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Poland May Demand Germany 'Pay Terrible Debt They Owe'

Analysis of whether to make reparations claim due by Aug. 11

(Newser) - Poland is looking into demanding reparations from Germany for the massive losses inflicted on Poland during World War II. Arkadiusz Mularczyk, a lawmaker with the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), said Wednesday the Polish Parliament's research office is preparing an analysis of whether to make the claim and... More »

Poland's President Defies Party With Major Veto

Andrzej Duda prevents ruling party from firing and replacing judges

(Newser) - Poland's president has defied the leader of his country's powerful ruling party and blocked a plan to upend the court system. President Andrzej Duda vetoed two of three bills that would have given politicians far more control over the courts than they have now, reports Reuters . Critics said... More »

Poland Takes Step Toward Unwinding Its Democracy

President Andrzej Duda now has 21 days to sign the contentious bill into law

(Newser) - Poland's Senate approved a contentious law on Saturday that gives politicians substantial influence over the Supreme Court, in defiance of European Union criticism. The bill proposed by the populist ruling party only needs the signature of President Andrzej Duda to become binding. The vote was 55-23 with two abstentions,... More »

With New Moves, Poland May Not Qualify as Democracy

Ruling party's effort to stack the courts brings condemnation from the EU

(Newser) - The ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) in Poland is trying to fundamentally alter the nation's court system with a spate of new bills that would give the government the power to force out the nation's top judges and replace them with those appointed by parliament—where the... More »

Big Lines From Trump's Speech in Warsaw

'The West will never, ever be broken'

(Newser) - About an hour after his press conference Thursday morning with Polish President Andrzej Duda, President Trump headed over to Warsaw's Krasinski Square, where what the New York Times calls a "pro-Duda crowd" showed off their Polish and American flags and confronted reporters with cries of "fake news"... More »

Trump: 'Nobody Really Knows' About Russia Election Meddling

He talks N. Korea, 'fake news' in Poland press conference

(Newser) - President Trump is in Poland, where he gave his first press conference of the trip Thursday alongside Polish President Andrzej Duda, covering a wide range of topics including natural gas, Russian election meddling, North Korea—and "fake news." Asked about interference in the 2016 election, Trump declined to... More »

Poland's Right-Wing Leadership Excited for Trump Visit

He'll likely get a warm welcome from populist government

(Newser) - The G20 summit may not be much fun for Donald Trump, what with the angry protesters making noise between his possibly difficult meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. But he'll have a bit of a buffer beforehand as he first visits Poland, where he'... More »

Medieval Knight's Sword Found in Bog

If engraving can be found, it might identify the knight

(Newser) - The medieval sword, at just over three pounds, wouldn't have weighed down its owner. But the bog where it was found might have. That's what researchers are saying after a remarkably well-preserved sword from the 14th century was found in a bog in Poland. A worker was using... More »

For First Time, NATO Stages War Games in Baltic 'Weak Spot'

Suwalki Gap is vulnerable due to geography

(Newser) - NATO has a weak spot along the Poland-Lithuania border, a 65-mile-long frontier in an area known as the Suwalki Gap that, if seized by Russia, would cut off not just Lithuania but Latvia and Estonia from the rest of the Western alliance. Over two days recently, the first large-scale NATO... More »

Poles Make Disturbing Find in President's Coffin

After crash, Russia returned mixed-up bodies

(Newser) - The widow of a senior Polish official killed with scores of others in a 2010 plane crash accuse the Russians of "displaying a filthy attitude towards our dead" after the reinvestigation of the crash yielded disturbing results. Prosecutors announced Thursday that parts from the wrong bodies had been found... More »

Poland: 'No Doubt' 3 Russians Had Hand in President's Death

Prosecutors make allegation after new analysis of evidence in 2010 plane crash

(Newser) - Polish prosecutors allege that a new analysis of evidence from the April 10, 2010, plane crash in Russia that killed the Polish president shows that two Russian air traffic controllers and a third Russian official in the control tower deliberately contributed to the disaster. Poland's National Prosecutor Marek Kuczynski... More »

Mystery of the 'Crooked Forest' Puzzles, Decades Later

Was it witchcraft or warfare?

(Newser) - The trunks all bend toward the ground in the same direction, extending three to nine feet, before curving upward and stretching toward the sky, taking the shape of an upside-down question mark. But almost a century after the 400 pine trees were planted in what is now known as Poland'... More »

Naked Protesters Kill Sheep at Auschwitz

11 detained after bizarre protest

(Newser) - A group of 11 young people from several countries was detained after a bizarre protest at the Auschwitz death camp Friday. The Auschwitz museum says the men and women stripped naked, slaughtered a sheep, and chained themselves together under the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate, the BBC reports. The... More »

Poland Issues Warrant for US Man It Calls Nazi Commander

Paving the way to seek extradition of Michael Karkoc from Minnesota

(Newser) - A court in eastern Poland has issued an arrest warrant for a Minnesota man sought in a Nazi massacre, opening the way for Poland to seek his extradition from the United States, the AP reports. The AP had previously identified the man as 98-year-old Michael Karkoc , an ex-commander in an... More »

Experiment Still (Literally) Shocking 50 Years Later

Re-creation of famous Milgram trial shows subjects will still shock people when told

(Newser) - The Milgram experiment was a famous '60s study in which researchers tested subjects' obedience to authority by ostensibly having them administer electric shocks to unseen partners at the researchers' encouragement—a way to see why atrocities were carried out by Germans "just following orders" during the Holocaust. When... More »

Poland: Minnesota Man Was Nazi Commander

The nation seeks to extradite Michael Karkoc

(Newser) - Poland will seek the arrest and extradition of a Minnesota man exposed by the AP as a former commander in an SS-led unit that burned Polish villages and killed civilians in World War II, prosecutors said Monday. Prosecutor Robert Janicki said evidence gathered over years of investigation into US citizen... More »

Poland PM Injured After Car Slams Into Limo

Beata Szydlo is in stable condition

(Newser) - Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo is in stable condition after her limousine was involved in a car crash Friday night, but she can carry out her government duties as "nothing serious happened to her," a spokesman says. Rafal Bochenek told reporters that Szydlo, 53, is undergoing tests,... More »

Names of 8.5K Who Ran Auschwitz Put Online

The hope is some of them can still be brought to justice

(Newser) - Historians in Poland have put online what they say is the most complete list of Nazi SS commanders and guards at the Auschwitz concentration camp in hopes that some of them can still be brought to justice. The state-run Institute of National Remembrance said Monday that the SS KL Auschwitz... More »

In a Slap at Russia, US Troops Head to Poland

It's the biggest American military presence in Europe since the Cold War

(Newser) - Europe is welcoming the largest US military deployment in the region since the Cold War. Some 87 tanks, 144 armored vehicles, and 4,000 soldiers are expected to reach Poland in the coming days, with many already in place, before they're spread across Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania... More »

Poland Has Made a Final Decision on Roman Polanski

The director won't be extradited back to the US

(Newser) - Efforts to extradite Roman Polanski from Poland have come to a "definitive end," with the Oscar-winning director staying put in Europe, Reuters reports. According to the BBC , Polanski fled the US in 1978 after admitting to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. The US sought his extradition from... More »

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