The First NewsThu, 07 Jul 2022 03:12:52 +0200OSCE unanimously adopt Polish resolution on Ukrainehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/osce-unanimously-adopt-polish-resolution-on-ukraine-31558<p>The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has unanimously adopted a Polish resolution on the promotion of human rights and fundamental values in Ukraine into a declaration ending the 29th Annual Session of its Parliamentary Assembly.</p>Wed, 06 Jul 2022 16:52:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tyhbhelrlkhbjdaqnab4bg.jpegPiS spokesperson Radoslaw Fogiel, who was also in the Polish delegation, said the resolution not only condemns attacks on the civilian population but also sexual violence and human trafficking.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/osce-unanimously-adopt-polish-resolution-on-ukraine-31558Most Poles for EU membershiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-for-eu-membership-31556<p>The vast majority of Poles support Poland’s EU membership, with 92 percent wanting to remain part of the bloc, according new a new poll.</p>Wed, 06 Jul 2022 16:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0iz67kaolc8big01wmjrv2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-for-eu-membership-31556Left party seeks to shut down reformed panel for judgeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/left-party-seeks-to-shut-down-reformed-panel-for-judges-31554<p>The Left has put forward a bill which seeks to close down altogether a disciplinary panel for judges that has recently been reformed to meet EU standards.</p>Wed, 06 Jul 2022 14:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLeft party seeks to shut down reformed panel for judgeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/left-party-seeks-to-shut-down-reformed-panel-for-judges-31554New app aims to help fight addictionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-app-aims-to-help-fight-addiction-31552<p><span lang="EN-US">Polish scientists have developed a free app to help people fight addiction.</span></p>Wed, 06 Jul 2022 14:19:00 +0200ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/976ps47si718uag6901bo.jpegThe free application is intended to help people addicted to substances such as alcohol, cigarettes, drugs and legal highs, as well as to compulsive behaviours such as uncontrolled overeating, playing computer games, using pornography or gambling.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-app-aims-to-help-fight-addiction-31552Four hospitalised after coach crash in Romaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-hospitalised-after-coach-crash-in-romania-31551<p>Four tourists injured in a coach crash in Romania will have to remain in hospital, including one patient whose treatment is going to take a longer time, the foreign ministry spokesperson has said.</p>Wed, 06 Jul 2022 13:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFour hospitalised after coach crash in Romaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-hospitalised-after-coach-crash-in-romania-31551‘Spy video game’ to be included on national curriculum to make Polish history more appealinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spy-video-game-to-be-included-on-national-curriculum-to-make-polish-history-more-appealing-31549<p><span lang="EN-US">A multi-platform video game where players become ‘heroes of Polish intelligence’ is to be included in the national curriculum in a bid to make Polish history more appealing to younger audiences.&nbsp;</span></p>Wed, 06 Jul 2022 12:27:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cgezrniw6j1hc2beti84y.jpegSet during the Polish-Bolshevik War, Gra Szyfrów challenges users to become ‘heroes of Polish intelligence’ by breaking Bolshevik ciphers, safeguarding radio communication lines and neutralizing an armoured train.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spy-video-game-to-be-included-on-national-curriculum-to-make-polish-history-more-appealing-31549Retail sales rise in May - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-rise-in-may---eurostat-31548<p>Polish retail sales grew by 11.2 percent year on year in May 2022 after a 21.1-percent increase year on year in April, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 06 Jul 2022 11:37:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales rise in May - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-rise-in-may---eurostat-31548Poland reports 4,163 coronavirus cases, 20 deaths on June 30-July 6https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-4163-coronavirus-cases-20-deaths-on-june-30-july-6-31547<p>Poland recorded 4,163 confirmed coronavirus cases and 16 deaths between June 30 and July 6, 2022, data released by the Health Ministry on Wednesday shows.</p>Wed, 06 Jul 2022 10:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5ufwu8utrqcu4yg3htav0a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-4163-coronavirus-cases-20-deaths-on-june-30-july-6-31547Poland's unemployment rate down to 4.9 pct in June says ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-down-to-49-pct-in-june-says-ministry-31546<p>Poland's estimated unemployment rate in June 2021 stood at 4.9 percent, against 5.1 percent in May, a deputy family and social policy minister said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 06 Jul 2022 10:00:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate down to 4.9 pct in June says ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-down-to-49-pct-in-june-says-ministry-31546Motion to ratify Sweden's and Finland's Nato accession sent to parliamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/motion-to-ratify-swedens-and-finlands-nato-accession-sent-to-parliament-31545<p>The Sejm, lower house of the Polish parliament, has received a motion for the ratification of Finland's and Sweden's membership in Nato, the ruling party Law and Justice's spokesperson announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 06 Jul 2022 09:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vej1ozugb6mtqh0i7tlod.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/motion-to-ratify-swedens-and-finlands-nato-accession-sent-to-parliament-31545Poland accepts 4.57 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-457-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31543<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.57 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Wednesday morning.</p>Wed, 06 Jul 2022 08:34:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7drohdlqqa79ob7nfwhqno.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-457-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31543Polish president argues for stronger armyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-argues-for-stronger-army-31540<p>Modernisation of the armed forces is going to cost Poland huge money but the expenditure is necessary in the context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, has said.</p>Tue, 05 Jul 2022 20:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q5j48iizq3qfxu6x6efziq.jpegPoland will have to increase the size of its armed forces and buy modern equipment to deter a potential aggressor, Duda said in Lipsko, central-east Poland, on Tuesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-argues-for-stronger-army-31540Poland to direct aid to Kharkiv region says deputy FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-direct-aid-to-kharkiv-region-says-deputy-fm-31536<p>Poland will focus on the Kharkiv region while helping Ukraine rebuild itself after the devastating war against Russia, a Polish deputy foreign minister has said.</p>Tue, 05 Jul 2022 20:07:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s4vh5hd69joixpncxcdpd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-direct-aid-to-kharkiv-region-says-deputy-fm-31536Poland will quickly ratify Sweden's and Finland's Nato accessionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-quickly-ratify-swedens-and-finlands-nato-accession-31534<p>Poland is determined to ratify Sweden's and Finland's accession to Nato during the summer holidays, the government spokesman has said.</p>Tue, 05 Jul 2022 19:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s4ygkgdxjqnk0bor1fy5a.jpeg"I think that the entire process should be completed during the summer holidays as we still have several sittings of the Sejm, (the lower house of parliament, before summer recess - PAP)," Mueller said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-quickly-ratify-swedens-and-finlands-nato-accession-31534Defence minister signs deal for 70 unmanned carrier turretshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defence-minister-signs-deal-for-70-unmanned-carrier-turrets-31532<p>Mariusz Błaszczak, Poland's defence minister, has signed an agreement for the delivery of 70 unmanned turret systems for the Rosomak wheeled armoured personnel carrier.</p>Tue, 05 Jul 2022 16:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ehwe3lknlv4kbum25qz1i.jpegThe agreement was signed at the producer's site in Stalowa Wola, south-eastern Poland, on Tuesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defence-minister-signs-deal-for-70-unmanned-carrier-turrets-31532Government greenlights wind-farm billhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-greenlights-wind-farm-bill-31530<p>The Polish government has approved a bill loosening the distancing rules for onshore wind farms.</p>Tue, 05 Jul 2022 14:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/643lvfq45znr07hn0w0h2d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-greenlights-wind-farm-bill-31530Media of the Future: Reliable media allow the society to distinguish truth from untruthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/media-of-the-future-reliable-media-allow-the-society-to-distinguish-truth-from-untruth-589<p><span lang="en-US">"The aim of disinformation campaigns is not necessarily to change the views or attitudes of their audiences, but to create a kind of chaos that prevents them from accessing verified data," said Alexandru Giboi, Secretary General of the European Association of Press Agencies (EANA).</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">He added: "I would compare the situation to a murky water reservoir, in which it is difficult to determine the right directions and to establish a landmark. The role of press agencies is to constantly clear this stream of information flowing to us every day.”</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">Giboi was a special guest at the Media of the Future international conference organised by the Polish Press Agency.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">The Association of European Press Agencies (EANA) brings together 30 national news agencies from 30 countries of the continent.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">The main objective of the organisation is to work towards creating a favorable economic and legal environment for the operation of press agencies, among others, in terms of copyright and access to information sources.</span></p>Tue, 05 Jul 2022 14:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g4quz2vwuf65cf14jlfu6n.pngGiboi was a special guest at the Media of the Future international conference organised by the Polish Press Agency.https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/media-of-the-future-reliable-media-allow-the-society-to-distinguish-truth-from-untruth-589Media of the Future: The fight against disinformation is purifying murky waterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/media-of-the-future-the-fight-against-disinformation-is-purifying-murky-water-587<p><span lang="en-US">Media of the Future is a conference that covered the most important topics of recent months—from combating disinformation, through changes in the media market, to the future of mass media in the face of war conflicts and technological transformation.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">Special guests of the fourth edition of the Conference were the heads of European Press Agencies.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">How to react to the growing Russian propaganda? How aware are European societies of online threats? How to reinforce safe behaviors in the virtual world and deal with the flood of fake news? These questions, among others, were answered by the heads of European Press Agencies: Clemens Pig, President of EANA (European Alliance of News Agencies which brings together news agencies from all over the continent) and President of the Austrian Press Agency (APA); Fabrice Fries, President of the French Press Agency (AFP); Nataliia Kostina, Editor-in-Chief of the Foreign Department of the National News Agency of Ukraine (Ukrinform); Alexandru Giboi, Secretary General of the European Association of Press Agencies (EANA); Branka-Gabriela Vojvodić, President of the Croatian Press Agency (HINA); Kiril Valchev, General Director of the Bulgarian Press Agency (BTA); and Wojciech Surmacz, President of the Polish Press Agency (PAP).</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">The debate "War in the Media" was chaired by Wojciech Surmacz, President of PAP. During the discussion, it was pointed out that in order to talk about the hybrid war, you need to go back to the onset of the pandemic. It was then that many social media accounts were created, whose aim was to disinform and spread the untruth.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">Justyna Orłowska, Plenipotentiary of the Prime Minister for GovTech, Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Education and Science for Digital Transformation said: "After February 24, these accounts began to spread disinformation about the war. These cold-blooded actions have been going on for years. It takes many educational campaigns, such as #FakeHunter, to properly assess disinformation. It is also worth cultivating good practices in online behavior amongst the youngest.”</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">Nataliia Kostina, Editor-in-Chief of the Foreign Department of the National News Agency of Ukraine (Ukrinform), noted that the media are on the front line and play a huge role in the fight against Russian aggression. She said: "We appreciate the understanding of our problems. No one in Europe is taking Russian propaganda seriously.”</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">Alexandru Giboi, Secretary General of the European Association of Press Agencies (EANA), highlighted the important role of news agencies, saying: "It is important to fight against disinformation and to show true, verified information, that is, to purify murky water.”</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">In turn, Branka-Gabriela Vojvodić, President of the Croatian Press Agency (HINA), reminded that war changes the world and it changes us. Therefore, educational activities are important, which allows us to remain vigilant, and to distinguish the truth from the untruth. We must wage a war on propaganda, which must take some time to combat.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">"Fake news is free, verified information costs. It is necessary to learn to capture from the ocean of news proven and reliable information,” pointed out Kiril Valchev, General Director of the Bulgarian Press Agency (BTA).</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">In accordance with the title of the Conference, Media of the Future, the debates and presentations also discussed the use of new technologies in the media industry, i.e. artificial intelligence in journalism. Products and solutions were presented by the Athens Technology Center (ATC), JP/Politikens Hus and CISION/PRNewswire.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">There was also a presentation of the results of a study conducted jointly by the Polish Press Agency and PBI on how Poles use information on the web and in electronic media.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">Łukasz Świerżewski, member of the Board of PAP said: "The uniqueness of the study was that we studied cross media, that is users of information on the internet, on television and on the radio. In this way, we could study the entire population of people who listen, watch or read news in Poland.”</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">The results showed that about 54% of Poles are regularly exposed to news.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">"The recipient of news is a mature person, city resident, pensioner, manager or business owner. The most widely reaching medium in Polish society is the radio. Poles spend the most time watching television, while the internet is the most accurate medium, as here we can decide for ourselves what we are interested in and what we are looking for," said Marcin Niemczyk, Advisor to the Board of PBI.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">The invited guests, including representatives of the media, publishers and technology companies, also discussed the law implementing the Copyright Directive and the related laws, as well as the importance of this document for the media industry, the creative industry and the so-called Big Tech.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">Poland, like other EU countries, is obliged to implement the Digital Directive, which means negotiations between content providers such as publishers and media, and intermediaries such as digital platforms like Google or Facebook. It was pointed out that currently only intermediaries make money from the distribution of content produced by publishers on the internet, and publishers do not have any financial benefits from this.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">"The Directive obliges social media content aggregators to obtain licences for published content. Simply put, journalists will be the beneficiaries of the information distributed by Big Tech,” explained Paweł Nowacki, an independent media and e-commerce market consultant.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">Paweł Laskowski, President of the Board of PBI, said: "This is an important project that will strengthen the editorial offices of local media, and will build their strength.”</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">Damian Flisak, Head of Public Affairs of Ringier Axel Springer Polska, added: "Unfortunately, the law lacks a negotiation mechanism between the parties. Without this, you cannot expect that money will flow to local publishers. Italy, Belgium and the Czech Republic have adopted such mechanisms, and it is also possible in Poland."</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">Łukasz Świerżewski, member of the Board of PAP summarized by saying: "Media of the Future deals with the most important issues in the media ecosystem, but at the same time we want to set new trends. This year's fourth edition could not have been dominated by a theme other than the war in Ukraine.”</span></p>Tue, 05 Jul 2022 14:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o8syerl3kt68ok25gw1aw.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/media-of-the-future-the-fight-against-disinformation-is-purifying-murky-water-587Auschwitz museum launches fascinating photo album to coincide with 75th anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-launches-fascinating-photo-album-to-coincide-with-75th-anniversary-31527<p><span lang="en-US">A photo album illustrating the history of the Auschwitz Museum has been published to coincide with its 75th anniversary this month.</span></p>Tue, 05 Jul 2022 14:26:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/50onsbk6phe44rdus8ndwd.pngOpened on the initiative of former prisoners on 2 July, 1947, the history of the museum has now been documented in the new album divided into six sections and entitled '75 years of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial'.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-launches-fascinating-photo-album-to-coincide-with-75th-anniversary-31527Warsaw demands explanation after Belarus destroys Polish WWII memorialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-demands-explanation-after-belarus-destroys-polish-wwii-memorial-31525<p><span lang="en-US">Poland has accused Belarus of ‘barbarism’ after a Polish WWII memorial was ‘razed to the ground’.</span></p>Tue, 05 Jul 2022 13:06:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2biz2m64u7w5ah1vhr46va.pngThe memorial, in the western village of Mikuliszki, consisted of the remains of the wartime headquarters of a Polish Home Army unit whose members died in combat in the area in 1944.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-demands-explanation-after-belarus-destroys-polish-wwii-memorial-31525Inflation is Polish government's biggest challenge says spokespersonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-is-polish-governments-biggest-challenge-says-spokesperson-31523<p>Inflation and high prices are currently the most important challenges facing the Polish government, its spokesperson has admitted.</p>Tue, 05 Jul 2022 09:53:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgInflation is Polish government's biggest challenge says spokespersonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-is-polish-governments-biggest-challenge-says-spokesperson-31523Poland accepts 4.55 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-455-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31522<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.55 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Tuesday morning.</p>Tue, 05 Jul 2022 09:12:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s6p3bfleqxdrl97zk8pisi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-455-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31522Belarusian opposition backs Ukraine Tsikhanouskaya tells Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusian-opposition-backs-ukraine-tsikhanouskaya-tells-polish-pm-31520<p>The exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has told Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, that the Belarusian opposition fully supports the Ukrainian authorities in its war against Russian aggressor.</p>Mon, 04 Jul 2022 19:01:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pknq1kv3ve8xv77rf5lse.jpegMorawiecki and Tsikhanouskaya met in Warsaw to talk about the situation in Belarus and the Belarusian authorities' backing of Russia in its conflict with Ukraine, the Prime Minister's office wrote on Twitter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusian-opposition-backs-ukraine-tsikhanouskaya-tells-polish-pm-31520No party divisions on Poland's security says presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-party-divisions-on-polands-security-says-president-31518<p>Politicians from all parties see eye to eye about Poland's security, Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, said after a National Security Council (RBN) meeting on Monday.</p>Mon, 04 Jul 2022 18:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sr29wsx15mm29fjbazp17j.jpeg"It was no political debate, it was a very fact-based conversation about matters that are important for Poland, tangible issues related to security and Poland's military condition in the context of Nato decisions," Duda said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-party-divisions-on-polands-security-says-president-31518War crimes in Ukraine will be prosecuted says Polish foreign ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/war-crimes-in-ukraine-will-be-prosecuted-says-polish-foreign-minister-31516<p>Those responsible for crimes against the Ukrainian state and nation will be brought before justice, said Zbigniew Rau, the Polish foreign minister who also chairs the Organization for the Co-operation and Security in Europe (OSCE).</p>Mon, 04 Jul 2022 17:18:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vbpvbxqo7zck0ebje73o8.jpegRau was speaking at an annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in the British city of Birmingham on Monday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/war-crimes-in-ukraine-will-be-prosecuted-says-polish-foreign-minister-31516Ruling Law and Justice leads latest election pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-law-and-justice-leads-latest-election-poll-31514<p>Poland’s governing party Law and Justice (PiS) would place first, if elections were held in the coming days, a recent poll by United Surveys shows.</p>Mon, 04 Jul 2022 16:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f62318zoax74wx5lhqiade.jpegWirtualna Polska wrote that in line with the July poll results PiS would take 196 parliamentary seats.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-law-and-justice-leads-latest-election-poll-31514150-year-old museum saved after threatened with expulsion from 13th century castlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/150-year-old-museum-saved-after-threatened-with-expulsion-from-13th-century-castle-31511<p>The oldest Polish museum abroad has been saved from closure after facing expulsion from a 13th century castle.</p>Mon, 04 Jul 2022 15:16:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kvax7xv50pv5hgbnq4i6g.jpegFounded in 1870, the Polish Museum based in Rapperswil castle overlooking lake Zurich in Switzerland, had come under threat following petitions from locals who wanted to reclaim the castle for ‘other purposes’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/150-year-old-museum-saved-after-threatened-with-expulsion-from-13th-century-castle-31511Media of the Future: The right technology supports the activity of every newsroomhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/media-of-the-future-the-right-technology-supports-the-activity-of-every-newsroom-585<p><span lang="en-US">The latest content management systems are always adapted to the target customer, which allows you to implement innovative projects based on verified systems, says Evi Varsou, Director of the Media and CMS Department of the Athens Technology Center (ATC).&nbsp;</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">During the Media of the Future conference organised by the Polish Press Agency, Varsou presented her company and the latest trends in the field of content management systems.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">She said: "ATC provides innovative software solutions worldwide. We specialize mainly in media and content management, and have more than 30 years of experience in the industry."</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">The company was founded in 1987, it employs around 100 people, and the head office is located in Athens.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">Varsou said the company has developed a whole spectrum of technological solutions useful for the media, but also for government organizations - from editorial tools and digital asset management systems integrated with multi-channel publishing, to solutions that help media organizations fight disinformation.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">The latter focus on fact-checking, combating the dissemination of false information and analysing social profiles and trends.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">Varsou said: "Our solutions are always complete and modular, so depending on the needs of the customer, they can decide which part of the ecosystem best meets his needs."</span></p>Mon, 04 Jul 2022 14:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r0eukeo388i2n82nlrm8ca.pngDuring the Media of the Future conference organised by the Polish Press Agency, Varsou presented her company and the latest trends in the field of content management systems. https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/media-of-the-future-the-right-technology-supports-the-activity-of-every-newsroom-585Media of the Future: The free world must understand that Russian propaganda threatens its existencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/media-of-the-future-the-free-world-must-understand-that-russian-propaganda-threatens-its-existence-583<p><span lang="en-US">A special guest of the Media of the Future conference organized by the Polish Press Agency was Nataliia Kostina, Editor-in-Chief of the Foreign Department of the National News Agency of Ukraine—Ukrinform.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">From the perspective of not only a professional journalist, but also a person directly affected by the Russian aggression, Kostina pointed to the multidimensionality of the war, also taking place in the information domain.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">She said: "While in the countries located in the vicinity of Ukraine—in Poland or in the Czech Republic, there is full awareness of the threat from the Kremlin, in some Western European countries the situation is not so optimistic.</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">“In order to effectively combat the wave of Russian disinformation, the media around the world should first of all clearly tell themselves and their audiences that Russia is the aggressor threatening our common values."</span></p><p><span lang="en-US">The fourth edition of the Media of the Future conference was attended by representatives of mass media, technology companies and publishers from Poland and abroad. Special guests of the event were the heads of leading European news agencies.</span></p>Mon, 04 Jul 2022 14:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aea5bjuqd1w2wtmk3iazf.pngA special guest of the Media of the Future conference organized by the Polish Press Agency was Nataliia Kostina, Editor-in-Chief of the Foreign Department of the National News Agency of Ukraine—Ukrinform.https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/media-of-the-future-the-free-world-must-understand-that-russian-propaganda-threatens-its-existence-583Inflation may drop in July thanks to discounts on petrol says economisthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-may-drop-in-july-thanks-to-discounts-on-petrol-says-economist-31509<p>Special discounts on petrol, such as the one introduced by PKN Orlen, the dominant Polish fuel company, may play an important role in lowering inflation, PKO BP’s chief economist said on Monday.</p>Mon, 04 Jul 2022 14:06:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgInflation may drop in July thanks to discounts on petrol says economisthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-may-drop-in-july-thanks-to-discounts-on-petrol-says-economist-31509Pole arrested in de Vries killinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-arrested-in-de-vries-killing-31507<p>A 27-year-old Pole has been arrested in the Netherlands on suspicion of masterminding last July's assassination of popular Dutch crime reporter Peter de Vries.</p>Mon, 04 Jul 2022 14:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2idk1mdvauuak8qv0uza85.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-arrested-in-de-vries-killing-31507Basic military training starts of 1,000 volunteers - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/basic-military-training-starts-of-1000-volunteers---minister-31505<p>Another 1,000 volunteers commenced basic military training on Monday across Poland, the defence minister has announced on Twitter.</p>Mon, 04 Jul 2022 13:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/md8t2146mjcettt0o2zbu.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/basic-military-training-starts-of-1000-volunteers---minister-31505Poland pleased with Nato Madrid summit decisions - president for BBChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-pleased-with-nato-madrid-summit-decisions---president-for-bbc-31503<p>Poland is satisfied with the outcomes of last week’s Nato summit, the Polish president has told the BBC.</p>Mon, 04 Jul 2022 13:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x0a6fljvvwf22mk4045f6i.jpegSpeaking in Madrid following the conclusion of the summit, Andrzej Duda said he was happy with the Alliance's changing its position towards Russia, with Nato now openly calling Russia an "aggressor state" in response to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-pleased-with-nato-madrid-summit-decisions---president-for-bbc-31503Deputy minister casts doubt over EU recovery fund payouthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deputy-minister-casts-doubt-over-eu-recovery-fund-payout-31501<p>A deputy justice minister has said it is not certain that Poland will receive money from the EU's post-pandemic recovery fund.</p>Mon, 04 Jul 2022 13:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uap1yaf65yi6jz8bb8nyjm.jpegSpeaking on a Catholic radio station on Monday, Sebastian Kaleta said the EU had made no compromises in the dispute over the rule of law and that the bloc wanted anarchy to prevail in Polish courts, something he said Poland could not agree to.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deputy-minister-casts-doubt-over-eu-recovery-fund-payout-31501Bronze cast of Chopin’s hand made 'seconds after he died' goes on sale for £18,000https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bronze-cast-of-chopins-hand-made-seconds-after-he-died-goes-on-sale-for-18000-31499<p><span lang="en-US">A cast of Chopin's hand made from a mould taken on the day of the composer's death in 1849 has gone on display in the UK as part of a sale of classical music treasures at London Art Week.</span></p>Mon, 04 Jul 2022 12:52:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tzqvj5ybrueo2hi7qia8.pngAfter learning of Chopin's death, his friend Auguste Clésinger ran to his bedside to make a death mask of his face and a solid bronze cast of his left hand.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bronze-cast-of-chopins-hand-made-seconds-after-he-died-goes-on-sale-for-18000-31499Most Poles say US Army 5th Corps command in Poland will boost securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-say-us-army-5th-corps-command-in-poland-will-boost-security-31498<p>As many as 87.6 percent of Poles believe that locating the headquarters of the US Army's 5th Corps in Poland will improve the country's security, a survey by the IBRiS pollster showed on Monday.</p>Mon, 04 Jul 2022 09:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMost Poles say US Army 5th Corps command in Poland will boost securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-say-us-army-5th-corps-command-in-poland-will-boost-security-31498Poland accepts 4.53 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-453-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31497<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.53 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Monday morning.</p>Mon, 04 Jul 2022 09:12:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t8avymoil6kuetaohh8oeq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-453-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31497Soldiers of Poland's new volunteer force sworn inhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/soldiers-of-polands-new-volunteer-force-sworn-in-31494<p>Thousands of soldiers of Poland's new volunteer force, comprised of people who have signed up for basic military service, set up in response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, took their oath of enlistment on Sunday.</p>Sun, 03 Jul 2022 12:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h1g5a9oqigsjee7i9h9m2.jpegAt a Sunday swearing-in ceremony in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, central Poland, Mariusz Błaszczak, the Polish defence minister and deputy prime minister, said that Poland's duty was to build up the Polish military so that the country could respond to the current threats.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/soldiers-of-polands-new-volunteer-force-sworn-in-31494POLIN museum wins Europa Nostra Awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polin-museum-wins-europa-nostra-award-31492<p>The Warsaw-based POLIN Jewish history museum has received the 2022 Europa Nostra award for its Jewish cuisine festival, POLIN spokesman said on Sunday.</p>Sun, 03 Jul 2022 11:04:00 +0200News & PoliticsArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bweythgf0jn5n1pbya09nf.jpegPOLIN's prize-winning TISH Jewish Food Festival, an original project by the museum, was awarded in the "Education, Training and Raising Awareness" category.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polin-museum-wins-europa-nostra-award-31492Poland accepts 4.51 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-451-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31490<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.51 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Sunday morning.</p>Sun, 03 Jul 2022 09:22:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ze6o252lxcktujz1dbc60s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-451-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31490Świątek crashes out of Wimbledonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/swiatek-crashes-out-of-wimbledon-31488<p>Polish tennis star and world number one Iga Świątek has been knocked out of Wimbledon in one of the biggest upsets so far at the All England Club.</p>Sun, 03 Jul 2022 08:58:00 +0200News & PoliticsSporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/23a2j7o1z6xbxrk8zku0r6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/swiatek-crashes-out-of-wimbledon-31488Chromosomes determine one's gender says ruling party leaderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chromosomes-determine-ones-gender-says-ruling-party-leader-31485<p>The leader of Poland's ruling party, the conservative Law and Justice (PiS), has downplayed demands for more freedom in determining one's gender.</p>Sat, 02 Jul 2022 16:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gzu8y1ojr55s4ngigz3kto.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chromosomes-determine-ones-gender-says-ruling-party-leader-31485Kaczyński says banks must make deposits more attractivehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kaczynski-says-banks-must-make-deposits-more-attractive-31482<p>Banks may face an additional tax on their profits if they fail to raise interest rates on deposits amid high inflation, said Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS).</p>Sat, 02 Jul 2022 16:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/swwic8w2qvcgdmz8zhkxbs.jpeg"I don't want to make decisions for the bankers, but it must be a meaningful interest, not at the inflation level, but for the people to feel that their money is losing much less when it is deposited with a bank," Kaczyński said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kaczynski-says-banks-must-make-deposits-more-attractive-31482Tusk accuses gov't of incompetence in fighting inflationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tusk-accuses-govt-of-incompetence-in-fighting-inflation-31479<p>Donald Tusk, leader of Poland's main opposition party, the centrist Civic Platform (PO), has accused the government of mishandling inflation through incompetence and dishonesty.</p>Sat, 02 Jul 2022 14:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yoxcqplbvynywi24y1gde9.jpeg"High prices can be fought against, but there are two conditions to do it effectively," Tusk said. "People need to show basic competence and basic honesty."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tusk-accuses-govt-of-incompetence-in-fighting-inflation-31479British photography on show in Krakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-photography-on-show-in-krakow-31477<p>In this episode of The Debrief, we’re down in Kraków to check out the latest exhibition at the Museum of Photography.</p>Sat, 02 Jul 2022 14:13:00 +0200Art & CulturePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0bobjeoqr62jqddwrrcjcso.jpegMuFo Curator Dominik Kuryłek at the exhibition opening in June 2022.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-photography-on-show-in-krakow-31477Poland is third largest donor of military aid to Ukraine states BBC reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-third-largest-donor-of-military-aid-to-ukraine-states-bbc-report-31474<p>In terms of the biggest donors of military aid to Ukraine, Poland has committed the third highest amount, behind the US and the UK, according to an analysis published by the BBC on Friday.</p>Sat, 02 Jul 2022 14:04:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lv8tht8cr42b39r2hprpy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-third-largest-donor-of-military-aid-to-ukraine-states-bbc-report-31474Seven injured as storms sweep across Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/seven-injured-as-storms-sweep-across-poland-31472<p>Seven people, including two firemen, were injured as a result of storms that passed across Poland on Friday night, a spokesman for the State Fire Brigade has told PAP.</p>Sat, 02 Jul 2022 09:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x8wjhtrug9cr8fehg965x.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/seven-injured-as-storms-sweep-across-poland-31472Poland accepts 4.48 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-448-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31470<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.48 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Saturday morning.</p>Sat, 02 Jul 2022 09:21:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ngkfvg4edcohbx8w59lkx8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-448-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31470Poland must fulfill milestones for recovery plan says EC presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-must-fulfill-milestones-for-recovery-plan-says-ec-president-31466<p>Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, has said that Poland must meet its commitments regarding judicial reform before it can receive money from the Recovery and Resilience Plan.</p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 18:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a1mgv6rl6djlmtjymq3i18.jpegAccording to von der Leyen, the new law failed to remove clauses forbidding judges from questioning the independence and legal appointment of other judges.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-must-fulfill-milestones-for-recovery-plan-says-ec-president-31466Polish PM describes Nato summit outcome as promisinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-describes-nato-summit-outcome-as-promising-31464<p>Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said that the outcome of the Nato summit in Madrid was 'constructive' as it has strengthened Poland's security and Finland and Sweden were invited to join the Alliance.</p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 18:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qy9nmj9jw1kaufo5tzs1uu.jpegAccording to Morawiecki, the Nato summit in Madrid is another clear signal to Russia that security, sovereignty and territorial integrity are being treated with concern, and that the Alliance will never accept aggressive actions. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-describes-nato-summit-outcome-as-promising-31464Goldman Sachs predicts 75-bps interest rate hike in Julyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/goldman-sachs-predicts-75-bps-interest-rate-hike-in-july-31462<p>Analysts at investment bank Goldman Sachs (GS) have predicted a 75-basis point increase in interest rates at the next sitting of Poland's Monetary Policy Council (RPP), scheduled for July 7.</p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 17:23:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bty1nzc5qqujmhyqfkovdq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/goldman-sachs-predicts-75-bps-interest-rate-hike-in-july-31462Poland presents ambulances to Ukrainehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-presents-ambulances-to-ukraine-31460<p>Poland has handed over 25 ambulances to Ukraine as part of a project run by the International Solidarity Foundation in cooperation with a Polish bank.</p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 16:35:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2megem2fxim70cm2i957bv.jpeg"This project envisages assistance to 120 hromadas (administrative districts - PAP) all over Ukraine," Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński said in Lviv on Friday after he had presented the vehicles to representatives of Ukrainian municipalities.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-presents-ambulances-to-ukraine-31460Media of the Future: Reliable information, like public schools, should be freehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/media-of-the-future-reliable-information-like-public-schools-should-be-free-581<p>"The most effective way to gradually eradicate fake news from the public debate is to make it easier for citizens to access information prepared by press agencies," said Kiril Valchev, General Director of the Bulgarian Press Agency (BTA).</p><p>Valchev was one of the guests of the Media of the Future conference organized by the Polish Press Agency.</p><p>The Director of BTA also referred to the strategic agreement with PAP signed a week ago, saying: "As part of the agreement, each agency will publish one article of the partner editorial office every day. We will also be able to use each other's information and photo services. In the era of the fake news pandemic, this type of cooperation takes on additional importance for the societies of both our countries.”</p><p>The fourth edition of the Media of the Future conference was attended by representatives of mass media, technology companies and publishers from Poland and abroad. Special guests of the event were the heads of leading European press agencies.</p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 14:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x4ju4gbfqp63q51nk5cha.pngValchev was one of the guests of the Media of the Future conference organized by the Polish Press Agency. https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/media-of-the-future-reliable-information-like-public-schools-should-be-free-581Media of the Future: In the information domain, the war began before February 24https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/media-of-the-future-in-the-information-domain-the-war-began-before-february-24-579<p>"The fight against Russian disinformation is a priority for all news agencies of the free world today," General Director of Thomas Foundation Caro Kriel said during the Media of the Future conference organized by the Polish Press Agency.</p><p>She added: "First the pandemic, and now the aggression in Ukraine have shown that fake news, even created by amateurs, can destabilize entire societies. Therefore, the number one goal for professional and reliable media must be to constantly improve the qualifications of their employees and provide them with modern tools that allow quick and effective verification of information.”<br><br>The fourth edition of the Media of the Future conference was attended by representatives of mass media, technology companies and publishers from Poland and abroad. Special guests of the event were the heads of European Press Agencies.</p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 14:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i0nnhe9q39l76e0kzu8sl.png"The fight against Russian disinformation is a priority for all news agencies of the free world today," General Director of Thomas Foundation Caro Kriel said during the Media of the Future conference organized by the Polish Press Agency.https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/media-of-the-future-in-the-information-domain-the-war-began-before-february-24-579Polish FM calls for tighter sanctions on Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-calls-for-tighter-sanctions-on-russia-31453<p>Poland’s foreign minister has called on the European Union to impose a new and tougher sanctions package on Russia, saying the current ones are "insufficient."</p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 13:58:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zji0urys55jf1cvr98jq.jpegZbigniew Rau made the appeal in Helsinki where he met on Friday his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-calls-for-tighter-sanctions-on-russia-31453‘Cursed soldier’ hero finally laid to rest after long-lost remains found in unmarked gravehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cursed-soldier-hero-finally-laid-to-rest-after-long-lost-remains-found-in-unmarked-grave-31451<p><span lang="EN-US">A solider described as one of the “bravest and most dynamic” of Poland’s Cursed Soldiers has finally been honoured with a public funeral following the discovery of his remains last year.</span></p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 13:48:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7o6j8svslnxblznmvian0o.jpegHenryk Wieliczko was buried with full honours in Lublin following the discovery of his remains in an unmarked grave.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cursed-soldier-hero-finally-laid-to-rest-after-long-lost-remains-found-in-unmarked-grave-31451Intercity rail carrier handles record number of passengershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/intercity-rail-carrier-handles-record-number-of-passengers-31449<p>Railway company PKP Intercity carried a record number of passengers in the first six months of this year, the company has reported.</p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 13:42:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ttmb56umvxfv8c4arex85.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/intercity-rail-carrier-handles-record-number-of-passengers-31449Poland to buy 32 multi-role choppers for land forceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-buy-32-multi-role-choppers-for-land-forces-31447<p>Poland has ordered 32 AgustaWestland AW149 multi-role helicopters for the Polish Army for EUR 1.75 billion.</p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 13:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yrhjr6xjkzomdj05d57c4a.jpegMariusz Blaszczak, the Polish defence minister, signed an agreement with aircraft manufacturer Leonardo on Friday in the eastern town of Swidnik, where the aviation company has its manufacturing branch.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-buy-32-multi-role-choppers-for-land-forces-31447Polish minister downplays ambassador’s comments about Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-minister-downplays-ambassadors-comments-about-poland-31445<p>A Polish deputy foreign minister has played down comments made by Ukraine's ambassador to Germany that belittled crimes committed by Ukrainian nationalists on Poles during World War II.</p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 13:22:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f3hdgvgs3bwiw1qkd7ky.jpegMarcin Przydacz, a deputy foreign minister, commenting on Melnyk's statements told the Wirtualna Polska news website that "this type of approach and words are absolutely unacceptable," however, Przydacz added, Poland is interested only in the position of the Ukrainian government and not particular individuals.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-minister-downplays-ambassadors-comments-about-poland-31445Mystery surrounds ‘spooky magic witch circles’ found ‘hidden in plain sight’ at opposite ends of the countryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mystery-surrounds-spooky-magic-witch-circles-found-hidden-in-plain-sight-at-opposite-ends-of-the-country-31443<p><span lang="EN-US">Spooky ‘magic circles’ used to ward off evil spirits have been found hidden in plain sight at different ends of the country.</span></p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 12:17:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mtphwgdfyxcr7f6i5al90i.pngThe apotropaic medieval signs used to ward off evil spirits were discovered in a secret stairwell at Kraków’s Wawel Castle and in the roof of an old cathedral in Kamień Pomorski by the Polish coast.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mystery-surrounds-spooky-magic-witch-circles-found-hidden-in-plain-sight-at-opposite-ends-of-the-country-31443Poland working on emergency notification systemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-working-on-emergency-notification-system-31441<p>Poland will use Ukraine's experience in developing a system for notifying the public of any threats, including military ones, a presidential minister has said.</p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:47:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e2xy0fx9kziex07camowmi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-working-on-emergency-notification-system-31441Poland's CPI hits 15.6 pct y/y in May - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-hits-156-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-31439<p>Prices of consumer goods and services (Consumer Price Index, CPI) increased by 15.6 percent year on year and by 1.5 percent month on month in May 2022, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported in a flash estimate on Friday.</p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:44:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0w2mb9bac7mhtf8ao0roilb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-hits-156-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-31439Jourova's statement was 'private' says ruling party spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jourovas-statement-was-private-says-ruling-party-spokesman-31437<p>Vera Jourova, vice president of the European Commission, was expressing her private opinion when she suggested that Poland's amended Supreme Court law fails to meet the conditions set out in the country's recovery plan (KPO), the ruling party Law and Justice spokesman has claimed.</p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hqah4o33sdtgzl79dypxwt.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jourovas-statement-was-private-says-ruling-party-spokesman-31437Poland's manufacturing PMI down m/m in Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-down-mm-in-june-31436<p>Poland's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell to 44.4 points in June 2022 from 48.5 points in May, economic researcher S&amp;P Global reported on Wednesday.</p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:29:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's manufacturing PMI down m/m in Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-down-mm-in-june-31436Poland accepts 4.46 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-446-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31434<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.46 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Friday morning.</p>Fri, 01 Jul 2022 08:57:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hom0951lhzfqwwze4utkic.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-446-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31434MFA concerned over desecration of Polish memorials in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mfa-concerned-over-desecration-of-polish-memorials-in-belarus-31432<p>Poland's foreign ministry has raised concerns over the increasing number of acts of vandalism against Polish memorial sites in Belarus.</p>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 20:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMFA concerned over desecration of Polish memorials in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mfa-concerned-over-desecration-of-polish-memorials-in-belarus-31432Removal of supreme court disciplinary chamber incompliant with demands, EC sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/removal-of-supreme-court-disciplinary-chamber-incompliant-with-demands-ec-says-31430<p>New legislation abolishing a disciplinary chamber for judges at the Polish Supreme Court, which has been at the heart of a dispute between Brussels and Warsaw, fails to rescind changes to the Polish judicial system that have been questioned by the Commission, Christian Wigand, the Commission’s spokesman, has said.</p>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRemoval of supreme court disciplinary chamber incompliant with demands, EC sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/removal-of-supreme-court-disciplinary-chamber-incompliant-with-demands-ec-says-31430PM defends Poland's amended Supreme Court lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-defends-polands-amended-supreme-court-law-31428<p>Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has defended a new Supreme Court law scrapping a disputed disciplinary chamber for judges, a necessary step to receive EU post-pandemic recovery funds after a senior EU official questioned the validity of the amendment.</p>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zhso6ynteeevx03ui4gzb.jpegResponding to Jourova's statement, Morawiecki told a press conference later on Thursday that if somebody was looking for problems they would always find something that "may not fit", adding "we need to de-dramatise the situation, we need unity and solidarity."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-defends-polands-amended-supreme-court-law-31428New bi-lingual book hailed as ‘love letter’ to one of Warsaw’s quirkiest streetshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-bi-lingual-book-hailed-as-love-letter-to-one-of-warsaws-quirkiest-streets-31426<p><span lang="EN-US">Laying bare the secrets and the stories behind one of Warsaw’s quirkiest streets, a new book is set to achieve cult status for its charming exploration of the city’s hidden side.</span></p>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:34:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2o9kpqjf45kmcwc6wjwrq.jpegLaying bare the secrets and the stories behind Warsaw’s Hoża street, the new Polish-English language book is set to achieve cult status for its charming exploration of the city’s hidden side. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-bi-lingual-book-hailed-as-love-letter-to-one-of-warsaws-quirkiest-streets-31426Poland successfully concludes EU funding talkshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-successfully-concludes-eu-funding-talks-31425<p>The Polish government and the European Commission have concluded negotiations on Poland's Partnership Agreement with the EU, which enables the release of EUR 76 billion in EU funds for the country, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said.</p>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bguq030z3dkpnjikgrgp4l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-successfully-concludes-eu-funding-talks-31425Pole abducted in April in Burkina Faso releasedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-abducted-in-april-in-burkina-faso-released-31423<p>A Polish citizen who was abducted in Burkina Faso in late April has been released in recent days, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has confirmed.</p>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPole abducted in April in Burkina Faso releasedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-abducted-in-april-in-burkina-faso-released-31423Permanent US base in Poland is first of many to come in CEE says ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/permanent-us-base-in-poland-is-first-of-many-to-come-in-cee-says-minister-31421<p>The placement of the main command of the US Army's V Corps in Poland is the first step to adding other permanent US bases in Central and Eastern Europe, Poland’s foreign minister said in Madrid, on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/044172dc9ss90ofqobi1uvy.jpegZbigniew Rau told journalists at the Nato summit that Polish authorities had taken the position that the NATO-Russia Founding Act from 1997, which had long ensured cooperation between the alliance and Moscow, had expired.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/permanent-us-base-in-poland-is-first-of-many-to-come-in-cee-says-minister-31421EC okays Polish public aid scheme for firms hit by Ukraine warhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-okays-polish-public-aid-scheme-for-firms-hit-by-ukraine-war-31419<p>The European Commission (EC) has approved a Polish EUR 1.2-billion public aid programme for companies affected by Russia's war against Ukraine.</p>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:39:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEC okays Polish public aid scheme for firms hit by Ukraine warhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-okays-polish-public-aid-scheme-for-firms-hit-by-ukraine-war-31419Ducklings have ‘quacky ending’ after escaping 10-metre high tree nesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ducklings-have-quacky-ending-after-escaping-10-metre-high-tree-nest-31417<p><span lang="EN-US">A family of ducklings hatched inside a tree was saved after one was spotted plummeting to the ground from its nest 10-metres up.</span></p>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:34:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ftzh7mpaforp7hja1ngxuo.jpegAfter seeing one of the newly-hatched chicks plummeting to the ground, quick-thinking researchers from the University of Rzeszów rushed to the rescue.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ducklings-have-quacky-ending-after-escaping-10-metre-high-tree-nest-31417Health minister hails vaccine contract renegotiation as EU successhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-minister-hails-vaccine-contract-renegotiation-as-eu-success-31416<p>Poland's health minister has told PAP that a decision to launch talks on the renegotiation of coronavirus vaccine contracts is a success of EU coherence and solidarity.</p>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p467zqbf83hsx9hjanr0i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-minister-hails-vaccine-contract-renegotiation-as-eu-success-31416Poland's unemployment rate at 2.7 pct in May - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-27-pct-in-may---eurostat-31415<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 2.7 percent in May 2022 from the previous month, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office, reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:42:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate at 2.7 pct in May - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-27-pct-in-may---eurostat-31415Auschwitz museum accuses Russia of ‘gross’ propaganda over fake social media postshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-accuses-russia-of-gross-propaganda-over-fake-social-media-posts-31413<p><span lang="EN-US">The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum has accused Russia of targeting it with ‘primitive and gross’ propaganda.</span></p>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:33:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j8qge44sl092eoihrgl79x.jpegThe museum said that social media posts claiming to show anti-Russian stickers placed around the site of the former WWII German death camp were fake and a ‘manipulation.’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-accuses-russia-of-gross-propaganda-over-fake-social-media-posts-31413Nato summit a response to threats posed by Russia says presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-summit-a-response-to-threats-posed-by-russia-says-president-31411<p>The Nato summit, being held in Madrid, is a response to the threats posed by Russia and aims to strengthen the security of its members, Andrzej Duda, the president of Poland, said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3fmouvyrxeyky24b3m0xy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-summit-a-response-to-threats-posed-by-russia-says-president-31411Poland completes new border fencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-completes-new-border-fence-31410<p>Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, on Thursday inaugurated a 187-kilometre stretch of a new fence on Poland's border with Belarus.</p>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6qirxoxw5yo9a65i7vte69.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-completes-new-border-fence-31410Poland accepts 4.43 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-443-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31409<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.43 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Thursday morning.</p>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:27:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1c14dv4j9bwu0jrf2116tg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-443-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31409Ruling coalition leads in opinion pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-coalition-leads-in-opinion-poll-31407<p>If parliamentary elections were to be held in Poland this Sunday, the ruling United Right coalition could count of 34.4 percent of the vote, according to a new poll, with the main opposition grouping, Civic Coalition, on 24.5 percent.</p>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRuling coalition leads in opinion pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-coalition-leads-in-opinion-poll-31407US command post establishment in Poland reaction to threat says MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-command-post-establishment-in-poland-reaction-to-threat-says-mod-31405<p>The decision to put US forces on Nato’s eastern flank under the command of headquarters based in Poland is a response to the dangers caused by the Ukraine war, Poland’s defence minister said on Wednesday afternoon.</p>Wed, 29 Jun 2022 20:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/in9u7ku17ueeqedaxih7zw.jpeg"The decision which we had been striving for over the years has been made, and the forward element of the V Corps command will be permanently stationed in Poland,” said Mariusz Błaszczak.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-command-post-establishment-in-poland-reaction-to-threat-says-mod-31405Nato's defence of eastern allies will be swift and strong says Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/natos-defence-of-eastern-allies-will-be-swift-and-strong-says-duda-31402<p>Nato’s defence of the Baltic States and Poland will be immediate and on a large scale, if they come under attack, Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, has said.</p>Wed, 29 Jun 2022 18:49:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ffclum2d6vq7ofx85c27.jpegAccording to the president, the Baltic States and Poland are most often targeted by Russian politicians owing to their support for Ukraine in its war against Russia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/natos-defence-of-eastern-allies-will-be-swift-and-strong-says-duda-31402Pentagon says US will seek to enhance its force presence in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pentagon-says-us-will-seek-to-enhance-its-force-presence-in-poland-31400<p>The United States will maintain and seek to increase the rotational force in Poland, the Pentagon said in a statement summarising Washington's new commitments to European security announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 29 Jun 2022 18:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hilc7xvnjhcio9wdx8e7jg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pentagon-says-us-will-seek-to-enhance-its-force-presence-in-poland-31400Nato's Nordic expansion is crucial for Poland says Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/natos-nordic-expansion-is-crucial-for-poland-says-duda-31398<p>The Polish president, Andrzej Duda, has called Nato's invitation to Sweden and Finland to join the bloc "a historic decision".</p>Wed, 29 Jun 2022 17:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0gd7luo99bxoob3tqgdcrrj.jpeg"The green light for Sweden and Finland to join Nato is certainly a historic moment from the point of view of the whole Alliance," he added.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/natos-nordic-expansion-is-crucial-for-poland-says-duda-31398Duda lauds US decision to set up HQ for its Army V Corps in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-lauds-us-decision-to-set-up-hq-for-its-army-v-corps-in-poland-31396<p>Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, has welcomed Washington's "long-awaited" decision to establish the permanent headquarters of the US Army's V Corps in Poland.</p>Wed, 29 Jun 2022 17:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l913lgeicid1b518vbjrk.jpeg"Undoubtedly, this is a fact that greatly strengthens our security, and is an additional guarantee in the present and very difficult situation," Duda said. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-lauds-us-decision-to-set-up-hq-for-its-army-v-corps-in-poland-31396Permanent US Army V Corps HQs crucial for Poland says dep defence minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/permanent-us-army-v-corps-hqs-crucial-for-poland-says-dep-defence-min-31393<p>Poland’s deputy defence minister has described Washington's decision to set up the permanent headquarters for US Army's V Corps in Poland as "absolutely crucial".</p>Wed, 29 Jun 2022 15:57:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fuma81gcvxryxly01fbpe.jpegPresident Joe Biden announced at the Nato summit in Madrid on Wednesday that the United States will boost its military presence in Europe, and create a permanent headquarters for its Army V Corps in Poland in response to threats coming from Moscow after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/permanent-us-army-v-corps-hqs-crucial-for-poland-says-dep-defence-min-31393Cold cases of priests ‘murdered’ by communist secret police to be reopenedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cold-cases-of-priests-murdered-by-communist-secret-police-to-be-reopened-31391<p><span lang="en-US">The cold cases of priests who died in unclear circumstances and are widely believed to have been murdered by the Communist security services are to be reinvestigated by the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN).</span></p>Wed, 29 Jun 2022 14:33:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h7lorcsu44fppwb6y0ochj.pngAccording to IPN president Dr Karol Nawrocki, chief among the renewed investigations are three opposition priests who died in suspicious circumstances in 1989.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cold-cases-of-priests-murdered-by-communist-secret-police-to-be-reopened-31391Poles fear financial straits due to Ukraine war - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-fear-financial-straits-due-to-ukraine-war---survey-31390<p>Sixty-three percent of Poles fear financial problems in connection with the Russia-Ukraine war, up 2 percentage points (pps) from April, a survey by Deloitte revealed on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 29 Jun 2022 13:29:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4p5dllmfybenz50ueydd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-fear-financial-straits-due-to-ukraine-war---survey-31390New wave office inspired by Wrocław train station becomes darling of the design worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-wave-office-inspired-by-wroclaw-train-station-becomes-darling-of-the-design-world-31388<p><span lang="en-US">An IT firm in Wrocław has won the attention and admiration of the nation’s lifestyle and architectural press after unveiling a new office space inspired by the city’s nearby train station.</span></p>Wed, 29 Jun 2022 12:44:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/30383w78hpkizzmm9og7mp.jpegThe 500 sq/m office in Wrocław has earned plaudits for the manner in which it has captured the spirit of the city whilst simultaneously breaking down concepts of hierarchy to instead place an emphasis on teamwork, creativity and the open exchange of ideas.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-wave-office-inspired-by-wroclaw-train-station-becomes-darling-of-the-design-world-31388Permanent HQ for US Army's V Corps to be set up in Poland says Bidenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/permanent-hq-for-us-armys-v-corps-to-be-set-up-in-poland-says-biden-31386<p>US President Joe Biden announced, at the Nato summit in Madrid, that the US would be strengthening its military presence in Europe adding that it would create the permanent headquarters of the US Army's V Corps in Poland.</p>Wed, 29 Jun 2022 11:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0xmeexjlag0j75btcqv94e7.jpeg"Today I'm announcing the United States will enhance our force posture in Europe and respond to the changing security environment as well as strengthening our collective security," Biden said on Wednesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/permanent-hq-for-us-armys-v-corps-to-be-set-up-in-poland-says-biden-31386Poland reports 2,422 coronavirus cases, 20 deaths between June 23-29https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-2422-coronavirus-cases-20-deaths-between-june-23-29-31384<p>Poland recorded 2,422 confirmed coronavirus cases and 20 deaths between June 23 and June 29, 2022, data released by the Health Ministry on Wednesday shows.</p>Wed, 29 Jun 2022 11:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iyefiq029if4mv64zdkn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-2422-coronavirus-cases-20-deaths-between-june-23-29-31384Air agency, air traffic controller unions reach agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/air-agency-air-traffic-controller-unions-reach-agreement-31382<p>The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PAZP) and protesting air traffic controller unions have reached agreement on wages and working conditions, PAZP CEO Anita Oleksiak told a press conference on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 29 Jun 2022 11:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kdw71ixn6ekv174ozp06m.jpegOleksiak (R) said both sides reached an understanding regarding new wage regulations and changes in working conditions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/air-agency-air-traffic-controller-unions-reach-agreement-31382Unity, solidarity most important in Nato, says presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unity-solidarity-most-important-in-nato-says-president-31380<p>Poland's president said on Wednesday that the two things he most wanted to see at the Nato summit in Madrid were unity and solidarity within the alliance.</p>Wed, 29 Jun 2022 11:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rbpgf9bek8hmbn8t5pobc.jpegDuda put emphasis on Nato's new strategic concept, in which he said the "conceptual apparatus has fundamentally changed."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unity-solidarity-most-important-in-nato-says-president-31380Turkish okay for new Nato members an important move says officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/turkish-okay-for-new-nato-members-an-important-move-says-official-31378<p>Turkey's consent to back the accession of Sweden and Finland to Nato is an important move, a government official said on Tuesday evening.</p>Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTurkish okay for new Nato members an important move says officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/turkish-okay-for-new-nato-members-an-important-move-says-official-31378Poland accepts 4.41 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-441-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31376<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.41 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Wednesday morning.</p>Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:10:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ch76u3cuvbrh8wezldrvz.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-441-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31376Warsaw bourse finalises acquisition of majority stake in AMXhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-bourse-finalises-acquisition-of-majority-stake-in-amx-31373<p>The Warsaw Stock Exchange (GPW) has signed an agreement to acquire a 65.03 percent share in the Armenia Securities Exchange (AMX), the Polish bourse announced in a press statement.</p>Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:52:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u313gisr0bacb5x24utz4v.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-bourse-finalises-acquisition-of-majority-stake-in-amx-31373PAP conference addresses threats of fake newshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pap-conference-addresses-threats-of-fake-news-31371<p>Participants in the fourth Media of the Future conference, organised by PAP, have highlighted the importance of joint action to tackle the problem of disinformation and fake news.</p>Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:17:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8qjd2q31l6dvupa7ww54ul.jpegConference participants took part in a debate conducted by the PAP president entitled “War in the media”.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pap-conference-addresses-threats-of-fake-news-31371Russia biggest threat to Nato states, president warnshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-biggest-threat-to-nato-states-president-warns-31369<p>Russia now poses the biggest threat to Nato members, Poland's president said on Tuesday ahead of an alliance summit in Madrid.</p>Tue, 28 Jun 2022 15:06:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a17bd0ffjx8a71v1yfytc9.jpegAndrzej Duda, who will represent Poland throughout the summit, said that a few years ago Nato regarded Russia as a partner, but now its position had to change. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-biggest-threat-to-nato-states-president-warns-31369Poland wants Sweden, Finland to join Nato says gov't spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-sweden-finland-to-join-nato-says-govt-spokesman-31367<p>The Polish government has approved protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty, paving the way for accession of Sweden and Finland to Nato, saying their membership of Nato will strengthen regional security.</p>Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:24:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hifp31xzohcm29o379rw4p.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-sweden-finland-to-join-nato-says-govt-spokesman-31367Heard about this? Massive lump of Gdańsk amber weighing 68kg 200g is world's biggesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/heard-about-this-massive-lump-of-gdansk-amber-weighing-68kg-200g-is-worlds-biggest-31365<p><span lang="en-US">A lump of amber on display in Gdansk is set to enter the record books as the world's biggest piece of amber, after it weighed in at 68kg 200g.</span></p>Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:08:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mryy48ehklyyxtc5oeyaj.jpegWorth an estimated PLN 140,000 (EUR 29,803) the piece was officially weighed and measured at the city's Museum of Amber to mark World Amber Day.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/heard-about-this-massive-lump-of-gdansk-amber-weighing-68kg-200g-is-worlds-biggest-31365EXCLUSIVE: Decades-old mystery solved after satellite shows ‘Bluetooth Viking king’ IS buried in Polish villagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decades-old-mystery-solved-after-satellite-shows-bluetooth-viking-king-is-buried-in-polish-village-31361<p><span lang="en-US">The long-lost burial site of a Viking king whose name was the inspiration for Bluetooth wireless technology has been found in a village in Poland.</span></p>Tue, 28 Jun 2022 12:27:00 +0200ScienceHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0nvdw78rvzle6omahzi1b6.pngUsing satellite remote sensing tools, researchers say they have now solved ‘one of history’s most enduring mysteries’ and confirmed that a large Viking Age burial mound in the village of Wiejkowo did belong to the 10th century king of Denmark and Norway, Harald Gormsson Bluetooth.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decades-old-mystery-solved-after-satellite-shows-bluetooth-viking-king-is-buried-in-polish-village-31361Removal of Polish flags from Katyn memorial' tramples' on victims' memory - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/removal-of-polish-flags-from-katyn-memorial-tramples-on-victims-memory---official-31359<p>Russia is “trampling on the memory” of the victims of the Katyn Massacre by removing Polish flags from their cemetery, a Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman has claimed.</p>Tue, 28 Jun 2022 12:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gl3jpjfvvq8vcgmoy3puh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/removal-of-polish-flags-from-katyn-memorial-tramples-on-victims-memory---official-31359Fossil-fuel vehicle ban unacceptable for Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fossil-fuel-vehicle-ban-unacceptable-for-poland-31357<p>Poland has dismissed as unacceptable a European Commission (EC) proposal to ban the sale of fossil-fuel powered cars by 2035.</p>Tue, 28 Jun 2022 12:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFossil-fuel vehicle ban unacceptable for Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fossil-fuel-vehicle-ban-unacceptable-for-poland-31357Poland's inflation is likely to go up says gov't spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-is-likely-to-go-up-says-govt-spokesman-31355<p>Inflation in Poland is expected to continue to rise, the Polish government spokesman has said.</p>Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:37:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jtd9zasz1ziakckmbfk2tb.jpegMueller added that in order to combat high prices, the government had lowered taxes and prolonged the anti-inflation shield until the end of October.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-is-likely-to-go-up-says-govt-spokesman-31355Around 260,000 Ukrainians find jobs in Poland via simplified procedurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/around-260000-ukrainians-find-jobs-in-poland-via-simplified-procedure-31353<p>As many as 260,000 Ukrainians have found employment under a simplified procedure introduced to help them find work, the Polish family and social policy minister said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 28 Jun 2022 09:16:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAround 260,000 Ukrainians find jobs in Poland via simplified procedurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/around-260000-ukrainians-find-jobs-in-poland-via-simplified-procedure-31353Poland accepts 4.39 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-439-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31351<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.39 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Tuesday morning.</p>Tue, 28 Jun 2022 09:09:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gu99ql19289k9310c5llo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-439-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31351Future of west is in question writes PM in Politico articlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/future-of-west-is-in-question-writes-pm-in-politico-article-31349<p>Without more forceful intervention in Ukraine's war, the consequences for the U.S. and Europe could be devastating, Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland’s prime minister, wrote in an article published on the Politico website, on Monday.</p>Mon, 27 Jun 2022 21:08:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1trvy7yosygn65r3mhvq9b.jpeg“If Ukraine falls, the foundations on which we have built our plans for the future will also collapse,” Mateusz Morawiecki wrote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/future-of-west-is-in-question-writes-pm-in-politico-article-31349Poland exceeds EU target of renewable energy share in energy mixhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-exceeds-eu-target-of-renewable-energy-share-in-energy-mix-31347<p>The state assets minister has said that Poland has already exceeded the EU target of renewable energy share in total energy production.</p>Mon, 27 Jun 2022 16:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m6ctspbk96r70r1cm4q5e.jpeg"Poland has already exceeded the EU target of a 15 percent share in the energy mix, which it has been told to reach," Sasin said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-exceeds-eu-target-of-renewable-energy-share-in-energy-mix-31347Nato to strengthen presence on eastern flank - Stoltenberghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-to-strengthen-presence-on-eastern-flank---stoltenberg-31345<p>Nato will upgrade its battle groups on its eastern flank to brigade level, and will increase its high-readiness forces to 300,000 troops from the current number of 40,000, Jens Stoltenberg, Nato secretary-general, has said.</p>Mon, 27 Jun 2022 15:32:00 +0200Ukrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xvy715dhbojftiif2xtrkr.jpeg"We will transform the Nato response force and increase the number of our high-readiness forces to well over 300,000," Stoltenberg said ahead of a Nato summit to be held in Madrid later this week.vhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-to-strengthen-presence-on-eastern-flank---stoltenberg-31345Vaccine against omicron variant available from September - Health Minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vaccine-against-omicron-variant-available-from-september---health-min-31341<p>Vaccines for the Omicron Covid variant will be available from September, the health minister has announced.</p>Mon, 27 Jun 2022 14:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t012q40hj5fv0j6gpdg4t.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vaccine-against-omicron-variant-available-from-september---health-min-31341Huge Arctic walrus spotted on local beach in first ever Polish sightinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/huge-arctic-walrus-spotted-on-local-beach-in-first-ever-polish-sighting-31339<p><span lang="en-US">A walrus has been spotted on the beach on Poland’s northern coast, the first ever such sighting of the Arctic mammal in the Baltic Sea.</span></p>Mon, 27 Jun 2022 13:46:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6gr2hpedmgpipkd1pprx9q.pngThe 2-metre-long mammal weighing 50kg appeared on the beach in Łazy, close to the seaside resort of Mielno.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/huge-arctic-walrus-spotted-on-local-beach-in-first-ever-polish-sighting-31339Orlen CEO says Lotos acquisition to complete at turn of July/Augusthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-ceo-says-lotos-acquisition-to-complete-at-turn-of-julyaugust-31337<p>The takeover by PKN Orlen, the dominant Polish fuel firm, of its smaller rival, the Lotos Group, should be completed in late July or early August, and the takeover of gas company PGNiG in late September to early October, PKN Orlen's CEO has said.</p>Mon, 27 Jun 2022 13:38:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wktg8gkfsmbgjiko7f6j7.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-ceo-says-lotos-acquisition-to-complete-at-turn-of-julyaugust-31337First war-damaged Russian tanks go on show in Warsaw to ‘prove that the Russians can be defeated’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-war-damaged-russian-tanks-go-on-show-in-warsaw-to-prove-that-the-russians-can-be-defeated-31334<p><span lang="en-US">A destroyed Russian T-72 and a self-propelled howitzer have gone on display in central Warsaw to show that Russia’s army can be defeated.</span></p>Mon, 27 Jun 2022 13:01:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifeUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tc9huhla2ia72do73khwn.jpegThe military hardware are part of a broader exhibition entitled 'The Invincible Army', which will later move on to other European capitals.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-war-damaged-russian-tanks-go-on-show-in-warsaw-to-prove-that-the-russians-can-be-defeated-31334Polish military assistance to Ukraine hits EUR 1.8 blnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-military-assistance-to-ukraine-hits-eur-18-bln-31332<p>The value of Polish military assistance to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion has exceeded EUR 1.8 billion, according to the head of Poland's Prime Minister's Office.</p>Mon, 27 Jun 2022 12:34:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y0oagewevhh1ob6dxpl8e.jpegMichal Dworczyk told Radio Plus on Monday that "the sum is constantly growing."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-military-assistance-to-ukraine-hits-eur-18-bln-31332Over 22,500 to take part in World Urban Forum in Katowice says ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-22500-to-take-part-in-world-urban-forum-in-katowice-says-minister-31330<p>More than 22,500 people have registered to take part in the 11th World Urban Forum (WU11) in the southern Polish city of Katowice, the minister for funds and regional policy has announced.</p>Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rjd3154so7yim22iuvcf.jpeg"We hope that the number of participants will be a record," Grzegorz Puda told private broadcaster Polsat News on Monday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-22500-to-take-part-in-world-urban-forum-in-katowice-says-minister-31330Junior ally admits ruling coalition is dividedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/junior-ally-admits-ruling-coalition-is-divided-31329<p>Zbigniew Ziobro, leader of a small Eurosceptic ally in Poland's governing coalition, United Right, has admitted that the government is divided on issues such as justice reforms, relations with the EU and energy policy.</p>Mon, 27 Jun 2022 09:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgJunior ally admits ruling coalition is dividedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/junior-ally-admits-ruling-coalition-is-divided-31329Poland accepts 4.37 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-437-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31327<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.37 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Monday morning.</p>Mon, 27 Jun 2022 09:01:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bhl2f1fhieqz91cmsfqbd9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-437-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31327Removal of Polish flag at Katyn unacceptable, says deputy FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/removal-of-polish-flag-at-katyn-unacceptable-says-deputy-fm-31326<p>Attempts to remove a Polish flag from the Katyn Massacre memorial site in Russia are "absolutely unacceptable" and show "how far away Russia is today from civilisational standards," a Polish deputy foreign minister has said.</p>Mon, 27 Jun 2022 08:56:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iqy5980i7yjji6jxeq9nm.jpegThe removal of Polish flags from the Katyn memorial site was reported by independent Russian news website Meduza, quoting Smolensk Mayor Andrey Borisov.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/removal-of-polish-flag-at-katyn-unacceptable-says-deputy-fm-31326MoD approves contract for three mine hunters for Polish Navyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mod-approves-contract-for-three-mine-hunters-for-polish-navy-31324<p>Poland's minister of defence said on Sunday he had approved a contract for three further Kormoran II-type mine hunters for the Polish Navy to be built at a Polish shipyard, adding that the Polish armed forces' main task was deterrence.</p>Sun, 26 Jun 2022 19:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3hcg9e647yy3dgyk65scrg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mod-approves-contract-for-three-mine-hunters-for-polish-navy-31324Poland protests against removal of Polish flags from Katyn memorialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-protests-against-removal-of-polish-flags-from-katyn-memorial-31322<p>Poland has officially protested against the removal by the Russian authorities of Polish flags from the Katyn war cemetery, a presidential official has said.</p>Sun, 26 Jun 2022 13:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hburebc8bf770b45tyu2ua.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-protests-against-removal-of-polish-flags-from-katyn-memorial-31322Ruling party leader says Poland's sustainable development is a goalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-leader-says-polands-sustainable-development-is-a-goal-31320<p>Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, has said that Poland's sustainable development has been a top priority for his grouping.</p>Sun, 26 Jun 2022 10:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ipn5vu3852jvp0zkdwv2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-leader-says-polands-sustainable-development-is-a-goal-31320Poland accepts 4.34 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-434-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31319<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.34 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Sunday morning.</p>Sun, 26 Jun 2022 10:47:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9fzuhqre9thb8c02po5c6g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-434-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31319EC to refund Poland's outays on military equipment for Ukraine says PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-to-refund-polands-outays-on-military-equipment-for-ukraine-says-pm-31318<p>Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said that Poland will be reimbursed by the European Commission for the military equipment it has handed over to Ukraine.</p>Sun, 26 Jun 2022 10:42:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mc2v5y74f6iyrgj0wvlk9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-to-refund-polands-outays-on-military-equipment-for-ukraine-says-pm-31318Poles take swimming silver, bronze in FINA World Championships 2022https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-take-swimming-silver-bronze-in-fina-world-championships-2022-31316<p>Poland's Katarzyna Wasick won a silver medal and Ksawery Masiuk a bronze at the FINA swimming World Championships 2022 in Budapest on Saturday.</p>Sun, 26 Jun 2022 10:36:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/89sj7sguxnft6ni8ihyne.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-take-swimming-silver-bronze-in-fina-world-championships-2022-31316Tensions between Poland and Russia mount as Polish flag removed from Katyn war memorial in Smolenskhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tensions-between-poland-and-russia-mount-as-polish-flag-removed-from-katyn-war-memorial-in-smolensk-31312<p>Relations between Warsaw and Moscow have hit a new low following the removal of the Polish flag from the Polish War Cemetery in Katyn.</p>Sat, 25 Jun 2022 18:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/96y1zfmaaz8o98tnblbdbo.pngOn Friday, Smolensk mayor Andrei Borisov posted on social media a photo of the memorial site showing a Russian flag next to the empty flagpole.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tensions-between-poland-and-russia-mount-as-polish-flag-removed-from-katyn-war-memorial-in-smolensk-31312Ruling party in comfortable lead over oppositionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-in-comfortable-lead-over-opposition-31310<p>Poland's ruling United Right coalition, led by the conservative Law and Justice (PiS), could count on 38 percent of the vote, leaving its main rival 11.1 percentage points behind, if elections were held at the end of June.</p>Sat, 25 Jun 2022 18:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRuling party in comfortable lead over oppositionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-in-comfortable-lead-over-opposition-31310Warsaw to ask Nato to increase presence in Poland says MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-ask-nato-to-increase-presence-in-poland-says-mod-31308<p>Poland will advocate for an increased Nato presence in the country in the face of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Mariusz Blaszczak, the defence minister, has said.</p>Sat, 25 Jun 2022 10:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ejttynfoksd7fr8nv50vta.jpegBlaszczak, whose position on Poland's political scene has strengthened with a recent promotion to a deputy prime minister role, said the conflict in Ukraine should convince sceptics to reassess their stance.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-ask-nato-to-increase-presence-in-poland-says-mod-31308Poland accepts 4.32 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-432-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31306<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.32 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Saturday morning.</p>Sat, 25 Jun 2022 10:02:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5ds9huubmed3jdwbzq6e6r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-432-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31306Training the engineers of Ukraine’s tomorrowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/training-the-engineers-of-ukraines-tomorrow-31295<p>The Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Technology in Kraków is now offering studies in Ukrainian for aspriring engineers.</p>Sat, 25 Jun 2022 08:53:00 +0200LifePodcastsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mag06g7z2xjb3tkcaaywve.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/training-the-engineers-of-ukraines-tomorrow-31295EU should admit Ukraine, Moldova, Western Balkan states, says PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-should-admit-ukraine-moldova-western-balkan-states-says-pm-31304<p>The EU should accept Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and western Balkans country as members, if Europe is to remain a strategically strong region, the Polish prime minister has said.</p><article><br></article>Fri, 24 Jun 2022 17:46:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ctzztu5sh8f3m2wyn66qu.jpegThe EU should accept Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and western Balkans country as members, if Europe is to remain a strategically strong region, the Polish prime minister has said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-should-admit-ukraine-moldova-western-balkan-states-says-pm-31304Poland to call on Nato to strengthen Suwalki Gap says PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-call-on-nato-to-strengthen-suwalki-gap-says-pm-31302<p>Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said that Poland will appeal to its Nato partners to strengthen the Suwalki Gap in the north-east of the country.</p><article><br></article>Fri, 24 Jun 2022 17:26:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bmupt2km30fh8bedsv4mud.jpegMateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said that Poland will appeal to its Nato partners to strengthen the Suwalki Gap in the north-east of the country.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-call-on-nato-to-strengthen-suwalki-gap-says-pm-31302Polish PM calls on EU not to leave Ukraine at Russia's mercyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-calls-on-eu-not-to-leave-ukraine-at-russias-mercy-31300<p>Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, called on Europe to not abandon Ukraine and “leave it at the mercy of Russia” just because it is not an EU member.</p><article><br></article>Fri, 24 Jun 2022 16:34:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ozdupeol7m9bscxtlt917b.jpegMorawiecki made the statement at the end of a two-day European Council summit in Brussels on Friday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-calls-on-eu-not-to-leave-ukraine-at-russias-mercy-31300Despite being in the middle of nowhere, Rzeszów is a bit of a treasurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/despite-being-in-the-middle-of-nowhere-rzeszow-is-a-bit-of-a-treasure-31297<p><span lang="en-US">With the exception of Medyka and, perhaps, Przemyśl, I doubt that any other town in Poland has had more international exposure these past few months than Rzeszów.</span></p>Fri, 24 Jun 2022 15:51:00 +0200Webber's WorldRegionsLifestylehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ek93ulgbnb152digw47ygh.jpegRzeszów should not be treated as some potluck stop-off, for were it not for its slightly unfortunate position on the map it would surely rate higher on Poland’s must-visit list.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/despite-being-in-the-middle-of-nowhere-rzeszow-is-a-bit-of-a-treasure-31297Poland receives polio vaccines from UNICEF says health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-polio-vaccines-from-unicef-says-health-minister-31293<p>As part of an cooperation agreement with the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the organization has supplied Poland with vaccines against polio and Hepatitis A, the health minister announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 24 Jun 2022 14:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ul2lr7z71qgfnjvurcwjv4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-polio-vaccines-from-unicef-says-health-minister-31293Cult FSO Polonez Truck found in mint condition at back of car dealership in Cyprus makes triumphant return to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cult-fso-polonez-truck-found-in-mint-condition-at-back-of-car-dealership-in-cyprus-makes-triumphant-return-to-poland-31291<p><span lang="EN-US">A rare, almost brand new FSO Polonez Truck found in Cyprus, 27 years after it was exported to the country from Gdynia, is now drawing huge crowds at a Polish motor museum after being brought back to the country.</span></p>Fri, 24 Jun 2022 13:12:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qowbf06kg9lejteo5gyzlt.jpegOne of just 124 to be sent to Cyprus from Gdynia towards the end of 1995, the truck had been kept by the car dealerships’ owner as a display model.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cult-fso-polonez-truck-found-in-mint-condition-at-back-of-car-dealership-in-cyprus-makes-triumphant-return-to-poland-31291One-third of Poles approve of government shows surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-third-of-poles-approve-of-government-shows-survey-31289<p>The results of a new CBOS survey reveal that 33 percent of the respondents support the government, while 40 percent do not.</p>Fri, 24 Jun 2022 12:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vs2fsbbbt3c2osrnuvjgan.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-third-of-poles-approve-of-government-shows-survey-31289Council of Europe bank to support Poland in refugee crisishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/council-of-europe-bank-to-support-poland-in-refugee-crisis-31287<p>The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) will offer Poland a EUR 450 million loan to refinance the country's current aid for Ukrainian refugees, the Polish finance ministry has reported.</p>Fri, 24 Jun 2022 12:18:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCouncil of Europe bank to support Poland in refugee crisishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/council-of-europe-bank-to-support-poland-in-refugee-crisis-31287Poland opens third makeshift town for refugees in Ukrainehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-opens-third-makeshift-town-for-refugees-in-ukraine-31286<p>Poland has opened a temporary container town for displaced Ukrainians in Bucha, a town near Kyiv that has become the symbol of Russia's war crimes in Ukraine.</p>Fri, 24 Jun 2022 10:50:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland opens third makeshift town for refugees in Ukrainehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-opens-third-makeshift-town-for-refugees-in-ukraine-31286May unemployment down to 5.1 percent - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/may-unemployment-down-to-51-percent---stats-office-31285<p>Poland's unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in May 2022 from 5.2 percent April 2022, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 24 Jun 2022 10:47:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ugeeq0zhw2maxhwvp4m7q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/may-unemployment-down-to-51-percent---stats-office-31285Summer vacation for 4.7 mln students begins as school year ends on Fridayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/summer-vacation-for-47-mln-students-begins-as-school-year-ends-on-friday-31283<p>The 2021/2022 school year concludes on Friday for the over 4.7 million students in Poland.</p>Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6k2bmzttttp3nc4j4uwok.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/summer-vacation-for-47-mln-students-begins-as-school-year-ends-on-friday-31283Ruling party leader says he will step down in three years' timehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-leader-says-he-will-step-down-in-three-years-time-31282<p>Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland's ruling party, the conservative Law and Justice (PiS), has said he will resign from party leadership after the party's congress in 2025.</p>Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k13r3sxz0ljn3xzqgzxsl8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-leader-says-he-will-step-down-in-three-years-time-31282Poland accepts 4.29 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-429-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31281<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.29 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Friday morning.</p>Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:38:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u74c36wi9kk4bzv979566f.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-429-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31281Poland enjoys historic low share of illicit cigaretteshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-enjoys-historic-low-share-of-illicit-cigarettes-31279<p>The share of illicit cigarettes in total cigarette consumption in Poland reached a historic low at 4.9 percent in 2021, tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI) has said, quoting a report by consultancy firm KPMG.</p><article><br></article>Thu, 23 Jun 2022 20:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x9710ng4zw8xqmbh8ox1c.jpegThe share of illicit cigarettes in total cigarette consumption in Poland reached a historic low at 4.9 percent in 2021, tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI) has said, quoting a report by consultancy firm KPMG.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-enjoys-historic-low-share-of-illicit-cigarettes-31279European Council summit to discuss Poland's Suwalki Gaphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-council-summit-to-discuss-polands-suwalki-gap-31277<p>At an EU summit scheduled for Thursday, the bloc's heads of government will discuss Poland's Suwalki Gap region as well as reinforcement of the eastern flank and the food crisis, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said.</p><article><br></article>Thu, 23 Jun 2022 18:13:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7q4gb28hye2thiel84vdyo.jpegAt an EU summit scheduled for Thursday, the bloc's heads of government will discuss Poland's Suwalki Gap region as well as reinforcement of the eastern flank and the food crisis, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-council-summit-to-discuss-polands-suwalki-gap-31277Poland's receipts from EU budget far outweigh payments says think-tankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-receipts-from-eu-budget-far-outweigh-payments-says-think-tank-31274<p>Poland has received three times as much money than it has paid to the EU budget since joining the bloc in 2004, according to the Polish Economic Institute (PIE), a government think-tank.</p>Thu, 23 Jun 2022 16:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n5pzzw66sofmv92a92q9x.jpegIn 2004-2021, Poland received EUR 210 billion and paid just EUR 69 billion to the EU budget, PIE said in its weekly bulletin on Thursday, quoting Finance Ministry data.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-receipts-from-eu-budget-far-outweigh-payments-says-think-tank-31274Tusk accuses Kaczynski of starting 'civil war' years agohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tusk-accuses-kaczynski-of-starting-civil-war-years-ago-31272<p>Donald Tusk, the leader of Civic Platform (PO), Poland’s biggest opposition party and a former prime minister, has accused his rival Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the governing Law and Justice party, of instigating “civil war” in Poland.</p>Thu, 23 Jun 2022 14:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i36mfuz37tgulsm40ukm1e.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tusk-accuses-kaczynski-of-starting-civil-war-years-ago-31272Love at first bite: Lonely wolf treks across Czech Republic for 14 days to find love in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/love-at-first-bite-lonely-wolf-treks-across-czech-republic-for-14-days-to-find-love-in-poland-31270<p><span lang="en-US">A lonely wolf walked across the Czech Republic to find love in Poland – and is now thought to have started a family.</span></p>Thu, 23 Jun 2022 14:43:00 +0200ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4vrrmyxrzu3v20lnunla4j.pngTaking just 14 days to cross the Moravian section of the Czech Republic, including navigating his way across two busy highways, the wolf then headed northeast after crossing the Polish border.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/love-at-first-bite-lonely-wolf-treks-across-czech-republic-for-14-days-to-find-love-in-poland-31270Parliament rejects bill liberalising abortion lawshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliament-rejects-bill-liberalising-abortion-laws-31268<p>The Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, has voted down a citizen's draft law on the safe termination of pregnancy.</p>Thu, 23 Jun 2022 13:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u2q4hjlxmp7obtire7i93.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliament-rejects-bill-liberalising-abortion-laws-31268Kapuściński apartment where journalist wrote some of his most renowned books is finally recognised with commemorative plaquehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kapuscinski-apartment-where-journalist-wrote-some-of-his-most-renowned-books-is-finally-recognised-with-commemorative-plaque-31265<p><span lang="en-US">The apartment where Poland’s best known reporter and globally beloved writer Ryszard Kapuściński wrote some of his most renowned books has been recognised by a commemorative plaque.</span></p>Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:45:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ewmbif4v3g0a68jfe0dwjr.pngThe small plastic commemorative plaque reads: “The world-famous reporter, writer, poet and photographer lived in this building in the years 1965-1988.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kapuscinski-apartment-where-journalist-wrote-some-of-his-most-renowned-books-is-finally-recognised-with-commemorative-plaque-31265Polish army to buy more Piorun anti-aircraft missileshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-army-to-buy-more-piorun-anti-aircraft-missiles-31263<p>The Defence Ministry will increase an order for the man-portable Piorun surface-to-air missiles owing to the weapon proving its effectiveness in the Russia-Ukraine war.</p>Thu, 23 Jun 2022 11:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4tvx7x3a5abz0kdpisvpi.jpegOn Thursday, Mariusz Blaszczak, the defence minister, signed an annex to a purchase contract from 2016, which increases the number of Piorun anti-aircraft missile systems ordered for the Polish Army.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-army-to-buy-more-piorun-anti-aircraft-missiles-31263Polish Affairs grouping to support ruling party but be non-affiliatedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-affairs-grouping-to-support-ruling-party-but-be-non-affiliated-31261<p>Poland’s governing Law and Justice (PiS) party has had its strength in parliament bolstered by striking an agreement with Polish Affairs, a small parliamentary grouping.</p>Thu, 23 Jun 2022 11:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Affairs grouping to support ruling party but be non-affiliatedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-affairs-grouping-to-support-ruling-party-but-be-non-affiliated-31261Poland accepts 4.27 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-427-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31260<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.27 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Thursday morning.</p>Thu, 23 Jun 2022 10:00:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nle8mu94dz06oao2kvolh5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-427-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31260Leading women's activist presents abortion bill to parliamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/leading-womens-activist-presents-abortion-bill-to-parliament-31258<p>The leader of Women’s Strike, the organisation that spearheaded mass abortion protests last year, has presented a bill liberalising abortion laws to the Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament.</p>Thu, 23 Jun 2022 09:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a6dhvsm330t3tlpquq7908.jpeg"I come to you with a bill that changes the law so that it meets European and world standards as regards protection of women's life and health.," Lempart told MPs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/leading-womens-activist-presents-abortion-bill-to-parliament-31258Poland among countries attacked by Russian-backed hackers says Microsofthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-countries-attacked-by-russian-backed-hackers-says-microsoft-31256<p>Hackers supported by the Russian government have conducted a series of cyber attacks on countries allied with Ukraine, including Poland, Microsoft wrote in a report published on Wednesday. </p>Wed, 22 Jun 2022 19:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland among countries attacked by Russian-backed hackers says Microsofthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-countries-attacked-by-russian-backed-hackers-says-microsoft-31256Suwalki Gap well protected says defence ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/suwalki-gap-well-protected-says-defence-minister-31254<p>The Suwalki Gap is sufficiently protected by Polish and allied troops, said Poland’s defence minister on Wednesday. </p>Wed, 22 Jun 2022 19:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSuwalki Gap well protected says defence ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/suwalki-gap-well-protected-says-defence-minister-31254Tusk slams central bank headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tusk-slams-central-bank-head-31252<p>Donald Tusk, leader of the main opposition group Civic Coalition (KO), has said that the swearing-in of Adam Glapinski for a second term as the central bank governor was "a symbolic and very bad moment in our history."</p>Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yek5uj5gg5eo1ud2v6la4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tusk-slams-central-bank-head-31252Defence minister replaces Kaczynski in gov'thttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defence-minister-replaces-kaczynski-in-govt-31250<p>Mariusz Blaszczak, the defence minister, has been appointed deputy prime minister responsible for security issues and will replace the ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who has stepped down to focus on party management.</p>Wed, 22 Jun 2022 16:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kq878hwzuz4oiwdaaopqq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defence-minister-replaces-kaczynski-in-govt-31250Poland leads in use of EU cohesion funds says Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-leads-in-use-of-eu-cohesion-funds-says-duda-31244<p>Poland is at the forefront in terms of using European funds for the purposes of cohesion policy, Andrzej Duda, the Polish president told the Congress 590 business event in Warsaw on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 22 Jun 2022 14:05:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2poia2ur7uszg7kupszktq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-leads-in-use-of-eu-cohesion-funds-says-duda-31244Clarkson, Hammond and May send fans wild after spotted filming in Gdańsk, fuelling speculation of a Polish TGT episodehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hammond-clarkson-and-may-send-fans-wild-after-spotted-filming-in-gdansk-31241<p><span lang="en-US">Car enthusiasts went into meltdown this week after spotting former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson,&nbsp;</span><span lang="en-US">Richard Hammond&nbsp;</span><span lang="en-US">and James May recording in the Tricity area.</span></p>Wed, 22 Jun 2022 13:43:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4c0mynwk7915ggbgbkglxj.pngThe former Top Gear trio who now host Amazon’s The Grand Tour were seen filming in Gdańsk and Gdynia sparking fevered speculation that a Polish episode is on the cards.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hammond-clarkson-and-may-send-fans-wild-after-spotted-filming-in-gdansk-31241Oldest Righteous who saved over 50 Jews from the Holocaust dies aged 103https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oldest-righteous-who-saved-over-50-jews-from-the-holocaust-dies-aged-103-31239<p><span lang="en-US">The world’s oldest recipient of the Righteous Among the Nations award for his actions in helping to save lives of 56 Jews, one of them a girl he fell in love with, has died in Warsaw at the age of 103.</span></p>Wed, 22 Jun 2022 12:49:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2kv4wdee0pqqasnp0uyq3n.jpegAfter falling in love with a Jewish woman, Jόzef Walaszczyk became compelled to save her and the lives of over 50 others from the Holocaust.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oldest-righteous-who-saved-over-50-jews-from-the-holocaust-dies-aged-103-31239Longest land stretch of Baltic Pipe in Poland ready for usehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/longest-land-stretch-of-baltic-pipe-in-poland-ready-for-use-31237<p>The longest onshore section of the Baltic Pipe, linking Poland to Denmark and indirectly to Norwegian natural gas deposits, has been technically accepted for use, pipeline operator Gaz-System has announced.</p>Wed, 22 Jun 2022 12:33:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qgkbcks5j97l0c8mqvej.jpegThe key section, stretching from Goleniow in northwestern Poland to Ciecierzyce in the west of the country, is ready to transport gas more than a month ahead of schedule, completing a longer stretch to Lwowek, Gaz-System said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/longest-land-stretch-of-baltic-pipe-in-poland-ready-for-use-31237Poland's cyberspace defence forces to cooperate with Googlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cyberspace-defence-forces-to-cooperate-with-google-31235<p>Cyberspace Defence Forces (CDF) will work in partnership with Google in tackling cyber threats, Poland's defence minister said after talks with the internet giant's deputy CEO.</p>Wed, 22 Jun 2022 12:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/usqnyr8a1m3cmb5h2uvm4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cyberspace-defence-forces-to-cooperate-with-google-31235Abortion liberalisation bill will not pass says gov't spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/abortion-liberalisation-bill-will-not-pass-says-govt-spokesman-31233<p>The Polish government spokesman has said a civil initiative bill liberalising abortion laws stands "no chance" of further processing in parliament.</p>Wed, 22 Jun 2022 11:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z9z0bounnui94hf7y5ztk.jpegThe Polish government spokesman has said a civil initiative bill liberalising abortion laws stands "no chance" of further processing in parliament.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/abortion-liberalisation-bill-will-not-pass-says-govt-spokesman-31233Poland reports 1,341 coronavirus cases, 17 deaths between June 16-22https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-1341-coronavirus-cases-17-deaths-between-june-16-22-31231<p>Poland recorded 1,341 confirmed coronavirus cases and 17 deaths between June 16 and June 25, 2022, data released by the Health Ministry on Wednesday shows.</p>Wed, 22 Jun 2022 11:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b4afbjsqp7g3nzmueooc4v.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-1341-coronavirus-cases-17-deaths-between-june-16-22-31231Retail sales up in May - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-in-may---stats-office-31229<p>Poland's retail sales increased in real terms by 8.2 percent year on year and fell by 1.7 percent month on month in May 2022, the Central Statistical Office said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 22 Jun 2022 11:11:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rmg83viohgbu8lcpkujop.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-in-may---stats-office-31229Poland accepts 4.24 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-424-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31228<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.24 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Wednesday morning.</p>Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:11:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e2wyloiwjwo3pqfj36xz1l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-424-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31228Polish food exports rise in first four months of 2022https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-food-exports-rise-in-first-four-months-of-2022-31227<p>Exports of Polish agricultural and food products grew by 19.5 percent year on year between January and April 2022, reaching a value of EUR 14.0 billion, the National Support Centre for Agriculture (KOWR) has told PAP.</p>Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:08:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish food exports rise in first four months of 2022https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-food-exports-rise-in-first-four-months-of-2022-31227Poland has sent equipment worth over USD 1 bln to Ukraine says presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-sent-equipment-worth-over-usd-1-bln-to-ukraine-says-president-31225<p>Poland has delivered over USD 1.6 billion’s worth of military equipment to Ukraine including 240 tanks, Andrzej Duda, the president of Poland, said on Tuesday. </p>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 19:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland has sent equipment worth over USD 1 bln to Ukraine says presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-sent-equipment-worth-over-usd-1-bln-to-ukraine-says-president-31225Ukraine war must end in safe way for Poland says Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukraine-war-must-end-in-safe-way-for-poland-says-duda-31222<p>Bringing the war in Ukraine to an end that ensures Polish security is the fundamental priority of Polish foreign policy, Poland's president has told the country's ambassadors.</p>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 18:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xmidfogocri2y8zovey2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukraine-war-must-end-in-safe-way-for-poland-says-duda-31222No current plans for further reforms of judiciary says gov’t spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-current-plans-for-further-reforms-of-judiciary-says-govt-spokesman-31220<p>The Polish government has no plans at the moment to make further changes to the judicial system, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 16:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/my48zo0ywh9gy6bhiebjcc.jpegPiotr Mueller told reporters at a press conference that, during a meeting of the Council of Ministers held on Tuesday, some legislation currently in process was adopted.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-current-plans-for-further-reforms-of-judiciary-says-govt-spokesman-31220Gov't to help businesses affected by restrictions on border with Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-to-help-businesses-affected-by-restrictions-on-border-with-belarus-31218<p>The Polish government will offer financial support to entrepreneurs, near the Belarusian border, who whose businesses were affected due to restrictions on entering the border zone introduced last year during the migrant crisis.</p>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 16:14:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jjw6msmsyian5qt71cvbe9.jpeg"We have adopted a legal stance to implement 'the border shield' in Poland," Waldemar Buda, minister of development and technology, told a press conference after a government meeting on Tuesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-to-help-businesses-affected-by-restrictions-on-border-with-belarus-31218Warsaw and its surroundings host 240,000 Ukrainian refugeeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-and-its-surroundings-host-240000-ukrainian-refugees-31216<p>About 240,000 refugees from war-torn Ukraine are living in Warsaw and its vicinity, Rafal Trzaskowski, the city's mayor, has said.</p>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:56:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7xgdsepcdrsfwb1gx7z25.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-and-its-surroundings-host-240000-ukrainian-refugees-31216Exhibition of destroyed Russian tanks to open in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-of-destroyed-russian-tanks-to-open-in-warsaw-31176<p><span lang="EN-US">Russian tanks destroyed in Ukraine will be displayed in Warsaw at the end of June, the head of the Prime Minister's Office said on Monday.</span></p>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:06:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dz3y736h5ov89q1100go1v.jpegThe tanks will be part of a broader exhibition entitled 'The Invincible Army', which will open in Warsaw and later move on to other European capitals.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-of-destroyed-russian-tanks-to-open-in-warsaw-31176Haunting WWII photos taken by Wehrmacht soldier in Lublin reveal ‘ordinary lives’ of Hitler’s occupying forceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/haunting-wwii-photos-taken-by-wehrmacht-soldier-in-lublin-reveal-ordinary-lives-of-hitlers-occupying-forces-31213<p><span lang="EN-US">Newly released photographs taken by a Wehrmacht soldier stationed in Poland during WWII throw a fascinating light on life during the war from a German perspective.</span></p>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 13:17:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/txwrzqc3c2syq54s0xlgl.jpegFound hidden in a shoebox by the soldier’s grandson, the majority of the 69 photographs in the collection depict the life of the German occupiers in Lublin, showing amongst others their daily work, life in the barracks, integration events and walks through the city.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/haunting-wwii-photos-taken-by-wehrmacht-soldier-in-lublin-reveal-ordinary-lives-of-hitlers-occupying-forces-31213President Duda highest rated foreign political figure amongst Ukrainianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-highest-rated-foreign-political-figure-amongst-ukrainians-31211<p>Poland's President Andrzej Duda enjoys the greatest trust of Ukrainian citizens amongst all foreign leaders, according to a Rating Group Ukraine survey published on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 12:39:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mtlihp2oqor7npv8upj1bq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-highest-rated-foreign-political-figure-amongst-ukrainians-31211President says Ukraine war sites justify Nato eastern presencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-ukraine-war-sites-justify-nato-eastern-presence-31209<p>Poland's president has said anyone who has seen Ukrainian towns like Bucha, Borodyanka, Irpin and Mariupol, knows why allied forces have a presence on Nato's eastern flank.</p>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 12:10:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ie0qoamuizslfc7ycmnli.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-ukraine-war-sites-justify-nato-eastern-presence-31209Russia still strong despite failure to capture Ukraine says Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-still-strong-despite-failure-to-capture-ukraine-says-polish-pm-31208<p>Russia is still a powerful country with vast resources despite its apparent lack of success in the war with Ukraine, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said.</p>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 12:01:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n8nf94gbe9rizortdc2koh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-still-strong-despite-failure-to-capture-ukraine-says-polish-pm-31208Poland in top three EU countries for employment in automotive industryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-in-top-three-eu-countries-for-employment-in-automotive-industry-31206<p>According to a Tuesday-published report from employment and HR consultancy Personnel Service, Poland ranks third in Europe in terms of the number of people working in the automotive sector.</p>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 11:22:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland in top three EU countries for employment in automotive industryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-in-top-three-eu-countries-for-employment-in-automotive-industry-31206FM says Europe can't defend itself without USAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-says-europe-cant-defend-itself-without-usa-31204<p>Poland's foreign minister said on Tuesday that the current security crisis shows that Europe cannot defend itself alone, without the United States.</p>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 11:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rrucvosxtk4vm4e119dn4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-says-europe-cant-defend-itself-without-usa-31204Poland's manufacturing rises y/y in May - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-rises-yy-in-may---stats-office-31203<p>Poland's industrial output rose by 15.0 percent year on year in May 2022, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 10:26:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m2o204fhtglofqe8vv9nwh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-rises-yy-in-may---stats-office-31203Poland's average corporate wage up 13.5 pct y/y in May - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-corporate-wage-up-135-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-31202<p>Poland's average corporate gross monthly wage rose by 13.5 percent year on year to PLN 6,399.59 (EUR 1,379) in May 2022, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 10:24:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tt0vh9fo81f4odg6duwcuf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-corporate-wage-up-135-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-31202Poland accepts 4.21 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-421-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31201<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.21 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Tuesday morning.</p>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 09:22:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xbf6cmsp2f2o8620ss6sx.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-421-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31201Ruling party leader resigns from governmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-leader-resigns-from-government-31199<p>Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and an erstwhile deputy prime minister, has told PAP that the prime minister and president have accepted his resignation.</p>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 09:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2z5hgq8w18gn156rsht7nq.jpegThe PiS leader, who was head of the Security Committee, told PAP: "At the moment I am not in the government.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-leader-resigns-from-government-31199Poland applies for 1,100 doses of monkeypox vaccine - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-applies-for-1100-doses-of-monkeypox-vaccine---health-minister-31196<p>A contract has been signed for almost 100,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine Europe-wide, of which Poland has sought 1,100 doses for medical personnel dealing with patients, the health minister announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 19:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m4cbefpqx1wuw0rk0a9uj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-applies-for-1100-doses-of-monkeypox-vaccine---health-minister-31196EU candidate status for Ukraine seems decided Polish FM sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-candidate-status-for-ukraine-seems-decided-polish-fm-says-31194<p>It seems that granting the status of EU candidate country to Ukraine is a foregone conclusion, Poland's head of diplomacy said in Luxembourg after the meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday.</p>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 19:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wdux6erl52r5fhuq3fs55u.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-candidate-status-for-ukraine-seems-decided-polish-fm-says-31194Three Seas initiative grants partnership status to Ukrainehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-seas-initiative-grants-partnership-status-to-ukraine-31192<p>The Three Seas Initiative, a Polish-Croatian project to develop enhanced transport and energy infrastructure in the region, has offered a partnership to Ukraine, Poland's President Andrzej Duda has announced.</p>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 19:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0e3jqn34n1lr3rcfjmmzw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-seas-initiative-grants-partnership-status-to-ukraine-31192Poland's president tops trust ranking pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-president-tops-trust-ranking-poll-31190<p>President Andrzej Duda continues to be the country’s most trusted politician, ahead of the prime minister and the leader of the grassroots movement Poland 2050, a new poll has found. </p>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 16:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's president tops trust ranking pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-president-tops-trust-ranking-poll-31190Chicago’s Milwaukee Av. to be renamed Polish Heritage Corridor in honour of city’s Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chicagos-milwaukee-av-to-be-renamed-polish-heritage-corridor-in-honour-of-citys-poles-31186<p><span lang="en-US">Settled by Poles fleeing after the fall of the November Uprising, Chicago is said to be the largest Polish city after Warsaw.</span></p>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 15:08:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rrz22z73hgn727abgcb33.jpegA 15-mile stretch of the avenue will now be known as the Milwaukee Avenue Polish Heritage Corridor and is intended to highlight Milwaukee Avenue's role in Polish culture for more than 100 years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chicagos-milwaukee-av-to-be-renamed-polish-heritage-corridor-in-honour-of-citys-poles-31186EC approves Polish oil and gas firm's takover of rival grouphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-polish-oil-and-gas-firms-takover-of-rival-group-31183<p>The European Commission (EC) has given the final green light to the takeover by Poland's dominant oil and gas company, PKN Orlen, of its rival the Lotos Group.</p>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:17:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h38b26bi4qva28z56o2pid.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-polish-oil-and-gas-firms-takover-of-rival-group-31183Gdańsk cops seize over 30 million illegal cigarettes during raid on ship from Singaporehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-cops-seize-over-30-million-illegal-cigarettes-during-raid-on-ship-from-singapore-31174<p><span lang="en-US">Over 30 million illegal cigarettes worth around PLN 25 million (EUR 5.3 million) have been seized cops and tax officials in the coastal city of Gdańsk.</span></p>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 13:06:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2wa9tda93jvmtkq8ubjjy.jpegThe haul equaling almost 33 million cigarettes were found hidden inside shipping containers following a tip off that the illegal stash was on a ship sailing from Singapore.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-cops-seize-over-30-million-illegal-cigarettes-during-raid-on-ship-from-singapore-31174Poland doubles border clearance capacity for Ukrainian goodshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-doubles-border-clearance-capacity-for-ukrainian-goods-31175<p>Poland has opened five additional clearance lanes for lorries carrying goods to and from Ukraine at the border crossing in Korczowa, the head of the Prime Minister's Office has announced. </p>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 12:55:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland doubles border clearance capacity for Ukrainian goodshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-doubles-border-clearance-capacity-for-ukrainian-goods-31175Inflation likely to hit highest level in Q3 or Q4 says dep MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-likely-to-hit-highest-level-in-q3-or-q4-says-dep-minfin-31172<p>Inflation in Poland will probably reach its peak either in the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2022 and then will start to fall, a deputy finance minister has said.</p>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 12:14:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgInflation likely to hit highest level in Q3 or Q4 says dep MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-likely-to-hit-highest-level-in-q3-or-q4-says-dep-minfin-31172Around 240,000 Ukrainians find jobs in Poland via simplified procedurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/around-240000-ukrainians-find-jobs-in-poland-via-simplified-procedure-31170<p>As many as 240,000 Ukrainians have found employment under a simplified procedure introduced to help them find work, the Polish family and social policy minister said on Monday.</p>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 12:06:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinessUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vlown5h6piaxlrbhya8v.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/around-240000-ukrainians-find-jobs-in-poland-via-simplified-procedure-31170Gov't spokesman says justice reforms not efficient enoughhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-spokesman-says-justice-reforms-not-efficient-enough-31168<p>The Polish government spokesman has expressed disappointment with changes to the justice system introduced by Zbigniew Ziobro, the justice minister.</p>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 10:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j6xk7v89inft019areucp.jpegMueller's criticism highlighted the divisions separating the prime minister and Ziobro, who leads Solidary Poland, a junior ally in the coalition government.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-spokesman-says-justice-reforms-not-efficient-enough-31168Covid-19 may return in autumn warns prime ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-19-may-return-in-autumn-warns-prime-minister-31167<p>Covid-19 could return in the autumn, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has cautioned while urging people to comply with health regulations and get vaccinated.</p>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 09:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/24c2cc6vwrkxhbcv6a1r2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-19-may-return-in-autumn-warns-prime-minister-31167Poland accepts 4.19 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-419-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31166<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.19 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Monday morning.</p>Mon, 20 Jun 2022 08:40:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/an8wotg6mk5kpb5eu9b7w.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-419-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31166Poland's Hurkacz beats top-ranked Medvedev in Halle finalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-hurkacz-beats-top-ranked-medvedev-in-halle-final-31164<p>Hubert Hurkacz defeated Russia's Daniil Medvedev in straight sets, 6:1, 6:4 to triumph in Halle Open final on Sunday.</p><article><br></article>Sun, 19 Jun 2022 17:23:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/re0bpy8eaqnkd9lp29uoxs.jpegHubert Hurkacz defeated Russia's Daniil Medvedev in straight sets, 6:1, 6:4 to triumph in Halle Open final on Sunday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-hurkacz-beats-top-ranked-medvedev-in-halle-final-31164US movie star Ben Stiller visits Ukrainian refugees at Polish borderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-movie-star-ben-stiller-visits-ukrainian-refugees-at-polish-border-31162<p>Hollywood actor Ben Stiller, on Sunday, visited the Polish-Ukrainian border crossing in Medyka, where he met with Ukrainian refugee families fleeing the Russian invasion.</p><article><br></article>Sun, 19 Jun 2022 17:02:00 +0200LifeUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/23coo699vtbua5lc81qgk.jpegHollywood actor Ben Stiller, on Sunday, visited the Polish-Ukrainian border crossing in Medyka, where he met with Ukrainian refugee families fleeing the Russian invasion.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-movie-star-ben-stiller-visits-ukrainian-refugees-at-polish-border-31162Poland takes third medal at world rowing eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-third-medal-at-world-rowing-event-31160<p>Poland won its third medal of the day by taking third place in the Men’s Eight Rowing Final at the 2022 World Rowing Cup II, held in the western Polish city of Poznan, on Sunday.</p><article><br></article>Sun, 19 Jun 2022 16:48:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v4hl7msiqmmvnmvgtarjdr.jpegThe men's eight team consisting of Patryk Wojtala, Szymon Tomiak, Mikolaj Januszewski, Dominik Glonek, Jerzy Kaczmarek, Emil Jackowiak, Przemyslaw Wanat, Oskar Streich and Tomasz Skurzynski (coxswain), placed third behind rowers from Germany and Australia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-third-medal-at-world-rowing-event-31160Poland wins second medal at world rowing eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wins-second-medal-at-world-rowing-event-31158<p>Polish rowers took the bronze medal in the Men's Quadruple Sculls Final at the 2022 World Rowing Cup II to add to a silver medal won earlier on Sunday.</p>Sun, 19 Jun 2022 16:21:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mdatmbng6jeuvyv7qwkm4t.jpegThe Polish team of Dominik Czaja, Mateusz Biskup, Szymon Posnik and Piotr Plominski placed third in the men's quadruple sculls final which took place at the world rowing competition held in Poznan, western Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wins-second-medal-at-world-rowing-event-31158Poles capture silver medal at world rowing eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-capture-spoles-capture-silver-medal-at-world-rowing-eventilver-medal-at-world-rowing-event-31156<p>The team of Fabian Baranski and Miroslaw Zietarski won the silver medal in the Men's Double Sculls Final at the 2022 World Rowing Cup II, held on Sunday.</p>Sun, 19 Jun 2022 12:48:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/owip9w0hq7vq9s4ieti3f.jpegThe team of Fabian Baranski and Miroslaw Zietarski won the silver medal in the Men's Double Sculls Final at the 2022 World Rowing Cup II, held on Sunday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-capture-spoles-capture-silver-medal-at-world-rowing-eventilver-medal-at-world-rowing-event-31156Justice min says no green light to justice reforms anymorehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/justice-min-says-no-green-light-to-justice-reforms-anymore-31154<p>Zbigniew Ziobro, Poland's justice minister, has said the green light to reforming the Polish justice system went out when Mateusz Morawiecki took over the prime minister's post from Beata Szydlo in December 2017.</p><article><br></article>Sun, 19 Jun 2022 12:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3qbf5al618lrgcpwriavpm.jpegZbigniew Ziobro, Poland's justice minister, has said the green light to reforming the Polish justice system went out when Mateusz Morawiecki took over the prime minister's post from Beata Szydlo in December 2017.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/justice-min-says-no-green-light-to-justice-reforms-anymore-31154Poland accepts 4.17 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-417-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31149<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.17 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Sunday morning.</p>Sun, 19 Jun 2022 09:50:00 +0200NewsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0aqtltkn4l3dqzzg1m8by7h.jpegSince February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.17 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Sunday morning.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-417-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31149Polish culture minister regrets EBU’s decision on Eurovision contesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-culture-minister-regrets-ebus-decision-on-eurovision-contest-31146<p>Poland's culture minister has expressed his disappointment with the decision of the Eurovision Song Contest's organisers who had announced talks with Britain to hold the next year's event instead of Ukraine due to the war in the country.</p>Sat, 18 Jun 2022 20:59:00 +0200News & PoliticsArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oqkosh5k5pakc1171wlqh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-culture-minister-regrets-ebus-decision-on-eurovision-contest-31146Supporting Ukraine is in Poland's best interest Kaczynski sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/supporting-ukraine-is-in-polands-best-interest-kaczynski-says-31144<p>Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice party, has said that every Pole should support Ukraine in its war against the Russian aggressor as Poland's security is also at stake.</p>Sat, 18 Jun 2022 16:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q1z67ytq362ywe1y2cm3a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/supporting-ukraine-is-in-polands-best-interest-kaczynski-says-31144Poland calls for tougher sanctions on Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-calls-for-tougher-sanctions-on-russia-31142<p>More and stricter sanctions against Moscow are needed, including a total ban on dual-use goods exports to Russia, Poland's deputy foreign minister has told the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.</p>Sat, 18 Jun 2022 12:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/invlw1jv1qfgsebs8kb5v.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-calls-for-tougher-sanctions-on-russia-31142Poland accepts 4.14 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-414-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31140<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.14 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Saturday morning.</p>Sat, 18 Jun 2022 12:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ftl1gi2m5jepf71zzfbcmb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-414-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31140NGO launches legal office for Ukrainians in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ngo-launches-legal-office-for-ukrainians-in-warsaw-31115<p>With thousands of Ukrainians in Poland’s capital Warsaw, new ways are being found to help them.</p>Sat, 18 Jun 2022 08:46:00 +0200LifePodcastsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0zvo0hd7co7q36jbv9e4x5x.jpegOpening of the Centre for Legal and Professional Support for Ukranians in Poland by the HumanDoc Foundation in Warsaw, 8.6.2022.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ngo-launches-legal-office-for-ukrainians-in-warsaw-31115Poland to submit first payment application to EC this year says ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-submit-first-payment-application-to-ec-this-year-says-minister-31135<p>Poland will submit its first payment application in Q3 2022 so that reimbursement from the EC can come still this year, the country’s funds minister told PAP on Friday. </p>Fri, 17 Jun 2022 19:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to submit first payment application to EC this year says ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-submit-first-payment-application-to-ec-this-year-says-minister-31135EU countries approve Polish recovery planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-countries-approve-polish-recovery-plan-31130<p>EU member states have approved Poland's National Recovery Plan (KPO), an EU source has told PAP.</p>Fri, 17 Jun 2022 15:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/45dhu6y43pa9u0801aoy6n.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-countries-approve-polish-recovery-plan-31130Poland’s cider revolution is quietly gaining tractionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-cider-men-polands-cider-revolution-is-quietly-gaining-traction-31128<p>Fifty miles south of Warsaw on the route to Krakow, lie Europe's largest orchards, a huge maze of roads and dirt paths winding their way through a jungle of apples.</p>Fri, 17 Jun 2022 14:52:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yilu1po23x8nz4ha5j0ro.pngBuried deep in the bush, Tomasz Porowski and Marcin Hermanowicz are helping transform Poland's relationship with cider.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-cider-men-polands-cider-revolution-is-quietly-gaining-traction-31128May core inflation rate at 8.5 pct - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/may-core-inflation-rate-at-85-pct---central-bank-31126<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 8.5 percent year on year in May 2022, up from 7.7 percent in April, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Jun 2022 14:31:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ptj4tjaecbgv06omxm9bqd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/may-core-inflation-rate-at-85-pct---central-bank-31126Poland among countries fulfilling military aid promises to Ukrainehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-countries-fulfilling-military-aid-promises-to-ukraine-31124<p>Poland is one of the countries that has fully honoured its commitments to aid Ukraine militarily, according to a report by a German research institute.</p>Fri, 17 Jun 2022 14:15:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jr1x4luibxj0e6m5fp60ap.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-countries-fulfilling-military-aid-promises-to-ukraine-31124Economy in poor state think most Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/economy-in-poor-state-think-most-poles-31122<p>The majority of Poles believe the country's economy is in poor health, according to the results of a new survey published on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Jun 2022 14:03:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEconomy in poor state think most Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/economy-in-poor-state-think-most-poles-31122Poland praises EC's proposal to give Ukraine EU candidate statushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-praises-ecs-proposal-to-give-ukraine-eu-candidate-status-31119<p>The Polish government has welcomed the European Commission (EC) recommending that Ukraine be granted formal status as an EU candidate country.</p>Fri, 17 Jun 2022 13:26:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0g3pr8celltnr5k93kltkzd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-praises-ecs-proposal-to-give-ukraine-eu-candidate-status-31119Archeologists unearth Jewish girl’s shoe at site of WWII ghetto bunkerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeologists-unearth-jewish-girls-shoe-at-site-of-wwii-ghetto-bunker-31117<p>A young girl’s shoe has been unearthed by archaeologists at the site of the bunker in the Warsaw Ghetto where Jewish resistance fighters made their last stand before committing mass suicide in 1943 in what has gone down in history as the ‘Warsaw Masada'.</p>Fri, 17 Jun 2022 12:48:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e32cjb9gpp9mhtz8x3vx.jpegThe 10-year-old girl’s small shoe made of light leather and a heel made from cheaper material attached to it with nails.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeologists-unearth-jewish-girls-shoe-at-site-of-wwii-ghetto-bunker-31117Polish HICP inflation up to 12.8 pct y/y in May - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-to-128-pct-yy-in-may---eurostat-31114<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) rose to 12.8 percent year on year in May 2022, against 11.4-percent growth in the previous month, Eurostat, the European Union's statistics office, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Jun 2022 12:18:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish HICP inflation up to 12.8 pct y/y in May - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-to-128-pct-yy-in-may---eurostat-31114National economy employment goes up in Poland in 2021 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-economy-employment-goes-up-in-poland-in-2021---stats-office-31113<p>Employment in the Polish national economy grew by 1.6 percent year on year to 15 million in 2021, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Jun 2022 10:56:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/htkdhjr3qpbsj6jwfzhx2d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-economy-employment-goes-up-in-poland-in-2021---stats-office-31113Belarusian border fence improves security says ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusian-border-fence-improves-security-says-minister-31112<p>A fence on the Polish-Belarusian border has already improved the country's security, despite the fact that it is still under construction, a Polish deputy interior minister has said.</p>Fri, 17 Jun 2022 09:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBelarusian border fence improves security says ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusian-border-fence-improves-security-says-minister-31112Israel doesn't want to change formula of Israeli youth trips to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israel-doesnt-want-to-change-formula-of-israeli-youth-trips-to-poland-31110<p>Israel has cancelled Holocaust-education trips this summer, claiming the Polish government is trying to control the Holocaust-studies curriculum taught to Israeli children.</p>Fri, 17 Jun 2022 09:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/373tnb9ek2ezyyvkn0kr0s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israel-doesnt-want-to-change-formula-of-israeli-youth-trips-to-poland-31110Poland accepts 4.11 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-411-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31108<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.11 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Friday morning.</p>Fri, 17 Jun 2022 09:01:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/55mc5zhfx63jqwvozr54q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-411-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31108Poland to create two new military divisions - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-create-two-new-military-divisions---mod-31106<p>Poland will establish two new army divisions, the Polish defence minister has announced.</p>Fri, 17 Jun 2022 08:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p5rjrx4koomk26n71bhyc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-create-two-new-military-divisions---mod-31106Poland advocates for bigger Nato budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-advocates-for-bigger-nato-budget-31104<p>Poland has told other Nato members that the bloc's budget should be increased in the face of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.</p>Thu, 16 Jun 2022 17:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lkvit0mzur8mb0oo6xs7fg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-advocates-for-bigger-nato-budget-31104President recalls minister after scandalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-recalls-minister-after-scandal-31102<p>Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, has recalled Michal Cieslak, a minister at the Prime Minister's Office, who demanded the firing of a post office manager after she complained to him about rising prices in Poland.</p><article><br></article>Thu, 16 Jun 2022 15:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zbndwut33djkjh6nfo42tn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-recalls-minister-after-scandal-31102Poland accepts 4.09 mln refugees since war in Ukraine startedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-409-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31101<p>Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.09 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Thursday morning.</p>Thu, 16 Jun 2022 14:08:00 +0200News & PoliticsUkrainehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ttaj95h670ggw0ilz6rwaa.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accepts-409-mln-refugees-since-war-in-ukraine-started-31101Developed countries boost Poland's exportshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/developed-countries-boost-polands-exports-31100<p>An increased demand for Polish goods and services has been the main growth engine for Poland's exports in April, according to a government think-tank expert.</p>Thu, 16 Jun 2022 14:04:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDeveloped countries boost Poland's exportshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/developed-countries-boost-polands-exports-31100Poland's OSCE chief pledges support for Albania's reformshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-osce-chief-pledges-support-for-albanias-reforms-31098<p>Zbigniew Rau, Poland's foreign minister who is also the current chairman of The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), has reaffirmed the organization’s strong support for Albania’s "ambitious" reform agenda.</p>Thu, 16 Jun 2022 12:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b2zfzfkpn1m85weswn1hxo.jpegCited in the statement, Rau said he was happy to confirm the OSCE's readiness to continue helping Albania in important areas of reform.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-osce-chief-pledges-support-for-albanias-reforms-31098Łowicz Corpus Christi celebrations explode into colourhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lowicz-corpus-christi-celebrations-explode-into-colour-6453<p>The small town of Łowicz will erupt into colour today as locals take to the streets to celebrate Corpus Christi (Boże Ciało). Women in colourful Masovian costumes, young girls in their white holy communion dresses and men in colourful medieval culottes carrying standards of the Virgin Mary join solemn priests, draped in clerical red leading a procession, while a carnival including, ferris wheels and folk art workshops, turns the event into a weekend-long affair.</p>Thu, 16 Jun 2022 09:53:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/04vwof8ihawned3ri25u78v.jpegŁowicz exploded into colour today for one of the most important festivals in the Catholic calendar.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lowicz-corpus-christi-celebrations-explode-into-colour-6453