Today’s news round up in Poland
Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites.
Rp.pl – High inflation is set to continue for months, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita warned after talking to a number of economists. While the rate of the increases may slow in the next few weeks, the 20-percent barrier is expected to be broken in February next year. After that it may fall, but on average in 2023 it will hover around 13-14 percent. Poland may not see single digit inflation again until the end of next year, the paper reported.
Wyborcza.pl – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reported on the decreasing chances that Poland's opposition parties will run on a single ticket in next year's general election. Apparently, Donald Tusk, the leader of Civic Platform (PO), Poland's biggest opposition party, gave the other parties an ultimatum to either sign up for a single ticket or PO will run alone. But PO's desire to have a single ticket may be fading as its popularity improves in the polls, said the paper, citing an unnamed party politician.
TVPInfo.pl – The public news broadcaster TVPInfo ran a story on the "bizarre" comments made by Ivan Tertel, the head of the Belarusian KGB. Tertel said that Minsk had received reports of a growing "threat from the territories of Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Ukraine." He said the countries had plans to deploy military forces into Belarus, including, possibly, the US 101st Airborne Division, some of which is deployed in Poland. Last week, Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian president, said "we cannot let ourselves to be surrounded by Poles."
TVN24.pl - The government may be forced to extend its anti-inflation shield, Pawel Borys, the president of the Polish Development Fund, said in an interview for the broadcaster TVN24. The government introduced the shield to help people and companies cope with increasing inflation but, with the rate showing no sign of dropping, the shield may have to be extended. This could put further pressure on the government's finances, Borys added, as the cost of the shield, along with other protective measures introduced by the government, are going up, forcing increased borrowing.