Today’s news round up in Poland
Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites.
TVN24.pl – The private news broadcaster carried a story on Nazi symbols being daubed on a memorial to the events of Kristallnacht in the southwestern city of Opole. During Kristallnacht, an anti-Jewish pogrom on the night of November 9-10, 1938, Nazis burnt Opole's synagogue and destroyed a number of Jewish-owned shops and businesses. At the time, Opole was part of Germany. Arkadiusz Wisniewski, Opole's current mayor, condemned the attack and ordered the rapid removal of the symbols from the memorial.
Wyborcza.pl – In an interview for the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper, the former foreign minister and now MEP Radek Sikorski denied that he had taken money to lobby on behalf of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the European Parliament. The interview came after a Dutch newspaper wrote that Sikorski had been paid about EUR 100,000 a year for sitting on the advisory board of a UAE foundation. Sikorski said that all the money was declared publically and that he had never worked to influence policy on behalf of the UAE.
TVPInfo.pl – Lukasz Schreiber, a senior official at the Prime Minister’s Office, described an article in the magazine Newsweek as "absurd and disgusting," the state-owned news broadcaster TVPInfo reported. The article in question had alleged that Law and Justice, the governing party, was planning to fix this year's general election to ensure it won. Schreiber also said the article contained many "lies" and ignored, for example, apparent safeguards the government had introduced to ensure it was impossible to rig an election.
Rp.pl – By referring the Supreme Court bill to the Constitutional Tribunal the president may risk Poland not getting billions of euros in EU funding, Tomasz Pietryga, deputy editor in chief of the newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote in an opinion piece. The bill is intended to break a deadlock in a rule-of-law dispute between Warsaw and Brussels by meeting some conditions set by the European Commission for Poland to get the cash. But the tribunal, Pietryga wrote, is a "broken and politicised institution" that is also Eurosceptic.