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Polish towns go 'LGBT free' ahead of bitter European election campaign

21 May 2019

SWIDNIK, Poland Teresa Drzewiecka grew up during World War Two, when German and Soviet troops battled for control of her town of Swidnik in eastern Poland. | Video

RPT-Polish towns go "LGBT free" ahead of bitter European election campaign

21 May 2019

SWIDNIK, Poland, May 21 Teresa Drzewiecka grew up during World War Two, when German and Soviet troops battled for control of her town of Swidnik in eastern Poland.

Lawyers lament harsh sentences, rushed changes in Poland's criminal code

17 May 2019

WARSAW Polish lawmakers have approved a package of criminal justice reforms condemned as too tough by legal experts who also accused the conservative ruling party of rushing through important legislative changes in violation of democratic principles.

Poland's Kaczynski promises harsher sentences for child abuse

12 May 2019

WARSAW The leader of Poland's conservative ruling party promised harsher sentences for child abuse on Sunday, as the release of a documentary about paedophile priests created a fresh battleground in an election campaign marked by debate on religion and sexuality.

Poles stage protest rally in support of LGBT activist

07 May 2019

WARSAW Hundreds of Polish gay rights activists staged a protest rally on Tuesday evening over the brief detention of a woman who posted images near a church of the Virgin Mary with her halo painted to resemble the rainbow flag of the LGBT community.

Poland's ruling party picks LGBT rights as election battlefront

15 Mar 2019

WARSAW Poland's ruling nationalist party aims to stem a decline in its popularity ahead of two key elections this year with warnings that opposition support for LGBT education is a threat to Polish culture and should be blocked wherever possible.

Special Report: Why Poland fell out of step with Europe

18 Oct 2018

WARSAW Last winter, Monika Pawlik spent her days crawling through mud and digging trenches in frozen ground, training for Poland's home guard. Her daughter, Helena, hadn't yet turned 2 years old.

EU acting too slowly with Poland on court independence - top judge

15 Aug 2018

WARSAW Poland's top judge Malgorzata Gersdorf, who is locked in a dispute with the ruling party, has urged the European Union to move faster to defend her country's judiciary from government efforts to increase its influence over the courts.

Poland faces turmoil over contested overhaul of Supreme Court

03 Jul 2018

WARSAW Poland faced the spectre of institutional turmoil and an escalation of tensions with the European Union on Wednesday, with the head of the Supreme Court refusing to comply with reforms that force her to retire.

Polish minister sees 'catharsis' in new Holocaust law

21 Feb 2018

WARSAW Patryk Jaki, the politician behind Poland's new Holocaust law, wants to end what he calls a misleading culture of shame surrounding his country's treatment of Jews in World War Two.

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India's Modi stuns opposition with huge election win

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