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Poland: Far-right party chooses presidential candidate

Jan. 18, 2020 11:49 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's far-right Confederation party on Saturday chose a lawmaker who previously led an ultra-nationalist youth organization as its candidate in the country's spring presidential election. Krzysztof Bosak, one of the 11 Confederation members elected to Poland's 460-seat parliament...

Poland's Senate rejects allowing politicians to fire judges

Jan. 17, 2020 9:27 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's senators have rejected a much-criticized bill that would give politicians the right to fire or fine judges. The Senate's vote on Friday can extend work on the legislation but not stop it from becoming law. The vote in the upper house of parliament came a day after European...

In this Thursday Jan. 9, 2020 photo Polish Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki speaks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland. Following fall elections, Speaker Tomasz Grodzki, from the centrist opposition, has become the only politician with any real power to put up roadblocks to the populist ruling party as it seeks to exert full control of the judicial system. A prominent surgeon, Grodzki is using that role as much as he can, angering the government, which has been seeking to discredit him with claims he took bribes as a doctor. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland rejects European legal experts' opinion as 'parody'

Jan. 16, 2020 12:10 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Pending legislation in Poland that gives politicians the authority to fire or fine judges would further undermine judicial independence in the country and violates European Union principles, European legal experts said Thursday. Members of the Council of Europe's Venice Commission...

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin during their meetingin the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Putin has named Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin as Russia's new prime minister. The 53-year-old Mishustin has worked in the government since 1998. Mishustin has a kept low profile while serving as the head of the Federal Tax Service since 2010. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Poland, Lithuania vow to resist Russian historical offensive

Jan. 16, 2020 11:38 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Poland and Lithuania are working together to defend themselves against a Russian historical offensive that seeks to minimize Soviet responsibility for the outbreak of World War II, their foreign ministers said Thursday. Linas Linkevicius of Lithuania and Jacek Czaputowicz of...

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz arrives for a joint press conference with Prime Ministers of the V4 after their meeting at the National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Austria against use of EU funding to support nuclear energy

Jan. 16, 2020 9:13 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told his counterparts from four central European countries on Thursday that Austria is not ready to accept European Union funding of their nuclear energy projects. After meeting the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia in...

London pledges contribution to Auschwitz-Birkenau foundation

Jan. 15, 2020 12:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — London Mayor Sadiq Khan pledged 300,000 pounds ($390,000) to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation in Poland on Monday, arguing that the institution plays a vital role in educating Londoners visiting the site on the horrors of the Holocaust. London joins Paris and dozens of nations in giving...

EU comes to aid of Poland over WWII row with Russia

Jan. 15, 2020 10:07 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The European Union executive has come to the aid of Poland, which is involved in a bitter dispute with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Poland's role in World War II. EU Commissioner Vera Jourova told the parliament Wednesday that she “rejects any false claim" that...

Judges from Italy, the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, many wearing their professional gowns, take part in a march in support of judicial independence in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday Jan. 11, 2020. The judges marched silently in Warsaw in a show of solidarity with Polish peers who are protesting a bill that would allow the government to fire judges who issue rulings officials don't like. (AP Photo/Vanessa Gera)

EU seeks to suspend chamber disciplining Polish judges

Jan. 14, 2020 2:52 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union asked its highest court on Tuesday to order the Polish government to suspend a new chamber to the country's Supreme Court whose job is to discipline judges. Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller said the EU has no power to order the European Court of Justice to...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers her speech at the European parliament Tuesday, Jan.14, 2020 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic will present the priorities of the rotating Council presidency for the next six months. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

EU lays out 1 trillion-euro plan to support Green Deal

Jan. 14, 2020 2:30 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union plans to dedicate a quarter of its budget to tackling climate change and to work to shift 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) in investment toward making the EU's economy more environmentally friendly over the next 10 years. Aiming to deliver on European Commission President...

A protester waves the national flag while demonstrators set fire to close streets near Tahrir Square during a demonstration against the Iranian missile strike in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing a top Revolutionary Guard commander, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops in a major escalation between the two longtime foes. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

The Latest: Iran says it doesn't want war, but will respond

Jan. 14, 2020 8:50 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Iran is informing the United Nations that it took “a measured and proportionate military response” to the U.S. airstrike that killed its top military...