Polish anti-defamation law aims to ‘protect truth about WWII’: PM

A contested new law which criminalises blaming Poland for Nazi German atrocities aims “to protect the truth about World War II and about those who were truly responsible for it,” the Polish prime minister has said. In an opinion piece for the influential US Foreign Policy magazine, Mateusz Morawiecki said that

Polish FM says Russia behind attack on ex-spy in UK

Poland’s authorities are "certain” that Russia was involved in an attempt to poison an ex-spy in the British town of Salisbury earlier this month, Poland’s foreign minister said on Friday. Jacek Czaputowicz was speaking in London, where he met his British counterpart Boris Johnson to discuss issues including strained relations between

Those behind UK nerve gas attack must be punished: Polish president

Those responsible for the suspected nerve gas attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in southern England earlier this month “should be identified and punished,” Poland’s president said on Wednesday. In a statement for the PAP news agency, Andrzej Duda said that “the use of chemical weapons on

Polish PM in Lithuania for top-level talks

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is in Vilnius on Friday, where he is meeting his Lithuanian counterpart Saulius Skvernelis and the country's President Dalia Grybauskaite. Morawiecki will also take part in a summit of prime ministers from the three Baltic states, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The talks with the Lithuanian president and

Russian culture centre in Poland financed by Kremlin propaganda arm: report

A Russian culture and language centre in the northern Polish city of Słupsk is financed by a Kremlin-run propaganda foundation headed by a former top KGB official, according to an online report. The Russkiy Mir foundation, which bankrolls the centre, is one of the most powerful propaganda arms of the Kremlin,

BBC journalist accuses Russian politician of sexual harassment

The BBC said it was in possession of Rustamova's recording of her meeting with Slutsky, in which the Russian head of the foreign affairs committee can be heard saying: "I don't feel people up. Well, OK, just a little". But Slutsky denied Rustamova's and others' accusations and threatened to take the

Suspected ISIS member charged in Poland

A Moroccan man who was detained by Poland’s Internal Security Agency (ABW) has been charged with being a member of the so-called Islamic State. According to the ABW, the man, identified only as Mourad T., allegedly carried out reconnaissance for Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian-Moroccan suspected of orchestrating the November 2015 Paris

Polish institution to sue Argentinian website for defamation

The Polish League Against Defamation (RDI) has filed a lawsuit in a Warsaw court against an Argentinian news website, which the Polish institute said will be the first trial under new anti-defamation laws. In a story about the Jedwabne massacre, Argentina's Pagina12 website used a picture, taken posthumously, of a group

Polish education ministry ready for foreign children: official

The Polish education ministry is prepared to accept not only foreigners but also the bilingual children of Poles, Education Minister Anna Zalewska said on Friday in response to the interior ministry’s plan to school asylum seekers at special centres for migrants seeking refugee status. Under the interior ministry’s plan, children seeking

Polish president congratulates Estonia on 100 years of independence

Polish President Andrzej Duda has sent a congratulatory message to his Estonian counterpart, Kersti Kaljulaid, on the 100th anniversary of that country’s independence. Duda said that the two countries “keep working to safeguard our shared interests in the Euro-Atlantic area.” He singled out a stable and well-developing European Union, the North Atlantic