President most trusted, opposition leader least trusted in Poland: survey

President Andrzej Duda remains Poland’s most trusted politician, with 69 percent of respondents to a new survey saying they have confidence in him. Pollster CBOS said trust in the president had dropped three percentage points compared with a similar survey a month earlier. At the same time, 19 percent of respondents said

Polish Senate backs plan for memorial day to honour WWII rescuers of Jews

Poland's senators have approved a plan to establish March 24 as a new national memorial day to honour Poles who saved Jews during World War II. A total of 58 senators on Wednesday voted in favour of the move, supporting a legislative initiative by President Andrzej Duda, while 14 members of

BREAKING: US State Secretary Tillerson replaced

Rex Tillerson has lost his job as US secretary of state, according to a post on Twitter by US President Donald Trump. Trump tweeted that CIA director Mike Pompeo would be taking over the post. Trump also thanked Tillerson for his service and said Pompeo would do “a fantastic job”. Tillerson was US

17 deputy ministers gone as PM reforms gov’t

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday he has accepted the resignations of 12 deputy ministers, after last week promising to slim down the number of government ministers and their deputies by up to a quarter. Five people earlier submitted their resignations, taking the total number of closed deputy-ministerial roles

March 1968 should be reason for pride: PM

March of 1968 should be a reason for pride and not shame, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday during a debate marking the 50th anniversary of anti-communist demonstrations. March 1968 saw nationwide student demonstrations against media censorship amid calls for academic freedoms. The country's communist authorities of the time, which

Polish MPs vote to demote communist-era army officers

The bill sailed through the lower house of parliament on Tuesday after it was adopted by the conservative government in Warsaw less than a week earlier. The house passed the legislation in a 264-159 vote with six abstentions. Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak has said the bill was “symbolic” and that it would

Poland aims to cut bureaucracy, ministers face the axe

Polish Premier Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday he wants to cut the number of government ministers and deputy ministers by up to a quarter in a drive to reduce bureaucracy. Morawiecki told reporters he also wants to get rid of bonuses for ministers and deputy ministers. "An efficient and effective state is

Polish team heads to Israel for talks amid tensions

The Polish delegation will include journalist Bronisław Wildstein, historian Grzegorz Berendt and historian Mateusz Szpytma. Berendt is a deputy director at the state-of-the-art World War II Museum in Gdańsk, northern Poland. Szpytma is a deputy head at the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), which researches and prosecutes crimes against the Polish

UK’s Labour leader backs permanent customs union with EU

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, has voiced his support for a permanent customs union with the European bloc after Brexit. Britain's Labour opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn delivers a speech on Brexit at the National Transport Design Centre, Coventry University, Coventry, Speaking at Coventry University in London on Monday,

Poland backs prospective resolution on Syria, – Foreign Minister

Poland is in favour of a resolution on ongoing killings of civilians in Syria, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said during an address to the UN Security Council ministerial briefing in New York on Wednesday. Czaputowicz voiced concern over human rights violations in the war-torn country. At least 310 civilians have been killed