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The push to tighten Poland’s restrictive abortion laws has proved a lightning bolt moment for protesters. Wojtek Raadwanski/AFP via Getty Images

Poland’s anti-abortion push highlights pandemic risks to democracy

Tens of thousands of people have defied bans on gatherings to protest abortion restrictions. A scholar of democracy says the policy push during a pandemic has echoes elsewhere.
Women’s rights activists with posters of the Women’s Strike symbol protest in Warsaw, Poland, in October 2020 against a further tightening of Poland’s already restrictive abortion laws. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish women reject the Catholic Church’s hold on their country

The women’s movement in Poland faces a powerful and as yet unchallenged adversary in the Catholic Church.The protesters have correctly shone a spotlight on the church for its hold on Polish politics.
People protest the tightening of abortion law at the Archcathedral Basilica of St Peter and St Paul in Poznan, Poland, October 25. Jakub Kaczmarczyk/EPA-EFE

Poland’s abortion ruling amounts to a ban – but it will not end access

The ruling will not end the demand for abortion. It will instead accelerate the trends for abortion travel abroad and self-managed abortion with pills.
Members of the European Parliament protest in support of Poland’s LGBTQ community. EPA/Olivier Hoslet

The EU is on a collision course with Poland over hate crime

In her first state of the union speech, Commission president Ursula von der Leyen took a confrontational stance over discrimination, singling out Poland in particular.
Supporters of the anti-Islam party Pegida attend a rally in Copenhagen on January 19, 2015. Juliane Lydolph/AFP

Asylum seekers and immigrant threat: Is there a link?

The perception of an immigrant threat in Europe is often thought to be driven by rising numbers of asylum seekers, but research indicates that political and media discourses are often the driving factor.
Actor Roger Moore poses with a martini after learning he would play the British secret agent James Bond. AP Photo

3 questions about vodka, answered

To celebrate National Vodka Day, a food historian debunks myths and highlights unknown facts about one of America's favorite liquors.
The European Parliament is more fragmented than ever in its history, which could lead to legislative paralysis. Shutterstock

To tackle climate change, immigration and threats to democracy, Europe’s fractious new Parliament will have to work together

Populists didn't do well enough in the EU's recent elections to destroy Europe from within. But with far-right and far-left parties winning new seats, consensus on key issues looks ever less likely.
One of the more destructive conspiracy theories paints Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros as the puppet master of a vast left-wing and globalist elite. (AP Photo Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Scapegoating George Soros: How media-savvy far-right activists spread lies

Media-savvy, far right-wing activists in the U.S., Hungary and Poland spread white nationalist politics using paranoid Soros conspiracy theories. This new global extremism is coming to Canada.

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