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The EU may only be strong when its member states are strong, Peter Szijjarto, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, said in ‘Fakty z Zagranicy’ on TVN24 BiS. In his view, EU institutions are applying ‘double standards’ with respect to certain countries, including Poland, and are wrong in their assessment of actions taken by the Budapest government.

The Law and Justice Party (PiS) intend to revise the electoral regulations. They want to do this already in autumn, to hold the next election under the new rules. This has been announced by the Head of the PiS Parliamentary Club and by Ryszard Terlecki, the Deputy Speaker of the Sejm.

“I think it is completely inadequate and disproportionate to call me a defender of ‘claim traders’. I do not want to use harsher words”, said Adam Bodnar at a press conference in the Office of the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman was referring to the statement of Patryk Jaki made by the Deputy Minister of Justice on Twitter on Tuesday.

It’s been a year since the Law and Justice government broke off the negotiations on purchasing Caracal helicopters. The first batch could have made it to the army already this year. It was announced that other machines would be purchased quickly but nothing has come out of it. “The realistic timing is the end of 2019 or even the year 2020”– says Michał Likowski, editor-in-chief of the “Raport-WTO” monthly.

“I hope that Jarosław Kaczyński will find the time for me and we will be able to clarify my suspension as member of PiS,” MP Łukasz Rzepecki told journalists gathered in front of the headquarters of the Law and Justice party in Warsaw. Referring to the matter which led to his troubles, he stated that he “would never support cronyism and would never be in favour of MPs being able to hide behind their immunity.”

Poland lowers its retirement age on Sunday, a costly election promise by the ruling conservatives which goes against a European trend of gradually increasing the pension age as people live longer and stay more healthy.

The alliance is committed to the collective security of all its members - reiterated Ben Hodges, the Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe. - The Russian Federation can see the strength of the alliance, they see the strength of Polish army. We need to demonstrate that we can move faster than them to make sure they don't make the miscalculation of thinking that they could attack - he emphasized.

Poland has every right to enact judicial reform, but reforms should be in line with Poland’s constitution and the highest standards of international law. It should also respect judicial independence and the separation of powers - State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert stated in a Sept. 28 press briefing.

“No court should ever be dragged into any political game,” stressed First President of the Supreme Court, Prof. Małgorzata Gersdorf during the 100th anniversary of the Supreme Court celebrations held on Thursday at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. President Duda’s letter was also read out during the ceremony.