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Participants in a protest against Poland's government's efforts to control the court system in front of the Supreme Court where the vice president of the European Commission Vera Jourova was meeting the head of the court, Malgorzata Gersdorf, to discuss the situation of the judges, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

EU high official for talks in Poland on rule of law threats

Jan. 28, 2020 2:03 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The vice president of the European Commission met Polish parliament and justice officials Tuesday to discuss new legislation that restricts judges amid mounting conflict in Poland as the government takes steps to control the court system. Vera Jourova, who is in charge of EU values...

Diginitaries arrive to put candles at a memorial site at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp gathered for commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet army's liberation of the camp, using the testimony of survivors to warn about the signs of rising anti-Semitism and hatred in the world today. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Auschwitz survivors warn of rising anti-Semitism 75 years on

Jan. 27, 2020 5:33 PM EST

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp prayed and wept as they marked the 75th anniversary of its liberation, returning Monday to the place where they lost entire families and warning about the ominous growth of anti-Semitism and hatred in the world. “We have with us...

Germany's President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, center, and his wife Elke Buedenbender enter the Auschwitz I Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Heads of State and survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp gathered Monday for commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet army's liberation of the camp, using the testimony of survivors to warn about the signs of rising anti-Semitism and hatred in the world today. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Poland's president invited to Israel amid row over WWII

Jan. 27, 2020 12:35 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday invited his Polish counterpart to Jerusalem for talks aimed at boosting bilateral relations following tensions over Poland's World War II history. Rivlin spoke in Oswiecim, southern Poland, during observances of the 75th anniversary of the...

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, meets members of the Jewish community during a ceremony to inaugurate the renovated Wall of Names. Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 at the Shoah memorial in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)

France's Macron to make first visit to Poland on Feb. 3-4

Jan. 27, 2020 12:17 PM EST

WARSAW (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron will make his first official visit to Poland next week, a trip considered crucial for the development of France's ties with European partners, his office said Monday. The Elysee Palace said that during his talks with Poland's leaders Macron wants to...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks at welcome dinner for Holocaust survivors and their families hosted in Krakow, Poland, by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation, Sunday Jan. 26, 2020. Volodymyr Zelenskiy paid tribute Sunday evening to Holocaust survivors, telling them on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the death camp's liberation that they are an example to humanity. Zelenskiy spoke of the importance of protecting humanitarian values and freedom against the hatred that threatens civilization in a short speech at a dinner in Krakow organized by the World Jewish Congress. (Shahar Azran/WJC via AP)

Zelenskiy marks Auschwitz anniversary honoring survivors

Jan. 26, 2020 5:37 PM EST

KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy paid tribute Sunday evening to Holocaust survivors, telling them on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the death camp's liberation that they are an example to humanity. Zelenskiy spoke of the importance of protecting humanitarian values and...

In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, Nazi camps survivor Marija Frlan, who will turn 100 on the Holocaust Remembrance day, talks to the Associated Press during an interview at her home in Rakek, Slovenia. Frlan, who was held at the Ravensbruck camp in northern Germany for over a year in 1944-45, will join other survivors and officials in Poland on Monday for the ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz camp. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Survivor in Slovenia turns 100 on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jan. 26, 2020 12:15 PM EST

RAKEK, Slovenia (AP) — For Marija Frlan it's as symbolic as it can get: A survivor of a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, the Slovenian woman turns 100 years old on Monday, the international Holocaust Remembrance Day. Frlan, who was held at the Nazi's Ravensbrueck camp in northern Germany for...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, the sun lights the buildings behind the entrance of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland. World leaders will gather twice to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp _ once on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Jerusalem and again on Jan. 27 at the Auschwitz site in southern Poland. The fact that there will be two competing ceremonies reflects how politically charged World War II remains for nationalist governments in Russia and Poland. (Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Europe's bishops mark Auschwitz anniversary denouncing hate

Jan. 25, 2020 9:59 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Europe's Catholic bishops are marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz with a statement denouncing anti-Semitism and the “manipulation" of the truth for political aims. The statement was released on Saturday, also in a Hebrew version, two days ahead of the...

People holding a Poland and European Union flags take part in a protest outside Poland's parliament building as lawmakers voted to approve the much-criticized legislation that allows politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Poland's lawmakers gave their final approval Thursday to legislation that will allow politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, a change that European legal experts warn will undermine judicial independence. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Legal chaos in Poland deepens, posing major challenge for EU

Jan. 24, 2020 12:51 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Legal chaos has deepened dramatically in Poland, with the government and the country’s high court judges clashing over who administers justice — a rift that some experts say is an assault on the young democracy and could lead to a break from the European Union. The...

FILE - In this July 8, 2008 file photo, a Condor plane at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany.  The owner of Polish carrier LOT is taking over German airline Condor, a subsidiary of collapsed tour operator Thomas Cook, according to an announcement Friday Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, FILE)

Owner of Poland's LOT airline buys Thomas Cook unit Condor

Jan. 24, 2020 7:07 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The owner of Polish airline LOT is taking over German carrier Condor, a subsidiary of collapsed tour operator Thomas Cook, the two companies said Friday. The acquisition by LOT owner PGL, or Polish Aviation Group, is expected to close by April once antitrust approval is received. The...

People holding a Poland and European Union flags take part in a protest outside Poland's parliament building as lawmakers voted to approve the much-criticized legislation that allows politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Poland's lawmakers gave their final approval Thursday to legislation that will allow politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, a change that European legal experts warn will undermine judicial independence. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish parliament OKs law allowing gov't to punish judges

Jan. 23, 2020 3:55 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's lawmakers gave their final approval Thursday to legislation that will allow politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, a change that European legal experts warn will undermine judicial independence. The legislation passed in the lower house of parliament, the...