Articles on Pawel Zerka

Poland in the EU: How to lose friends and alienate people (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 14 August 2020

Poland was once the leading voice of the EU’s east. But smaller countries such as Lithuania have overtaken it in responding to the situation in Belarus.

Poland under Duda: A divided country, dividing Europe (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka & Piotr Buras - 14 July 2020

The Law and Justice party has consolidated its power inside Poland by retaining the presidency – but battles with Brussels and a victory for Biden could cause it trouble.

Poland's presidential election: Political chaos and divides on Europe (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka & Piotr Buras - 07 May 2020

Polish voters are strongly divided on European issues. An unfair election could intensify these disagreements, threatening to turn Poland into an increasingly problematic partner for other EU member states.

Europe and the virus: The battle of narratives (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 17 March 2020

The advent of coronavirus has set off a battle of narratives about the role of the EU. The winner will define Europe’s future. 

Ill will: Populism and the coronavirus (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 05 March 2020

Sooner or later, the coronavirus will be gone. In the meantime, it will test Europe’s resilience against not just epidemics but misinformation and scapegoating.

Final call: Macron goes to Poland (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 30 January 2020

Emmanuel Macron should not shrink from addressing Poland’s democratic backsliding when he visits next week – and other EU leaders should quickly follow his lead.

The benefits of political fragmentation (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 29 November 2019

The EU's new pluralism has made public debate more political, as parties and groups have become careful to protect their distinct identities.

The real battle for Poland’s future (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka & Piotr Buras - 11 October 2019

Jaroslaw Kaczynski promises the ‘Polish model of the welfare state’ and social protection like in the West - but if his party stays in power after the October 13 election, the country will drift further away from its hard-won freedoms and connections with Europe 

The Polish election by numbers (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka & Piotr Buras - 09 October 2019

Polling on the upcoming election in Poland reflects a society often at odds with the ruling party. This is the election broken down by numbers.

Tricks of the trade (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 13 September 2019

Trade policy is set to become one of the key tools of Ursula von der Leyen’s “union that strives for more”. But securing support from national governments and European citizens will be a challenge.