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The Spectator – Donald Tusk is playing a dangerous game in dismissing Polexit

13 September 2021

The Spectator – Discussions of Polexit are moving into the mainstream of Polish politics. Echoes of the build up to the United Kingdom’s Brexit debate are unmistakable, and the dismissive attitude of pro-EU figures such as Donald Tusk could backfire.

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The Independent – Brussels steps up legal fight with Poland, demands daily fines

7 September 2021

The Independent – The EU has escalated its conflict with Poland over the country’s controversial judicial reforms by demanding daily fines for every day its orders are not complied with. The move may also be a warning show across the bows ahead of a key Polish ruling on the primacy of EU law due later this month.

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The Independent – Poland declares state of emergency on Belarus border

3 September 2021

The Independent – Poland’s decision to declare a state of emergency on its border with Belarus is a drastic escalation in its fight to halt illegal immigration from its eastern neighbour.

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The Spectator – The battle for Eastern Europe’s energy sector

30 August 2021

The Spectator – The battle to power Eastern Europe is increasingly being framed as a struggle between East and West. Attempts to displace Ukraine’s reliance on Russian fossil fuels are leading to Manichean portrayals of eastern and western influences, as efforts to develop renewable energy sources in the region intensify.

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The Spectator – Fortress Europe is dreading the Afghan migrant crisis

25 August 2021

The Spectator – With a group of Afghan migrants stranded at the Polish border, questions are being raised about Europe’s willingness to take in a potential wave of refugees from Afghan. Central European attitudes do not seem to have changed since the last migrant crisis – and now this hesitancy is shared in western Europe too.

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The Independent – Refugees denied Poland entry ‘surviving on grass and leaves’ at border

24 August 2021

The Independent – Polish lawyers have banded together to represent a group of Afghan migrants stranded at the country’s border with Belarus. The migrants are being refused entry by both countries, in a situation which is rapidly becoming a humanitarian crisis.

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Reaction – Nothing to say here: how dictatorships gag the press

21 August 2021

Reaction – Portraying foreign media as inherently hostile and suspect is a key element in creating the climate of fear on which authoritarianism thrives. And to achieve this, control over the domestic media must also be achieved.

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The Independent – US media owners start legal action against Poland in media law fight

17 August 2021

The Independent – An interview with J.B. Perrette, president and CEO of Discovery Networks International, covering the Polish media law and its implications for American investors such as Discovery.

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The Independent – Poland’s controversial media law exposes deep rifts in Polish politics

12 August 2021

The Independent – Chaotic events in the Polish parliament accompanied the passage of the government’s controversial media law limiting foreign ownership of Polish media companies. The law is seen as s way of silencing voices critical of the government, and a threat to the future of Poland’s relations with the USA.

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The Independent – Poles rise up against media law described as ‘gagging democracy’

10 August 2021

The Independent – The Polish government’s attempts to pass a bill restricting non-European ownership of media companies is being seen as a threat to freedom of debate, with U.S.-owned broadcaster TVN under threat due to the law.