About: Beata Szydło

EU takes action over Polish court reform

The European Union announced on Saturday (29 July) it had launched legal action against Poland's rightwing government over a new law that it fears will erode judicial independence.

Economy & Jobs 06-07-2017

Spain joins Poland in opposing EU posted workers law

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his Polish counterpart, Beata Szydło, last week reaffirmed their commitment to the European project but reiterated their concerns about the EU’s posted workers directive. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.

Central Europe 15-06-2017

Polish PM under fire for using Auschwitz to make Poles fear refugees

Poland's prime minister came under heavy fire yesterday (14 June) for appearing to defend her right-wing government's anti-migrant policy during a memorial service at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp.

Central Europe 17-05-2017

Commission sets June deadline for Poland, Hungary to take migrant share

The European Union yesterday (16 May) set a June deadline for Poland and Hungary to start admitting their share of migrants from overstretched Italy and Greece or risk sanctions.

Visegrád Four slam ‘blackmail’ by Brussels on migrants

Leaders from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland (the Visegrád Four) rejected yesterday (28 March) what they called Brussels' use of "blackmail and diktat" over planned resettlements of migrants across the EU.

Politics 13-03-2017

After EU defeat, Poland announces ‘negative’ policy towards Brussels

Poland, which lost a diplomatic campaign to oust its former premier Donald Tusk from his post as European Council president, has now accused the EU of "cheating" and announced a "negative" policy towards Brussels.

Future EU 10-03-2017

Polish PM Szydło fights back after EU summit defeat

Poland will not be blackmailed by Western Europeans threatening to take away millions in European Union funds for standing up for its interests, Prime Minister Beata Szydło said on Friday (10 March), a day after Warsaw was badly defeated over who chairs EU summits.

Economy & Jobs 10-03-2017

Sweden pushes gender equality onto Rome agenda

As EU leaders parsed through divisive issues like migration and European integration in discussions on the future of Europe today (10 March), Sweden's prime minister threw another controversial matter into the mix: employment policy.

Future EU 09-03-2017

EU unity in ruins after Poland’s tussle over Tusk

European Union plans to present a united front in the face of Brexit were thrown into disarray tonight (9 March), after Poland was overruled in its opposition to the reappointment of Donald Tusk as European Council President.

09-03-2017

Council slaps down Poland, reappoints Tusk as president

The leaders of the European Union delivered a withering snub to Poland's right-wing government on Thursday (9 March) by disregarding its objections and reappointing former Polish premier Donald Tusk to chair their summits.

Future EU 09-03-2017

Tusk reappointment highlights EPP monopoly of top posts

EU leaders will address the political imbalance at the Union’s helm this year as a “substantial” number are “unhappy” with the current distribution, Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat said today (9 March).

08-03-2017

The Brief: Tusk will be elephant outside EU summit room

The one nailed-on certainty about tomorrow’s EU summit is that Donald Tusk will still be European Council president on Friday.

Central Europe 03-03-2017

The V4 will never agree on Russia

It would be hard to find a political issue that divides the Visegrád group more than their opinion of the Putin regime. EurActiv Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, and Budapest’s Political Capital, report.

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".

Economy & Jobs 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.

Climate change 10-02-2017

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.

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.

Climate change 06-02-2017

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.

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.

Poland drops controversial media proposals after protests

Polish President Andrzej Duda yesterday (19 December) announced that the governing conservatives have scrapped controversial proposals to restrict media access in parliament that had fuelled opposition outcry and street demonstrations.

Elections 19-12-2016

Tusk rallies against ‘undermining of democracy’ in Poland as protests continue

European Council President Donald Tusk weighed in on Poland's political crisis on Saturday (17 December), urging the ruling party to respect the constitution, the voters and the democratic process, as two days of anti-government protests spread from Warsaw to two other cities.

Central Europe 29-11-2016

Waszczykowski: It’s in Poland’s interest for UK to stay longer in EU

It is in Poland's interest that Britain remains a European Union member and pays into the bloc's budget for as long as possible, Rzeczpospolita quoted Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski as saying on Tuesday (29 November).

Brexit 28-11-2016

Britain seeks to strengthen ties with Poland ahead of Brexit

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May will discuss deeper co-operation with her Polish counterpart in defence, security and trade on Monday (28 November), seeking common ground to underpin relations between the two countries after Brexit.

Central Europe 23-11-2016

The first year of Law and Justice

It's been a tough year since Poland's populist Law and Justice Party (PiS) first took office. Both for Poles, and for the EU. EURACTIV Poland's Editor-in-Chief Karolina Zbytniewska takes a slightly satirical look back.