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 – Representatives of Poland's German-speaking population have written to Przemyslaw Czarenk, the education minister, in protest over a decision by parliament to cut the budget for teaching German as a minority language. Owing to the cuts, weekly lessons in which German is the first language have been reduced from three to one. The government has said it wants the German government to pick up some of the language teaching bill, but representatives of the population have said that discrimination against German-language lessons has been going on for years.
TVPInfo.pl – Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus, a MP from the Left party, wants to change, or "odjaniewpawlic", streets and public buildings named after Pope John Paul II (Jan Pawel in Polish), the state-owned news broadcaster TVP Info reported. The broadcaster added that the reason for this was for the "good of children". Earlier this week, a television documentary alleged that the late pope, when he was still Karol Wojtyla, archbishop of Krakow, ignored, or even covered up, incidents of child sex abuse committed by members of the clergy.
Rp.pl – Poles are feeling the pain of inflation, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote on Thursday. While current inflation stands at 17.2 percent, according to NielsenIQ data prepared for the paper, consumer inflation for a basket of groceries stood at 19.1 percent in January, slightly higher than December. Owing to inflation, the price of vegetables in January was 23.1 percent higher, year on year, while the price of eggs went up by 47 percent year on year.
Wyborcza.pl – Rafal Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw and a leading member of Civic Platform, Poland's largest opposition party, described state-owned news broadcaster TVP Info as "partisan, hypocritical and biased," the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reported. The mayor made the allegations while submitting a civil initiative called "Stop TVP Info" that aims to abolish the broadcaster.