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. – Polish football star and captain of the national team Robert Lewandowski helped Barcelona win the Spanish football league for the first time in four years, the broadcaster TVN24 reported. Lewandowski netted two goals in his team’s 4-2 victory over Espanyol, which secured the league title. The Pole is now the league’s top scorer with 21 goals. – Supporters of the government have said that claims that increased state spending will lead to the state treasury running out of cash are unfounded, during a political chat show on state-owned broadcaster TVP Info. Law and Justice, the governing party, announced over the weekend that it was increasing social welfare spending. Responding to criticism of this, Dorota Kania, editor of the Polskapress publishing house, said that "to talk about running out of money is ridiculous". – A Polish academic has claimed that his department is being deprived of funding because he criticised the education minister, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reported on Monday. Professor Andrzej Rychard, head of the philosophy and sociology department at the Polish Academy of Sciences, has said he has not received money from the Education Ministry to cover the costs of salary increases. He has linked the lack of funding to his argument that Przemyslaw Czarnek, the education minister, is restricting funding in an effort to censor those he objects to. – The number of child abuse cases is on the rise, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote. In 2021, according to the Justice Ministry, 1,947 boys and 1,848 girls under the age of 16 suffered abuse by a family member, which was 500 more than the previous year, and the number of reported rapes has also increased. Experts have called for improvements in the way the social services and the police communicate with each other in order to prevent situations where abuse could take place.