evening. As people(...)

Sevil Shhaideh: Critics fear Shhaideh, nominated to lead a new Romanian government, would be a de facto puppet of the country’s biggest political party.  Photograph: Inquam Photos/Ovidiu Micsik/via Reuters

Romania’s president has delayed a decision on whether to nominate an economist as prime minister, saying he needed more time to assess a candidate wh(...)

Demonstrators in front of the parliament building in Warsaw on Tuesday. The poster roughly translates as “Over the corps to the cell”. Photograph: Agencja Gazeta/Kuba Atys/via Reuters

The leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has told opposition protesters, including politicians occupying parliam(...)

Protesters gather for the fourth day to demonstrate against new media regulations in front of the Sejm building in Warsaw yesterday. Photograph: Radek Pietruszka

Polish MP Michal Szczerba is still surprised he sparked the latest round in his country’s worsening constitutional crisis. It was Friday evening and (...)

An effigy of Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski at a protest in front of Poland’s parliament in Warsaw. Photograph: Marcin Obara/EPA

A year after taking power, Poland’s national conservative Law and Justice (PiS) government has decided to decided to go for broke and push a conservat(...)

People take part in a demonstration organised by Polish Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD) in front of the Sejm (Parliament) in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday.  The rules proposed by Sejm Speaker Marek Kuchcinski limit the number of journalists allowed in the Sejm building. The rules are due to take effect in 2017. Photograph: Tomasz Gzell/EPA

Around two dozen members of Poland’s main opposition party extended their sit-in protest in parliament on Sunday after talks to resolve a dispute over(...)

The rules proposed by the Sejm Speaker Marek Kuchcinski limit the number of journalists allowed in the Sejm building. The rules are due to take effect in 2017. Photograph: Bartlomiej Zborowski/EPA

Police forcefully broke up a blockade of the Polish parliament by protesters who said the ruling party violated the constitution by illegally passing(...)

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