Gdańsk, Poland’s window to the world and cradle of the Solidaritydemocracy movement, raises the flag again against a wave of populism sweeping the country. Some few hundred protestors against a new law of the Law and Justice party (PiS) risk easy identification by the police. People are well aware of this but still come out despite the fear among those who work in state-controlled enterprises or institutions of reprisals. A city lives up to it’s history.
The politics of Poland’s ruling party “Law and Justice” (PiS) nowadays promote allies as unpredictable as Trump; as politically marginal as Orbán, and as troublesome as Erdoğan. The freedom of the press has begun to suffer in countries that once seemed to be young and growing or well-established democracies. We, the journalists, need to wake up.
Governments in Western and Eastern Europe clash over child benefits. While the sums are small, emotions are strong. Published in NORWEGIAN by Aftenbladet.
On May 12 hackers hit more than a hundred countries exploiting a stolen N.S.A. tool that targeted vulnerabilities of Microsoft software. The attacks infected only machines running Windows. Among the victims are public administrative bodies such as NHS hospitals in the UK. Investigate Europe spent months to investigate the dire dependency of European countries on Microsoft – and the security risks this entails. Read our full investigation in ENGLISH.
Industry lobby decides how external European borders are going to be outlined. That’s probably one of the reasons that the Polish Border Guard received unnecessary drones. We as Poles also have built a robot to catch refugees, which quickly had to be dismantled. Read more in POLISH.
Danish and Polish reporters just broke the same story – on misuse of EU funds by right-wing MEPs. It caused a scandal in Denmark, but nothing in Poland. How come?
Throughout history, Poles have known migration. In recent history, they were refugees themselves. Poles were less islamophobic than other Europeans for a long time after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. But last year they elected a government that closes its doors on refugees, Muslims in particular, and which rejects a common European relocation system for people in need.
What happened to Polish generosity?
A travers l’histoire, les Polonais ont appris des migrations. Dans l’histoire récente, ils étaient eux-mêmes des réfugiés. Les Polonais étaient moins islamophobes que d’autres Européens après le 9 septembre 2011. Mais l’an dernier ils ont élu un gouvernement qui a fermé la porte aux réfugiés, aux musulmans en particulier et qui rejette le principe de la relocation des populations dans le besoin. Mais qu’est devenue la générosité polonaise ?