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Polish government plans new attacks on the working class

By Christoph Dreier, March 1, 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, February 14, 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, October 12, 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, October 8, 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, July 6, 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, April 19, 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, April 13, 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, April 12, 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, September 18, 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, May 29, 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, May 23, 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, Tadeusz Sikorski, May 22, 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.