EU opens probe into tax incentives for Polish shipyards

The European Commission said on Monday it has opened an investigation into tax incentives for shipyards in Poland. The EU’s executive said it was concerned the system would give some shipyards an advantage over competitors. In September 2016, Poland adopted a law giving shipyards operating in the country an option of

Ex-defence minister to head probe into Polish presidential plane crash

Antoni Macierewicz

Former Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz has been appointed the head of a commission investigating the fatal crash of the Polish president’s plane in 2010, the niezalezna.pl website has reported. Macierewicz lost his job as defence minister in a sweeping Cabinet reshuffle earlier this week, just over halfway through the conservative Law

Czech voters to give verdict on president’s anti-immigrant populism

Jiří Drahoš, main challenger to incumbent Miloš Zeman, pledges to ensure that country will face the west if he wins poll on Friday. The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, has been accused of promoting a climate of “vulgarity, incompetence and corruption” as the Czech Republic heads into a presidential election widely

Julian Assange is made an Ecuadorian citizen in effort to resolve impasse

The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was made an Ecuadorian citizen last month, the nation’s foreign ministry has revealed, in an attempt to resolve the political impasse over his continued presence in the UK. The 46-year-old has been naturalised after living for five and a half years in the cramped, Latin American

Poland’s PM to unveil new Cabinet on Tuesday: gov’t spokeswoman

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will unveil the lineup of a new Cabinet on Tuesday, the government spokeswoman has said. "Tomorrow the government reshuffle will be completed, and we will find out about Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s new government,” spokeswoman Joanna Kopcińska said on Monday afternoon, as quoted by Poland’s

Polish MPs back even tougher restrictions on abortion

The Polish parliament has rejected proposed legislation to liberalise abortion laws, voting instead to pass proposals for tough new restrictions to a parliamentary committee for further scrutiny. Poland already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, with terminations permitted only when the life of the foetus is under

Quarter of a million foreigners with work permits in Poland

Around 250,000 foreign non-EU nationals held work permits in Poland at the end of 2017, Labour Minister Elżbieta Rafalska has said. The number of foreigners with work permits in Poland has been growing for the last three years on the back of record-low unemployment, Rafalska told reporters on Wednesday. She added

Yugoslavia tribunal closes, leaving a powerful legacy of war crimes justice

The court that put Slobodan Milošević in the dock is to be formally dissolved this week after 24 years and 161 indictments. After sitting for 10,800 days, hearing 4,650 witnesses and digesting 2.5m pages of transcripts, the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) will be formally dissolved on

EU begins process that could see Poland stripped of voting rights

European commission tells other member states that Polish reforms put fundamental democratic values at risk. The EU has triggered a process that could ultimately see Poland stripped of voting rights in Brussels in an unprecedented step designed to force the country’s rightwing government to drop reforms the bloc regards as

Mateusz Morawiecki appoints new aides

Mateusz Morawiecki

Poland’s new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced his picks for three important government positions, replacing officials appointed by his predecessor Beata Szydło. Morawiecki on Monday announced that Marek Suski will be his new chief of staff to replace Elżbieta Witek, Michał Dworczyk will head the Prime Minister’s Office to replace