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 – If Warsaw's mayor Rafal Trzaskowski decides to run in the 2024 local elections, he will win, according to a survey done by IBS pollster for the website lokalnapolityka.pl. But if he does not, then the second most popular candidate is deputy mayor Renata Kaznowska, with the support of 29.7 percent of pollees. She is followed by Danuta Huebner, currently the Civic Coalition MEP, (22.3 percent backing), and the third is Jaroslaw Krajewski, leader of the Law and Justice party (PiS) in Warsaw. He would get 13.5 percent of votes.
TVPInfo.pl – The state-owned TV news channel wrote that police confiscated almost 140 illegal firearms and over 2,000 pieces of ammunition. It was part of an ongoing over year-long investigation of arms dealers. During the search of one apartment, its 24-year-old owner began shooting, so he was shot down by police. So far, in 2022, police in Poland have confiscated over 430 illegal firearms, including 151 handguns and 196 long guns.
rp.pl – The newspaper carried a story on conflict within the ruling United Right (ZP). Next week, the Sejm (lower house of Polish parliament) should have a no confidence vote in justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro from Solidary Poland (part of the ZP coalition). The Law and Justice party (PiS), the major ruling party, will defend Ziobro, but some politicians are not sure whether the ZP survive until the 2023 general election. The biggest problems concern relations with the European Union and the rule-of-law milestones Poland needs to meet in order to get access to post-pandemic funds. "Solidary Poland will leave the government if the prime minister accepts the EU conditions," said Patryk Jaki from Solidary Poland. The newspaper wrote that PiS politicians were not excluding the collapse of ZP before the election, although they say that such a scenario is very unlikely to happen.