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Poland demands WTO challenge over Russia food ban

20.08.14 @ 07:45

Poland has made a formal request that the EU take Russia before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to overturn its ban on EU food and vegetables. Reuters reported on Tuesday (19 August) that Poland’s economy ministry ...

Court rules Poland complicit in CIA renditions

24.07.14 @ 16:28

A European rights court Thursday (24 July) found that Poland allowed the CIA to operate a secret rendition and interrogation camp at its Stare Kiejkuty military base and did nothing to stop it. The unanimous verdict, by ...

Rome continues to push Italian FM to replace Ashton

23.07.14 @ 16:02

Rome is continuing to push Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini to be the next EU foreign policy chief, despite opposition based on her experience and her country's perceived pro-Russia stance. Asked whether ...

Sikorski attacks Cameron in latest Polish leak

23.06.14 @ 19:23

Poland believes the British government has “fucked up” its EU policy and that the UK will leave the Union. The information, and the blunt language, came out on Monday (23 June) in Polish news magazine Wprost, which is ...

AnalysisWill Sikorski be the next EU foreign policy chief?

23.06.14 @ 10:37

With leaders haggling over EU top jobs this week, Polish FM Radek Sikorski is the most talked-about candidate for the next foreign policy chief. His reputation just took a blow in a Polish eavesdropping scandal. But ...

Post EU ElectionsPolish FM said to have called US ties 'worthless'

23.06.14 @ 09:26

Poland may be heading for early elections if an ongoing eavesdropping scandal continues to grow, with foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski, seen as in the running for a top EU job, now caught up in the affair. Sikorski ...

Post EU ElectionsPoland keen on economic post in EU commission

02.06.14 @ 18:49

Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski may be a “natural candidate” for the EU’s head of diplomacy, but Warsaw is especially keen on getting a weighty economic dossier in the next European Commission. Poland’s press ...

Russia-China deal overshadows talk of EU energy union

22.05.14 @ 09:29

The EU's lack of a common energy policy costs the bloc €30 billion per year, Polish prime minister Donald Tusk told a conference of European energy experts on Wednesday (21 May). But talks about the possibility of an EU ...

Post EU ElectionsCommission hopefuls largely unknown on streets of Europe

21.05.14 @ 09:33

In the EU capital of Brussels there has been much political kerfuffle around Spitzenkandidaten – the six politicians campaigning to be the next president of the European Commission. The run-up to this week's vote has ...

Orban upsets neighbours by call for Hungarian minority self-rule

15.05.14 @ 10:15

Hungary’s ambassador to Ukraine was summoned by the foreign ministry in Kiev on Tuesday (May 13) to explain what Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban meant when he spoke of a special status for Hungarian minorities in ...

Post EU ElectionsPolish radicals could get into EU parliament

05.05.14 @ 17:56

An anti-European, economically liberal and socially extremely conservative party is polling to scoop up to three of Poland's seats in the EU elections later this month as it cashes in on the country's protest vote. The ...

FocusOn the German-Polish border 10 years after enlargement

30.04.14 @ 18:32

"The only way to tell a Pole apart from a German these days is at the swimming pool. Poles keep their swimming suits on under the shower, Germans don't," quips Krzysztof Wojciechowski, head of Collegium Pollonicum – an ...

Post EU ElectionsPoland's ruling party back in the lead after Ukraine crisis

07.04.14 @ 18:10

The Ukrainian crisis has been a gamechanger in Poland's European election campaign – Donald Tusk's PO was set to lose; it is now back in the lead. Twenty-seven percent of Poles say they would vote for the centre-right ...

Poland urges Germany to buy less Russian gas

10.03.14 @ 18:09

Polish leader Donald Tusk has said Germany should reduce its gas dependence on Russia for the sake of EU foreign policy. Speaking to press on Monday (10 March) at a military base in Siemirowice, on Poland’s Baltic Sea ...

Post EU ElectionsNo political fuel for Poland's far-right

27.02.14 @ 09:30

Last year, on Polish Independence Day, 11 November, tens of thousands of people marched through the centre of Warsaw shouting "Pride, national pride" and "Hit the red scum with a hammer and sickle". Young couples with ...

Merkel backs Ukrainian opposition as army warns of war

31.01.14 @ 17:12

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has thrown her support behind the Ukrainian opposition and urged President Viktor Yanukovych to deliver on his promises to roll back anti-protest laws. "We think the opposition's claims ...

InterviewEurozone is the 'real' EU, Sikorski says

22.01.14 @ 09:26

Poland wants to join the eurozone because it is the political heart of the European Union, its foreign minister, Radek Sikorski, has said, with the country looking to enter the single currency by 2020. "In every annual ...

Poland vows to veto British changes to EU migration rules

08.01.14 @ 09:27

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Tuesday (7 January) vowed to block any British changes to EU laws that would prevent migrant workers from having access to welfare benefits. "If anyone, whether it is premier Cameron ...

FocusEU's young people lag behind on maths target

03.12.13 @ 17:16

The EU's 15-year olds have seen only slight improvements in their reading, science and maths skills since 2009, with worse scores in reading than US students and in all three subject areas than their Japanese ...

NGOs walk out of climate talks in Warsaw

22.11.13 @ 09:25

Over a dozen leading pro-environment NGOs walked out of the United Nations climate change talks in Warsaw on Thursday (21 November) saying that a handful of countries, led by Poland, are threatening to derail a future ...

EU commission seeks to reduce use of plastic bags

04.11.13 @ 17:13

The European Commission Monday (4 November) tabled measures to reduce the use of thin plastic bags by 80 percent, with about 710,000 tonnes of them being thrown away each year. Each EU citizen use almost 200 such bags - ...

Polish minister learning French amid speculation on EU top jobs

03.10.13 @ 09:26

Polish foreign minister Radek Sikorski has taken an intensive French language course amid talk he might be the next EU foreign relations chief. His office told EUobserver he did it during the summer holidays at the ...

EU energy chief to quiz Russian counterpart on Gazprom

31.05.13 @ 17:42

EU Energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger is set to tackle his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak on Gazprom's energy pricing, EU sources confirmed Friday (31 May). Oettinger will attend next week's EU-Russia summit in ...

D'Estaing: eurozone should shut its doors after Poland

26.03.13 @ 17:45

Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing has said the eurozone should stop enlarging after Poland joins in order to create a "hard core" in the EU. The 87-year-old politician, who also helped draft the EU's ...

Polish leader cautious on euro entry

20.02.13 @ 10:06

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Tuesday (19 February) said his country will only join the euro once it is "100 percent ready," with 2017 said to be the date the government is aiming for. Addressing the national ...

Germany and Poland join up on EU foreign policy

20.02.13 @ 09:29

Germany and Poland, as well as the Czech republic and Sweden, have put forward joint ideas on how to handle post-Soviet countries, in what some diplomats are calling a "new axis" in EU foreign policy. The four nations ...

FocusEU freezes €4bn of Polish funds in fraud case

30.01.13 @ 18:22

The European Commission has blocked over €4 billion of money for Polish roads, causing dismay in the run-up to an EU budget summit next week. It took the decision after the Polish prosecutor accused 11 people - 10 of ...

Poland: UK no longer a leading EU country

25.01.13 @ 09:23

Britain has lost its place in the club of leading EU nations with France and Germany over its plan to hold a referendum on EU membership, the Polish foreign minister has said. "The Prime Minister [the UK's David Cameron ...

FocusEU to Poland: artists should be free to 'shock'

01.11.12 @ 13:20

The European Commission has said that Poland's prosecution of a rock group for "blasphemy" is against European values. It said on Wednesday (31 October) in a written statement for EUobserver that "national blasphemy ...

FocusRegional funding at stake as EU states battle over budget

08.10.12 @ 08:41

EU budget negotiations are famous for bringing out the worst of what's-in-it-for-me politics. Every seven years, the EU's coffers need to be refilled. All governments contribute. The cash is then redistributed among ...

MEPs' report casts doubt on EU shale revolution

20.09.12 @ 10:17

MEPs on the European Parliament's environment committee have adopted a report highlighting the dangers of shale gas. The vote on Wednesday (19 September) - by a whopping 63 against one with one abstention - sets the ...

Bulgaria shelves euro membership plans

04.09.12 @ 09:31

Bulgaria has halted plans to join the euro in the latest public setback for the beleaguered currency union. Speaking in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Monday (3 September) in Sofia, Prime Minister Boyko ...

Romney: EU should look to Poland for economic model

01.08.12 @ 09:29

US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has described Poland as an economic model for Europe in the financial crisis. Speaking at the Warsaw University Library in the Polish capital on Tuesday (31 July) he said: "Today, ...

OpinionParliament: do not let Poland hijack green agenda

01.06.12 @ 17:17

Warsaw's latest battle against efforts to 'green' Europe's economy is being played out in the European Parliament's regional affairs committee. Polish-designed technical texts could kill the environment-friendly ...

EU commission warns Poland is not crisis-proof

30.05.12 @ 17:45

The European Commission has warned that skittish foreign investors constitute a "new risk" for the Polish economy. Writing in a series of reports on the economic situation in the 27 EU countries on Wednesday (30 May), ...

Ukraine tells Reding to be less 'emotional' on Euro2012

04.05.12 @ 09:14

Ukraine's EU ambassador has told justice commissioner Vivianne Reding that she should be less "emotional" in a riposte to her Euro2012 boycott. The diplomat, Konstiantin Yelisieiev, in a letter dated 2 May - and seen by ...

Poland: Euro2012 boycott based on ulterior motives

03.05.12 @ 09:24

The President of Poland - which is co-hosting Euro2012 with Ukraine - has accused EU politicians planning to boycott Ukrainian matches of ulterior motives. Speaking on national TV on Wednesday (2 May), Bronislaw ...

EU foreign service favours 'old' member states

24.04.12 @ 17:30

Diplomats from 'new' member states who apply for jobs in Catherine Ashton's foreign service are consistently losing out to 'old' candidates and to existing EU officials. Details on recruitment for 181 posts last year ...

InvestigationEU president: Magnitsky case is 'emblematic' for Russia

20.04.12 @ 14:51

EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy has said in a letter to outgoing Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that Russia's internatioinal reputation is at stake over the murder of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. The one-page note, ...

Polish minister: EU and Nato might fall apart

30.03.12 @ 09:27

Polish foreign minister Radek Sikorski has said the EU could unravel and the US might quit Nato, leaving Poland alone to face an increasingly assertive Russia. He painted the "black scenario" in a speech to MPs in ...

Poland indicts former spymaster over CIA renditions

29.03.12 @ 09:22

Seven years after the Washington Post broke the story and amid ongoing European Parliament efforts to get to the truth, Poland has become the first EU country to indict one of its officials over CIA renditions. Polish ...

InvestigationLithuania and Poland complicit in Belarus crackdown

20.03.12 @ 09:12

A cell in a top security penal colony in eastern Belarus is now home to human rights defender Ales Bialistki, a man whose relentless pursuit of freedom for his fellow citizens is costing him four and a half years' hard ...

Poland to veto EU low carbon plan

08.03.12 @ 09:19

Polish environment minister Marcin Korolec has said he will veto an EU proposal for CO2 cuts at a meeting in Brussels on Friday (9 March). The minister told Polish press agency, Pap, in Warsaw on Wednesday: "Our ...

VideoBelgian unions show solidarity with Greeks

15.02.12 @ 15:36

On Friday 10th February, Greek unions in Athens held a 48-hour general strike after the country's cabinet passed a package of austerity measures demanded by the "troika". To show solidarity, a selection of ...

Dutch far right opens anti-Polish hotline

09.02.12 @ 17:47

The Dutch far-right Freedom Party (PVV), a key ally of the centre-right coalition government, on Wednesday (8 February) opened up a website to collect complaints about people from Central and Eastern Europe residing in ...

Poland renews attack on eurozone-only summits

19.01.12 @ 09:22

Poland has indicated it might not sign the EU fiscal treaty unless it is allowed to take part in future eurozone summits. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk criticised the latest draft of the compact - which envisages ...

Poland sees praise for EU presidency in turbulent times

14.12.11 @ 20:36

EU politicians praised Poland on Wednesday (14 December) for the way it has handled the six-month rotating presidency during what is considered the biggest crisis in European Union history. “The Polish presidency was ...

Polish opposition: EU fiscal treaty means German rule

14.12.11 @ 09:23

Opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski has said Polish leaders at last week's EU summit sold the country's sovereignty to Germany for the sake of "private interests." Kaczynski made the accusations at a rally in Warsaw on ...

OpinionA strategy for exploiting European shale gas resources

05.10.11 @ 09:59

This week, the European Parliament will devote a committee meeting to the issue of shale gas development. It places shale gas, practically unheard of as an energy source five years ago, squarely in the spotlight. No one ...

Polish ministers pray for EU not to fall apart

26.09.11 @ 11:02

Polish foreign minister Radek Sikorski and fellow government members on Sunday (25 September) prayed at a special mass devoted to EU solidarity amid the financial crisis. The liturgy, in the church of Wladyslaw z ...