After a long day of covering what’s happening outside of the United Nations climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, we decided to check out what the city has to offer.
A Polish official says the president and the prime minister are organizing a march at which all Poles can join together Sunday to mark the centennial of Polish Independence.
The announcement of the state event comes after the Warsaw city mayor earlier in the day banned a march by radical nationalists that has marred Poland’s international reputation in the past and proven deeply divisive at home.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland is very likely to stay out of a United Nations pact promoting an international approach to safe and orderly migration, the country’s prime minister said Friday.
Mateusz Morawiecki said during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Warsaw that national sovereignty and border protection were the issues behind Poland’s opposition to the migration compact.
Merkel expressed her support for the U.N. pact, which is the subject of an adoption meeting set for Dec. 11-12 in Marrakech, Morocco.
One hundred years ago Poland was reinstated on the world map. On 11 November 1918, World War I was over and Poland became free after 123 years of geo-political oblivion. The current government, the Law and Justice party (PiS) makes no secret of its desire to preside over the centenary celebrations. Its success is largely attributed to campaigning on Polish national pride and ‘getting up off our knees’. Repeatedly accused by Western commentators of giving Polish nationalism a bad name, three years on, the Law and Justice remains the most popular political party. The way to a Pole’s heart and vote lies in posing as a defender of Poland’s sovereignty.
A free Poland is a relatively new reality.
Donald Trump has said he is considering a Polish request to establish a permanent US military base in Poland as a bulwark against Russia, noting that Warsaw was prepared to pay “billions” for the facility.
Trump spoke on the matter at a joint press conference on Tuesday with his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, who had come to White House to press his government’s arguments for a base, which he jokily suggested could be called “Fort Trump”.
Better than Sweden!
Polish Lawmaker Dominik Tarczyński Backs Burqa Ban
That Polish voters are determined to keep Islam out has been demonstrated time and again, such as late last year when “Thousands of Catholics formed a human chain along the borders of Poland … to pray for peace and ‘against the Islamisation of Europe.’”
Polish lawmaker Dominik Tarczyński has stuck to his guns following a frank interview on the migrant crisis with Cathy Newman, insisting his government will not take a single illegal migrant because that is what his party promised before the elections.
Imagine that, a government that looks out for the best interests of its citizens. Such an alien concept could never gain traction among our political class in Canada.
On being designated prime minister of Poland last December, Mateusz Morawiecki made the extraordinary statement that he and his government want to “transform [the European Union], to re-Christianize it.”
Struck by this grand vision of Poland’s destiny, and particularly interested in the near-total ban on Muslim migrants (Mr. Morawiecki again: “we will not accept migrants from the Middle East and North Africa in Poland“), I just spent a week in Warsaw to understand why that country differs so sharply from Western Europe and what this implies.
When it comes to countries hesitating to take migrants from Muslim countries with a history of terrorism, liberals in America and Europe toss around derogatory terms like xenophobia, Islamophobia and racism.
But Dominik Tarczyński, a politician in Poland, is not one to be deterred by all of this whining about politically correctness, understanding that in the end, a government’s first priority is keeping its citizens safe.
Polish priest blasted after wishing Pope early death over call to take in Muslim refugees
Father Edward Staniek, a Parish priest in the southern city of Krakow, launched into an angry tirade at Pope Francis after the Pope called for Catholics to take in Muslim refugees because it is their Christian duty.
In a sermon on February 25 Father Staniek said: “I pray for the Pope in his wisdom to open his heart to the Holy Spirit, but if he does not, I pray for his quick departure to his Father’s house.
“I can always ask God for a happy death for him because a happy death is a great grace.”
New information has emerged about a Moroccan national arrested in Poland two years ago for ties to the ISIS terrorist, Abdelhamid Abbaoud. Abbaoud was responsible for the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, which left 130 people dead and another 300 wounded.
Polish prosecutors recently revealed that Mourad T. attended a meeting with Abbaoud and other high-profile terrorists in 2014 in Edirne, Turkey. Polish security officials maintain that Mourad was assigned the role of “scout,” to identify venues for attacks in Europe. Photos of potential targets and an improvised explosive device (IED) were found in his apartment, in the town of Rybnik. Investigators claim that Poland was not among his targets; he was heading for Germany.
Poland is ranked sixth, behind New Zealand (4) and Canada (5).
European Commission First Vice-president Frans Timmermans has confirmed the EU executive is seeking to impose unprecedented sanctions on conservative Poland.
The 56-year-old insisted that use of Article 7 against Poland — which could see the country stripped of its EU voting rights but still subject to the bloc’s decrees — is a necessary response to the conservative Law and Justice Party government’s attempts to reform what it sees as a corrupt judicial system.