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. – According to a poll by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Poles and Estonians are the biggest supporters of Ukraine’s fight against Russia. ECFR did the poll in January 2023 in ten European countries – Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain. More than half of Poles (52 percent), 66 percent of Estonians and 44 percent of Brits think that Ukraine should keep on fighting even if it means a long term war and increased number of casualties. In the rest of polled countries on average such an opinion was voiced by one third of respondents. – There is a serious shortage of policemen in Poland, currently almost 13 thousand jobs are available. According to police trade unions, it’s the worst situation in the last 12 years. The biggest problems are in big cities, mainly in Warsaw where almost 2 thousand policemen are needed, one fifth of the Warsaw police force. One of the major reasons is that they work too hard and are frustrated, so they leave the job. In 2023, 6,500 policemen has already resigned, and only 772 new people were employed. As a result the number of petty crimes rapidly increased, including burglaries - in 2022 there was 12 thousand more burglaries than in 2021. – In Katowice police arrested eight gangsters, members of a football fan club. They were supporters of a local football team Gornik Zabrze. According to police, they took part in at least five clashes with fans of other football teams, mainly Ruch Chorzow and Piast Gliwice. During the attacks the gangsters used machetes, axes, knifes and in one case a rocket launcher. – More than half of Poles think IVF should be financed by the state. Currently, the Polish state does not finance it but several municipalities decided to co-finance the procedure. United Surveys ran a poll for the biggest private radio broadcaster RMF and daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. Almost 37 percent asked whether IVF should be financed by the state budget answered "absolutely yes", 29 percent answered "rather yes". Twelve percent were against and 13 percent said they were "rather against".