Every Sunday, check out our weekly press roundup of the best pieces and most insightful articles on Central Europe in international media (note: access to some of them might be restricted to subscribers only).
EU’s new Commission chief may have turned too far to the East, Forbes
Forbes examines whether EU Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has made too many compromises with Central and Eastern European states, and what that could mean for the EU in the next five years.
Political cynicism: The case of Poland, Political Critique
Check out the fascinating findings of a report, conducted by field-researchers Sławomir Sierakowski and Przemysław Sadura for Political Critique, on voting habits and behaviour of rural voters in Poland.
Europe’s anti-immigrant leaders have a secret, Bloomberg
Central European leaders like Hungary’s Viktor Orban and Poland’s rulers may be launching virulent attacks against immigration on a daily basis. But they’re also quietly importing foreign workers to cope with their country’s labour crisis.
Would-be autocrats, Visegrad Insight
Edit Zgut from Visegrad Insight looks at the similarities between Poland’s Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Hungary’s Viktor Orban, and their need to portray enemies as existential threats in order to cling to power.
Fight the power: Why climate activists are suing Europe’s biggest coal plant, The Guardian
The Guardian reports on the recent radical steps taken by activists and NGO’s against Poland’s Bełchatów power plant, the biggest coal plant in Europe.
Poland’s ruling party puts an extraordinary museum of Polish-Jewish history into limbo, The New Yorker
“One of the most ambitious and successful new museums in Central and Eastern Europe in a decade”, Warsaw’s Polin Museum is under threat from the government’s attempts to rewrite history. An in-depth piece by The New Yorker.
For all the best pieces from the last weeks, check out our previous press reviews right here!