Poland’s nationalist Law and Justice Party has attacked democratic institutions, the judiciary and the free press and sought to criminalize criticism of Poland’s role in the Holocaust. Still, the country’s democracy remains more robust than Hungary’s, and even critics back a US military cooperation agreement that would put more troops in Poland to deter Russia. Harlan Mandel discusses press freedom, then Irena Lasota makes the case that Western observers hold a simplistic view of Polish politics. Susan also joins Greg to discuss the Globsec security conference, the Czech Republic, Moldova and the Russian reporter Ivan Golunov.


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Lead image credit: By The White House from Washington, DC – President Trump and the First Lady Welcome the President of the Republic of Poland and Mrs. Agata Kornhauser-Duda, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73654965.