China tells world to stay out of its ‘domestic affairs’ over Liu Xiaobo’s death

Liu Xiaobo's death

Beijing dismisses ‘improper remarks’ over decision to not allow democracy advocate to be treated overseas for liver cancer. China has pushed back against a wave of international censure over the death of democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo, telling the world to stay out of its “domestic affairs” and labelling the 2010 decision

Tadeusz Kościński: Cautious Poland avoided others’ financial excesses

Minister of Economic Development Tadeusz Kościński wrote an open letter to the Financial Time. It is interesting and we publish it in full. Sir, Your beyondbrics article “Poland’s rush to banking sector socialism” (, June 30) demands a balanced response. The authors distort the reality and intent of this and previous

Poland aims for energy independence within five years

Poland wants to achieve energy independence within five years, and become a gas distribution hub in the next ten, the country's deputy prime minister has said. Mateusz Morawiecki's comments follow American President Donald Trump's visit to Warsaw last week. Poland is eyeing more purchases of US gas following the delivery of

Lech Walesa hospitalized, said ‘weak’


former president Lech Walesa, a democracy hero, has been hospitalized with heart problems in his Baltic coast home city of Gdansk, his son said Saturday. Jaroslaw Walesa told The Associated Press via text message that his father was feeling "unfortunately weak." It was not immediately known when he could be discharged

Melania Trump shines on global stage with her diplomatic skills, grace

The news media continues to snipe at the White House. But there’s some Trump triumph as well. First lady Melania Trump is earning accolades for her grace on the global stage this week. Yes, an admiring press chronicles every fabulous ensemble she wears down to the last fashion detail. But

Tomasz Szatkowski, Poland’s deputy minister of national defense: an interview

Following Russia's incursion into Ukranian territory in 2014, the easternmost countries in NATO began to increase their focus on defense requirements. Poland, in particular, has been very vocal about plans to increase defense spending while modernizing its military equipment. Tomasz Szatkowski serves as Poland’s deputy minister of national defense. He

Trump to promote US LNG exports at Warsaw summit

US President Donald Trump plans to promote US liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports at a meeting next Thursday (6 July) in Warsaw with a dozen leaders from Central and Eastern Europe, a region heavily reliant on Russian supplies, Euractiv reports. In a speech on 29 June Trump hailed the start of

Protesters plan to ‘kettle’ leaders at G20 summit in Hamburg


Police say choice of inner-city venue is ‘incomprehensible’, as protesters prepare to block access routes. Protesters plan to take advantage of the decision to hold this week’s G20 summit in a crowded inner-city area of Hamburg and copy police crowd control tactics to “kettle Trump, Putin and Erdoğan”. Authorities in Germany’s

Mateusz Kijowski charged with fraud

Poland's prosecutors said Wednesday they have charged the former leader of a massive anti-government movement with misappropriation of the movement's funds and false statements in its financial documents, according to the ABC News report. Mateusz Kijowski, the former head of the Committee for the Defense of Democracy, or KOD, and the

Warsaw mayor fined for failing to attend restitution hearing

A powerful new commission investigating Poland’s so-called restitution scandal has fined Warsaw’s mayor PLN 6,000 (EUR 1,400) for failing to attend a hearing, despite being summoned, The Polish Radio reports. The commission wanted to question Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz over the restitution of two buildings in the heart of the Polish