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 president of the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers (ZPP)has said the Polish economy is doing "surprisingly well" despite the blows inflicted on it by the pandemic, the Ukraine war and inflation, state-owned broadcaster reported TVPInfo reported. Cezary Kazmierczak added that Poland had low unemployment, high industrial production and that the country should avoid recession. Business sentiment, he continued, was also improving. – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza ran a lead story on the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau investigations into Jacek Karnowski and Krzysztof Brejza, both opposition politicians. Despite ample resources dedicated to them, both investigations, the paper wrote, "failed spectacularly", with no criminal charges being brought against the two men. The case against Karnowski, who is mayor of Sopot, continued for 10 years before his acquittal in court. This raises the suspicions that the men were targeted because of their political activities. – A special report aired on private broadcaster TVN24 presented evidence that Pope John Paul II, when he was Cardinal Karol Wojtyla knew about priests who had committed sexual abuse but failed to take sufficient action against them. The report said that he "protected above all else the institution (the Catholic Church – PAP), instead of the victims." – Poland’s largest manufacturer of mining machinery, the Katowice-based firm Famur, was the subject of blackmail attempt by Russian agents, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported. The paper added that the ABW, Poland’s domestic intelligence agency now knows the personally details of the agents. The two had gone to Famur and offered to buy two of the firm’s subsidiaries in Russia and Kazakhstan, for about EUR 1,000 despite the assets being worth around EUR 14 million. If the firm rejected the offer, the two said they would make public forged documents alleging that Famur had broken sanctions on Russia. Famur’s management immediately notified the ABW.