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.
In Poland, an indefinite teachers' strike is putting the ruling nationalist party's populist policies to the test. The strike is supported by an overwhelming majority of chronically underpaid teachers. The strike is also in protest against a controversial reform of the education system which critics say is chaotic and has nationalist undertones. From Warsaw, Julian Berner files this report.
The liberal mayor of Warsaw has signed a declaration in support of LGBT rights, and a popular, openly gay politician has founded a new socially progressive party. The ruling nationalist party has slammed these initiatives. Until now even mainstream opposition politicians have been reluctant to consider issues like same-sex partnerships. But as Julian Berner reports, the tide appears to be turning.
On the 16th of January 1969, a Czech student called Jan Palach set himself on fire in the middle of Prague. This shocking act helped awaken many Czechs to the oppression they were under and the need to fight for their freedom. Fifty years later, WorldLink has been talking to those who remember the impact Palach’s death had on a nation.