Polish PM opposes ban on search for Polish victims of conflicts in Ukraine

The Polish prime minister opposes official Ukrainian attempts to “unjustifiably” ban searches for the graves of Polish victims of conflicts and repressions in Ukraine, according to a statement from the prime minister's office. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who spoke to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a Saturday security conference in

Jacek Czaputowicz: Poland needs to explain, not apologise for ‘Jewish perpetrators’ remark

Poland’s foreign minister has said his country needs to explain its intentions rather than apologise after the Polish premier triggered anger in Israel by referring to “Jewish perpetrators” during World War II. Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told a private television station in Warsaw that Israel wants guarantees that no one

Polish and German leaders hold talks in Berlin

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was on Friday to hold talks in Berlin with Chancellor Angela Merkel, with the German leader hoping the meeting will open a "new chapter” in sometimes tense bilateral relations. The talks, starting at noon, were expected to focus on issues including trade, migration policy and the

Polish president’s popularity remains high: survey

Sixty-five percent of Poles have a positive view of the performance of Andrzej Duda as president, according to a survey. The CBOS Institute pollster found that Duda’s popularity rating is down one percentage point compared to a similar poll a month ago. Meanwhile, 26 percent of Poles are critical of Duda’s record

Ukraine opposition leader Saakashvili lands in Poland

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, an opposition leader in Ukraine, has landed in Warsaw after being detained in Kiev earlier on Friday afternoon, Polish media reported. A lawyer for Saakashvili, who is a political opponent of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, said last week that he could face imminent deportation or extradition,

Refugees and business on Polish PM’s agenda in Lebanon

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is headed for an official visit to Lebanon on Monday to survey aid programmes targeting Syrian refugees based there and to discuss business collaboration. Morawiecki will meet President Michel Naim Aoun and his opposite number Saad Hariri. “The visit is to serve as a token of

Kaczyński twins honoured as top Polish politicians of last 25 years

Ruling party chief Jarosław Kaczyński and his late twin brother Lech, a former president, have been honoured as the top Polish political figures of the last 25 years by a conservative publication. According to Tomasz Sakiewicz, editor-in-chief of the Gazeta Polska weekly magazine, the Kaczyński brothers deserve the designation because they

Germany’s CDU and SPD parties reach coalition deal


Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and Schulz’s Social Democrats had been locked in talks since early January. Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has agreed on the terms of a coalition deal with the centre-left Social Democrats following marathon talks in Berlin, German media has reported. In what would amount to a significant

Poor Ukrainian-Polish ties benefit Russia: Ukrainian vice-PM

Thorny ties between Ukraine and its neighbours Poland and Hungary benefit Russia, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Vyacheslav Kyrylenko has said. Kyrylenko took to Twitter on Sunday to say that it is in the Kremlin’s interests to “stir up” Ukraine’s ties with its neighbours. He accused Moscow of being behind an incident