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27th Feb 2020

Eastern countries waiting for Poland's 'natural sympathy'

With events in north Africa having taken up much of the EU's attention over the last six months, the bloc's eastern neighbours are hoping Poland will put them back on the agenda when it takes over the rotating presidency.

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Coronavirus: voices from a quarantined Italian town

Panic-buying, plus resentment at the media for fuelling the panic, are the paradoxical responses of residents of the Italian towns of Vicenza and Vo', where Italy's first victim of the coronavirus died last Friday.

Greek island riots require measured response, says EU

Residents on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios have been met with riot police, following protests against plans to erect new migrant detention camps. The European Commission says measures by Athens' authorities must be "necessary and proportionate."

'Coming from Mars' - Poland looks back on EU entry

With Croatia still finalising talks on EU entry, Jan Truszczynski, Poland's one-time negotiator, recalls the "patronising" attitudes of Western states and the fact there is no such thing as a friend when you are trying to get into the club.

A short guide to the Polish presidency

With Poland taking over the presidency of the European Union on 1 July, EUobserver presents a short non-exhaustive guide: Defence, the Eastern Partnership, and the Single Market Act are all on the agenda.

Poland seeks new status in EU arena

Poland is hoping its forthcoming presidency of the EU will complete the process of turning itself from prickly newcomer into a heavyweight member state. As a sign of its confidence it has put EU defence, a difficult dossier, on its to-do list.

Polish minister pledges loyalty to EU's Ashton

Polish foreign minister Radek Sikorski has promised to be EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton's "loyal deputy." But his outspoken ways could upstage her despite his best intentions.

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Polish EU presidency to test treaty rules

As a large and ambitious member state, Poland will be the first country to really test the arrangement - in the EU's Lisbon Treaty - that national governments assume all the work and expense of running the EU presidency without enjoying the limelight.