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 – Michal Dworczyk, a member of the government, wrote on Twitter that a Polish volunteer, who fought in Ukraine and was badly injured, had been transported via Kiev to Poland. "He is in serious but stable condition," Dworczyk wrote and thanked Ukrainian and Polish doctors, as well as the Ukrainian ministry of internal affairs.
TVPInfo.pl – On Friday morning, a tactical military exercise begins in Rembertow (a suburb of Warsaw). A similar training drill will also take place next week in Piaseczno (also a Warsaw suburb). "These days, the battlefield is extremely diverse as the war in Ukraine has shown. Often, some battles are carried out in urbanised areas, in cities and villages," the Armed Forces General Command wrote on Twitter.
Wyborcza.pl – The biggest private daily carried a story on Ukrainian grain that had been imported to Poland. Polish farmers have been protesting against what they call a flood of Ukrainian grain, which they say has depressed domestic grain prices and filled silos. As a result, Polish farmers are not able to sell their grain. According to Wyborcza.pl, without the votes of farmers the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) cannot win this year's general elections. This is why the government is trying to find a solution that would satisfy farmers, including financial compensation from the EU for the losses caused by the imports of Ukrainian grain. In the summer of 2022, when both farmers and opposition parties warned the government that uncontrolled import of Ukrainian grain may create serious problems for Polish farmers, PiS accused them of spreading Russian propaganda.
rp.pl – According to the daily, a need exists to increase number of polling stations in Poland's largest cities and abroad. In March 2023, Poland's president signed changes to the electoral code that would increase the number of polling stations in rural areas by about 6,000 from 27,500 in 2019. But so far, no changes have been proposed for those stations abroad. In the meantime, the number of Poles voting abroad is increasing. In 2015, 175,000 voted in the general election and, in 2020, 400,000 voted in the presidential election. According to the main opposition party, Civic Platform (PO), the worst situation is in Great Britain, other European countries and the in the US where people would have to travel thousands of miles in order to vote.