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Political storm in Poland as new government sparks 'coup' claims

Varsovia - Poland's new conservative government has lost no time in seeking to take control of the EU country's top court and secret services, sparking claims of a "coup" by the vanquished liberal opposition.

Polish PM slams EU policy as 'export of migrant problem'

Varsovia - Poland's new right-wing prime minister on Wednesday took aim at a hotly contested EU programme for the redistribution of refugees around the bloc, insisting that some members were using it to burden others.

Poland's new right-wing government takes hard line on migrants

Varsovia - Poland's new right-wing, eurosceptic government was sworn in Monday signalling it would take a hard line on Europe's biggest migrant crisis since World War II -- even floating the idea of sending Syrians back to "liberate" their country.

Polish minister says Syrians can return to fight and 'liberate' homeland

Varsovia - The hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees pouring into Europe can be trained to form an army and return to "liberate" their homeland, Poland's new foreign minister said on Sunday.

New PM-designate Beata Szydlo vows to 'fix' Poland

Varsovia - Poland's new conservative Prime Minister-designate Beata Szydlo vowed to "fix" her country on Friday after President Andrzej Duda, a political ally, formally appointed her head of government.

Polish government resigns after election defeat

Varsovia - Poland's outgoing prime minister Ewa Kopacz on Thursday announced the government's resignation after her liberal Civic Platform (PO) party lost a general election to conservative rivals Law and Justice (PiS).

Poland ready to take Russia to court over 2010 crash: Official

Varsovia - Poland is prepared to take Russia to court over what it sees as foot-dragging in the investigation of the 2010 air crash in which then president Lech Kaczynski died, Warsaw's incoming foreign minister said Tuesday.

Poland's PM-in-waiting taps controversial defence minister

Varsovia - Poland's future conservative premier stirred controversy Monday with her choice of defence minister, known for accusing Russia of playing a role in the deadly 2010 crash of a Polish presidential jet.

Rain puts damper on hunt for 'Nazi treasure train'

Walbrzych - Heavy rain on Monday put a damper on moves by experts to begin inspecting the alleged site in Poland of a fabled Nazi train that could contain looted treasure.

Disillusioned young Poles lend refugees a helping hand

Varsovia - Angered by their country's foot-dragging on Europe's refugee crisis, 30 young Poles are lending a helping hand to refugees in the Balkans, breathing new life into a "Solidarity" ethic made famous in Poland in the 1980s.

Experts to inspect alleged site of 'Nazi treasure train'

Varsovia - Experts will next week begin inspecting the site in the southwestern Polish city of Walbrzych where a Nazi train that could contain looted treasure is allegedly buried, the city said Thursday.

Hitler marble bust by official sculptor found in Poland

Varsovia - Polish construction workers have dug up a marble bust of Adolf Hitler by one of the Third Reich's official sculptors during work at a museum in the northern city of Gdansk, officials said Thursday.

Popcorn at the cemetery on All Saints' Day in Poland

Varsovia - Popcorn at the cemetery, anyone? How about a Mickey Mouse balloon? Or socks, perfume, cotton candy, maybe kielbasa sausage straight from the grill?

Polanski 'happy' after Polish court rejects extradition to US

Srodmiescie - Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski on Friday said he was "very happy" that a Polish court rejected a bid to extradite him to the United States to face sentencing for the rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

Poland's conservatives nominate Beata Szydlo for PM

Varsovia - Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) conservatives on Tuesday confirmed party vice-president Beata Szydlo as their candidate for prime minister, after the party won a landslide victory in the weekend's general election.

Polish conservatives win boosts eurosceptics camp

Varsovia - The resounding victory of Poland's conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party in Sunday's general election has given a boost to European eurosceptics, already buoyed by the backlash against Brussels sparked by the migrant crisis.

Polish eurosceptic conservatives score absolute majority: Official

Varsovia - Poland's conservative Law and Justice, (PiS) party scored an absolute majority in weekend general elections that ended eight years of centrist rule, official results showed Tuesday.

Polish president says won't ratify carbon-cutting pact

Varsovia - Poland's new conservative president on Tuesday refused to endorse an amendment to the United Nations' Kyoto carbon-cutting pact that would require the coal-dependent EU country to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Polish eurosceptic conservatives win parliamentary election

Varsovia - The conservative Law and Justice party (PiS), led by eurosceptic Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has won Poland's general elections, ending eight years of centrist rule and ousting the left for the first time under democratic rule, official results showed Monday.

Polish eurosceptic conservatives score massive victory

Varsovia - Poland's conservative Law and Justice party was on course Monday for a massive general election victory, ending eight years of centrist rule in a win that risks inflaming tensions with the EU and Russia.
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