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About Matthew
I’m an experienced foreign correspondent, and work for some of the world’s leading English-language news publications. For a number of years I’ve covered Central Europe for the UK’s The Telegraph, and also write about the area and Eastern Europe for The Scotsman. In addition to this I write occasional pieces for The Economist and have written for The Independent, The Sunday Times and CNN.
Along with print I’ve done some live ‘stand-ups’ for France24 television, and have also been on the radio and television more times than I care to imagine.
I'm based in Poland but also cover other countries in the region such as the Czech Rep, Hungary and Romania.
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West’s dithering over Ukraine could spark nuclear arms race, Poland warns

02 Mar 2024  |  The Telegraph
Poland warns that the West's hesitation in providing Ukraine with necessary military aid could lead to a nuclear arms race, as countries may seek their own nuclear deterrents. The impasse in the U.S. over a $60-billion aid package and Germany's reluctance to supply cruise missiles to Ukraine are contributing to this concern. Poland's foreign minister, Radek Sikorski, highlighted the risk of democratic nations seeking alternative security measures, potentially leading to nuclear proliferation in regions like the Far East. Experts caution that autocratic powers might emulate Russia's nuclear intimidation tactics, further escalating global tensions.

Polish journalist who ‘investigated’ his own sexual history suspended by newspaper

08 Jan 2024  |  The Telegraph
Marcin Kacki, a prominent Polish journalist, has been suspended by Gazeta Wyborcza after publishing a self-investigative article detailing his troubled relationships and abusive behavior. The article, initially praised for its honesty, faced backlash when Karolina Rogaska, a journalist for Newsweek Polska, accused Kacki of omitting key details and described his actions as 'disgusting.' Following these allegations, the School of Reportage also suspended Kacki. Gazeta Wyborcza stated that Kacki had violated their trust by not disclosing his prior suspension from the college.

Far-Right MP uses fire extinguisher to snuff out Hanukkah candles

12 Dec 2023  |  ca.style.yahoo.com
Grzegorz Braun, a far-right Polish MP from the Confederation party, extinguished a Jewish menorah in Poland's parliament with a fire-extinguisher during a key policy speech by Prime Minister Donald Tusk. The act, which occurred during Hanukkah, hit a Jewish woman with foam and delayed a parliamentary confidence vote. Braun's actions were widely condemned by politicians, including Speaker Szymon Holownia and Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich. Braun faces potential expulsion from parliament and a criminal investigation. Cardinal Grzegorz Rys apologized to the Jewish community on behalf of Poland's Catholic church.

Watch: Police struck with bicycle while trying to make arrest

25 Oct 2023  |  The Telegraph
Three police officers were attacked with a bicycle during an arrest on Villa Road in Lozells, Birmingham. The incident occurred in broad daylight as West Midlands Police responded to arrest two men outside a shop. During the arrest, one officer was left on the ground with a head injury. An onlooker assaulted the officers with a bike and threw a cabbage at them before being subdued by an elderly man, believed to be the shop owner, and then detained.

‘Sponge bombs’ are Israel’s new secret weapon to block Hamas tunnels

25 Oct 2023  |  The Telegraph
Israel plans to use 'sponge bombs' to combat Hamas tunnels under Gaza. These chemical bombs expand and harden to seal off tunnel entrances, preventing ambushes. The IDF has been testing these bombs and has developed specialized equipment for subterranean warfare, including thermal technology and novel radios. Some Israeli soldiers have been blinded by mishandling the 'sponge bombs.' Israel may also deploy robots and drones, such as the IRIS drone and MTGR robot developed by Roboteam. John Spencer of the Modern War Institute notes the unique challenges of underground fighting. Hamas's tunnels, used for military strategy, pose risks to civilian lives when targeted due to their integration into civilian infrastructure.

Catholic bishop resigns over ‘gay orgy’ scandal

25 Oct 2023  |  The Telegraph
The Pope has accepted the resignation of Grzegorz Kaszak, the Bishop of Sosnowiec, following a scandal involving a sex party with a male prostitute in a priest's apartment. The incident has led to a criminal investigation and significant media attention in Poland, further damaging the church's image in a rapidly secularizing society. The diocese has corroborated the reports and initiated an in-house canonical trial against the involved priest, Fr Tomasz Z. This is not the first scandal in Bishop Kaszak's diocese, which has faced multiple controversies in recent years.

Donald Tusk elected as Polish prime minister

23 Oct 2023  |  www.aol.com
Donald Tusk has been elected as Poland's new prime minister following a vote of confidence that ended the conservative Law and Justice party's eight-year rule. Tusk's liberal Civil Coalition, along with the conservative Third Way and New Left parties, will form the new government. Tusk aims to restore the rule of law and rebuild relations with the EU. The Law and Justice party, criticized for undermining democracy and clashing with the EU, lost its majority in the recent election. Despite its economic successes and social welfare programs, the party's minority government was unable to sustain power.

Poland faces bitter battle as Donald Tusk's opposition gains edge in election

15 Oct 2023  |  The Telegraph
Poland's main opposition, led by Donald Tusk, has claimed victory over the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party in a crucial election. Exit polls suggest PiS won 36.8% of the vote, falling short of a majority, while Tusk's Civic Coalition garnered 31.6%. The election, marked by intense personal attacks and political divides, could lead to a coalition government involving other opposition groups like the New Left and Third Way. High voter turnout indicates the election's significance, with potential implications for Poland's democracy and its position in the European Union.

Polish opposition leader Donald Tusk appeals to women voters amid tighter abortion laws

12 Oct 2023  |  ca.sports.yahoo.com
The main opposition party in Poland, led by Donald Tusk, is targeting women voters ahead of a contentious election, emphasizing women's rights and autonomy. The Civic Coalition's manifesto includes pledges such as the right to abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy and a monthly child care payment. This appeal comes in response to the socially conservative Law and Justice party's tightening of abortion laws, which now only allow abortion in cases of rape or risk to the mother's health. The opposition aims to attract undecided female voters, with a report noting a significant number of undecided women in the 18 to 45 age group. The government's shift in social spending towards pensioners, away from young female voters, and the high inflation rate are also factors that could influence the election outcome.

Polish opposition leader Donald Tusk appeals to women voters amid tighter abortion laws

12 Oct 2023  |  ca.sports.yahoo.com
Poland's main opposition party, Civic Coalition, led by Donald Tusk, is targeting women voters in the upcoming election, emphasizing women's rights amid tighter abortion laws. The governing Law and Justice party faces criticism for its conservative stance and neglect of public services for women. Civic Coalition's manifesto includes pledges for abortion rights, emergency contraception, and child care payments. The election outcome may hinge on undecided women voters, with broader issues like inflation also playing a role. Protests against abortion restrictions highlight the deep-seated anger among Polish women.

Polish opposition leader Donald Tusk appeals to women voters amid tighter abortion laws

12 Oct 2023  |  sg.style.yahoo.com
Polish opposition leader Donald Tusk is appealing to women voters ahead of a crucial election, emphasizing women's rights and criticizing the ruling Law and Justice party's restrictive abortion laws. The Civic Coalition's manifesto includes pledges for abortion rights, emergency contraception, and child care payments. Despite the government's social spending programs, the opposition aims to attract undecided young female voters by promising better public services. The election outcome may hinge on these undecided voters, with women's rights being a pivotal issue.

Polish intelligence urged to investigate hacking attack on state rail network

26 Aug 2023  |  The Telegraph
Poland's intelligence agency ABW has been called to investigate a cyberattack on the country's rail traffic management system, which caused train disruptions near Szczecin. Unconfirmed reports suggest railway workers heard the Russian anthem and announcements of stopped trains on a reserved frequency. The ABW, along with Polish Police and rail companies, will probe the incident, which follows recent train derailments near Warsaw. Security chief Stanislaw Zaryn noted ongoing attempts to destabilize Poland, attributing them to Russian and Belarusian efforts. The ABW is also investigating a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Rzeszow. Poland's support for Ukraine and its role as a conduit for Western arms has made it a target for Russian espionage, with Polish intelligence reporting sabotage plans against its railways.

Russian ice-hockey player arrested for spying in Poland

30 Jun 2023  |  The Telegraph
A Russian ice-hockey player, identified by Polish media as Maksim S., was arrested in Poland on June 11 and charged with espionage on June 30. He is accused of being part of a Moscow spy ring aiming to sabotage weapon supplies to Ukraine. Poland's justice minister, Zbigniew Ziobro, praised the National Prosecutor’s Office and the Internal Security Agency (ABW) for their successful investigation. The spy ring allegedly conducted reconnaissance of critical infrastructure and spread anti-NATO propaganda. Thirteen others have been arrested in connection with the same ring.

Poland cancels 666 bus route to Hel amid complaints of 'spreading Satanism'

14 Jun 2023  |  telegraph.co.uk
Poland has discontinued the 666 bus route to the seaside town of Hel, changing it to 669 after complaints from Christian groups accusing it of 'spreading Satanism'. The route was popular for its scenic attractions but faced criticism from conservative Catholic groups, particularly the website Fronda, which in 2018 condemned the route number as undermining Poland's Christian foundations. The decision to change the number has been met with ridicule and disapproval on social media, with users calling the country 'absurd' and the offense taken at the number 'stupid in the extreme'.

Donald Tusk joins demonstrations in Warsaw over government’s new anti-opposition law

04 Jun 2023  |  ca.sports.yahoo.com
Donald Tusk led a massive protest in Warsaw against a new law that could potentially target opposition leaders, including himself, by establishing a commission to investigate Russian influence in Polish politics. The law, known as 'lex Tusk,' has been criticized for potentially undermining free and fair elections. Despite President Andrzej Duda's amendment to reduce the commission's power to ban individuals from public office, concerns remain as the amendment must pass through a parliament controlled by the ruling Law and Justice party.

Donald Tusk joins demonstrations in Warsaw over government’s new anti-opposition law

04 Jun 2023  |  telegraph.co.uk
Donald Tusk led a massive protest in Warsaw against a new law that could potentially exclude opposition leaders from Poland's upcoming general election. The law, which allows for the investigation of Russian influence in Polish politics, is seen as a tool to target Tusk by the ruling Law and Justice party. Despite criticism from within Poland and the US, President Andrzej Duda signed the law but proposed an amendment to mitigate some of its powers.

Donald Tusk joins demonstrations in Warsaw over government’s new anti-opposition law

04 Jun 2023  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
Donald Tusk led a massive demonstration in Warsaw against a new law perceived as targeting opposition leaders ahead of Poland's general election. The law, dubbed 'lex Tusk,' establishes a commission to investigate Russian influence, with powers that could exclude individuals from public office. Critics, including the US, argue it undermines democratic freedoms. In response to backlash, President Andrzej Duda proposed amendments to reduce the commission's powers, though these changes must still pass through a parliament dominated by the ruling Law and Justice party.

Mystery over Russian rocket found in Polish forest

12 May 2023  |  ca.sports.yahoo.com
Poland's defence minister faces criticism over a Russian missile found in a Polish forest, with opposition leaders demanding his dismissal and accountability. The army knew about the missile in December but did not inform the government. The incident has sparked an official investigation, with speculations pointing to a Russian KH-55 missile. Poland remains on high alert due to the ongoing war in Ukraine and previous missile incidents.

Western Europe’s strongest artillery and a huge reserve army: What Finland brings to Nato

05 Apr 2023  |  ca.sports.yahoo.com
Finland has joined NATO as its 31st member, enhancing the alliance's military capabilities with its strong artillery and large reserve army. The Finnish military, shaped by the legacy of the Winter War with the Soviet Union, is focused on defense with a force that can rapidly expand from 19,000 to 280,000 through conscription. Popular support for national defense is high in Finland, with heavy investment in artillery and armored vehicles, including 200 Leopard 2 tanks. The country has increased its defense budget in response to the Ukraine war, purchasing F-35s from the US. Finland's NATO membership strengthens the alliance's position in the Baltic Sea and improves the security landscape of eastern Europe, particularly for the Baltic states.

Western Europe’s strongest artillery and a huge reserve army: What Finland brings to Nato

05 Apr 2023  |  The Telegraph
Finland has officially joined Nato, becoming its 31st member, in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The country has a robust military with hundreds of tanks, aircraft, and a large reserve force, making it one of the most capable in Europe. Finland's defense strategy, shaped by the Winter War, focuses on deterrence and maintaining a large, defensively oriented force. Conscription remains popular, allowing rapid mobilization of troops. The country has also invested heavily in artillery and modern fighter aircraft. Finland's Nato membership enhances the alliance's presence in the Baltic Sea and improves the security landscape of eastern Europe.

With Finland’s membership, Nato now has one of Europe’s most powerful armies

04 Apr 2023  |  www.independent.ie
Finland's membership in NATO significantly enhances the alliance's military strength in Europe. With standing forces of around 19,000 that can quickly expand to 280,000, Finland contributes one of the continent's most formidable armies to NATO.

Poland builds Europe’s largest land force to counter Russian threat

11 Mar 2023  |  The Telegraph
Poland is significantly expanding its military capabilities in response to the Russian threat, with plans to build Europe's largest land force. The country is investing heavily in new equipment, including tanks, artillery, helicopters, and combat aircraft, and aims to double the size of its army. This defense spending, driven by the war in Ukraine and fears of Russian aggression, is set to make Poland the biggest per-capita defense spender in NATO. However, the financial burden of this military buildup poses economic risks, especially with Poland's access to EU recovery funds currently blocked. Despite these challenges, there is broad political and public support for the increased defense expenditure.

MP’s son took own life after being ‘outed as sexual abuse victim by state media’

03 Mar 2023  |  ca.sports.yahoo.com
The suicide of Mikolaj Filiks, son of MP Magdalena Filiks, has ignited a political controversy in Poland. Mikolaj's death followed a report by state-owned Radio Szczecin that identified him as a sexual abuse victim, leading to widespread outrage against the ruling Law and Justice party. Opposition leaders, including Donald Tusk and Adam Bodnar, have condemned the government and its media control, while government supporters accuse the opposition of exploiting the tragedy. The incident underscores the deep political polarization in Poland.

Poland builds Europe’s largest land force to counter Russian threat

12 Jan 2023  |  ca.sports.yahoo.com
Poland is significantly expanding its military capabilities in response to the perceived threat from Russia, driven by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The Polish government is investing heavily in new military equipment, including tanks, artillery, helicopters, and combat aircraft from South Korea and the US. This defense spending, which is set to make Poland the largest per-capita spender in NATO, aims to modernize the Polish Army and double its size. However, the financial burden of this expansion raises concerns about potential budget cuts in other areas and the impact on the economy. Despite these challenges, there is broad political and public support for the increased military expenditure, driven by the fear of potential conflict with Russia.

Britain planning to provide tanks to Ukraine, Downing Street confirms

11 Jan 2023  |  The Telegraph
The UK is planning to send Challenger II tanks to Ukraine, marking the first time a Western country has provided such heavy armor to Kyiv. Poland and Sweden are also ready to send tanks, increasing pressure on Germany to authorize the export of Leopard II tanks. Ukrainian officials believe they need at least 300 tanks for an effective counter-offensive. Western officials concur, anticipating the need for heavy armor in spring offensives. Germany remains hesitant, fearing escalation with Russia. The issue will be a key topic at the upcoming Ukraine Defence Contact Group meeting in Germany.

Police chief hurt as grenade launcher gift 'accidentally' explodes

15 Dec 2022  |  Yahoo Sports
Poland's chief of police, Jaroslaw Szymczyk, was injured by an exploding grenade launcher, a gift from Ukraine's security services, at the police headquarters in Warsaw. The explosion caused extensive damage and also injured a civilian employee. The incident, which occurred on Wednesday, was made public on Thursday. Poland's interior ministry reported the explosion, and the Warsaw prosecutor's office has initiated an investigation, seeking explanations from Ukrainian authorities.

Kevin Hart rests his head on a woman's chest in sex tape

18 Sep 2017  |  Mail Online
Comedian Kevin Hart is at the center of an FBI extortion probe involving a steamy video where he is seen resting his head on a woman's chest and clutching her thigh. Hart has publicly apologized to his pregnant wife Eniko and his children for a 'bad error in judgment.' The extortionist has attempted to expose Hart and demanded a multi-million dollar payment. The FBI is investigating the situation, which involves a video of Hart and a woman in a sexually provocative situation, and believe the woman Hart interacted with is making the demands.
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