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Poland: Talks fail between striking teachers, government

Apr. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Unions representing Poland's public school teachers vowed to continue a nationwide strike after their latest round of pay negotiations with the government failed Thursday. Government ministers and union leaders blamed each other for the lack of progress during more than two hours of...

The Latest: University of Notre Dame to donate $100,000

Apr. 16, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that swept through Paris' Notre Dame cathedral (all times local): 8 p.m. The president of the University of Notre Dame said the school will donate $100,000 toward the renovation of Notre Dame cathedral following a devastating fire. The Rev. John Jenkins announced the...

Polish FM: Russia expels Polish diplomat in 'reciprocity'

Apr. 16, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's foreign ministry says Russia is expelling an employee of Poland's consulate in the Siberian city of Irkutsk. Ministry spokeswoman Ewa Suwara told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Russia's declaration of the Pole as "persona non grata" was a move of "reciprocity." She did...

Polish govt says it can't meet pay demand of teacher strike

Apr. 15, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A nationwide strike of Poland's public school teachers entered its second week Monday with the right-wing government, which is paying generous benefits to pensioners and other targeted groups, saying it doesn't have money to meet teachers' pay demands. Teachers are demanding a 30%...

Balkan states urged to resolve differences to join EU

Apr. 12, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Countries in the western Balkans aspiring to join the European Union, such as Serbia and Kosovo, should be given a clear pathway to membership provided they solve their differences, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Friday. At a conference of foreign ministers of the so-called...

Polish senator defends 'purging' comment amid outrage

Apr. 11, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish senator who caused outrage by saying Poland should be "purged" of those "not worthy of belonging to our national community" said Thursday he is sorry if his words were taken the wrong way and that it is nonsense to think he plans any purges. Grzegorz Bierecki made his...

Talks of Polish teachers and government fail as exams loom

Apr. 9, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Last-ditch talks to stop a teachers strike in Poland that has seen thousands of schools stay closed failed Tuesday, putting upcoming exams under threat. Following 90 minutes of discussions, Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and the heads of two main teachers' unions blamed each other...

Polish teachers go on indefinite strike at student exam time

Apr. 8, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Teachers in Poland went on an indefinite nationwide strike over pay Monday after the government failed to meet union demands during days of negotiations. The strike by teachers of kindergarten all the way up through the final year of high school is the first such widespread work...

Pole whose secret recordings toppled govt in a Spanish jail

Apr. 8, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A fugitive Polish businessman convicted in an eavesdropping case that led to the fall of a Polish government is fighting extradition from Spain back to Poland, Spanish authorities said Monday. Marek Falenta was convicted of organizing the secret recordings of top Polish politicians in...

Young NATO states mark anniversary of alliance membership

Apr. 5, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Defense ministers from Central and Eastern Europe are celebrating the anniversaries of their countries' membership of NATO at a time when Russia's increased military activity has stoked concerns. The nine ministers are meeting in Poland, the largest of the post-communist countries in...