In response to a government plan to consolidate power with the right-wing Law and Justice Party, the European Commission is threatening sanctions against Poland. But Polish pro-democracy activists are pleading with the EU for support.
Dariusz Zawistowski, the head of Poland's top judicial watchdog, has resigned over controversial court reforms introduced by the PiS government. He has warned that the reforms would undermine the body's independence.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and his new Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz have come out of their first meeting on friendly footing. But behind the happy faces, serious disagreements remain.
Hundreds of people have gathered in front of the Polish parliament to protest plans to tighten access to abortions in the mainly Catholic country. Lawmakers proposed changes to the abortion law earlier in the week.
On his first visit to Germany, Poland's new foreign minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, has his work cut out for him. Will he be able to mend the turbulent ties between the European neighbors?
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