Politics of Poland http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26157/all en Polish court rejects call to remove crucifix from parliament http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/polish-court-rejects-call-remove-crucifix-parliament <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Chris Borowski and Pawel Sobczak</p> <p>WARSAW, Jan 15 (Reuters) - A Polish court has rejected a motion calling for the removal of a crucifix from parliament's debating chamber in a case pitting Poland's traditional Catholicism against a younger generation who think the church is too strong.</p> <p>Warsaw's district court late on Monday argued that since the cross had not been met with any objections in the past it was accepted by most Poles and did not violate their rights.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/polish-court-rejects-call-remove-crucifix-parliament" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Janusz Palikot Palikot's Movement Politics of Poland Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:30:37 +0000 5734733 at http://www.globalpost.com Transsexual could be new deputy speaker in Poland http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/transsexual-could-be-new-deputy-speaker-poland <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>She made history as Poland's first transsexual lawmaker in 2011 and now Anna Grodzka could become a deputy speaker of parliament in this deeply Roman Catholic nation.</p> <p>Born as a man, Grodzka, 58, was nominated Thursday for the position by party colleagues in the left-wing, anti-clerical Palikot Movement, which advocates legalising marijuana and civil unions for gay couples.</p> <p>Grodzka is believed to be the world's only current transsexual member of parliament, but she is not the first. Transsexual Georgina Beyer served in New Zealand's parliament between 1999-2007.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/transsexual-could-be-new-deputy-speaker-poland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anna Grodzka Anticlericalism Political parties in Poland Politics Politics of Poland AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:00:29 +0000 5743027 at http://www.globalpost.com Polish transsexual MP loses bid for deputy speaker job http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/polish-transsexual-mp-loses-bid-deputy-speaker-job <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Conservatives voiced doubts about appointment</p> <p>* Polish society is devoutly Catholic</p> <p>* Gay rights campaigners lament missed opportunity</p> <p>By Marcin Goettig</p> <p>WARSAW, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Polish lawmakers blocked a transsexual colleague from becoming deputy speaker of parliament on Friday after her nomination caused discomfort among some sections of Poland's devoutly Catholic society.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/polish-transsexual-mp-loses-bid-deputy-speaker-job" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Politics Politics of Poland Social Issues Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Feb 2013 14:00:35 +0000 5750062 at http://www.globalpost.com Polish PM to decide on justice minister fate on Monday-spokesman http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130228/polish-pm-decide-justice-minister-fate-monday-spokesman <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* PM Tusk may dismiss justice min Gowin from government</p> <p>* Gowin leads group of conservative MPs in Civic Platform</p> <p>* Gowin unlikely to leave party, undermine govt - source</p> <p>WARSAW, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk will decide on Monday whether to dismiss Justice Minister Jaroslaw Gowin, a spokesman said on Thursday, bringing to a head a long-standing feud that threatens to destabilise the ruling coalition's majority in parliament.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130228/polish-pm-decide-justice-minister-fate-monday-spokesman" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Jaroslaw Gowin Jarosław Gowin Politics Politics of Poland Prime Ministers of Poland Religion Thomson Reuters Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:46:09 +0000 5770127 at http://www.globalpost.com Polish PM keeps justice minister despite gay rights row http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130304/polish-pm-keeps-justice-minister-despite-gay-rights-row <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WARSAW, March 4 (Reuters) - Poland's prime Minister said on Monday he would not fire Justice Minister Jaroslaw Gowin for his part in defeating a draft law to give limited rights to gay couples, the latest twist in a row that has exposed ideological divisions in the governing party.</p> <p>Poland has been grappling with issues such as gay rights, abortion, legalisation of soft drugs and the role of the church in public life as younger Poles seeking a more secular society clash with a staunchly Catholic older generation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130304/polish-pm-keeps-justice-minister-despite-gay-rights-row" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics of Europe Politics of Poland Prime Ministers of Poland Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:16:09 +0000 5772999 at http://www.globalpost.com Poland's ruling party risks divisions without peacemaker PM http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130320/polands-ruling-party-risks-divisions-without-peacemaker-pm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Pawel Sobczak and Chris Borowski</p> <p>WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk will unleash rivalries that could tear apart his party, the cornerstone of Poland's most stable government since Communism, if he leaves after the next election to take another job he has been tipped for.</p> <p>Tusk's Civic Platform party matters to investors in Poland, eastern Europe's biggest economy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130320/polands-ruling-party-risks-divisions-without-peacemaker-pm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Donald Tusk Poland Politics of Europe Politics of Poland Thomson Reuters Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:30:27 +0000 5788457 at http://www.globalpost.com Conspiracy theories fly as Poles mark presidential jet crash http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130409/conspiracy-theories-fly-poles-mark-presidential-jet-crash <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Three years after a jet crash in Russia killed a Polish president and 95 other people, conspiracy theorists in Poland are as adamant as ever that it was an assassination.</p> <p>The conservative opposition -- led by the late Lech Kaczynski's twin brother Jaroslaw -- has accused leaders from Warsaw and Moscow alike of having a hand in the crash on April 10, 2010. </p> <p>Many high-profile Poles died when the Russian-made Tu-154 airliner went down in thick fog while approaching Smolensk airport in western Russia.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130409/conspiracy-theories-fly-poles-mark-presidential-jet-crash" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Government Poland Politics of Poland AFP Tue, 09 Apr 2013 04:00:38 +0000 5806114 at http://www.globalpost.com Kaczynski twin marks Polish presidential jet crash http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/kaczynski-twin-marks-polish-presidential-jet-crash-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Poland's opposition leader laid flowers Wednesday in honour of his twin and ex-president Lech Kaczynski, who died in a jet crash in Russia three years ago that one third of Poles believe was an assassination.</p> <p>Jaroslaw Kaczynski and members of his conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party sang the national anthem with several hundred people at the presidential palace to honour the 96 victims of the crash.</p> <p>"Wake up Poland! The Katyn and Smolensk crimes: attacks on an independent Poland," said signs at the rally.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/kaczynski-twin-marks-polish-presidential-jet-crash-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Identical twins Poland Politics of Poland AFP Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:30:27 +0000 5808783 at http://www.globalpost.com Polish nationalists mark presidential jet crash http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/polish-nationalists-mark-presidential-jet-crash <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Thousands of Polish nationalists rallied in Warsaw on Wednesday, three years after ex-president Lech Kaczynski died in a jet crash in Russia that they insist was an assassination.</p> <p>They cheered on Kaczynski's twin brother Jaroslaw -- who heads the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party -- when he questioned whether the crash at the Smolensk airport was indeed an accident.</p> <p>"This tragedy has not been forgotten. We have a right to demand the truth," the 63-year-old said at the presidential palace, where he earlier laid flowers and sang the national anthem.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/polish-nationalists-mark-presidential-jet-crash" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Poland Politics Politics of Poland AFP Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:45:11 +0000 5809262 at http://www.globalpost.com Poland opposition overtakes ruling party in polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130520/poland-opposition-overtakes-ruling-party-polls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Poland's conservative opposition beat the centre-right ruling party for the first time in years in two fresh opinion polls released Monday and over the weekend.</p> <p>Jaroslaw Kaczynski's eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) opposition party -- which has been losing elections to Prime Minister Donald Tusk's Civic Platform (PO) since 2007 -- came out ahead in two separate surveys.</p> <p>Poland's next European and local elections are scheduled for 2014, followed by the legislative and presidential votes in 2015. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130520/poland-opposition-overtakes-ruling-party-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Elections in Poland Political parties in Poland Politics of Poland AFP Mon, 20 May 2013 22:15:21 +0000 5842367 at http://www.globalpost.com Polish PM faces challenge for party leadership: report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130627/polish-pm-faces-challenge-party-leadership-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WARSAW (Reuters) - A former Polish justice minister will challenge Prime Minister Donald Tusk for leadership of their party in an internal election later this year, broadcaster TVN24 reported on Thursday.</p> <p>Jaroslaw Gowin, who was fired from the government in April, is the unofficial leader of a conservative faction within Tusk's center-right Civic Platform party and has often clashed with the party leader.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130627/polish-pm-faces-challenge-party-leadership-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Donald Tusk Kashubians Politics of Poland Thomson Reuters Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:31:24 +0000 5869420 at http://www.globalpost.com Warsaw mayor's woes signal trouble ahead for Polish PM Tusk http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130628/warsaw-mayors-woes-signal-trouble-ahead-polish-pm-tusk <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Chris Borowski and Pawel Sobczak</p> <p>WARSAW (Reuters) - Residents of the Polish capital fed-up with rising bus fares and snarled-up traffic are campaigning to oust the once-popular mayor, in a foretaste of the electoral price the national government may have to pay for a slowing economy.</p> <p>Opponents of Warsaw mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz say they have gathered enough signatures to force a referendum on ending her term early and opinion polls indicate that she will lose if the vote goes ahead.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130628/warsaw-mayors-woes-signal-trouble-ahead-polish-pm-tusk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Politics Politics of Poland Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:05:46 +0000 5870441 at http://www.globalpost.com Polish PM Tusk loses bellwether regional election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130708/polish-pm-tusk-loses-bellwether-regional-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WARSAW (Reuters) - The party of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk lost an election for mayor of a provincial city that had been one of his strongholds, a sign of the toll the economic slump is taking on the government's popularity.</p> <p>The city of Elblag, near Poland's Baltic Sea coast, has a population of only 124,000, but it took on nationwide significance after Tusk traveled there several times to campaign for his party's candidate.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130708/polish-pm-tusk-loses-bellwether-regional-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Donald Tusk Kashubians Politics Politics of Poland Thomson Reuters Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:40:49 +0000 5878229 at http://www.globalpost.com Ransom likely motive for reporter kidnapping in Syria: Polish PM http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130726/ransom-likely-motive-reporter-kidnapping-syria-polish-pm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish journalist Marcin Suder was probably taken hostage by a particularly radical and dangerous group of militants in Syria seeking ransom, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Friday.</p> <p>Suder was abducted by Islamist militants in northwest Syria from an opposition media office in the rebel-held town of Saraqeb in Idlib province, activists from the area told Reuters on Wednesday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130726/ransom-likely-motive-reporter-kidnapping-syria-polish-pm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Donald Tusk Kashubians Politics of Poland War Thomson Reuters Fri, 26 Jul 2013 17:05:21 +0000 5894766 at http://www.globalpost.com Poland's ruling party loses ground to main opposition: poll http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130816/polands-ruling-party-loses-ground-main-opposition-poll <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's ruling Civic Platform (PO) trailed the main opposition party by a record 11 points in a poll published on Friday, as the government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk struggles to cope with the country's biggest slowdown in decades.</p> <p>A poll by TNS Polska for public television showed rightist Law and Justice party of Jaroslaw Kaczynski with the backing of 43 percent of Poles compared to 32 percent support for PO.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130816/polands-ruling-party-loses-ground-main-opposition-poll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Political parties in Poland Politics of Poland Statistics Thomson Reuters Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:01:30 +0000 5911338 at http://www.globalpost.com