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Police in riot gear block the path of anti-government protesters trying to reach the home of the ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday Dec. 13, 2020. Thousands of anti-government protesters demonstrated in Warsaw in the latest large protest after a high court ruled in October to further tighten the country's already restrictive abortion law. Sunday's protest was scheduled to coincide with the 39th anniversary of the 1981 martial law crackdown by the country's communist regime. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish leader hails summit deal on use of EU sanctions

Dec. 14, 2020 3:46 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s conservative ruling party leader says the compromise struck at last week’s European Union summit that limits the use of financial sanctions is a “saber” protecting the country against any potential “attack” on the EU’s part. ...

Police in riot gear block the path of anti-government protesters trying to reach the home of the ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday Dec. 13, 2020. Thousands of anti-government protesters demonstrated in Warsaw in the latest large protest after a high court ruled in October to further tighten the country's already restrictive abortion law. Sunday's protest was scheduled to coincide with the 39th anniversary of the 1981 martial law crackdown by the country's communist regime. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poles protest on anniversary of communist-era crackdown

Dec. 13, 2020 12:36 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands marched Sunday in Warsaw and other Polish cities to protest the country's right-wing government, the latest demonstrations after a high court ruled to tighten the country's already restrictive abortion law. Sunday’s protests coincided with the 39th anniversary of the...

FILE - In this July 10, 2020 file photo, Poland's ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, left, attends a police-guarded ceremony in Warsaw, Poland. An official with Poland's conservative governing party said Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, that the the country's right-wing coalition government has collapsed. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)

Polish deputy PM and ruling party head wins confidence vote

Dec. 9, 2020 5:19 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski survived a no-confidence vote in parliament Wednesday that had been brought against him by his opponents. The opposition Civic Platform party said Kaczynski, who in October took the job of deputy prime...

The flags of the European Union, Poland and the city of Warsaw hang in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday Dec. 9, 2020. Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski said the city was displaying EU flags around the city as a way of putting pressure on the national government to compromise in a dispute with the EU over the next long-term budget. Trzaskowski said the city wants to show to the rest of the EU that the Polish government's tough position

Poles voice fears of 'Polexit' as govt defies EU over budget

Dec. 9, 2020 10:26 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As the Polish government plays a game of chicken with the European Union over its next long-term budget, some Poles are voicing fears that a drawn-out conflict could put their country on a path toward an eventual departure from the bloc, or “Polexit.” Poland's...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020 file photo, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, left, and Hungary's Prime Minister Victor Orban share a word as they line up for a group picture prior to a meeting in Beja, Portugal. Polish government officials insisted on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, that they are sticking to their tough negotiating position ahead of a key European Union summit next week that should finalize the bloc’s next seven-year budget and a major pandemic recovery package. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)

Pressure mounts on Hungary, Poland to unlock EU stimulus

Dec. 8, 2020 3:35 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The German presidency of the EU said Tuesday that further delaying the European Union's landmark 1.82 trillion-euro ($2.21 trillion) long-term budget and coronavirus recovery package would be “irresponsible" as diplomats envisage a solution without Poland and Hungary, the two EU...

Polish state oil refiner buying key private media company

Dec. 7, 2020 5:26 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's state-run oil company, PKN Orlen, announced Monday that it was buying Polska Press, a large private media group currently under German control that owns a wide swath of daily and weekly newspapers in the country. Critics of the right-wing government called it a dark day for...

People face a riot police line during a protest against a top court ruling restricting abortions in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Poland is facing one of the biggest protest movements since the collapse of Communism three decades ago. It erupted after the country's constitutional court, packed by loyalists of the conservative ruling party, attempted to further tighten one of the world's most restrictive abortion laws. The women-led protest for some feels like a revolutionary moment that signals a deeper generational change. (AP Photo/Agata Grzybowska)

Rage and hope fuel women's revolt over abortion in Poland

Dec. 2, 2020 12:48 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Karolina Micula had used her bare chest in political protest once before. When Poland’s right-wing government first tried to restrict abortion rights, the actress and singer delivered an intense performance onstage in Wroclaw in 2017 that included her spreading paint in the...

Police use tear gas against an opposition lawmaker, Barbara Nowacka, as protesters block a major thoroughfare in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday Nov. 28, 2020. The police blocked protesters from marching in Warsaw as demonstrations took place across Poland against an attempt to restrict abortion rights and recent use of force by police.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Police call tear-gassed Polish lawmaker a protest threat

Nov. 29, 2020 4:54 PM EST

Polish police said Sunday that an officer who sprayed tear gas into the face of a member of parliament during a protest probably did so because he perceived the politician as a threat. An officer sprayed Barbara Nowacka, a center-left opposition lawmaker, in the face with the gas as she held out her parliamentary...