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Polish women table liberal abortion legislation

Varsovia - A Polish women's rights groups on Monday submitted a draft law to parliament to liberalise the EU nation's restrictive abortion law, a move bound to fail in the conservative-dominated lower house.

Rights group accuses Poland of crackdown on protesters

Varsovia - Amnesty International on Thursday alleged police and justice authorities in Poland are suppressing anti-government protesters, a claim flatly rejected by the interior ministry.

Pole attempts self-immolation in likely anti-govt protest

Varsovia - A man set himself on fire in the heart of Warsaw Thursday in what appeared to be a protest against Poland's rightwing government, according to leaflets found at the site. "I was leaving a city council meeting and saw a man burning.

NATO opens counter-espionage hub in Poland

Varsovia - NATO opened a counter-espionage hub in Poland on Thursday aimed at expanding the alliance's intelligence-gathering capabilities amid tensions with Russia, a senior Polish official said.

Polish PM backs proposed ban on 'eugenic abortion'

Varsovia - Poland's conservative prime minister said Thursday she supports a draft law banning eugenic abortion in Poland, a devoutly Catholic country which already has one of the EU's most restrictive abortion rules.

Polish Catholic leader threatens to suspend anti-migrant priests

Varsovia - The honorary leader of Poland's Catholic Church on Wednesday said he would suspend any priest who takes part in anti-migrant demonstrations. "If I hear...

Poland gives Erdogan support on Turkey's EU bid

Varsovia - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Tuesday with his Polish counterpart in Warsaw, his first official bilateral visit to an EU country since the failed 2016 coup in Turkey.

Polish Catholics pray at borders 'to save country'

Koden - Thousands of Polish Catholics formed human chains on the country's borders Saturday, begging God "to save Poland and the world" in an event many viewed as a spiritual weapon against the "Islamisation" of Europe.

Polish Catholics to form border prayer chain 'for world peace'

Varsovia - Hundreds of thousands of Polish Catholics are expected to descend Saturday on the country's borders to recite the rosary "to save Poland and the world" from the dangers facing them, organisers say, but others claim the event is aimed at protecting Euro...

Poland's Kaczynski calls Macron a 'celebrity politician'

Varsovia - The powerful leader of Poland's conservative governing party said he believes French President Emmanuel Macron is more of a "celebrity" than a "responsible politician" in an interview published Wednesday.

Thousands of Poles rally to defend women's rights

Varsovia - Several thousand black-clad women took to streets across Poland on Tuesday to defend their reproductive rights, which they say are being curtailed under the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) government.

Poland tasks lawmakers with estimating German war reparations

Varsovia - Poland's governing conservatives have set up a parliamentary committee tasked with looking into the extent of World War II reparations they claim is owed by Germany, the new body's head said Friday.

Polish cardinal backs separation of powers amid court reforms

Varsovia - The archbishop of Warsaw on Thursday said he was praying for Poland's separation of powers to remain in place, as the government stands accused of seeking to control the judiciary in the devout Catholic country.

Polish president scraps bid to amend constitution for judicial reform

Varsovia - Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday abandoned his bid to amend the constitution to give himself more power over the judiciary, the latest twist to a reform campaign that has alarmed the EU and prompted mass protests.

Polish president scraps court reform bid as EU issues warning

Brussels - Poland's president on Monday scrapped his bid to give himself more power over the judiciary, as the EU warned that Warsaw still risked unprecedented sanctions over what it calls a threat to the rule of law.

EU to turn screw on Poland over rule of law

Brussels - The EU will assess on Monday whether there is backing for unprecedented sanctions against Poland's rightwing government over fears its court reforms threaten the rule of law.

Christianity waning in EU states accepting migrants: Orban

Varsovia - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday said Christianity was waning in EU countries taking in migrants and defended countries like his which have refused to take them in.

Poland's leader condemns anti-Semitism, praises Israel

Varsovia - The powerful head of Poland's governing right-wing party denounced anti-Semitism and hailed Israel at a ceremony Monday honouring Poles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.

Poland hikes defence spending surpassing NATO target

Varsovia - Poland on Friday hiked defence spending above the 2 percent of GDP target set by NATO which few member states have so far have met.

Poland's rightwing government takes control of NGO funding

Varsovia - Poland's parliament voted Friday to create a body to distribute funds to non-governmental organisations, a move slammed by the opposition as a bid by the rightwing government to control NGOs.

German, Polish presidents eye 'calm' talks on war reparations

Varsovia - The heads of state of Germany and Poland agreed Thursday that a "calm discussion" was necessary to address the question of reparations from World War II, the Polish presidency said.

Poland accuses EU's top court of bias in primeval forest case

Varsovia - Poland on Wednesday accused the EU's top court of taking sides in a lawsuit lodged by the European Commission against it for logging in the Bialowieza Forest, Europe's last primeval woodland.

Poland's defence chief to hold talks in Paris on Wednesday

Varsovia - Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz will travel to Paris on Wednesday for talks with his French counterpart Florence Parly, against a backdrop of strained relations between the two countries.

EU warns Poland it has a month to tackle court reform

Brussels - The European Union warned Poland's right-wing government on Tuesday it had a month to tackle concerns over judicial reforms or risk being taken to court.

Saakashvili vows Ukraine political comeback after return

Kiev - Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili vowed Monday to reclaim his place in Ukrainian politics after he defied the authorities and forced his way back into the conflict-riven country.

Ukraine vows punishments over Saakashvili border breach

Kiev - Ukrainian authorities on Monday vowed to punish those responsible after ex-Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili forced his way back into the country in the latest twist in a feud with President Petro Poroshenko.

Ex-Georgian president Saakashvili forces way into Ukraine

Medyka - Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili and hundreds of his supporters forced their way into Ukraine on Sunday in a bid by the firebrand politician to reclaim his citizenship stripped by President Petro Poroshenko after they fell out.

Former Georgian president Saakashvili forces his way into Ukraine

Medyka - Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili and hundreds of his supporters on Sunday forced their way into Ukraine in a bid by the firebrand politician to reclaim his citizenship stripped by President Petro Poroshenko after they fell out.

EU commissioner says eurosceptic members 'greater danger' than Brexit

Krak - Brussels considers eurosceptic members of the European Union more of a threat to the bloc's cohesion than Britain's leaving, EU commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska said Friday.

Germany rejects Polish call for more WWII reparations

Berlin - Germany on Friday dismissed Poland's threat to demand new talks over World War II reparations from Berlin, saying the issue had already been settled in 1953."Poland made a binding decision in August 1953...
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