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. – In a lead comment piece, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza suggested the hostile reaction by Law and Justice (PiS), the dominant party in Poland's governing coalition, to a report broadcast by the television channel TVN alleging that Pope John Paul II covered up instances of sexual abuse by priests, was tailored to its electorate. Writing in the paper, Agnieszka Kublik said by criticising TVN, PiS is appealing to its electorate with one eye on this year's general election. – Law and Justice (PiS), the dominant party in Poland's ruling coalition, increased its lead over the opposition by 1 percentage point in a week, according to a poll published by state-controlled broadcaster TVP Info. The Social Changes poll gave PiS 38 percent while Civic Coalition, the largest opposition grouping got 29 percent. Third place went to the far-right Confederation party with 7 percent backing. In total, TVP Info wrote, six parties would get enough votes to enter parliament. – A dispute over the composition of the Constitutional Tribunal is creating a backlog of cases, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote on Friday. Some members of the tribunal are questioning the authority of its current president, Julia Przylebska, and have started to boycott sittings. This means that cases, some of which are worth billions of zloty, are not being resolved. The paper added that some cases date back nine years. – People with disabilities in Poland have the right to dignity and their carers have the right to work without losing benefits, a campaigner for disabled people told the private broadcaster TVN24, in an interview. Some disabled adults and their carers are staging a sit-in protest in parliament to demand that a monthly welfare allowance be raised to the level of the minimum wage. Bogumila Siedlecka-Goslinska said that society and politicians must "regard people with disabilities and their carers as people who need support."