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Poland, Czech Republic against EU border guard plan

Warsaw - Poland's premier on Monday said he and his Czech counterpart oppose a plan to bolster the European Union's external borders, fearing they would receive less infrastructure funding if the scheme goes ahead.

Polish president names top court judges despite protests

Warsaw - Poland's president appointed 27 new judges to the supreme court Wednesday, pushing ahead with a controversial judicial reform that has put Poland in the EU's crosshairs.

Poland sees first anti-paedophilia rally against Catholic Church

Warsaw - Some 200 people took to the streets of Warsaw on Sunday to protest child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, in the first major such rally in staunchly Catholic Poland.

Poland's Walesa turns 75 in emotional ceremony

Warsaw - Polish freedom hero Lech Walesa, shunned by the current right-wing government, on Saturday celebrated his 75th birthday and the 35th anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize in the presence of 500 guests including EU President Donald Tusk.

Polish bishop apologises for clerical sexual abuse

Warsaw - A Polish Catholic bishop apologised Thursday to victims of sexual abuse by clergy in the country as the Church reels from a wave of abuse scandals worldwide.

One of world's largest bells unveiled in Poland

Warsaw - One of the largest swinging bells in the world, weighing 55 tons (7,850 stone), was unveiled in the Polish city of Krakow on Thursday ahead of being installed at a major pilgrimage site in Brazil.

Cardinal says women should train priests to fight abuse 'crisis'

Poznan - Women should play a greater role in the training of priests to fight the child abuse "crisis" that has engulfed the Catholic Church, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet has said.

Poland worried by EU vote to censure Hungary

Varsovia - Poland on Wednesday said it was very worried by the European Parliament's rare decision to launch a procedure against Hungary for posing a "systemic threat" to the EU's founding values.

Poland names new acting supreme court chief

Warsaw - Poland's presidency on Tuesday named a new acting head of the Supreme Court as Warsaw presses ahead with an overhaul of its judiciary that critics, including the EU, say undermines the rule of law in the ex-communist state.

Polish citizen groups unite against 'populist' govt policies

Lodz - Representatives of Polish citizens' initiatives met at a congress on Sunday in the central city of Lodz to discuss how to combat what they call the "populist" and "harmful" policies of the country's conservative government.

Poland charges ex-govt employee with spying for Russia

Warsaw - Polish prosecutors said Thursday they have indicted a former employee of the EU member's economy ministry with spying for Russia's GRU intelligence agency, the latest case in a string of espionage allegations in the region. Identified only as Marek W.

Openly gay Polish mayor launches 'pro-democracy' movement

Warsaw - An openly gay Polish mayor launched what he termed a "pro-democratic" political movement on Tuesday aimed at challenging the EU country's governing right-wing party accused by critics and the EU of passing reforms that threaten the rule of law.

Polish Auschwitz survivor to take Nazi camp row to EU court

Warsaw - A 97-year-old Auschwitz survivor hopes to take German public broadcaster ZDF to Europe's top court for calling Nazi camps "Polish", his lawyer said Wednesday.

Poland moves to name new judges despite EU concerns

Warsaw - Polish officials on Wednesday moved to speed up the appointment of new judges to the Supreme Court despite objections at home and from the European Union.

'Most horrible place on earth': German FM visits Auschwitz

Oswiecim - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday visited the former Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, which he called "the most horrible place on earth".

Ukrainian rights activist claims Poland banned her from Schengen zone

Warsaw - A Ukrainian human rights activist on Thursday claimed that Warsaw had banned her from Poland and the rest of the Schengen zone in what she called "a political affair".

Polish president vetoes change to European parliament election rules

Warsaw - Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday vetoed a controversial change to European Parliament election rules that would have kept all small parties in Poland out of the running.

Israeli teen moons former Nazi German death camp

Warsaw - Polish police on Monday said they had detained an Israeli teenager after security cameras caught him exposing his rear at the former Nazi German death camp Majdanek.

Mr Gay Europe 2018 crowned in Poland, despite protests

Poznan - The final of this year's edition of Mr Gay Europe took place on Saturday in the western city of Poznan in Poland, a conservative and devout Catholic country where many do not accept homosexuality.

Poland slams Russian 'occupation' of Georgian regions since 2008

Warsaw - Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz on Monday condemned Russia's "occupation" of a part of Georgia ahead of the 10th anniversary of Moscow's lightning war with Tbilisi.
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