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WARSAW, Poland, Sept 14, 2018 - Poland's foreign minister said on Friday that Warsaw sees itself as a bridge in trans-Atlantic rifts between the European Union and the Trump administration and wants the EU to show "greater empathy" for US sanctions on Iran.

Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that Washington was "right" to announce renewed sanctions on Iran and said Poland is seeking the EU's "greater empathy and understanding toward the American policy."

The European Union opposes the sanctions and created a financial support package to bolster the Iranian economy.

Polish President Andrzej Duda is scheduled to visit the White House on Tuesday for talks with President Donald Trump on defense and Central Europe's energy security.

Czaputowicz says an announcement is expected on improving Poland's defense capability in the face of Russia's increased military activity.


WARSAW, September 13, 2018  (News Wires) - Poland, the biggest former communist country in the European Union, said it will oppose any sanctions imposed by the bloc on fellow member Hungary, accused of floating EU rules on democracy.

"Every country has its sovereign right to make internal reforms it deems appropriate," Poland's foreign ministry said in a statement late on Wednesday.

"Actions aimed against member states serve only deepening divides in the EU, increasing citizens' current lack of confidence to European institutions."

The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to sanction Hungary for neglecting norms on democracy, civil rights and corruption in a first bid to launch the punitive process of the EU treaty's Article 7.

Since sweeping to power in 2010, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, once a campaigner against Hungary's Soviet Communist overlords, has used his parliamentary majority to pressure courts, media and non-government groups.

He has also led opposition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others who want Europe to take in more Muslim refugees.

BOLOGNA, Sept 8, 2018 (News Wires) - Italy needed a late penalty from midfielder Jorginho to scrape a 1-1 draw at home to Poland in the Nations League on, their first competitive game under coach Roberto Mancini.

Poland, playing their first match under new coach Jerzy Brzeczek, who replaced Adam Nawalka following their World Cup group stage exit, went ahead with a superbly executed Piotr Zielinski volley five minutes before halftime.

With the home crowd getting restless, Italy were rescued in the 78th minute when visiting midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski fouled Federico Chiesa in the penalty area.

Brazilian-born Jorginho calmly converted to ensure the points were shared in the League A Group Three game.

Italy travel to European champions Portugal in their next match in Uefa's new competition on Monday.

“It was the first big game so there were some mistakes but overall the lads did well,” said Mancini.

He gave Fiorentina left back Cristiano Biraghi his debut in Italy's first competitive match since the infamous 0-0 draw against Sweden in November which caused them to miss the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini quickly made his mark on Poland striker Robert Lewandowski with a late tackle which earned him a booking in the eighth minute but it failed to deter the Poles who looked dangerous on the counter.

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma made two outstanding point-blank saves to foil Zielinksi in the first half hour but was powerless to stop another effort from the Napoli player in the 40th minute.

Jorginho was caught in possession, the ball was quickly fed to Lewandowski on the left and he floated a delightful cross to the far post where the unmarked Zielinski volleyed home.

Federico Bernardeschi, who had Italy's best first-half chance when he shot wide from the edge of the area, missed from a similar position after the break.

Mario Balotelli, whose only contribution was a first-half shot which sailed high and wide, was replaced by Andrea Belotti, although Mancini noted the forward was short of match practice.

“He's a striker of international level, he just needs to play,” he said.

Italy then looked more dangerous and needed a penalty to salvage a point but there were encouraging signs for Mancini.

“They are all lads who can do well in the future as they showed in the second half,” he added.

WARSAW, Poland, July 20, 2018 (News Wires) - Poland's President Andrzej Duda is hoping to win approval for a November referendum on whether the country's constitution should be changed.

Duda is asking the Senate to give its approval for the Nov. 10-11 referendum.

His announcement Friday comes as the ruling right-wing party is pushing amendments through parliament to its overhaul of the judiciary that will help it appoint the Supreme Court's head and influence the work of judges.

European Union leaders have said the overhaul undermines Poland's constitution and its rule of law and have triggered sanctioning procedures.



WARSAW, Poland, July 6, 2018 (News Wires) - The foreign ministers of Poland and Japan say they will cooperate closely in the UN Security Council and at the European Union level to strengthen security in their regions.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono held talks Friday with Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz on global security and on intensifying cooperation in trade, business and science.

As Poland is now a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Kono said they will be appealing to North Korea to abide by the council's resolutions and do away with its weapons of mass destruction.

Czaputowicz said EU member Poland wants to play a role in bringing Japan closer to the 28-nation bloc, including at next week's Japan-EU summit in Brussels.

Kono said he has warm memories from his days studying in Warsaw






WARSAW, Poland, July 3, 2018 (News Wires) - The head of the Polish Football Federation says national coach Adam Nawalka will not have his contract extended after Poland failed to advance from the group phase at the World Cup.

Zbigniew Boniek says on Tuesday that Nawalka will stay in the job only until July 30.

In Group H games in Russia, Poland lost to Senegal 2-1, and to Colombia 3-0. Poland beat only Japan 1-0.

Nawalka said he felt responsible for the team failing to meet expectations at the World Cup, and did not do a very good job choosing the players.

He has coached Poland since November 2013.


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