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Poland PM: 'We Haven't Seen a Situation Like This Since 1945'

Donald Tusk warns we're in 'prewar' era, Europe needs to up defense spending and prepare

(Newser) - Poland's prime minister is out with a new warning for the rest of his neighbors in Europe, cautioning that the continent is now in a "prewar" era that requires an increase in defense spending all around to keep everyone safe. "I don't want to scare anyone,...

'Great Escape' Observances Honor the 50

76 POWs made it through a tunnel out of a German camp, but most were later murdered

(Newser) - Observances were held in Poland on Sunday to mark the 80th anniversary of the "Great Escape," an ingenious act of defiance during World War II in which 76 prisoners of war tunneled out of a German prisoner of war camp into a snowy forest. British soldiers carried photos...

Animal Shelter Sends Out SOS in Cold Snap, City Responds

Polish shelter had 300 dogs, and not all could fit inside, so it appealed to the public

(Newser) - With a deep freeze approaching, an animal shelter in Krakow, Poland, sent out an urgent appeal to people to adopt or at least temporarily shelter some of its dogs until the dangerous cold spell passed. The result of what it called "Operation Frost" took the shelter workers by surprise....

Poland: We Think Russian Missile Entered Our Airspace

It's not clear yet if the missile landed in Polish territory

(Newser) - Poland's defense forces said that an unknown object entered the country's airspace Friday morning from the direction of Ukraine and then vanished off radar, and it has a pretty good idea of what happened. "Everything indicates that a Russian missile intruded in Poland's airspace," said...

New Government Gives Newscast a Makeover

Poland's prime minister promised to remove propaganda

(Newser) - Viewers in Poland watched a remolded main evening newscast on state television Thursday, after the country's new, pro-European Union government took control of state media to free it from the control and propaganda of the previous right-wing rulers. Prime Minister Donald Tusk, whose Cabinet took office last week, has...

Polish Lawmaker Extinguishes Menorah Candles

Grzegorz Braun did so with a fire extinguisher and is widely condemned

(Newser) - A far-right lawmaker in the Polish parliament used a fire extinguisher on Tuesday and put out the burning candles on a menorah that were lit for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. All major political forces quickly denounced the unprecedented incident carried out by Grzegorz Braun, one of the most controversial...

Poland Turns to a Centrist
Poland Turns to a Centrist

Poland Turns to a Centrist

Parliament picks Donald Tusk as prime minister after breaking from Morawiecki's government

(Newser) - Poland's parliament elected centrist party leader Donald Tusk as prime minister on Monday, paving the way for a new pro-EU government after eight years of stormy national conservative rule. Tusk becomes prime minister nearly two months after a national election that was won by a coalition of parties ranging...

One of These 'Mannequins' Is Not Like the Others

Warsaw police nab alleged thief who robbed shopping mall after posing as dummy

(Newser) - Polish cops say they've nabbed an alleged thief who stayed late at shopping malls, at one point concealing himself as a mannequin in a store window. Authorities released a photo of the unnamed 22-year-old standing still, with an outstretched arm holding a shopping bag, in front of a row...

Poland's Opposition Parties Win Over Voters

Kaczynski loses majority in parliament after eight years of chaotic government

(Newser) - The majority of voters in Poland's general election supported opposition parties that promised to reverse democratic backsliding and repair the nation's relationship with allies, including the European Union and Ukraine, near-complete results showed Monday. The result was a defeat for the Law and Justice party and its leader...

Poles Square Off for Pivotal Election

Analysts say ruling party has moved against a fair vote

(Newser) - Poland is holding an election Sunday that many view as its most important one since the 1989 vote that toppled communism. At stake, the AP reports, are the health of the nation's democracy, its legal stance on LGBTQ+ rights and abortion, and the foreign alliances of a country on...

Poland Says It's Not Sending More Weapons to Ukraine
Ukraine Loses Arms Supplier

Ukraine Loses Arms Supplier

Facing campaign pressure, Poland's prime minister says no more weapons will be shipped

(Newser) - Poland's prime minister said his country is no longer sending arms to Ukraine, a comment that appeared aimed at pressuring Kyiv and put Poland's status as a major source of military equipment in doubt as a trade dispute between the neighboring states escalates. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said...

In a First, Vatican Beatifies an Entire Family

Polish parents, children were killed by Nazi troops along with the Jews they were sheltering

(Newser) - In an unprecedented move, the Vatican on Sunday beatified a Polish family of nine—a married couple and their small children—who were executed by the Nazis during World War II for sheltering Jews. During a ceremonious Mass in the village of Markowa, in southeastern Poland, papal envoy Cardinal Marcello...

Russian Hockey Player Accused of Spying

Poland says player in top league is 14th member of spy ring to be arrested

(Newser) - Polish authorities have detained a Russian hockey player who competes in a top Polish league on suspicion of spying, officials said Friday. "Russian spies are falling one by one!" said Zbigniew Ziobro, the justice minister and chief prosecutor. "A spy who operated under the guise of an...

Bus 666 No Longer Goes to Hel
Bus 666 No Longer Goes to Hel

Bus 666 No Longer Goes to Hel

Christian groups were not amused by Polish bus route

(Newser) - There will be no more going to Hel on bus 666. The bus to the town of Hel on Poland's Baltic coast has long been popular with tourists. But some Christian conservatives have protested the number signifying the devil on a bus leading to a place that sounds like...

Walesa Joins Thousands in Pro-Democracy March

Crowds in Poland protest government's move toward autocracy

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of people marched in an anti-government protest in Poland's capital on Sunday, with citizens traveling from across the country to voice their anger at officials who they say have eroded democratic norms and created fears that the nation is following Hungary and Turkey down the path...

Auschwitz Museum Conserves 'Only Trace Left' of Children Killed

Specialists are preserving 8K shoes of Nazis' youngest victims at Polish death camp

(Newser) - In a modern conservation laboratory on the grounds of the former Auschwitz camp, a man wearing blue rubber gloves uses a scalpel to scrape away rust from the eyelets of small brown shoes worn by children before they were murdered in gas chambers. Colleagues at the other end of a...

Poland Angers Russia With Name Change

Warsaw now refers to Kaliningrad as Królewiec

(Newser) - Poland has infuriated Russia by renaming the city of Kaliningrad and the surrounding Russian exclave in official documents. A Polish government body said Kaliningrad should be known as Królewiec, its name when it was under Polish rule before 1657, the BBC reports. The city was known as Koenigsberg—Kró...

Poland Put Razor Wire Along Russia Border, Goes a Step Further

Nation to install barrier with 24-hour monitoring along its land border with Russia

(Newser) - Poland has begun building a state-of-the-art electronic barrier at its land border with Russia's Kaliningrad exclave to monitor and counteract any illegal activity, the Polish interior minister said Tuesday. The barrier, which will be equipped with 24-hour monitoring cameras and motion detectors, will run for 130 miles and is...

Poles Turn Out in Defense of John Paul II

Marchers object to documentary with allegations about sexual abuse coverup

(Newser) - Thousands of Poles joined marches Sunday in defense of the late pope, St. John Paul II, in response to a TV documentary that alleged he covered up child sex abuse involving clergy in his native Poland before being elected pope. The marches, which took place in Warsaw and other cities...

Poland Will Be First in NATO to Give Ukraine Jets

President plans to send a dozen MiG-29s, though Germany sounds puzzled

(Newser) - Poland's president said Thursday that his country plans to give Ukraine around a dozen MiG-29 fighter jets, which would make it the first NATO member to fulfill the Ukrainian government's increasingly urgent requests for warplanes . President Andrzej Duda said that Poland would hand over four of the Soviet-made...

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