Poland government - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Poland government EU chief Tusk says he may be too busy for Poland hearing WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk says his busy calendar may prevent him from attending a second questioning by Poland's prosecutors over the 2010 plane crash that killed former Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others. Prosecutors want to question Tusk as a witness in their investigation into the crash in Russia. Tusk was ... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:40:00 GMT 2017-05-17T12:40:00Z Tusk gets new summons to testify as witness in Poland WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish prosecutors said Monday they have summoned European Council President Donald Tusk to testify as a witness in their investigation of a 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others. It is the second time that Tusk, who was Poland's prime minister at the time of the crash in Russia, has been summoned by pro... Mon, 15 May 2017 19:39:00 GMT 2017-05-15T19:39:00Z Demonization of Soros recalls old anti-Semitic conspiracies WARSAW, Poland (AP) — In most nations, having a billionaire financier and philanthropist would be a source of great pride, a person many elected officials would want to cozy up to. Not for George Soros. The demonization of the American-Hungarian billionaire and Holocaust survivor has spread from Hungary and Moscow across Europe and into... Mon, 15 May 2017 16:53:00 GMT 2017-05-15T16:53:00Z Polish unemployment rate falls to lowest level in 25 years WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish government statistics show the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent in April, the lowest level in a quarter century. Poland, like many other former communist countries, struggled with high unemployment in the 1990s and beyond, as inefficient factories collapsed in the difficult transition from a communist to a market economy. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 13:05:00 GMT 2017-05-09T13:05:00Z The Latest: Trump calls France's Macron to offer congrats PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French presidential election (all times local): 9:40 p.m. U.S. President Donald Trump has called French President-elect Emmanuel Macron to congratulate him. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump had spoken with Macron. Trump tweeted congratulations t... Mon, 08 May 2017 20:03:00 GMT 2017-05-08T20:03:00Z Polish president wants referendum on constitution in 2018 WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president said Wednesday that he wants the country to hold a referendum next year on possible changes to the nation's 20-year-old constitution. "It's time for a serious constitutional debate, not just with politicians but with the whole of the nation," President Andrzej Duda, who hails from the ruling conservative Law and Justice party, said du... Wed, 03 May 2017 14:49:00 GMT 2017-05-03T14:49:00Z The Latest: French artists back Macron at free concert PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France's presidential election (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Musicians, artists and dancers are calling for voters to celebrate France's cultural diversity and keep far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen from becoming president. At a free concert Tuesday at the Paris Philharmonic, prominent cul... Tue, 02 May 2017 20:54:00 GMT 2017-05-02T20:54:00Z Warsaw denounces Macron for comparing Polish leader to Putin WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron made an "unacceptable" comparison when he likened Poland's government to the "regimes" of Russia's Vladimir Putin and Hungary's Viktor Orban. Macron made his remarks at a Paris rally on Monday while campaigning for the Sunday runoff election bet... Tue, 02 May 2017 14:34:00 GMT 2017-05-02T14:34:00Z Polish official suspended over image of Tusk as SS officer WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Foreign Ministry has suspended one of its honorary consuls in the U.S. after the woman allegedly posted a digitally-altered image showing European Council President Donald Tusk dressed as a Nazi German SS officer. The image was posted on the Facebook page of Maria Szonert Binienda, recently named honorary consul in Akron, Oh... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:06:00 GMT 2017-04-30T19:06:00Z Local flooding, flood alerts under heavy rain in Poland WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Local authorities in Poland said Friday that floods or potential flooding have been reported in southern and central regions, following days of heavy rain and snow, but Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said "everything is under control." "It seems that the situation on the rivers is stabilizing," Szydlo said after meeting with the firefig... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:38:00 GMT 2017-04-28T13:38:00Z EU warns Poland: Stop widespread logging in primeval forest WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union asked Poland on Thursday to stop massive logging in one of Europe's last primeval forests, warning it might take the country to the European Court of Justice if it doesn't reverse course. The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, said it had given Poland "a final warning" to stop the large-scale felling... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:59:00 GMT 2017-04-27T15:59:00Z Polish premier: No regrets about opposing Tusk re-election WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister said Thursday she has no regrets about trying to block the re-election of Donald Tusk as president of the European Council and would do it again. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo's failed attempt to block Tusk's re-election last month pitted Poland against the 27 other European Union members and was considered a wrong move by many Pol... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:37:00 GMT 2017-04-27T15:37:00Z Poland's opposition wants defense minister dismissed WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's main opposition party on Friday called for the dismissal of Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, saying his actions and choice of aides raised security questions. Macierewicz has been considered a controversial figure ever since he appeared in Polish politics in the early 1990s. The opposition says he is harming Poland's army, a NATO member. ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:29:00 GMT 2017-04-21T17:29:00Z EU's Tusk questioned for hours in Polish investigation WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk spent more than eight hours behind closed doors Wednesday being questioned by Polish prosecutors, emerging from the proceedings to say the case in which he appeared as a witness is of a "highly political character." Military prosecutors are investigating allegations of secret illegal contacts be... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:17:00 GMT 2017-04-19T20:17:00Z Warsaw Jews mark uprising anniversary with Torah burial WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Warsaw's Jewish community buried fragments of old and damaged Torah scrolls Wednesday, carrying out the ancient ritual on the 74th anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. It was a symbolic celebration of life for a Jewish community that was almost completely destroyed during the Holocaust. While Warsaw had some 330,00... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:42:00 GMT 2017-04-19T15:42:00Z Polish defense minister's aide resigns to help party image WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An assistant to Poland's defense minister who has received allegedly preferential treatment resigned from the country's ruling party Thursday in the interest of its image. The 27-year-old male aide, Bartlomiej Misiewicz, announced his resignation after appearing before a Law and Justice party commission that was formed to investigate his high position a... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:59:00 GMT 2017-04-13T16:59:00Z Poland plans guarded container camps for asylum-seekers WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government is planning to create container camps for asylum-seekers, with the interior minister saying Thursday that a similar system is working well in Hungary. Such container camps would most likely be placed on the border with Belarus, where people from Chechnya and elsewhere — many of whom are victims of political repression — regularly t... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:40:00 GMT 2017-04-13T15:40:00Z The Latest: Poland considers guarded container migrant camps BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the inflow of migrants and asylum-seekers (all times local): 4:05 p.m. Poland's interior minister says the country's government is considering creating container camps for asylum seekers on its border with Belarus, saying a similar system works well in Hungary. Mariusz ... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:08:00 GMT 2017-04-13T14:08:00Z Schism in Poland's ruling party over minister's assistant WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A conflict has erupted in Poland's ruling party that pits the party's powerful chairman against the country's defense minister. At the center of the dispute is a 27-year-old male assistant to Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz who has enjoyed unusual privileges, raising eyebrows in Warsaw. Law and Justice leader J... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:01:00 GMT 2017-04-12T18:01:00Z Central, Eastern Europe ministers meet on EU future ties WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Foreign ministers from Central and Eastern Europe met Wednesday in Warsaw to discuss the future of the European Union's ties with its eastern neighbors and prospects for the bloc's enlargement. The meeting brought together ministers from the EU's so-called Visegrad Group — Poland, Hungary, The Czech Republic and Slovakia — and six ot... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:03:00 GMT 2017-04-12T16:03:00Z Poland's top politician wants 'grand' tribute to late twin WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling party leader said Wednesday he wants a "very grand" monument to be put up in downtown Warsaw to honor his twin, the late President Lech Kaczynski, who was killed in a 2010 plane crash in Russia. A new monument has been a bone of contention between the ruling party and Warsaw authorities, who recruit from the oppositio... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:34:00 GMT 2017-04-12T15:34:00Z Poland marks anniversary of president's death in plane crash WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland observed the seventh anniversary Monday of a plane crash in Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and 94 others, marking the day with wreath-laying ceremonies and prayers — and renewed suggestions from those in power that foul play was involved. Poland's ruling party, Law and Justice, is headed by Kaczynski's t... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:43:00 GMT 2017-04-10T20:43:00Z Polish PM vows aid to survivors of apartment collapse WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister and local authorities vowed Sunday to provide financial help and other aid to survivors of an apartment building collapse that left six people dead. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo came to the site of Saturday's collapse in the southwestern town of Swiebodzice (Shvyeh-'boh-tchi-tseh) and promised state aid to the survivors, including... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 13:19:00 GMT 2017-04-09T13:19:00Z 7 years later, Poland still wrestles with plane crash trauma WARSAW, Poland (AP) — It's been seven years since Poland lost its president in a plane crash in Russia. His twin brother, who effectively runs the Polish government today, remains in mourning, only wearing black suits and black ties in public — and determined to punish those he blames for the crash. The identical and inseparable Kaczynski twins Lech and J... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 08:42:00 GMT 2017-04-09T08:42:00Z Poland's gov't easily survives assessment vote WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's populist government on Friday easily survived a no-confidence vote in parliament brought by the opposition, which accuses it of steering toward "dictatorship" and "Bolshevik centralization." The vote in the lower house, or Sejm, was 238-174 with four abstentions in favor of the government of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo. The ... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:19:00 GMT 2017-04-07T13:19:00Z Polish government to take control of major new WWII museum WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A court paved the way Wednesday for Poland's government to take control of a new World War II museum that has been the focus of a major ideological standoff over how to remember the war. The conflict has pitted the creators of the Museum of the Second World War — who place Poland's war experiences in an international context and emph... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:30:00 GMT 2017-04-05T16:30:00Z Opposition asks Polish government to drop judiciary change WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's opposition called on the government Wednesday to abandon its plan to reorganize a top judicial body, contending that it would violate the constitution and bring judges under political influence. It is yet another case in which Poland's populist government is being criticized as trying to undermine democratic principles. The ... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:23:00 GMT 2017-04-05T16:23:00Z Poland's opposition wants defense minister to go WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Opposition lawmakers in Poland are calling for the dismissal of the defense minister, saying he is undermining the nation's armed forces with dismissals and demotions of high-ranking officers who aren't his allies. The lawmakers appealed Wednesday to President Andrzej Duda, the armed forces' supreme commander, to dismiss Defense Mini... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:42:00 GMT 2017-04-05T14:42:00Z Opposition calls on Polish govt to drop judiciary change WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's opposition called on the government Wednesday to abandon its plan to reorganize a top judicial body, contending that it would violate the constitution and bring judges under political influence. It is yet another case in which Poland's populist government is being criticized as trying to undermine democratic principles. The ... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 13:31:00 GMT 2017-04-05T13:31:00Z Watchdog report: 'Breakdown of democracy' in Poland, Hungary WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S.-based pro-democracy group Freedom House said Tuesday that a "spectacular breakdown of democracy" has been taking place in Poland and Hungary, two countries that stood as models of democratic change after the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. Hungary now has the lowest democracy score in Central Europe, and Poland's score ... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:52:00 GMT 2017-04-04T15:52:00Z