In the clear water of a swimming pool, a boy dives with both arms stretched forward, holding a rifle in both hands.

Training in the pool: A boy trains to dive with a rifle in Mrzeżyno on the Baltic Sea. Photographer Natalia Kepesz visited popular summer camps in Poland where children receive military training



Poland in upheaval

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. 

July 2021

“Hate and ‘Christian values’ do excellent business in today’s Poland”
Jacek Dehnel
Writer and translator, Berlin