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Abortion laws in Poland

The Polish parliament has rejected draft legislation to allow abortion until the end of the 12th week of pregnancy by 240 votes to 173.

The Polish parliament has rejected draft legislation to allow abortion until the end of the 12th week of pregnancy by 240 votes to 173.

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Taking the Best and Forgetting the Rest

The future architecture of the post-Brexit European Union will be discussed on September 16 in the Slovak capital of Bratislava. The Visegrad

The future architecture of the post-Brexit European Union will be discussed on September 16 in the Slovak capital of Bratislava. The Visegrad

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Poland: pushing towards a total abortion ban?

On the streets of Poland a battle for the future of abortion is being fought. Maria had to make this decision alone a few years ago. The young woman

On the streets of Poland a battle for the future of abortion is being fought. Maria had to make this decision alone a few years ago. The young woman

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Large anti-government protests in Poland over 'rule of law'

Tens of thousands of Poles have marched through Warsaw, demanding that the right-wing government respect the constitution. Its controls on the media

Tens of thousands of Poles have marched through Warsaw, demanding that the right-wing government respect the constitution. Its controls on the media

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Crowds show support for Lech Walesa in Gdansk hometown

Crowds of people have gathered in Gdansk, the cradle of Poland’s 1980s solidarity movement, to show their support for Lech Walesa. The former

Crowds of people have gathered in Gdansk, the cradle of Poland’s 1980s solidarity movement, to show their support for Lech Walesa. The former

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Lech Walesa was 'paid communist agent' - Poland's history institute

Polish historical investigators say newly uncovered documents show Lech Walesa – the former President and hero of the Solidarity movement that

Polish historical investigators say newly uncovered documents show Lech Walesa – the former President and hero of the Solidarity movement that

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Determined youth of Poland use social media to battle right-wing shift

Since the end of last year, Poland has been ruled by a populist right-wing government trying to get a hold of public media and the Constitutional Court. But student Artur Sierawski has something to sa

Since the end of last year, Poland has been ruled by a populist right-wing government trying to get a hold of public media and the Constitutional Court. But student Artur Sierawski has something to sa

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Poland is in a 'constitutional crisis'

We have interviewed one of the leading Polish experts in constitutional law, Marek Chmaj. It took place in his Warsaw-based law office, where he just

We have interviewed one of the leading Polish experts in constitutional law, Marek Chmaj. It took place in his Warsaw-based law office, where he just

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Polish public media "a ministry of propaganda"

Maciej Czajkowski was one of the very first senior Polish journalists to be sacked after the recent right-wing shift in Poland. Is the freedom of

Maciej Czajkowski was one of the very first senior Polish journalists to be sacked after the recent right-wing shift in Poland. Is the freedom of

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Managing the health of an ageing population in Poland

Poland is facing an uncertain future as its population ages and so putting pressure on workers, the economy and the healthcare system. Living through

Poland is facing an uncertain future as its population ages and so putting pressure on workers, the economy and the healthcare system. Living through

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Poland's controversial new government faces mounting anger

Just three months on from elections, Poland finds itself in political turmoil. Demonstrations last Saturday were just the latest in a wave of action

Just three months on from elections, Poland finds itself in political turmoil. Demonstrations last Saturday were just the latest in a wave of action

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Poles protest against government surveillance plans

Thousands of demonstrators took the streets across Poland on Saturday to protest against a government plan to increase surveillance powers. Critics

Thousands of demonstrators took the streets across Poland on Saturday to protest against a government plan to increase surveillance powers. Critics

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Polish PM to face MEPs

Poland’s prime minister Beata Szydło is to face MEP’s later amid concerns over the state of the rule of law there. It looks set to be quite a

Poland’s prime minister Beata Szydło is to face MEP’s later amid concerns over the state of the rule of law there. It looks set to be quite a

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Poland moves to soothe tensions with the EU

The president of Poland has moved to boost his country’s battered reputation amid EU fears over the threat to the rule of law there. Officials are

The president of Poland has moved to boost his country’s battered reputation amid EU fears over the threat to the rule of law there. Officials are

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Europe Weekly: Poland under fire over media laws

In this edition of Europe Weekly: Poland is under fire for new media laws that have been described as an attack on the freedom of the press; the

In this edition of Europe Weekly: Poland is under fire for new media laws that have been described as an attack on the freedom of the press; the

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EU to discuss Polish media laws

Poland’s new conservative government faces further scrutiny on Wednesday as the European Commission debates new laws seen as reining in the country’s

Poland’s new conservative government faces further scrutiny on Wednesday as the European Commission debates new laws seen as reining in the country’s

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Demonstrations follow introduction of Poland's new state media law

Demonstrations have taken place around Poland to protest against a new public media law. Media managers will now be selected by the Treasury Minister

Demonstrations have taken place around Poland to protest against a new public media law. Media managers will now be selected by the Treasury Minister

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EU commissioner warns Poland on new media law: report

EU Commissioner Gunther Oettinger on Sunday threatened to put Poland on notice for infringing on common European values by passing legislation giving

EU Commissioner Gunther Oettinger on Sunday threatened to put Poland on notice for infringing on common European values by passing legislation giving

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Jean Asselborn fires warning to Poland

Jean Asselborn Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister has fired a warning to Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice party against going down the path of

Jean Asselborn Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister has fired a warning to Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice party against going down the path of

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Protesters pile pressure on Poland's government

Anti-government protesters have been taking to the streets in cities across Poland. Critics say the administration, formed by the eurosceptic Law and

Anti-government protesters have been taking to the streets in cities across Poland. Critics say the administration, formed by the eurosceptic Law and

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Beata Szydlo confirmed as Poland's new prime minister

Poland’s new prime minister has been officially confirmed as Beata Szydlo from the right-wing Law and Justice party. In last month’s election the

Poland’s new prime minister has been officially confirmed as Beata Szydlo from the right-wing Law and Justice party. In last month’s election the

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Polish voters shift to the right in parliamentary elections

The Law and Justice (PiS) party – both conservative and Eurosceptic – have won Poland’s parliamentary elections. The party’s leader Jaroslaw

The Law and Justice (PiS) party – both conservative and Eurosceptic – have won Poland’s parliamentary elections. The party’s leader Jaroslaw

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Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) claims election victory

Poland’s eurosceptic Law and Justice party have claimed victory after Sunday’s election. The latest exit poll by IPSOS gave the party 37.7 percent

Poland’s eurosceptic Law and Justice party have claimed victory after Sunday’s election. The latest exit poll by IPSOS gave the party 37.7 percent

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[As it happened] Polish elections: Eurosceptics claim victory

Poland’s eurosceptic opposition claimed victory on Sunday (October 25) in a watershed election that risks putting the country at odds with its

Poland’s eurosceptic opposition claimed victory on Sunday (October 25) in a watershed election that risks putting the country at odds with its

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Poland and refugees. Where is the Solidarity?

There may only be a few Tatars in Poland but they have been in the country for centuries. The Imam, Janusz Aleksandrowiczat, of a mosque in

There may only be a few Tatars in Poland but they have been in the country for centuries. The Imam, Janusz Aleksandrowiczat, of a mosque in

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Polish right would tip EU centre of gravity eastward

Beata Szydlo (pronounced ‘shédwa’) of Poland’s right-wing Eurosceptic Law and Justice party (PiS), at 52 could lead a new nationalist-driven

Beata Szydlo (pronounced ‘shédwa’) of Poland’s right-wing Eurosceptic Law and Justice party (PiS), at 52 could lead a new nationalist-driven

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All you need to know about Poland’s parliamentary election

Poles go to the polls on Sunday – their second major vote inside six months. Poland swing to the right in May’s presidential elections, as Andrzej

Poles go to the polls on Sunday – their second major vote inside six months. Poland swing to the right in May’s presidential elections, as Andrzej