The push to tighten Poland’s restrictive abortion laws has proved a lightning bolt moment for protesters.
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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.
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Protestors in Poland have forced the government to pause plans to effectively ban terminations.
A wolf in the Białowieża Forest, Poland.
Historians and scientists discovered how colonisation in eastern Europe changed ecosystems – and the societies embedded in them.
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.
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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.
Viktor Orbán speaking at a summit on Poland on Sept. 11.
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Once an atheist, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban embraced Christianity on his way to power – and has used it to consolidate his position since.
People protest the tightening of abortion law at the Archcathedral Basilica of St Peter and St Paul in Poznan, Poland, October 25.
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.
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.
Decaying monument to the ‘people’s uprising against fascism’ at Petrova Gora in Croatia.
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For many in former Soviet Bloc countries the desire to forget the communist past conflicts with the need to make money from dark tourism sites.
Not a smooth transition: Boris Yeltsin talks to people in Moscow in 1992.
The fifth episode of a series from The Anthill Podcast on how recoveries from major crises throughout history focuses on what happened after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Jane Austen based on a portrait by her sister Cassandra.
When her contemporaries were engaging with European themes in their novels, Austen remained rooted in her home country.
Supporters of the anti-Islam party Pegida attend a rally in Copenhagen on January 19, 2015.
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.
To celebrate National Vodka Day, a food historian debunks myths and highlights unknown facts about one of America's favorite liquors.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Piłsudski Square, Warsaw.
Rebecca M. Townsend
For the 80th anniversary, Poland has changed the site of the usual commemoration ceremony and, for the first time, has invited a U.S. president to speak.
The European Parliament is more fragmented than ever in its history, which could lead to legislative paralysis.
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.
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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.
US demonstrators who favor and oppose stricter gun laws, in 2018.
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Legislators in a growing number of democracies are clamping down on civil society. In the United States, it's happening at the state level.
People gather in the streets in Vilnius, Lithuania to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the country’s statehood.
While many countries across Eastern Europe celebrate 100 years since they were born or restored as nation-states after the First World War, not everyone in these states are celebrating.
What do Polish women who live in the UK think about Brexit?
Applied games can help us to tackle problems like climate change by appealing to players' hearts and minds.
A state of climate denial.
The UN climate talks are being held in a nation dominated by cheap coal.