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08-04-2019

Polish opposition warns of ‘Polexit’ ahead of European vote

A coalition of Polish opposition parties on Saturday (6 April) launched its campaign for May's European elections by warning that the governing eurosceptic PiS party could drive the country out of the European Union.
EU Elections 2019 04-02-2019

Openly gay Polish politician launches pro-EU ‘Spring’ party

Poland's first openly gay politician on Sunday (3 February) launched "Spring", a progressive political party aimed at challenging the EU country's governing right-wing party accused by critics and the EU of passing reforms that threaten the rule of law.
EU Elections 2019 23-01-2019

EU elections: Polish opposition prepares for battle

Opinion polls since Poland's local and regional elections in October and November 2018 have consistently put the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) in the lead with between 30% and 40%, depending on methodology. The largest opposition party, the Civic Platform (PO), led by Grzegorz Schetyna, is at 22%.
EU Elections 2019 14-01-2019

Gdańsk mayor’s murder sends shockwaves through EU

Paweł Adamowicz, the liberal mayor of the Polish city of Gdańsk, died on Monday (14 January) of his wounds, a day after being stabbed by a man who rushed the stage during a charity event. EU officials said they were devastated and expressed utter shock.
Global Europe 12-11-2018

Tusk lashes out at Trump stance on Europe

European Union chief Donald Tusk on Saturday (10 November) accused US President Donald Trump of being averse to a "strong and united" Europe and also warned against the emergence of a "brownshirt" nationalist front in EU elections next year.
Elections 27-09-2018

Court orders Polish PM to correct election rally comment

A court on Wednesday ordered Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to correct within 48 hours comments he made comparing his government's record with its predecessor's, during a crucial election campaign.
Frans Timmermans

Poland: Fierce reactions to Article 7 threat

On Wednesday (19 July), Frans Timmermans criticised Polish efforts to reform the judiciary, considered threatening to the separation of powers, eroding democracy and rule of law. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Sanctioning Poland over refugees would be wrong

The European Commission is threatening Poland with financial penalties for refusing to take in refugees. But that approach misses the bigger picture, writes Bartosz Brzeziński.
08-05-2017

Thousands of anti-government protesters hit streets of Warsaw

Tens of thousands demonstrated in Warsaw against Poland's government on Saturday (6 May), saying the rule of law was at stake after a slew of controversial reforms and appointments to public broadcasters.
Central Europe 10-01-2017

Poland’s ruling party to lift media curbs in parliament

Poland's ruling conservatives announced plans on Monday (9 January) to reinstate full media access to parliament in a bid to defuse a political standoff, but the main opposition party said it was not yet ready to end its blockade of the legislature.

Polish protest leader deals blow to opposition

The leader of Poland's anti-government protest movement acknowledged on Thursday (5 January) taking money from the organisation, dealing a blow to the parliamentary opposition, but he said the funds were for contract work he had carried out.
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).
Elections 14-12-2016

Thousands protest against Polish government on martial law’s anniversary

Thousands marched across Poland's capital yesterday (13 December) to protest the policies of the current government on the 35th anniversary of the martial law crackdown by the former communist regime.
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).
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.
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 23-10-2015

Polls differ on Poland’s Sunday election

Two new polls in Poland yesterday (22 October) showed diverging trends in the popularity of the frontrunning, nationalist-minded opposition before the Sunday (25 October) parliamentary election, heightening uncertainty about the shape of the next government and Warsaw's ties with EU neighbours.
Elections 16-06-2015

Polish conservatives to copy Hungarian ‘special taxes’

The Polish opposition party Law and Justice (PiS) wants to introduce Hungarian-style special taxes on banks and supermarkets if it comes to power, a close adviser to the party leader was quoted as saying today (16 June).
Central Europe 24-11-2014

Polish opposition says local poll result ‘dishonest’

 Poland's largest opposition party said on Sunday the result of last week's local elections, which gave the ruling Civic Platform (PO) party the highest number of provincial assembly seats, was "dishonest."
Energy 29-10-2014

The 2030 targets: A game changer for Poland?

In early October, new Polish Prime Minister, Ewa Kopacz stressed, that she wouldn’t agree to anything that would lead to an increase in energy prices. In the end, writes Andrzej Ancygier, that was all the discussion over the 2030 targets was limited to in Poland: energy prices.

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