The NATO and EU member borders Belarus, the Russian territory of Kaliningrad and Ukraine — plus a strip of land connecting it to Lithuania. It is an unstable and volatile mix of frontiers.
Critics of the law, including in Washington and the European Union, warn that Poland's right-wing populist leaders could use the law to block candidates ahead of elections later this year.
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Ukraine has long sought fighter jets, though these are old Soviet-made MiG-29s and not the more advanced Western warplanes that Kyiv covets.
With the anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine approaching, Poland's ambassador to the U.S. Marek Magierowski warns of a prolonged conflict and urges the West to provide Kyiv with more support.
Despite huge protests, Israel's new far-right government is doubling down on its first major initiative: to weaken the judiciary. Hungary and Poland's far-right did the same when they entered office.
Two Polish citizens were killed when the missile struck in the eastern part of Poland, just a few miles from the border with Ukraine. Polish President Andrzej Duda calls it an "unfortunate accident."
The comments by governing party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski that tied women's alcohol consumption to low birthrates quickly drew criticism from opposition politicians, activists and celebrities.
President Biden said there will be a permanent headquarters in Poland for the U.S. 5th Army Corps. It's one of several ways NATO forces will be beefed up after Russia invaded Ukraine.
Belarusians who see their country's fate as linked to Ukraine's victory are joining an anti-Kremlin resistance that includes activists, ex-spies and a Belarusian brigade fighting for Ukraine.
Poland's abortion laws are among the strictest in Europe. Advocates are seeking to help Ukrainian refugees who wish to terminate a pregnancy — including women raped by Russian soldiers during the war.
It was seen as a way for Russia to prop up its currency and retaliate for Western sanctions, but it could cause global energy prices to spike. One analyst sees it as a warning to the rest of Europe.