German FM rejects Poland’s war reparations claims

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has rejected Warsaw's claims for war reparations, saying they were an attempt at worsening 'close and good' Polish-German ties, according to German weekly Der Spiegel. Poland has said it deserved to be compensated for the damages inflicted by the Nazi regime during World War Two, and

Polish FM in US for talks

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Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski took part in a Governing Council of the Community of Democracies (CoD) meeting on Friday as he launched his visit to the US. Foreign minister's from 30 Governing Council member countries attended the meeting, hosted by US State Secretary Rex Tillerson, to discuss Venezuela, North Korea

Andrzej Duda promises judicial changes to enter consultation

President Andrzej Duda is to start consulting his pledged justice reform plans on Wednesday after vetoing government-backed changes amid a political storm in July. Duda rejected government-backed bills saying they caused social unrest. He promised to draw up his own and have them consulted across the political spectrum. Duda's spokesman on Monday

Google appeals against EU’s €2.4bn fine over search engine results

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Brussels said tech giant abused dominance by manipulating search results to favour its own comparison shopping service. Google is appealing against the record €2.4bn (£2.2bn) fine imposed by the European Union for its abuse of its dominance of the search engine market in building its shopping comparison service. The world’s most

Bell Pottinger has toxified political debate in South Africa

You don’t have to look for racial inequality when you land in South Africa. It is everywhere. It is in the spatial arrangements: the pristine formerly whites-only suburbs (where a few of us black people now live) and their high walls, sitting miles away from the sprawling black squatter camps

Israeli Charged With Assaulting Policeman in Warsaw

Polish police say man attacked officer with a knife and wounded him in the face, Haaretz reported. Polish prosecutors pressed charges Friday against an Israeli citizen alleged to have slightly hurt a police officer in Warsaw with a knife. Prosecutors identified the suspect as Ibrahim H., withholding his last name as

Five killed during severe storms

Two girl scouts were crushed to death by falling trees while sleeping in a tent in forest. Five people, including two teenage girl scouts, died and more than 30 were injured as a result of falling trees in a series of severe storms that hit Poland overnight, Irish Times reports. The

Trump trade investigation will ‘poison’ relations with China, media warns

The president is expected to order the probe despite the risk of angering Beijing amid the North Korea nuclear standoff. Donald Trump’s decision to order an investigation into allegedly unfair Chinese trade practices will “poison” relations between the two countries, a state-run newspaper has said. Trump is expected to issue the

Poland questions EU’s Tusk for hours in case seen as revenge

Polish investigators questioned Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, for more than eight hours Thursday as a witness in an investigation into the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski — a case widely seen as an attempt to discredit and humiliate the EU leader by his

Duda Vetoes 2 Laws Limiting Courts’ Independence

Poland’s president defied expectations on Monday and vetoed two proposed laws that would have placed the country’s courts more directly under the control of the right-wing governing party, New York Times reports. Poles had taken to the streets by the tens of thousands over the past week to protest the laws