Poland, an EU member since 2004, is the birthplace of the Solidarity movement, which helped bring down Soviet-style communism in the late 1980s. It was also the site of some of the 20th century's greatest tragedies.
Home to 38.5 million people, Poland sits in the near heart of Europe, bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and the Russian enclave Kaliningrad. The prime location and large amount of land (more than 300,000 square kilometers) Poland enjoys have enticed more than one of the country's neighbors to attempt to take it over. Poland survived the 1939-45 Nazi occupation, however, and endured over four decades of Soviet dominance to emerge as one of the EU's shining stars in Central Europe.
The military forces that NATO has deployed to the Baltic countries and Poland are an example of how Europe and North America are stepping up together, says NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. DW spoke with him in Lithuania.
Beata Szydlo has appeared to use a commemorative speech at the Nazi death camp to defend her anti-EU stance on refugees. The president of the European Council has condemned the comments as they launch legal action.
In Poland, criticism is mounting of abuses of democracy by the ruling Law and Justice party, led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski. And as the government tightens its grip on the media, a tiny two-man operation has decided satirical news is one way to highlight the facts. Julian Berner reports from Warsaw.
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