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Swing to the right in Poland

The national conservative PiS has won the election in Poland by a clear margin. Party leader Kaczyński has named Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán as his role model and wants to tighten control over the legal system and central bank. Is Poland's democracy in danger?

Main focus of Monday, 4. January 2016

Poland's media law alarms EU

The EU is examining the options for taking steps against the media reform passed in Poland at the end of the year that gives the ... » more

Nasz Dziennik - Poland | Monday, 4. January 2016

PiS standing up to Western colonialists

The warnings from Brussels are just a sign that the EU is worried it will lose its influence over Poland, the national-Catholic daily Nasz Dziennik writes: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 4. January 2016

EU harder on Poland than on Hungary

Brussel's criticism of the new Polish media law elicits a surprised reaction from the conservative daily Lidové noviny: » more

Deutschlandradio Kultur - Germany | Thursday, 31. December 2015

Poles don't need sermons from Brussels

Poland can do without Brussels' finger wagging, writes the public service broadcaster Deutschlandradio Kultur: » more

Dennik N - Slovakia | Tuesday, 22. December 2015

PiS declares war on its adversaries

The developments in Poland since the election give cause for concern outside the country too, writes the liberal daily Dennik N: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Monday, 21. December 2015

Poland and Hungary undermining democracy

The sweeping reform of the state in Poland and Hungary contravene the Copenhagen criteria, the conservative daily Jyllands-Posten criticises: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Friday, 18. December 2015

PiS trains its sights on civil servants

Polish MPs discussed a draft law presented by the national conservative ruling party PiS which foresees the dismissal of 1,600 top civil servants. For the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza this is more than just a coincidence: » more

Gość Niedzielny - Poland | Tuesday, 15. December 2015

EU criticism of Poland pure neo-colonialism

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło called on EU Parliamentary President Martin Schulz to apologize to Poles for comparing the political shifts in Poland to a "coup". It's about time she protested, the Catholic portal Gość Niedzielny applauds: » more

Super Express - Poland | Monday, 14. December 2015

Don't overrate demonstrations in Poland

Tens of thousands of supporters of Poland's ruling PiS party demonstrated in Warsaw on Sunday in response to an equally large march the day before by government opponents. So what else is new? asks the conservative tabloid Super Express: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Thursday, 10. December 2015

Poles must save their democracy

Poland's Constitutional Tribunal ruled on Wednesday that the imminent replacement of several Tribunal judges with new judges closely affiliated to the ruling national-conservative PiS government was unconstitutional. This "chaos" prompts human rights activist Katarzyna Szymielewicz to call on Poles to campaign for democracy in the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 7. December 2015

PiS boss Kaczyński creating his own state

The Polish government has appointed four new constitutional judges from its own party ranks. It is working towards its vision of creating a new state order in Poland, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung comments: » more

Newsweek Polska - Poland | Thursday, 26. November 2015

PiS brings Constitutional Court into line

The Polish Parliament on Wednesday declared the nomination of five Constitutional Court judges appointed in October invalid. With this move the governing PiS has brought the legislative power in the country entirely under its control, writes the liberal news magazine Newsweek Polska: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Monday, 23. November 2015

Protest against PiS revives democracy movement

In protest against the country's new national-conservative PiS government, a Polish IT expert has founded a virtual committee on Facebook for the defence of democracy. By Sunday the group already had 25,000 members. The liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza is delighted: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Tuesday, 10. November 2015

Poland's new government inspires trust

Approximately two weeks after the parliamentary election Poland's new national conservative Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has presented her cabinet. The conservative daily Rzeczpospolita gives it the thumbs up: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Monday, 2. November 2015

Kaczyński calls the shots anyway

After the national conservative PiS's election victory the Polish media are busy speculating about who will receive a post in the new government. All the speculation is pointless anyway, writes Jacek Żakowski of the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: » more

Polityka - Poland | Thursday, 29. October 2015

PiS wants to control Polish media

Poland's new governing party, the national conservative PiS, wants to transform the state broadcasters into 'national media' starting 2016, according to statements by a member of parliament. To that end senior posts there are to be filled by PiS supporters, for example. The centre-left news magazine Polityka voices deep concern: » more

Echo24 - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 28. October 2015

Exodus to Europe: Threats from Brussels leave Poland cold

EU member states that reject refugee quotas should receive less EU funding, Euro Group chief Jeroen Djisselbloem has stated in reaction to the national conservative PiS winning the election in Poland. But Poland will pay little heed to such threats, commentator Petr Holub prophesies on the liberal website » more

Magyar Hírlap - Hungary | Tuesday, 27. October 2015

Orbán gains a Polish ally

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gained an important ally with the election victory of the national conservative PiS party under Jarosław Kaczyński in Poland, the conservative daily Magyar Hírlap writes: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 27. October 2015

Poland won't be another Hungary with Kaczyński

The fears that Poland will become another Hungary after the victory of Jarosław Kaczyński's national conservative PiS in the Polish general election are exaggerated, the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes is convinced: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 27. October 2015

Kaczyński may follow Orbán's and Putin's lead

Now that it looks like the national conservative PiS has won an absolute majority in Poland's general election on Sunday another authoritarian state may emerge in Europe, the centre-left daily Süddeutsche Zeitung warns: » more

Verslo žinios - Lithuania | Tuesday, 27. October 2015

Baltics can rejoice at Polish election outcome

The clear victory for the PiS in Poland is good news for Eastern Europe and especially for the Baltic states, the business paper Verslo žinios writes in delight: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 26. October 2015

An all too European discontent

The Eurosceptics have scored another victory - and in a country that once swore by the EU, the centre-right daily Corriere della Sera complains: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 26. October 2015

Democrats must wake up

The outcome of the election in Poland is a warning signal for the rest of Europe, writes the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Monday, 26. October 2015

PiS must not spurn Europe

Many Western European media have been critical of the PiS and the anti-European statements of party leader Jarosław Kaczyński. But politicians in Western Europe will be only too happy to work together with the new Polish government, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita believes: » more


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