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. – Teachers will start the new academic year unhappy with salaries and working conditions, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote on Thursday. Their discontent comes despite Przemyslaw Czarnek, the education minister, saying that the year will be calm and there is no crisis in the system. According to one source cited by the paper, there is a shortage of 8,000 teachers while psychologists and other specialists are also in short supply. – In an interview for broadcaster TVN24, Michal Kolodziejczak, the leader of the rural-based party Agrounia, said he feels "very good" about running on the election list of Civic Coalition, the largest opposition grouping. Kolodziejczak, who has led farmers' protests in recent months, also said he supported women's rights and would not stand in the way of the introduction of same-sex civil partnerships. – The government is spending money from an EU post-pandemic fund despite the fact that it has not yet received the funding, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote. It added that the government is using funds from the Polish Development Fund to initiate projects that are intended to receive EU cash at some point. So far this year contracts worth PLN 6.4 billion (EUR 1.4 bln) have been signed. The paper wrote that this ties the hands of future governments while also eating into their budgets. – Donald Tusk, the main opposition leader, managed to pressure Roman Giertych, who once led a socially conservative party, into supporting his liberal stance on abortion, state-owned broadcaster TVP Info reported. Giertych is running in the election for Tusk's Civic Coalition (KO) grouping. The announcement that he would join KO surprised some in the grouping, and there were calls for Tusk, described by TVP Info as an "abortionist," to get Giertych to make a declaration on the subject.

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