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The EU's justice commissioner is working on a proposal that could oblige member states such as Poland, which has clashed with Brussels over reforms to its courts, to pass tests on the independence of their judicial systems before receiving funding.

The European Union is not at war with Poland and is not set on sanctioning the country "come what may", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday.

Public support for Poland's ruling conservatives has risen while backing for the biggest opposition party fell as a recent government reshuffle helped ease voters' dissatisfaction with Warsaw's clashes with the EU, an opinion poll showed.

Warsaw's Chopin Airport was re-opened on Wednesday at around 2230 GMT/1730 ET following a four-hour closure after an aircraft of Polish national carrier LOT with 63 people on board made an emergency landing on its belly due to its wheels' failure.

As a journalist, he challenged the legality of the re-election of Donald Tusk as head of the European Council. Half a year later he became deputy minister of foreign affairs for legal and treaty matters. His publications were quoted by Witold Waszczykowski as an example of a legal expert opinion supporting the claim that there were irregularities in the vote taken in Brussels on 9 March 2016. On Tuesday, Jacek Czaputowicz became minister of foreign affairs in the government of Mateusz Morawiecki.

Poland's ruling conservatives fired several senior government ministers on Tuesday in an apparent move to improve relations with the European Union strained over accusations that Warsaw is subverting rule of law standards.

Poland's new prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, will reshuffle the two-year-old conservative government on Tuesday before flying to Brussels to discuss controversial judicial reforms.

The matter of a “disagreement” between Warsaw and the European Commission on judicial reforms in Poland was only a minor topic during Wednesday consultations of Polish and Hungarian prime ministers – Poland’s deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański said on Wednesday.

Poland's Kamil Stoch is on course to retain his Four Hills title after overcoming Richard Freitag for the second leg in a row to triumph at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany on Monday.

Polish climbers hope to pull off a mountaineering first with a wintertime ascent of the world's second highest peak, K2, the only one of the 14 exceeding 8,000 meters (26,200 ft) not to have been conquered at the most testing time of the year.