Nov 302011
 
Travel Trauma Ahead

Work to revamp Krakow’s central railway station is expected to finish next spring – but passengers have had mixed experiences this autumn. While the 130-million złoty programme is showing palpable signs of progress – work has been completed in some sections and a new platform opened – there are still snags that may become major […]

Nov 222011
 
Sikh Claims Harassment by Polish Border Guards

British Sikh, Shaminder Puri, appeared in a Warsaw court at the end of October as part of an ongoing dispute with the Straż Graniczna (Polish Border Guards) over being forced to remove his turban. Mr Puri claims he has now become a victim of harassment after bringing the incident to the attention of Polish officials. […]

Nov 162011
 
Polish Literary Treasure Found in Russia

A lost manuscript by Polish literary giant Juliusz Słowacki has been found in the Russian State Library by a Krakow historian. Experts are describing the finding as ‘epoch-making.’ “During my research I often encounter interesting items in the inventories, though not necessarily related to my area of expertise. Such was the case with the Słowacki […]

Nov 162011
 
Writing on the Wall for Racist Graffiti

Krakow has become the first city in Poland to launch a major campaign against graffiti – with a focus on racist slogans. The campaign is being co-ordinated by the organisation Interkulturalni PL. The group, which promotes multi-culturalism, will include a ‘street of shame’ gallery on its website to display some of the worst daubs on […]

Nov 112011
 
Independence Day Riots in Warsaw

Violent clashes have marred Independence Day celebrations in Warsaw. Riot police have used water cannon, tear gas and batons to break up pitched battles between groups of rival protesters. The trouble began when protesters describing themselves as ‘antifascist’ attempted to block the route to be taken by the traditional Independence Day Parade at around 13:00 […]