Poland’s ruling conservatives suffer defeat in local mayoral election

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) has suffered a loss in a mayoral race in the city of Rzeszow. Konrad Fijolek, a candidate supported jointly by opposition parties, won a landslide victory with a 56 per cent vote share, avoiding a run-off poll. The candidate from PiS, Ewa Leniart, received nearly 24 per cent.Continue reading “Poland’s ruling conservatives suffer defeat in local mayoral election”

Polish schools will teach that EU is “unlawful entity”, says education minister

Pupils in Polish schools will be taught that the European Union is an “unlawful entity”, says the education minister, Przemysław Czarnek. He also wants history classes to focus more on teaching “pride” in Poland’s past rather than, as before, “shame” about it. Czarnek was asked about the government’s new “Polish Deal” programme, which was unveiled on Saturday.Continue reading “Polish schools will teach that EU is “unlawful entity”, says education minister”

Poland’s Far Right Are Attacking Everyone They Hate

In Poland, these are just some of the reasons the far right might attack you: for carrying an LGBTQ flag, for peacefully protesting outside a church, for marching in a Pride parade, for being pro-choice. Why are adult angry white men attacking women and people holding rainbows? In short, the government is encouraging it. InContinue reading “Poland’s Far Right Are Attacking Everyone They Hate”

Poland checks for Indian variant after nun returning from India tests positive and dozens infected

Poland is checking to see if it has its first confirmed case of the Indian variant of the coronavirus following reports that a Catholic nun returning from India tested positive for the virus and possibly caused the infection of dozens of others. Three Missionaries of Charity convents in Warsaw and Katowice have now reported mass outbreaksContinue reading “Poland checks for Indian variant after nun returning from India tests positive and dozens infected”

Human rights chief warns Poland becoming ‘undemocratic’

Polish human rights chief Adam Bodnar criticised the EU for its slow response to the government’s rule of law violations, warning in an interview that Poland risked becoming “undemocratic”. The ombudsman told AFP that the governing populists were “trying to incapacitate or take over additional power mechanisms one by one”. The 44-year-old law professor spokeContinue reading “Human rights chief warns Poland becoming ‘undemocratic’”

EU takes Poland to court over judicial independence concerns

The European Union is referring Poland to Europe’s top court over long-standing concerns about respect for the rule of law and the independence of the country’s Supreme Court judges, EU officials said Wednesday. The bloc’s executive commission said it will ask the European Court of Justice to order interim measures until a final judgment isContinue reading “EU takes Poland to court over judicial independence concerns”

Polish writer facing prison for calling president ‘moron’

A popular Polish writer is facing a potential sentence of up to three years in prison for calling the nation’s president a “moron” on social media. Jakub Zulczyk had criticized the manner in which Polish President Andrzej Duda — a close ally of former President Donald Trump — had reacted to the electoral victory ofContinue reading “Polish writer facing prison for calling president ‘moron’”

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