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Politics 31-05-2021

The decision on who should lead the EU’s Warsaw office is crucial

The next Head of the European Commission in Warsaw needs to be a political heavyweight, argues Piotr Maciej Kaczyński.
Non-discrimination 17-05-2021

Ambassadors call on Poland to protect LGBT rights

Dozens of ambassadors to Warsaw on Monday (17 May) called for the protection of LGBT rights in Poland, whose record on the issue was found to be the worst in the EU by an international watchdog. Gay rights have become...

Impasse deepens in Poland over new ombudsman

Poland's Senate on Thursday (13 May) rejected the latest candidate for the politically sensitive role of national ombudsman, deepening an impasse that has pitted the ruling conservative party against opponents who say it is eroding democratic rights.
Coronavirus 25-03-2021

Poland ‘lacking beds everywhere’ as new COVID-19 cases peak

Poland's government said on Wednesday (24 March) it was considering sending COVID-19 patients from regions where hospitals are under severe strain to areas where more hospital beds are available after new cases hit a record daily high of almost 30,000.
Non-discrimination 09-03-2021

French minister says Poland stymied his visit to ‘LGBT-free’ zone

French Europe Minister Clément Beaune said he was dissuaded by Polish authorities from visiting what he called an “LGBT-free zone” in defence of civil liberties on a trip to Poland, but the government in Warsaw denied it had blocked access.

EU sets Poland new ultimatum in judicial freedom case

The European Commission on Wednesday (27 January) gave Poland a month to halt the work of a disciplinary chamber accused of posing a threat to judicial independence, after Warsaw ignored earlier complaints.
Politics 19-11-2020

Polish police keep protesters against abortion ruling away from parliament

Poles who planned to blockade parliament to protest against a judicial ruling that amounted to a near-total ban on abortion were kept away from the building by police on Wednesday (18 November), and dispersed around the city centre.
Politics 10-11-2020

Trump ally Poland conflicted over Biden win

A faithful ally of Donald Trump, Poland's populist government is struggling to digest his defeat and is worried the president-elect will be far more critical of its domestic policies, experts said Monday (9 November).
Health 30-10-2020

Polish PM urges end to abortion protests ‘to protect elderly from coronavirus’

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki appealed to abortion rights activists on Thursday (29 October) to halt mass protests, saying they would fuel more coronavirus infections and threaten the elderly.
Elections 28-09-2020

Poland’s ruling nationalists cement new coalition deal

Poland's ruling nationalists signed a new coalition agreement on Saturday (26 September), ending weeks of in-fighting in the three-party alliance over how it will govern over the next three years.
Elections 22-09-2020

Polish government coalition hanging by a thread

Poland's ruling right-wing coalition looked to be hanging by a thread on Monday (21 September), as a government spokesman said he could imagine the largest party in the grouping, Law and Justice (PiS), governing without one of its current partners.
Languages & Culture 03-09-2020

Major political groups harbour corruption – Greens’ Freund

The major European political groups tolerate corruption and malfeasance among the member parties, says Green MEP Daniel Freund, who also analyses the weaknesses of instruments to fight the misuse of EU funds.
Non-discrimination 21-08-2020

MEPs slam EU Commission over for its silence following LGBT arrests in Poland

A group of members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have called on the European Commission to react to a mass arrest of LGBT activists in Poland.
Non-discrimination 18-08-2020

World arts stars accuse Polish government of homophobia

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, Canadian author Margaret Atwood and Nobel winner Olga Tokarczuk on Monday (17 August) accused Poland's ruling party of condoning homophobia in an open letter signed by dozens of global writers and directors.
Non-discrimination 05-08-2020

Polish official: Istanbul Convention could impose ‘leftist ideology’

Poland's conservative nationalist government cranked up its campaign against Europe's accord on violence against women, calling it a tool for the EU to foist "leftist ideology" on unwilling member states.
Elections 25-05-2020

Poland’s president loses grip on election win: polls

Poland's President Andrzej Duda appeared to have lost his grip on victory in an upcoming election, fresh opinion polls showed, threatening a political upset for the allied right-wing government.
Elections 13-05-2020

Polish opposition threatens to block plans for rescheduled election

Poland's main opposition grouping threatened on Tuesday (12 May) to block planning for a delayed presidential election, accusing the ruling coalition of rushing a voting plan through parliament for political gain.
Elections 06-05-2020

Poland’s Senate leader accuses ruling PiS of election-by-post ‘trickery’

The head of Poland's opposition-led Senate accused the ruling nationalists of "procedural trickery" on Tuesday (5 May) to force through a 10 May presidential election by postal ballot during the coronavirus pandemic.
Elections 15-04-2020

Poland debates abortion rights curbs, coronavirus limits protests

Polish lawmakers are to debate a proposal to tighten already restrictive abortion rules on Wednesday (15 April), while rights activists protested on social media as coronavirus limits public gatherings.

EU court blocks operations of Polish judge disciplinary panel

Poland must immediately suspend the powers of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court as far as disciplinary cases against judges are concerned, the European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday (8 April).
Elections 08-04-2020

Polish parliament backs postal ballot to pick president despite rights groups’ concerns

Poland's parliament has backed a plan to conduct the presidential election on 10 May by postal ballot because of the coronavirus pandemic, raising concerns among democracy advocates that the vote will not be fair or fully transparent.
Politics 30-03-2020

Polish organisations protest crackdown on social dialogue

Polish employer’s organisations and trade unions protested on Sunday (29 March) against what they called an attack by the authorities on the independence of the country’s Social Dialogue Council and the autonomy of social partner organisations, under the disguise of measures to combat COVID-19.
Global Europe 14-02-2020

Polish PM seeks visit to Russia for Smolensk plane crash and Katyn anniversaries

Poland’s prime minister said he wants to visit Russia to commemorate the victims of a World War Two massacre and 2010 plane crash, amid heightened tensions with Moscow after recent comments by Vladimir Putin about Poland’s historical role.
Elections 06-02-2020

Poland sets presidential election for 10 May

Poland will hold the first round of its presidential election on 10 May, the speaker of parliament announced on Wednesday (5 February), with incumbent President Andrzej Duda tipped as the favourite.