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. – According to the results of an opinion poll published in the newspaper Rzeczpospolita, none of the four issues which are the subject of questions in a referendum the government plans to hold on election day are of a serious concern to most Poles. The poll found that health, rising prices and inflation, and security relating to the war in Ukraine were the three issues most concerning Poles. – Twelve Polish cities have signed an open letter to the government complaining about tax changes that have cut into their budgets, news broadcaster TVN24 reported. The changes, mainly relating to personal income tax, are the result of, according to the letter, the "anti-city, and especially anti-self-government policy of the current government." The south-western city of Wroclaw says it has lost, for example, PLN 1.2 billion (EUR 268 mln) over four years. – In an interview for the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, Prof Andrzej Rychard, an political expert at the Polish Academy of Science, said that the decision by opposition leader Donald Tusk to invite Roman Giertych, a former leader of a socially conservative party which was once in a coalition government with Law and Justice, had more pros than cons. Rychard said that Giertych knows Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the Law and Justice leader, very well, while his presence could bring in voters from more conservative circles. – Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has criticised Rafal Trzaskowski, the Warsaw mayor, of "having fun" in the city of Olsztyn while "storms flooded Warsaw," state-owned broadcaster TVP Info reported. The capital was hit by downpours on Wednesday that resulted in a number of streets disappearing under water. The mayor was attending a series of conferences in Olsztyn. 

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