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.

TVN24.pl – The private television broadcaster led with a story on Monday morning on the arrest of 14 people who face 150 charges related to car theft and the theft of car parts. According to the police, the suspects had a preference for Korean and Japanese cars, and committed their crimes in Poland and other EU countries. Some 150 police officers were involved in the operation to grab the alleged car thieves.

RP.pl – The Rzeczpospolita newspaper warned that the already high smog levels seen in Polish cities could get worse this winter. According to the Air Quality Index, on Sunday Warsaw was the 13th most polluted city in the world while Wroclaw came in 18th. The newspaper quoted Piotr Siergiej, spokesman for Polish Smog Alert, as saying that the government had created a "pro-smog policy" by lowering the quality of hard coal and permitting the burning of lignite, a source of fuel that produces a lot of pollutants.

TVPInfo – The German government's offer to Poland of Patriot missiles resulted from the advice of PR firms, the public broadcaster TVPInfo said on Monday morning, citing the German press. Apparently the offer was made without consulting the German Armed Forces first, and if the missiles were moved to Poland it would deprive Germany of the ability to defend itself from incoming missiles.

Wyborcza.pl - The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza said the Polish government could have established 600 kindergartens or bought 15,000 fully quipped ambulances with the PLN 6.1 billion (EUR 1.3 bln) the paper claims it has "squandered" in recent years. Among the financially wasteful projects listed by Gazeta was the "envelope" presidential election of 2020, when, according to the paper, some PLN 70 million (EUR 14 mln) was spent organising a postal vote for president, but in the end the election went ahead as normal.