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About Annabelle
Annabelle Chapman is a journalist based in Warsaw, Poland. She writes about Central and Eastern Europe for a range of international publications.
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Domestic harmony

30 Nov 2023  |  monocle.com
Catherine Gay Menzel and her husband, Götz Menzel, have established their architecture firm, GayMenzel, in the small town of Saint-Maurice, located in the Swiss Canton of Valais. Their work spans various types of buildings, from public spaces to chalets, drawing inspiration from their experiences in New York, Basel, and Hamburg. Catherine notes the diverse nature of their work in contrast to the specialization often found in urban settings.

Poland: Media freedom reform faces obstacles after opposition victory

31 Oct 2023  |  ipi.media
Following the victory of centrist opposition parties in Poland's parliamentary elections, led by Donald Tusk's Civic Coalition, a coalition government is expected to form. The new government faces the task of rebuilding democratic institutions and addressing media freedom issues created by the previous Law and Justice (PiS) party government. The state-owned media, including TVP, Polish Radio, and the PAP news agency, were targeted by PiS for control, and private media outlets faced regulatory and financial pressures. The incoming government aims to reform the media landscape in line with EU values, but faces challenges such as the National Media Council's resistance and potential vetoes from President Andrzej Duda. The future of Polska Press and the management of state-owned companies, as well as the National Broadcasting Council's regulation, are key issues. The government is urged to enact systemic reforms to depoliticize broadcasters and ensure editorial independence.

Poland election results favor the opposition in a political earthquake

16 Oct 2023  |  Washington Post
Election results in Poland indicate a significant shift in power away from the hard-right Law and Justice party, which has been criticized for eroding liberal democracy, suppressing the free press, controlling the judiciary, and undermining LGBTQ+ and women's rights. This change mirrors challenges faced by Donald Trump in the United States and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, as they dealt with defeat in the democracies they were accused of undermining.

Time to Vote

13 Oct 2023  |  annabellechapman.substack.com
Poland's upcoming elections on Sunday are expected to have significant repercussions across Europe, including in Brussels. The event is highlighted as a critical development in European politics.

In Europe, Writing

14 Jul 2023  |  annabellechapman.substack.com
The article discusses the Swedish term 'flygskam' or 'flight shame,' which has influenced more Swedes to choose no-fly holidays. The author agrees with this approach but notes that shame is not a good motivator.

On Open Borders

02 May 2023  |  annabellechapman.substack.com
Reflects on a recent event in Oxford about Europe and freedom, highlighting the importance of open borders and freedom of movement within the European Union. Mentions the influence of Professor Timothy Garton Ash and the gathering of ideas, friends, and mentors.

In Europe, Writing

11 Apr 2023  |  annabellechapman.substack.com
Annabelle Chapman reflects on her personal experiences visiting the Ashmolean Museum in Europe, emphasizing the significance of art and museums in her life. She recounts her routine of visiting the museum during her student days, highlighting the inspiration and solace she found in the museum's Print Room.

In Poland, Abortion and Women’s Rights Are Back In the Spotlight

10 Apr 2023  |  World Politics Review
An activist in Poland has been sentenced for providing abortion pills, highlighting the country's near-total ban on abortion and sparking fears of increased difficulties for women seeking support for unwanted pregnancies. With parliamentary elections approaching, the case is expected to make abortion a significant campaign issue, emphasizing the divide between liberals and social conservatives.

Poland's Battle Against Air Pollution

05 Apr 2023  |  euronews
Poland is facing a severe air pollution problem, with 33 of Europe's 50 most polluted cities. The European Air Quality Index, a tool by the EEA and the European Commission, shows real-time air quality and often rates southern Polish cities as 'very poor'. Coal heating is a major pollution source. EU officials, including Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella, have expressed concern over the health impacts of pollution. In Poland, awareness is growing about the link between smog and health issues like lung cancer. Local authorities, such as in Rybnik, are implementing measures to combat pollution, but national legislation is also seen as necessary. Poland's Deputy Prime Minister announced anti-pollution programs for the affected cities, and an anti-smog law has been passed in Kraków, with other regions expected to follow.

In search of sourdough

22 Mar 2023  |  annabellechapman.substack.com
As Europe entered lockdown in March 2020, a bakery in a Warsaw neighborhood distributed small packets of sourdough starter. The author, like many others, took one home and began baking.

Divided Digital Europe: The Continent Connects at Different Speeds

22 Mar 2023  |  cepa.org
The EU is advancing technology regulations requiring compromises among member states. France and Denmark, despite differing views on digital sovereignty, have united to impose new obligations on tech companies. France has the potential to be a digital innovation powerhouse, provided it avoids protectionism. Denmark's digital strategy is solid, but it must resist French protectionist tendencies and seek a transatlantic digital alliance. Italy, previously resistant to digitalization, is now embracing it, with Draghi's government prioritizing digital investments. Poland supports digitization but is at odds with the EU over content moderation and surveillance issues. The report underscores the need for increased public digital investments, competition-boosting policies, a reset of transatlantic relations, a cautious approach to China, and transatlantic cooperation on data and tax policies.

‘Tipping point’: Polish fighter jets on the way to Kyiv

17 Mar 2023  |  www.theage.com.au
Poland will deliver four MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, marking the first time a NATO ally has provided such aircraft to Ukraine. The jets are fully operational and will be delivered soon, according to Polish President Andrzej Duda. The method of delivery is classified. The US has reiterated its refusal to send F-16s to Ukraine, while the Polish move is seen as symbolic, potentially encouraging other allies to offer additional support. NATO air chiefs have been urged to provide modern fighters to Ukraine. Poland is upgrading its air force with South Korean FA-50s and American F-35s and plans to donate more MiGs after servicing. The US initially agreed to a jet transfer but later balked due to escalation concerns. Ukraine continues to request modern combat aircraft.

‘Tipping point’: Polish fighter jets on the way to Kyiv

17 Mar 2023  |  www.watoday.com.au
Poland will deliver four Soviet-made MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, marking the first time a NATO ally has provided jets to Ukraine. This move increases pressure on other NATO allies to follow suit. The delivery is seen as a symbolic gesture rather than a game-changer on the battlefield. The United States has reiterated its refusal to send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. Ukrainian officials continue to advocate for modern combat aircraft, urging NATO to provide more support. Poland's decision is part of a broader effort to bolster Ukraine's military capabilities amid ongoing conflict with Russia.

‘Tipping point’: Polish fighter jets on the way to Kyiv

17 Mar 2023  |  www.watoday.com.au
Poland will deliver four Soviet-made MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, marking the first time a NATO ally has provided jets to Ukraine. This move increases pressure on other NATO allies to follow suit. The delivery, announced by Polish President Andrzej Duda, is seen as a symbolic gesture rather than a game-changer on the battlefield. The United States, while supportive of Poland's decision, has reiterated its refusal to send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. Ukrainian officials continue to appeal for modern combat aircraft to bolster their defense against Russian forces. Poland's decision is part of a broader effort to support Ukraine, with other countries like Slovakia also considering similar actions.

Poland says it will be first NATO country to give fighter jets to Ukraine

16 Mar 2023  |  www.seattletimes.com
Poland will deliver four Soviet-made MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, marking the first time a NATO ally has provided jets to Ukraine. This move pressures other NATO allies to follow suit. The U.S. has refused to send F-16 jets, focusing instead on other military support. Poland's decision is seen as symbolic, potentially encouraging further support from other nations. Ukrainian officials continue to advocate for modern combat aircraft to bolster their defense against Russia. The article highlights the ongoing international discussions and decisions regarding military aid to Ukraine.

Writing as geography

15 Feb 2023  |  annabellechapman.substack.com
A new city brings a new geography, with new streets to learn. The author reflects on how walking helps her understand the layout and essence of her neighborhood and other cities, connecting it to different lives and experiences.

Grazie Mille

28 Dec 2022  |  annabellechapman.substack.com
A personal narrative recounting a breakfast experience at a guesthouse in the Alps, highlighting the presence of a group of women in fluorescent hiking gear with an '80s vibe.

Ukraine retreats from Severodonetsk as Russia advances in the east

24 Jun 2022  |  Stars and Stripes
Ukrainian troops are withdrawing from Severodonetsk as Russian forces advance, marking a significant moment in the ongoing conflict. The city, a strategic point in the Luhansk region, has been heavily bombarded and largely under Russian control. Despite the withdrawal, analysts suggest this will not be a major turning point, as Ukrainian forces have succeeded in slowing down and degrading Russian advances. The Institute for the Study of War predicts that Russian operations may stall, allowing Ukraine to launch counteroffensives. The conflict continues to impact civilians, with calls for evacuation and ongoing resistance operations in Russian-held areas. The U.S. has announced additional military aid to support Ukraine's defense.

Ukraine retreats from Severodonetsk as Russia advances in the east

24 Jun 2022  |  www.spokesman.com
Ukrainian troops are withdrawing from Severodonetsk as Russian forces advance, marking a significant but not decisive moment in the ongoing conflict. The city has been heavily bombarded, leading to substantial casualties and destruction. Despite the loss, Ukrainian forces have succeeded in slowing down Russian advances, with analysts predicting a potential stall in Russian operations. The U.S. continues to support Ukraine with military aid, while resistance operations persist in Russian-held areas. The situation remains fluid, with key cities in the Donbas region still under threat.

Russian soldier gets life in prison in Ukraine’s initial war crimes trial

23 May 2022  |  washingtonpost.com
A Ukrainian court sentenced Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin to life in prison for war crimes, specifically the premeditated murder of 62-year-old Oleksandr Shelipov in the Sumy region during the early days of the Russian invasion. Shishimarin, who pleaded guilty, claimed he was following orders. The case is the first of over 13,000 war crimes investigations to reach a verdict in Ukraine. Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova emphasized the commitment to holding soldiers accountable. The trial has raised concerns about potential reciprocal trials by Russia and the adherence to due process. Ukraine is cooperating with international courts, including the International Criminal Court, and receiving international support in its ongoing conflict with Russia.

Last Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol vow to fight ‘as long as we are alive’

08 May 2022  |  stripes.com
Civilians have been evacuated from Mariupol's Azovstal steel plant, where Ukrainian fighters, including the Azov Regiment, continue to hold out against Russian forces. Deputy Commander Sviatoslav 'Kalina' Palamar and Lieutenant Illia Samoilenko, via a Zoom conference, stated their intention to fight to the end. Ukrainian President Zelensky is attempting diplomatic efforts to free the fighters and secure humanitarian corridors. Russian forces aim to capture the plant to control Mariupol and establish a land bridge to Crimea. The fighters fear mistreatment and death if captured, and Ukraine is preparing to evacuate the wounded and medics.

Last Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol vow to fight ‘as long as we are alive’

08 May 2022  |  www.adn.com
As the last civilians were evacuated from Mariupol's Azovstal steel plant, Ukrainian fighters vowed to continue their resistance against Russian forces. Capt. Sviatoslav Palamar and Lt. Illia Samoilenko of the Azov Regiment emphasized their determination to fight despite being besieged and called for more aggressive international support. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned ongoing diplomatic efforts to evacuate the fighters and medics. The article highlights the dire situation in Mariupol, the fighters' resolve, and the broader implications of the conflict.

Last Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol vow to fight ‘as long as we are alive’

08 May 2022  |  San Diego Union-Tribune
As the last civilians were evacuated from Mariupol's Azovstal steel plant, Ukrainian fighters vowed to continue their resistance against Russian forces. Despite being under constant shelling, the fighters, part of the Azov Regiment, emphasized their commitment to fight until the end. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged the difficulty of diplomatic efforts to free the fighters and medics. The article highlights the dire situation in Mariupol, the strategic importance of the steel plant, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

Kunsthalle Praha Aims to Give Prague's Art Scene Some Spark

22 Feb 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
The Kunsthalle Praha, a new art institution in Prague, opened in the former Zenger Electrical Substation with the exhibition 'Kinetismus: 100 Years of Electricity in Art.' The exhibition, featuring works by artists like Marcel Duchamp and contemporary collective teamLab, explores the impact of electricity on art. The Kunsthalle, founded by Czech entrepreneur Petr Pudil and his wife Pavlina, aims to enrich the local art scene and provide a platform for Central European artists. The Pudil Family Foundation, promoting Czech and international modern and contemporary art, funded the project. The institution seeks to fill the gap in publicly accessible postwar and contemporary art, which is often privately owned in the region.

Waitergate Strikes Warsaw — Again

22 Jun 2015  |  Foreign Policy
The resurgence of the Waitergate scandal, involving secretly recorded conversations of top Polish officials, threatens the ruling Civic Platform party's hold on power ahead of the October parliamentary elections. The scandal has led to the resignation of several senior officials and added to the party's internal tensions following the presidential election loss to Andrzej Duda of the Law and Justice party. Radoslaw Sikorski, a prominent figure in the scandal, stepped down as speaker of parliament. Civic Platform faces additional challenges from the rising popularity of anti-establishment figure Pawel Kukiz. The political landscape in Poland is marked by voter dissatisfaction with the ruling party and a shift towards opposition parties.

Don’t Bring a Dove to a Polish Hawk Fight

09 May 2015  |  Foreign Policy
In the lead-up to Poland's May 10 presidential election, foreign policy, particularly relations with Russia and the conflict in Ukraine, has taken center stage. Incumbent President Bronislaw Komorowski and his main rival, Andrzej Duda, both advocate for a hardline stance against Russia, though they differ on the specifics of achieving this. Komorowski emphasizes Poland's integration with European allies and strengthening NATO's eastern flank, while Duda calls for a more independent foreign policy and regional leadership. Minor candidates, including Magdalena Ogórek and Adam Jarubas, propose more conciliatory approaches towards Russia but lack significant support. The election's timing, coinciding with World War II commemorations, may bolster Komorowski's security credentials, though a runoff with Duda remains likely.

All Tusk and No Teeth

02 Sep 2014  |  Foreign Policy
Donald Tusk, Poland's prime minister, has been appointed as the president of the European Council amid escalating conflict in Ukraine. His appointment, supported by leaders like Angela Merkel and David Cameron, is seen as a significant move for Poland and the EU. Federica Mogherini, known for her soft stance towards Russia, was chosen as the EU's foreign-policy chief, raising concerns about the EU's stance on Ukraine. The article highlights the symbolic importance of Tusk's appointment, the challenges he faces, and the potential impact on Polish politics. It also discusses the broader geopolitical implications, including the EU's response to Russian aggression and the internal dynamics within the EU.

Are Terrorists Intent on Destroying the Sochi Olympics?

21 Jan 2014  |  www.vice.com
Volgograd, Russia experienced two suicide bombings in late December 2013, killing 34 people ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics. No group claimed responsibility, but suspicion fell on the Caucasus Emirate, whose leader Doku Umarov had called for disruptions to the Olympics. Security was increased in Volgograd, a city with historical significance and located away from the heavily guarded Sochi. The attacks have raised concerns about the safety of the Olympics, with some world leaders already planning to skip the event due to human rights issues. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been criticized for his long-standing but unfulfilled promise to end terrorism. The situation in the North Caucasus remains unstable, and there are fears of further attacks.

Ukraine's New Anti-Protest Laws Are Sparking Riots

20 Jan 2014  |  www.vice.com
Ukraine's new laws aimed at criminalizing anti-government demonstrations have sparked intense clashes between protesters and riot police in Kiev. The legislation, which restricts freedoms of assembly and labels NGOs receiving foreign funds as 'foreign agents', has been criticized by opposition leaders and international observers as dictatorial and repressive. The violence escalated during a rally, with injuries on both sides and multiple detentions. The White House has condemned the Ukrainian government's refusal to listen to the people and is considering sanctions.

Pro-Government Protesters Turned Up in Kiev This Weekend

16 Dec 2013  |  www.vice.com
In Kiev, 15,000 pro-government supporters rallied to show support for President Viktor Yanukovych, amidst claims that many were paid to attend. Opposition leaders met with Yanukovych without success, and a student leader at the talks was exposed as a fraud. The EU suspended talks with Ukraine over an unsigned trade deal, while Yanukovych plans to meet with Putin in Russia. Despite this, the Euromaidan protests continue, with 200,000 people singing the national anthem in a display of unity.
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