About: World War II

Global Europe 30-04-2020

Berlin’s battle scars linger 75 years after Nazi defeat

Germany has been forced to cancel public events to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe but Berliners need no ceremonies to remember their downfall - the scars of war are all around them.
Global Europe 29-04-2020

Prague district mayor says he is under police protection against Russian threat

The mayor of one of the Czech capital's districts said on Tuesday (28 April) he had been put under police protection due to a threat that a Russian man had been sent to kill him, escalating a row between Prague and Moscow.
Global Europe 27-04-2020

Trump and Putin issue rare joint statement promoting cooperation

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin issued a rare joint statement on Saturday (25 April) commemorating a 1945 World War Two link-up of US and Soviet troops on their way to defeat Nazi Germany as an example of how their countries can cooperate.
Global Europe 17-04-2020

Putin postpones milestone Victory Day military parade over coronavirus

President Vladimir Putin, citing the deepening coronavirus crisis, said on Thursday (16 April) Russia would postpone its 9 May celebrations including a huge military parade across Red Square to mark 75 years since the Soviet victory in World War Two.
Freedom of thought 28-02-2020

Poland names new head of Jewish museum as tensions rise

Poland's government appointed a new director of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews on Thursday (27 February), as the ruling nationalists face accusations of politicising museums to reflect their view of history.
Future EU 25-02-2020

EU castigates Aalst carnival parade for ‘anti-Semitism’

The European Commission on Monday (24 February) slammed a Belgian street parade for featuring anti-Semitic floats that it said were "incompatible" with EU values.
Global Europe 14-02-2020

Polish PM seeks visit to Russia for Smolensk plane crash and Katyn anniversaries

Poland’s prime minister said he wants to visit Russia to commemorate the victims of a World War Two massacre and 2010 plane crash, amid heightened tensions with Moscow after recent comments by Vladimir Putin about Poland’s historical role.

Russia not target in US army’s massive Europe deployment: NATO

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg insisted Monday (3 February) that a massive transfer of US and allied troops to Eastern Europe as part of a military exercise was not aimed at Russia.
Future EU 03-02-2020

Days after Brexit, Macron visits Poland amid frosty ties

French President Emmanuel Macron visits Poland on Monday and Tuesday (3-4 February) in an effort to reset frosty ties at a time when the departure of Britain from the European Union is reshaping political alliances in the 27-member bloc.
Future EU 28-01-2020

Poland, Israel condemn resurgent anti-Semitism at Auschwitz commemoration

The presidents of Israel and Poland called on Monday (27 January) for greater efforts to combat anti-Semitism as the world marked 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp amid concerns over a global resurgence of anti-Jewish prejudice.
Global Europe 27-01-2020

With anti-Semitism on the rise, Auschwitz liberation commemorated

World leaders join ageing Holocaust survivors in Poland on Monday (27 January) to mark 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by Soviet troops, amid concerns over a global resurgence of anti-Semitism.
Global Europe 26-12-2019

Russia’s Putin says Poland colluded with Hitler

President Vladimir Putin upped the ante in a war of words with Europe on Tuesday, accusing Poland of colluding with Hitler and of anti-Semitism.
Global Europe 13-09-2019

Prague to remove statue of Soviet World War II marshal

A district assembly in Prague voted on Thursday (12 September) to remove a statue of a Soviet World War Two marshal and replace it with a more general memorial following a row that has drawn in the Czech president and Russian authorities.
Freedom of thought 09-09-2019

Poland’s foreign ministry condemns attack on Israeli students

Poland's foreign ministry on Sunday (8 September) condemned violence against a group of Israeli students beaten at a Warsaw nightclub early on Saturday, following criticism that Polish leaders are not doing enough to denounce antisemitism.
Global Europe 02-09-2019

At WWII anniversary, Germany asks forgiveness while Poland demands compensations

Germany's president asked for forgiveness for his country on Sunday (1 September) for the suffering of the Polish people during World War Two as Poland marked 80 years since the Nazi German invasion that unleashed the deadliest conflict in human history.
Global Europe 30-08-2019

Trump skips trip to Poland as hurricane approaches Florida

US President Donald Trump abruptly called off a weekend trip to Poland on Thursday (29 August), saying he wanted to stay home and make sure the federal government is prepared for a looming hurricane headed for Florida.
Global Europe 28-08-2019

Trump goes to Warsaw for sombre commemoration

US President Donald Trump, fresh from hob-nobbing with his G7 partners at a glitzy French resort town, will on Sunday (1 September) attend sombre commemorations in Warsaw of the outbreak of World War II 80 years ago.
Global Europe 22-08-2019

The Munich sell-off and World War II: lessons learned?

In an op-ed based on her book “Score of the Second World War: Who started the war and when?” the famous Russian historian Natalia Narochnitskaya tells about the situation in Europe in the 1930s and the events that led to the conclusion of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
Global Europe 19-07-2019

Warsaw says Trump to attend invasion of Poland anniversary

Poland said on Thursday (18 July) US President Donald Trump would attend events in Warsaw marking the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the country - though the White House said the trip was not yet confirmed.
Global Europe 05-06-2019

World leaders gather in south England to remember D-Day

World leaders gather on the coast of southern England on Wednesday (5 June) to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history and a feat that helped bring World War Two to an end.
Enlargement 11-03-2019

Chetnik gathering sparks outrage in Bosnia

A gathering of the ultranationalist Serb Chetnik Movement in the Bosnian town of Višegrad on Sunday (10 March), has sparked a wave of condemnation from inside Bosnia and from the international community.
Politics 12-02-2019

The Brief – Tajani’s blunder

A Twitter clash has broken out between Slovenian Commissioner Violeta Bulc and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani over the latter's involvement, together with Lega leader Matteo Salvini, in a commemoration perceived as a fascist gathering.
EU Elections 2019 12-02-2019

Slovenia accuses Tajani, Salvini of World War II revisionism

Slovenia accused European Parliament president Antonio Tajani and Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini of historical revisionism Monday (11 February) over statements they made at a ceremony commemorating Italian victims of World War II massacres.
Global Europe 01-10-2018

80th anniversary of the Great Treachery in Europe

In an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV, the Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov argues that present-days attempts to isolate Russia are similar to the chain of events that led to the infamous 1938 Munich agreement.
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