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Oct 27, 2015

Polish vote marks resurgence of conservative Catholic values

WARSAW, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Church attendance may be falling
in Poland as elsewhere across Europe, but the victory of
conservative opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party in Sunday’s
election will likely advance the role of Roman Catholic values
in public life and government.

Poland remains one of Europe’s most Catholic nations, with
about 90 percent of citizens declaring allegiance to the church.
Yet the clergy’s sway over the heart and soul of policymakers
and regular churchgoers had been waning.

Oct 25, 2015

Poland votes, conservative eurosceptic party looks set to win

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poles vote in an election on Sunday that could end nearly a decade of economic and political stability in the country of 38 million, bringing to power a conservative, eurosceptic party whose policies diverge from many of Poland’s European allies.

If opinion polls are correct, the ruling Civic Platform (PO), a pro-market, centrist grouping in power for the past eight years, will lose to the conservative Law and Justice opposition party (PiS), run by the twin brother of late president Lech Kaczynski, Jaroslaw.

Oct 23, 2015

Divisive Kaczynski shuns limelight in Polish election

WARSAW (Reuters) – Arguably Poland’s most polarizing politician since the fall of communism, Jaroslaw Kaczynski is better known for wielding power behind the scenes than holding top jobs in government.

That won’t change after Sunday’s parliamentary election. With the party he founded, the conservative, eurosceptical Law and Justice (PiS) tipped to win, Kaczynski has fielded party loyalist Beata Szydlo, 52, as his candidate for prime minister.

Oct 23, 2015

Trip tips: A walking tour of Warsaw holds clues to Polish election

WARSAW (Reuters) – Warsaw is maybe best known architecturally for its triumphalist Stalin-era Palace of Culture, the drabness of its communist housing and the baroque charm of its ‘old town’, rebuilt brick by laborious brick after its total destruction in World War Two.

But for politics wonks following Poland’s Oct. 25 election a stroll through the city also offers an intriguing glimpse into the Polish psyche and helps explain why Sunday’s vote may bring an end to nearly a decade of political and economic stability and push the country away from the European mainstream.

Oct 23, 2015

A walking tour of Warsaw holds clues to Polish election

WARSAW, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Warsaw is maybe best known
architecturally for its triumphalist Stalin-era Palace of
Culture, the drabness of its communist housing and the baroque
charm of its ‘old town’, rebuilt brick by laborious brick after
its total destruction in World War Two.

But for politics wonks following Poland’s Oct. 25 election a
stroll through the city also offers an intriguing glimpse into
the Polish psyche and helps explain why Sunday’s vote may bring
an end to nearly a decade of political and economic stability
and push the country away from the European mainstream.

Oct 20, 2015

For many voters in Poland, economic growth is not enough

WARSAW, Oct 20 (Reuters) – When Google opens an “innovation
centre” in a former vodka factory in a down-at-heel
neighbourhood of Warsaw next month, many Poles are unlikely to
see it as a good sign.

Even though the economy has grown by almost half in a
decade, a large proportion of those who will vote in the
parliamentary election on Oct. 25 are unhappy with their share
of the spoils of its transformation from communism.

Sep 24, 2015

Politics, culture wars cloud migrant debate in central Europe

WARSAW (Reuters) – Ahead of Wednesday’s emergency European Union summit to tackle a mounting migration crisis, conservative media in Poland made a last-minute push to rally public opinion against accepting refugees fleeing war in the Middle East.

While Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine depicted Chancellor Angela Merkel on its cover as “Mother Angela”, ministering to refugees, a conservative Polish weekly, wSieci, dressed center-right Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz in a burqa holding explosives.

Sep 24, 2015

Ukraine crisis boosts Montenegro’s NATO membership case: Polish defence minister

WARSAW (Reuters) – Russia’s actions in Ukraine have boosted Montenegro’s chances of being invited to join NATO at the alliance’s summit in Warsaw next year, Poland’s Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said on Thursday.

Montenegro wants to follow in the footsteps of Albania and ex-Yugoslav Croatia, which joined NATO in 2009, a move which could further damage relations between the Western military alliance and Russia.

Jul 30, 2014

EU names 8 Russians, three firms subject to asset freeze

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission published the names of eight Russians, including some of President Vladimir Putin’s associates, and three companies which will have their assets frozen as part of sanctions against Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine.

The people on the list include Arkady Rotenberg who is Putin’s long-time judo partner, and already on a U.S. sanctions list since March.

Jul 30, 2014

EU and U.S. announce new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The European Union and the United States on Tuesday announced further sanctions against Russia, targeting its energy, banking and defense sectors in the strongest international action yet over Moscow’s support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.

The measures mark the start of a new phase in the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War, which worsened dramatically after the downing of Malaysian flight MH17 over rebel-held territory on July 17 by what Western countries say was a Russian-supplied missile.

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      "Justyna covers EU foreign policy in Brussels with a focus on Balkans and Turkey, as well immigration, security and human rights in the European Union. Previously she was a bureau chief in Romania and Bulgaria, and wrote about financial markets in London and economic policy in Poland."
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