Poland

    • Kaczynski: Primacy of EU laws ruins Poland’s sovereignty

      Kaczynski: Primacy of EU laws ruins Poland’s sovereignty

      Poland accused the EU of unacceptable interference in the country’s sovereignty. Warsaw further noted the EU was blackmailing Poland to pass primacy of the Union’s legislation over local laws by freezing massive funds envisaged to secure the restoration of the country from pandemic, Reuters elaborated. The ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said in a letter quoted by state news agency that Warsaw will not bow under the pressure.

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    • Kaczynski: “There will be no Polexit”

      Kaczynski: “There will be no Polexit”

      The head of the Polish ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, ruled out a Poland-EU split, but nevertheless slammed the bloc's "interference" as a rift over judicial reforms deepens, news wires reported. Amid rising tensions with Brussels, he claimed on Wednesday that his country would remain in the Union.

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    • MEPs: Same-sex marriages and partnerships should be recognised across the EU

      MEPs: Same-sex marriages and partnerships should be recognised across the EU

      The EU should lift all obstacles facing LGBTIQ people when exercising their basic rights, MEPs say on Tuesday, EP Press service reported. In a resolution on the rights of LGBTIQ persons in the EU (adopted with 387 votes in favour, 161 against and 123 abstaining), the European Parliament emphasises that these citizens should be able to fully exercise their rights, including the right to free movement, everywhere in the Union. The resolution states that marriages or registered partnerships formed in one member state should be recognised in all of them in a uniform way, and same-sex spouses and partners should be treated the same as their opposite-sex counterparts.

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    • Merkel in Poland: Ukraine to remain a transit country for Russian gas

      Merkel in Poland: Ukraine to remain a transit country for Russian gas

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to soothe fears over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on Saturday, on a farewell visit to Poland during which she also struck a conciliatory tone on Warsaw's conflict with the European Union over judicial reforms, news wires reported. "I have made clear that it is our concern that Ukraine remains a transit country for Russian gas," Merkel told reporters at a news conference with Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw.

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    • 'Ms Nord Stream 2?': Merkel makes difficult last visit to Poland

      'Ms Nord Stream 2?': Merkel makes difficult last visit to Poland

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Poland on Saturday, part of a goodbye tour of Europe for the continent's longest serving leader, risks being overshadowed by tensions over a gas pipeline and questions over her legacy in central Europe, Reuters reported. Having grown up in East Germany near the Polish border, Merkel, 67, was seen by some observers as a chancellor who could relate to the post-communist states of central Europe. However, on her farewell visit to the capital of emerging Europe's largest economy, her determination to complete the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Russia has soured relations.

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    • Polish lawmakers uphold state of emergency at Belarus border

      Polish lawmakers uphold state of emergency at Belarus border

      Poland’s parliament voted Monday to uphold the state of emergency along the border with Belarus that was declared last week amid migration pressure, AP reported. The vote came after PM Mateusz Morawiecki told lawmakers that the country faces a threat from Russia and Belarus as he sought support for the state of emergency, which was declared last week by President Andrzej Duda, a step unprecedented in the country’s post-communist history.

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