Today’s news round up in Poland

Today’s news round up in Poland Kalbar/TFN

Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites. – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza led with a story on the apparently failing efforts to build a united opposition bloc before next year’s general election. The paper reported that Donald Tusk, the leader of Civic Platform, the biggest opposition party, has become exasperated with the other parties over the failure to get them to run on a single ticket in the elections. Tusk has apparently given the other parties a few weeks to agree to a single ticket or Civic Platform will go it alone. – The private news network reported on the problems people face buying coal. It said that the website of Polska Grupa Gornicza, a company selling coal, sometimes crashes owing to the amount of interest or that it has no coal on offer. Queues have also been reported at coal warehouses despite people getting up early in the morning to buy some coal. There are fears, the television station said, that old people, who rely on coal to heat their homes, may struggle to purchase the fuel during the winter. – Krakow city council pays external companies around PLN 40,000 (EUR 8,349) to run its social media presence, the public broadcaster reported on Wednesday. A problem with this is that, according to TVP, very few people pay attention to the social media accounts. One of them has just 85 followers while another has attracted just 110 followers despite the generous sums of money spent on them. – Antoni Macierewicz, a former anti-communist dissident, defence minister and the recent head of a commission investigating the Smolensk air disaster, was given one of Poland’s highest awards to deflect unwanted attention into his report into Smolensk, a senior opposition politician has claimed in an interview with the newspaper Rzeczpospolita. Macierewicz was recently awarded the Order of the White Eagle, officially for his pro-democracy work during the days of communist rule in Poland. But Michal Kaminski, said he got the award owing to allegations that he had suppressed evidence that failed to support his commission’s conclusion that the Smolensk air crash was caused by an explosion. The award, claimed Kaminski, was granted to demonstrate Macierewiecz’s apparent moral virtues and make clear that he was not the kind of man who supress evidence.