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Rishi Sunak says increased military budget puts UK spending on ‘war footing’ – video

Rishi Sunak has announced that UK defence spending would be boosted to 2.5% of GDP by 2030. ‘Over the next six years, we’ll invest an additional £75bn in our defence. And it will be fully funded with no increase in borrowing or debt,’ he said on a visit to Poland, adding that UK spending would be put on a ‘war footing’ UK to boost defence spending to 2.5% of GDP, Sunak says UK politics – latest updates Continue reading…

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UK to boost defence spending to 2.5% of GDP, Sunak says

PM announces plan to increase spending to £87bn a year by 2030 on visit to Poland UK politics – latest updates Britain will boost its defence spending to 2.5% of national output by the end of the decade, Rishi Sunak has announced on a visit to Poland, as he warned the UK had to be equipped to meet the challenges of an increasingly dangerous world. The prime minister’s plan, under which the UK would steadily increase defence spending to £87bn a year by 2030, comes after months of pressure from Tory MPs, including the defence secretary, Grant Shapps, to increase military spending to help counter the threat from Russia. Continue […]

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Soiled nappies and karate: AI-rendered Putin biopic to be released

Polish director Besaleel’s film will feature an AI-rendered Russian president and footage shot by Ukrainian film-makers during the Russian invasion The “world premiere” of a new biopic of Russian president Vladimir Putin featuring an AI-rendered central character, has been announced for 26 September. In a statement released via PR Leap, Polish studio AIO said the film, titled Putin, will be released in 35 countries, and describes itself as “up close and personal with the Kremlin leader’s story”. First announced in May 2022, Putin is the English-language debut of Polish director Besaleel, also known as Patryk Vega, who was responsible for a string of homegrown box-office hits characterised by grisly violence […]

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Rishi Sunak promises UK’s largest ever military support package for Ukraine

PM pledges equipment including 400 vehicles, 1,600 weapons and 4m rounds of ammunition, plus £500m in funding Ukraine war – live updates Rishi Sunak has promised the UK’s largest ever military support package for Ukraine as he warned that Vladimir Putin would “not stop at the Polish border” if Russia won the war. The prime minister will visit Poland on Tuesday to discuss European security and the threat from Russia with the Polish leader, Donald Tusk, and the Nato secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, before travelling to Germany to meet the chancellor, Olaf Scholz. Continue reading…

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Two Polish citizens detained over hammer attack on Navalny ally

Arrests over Leonid Volkov attack in Lithuania come as Moscow appears to step up clandestine operations in Europe Two people have been detained in Poland on suspicion of attacking Leonid Volkov, a top ally of the late Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, the president of Lithuania has announced. Volkov was briefly hospitalised last month after he was ambushed and attacked outside his house in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The assailant smashed open Volkov’s car window and repeatedly struck him with a hammer, breaking his left arm and damaging his left leg before fleeing the scene. Continue reading…

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Political tensions simmer behind Poland’s Venice Biennale entry

Painter replaced as country’s representative by centrist coalition is showing his work under the banner ‘Polonia Uncensored’ In a world beset by culture wars – not to mention full-scale wars – it is no surprise that political tensions seethe beneath the surface of the Venice Biennale, a global art event. Take Poland. Its national pavilion this year hosts work by a collective, Open Group, from neighbouring Ukraine. But the artists were a last-minute replacements for a painter, Ignacy Czwartos, who was selected to represent his country under Poland’s previous, right-wing government – and then deselected in December by the incoming centrist coalition. Continue reading…

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Poland’s president may meet Donald Trump ‘socially’ in New York

Andrzej Duda’s visit comes as European leaders prepare for Trump’s possible return to White House Andrzej Duda, Poland’s conservative president, is expected to meet Donald Trump in New York on Wednesday evening, as some European politicians begin preparing for Trump’s possible return to the White House. Many mainstream European leaders fear the potential impact of a US that is less engaged on the continent, and less committed to the future of Ukraine. Continue reading…

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Polish MPs vote to move forward with legislation to lift near-total abortion ban

Campaigners celebrate first step to loosening some of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws as four bills are sent to committee stage Politicians in Poland have voted to move forward with draft legislation aimed at lifting the country’s near-total ban on abortion, in what campaigners described as a crucial first step towards loosening some of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws. MPs in Poland’s lower house of parliament voted to send four bills on abortion for further study by a parliamentary committee, including two that propose legalising abortion until the 12th week of pregnancy. Continue reading…

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Poland takes ‘first step’ in relaxing strict abortion rules after key vote – Europe live

Polish MPs vote in favour of sending all four bills to special commission as campaigners call it ‘good news for Polish women’ The Polish parliament has voted in favour of sending all four bills on abortion to a special commission. Two of the bills are aimed at legalising abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy and another is focused on decriminalisation. The fourth, introduced by the conservative Third Way alliance, seeks a return to strict 1993 laws. Continue reading…

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Polish MPs debate easing strict abortion rules in test of new government

Anti-abortion groups mobilise before debate but polls show most Poles support right to abortion up to 12 weeks Poland’s parliament is to begin a long-awaited debate on loosening the country’s near total ban on abortion, in what campaigners have described as a crucial test of the country’s new government. More than three years after hundreds of thousands of people poured on to the streets wielding placards that read “the revolution has a uterus” and “my body, my choice”, MPs on Thursday will consider four proposals. Continue reading…

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