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Victory for abortion rights movement shows how Polish society is changing

11 October 2016
A wave of mass protests in Poland has smashed a proposed total ban on abortions in a humiliating defeat for the right wing government.

Fight for abortion rights explodes onto Poland's streets

03 October 2016
The fight for abortion rights in Poland has exploded onto the streets. 

Hundreds protest against Poland’s abortion ban plan

12 April 2016
Around 300 people rallied outside the Polish Embassy in London last Saturday against a proposed law that would ban abortion.

Mass march of fascists in Warsaw

17 November 2015
Around 40,000 fascists and their extreme nationalist supporters marched in Warsaw on Wednesday of last week—Polish Independence Day.

International round-up

27 October 2015
Bigots top in Poland election, close run in Argentina, deal blames Palestinians

Revolutions of 1989: 'there was lots of shock and not much therapy'

04 November 2014
Socialist Worker spoke to Jane Hardy, a socialist activist and writer specialising in global political economy. Her book, Poland’s New Capitalism (2009) was translated into Polish and has been read by the new left there.

Good times are over for the liberal government in Poland

01 October 2013
Andy Zebrowski says workers’ opposition to austerity is growing in strength as the economic crisis puts rulers in trouble

200,000 join unprecedented march in Poland

17 September 2013
Up to 200,000 trade unionists marched in Warsaw  last Saturday against the government’s austerity polices.

Holocaust survivor Esther Brunstein speaks out… ‘I have a mission to bear witness’

07 February 2012
Esther Brunstein, a Holocaust survivor and anti-fascist campaigner who died in January 2017, talked to John Rose and Jan Ladzinski in 2012 about her earliest memories

Poland 1989: Promises that weren’t kept

03 November 2009
Two big promises were made in 1989. First, that Poland would be a democratic society. And second that living standards for the mass of people would match those in the West.

Outbreak of the Second World War: Who were the ‘guilty men’?

01 September 2009
Prime minister Neville Chamberlain broadcast that Britain was in a state of war with Germany at 11.12am on 3 September 1939. The Second World War had begun two days earlier when the German dictator, Adolf Hitler, invaded Poland.

Sparks of Hope: Polish Paths to Freedom

16 June 2009
This special season of free film screenings provides a unique opportunity to follow the revolt that 20 years ago liberated Polish society from Stalinist dictatorship.

Strike threat wins equal pay for all on construction site

17 March 2009
The threat of strike action by construction workers last week forced a subcontractor to increase the wages of the Polish workers it employs on one of its sites.

Poznan talks offer little hope on climate change

15 December 2008
Anyone who hoped that the recent international climate treaty meeting in Poznan, Poland, would come up with a solution to climate change will be severely disappointed.

Turning against the privateers in Poland

25 November 2008
Last year the governing party in Poland proclaimed that it could build a miracle economy.

Polish activists: ‘We’ve had Moscow, we don’t want Washington’

19 August 2008
The US and Poland’s leaders have escalated the militarisation of Europe and the tensions between the West and Russia.

Poland timeline

29 July 2008
1945 Poland falls under Russia’s sphere of influence following the Second World War. A dictatorship modeled on Joseph Stalin’s Russia is imposed on the country.1956 A workers’ uprising breaks out in the city of Poznan involving over 100,000 people. It is brutally put down by troops but inspires the creation of workers’ councils in factories in other parts of Poland. It is two years before the movement is crushed.1980 A strike movement sweeps the country in response to an increase in food prices. The Solidarity trade union is formed. It wins massive support and becomes the main opposition to the regime, which is f

Poland’s left turn

29 July 2008
Poland has been presented as a neoliberal success story in eastern Europe. And against the background of recession and near recession in several European Union (EU) countries, Polish economic growth looks quite healthy – it is currently 6.4 percent.

Voices from Poland’s left: ‘We must organise working people or remain on the margins’

29 July 2008
Boguslaw Zietek – leader of the August 80 trade union and the Polish Labour Party (PPP) ‘A formation is needed that is rooted in society, which will implement a programme aimed at wage earners in general.

Edinburgh Festival: Palestine and Poland to offer highlights

22 July 2008
With each passing year the Edinburgh Festival, or, more particularly, the huge Festival Fringe, appears to become increasingly commercial and dominated by stand-up comedians and rubbish cabaret shows.

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