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Justyna Pawlak

U.S. ambassador says EU criticism of Poland 'overblown'

18 Jul 2020

WARSAW The U.S. ambassador to Poland said the European Union's criticism of Poland's adherence to democracy is "overblown", as Warsaw faces cuts to EU budget funds over its judiciary reforms.

With anti-Semitism on the rise, Auschwitz liberation commemorated

27 Jan 2020

WARSAW/OSWIECIM, Poland, Jan 27 World leaders join ageing Holocaust survivors in Poland on Monday to mark 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by Soviet troops, amid concerns over a global resurgence of anti-Semitism.

"Ticking bomb": Poland's economic progress under threat - post-communist reformer

17 Dec 2019

WARSAW Thirty years ago, Leszek Balcerowicz unleashed the "shock therapy" that put Poland on the path to rapid economic growth after decades of communist rule.

How a Polish campaigner forced her way into parliament

25 Oct 2019

TORUN, Poland/WARSAW Iwona Hartwich was banned from Poland's parliament after camping out for weeks in a corridor last year demanding more state support for disabled people. This week she walked into the building to collect her certificate of election.

Poland's Kaczynski steps out of shadows to mobilise rural vote

11 Oct 2019

WARSAW Long cast as a reclusive backstage strategist, Poland's conservative chief Jaroslaw Kaczynski is testing out a new role as charismatic leader as he campaigns to mobilise the rural vote ahead of Sunday's parliamentary election.

Fighting for 'moral order', Polish nationalists eye election win

08 Oct 2019

WARSAW Poland's nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party hopes to tighten its grip on power in Sunday's election with pledges to redistribute its wealth more fairly and protect voters from the liberal values espoused by its centrist opponents.

U.S. Vice President Pence calls for vigilance about Russia

02 Sep 2019

WARSAW U.S. Vice President Mike Pence sought on Monday to reassure Poland about Washington's commitment to protecting it from Russia, saying allies should "remain vigilant" about Moscow's election meddling and work towards independence from Russian energy supplies.

Broad coalitions key to fighting populism - Polish opposition

08 May 2019

WARSAW Poland's newly formed broad opposition alliance should be an example to others in Europe hoping to stem a tide of rightist populism ahead of European Parliament elections on May 26, centrist leader Grzegorz Schetyna said in an interview.

Finnish election highlights Nordic dilemma about welfare state

15 Apr 2019

HELSINKI Voters across the Nordics are telling politicians to safeguard their cherished, comprehensive welfare model but Sunday's election in Finland shows how prohibitive costs and a surge in nationalism make it hard for parties to deliver.

Progressive politician tests appetite for less religious Poland

28 Feb 2019

GDANSK, Poland Robert Biedron, the founder of a new progressive party in Poland, believes ties between the state and the Catholic Church in one of Europe's most devout nations are "pathological" and need to be loosened.

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