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The drab exteriors of a pair of 1970s buildings in an industrial Warsaw neighbourhood belie the hive of high-tech activity inside where developers, screenplay writers and others at leading video game maker CD Projekt hustle to create the next global hit. Poland -- Eastern Europe's biggest economy -- has quietly developed into a leading video game exporter thanks to low labour costs, a young educated workforce and a thriving gaming tradition rooted in the Communist era.

Leaders of three opposition groupings - Civic Coalition (KO), the Left and PSL-Kukiz15 - on Thursday called upon President Duda not to ratify the bill on court reforms that would allow judges critical of changes proposed by the government to be disciplined. They also appealed to the president to meet them in order to hear why should he veto the amendment.

The Sejm voted 234-211 to disregard the rejection by the Senate of a law which would allow judges who criticise the government's reforms to be disciplined. The bill will now become law if it is signed by President Andrzej Duda, a PiS ally. Simultaneously, the Supreme Court that judges appointed under new government rules do not have the right to issue judgements there. The ruling PiS party claim the top Polish court has no right to pass such verdict.

World leaders voiced alarm at resurgent anti-Semitism on Thursday as they gathered at Israel's national Holocaust Memorial to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence also castigated Iran in their speeches to the World Holocaust Forum, accusing it of rabid anti-Semitism and of seeking Israel's destruction. Thursday's commemoration was not attended by President Andrzej Duda of Poland, who turned down his invitation because Poland he was not allowed to speak at the conference

Due to the Constitutional Tribunal's (TK) launching an inquiry at the request of the Speaker of the Sejm, Thursday's session of three chambers of the Supreme Court has been suspended - the head of Polish constitutional court judge Julia Przyłębska announced on Wednesday. The Supreme Court (SN) spokesman Michał Laskowski said the SN wasn't in collision with any official body, especially the Sejm, and it would hold its session scheduled on Thursday.

Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in an article for "Politico" that the truth about World War II is an integral part of the heritage of united Europe, which must "must forcefully oppose the falsification of 20th century history" peddled by Russian propaganda. In response to these words, spokesperson for Russian MFA Maria Zakharova wrote "it's not an article, but a true suicide: four pages with which Polish prime minister has killed a human in himself".

France expressed concerns on Tuesday with Polish judiciary reform two weeks before president Emmanuel Macron's visit to Poland - AFP agency informed quoting French Secretary of State for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin. Representatives of France, Poland and Germany took part in a meeting of the Weimar Triangle group.

I thought to myself that if couldn't save the world, maybe I should tone down a notch, quit having expectations and simply do my things - documentary film producer Ewa Ewart said on Tuesday after being awarded the Honorary Medal of the Human Rights Defender "For Merit To Human Rights Protection".

We call upon the president of Russia not to exploit the memory about Holocaust victims to use it in political strife - Poland's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk said on Tuesday. He also reassured that the Polish government is prepared for Vladimir Putin's speech at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem.

Germany and Poland are discussing new action to prevent the spread of the pig disease African swine fever (ASF) in wild boars in Poland close to the German border including border fences and increased hunting of the animals, Germany’s agriculture ministry said on Tuesday.

Changes to the Polish judicial system currently implemented by the government raise concerns because they "fail to respect the principles of judicial independence and separation of powers" - Representatives Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Bill Keating, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment wrote in a letter to Polish President Andrzej Duda. In their view, if Poland decides to enact the law disciplining judges, it "would represent a significant step backward for Poland’s historically strong leadership in democratic reforms in Europe".

Polish-Russian war of words has been going on since December when President Vladimir Putin accused Poland of complicity in starting the Second World War. The speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin demanded apologies from Poland. These allegations have met with a strong response from the Polish authorities, including Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. The European Union, as well as a number of member-states like Germany, expressed support for Poland's protest against being blamed for the conflict and not recognised by Russia as a victim of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Comments by top Russian officials have been dismissed as attempts to whitewash Soviet Union's role in the WWII.

They try to take away our right to a fair justice system, to its overhaul, let's not allow others to decide for us. We must preserve the Supreme Court's Disciplinary Chamber in our country - President Andrzej Duda said on Friday in Zwoleń, commenting on the situation in the Polish judiciary.