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Retired KU professor receives Polish medal from WWII

Jul. 25, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A retired University of Kansas professor received Poland's Medal of Valor this weekend more than 75 years after he fought with the Polish resistance against the occupying forces of Nazi Germany during World War II. Polish Air Force Major Gen....

Poland a step closer to adopting controversial property law

Jul. 23, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Senate on Friday approved with some amendments much-disputed changes to property restitution rules, moving them a step closer to adoption. The draft regulations have drawn strong criticism from Israel and from Jewish organizations who say...

Poland's Senate confirms new ombudsman after long standoff

Jul. 21, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Senate endorsed a human rights lawyer Wednesday as the nation’s next ombudsman, ending months of political tug-of-war over the sensitive position. In a vote facilitated by the right-wing ruling party waiving its objections, senators...

EU says democratic standards under threat in Poland, Hungary

Jul. 20, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Democratic standards in the European Union are eroding in several member countries, particularly in Hungary and Poland where judicial independence is under threat, the EU’s executive commission said Tuesday in its annual report on adherence to the rule of law. ...

Top Poland court rejects EU court injunctions as invalid

Jul. 14, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s constitutional court ruled Wednesday that temporary injunctions issued by the European Union’s top court regarding Poland’s judiciary conflict with the nation’s constitution are not binding. Legal observers interpreted the...

Poland's ruling party regains narrow parliament majority

Jul. 14, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s right-wing coalition government has regained its slim majority in parliament after some defectors returned, the leader of the country's main ruling party said Wednesday. Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said the party's...

Central European leaders worry over Afghan migration 'wave'

Jul. 09, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Central European leaders on Friday voiced concern over what they said was a potential migration rush from Afghanistan as U.S. and NATO forces pull out from that country. They also complained that a small group of powerful countries within the European Union...

Polish draft law seen as targeting critical broadcaster

Jul. 08, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Proposed legislative changes that would ban non-European ownership of Polish media have angered critics who say they target the U.S. company Discovery Inc., owner of the TVN broadcaster that's openly critical of the right-wing government. The...

Lawmakers press EU over Hungary, Poland rights concerns

Jul. 08, 2021 06:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers ratcheted up pressure on the EU's executive arm Thursday to take action against Hungary and Poland over concerns about democratic backsliding in the two countries that could restrict their access to EU funds. The EU Parliament...

Poland plans to rebuild Enigma-linked palace razed in WWII

Jul. 07, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland is reviving plans to reconstruct a historic Warsaw palace where the German Enigma machine codes were first cracked in 1932 and which Nazi German occupying forces blew up in 1944. In a ceremony Wednesday at the empty site where the Saski...