Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is located in the east-central region of the country and has a population of roughly 1.8 million.
Warsaw was founded in the 13th century. It rose to prominence during the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Following World War I it was the capital of the Second Polish Republic. It suffered significant destruction during World War II and was site of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising under German occupation. This page collates all of DW's content on Warsaw.
A new book published in Poland examines to what extent Polish police willingly collaborated with their Nazi occupiers during the Second World War. It's a topic that has rarely been discussed in the country, and Poland's current nationalist government wants to keep it that way.
Earlier this month several hundred thousand Roman Catholics in Poland took part in a communal prayer for Christian values in Europe and the rest of the world. Though the event was billed as ‘a rosary for peace’, it stirred controversy because many of those who took part in it prayed for Poland to be spared the influx of Islamic immigrants. Julian Berner has this report from Warsaw.
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.
Poland's government is insisting that Germany pay reparations for crimes committed during the Second World War. During a recent visit to Warsaw, Dagmar Engel posed the question of how such demands should be handled.
The German elections coincide with a mounting wave of Germanophobia in neighboring Poland. Chancellor Merkel's efforts to keep relations on a pragmatic level have clearly failed. For Poland’s nationalist rulers, the prospect of Merkel’s re-election means the perpetuation of what they claim are the worst things about the EU; now Warsaw is mulling over a demand for war reparations from Berlin.