Poland

Freedom of thought 23-02-2017

Situation of Polish journalists is ‘untenable’

The NGO Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has called on the European Commission to defend press freedom in Poland, after the country fell 29 places in the RWB’s global ranking. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

Commission to seek member state views on Polish rule of law

The European Commission will consult with EU member states on whether to take further action against Poland in a dispute over the rule of law that has lasted more than a year, officials said yesterday (22 February).

Poland has last word in rule of law dispute

Poland considers its dispute with the European Commission about the country's rule of law closed, its foreign minister said yesterday (21 February), leaving Brussels with the impossible decision of punishing Warsaw.

Politics 22-02-2017

Brexit minister: London won’t bribe Eastern Europe to get a better deal

Britain's "Brexit" minister responsible for managing its departure from the European Union on Tuesday denied reports his government was planning to pay eastern EU states to support it during negotiations with Brussels.

Future EU 21-02-2017

Hollande calls Versailles mini-summit on the future of the EU

French President François Hollande said yesterday (20 February) there would be a summit in Versailles with the leaders of Germany, Italy and Spain on 6 March to prepare reforms for the European Union ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on 25 March.

With Hungarian support, Poland defies EU over rule of law

Poland dismissed on Monday (20 February) demands that it implement judiciary reforms deemed essential by the European Commission to uphold the rule of law.

Socialists and Democrats reject Polish ‘morning-after pill’ restrictions

MEPs from the Socialist & Democrats are pushing back against the latest attempts by the right-wing government in Warsaw to clamp down on access to contraception, calling it an “attack on women".

Elections 20-02-2017

Commission denies Juncker ready to resign

The European Commission has denied that President Jean-Claude Juncker could resign in March, as reported by La Repubblica.

Central Europe 17-02-2017

Saryusz-Wolski: Trump is not the end of the world

Europe’s military abilities are useless if there’s no political will to use them in the face of danger, Civic Platform MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski told Euractiv Poland.

O’Reilly reprimands EEAS over unpaid internships

European Ombudswoman Emily O’Reilly has today (17 February) criticised the EU’s External Action Service for not paying its interns in foreign delegations and advised an overhaul of the programme to improve access for less well-off young people.

Central Europe 16-02-2017

Future EU: Does Visegrád have a plan?

In the Visegrád Group, there is a desire to both strengthen the powers of member states, but also defend the Schengen area, and the four freedoms. Unsurprisingly, talk of treaty change is in the air. Euractiv's Central European partners report.

Smog-plagued Poland tries to escape tag as ‘Europe’s China’

Poland’s government has finally promised action after air pollution provoked the ire of the general public. However, Marek Józefiak wonders if Warsaw will dare to take action that will affect their coal-centred vision of economy.

Energy 09-02-2017

Study: EU must abandon coal power by 2030 to meet climate pledge

The European Union must close all 315 of its coal-fired power plants by 2030 in order to meet its commitments under the Paris climate agreement, a research institute said Thursday.

Future EU 09-02-2017

Poland’s Kaczynski warns two-speed Europe leads to ‘breakdown’

The powerful head of Poland's ruling party yesterday (8 February) warned that any moves toward a two-speed European Union would lead to the bloc falling apart.

Central Europe 09-02-2017

Polish editor: ‘We were underprivileged’ under previous government

Paweł Lisicki, editor-in-chief of the conservative weekly Do Rzeczy, sees “no apparent threat to freedom of speech” in Poland, saying left-wing media outlets were currently suffering only because they lost their privileges under the new government.

Merkel given warm Warsaw welcome, cautions Poles on treaty change hopes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel seemed yesterday (7 February) to win promises of closer cooperation from Poland's Eurosceptic leaders, during a visit to Warsaw to discuss reforms essential for the EU to tackle mounting divisions over its future role.

Merkel goes to Warsaw to get support for rocky road ahead

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Warsaw today (7 February) in a bid to reignite Berlin's ties with Poland, which are seen as essential for EU attempts to handle economic and political problems over the coming months.

Energy 07-02-2017

Europe’s coal generation: The final curtain call?

European Commission plans for the Energy Union, tabled on 30 November, have set the clock ticking for the EU's coal industry, whose days are now numbered. But proponents of coal say the industry is not down yet and highlight the need for a fair transition to clean energy.

Smog chokes coal-addicted Poland

The soupy grey smog shrouding Polish cities this winter is one of the most visible symptoms of the EU member's addiction to coal, a deadly habit forcing many to stay indoors or don masks before venturing out.

Global Europe 06-02-2017

Polish MP: With Trump, lifting Russia sanctions is ‘just a matter of time’

The rapprochement between the United States and Russia will result in a deterioration of Warsaw-Moscow relations and the lifting of western sanctions against Russia is only a “matter of time”, a Polish MP said in an interview. Euractiv.com reports from Poland.

Central Europe 03-02-2017

‘Divided we stand, divided we fall’

Poland is being made great again, rising from its knees. America first, Poland second. So, logically, it needs a great capital city. And as its government moves effectively from word to deeds, a proper legal act has been proposed by the Law and Justice (PiS) party, writes Karolina Zbytniewska.

Central Europe 02-02-2017

Visegrád on Trump: Anxious but optimistic

Depending on which country you ask, in Central Europe, the new US government is either a source of unease in matters concerning Moscow or, in the case of Hungary, newfound confidence. Euractiv's Central European partners report.

Euro & Finance 02-02-2017

ECB’s monetary policy under attack, Brexit scavengers continue to circle UK

The European Central Bank (ECB) is under increasing pressure to exit its loose monetary policy but the Frankfurt bank remains unconvinced by inflation growth. The institution is also looking into cross-border bank mergers, as the rest of Europe eyes the UK's post-Brexit scraps.

Global Europe 01-02-2017

Commission: Russian propaganda focused on denigrating Merkel

A European Commission official told an audience in the European Parliament on Tuesday (31 January) that in its effort to destabilise the EU, Russian propaganda is focusing on attacking German Chancellor Angela Merkel.