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Polish Supreme Court slams 'unconstitutional' govt reforms

Warsaw - Poland's Supreme Court justices on Tuesday denounced the right-wing government's controversial judicial reforms as "unconstitutional", adding their voice to a chorus of criticism at home and abroad.

Poland banks on 'dialogue' to solve EU rule-of-law row

Sofia - Warsaw banks on "dialogue" to solve its row with the EU over recent reforms denounced by Brussels as violating the rule of law, Poland's new Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said Monday.

Polish archbishop calls on govt to welcome refugees

Warsaw - Polish Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki on Monday called on his Catholic country to welcome refugees, saying altruism must trump the right-wing government's concern for national security.

Pro-choice Poles protest move towards tighter abortion control

Warsaw - Around 2,000 women gathered Saturday in front of the Polish parliament after lawmakers signalled they may further tighten access to abortions in the mainly Catholic country.

Warsaw to stage first Chopin global competition on period pianos

Warsaw - Poland's Fryderyk Chopin Institute (NIFC) on Thursday said it would hold the first international competition where pianists will play the romantic composer's music on period instruments.

Polish PM says wants to change EU's mind in rule of law row

Warsaw - Poland's new right-wing prime minister said on Wednesday that he hoped to change the EU's mind about justice reforms that Brussels says violate the rule of law, but without making concessions.

Polish lawmakers reject proposal to ease abortion restrictions

Warsaw - Poland's parliament rejected proposals to ease strict abortion restrictions Wednesday, a year after tens of thousands of black-clad women flooded the streets to prevent the Catholic country from adopting harsher laws.

Tusk says PiS-led Poland only staying in EU for the money

Warsaw - EU President Donald Tusk warned that Poland's right-wing government could try to drive the country out of the European Union if it stops being a net recipient of bloc funding, in an interview published Wednesday.

Polish PM sacks key ministers in move to mend EU ties

Warsaw - Poland's new right-wing Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki sacked his defence and foreign ministers in a major cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, as he seeks to mend strained ties with the country's EU partners.

Polish PM sacks defence, foreign ministers in reshuffle

Warsaw - Poland's new right-wing Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki sacked his defence and foreign ministers in a major cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, as he seeks to mend strained ties with the country's EU partners.

'Disillusioned' Poles turn to Germany

Berlin - Ula Lachowicz, 34, left Poland in 2014 for Germany, attracted by a booming job market. But today, employment is no longer the reason keeping her from returning home, she said.

Lithuanian doctors rally for pay rise to halt exodus

Vilnius - A thousand young Lithuanian doctors rallied in Vilnius on Thursday demanding faster wage growth that would stop their exodus from the Baltic eurozone state to richer western European nations.

Two Belgians acquitted in Poland of Auschwitz theft

Warsaw - A Polish court on Friday acquitted two Belgian citizens who had been accused of stealing parts of an electric fence from the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp, local media reported.

Polish Supreme Court chief says government staging 'coup'

Warsaw - The chief justice of Poland's Supreme Court on Friday accused the right-wing government of staging a "coup" against it through a new law, part of a string of highly controversial reforms.

Polish fund to restore Europe's largest Jewish cemetery

Warsaw - Poland on Friday launched a multi-million euro investment fund to pay for the restoration of Europe's largest Jewish cemetery located in Warsaw and largely neglected since the Holocaust.

Britain's May dubbed 'Madam Brexit' by translator

Warsaw - British Prime Minister Theresa May was left smirking at a press conference with her Polish counterpart on Thursday after a translator accidentally called her "Madam Brexit".

Britain, Poland sign defence treaty ahead of Brexit

Warsaw - Poland and Britain signed a new defence treaty on Thursday as Prime Minister Theresa May sought to deepen ties with Warsaw ahead of her country's exit from the EU by March 2019.

EU triggers unprecedented censure mechanism against Poland

Brussels - The European Commission launched unprecedented disciplinary proceedings against Poland on Wednesday over its highly controversial judicial reforms which Brussels says threaten the rule of law.

Polish Holocaust survivor who escaped Auschwitz dies aged 98

Warsaw - Polish Holocaust survivor Kazimierz Piechowski, who spectacularly escaped Auschwitz by stealing the car of a Nazi SS officer, died on Friday aged 98, the state Institute for National Remembrance (INR) said.

Poland election chief says reforms threaten free vote

Warsaw - Amendments to Poland's electoral law pushed through parliament by the rightwing government will put free elections at risk by handing the interior minister new powers, the national electoral commission said Friday.

Protesting Poles sing for veto to court reforms

Warsaw - Thousands of Poles sang in protests across the country Thursday against controversial court reforms by the rightwing government, which opposition politicians and the EU insist undermine the rule of law and separation of powers.

Polish PM expects EU sanctions over rule of law

Brussels - Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Thursday he expected the EU to impose unprecedented sanctions next week that could strip his government of its voting rights over its controversial court reforms.

Polish PM expects EU to impose rare punishment over rule of law

Brussels - Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Thursday he expected the EU to impose unprecedented sanctions next week that could strip his government of its voting rights over its controversial court reforms.

Polish regulator defends TV channel's fine after US 'concern'

Warsaw - Poland's broadcasting regulator moved Wednesday to justify its 350,000 euro ($410,000) fine for the American-owned television station TVN24, after the decision drew criticism from the US State Department and a media watchdog.

Ukraine, Poland in effort to defuse historical dispute

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda on Wednesday said they would work to defuse recent tensions over the wartime killing of Poles by Ukrainian nationalists.

Poland's new PM says no change in govt goals

Warsaw - Polish lawmakers on Tuesday approved the cabinet of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who promised to maintain the previous administration's focus on social welfare but barely mentioned the issues that have put Warsaw at odds with the European Union.

Polish TV channel fined over coverage of protests

Warsaw - Poland's media regulator has fined a major news channel over alleged biased coverage of anti-government protests in December 2016, with the broadcaster TVN24 vowing Tuesday to appeal.

Ex-banker Morawiecki sworn in as Poland's new PM

Warsaw - Polish Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was sworn in as prime minister on Monday, replacing Beata Szydlo who will be his deputy in a rightwing government at odds with the EU over judicial reforms.

Poland adopts more controversial judicial reforms

Warsaw - Poland's right-wing dominated parliament on Friday passed controversial reforms that opposition politicians and the EU insist further undermine judicial independence and the separation of powers.

Next Polish PM vows to continue ruling party's reforms

Warsaw - Poland's incoming prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday said he would continue with the governing party's reforms, while focussing on strengthening the economy, security and Poland's position abroad.
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