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. – On Friday, the meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at Ramstein Air Base in Germany begins. It is hosted by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin and will focus on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and related security issues facing Nato. Mariusz Blaszczak, Poland's minister of defence, plans to address the Leopard 2 tank issue. Polish President Andrzej Duda announced in Lviv on January 11 that Poland had decided to handover a company of Leopard tanks to Ukraine under a broader Western coalition. But, in order to do so, Warsaw and other countries require the consent of the German government. Blaszczak added that he hoped Germany would be part of such a coalition, and that if Russia would win the conflict with Ukraine, it would be tempted to attack other countries. – The daily carried a story that debts of Polish pensioners are increasing. By the end of November 2022, the value of debts stood at PLN 10.7 billion (EUR 2.3 billion), PLN 423 million (EUR 89.6 million) more than in 2021. Also, the number of indebted pensioners increased by 3,800. In total, over 387,000 pensioners are indebted, according to the data from the Polish Credit Information Bureau. The daily wrote that the major reason is rising inflation. In December, as reported by the Central Statistical Office, CPI increased by 16.6 percent year on year. – The American chain restaurant, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, plans to commence operating in Poland. The restaurant was created in the 1970s in the US and specialises in fried chicken. It has over 3,700 restaurants in the US, Puerto Rico and 30 other countries. The company wants to open over 600 restaurants in Poland and the Czech Republic within the next ten years. – According to Portuguese media as quoted by the state-owned TV news channel, Paulo Bento may be the next coach of Poland's national football team. The Polish Football Association (PZPN) did not extend the contract of national team coach Czeslaw Michniewicz after an analysis of the team's performance at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. His contract expired on December 31. In the past, Paulo Bento had coached the national teams of South Korea and Portugal. The Portuguese daily "A Bola" wrote that Bento has not yet signed the contract he has already received from PZPN but is supposed to be presented as the new coach next week.