In just two months, the right-wing Law and Justice party has revamped the mechanics of government, particularly by defanging Poland's Constitutional Tribunal. That has already cut the party's domestic support by 25 percent.
The British prime minister is touring Europe to make his case for reform, without which he warns a British exit from the union might be necessary. But Germany could be more friend than foe if Cameron's reforms are constructive.
Poles have joined critics in Moscow and eastern Ukraine in opposing a new Ukrainian law that would grant World War II-era nationalists an honored status. The nationalists killed tens of thousands of Poles during the war.
More than one million Jews, Roma, Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, and others were killed at the most infamous Nazi death camp. Today, officials plan to make the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum more an educational experience than a memorial.
The US Senate's report on CIA torture has put an uncomfortable glare on Poland's role as host of one of the CIA's secret prisons – and forced a former president to finally admit he knew about the prison, if not the prison's conduct.
Poland and Russia expelled each other's diplomats this week and canceled cultural exchanges. But many Poles, driven by longstanding ties as well as business interests, want more dialogue. Will the new PM deliver?