In Poland, the church and state are moving steadily closer together. The conservative government benefits from the Catholic Church’s popularity, while the church wants more influence in matters of state. Few in the church are critical of the trend.
Rights group AI has published a damning report into measures taken by the Law and Justice government that have weakened the rule of law in Poland. In particular it called on Warsaw to respect the right to free assembly.
School curricula in Turkey and EU states Hungary and Poland have been trending more toward patriotism and religion, with less emphasis on diversity. Teachers and other education experts are voicing their criticism.
A new centralized agency will be responsible for funding Poland's NGOs. Critics worry it is an effort by the ruling nationalist conservatives to rein in civil society.
The row about the planned reform of the judiciary in Poland is religiously charged. It exposes the close relationship between the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) and the country's conservative clergy.
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