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 newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reported on the case of ten Ukrainian refugee children who may be returned to their home country despite being alleged victims of physical, sexual and psychological abuse. The children were abused by a woman who ran a family orphanage back in Ukraine and who accompanied them when they fled to Poland owing to the war. Following reports of the abuse, the woman was arrested by the Polish police but the Ukrainian authorities want the children to return to their home country despite the abuse they suffered being not investigated. – Meteorologists are warning that the harsh winter weather now battering Poland is set to continue with temperatures dropping to -20 degrees Celsius in the south of the country, public broadcaster TVPInfo warned on Monday morning. As much as 25 centimetres of snow will fall in some parts of Poland, and strong winds may lead to drifts which could cause traffic problems. – Political experts interviewed by the private news network TVN24 said that political campaigning for next year's general election has already begun. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Law and Justice, the dominant party in Poland's coalition government, faces a problem, according to the experts. The coalition faces a growing split between (PiS) and Solidary Poland, a junior ally, over EU policy, as both parties run on the same election list. Just how Kaczynski will resolve this split going into the election year, could give him a headache. – The newspaper Rzeczpospolita said the government is eager to table legislation in parliament this year on adjustments to the judicial system that will pave the way for Poland to receive billions of euros in EU funding. At the moment, Poland is locked out of the money because the EU claims it has failed to withdraw or reverse previous changes to the judicial system it feels undermined the rule of law. According to the newspaper, Law and Justice, the dominant party in the governing coalition, will push ahead with the new legislation despite opposition from a junior member of the coalition. It will rely on opposition support to get the legislation passed. 

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