Lech Walesa

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People pray by the restored monument of  late Fr Henryk Jankowski in Gdansk: supporters accuse Polish liberals of a witch hunt  against traditional Catholic values. Photograph:  Agencja Gazeta/Bartosz Banka

For the second time in a month, the statue of a polarising Polish priest has vanished from the streetscape of Gdansk. Councillors in the northern Bal(...)

President of Poland Andrzej Duda and  director of the Polin Dariusz Stola: the national conservative Law and Justice government has complained the museum is too political. Photograph:  Celestino Arce/NurPhoto

Six years after it opened, Warsaw’s award-winning Jewish museum finds itself caught in a widening row over political history in Poland – and citizens’(...)

August, 1980: Lech Walesa, leader of the Polish Trade Union Solidarity, who wenton strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk. File photograph:  Keystone/Getty Images

The massive museum looks like a rusting ship’s hull and could be distant cousin of its sleeker Belfast equivalent. The Titanic Museum recalls a ship t(...)

David Brophy: conducted a moving performance of Britten’s War Requiem at the National Concert Hall to commemorate Armistice Day

The musical commemoration of the dead goes back not centuries but millennia; though, of course, we have no way of knowing what most of this early musi(...)

Polish supreme court president Malgorzata Gersdorf walks to the court building, surrounded by supporters, in Warsaw on Wednesday. Photograph: Maciej Jazwiecki/Agencja Gazeta via Reuters

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki faced passionate attacks against Warsaw’s judicial reforms on Wednesday as a leading judge defied her forced (...)

Sting: 'When I get angry I’m a Geordie. It’s very effective.' Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

When you say, “I’m here to interview Sting”, nobody says, “Sting who?” There’s one Sting, like there’s one Bono, one Cher and one Bosco. The former P(...)

People demonstrate in front of the presidential palace in Warsaw on Monday. Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Poland’s 18-month constitutional crisis has moved into uncharted waters after the president vetoed judicial reform bills that critics denounced as a t(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks at Krasinski Square in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday.  Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times

US president Donald Trump has held up Poland’s struggle for survival throughout hits history as an example to the West in its ongoing battle with Isla(...)

Jaroslaw Kaczynski: Taking a leaf from Donald Trump, the leader of Poland’s ruling PiS party is in full pursuit of a conservative counter-revolution. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

That these are changing times for Europe and Poland was clear this week as I gazed out the window of the Berlin-Warsaw express. On Tuesday, Warsaw’s(...)

Polish fans  at Stade de France for their side’s match against Germany. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

It may be buried deep in the small print of Uefa’s official guide for these championships but the acknowledgement must exist somewhere nonetheless: as(...)

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