Poland after the Shift
Six journalists took part in a research trip to Warsaw at the beginning of June. In addition to meetings with politicians from an array of parties, debates with Polish colleagues and non-parliamentary oppositional groups also took place.
Poland has become severely splintered following the parliamentary elections of October of 2015—the course of the governing party, the national-conservative Law and Justice (PiS), is being met with heavy resistance, both in Brussels and within the country itself. The courts and publicly owned media are being propped up by the regime - regarding the question of refugees, they're preaching skepticism. At the same time, many voters continue to cling to the PiS, mostly due to the popularity of their social reforms.
Six print and radio journalists dealt with these current developments on location. In addition to conversations with Vice Secretary of State, Konrad Szymanski, and leading politicians representing every oppositional political party in the Sejm, the research team also met with various civil-society actors. Participants also discussed media polarization within both countries with Polish colleagues. 25 years following the signing of the German-Polish Treaty of Friendship, the research team took a nuanced and composed look at the events.
Here you'll find a selection of media reports based on the research and conversations that took place during the trip.
Lukasz Tomaszewski: Ist Polens Medienfreiheit in Gefahr? (WDR 5, 28.6.2016)
Knut Krohn: Einig nur im Nein zu Flüchtlingen (Stuttgarter Zeitung, 15.6.2016)