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Jul 7, 2015

Poland should join euro only after referendum: president-elect’s adviser

KRAKOW, Poland, July 7 (Reuters) – Poland should hold a
referendum before joining the euro, a senior adviser to its
incoming president said, heralding a more cautious approach to
European integration from the European Union’s biggest eastern
economy.

Krzysztof Szczerski, foreign affairs adviser to
president-elect Andrzej Duda, also signalled Poland would resist
giving up more sovereignty to Brussels, and said it would fight
EU green policies that harm the Polish economy by forcing it to
burn less coal.

Jun 12, 2015

Poland says Washington stonewalling CIA jail investigation

WARSAW/KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) – The United States is ignoring a request from Poland to hand over the full version of a Senate report that could shed light on allegations the CIA abused al Qaeda suspects at a secret prison in the north of the country, according to Polish prosecutors.

The report last December by the U.S. Senate intelligence committee detailed how the CIA used techniques including water-boarding and mock executions on terrorism suspects at secret overseas facilities in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.

Jun 11, 2015

Polish government purge may be too late to avert election defeat

WARSAW (Reuters) – Supporters of Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz praised her mettle on Thursday after she purged senior figures from her government, but she may have acted too late to stop her party losing power in a parliamentary election later this year.

Kopacz said the purge was prompted by new leaks relating to the secret recording of senior officials drinking expensive wine in Warsaw restaurants, making profane remarks about colleagues and hatching political schemes.

Jun 10, 2015

Polish PM purges ministers to try to halt slide in popularity

WARSAW, June 10 (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz
purged three ministers from her government and the speaker of
parliament on Wednesday to try to reverse a slide in her party’s
popularity before a parliamentary election in four months’ time.

Kopacz said she needed to restore voter trust in her
centre-right Civic Platform, which has been in government since
2007 but now faces defeat in the parliamentary election at the
hands of a resurgent conservative opposition.

May 22, 2015

Russians seized in Ukraine: We were following Moscow’s orders

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two Russian men captured by Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian rebels have told a newspaper they were in Ukraine on a mission for the Russian military, contradicting Moscow’s official line.

Speaking from a hospital bed in Kiev, one of the men, Alexander Alexandrov, became tearful when his interviewer told him his relatives had told Russian state media that he had quit the Russian military before heading to Ukraine.

Apr 19, 2015

Economic victory fails to deliver popularity boost for Hungary’s Orban

BUDAPEST/WARSAW (Reuters) – What should have been Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s finest hour may be becoming his darkest.

Investors are turning positive again on Hungarian assets, vindicating Orban after years when the International Monetary Fund, Brussels, and international financiers lined up to warn that he was going to destroy Hungary’s economy.

Apr 2, 2015

Exclusive: Lithuania prosecutors restart investigation into CIA jail

VILNIUS/WARSAW (Reuters) – Lithuania has restarted a criminal investigation into allegations that state security officials helped the CIA operate a secret jail in the Baltic state, the prosecutor-general’s office said on Thursday.

Prosecutors dropped the investigation four years ago, but decided to re-open it after the U.S. Senate last year published details of a secret CIA facility — without giving its location — which matched reports about a site in Lithuania, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office said.

Apr 1, 2015

Poland risks breaching court ruling on CIA jail: lawyer

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland must de-classify details of an investigation into a secret CIA jail on its soil, or it will be in breach of a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling, a lawyer for a former inmate at the secret jail said.

The court ruled in February Poland had violated human rights law by allowing the CIA to detain al Qaeda suspects at a facility in a Polish forest where they were tortured, and by not conducting an effective investigation into what happened.

Mar 31, 2015

Poland seeks U.S. assurances over Guantanamo inmate

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s government has sent an official note to U.S. authorities seeking diplomatic assurances that an inmate at the U.S. military jail in Guantanamo Bay will not be subject to the death penalty, the Polish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled earlier this year that the Guantanamo inmate, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, had been held illegally in a CIA jail on Polish soil and later transferred into U.S. jurisdiction without due process.

Mar 31, 2015

Poland seeks U.S. assurances over Guantanamo inmate

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s government has sent an official note to U.S. authorities seeking diplomatic assurances that an inmate at the U.S. military jail in Guantanamo Bay will not be subject to the death penalty, the Polish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled earlier this year that the Guantanamo inmate, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, had been held illegally in a CIA jail on Polish soil and later transferred into U.S. jurisdiction without due process.