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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.

The Senate decided on Friday to reject court laws amendment in full and now the draft legislation will return the lower house, where the ruling PiS party has enough seats to overrule the upper chamber's decision. This is a very likely scenario, so the bill should eventually land on the president's desk. If ratified, the bill would become law, despite countless red flags waved both in Poland and internationally.

The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution regarding the rule of law in Poland and Hungary, concluding that the situation in both countries has worsened. The EP also called upon the European Commission and the Council of Europe to use available mechanism in order to eliminate the risk of EU principles violation.

Poland and Germany will be the biggest beneficiaries of a new 100-billion-euro ($112 billion) EU fund designed to help coal-dependent regions move towards a greener economy, European Commission data showed on Thursday. A European Union fund designed to help coal-reliant regions move towards a greener economy is very good news for Poland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday.

We will never accept narration included in the so-called document presented by an informal body - Poland's Justice Minister and Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro said on Thursday. In his view, the opinion on Polish bill on court laws issued by the Venice Commission is a "parody".

Amendments to the Polish laws on courts "may be seen as further undermining the independence of the judiciary" - the Venice Commission issued its opinion on Thursday regarding the bill currently proceeded by the Senate. The Commission recommended rejecting the draft laws, yet its opinion is not binding for Polish authorities.