The rules proposed by the Sejm Speaker Marek Kuchcinski limit the number of journalists allowed in the Sejm building. The rules are due to take effect in 2017. Photograph: Bartlomiej Zborowski/EPA

Police forcefully broke up a blockade of the Polish parliament by protesters who said the ruling party violated the constitution by illegally passing(...)

European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans:   “Our fundamental concerns are still unresolved.” Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The European Commission increased pressure on the Polish government to ensure the independence of its court system on Wednesday, as it gave Poland thr(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin. “He’s what you call a leader,” according to former mayor of New York Rudy Guiliani. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/EPA

In the last five years there has been a remarkable rise in membership of the Vladimir Putin fan club. Donald Trump’s admiration is on the record, as i(...)

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chief of Poland’s ruling conservative party, led the verbal attacks on top EU officials by accusing long-time rival Donald Tusk of playing a “particularly dark role” ahead of Britain’s referendum. Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Central European states have backed EU reform but rejected deeper integration in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the bloc, amid stinging high-(...)

Puppets of Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo (left), PiS party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski (centre) and president Andrzej Duda in a pro-EU membership march. Photograph: Pawel Supernak/EPA

A highlight of being The Irish Times’s Berlin correspondent is being able to hop aboard a train and head over the border to report from Poland. This(...)

While competitors report on massive anti-government street demonstrations TVP can be relied on to find a camera angle that portrays the marches as a group of stragglers with a flag or two. Photograph: Getty Images

If there are awards for news propaganda, one strong contender for this year’s best newcomer category is Polish state broadcaster TVP. For years TVP’s(...)

Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski: Noted close ties with Ireland. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Poland’s foreign minister, Witold Waszczykowski, has dismissed as overblown European fears that his new national conservative government is pursuing a(...)

Pro-choice demonstration in Warsaw: A compromise reached with Poland’s influential Catholic Church in 1993 has, in the intervening years, been a source of constant legal battles. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Three former first ladies of Poland have attacked a proposal by the country’s national conservative government to tighten already restrictive abortio(...)

Poland’s constitutional tribunal ruled on Wednesday that the country’s December 22nd Bill, changing the court’s inner workings, was at odds with the constitution. Its ruling has put the court on a collision course with the government of prime minister Beata Szydlo, above. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Poland’s constitutional tribunal has declared war on Warsaw’s national conservative government after judges dismissed as unconstitutional a series of (...)

Danish prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, right, and British prime minister David Cameron   in Copenhagen, Denmark, on February 5th. Photograph: Niels Hougaard/AP Photo via Polfoto

David Cameron has won the backing of Denmark and the qualified support of Poland for his EU renegotiation as a new poll showed a surge of support in B(...)

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