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Poland Rules Out 'Polexit' but Slams European Commission

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo on Thursday said her country would not follow Britain and leave the European Union, but criticized the European Commission for overstepping its brief.

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One Killed in Poland Crash during NATO Exercises

A Polish motorist died Wednesday after crashing into a United States military truck on a motorway in western Poland, where large-scale NATO war games are underway.

"The car's driver died while the passenger was injured," said Wojciech Kaliszczak, a spokesman for the Anaconda-16 maneuvers involving 31,000 troops from 24 NATO and partner states.

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NATO Launches Massive War Games in Poland

Thousands of NATO troops hit the ground in Poland in a massive show of force Tuesday as the alliance launched its biggest war games in eastern Europe since the Cold War.

The 10-day Anaconda maneuvers are intended to shore up regional security in the face of the West's standoff with an increasingly assertive Russia.

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Poland PM Says Will Never Bow to EU 'Ultimatum'

Poland's rightwing Prime Minister Beata Szydlo vowed Friday that her government would never bow to any EU ultimatum and accused some members of the European Commission of trying to "destroy" the 28-member bloc.

Szydlo was responding to a Monday deadline set by the Commission for Poland to reverse a controversial overhaul of the country's top court that has set off a fiery dispute between Warsaw and Brussels.

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Poland, Hungary Fume over Bill Clinton 'Dictatorship' Remark

Poland and Hungary have blasted Bill Clinton over a remark by the former U.S. president accusing the ex-communist EU and NATO countries of taking an authoritarian turn and wanting "Putin-like leadership".

"Poland and Hungary, two countries that would not be free but for the United States and the long Cold War have now decided that this democracy is too much trouble," Clinton said at an election rally last week for Democratic party presidential front-runner and spouse, Hillary Clinton.

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EU a Source of 'Crisis' for Poland, Says Foreign Minister

The European Union has become a source of "crisis" for Poland, its foreign minister said Thursday amid a cooling of ties between Brussels and the new rightwing government in Warsaw.

"We know today that more Europe means more crisis in Poland," Witold Waszczykowski said in a statement published on the foreign ministry website.

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240,000 Poles in Landmark Pro-EU, Pro-Democracy Protests

Around a quarter of a million Poles flooded central Warsaw Saturday, marching to defend their country's place in the European Union and protest against moves by the right-wing government, which they say undermine democracy.

Warsaw city hall said the protest drew some 240,000 people, making it one of the largest demonstrations since the 1989 collapse of communism in Poland.

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Hungary, Poland Blast EU Fines for Refusing Refugees

Hungary and Poland on Wednesday slammed a European Union plan to fine member states that refuse to accept their quota of refugees, with Budapest calling it "blackmail" and Warsaw saying it sounded like an April Fool's joke.

The European Commission has proposed making EU countries pay a "solidarity contribution" of 250,000 ($290,000) euros per refugee they decline to take in as Europe struggles with its worst migration crisis since World War II.

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Poland Accuses European Legal Experts of Playing Politics as Crisis Deepens

Poland on Thursday discounted as "political" a draft report by European legal experts warning that reforms by the right-wing government put democracy, human rights and the rule of law at risk.

Last month the Venice Commission, a body of the Council of Europe, submitted a draft report to the Law and Justice (PiS) government finding Poland is in "constitutional crisis" after the populist administration's legislative reforms paralyzed the EU member's constitutional court.

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Poland Says Could Send F-16s to Fight IS

NATO member Poland is ready to send four F-16 warplanes to fight the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, a senior defense official said Monday.

The move came after NATO signaled last week it was considering joining the U.S.-led coalition fighting the jihadists.

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