Latest Poland government News

Poland's Walesa urges opposition to unite ahead of elections

Jun. 23, 2018 11:48 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Lech Walesa, Poland's former president and pro-democracy leader, said Saturday he is joining forces with the opposition to prevent Poland's right-wing ruling party from winning a string of upcoming elections. The 74-year-old Walesa spoke at a meeting of opposition parties and...

Polish local police chief fired over colleague's death

Jun. 22, 2018 7:24 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Interior Ministry says a regional police chief and one of his deputies have been fired after they attended a party during which a senior anti-terrorist investigator fell from a window and died. The accident occurred early Thursday at a Baltic coast resort during an...

The Latest: 4 Eastern Europe nations to skip migrant meeting

Jun. 21, 2018 1:15 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants in Europe (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Leaders from four countries in Eastern Europe will not be attending a weekend emergency meeting about migration in Brussels. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Thursday that all four members of the Visegrad...

Official: Polish leader's ill health not sparking infighting

Jun. 21, 2018 8:41 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A government official denied rumors Thursday that the illness of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's powerful ruling party leader, has sparked infighting at the highest political levels. Kaczynski, 69, has been in retreat from active political life for several weeks, first hospitalized and...

The Latest: Salah scores, but Russia beats Egypt for 2nd win

Jun. 19, 2018 3:59 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday at the World Cup (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Russia scored three goals in 15 minutes early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt that moved the host nation to the brink of the World Cup's knockout stage on Tuesday. Mohamed Salah won and converted a penalty...

Polish prime minister wants to help bridge EU-US gap

Jun. 19, 2018 7:55 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister says he sees a "middleman" role for his government in mending ties between President Donald Trump's administration and the European Union — despite Poland's tense relations with the bloc. Mateusz Morawiecki spoke in Berlin on Tuesday following talks with...

No progress reported in Poland-EU standoff over courts

Jun. 18, 2018 7:36 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A top European Union official and the Polish prime minister have not reported any progress after a meeting aimed at breaking an impasse over changes to the Polish courts that the EU says violate European democratic standards. Frans Timmermans, the European Commission's first...

Ex-Polish leaders ask EU to defend Poland's democracy

Jun. 13, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ex-Polish President Lech Walesa and several other former leaders appealed Wednesday to the European Union to help defend the rule of law in their country under a populist government that is overhauling the judiciary. In a statement published in the daily Gazeta Wyborcza, the former...

Polish president wants to ask voters for more power

Jun. 12, 2018 11:03 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president has revealed 15 questions Polish voters could face in a referendum on whether to change the constitution — including whether to strengthen the president's powers and protect Poland's membership in the European Union and NATO. President Andrzej Duda has long...

US teacher honored for highlighting Polish Holocaust hero

Jun. 11, 2018 5:02 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An American teacher who together with his students shed light on the story of a Polish woman who saved hundreds of Jewish children during the Holocaust was honored Monday with the award that bears her name. Irena Sendler and her story were largely unknown until Norman Conard and his...