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. – State-owned news broadcaster TVP Info highlighted critical comments about Donald Tusk, the leader of Civic Platform (PO), Poland's biggest opposition party, made by the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The paper, TVP Info said, wrote that under Tusk PO "limits itself to criticism" of the government and "rarely presents its own proposals". Despite this, the newspaper also added that the upcoming elections in Poland were a "choice between democracy and authoritarianism". – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reported that Donald Tusk, the leader of Civic Platform, Poland's biggest opposition party, has proposed that women who return to work after maternity leave should be given PLN 1,500 (EUR 320) a month for childcare until the child reaches the age of three. This, said Tusk, should go towards the costs of a nursery, a nannie or even help a grandmother. The proposal, the paper added, caused some anxiety in the ranks of Law and Justice, the governing party, which then suggested it could add PLN 200 (EUR 42) to the PLN 500 (EUR 106) monthly child allowance payment. – Judges and prosecutors are preparing individual lawsuits over a pay freeze, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote. The freeze has left legal professionals out of pocket, angry and ready to take their employers to court. According to the paper, there are about 1,000 lawsuits in process in the country right now, and more are being prepared. Early indications are that the courts are finding in favour of the judges. – Poland's financial situation is far worse than Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, says it is, Izabela Leszczyna, a member of Civic Coalition, the biggest opposition grouping, and former deputy finance minister, told the broadcaster TVN24. She said this was the result of the government's "terrible" financial policy of the past eight years. Investment has "collapsed", she added, and money was spent in an irrational way.