The national conservative PiS party has been in power in Poland since 2015. As a result, the independence of the courts has been curtailed, as have women’s rights - such as the right to abortion.
Journalist Piotr Pacewicz sees not only Polish democracy as in danger, but eyes risks for other countries. Meanwhile Agata Szczęśniak writes about the government’s attacks on journalists and media workers.
But in this dossier we also look at democratic countercultures, Polish food and art. Polish-born architect Daniel Libeskind describes how the country inspired him and offers his take on the Palace of Culture in Warsaw.