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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...

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...

Officials: Poland done making concessions in dispute with EU

Jun. 10, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government is done trying to satisfy European Union concerns about ongoing changes to the country's judicial system, officials said Sunday. Jacek Sasin, an aide to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, said the government has "run out of concessions" and expects the European...

Gay pride parade turnout defies conservative times in Poland

Jun. 9, 2018 5:23 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The capitals of Poland and Romania hosted festive gay pride parades that attracted thousands of people Saturday, as emboldened participants vowed to keep pushing for the eventual freedom to marry the person of their choice. A party-like atmosphere prevailed at the parade in Warsaw as...

The Latest: Romania gay pride parade builds on court ruling

Jun. 9, 2018 12:13 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on LGBT pride events in Europe (all times local): 4:45 P.M. People in Romania's capital are gearing up for a gay pride parade that will feature calls for same-sex couples to receive more rights and acceptance. Before the parade taking place in Bucharest on Saturday,...

Bus on a school trip crashes in Poland, 49 injured

Jun. 8, 2018 11:14 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A bus taking students home from a school trip collided with two other vehicles Friday in southern Poland, injuring 49 people, many of them children, officials said. Thirty-four people were taken to the hospital after the crash in the town of Tenczyn, four of them in serious condition,...

Poland's ruling party leader Kaczynski leaves hospital

Jun. 8, 2018 10:57 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The head of a Warsaw hospital said Friday that the leader of Poland's ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has been discharged following treatment that has "stabilized his health condition." The 68-year-old Kaczynski suffers from a knee problem and was seen limping and using crutches...

Poland: US envoy nominee to be accepted despite polemic view

Jun. 8, 2018 8:09 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An aide to Poland's President Andrzej Duda said Friday that if Georgette Mosbacher is appointed as the new U.S. ambassador to Poland, she will be accepted, despite having made "unnecessary and mistaken" comments about the country. Mosbacher, a businesswoman nominated by President...

Once-drab Warsaw changed by wealth into booming modern city

Jun. 7, 2018 4:50 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Warsaw, a city of Old World charm that was turned to rubble and ash by Nazi Germany, has been reborn twice since then. The Polish capital first became an example of socialist city planning, rising in the postwar era as a drab and grey embodiment of oppressive Communist rule. But...

New Polish vodka museum in Warsaw celebrates national drink

Jun. 6, 2018 11:59 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish vodka has been drunk by kings and peasants, used as a medicine, and during World War II even served to bribe the occupying Nazi German forces. Now a museum is opening in Warsaw devoted solely to the 500-year history of the Polish national alcoholic beverage. Known in Polish as...