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Poland's President Andrzej Duda is hugging First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda during a ruling Law and Justice party convention that backed his re-election bid in the May 10 presidential vote in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland's populist ruling party backs president's reelection

Feb. 15, 2020 11:52 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's right-wing ruling party on Saturday endorsed President Andrzej Duda's reelection in the country's May 10 presidential vote. At a convention in Warsaw that launched the incumbent president's campaign for a second five-year term, Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski...

People visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. A long stalemate over the future independence of the landmark Jewish history museum is building toward a crucial turning point after the former director — who won a competition for a second term but whom Poland's populist government refuses to reinstate — offered to renounce the job(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish government ends standoff over Jewish museum chief

Feb. 14, 2020 2:47 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government on Friday accepted a compromise candidate as the new director of Warsaw's landmark Jewish museum, ending a long impasse that had raised concerns over the popular institution's future. The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews has been without a permanent...

Supporters of Poland's right-wing government rally to show their support for legislation which gives the government greater control of judges, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. Those gathered urged the government not to given in to the European Union, which has criticized recently passed legislation which gives the government the power to fire judges whose rulings authorities do not like. They called the judicial changes a matter of national sovereignty. On yellow banners we read

Poles rally in support of government's overhaul of judiciary

Feb. 8, 2020 1:33 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of Poles rallied Saturday in Warsaw to show their support for the country's right-wing government as it brings to completion an almost total overhaul of the justice system to put it under government control. Those who rallied in front of the Constitutional Tribunal described...

Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, speaks about the challenges of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Alessandro della Valle/Keystone via AP)

Poland's presidential election set for May 10

Feb. 5, 2020 9:19 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's next presidential election has been set for May 10 , with a run-off two weeks later if no one candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, the parliament's speaker, Elzbieta Witek, said Wednesday. President Andrzej Duda, who is aligned with Poland's conservative ruling party...

Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, speaks about the challenges of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Alessandro della Valle/Keystone via AP)

Poland: Bill allowing judges to be punished signed into law

Feb. 4, 2020 2:42 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday signed into law much-criticized legislation that gives politicians the power to fine and fire judges whose actions and decisions they consider harmful. The legislation has drawn condemnation from the European Union and international human...

President Emmanuel Macron,left, of France and his Polish host, President Andrzej Duda, shake hands before talks on developing recently-strained bilateral ties at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

France's Macron wants closer ties with Poland on EU

Feb. 3, 2020 3:03 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday called for closer ties with Poland in shaping the European Union without Britain, in European security and relations with Russia. Following talks in Warsaw with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Macron also called for a revival of trilateral...

FILE-in this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo people walk through a wooden 17th century synagogue once located in Gwozdziec, a formerly Polish town now in Ukraine, at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jew in Warsaw, Poland. Two co-founders of the museum on Thursday urged the third partner — the Polish government — to comply with an agreement to re-appoint the museum's former director, saying a failure to do so is incomprehensible and is damaging to Polish-Jewish relations. (Czarek Sokolowski/Associated Press/file)

Poland urged to end 'damaging' impasse at Jewish museum

Jan. 30, 2020 1:03 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two co-founders of a prominent Jewish history museum in Warsaw urged their third partner — the Polish government — to comply with an agreement to reappoint the museum's former director, arguing Thursday that a failure to do so threatens the museum and is damaging to...

Poland's Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro, left, welcomes vice president of the European Commission Vera Jourova,right, for talks on the conflict over the government's much-criticized taking of steps to control the judiciary in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

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

Jan. 28, 2020 4:03 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...