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. - On Tuesday evening, a 19-year-old man, a former resident of an orphanage in Tomislawice (central Poland), attacked a female educator and other residents of the orphanage with a sharp weapon. A 16-year-old girl died as a result of the attack. There were 13 people in the orphanage at the time, nine were injured. Five people were taken to hospital. The suspect was detained by police an hour after the attack. - According to a study by UCE Research and WSB Merito University, quoted by the daily Rzeczpospolita, daily groceries in April were more expensive on average by 20.4 percent. Vegetables increased the most - by 35.7 percent. Dairy products were more expensive by 26.8 percent and bread by 25 percent. "This is a result of still high production costs, which have been passed on to customers while maintaining margins that guarantee profits for producers and retailers," Edyta Wojtyla of WSB Merito University said. - According to a poll by the Pollster Research Institute for the tabloid Super Express, 38 percent of the respondents believe that the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) will govern Poland after the general elections this autumn. Twenty-two percent indicated the biggest opposition party, Civic Platform (PO) and 40 percent said it would be another party. The poll results are almost identical as the polls of support for the respective parties. "Only the support for PO is clearly lower. It shows that some PO voters don't believe in its victory," prof. Henryk Domanski, a sociologist from the Polish Academy of Sciences, said. The poll was conducted on April 18-19 on a sample of 1,117 adult Poles. - On Wednesday, Poland's Monetary Policy Council (the rate-setting body) will take a decision on interest rates. "The MPC's May meeting should not bring any surprises. For the eighth consecutive time, interest rates should be kept unchanged," HREIT analysts pointed out. The main reference interest rate has remained at 6.75 percent since September 2022. According to the analysts, the MPC may cut interest rates after the summer holidays. "If this happens, the loan instalment could fall by around 5 percent by the end of this year," they added.