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Polish far-right leader arrested for inciting anti-Semitism

Dec. 13, 2019 11:29 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish authorities on Friday arrested a far-right leader and plan to charge him with public incitement of hatred against Jews, officials said. The Internal Security Agency arrested Jacek Miedlar, who is also a former priest, according to the agency and the prosecutor's office in the...

EU leaders include nuclear energy in green transition

Dec. 13, 2019 11:00 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Friday that nuclear energy will be part of the bloc's solution to making its economy carbon neutral by 2050, allowing them to win the support of two coal-dependent countries. EU heads of state and government agreed that nuclear energy will be recognized as a...

Polish gov't defends law to 'discipline' judges, amid outcry

Dec. 13, 2019 10:00 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's right-wing governing party on Friday defended its heavily-criticized plans to impose new restrictions on judges, saying it wants to "discipline" a “caste” of judges that has become too engaged in politics. Critics say the draft legislation marks a repressive...

EU ready to get Brexit talks moving again after UK vote

Dec. 12, 2019 9:44 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — With votes still being counted in Britain, EU leaders were already gearing up to move forward with Brexit plans. Based on an exit poll, the leaders of Austria and Poland congratulated Conservative British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his projected win, based on an exit poll, in...

EU leaders break stalemate over climate target, claim deal

Dec. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU leaders broke a deadlock early Friday and claimed a deal over a key climate target by committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, sidestepping the objections of Poland, one of the blocs biggest economies. Two days after the EU's new commission chief unveiled her “European...

Poland wants troops, police to cull boars due to swine fever

Dec. 11, 2019 9:46 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's agriculture minister on Wednesday proposed that army and police personnel should be allowed to shoot wild boars on a large scale in areas affected by the African swine fever, to help fight the disease that has been found in the west of the country after it seemed contained...

Polish school director fired over terror attack exercise

Dec. 9, 2019 11:30 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Local authorities in northeast Poland say that a primary school director has been fired and psychologists are working with traumatized schoolchildren following a terrorist attack exercise the director organized but that unprepared students took for real. The director of primary and...

Ukraine faces new challenges in peace talks with Russia

Dec. 8, 2019 6:54 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy sits down Monday for peace talks in Paris with Russian President Vladimir Putin in their first face-to-face meeting, the stakes couldn't be higher. More than five years of fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and...

Germany's Merkel voices 'shame' during 1st Auschwitz visit

Dec. 6, 2019 6:46 PM EST

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a feeling of "deep shame” during her first-ever visit on Friday to the hallowed grounds of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where Adolf Hitler's regime murdered more than a million people. Merkel noted that her...

Poland wants to buy site of WWII Nazi death camp in Austria

Dec. 6, 2019 1:03 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister said Friday his government wants to buy from Austria the site of the former Nazi German death camp Mauthausen-Gusen where tens of thousands of Poles were killed during World War II. Premier Mateusz Morawiecki said the intention is to preserve the memory of some...