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Members of Poland's women's rights organizations, with obituaries of women who fell victim to violence, protest against plans by the right-wing government to withdraw from Europe's Istanbul Convention on prevention of violence against women and children, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday,  July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poles split over govt plan to exit domestic violence treaty

Jul. 27, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles are bitterly divided over steps being taken by the right-wing government to leave a European treaty against domestic violence, claiming it promotes gender “ideology” and links violence to religion. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said Monday he has formally asked...

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Protests decry Polish gov't plan to leave anti-violence deal

Jul. 24, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of people in Warsaw and some other cities in Poland protested Friday against plans by the conservative government to withdraw from Europe’s Istanbul Convention against domestic violence and violence against women and children. Carrying signs of the...

El presidente Andrzej Duda, acompaƱado por su esposa Agata Kornhauser-Duda, saluda a sus simpatizantes el domingo 12 de julio de 2020, en Pultusk, Polonia. (AP Foto/Czarek Sokolowski)

Runner-up's team wants Poland's presidential election voided

Jul. 22, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The campaign team for the opposition challenger in Poland's presidential election, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, says it now wants the vote annulled, alleging numerous irregularities. The liberal Trzaskowski lost the July 12 runoff by a narrow margin to conservative incumbent...

El presidente Andrzej Duda, acompaƱado por su esposa Agata Kornhauser-Duda, saluda a sus simpatizantes el domingo 12 de julio de 2020, en Pultusk, Polonia. (AP Foto/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish opposition challenges recent presidential election

Jul. 16, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s main opposition party lodged a protest Thursday to a top court against the recent presidential election in which its candidate narrowly lost to conservative incumbent Andrzej Duda. The liberal Civic Platform party said the whole electoral process was “not...

Poland's ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, left, during a police-guarded ceremony in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 10, 2020 remembering his twin brother, the late president Lech Kaczynski and 95 others, killed in a plane crash in Russia in the year 2010. Friday was the last day of campaigning in Poland's presidential election runoff in which incumbent president, Andrzej Duda enjoys the right-wing ruling party's backing for a reelection, rivalling liberal Warsaw mayor, Rafal Trzaskowski. Opinion polls suggest the election may be decided by a small number of votes.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland: Politician vows steps to make media more 'realistic'

Jul. 14, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland’s right-wing ruling party said Tuesday that some news media are misrepresenting the country's image and vowed that steps would be taken to make them see things in a “more realistic” way. Jaroslaw Kaczynski spoke a day after election...

Incumbent President Andrzej Duda flashes a victory sign in Pultusk, Poland, Sunday, July 12, 2020. An exit poll in Poland's presidential runoff election shows a tight race that is too close to call between the conservative incumbent, Andrzej Duda, and the liberal Warsaw mayor, Rafal Trzaskowski.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish president wins 2nd term after bitter campaign

Jul. 13, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda declared victory Monday in a runoff election in which he narrowly won a second five-year term, acknowledging the campaign he ran was often too harsh as he appealed for unity and forgiveness. The close race followed a bitter campaign between Duda and...

Incumbent President Andrzej Duda is hugged by his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda in Pultusk, Poland, Sunday, July 12, 2020. An exit poll in Poland's presidential runoff election shows a tight race that is too close to call between the conservative incumbent, Andrzej Duda, and the liberal Warsaw mayor, Rafal Trzaskowski.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Exit poll: Duda leads Poland's tight presidential runoff

Jul. 12, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A late exit poll in Poland’s presidential runoff Sunday showed the conservative, populist incumbent, Andrzej Duda, leading against the liberal, pro-Europe mayor of Warsaw, but with the race still too close to call. It appeared to be the closest election in Poland’s...

In this Thursday, July 9, 2020 photo election campaign posters of incumbent conservative president, Andrzej Duda, right, and his challenger, the liberal Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, for a tight presidential election runoff on Sunday, July 12, 2020 are seen in Raciaz, Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland faces momentous choice in tight presidential runoff

Jul. 11, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Voters in Poland on Sunday will decide a tight runoff election between populist incumbent President Andrzej Duda and his liberal pro-European Union challenger, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski. Recent opinion polls show a race so close that it could hinge on a narrow margin of voters,...

Polish President Andrzej Duda speaks to supporters at a presidential election campaign rally in Lomza, Poland, on Tuesday July 7, 2020. Two bitter rivals are heading into a razor's-edge presidential runoff election Sunday in Poland that is seen as an important test of populism in Europe after a campaign that exacerbated a conservative-liberal divide in the country. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Luxembourg PM criticizes Polish leader's anti-gay comments

Jul. 10, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Luxembourg's prime minister is criticizing the Polish president's campaign against LGBT rights in the run-up to a closely fought runoff election this weekend. Polish President Andrzej Duda, a nationalist conservative, recently has called LGBT rights an “ideology” more dangerous...

This combination of photos shows candidates in Poland's presidential election, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, right, and Poland's President Andrzej Duda. The two candidates are heading into a razor's-edge presidential runoff election Sunday, July 12, 2020, that is seen as an important test of populism in Europe after a campaign that exacerbated a conservative-liberal divide in the country. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

A deeply divided Poland chooses a president in runoff vote

Jul. 8, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two bitter rivals are heading into a razor's-edge presidential runoff election Sunday in Poland that is seen as an important test of populism in Europe after a campaign that exacerbated a conservative-liberal divide in the country. The tough campaign has seen strains of homophobia and...