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  1. June 6, 2014

    Reflections on the upheavals of 1989

    Twenty-five years ago this week, the world was shaken by two seismic political events. Separated by continents, they...

  2. May 25, 2014

    Polish general who tried to crush Solidarity

    Wojciech Jaruzelski, the stiff-backed Polish general who crushed the Solidarity labour union by calling troops out into the...

  1. December 23, 2013

    Poland attacks Cameron view on migrants

    David Cameron’s hostile rhetoric about immigration has caused anger in Warsaw, prompting two of the country’s pre-eminent...

  2. December 6, 2013

    Poland’s food revolution: culinary trips to Pomerania

    As I sat down to lunch, the sea was a leaden blue. It was still early autumn, but a chill wind as I walked on the beach had...

  3. October 28, 2013

    Tadeusz Mazowiecki, postwar Poland’s first non-communist leader

    Tadeusz Mazowiecki, the Catholic intellectual and dissident who led postwar Poland’s first non-communist government and...

  4. July 31, 2012

    Romney blames media over trip troubles

    Mitt Romney said that the media was partly to blame for his controversial week-long foreign tour which ended with the...

  5. July 25, 2012

    Romney takes cold warrior message abroad

    Joe Biden has already sized up the likely foreign policy of a Romney administration. The Republican challenger would,...

  6. January 3, 2012

    Ambitious Warsaw increases its influence

    Anyone passing through France’s Loire valley in 1988, the last full year of Communist rule in Poland, might have seen a...

  7. December 13, 2011

    Comment: bridging the divide

    On the night the Berlin Wall came down, I was in the eastern zone of the city attending a press conference given by Günter...

  8. May 27, 2011

    Walesa rejects invitation to meet Obama

    By Jan Cienski, Warsaw Lech Walesa, the leader of the Polish Solidarity labour union that helped break the back of European...

  9. October 8, 2010

    A Nobel Peace Prize to celebrate

    With its decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, the Norwegian Nobel Committee...

  10. June 25, 2010

    Who’s who: Big names from past – where are they now?

    Lech Walesa Thirty years ago, Lech Walesa was a 36-year-old electrician who had been fired from the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk...

  11. May 12, 2010

    Report on EU says 'Reform or decline'

    Tony Barber: With all eyes on Europe's last-ditch efforts to save the eurozone from collapse, it is hardly surprising that a...

  12. Brussels Blog

    May 11, 2010

    Report on EU's Long-term Future says: "Reform or Decline."

    With all eyes on Europe’s last-ditch efforts to save the eurozone from collapse, it is hardly surprising that a thoughtful,...

  13. April 11, 2010

    Death of symbol of battle against communism

    Ryszard Kaczorowski, who has died in the Smolensk aircraft crash, was the last president of the Polish government-in-exile...

  14. April 10, 2010

    Former president of the Polish government-in-exile dies

    Ryszard Kaczorowski, who has died in the Smolensk plane crash, was the last president of the Polish government-in-exile in...

  15. December 13, 2009

    Past imperfect, future tense

    The countries of central and eastern Europe have had much to commemorate this year – the 70th anniversary of the start of...

  16. November 10, 2009

    Dominoes a hit

    Rachman Blog (Chris Bryant) : When the idea was first mooted to topple a line of dominoes in the German capital to mark the...

  17. The World

    November 9, 2009

    How Berlin plans to avoid a "River of Fire" moment

    By Chris Bryant, eastern Europe correspondent, in Berlin When the idea was first mooted to topple a line of dominoes in the...

  18. November 9, 2009

    Leaders celebrate the day a city's divisions crumbled

    World leaders will gather in the German capital today to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall,...

  19. November 8, 2009

    Leaders to mark fall of Berlin Wall

    World leaders will gather in the German capital on Monday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin...

  20. November 3, 2009

    The celebrations

    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, addresses the US Congress today, kicking off a busy schedule of events commemorating...

  21. October 10, 2009

    Admirers welcome prophetic award

    Critics might have derided the speed of President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize , but for his admirers around the world...

  22. October 10, 2009

    Challenge for Obama after peace prize shock

    Barack Obama was yesterday awarded the Nobel Peace Prize just 263 days after taking office, triggering praise and...

  23. October 9, 2009

    Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

    Barack Obama on Friday received the Nobel peace prize just 263 days after taking office, triggering praise and incredulity...

  24. September 18, 2009

    Obama under fire for U-turn on plans to build missile shield

    Barack Obama's decision to scrap Bush-era plans for a missile defence shield yesterday triggered dismay in central Europe...

  25. September 18, 2009

    Obama under fire for U-turn on missiles

    Barack Obama's decision to scrap Bush-era plans for a missile defence shield yesterday triggered dismay in central Europe...

  26. June 11, 2009

    Let us roll out the euro to the whole Union

    When our great-grandchild­ren look back at the past 100 years of European history they are likely to remember Jean Monnet...

  27. June 3, 2009

    Solidarity celebration showcases lack of unity

    Tomorrow should see Poland basking in history as it commemorates the 20th anniversary of June 4 1989 - the day elections...

  28. June 2, 2009

    Solidarity celebration showcases disunity

    Thursday should see Poland basking in history as it commemorates the 20th anniversary of June 4 1989 – the day elections...

  29. November 26, 2008

    China’s thin skin

    The friend of your enemy is not necessarily your enemy. But China seems to think it is. Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s president,...

  30. July 15, 2008

    Polish statesman at heart of communism's fall

    Tributes have flowed for Bronislaw Geremek, a key figure in the overthrow of communism in Poland and in post-communist...

  31. July 15, 2008

    Polish statesman at heart of communism’s fall

    Tributes have flowed for Bronislaw Geremek, a key figure in the overthrow of communism in Poland and in post-communist...

  32. June 25, 2008

    Walesa was a police informant, book claims

    Lech Walesa, the leader of the Solidarity labour union who helped overthrow communism, has been accused of being an...

  33. October 10, 2007

    Who’s who in the Polish elections

    Jaroslaw Kaczynski The prime minister and leader of the conservative Law and Justice party (PiS) was an advisor to the...

  34. August 31, 2007

    Sacked Polish minister held

    Agents from Poland's new elite anti-corruption agency yesterday arrested a former minister of the interior who had been...

  35. August 21, 2007

    Poland’s iconic shipyard hits back

    Poland’s Gdansk shipyard, cradle of the Solidarity union that helped bring down communism, is fighting European Commission...

  36. June 20, 2007

    Observer: Lechs do battle

    Lech Walesa's tart tongue has got him into trouble with Poland's ruling Kaczynski twins in the past - he was investigated...

  37. April 26, 2007

    Russia pays its final respects to Boris Yeltsin

    Russia bade farewell to its first democratically elected president yesterday with pomp and reverence, but amid fears from...

  38. March 14, 2007

    Observer: Battle of the Lechs

    Many countries have a tradition where a political foe, once retired, bites his tongue and pretends to treat his successor...

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