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. – Poland's railways are plagued by problems, including financial issues, the newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported on Thursday. A number of companies have been hit by - or face the threat of – industrial action. The paper also wrote that eyebrows were raised over the ticket pricing policy of PKP Intercity, which, at the start of the year, increased prices owing to high energy costs, only to scrap the prices a month later. Later on in the year, not long before the general election, it then announced ticket-price reductions on a number of routes. – State-owned broadcaster TVP Info reported that acclaimed Polish film director Agnieszka Holland said that "Catholics in Poland are not Christians." Holland, who made the remark during a talk at film festival in Rome, also reportedly said that Pope Francis "is not our Pope." – Members of Civic Coalition are expected to dominate the cabinet of the new government, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote, with it occupying key posts such as finance, foreign affairs, the interior and health. The interior ministry could go to Marcin Kierwinski, finance to Andrzej Domanski and health to Izabela Leszczyna. – A new government may wind up the 'Safe Credit 2 percent' programme, which offers state-subsidised mortgages to new home buyers with interest rates set at 2 percent, the broadcaster TVN24 reported. According to economists cited by the news channel, owing to the way the programme is structured, it will be impossible to get a loan from the initiative in 2024 while at the same time, apparently, it has increased house prices while having little impact on supply.

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