According to “Godwin’s law” the longer an online discussion continues, the more inevitably one party will eventually accuse the other of being Nazis. (...)

European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans: his announcement of a preliminary review of controversial new laws introduced by the governing Law and Justice Party will increase tensions between the EU and the new Polish government over. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Political pressure increased on Poland on Wednesday after the European Commission launched the first step in a procedure that could ultimately lead to(...)

Jaroslaw Kaczynski the leader of Poland’s rulking party. He may well be right to suspect that Brussels is all bluster.  REUTERS/Agencja Gazeta/Slawomir

The transition of the EU from an essentially economic alliance into a political union was not the work of one day or one treaty. But if any one moment(...)

Protesters in Freedom Square in Poznan, Poland, at the weekend under the banner Red Rard for Law and Justice (PiS). Photograph: EPA/Jakub Kaczmarczyk

EU officials returned to their desks this week in the hope that 2015 would be a year they could leave behind. A series of crises, beginning with the t(...)

Poland’s prime minister Beata Szydlo and PiS party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski: the new conservative government has taken control of the  country’s top court and secret services. Photograph:  Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Poland’s new national conservative government has been accused of staging a “creeping coup d’etat” for seizing control of the intelligence serv(...)

Conservative Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski embraces Law and Justice candidate for prime minister Beata Szydlo as they celebrate the party’s success. Photograph: EPA

For a woman set to be Poland’s next prime minister, Beata Szydlo looked more edgy than elated on Sunday night. Her national, conservative, EU-critical(...)

A woman walks by an election billboard in Warsaw featuring Poland’s prime minister Ewa Kopacz,  whose ruling PO party is trailing in polls. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

When Poland’s 30 million voters are asked to choose a new government on Sunday, prime minister Ewa Kopacz knows she may fall victim to third-term i(...)

Poland’s main opposition party Law and Justice’s leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski meets citizens of Brzeziny, near Lodz, while campaigning in the country’s general election. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Last year Jakub Urbanik, a Polish university professor, asked his local registry office in Warsaw for a licence to get married in Spain. It was a stan(...)

Polish main opposition party Law and Justice’s candidate for prime minister Beata Szydlo. Photograph:  Kacper Pempel/Reuters

It’s 1pm at the “Amor” wedding palace, a function room of glass chandeliers and stick-on stucco in rural Poland – and the bride is running late. Abou(...)

Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski: opponents have chipped away at a once comfortable lead  and he is now more than 10 points short of outright victory.   Photograph: Piotr Wittman/EPA

Poland’s election year kicks off tomorrow with a presidential poll that could influence the outcome of autumn parliamentary elections.Incumbent Broni(...)

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