Studying in Poland is far cheaper than going to a UK institution – but this isn’t the only reason to travel east
From its gingerbread treats to restaurants and pubs, Polish culture has become a part of British life. Around 579,000 Polish-born people have moved to live in the UK – all during the lifetime of today’s 18-year-old university applicants. Continue reading
Anyone who has stood recently on the border between Poland and Ukraine or Poland and Belarus couldn’t help but notice them: thousands of cars entering Poland from the east in search of cheaper goods, and noticeably fewer cars heading in the opposite direction for gasoline, alcohol, and sweets. In Poland, such small traders have been dubbed “ants.” But they have now, according to the Polish statistical office (GUS), raised Polish exports to the east by a quarter. Continue reading
On 12 August Polish hooligans attacked Belarusian journalists and activists in Warsaw. Although such incidents are rare, old stereotypes and prejudices often make life for Belarusians in Poland difficult. Such stereotypes also provoke anti-Belarusian acts of vandalism. Although Poland guarantees the Belarusian minority certain rights, in reality they face various obstacles to retain their identity. Continue reading
Unable to perform freely in their authoritarian homeland, half a dozen bands from Belarus are rocking against the regime at a music festival in Poland near the border with their country.
“This is a unique festival, where bands can sing in Belarussian and not in Russian and shout out ‘Long live free Belarus’,” Hanna Piekarska, spokeswoman of the annual BASowiszcza festival, told AFP by telephone as the two-day event got under way Friday. Continue reading
Belarus officials conditionally released a Polish newspaper correspondent from jail on Saturday in a move seen as easing tensions before a likely meeting between Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and his Polish counterpart at the Euro 2012 soccer final.
Andrzej Poczobut, a Belarussian citizen who works for Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza and is a prominent activist for the rights of the Polish minority in Belarus, was arrested a week ago in his hometown of Grodno. Continue reading
Belarus on Tuesday told the ambassador of the European Union and that of Poland to leave the country and recalled its own envoys from Brussels and Warsaw, sparking anger in the EU and plunging relations between Minsk and the 27-member bloc to a new low. Continue reading
Relations between Belarus and Poland have deteriorated in recent decade, as Warsaw openly supported Belarusian opposition more than all other European nations put together. Earlier this month yet another war of words took place. Poland officially protested against a new Belarusian film The Old Talazs devoted to the 1920 Soviet-Polish War waged in Belarus. Continue reading
Another accusation was made against Poland on February 12 on the air of the state channel “Belarus-1.” At this time, the documentary film “Lessons of the Polish,” most of which is the materials of the Belarusian secret services, accuses Poland of financing “agents of change” – the Belarusian opposition (in particular, of the civil campaign “Tell the truth!”), as well as of organizing “revolution” in Belarus – events on December 19. Continue reading
In 2011, the number of Belarusian citizens, detained on the Belarusian-Polish border in violation of the rules of border crossing and customs laws of Poland, doubled. This was announced by the Consul General of Belarus in Bialystok, Alexander Berebenia. “The seizures of Belarusian citizens’ vehicles for illegal transportation of excise goods have become frequent as well,” he said. Continue reading
Lukin was a leading member of opposition presidential candidate Andrey Sannikau’s campaign staff in December. He and hundreds of other opposition activists were arrested at a mass protest in Minsk on December 19 and in the following days. Lukin was later sentenced to 15 days in jail.Â Continue reading