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. – Germany "ruthlessly" exploited its position over Poland, the Polish foreign minister, Zbigniew Rau is quoted as saying by state-owned broadcaster TVP Info. In an interview for the magazine 'Sieci', cited by TVP, he added that successive German government formed relations with Poland based on "historical amnesia and focus of a 'common future in a European home'.” – Sunday’s march in Warsaw, organised by the opposition, and the convention of the governing Law and Justice party, also on Sunday, exposed contrasting sides to Polish politics, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote. The key-note speakers at the convention spent much of their time attacking opposition leader Donald Tusk. But at the march while Tusk gave a couple of short speeches other politicians preferred to outline their plans for Poland’s future rather than engage in personal attacks. – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reported on how the Justice Ministry has announced an increase in penalties for serious crimes such as rape and murder just before October 15’s general election. Legal experts interviewed by the paper say the harsher sentences come despite serious crime in Poland decreasing. One judge described the move by the ministry as "legal populism". – Robert Biedron, one of the leaders of the Left party, said that he saw "fear in the eyes" of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the governing Law and Justice party, following Sunday’s large anti-government march. "Kaczynski is afraid because he knows he might lose," the general election Biedron said, in an interview for news broadcaster TVN24. 

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