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 Rzeczpospolita daily reported that a record 72 percent of Poles believe that apartment prices have increased so much that the majority cannot afford them. According to the GfK pollster, over half of respondents, 56 percent, would like the government to regulate prices. Sixty percent of Poles still think that it's better to own an apartment than to rent one. Katarzyna Kuniewicz, a real estate expert, said people cannot afford new apartment because it is more difficult to get a mortgage due to high interest rates and inflation. Since September, the reference interest rate has stood at 6.75 percent. – The state-owned TV news channel carried a story that the Together party (part of the Left coalition) did not obey a court ruling. In 2019, a Warsaw court ruled that the party had to apologise to Rafal Brzoska, CEO of InPost, and delete three memes the party had published. In August 2022, the Supreme Court declined an appeal and upheld the Warsaw court's ruling. The Together party had three days to apologise but did not do so. was not able to obtain any comments from the Together party. – The daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna carried a story that two years after a Constitutional Tribunal ruling on abortion in Poland, the number of abortions conducted abroad has increased 10 times. The ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal in October 2020 outlawed pregnancy terminations for foetal abnormalities, virtually the only type of abortion performed in Poland. According to the daily, in total there were over 2,000 trips to foreign clinics, and over 12,000 abortion pills distributed. – The biggest private radio broadcaster reported that due to problems with Danish terminal Nybro, deliveries of natural gas from Norway to Poland via the Baltic Pipe pipeline may be delayed. The terminal was supposed to open on October 20 but the latest date given by Danish side is November 1. According to Energinet, the Danish transmission system operator, this will not influence natural gas deliveries to Poland, as the Baltic Pipe will pump natgas from Germany. Baltic Pipe is a multi-billion joint venture by Polish and Danish gas operators Gaz-System and Energinet linking Norwegian gas fields to Poland and Denmark.