The Latest: Polish ruling party leader declares victory
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Poland's general election (all times local):
The leader of Poland's conservative ruling party has declared victory in an election after an...
Tension over gay rights moves to fore in Polish election
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Adam Juda had just left a bar in Warsaw late one night in August when he started chatting with a group of strangers walking his way. The three men and a woman were friendly...
Polish prime minister’s father and former top dissident dies
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Kornel Morawiecki, the father of Poland's prime minister who was also the country's most senior lawmaker and a leading dissident during the communist era, has died. He was...
Poland’s ruling party opens campaign pledging new benefits
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland's nationalist ruling party promised higher earnings, adherence to Catholic values and more judicial system changes as he started campaigning Saturday for...
Poland’s parliament speaker resigns over use of govt flights
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The speaker of the Polish parliament said Thursday that he is resigning after a scandal erupted over his and his family's frequent use of government planes.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish appeals court upheld a lower court's verdict in a slander case and ruled Monday that pro-democracy fighter and former president Lech Walesa must apologize to the...
Donors suspend funds for Poland’s Jewish museum
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Jewish association says some private donors to Poland's renowned Jewish history museum have suspended funding out of concerns about the government's failure to renew the...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of the right-wing party that has governed Poland since 2015 said Sunday he plans to step down at some point to make way for a new leader in 2023.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling party leader and the president have weighed in to save the lives of a herd of some 180 cows and bulls that went feral after years of neglect and were ordered...
Poland’s ruling right-wing party tops the polls
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling Law and Justice party has emerged as the big winner in the country's European Parliament election, taking over 45% of the votes, but its leader said Monday...
Poland’s Kaczynski says Le Pen’s party ‘linked to Moscow’
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's nationalist ruling party leader said political groupings in some European Union states, including Marine Le Pen's party in France, are "obviously linked to Moscow...
EU’s Tusk leads pro-Europe march in Poland before key vote
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of opposition supporters marched Saturday in the Polish capital to celebrate the nation's European Union membership ahead of the key European Parliament election...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A man disturbed monthly observances in memory of Poland's late President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others who were killed in a 2010 plane crash, climbing the memorial to the...
Party leader calls LGBT rights an imported threat to Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The chairman of Poland's conservative ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has called the LGBT rights movement a foreign import that threatens the Polish...
Leaders hint Poland will not fully apply EU copyright law
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's right-wing leaders hinted Saturday they will not fully implement the European Union's new copyright reform, saying it stifles freedom of speech.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's finance minister said Monday she is aiming to keep the country's budget deficit within European Union rules even after a series of pre-election spending pledges to...
Poland’s ruling chief speaks strongly against LGBT rights
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland's right-wing ruling party used hostile language Saturday while speaking against rights for LGBT persons, a subject that has risen to prominence in his...
Poland party leader vows more social benefits ahead of votes
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling party leader has pledged more social benefits for families with children and for the elderly as he opened the right-wing party's campaign ahead of key...
Poland’s political leader on unprecedented defensive
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's most powerful politician who has built his position on a reputation of honesty and anti-communist convictions, suddenly finds himself embroiled in revelations over his involvement in complex business dealings and the presence in his inner circle of people with alleged communist ties.
The stakes are high, given two crucial elections this year — for the European Parliament in May and for the national parliament in the fall.
Poles signal caution over alliance with Italy’s Salvini
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Members of Poland's populist ruling party on Thursday signalled some reservations about forming an alliance with Italy's anti-migrant League party.
Italy’s Salvini seeks to build new European order with Poles
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Italy's hard-line interior minister vowed Wednesday to work with Poland to create a "new European spring" as he sought to build an alliance with Poland's ruling populists ahead of the European Parliament elections in May.
After a meeting with Poland's powerful ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini expressed satisfaction and said they agreed "90 percent" about what should be done to reform the European Union.
Polish political leader rejects converting to euro currency
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland's ruling party has spoken out against having Poland convert to using the European Union's shared currency, the euro.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski suggested that as the Poles aspire to western European living standards, sticking with the local zloty currency would protect them during international financial crises. At the same time, this strong critic of the EU said that Poland's strong position in the 28-member bloc will help improve Polish living standards.
Press freedom group says reporters being harassed in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A leading press freedom group is calling on Polish authorities to "end their harassment and attempts to intimidate independent journalists," after a string of incidents that have raised concerns about media freedom.
Perceived attacks on media freedom have also triggered a strong rebuke from the U.S. ambassador in recent weeks, sparking tensions between the United States and the national-conservative government of Law and Justice, led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
Poland’s Walesa must apologize to rival in slander case
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish court ruled Thursday that Lech Walesa, the anti-communist dissident and former president of Poland, must apologize to the head of Poland's ruling party in a slander case.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of the ruling Law and Justice party, sued Walesa for blaming him in social media posts for the 2010 plane crash in Smolensk, Russia, that killed Kaczynski's twin brother, President Lech Kaczynski, and 95 others, including top Polish political and military leaders.
Polish leader suing Walesa for blaming him for plane crash
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two of Poland's most famous foes, former President Lech Walesa, and the country's de facto leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, faced off in court Thursday, exchanging wry comments.
Kaczynski, the powerful head of the ruling Law and Justice party, is suing Walesa for blaming him in social media posts for the 2010 plane crash in Smolensk, Russia, that killed Kaczynski's twin, then-President Lech Kaczynski, along with 95 others including top Polish political and military leaders.
Poland marks centenary of its national rebirth at end of WWI
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president, prime minister and other top political figures led an Independence Day march Sunday as part of a day of centenary celebrations, trailed by a huge crowd led by nationalist groups.
More than 250,000 people marched in Warsaw to mark the 100th anniversary of Poland's rebirth as an independent state at the end of World War I, according to police.
Polish ruling party chief puts best face on election results
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland's populist ruling party on Tuesday hailed its showing in local elections as an "all-out victory" despite the party's failure to win mayoral races in any of Poland's large cities.
In an apparent face-saving measure, Jaroslaw Kaczynski said "our victory is not subject to the slightest doubt" and called the results a good sign for his Law and Justice party in next year's parliamentary elections.
Exit poll: Polish populists lead local votes, support down
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The governing populist party, which has repeatedly clashed with European Union institutions, was the top vote winner in local elections Sunday, according to an exit poll, but it was headed to lower support than it got in Poland's 2015 parliamentary elections.
EU court orders Poland to reinstate Supreme Court judges
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union's top court ordered Poland on Friday to immediately stop applying a law that lowered the retirement age for Supreme Court judges, forcing some 20 off the bench.
The interim injunction from the European Court of Justice also obliges EU member Poland to reinstate the judges who had to retire early after the law took effect in July. It lowered the age limit for Supreme Court service from 70 to 65.
Poland’s ruling party leader says he has no plans to retire
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The 69-year-old leader of Poland's ruling party says he has no plans to quit politics, even as he's pushing judges to retire earlier.
Critics accused Jaroslaw Kaczynski on Monday of double standards. His Law and Justice party is forcing judges to retire at 65 — five years earlier than before — as part of a judicial overhaul that has put Poland at odds with European Union leaders.
Ruling party leader wants Poland to be like western Europe
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland's conservative ruling party, whose policies have led to clashes with European Union leaders, said Sunday he wants the country to remain in the EU so it can become like western European nations "in every respect."
Jaroslaw Kaczynski's declaration opened the Law and Justice party's campaigning for Oct. 21 local elections in which it hopes to strengthen its grip on power.
Poland totals WWII occupation’s cost amid Germany claim talk
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A parliamentary commission in Poland reported Friday that the country lost more than 5 million citizens and over $54 billion dollars (46.6 billion euros) worth of assets under its Nazi German occupation during World War II.
The commission announced the numbers as part of the current Polish government's declared intent to seek damages from Germany. It said the figures were preliminary estimates.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's democracy icon and Nobel Peace laureate Lech Walesa says he wants to "reconcile with foes" before death.
He expressed that sentiment in a tweet late Wednesday addressed to his longtime political foe, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is Poland's ruling party leader.
The 74-year-old Walesa, who has a heart pacemaker, said they should both expect to move soon "into eternity" and that he wanted to leave his affairs in order.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative ruling party leader says the European Union won't "break the Polish will" to complete an overhaul of the justice system.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, widely considered the true power behind the government, says that "if the judiciary isn't reformed, other reforms make little sense because sooner or later they will be negated, withdrawn, by the courts."
His comments were made in an interview with the pro-government weekly "Sieci" and published Monday.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Poland reversing course on a disputed Holocaust speech law (all times local):
The influential leader of Poland's ruling party says a joint declaration by the Polish and Israeli prime ministers should end the hostile debates over Poland's law on Holocaust speech.
The declaration was published on Wednesday after Poland's lawmakers revised the law to remove the possibility of prison sentences for falsely blaming Poles for Nazi Germany's crimes.
Official: Polish leader’s ill health not sparking infighting
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A government official denied rumors Thursday that the illness of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's powerful ruling party leader, has sparked infighting at the highest political levels.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The head of a Warsaw hospital said Friday that the leader of Poland's ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has been discharged following treatment that has "stabilized his health condition."
The 68-year-old Kaczynski suffers from a knee problem and was seen limping and using crutches before he was admitted to the military hospital in Warsaw in early May.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland's right-wing ruling party, has undergone a medical procedure on his knee and now faces rehabilitation.
Party spokesman Beata Mazurek said Thursday that the source of Kaczynski's ailment is osteoarthritis. She said it is not yet clear how long his period of rehabilitation will last.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Aides to the hospitalized leader of Poland's right-wing ruling party say Jaroslaw Kaczynski has retained full control and no decisions are made without him.
The 68-year-old Kaczynski is Poland's most powerful politician, shaping policies from the back seat even though he doesn't hold elected office.
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.
Poland marks 8th anniversary of president’s death in Russia
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling party leader unveiled a monument Tuesday remembering the victims of the 2010 airplane crash in Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski, the first lady and many other political and military leaders, the worst tragedy to befall the nation in decades.
Polish leader easing up on plane crash focus, 8 years on
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As Poles mark the eighth anniversary Tuesday of a plane crash in Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski and dozens of other top Polish officials, new monuments are going up and streets are being renamed to honor the victims of the national tragedy.
Hungary unveils memorial to crash that killed Polish leader
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian and Polish leaders on Friday unveiled a memorial in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, dedicated to the victims of a 2010 plane crash in the Russian city of Smolensk that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and dozens of others top Polish officials.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland's governing Law and Justice party and twin brother of the president who died in the crash, praised the memorial as a "beautiful gesture that strengthens our friendship."