Today’s news round up in Poland
Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites.
Rp.pl – Law and Justice, the dominant party in Poland's ruling coalition, wants to enact legislation changing the judicial system as quickly as possible, but this may not be possible owing to legal reasons, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote on Thursday. Legal experts quoted by the newspaper say that the bill currently before parliament may not mitigate some of the problems created by some of previous changes to the Polish judicial system. There are fears that the desire to get the legislation through parliament in order to placate the EU and get access to billions in European funding may create further problems.
Wyborcza.pl – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza looked at a bill now before parliament which has been entitled "in defence of Christians". Sponsored by Solidary Poland, a conservative member of the governing United Right coalition, the legislation aims to improve the means of prosecuting people who disrupted religious services or who have "offended" people of faith. Opposition MPs have attacked it with one arguing that "no Christians are persecuted in Poland." He pointed to the "waterfall of money" the state gives to religious education classes and institutions as evidence of this.
TVN24.pl – Private news network TVN24 looked at the establishment of a cheap restaurant at a church in the city of Bydgoszcz. The milk-bar style venue will sell meals for a symbolic amount of a "zloty or two", according to Father Slawomir Bar, the parish priest. The priest said that he had noticed that there were many people in his parish, especially seniors, who were struggling to pay bills and could not afford to eat decently. To feed the hungry, a chapel in the church has been converted into the restaurant.
TVPInfo.pl – A new opinion poll gave Law and Justice, the dominant party in Poland's governing coalition, 38-percent support, according to public broadcaster TVPInfo. The Social Changes poll gave Civic Platform, the biggest opposition party, 27 percent backing while Poland 2050 placed third with 10 percent. The results showed little change to a poll carried out last month.