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Ukraine upends Poland's EU election campaign

The Ukraine crisis has shifted Poland's campaign for next month's European elections, boosting the governing centre-right party's chances as its prime minister reassures voters nervous about Russia's next move. "Issues relating to Ukraine and Poland's security have become essential in this EU election campaign, pushing matters of domestic politics into the background," political marketing specialist Eryk Mistewicz told AFP.

Poland's PM says daughter gets more security after death threats

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's prime minister said on Tuesday security for his daughter has been increased after she received many death threats vowing to avenge the "murder" of people killed in the 2010 crash of a government jet in Smolensk, Russia. Donald Tusk, speaking at a news conference to address criticism that his daughter Katarzyna benefits from unjustified government security, said his family had received hundreds of death threats over the last two months.

Poland's conservative opposition party PiS leads opinion poll

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's main opposition party, the conservative Law and Justice (PiS), is the most popular among voters, with the ruling Civic Platform (PO) five percentage points behind, a poll by TNS Polska showed on Sunday. Support for PiS rose two percentage points to 31 percent, while PO's reading remained unchanged at 26 percent, according to the poll conducted for public television TVP.

Poland under fire over riots outside Russian embassy

Poland was in hot water on Tuesday after ultra-nationalist rioters went on the rampage outside the Russian embassy in Warsaw, igniting a diplomatic row with Moscow. The violence, which marred Polish independence day on Monday, reflects growing far-right and anti-Russian sentiment in Poland, an ex-communist country and European Union member. The havoc erupted as between 20,000 and 50,000 people surged through Warsaw in a march organised by far-right groups, many wearing balaclavas and carrying lighted flares.

Thousands bid farewell to Poland's ex-premier Mazowiecki

Thousands of mourners attended the state funeral on Sunday of Poland's Tadeusz Mazowiecki, the first non-Communist premier in Soviet-dominated eastern Europe, who died last Monday aged 86. Large crowds gathered outside the Saint John's Archcathedral in central Warsaw where the service was being held on what was declared a day of national mourning. The solemn mass, which was also screened live on television, was attended by President Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Donald Tusk, European Commission head Manuel Barroso as well as former Polish heads of government.

Poland's Mazowiecki, first non-Communist premier, dies

Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a former Polish prime minister who was the first non-Communist head of government in eastern Europe, died in Warsaw at the age of 86 on Monday, the KAI news agency reported. Mazowiecki was "one of the fathers of Polish liberty and independence", Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski told Polish radio. mc/yad/txw

Poland's ruling party regains ground over main opposition

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's ruling Civic Platform (PO) has overtaken its main opposition party Law and Justice (PiS) for the first time since April, an opinion poll by TNS Polska for public television showed on Sunday. The survey, conducted on October 22-24, showed that support for PO rose 11 percentage points to 41 percent while the backing for the rightist Law and Justice fell by 7 to 32 percent.

Warsaw mayor faces referendum in key test for government

Warsaw heads to the polls on Sunday in a referendum on whether to dismiss the mayor of the Polish capital in a key test for Prime Minister Donald Tusk's increasingly unpopular government. Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, who has been mayor of Warsaw since 2006, is the vice-president of Tusk's Civic Platform (PO), which has suffered a series of defections and anti-government protests in recent months. Recent opinion polls also show the PO lagging behind former prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski -- the twin of late president Lech -- and his populist right-wing opposition.

Vote on ousting Warsaw mayor threatens Polish PM

By Pawel Sobczak and Chris Borowski WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is heading for a humiliating loss in his party's stronghold in the capital city on Sunday unless Warsaw's mayor manages to convince enough residents to stay away from a vote to remove her from office.

Coalition with left could keep Poland's Tusk in power

By Karolina Slowikowska and Christian Lowe WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and the leftist opposition could form a coalition after the next election, senior figures from both parties say, a deal that would keep Tusk in power and commit Poland to a timetable for joining the euro.
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