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Special Report: Why Poland fell out of step with Europe

WARSAW (Reuters) - Last winter, Monika Pawlik spent her days crawling through mud and digging trenches in frozen ground, training for Poland's home guard. Her daughter, Helena, hadn't yet turned 2 years old.

In stinging attack, France's Macron says Poland isolating itself in Europe

VARNA, Bulgaria/WARSAW (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday Poland was isolating itself within the European Union and Polish citizens "deserve better" than a government at odds with the bloc's democratic values and economic reform plans.

EU lawmakers back action against Poland amid democracy concerns

BRUSSELS/WARSAW (Reuters) - EU lawmakers on Thursday supported the European Commission's plans to take unprecedented punitive steps against Poland over reforms of its judiciary and state media that they say threaten the rule of law in the ex-communist country.

EU may not stop democratic slide in Poland but Warsaw risks consequences

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union executive holds only limited leverage to stop ruling nationalists eroding the rule of law in Poland but they risk facing consequences including sharp cuts in EU funds that help develop the ex-communist state.

Poland plans Trump-era defence spending splurge, critics say 'unrealistic'

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's new plans to nearly double defence spending and add a further 100,000 personnel to its armed forces seem, on paper, to be just what NATO allies need to counter U.S. President Donald Trump's charge that Europe does not pay enough for its security.

In Ukraine, Poland comes of age as an EU power broker

WARSAW (Reuters) - Last Friday, as Ukrainian opposition leaders held out against signing an EU-brokered deal to end bloodshed on the streets, Poland's foreign minister dug into his own history to break the deadlock.

Neighbour Poland is an enticing model for Ukraine

WARSAW (Reuters) - World leaders marking 25 years since Poland began its transformation into a free-market democracy had a message this month for neighbouring Ukraine: you too could follow the same path to prosperity.

Poland: NATO should send troops to east Europe, ignore Russia's objections

WARSAW (Reuters) - Russia's military intervention in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula makes it vital that NATO station significant numbers of troops in eastern Europe and ignore any objections Russia might have in this respect, Poland's defence minister said.

EU heads towards tougher action on Poland after Merkel joins fray

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany's entry alongside France into a battle between the European Commission and Poland over the rule of law increases the likelihood of unprecedented EU action to punish Warsaw.

On first trip to Poland, Pope Francis will find a divided Church

WARSAW (Reuters) - When Polish bishops issued a letter inviting Catholic youths to attend an international gathering to be held in Poland this week, the name of its host, Pope Francis, was conspicuously absent.