About: Poland

Polish wall at Belarus border ready – but not necessarily a deterrent to migrants

Poland’s 5.5-metre tall steel barrier, built on its border with Belarus, was meant to be a European version of former US President Donald Trump’s wall, protecting the European Union’s eastern frontier from illegal migration. But the wall, stretching about 187...
Electricity 01-07-2022

Europe ready for Baltics emergency switch-off from Russian grid

European grid operators are ready to implement immediately a long-term plan to bring the Baltic states, which rely on the Russian grid, into the EU system in the event Moscow cuts them off, three sources familiar with the matter said.
Non-discrimination 29-06-2022

Polish court rules that ‘LGBT-free zones’ must be abolished

A top Polish appeals court ruled on Tuesday (28 June) that so-called "LGBT-free zones" must be scrapped in four municipalities, a verdict welcomed by activists as a victory for human rights and democracy.
Energy 27-06-2022

Germany and five other EU countries commit to solidarity as blackouts loom

Germany, Austria, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on risk preparedness and solidarity in the electricity sector as the danger of blackouts becomes more realistic in light of the dwindling energy supplies coming from Russia.
Global Europe 25-06-2022

Russia removes Polish flag from Soviet massacre memorial

Russian authorities have removed a Polish flag from a memorial commemorating the thousands of Poles killed by the Soviet Union, amid heightened tensions between Moscow and Warsaw over the Ukraine conflict.
Global Europe 15-06-2022

Zelenskyy says Russia eyes a ‘vast area from Warsaw to Sofia’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the European Union on Wednesday (15 June) to let his country start on the road to membership of the bloc, warning that Russia's territorial ambitions stretched from Warsaw to Sofia.
Global Europe 15-06-2022

Biden touts temporary silos in Poland to help Ukraine grain exports

US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday (14 June) that temporary silos would be built along the border with Ukraine in a bid to help export more grain and address a growing global food crisis.
Agrifood 11-06-2022

Trusting Putin on grain corridors would be ‘kamikaze’, says German minister

Ukraine cannot count on Putin to honour his word and grant safe passage to grain vessels, German agriculture minister Cem Özdemir said during a visit to Kyiv on Friday, where he also promised fresh funds to support alternative export routes.
Politics 09-06-2022

MEPs urge ministers to block Polish recovery plan following Commission green light

The European Commission's decision to green-light the Polish Recovery Plan on 1 June has prompted an angry backlash from the European Parliament, with MEPs passing a resolution on Thursday demanding that ministers block the approval of €35.4 billion of EU grants and loans to Warsaw.
Economy & Jobs 07-06-2022

EU chief could face MEPs rebuke over Poland recovery cash

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen faced a potential rebuke from MEPs Monday after she approved Poland's COVID recovery plan despite concerns over Warsaw's compliance with the rule of law.
Economy & Jobs 02-06-2022

Poland to receive €35.4 billion if it proves that the judiciary is reformed

The European Commission approved the €35.4 billion recovery plan for Poland, but the funds will only be disbursed if Warsaw upholds reforms to the judiciary, the Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday (2 June).
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2022

Commission unblocks Poland’s recovery plan, ending dispute over the country’s judiciary

The European Commission on Wednesday (1 June) approved the €35.4 billion recovery plan for Poland after a long delay due to Warsaw's opposition to roll back judicial reforms. 
Politics 26-05-2022

Polish Parliament approves judicial reforms to unblock EU funds

Poland’s Parliament on Thursday (26 May) voted in favour of a bill that will replace a contested disciplinary chamber for judges with a new body, clearing the way for the country to get billions in COVID-19 recovery funds from Brussels....
Global Europe 23-05-2022

Duda lends support in Kyiv as Zelensky promises reciprocal rights for Poles in Ukraine

Polish President Andrzej Duda, speaking in Kyiv on Sunday (22 May), underscored his nation's key support for embattled Ukraine as Russian forces pursued a relentless bombardment of frontline cities in the east.
Technology 13-05-2022

Poland pushes for digital and telecoms integration with Ukraine

Poland sent a letter to the European Commission asking them to support better digital integration of Ukraine including in the telecoms sector with other countries expected to add their voices to the call.
Global Europe 12-05-2022

Russia puts sanctions on Gazprom subsidiaries in Europe

Moscow has imposed sanctions on 31 companies, including the owner of the Polish part of the Yamal pipeline, as well as the former German unit of the Russian gas producer Gazprom, whose subsidiaries service Europe's gas consumption.
Europe's East 05-05-2022

International donors conference in Warsaw raises $6.5 billion for Ukraine

An international donors conference in Warsaw on Thursday (5 May) collecting funds for Ukraine raised around $6.5 billion, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.

MEPs blast French presidency for skipping EU debate on Hungary and Poland

European lawmakers across the political spectrum lashed out on Tuesday (3 May) at the French delegation heading the EU Council for not showing up at a long-delayed debate on the procedure against Hungary and Poland for their alleged breach of EU values. 
Europe's East 03-05-2022

Hungary shrugs off Ukrainian allegations it was warned of the war by Kremlin

Hungary dismissed as "fake news" allegations made by a high-level Ukrainian official that Budapest had been warned by Russian President Vladimir Putin of his intention to invade Ukraine and was even planning to annex part of its neighbour's territory.
Energy 02-05-2022

EU energy ministers hold crisis talks after Russian gas cuts

Energy ministers from European Union countries hold emergency talks on Monday (2 May), as the bloc strives for a united response to Moscow's demand that European buyers pay for Russian gas in rubles or face their supply being cut off.
Global Europe 29-04-2022

Russian spy chief says part of Ukraine to become Polish

Russia's foreign spy chief accused the United States and Poland on Thursday (28 April) of plotting to gain a sphere of influence in Ukraine, a claim denied by Warsaw as disinformation aimed at sowing distrust among Kyiv's supporters.
Energy 27-04-2022

Russia cuts gas to Poland, threatens disconnecting Bulgaria

Russia halted gas supplies to Poland under the Yamal contract on Wednesday (26 April), in a deepening of the rift between the West and Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
Energy 26-04-2022

Germany ‘very, very’ close to independence from Russian oil

Thanks to efforts to diversify oil suppliers and with support from the Polish government, Germany is days away from being independent of Russian oil, Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck said.
Technology 26-04-2022

EU top court upholds Copyright Directive’s “upload filter” provision with caveats

The EU Court of Justice (CJEU) has upheld the controversial Article 17 of the Copyright Directive, meaning platforms will be directly liable for – and responsible for removing – any copyrighted content uploaded to their sites.