Poland’s lawmakers reject bill seeking to outlaw abortion

Poland’s lawmakers on Thursday rejected a civic legislative proposal that would have outlawed abortion as homicide. The vote to reject the proposal at the initial stage was 361-48 with 12 abstentions, and was greeted with applause. It was overwhelming, also because most among the 228 ruling right-wing party’s lawmakers voted against it. The Law andContinue reading “Poland’s lawmakers reject bill seeking to outlaw abortion”

Democracy slipping away at record rate, intergovernmental body warns

A greater number of countries are sliding towards authoritarianism, while the number of established democracies under threat has never been so high, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) said on Monday. Populist politics, the use of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to silence critics, a tendency of countries to mimic the anti-democratic behaviour ofContinue reading “Democracy slipping away at record rate, intergovernmental body warns”

‘Death to Jews,’ Polish nationalists shout at rally while burning book about Jews in Poland

Polish nationalists shouted “death to Jews” as they burned a book representing a historic pact protecting the rights of Poland’s Jews. The book burning Thursday at a rally in Kalisz, a city of about 100,000 inhabitants situated 120 miles southwest of Warsaw, was part of a series of nationalist events on Nov. 11, National Independence Day,Continue reading “‘Death to Jews,’ Polish nationalists shout at rally while burning book about Jews in Poland”

Thousands of Polish far-right sympathisers march on Independence Day – France24

Thousands of far-right sympathisers and nationalists march through Warsaw on Thursday in an annual Independence Day gathering after Poland’s nationalist rulers helped challenge a court ban on the event. Critics say in lending a hand to the November 11 march, an event marked by occasional violence, the Law and Justice (PiS) government is giving overt supportContinue reading “Thousands of Polish far-right sympathisers march on Independence Day – France24”

Protests in Poland after death of pregnant woman blamed on abortion ban

Silent protests have been held in a number of Polish cities in response to the death of a pregnant woman. Activists blame the near-total abortion ban introduced by Poland’s constitutional court last year for her death. Conservative commentators and politicians, however, have rejected such suggestions. “Sometimes women die in childbirth,” says an MP from theContinue reading “Protests in Poland after death of pregnant woman blamed on abortion ban”

Polish parliament debates bill to ban “promoting homosexuality” and LGBT parades

A bill proposing to ban LGBT pride parades and other public gatherings that “promote” non-heterosexual orientations and non-biological gender identities was debated yesterday evening in Poland’s parliament. The bill is a citizens’ initiative rather than one proposed by any political group. But it received backing last night from some MPs in Poland’s national-conservative ruling coalition.Continue reading “Polish parliament debates bill to ban “promoting homosexuality” and LGBT parades”

EU court fines Poland 1 million euros a day for judiciary row – DW News

In breaking news from Brussels, the European Union’s top court has ordered Poland to pay one million euros a day over a legal dispute with the bloc. The European Court of Justice says Warsaw failed to heed an earlier EU ruling that demanded changes to some of Poland’s judicial reforms. The EU decision in JulyContinue reading “EU court fines Poland 1 million euros a day for judiciary row – DW News”

Poland comes under fire over challenge to primacy of EU law

Polish prime minister warns of EU mission creep Von der Leyen: Poland poses ‘direct challenge to EU legal order’ Three options: legal, financial, suspending voting rights EU justice commissioner says bloc to act within weeks Poland’s prime minister came under repeated criticism during a tense debate in the European Parliament on Tuesday, with the EU’sContinue reading “Poland comes under fire over challenge to primacy of EU law”

Poland’s defiance of EU law raises concern over a possible exit

In the latest escalation of their dispute, Polish judges ruled, in a case brought by the country’s prime minister, that national law has primacy over European rules. Opinion polls show that Polish voters are overwhelmingly pro-European — a far cry from Britain which voted to leave the EU in 2016. And the Polish government alsoContinue reading “Poland’s defiance of EU law raises concern over a possible exit”

Poland backs down in row with EU over disciplining judges

Warsaw says it will shut down supreme court chamber that Brussels says is a breach of EU law Poland has told the European Union it will shut down a chamber at its supreme court devoted to disciplining judges, an issue that has been at the heart of a dispute between Warsaw and Brussels. The Polish government saidContinue reading “Poland backs down in row with EU over disciplining judges”

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