Poland’s ruling right-wing party tops the polls

Europe 05/27/19, 10:16

Poland's ruling Law and Justice party has emerged as the big winner in the country's European Parliament election, taking over 45% of the votes, but its leader said Monday more effort is needed before a national election later this year.Full official results announced by the State Electoral Commission suggest that ...

‘Revolution’ in Poland as nation confronts priestly abuse

Europe 05/25/19, 02:48

Poland thought it had started confronting the problem of clerical abuse and its cover-up by church authorities. Then a bombshell came: A documentary with victim testimony so harrowing it has forced an unprecedented reckoning with pedophile priests in one of Europe's most deeply Catholic societies.Poland's bishops acknowledged this week they ...

Poland’s Kaczynski says Le Pen’s party ‘linked to Moscow’

Europe 05/22/19, 05:04

The powerful leader of Poland's nationalist ruling party says that political groups in some European Union states, including Marine Le Pen's party in France, are "obviously linked to Moscow and receive its support."Jaroslaw Kaczynski's comment in an interview published Wednesday by the Gazeta Polska weekly suggest that his party's wariness ...

EU’s Tusk leads pro-Europe march in Poland before key vote

Europe 05/18/19, 13:31

Thousands of opposition supporters marched Saturday in the Polish capital to celebrate the nation's European Union membership ahead of the key European Parliament election this week.In Warsaw, EU Council President and Poland's former prime minister, Donald Tusk, and numerous opposition figures led the "Poland in Europe" march through the downtown. ...

Poland’s church leader says sex abuse reports not an attack

Europe 05/17/19, 09:38

Contradicting claims by Poland's ruling party leader, the head of Poland's Catholic church says recent revelations about priests abusing minors are not attacks on the church but will help its cleansing. Poland's primate, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, was referring to a documentary film, "Tell No One," that contains testimony by men and ...

Poland vows firm penalties for sex abuse amid church crisis

Europe 05/14/19, 07:55

Poland's prime minister is vowing tougher punishments for those who sexually abuse minors after a new film spurred the country into grappling with the problem of abuse by priests. The documentary "Tell No One" has triggered soul searching in the deeply Catholic country since it was released on Saturday on YouTube. Shock ...

Polish leader: LGBT rights an import that threatens the nation

Europe 04/25/19, 03:54

The chairman of Poland's conservative ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has called the LGBT rights movement a foreign import that threatens the Polish nation. Kaczynski, Poland's most important politician, also said "everyone must accept Christianity" and that questioning the powerful Roman Catholic Church in Poland is unpatriotic. The positions that Kaczynski took Wednesday ...

Leaders hint Poland will not fully apply EU copyright law

Europe 03/30/19, 10:29

Poland's right-wing leaders hinted Saturday they will not fully implement the European Union's new copyright reform, saying it stifles freedom of speech.Ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said Saturday that a copyright directive adopted by EU lawmakers this week threatens freedom. The bloc's 28 nations have some two years to incorporate ...

Poland aims to meet EU budget rules despite higher spending

Europe 03/25/19, 10:47

Poland's finance minister said Monday she is aiming to keep the country's budget deficit within European Union rules even after a series of pre-election spending pledges to help families, young people and pensioners.Teresa Czerwinska said she is hopeful that Poland's budget deficit will be below 3 percent of the country's ...

Poland’s ruling chief speaks strongly against LGBT rights

Europe 03/16/19, 12:23

The leader of Poland's right-wing ruling party used hostile language Saturday while speaking against rights for LGBT persons, a subject that has risen to prominence in his political campaign ahead of crucial elections in Poland this year. Jaroslaw Kaczynski spoke to Law and Justice party activists and government members at a ...

Poland’s political leader on unprecedented defensive

Europe 02/16/19, 07:29

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's most powerful politician who has built his position on a reputation of honesty and anti-communist convictions, suddenly finds himself embroiled in revelations over his involvement in complex business dealings and the presence in his inner circle of people with alleged communist ties.The stakes are high, given two ...

Poles signal caution over alliance with Italy’s Salvini

Europe 01/10/19, 09:40

Members of Poland's populist ruling party are signaling some reservations about forming an alliance with the anti-migrant Italian League party.The head of the League, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, was in Warsaw on Wednesday trying to forge an alliance with Poland's ruling populists before European Parliament elections in May. After a ...

Italian minister in Poland seeking allies in EU elections

Europe 01/09/19, 04:17

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is visiting Warsaw to meet with Poland's powerful ruling party leader as well as his Polish counterpart, as their populist-nationalist parties explore a possible alliance in spring elections for the European Parliament.The May elections are shaping up into a battle between pro-EU forces under the ...

Polish political leader rejects converting to euro currency

Europe 12/07/18, 14:56

The leader of Poland's ruling party has spoken out against having Poland convert to using the European Union's shared currency, the euro.Jaroslaw Kaczynski suggested that as the Poles aspire to western European living standards, sticking with the local zloty currency would protect them during international financial crises. At the same ...

Polish leader suing Walesa for blaming him for plane crash

Europe 11/22/18, 09:53

Two of Poland's most famous foes, former President Lech Walesa, and the country's de facto leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, faced off in court Thursday, exchanging wry comments.Kaczynski, the powerful head of the ruling Law and Justice party, is suing Walesa for blaming him in social media posts for the 2010 plane ...

Statue of late president installed in Warsaw for centennial

Europe 11/07/18, 06:36

A monument to the late President Lech Kaczynski has been installed in a central Warsaw square ahead of its unveiling as part of celebrations marking Poland's 100 years of independence.Kaczynski, who was killed in a 2010 plane crash in Russia, was the twin brother of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of ...

Polish ruling party chief puts best face on election results

Europe 11/06/18, 09:14

The leader of Poland's populist ruling party has hailed its showing in local elections as an "all-out victory" despite the party's failure to win mayoral races in any of Poland's large cities.In an apparent face-saving measure, Jaroslaw Kaczynski says "our victory is not subject to the slightest doubt" and calls ...

Tusk questioned in Polish probe into pyramid scheme

Europe 11/05/18, 08:28

Donald Tusk, the head of the European Council, was questioned Monday in his native Poland for a parliamentary investigation into a pyramid scheme that cheated thousands of Poles out of their savings during his time as prime minister.In an emotional moment, Tusk called his televised questioning a "spectacle" aimed at ...

EU court orders Poland to reinstate Supreme Court judges

Europe 10/19/18, 04:52

The European Union's top court ordered Poland on Friday to immediately stop applying a law that lowered the retirement age for Supreme Court judges, forcing some 20 off the bench.The interim injunction from the European Court of Justice also obliges EU member Poland to reinstate the judges who had to ...

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