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Poland arrests nine suspects over alleged Russian sabotage plot

Prime minister Donald Tusk says detained are accused of ‘beatings, arson and attempted arson’ Poland has arrested nine members of an alleged Russian spy ring in connection with alleged sabotage plots, prime minister Donald Tusk said on Monday. “We currently have nine suspects detained and indicted, who have been directly implicated in the name of […]

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Freak storm leaves Polish city blanketed in hail – video

A hailstorm left streets in the western Polish city of Gniezno flooded on Monday as storms passed over the country. Footage shot by the private broadcaster TVN24 showed vehicles and people passing through the flooded streets, and hailstones floating on the surface of the water. Poland’s weather agency said the ‘violent’ storms would continue into […]

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Matthew Zajac: ‘I set out to write about my father’s life but discovered his war stories were all lies’

The actor and writer examines what drove his father to weave a false tale of an epic wartime journey from Poland to Inverness It was some years after my dad died that I discovered he was a liar. I loved him enormously. But he was a liar. I grew up in Inverness where my father […]

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China’s Xi Jinping to head for Serbia on second day of Europe visit – as it happened

Chinese premier has lunch with Emmanuel Macron before heading to Serbia on his closely watched trip to Europe. This live blog is closed China hacked UK ministry: report The Chinese state has hacked the British ministry of defence, Sky News reported this morning. Continue reading…

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EU to end sanctions procedure against Poland

Brussels says it will drop rule-of-law case after new government vowed to restore judicial independence Europe live – latest updates The European Commission has said it will end an EU sanctions procedure against Poland after a promise from Donald Tusk’s new government to restore the independence of the judiciary. In an announcement on Monday, the […]

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Station to station: the European language DJs taking radio to new realms

Cian Ó Cíobháin’s show, ‘one of the most radical in the world’, has been beguiling listeners in Irish for 25 years. Others, from Warsaw to Lyon, offer similar musical adventures In the early 2000s, trudging through the static of mainstream radio, I stumbled upon RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, the Irish-language outpost of Ireland’s national broadcaster […]

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Five skeletons found under Wolf’s Lair home of Hermann Göring in Poland

Amateur archaeologists discover remains missing hands and feet at former Nazi military headquarters Amateur archaeologists have unearthed five human skeletons missing their hands and feet under the former home of the Nazi war criminal Hermann Göring at Hitler’s Wolf’s Lair military headquarters in present-day Poland. The remains, believed to be that of a family, were […]

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Norwegian Dream review – queer romance speaks for all the oppressed underclasses

This idealistic feature draws parallels between the struggles of immigrant Polish workers in Norway and the homophobia faced by two young lovers, but can’t quite sew up the two seams Director Leiv Igor Devold makes an unexpected link-up between Norway, the country where he grew up, and Poland, where he attended film school, in this […]

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Media freedom ‘perilously close to breaking point’ in several EU countries

Civil liberties network warns of decline across the bloc as a result of harm or neglect by governments Media freedom is declining across the EU and “perilously close to breaking point” in several countries, a leading civil liberties network has said, highlighting widespread threats against journalists and attacks on the independence of public broadcasters. The […]

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Polish border ‘pushbacks’ back in spotlight after pregnant woman’s ordeal

Activists say little has changed in treatment of migrants and refugees under Donald Tusk’s new government The case of a woman from Eritrea who was forced to give birth alone in the forested border area between Poland and Belarus has raised questions about the new Polish government’s response to the continuing humanitarian crisis at the […]

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