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Polish Politician Reads Book About Cats, Spurs Controversy

Cynics say Jaroslaw Kaczynski was trying to soften his image, deflect from 'collapsing' democracy

(Newser) - Poland's most powerful politician openly read a book about cats during a session of parliament Friday, setting off a slew of jokes but also accusations that he was trying to distract voters from a controversial overhaul of the judicial system. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, 68, leader of the country's ruling... More »

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: '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 »

Poland Bids Farewell to First Couple

Estimated 150K throng streets of Krakow to say goodbye

(Newser) - An elaborate state funeral for Poland's President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, began today bereft of many world leaders whose travel plans were paralyzed by the plume of volcanic ash that has covered Europe. The couple's bodies were flown from Warsaw to Krakow early today for the tradition-laden ceremony... More »

Poles Protest President's Burial With Kings

Kacyznski continues to polarize nation

(Newser) - Poland's late president is proving to be as divisive in death as he was in life. The unified sense of national mourning that followed the death of Lech Kaczynski and scores of other dignitaries in a plane crash has been split by an increasingly bitter dispute over plans to bury... More »

Poland's First Couple Lies in State

Maria Kaczynska's body recovered; funeral set for Sunday

(Newser) - Poles lined up by the thousands today to pay homage to their late president and his wife. Lech Kaczynski and Maria Kaczynska, two of the 96 victims of Saturday's plane crash in Russia, are lying in state at the presidential palace in Warsaw. Their daughter, Marta, and the president's twin... More »

Polish Court: Go Ahead, Call Prez a 'Duck'

Twin pols railed against newspaper's rip on their name

(Newser) - Poland’s president and his twin brother, the head of the opposition party, called it slander when the press labeled them “ducks”—but a Polish court is letting it fly, Der Spiegel reports. The Kaczynski brothers' surname comes from the word for “duck,” and at first,... More »

Poles Oust Brothers, Vote in Center-Right

Voters seek new EU relations, troop withdrawal from Iraq

(Newser) - Poles ousted the conservative Kaczynski twins today and voted in a center-right party that vows better relations with the EU. The highest turnout in nearly 20 years backed Civic Platform by 44% over Law and Justice's 30%, setting up opposition leader Donald Tusk to guide parliament against President Lech Kaczynski.... More »

Poles Vote; Twins' Ouster Likely

(Newser) - Poles headed to the polls today in larger numbers than usual, potentially ending the reign of the conservative Kaczynski twins, the Guardian reports. Exit polls weren't available, but opposition leader Donald Tusk had been expected to replace Jaroslaw Kaczynski as PM and lead a hostile parliament against President Lech Kaczynski.... More »

Opposition Accuses Polish PM of Murder Threat

2 days before polls, Kaczynski set to crash

(Newser) - With less than 48 hours to go until Poland votes in a snap parliamentary election, the opposition has pulled ahead over the ruling Kaczynski brothers' Law and Justice Party, says the Telegraph. Opposition leader Donald Tusk lagged earlier in the race but is now on course for victory after puncturing... More »

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