Busting the Merkel Myth

Press play to listen to this article BERLIN — In an age of us-versus-them politics, soon-to-be ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel might be the only prominent international leader the global demos can actually agree on. From Poland to Peru, clear majorities profess a favorable view of the East German physicist-turned-politician, whose 16-year tenure running Europe’s largest … Read more

Polish women protest attempts to further restrict abortion

Women’s rights activists in Poland used red paint to symbolise blood as they protested Tuesday against a government plan to register every pregnancy in a national database and as parliament prepares to debate a new proposal to further restrict abortion. The activists fear the database will allow Poland’s right-wing authorities to track whether pregnancies end … Read more

EU, NATO stress unity on Belarus

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg presented a united front Sunday against pressure on their organizations’ eastern borders from Russia and Belarus. “It is important that the European Union and NATO work hand in hand,” von der Leyen told a news conference in Vilnius. “We are testing and coordinating … Read more

New German government should change tack over Nord Stream 2, Poland’s PM says

The new government in Berlin should change its attitude toward the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and “do everything possible” to prevent Russia from using it as a weapon against its neighbors, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said. “Nord Stream 2 is becoming a tool to blackmail Ukraine and Moldova. It is also a tool … Read more

Belarus will not force migrants to return home, says Lukashenko

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said he will not forcibly return migrants who have been stranded at the border with Poland. During a staged visit to a facility that accommodates migrants, Lukashenko promised food and warm clothing for those who wanted to stay in the area. “My task is to help you, people in trouble,” … Read more

Ukraine PM calls for NATO’s help against Russia

Press play to listen to this article With a major mobilization of Russian troops once again menacing Ukraine, and U.S. intelligence warning of a potential invasion, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on Thursday urged NATO to send warships to the Black Sea and step up reconnaissance flights along Russia’s borders. “Ensuring the constant presence of … Read more

At NATO, Polish president calls for allied response to Russian troop build-up near Ukraine

Polish President Andrzej Duda called on NATO to deploy additional forces on its eastern flank and step up its air policing mission in response to Russia’s recent military build-up close to the border with Ukraine. The U.S. and other Western allies have issued stern warnings about the Russian mobilization in recent days, amid concern the Kremlin could be … Read more