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.
Poland's Jaroslaw Kaczynski's figure looms large in his homeland. Indeed, the image of a leader with almost superhuman powers has spread across Central and Eastern Europe, argues polish author Stanislaw Strasburger.
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.
New laws are putting Poland's judiciary under government control. The minister of justice can name and recall judges, placing ones critical of the country's leaders at risk, as one Warsaw justice is finding out.
Poland's Law and Justice Party (PiS) is considering whether to seek further reparations from Germany for the massive losses inflicted during WWII. PiS head Kaczynski described the move as a "historical counteroffensive."
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