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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.

Prosecution calls for life sentence in Monaco heiress murder trial

Aix-en-provence - French prosecutors Monday called for the maximum life sentence for Poland's former consul in Monaco who is on trial for ordering the murder of a billionaire heiress over an inheritance dispute.

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 should pull out of UN migration pact: minister

Lyon - Poland should withdraw from a UN pact on migration that will be formally adopted in Morocco in December, the country's interior minister said on Tuesday.

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.

Hungary, Poland plan to overturn EU's cheap labour rules

Budapest - Hungary and Poland said Thursday they will appeal to the European Court of Justice to overturn a hard-wrought compromise struck between EU members last year on the bloc's rules regarding cheap labour.

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.

EU takes Poland to court over judicial independence

Apo - The European Union referred Poland to its top court on Monday for an alleged breach of the independence of its supreme court, the latest showdown between Brussels and populist member state governments.

EU takes Poland to top court over judicial reform

Apo - The European Union announced Monday it will take Poland to the bloc's top court to stop alleged breaches of the independence of the country's supreme court.

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.

European court faults Poland over exhumations of 2010 crash victims

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights ruled against Poland on Thursday for exhuming the bodies of victims of a 2010 plane crash which killed the country's president, saying it violated their families' right to privacy.

Poland may not be ready for 'Fort Trump': US Army head

Washington - Poland might not yet be ready for a permanent US military base, the head of the US Army said Wednesday, the day after Polish President Andrzej Duda offered to host "Fort Trump.

Poland offering $2 billion to host US military base: Trump

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is seriously considering a request from Poland for US troops to be permanently based in the strategically important country on Europe's flank with an "aggressive" Russia.

France, Germany issue 'urgent warning' on Poland judicial crisis

Apo - France and Germany warned Tuesday that the crisis over Poland's controversial judicial reforms is "more urgent than ever", saying months of talks between Warsaw and the EU had made little progress.

'Sad day' as Poland banned from EU judicial body

Bucharest - Poland was banned Monday from the EU body representing the member states' judicial institutions over its perceived lack of independence after controversial government reforms.

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.

Ryanair U-turns on Poland but faces 'biggest' strike

London - Ryanair performed a U-turn Friday, saying it no longer planned to transfer jobs and planes to Poland after a deal with pilots, but nonetheless faced a fresh pan-European strike.

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.

German court rejects Polish ruling in Nazi camp row with TV station

Berlin - Germany's highest court declared Tuesday that a Polish ruling against German public broadcaster ZDF in a dispute sparked by a Holocaust documentary has no legal force in Germany.

'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.

EU ramps up pressure on Poland over court reform

Apo - The European Union on Tuesday stepped up its legal threats to Poland over its controversial Supreme Court reforms, giving Warsaw one month to comply or risk being hauled before the bloc's top court.

EU ramps up legal threat to Poland over court reform

Apo - The EU on Tuesday stepped up its legal threats to Poland over its controversial supreme court reforms, giving Warsaw one month to comply or risk being hauled before the bloc's top court.

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.
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On the farm market in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland.
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Local vendors selling red-and-white national colours at the entry to Saski Park, Warsaw, Poland.
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All Saints Day lights during traditional holiday in Poland.
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Protest march in Warsaw, Poland against GMOs
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A sign of bygone times covered by snow, old steam engine displayed on a side track of a railway station in Wegliniec, Western Poland, 2010.
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Galeria Freta Cafe and restaurant, Warsaw, Poland.
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TV screen shot after the game Greece and Russia (1-0) as part of 2012 EURO Football Tournament in Warsaw, Poland.
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Protest in Warsaw, Poland against GMO's
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The Palace of Culture and Science decorated with Polish national flags, Warsaw, Poland.
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A shot of winter scenery from the train window, winter in Poland, 2010.
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On February 7, British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London against the sale of prime Polish farmland to foreign multinationals for possible cultivation of GMO crops.
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(TV screen shot) Referee Craig Thompson, Scotland, announces the end of the game between Poland and Czech Republic (0-1) in Wroclaw, EURO 2012, Poland.
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A bus driver heating up frozen lock of a bus at the bus station in Klodzko, south-western Poland, 2010.
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President Barack Obama and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk walk to a bilateral meeting at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister in Warsaw, Poland, June 3, 2014.
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The head of Russia's Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, makes a historic visit to Poland
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Armin van Buuren concert in Poznan, Poland.
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The artist and his art for sale, near the city's fortress on the Old City Square, Warsaw, Poland.