President Trump to visit Poland for World War II anniversary

Europe 07/31/19, 19:46

President Donald J. Trump will visit Poland’s capital Warsaw from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 to partake in ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of World War II, aides to Poland's president said on Tuesday, July 31. President Trump said he is looking forward to the Poland trip. “I have a very good ...

Polish bishops admit they haven’t done enough to stop abuse

Europe 05/22/19, 10:54

Poland's bishops acknowledged on Wednesday that they have not done enough to prevent clerical abuse of minors and said there are "no words" to describe their shame about sex scandals involving priests.The acknowledgement came as Poland, where Catholic traditions and faith remain strong, is grappling with the problem of abuse ...

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 demands reaction over assault of ambassador to Israel

World 05/15/19, 12:02

Poland's prime minister on Wednesday condemned what he described as a "xenophobic act of aggression" on the country's ambassador to Israel, who was spat at and verbally abused on a Tel Aviv street at a time of rising tensions between the two nations.Israeli officials expressed shock at the assault on ...

Poland cancels Israeli visit over Holocaust restitution

Europe 05/13/19, 01:25

The Polish government has canceled a visit by an Israeli delegation, saying the Israeli government made last-minute changes that suggested it would focus on the issue of the restitution of former Jewish property.The delegation was to have been headed by Avi Cohen-Scali, director general of the Israeli Ministry for Social ...

Polish nationalists protest US over Holocaust claims

Europe 05/11/19, 13:10

Thousands of Polish nationalists marched to the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw Saturday, protesting that the U.S. is putting pressure on Poland to compensate Jews whose families lost property during the Holocaust. The protesters included far-right groups and their supporters. They said the United States has no right to interfere in Polish ...

Poland, others mark 15 years in EU amid far-right protests

Europe 05/01/19, 12:20

Poland and other nations marked the 15th anniversary of their membership in the European Union with a leaders' summit in Warsaw, while far-right critics celebrated the occasion with protests Wednesday against the 28-nation bloc.Besides Poland, other countries that joined the EU on May 1, 2004, were Cyprus, the Czech Republic, ...

Ban on banana-eating artwork draws ridicule in Poland

World 04/29/19, 13:06

A few hundred mostly young people jointly ate bananas outside Warsaw's top national gallery on Monday to protest what they called censorship, after authorities removed artwork there featuring the fruit, saying it was improper.The protest was called by artists and opposition politicians as part of their action on Facebook and ...

Polish teachers’ strike shines light on country’s divisions

Europe 04/23/19, 07:17

Teachers from across Poland gathered in Warsaw on Tuesday to demand higher wages in a dispute that is emerging as another political fissure in a deeply divided society.The protest in front of the Education Ministry comes on the 16th day of a strike that has closed most Polish schools. There ...

Warsaw synagogue ‘reappears’ on anniversary of ghetto revolt

Europe 04/19/19, 00:14

The Great Synagogue of Warsaw, which was destroyed by the German forces during World War II, has been virtually recreated with light as part of anniversary commemorations for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943.Light was projected Thursday night onto the facade of a modern building where the grand synagogue had ...

EU, Balkan state ministers discuss EU enlargement process

Europe 04/12/19, 07:42

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says that nations in the western Balkans aspiring to join the European Union should be given a clear pathway to membership but urged them to solve their conflicts, including those lingering from the wars of the 1990s.Maas was speaking Friday in Warsaw at a conference ...

Poland’s taxi drivers hold up traffic over ride-hailing law

Tech 04/08/19, 16:25

Hundreds of taxi drivers drove at a crawl and walked in Poland's capital to protest a new law allowing and regulating ride-hailing services like Uber.The protesters who held up Warsaw traffic on Monday said the law adopted by the government last week will put cabbies out of work by subjecting ...

Polish teachers go on strike over pay, canceling classes

Europe 04/08/19, 05:39

Teachers in Poland went on an indefinite nationwide strike Monday to demand higher pay, after days of talks with the government failed to meet the demands of a majority of teachers unions.The strike by school and kindergarten teachers is the first such widespread action by Poland's chronically underpaid educators since ...

EU takes action against Poland over justice laws

Europe 04/03/19, 08:23

The European Union on Wednesday launched legal action against Poland alleging that recent justice laws undermine the independence of the country's judges amid concern that the rule of law is being increasingly abused around the bloc.The EU's executive commission has sent a letter of formal notice — the first step ...

Update: Ukrainians abroad vote in presidential election

Europe 03/31/19, 07:32

The Latest on Ukraine's presidential election (all times local):3:15 p.m.Ukrainian citizens living in Poland are lining up to vote in their country's presidential election.Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy, holds his ballot before voting at a polling station, during the presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March. (AP Photo/Emilio ...

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 Catholic Church: 382 priests abused 625 minors

World 03/14/19, 16:54

Poland's Catholic Church authorities revealed Thursday they have recorded cases of 382 clergymen who have abused 625 victims under the age of 18 since 1990.The figure includes 198 priests and friars who abused minors under 15 years old and 184 clergy who abused victims between 15 and 18, according to ...

Uproar over Poland comments lingers for Israel’s Netanyahu

Europe 02/18/19, 01:14

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's off-hand comment in Warsaw about Poland and the Holocaust looks to overshadow a summit of central European leaders this week in Israel.Poland's abrupt decision to downgrade its participation in the Visegrad conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday suddenly cast a pall over the gathering — the first ...

Polish PM cancels Israel visit amid new Holocaust tensions

Europe 02/17/19, 10:02

A Polish government official says Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will not attend a meeting in Israel starting Monday amid new tensions between the two countries over how to remember Polish behavior during the Holocaust.Michal Dworczyk, who heads Morawiecki's chancellery, announced the change of plans on Sunday.Netanyahu made an off-hand comment ...

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 ...

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