Poland's last communist ruler, Wojciech Jaruzelski, dies at 90

May 26, 2014

Poland's last communist ruler, Wojciech Jaruzelski, dies at 90

Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland’s last communist leader who imposed martial law to crush the Solidarity movement only to hand over power less than a decade later, died aged 90 on Sunday following a long bout of illness, a military hospital in Warsaw said. In ...

May 4, 2014

A glance at the history of Polish immigration to U.K.

Poles are now the second-largest foreign-born group of people in the U.K., with numbers at a record high following Poland’s accession to the EU 10 years ago. But the history of Poles in Britain goes back much further. 1500s: Polish migration to Britain begins. ...

Polish immigrants find their footing in Britain

May 4, 2014

Polish immigrants find their footing in Britain

by Harriet Sherwood

Ten years after Tomasz Dyl left his small hometown near Krakow as a 13-year-old to start a new life in Southampton on England’s south coast, his personal trajectory has become emblematic of the story of Polish migration to the U.K. While his parents earned ...

Eastern Europeans ask: Who's next?

| Mar 16, 2014

Eastern Europeans ask: Who's next?

by Alison Mutler

Broken promises of help from the West. A tragic history of Russian invasion that goes back centuries. A painful awareness that conflicts in this volatile region are contagious. These are the factors that make nations across Eastern Europe watch events in Ukraine — and ...

Polish soap opera gives actor a chance to shine

Nov 25, 2013

Polish soap opera gives actor a chance to shine

A Japanese actor has been enjoying popularity among Poles after joining the cast of Poland’s most-watched soap opera. Hiroaki Murakami, 30, has gained popularity with his appearance in the soap opera “M jak Milosc” (“L for Love”) constantly hitting high notes in viewer ratings. ...

Nov 24, 2013

UNEP chief urges Japan to stay in fight

The chief of the U.N. Environment Program urged Japan to keep playing a leadership role in the fight against global warming, although it faces a challenge caused by Fukushima nuclear disaster, which left most of its atomic plants offline. “The world has in a ...

Da Vinci dream realized by Pole

Nov 17, 2013

Da Vinci dream realized by Pole

With elegant black and tan keys, it looks like a baby grand piano, but when pressed they release the voluptuous tones of a cello. The painter of the Mona Lisa, Italian Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci, also dreamed up the viola organista in the ...

Storks find their paradise in Poland

Sep 15, 2013

Storks find their paradise in Poland

It is a success story of happy coexistence: outnumbered by storks, residents of the Polish hamlet of Zywkowo welcome the birds on their roofs in exchange for good luck — and, if you believe legend, newborns. Kept afloat by EU and nonprofit funding, the ...