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Sweden arrests 14 Polish activists for planning asylum centre attack

Stockholm - Swedish police said Tuesday they had arrested 14 Polish far-right activists for allegedly planning to attack an asylum centre, after finding axes, knives and iron pipes in their cars.

Experts probe Polish govt's alleged breach of rule of law

Varsovia - European legal experts on Monday began a fact-finding mission in Poland to determine if Warsaw's new right-wing government has violated the EU member's constitution and democracy rules.

Cameron woos Polish, Danish leaders as clock ticks to avert 'Brexit'

Copenhagen - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday appeared to have come a step closer to sealing a contentious EU-wide deal on reforms to prevent a "Brexit" after making headway in talks with Danish and Polish leaders.

Poland to probe 'Russian role' in 2010 presidential crash

Varsovia - Poland's right-wing government on Thursday launched a fresh probe into a 2010 Polish presidential jet crash in Russia, arguing that key facts pointing to "Russia's responsibility" were "hidden" during a previous investigation.

Poland's new government revisits presidential jet crash

Varsovia - Poland's new right-wing government will on Thursday launch a fresh investigation into what caused a 2010 air crash in Russia that killed then president Lech Kaczynski and 95 others, according to the defence ministry.

Poland's rapper MP unveils bill on medical marijuana

Varsovia - A Polish rapper-turned-politician on Monday presented a draft bill on legalising medical marijuana in an EU nation where two-thirds of people back the idea.

Polish senate approves Internet surveillance law

Varsovia - Poland's senate on Friday approved a controversial amendment making it easier for the secret service and police to access Internet data, stoking concerns about the state of democracy in the EU member.

Polish law sparks fears over judicial independence

Varsovia - Poland's parliament adopted a law giving the justice ministry control over the prosecutor's office, further stoking concerns about the state of democracy in the EU member.

Czech, Slovak PMs the latest to slam Greece on migrant crisis

Bratislava - The Czech Republic and Slovakia on Tuesday criticised Greece's handling of the migrant crisis and urged the fellow EU member to tighten its borders with Bulgaria and Macedonia to staunch the influx of people.

Poland's Walesa to publicly debate communist spy allegations

Varsovia - Poland's former president and Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa will publicly defend himself against allegations that he was in league with the Soviet era communist police, the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) said Monday.

Polish protesters take to streets to 'defend freedom'

Varsovia - Thousands of people took to the streets in more than 30 cities across Poland on Saturday to "defend freedom" and protest against the conservative government.

Holocaust survivor donates tiny 'freedom shoes' to Auschwitz museum

Varsovia - Ninety-year-old Auschwitz survivor Batszewa Dagan on Wednesday said she had donated a pair of miniature shoes that helped her live through the Holocaust to the museum at the site of the former Nazi German death camp.

Polish PM defends reforms, ready for dialogue with EU

Strasbourg - Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo on Tuesday defended as a sovereign right her government's changes to the judiciary and media, which the EU is probing to see if they violate democratic norms.

Polish leader presses NATO on permanent presence

Brussels - Polish President Andrzej Duda pressed NATO on Monday to establish "as permanent as possible" a presence in eastern Europe to counter a growing threat from Russia after its intervention in Ukraine.

EU's Tusk, Poland's Duda call for 'calm' in rights spat

Brussels - European Union president Donald Tusk and Polish leader Andrzej Duda on Monday urged calm after the EU launched an unprecedented probe to determine if controversial legal changes in Poland violated democratic norms.

Poland will not bow to EU on reforms: Right-wing leader

Varsovia - The head of Poland's ruling right-wing party insisted Sunday it would not bow to EU pressure after Brussels launched an unprecedented probe into judicial reforms that have stoked concerns about the state of democracy in the country.

EU launches unprecedented probe into new Polish laws

Brussels - The European Union launched an unprecedented probe on Wednesday into controversial legal changes introduced by Poland's new right-wing government to see if they violate EU democracy rules and merit punitive measures.

Poland slams EU 'pressure' in rule-of-law dispute

Varsovia - Poland on Tuesday accused the European Commission of attempting to pressure its "democratically elected" right-wing government regarding a rule-of-law dispute triggered by controversial media and justice reforms.

Poland downplays tensions with Germany over 'anti-Polish' comments

Varsovia - Poland on Monday sought to downplay tension with EU and NATO partner Germany over comments by German politicians that Warsaw earlier slammed as "anti-Polish".

Thousands protest against Polish government control of state media

Varsovia - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in cities around Poland on Saturday to protest against a new law giving the conservative government control of state media.

New-look Poland edges closer to hardline Hungary

Varsovia - Poland's conservatives have been cosying up to populist Hungary since returning to power in October, following Budapest's lead in tightening government control over the judiciary and media in moves that have riled the European Union.

Hungary would block EU sanctions on Poland: Orban

Budapest - Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a key ally of Warsaw's conservative government, said Friday that Budapest would move to block any EU sanctions on Poland.

Polish president seals government control of state media

Varsovia - Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday signed into law a controversial bill handing the conservative government control of state media, despite EU concern and condemnation from rights watchdogs.

EU 'not bashing Poland' over rule of law: Juncker

Amsterdam - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday denied that Brussels was unfairly targeting Poland over its government's controversial changes to the judiciary and media.

Polish president to visit Brussels amid EU concerns

Varsovia - Polish President Andrzej Duda will visit Brussels on January 18 following a planned European Commission debate on the rule of law in Poland, whose government has sparked concern by pushing through controversial changes to the judiciary and media.

Poland sub-zero weather 'kills 21'

Varsovia - Twenty-one people died over the weekend in Poland because of freezing weather amid one of the country's deadliest cold spells, the government said Monday."Twelve people died over the last 24 hours.

European Commission puts rule of law in Poland under microscope

Brussels - The European Union's powerful executive announced Sunday it would discuss the state of the rule of law in Poland after the country's hard-right government pushed through changes to the judiciary and media.

Polish government takes control of public media with new law

Varsovia - Poland's conservative government took control of state media Wednesday after new legislation giving it the power to directly appoint the heads of public broadcasters was rushed through parliament, despite EU concern and condemnation from rights watchdo...

Two British teens to face trial over Auschwitz theft

Varsovia - Two British teenagers, fined in June on charges of stealing artefacts from the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, will now face trial for the same offence, a Polish prosecutor said Wednesday.

Polish opposition sues government over constitutional court reform

Varsovia - A Polish opposition party said on Tuesday it was taking its case against the government over plans to reform the constitutional court to the very same court for a decision.
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