Poland

Frljic: Warsaw play big hit, ascribes criticism to conservative repression

The media have reported that Polish prosecutors on Wednesday began investigating Frljic's play, which the Catholic Church and the conservative community in Poland have called "blasphemous". 

Polish PM released from hospital after car accident

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo left a military hospital in Warsaw on Friday, a week after being involved in a car accident, and said she would chair a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Polish premier to work from hospital bed after car accident

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo is "stable" and "under control" following a Friday night car crash, but will continue to work from her hospital bed for the time being, her spokesman told news agency PAP.

Merkel and Szydlo put aside differences to plot unified course

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Warsaw looking to criticize perceived democratic deficits in Poland, but also to nurture an improving relationship between the two countries.

Auschwitz database tackles 'Polish death camp' misrepresentation

A database listing the names of around 8,500 Nazi officials stationed at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland has gone online, in a bid by Poland to counter misleading connections between the site and the country in which it is situated.

Poland welcomes US troops sent to strengthen NATO's eastern frontier

Polish leaders extended an enthusiastic welcome on Saturday to US troops deployed to support NATO's Eastern European flank.

Political uncertainty reflected in Moody's credit rating for Croatia and Poland

Croatia and Poland are two countries in central and eastern Europe whose domestic political risks are reflected in the negative outlook on their credit ratings, Moody's credit ratings agency said in a press release on Wednesday.

Below-freezing temperatures cause deaths in Poland, Czech Republic

Temperatures have plummeted to -25 Celsius in Poland and the Czech Republic, killing at least 12 people over the last two days, the authorities said Sunday.

First US soldiers arrive in Poland to bolster NATO eastern flank

The first troops from a US armoured brigade arrived in Poland on Saturday as part of measures to support NATO's Eastern European flank, according to news agency PAP.

Poland bids farewell to truck driver killed in Berlin attack

Relatives and friends were saying their final goodbyes on Friday amid tight security measures, to Polish truck driver Lukasz Urban, who was killed in the Berlin Christmas market attack.

EU gives Poland two months to address rule of law concerns

The European Commission gave Poland a two-month deadline on Wednesday to address EU concerns about rule of law in the country, where new judicial reforms have been criticized as weakening democracy.

Thousands of protesters block Polish parliament

Anti-government protesters blocked the exits of the parliament building in Warsaw for hours on Saturday to voice their anger at the policies of the right-wing government.

German entry "Toni Erdmann" wins best European film prize

The German comedy «Toni Erdmann» by Maren Ade has won the award for best European film, the European Film Academy announced at a gala in the Polish city of Wroclaw Saturday.

Poland's Supreme Court blocks Polanski extradition to US

Poland's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to block filmmaker Roman Polanski's extradition to the United States on a decades-old child sex abuse conviction.

Eight miners killed as quake causes shafts to collapse in Poland

The death toll from a mine collapse triggered by an earthquake in Poland climbed to eight on Wednesday after the bodies of three missing workers were found.

Rights of 1 million Poles will be respected post-Brexit, May says

The rights of nearly 1 million Poles living in Britain will not be curtailed after the country leaves the European Union, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday.

Poland's former president reburied after probe into 2010 plane crash

The bodies of Poland's former president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria were reburied in Krakow late Friday after being exhumed as part of a new investigation into the 2010 Smolensk plane crash.

Poland exhumes former president for probe into 2010 plane crash

Poland started a new investigation on Monday into the 2010 Smolensk plane crash by exhuming the body of its most high-profile victim: former president Lech Kaczynski.

Tens of thousands of Polish nationalists rally in Warsaw

Tens of thousands of nationalists demonstrated in Warsaw on Friday, Poland's Independence Day, under the slogan "Poland is the bastion of Europe."

Six European countries confirm bird flu outbreaks

Six European countries have confirmed outbreaks of a dangerous strain of bird flu, which has caused alarm in Germany where the H5N8 virus spread further on Thursday.

Polish woman charged with possession of radioactive isotopes

A Polish woman who was arrested on the Croatian border with Montenegro in mid-September for possession of a small amount of radioactive isotopes has been charged with handling dangerous substances and with an attempt to evade customs control, the State Prosecutor's Office said on Tuesday.

Dalekovod terminates contract for transmission line in Poland

The consortium Dalekovod Polska S.A. - ZUE S.A. and the Polish power supplier Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne (PSE) have consensually terminated a contract for the construction of a 132-kilometre 400-kilovolt Kozienice-Oltarzew transmission line.

Croatia and Poland can enhance economic cooperation

Croatia and Poland have potential for developing stronger economic cooperation, notably in the energy and transport sectors, Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and his Polish counterpart Beata Szydlo said at their talks on Saturday on the margins of the 5th summit of prime ministers of central and eastern Europe and China in Riga.

Juncker: EU powerless against authoritarian slide in Poland, Hungary

The European Union is powerless to act against the slide towards authoritarianism being seen in Poland and Hungary, the head of the bloc's executive, the European Commission, admitted in a Saturday interview.

EU mulls next steps after Poland dismisses rule of law concerns

The European Commission was considering its next steps Friday after Poland issued a defiant response to concerns about its controversial judicial reforms, with the possibility of invoking sanctions against one of the larger EU member states.

Ministry: Eggs from Poland taken off market

The Croatian Agriculture Ministry said in a press release on Thursday that eggs from Poland suspected of being the source of a salmonella outbreak were being taken off the market.

Council of Europe: Polish court reform still problematic

Plans by Poland's right-wing government to reform its constitutional court still do not meet democratic standards, an expert panel of the Council of Europe

Report: Poland's Kaczynski says EU must reform or fall apart

The chairman of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, called for a reform of the European Union that would strengthen the nation state in an interview published Sunday, or else he warned the bloc could fall apart.

Polish parliament rejects proposal on abortion ban

Polish lawmakers voted down a complete ban on abortions on Thursday, handing a victory to tens of thousands of men and women who had protested the proposal in recent days.

Thousands demonstrate against abortion ban in Poland

Tens of thousands of Polish women dressed in black protested in Warsaw despite heavy rains against a threatened ban on abortion Monday.

4 held at German-Austrian border after bomb materials found in car

A Polish national and three African men were arrested after they were stopped at the German-Austrian border in a car that contained weapons and materials to build explosive devices, a police spokesman said Friday.

Polish parliament debates strictest abortion law in the EU

Polish women face years in prison if a law tightening abortion legislation is passed. Activists opposed to the measure are demonstrating dressed in black outside parliament in Warsaw. Poland already has some of the strictest abortion legislation in the EU.

NATO units for Poland and Baltic states to arrive in May

New NATO units for Poland and the Baltic states should be deployed starting in May, a spokesman for the military alliance said Sunday.

Polish woman with radioactive material not on any 'black list'

A Polish woman who was arrested on Monday after she attempted to transport radioactive isotope radium is not on any Interpol warrants or any available 'black lists', however, police are continuing to conduct checks related to this case even though the quantity of radium discovered does not pose any threat to people or the environment.

Polish woman with radioactive material nabbed at Croatia border crossing

A Polish woman who was transporting radioactive isotope of radium -- radium-226 -- was arrested at the Karasovici border crossing between Croatia and Montenegro on Monday, the Croatian prosecutorial authorities stated on Wednesday.

Dubrovnik Forum discusses LNG terminal between Poland and Croatia

Connecting the LNG terminal in Poland with one planned on the island of Krk in Croatia is one of the specific projects 12 EU countries located in the Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea (BABS) region want to implement in order to boost competitiveness and development, Presidents Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of Croatia and Andrzej Duda of Poland said at the Dubrovnik Forum on Thursday.

Germany beat Poland 31-25 for men's handball bronze

Germany won bronze in the men's handball tournament Sunday by beating Poland, 31-25.

Dig for Nazi gold train under way in Poland

The search for a World War II-era German train thought to be laden with treasures in an underground tunnel in Poland got under way on Tuesday.

Poland's Wlodarczyk gets hammer gold with world record

Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk claims Olympic hammer throw gold at last with a world record 82.29 metres.

Polish treasure hunters clear land before dig for Nazi gold

Two amateur historians began preparations on Friday to excavate a site in south-western Poland where they say a World-War-II-era armoured train hidden underground for decades could contain gold amassed by the Nazis.

Polish treasure-hunters to stream search for Nazi gold live online

A Polish treasure-hunting duo is planning to put decades of hearsay to rest in the search for an underground train rumoured to be laden with Nazi gold

European lifting champ Zielinski out of Olympics for doping

Polish weightlifting European champion and Olympic medal contender Tomasz Zielinski has been kicked out of the Rio Games for a positive doping test, his nation's Olympic Committee said Tuesday.

Many voices, many messages as World Youth Day nears big finish

It's not quite the Tower of Babel ... indeed, far from it. But when you mix thousands of Catholics from hundreds of countries at one festival, a lot of people are going to have a lot of things to say.

Silence as Pope Francis visits Auschwitz death camp

Silence reigned as Pope Francis visited the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz on Friday, an event seen by many as the emotional highlight of his trip to Poland.

Pope calls on "rebellious" youth to strive for change

Pope Francis in Poland on Thursday during the occasion of the World Youth Day festival called on young people to strive for a better world, telling them not to "throw in the towel."

Black Madonna pilgrimage focus of pope's second day in Poland

Like thousands of faithful before him, Pope Francis plans on Thursday to head to Czestochowa, Poland, to pray before the country's most important Catholic icon: the Black Madonna.

Pope Francis says world "at war" as he arrives in Poland

Pope Francis said "the world is at war" on a flight to Poland on Wednesday to take part in the World Youth Day celebrations in the city of Krakow.

Decisions and pledges at the NATO summit in Warsaw

NATO leaders wrapped up a two-day summit in the Polish capital Warsaw on Saturday. Here are the main decisions reached and pledges made at the meeting.

NATO continues Afghanistan mission, Croatia to increase its contingent

Participants in the two-day NATO summit meeting in Warsaw confirmed on Saturday that the alliance would continue performing its duties in the peace mission in Afghanistan after 2016, and Croatia will increase its contingent by some 20 more troops.

Croatia to contribute to greater NATO presence in Eastern Europe with one company

Croatia will contribute to NATO's presence in Eastern Europe most probably with one company that will be integrated in a German-Dutch contingent, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who is heading a state delegation attending a NATO summit in Warsaw, said on Friday.

NATO leaders approve deployment of battalions to Poland, Baltics

NATO leaders have approved the deployment of four battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says, as part of measures meant to counter the threat posed by Russia.

US to deploy some 1,000 soldiers to Poland as part of NATO response

The United States plans to deploy around 1,000 soldiers to Poland as part of an effort to step up NATO's presence in Eastern Europe, President Barack Obama says.

Russia slams NATO as shortsighted ahead of alliance troop deployment

NATO is shortsighted and has a misguided focus on threats from Russia, the Kremlin says, hours before the military alliance is set to clear the way for the deployment of up to 4,000 troops in rotating battalions to the Baltic countries and Poland.

NATO leaders set for "landmark" summit amid tensions with Russia

NATO leaders were preparing Friday to kick off a summit that the Western military alliance is heralding as a landmark, but that Russia has warned will worsen tensions in Eastern Europe.

Polish opposition fail to oust defence minister ahead of NATO summit

Members of Poland's liberal-conservative opposition have lost a parliamentary bid to oust the country's defence minister days before the start of a NATO summit in Warsaw.

Polish opposition demands defence minister resign before NATO summit

Poland's liberal-conservative opposition has called for the resignation of the country's defence minister days before the NATO summit in Warsaw, accusing him of exploiting his position to retaliate against political opponents.

UEFA charge Portugal after Euro pitch invasion

UEFA have opened a disciplinary case against the Portuguese football federation after a fan invaded the pitch and spectators let off fireworks in their Euro 2016 quarter-final match against Poland on Thursday.

No wins, no problem - gritty Portugal reach last four at Euro 2016

Portugal have reached the last four of the European Championships without a single win in regulation - is that a sign of potential champions or is their luck due to run out?

Portugal stay cool from the spot to eliminate Poland in shoot-out

Portugal reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016 Thursday as they secured a dramatic 5-3 spot-kick win over Poland following a 1-1 draw in Marseille.

Lewandowski shoots himself into the record books

Poland's Robert Lewandowski netted after only 100 seconds of Thursday's Euro 2016 quarter-final with Portugal

Poland forward Milik looking forward to facing Ronaldo at Euros

Poland forward Arkadiusz Milik has revealed Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo has been an inspiration to him in his development

Lewandowski and Ronaldo continue to dominate Poland-Portugal clash

Poland meet Portugal for a place in the Euro 2016 semi-finals on Thursday with traditional stars Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo looking out of sorts.

Poland showing they are not a one-man team at Euro 2016

The scoring problems of Robert Lewandowski have not derailed the Polish charge at Euro 2016 and the striker is being backed to find the net again soon.

Poland edge Switzerland on penalties to reach Euro 2016 quarters

Poland reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland in St Etienne Saturday, after their opponents rescued a 1-1 draw with a wonder-goal by Xherdan Shaqiri.

Switzerland not writing off shot-shy Lewandowski ahead of last 16

Poland's Robert Lewandowski has not found the net yet at Euro 2016 but Switzerland are aware he remains a major threat when the teams meet in the last 16 of the competition on Saturday.

Poland edge Ukraine 1-0, finish second in Group C

Poland reached the knock-out stages of the European Championship for the first time after clinching second place in Group C Tuesday thanks to Jakub Blaszczykowski's goal in a 1-0 defeat of bottom team Ukraine.

Police fire tear gas before Poland v Ukraine in southern France

Scuffles between Poland and Ukraine fans Tuesday prompted police in the southern French city of Marseille to fire tear gas, French media reported.

Safety first as Germany and Poland draw 0-0 at Euros

World champions Germany were held 0-0 by Poland on Friday as they failed to prematurely clinch a place in the knock-out rounds at Euro 2016.

Germany set for Stade de France return after November attacks

World champions Germany return to the Stade de France on Thursday for their Euro 2016 group match against Poland, aiming to shake off the memories from last November.

Stoltenberg: NATO to deploy four battalions to Poland, Baltic states

NATO is set to deploy four battalions to Poland and the Baltic States as part of its response to Russia's actions in Ukraine, the chief of the Western military alliance said Monday.

Third time lucky Poland beat Northern Ireland for first Euro victory

Poland proved three times lucky as they finally picked up their first victory at a continental tournament by beating defensive minded debutants Northern Ireland 1-0 in their Euro 2016 opener on Sunday.

Thousands march in Warsaw gay pride parade

Thousands of people took to the streets of Warsaw on Saturday in a huge parade to celebrate diversity and demand equal rights for gays and lesbians in Poland.

Poland kicks off major military exercise amid tensions with Russia

​Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman harshly criticized the event on Tuesday, suggesting it actually undermines security in Europe by damaging relations with Moscow.

Obama to visit Spain after NATO summit in Poland

US President Barack Obama will visit Spain next month after meeting with leaders at a NATO summit in Poland, the White House said.

Poles commemorate 1989 vote with marches and criticism of government

Twenty-seven years after democratic elections returned to Poland, a series of so-called freedom marches and picnics took place across the country on Saturday, simultaneously celebrating democracy and accusing the current government of dismantling it.

Poland to recruit 35,000 for voluntary militia

Poland plans to recruit around 35,000 volunteers for a militia within the next few years, a government official said Thursday.

EU ups pressure on Poland with formal objection to judicial reforms

The European Union's executive issued a formal objection Wednesday to controversial judicial reforms in Poland, ratcheting up pressure in an unprecedented inquiry into whether Warsaw is violating t

EU issues formal objection to Polish judicial reforms

The European Commission has issued a formal objection to controversial judicial reforms in Poland, ratcheting up pressure after months of consultations have delivered no breakthrough.

EU backs off threat against Poland over country's judicial crisis

The European Commission on Tuesday backed off a threat to escalate an unprecedented inquiry into whether the Polish government's reforms to the country's top court violated the bloc's fundamental values.

Polish government expects agreement with EU in court dispute soon

The Polish government and the European Commission are close to an agreement over reforms to the nation's top court that have drawn international criticism, Polish Minister for European Affairs Konrad Szymanski said Tuesday.

EU backs away from threatened punishment in fight with Poland

The European Commission has backed off a threat to issue formal objections this week about controversial judicial reforms in Poland, ahead of talks between the two sides in Warsaw.

Polish government says EU overstepping competence in court strife

The European Commission is overreaching its competence by weighing into a debate about a controversial new reform of the nation's judicial system, the Polish government said.

Prime minister: EU, not Warsaw, has problem with Poland's reputation

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo declared Friday that the country "would not allow others to impose their will" on her country, amid pressure from the European Commission over Warsaw's judicial reforms.

Polish prime minister pushes back on EU concerns over rule of law

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo declared Friday that the country "would not allow others to impose their will" on her country amid pressure from the European Commission over Warsaw's judicial reforms.

Croatian and Polish parliament officials talk economic cooperation

Croatian Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner has said on the margins of a forum of Croatian and Polish regions, which took place in Dubrovnik on Thursday, that there is great potential to increase Croatia's exports into Poland.

Croatian, Polish FMs talks cooperation

The two ministers met as part of the official visit of Croatian Minister Kovac who before that held talks with Jaroslaw Kaczynski, president of the Polish ruling conservative party Law and Justice.

Government opposition united in 240,000-strong pro-EU march in Warsaw

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Warsaw under the banner "we are and will remain in Europe", even as scores of nationalists held a protest against the European Union.

EU opponents and backers rally for rival protests in Warsaw

More than 1,000 Polish nationalists and followers of right-wing Catholic groups gathered in the capital Warsaw on midday Saturday to protest perceived EU interference in national politics.

Polish high court backs constitution tribunal in spat with government

The Supreme Court of Poland on Tuesday supported the nation's Constitutional Tribunal, which ruled several parts of a controversial legal reform are unconstitutional.

Report: Poland may exhume 90 bodies from Smolensk crash for new probe

Poland is considering exhuming 90 bodies from a 2010 plane crash in Smolensk, Russia, for a new investigation

Thousands protest against proposed abortion ban in Warsaw

Thousands of people took to the streets in Warsaw on Saturday to protest a proposed tightening of Poland's abortion legislation.

Polish prime minister endorses national ban on abortion

Poland's national-conservative Prime Minister Beata Szydlo announced her support for a ban on abortions on Thursday, backing the grassroots movement Stop Abortion on Polish radio.

Human rights body says Polish legal reforms could cripple tribunal

Experts for Europe's leading human rights watchdog said Friday that legal reforms undertaken by Poland that weaken its top court, if upheld, "would undermine democracy, human rights and the rule of law."

Poland: EU refugee quotas "are ineffective and lack common sense"

The European Union cannot force its member states to take in fixed quotas of refugees, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said Monday.  

Thousands reject Walesa informant charges at site of Gdansk protests

Former Polish president Lech Walesa received a boost of support Sunday as thousands gathered in the northern city of Gdansk to publicly reject allegations that Walesa was a communist-era informant.

Fears of eroding democracy prompt thousands of Poles out to protest

Fears that Polish democracy is in danger of withering under its recently installed government prompted thousands of Poles to take to the streets of Warsaw on Saturday demanding that their rights be protected.

Polish nationalists call for wall against migrants on eastern border

Nationalist politicians in Poland Thursday demanded the construction of a wall along the Polish-Ukrainian border to block a possible wave of migrants from the Middle East.

Walesa wants international experts to examine his alleged spy files

Former Polish president and Nobel Peace laureate Lech Walesa said he wants international experts to examine files that seem to prove he spied for Poland's communist regime in the past.

Poles throng for peek at file linking Walesa to informant work

A crowd spilled out of a Warsaw archive Monday as Poles tried to get a first look at recently discovered files that allege that Lech Walesa, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president, was a communist-era informant.

Poland's Walesa admits "mistake" but denies being communist informant

Former Polish president Lech Walesa Friday denied fresh claims that he was a communist-era informant, but admitted making a mistake.