Posts tagged as Poland

European elections: sex and religion dominate campaigning in Poland

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Campaigning in Poland for the European elections has descended into a war of words over religion, sex and morality after a documentary on clerical abuse raised questions about the government’s ties to the Catholic church and the ruling party campaign sought to portray LGBT rights supporters as a threat to children. The release on YouTube earlier this month of the documentary, viewed more than 20m times and featuring several victims…

Poland fights child abuse with prison sentences up to 30 years

Friday, May 17, 2019

Polish legislators have extended prison terms for convicted paedophiles to a maximum 30 years. The Catholic country’s child abuse scandals have been underscored by a new documentary on such crimes by Polish priests. French news agency AFP reported that on Thursday, May 16, Polish legislators voted overwhelmingly to support amendments to the criminal code that also introduces life sentences for the most dangerous paedophiles and remove a statute of limitations…

Why U.S. is silent about exercises in Baltics

By Viktors Domburs on Friday, May 10, 2019

The Baltic States are in the anticipation of the annual large scale military exercise Saber Strike. The well-known annual international exercise held since 2010 by the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) is focused on the Baltic States. These countries consider this event as a key element of participants’ training on command and control as well as interoperability with regional partners. The Saber Strike exercise aims to facilitate cooperation amongst the…

French expert: Establishing US base in Poland bilaterally would be bad for Europe

Friday, May 10, 2019

Russia would view the establishment of a US military base in Poland on a bilateral basis as a sign of fragility of the US commitment in Europe, well-known French strategic thinker Francois Heisbourg said in an interview with BNS. “‘Fort Trump’ is at heart a destabilizing notion,” Heisbourg, one of the speakers at the international Lennart Meri Conference to be held in Tallinn later this month, said in reference to…

Russia may hinder construction of Polish-Lithuanian submarine power cable, expert warns

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Russia may hinder the construction of a submarine power cable between Lithuania and Poland, a project that is part of plans to synchronize the Baltic power grids with the continental European system, an energy expert warned LETA/BNS. Arturas Petkus, head of strategic analysis and research at the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence, says efforts must be made to avoid risks as Russia will likely pay particular attention to protecting its Nord…

EU’s Tusk slams Polish leaders for ‘disrespecting constitution’

Saturday, May 4, 2019

European Council President Donald Tusk called on Poland’s political leaders to respect the constitution in a speech in Warsaw on Friday, amid speculation that he may return to domestic politics when his EU term ends in November. The former Polish prime minister and leader of the opposition Civic Platform party accused political leaders of celebrating the constitution once a year and disrespecting it on every other day, during a speech…

Latvia supports increased U.S. presence in Poland to help strengthen regional security

Thursday, May 2, 2019

During his working visit in Warsaw on Tuesday, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz, and the Secretary of State for European Affairs at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Konrad Szymanski. The ministers discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries, regional cooperation, cooperation in international organisations, the situation in the region, as well as sharing views on security policy and EU-related…

Lithuanian teachers follow into their Latvian and Polish colleagues’ footsteps

Friday, April 26, 2019

Teachers across the Baltics, and in Lithuania too, are clamouring for higher wages. Encouraged by teacher strikes earlier the month in Poland, also by teachers’ growing dissatisfaction with the remuneration in neighbouring Latvia, at least one influential Lithuanian teachers’ trade union said this week it does not rule out streets protests if the restarted negotiations with the Ministry of Science and Education fail to produce desired results. Talks renewed, but…

Poland’s Baltic Pipe pumped up with €215m EU grant

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The pipeline creates a new gas supply corridor in the European market, connecting Poland and Denmark with Norway. The European Commission has granted funding worth €214.9 million (£185.4m) for the Baltic Pipe project in Poland. The pipeline creates a new gas supply corridor in the European market, connecting Poland and Denmark with Norway. It will allow, as of 2022, the shipment of gas from the North Sea to the Polish…

Polish PM to visit Polish troops in Lithuania, Orlen Lietuva refiner

Friday, April 5, 2019

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will pay a visit to Lithuania on Friday and visit his country’s troops stationed in Lithuania and also the Polish-capital oil refiner Orlen Lietuva in Mazeikiai, informed LETA/BNS, First of all, accompanied by Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, Morawiecki will visit the Lithuanian Air Force’s Air Base in Siauliai, northern Lithuania, where around 140 Polish troops are stationed as part of the NATO air policing…