Latest Poland government News

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...

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...

Makeup of new Polish government signals continuity

Nov. 8, 2019 3:04 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced the composition of his new Cabinet on Friday following an election last month — and it looks a lot like his outgoing government. Those keeping their jobs include Morawiecki himself and Piotr Glinski, who remains as deputy prime...

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...

EU leader Tusk won't run for presidency in native Poland

Nov. 5, 2019 1:48 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Union leader Donald Tusk announced Tuesday that he won't run to be the president of his native Poland, saying he carries too much "baggage" from his time as prime minister. Tusk, who was prime minister of Poland from 2007 to 2014, was seen as a politician who could block the...

EU top court: Poland broke EU law with judicial reform

Nov. 5, 2019 9:06 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that a Polish measure lowering the retirement age for judges and setting different ages depending on their gender violates EU law. The European Court of Justice said in its ruling that the 2017 law lowering the age of retirement for women to 60...

Legal opinion: Poland, Hungary, Czechs broke EU migrant law

Oct. 31, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With overcrowded Greek migrant camps facing explosive new problems, a top EU legal adviser said Thursday that Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic broke European Union law by refusing to comply with a refugee quota program meant to address such challenges. The legal opinion strikes to the...

The Latest: Hungary: Ruling party urges resistance on quotas

Oct. 31, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on immigration into Europe (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party is calling on the government to stand up to any pressure "legally or otherwise disguised" on the issue of European Union migrant quotas. Fidesz's statement came in...

Coal-reliant Poland welcomes plan for first nuclear plant

Oct. 22, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government has welcomed plans by a top businessman to build what would be the nation's first nuclear power plant and help reduce dependence on coal. The Energy Ministry commented Tuesday on a memorandum of understanding that Poland's firm Synthos SA signed this week with GE...