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. - The demand for mortgages fell by 65 percent in November, year on year, according to a story published on the website of the news network TVN24 about the decline of the housing market in Poland. The average value of a housing loan fell by 5.6 percent, compared to November 2021, to PLN 337,470 (EUR 71,572). TVN wrote that high-interest rates, tighter borrowing restrictions and economic uncertainty have "frozen" demand for housing. – The vast majority of Poles want the government to secure Poland's access to a multi-billion euro EU post-pandemic recovery fund, according to the results of a new poll published in the newspaper Rzeczpospolita. Currently, Poland is locked out of the funding owing to a dispute with Brussels over the rule of law. As many as 65.8 percent of respondents feel that the government should meet the conditions set by the EU in order to get access to the funding, even if it means rupturing relations with Solidary Poland, a junior member of the governing coalition that opposes any concessions to Brussels. – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote about changing Russian disinformation tactics targeting Poland. According to experts cited by the newspaper, Russia is shifting away from polarising social issues in Poland such as abortion and women's right, and is moving onto the energy crisis, economic issues and relations with the EU and NATO. The experts also warn that Poland is not prepared to meet the threats posed by disinformation campaigns. – Public broadcaster TVPInfo covered a huge investigation into VAT fraud involving the issuing of fictitious invoices. According to TVP, a group of 45 people have now been arrested and around 600 companies were involved in the fraud. Also, 90 apartments and businesses have been searched by some of the 200 law enforcement officers working on the case. The group have been operating the scam since 2012, one officer told the news channel. 

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