Today’s news round up in Poland
Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites.
Wyborcza.pl - The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reported on the "storm" of criticism aimed at Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the ruling Law and Justice party, owing to comments he made on women and Poland's declining birth rate. Kaczynski, said that "if a woman up to the age of 25 is hitting the bottle" it is a problem and "there will be no children". The comment, Wyborcza said, prompted many to take to social media to attack Kaczynski, who is not married and has no children, with many accusing him of being out of touch with reality.
TVP.pl – Germany is using the courts to block Polish investment projects on the River Odra, the public broadcaster TVPInfo reported on Monday. The Germans are now complaining about the Polish projects on ecological grounds, TVP said, despite agreements between Warsaw and Berlin that they could proceed. One of the projects is the expansion of a container port at Swinoujscie which, according to TVP, the Germans want to halt because it will take traffic from their ports.
TVN24.pl – The government may introduce a "significant tax" on unoccupied apartments said Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the Law and Justice leader, the private news channel TVN24 reported on Monday. The tax is being mooted as a possible solution to get more apartments onto the Polish housing market in order to bring down rents. The rental market for housing has seen rents increasing rapidly in recent months.
Rp.pl – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza looked at how Poland intends to fund the construction of the nuclear power stations it plans to build. The Polish government wants US company Westinghouse, which has been chosen as a technology provider, to provide 49 percent of the financing for the first nuclear power plant but, according to sources quoted by the paper, it only wants to cough up 10 percent. There are also clouds hanging over the financing of the other plants.