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Poland’s PM now faces task of forming new government

Nov. 14, 2019 9:42 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister on Thursday was given the task of forming a new government after the ruling right-wing party won a second term in power. President Andrzej Duda appointed Mateusz Morawiecki to return as prime minister and Morawiecki said his next four-year term will...

Polish opposition celebrates taking control of Senate

Nov. 12, 2019 5:31 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's opposition parties elected their candidate as speaker of the Senate on Tuesday, a small victory that allows them to check the power of the populist right-wing ruling party. Senator Tomasz Grodzki was chosen speaker in a 51-48 vote with one abstention during the first sitting...

In Poland, thousands join nationalist Independence Day march

Nov. 11, 2019 1:17 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tens of thousands of Poles joined on Monday in a yearly Independence Day march organized by nationalist groups, an event that has grown over the past decade as the far right across Europe has strengthened and gained a degree of social acceptance. Participants burned flares and shot...

Ukrainian freed in Poland after detention on Russian request

Nov. 10, 2019 12:39 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Ukrainian activist and veteran of the war in the country's east, who was earlier detained in Poland based on an Interpol request issued by Russia, was released on Sunday, according to officials and Polish media. Ihor Mazur, however, must remain in the eastern Polish city of Lublin...

Polish citizens to travel visa-free to US from next week

Nov. 6, 2019 1:40 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish citizens will be able to travel to the U.S. without a visa from next week, officials said. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that including Poland — a "trusted partner" — in the Visa Waiver Program was testament to the two countries' "special...

The Latest: Top diplomat revises testimony on Ukraine

Nov. 5, 2019 10:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local): 10:50 p.m. A top diplomat has revised his testimony in the House impeachment inquiry to acknowledge that U.S. military aid to Ukraine was being withheld until the foreign ally promised to investigate...

Smog-plagued Warsaw to limit access by car, coal heating

Oct. 30, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Authorities in smog-plagued Warsaw revealed plans Wednesday to further limit car access to the city center, cut down on coal heating in private homes and expand green areas in a drive to improve the city's air quality. Especially in the fall and winter, when the air is damp and people...

Poland's ruling party declares victory in divided nation

Oct. 13, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative governing Law and Justice party won the most votes in Sunday's election in the deeply divided nation and appeared, according to an exit poll, to have secured a comfortable majority in parliament to govern for four more years. The exit poll, conducted by the...

Poles to vote in one of most important elections in decades

Oct. 12, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

LEGIONOWO, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling conservative party has targeted gays as a campaign tactic. Its programming on state media has drawn comparisons with communist-era propaganda and it has asserted so much control over the judicial system that the European Union has declared the rule of law at risk....

Nobel literature pick heartens liberal Poles in populist era

Oct. 10, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Swedish Academy's decision to bestow the 2018 Nobel Prize in literature on Polish author Olga Tokarczuk has given a rare morale boost to liberal Poles only three days before a national election that is likely to be won by the country's right-wing populist party. Tokarczuk, 57, is...