Interview for BBC’s Newshour on women’s strike in Poland – Czarny Protest

October 3 2016 was a rainy Monday and a day on which Polish women united for the first time to reject an anti-abortion bill proposal. The bill was about to be discussed by parliament – it was suggesting that a pregnant woman or her doctor be penalized if they were to endanger a pregnancy and also that abortion be deemed illegal in case of rape.

Around 100,000 women dressed in black on that memorable Monday and either went on strike or worked dressed in black.

Many offices, cafes and businesses were closed or operating with male staff only. At 3:30 P.M., hiding under umbrellas from heavy rain, women congregated in front of Warsaw’s Royal Castle to protest. No one expected so many would come. The strike was a success as just three days later the ruling party rejected the bill it was previously supporting.

You can listen to my interview for BBC World Service’s Newshour below.

Brandenburg – idyllic landscape and a war against thieves



In this idyllic landscape, farmers fight for their existence in an unequal war against thieves. An interesting article I worked on for Welt Kompakt with my colleague Wojciech Cieśla from Newsweek Poland can be read here (in German):

A new look for JuliadeVarsovia

Hello there,

the spring has come and JuliadeVarsovia has become more interactive, you can now rate each of the posts and use the useful tag cloud on the right. Also, we seem to have a certain, small but steady inflow of readers – thank you for that! How about a new theme then? Over the next few days JdV will be testing some new themes so stay tuned and keep checking for new posts. And if you don’t feel like checking regularily, you can always subscribe and get the newest posts to your email. Thanks for reading this! Oh, and btw, we’ve also added the News category (to be found on the left).