Poland

Violent clashes erupt at Poland Independence Day rally

By Dorota Niemitz, 13 November 2014

More than 270 people were arrested as far-right protesters battled riot police.

Excavation of gas chamber at Nazi Sobibor concentration camp completed

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 16 October 2014

The Sobibor, Belzec and Treblinca concentration camps were designed to carry out the systematic extermination of Jews and Roma living in those parts of Ukraine and Poland occupied by the Wehrmacht.

Poland announces formation of joint military unit with Ukraine and Lithuania

By Niles Williamson, 20 September 2014

Ukraine’s participation in a joint military brigade with Poland and Lithuania, both members of NATO, is part of a reckless campaign of militarization in Eastern Europe instigated by the US and targeting Russia.

Polish Prime Minister Tusk to become new EU Council president

By Christoph Dreier, 4 September 2014

The appointment of Tusk as EU Council president is a provocative signal of plans to escalate the confrontation with Russia.

Bugging affair unleashes government crisis in Poland

By Sonja Bach and Christoph Dreier, 25 June 2014

Just weeks after celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the 1989 elections, which saw the Solidarity movement defeat the Communist Party, the Polish government faces a serious crisis.

Obama backs state terror against eastern Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 5 June 2014

Meeting with billionaire President-Elect Poroshenko, Obama backed the regime’s “anti-terrorism operation” and offered military supplies and training to carry it out.

Obama escalates NATO confrontation with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2014

Amid an increasingly bloody offensive by the Kiev regime in eastern Ukraine, Obama began talks in Poland Tuesday aimed at ratcheting up military pressure on Russia.

Prime Minister Tusk calls for more NATO troops in Poland

By Christoph Dreier, 11 April 2014

In an interview with the weekly Die Zeit, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk spoke out in favour of a common European energy, foreign and military policy under German leadership, in order to “stop Russian expansionism”.

Report: Thousands of Polish children go hungry

By Dorota Niemitz, 1 April 2014

A recent report by the Central Statistical Office of Poland shows that more than half a million of the country’s children suffer from malnutrition.

Large demonstration in Poland against government austerity policies

By Markus Salzmann, 23 September 2013

Demonstrations in Poland are directed against the increase of the retirement age to 67, the expansion of precarious working conditions and other austerity measures of the Tusk government.

Polish government plans new attacks on the working class

By Christoph Dreier, 1 March 2012

Despite modest economic growth, the Polish government led by Donald Tusk is preparing renewed attacks on workers.

Death toll rises to 600 in European cold snap

By Markus Salzmann, 14 February 2012

The spate of cold weather that has lasted for weeks in many parts of Europe has now claimed at least 600 lives.

Poland: Tusk government begins second term

By Christoph Dreier, 12 October 2011

The ability of the ruling Civic Platform to remain in office—the first Polish government to be re-elected since 1989—has less to do with its own strength, but rather in the complete lack of alternatives and the bankruptcy of the political establishment.

Poland: Outcome uncertain in Sunday’s election

By Christoph Dreier, 8 October 2011

After weeks in which the ruling Civic Platform (PO) led in opinion polls, the outcome of Poland’s parliamentary election on Sunday now seems uncertain.

Polish presidential election: Komorowski’s victory augurs massive social attacks in Poland

By Marius Heuser, 6 July 2010

Bronislaw Komorowski, the candidate of the governing conservative Civic Platform (PO) party was able to win 52.6 percent of the vote in the second round of the Polish presidential election held on Sunday.

Following death of Kaczynski, great powers vie for influence in Poland

By Stefan Steinberg, 19 April 2010

There is an element of the grotesque in both the domestic and international efforts to sanctify the figure of deceased Polish President Lech Kaczynski.

Polish president Lech Kaczynski (1949–2010)—from Solidarity advisor to right-wing politician

By Marius Hauser, 13 April 2010

Poland’s late president Lech Kaczynski, who died Saturday in a plane crash, was a loyal representative of the country’s ruling elite and sought to establish authoritarian forms of rule based on reactionary Polish chauvinism.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski dies in plane crash

By Alex Lantier, 12 April 2010

Polish President Lech Kaczynski and dozens of other government officials died Saturday in a plane crash near Smolensk in western Russia, where they were traveling to a joint commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the World War II Katyn massacre.

Poland: Government escalates privatisation drive

By Peter Kloze, 18 September 2009

Confronted by a ballooning budget deficit, the Polish government has decided to intensify its drive to privatise key sectors of state-owned industry.

Poland: Last shipyards in Gdansk threatened with closure

By Marius Heuser, 29 May 2009

Ceremonies currently taking place marking the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Stalinist regime in Poland have been overshadowed by shipyard workers protests in Gdansk.

Olivier Besancenot in Poland

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 May 2009

Olivier Besancenot’s participation in the European election congress of the Polish Party of Labour (PPP) last weekend makes clear the real aims of his newly founded Anti-Capitalist Party (Parti Anticapitaliste).

Besancenot in Poland

Polish PPP congress marks lurch to the right by the new European left

By Marius Heuser and Tadeusz Sikorski, 22 May 2009

In a speech given in Katowice, Poland, the head of the NPA (New Anti-capitalist Party) justified his alliance with a group that has no connection with socialism and which includes openly right-wing forces.

Poland: 21 die in homeless shelter fire

By Stefan Steinberg, 17 April 2009

A fire at a homeless shelter in Poland last Sunday night killed 21 people and left many other residents badly injured. The three-storey building in Kamien Pomorski, housing 77 homeless people, including women and children, was turned into a charred skeleton.

Polish economy tumbles as global investors take flight

By Marius Heuser, 4 March 2009

Twenty years after the restoration of capitalism, the Polish economy is facing economic collapse as foreign capital flows out of the country.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

7 November 2008

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Eastern European economies face bankruptcy

By Niall Green, 23 October 2008

The economies of central and eastern Europe are being rocked by the crisis of world capitalism, compounded by the corrupt and pro-big business policies of their local elites.

Social crisis in Poland at the breaking point

By Brigitte Fehlau, 13 October 1999

Widespread protests have sprung up as a result of drastic cuts in social services, by means of which the Polish government seeks to meet the conditions for joining the European Union. Farmers, miners, steelworkers and hospital employees have taken to the streets.