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EU's Tusk leads pro-Europe march in Poland before key vote

May. 18, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of opposition supporters marched Saturday in the Polish capital to celebrate the nation's European Union membership ahead of the key European Parliament election this week. In Warsaw, EU Council President and Poland's former prime minister, Donald Tusk, and numerous...

Poland leader slams church pathology, backs sex abuse probe

May. 17, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling conservative party leader said Friday it does not tolerate "pathology" in the Catholic church and will back a commission to investigate sex abuse of minors in church but also in other circles. It was the first reaction by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a practicing Catholic, to a...

EU citizens in UK to use EU vote to have a say on Brexit

May. 17, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Hedwig Hegtermans has lived in Britain for two decades, but she didn't have a vote when the country decided in 2016 to leave the European Union. She's determined to have her say on Brexit now. An election for the European Parliament being held this month in all 28 EU member states —...

Poland demands reaction over assault of ambassador to Israel

May. 15, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister on Wednesday condemned what he described as a "xenophobic act of aggression" on the country's ambassador to Israel, who was spat at and verbally abused on a Tel Aviv street at a time of rising tensions between the two nations. Israeli officials expressed shock...

Polish lawmaker panned for excusing priest who abused girls

May. 15, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's opposition lawmakers demanded Wednesday that a member of the ruling party be excluded from parliament's work on new laws to curb sex abuse of minors, alleging he had tried to justify the actions of a priest convicted of pedophilia. The conservative government said this week...

Poland airs tougher sex abuse penalties amid church crisis

May. 14, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister on Tuesday vowed tougher punishments for those who sexually abuse minors after a new film spurred the country into grappling with the problem of abuse by priests. The documentary "Tell No One" has triggered soul searching in the deeply Catholic country since it...

Poland's report on WWII damages readied for war anniversary

May. 14, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A study commissioned by the Polish government to assess the cost of Nazi Germany's occupation will be published on the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II, on Sept. 1, its leader said Tuesday. Poland's right-wing government has called on experts to estimate the human and...

Documentary about pedophile priests shakes up Poland

May. 13, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A new documentary revealing cases of sexual abuse by priests has deeply shaken Poland, one of Europe's most Roman Catholic societies, eliciting an apology from the church hierarchy and prompting one cleric to leave priestly life. "Tell No One," a film financed through a crowdfunding...

Poland cancels Israeli visit over Holocaust restitution

May. 13, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government canceled a visit by an Israeli delegation that had been planned for Monday, saying the Israeli government made last-minute changes that suggested it would focus on the issue of the restitution of former Jewish property. The delegation was to have been headed by...

Polish nationalists protest US over Holocaust claims

May. 11, 2019 9:15 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of Polish nationalists marched to the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw Saturday, protesting that the U.S. is putting pressure on Poland to compensate Jews whose families lost property during the Holocaust. The protest took place amid a dramatic rise in anti-Semitic hate speech in...