Hungarian parliament backs Poland against EU sanctions

The Hungarian parliament has adopted a resolution to support Poland over a dispute with the European Commission caused by controversial judicial changes. At the end of last year, the European Commission took the unprecedented step of triggering Article 7 of the EU Treaty against Poland, stepping up pressure on Warsaw over

Polish and Lithuanian presidents call for NATO transport infrastructure growth

Polish President Andrzej Duda and his Lithuanian counterpart, Dalia Grybauskaite, have voiced their support for the development of transport infrastructure on NATO’s eastern flank. The two leaders, who met for talks in Vilnius on Saturday, discussed the idea of a so-called military Schengen zone, which aims to facilitate the transfer of

EC gearing up to link funds to rule of law: commissioner

The European Commission is preparing new regulations that will tie pay-outs of EU funds with the rule of law situation in member states, EU budget commissioner Günther Oettinger said on Wednesday. The announcement came amid an ongoing row between Warsaw and Brussels about the rule of law and separation of powers

US refuses more Polish visa applications

Poles’ chances of entering the United States without a visa have receded. According to the US State Department, American consulates in Warsaw and Kraków last year rejected 5.9% of visa applications submitted by Poles, more than in 2016. The figure for last year is almost twice the 3% threshold set by the

Polish-German trade ties ‘never better’: Polish gov’t spokeswoman

Polish-German trade ties have never been better, Polish government spokeswoman Joanna Kopcińska has said ahead of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's trip to Berlin next Friday. Kopcińska earlier said that Morawiecki's main talking points during meetings in Germany would be the future of the European Union and Polish-German ties. In late January,

Senior EU official hopes for solution to row with Warsaw

European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said on Thursday after meeting Poland’s foreign minister that he hopes a solution will be found within weeks or months to a dispute between Brussels and Warsaw over contested reforms. Timmermans said his talks in Brussels with Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz were held in

Israel hopes Polish anti-defamation law will be changed

Israel hopes "changes and corrections" will be made to a Polish anti-defamation law which has ignited tensions between Israel and Warsaw, the foreign ministry in Jerusalem has said. The Israeli foreign ministry’s statement on Twitter came shortly after Polish President Andrzej Duda announced he would sign a contested law which could

Germany accepts sole responsibility for Holocaust: German FM

Germany accepts sole responsibility for the Holocaust, the country's foreign minister has told his Polish counterpart amid a dispute over a Polish anti-defamation law that has soured relations between Poland and Israel. During a Sunday telephone conversation, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz that Germany was

Polish gov’t is pro-Israel: opinion

No government in Poland's post-communist history has had policies as pro-Israel and friendly towards the Jewish diaspora as the current one, former politician Czesław Bielecki, who identifies as a Polish Jew, has said. But he added that if the government wants to stop the use of the “dubious phrase 'Polish death

Law and Justice (PiS) gains further ground: survey

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki

Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party is backed by 48.7 percent of voters who say they would take part in parliamentary elections, according to a new survey by pollster Estymator. Support for the party rose by 3 percentage points from a previous study by the same pollster. Meanwhile, the opposition