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. – Public broadcaster TVPInfo ran a story on how the Twitter account of i24, an Israeli news channel, apparently claimed that "10,000" demonstrators had marched through Warsaw on November 11, Polish Independence Day, "waving Nazi symbols and calling for Jews to be burnt". The claim was described as "some of the worst fake news" seen on the internet. It added that there were no people carrying Nazi symbols. – Poland may have to put the "brake on" its defence spending owing to the worsening economic situation, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita warned. Citing research by Credit Agricole, the paper said that the total value of all planned defence spending may hit the "astronomical" figure of PLN 1.7 trillion (EUR 362 bln) by 2025. But the weakening monetary situation caused by a slowing economy could probably force the next Polish government to rein in spending on weapons. – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza speculated on the future of Zbigniew Ziobro, the justice minister and leader of a junior partner in Poland’s governing coalition. Ziobro, the paper said, is already isolated in the government owing to his refusal to compromise with Brussels over some judicial reforms in a standoff that has led to Poland’s access to EU funding being blocked, and now the opposition has called for a vote of no confidence in the minister. The government wants the money and therefore, according to Wyborcza, may be prepared to jettison Ziobro by not supporting him in the vote. – A "wave of apostasy" is rising among young people said Archbishop Grzegorz Rys, in a story run by private news channel TVN24. The archbishop was referring to new research that found that number of people aged 18-24 who declared their Christian faith had fallen from 91 percent in 1992 to 71 percent in 2021. The archbishop conceded that the Church "had a lot of work to do" if it is to stop young people leaving the fold.