WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Middle school students in Poland took important exams Wednesday even though a nationwide teachers' strike entered its third day, forcing exam authorities to ask for help from...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Last-ditch talks to stop a teachers strike in Poland that has seen thousands of schools stay closed failed Tuesday, putting upcoming exams under threat.
Talks to avert teacher’s strike in Poland stalled
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish teachers may be going on strike next week after last-ditch talks with the government over their demands for higher pay appear to have stalled.
Police car escorting Poland’s president hits child
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The office of Poland's President Andrzej Duda says that a boy crossing a street was slightly hurt when he was hit by a police car escorting Duda in the southern city of Oswiecim.
The communique said Thursday the accident occurred at a pedestrian crossing and that the speed of the presidential convoy was slow. Duda came out of his limousine to be with the child until an ambulance took him to a hospital.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish lawmakers have voted to cut their own pay by 20 percent, an effort by the ruling party to boost its standing ahead of elections.
The plan was first announced last month by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of the ruling Law and Justice party, following a scandal over bonuses that government ministers were awarded last year.
Lawmakers on Friday voted 240-2 in support of the measure, with five abstentions and 213 lawmakers from opposition parties boycotting the vote.
Polish PM reshuffles his Cabinet to warm EU ties
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new prime minister reshuffled his Cabinet on Tuesday, ousting the controversial ministers of foreign affairs, defense and the environment in a move aimed at mending relations with partners in the European Union.
Mateusz Morawiecki, who became prime minister in December replacing Beata Szydlo, is seeking to improve Poland's deteriorating position in the EU and head off possible EU sanctions.
New Polish leader hoping to mend fences with EU partners
BRUSSELS (AP) — Poland's new prime minister is looking to improve strained relations with partners in the European Union when he arrives in Brussels on Tuesday.
Mateusz Morawiecki, who replaced Beata Szydlo last month, is expected to stand his ground over several thorny issues that have raised concerns across the EU.
New Polish PM seeks understanding for his gov’t at EU summit
BRUSSELS (AP) — Poland's new prime minister made his debut Thursday at a European Union summit, seeking to persuade European partners that controversial new Polish laws on the judiciary represent necessary reforms and not threats to democracy.
Poland’s PM: we don’t want a divided Europe of 2 speeds
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new prime minister told parliament Tuesday that his government opposes what he called a two-speed European Union that he said divides nations into better and worse ones.
Mateusz Morawiecki outlined his foreign and domestic policies in a speech to lawmakers a day after he was sworn in and given the task of boosting the economy and Poland's image abroad.
Poland’s new PM to list his goals in speech to lawmakers
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is to outline his foreign and home policy goals, a day after he was sworn in and tasked with boosting the economy and Poland's image abroad.
Morawiecki, who will deliver a policy speech later Tuesday, succeeds Beata Szydlo who for over two years led the conservative government of the Law and Justice party. He heads the same team as Szydlo did.
Poland’s new prime minister sworn in with old Cabinet
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, was officially sworn into office Monday along with the Cabinet members who served under his predecessor.
The country's prime minister of the last two years, Beata Szydlo, was sworn in as deputy prime minister during the ceremony at the Presidential Palace.
The Latest: EU’s Tusk sees better ties with new Polish PM
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the political situation in Poland (all times local):
Top European Union official Donald Tusk says that its liberal economic approach and pro-Western attitude might suggest that Poland's ruling party wants to improve its tarnished relations with the rest of the EU.
The Latest: Poland taps finance chief to be its new leader
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on political government reshuffling in Poland (all times local):
Poland's conservative ruling party says Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has resigned and will be replaced by Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Polish prime minister’s tweet hints she might be replaced
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo sent a tweet early Tuesday that seems to read like a farewell and comes amid rumors in Warsaw that she might be replaced by Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki next week.
French, Polish leaders start to mend strained ties
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and Poland's prime minister took a first, key step Thursday toward mending differences that are weighing on the whole European Union.
After talks in Paris, the two leaders remained at odds over their main dispute — workers from Eastern Europe posted by their employer in richer EU countries — but said they were looking for compromise.
EU official Tusk likens Poland polices to ‘Kremlin plan’
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk has strongly criticized the policies of the ruling right-wing party in his native Poland, prompting an angry retort from the prime minister.
Polish leader says country was slandered in EU Parliament
GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) — Poland's prime minister told other European leaders at a summit Friday that it is not acceptable that Poles who took part in an Independence Day march in Warsaw were denounced as "fascists" in the European Parliament.
Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said she would never let Poles to be "slandered and insulted" in such a way in an international forum.
Poland slams EU Parliament actions as ‘scandalous’
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government hit back Wednesday after the European Parliament launched action over concerns that the right-wing government in Warsaw has compromised the independence of the judiciary and risks breaching fundamental European values.
The Latest: Polish premier calls EU actions ‘scandalous’
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the EU's action against Poland (all times local):
Poland's government is hitting back after the European Parliament launched action over concerns that the right-wing government in Warsaw has compromised the independence of the judiciary and risks breaching fundamental European values.
Prime Minister Beata Szydlo described the events Wednesday in the European Parliament — where a bitter debate preceded the vote — as "scandalous."
Leader says Poland has won its migration dispute with EU
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish prime minister says her government has won its dispute with the European Union over migration and that the EU has even changed its own stance on the matter thanks to the "influence of Poland's resolute and unyielding attitude."
Beata Szydlo spoke Monday at a joint news conference with Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the ruling Law and Justice party, with them each hailing what they see as the party's successes two years after taking power.
Poland doctors rally for higher pay, more health care funds
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of young doctors are rallying in front of the Polish prime minister's office to demand pay increases and more money for the country's chronically strapped health care system.
The rally held Saturday was a show of support for some 20 junior doctors who have been on a hunger strike at a Warsaw children's hospital for almost two weeks. The doctors are participating in the hunger strike as a protest.
Storms kill 2 in Poland, raise regional death toll to 9
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A heavy storm ravaged parts of western Poland overnight, killing two people and raising the death toll in the region to nine.
High winds also killed seven people in neighboring Germany late Thursday.
Pawel Fratczak, a spokesman for Polish firefighters, said Friday that tens of thousands of households were without electricity after falling trees broke power lines.
Polish women march again, year after large ‘black protest’
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of Poles, mostly women, marched through Warsaw and other Polish cities Tuesday to demand greater reproductive rights and protest what they see as discrimination by the conservative government.
The demonstrations came on the first anniversary of a massive so-called "Black Protest" by women dressed in black that stopped a plan in parliament for a total ban on abortion.
Poland: Official running roads resigns amid high death rate
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The deputy minister in charge of Poland's roads resigned Friday, a day after a government report showed the country has one of the highest rates in Europe for fatal vehicle accidents.
Deputy infrastructure minister Jerzy Szmit told Polish news agency PAP that he stepped down for personal reasons and that Prime Minister Beata Szydlo had accepted his resignation.
Polish PM: we want to raise WWII reparations with Germany
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister says her government intends to raise the issue of reparations for World War II damage, even though Germany considers the matter closed.
Beata Szydlo said Tuesday the reparations are a matter of historic justice which Poland is entitled to raise. She gave no details.
Poland, Hungary leaders persist with anti-migrant policies
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leaders of Poland and Hungary insisted Friday that they will stick to their anti-migrant policies in defiance of the European Union and warnings of sanctions.
The refusal by either government to back a EU plan designed to ease the migration pressure on countries such as Greece and Italy has prompted the bloc's executive Commission to open up infringement procedures against the pair.
Polish PM tries to counter critics on justice system changes
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister met on Friday with people who say they feel wronged by the justice system as the government tries to counter criticism that its reorganization of the judiciary violates the rule of law.
Poland, Baltic states discuss online and military security
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister says she and three other Baltic Sea state officials have discussed an urgent need for greater security for their countries, including cybersecurity.
Beata Szydlo on Tuesday hosted talks with her counterparts from Lithuania and Latvia and with Estonia's ambassador.
Polish minister: EU leaders erasing Poles from WWII memory
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's defense minister accused European critics of trying to "erase" the tragic fate Poles suffered at German hands during World War II "from the historical memory of Europe."
Antoni Macierewicz made his remarks Monday during a visit to Sulejow, a small town in central Poland, as it marked the 78th anniversary of being heavily bombarded by the German Luftwaffe at the start of the war.
Poland calls for reparations amid strains with Germany, EU
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — In the decades since the end of World War II, reminding Germany of its Nazi past has become a temptation whenever tensions arise over current events in Europe.
So recent assertions by politicians in Warsaw that Germany owes Poland reparations for the mass atrocities and destruction the brutal Nazi occupation of the country are being met with skepticism from some, even though many Poles support the calls.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Poland's president vetoing bills that would have given politicians influence over the Supreme Court (all times local):
Poland's prime minister says President Andrzej Duda has delayed much-needed judicial reforms with his decision to veto two bills introduced by the governing party.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Poland's parliamentary vote (all times local):
Poland's prime minister has made a televised speech defending the ruling party's controversial reorganization of the country's legal system that includes giving politicians influence over the judiciary, including the country's top court.
Poland, China discuss economic cooperation
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister has met with Chinese parliamentary leader Zhang Dejiang to discuss developing ties, including business and trade.
Poland, a central European nation, wants to play a key role in China's drive to increase business with Europe. The Polish government is seeking new partners and investments for the economy as it develops quickly.
Beata Szydlo and Zhang Dejiang, who is the head of the Permanent Committee of China's parliament, held talks Thursday.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local):
Poland's prime minister says it is a good sign for the future that France and Central European countries want to seek consensus despite their differences on key issues.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling party used Twitter to make another strong anti-refugee statement on Friday, but quickly deleted the Tweet, calling it "unfortunate."
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Critics denounced Poland's prime minister for making comments during a memorial observance at Auschwitz on Wednesday that appeared to defend her tough anti-migrant policies, saying her words were inappropriate given the location.
Beata Szydlo said that "in today's restless times, Auschwitz is a great lesson showing that everything must be done to protect the safety and life of one's citizens."
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local):
The Polish government spokesman says that Warsaw respects but does not agree with the decision of the European Commission to launch legal actions against Poland and two other countries that have refused to accept refugees as part of a European Union resettlement plan.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish officials are hailing an upcoming visit by Donald Trump, with Poland's defense minister calling it a "huge success" for the government and another official celebrating the unexpectedness of a U.S. president stopping in Warsaw before Paris, London or Berlin.
First tanker with US natural gas reaches Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The first ever tanker with liquefied natural gas from the United States arrived in Poland on Thursday as part of the country's — and the region's — efforts to cut its dependence on Russia.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of taxi drivers in Poland's four largest cities drove at a crawl Monday blocking rush-hour traffic in a protest to draw the government's attention to the rising number of unlicensed drivers who offer transport services.
The taxi drivers say those unlicensed services, such as Uber, are a threat to their livelihoods and want the government to protect their authorized businesses.
Poland gathers data on foreigners in the country
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's deputy defense minister on Monday cited security concerns in Europe as he tried to justify a move to gather data on foreign visitors and residents.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has attended the first Roman Catholic Mass that her older son celebrated as priest.
Tymoteusz Szydlo celebrated the Mass on Sunday at the church in Przecieszyn (psheh-'TSHE-shin) where he was baptized as a child. The 25-year-old was ordained as a priest the day before.
The Catholic prime minister said she and her husband, Edward Szydlo, were "very happy and proud." The couple has a second son, Blazej.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister on Wednesday cited the attack in Manchester in which a Polish couple died to reinforce her government's opposition to a European Union plan to share migrants.
Beata Szydlo spoke ahead of a parliament vote in which the opposition sought in vain to oust Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz.
She praised Macierewicz, saying he wants a strong army capable of opposing threats that include terrorism.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Writers and artists have appealed to Poland's top leaders to stop the logging in Europe's last primeval forest.
The letter by some 230 people to Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Beata Szydlo revives the controversy surrounding the government's decision to intensify logging in the Bialowieza Forest in eastern Poland.
The forest is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish government statistics show the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent in April, the lowest level in a quarter century.
Poland, like many other former communist countries, struggled with high unemployment in the 1990s and beyond, as inefficient factories collapsed in the difficult transition from a communist to a market economy.
Local flooding, flood alerts under heavy rain in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Local authorities in Poland said Friday that floods or potential flooding have been reported in southern and central regions, following days of heavy rain and snow, but Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said "everything is under control."
"It seems that the situation on the rivers is stabilizing," Szydlo said after meeting with the firefighters' national command about steps being taken to prevent major flooding.