Poland’s PM: Cabinet reshuffling to be completed after Jan.6
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, said Wednesday that all planned changes in the makeup of his Cabinet should be known shortly after Jan. 6.
Poland's ruling Law and Justice party has suggested for several months a government reshuffling could be in the works. There's been pressure for Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz and Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski to be dismissed.
Poland objects to visit by US nationalist Richard Spencer
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government said Friday that it objects strongly to plans by American white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak at a far-right conference in Warsaw in November, but did not say if it would prevent him from entering the country.
Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski described Spencer as someone "who defames what happened during World War II, defames the Holocaust."
"He should not appear publicly, and especially not in Poland," Waszczykowski said.
Polish envoy to EU resigns reportedly over communist ties
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Foreign Ministry says the nation's permanent representative to the European Union has stepped down and the resignation has been accepted.
Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said Friday that Jaroslaw Starzyk, 54, had submitted his resignation for "personal reasons." The ministry later said the resignation was accepted, giving no other details.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government would like visiting President Donald Trump to make assurances this week that the presence of U.S. and NATO troops in Poland will continue as long as the region's security is threatened by Russia, the foreign minister said Monday.
Trump is to deliver a speech in Warsaw during a brief visit Thursday. The visit comes before Trump attends a G-20 summit in Germany, where he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the large number of migrants and refugees trying to reach the continent (all times local):
Poland's foreign minister says the government is thinking of temporarily taking in Syrians who need medical treatment.
LONDON (AP) — The names of the 22 victims killed by a suicide bomber at a Manchester concert on Monday night have not been officially released, but here what's known about them so far:
A Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters from the concert were among the dead, according to Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski.
The daughters — one a minor, one adult — were not hurt.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Foreign Ministry has suspended one of its honorary consuls in the U.S. after the woman allegedly posted a digitally-altered image showing European Council President Donald Tusk dressed as a Nazi German SS officer.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The foreign minister of Nigeria visited Poland on Monday in an effort to develop economic, military and security ties with the fast-growing economy in central Europe.
Geoffrey Onyeama, on his first visit to Poland, said he was "extremely impressed" by the economic development he has seen in Poland, a country that threw off communist rule 28 years ago.
Poland questions legality of Tusk’s EU re-election
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's foreign minister on Monday challenged the legality of Donald Tusk's re-election to a top European Union job, saying the vote was "fake" and that it exposed the EU as having "double standards."
The view wasn't shared by the aides to President Andrzej Duda.
Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, was re-elected for a second 2½-year term as European Council head at a recent EU summit in Brussels.
Poland to lay off diplomats who worked under communism
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister says a government-proposed bill calling for the dismissal of Foreign Ministry staff and diplomats who worked under communism is "necessary."
The ruling conservative party has made it a priority to remove from top state jobs people whose careers developed under communism.
On Tuesday, the government of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo approved a draft law that would lay off all Foreign Ministry employees hired before communism ended in 1989.
Official: Poland needs less trust in EU, bolder policy
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland needs to have less confidence in the European Union and make its policy more aggressive, the foreign minister said Saturday.
Witold Waszczykowski said, however, that Poland wants to remain in the EU, which it joined in 2004.
He was quoted by the Super Express tabloid Saturday, following an EU summit that was marked by Poland's ire over the re-election of Donald Tusk, a Pole, to the prestigious job of EU Council head.
Polish official highlights security, Russian aggression
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's foreign minister said Thursday that it is a priority for his country to strengthen cooperation between the U.S. and Europe in the area of security and that he is concerned about the "aggressive policies of Russia in Eastern Europe."
Witold Waszczykowski made his remarks during a traditional yearly address to parliament. Among those in the audience were President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and foreign diplomats.
Poland taking Russia to UN court over late president’s crash
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government says it is taking Russia to the United Nations' principal court over the continuing probe into the 2010 death of Poland's president in a plane crash in Russia and Moscow's refusal to turn over the wreckage.
Polish FM says Trump has the right to ban immigrants
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's foreign minister has defended President Donald Trump's immigration order banning entry to people from seven mostly Muslim countries, arguing that every sovereign country has the right to decide its own immigration policy.
Witold Waszczykowski said "no state has the duty to accept immigrants" and that Trump "was elected president, he has the right" to impose the ban.
Waszczykowski made his comments Sunday evening on Polsat News, a private television station.
Czechs help secure release of Polish national in Syria
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech and Polish authorities said on Tuesday that a Polish national who went missing in Syria has been released.
The Czech presidential office said that Leszek Panek, 54, was transferred from Syria to Beirut, Lebanon, and handed over to Polish authorities on Monday, after the Czechs secured his release from a Syrian jail on humanitarian reasons.
Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski thanked the Czechs for "locating and obtaining the release of the Pole."
Polish FM sparks jokes with mention of nonexistent country
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish foreign minister has been mocked on Twitter for saying he had a meeting with the representative of a nonexistent country as part of Poland's bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council.
Central, south European foreign ministers discuss challenges
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Nations both inside the European Union and outside the 28-member bloc are facing the same economic and security challenges and should fight them jointly, the EU's top diplomat said Tuesday.
Federica Mogherini attended a meeting in Warsaw of foreign ministers from central and southeastern Europe, who discussed regional issues and the need for close cooperation to counter common threats.
Poland: No point in further dialogue with Venice Commission
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's foreign minister says his country sees no point in continuing its dialogue with the Venice Commission, a group of legal experts with Europe's top human rights group, arguing that the group is biased and treats Warsaw unfairly.
The commission, part of the Council of Europe, issued a critical opinion Friday on changes by Poland's conservative government to the functioning of the Constitutional Tribunal, Poland's top legislative court.
Polish gov’t tries to calm mass outrage at abortion proposal
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government struggled Tuesday to deal with the fallout from massive street protests by women furious at a legislative proposal to impose a total ban on abortion — and gave signals that it would withhold its support from the deeply divisive measure.
Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski denounced the protests — which involved tens if not hundreds of thousands across the nation — as "marginal" and "a mockery of important issues."
Poland’s ministers in Britain to discuss safety of Poles
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's foreign and interior ministers arrived in Britain Monday for talks about the security of hundreds of thousands of Poles there, following two recent attacks that left one Pole dead and three others injured.
Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski called the trip "an urgent visit," and said he believed that less protection was being offered to Poles in Britain than to other nationals.