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. - The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza ran a story on the expected turnout at the June 4 March organised by Donald Tusk, leader of the main opposition party, Civic Platform (PO), in Warsaw to protest against the current government and celebrate Poland's first semi-free elections after the fall of communism. According to the paper, some 300,000 people are expected to come. Gazeta Wyborcza observed that in opinion polls PO is narrowing the gap to the ruling party, the conservative Law and Justice. Government opponents seem to have been mobilised by a recently passed law that sets up an investigative commission to track down Russian influence on Polish politics, which has raised concerns the panel could be used against opposition leaders, the newspaper wrote. - The Polish public television's news website presented the latest opinion poll by Pollster for the Super Express tabloid, according to which the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) holds a 4.57 percentage point lead over its main rival, Civic Platform (PO), ahead of the autumn general election. PiS could count on 32.29 percent of the vote against PO's 27.72, according to the poll. The coalition of the agrarian Polish People's Party and the centre-right Poland 2050 came third on 13.96 percent. – In an interview with the television broadcaster, Krzysztof Gawkowski, a leading figure with the Left party, called on opposition parties to "completely ignore" the operation of the new commission that will be set up to investigate Russian influence on Polish politics. This should include both sitting on the commission and appearing to testify before it, Gawkowski said. - The newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported that concerns over Poland's new investigative commission spurred the European Parliament to organise a short-notice debate on Wednesday. The European Commission's position on the matter was presented by Didier Reynders, the EC justice commissioner, who criticised the new Polish law. This is seen as unusual as Brussels never reacts so quickly to legislative initiatives in member states, the newspaper observed.