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Elections 25-05-2017

Polish president wants referendum on constitution in 2018

Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday (24 May) he wants to hold a referendum in November 2018 on whether to change the country's 20-year-old constitution, although it was not clear what kind of changes he was seeking.

Elections 20-04-2017

Juncker wants Poland to treat Tusk with ‘dignity’

Poland should treat EU president Donald Tusk in a dignified manner, the European Commission said today (20 April), after the former Polish premier was grilled for eight hours in Warsaw in an intelligence probe.

Poles show support for Tusk during spy case testimony

European Council President Donald Tusk testified for eight hours in Warsaw on Wednesday (19 April) as a witness in an investigation of two former military counter-intelligence chiefs accused of overstepping their duties.

Elections 10-03-2017

Poland’s Kaczynski says EU on path towards disintegration

Poland warned fellow European Union leaders yesterday (9 March) that their decision to reappoint former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to chair their summits was a step toward the disintegration of the 28-member bloc.

Global Europe 07-03-2017

Tusk row threatens to overshadow EU summit

A row over Poland's bid to replace EU President Donald Tusk threatens to overshadow a summit this week that was meant to focus on post-Brexit unity.

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).

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.

Elections 03-01-2017

Polish FM calls Tusk ‘icon of evil and stupidity’

Donald Tusk suffered another attack from Poland's populist government on Monday (2 January), when Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski told Krakow radio station RMF FM that he was an “icon of evil and stupidity” and that he should stay “far away from Poland”.

Poland rejects EU warning on constitutional court crisis

Poland's foreign ministry on Thursday (22 December) dismissed the EU's latest warning that changes to the country's constitutional court pose a serious challenge to the rule of law.

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.

Elections 15-12-2016

Polish lawmakers pass law restricting rallies

Poland's populist-dominated parliament has passed a law restricting public meetings which was slammed by the opposition as being anti-democratic, media reports said yesterday (14 December).

Global Europe 11-07-2016

A very Polish NATO summit

The 8-9 July NATO summit in Warsaw was clearly a success for the alliance, in light of rising tensions with Russia. However, Polish politicians are set to use it as another pretext for infighting, exacerbating internal divisions within the country. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Poland to fight for its migrant workers to stay in UK

Poland's eurosceptic government has long said it would like Poles living in Britain to return home, but it is now promising to fight for their right to stay after the British vote to leave the European Union.

Elections 13-04-2016

Law and Justice banks on Smolensk conspiracy theories

Following the Law and Justice (PiS) party's victory in the 2015 elections, conspiracy theories resurfaced in Poland about the 2010 Smolensk crash, which killed President Lech Kaczyński, the brother of the new ruling party's chief, Jaroslaw Kaczyński. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Central Europe 19-01-2016

Poland’s Law and Justice party is losing its lustre

While the recently-elected right wing Law and Justice Party [PiS] is taking advantage of its parliamentary majority to undermine Poland’s constitutional order and increase control over public media, it will fade into insignificance even faster than its predecessors, writes Andrzej Ancygier.

Central Europe 18-01-2016

Tusk warns against ‘hysterical’ anti-Polish rhetoric

Council President Donald Tusk and the Polish President Andrzej Duda urged calm on Monday (18 January) after the EU launched an unprecedented probe to determine if controversial legal changes in Poland violated democratic norms.

Central Europe 15-01-2016

Analyst: Commission is wrong to hit at Poland over the rule of law

One could be critical of the Polish government’s actions, and one could disagree with them. But it’s a completely different thing to call them undemocratic, Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Elections 11-01-2016

Poles protest media law, wave EU flag

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in cities around Poland on Saturday (9 January) to protest against a new law giving the conservative government control of state media.

Central Europe 08-01-2016

Polish President signs controversial media law

Polish President Andrzej Duda yesterday (7 January) signed into law a controversial bill handing the conservative government control of state media, despite EU concern and condemnation from rights watchdogs.

Central Europe 06-01-2016

Polish president comes to Brussels with heavy agenda

Polish President Andrzej Duda will visit Brussels on 18 January following a planned European Commission debate on the rule of law in Poland, whose government has sparked concern by pushing through controversial changes to the judiciary and media.

Central Europe 05-01-2016

Press organisations file complaint against Polish media law

A coalition of press freedom groups filed a complaint on Monday (4 January) with Europe's top human rights watchdog claiming that a contentious new Polish law threatens media independence.

Elections 31-12-2015

EU executive voices concern over planned Polish media law

The European Commission sent a letter to two Polish ministers yesterday (30 December) expressing concern over a proposed law on control of the country's state-run media, a spokesman for the EU executive said, another sign of disquiet in Brussels over Poland's new political path.

Elections 24-12-2015

EU warns Poland to protect ‘rule of law’ over judicial crisis

The European Union warned eastern European powerhouse Poland to avoid endangering the rule of law with controversial reforms that former president Lech Wa??sa said undermined democracy and made the country a laughing stock.