Women’s rights groups have protested for three days in Poland after a court verdict banning most abortions entered into force last Thursday. The protests were put on pause Sunday, in order not to disrupt an annual fundraiser for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, a healthcare NGO with liberal views, which raised some €16m. The demonstrations against the right-wing Polish government are expected to continue this week.
The EU’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell will travel to Moscow on Friday, raising eyebrows because leading opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, is in prison. Borrell argues this is the reason why talking is necessary.
It is well known that Vladimir Putin has for a long time been deeply dissatisfied with Lukashenko. I consider it highly unlikely, though, that Putin will accept a democratic revolution in a neighbouring country.