European Commission ‘very close’ to triggering Article 7 on Poland

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The European Commission is “very close” to triggering the EU’s Article 7 procedure against Poland — a move that can lead to the suspension of a member country’s voting rights, Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said Wednesday, Politico informs. The Commission will also prepare to start infringement proceedings against Warsaw for

EU urges Poland to put judicial changes on hold or face action

The European Union's executive called on Poland on Wednesday to put on hold judicial reforms it said would "have a very significant negative impact" on courts' independence, or face disciplinary action as early as next week, Reuters reported. The European Commission's First Vice-President Frans Timmermans also told a briefing: "These laws

Protests in Poland Condemn Judicial Reforms

Thousands rallied in Poland's largest cities on Sunday against the ruling party's judicial reforms, which the opposition says would kill the judges' independence and undermine democracy, Reuters reported. Late on Friday the country's parliament, where the Law and Justice (PiS) party has a majority, passed a bill giving parliament a greater

Polish political storm over proposed Supreme Court reform


A political storm has erupted in Poland after MPs from its ruling conservative party suggested sweeping changes to the country's Supreme Court. The Law and Justice (PiS) government argued that changes are needed to reform an inefficient and sometimes corrupt judicial system, according to public broadcaster TVP. But the opposition has called

More foreigners in Poland with residence permits

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The number of foreigners in Poland with a residence permit has risen to over 300,000, officials said on Tuesday. "This data does not take into account people whose stay in Poland is based on their visas,” said Jakub Dudziak, a spokesman for the Office for Foreigners to the News.PL. Foreigners who

China says it is not responsible for North Korea nuclear crisis

China rejects Trump’s calls for it to do more to rein in its neighbour, saying the ‘China responsibility theory’ must stop. China has rejected Donald Trump’s repeated calls for it to do more to rein in North Korea’s nuclear programme, saying the “China responsibility theory” must stop. Trump’s frustration with China has

Polish gov’t considers amending public gathering laws

Poland’s interior minister has said the government is considering amending the country’s recent law on public assemblies so that organisers of illegal gatherings have to pay policing costs. Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said such charges would partly cover the cost of police security at public gatherings. "I spoke [with the government] about

Trump looks for friendlier European welcome in Poland

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President Donald Trump is headed back to Europe hoping to receive a friendly welcome in Poland despite lingering skepticism across the continent over his commitment to NATO, his past praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his decision to pull the U.S. out of a major climate agreement. The Washington

Yuli Yoel Edelstein visits Warsaw

The Speaker of the Knesset, the unicameral legislature of Israel, on Monday met Polish President Andrzej Duda and senior politicians during a trip to Warsaw, TheNews.PL reports. Yuli Yoel Edelstein met the Speaker of Poland's lower house, the Sejm, Marek Kuchciński, and Stanisław Karczewski, the Speaker of the upper house, the

EU says Polish retail tax breaches state aid rules

The European Commission said on Friday that a Polish tax on the retail sector breaches EU rules on state aid. The commission said that progressive tax rates based on turnover give companies with a low turnover an advantage over their competitors. It added: “The Commission's in-depth investigation has shown that the