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The European Union has one major tool available to it when it comes to reining in populist governments in Poland and Hungary: the power of the purse strings. Using it could bring them to heel – or antagonize them.
The new law, which makes blaming Poland for Nazi war crimes a criminal offense, is meant to correct a common error about Polish involvement in the Holocaust. But it also threatens growing introspection into what role Poles did have in the genocide.
Last month, the EU triggered a never-before-used procedure to attempt to force Poland to halt politicization of its courts, putting Warsaw and Brussels on a collision course. But while Poles back their government, they also still support the EU as well.
The idea has gotten traction ahead of Saturday's EU summit as a way to allow the union's members to integrate at paces they are comfortable with. But it's a contentious issue.
For the first time, feminists in more than 50 countries are calling an international women’s strike to protest against violence and inequality, in an effort to combat a global tide of male revanchism.
Holiday escapism might be elusive this year for Europeans burdened by the threat of terrorism, argument-inducing politics, and the prospect of uncertain economic times ahead.
After years of work representing Britain in the heart of the EU government, British bureaucrats feel alienated from their own country and the principles they had been working with.
Polish society has been riven between supporters of the populist conservative government and more liberal, pro-Europe urbanites. But the political split is spurring once reticent Poles to take to the street with new vigor.
While Britain is generally in favor of letting non-British residents with high-end skills stay after Brexit, its increasingly hostile rhetoric is making exactly those people question the wisdom of remaining.
Since the conservative Law and Justice party came to power last year, Polish politics have become extremely polarized – to the point that it is tearing apart families and friendships.
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