Women face an uphill battle to fight for their rights under illiberal regimes.
The war on reproductive rights in Central Europe is not a backlash but a key tenet of a new illiberal form of governance.
West Africans who play professional football in Poland rest at halftime. Warsaw, Summer 2016.
Many talented African footballers follow the exodus to Europe's football leagues. But many are stuck in the lower leagues, without the glory and wealth they dream of.
Protesters take to the streets on ‘Black Monday’ in Warsaw on October 3.
A popular protest forced the government back down on its proposed ban, but Poland still has savagely restrictive abortion laws.
Not far from where the infamous Krakow Ghetto gates once stood, Jewish caricatures are for sale.
Around 65,000 Jews lived in Krakow before the Second World War. Now, perhaps a hundred Jews regularly attend synagogue, and antisemitic figurines are sold in markets. What's wrong with this picture?
I can’t believe what I’m seeing.
The UK's decision to leave the European Union has baffled many in Poland, the Czech Republic and Romania, where nostalgia for life before the EU is virtually non-existent.
A growing street movement is fighting back as the new government clamps down on all kinds of freedoms.
Puff the magic drag-in
Scotland has just joined the growing list of countries getting tough on the vapes. Here's why the libertarians should pipe down.
This could come to blows.
There's something every Scot should know about those caterwauling pipes.
EU and Polish flags together at anti-government demonstration in Warsaw.
After years of being hailed as the shining example of post-Communist success, Poland is being depicted going 'backward.' What happened? And why is this significant for Europe?
Beata Szydło: nothing to see here, I swear.
The EU is investigating concerns that the national government is breaching shared values as it pushes through constitutional reforms.
A protest flag depicts Jarosław Kaczyński as Poland’s puppet master.
The new, nationalist government is cutting ties in all directions, but it could soon run out of options.
Cut from a different cloth: outgoing Ewa Kopacz (left) welcomes successor Beata Szydło into office.
With hardliners taking charge of the government and presidency in Warsaw, the migrant rhetoric is looking worrying. But how much will change in practice?
Law and Justice’s (PiS) candidate for prime minister, Beata Szydlo.
Poland has weathered the economic storm that engulfed Europe, but its centrist government has nonetheless been booted out. Why?
The Pole who would be king…Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta/Reuters
When they vote October 25 in parliamentary elections, Poles will be taking a dangerous step into the unknown, and the rest of Europe may not be far behind.
Poland’s president Andrzej Duda taking supreme command over Polish armed forces on August 6.
Andrzej Duda's Law and Justice party is more anti-Russian and eurosceptic than its main rival.
After years of liberal laws, terminations are now almost completely out of bounds.
Andrzej Duda takes the Polish presidency.
A shift to the right in Poland in an election that signals tough times ahead for the government.
Mission accomplished? Protesters outside the European parliament in Brussels.
Europe was supposed to be big business for fracking companies, but so far not so good. So what's going wrong?
Brinkmanship is back.
Pipeline image via www.shutterstock.com
As tensions run high over Russia's gas supplies to the Ukraine, and by extension parts of Europe, the reality for the EU is less than perfect: it will need Russian gas for the foreseeable future.
A controversial film
The release of a documentary film in the Czech Republic earlier this year caused much controversy. It is about a dissident named Pavel Wonka who fought against the totalitarian regime in Communist Czechoslovakia…