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Polish couple sentenced for sprawling pyramid scheme

Oct. 16, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The two founders of a pyramid scheme in Poland have been sentenced to years in prison for cheating thousands of people out of their savings in one of the nation's biggest financial scandals, calculated at 200 million euros ($220 million). A court in Gdansk sentenced Marcin P. to 15...

Poland's right-wing wins but leader Kaczynski wants more

Oct. 15, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jaroslaw Kaczynski has guided Poland's conservative ruling party to capture the biggest electoral share for any party in 30 years of democracy in Poland — yet the man who has dreamed of power since childhood is still a bit disappointed. Kaczynski's focus on social benefits and...

Polish conservatives win lower house but lose Senate

Oct. 14, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative Law and Justice party capitalized on its popular social spending policies to win a majority in the lower house of parliament and another four-year term in government, according to final election results Monday. The party won almost 44% of votes, which translated...

The Latest: Poland's ruling party has votes to govern again

Oct. 14, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Poland's election (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Final official returns from Poland's parliamentary election confirm the conservative Law and Justice party has won a narrow majority in the lower house that will allow it to govern for a second four-year term. The state...

Poland's ruling party declares victory in divided nation

Oct. 13, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative governing Law and Justice party won the most votes in Sunday's election in the deeply divided nation and appeared, according to an exit poll, to have secured a comfortable majority in parliament to govern for four more years. The exit poll, conducted by the...

The Latest: Polish ruling party leader declares victory

Oct. 13, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Poland's general election (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The leader of Poland's conservative ruling party has declared victory in an election after an exit poll showed his party expected to have a majority of seats in parliament. Jaroslaw Kaczynski noted that the exit poll...

Poles to vote in one of most important elections in decades

Oct. 12, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

LEGIONOWO, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling conservative party has targeted gays as a campaign tactic. Its programming on state media has drawn comparisons with communist-era propaganda and it has asserted so much control over the judicial system that the European Union has declared the rule of law at risk....

At a glance: Key factors in a critical Polish election

Oct. 11, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles vote Sunday for 460 lawmakers in the lower house of parliament, the Sejm, and for 100 in the Senate, for four-year terms. It is considered by many to be the most momentous election in Poland since the Central European nation threw off communism 30 years ago. ___ WHAT'S AT STAKE?...

The Latest: Group want Handke award revoked

Oct. 10, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the 2019 Nobel Prizes (all times local): 10:48 p.m. The Mothers of Srebrenica group that gathers relatives of the victims of the 1995 massacre in the Bosnian enclave is demanding that the Nobel committee revoke Peter Handke's prize for literature. The...

Nobel literature pick heartens liberal Poles in populist era

Oct. 10, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Swedish Academy's decision to bestow the 2018 Nobel Prize in literature on Polish author Olga Tokarczuk has given a rare morale boost to liberal Poles only three days before a national election that is likely to be won by the country's right-wing populist party. Tokarczuk, 57, is...