Trump and Fillon mean that Britain matters far more to Eastern Europe

28 November 2016 14:46

By next summer, Britain could be the only one of the three major Western military powers unequivocally opposed to the…

Timothy Garton Ash (third from right) with Václav Havel during the Velvet Revolution in 1989

The Timothy Garton Ash prize for European writing – winner announced

21 July 2016 11:27

In this week’s issue of The Spectator, Timothy Garton Ash announces the winner of the prize founded in his name…


Meet the British Poles who back Brexit

14 March 2016 14:01

Britain’s Poles appear to be struggling with a sort of Brexit-induced identity crisis. Earlier this month, BBC News showed Poles…

EU summit: Tired European leaders left waiting for their ‘English lunch’

19 February 2016 14:35

EU leaders have a funny way of going about their negotiations. The best way, it seems, is to conduct most…

Auschwitz was one of six extermination camps in Nazi-occupied Poland (Photo: Getty)

Is it any wonder Poles are sensitive about the phrase ‘Polish death camps’?

17 February 2016 11:22

Poland’s new government, which is described as right-wing and nationalistic, is in the news again. This time it wants to…

Protester waves flags of Poland and the European Union in front of the Polish Constitutional Court following a sentence regarding the appointment of judges in Warsaw on December 3, 2015.

‘The situation in Poland’ — Europe’s new scapegoat

12 December 2015 18:14

When an EU country elects a government with nationalist or Eurosceptic policies, the European Parliament calls an urgent investigation into…

Beata Szydlo (Photo: AP)

Poland’s shock election result has just made the EU even more of a mess

26 October 2015 21:27

European politics hardly needs more excitement, but that’s what in store after the crushing victory for the Law and Justice…

A Ukip supporter in March 2013 (Photo: Getty)

Ukip’s unsavoury Polish ally in the European Parliament

22 October 2014 11:57

One of the best arguments against European political integration is the people with whom British political parties end up allied…

Image: Getty

Tusk as European Council President is a mixed blessing for Cameron

30 August 2014 21:07

Donald Tusk, the Polish Prime Minister, has been appointed the new European Council President. Tonight, Tusk has had warm words…

Sometime Spectator contributor, now Polish Foreign Minister, Radek Sikorsky.

What we learned from leaked tapes showing Poland’s Radek Sikorski turning on Cameron

23 June 2014 18:32

Other than the revelation that politicians like to use bad language (hardly a shock to Coffee House readers), what have…

Donatan & Cleo from Poland perform on stage during the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 on May 10, 2014 . Britain was most impressed. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)

Sorry, Britain didn’t vote for the Austrian ‘Bearded Lady’

11 May 2014 15:31

There has been plenty of progressive backslapping this morning because Britain was one of the many countries to award the…

Three Powers

Our own folly may yet lead us to a second dishonourable Yalta

13 March 2014 10:39

‘He was back after less than two years’ pilgrimage in a Holy Land of illusion in the old ambiguous world,…


What is Europe good for? Rather a lot, actually…

23 January 2014 12:50

Europe, eh? Good for nothing, innit? That’s the prevailing narrative you hear these days. But, as so often, this is…

Berlin Senior Citizens' Week

World Without Borders: Lebensraum for German Pensioners

18 September 2013 12:33

Borders matter less than they used to. That’s not always apparent in this country protected as it is by the…

Polish community Continues To Thrive In UK

The Myth of the Immigrant Benefit-Moocher, Part Two

19 February 2013 13:24

I am afraid, dear reader, that I have misled you. Yesterday’s post on immigrants and benefit-claimants contained an inaccuracy. I…

Polish Work Force Leads to Largest Migration In Centuries

The Myth of the Immigrant Benefit-Scrounger

18 February 2013 15:42

The Sunday Express is at it again. It is outraged that Britain’s prisons contain some inmates who were not born…

David Cameron speaking to the press yesterday. Image: Getty.

Europe’s new iron curtain

23 November 2012 10:39

The last 24 hours have yielded no agreement in Europe, and they have seen David Cameron’s ambitions decline (he appears…

Stand up for freedom and freedom will stand up for you (eventually)

4 July 2011 10:32

It was hard to be a supporter of U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Western Europe. As a student living in…

Polish tragedy

10 April 2010 14:47

Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and a number of top Polish officials, including the Central Bank president, the Polish…

Commemorating the victims and the survivors

1 September 2009 14:01

Seventy years ago today, and only a week after the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact had been signed, a Nazi German battleship opened…