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 trial of the man accused of murdering Pawel Adamowicz, the mayor of Gdansk, is drawing to an end, the private news network TVN24 reported. Monday will see the closing statements in the trial of Stefan W. The court will then adjourn in order to reach a verdict. Adamowicz was stabbed to death on state in January 2019 during a live charity event, in a murder that shocked Poland. Stefan W. was arrested at the scene.
Rp.pl – In a front page comment piece the newspaper Rzeczpospolita called for the debate over the role Pope John Paul II had, or may not have had, in covering up incidents of child sex abuse by priests before he became pope to be kept out of politics. In the article, Boguslaw Charobota wrote he feared that the memory of the late pope will become a political weapon in Poland's forthcoming general election, and this will just deepen the polarisation of Polish society.
TVPInfo.pl – The Polish Armaments Agency has unveiled plans for a new infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) for the Polish Army, state-owned broadcaster TVP Info reported. The vehicle will be heavier and carry more armour than the Borsuk, which will be Poland's main IFV, although it will not have amphibious capabilities. The vehicle will use the chassis of the South-Korean designed K9 howitzer but will carry the same armament as the Borsuk.
Wyborcza.pl – Victory in Poland's general election this autumn could depend on a party's ability to mobilise its supporters, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote on Monday, citing analysis on voting behaviour. The political polarisation in Poland is now so deep there is little chance a party could win by enticing new voters into its ranks, so all depends on encouraging its voters to support it come election day. At the moment, according to the analysis, supporters of the ruling Law and Justice party appear to be more motivated to vote.