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. Authorities in Germany are complaining about the increasing number of irregular migrants crossing the border from Poland, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported on Thursday. Up until mid-July a 14,303 people entered Germany illegally from Poland, which is a 144 percent increase year on year. The growing numbers have led to call in Germany for the reinstatement of border controls. – A former agriculture minister has said that the decision by Michal Kolodziejczak, leader of the rural-based Agrounia, to stand in the election on the list of Civic Platform, the largest opposition party, shows that he puts his "personal ambitions" ahead of the countryside. Speaking to state-owned broadcaster TVP Info, Krzysztof Ardanowski said PO’s decision to join forces with Kolodziejczak was also probably an "act of desperation" by the party to get rural support. – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reported that the members of the Russian influence commission have still not been selected. The members, who will examine where and to what extent Russia influenced Polish politics, were due to be selected by parliament before it breaks for the summer holidays. Wyborcza speculates that the reason for why this has not happened is that the governing party, PiS, might be fearful that opposition politicians might use the commission as a stage to discredit not only the commission itself but also the government. The Polish Border Guard’s Special Intervention Group had to remove a drunk passenger from a flight due to depart from Warsaw’s Chopin Airport for Tallinn, broadcaster TVN24 reported. According to the flight’s cabin crew, the 40-year-old Estonian passenger took a seat in business class and became aggressive when she was asked to leave it and take her assigned seat. The woman was forcibly removed from the aircraft and taken to a sobering up facility.

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