The First NewsSun, 05 Apr 2020 15:29:10 +0200Love in a lockdown: Despite being separated by over 2,000km, lovebirds plan to marry onlinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/love-in-a-lockdown-despite-being-separated-by-over-2000km-lovebirds-plan-to-marry-online-11770<p><span lang="EN-GB">The story of a Polish-Turkish couple physically separated by the global coronavirus pandemic is a reminder that love conquers all. Rather than get married this month, they will mark the date together online.</span></p>Sun, 05 Apr 2020 13:18:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9786es5sjywndamszmbjse.jpegMarcin and Guelcin: won’t let the virus get in the way of love.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/love-in-a-lockdown-despite-being-separated-by-over-2000km-lovebirds-plan-to-marry-online-11770Polish fashion app aiming to be big in Korea after striking collaboration agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fashion-app-aiming-to-be-big-in-korea-after-striking-announcing-collaboration-agreement-11768<p><span lang="EN-GB">A fashion app that allows people to find, and buy, the clothes worn on screen during TV shows is set to become a hit in Asia after its developers began cooperating with popular TV shows in Korea.</span></p>Sun, 05 Apr 2020 11:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i8guee5ct7lby6fdvqhmej.jpegSouth Korea bound: Clotify co-founders Mikołaj Krzemiński and Maciej Szurek.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fashion-app-aiming-to-be-big-in-korea-after-striking-announcing-collaboration-agreement-11768Polish officials update action plan to contain epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-officials-update-action-plan-to-contain-epidemic-11766<p>Polish PM's Office head Michal Dworczyk and Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski told a Saturday press conference about the government’s current actions aimed at halting coronavirus spread.</p>Sat, 04 Apr 2020 18:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0vdhz5h3rl9n9yhfd7pzrn.jpegAccording to Szumowski, Poland has bought 1,000 additional ventilators of which 165 have already been delivered.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-officials-update-action-plan-to-contain-epidemic-11766Into the deep blue yonder: 70 years since first Polish chopper took to the skieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/into-the-deep-blue-yonder-70-years-since-first-polish-chopper-took-to-the-skies-11764<p><span lang="EN-GB">Seventy years ago engineer Bronisław Żurakowski made Polish aviation history when he climbed into BŻ-1 GIL, the first experimental helicopter made in Poland, and took it into the skies.</span></p>Sat, 04 Apr 2020 18:02:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f5ongv11p8kd5wds63a6hn.pngAviation pioneer: the first Polish-designed helicopter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/into-the-deep-blue-yonder-70-years-since-first-polish-chopper-took-to-the-skies-11764Coronavirus Diary #6https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-6-11762<p>It’s the Debrief Coronavirus Diary part six, and today we’re keeping it local. Very local…</p>Sat, 04 Apr 2020 17:38:00 +0200LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jjsarhcvt823eyath8ge7.pngJohn Beauchamp locked away in his garden in Żoliborz, Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-6-11762Arm forces: disabled man powers his way across Iceland in epic hand-bike challengehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/arm-forces-disabled-man-powers-his-way-across-iceland-in-epic-hand-bike-challenge-11759<p><span lang="EN-GB">A newly released video has shown the incredible journey of a wheelchair-bound Pole who rode across Iceland on a hand-bike.</span></p>Sat, 04 Apr 2020 15:06:00 +0200SportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oisbo3d66rlvac8itshiu.jpegDariusz Sobczak on the road in Iceland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/arm-forces-disabled-man-powers-his-way-across-iceland-in-epic-hand-bike-challenge-11759Poland wants floral rugs and falconry added to UNESCO heritage listhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-floral-rugs-and-falconry-added-to-unesco-heritage-list-11756<p>The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage submitted a motion to include the tradition of floral rugs made for the Catholic festival of Corpus Christi and falconry on the prestigious UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.</p>Sat, 04 Apr 2020 13:41:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6em3k875sfckzk7lnq94w.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-floral-rugs-and-falconry-added-to-unesco-heritage-list-11756Nearly 73,000 samples tested for coronavirus in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-73000-samples-tested-for-coronavirus-in-poland-11754<p>A total of 72,901 samples have so far been tested for coronavirus in Polish laboratories, while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased to 3,303, the Polish Ministry of Health said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 04 Apr 2020 13:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNearly 73,000 samples tested for coronavirus in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-73000-samples-tested-for-coronavirus-in-poland-11754Return of the penguins: much-loved birds set up shop in Silesiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/return-of-the-penguins-much-loved-birds-set-up-shop-in-silesia-11751<p><span lang="EN-GB">After a break of over 40 years, penguins have returned to the Silesian Zoo in south-western Poland as part of a project focusing on animals from the polar regions.</span></p>Sat, 04 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rhq5rpb027iuwvr81cvddc.jpegA Humboldt penguin: the type of bird now at the Silesian Zoo.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/return-of-the-penguins-much-loved-birds-set-up-shop-in-silesia-11751Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 3,503https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-3503-11749<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 120 since Friday evening to reach 3,503, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. The death toll has increased by two to 73.</p>Sat, 04 Apr 2020 11:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 3,503https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-3503-11749Russia was ready to co-organise Smolensk observances - Russian MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-was-ready-to-co-organise-smolensk-observances---russian-mfa-11747<p>The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it had expressed 'full readiness' to co-organise the Polish delegation's official visit to Smolensk and Katyn on April 10 to commemorate the 2010 Smolensk air disaster.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 20:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oe3qejlg8gmhl1fmzhahla.jpegIn the Katyn Forest, Soviet security forces mass-executed 22,000 Polish POWs, mainly army officers, policemen and administration staff.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-was-ready-to-co-organise-smolensk-observances---russian-mfa-11747Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 3,266https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-3266-11746<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 117 since Friday morning to reach 3,266, the Ministry of Health said on Friday afternoon. The death toll has increased by five to 65.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 19:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 3,266https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-3266-11746Archbishop Gądecki calls for suspension of political rivalryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archbishop-gadecki-calls-for-suspension-of-political-rivalry-11744<p>Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, the president of the Polish Bishops' Conference (KEP) appealed on Friday to all representatives of political groupings and electoral committees to stop any political competition regarding the presidential elections.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 18:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4jsqull9gchrxo1f68vz9l.jpegGądecki, in his statement issued on Friday, said that "in the social teaching of the Catholic Church, the principal criteria for assessing social life is the principle of the common good."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archbishop-gadecki-calls-for-suspension-of-political-rivalry-11744As Poland’s first proper horror storms to No1 on Netflix, TFN talks to director Bartosz M. Kowalski about his ode to the B-films he grew up withhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-polands-first-proper-horror-storms-to-no1-on-netflix-tfn-talks-to-director-bartosz-m-kowalski-about-his-ode-to-the-b-films-he-grew-up-with-11742<p>Billed as Poland’s first slasher film, W lesie dziś nie zaśnie nikt (Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight) has found itself storming Netflix after its original cinematic premier last month was canned after shutdown measures were introduced to curb the spread of Covid-19.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 17:05:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i77w2julqma18tf3wmrrqv.jpegInstagram sensation Julia Wieniawa puts in a star performance as a bereaved heroine.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-polands-first-proper-horror-storms-to-no1-on-netflix-tfn-talks-to-director-bartosz-m-kowalski-about-his-ode-to-the-b-films-he-grew-up-with-11742Surge in Poles' payments by BLIK to continue – payment system operatorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/surge-in-poles-payments-by-blik-to-continue--payment-system-operator-11741<p>Payments by BLIK, a mobile system which allows users to shop without using a card, surged in some sectors by over 200 percent, and the upward trend will likely continue, reported the Polish Payment Standard (PSP) in a press statement on Friday.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 15:27:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0oty8jzd08pyvgmht8ps1h.jpegAccording to PSP, in March, the activity of BLIK users increased most in stores selling consumer electronics and household applianceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/surge-in-poles-payments-by-blik-to-continue--payment-system-operator-11741Astonishing story of unsung WWII hero premieres in captivating new documentaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/astonishing-story-of-unsung-wwii-hero-premieres-in-captivating-new-documentary-11739<p><span lang="EN-GB">A film telling the incredible story of Poland’s only undefeated World War Two general is to receive its online premiere this evening.</span></p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 14:50:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s1jbhfdwuw8ajkyp51gw6u.pngTank commander General Stanisław Maczek’s life is portrayed in the first online screening of the film ‘Invincible. The story of General Stanisław Maczek’ and marks the 128th anniversary of the general’s birth earlier this week.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/astonishing-story-of-unsung-wwii-hero-premieres-in-captivating-new-documentary-11739Polish president honours Katyn victims at Warsaw memorialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-honours-katyn-victims-at-warsaw-memorial-11737<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda laid flowers on Friday at Warsaw's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in tribute to more than 20,000 Polish prisoners of war executed by the NKVD Soviet secret police in Katyn, western Russia, and other locations in the spring of 1940.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 14:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president honours Katyn victims at Warsaw memorialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-honours-katyn-victims-at-warsaw-memorial-11737Krakow team invents coronavirus-fighting substancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-team-invents-coronavirus-fighting-substance-11735<p>A group of scientists from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, southern Poland, has come up with a substance that has a strong inhibiting effect on the coronavirus infection.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:40:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgKrakow team invents coronavirus-fighting substancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-team-invents-coronavirus-fighting-substance-11735Krakow hospital launches super-fast coronavirus testshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-hospital-launches-super-fast-coronavirus-tests-11734<p>The University Hospital in the southern Polish city of Krakow has started testing samples for coronavirus using the super-efficient Cobas 6800, a demonstration machine, provided by pharmaceutical company Roche, which can conduct up to 1,400 tests per day.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7s542su0tkewpa3fpj6ec.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-hospital-launches-super-fast-coronavirus-tests-11734Nearly 67,000 samples tested for coronavirus in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-67000-samples-tested-for-coronavirus-in-poland-11732<p>A total of 66,938 samples have so far been tested for coronavirus in Polish laboratories, while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased to 3,149, the Polish Ministry of Health said on Friday.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q2jsndqhqd5ey65s3dow.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-67000-samples-tested-for-coronavirus-in-poland-11732Anti virus crisis measures announced for businesses and employees in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/anti-virus-crisis-measures-announced-for-businesses-and-employees-in-poland-468<p>Are you running a small, medium or large enterprise in Poland and looking for answers on the new Polish Government anti-crisis 'shield' package coming into force shortly?&nbsp;</p><p>In this episode of #HeartofPoland our host Patrick Ney talks to Marek Niedużak, Minister at the Ministry of Development about what to expect.&nbsp;</p><p>Special website www.gov.pl/web/tarczaantykryzysowa&nbsp;</p><p>Infoline Monday to Friday 732 122 500 or 22 484 84 84 </p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 12:27:00 +0200News & PoliticsHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xxtwykz0s67ixb4ec4xhu.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/anti-virus-crisis-measures-announced-for-businesses-and-employees-in-poland-468Hero pump attendant ignores coronavirus to give mouth-to-mouth after customer collapses from heart attackhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/despite-coronavirus-hero-pump-attendant-gives-mouth-to-mouth-after-customer-collapses-from-heart-attack-11730<p>A petrol station attendant has been praised for giving the kiss of life to a customer suffering from a heart attack despite fears of coronavirus infection.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 12:10:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8uq3l19odue1ybteer7xd8.pngKiss-of-life hero Hubert Chachuła is to be given a special award for saving the man’s life.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/despite-coronavirus-hero-pump-attendant-gives-mouth-to-mouth-after-customer-collapses-from-heart-attack-11730Retail sales rise 3.0 pct y/y in February - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-rise-30-pct-yy-in-february---eurostat-11729<p>Polish retail sales grew by 3.0 percent year on year in February 2020 after a 5.2 percent increase in January. Month on month, retail sales fell by 0.2 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, said on Friday.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:58:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales rise 3.0 pct y/y in February - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-rise-30-pct-yy-in-february---eurostat-11729NATO fully operational during coronavirus crisis - Polish FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-fully-operational-during-coronavirus-crisis---polish-fm-11727<p>In the event of a threat, NATO is fully capable of acting, Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said after a videoconference with the heads of the foreign ministries of NATO countries held on Thursday.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p0tiosdzp78n5hgdmyu3i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-fully-operational-during-coronavirus-crisis---polish-fm-11727Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 3,149https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-3149-11726<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 203 since Thursday evening to reach 3,149, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. The death toll has increased by two to 59.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 3,149https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-3149-11726Poland puts off marking Smolensk air disaster in Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-puts-off-marking-smolensk-air-disaster-in-russia-11724<p>The Polish government delegation will not go to Smolensk, western Russia, on April 10 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the fatal presidential plane crash and the 80th anniversary of the mass killings of Polish officers by the Soviets, the Prime Minister's Office said.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 10:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z3gfu2xrt7luqztzxjdfgr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-puts-off-marking-smolensk-air-disaster-in-russia-11724Virtual Auschwitz Museum attracts 50,000 visitors in Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/virtual-auschwitz-museum-attracts-50000-visitors-in-march-11722<p>Fifty thousand people visited Poland's Auschwitz Museum in March thanks to virtual online visits, the former Nazi German death camp's authorities announced on Twitter on Thursday.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 08:58:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rehg0kqt5ysd24jnvl2c3t.jpegThe views are available in Polish and English versions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/virtual-auschwitz-museum-attracts-50000-visitors-in-march-11722Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,946https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2946-11721<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 254 since Thursday afternoon to reach 2,946, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday evening. The death toll has increased by seven to 57.</p>Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,946https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2946-11721Prime minister remembers former Polish pope on 15th death anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prime-minister-remembers-former-polish-pope-on-15th-death-anniversary-11719<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki tweeted on Thursday that on the 15th anniversary of his death, Saint Pope John Paul II remains a symbol of hope and faith in Polish solidarity, invoking his memory during Poland's current challenges.</p>Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ud5eru8k7yqwzo32uu53ff.jpeg"Today in the place where those words fell, that changed the face of the world, together with Deputy Prime minister Piotr Gliński I paid tribute to a person who stands as a symbol of hope and faith in Polish solidarity," Morawiecki wrote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prime-minister-remembers-former-polish-pope-on-15th-death-anniversary-11719Poland seeks Russian help to mark Smolensk air disaster, Katyn Massacrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-russian-help-to-mark-smolensk-air-disaster-katyn-massacre-11718<p>Russia is working to meet Poland's request for help in organising an official visit to Smolensk and Katyn on April 10 to commemorate the 2010 Smolensk air disaster and the 1940 Katyn Forest Massacre, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 02 Apr 2020 20:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qqzcxwm2sgrebd1hrru12a.jpegRussian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Poland had requested Russia's help in organising the visit, to be headed by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, and said that Russia was in constant touch with Poland in the matter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-russian-help-to-mark-smolensk-air-disaster-katyn-massacre-11718Polish researchers working on new coronavirus testhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-researchers-working-on-new-coronavirus-test-11716<p>Researchers in Gdańsk, northern Poland, are working on a new coronavirus test which could prove considerably less expensive than the currently used tests.</p>Thu, 02 Apr 2020 19:19:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish researchers working on new coronavirus testhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-researchers-working-on-new-coronavirus-test-11716GDP growth in 2020 may reach 0-0.5 pct if crisis ends in May - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdp-growth-in-2020-may-reach-0-05-pct-if-crisis-ends-in-may---finmin-11714<p>In the positive scenario that the ongoing coronavirus crisis is over by the end of May, Polish GDP growth in 2020 might reach 0-0.5 percent, Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński told public radio on Thursday.</p>Thu, 02 Apr 2020 19:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x50itp8zxsq0qnql58ck6rl.jpeg"If we come out of this crisis by the end of May I think we will still be on 0-0.5 percent, positive," Koscinski said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdp-growth-in-2020-may-reach-0-05-pct-if-crisis-ends-in-may---finmin-11714Wroclove indeed as kind-hearted tech firms help out the city’s orphanages in virus lockdownhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclove-indeed-as-kind-hearted-tech-firms-help-out-the-citys-orphanages-in-virus-lockdown-11712<p>Tech companies in Wrocław, south-western Poland, are providing local orphanages with computers so that children there can participate in online lessons while schools in Poland remain closed due to the coronavirus.</p>Thu, 02 Apr 2020 18:01:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rqrk0stiqfsmotgdur66r.jpegIT specialists installed software, such as Microsoft Office, on the laptops in their free time which means that children can start using them for lessons straight away, without waiting for them to be configured.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclove-indeed-as-kind-hearted-tech-firms-help-out-the-citys-orphanages-in-virus-lockdown-11712Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,692https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2692-11711<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 59 since Thursday morning to reach 2,692, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday afternoon. The death toll has increased by five to 51.</p>Thu, 02 Apr 2020 17:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,692https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2692-11711Fitch slashes Poland's growth forecasts, predicts recessionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-slashes-polands-growth-forecasts-predicts-recession-11709<p>Poland's economic growth will decline to minus 0.6 percent in 2020, the ratings agency Fitch said in its latest forecast, cutting its previous growth estimate of 1.8 percent.</p>Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:59:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w6d371o87cjk2vhbspuse.jpegThe Polish economy is expected to grow by 2.5 percent in the first quarter of 2020, shrink by 2.1 percent in the second and third quarters and shrink by 0.9 percent fourth quarter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-slashes-polands-growth-forecasts-predicts-recession-11709New campaign launches to combat coronavirus scamshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-campaign-launches-to-combat-coronavirus-scams-11707<p>A new campaign is underway in Poland to combat Coronavirus related confusion and scams.</p>Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6z7fildjz56o00c194wjek.pngThe ‘Don't Click on Sh*t Campaign’ was launched followinh a spate of scams targeting people via SMS, e-mail and links on social media.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-campaign-launches-to-combat-coronavirus-scams-11707Over 47,000 Poles repatriated through 'Flight Back Home' initiativehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-47000-poles-repatriated-through-flight-back-home-initiative-11705<p>Around 47,500 Poles and over 800 foreigners entitled to assistance have returned to Poland via 320 special charter flights since March 15 organised jointly by the Polish government and the state flag carrier LOT, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 02 Apr 2020 14:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zzaa2rtqcxe8axe5bo36k.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-47000-poles-repatriated-through-flight-back-home-initiative-11705Poland's inflation peaked in first quarter - deputy FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-peaked-in-first-quarter---deputy-finmin-11703<p>According to both the Finance Ministry and other market analysts, inflation reached its top level in the first quarter of 2020 and would not go higher this year, Deputy Finance Minister Leszek Skiba wrote in an answer to an MP question.</p>Thu, 02 Apr 2020 13:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lbfkd7a849o08dr94bwo9of.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-peaked-in-first-quarter---deputy-finmin-11703Poland has carried out over 61,000 tests for coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-carried-out-over-61000-tests-for-coronavirus-11701<p>The Polish Ministry of Health said on Thursday that a total of 61,178 samples had so far been tested in Polish laboratories for coronavirus and that there had been 2,633 positive results.</p>Thu, 02 Apr 2020 13:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2hzuem2bcx2b2xc61rocz.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-carried-out-over-61000-tests-for-coronavirus-11701The Louvre of Łódź: Once a faded jewel, Poznański Palace has regained its perch as one of the nation’s most magnificent urban structureshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-louvre-of-lodz-once-a-faded-jewel-poznanski-palace-has-regained-its-perch-as-one-of-the-nations-most-magnificent-urban-structures-11699<p>The results of an annual vote to determine the architectural “Pearls of Łódź” have been revealed with the winning entries spanning a range of styles and epochs.</p>Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:51:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q4vjphqk9was2equ36n3xd.jpegSubjected to one of the most meticulous renovation projects in the city’s history, what many locals refer to as “the Louvre of Łódź” has reaped the benefit of multi-million project jointly financed by the EU and the city to return it to its previous form.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-louvre-of-lodz-once-a-faded-jewel-poznanski-palace-has-regained-its-perch-as-one-of-the-nations-most-magnificent-urban-structures-11699Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,633https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2633-11697<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 79 since Wednesday evening to reach 2,633, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. The death toll has increased to 45.</p>Thu, 02 Apr 2020 11:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,633https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2633-11697Anti-crisis shield will allow Polish economy to survive crisis - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-crisis-shield-will-allow-polish-economy-to-survive-crisis---pm-11695<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Twitter on Thursday wrote that the anti-crisis shield comprised projects in many fields to help make it possible for the Polish economy and enterprises to survive this unprecedented and ongoing crisis caused by coronavirus.</p>Thu, 02 Apr 2020 11:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAnti-crisis shield will allow Polish economy to survive crisis - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-crisis-shield-will-allow-polish-economy-to-survive-crisis---pm-11695Elections only when they are not threat to health and life - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/elections-only-when-they-are-not-threat-to-health-and-life---official-11693<p>Polish Deputy PM and head of the Agreement party (Porozumienie) Jaroslaw Gowin, said that elections should only be held in conditions that are not a threat to the health and lives of Poles.</p>Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgElections only when they are not threat to health and life - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/elections-only-when-they-are-not-threat-to-health-and-life---official-11693Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,554https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2554-11692<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased since Tuesday evening by 243 to reach 2,554, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday evening.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 22:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,554https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2554-11692Redundancies cannot be allowed to spiral out of control - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/redundancies-cannot-be-allowed-to-spiral-out-of-control---pm-11691<p>It is necessary to keep the number of employee redundancies from getting out of hand, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Wednesday. He added that the government's anti-crisis shield was designed to help employers to keep their staff.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 19:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRedundancies cannot be allowed to spiral out of control - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/redundancies-cannot-be-allowed-to-spiral-out-of-control---pm-11691Third plane with medical supplies bought by KGHM arrives in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/third-plane-with-medical-supplies-bought-by-kghm-arrives-in-warsaw-11690<p>A third plane carrying medical equipment purchased by state-owned copper producer KGHM landed at Warsaw's Chopin Airport on Wednesday, a fourth plane load of supplies from China is expected to reach Poland on Thursday.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 19:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n4xvq14qjbgp65pgo71h2c.jpegThe plane, contracted by KGHM, carried a cargo of face masks, overalls, goggles and respirators for those fighting the coronavirus epidemic in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/third-plane-with-medical-supplies-bought-by-kghm-arrives-in-warsaw-11690President authorises Polish contingent to military mission abroadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-authorises-polish-contingent-to-military-mission-abroad-11688<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda signed on Wednesday an agreement on the participation of a Polish Military Contingent in the new operation "Irini" aimed at counteracting the smuggling of arms to Libya, the National Security Bureau (BBN) said.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 18:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/32k56mssp7jw9sul14j7nc.jpegThe BBN tweeted on Wednesday that "the EU operation on the Mediterranean Sea EUNAVFOR MED Sophia has ended after five years."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-authorises-polish-contingent-to-military-mission-abroad-11688Pope Francis reminds Poles about 15th anniversary of John Paul II's deathhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pope-francis-reminds-poles-about-15th-anniversary-of-john-paul-iis-death-11687<p>At a general audience in Rome on Wednesday, Pope Francis encouraged Poles to entrust themselves to the intercession of Saint John Paul II in the time of the coronavirus threat, and reminded the faithful of the 15th anniversary of the death of the late Pope on Thursday.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nr4eyfh1a7znuj3u85a0q.jpegThe Pope's General Audience was held via live streaming from the Vatican Library without the faithful in attendance.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pope-francis-reminds-poles-about-15th-anniversary-of-john-paul-iis-death-11687Incredible forgotten photos reveal true horror of Red Army’s destruction of Gdańsk, but also its subsequent rebirthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-forgotten-photos-reveal-true-horror-of-red-armys-destruction-of-gdansk-but-also-its-subsequent-rebirth-11681<p>Increasingly cited by the international travel press as one of Northern Europe’s most beautiful cities, an exhibition organized by the Museum of Gdańsk has brought into sharp focus the horror and devastation faced by the city in the aftermath of war.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:09:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ku4y9g2ethcwtcqqoz0ue.jpegBy the time Stalin’s marauding units had been reigned in, it is said that only 38 houses in the whole of the city centre remained standing.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-forgotten-photos-reveal-true-horror-of-red-armys-destruction-of-gdansk-but-also-its-subsequent-rebirth-11681Coronavirus mum gives birth to healthy baby girlhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-mum-gives-birth-to-healthy-baby-girl-11678<p>A woman suffering from coronavirus has given birth to a healthy baby girl.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:46:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/69zq3fqaie5280611i7vgm.jpegBaby Klara was born healthy after her coronavirus mum gave birth through C-section. (photo: illustration)https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-mum-gives-birth-to-healthy-baby-girl-11678Poland launches website dedicated to anti-crisis economic packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-launches-website-dedicated-to-anti-crisis-economic-package-11677<p>The Polish government launched on Wednesday a website dedicated to its anti-crisis shield, a package of laws aimed to support Polish companies amid the growing pandemic.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:27:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/goc9jkiyqimh8yl03leyf.jpegThe website www.gov.pl/tarczaantykryzysowa is a place that connects entrepreneurs, employees and employers with officials, government agencies and the state social security institution ZUS.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-launches-website-dedicated-to-anti-crisis-economic-package-11677Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,420https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2420-11675<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 73 from Wednesday morning to reach 2,420, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday afternoon. The death toll has increased to 36.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,420https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2420-11675MoD briefs army commanders on fight against coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mod-briefs-army-commanders-on-fight-against-coronavirus-11673<p>Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak on Wednesday remotely gave guidelines to Polish army commanders on actions aimed at containing the coronavirus spread in the country, the ministry has tweeted.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p9g77iroay5xsx9s6gr35.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mod-briefs-army-commanders-on-fight-against-coronavirus-11673State Treasury foundations donate EUR 22 mln to battle coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/state-treasury-foundations-donate-eur-22-mln-to-battle-coronavirus-11671<p>Poland's Ministry of State Assets (MAP) has said that a grouping of State Treasury foundations has donated over PLN 100 mln (EUR 21.9 mln) to the fight against the coronavirus.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgState Treasury foundations donate EUR 22 mln to battle coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/state-treasury-foundations-donate-eur-22-mln-to-battle-coronavirus-11671Polish gas firm PGNiG starts operations in Lithuaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-firm-pgnig-starts-operations-in-lithuania-11669<p>Poland's gas market leader PGNiG has become on April 1 the sole user of the small-scale LNG reloading station in Klaipeda, Lithuania, which means that the Polish company has the exclusive right to use the LNG reloading station located in the Lithuanian seaport.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:29:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/edan33cfghp9wwkiie69ii.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-firm-pgnig-starts-operations-in-lithuania-11669Taiwan to send half a million protective masks to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/taiwan-to-send-half-a-million-protective-masks-to-poland-11667<p>Taiwan is sending around 500,000 protective masks to Poland as part of a larger aid initiative to help fight the spread of coronavirus.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qe3ylo0fvj0t7rwaki2efn.jpegTaiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said that the country had offered 10 million protective masks to those countries severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/taiwan-to-send-half-a-million-protective-masks-to-poland-11667Poland's unemployment rate at 2.9 pct in February - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-29-pct-in-february---eurostat-11665<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached 2.9 percent in February 2020, unchanged from January, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:56:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate at 2.9 pct in February - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-29-pct-in-february---eurostat-11665Most Poles against holding presidential election on May 10https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-against-holding-presidential-election-on-may-10-11663<p>Seventy-nine percent of Poles oppose holding presidential elections as scheduled on May 10 amid the coronavirus epidemic, up by 16 percent compared to a recent study, according to a survey for the <a href="http://onet.pl/" target="_blank">Onet.pl</a> web portal.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p4sotzv0vfnmiuk5k5rc2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-against-holding-presidential-election-on-may-10-11663Poland's general gov't deficit at 0.7 pct of GDP in 2019 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-general-govt-deficit-at-07-pct-of-gdp-in-2019---stats-office-11661<p>The Polish general government deficit reached 0.7 percent of the country's GDP in 2019, which compares to a 0.2 percent deficit in the previous year, the Central Statistical Office said in a preliminary estimate on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:09:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m68egjlkewskqj1j5o16as.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-general-govt-deficit-at-07-pct-of-gdp-in-2019---stats-office-11661Gov't sees Poland's unemployment at 9-10 pct at end-2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-sees-polands-unemployment-at-9-10-pct-at-end-2020-11659<p>Preliminary analyses show that Poland's unemployment will rise from about 5.5 percent in February to 9-10 percent at the end of this year due to the coronavirus crisis, Family and Labour Minister Marlena Malag told Polish Radio 24 on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:05:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGov't sees Poland's unemployment at 9-10 pct at end-2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-sees-polands-unemployment-at-9-10-pct-at-end-2020-11659President signs amendment to health laws related to COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-amendment-to-health-laws-related-to-covid-19-11656<p>President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday signed into law an amended health act designed to facilitate measures against the coronavirus epidemic. Among other steps, the new laws enable the employment of nurses who have had at least a five-year break in professional activity.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident signs amendment to health laws related to COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-amendment-to-health-laws-related-to-covid-19-11656President signs into law bill supporting enterprise in face of coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-into-law-bill-supporting-enterprise-in-face-of-coronavirus-11655<p>Poland's President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday evening signed into law an anti-crisis shield bill designed to aid enterprise in the face of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. It reduces financial burdens of enterprises, helps them maintain financial liquidity and protects employment.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident signs into law bill supporting enterprise in face of coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-into-law-bill-supporting-enterprise-in-face-of-coronavirus-11655President signs amendment extending Polish Development Fund powershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-amendment-extending-polish-development-fund-powers-11653<p>President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday signed into law an amendment expanding the competencies of the Polish Development Fund (PFR) in the face of the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident signs amendment extending Polish Development Fund powershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-amendment-extending-polish-development-fund-powers-11653The 60th Krakow Film Festival will take place!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-60th-krakow-film-festival-will-take-place-11651<p>The full film programme, KFF Industry events and a lot of special offers will be available online for the audiences all over Poland!</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:51:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z4z2co0od4g0nlr1nh8we.pngThe 60th Krakow Film Festival will take place from May 31 to June 7, 2020.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-60th-krakow-film-festival-will-take-place-11651Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,347https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2347-11650<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 36 from Tuesday evening to reach 2,347, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday evening. The death toll has increased to 35.</p>Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,347https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2347-11650Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,311https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2311-11649<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 96 to reach 2,311, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday evening.The death toll has increased to 33.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 21:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,311https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2311-11649Coronavirus reveals weakness of the EU – Polish Nobel prize winnerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-reveals-weakness-of-the-eu--polish-nobel-prize-winner-11647<p>Fear of the virus has caused old egoisms to reappear in the EU, wrote Olga Tokarczuk, the Polish author who was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature, in a text for the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 21:02:00 +0200News & PoliticsArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2zg7snds88xmhpwjvv2psr.jpegTokarczuk said that closing the borders was the biggest failure in these difficult times.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-reveals-weakness-of-the-eu--polish-nobel-prize-winner-11647EC okays fuel company PKN Orlen's takeover of power firm Energahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-okays-fuel-company-pkn-orlens-takeover-of-power-firm-energa-11646<p>The European Commission has unconditionally approved the takeover of energy firm Energa by Poland's biggest petroleum company PKN Orlen, the latter company said in a news release on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 20:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ixiwq8tyai9hmse1rut4o.jpegPKN Orlen aims to purchase all 414 mln shares of the energy company that is based in Gdańsk, north Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-okays-fuel-company-pkn-orlens-takeover-of-power-firm-energa-11646All Poles eligible to postal voting under ruling party's latest billhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-poles-eligible-to-postal-voting-under-ruling-partys-latest-bill-11645<p>All Polish adults will be able to vote in the May 10 presidential election via postal voting amid the spreading coronavirus epidemic, according to a draft law filed with the Sejm (lower house) on Tuesday by ruling party MPs.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 20:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hqpdcoe0gdtyb1mysw0ewo.jpegMPs with the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) wrote in the rationale to the bill that due to the epidemic there is an urgent need for extraordinary solutions concerning the modification of the Electoral Code.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-poles-eligible-to-postal-voting-under-ruling-partys-latest-bill-11645Farmer unearths unbelievable Roman coin haulhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/farmer-unearths-unbelievable-roman-coin-haul-11643<p>One of the largest ever hauls of treasure from the Roman period to be found in Poland and the largest ever in the Lublin region has been uncovered in Hrubieszów near Lublin.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 20:09:00 +0200HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2kexcfyxvhi5grvwzdua1.jpegThe coins were dated to the second century as they bear the image of Roman emperors Nerva, who ruled 8 November 30 to 27 January 98, and Septimus Severus, 11 April 145 to 4 February 211.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/farmer-unearths-unbelievable-roman-coin-haul-11643Polish government launches virtual hackathon to fight coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-government-launches-virtual-hackathon-to-fight-coronavirus-11641<p>GovTech Polska, the Polish government's technology agency, has launched a virtual edition of the largest stationary hackathon in Europe, HackYeah Online, with the aim of combatting the effects of the coronavirus epidemic, GovTech Polska has said.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 19:31:00 +0200BusinessSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dzre1euv5mc987yvu0uxnv.jpegGovTech Polska has already organised three hackathon editions, but the upcoming one is the first to be carried out in the virtual world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-government-launches-virtual-hackathon-to-fight-coronavirus-11641Sejm rejects Senate amendments to anti-crisis shieldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sejm-rejects-senate-amendments-to-anti-crisis-shield-11640<p>The Sejm (lower house) on Tuesday rejected a part of the Senate's (upper house) amendments to a government-authored anti-crisis shield, a special act designed to aid enterprise in the face of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 18:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wqh3x0py0el99jf39jsp27.jpegThe Sejm rejected a part of the Senate's amendments to a government-authored anti-crisis shield.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sejm-rejects-senate-amendments-to-anti-crisis-shield-11640Poland's coronavirus death toll among lowest in Europe - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-coronavirus-death-toll-among-lowest-in-europe---pm-11638<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki stated on Tuesday that the pandemic-related death toll in Poland was among the lowest in Europe and added that Poland is entering another stage in its struggle against coronavirus, and that its effort to date has produced visible effects.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 17:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yuxwv9ldufmk5ewsxl8gq.jpegThe PM wrote on Facebook that "the introduced restrictions have proven to be effective."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-coronavirus-death-toll-among-lowest-in-europe---pm-11638Polish gov't facilitates spending of EU funds on coronavirus fighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-facilitates-spending-of-eu-funds-on-coronavirus-fight-11636<p>The Polish government on Tuesday adopted a bill that makes it easier to use EU funds to fight coronavirus, the PM's Office said on its website.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 17:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish gov't facilitates spending of EU funds on coronavirus fighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-facilitates-spending-of-eu-funds-on-coronavirus-fight-11636Poland's C/A surplus at EUR 2.22 bln after Q4 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ca-surplus-at-eur-222-bln-after-q4---central-bank-11635<p>Poland's current account surplus hit EUR 2.22 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019, against a revised EUR 782 million deficit in the third quarter, according to National Bank of Poland (NBP) figures released on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 17:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's C/A surplus at EUR 2.22 bln after Q4 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ca-surplus-at-eur-222-bln-after-q4---central-bank-11635Polish banks receive 200,000 requests for repayment suspensionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banks-receive-200000-requests-for-repayment-suspension-11634<p>Polish banks have so far received around 200,000 requests for suspension of loan repayments, Polish Bank Association (ZBP) President Krzysztof Pietraszkiewicz said on Tuesday at a press conference.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 16:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hiyn7pbnohuj9ohrpnzlym.jpegThe number of new applications is decreasing, Pietraszkiewicz noted. "In the initial period there was a clear increase, now there are much fewer of these applications," he added.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banks-receive-200000-requests-for-repayment-suspension-11634Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,215https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2215-11633<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland increased since Tuesday morning by 83 to reach 2,215, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday afternoon.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,215https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2215-11633Around 300,000 may lose jobs in fashion industry amid coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/around-300000-may-lose-jobs-in-fashion-industry-amid-coronavirus-11632<p>Following the economic slowdown due to the coronavirus epidemic, around 300,000 people working in the fashion industry in Poland may lose their jobs, according to a report by the PwC consulting firm and the Association of Polish Trade and Services Employers.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:00:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b4j4102od1ko8cd895kixm.jpegThe report states that the current situation will have a negative impact not only on the fashion industry, but also on clothing manufacturers, shopping centre owners, banks, IT suppliers, the advertising and media market, the payment market, security, cleaning services and, to some extent, also on companies operating in the logistics sector.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/around-300000-may-lose-jobs-in-fashion-industry-amid-coronavirus-11632European Investment Bank and LG Chem team up to create over 1,000 jobs with new electric car battery factoryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-investment-bank-and-lg-chem-team-up-to-create-over-1000-jobs-with-new-electric-car-battery-factory-11628<p><span lang="EN-GB">A 1.5 billion EUR electric vehicle battery factory is being built in Wrocław and will create 1,800 jobs.</span></p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:51:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tqy063drkhrukznbd92hn.jpegThe 1.5 billion EUR electric vehicle battery factory is being built in Wrocław and will create 1,800 jobs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-investment-bank-and-lg-chem-team-up-to-create-over-1000-jobs-with-new-electric-car-battery-factory-11628Govt announces tighter restrictions in fight against COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-introduce-further-restrictions-due-to-epidemic-11626<p>The Polish government is introducing, for at least two weeks, further restrictions on trade and movement in connection with the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gq38p35y5l6hz6zqclhud.jpegPoland to introduce further restrictions due to epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-introduce-further-restrictions-due-to-epidemic-11626Poland receives medical supplies from China to help combat virushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-medical-supplies-from-china-to-help-combat-virus-11624<p>A plane from China carrying protective gear for Polish medical services dealing with the coronavirus epidemic has landed in Warsaw, the press office of the Polish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 12:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/txbpquenzp2j7c2ifn2ok.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-medical-supplies-from-china-to-help-combat-virus-11624Ministry plans EUR 670 mln in aid to epidemic-hit companieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ministry-plans-eur-670-mln-in-aid-to-epidemic-hit-companies-11623<p>Poland's Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy plans aid to the tune of PLN 3.03 billion (EUR 670 million) for companies struggling as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, according to a draft ordinance.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 12:42:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMinistry plans EUR 670 mln in aid to epidemic-hit companieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ministry-plans-eur-670-mln-in-aid-to-epidemic-hit-companies-11623Crown of Polish Archaeology! Farmer looking for abandoned antlers stumbles upon largest EVER haul of Roman coinshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crown-of-polish-archaeology-farmer-looking-for-abandoned-antlers-stumbles-upon-largest-ever-haul-of-roman-coins-11621<p><span lang="EN-GB">One of the largest ever hauls of treasure from the Roman period to be found in Poland and the largest ever in the Lublin region has been uncovered in Hrubieszów near Lublin.</span></p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 12:06:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o633zcllnkfsxqbp8zmug.jpegThe 1,753 coins spread out over farmer Mariusz Dyl’s field near Lublin have been described as ‘the Crown of Polish Archaeology’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crown-of-polish-archaeology-farmer-looking-for-abandoned-antlers-stumbles-upon-largest-ever-haul-of-roman-coins-11621Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,132https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2132-11620<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland increased since Monday evening by 77 to reach 2,132, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning.</p>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,132https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2132-11620If shopping is possible, so are elections - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/if-shopping-is-possible-so-are-elections---president-11619<p>If people can go to shops, they can also go to voting booths given appropriate safety precautions, President Andrzej Duda said during a Monday Q/A session on Facebook.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 21:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c41z0f5i11a4kts218k8dv.jpegDuda is running for re-election and enjoys a clear lead in opinion polls.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/if-shopping-is-possible-so-are-elections---president-11619Polish gas company wins lawsuit against Gazpromhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-company-wins-lawsuit-against-gazprom-11618<p>Poland's gas monopolist PGNiG has won a lawsuit against Russia's Gazprom regarding the revision of the contract price for gas supplied by Gazprom under the 1996 Yamal Contract.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 21:04:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w0uxtfnw8jkv6vx5bgbhng.jpegAccording to PGNiG, the change of the price formula results in a substantial improvement of terms of its commercial activity thanks to greater compatibility between indexation of the price that impact the cost of sourcing imported gas, and the market gas sale pricing policy. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-company-wins-lawsuit-against-gazprom-11618Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,055https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2055-11617<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 71 since this afternoon to reach 2055, the Ministry of Health said on Monday evening. The death toll increased by 5 and reached 31.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 21:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 2,055https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-2055-11617PKN Orlen designates PLN 60 mln for face maskshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-designates-pln-60-mln-for-face-masks-11615<p>Poland's PKN Orlen fuel company has designated PLN 60 million (EUR 13.2 million) for the purchase of 7 million face masks. The first batch of around 1.6 million masks arrived in Poland on Monday, Orlen CEO Daniel Obajtek said.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 20:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v3gapdhmwlj61pt9tbcd.jpegObajtek said the masks will be forwarded to foundations and the government's Reserve Materials Agency, which will then distribute them.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-designates-pln-60-mln-for-face-masks-11615Poland's budget spending secured for 6-7 weeks - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-spending-secured-for-6-7-weeks---pm-11614<p>Poland has already covered 77 percent of its borrowing needs in 2020 and this means that it has some PLN 50 billion (EUR 11 billion) in extra liquidity, PM Mateusz Morawiecki told the Senate on Monday.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 19:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y9777uv5mgdw7mjgpy1pe.jpegThe prime minister said that the Polish government began its liquidity build-up "immediately after the first dangerous signals reached Poland."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-spending-secured-for-6-7-weeks---pm-11614Poland spends EUR 260 million on medical protective gearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-spends-eur-260-million-on-medical-protective-gear-11612<p>Over the past week, Poland has spent over PLN 1.2 billion (EUR 260 million) to buy, via intervention purchases, medical protective gear, Michał Dworczyk, head of the PM's Office said on Monday.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 19:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yt46344s16hkstckbim68.jpegDworczyk said that the equipment is currently being delivered to Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-spends-eur-260-million-on-medical-protective-gear-11612Russia is using pandemic to discredit Poland - services spokespersonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-is-using-pandemic-to-discredit-poland---services-spokesperson-11610<p>Russia is using the coronavirus pandemic to wage a disinformation campaign aimed at discrediting Poland, Stanisław Żaryn, the spokesperson for Poland's special services coordinator, wrote in Monday's Wall Street Journal.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 18:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kta88010nwdier2jkkr5w.jpegAccording to Żaryn the two examples confirmed Russia's attempts to discredit Poland along the lines of its to-date propaganda campaigns against Warsaw, in which it accused the Polish side of destabilising Europe, provoking diplomatic conflicts, and selfishness.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-is-using-pandemic-to-discredit-poland---services-spokesperson-11610Several thousand infections by week's end - minsterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/several-thousand-infections-by-weeks-end---minster-11609<p>By the end of the week the number of confirmed coronavirus cases will reach several thousand, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said on Monday. Szumowski said the coronavirus epidemic in Poland was only just beginning, and that the infection count will rise.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 17:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6wbk84n3rguz8vc146cdm.jpeg"We're not in the middle of the epidemic. This isn't the beginning of the end, nor even the end of the beginning. we're at the outset of a rise in infections," Szumowski said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/several-thousand-infections-by-weeks-end---minster-11609Warsaw artist's gorgeous painting illustrates cover of new Nick Cave bookhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-artists-gorgeous-painting-illustrates-cover-of-new-nick-cave-book-11606<p>A painting by an award-wining Polish artist will be used to illustrate the cover of a new book of Australian singer Nick Cave’s lyrics.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 16:55:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ospsr9xr1z7us8xxffxtv.pngDue for release by Penguin at the end of April the book’s cover features a painting by the Warsaw artist.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-artists-gorgeous-painting-illustrates-cover-of-new-nick-cave-book-11606Value of contracts for EU co-financing up over month - gov'thttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/value-of-contracts-for-eu-co-financing-up-over-month---govt-11605<p>The value of contracts for co-financing from the European Union increased by PLN 1.7 billion (EUR 374.5 million) over the course of one month, Poland's Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy said on Monday.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 16:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgValue of contracts for EU co-financing up over month - gov'thttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/value-of-contracts-for-eu-co-financing-up-over-month---govt-11605Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,984https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1984-11604<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 79 since this morning to reach 1,984, the Ministry of Health said on Monday afternoon. The death toll remained unchanged at 26.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 16:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,984https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1984-11604Fifty years ago today Lubomirski Palace was cut from its foundations and ROTATED 74 degrees - to fit ‘aesthetic vision’ of city plannershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fifty-years-ago-today-lubomirski-palace-was-cut-from-its-foundations-and-rotated-74-degrees---to-fit-aesthetic-vision-of-city-planners-11601<p>Fifty years ago one of the strangest construction operations began in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 15:19:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e7ua1tuqojlc7tmkdi4in.jpegThe Lubomirski Palace was cut from its foundations and rotated 74 degrees to fit an architectural vision by aligning it with the Saxon Axis and the Tomb of Unknown Soldier.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fifty-years-ago-today-lubomirski-palace-was-cut-from-its-foundations-and-rotated-74-degrees---to-fit-aesthetic-vision-of-city-planners-11601Poland's inflation expectations up in March - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-expectations-up-in-march---ec-11600<p>Poland's consumer inflation expectations grew to 32.5 points in March 2020 from 21.2 points in February, the European Commission's Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 14:39:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's inflation expectations up in March - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-expectations-up-in-march---ec-11600Senate speaker aims to improve "imperfect" anti-crisis shieldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-speaker-aims-to-improve-imperfect-anti-crisis-shield-11599<p>Polish Senate (upper house) Speaker Tomasz Grodzki declared on Monday that proposed amendments to the anti-crisis shield package adopted by the lower chamber were meant to improve the "imperfect" document and change it into a better, solid dam to stop the coronavirus spread.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 14:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jpjsm19dhjmpzmc80l9zqm.jpegThe Senate will start its sitting at 3:00 pm on Monday to discuss a package of three bills from the anti-crisis shield draft.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-speaker-aims-to-improve-imperfect-anti-crisis-shield-11599Minister announces more anti-crisis shield solutions in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/minister-announces-more-anti-crisis-shield-solutions-in-poland-11597<p>Polish Minister of Digital Affairs Marek Zagorski announced on Monday that the government "has been concluding work on another package of changes" as part of the anti-crisis shield. "We want to send more proposals to parliament before Easter," he said.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 12:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/db1fx2apyuok2tn1402b38.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/minister-announces-more-anti-crisis-shield-solutions-in-poland-11597Further restrictions being considered in Poland - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/further-restrictions-being-considered-in-poland---minister-11596<p>Polish Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz announced on Monday that further restrictions were being considered in Poland in connection with the spread of coronavirus.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFurther restrictions being considered in Poland - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/further-restrictions-being-considered-in-poland---minister-11596Majority of Poles against holding presidential election on May 10https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-poles-against-holding-presidential-election-on-may-10-11594<p>A vast majority of Poles oppose holding presidential elections as scheduled on May 10 and want to put them off until next year due to the coronavirus epidemic, a poll conducted by researcher IBRiS for the daily Rzeczpospolita shows.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/emt4smojcdpn55cncbz28.jpegThe poll was carried out on March 27-28 on a representative group of 1,100 adult Poles. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-poles-against-holding-presidential-election-on-may-10-11594Polish docs jet into Italy to relieve exhausted COVID-19 medical staffhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-docs-jet-into-italy-to-relive-exhausted-covid-19-medical-staff-11592<p>A team of doctors is flying out to Italy today to help the country in its fight against coronavirus.&nbsp;</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 10:35:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/syxmxjz82kyugnoh2akx.jpegThe doctors will hep relive exhausted Italian medical teams. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-docs-jet-into-italy-to-relive-exhausted-covid-19-medical-staff-11592Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,905https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1905-11591<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 43 to reach 1,905, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. The death toll has increased to 26.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 09:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,905https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1905-11591Coronavirus Diary #5https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-5-11589<p>In today’s weekend Debrief, a short update and some musings from Warsaw.</p>Mon, 30 Mar 2020 08:33:00 +0200LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vzxs2sev6e3upr133tid9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-5-11589Senators to deal with the govt's 'anti-crisis’ shield on Monday - CIShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senators-to-deal-with-the-govts-anti-crisis-shield-on-monday---cis-11588<p>Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki, after a consultation with the Council of Elders, decided to change a Senate sitting on the government's anti-crisis shield from Tuesday to Monday, the Senate Information Centre (CIS) said on Saturday evening.</p>Sun, 29 Mar 2020 19:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4eez2i3vyuy44re5j60jo5.jpegOn Saturday morning, Poland's Sejm passed three draft bills introducing the so-called anti-crisis shield, which were to support the health service in combating the coronavirus epidemic, as well as offset the negative effects of the coronavirus epidemic on the Polish economy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senators-to-deal-with-the-govts-anti-crisis-shield-on-monday---cis-11588Nearly 42,000 Poles repatriated under 'Flight Back Home' initiativehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-42000-poles-repatriated-under-flight-back-home-initiative-11586<p>Close to 42,000 Poles and around 700 foreigners entitled to assistance have returned home since March 15 on special charter flights organised jointly by the Polish government and the state flag carrier LOT, the Polish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.</p>Sun, 29 Mar 2020 18:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y7w9dwetsgr2jn6kil0si.jpegSo far, LOT has brought passengers back from the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Thailand, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, the Philippines, South Africa and Tanzania, and many European countries.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-42000-poles-repatriated-under-flight-back-home-initiative-11586Ministry launches website to help children avoid lockdown madnesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ministry-launches-website-to-help-children-avoid-lockdown-madness-11584<p>With the coronavirus putting an end to children being told to leave their computers alone and go outside, the Polish government has started to encourage kids to spend their free time on online.</p>Sun, 29 Mar 2020 17:48:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uqyl23jtuncidch4ctw1rn.jpegThe digital affairs ministry is launching a website for children to help them cope with the lockdown.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ministry-launches-website-to-help-children-avoid-lockdown-madness-11584Election date may not be kept if coronavirus keeps raging - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/election-date-may-not-be-kept-if-coronavirus-keeps-raging---president-11583<p>If the coronavirus epidemic continues to rage and current restrictions are continued, then it may prove impossible to hold the presidential election on May 10, said President Andrzej Duda on Saturday evening.</p>Sun, 29 Mar 2020 16:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jc9msgnonpcpgwfj47rrvq.jpegDuda said that the election date had been set for May 10, but no one really knows what will happen on that date.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/election-date-may-not-be-kept-if-coronavirus-keeps-raging---president-11583Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1771, 20 deathshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1771-20-deaths-11582<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 54 since this morning's report and has reached 1,771, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday afternoon. The death toll has risen to 20.</p>Sun, 29 Mar 2020 15:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1771, 20 deathshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1771-20-deaths-11582Royal flush: competition for design of public toilet for Warsaw royal park openshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royal-flush-competition-for-design-of-public-toilet-for-warsaw-royal-park-opens-11580<p>Poland’s annual competition for the best public toilet design is on a roll again with designers challenged to come up with a design befitting the auspicious surroundings of Łazienki Park in Warsaw.</p>Sun, 29 Mar 2020 14:27:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/51kzuyu7i87d7mj5300qn.jpegLast year’s competition winner.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royal-flush-competition-for-design-of-public-toilet-for-warsaw-royal-park-opens-11580Polish culture suffers “irreparable loss” with death of composer Krzysztof Pendereckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-culture-suffers-irreparable-loss-with-death-of-composer-krzysztof-penderecki-11578<p>Composer Krzysztof Penderecki, a man once described as Poland’s “greatest living composer” has died aged 86.</p>Sun, 29 Mar 2020 11:38:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nexb1bd3yhmbkb8sc8azx5.jpegPenderecki conducting the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2017.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-culture-suffers-irreparable-loss-with-death-of-composer-krzysztof-penderecki-11578Come fly with me: construction boss pays for employees to fly home from virus-hit Spainhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/come-fly-with-me-construction-boss-pays-for-employees-to-fly-home-from-virus-hit-spain-11575<p>A philanthropic Polish entrepreneur has dipped into his own wallet to fly workers home from Spain, one of the countries worst affected by the coronavirus.</p>Sat, 28 Mar 2020 16:49:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ucemfwnl7xjrxwxorz7c.jpegNOVMAR owner Wiesław Nowak paid for the flight out of his own pocket.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/come-fly-with-me-construction-boss-pays-for-employees-to-fly-home-from-virus-hit-spain-11575Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,481https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1481-11573<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 45 to reach 1,481, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday afternoon. The death toll has increased to 17.</p>Sat, 28 Mar 2020 14:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,481https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1481-11573Remembering the 16: the Soviet betrayal and arrest of 16 Poles of the underground statehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remembering-the-16-the-soviet-betrayal-and-arrest-of-16-poles-of-the-underground-state-11570<p>On March 27-28, 1945, in a villa in Pruszków, the NKVD arrested sixteen leaders of the Polish underground in what has been described as one of the greatest tragedies to befall the Polish state.</p>Sat, 28 Mar 2020 13:04:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iv0j560f8ahdl3u748w4.jpegThe 16 men who were kidnapped by the Soviets and put on trial in Moscow.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remembering-the-16-the-soviet-betrayal-and-arrest-of-16-poles-of-the-underground-state-11570Senate speaker says anti-crisis bills will be debated as soon as possiblehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-speaker-says-anti-crisis-bills-will-be-debated-as-soon-as-possible-11569<p>Poland's Senate (upper house) Speaker Tomasz Grodzki has told PAP that the upper chamber "will debate the anti-crisis package as soon as possible," and added that senators have to get acquainted with what they are to vote on.</p>Sat, 28 Mar 2020 12:14:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3hkglfc5t2yzctfr62qik9.jpegGrodzki repeated that a debate on the package will be held as soon as possible but underlined that "even in extraordinary conditions, and maybe especially in such conditions, those, who are to vote, must learn what they are to vote for."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-speaker-says-anti-crisis-bills-will-be-debated-as-soon-as-possible-11569Epidemic approaching its peak in Poland - dep health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/epidemic-approaching-its-peak-in-poland---dep-health-minister-11568<p>The coronavirus epidemic in Poland is approaching to its peak, though the number of cases will continue to increase, Deputy Health Minister Sławomir Gadomski said on Saturday, adding that the next two weeks will be decisive.</p>Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o0ce7q9kbimjvwk93oaij.jpegAccording to the minister, in total, 38,000 tests have been conducted so far in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/epidemic-approaching-its-peak-in-poland---dep-health-minister-11568Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,436https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1436-11567<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 47 to reach 1,436, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. The death toll remains at 16.</p>Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,436https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1436-11567Fitch rating agency gives Poland thumbs up despite global economic turmoilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-rating-agency-gives-poland-thumbs-up-despite-global-economic-turmoil-11566<p>The rating agency Fitch has confirmed Poland's rating at A- with a stable outlook despite the global economic turmoil triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Sat, 28 Mar 2020 10:42:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/57o0s33z0uuy7ch57kqunk.jpegStill in a good position. Poland’s economy should be reasonably resilient to economic shocks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-rating-agency-gives-poland-thumbs-up-despite-global-economic-turmoil-11566Parliament passes bill in support of companies in light of epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliament-passes-bill-in-support-of-companies-in-light-of-epidemic-11565<p>Poland's Sejm (lower house of parliament) passed a bill on Saturday aimed at supporting business during the coronavirus epidemic. The bill frees micro-enterprises and the self-employed from paying social insurance contributions (ZUS) for three months.</p>Sat, 28 Mar 2020 10:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hcnkxa12uknvavsbczjm6.jpegPrior to final voting, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that every hour counts and appealed to the parliament's speaker to call a sitting of the chamber for Saturday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliament-passes-bill-in-support-of-companies-in-light-of-epidemic-11565Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1389, 16 deathshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1389-16-deaths-11563<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by another 49 since the afternoon report and reached 1389, the Ministry of Health said on Friday evening. The death toll remains at 16.</p>Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1389, 16 deathshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1389-16-deaths-11563Polish firm to sell ultra-fast coronavirus test in EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firm-to-sell-ultra-fast-coronavirus-test-in-eu-11561<p>A Polish company, BioMaxima, is to launch sales of a rapid screening test which can identify coronavirus infection in 10 minutes, the company said in a Friday press release. BioMaxima is also looking to register a molecular genetic test for the same purpose.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 20:29:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v0mrsczt7wkvj52eip65cs.jpegThe testing kit consists of individually packed cassettes containing a sample tray in which the test material (whole blood, plasma or serum) and buffer drops included in the kit are placed. The result can be read in the test window after 10 minutes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firm-to-sell-ultra-fast-coronavirus-test-in-eu-11561EU cohesion ministers support Polish proposals to fight coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-cohesion-ministers-support-polish-proposals-to-fight-coronavirus-11559<p>European Union ministers responsible for cohesion policy support solutions proposed by Poland for the fight against the coronavirus epidemic, the Ministry for Funds and Regional Policy announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 20:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEU cohesion ministers support Polish proposals to fight coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-cohesion-ministers-support-polish-proposals-to-fight-coronavirus-11559US agrees to accept five more Polish children for specialist treatmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-agrees-to-accept-three-more-polish-children-for-virus-treatment-11557<p>There is agreement for five more Polish children to travel to the USA for specialist medical treatment despite coronavirus restrictions, according to the Polish Foreign Ministry.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUS agrees to accept five more Polish children for specialist treatmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-agrees-to-accept-three-more-polish-children-for-virus-treatment-11557Psychologist’s fairy tale about 'Bad King Virus' an overnight success as it becomes essential comfort reading for childrenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/psychologists-fairy-tale-about-bad-king-virus-an-overnight-success-as-it-becomes-essential-comfort-reading-for-children-11554<p>A psychologist based in Norway has become the subject of unexpected media interest back in her native Poland after penning a children’s fairy tale explaining the implications of Covid-19. Ironically, given its topic, the story itself has now found itself going viral.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:37:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w9wfcbrct43c1dda1hho4.jpegWritten with tender sensitivity in adjusted language easily understood by children, the gravity of Dorota Brodka’s underlying message is kept light and playful whilst never losing its core aim.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/psychologists-fairy-tale-about-bad-king-virus-an-overnight-success-as-it-becomes-essential-comfort-reading-for-children-11554Health Ministry confirms 51 new Coronavirus cases in Poland, total 1,340https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-ministry-confirms-51-new-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-total-1340-11552<p>Poland's Ministry of Health announced on Friday afternoon that 51 new cases of coronavirus had been confirmed in the country, bringing the total number of infections up to 1,340.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgHealth Ministry confirms 51 new Coronavirus cases in Poland, total 1,340https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-ministry-confirms-51-new-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-total-1340-11552Poland's Orlen to launch biocidal surface disinfectant productionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-orlen-to-launch-biocidal-surface-disinfectant-production-11551<p>At the beginning of April, Poland's biggest oil concern will launch the production of a fluid surface disinfectant, PKN Orlen CEO Daniel Obajtek wrote on Twitter on Friday.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:16:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a3p9w2jux34qnvspo1r2b.jpegThe formula will be produced at Orlen's Trzebinia plant.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-orlen-to-launch-biocidal-surface-disinfectant-production-11551Poland's local governments post EUR 376 mln deficit in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-local-governments-post-eur-376-mln-deficit-in-2019-11550<p>Polish local governments posted a PLN 1.70 bln (EUR 376 mln) deficit in 2019, several times lower than the PLN 18.43 bln (EUR 4.07 bln) planned for last year, the Finance Ministry said in its final report.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's local governments post EUR 376 mln deficit in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-local-governments-post-eur-376-mln-deficit-in-2019-11550Get well soon, Boris! PM wishes Britain's Boris Johnson speedy recovery from coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-wishes-his-british-counterpart-rapid-recovery-from-coronavirus-11549<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday wished his British counterpart Boris Johnson, who has contracted the coronavirus, a speedy recovery and a lot of strength to fight the disease.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d02vld98vq8saim4ny5tn.jpegThe screenshot from a video made available on British Prime Minister's Twitter account shows British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he speaks about being infected with coronavirus COVID-19.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-wishes-his-british-counterpart-rapid-recovery-from-coronavirus-11549Not all doom and gloom: From lower crime rates to bursts of creativity, Poles are looking on the bright side of lifehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-all-doom-and-gloom-from-lower-crime-rates-to-bursts-of-creativity-poles-are-looking-on-the-bright-side-of-life-11547<p>From lower crime rates and animals appearing in previously human-dominated areas, through to an unparalleled outburst of creativity in all spheres of life, it’s not all gloom and doom.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:56:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9y4xnyitgrmoh0474x1fl9.jpegFrom lower crime rates and animals appearing in previously human-dominated areas, through to an unparalleled outburst of creativity in all spheres of life, it’s not all gloom and doom.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-all-doom-and-gloom-from-lower-crime-rates-to-bursts-of-creativity-poles-are-looking-on-the-bright-side-of-life-11547Medical council appeals to PM to introduce state of emergencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medical-council-appeals-to-pm-to-introduce-state-of-emergency-11545<p>Poland's Supreme Medical Council (NRL) appealed on Friday to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to introduce a state of emergency, which would limit public movement to an absolute minimum and thus the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMedical council appeals to PM to introduce state of emergencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medical-council-appeals-to-pm-to-introduce-state-of-emergency-11545Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,289https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1289-11544<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased since the morning report by 45 to 1,289, the Ministry of Health announced on Friday afternoon.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,289https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1289-11544Border controls may last longer than other restrictions - gov't spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/border-controls-may-last-longer-than-other-restrictions---govt-spokesman-11541<p>Spokesman for the Polish government Piotr Muller on Friday said he expects present border controls to last longer than other coronavirus-related restrictions now binding inside Poland.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5jhttuy1qgcfn38wpts81l.jpeg"We all hope that national quarantine will bring positive effects and at the end of April we will return to normal life," said Muller.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/border-controls-may-last-longer-than-other-restrictions---govt-spokesman-11541Poland has carried out over 34,000 tests for coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-carried-out-over-34000-tests-for-coronavirus-11539<p>The Polish Ministry of Health said on Tuesday that a total of 34,067 samples had so far been tested for coronavirus in Polish laboratories and that there had been 1,244 positive results.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland has carried out over 34,000 tests for coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-carried-out-over-34000-tests-for-coronavirus-11539Bones in homes: Grim discovery reveals ancient locals were buried in their own houseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bones-in-homes-grim-discovery-reveals-ancient-locals-were-buried-in-their-own-houses-11537<p>A Szczecin archaeologist has made a chilling discovery in Turkey: some of the residents of the ancient town she is studying may have been buried in their own homes.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:37:00 +0100ScienceHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zrux02gvacoy093b2cbxj.jpegResidents of an ancient town may have been buried in their own homes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bones-in-homes-grim-discovery-reveals-ancient-locals-were-buried-in-their-own-houses-11537Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,244https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1244-11536<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 23 people to 1,244, the Ministry of Health announced on Friday morning.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 09:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,244https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1244-11536Lower house changes statute to allow electronic votinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-changes-statute-to-allow-electronic-voting-11533<p>Poland's Sejm (lower house) amended its statute on Thursday to enable sittings and voting via electronic media. The changes went through in a 250 to 104 vote with 14 abstentions.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 07:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bjoan81e0or815u9bsam3o.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-changes-statute-to-allow-electronic-voting-11533Coronavirus Diary #4https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-4-11531<p>In today’s Debrief, a step back, time to slow down, and a little composure.</p>Fri, 27 Mar 2020 07:08:00 +0100LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tqhdok9zxiqns73pkmqtw.pngIn today’s Debrief, a step back, time to slow down, and a little composure.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-4-11531Polish PM takes part in EC videoconferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-takes-part-in-ec-videoconference-11528<p>Methods of tackling the coronavirus crisis and its socio-economic consequences for the EU were among the topics of discussion in a European Council videoconference attended by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday, the PM's Office has announced.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 20:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM takes part in EC videoconferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-takes-part-in-ec-videoconference-11528Polish, Chinese medics discuss coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-chinese-medics-discuss-coronavirus-11526<p>Physicians from a contagious disease hospital in Poznan, western Poland, and the Third People's Hospital in Poznan's Chinese partner city of Shenzen discussed ways of combating the coronavirus during a Thursday video conference.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 20:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, Chinese medics discuss coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-chinese-medics-discuss-coronavirus-11526Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland at 1,163https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-at-1163-11525<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by further 43 to reach 1,163, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday evening. The death toll remained unchanged since the last count at 14.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 19:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland at 1,163https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-at-1163-11525Employment rising in shipbuilding sector - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/employment-rising-in-shipbuilding-sector---ministry-11523<p>Employment in Poland's shipbuilding industry has risen by nearly 8,000 since 2015, the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Waterways announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 18:12:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4nccgn0ain6u6k2edyqqgc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/employment-rising-in-shipbuilding-sector---ministry-11523The incredible true story of the men who took on the Gestapo to save a friendhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-incredible-true-story-of-the-men-who-took-on-the-gestapo-to-save-a-friend-11521<p>As evening began to fall across the streets of war-torn Warsaw, a group of resistance fighters made their final preparations for what was to become known as Operation Arsenal - one of WWII’s most daring prison breaks.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:56:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/73pe557apvp4y335xpyrnr.jpegThe daring attack took place 77 years ago today at 5.30pm on March 26th. Photo from the set of the film Action under the Arsenal directed by Jan Łomnickihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-incredible-true-story-of-the-men-who-took-on-the-gestapo-to-save-a-friend-11521Air bridge with China to be launched for medical transports – PM's aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/air-bridge-with-china-to-be-launched-for-medical-transports--pms-aide-11519<p>Beginning next week, an air bridge with China will be initiated to carry personal protective equipment for medical services involved in the fight against coronavirus, said head of the Polish Prime Minister's Office Michal Dworczyk on Thursday.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAir bridge with China to be launched for medical transports – PM's aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/air-bridge-with-china-to-be-launched-for-medical-transports--pms-aide-11519Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,120https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1120-11518<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 35 people to 1,120, since the morning report the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday afternoon.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 15:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,120https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1120-11518China sends Poland medical supplies to help staff fighting coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/china-sends-poland-medical-supplies-to-help-staff-fighting-coronavirus-11517<p>Two planes from China carrying protective gear for Polish medical services landed in Poland on Thursday, with a third expected later in the day and more air deliveries scheduled in the coming days.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 14:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4d7pga1kfc9mnxbxdyencb.jpeg"Barriers removed," President Andrzej Duda tweeted after the first plane had arrived, adding that more transports with protective equipment bought by various Polish institutions will reach Poland in the next few days.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/china-sends-poland-medical-supplies-to-help-staff-fighting-coronavirus-11517CJEU rejects Polish courts' queries on disciplinary measures against judgeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cjeu-rejects-polish-courts-queries-on-disciplinary-measures-against-judges-11516<p>The EU Court of Justice (CJEU) has ruled that the requests by two Polish courts for a preliminary ruling concerning Polish measures from 2017 establishing a disciplinary procedure regime for judges are inadmissible, CJEU said in a Thursday press release.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 14:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sxubjuo9ijlnfadr4kuaz.jpegThe CJEU found that the questions by Polish courts "are general in nature, so that the requests for a preliminary ruling must be declared inadmissible."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cjeu-rejects-polish-courts-queries-on-disciplinary-measures-against-judges-11516Most Polish companies plan lay-offs - employer lobbyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-polish-companies-plan-lay-offs---employer-lobby-11515<p>Sixty-nine percent of companies interviewed by the employers' organisation Lewiatan said they were planning redundancies in the coming two months, and more than 50 percent plan to dismiss between 20 and 50 percent of their staff.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 14:00:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMost Polish companies plan lay-offs - employer lobbyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-polish-companies-plan-lay-offs---employer-lobby-11515Poland's borrowing needs below 5 pct of GDP in 2020 - agency headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-borrowing-needs-below-5-pct-of-gdp-in-2020---agency-head-11513<p>The Polish government's borrowing needs will not exceed the 4-5 percent of GDP range, Pawel Borys, head of the Polish Development Fund (PFR), said in a video conference on Thursday.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 13:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d5qhiy2dkc8w6qtufkz20i.jpeg"At the moment it is very unlikely that the government needs should exceed 4-5 percent of GDP," Borys said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-borrowing-needs-below-5-pct-of-gdp-in-2020---agency-head-11513Foreigners spent EUR 9.9 bln in Poland in 2019 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreigners-spent-eur-99-bln-in-poland-in-2019---stats-office-11512<p>In 2019, foreigners spent PLN 45.3 bln (EUR 9.9 bln) on goods and services in Poland, up 4.1 percent year on year, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:55:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ie7vlstchbj6icu8pex2oo.jpegThe Central Statistical Office (GUS) said that exports in the first 11 months of 2019 grew by 4.8 percent year-on-year to EUR 217.3 billion with imports going up 2.3 percent to EUR 215.4 billion.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreigners-spent-eur-99-bln-in-poland-in-2019---stats-office-11512Happy Appy Happy Talk: New app identifies diseases through speech patternshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/happy-appy-happy-talk-new-app-identifies-diseases-through-speech-patterns-11509<p>A clever new app can determine a patient’s medical condition simply by registering changes in voice patterns.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:09:00 +0100BusinessScienceStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vgbyned8rh89idao7enqg.pngThe VAMP (Voice Analytics for Medical Professionals) app from Kraków startup Techmo, identifies changes in people’s speech patterns for early detection of diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart problemshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/happy-appy-happy-talk-new-app-identifies-diseases-through-speech-patterns-11509Polish chemists show how to cheaply synthesise drug used to treat COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-chemists-show-how-to-cheaply-synthesise-drug-used-to-treat-covid-19-11508<p>Professor Bartosz Grzybowski and his team have shown the world how to produce HCQ, a medicine used to treat COVID-19, from inexpensive compounds, through the use of his Chematica computer program.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 11:34:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0ksg02q6y46g0xozpgi21dae.jpegIn order to indicate new drug production pathways, the team used the Chematica program which was developed by IChO PAN scientists.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-chemists-show-how-to-cheaply-synthesise-drug-used-to-treat-covid-19-11508With killer virus engulfing Europe, new report shows Poland has highest number of hospital beds for elderlyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/with-killer-virus-engulfing-europe-new-report-shows-poland-has-highest-number-of-hospital-beds-for-elderly-11505<p>A new study has found that Poland has the highest proportion of hospital beds for elderly people in Europe.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wuj8ep1g4p3qyg45jy0td.jpegThe report by NimbleFins shows Poland has 60.52 beds for every 1,000 people aged over 70, the highest number in Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/with-killer-virus-engulfing-europe-new-report-shows-poland-has-highest-number-of-hospital-beds-for-elderly-11505Poland acts quickly to contain coronavirus - PM's Office statshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-acts-quickly-to-contain-coronavirus---pms-office-stats-11504<p>Since the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Poland, the government has been making fast decisions to limit the spread of the epidemic, statistics published the PM’s Office website show.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7eoago6vuhq15xanend1am.jpegThe country’s borders were closed already after 11 days since patient zero was identified by Poland. A similar move took 53 days in France, 46 days in Spain and 48 days in Germany. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-acts-quickly-to-contain-coronavirus---pms-office-stats-11504Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,085https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1085-11503<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 34 people to 1,085, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday morning.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,085https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1085-11503Coronavirus Diary #3https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-3-11501<p>It’s day three of the coronavirus diary, and we hear from a doctor here in Warsaw about the pandemic.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 09:14:00 +0100LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x12uvnk5trd9l3j3e1tj.jpegToday talk to the doctor about the Covid-19 pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-3-11501Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,051https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1051-11500<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland increased on Wednesday to 1,051, the Ministry of Health said on late Wednesday evening.</p>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 09:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,051https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-1051-11500Polish authorities not blocking transports of medical supplies - MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-authorities-not-blocking-transports-of-medical-supplies---mfa-11498<p>Reports that Polish authorities were blocking the transport of medical supplies through Poland were untrue, assured the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 20:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish authorities not blocking transports of medical supplies - MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-authorities-not-blocking-transports-of-medical-supplies---mfa-11498Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland exceeds 1,000https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-exceeds-1000-11496<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 74 to reach 1,031, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday evening. The death toll has reached 14.</p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 18:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland exceeds 1,000https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-exceeds-1000-11496US ambassador thanks Poland for assistance to US citizenshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-thanks-poland-for-assistance-to-us-citizens-11494<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher on Twitter on Wednesday expressed her thanks to the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to LOT Polish Airlines for helping US citizens return to the US during this difficult time.</p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 16:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g7grf2skts4v6d23fhqte.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-thanks-poland-for-assistance-to-us-citizens-11494China to send Poland medical supplies to help staff fighting killer virushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/china-to-send-poland-medical-supplies-to-help-staff-fighting-killer-virus-11491<p><span lang="EN-GB">The first plane carrying medical equipment from China will land in Poland on Thursday, with more air deliveries expected within days.</span></p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dzhwfxnwf0n0d8cbj62s7km.jpegSupplies will include protective equipment as well as materials and medical equipment needed to fight the coronavirus epidemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/china-to-send-poland-medical-supplies-to-help-staff-fighting-killer-virus-11491Sleek new AI 'Mayflower' to cross Atlantic on 400th anniversary of Pilgrims' voyagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sleek-new-ai-mayflower-to-cross-atlantic-on-400th-anniversary-of-pilgrims-voyage-11488<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Gdańsk shipbuilder is building the hull for a new Mayflower ship which will sail across the Atlantic in recognition of the 400<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Pilgrim’s epic 5,150-km voyage to America.</span></p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 14:59:00 +0100BusinessHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ariglhwfsze3ymoou8oc9y.jpegThe sleek new Mayflower will recreate the original ship’s 5,150-km voyage.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sleek-new-ai-mayflower-to-cross-atlantic-on-400th-anniversary-of-pilgrims-voyage-11488Number of coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 957, death toll to 13https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-957-death-toll-to-13-11487<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 31 to reach 957 with 13 dead, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday afternoon.</p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 14:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 957, death toll to 13https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-957-death-toll-to-13-11487Polish national airline brings 34,000 Poles homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-airline-brings-34000-poles-home-11486<p>Poland's flag carrier, PLL LOT, has brought more than 34,000 Poles to their home country under the government-subsidised scheme 'LOT do Domu' (Flight Home) that started on March 15, the airline said in a news release on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 13:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0fxrbwh8mgd8rkuphmiol5.jpegForty-four Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Boeing 737-800s and Embraers made a total of 252 flights within the mass repatriation programme spanning across the world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-airline-brings-34000-poles-home-11486Spanish portal praises Polish government's virus responsehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spanish-portal-praises-polish-governments-virus-response-11485<p>In an article entitled 'Differences in coronavirus epidemic development in Poland and Spain: the results of political negligence,' on Wednesday, Spanish portal <a href="http://outono.net/" target="_blank">outono.net</a> compared the approaches of the two governments and argued that Poland's was superior.</p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 13:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v5rhzq5h62jhicroxecfee.jpeg"The timing of the response is fundamental in halting the epidemic, and it was entirely different in the two countries," the portal wrotehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spanish-portal-praises-polish-governments-virus-response-11485Polish SMEs struggle with payment bottlenecks - debt registryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-smes-struggle-with-payment-bottlenecks---debt-registry-11483<p>Since the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic in Poland, the number of firms from the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector having problems with timely payment from contractors has increased to 63 percent, according to the National Debt Register (KRD).</p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 12:51:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/09d7vb39xxco45oz5qgbdo5.jpegAdam Łącki, president of the KRD Economic Information Bureau, told PAP that the real percentage of people not paying on time is certainly higher, because people are unwilling to admit to socially unacceptable attitudes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-smes-struggle-with-payment-bottlenecks---debt-registry-11483DIY couple join war against coronavirus with 3D face shields for frontline hospital staffhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/diy-couple-join-war-against-coronavirus-with-3d-face-shields-for-frontline-hospital-staff-11481<p>A DIY handy man and his wife are helping their local hospital treat coronavirus patients by printing protective face shields on 3D printers.</p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 11:31:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nd1rtbamygk5jnfmtfi9.jpegFollowing coronavirus’s spread across Poland, Łukasz Więcek decided to use his 3D equipment to print protective masks for medical personnel.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/diy-couple-join-war-against-coronavirus-with-3d-face-shields-for-frontline-hospital-staff-11481Most Poles against holding presidential election on May 10https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-against-holding-presidential-election-on-may-10-11480<p>A vast majority of Poles (72.2 percent) oppose holding presidential elections as scheduled on May 10, a poll conducted by researcher IBRiS for the daily Rzeczpospolita shows.</p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 11:17:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMost Poles against holding presidential election on May 10https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-against-holding-presidential-election-on-may-10-11480Poles fear coronavirus but accept further restrictions - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-fear-coronavirus-but-accept-further-restrictions---daily-11478<p>Poles are ready for tighter restrictions aimed at combating the spread of coronavirus, 86 percent of people have already limited contacts with close ones, the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) daily wrote on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 10:57:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y4g76hwjd8ja8jx4f7lhk.jpegThe study indicated that Poles are ready to agree to comply with orders to stay at home, DGP said. Pictured empty streets of Rzeszów.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-fear-coronavirus-but-accept-further-restrictions---daily-11478Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 927, death toll to 12https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-927-death-toll-to-12-11476<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 26 to reach 927, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning.</p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 09:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 927, death toll to 12https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-927-death-toll-to-12-11476Polish flag carrier extends flight suspension till April 11https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-flag-carrier-extends-flight-suspension-till-april-11-11475<p>Poland's national airline, PLL LOT, has decided to prolong its flight suspension until April 11 after the government on Tuesday extended the ban on passenger flights due to the coronavirus epidemic, the company has announced.</p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 09:41:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/28kgaomrka9ogrwxtpeami.jpegThe company is only conducting government-subsidised charter flights for Poles wishing to return to their homeland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-flag-carrier-extends-flight-suspension-till-april-11-11475Over 5,200 Polish soldiers mobilised against coronavirus- ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-5200-polish-soldiers-mobilised-against-coronavirus--minister-11474<p>Nearly 5,235 soldiers and Polish Army employees as well as 835 military units will be engaged in operations aimed at implementing tougher measures to halt the coronavirus's spread in Poland, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak tweeted on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 09:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ouc371pqq95u5odvdq4rx.jpegAccording to the minister, the Border Guard and Police will be supported by 1,460 soldiers in border protection.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-5200-polish-soldiers-mobilised-against-coronavirus--minister-11474Coronavirus Diary #2https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-2-11471<p>In today’s Debrief, I hand over the mic to you and we manage to hear from two people trying to come to terms with the coronavirus reality in Poland.</p>Wed, 25 Mar 2020 09:08:00 +0100LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hkyukk0q3roeuw9n6fnr1.jpegIt’s a hard time for all of us to get through, but let’s get through it together!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-2-11471Eight hundred and eighty-four coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, ten deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eight-hundred-and-eighty-four-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-ten-dead-11469<p>The Polish Ministry of Health said on Tuesday evening that currently there were 884 confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland, 1,479 people have been hospitalised and 62,511 placed under quarantine. To date, ten people have died from coronavirus infection.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 21:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEight hundred and eighty-four coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, ten deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eight-hundred-and-eighty-four-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-ten-dead-11469Poland introduces tougher measures to halt coronavirus spreadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-introduces-tougher-measures-to-halt-coronavirus-spread-11468<p>Poles have seen their freedoms of movement and association further curbed under the latest set of government measures announced on Tuesday and aimed to curb the spread of the coronavirus epidemic as infections near a thousand.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 20:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland introduces tougher measures to halt coronavirus spreadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-introduces-tougher-measures-to-halt-coronavirus-spread-11468Poland extends border controls to April 13https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-border-controls-to-april-13-11467<p>The closure of Poland's borders, initially implemented for 10 days has been extended by a further 20, until April 13, the Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration Mariusz Kaminski announced on Wednesday.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 18:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d8o9mwbo1hdbvmm72l6x5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-border-controls-to-april-13-11467Warsaw's Vietnamese offer aid to hospitalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-vietnamese-offer-aid-to-hospitals-11465<p>Warsaw's Vietnamese community is collecting face masks and protective gloves for hospital staff to aid the government in combatting the coronavirus epidemic. Vietnamese restaurants are also providing free meals.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 17:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8mxs0m8209tbbvxfbnfbst.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-vietnamese-offer-aid-to-hospitals-11465Health Ministry reports number of coronavirus infections up to 799https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-ministry-reports-number-of-coronavirus-infections-up-to-799-11464<p>A further 25 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Poland bringing the total number of infections to date up to 799, according to data published by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday afternoon.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 16:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgHealth Ministry reports number of coronavirus infections up to 799https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-ministry-reports-number-of-coronavirus-infections-up-to-799-11464PKO Leasing donates over 100 cars to help medical services and splashes out millions to help in fight against COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pko-leasing-donates-over-100-cars-to-help-medical-services-and-splashes-out-millions-to-help-in-fight-against-covid-19-11461<p>Up to 100 passenger cars are to be donated to the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate by PKO Leasing and Masterlease, in an effort to support those directly involved in the fight against coronavirus.&nbsp;</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 15:25:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6pt1r5qxzovcje29x428zu.jpegUp to 100 passenger cars are to be donated to the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate by PKO Leasing and Masterlease.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pko-leasing-donates-over-100-cars-to-help-medical-services-and-splashes-out-millions-to-help-in-fight-against-covid-19-11461Gone but not forgotten: Warsaw’s largest hiding place for WWII Jews rememberedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gone-but-not-forgotten-warsaws-largest-hiding-place-for-wwii-jews-remembered-11459<p>In March 1944, a team of ‘Jew hunters’ from the Gestapo descended on a 28-metre bunker at the back of a tenement in Warsaw’s Ochota district and flushed out 38 cowering Jews who had found shelter there.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 15:22:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l5ytumj2uhawu5jhlf23h.pngThe Krysia bunker was the largest hiding place for Jews outside the Warsaw Ghetto, the longest lasting and the largest rescue operation of its kind in occupied Warsaw. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gone-but-not-forgotten-warsaws-largest-hiding-place-for-wwii-jews-remembered-11459New restrictions to come into force as of Tuesdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-restrictions-to-come-into-force-as-of-tuesday-11458<p>New restrictions announced on Tuesday will take effect as of today and last until April 11, Poland’s Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski told a Tuesday press conference.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 14:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1y0t1fsxoizgbey5sv30z.jpegSzumowski added that all to-date restrictions remained in place.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-restrictions-to-come-into-force-as-of-tuesday-11458PM warns against complacency over better-then-expected virus resultshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-warns-against-complacency-over-better-then-expected-virus-results-11457<p>The fact that we have lower contamination growth than expected "cannot put us to sleep," Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned on Tuesday adding that further restrictions were needed to stem the spread of coronavirus in Poland.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 14:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ko4y3o18eksvmyomqqthsf.jpeg“This effect, that we have today, a certain lower growth rate than we had expected, cannot put us to sleep,” Morawiecki said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-warns-against-complacency-over-better-then-expected-virus-results-11457Coronavirus cases in Poland to hit 9,000 and peak in mid Aprilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-cases-in-poland-to-hit-9000-and-peak-in-mid-april-11455<p>As many as 9,000 people in Poland could be infected with coronavirus before it peaks around April 20th, new analysis says.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 13:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/psb364r21879dk9dl9a7q.jpegThe research suggests that the highest number of infections in Poland could reach 400 per day, between March 28th and April 8th.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-cases-in-poland-to-hit-9000-and-peak-in-mid-april-11455Labour productivity up in January-February - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-productivity-up-in-january-february---stats-office-11454<p>Poland's labour productivity in industry increased by 2.2 percent year on year in the first two months of 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 12:56:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z8r9iv9xx0m4u5k5450ovb.jpegGUS also said that Poland's average annual inflation stood at 2.3 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-productivity-up-in-january-february---stats-office-11454Warsaw artist creates incredible embroidered everyday objects – but can you tell which is real?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-artist-creates-incredible-embroidered-everyday-objects--but-can-you-tell-which-is-real-11451<p>A Warsaw artist has given embroidery a modern twist with her brightly-coloured textile creations making a statement about consumerism.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 11:57:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/alpunhwf54cx7fgf9ink.pngAll of Alicja Kozłowska’s works are made of embroidered textiles and look as if they had just been pulled off a shelf at the supermarket.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-artist-creates-incredible-embroidered-everyday-objects--but-can-you-tell-which-is-real-11451Poland's foreign military missions to continue as plannedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-military-missions-to-continue-as-planned-11450<p>Poland's Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak has taken the decision that soldiers returning from foreign missions will not be quarantined, Rzeczpospolita reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 11:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cd0nqgf6yyt65h4yuhc4c.jpegAccording to the daily, Minister Błaszczak has informed contingent commanders that soldiers returning home will not be quarantined, as they have been under the care of military medical services.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-military-missions-to-continue-as-planned-11450Ninth coronavirus-infected patient dies in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ninth-coronavirus-infected-patient-dies-in-poland-11449<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland increased on Tuesday to 774, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. It also reported that a ninth coronavirus-infected patient had died.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 11:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNinth coronavirus-infected patient dies in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ninth-coronavirus-infected-patient-dies-in-poland-11449New industrial orders up 6.9 pct y/y in February - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-industrial-orders-up-69-pct-yy-in-february---stats-office-11447<p>Poland's new industrial orders rose by 6.9 percent year on year in February 2020 after a 5.5 percent y/y increase in January, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 11:10:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rso37sphvsdvtw3aiji1fb.jpegGUShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-industrial-orders-up-69-pct-yy-in-february---stats-office-11447Poland's unemployment flat at 5.5 percent in February - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-flat-at-55-percent-in-february---stats-office-11446<p>Poland's unemployment remained flat at 5.5 percent in February 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 10:43:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tst3w0goywac0aj4my7umf.jpegPoland's foreign trade surplus reached EUR 1.8 billion at the end of 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-flat-at-55-percent-in-february---stats-office-11446Labour market will face huge redundancies due to coronavirus - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-market-will-face-huge-redundancies-due-to-coronavirus---daily-11445<p>Over a million people may lose their jobs if the Polish government does not take countermeasures to help companies which are suffering due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Rzeczpospolita daily wrote on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 09:53:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j5d5xm1r8g9kha11l90t7.jpegThe daily said that the tourism industry, which employs approximately 700,000 people, is also threatened by redundancies. Pictured Kraków streets without tourists.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-market-will-face-huge-redundancies-due-to-coronavirus---daily-11445Poland's Tychy car plant extends production suspensionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-tychy-car-plant-extends-production-suspension-11444<p>Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) on Monday decided to further extend production suspension at its Tychy plant until April 10 due to the spread of the coronavirus, the company announced.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 09:05:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/08voh614ycbj5jlve6aooke.jpegTychy factory's main product is the Fiat 500 model, produced in Tychy for the past 13 years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-tychy-car-plant-extends-production-suspension-11444Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 766https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-766-11443<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland increased on Tuesday to 766, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Eight coronavirus-infected patients have died.</p>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 09:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 766https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-766-11443Coronavirus Diary #1https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-1-11440<p>Trying to keep upbeat in these times of lockdown...</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 21:37:00 +0100LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/otgnu12v9hm3m1twsfv9i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-1-11440President sends condolences to earthquake-hit Croatiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-sends-condolences-to-earthquake-hit-croatia-11438<p>President Andrzej Duda on Monday in an online message to Croatian President Zoran Milanovic expressed his and the Poles' sympathy and support in connection with Sunday's major earthquake in the country.</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 18:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fm68s6eirimanrmqcgqnm7.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-sends-condolences-to-earthquake-hit-croatia-11438President sees cross-party agreement on gov't relief packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-sees-cross-party-agreement-on-govt-relief-package-11434<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda, speaking after a teleconference with parliamentary party leaders on Monday, said that there was a huge chance that the government's anti-crisis package, worth about EUR 50 bln, will be passed in full agreement by parliament.</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 17:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lzauh9pb3y2uy5i2vgpah.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-sees-cross-party-agreement-on-govt-relief-package-11434Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 692https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-692-11433<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland increased on Monday to 692, the Ministry of Health said on Monday afternoon. It also reported that an eighth coronavirus-infected patient has died.</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 17:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 692https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-692-11433Kids take first place at COVID-19 Hackathon with innovative app for home learninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kids-take-first-place-at-covid-19-hackathon-with-innovative-app-for-home-learning-11426<p>A group of school children and their teachers from Gdynia have won an international Hackathon competition to help people during the coronavirus crisis.&nbsp;</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 16:55:00 +0100ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pjqycimkcuono6s3n9bw4b.pngThe clever application connects school children with teachers so they can continue learning whilst schools are closed. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kids-take-first-place-at-covid-19-hackathon-with-innovative-app-for-home-learning-11426Close to 10,000 electric vehicles in Poland at end-Februaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/close-to-10000-electric-vehicles-in-poland-at-end-february-11424<p>At the end of February 2020, there were 9,803 electric cars registered in Poland, the Polish Automotive Industry Association (PZPM) and the Polish Alternative Fuels Association (PSPA) announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 15:42:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/df9ac2eelhun2ak35dwmx.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/close-to-10000-electric-vehicles-in-poland-at-end-february-11424Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 684https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-684-11423<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland increased on Monday by 36 to 684, the Ministry of Health said on Monday afternoon. It also reported that an eighth coronavirus-infected patient has died.</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 15:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 684https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-684-11423Harrowing documents of Jews seeking passports to flee Hitler’s death camps handed over to Auschwitz Museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-photos-of-jews-seeking-passports-to-flee-hitlers-death-camps-handed-over-to-auschwitz-museum-11420<p>A unique collection of photographs and papers that document the efforts of Polish diplomats to save the lives of Jews in the Holocaust has been acquired by the Auschwitz Museum.&nbsp;</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 15:16:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/90xdy2wtwckluwlechcav.pngThe unique collection was acquired from a private owner in Israel thanks to the efforts of the Polish Embassy in Bern and Markus Blechner, a Polish honorary consul in Zurich.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-photos-of-jews-seeking-passports-to-flee-hitlers-death-camps-handed-over-to-auschwitz-museum-11420Masks from Poland will be delivered to Italy soon - Italian Embassyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/masks-from-poland-will-be-delivered-to-italy-soon---italian-embassy-11418<p>The Italian Embassy in Poland tweeted on Monday that the delivery of masks to Italy would soon be carried out without major problems, and thanked the Polish authorities for their cooperation in "these difficult moments for Italy."</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 14:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMasks from Poland will be delivered to Italy soon - Italian Embassyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/masks-from-poland-will-be-delivered-to-italy-soon---italian-embassy-11418Over 20,000 samples tested for coronavirus in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-20000-samples-tested-for-coronavirus-in-poland-11417<p>The Polish Ministry of Health said on Monday that a total of 20,127 samples had so far been tested for coronavirus in Polish laboratories and that there were 684 positive results.</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 13:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver 20,000 samples tested for coronavirus in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-20000-samples-tested-for-coronavirus-in-poland-11417‘Inspirational’ unseen film of Tadeusz Kantor’s last show before he died to be shown for first timehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inspirational-unseen-film-of-tadeusz-kantors-last-show-before-he-died-to-be-shown-for-first-time-11413<p>Film of Tadeusz Kantor that has lain unseen for decades is set to give modern audiences a new perspective on the life and work of one of the most mercurial and revolutionary theatre directors Poland has ever produced.</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 13:13:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/car9cibimemddkd1p62ha.pngThe unseen footage is due to go be screened in London later this month at an event called “European: Tadeusz Kantor”.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inspirational-unseen-film-of-tadeusz-kantors-last-show-before-he-died-to-be-shown-for-first-time-11413Poland activates EU mechanism to bring Poles home - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-activates-eu-mechanism-to-bring-poles-home---source-11412<p>The European Commission announced on Monday that Poland had activated a European Union mechanism to bring home Poles from abroad, as many had been unable to return due to the coronavirus epidemic situation.</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 13:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland activates EU mechanism to bring Poles home - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-activates-eu-mechanism-to-bring-poles-home---source-11412Polish non-financial firms' net result up by 7.5 pct y/y in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-non-financial-firms-net-result-up-by-75-pct-yy-in-2019-11411<p>Polish non-financial enterprises increased their net financial results by 7.5 percent year on year to PLN 121.2 billion (EUR 26.9 billion) in 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 12:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rso37sphvsdvtw3aiji1fb.jpegGUShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-non-financial-firms-net-result-up-by-75-pct-yy-in-2019-11411Polish pharmaceutical market grows by 9.7 percent y/y in Februaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pharmaceutical-market-grows-by-97-percent-yy-in-february-11410<p>The value of Poland's pharmaceutical market grew by 9.7 pct y/y and fell by 2.2 pct m/m to PLN 3.34 bln (EUR 734.2 mln) in February, 2020, according to a report by pharmaceutical researcher PEX PharmaSequence.</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 12:16:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v3uw0jirwk8xw7ddzccade.jpegThe average Polish pharmacy recorded gross sales of PLN 243,000 (EUR 53,289) in February, 15.4 percent more year on year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pharmaceutical-market-grows-by-97-percent-yy-in-february-11410Polish labs capacity stands at nearly 4,000 tests per dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labs-capacity-stands-at-nearly-4000-tests-per-day-11408<p>The capacity of Polish laboratories conducting coronavirus tests is 3,500 to 4,000 per 24 hours, head of the Prime Minister’s Office Michał Dworczyk said on Monday, adding that the number is adequate to the present stage of the epidemic in Poland.</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 10:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h5d3gs5hhfha2vu5jl8pmi.jpeg"Poland has no shortage of tests and disinfectants, but there are problems with protective gear and face masks, as the scale of the threat has been underestimated," Dworczyk said. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labs-capacity-stands-at-nearly-4000-tests-per-day-11408Polish health minister says no grounds for regional lockdowns in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-health-minister-says-no-grounds-for-regional-lockdowns-in-poland-11407<p>Polish Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski on Monday morning said that at the moment there were no grounds for regional lockdowns in Poland, as coronavirus cases were distributed evenly throughout all of Poland.</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 10:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1nxu4w4i4io1t6s3o7xvc3.jpegSzumowski said that Poland may have several thousand coronavirus cases towards the end of this week.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-health-minister-says-no-grounds-for-regional-lockdowns-in-poland-11407Poland’s GDP likely to decline q/q in Q2, recover in H2 – dep fin minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-likely-to-decline-qq-in-q2-recover-in-h2--dep-fin-min-11406<p>According to a baseline scenario, Poland’s GDP will decline q/q in the second quarter of 2020 without a y/y decline, but the scenario of a y/y decline cannot be fully ruled out, Deputy Finance Minister Leszek Skiba told Dziennik Gazeta Prawna on Monday.</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 09:39:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4h29y5fyk9e3nsz1mow4vy.jpegSkiba said he still believed the economy will begin to recover in the second half of the year, resulting in a positive growth rate for the whole year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-likely-to-decline-qq-in-q2-recover-in-h2--dep-fin-min-11406Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 649https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-649-11405<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland increased on Monday morning by 15 and reached 649, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning.</p>Mon, 23 Mar 2020 09:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 649https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-649-11405Hina building severely damaged in earthquake, public news service continueshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hina-building-severely-damaged-in-earthquake-public-news-service-continues-11402<p>The building housing Hina's offices in central Zagreb was severely damaged in the earthquake on Sunday.</p>Sun, 22 Mar 2020 20:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5u09o9le2z9vbj9p6ecd3g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hina-building-severely-damaged-in-earthquake-public-news-service-continues-11402Trucks waiting 30 hours at Polish-Ukrainian border - border guardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trucks-waiting-30-hours-at-polish-ukrainian-border---border-guard-11401<p>At Korczowa, the only open border crossing point in the southeastern Podkarpackie province, trucks are waiting for 30 hours to enter Ukraine, while the flow of passenger cars is minimal, the Polish Border Guard has informed PAP.</p>Sun, 22 Mar 2020 20:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lxx04szvo8jzig8cvyzuc.jpeg"In the last day over 3,200 people were processed," she said. "Of that number, only around 420 passed into the country."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trucks-waiting-30-hours-at-polish-ukrainian-border---border-guard-11401Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 627https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-627-11400<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reached 627, up by 67 since the previous count, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday evening.</p>Sun, 22 Mar 2020 20:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 627https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-627-11400Wrocław clinic uses ‘super viruses’ to battle rebellious bacteriahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wrolaw-clinic-leads-the-way-in-the-battle-against-the-super-bugs-11398<p>A pioneering institute in Wrocław is working on experimental therapy to combat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.</p>Sun, 22 Mar 2020 20:04:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2a61xw33o9dqlpdgrzq5y.jpegThe therapy being pioneered in Wrocław could help end the threat posed by super-bugs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wrolaw-clinic-leads-the-way-in-the-battle-against-the-super-bugs-11398Keeping to election date ethically dubious - presidential candidatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/keeping-to-election-date-ethically-dubious---presidential-candidate-11396<p>In view of the epidemic in Poland, President Andrzej Duda should ask himself if it is fair and ethical to carry out the May 10-scheduled presidential election, presidential candidate Szymon Holownia said in a Sunday interview for the Wirtualna Polska portal.</p>Sun, 22 Mar 2020 19:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ohdn4msm6lcevoiz43d8l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/keeping-to-election-date-ethically-dubious---presidential-candidate-11396Number of confirmed coronavirus cases rises to 627 in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-rises-to-627-in-poland-11395<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reached 627, up by 67 since the previous count, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday evening.</p>Sun, 22 Mar 2020 19:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases rises to 627 in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-rises-to-627-in-poland-11395Number of coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 563, seven deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-563-seven-dead-11392<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has grown to 563 the Ministry of Health said early on Sunday afternoon. To date, seven people have died from the disease.</p>Sun, 22 Mar 2020 16:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 563, seven deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-563-seven-dead-11392Refusing to be ground down: Warsaw’s independent cafés keep fighting despite lockdownhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/refusing-to-be-ground-down-warsaws-independent-cafes-keep-fighting-despite-lockdown-11389<p>It should have marked the climax; the final day of a weekend event attracting thousands of visitors and twice as many exhibitors as previous editions. But instead of signalling the grand finale of the 6th Warsaw Coffee Festival, this Sunday will instead be best remembered for its silent streets and nationwide sense of complete desolation.</p>Sun, 22 Mar 2020 15:54:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/32t6ijm9ka4b7yfe1dh7fb.jpegIlona Przewoźniczek and Sławek Saran, owners of the Forum café, are having to adjust to a harsh new reality.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/refusing-to-be-ground-down-warsaws-independent-cafes-keep-fighting-despite-lockdown-11389New film explores work of a man dedicated to finding the untouched tomb of an Egyptian pharaohhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-film-explores-work-of-a-man-dedicated-to-finding-the-untouched-tomb-of-an-egyptian-pharaoh-11386<p>Recently TFN reported on the extraordinary and ancient stone chest uncovered in Deir El-Bahari in Egypt. A film crew was present when the discovery was made, while it was working on a documentary and biopic about the tenacious archaeologist and Egyptologist Professor Andrzej Niwiński.</p>Sun, 22 Mar 2020 12:25:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6o9dfjvd839kq8sdx2gs1.pngTomb hunter: Prefessor Andrzej Niwiński in Egypt.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-film-explores-work-of-a-man-dedicated-to-finding-the-untouched-tomb-of-an-egyptian-pharaoh-11386Poland exempts crisis-hit micro-firms from social security dueshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-exempts-crisis-hit-micro-firms-from-social-security-dues-11384<p>Poland will exempt self-employed people and micro-companies from social security payments for three months if their revenues drop by more than 50 pct compared to February, President Andrzej Duda announced on Saturday.</p>Sat, 21 Mar 2020 18:48:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ed7wrlozeekripkp3pa5om.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-exempts-crisis-hit-micro-firms-from-social-security-dues-11384Mask line of defence: Poles get stitching to produce life-saving maskshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mask-line-of-defence-poles-get-stitching-to-produce-life-saving-masks-11382<p><span lang="EN-GB">Poles are stepping up to the plate when it comes to the fight against the coronavirus with people all over the country sewing masks for doctors, nurses, and paramedics. With plenty of tutorials available online, all that is required is a piece of fabric, elastic, a sewing kit and a little bit of free time.</span></p>Sat, 21 Mar 2020 18:38:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ob7rjtrbolxzjs8vuby8i.jpegA woman in Gdańsk works on a home-made mask.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mask-line-of-defence-poles-get-stitching-to-produce-life-saving-masks-11382Lewandowskis chip in EUR 1 million for coronavirus fighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lewandowskis-chip-in-eur-1-million-for-coronavirus-fight-11379<p><span lang="EN-US">Poland and Bayern Munich football star Robert Lewandowski and his wife Anna are donating EUR 1 million to the fight against the coronavirus.</span></p>Sat, 21 Mar 2020 16:08:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/syv6je61cyjjovanlq5iy.jpegRobert Lewandowski and his wife Anna are one of Poland’s most famous couples.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lewandowskis-chip-in-eur-1-million-for-coronavirus-fight-11379Poland, Belarus to carry out air exercise ahead of hockey gameshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-belarus-to-carry-out-air-exercise-ahead-of-hockey-games-11377<p>Polish and Belarusian air forces will carry out a joint exercise in Poland's southern city of Krakow on Wednesday in preparation for the 2021 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship to be held in Belarus and Latvia and the 2023 European Games to be held in Krakow.</p>Sat, 21 Mar 2020 15:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland, Belarus to carry out air exercise ahead of hockey gameshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-belarus-to-carry-out-air-exercise-ahead-of-hockey-games-11377Number of coronavisus cases in Poland rises to 452, five deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-coronavisus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-452-five-dead-11376<p>Thirteen new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 452, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday afternoon. To date, five people have died from the disease.</p>Sat, 21 Mar 2020 15:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mmj7gtievjabwavfradu6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-coronavisus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-452-five-dead-11376Illegal booze called up to fight the virushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/illegal-booze-called-up-to-fight-the-virus-11374<p><span lang="EN-GB">The prosecutor’s office and the National Revenue Administration are releasing hundreds of thousands of litres of confiscated ethyl alcohol so that it can be converted into disinfectant and funnelled into the fight against the coronavirus.</span></p>Sat, 21 Mar 2020 15:05:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8fcopzvlcmbyr2qy2hn9a.jpegA National Revenue officer inspects some of the alcohol that will soon become disinfectant.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/illegal-booze-called-up-to-fight-the-virus-11374Ruling party head says presidential elections should be held on May 10https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-head-says-presidential-elections-should-be-held-on-may-10-11367<p>Ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said on Saturday that despite the introduction of a state of epidemic in Poland there is no reason to postpone the presidential election due on May 10.</p>Sat, 21 Mar 2020 12:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/470ookuvt8bpw88jcucufj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-head-says-presidential-elections-should-be-held-on-may-10-11367Number of coronavisus cases in Poland rises to 439, five deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-coronavisus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-439-five-dead-11365<p>Fourteen new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 439, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. To date, five people have died from the disease.</p>Sat, 21 Mar 2020 12:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of coronavisus cases in Poland rises to 439, five deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-coronavisus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-439-five-dead-11365Herd community: bison herd out east gets boost from new membershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/heard-community-bison-heard-out-east-gets-boost-from-new-members-11363<p><span lang="EN-GB">A herd of bison in north-eastern Poland has welcomed four new members, as part of an effort to protect bison in the country.</span></p>Sat, 21 Mar 2020 11:48:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2y3o01yyg3yujo0425o7xk.jpegThe four new bison will bolster the ranks of the Augustów herd.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/heard-community-bison-heard-out-east-gets-boost-from-new-members-11363Poland's infection count up to 425, five deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-infection-count-up-to-425-five-dead-11362<p>Poland's coronavirus infection count has risen to 425, five people have died from the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus, the Polish Health Ministry said on Friday evening.</p>Sat, 21 Mar 2020 10:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's infection count up to 425, five deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-infection-count-up-to-425-five-dead-11362President calls National Security Council for Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-calls-national-security-council-for-monday-11361<p>President Andrzej Duda has called a National Security Council (RBN) sitting for Monday to discuss the government's "anti-crisis shield" introducing aid for Poland's enterprise and other measures in connection with the spreading coronavirus epidemic.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 21:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f4t0d31wnf62s2dq7ja4.jpeg"We'll come out of this test with flying colours, we will strengthen our bonds as a state and nation, we will once again show what great strength and possibilities we possess as a community," Duda said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-calls-national-security-council-for-monday-11361PM announces state of epidemic emergencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-announces-state-of-epidemic-emergency-11358<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday that Poland has introduced a state of epidemic emergency in connection with the spread of the coronavirus. Morawiecki said that the emergency laws brought new prerogatives and duties.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 19:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/focu7pcdwktj8apspsrhhe.jpegMorawiecki said that schools will remain closed until Easter, as the resumption of classes now could cause the virus to spread faster.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-announces-state-of-epidemic-emergency-11358Poland introduces tougher penalties for breaking quarantine ruleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-introduces-tougher-penalties-for-breaking-quarantine-rules-11357<p>People under the mandatory 14-day quarantine period who break the isolation rules will face a fine of PLN 30,000 (EUR 6,624) the prime minister announced on Friday evening. The penalty has been raised six-fold in a bid to contain the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 19:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8f8i42ks55nn151fur0j8j.jpegBreaking the quarantine may cost other people their lives, Morawiecki said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-introduces-tougher-penalties-for-breaking-quarantine-rules-11357Coronavirus “Patient Zero” leaves hospitalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-patient-zero-leaves-hospital-11356<p>Mieczysław Opałka (66), the first patient to be diagnosed with the coronavirus in Poland, was discharged on Friday from the University Hospital in Zielona Góora, western Poland.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 18:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCoronavirus “Patient Zero” leaves hospitalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-patient-zero-leaves-hospital-11356Poland's infection count up to 411, five deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-infection-count-up-to-411-five-dead-11355<p>Poland's coronavirus infection count has risen to 411, five people have died from the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus, the Polish Health Ministry said on Friday.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 18:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's infection count up to 411, five deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-infection-count-up-to-411-five-dead-11355Polish FinMin says 2 pct GDP growth would be 'very good result'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-finmin-says-2-pct-gdp-growth-would-be-very-good-result-11354<p>The coronavirus epidemic will certainly cut the original 3.7 percent GDP growth that Poland planned to reach in 2020, and a 2 pct economic expansion should be seen as a very good result, Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński said in a comment for PAP on Friday.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 18:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wiqjjoq99vrwv1nxamclcj.jpeg“Initial forecasts by the NBP (National Bank of Poland - PAP) indicate that growth will slow down to about 2 percent of the GDP, which would be a very good result compared to other EU countries,” Kościński said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-finmin-says-2-pct-gdp-growth-would-be-very-good-result-11354Survey shows 88 pct of firms have enabled remote work during epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/survey-shows-88-pct-of-firms-have-enabled-remote-work-during-epidemic-11350<p>During the coronavirus epidemic, 88 percent of companies in Poland have implemented remote work, a survey conducted by the Lewiatan Confederation reveals.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 16:42:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSurvey shows 88 pct of firms have enabled remote work during epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/survey-shows-88-pct-of-firms-have-enabled-remote-work-during-epidemic-11350Poznań scientists come up with prototype for new coronavirus testinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-scientists-come-up-with-prototype-for-new-coronavirus-testing-11348<p>The prototype for a coronavirus test which will be used to support a local Sanitary and Epidemiological station has been developed by scientists in Poznań.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 16:24:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/20cckqcnx88ssdfs3yzd3.jpegBased entirely on reagents used by the Institute, or of Polish production, the tests will be able to isolate and detect the virus in case of shortages.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-scientists-come-up-with-prototype-for-new-coronavirus-testing-11348Eighteen thousand Poles brought home by national carrierhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eighteen-thousand-poles-brought-home-by-national-carrier-11347<p>Eighteen thousand Poles have returned home since March 15 on special charter flights organised jointly by the Polish government and the state flag carrier LOT, the airline said in a Friday statement.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 15:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kliafsjqhcgrn0e792als.jpegThe operation to bring back Polish citizens from various regions of the world under the banner Flight Back Home (#LotDoDomu) was organised in the wake of suspended air connections to and from abroad.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eighteen-thousand-poles-brought-home-by-national-carrier-11347Poland notifies EC of traffic running smoothly at bordershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-notifies-ec-of-traffic-running-smoothly-at-borders-11346<p>Polish authorities on Friday presented further information to the European Commission (EC) that traffic across its borders, including the Polish-German border, was running smoothly, a European Union source revealed to PAP.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 15:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p0p8xcm8kbp10auith601he.jpegPoland announced the temporary reintroduction of controls at its internal borders on March 15.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-notifies-ec-of-traffic-running-smoothly-at-borders-11346Over 13,000 samples examined for coronavirus in Poland, 378 infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-13000-samples-examined-for-coronavirus-in-poland-378-infections-11342<p>The Polish Ministry of Health said on Friday that a total of 13,072 samples had so far been tested for coronavirus in all Poland's laboratories, 378 of them had proved positive.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 13:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1j3cwtcczn53nh9ywd5gu9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-13000-samples-examined-for-coronavirus-in-poland-378-infections-11342Pole becomes first MEP infected with coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-becomes-first-mep-infected-with-coronavirus-11340<p>Polish People's Party's MEP Adam Jarubas, who attended a European Parliament session last week, has become the first MEP to be infected with coronavirus, the European Parliament (EP) press office has said.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 13:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6yjb4u7b8y3vdb0lenjdo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-becomes-first-mep-infected-with-coronavirus-11340Number of coronavisus cases in Poland rises to 378, death toll to 6https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-coronavisus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-378-death-toll-to-6-11337<p>Eleven new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 378, the Ministry of Health said on Friday. To date, six people have died from the disease.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 12:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of coronavisus cases in Poland rises to 378, death toll to 6https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-coronavisus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-378-death-toll-to-6-11337Housing starts up y/y in February - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/housing-starts-up-yy-in-february---stats-office-11335<p>Housing starts in Poland increased by 7.2 percent year on year and by 12.5 percent month on month in February 2020, to 17,875 units, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 12:55:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ykvs87z8ygaiotjf6iid.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/housing-starts-up-yy-in-february---stats-office-11335Retail sales up 7.3 pct y/y in February - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-73-pct-yy-in-february---stats-office-11333<p>Poland's retail sales increased, in real terms, by 7.3 percent year on year and by 0.4 percent month on month in February 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 11:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v79g9ughm1j0go2j3qvxm9k.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-73-pct-yy-in-february---stats-office-11333Poland's Flight Home initiative launches 17 charter flights on Fridayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-flight-home-initiative-launches-17-charter-flights-on-friday-11331<p>The Flight Home (#LotDoDomu) operation intended to fly home Polish citizens from various regions of the world will launch 17 charter flights on Friday, the Polish Foreign Ministry tweeted on Friday.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 11:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pucxbg2dwjdjyrqz18vdo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-flight-home-initiative-launches-17-charter-flights-on-friday-11331Poland's construction output rises in February - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-construction-output-rises-in-february---stats-office-11329<p>Poland's construction output increased by 5.5 percent year on year in February 2020 and by 14.1 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 11:14:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5ew7diwro8jab1x10d5u4r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-construction-output-rises-in-february---stats-office-11329Decision on virus lockdown extension in coming days - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decision-on-virus-lockdown-extension-in-coming-days---official-11327<p>Within the next few days, the Polish government will take a decision on whether to extend restrictions related to the coronavirus epidemic, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, Michal Dworczyk, said on Thursday.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 09:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDecision on virus lockdown extension in coming days - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decision-on-virus-lockdown-extension-in-coming-days---official-11327Three hundred sixty-seven coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, five deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-hundred-sixty-seven-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-five-dead-11325<p>Twelve new coronavirus positive cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 367, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. To date, five people have died from coronavirus infection.</p>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 09:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgThree hundred sixty-seven coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, five deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-hundred-sixty-seven-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-five-dead-11325‘Coronavirus is an earthquake for our economy but we have a bold and effective plan’ PM tells CNN’s Richard Questhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-is-an-earthquake-for-our-economy-but-we-have-a-bold-and-effective-plan-pm-tells-cnns-richard-quest-11321<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki has said the coronavirus is an “earthquake for our economy” but stressed that his government has introduced a “bold and effective plan” to safeguard workers during the pandemic.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 21:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wtk2aj4fplc7bq9flv7m0r.jpegAppearing on CNN tonight, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said that despite the coronavirus being like an “earthquake for our economy” Poland had a “bold” plan.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-is-an-earthquake-for-our-economy-but-we-have-a-bold-and-effective-plan-pm-tells-cnns-richard-quest-11321‘Our kitchen staff are treating this like war!’ Restaurants go on the offensive in fight against coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/our-kitchen-staff-are-treating-this-like-war-restaurants-go-on-the-offensive-in-fight-against-coronavirus-11319<p>“We’ve gone from hero to zero overnight,” says Daniel Pawełek, founder of the Warsaw-based Ferment Group, a firm whose interests include six restaurants five of which feature in the latest edition of the Michelin Main Cities of Europe guide.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 21:04:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n54xahtfg5pcafoc4a9k.pngFrom delivery services, staff support units and baking bread for the elderly, the capital’s restaurants refuse to surrender to COVID-19.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/our-kitchen-staff-are-treating-this-like-war-restaurants-go-on-the-offensive-in-fight-against-coronavirus-11319Special 'anti-crisis shield' draft law to go to president on Fridayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/special-anti-crisis-shield-draft-law-to-go-to-president-on-friday-11318<p>A draft of a special law introducing some elements of an anti-crisis "shield" will be sent to President Andrzej Duda and the Social Dialogue Council (RDS) on Friday, the Ministry of Development tweeted on Thursday.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 20:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSpecial 'anti-crisis shield' draft law to go to president on Fridayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/special-anti-crisis-shield-draft-law-to-go-to-president-on-friday-11318Another 32 new coronavirus cases in Poland - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/another-32-new-coronavirus-cases-in-poland---ministry-11317<p>Another 32 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 355, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday evening.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 19:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAnother 32 new coronavirus cases in Poland - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/another-32-new-coronavirus-cases-in-poland---ministry-11317Fitch cuts Poland's 2020 growth forecast to 1.8 pcthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-cuts-polands-2020-growth-forecast-to-18-pct-11316<p>Global ratings agency Fitch, in its report on Thursday, stated that it had cut the GDP growth forecast for Poland to 1.8 percent in 2020 from the previously expected 3.3 percent.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 18:28:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xb5fj5p2gan6b35b7cgd8.jpeg"The growth will go back to 3.2 percent in 2021, when private consumption and investments rebound," according to Fitch.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-cuts-polands-2020-growth-forecast-to-18-pct-11316PM, MPs hold video conference on coronavirus situationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-mps-hold-video-conference-on-coronavirus-situation-11314<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki held a video conference with the leaders of parliamentary caucuses and other MP groups, head of the Prime Minister's Office Michał Dworczyk said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 17:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hqvned5rm7jq6oft7m4ff.jpegDworczyk said Morawiecki reported on the current situation regarding the coronavirus epidemic, and also presented figures on new infections and the countermeasures against the spreading virus undertaken by his government.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-mps-hold-video-conference-on-coronavirus-situation-11314Polish Development Ministry expects production to drop 5 pct in Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-development-ministry-expects-production-to-drop-5-pct-in-march-11313<p>The Polish Development Ministry expects industrial production to go down by around 5 percent year on year in March 2020, reads a ministry communique issued on Thursday.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 16:05:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Development Ministry expects production to drop 5 pct in Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-development-ministry-expects-production-to-drop-5-pct-in-march-11313One man’s quest to uncover the human stories behind hidden WWII treasureshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-mans-quest-to-uncover-the-human-stories-behind-hidden-wwii-treasures-11311<p>Lower Silesia has long been a target for treasure hunters on the trial of gold, art and religious artefacts stolen by the Germans during World War Two.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:40:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pejkoawb8np72qkllqpi.pngŁukasz Kazek spent years uncovering forgotten treasures and researching the histories of the people who hid them.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-mans-quest-to-uncover-the-human-stories-behind-hidden-wwii-treasures-11311European Economic Congress postponed until Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-economic-congress-postponed-until-september-11308<p>The 12th European Economic Congress, and the European Start-up Days, planned to be held on 18-20 May in Katowice, southern Poland, have been postponed until September 2-3, 2020, due the coronavirus epidemic threat, the congress organisers PTWP Group said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/14o7a4sxxp8zjf7j8af1f.jpegThe European Tech and Start-up Days, part of the European Economic Forum, will now start on September 3.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-economic-congress-postponed-until-september-11308Polish gov't seeks to improve traffic movement at Polish-German borderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-seeks-to-improve-traffic-movement-at-polish-german-border-11306<p>The Polish government will do everything to speed-up traffic movement at the Polish-German border, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday after a meeting of the Government Crisis Management Team.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mgmcc9vkgqllcp78zxg6n.jpegThe borders have been closed to foreigners from Saturday night due to the coronavirus threat.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-seeks-to-improve-traffic-movement-at-polish-german-border-11306Poles positive about government's actions to combat coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-positive-about-governments-actions-to-combat-coronavirus-11305<p>Seventy-one percent of Poles had positive opinions on the government's activities to combat the coronavirus threat, up by 23 percent compared to the previous week, the latest poll by the Social Changes pollster for the <a href="http://wpolityce.pl/" target="_blank">wPolityce.pl</a> website shows.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:36:00 +0100https://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles positive about government's actions to combat coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-positive-about-governments-actions-to-combat-coronavirus-11305President says crisis management team discusses anti-crisis shieldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-crisis-management-team-discusses-anti-crisis-shield-11303<p>President Andrzej Duda said after a meeting of the Government Crisis Management Team that the anti-crisis shield was among the subjects discussed on Thursday.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ucgoqtw7hvbt23jqkymtlr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-crisis-management-team-discusses-anti-crisis-shield-11303Another 20 new coronavirus cases in Poland - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/another-20-new-coronavirus-cases-in-poland---ministry-11302<p>Another 20 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 325, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday at noon. To date, five people have died.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAnother 20 new coronavirus cases in Poland - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/another-20-new-coronavirus-cases-in-poland---ministry-11302Kalisz professor makes major breakthrough in battle against COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kalisz-professor-makes-major-breakthrough-in-battle-against-covid-19-11300<p>An Australian team led by a Polish professor have discovered how our bodies are fighting against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.&nbsp;</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:15:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tm0ph7hjx3l8yxylkhsin.jpegProfessor Katherine Kedzierska at the University of Melbourne has found that our immune system responds to coronavirus in the same way it does when trying to fight the flu.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kalisz-professor-makes-major-breakthrough-in-battle-against-covid-19-11300Poland will launch mobile app for people under quarantine - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-launch-mobile-app-for-people-under-quarantine---president-11298<p>Poland will on Thursday afternoon launch a mobile application for people under quarantine due to the coronavirus epidemic, President Andrzej Duda announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 12:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yzwr1ifenc9n9lfse9cje.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-launch-mobile-app-for-people-under-quarantine---president-11298Poland's industrial production up 4.9 pct y/y in Feb - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-49-pct-yy-in-feb---stats-office-11296<p>Poland's industrial output rose by 4.9 percent year on year in February 2020, after a 4.5 percent increase year on year in January, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 10:23:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's industrial production up 4.9 pct y/y in Feb - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-49-pct-yy-in-feb---stats-office-11296Polish labs capacity stands at nearly 3,000 tests in 24 hourshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labs-capacity-stands-at-nearly-3000-tests-in-24-hours-11295<p>The capacity of Polish laboratories conducting coronavirus tests amounts to at least 3,000 in 24 hours, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski announced on Thursday adding that at present some 1,200-1,500 test were being carried out daily.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 10:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish labs capacity stands at nearly 3,000 tests in 24 hourshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labs-capacity-stands-at-nearly-3000-tests-in-24-hours-11295Eighteen new coronavirus cases in Poland - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eighteen-new-coronavirus-cases-in-poland---ministry-11293<p>Eighteen new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 305, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday morning. To date, five people have died.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 09:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEighteen new coronavirus cases in Poland - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eighteen-new-coronavirus-cases-in-poland---ministry-11293Presidential election should take place as scheduled - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-election-should-take-place-as-scheduled---pm-11292<p>The presidential election should take place on the planned date in May because in the long run there may many unforeseen circumstances, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 08:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e9c9l8fexnam8ao1wfl9sf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-election-should-take-place-as-scheduled---pm-11292Poland's GDP growth seen at ca. 2 pct in 2020 - central bank headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-seen-at-ca-2-pct-in-2020---central-bank-head-11289<p>Poland’s GDP growth will likely slow down to slightly less than 2 percent, but no recession is envisaged this year, President of the National Bank of Poland (NBP) Adam Glapiński told a Wednesday press conference.</p>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 20:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1ptldmiar9tpzaxn66bt4.jpeg"We do not predict entering a recession," said Glapiński.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-seen-at-ca-2-pct-in-2020---central-bank-head-11289Two hundred eighty-seven coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, five deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-hundred-eighty-seven-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-five-dead-11288<p>Thirty-six new coronavirus positive cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 287, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday eveninig. To date, five people have died from coronavirus infection.</p>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 20:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTwo hundred eighty-seven coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, five deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-hundred-eighty-seven-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-five-dead-11288Election date is not in jeopardy - lower house speakerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/election-date-is-not-in-jeopardy---lower-house-speaker-11287<p>There are no plans to postpone the May 10 presidential election, Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elżbieta Witek told PAP on Wednesday. She added that the government would take all necessary steps to comply with safety standards during the vote.</p>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 19:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u6gjyw76ksa03e2kqmhij9r.jpegWitek said that major state agencies were monitoring the coronavirus epidemic and reacting accordingly.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/election-date-is-not-in-jeopardy---lower-house-speaker-11287Polish scientists isolate coronavirus from patient zero samplehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-scientists-isolate-coronavirus-from-patient-zero-sample-11286<p>Polish scientists have isolated and characterised the SARS-CoV-2 virus from a sample taken from the first person diagnosed with coronavirus infection in Poland.</p>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 19:08:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/34vcs1k3hd5msbc2ms8qnb.jpeg"This type of research is very important in tracking the development of the epidemic and has great scientific value," NIZP-PZH Director Grzegorz Juszczyk has told PAP.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-scientists-isolate-coronavirus-from-patient-zero-sample-11286Poland well prepared for present crisis - NBP governorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-well-prepared-for-present-crisis---nbp-governor-11285<p>President of the National Bank of Poland (NBP) Adam Glapiński on Wednesday said Poland was exceptionally well prepared for the current crisis.</p>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 18:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0xesthxji42eqmp6r8qaw7i.jpegAccording to the central bank head, the coronavirus-linked crisis would most likely be a deep one, but it should not be exaggerated.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-well-prepared-for-present-crisis---nbp-governor-11285Agriculture ministry issues Food Ethics Codehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/agriculture-ministry-issues-food-ethics-code-11283<p>A Food Ethics Code signed on Wednesday in the Agriculture Ministry will serve to uphold the high quality of Polish food, which will in turn strengthen consumer trust on the domestic and foreign markets. The new instrument stands under the honorary patronage of Poland's President Andrzej Duda.</p>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 18:38:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p44puwrm59e8zpzgvq06te.jpegAgriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski, one of the signatories of the code, said that it will help uphold honesty in the food sector.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/agriculture-ministry-issues-food-ethics-code-11283Looted 15th century art considered ‘one of the most valuable items stolen’ returned after nearly 80 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/looted-15th-century-art-considered-one-of-the-most-valuable-items-stolen-returned-after-nearly-80-years-11276<p>After 78 years, a 'lost' medieval altar painting that was taken from Gdańsk's St. Mary's Basilica during World War Two has arrived back in Poland.</p>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 17:57:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1w2cvpjriyp8u0fzh6okc8.pngPoland’s culture ministry said the return of the work of art “is an important event.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/looted-15th-century-art-considered-one-of-the-most-valuable-items-stolen-returned-after-nearly-80-years-11276No need to quarantine soldiers returning to Poland - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-need-to-quarantine-soldiers-returning-to-poland---mod-11282<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said on Wednesday there was no need to quarantine soldiers returning to the country from service in Polish contingents abroad.</p>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 16:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wc56ow7cgtfkj8e93wr7w.jpegThe minister said that commanders ensure that the recommendations of the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate are followed in the armed forces, and that they also cooperate with allies.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-need-to-quarantine-soldiers-returning-to-poland---mod-11282PKN Orlen provides food and drinks for people at Polish-German borderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-provides-food-and-drinks-for-people-at-polish-german-border-11280<p>Poland's largest fuel concern, PKN Orlen, said on Wednesday that due to the coronavirus epidemic Orlen's subsidiary Orlen Deutschland, started to provide people waiting to enter the country at the Polish-German border crossing points with food and drink.</p>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 15:13:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hzi64r537i4w5v4wgowlv.jpeg"In these difficult times we have to help each other, which is why we are giving support to Poles waiting to enter the country at the border with Germany," CEO of PKN Orlen Daniel Objatek said on Wednesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-provides-food-and-drinks-for-people-at-polish-german-border-11280Govt comes to the rescue of small businesses by pouring over 200 bln into economy to tackle coronavirus crisishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-comes-to-the-rescue-of-small-businesses-by-pouring-over-200-bln-into-economy-to-tackle-coronavirus-crisis-11278<p>The Polish government has unveiled a multi-billion złoty financial package aimed at warding off some of the worse economic effects of the corona virus pandemic, and putting more money into the health service.</p>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 14:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4xrk7orhx0bq1s57d72jud.jpegThe package called the “Anti-crisis Shield” programme is aimed at protecting small business form financial loss during the pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-comes-to-the-rescue-of-small-businesses-by-pouring-over-200-bln-into-economy-to-tackle-coronavirus-crisis-11278Limit for contactless payment without PIN to be raised soon - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/limit-for-contactless-payment-without-pin-to-be-raised-soon---ministry-11274<p>In the coming days the limit for contactless payment without a Personal Identification Number (PIN) will be raised, Poland's Ministry of Finance announced on Twitter on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 13:59:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g2arfigml9taj1fukmerg5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/limit-for-contactless-payment-without-pin-to-be-raised-soon---ministry-11274Polish HICP inflation up by 4.1 pct y/y in February - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-41-pct-yy-in-february---eurostat-11273<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) rose by 4.1 percent year on year in February 2020, up from the 3.8 percent growth the previous month, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 13:57:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish HICP inflation up by 4.1 pct y/y in February - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-41-pct-yy-in-february---eurostat-11273Average corporate wage up 7.7 pct y/y in February - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-up-77-pct-yy-in-february---stats-office-11269<p>Poland's average corporate gross monthly wage in February 2020 amounted to PLN 5,330.48 (EUR 1,187), up by 7.7 percent year on year, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 12:33:00 +0100BusinessArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAverage corporate wage up 7.7 pct y/y in February - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-up-77-pct-yy-in-february---stats-office-11269Beer we go! Holiday homes have beer ON TAP, 24-7https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beer-we-go-holiday-homes-have-beer-on-tap-24-7-11267<p>Four “beer houses” will be built in southern Poland, with beer from the local brewery on tap.&nbsp;</p>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 11:01:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bob4fz3a2hv46s3ewkidh8.jpegThe four “beer houses” will be built in southern Poland, with beer from the local brewery on tap. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beer-we-go-holiday-homes-have-beer-on-tap-24-7-11267Several deputy ministers undergo quarantine and testing - PM's officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/several-deputy-ministers-undergo-quarantine-and-testing---pms-office-11265<p>The head of the Polish Prime Minister's Office Michal Dworczyk said on Wednesday that several deputy ministers and over a dozen officials who may have had contact with the coronavirus-infected Environment Minister Michal Wos are in quarantine and are being tested for the virus.</p>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 10:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSeveral deputy ministers undergo quarantine and testing - PM's officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/several-deputy-ministers-undergo-quarantine-and-testing---pms-office-11265Eight new coronavirus cases in Poland - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eight-new-coronavirus-cases-in-poland---ministry-11264<p>Eight new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 246, the Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday morning. To date, five people have died.</p>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 09:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEight new coronavirus cases in Poland - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eight-new-coronavirus-cases-in-poland---ministry-11264Polish fuel giant to produce 2.5 mln litres of disinfectants in Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fuel-giant-to-produce-25-mln-litres-of-disinfectants-in-march-11262<p>Poland's largest fuel concern, PKN Orlen, said on Tuesday that due to the coronavirus epidemic it would produce 2.5 million litres of disinfectants in March, and an additional 4.5 million litres of the fluid in April.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 20:44:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rjfkt5q798pvxeep9h6wf.jpegThe company plans to increase the productivity to up to 1.2 million litres per week.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fuel-giant-to-produce-25-mln-litres-of-disinfectants-in-march-11262National bank cuts interest rates for first time in FIVE yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-bank-cuts-interest-rates-for-first-time-in-five-years-11261<p>Poland’s central bank has cut borrowing costs and introduced its first purchase of treasury bonds on the secondary market in a move to tame the negative effects of a coronavirus pandemic that is likely to hit the global economy.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 19:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hmdnv01gfhft8eqcwlwzp.jpegThe move from the National Bank comes in an attempt to tame the negative effects of a coronavirus pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-bank-cuts-interest-rates-for-first-time-in-five-years-11261Poland retains position in Economic Freedom Indexhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-retains-position-in-economic-freedom-index-11260<p>Poland maintained its global position in the Economic Freedom Index, taking 46th place in the world ranking and 25th in the regional ranking, the Warsaw Enterprise Institute (WEI) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 19:18:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k5xqivc2s7kkakkjta8229.jpegAccording to the report, Poland is the eighth economy of the European Union.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-retains-position-in-economic-freedom-index-11260Lithuanian PM announces opening of second border crossing to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanian-pm-announces-opening-of-second-border-crossing-to-poland-11259<p>Lithuania and Poland will open a second border crossing, Lithuanian PM Saulius Skvernelis informed on Tuesday. A Lithuanian delegation will visit Poland to discuss cross-border travel, including the return home of a group of Lithuanians stranded on the Polish-German border.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 18:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bc1r5w71tobhadfgnpuhoa.jpegSkvernelis told reporters on Tuesday morning that if the situation is not resolved, it could lead to a humanitarian crisis.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanian-pm-announces-opening-of-second-border-crossing-to-poland-11259Government sitting participants tested, all negative - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-sitting-participants-tested-all-negative---minister-11257<p>Persons who attended the last government sitting have been tested for the coronavirus and all results have proved negative, Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski said on Monday.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 17:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/maekndinmif220mb2n4h5x.jpeg"The group which was present at the sitting has been tested, and all results are negative," Szumowski said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-sitting-participants-tested-all-negative---minister-11257Polish gas company donates almost EUR 1 mln for counteracting coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-company-donates-almost-eur-1-mln-for-counteracting-coronavirus-11256<p>Poland's PGNiG gas company grants PLN 4 million (EUR 891,146) for activities related to combatting the coronavirus epidemic, CEO of PGNiG Jerzy Kwieciński said during a press conference on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 17:21:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/84zb9t3o9f26z8u4c8qqow.jpegDirector of IMC, Tomasz Maciejewski (pictured left, with Jerzy Kwieciński) said that the institute takes care of children who are at high risk of coronavirus infection.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-company-donates-almost-eur-1-mln-for-counteracting-coronavirus-11256EC approves EUR 54 mln to build power line in northern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-eur-54-mln-to-build-power-line-in-northern-poland-11254<p>The European Commission (EC) on Tuesday approved PLN 232 million (EUR 54 million) in EU funds to support the construction of a power transmission line between Gdańsk and Słupsk, northern Poland. The total cost of the investment is PLN 1 billion (EUR 232.5 million).</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 17:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ghnykr1jflor746dl58y.jpegThe new power transmission line is designed to make it possible to transport power from off-shore wind farms.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-eur-54-mln-to-build-power-line-in-northern-poland-11254Polish retail lobby urges gov't to liberalise rules amid epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-retail-lobby-urges-govt-to-liberalise-rules-amid-epidemic-11253<p>The Polish Chamber of Trade (PIH) on Tuesday appealed to the government for temporary measures to streamline the supplies of food amid the spreading coronavirus epidemic, including lifting the Sunday trade ban and facilitating temporary employment.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 15:37:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gt33uo5sxji8dwwn8olywi.jpegThe reinstatement of the Sunday trade could help shorten queues and reduce organisational problems in shops, while the requirement to sell food, including bread, in plastic bags could increase food safety, the PIH said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-retail-lobby-urges-govt-to-liberalise-rules-amid-epidemic-11253Two hundred twenty-one coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, five deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-hundred-twenty-one-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-five-dead-11251<p>Sixteen new coronavirus positive cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 221, the Ministry of Health announced on early Tuesday afternoon. To date, five people have died from coronavirus infection.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 15:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTwo hundred twenty-one coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, five deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-hundred-twenty-one-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-five-dead-11251Now is the time to invest in Poland, says billionaire US investorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/now-is-the-time-to-invest-in-poland-says-billionaire-us-investor-11249<p><span lang="EN-GB">One of America’s greatest venture capitalists says now is the perfect time to invest in Poland.</span></p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 14:36:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rhiwc83hhnkn6g6puop3f.jpegVenture capitalist Tim Draper is known for his astute early investments. Now he’s turned his attention to Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/now-is-the-time-to-invest-in-poland-says-billionaire-us-investor-11249Labour costs in Poland up 6.1 pct y/y in Q4 of 2019 - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-costs-in-poland-up-61-pct-yy-in-q4-of-2019---eurostat-11247<p>Nominal hourly labour costs grew in Poland by 6.1 percent year on year in the fourth quarter of 2019, after a 6.6-percent rise in the 3rd quarter of 2019, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 14:04:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLabour costs in Poland up 6.1 pct y/y in Q4 of 2019 - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-costs-in-poland-up-61-pct-yy-in-q4-of-2019---eurostat-11247Meals for Doctors initiative sees restaurants and locals support frontline medical staff battling COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meals-for-doctors-initiative-sees-restaurants-and-locals-support-frontline-medical-staff-battling-covid-19-11245<p><span lang="EN-GB">As Polish doctors treat people infected by the coronavirus, restaurants and people around the country have stepped in to make sure that they are well fed.</span></p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 13:05:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r0faeph45bawqu9wjlpodq.jpegRestaurants across the country have been supplying medical teams with food as they help patients infected with coronavirus.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meals-for-doctors-initiative-sees-restaurants-and-locals-support-frontline-medical-staff-battling-covid-19-11245Four thousand Poles brought home by national carrierhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-thousand-poles-brought-home-by-national-carrier-11243<p>Four thousand Poles have returned home since Sunday on special charter flights organised jointly by the Polish government and the state flag carrier LOT, the airline’s spokesman said on Tuesday morning.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 11:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/udcps85vmrxa8lopngp5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-thousand-poles-brought-home-by-national-carrier-11243Cabinet Council meeting cancelled due to coronavirus infectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cabinet-council-meeting-cancelled-due-to-coronavirus-infection-11241<p>The Cabinet Council meeting between the president and the government, planned to take place on Tuesday morning, was cancelled due to one of the ministers having tested positive for coronavirus.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 11:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ihaf5ld9fijkjqumvea7l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cabinet-council-meeting-cancelled-due-to-coronavirus-infection-11241Two hundred and five coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, five deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-hundred-and-five-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-five-dead-11240<p>Twenty-eight new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 205, the Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday morning. To date, five people have died.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 10:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTwo hundred and five coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, five deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-hundred-and-five-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-five-dead-11240Most Poles support Poland's EU membershiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-support-polands-eu-membership-11238<p>Eighty-nine percent of Poles in a CBOS survey supported Poland's EU membership (up 8 percent from February 2016), 7 percent were against and 4 percent could not say.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 08:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xlq8mm4wruew58ilucw4f.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-support-polands-eu-membership-11238Central bank recommends suspension of taxes, social security dueshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-bank-recommends-suspension-of-taxes-social-security-dues-11236<p>The National Bank of Poland (NBP) on Monday recommended that the government should lift some tax and social insurance burdens from Polish companies amid the spreading coronavirus epidemic.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 08:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4p3mhvxbll9pzn95qzipko.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-bank-recommends-suspension-of-taxes-social-security-dues-11236Fourth coronavirus death recorded in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fourth-coronavirus-death-recorded-in-poland-11234<p>Poland's coronavirus death toll has increased to four after the death of a 67-year-old patient in Lancut, southern Poland, the Health Ministry said on Monday. The ministry also reported 21 new confirmed coronavirus infections.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 08:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uwgo1anickypx7v23uj4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fourth-coronavirus-death-recorded-in-poland-11234COVID-19 peak possible in 2-3 weeks in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-19-peak-possible-in-2-3-weeks-in-poland-11232<p>COVID-19 cases may peak in 2-3 weeks, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said on Monday assessing the coronavirus situation in Poland.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 08:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9k6l043rtv8cywwxl7l1x.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-19-peak-possible-in-2-3-weeks-in-poland-11232Poland to receive EUR 7.4 billion in EU funds to fight coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-receive-eur-74-billion-in-eu-funds-to-fight-coronavirus-11230<p>Poland will obtain EUR 7.4 billion from EU funds to fight the coronavirus outbreak, Brussels has announced.</p>Tue, 17 Mar 2020 08:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to receive EUR 7.4 billion in EU funds to fight coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-receive-eur-74-billion-in-eu-funds-to-fight-coronavirus-11230Polish president calls Cabinet Council meeting over virushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-calls-cabinet-council-meeting-over-virus-11229<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda called a meeting of the Cabinet Council for 10 am on Tuesday so that he and the government could discuss a new support package for Poland's businesses and the economy, the president wrote on Twitter on Monday evening.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 21:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mgmp0v3cknmv0mkrvyjb.jpegIn his tweet, the president recognised that the spreading coronavirus epidemic is bound to have economic consequences and therefore he wanted to discuss a government package that would support Polish entrepreneurs and the economy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-calls-cabinet-council-meeting-over-virus-11229Poland's environment minister tests positive for coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-environment-minister-tests-positive-for-coronavirus-11228<p>Environment Minister Michał Woś on Monday announced that he has tested positive for coronavirus.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 20:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0ahqsote9evluclx3y19bsm.jpegWoś assured he is in good condition.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-environment-minister-tests-positive-for-coronavirus-11228Poland confirms 150 coronavirus caseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-confirms-150-coronavirus-cases-11227<p>A total 150 coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Poland, around 800 people are hospitalised and 8,000 are quarantined, Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski reported on Monday. So far three people have died from the disease.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 20:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a3b5siwzzbmbj9enmycmau.jpegSzumowski said the infection count is expected to rise in Poland at a pace similar to that of the rest of Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-confirms-150-coronavirus-cases-11227Polish, German presidents discuss coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-german-presidents-discuss-coronavirus-11226<p>Measures against the spreading coronavirus epidemic were the subject of Monday's telephone conversation between Polish President Andrzej Duda and German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Duda's aide Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 20:24:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, German presidents discuss coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-german-presidents-discuss-coronavirus-11226Poland bidding in EU ventilator tenderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-bidding-in-eu-ventilator-tender-11225<p>Poland is taking part in the latest EU tender for ventilators, which is being organized due to the spread of coronavirus. The medical devices are crucial in the treatment of severely ill coronavirus patients.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 20:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland bidding in EU ventilator tenderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-bidding-in-eu-ventilator-tender-11225Poland's central bank supports its president's rate cut recommendationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-central-bank-supports-its-presidents-rate-cut-recommendation-11224<p>The management board of the National Bank of Poland on Monday supported the recommendation of the bank's president, Adam Glapiński, to cut Poland's interest rates in a bid to counter the undesirable economic effects of the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 20:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6svplvb2d0kgj5wqcdms6w.jpegPoland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 3.6 percent year on year in February 2020, against 3.1 percent in January, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Monday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-central-bank-supports-its-presidents-rate-cut-recommendation-11224Polish consular services on full alert - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-consular-services-on-full-alert---minister-11222<p>Poland's consular services are on full alert in connection with the spreading coronavirus epidemic, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Monday. He added that close to 30,000 Poles, who are currently abroad, wanted to return home.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 19:24:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yaoyjk1qvriqt7eojmrjk.jpegCzaputowicz said Poland's measures against the coronavirus epidemic were becoming a model to follow for other countries, with Polish solutions being put into effect there a few days later.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-consular-services-on-full-alert---minister-11222Where the streets have no…people!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/where-the-streets-have-nopeople-11216<p>Research from Market Side shows that around 75 percent of the population have decided to stay at home, with every fifth employee working remotely. TFN snapper Kalbar went onto the streets of Warsaw to see how it looks.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 19:04:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/59fogyfprjqg8h8yz80v76.jpegNo-rush hour in the Polish capital.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/where-the-streets-have-nopeople-11216Polish archaeologists reveal Egyptian treasurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archaeologists-reveal-egyptian-treasure-11214<p>Archaeologists have uncovered a stone chest from 3,500 years ago in rubble above the Egyptian site of Deir el-Bahari.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 18:33:00 +0100ScienceHistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o7rsn5072io8sw4osbm3e.jpegArchaeologists made the extraordinary find in rubble above the Egyptian site of Deir el-Bahari.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archaeologists-reveal-egyptian-treasure-11214No plans to postpone presidential elections - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-plans-to-postpone-presidential-elections---pm-11213<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday the government currently has no plans to postpone the upcoming presidential elections, scheduled for May 10, due to the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 18:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i8t1os8veijje8iwkpxnt.jpegAsked whether presidential elections might be postponed, the prime minister replied that, for now, there were no such plans.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-plans-to-postpone-presidential-elections---pm-11213Supplies of goods not endangered by emergency laws - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/supplies-of-goods-not-endangered-by-emergency-laws---minister-11212<p>New laws imposed in face of the coronavirus epidemic will not hinder supplies of goods to Poland, Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamaczyk told a press conference on Monday.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 17:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yb3fm0s8annk98o52rjwic.jpegAdamczyk also thanked Poland's railway, public transport and flight personnel for enabling normal transportation countrywide despite the danger of coronavirus infection. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/supplies-of-goods-not-endangered-by-emergency-laws---minister-11212PKN Orlen to reduce fuel prices to minimumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-to-reduce-fuel-prices-to-minimum-11211<p>Poland's largest fuel concern, PKN Orlen, said on Monday it will reduce fuel prices as much as possible, Orlen CEO Daniel Obajtek tweeted on Monday.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 16:43:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z80h3bt5anwqg6qqyou4j.jpeg“We have decided to reduce fuel prices as much as possible at PKN Orlen stations,” wrote Orlen CEO Daniel Obajtek.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-to-reduce-fuel-prices-to-minimum-11211February's core inflation rate rises to 3.6 pct - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/februarys-core-inflation-rate-rises-to-36-pct---central-bank-11210<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 3.6 percent year on year in February 2020, against 3.1 percent in January, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 16:37:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6svplvb2d0kgj5wqcdms6w.jpegPoland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 3.6 percent year on year in February 2020, against 3.1 percent in January, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Monday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/februarys-core-inflation-rate-rises-to-36-pct---central-bank-11210Has Polish Prof found coronavirus cure? Early indications suggest treatment may be in sighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/has-polish-prof-found-coronavirus-cure-early-indications-suggest-treatment-may-be-in-sight-11207<p>Polish scientists have analysed an enzyme that could become a key to creating a cure against COVID-19.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 16:17:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nkaicho9oil3h2gdpa98g.pngProfessor Marcin Drąg from the Wrocław University of Technology said that the SARS-CoV-2 Mpro protease enzyme catalyses the breakdown of proteins in the virus.vhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/has-polish-prof-found-coronavirus-cure-early-indications-suggest-treatment-may-be-in-sight-11207Polish PM to announce mitigating steps to help workers and employershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-announce-mitigating-steps-to-help-workers-and-employers-11206<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Monday that solutions would be forthcoming for employers and employees in connection with the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 15:40:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5dwtxy7px93v10psgef7vt.jpeg"Both employees and employers should receive support from the state," the prime minister said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-announce-mitigating-steps-to-help-workers-and-employers-11206PAP appeals against organising press conferenceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pap-appeals-against-organising-press-conferences-11204<p>For the sake of the health of journalists, the Polish Press Agency (PAP) has appealed against organising press conferences attended by newspeople.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 15:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/90hbvvxfvm6bxchx6l6t85.jpegPAP President Wojciech Surmacz wrote that he had launched the appeal for the sake of the health of journalists, photoreporters and mass media staff, and in order to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pap-appeals-against-organising-press-conferences-11204Majority of Poles positive about gov't action over coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-poles-positive-about-govt-action-over-coronavirus-11202<p>Fifty-seven percent of Poles positively assessed the government's actions in the face of the threat of a coronavirus epidemic, while 16.16 percent of Poles voiced the opposite opinion, according to a survey by pollster IBSP for the Wirtualna Polska portal.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 14:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMajority of Poles positive about gov't action over coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-poles-positive-about-govt-action-over-coronavirus-11202Most US troops for Defender-Europe 20 already in Europe - US ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-us-troops-for-defender-europe-20-already-in-europe---us-ambassador-11200<p>Most of the 20,000 American soldiers and their equipment scheduled to come to Europe as part of the Defender-Europe 20 military exercise are already here, US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher said in an interview with the Wprost weekly published Monday.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 13:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jb9ti6c7afqh6ezu4d7rl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-us-troops-for-defender-europe-20-already-in-europe---us-ambassador-11200MoD says Polish government's response to epidemic at proper timehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mod-says-polish-governments-response-to-epidemic-at-proper-time-11198<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Monday that the Polish government "has responded to the coronavirus threat at the proper time," and declared that the situation was under control.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 13:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMoD says Polish government's response to epidemic at proper timehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mod-says-polish-governments-response-to-epidemic-at-proper-time-11198Bones of 13th century saint found hidden inside small silver coffinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bones-of-13th-century-saint-found-hidden-inside-small-silver-coffin-11195<p>The bones of one of Poland’s patron saints have been found by chance during conservation work in a church in Silesia.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 13:49:00 +0100ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ki0q4nyd40s7zc3dwqzk0f.jpegConservators discovered a silver casket, in which the relics of St. Jadwiga of Silesia were placed 250 years ago.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bones-of-13th-century-saint-found-hidden-inside-small-silver-coffin-11195Flag carrier LOT organises flights to bring Poles homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-organises-flights-to-bring-poles-home-11193<p>Following the suspension of air connections to and from abroad due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Polish government and national airline LOT Airlines are organising another 11 charter flights to various regions of the world to bring Polish citizens home.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 11:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w2xa1uwke2saiemlfmbjh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-organises-flights-to-bring-poles-home-11193Poland suspends all domestic flightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-suspends-all-domestic-flights-11190<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki decided on Monday morning to suspend all domestic flights in Poland as of today, head of the PM's Office Michal Dworczyk told the private TV broadcaster Polsat News on Monday.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 10:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9jzgkc0kvhad7xtr7bus7d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-suspends-all-domestic-flights-11190Incumbent head of state leads presidential poll - web portalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-head-of-state-leads-presidential-poll---web-portal-11188<p>President Andrzej Duda is supported by 46.4 percent of Estymator poll respondents who declared they would vote during the presidential election. The result is higher by 1.6 pps from the previous poll.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 10:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/osywnoh8b4ic5ox744wgz9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-head-of-state-leads-presidential-poll---web-portal-11188One hundred and fifty coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, three deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-hundred-and-fifty-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-three-dead-11187<p>Twenty-five new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 150, the Ministry of Health announced on Monday morning.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 10:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOne hundred and fifty coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, three deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-hundred-and-fifty-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-three-dead-11187No lack of food in Poland - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-lack-of-food-in-poland---minister-11185<p>Agriculture Minister Jan Ardanowski has told the Nasz Dziennik daily that there is no rational basis to claim that Poland will run out of food in fear of the coronavirus epidemic, and that Poland has large supplies of the most important products.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 09:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNo lack of food in Poland - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-lack-of-food-in-poland---minister-11185PM to present pact aimed at stabilising and securing economyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-to-present-pact-aimed-at-stabilising-and-securing-economy-11184<p>Poland's PM Mateusz Morawiecki will present a draft pact on Tuesday aimed at stabilising and securing the economy, the head of the PM's Office announced on Monday morning.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 09:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPM to present pact aimed at stabilising and securing economyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-to-present-pact-aimed-at-stabilising-and-securing-economy-11184Four-digit growth of coronavirus cases this week expected in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-digit-growth-of-coronavirus-cases-this-week-expected-in-poland-11183<p>Poland's Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said on Monday morning that we should expect a four-digit growth of new coronavirus cases in Poland this week.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 09:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFour-digit growth of coronavirus cases this week expected in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-digit-growth-of-coronavirus-cases-this-week-expected-in-poland-11183Polish prime minister comments on virus-fighting strategyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-prime-minister-comments-on-virus-fighting-strategy-11181<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki, in a conversation with Polish blogger Blowek, commented on the government's strategy to fight the spreading coronavirus epidemic.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/psjrozrfr83qnhpy6qcnd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-prime-minister-comments-on-virus-fighting-strategy-11181One hundred twenty-five coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-hundred-twenty-five-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-11180<p>So far, 125 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, the Ministry of Health said late on Sunday.</p>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOne hundred twenty-five coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-hundred-twenty-five-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-11180Army to support efforts of Border Guard - National Security Bureau headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/army-to-support-efforts-of-border-guard---national-security-bureau-head-11179<p>Subunits of the Polish armed forces will support Border Guard activities, the head of the National Security Bureau (BBN), Paweł Soloch, told PAP on Saturday.</p>Sun, 15 Mar 2020 20:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n86qo1v8qijee5ny1alar6.jpeg"The temporary reintroduction of border controls, as well as restrictions on border traffic associated with the need to contain the coronavirus epidemic are a major logistical undertaking," said Soloch.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/army-to-support-efforts-of-border-guard---national-security-bureau-head-11179One hundred twenty-three coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-hundred-twenty-three-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-11178<p>So far, 123 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday evening.</p>Sun, 15 Mar 2020 19:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOne hundred twenty-three coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-hundred-twenty-three-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-11178Child with rare disease gets all clear to fly to US for special medical treatment despite travel banhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/child-with-rare-disease-gets-all-clear-to-fly-to-us-for-special-medical-treatment-despite-travel-ban-11176<p>A Polish child suffering from a muscle-wasting disease has been able to travel to the US for treatment despite the US ban on incoming flights thanks to the support of the Polish government and the US embassy.</p>Sun, 15 Mar 2020 18:25:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h323m9d7arimkwrvk06a.jpegKacper has now flown out to the Sates despite the travel ban.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/child-with-rare-disease-gets-all-clear-to-fly-to-us-for-special-medical-treatment-despite-travel-ban-11176Polish flag carrier suspends all flightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-flag-carrier-suspends-all-flights-11175<p>Polish flagship airline LOT has suspended all flights, including domestic ones, from Sunday until March 28, PAP was told by the airline's acting spokesperson, Michał Czernicki.</p>Sun, 15 Mar 2020 17:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xirmlw1gp39qo0j5kp097.jpegThe airline's spokesman said the suspension was unprecedented in the 100-year history of civil aviation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-flag-carrier-suspends-all-flights-11175Poles have confidence in health minister - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-have-confidence-in-health-minister---poll-11174<p>Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski is trusted by 41.3 percent of Poles, show the results of an IBRIS survey conducted for the Onet portal in mid-March, shortly after the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Sun, 15 Mar 2020 17:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m67qua3bzxkw0gorw1o1nd.jpegŁukasz Szumowski is a cardiologist and has been holding the post of health minister since January 2018.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-have-confidence-in-health-minister---poll-11174One hundred nineteen coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-hundred-nineteen-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-11173<p>So far, 119 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday afternoon.</p>Sun, 15 Mar 2020 16:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOne hundred nineteen coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-hundred-nineteen-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-11173The show must go on! Theatres, galleries and cultural institutions harness digital mediums in coronavirus fightbackhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-show-must-go-on-theatres-galleries-and-cultural-institutions-harness-digital-mediums-in-coronavirus-fightback-11170<p>With theatres and museums closed as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, a growing number of cultural institutions are looking to online channels to keep in touch with their followers.</p>Sun, 15 Mar 2020 16:02:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3brhj2p1n7cmu2z7zh35do.pngShow stopper. Poznań’s Teatr Nowy performed live online to a closed theatre to give people a show.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-show-must-go-on-theatres-galleries-and-cultural-institutions-harness-digital-mediums-in-coronavirus-fightback-11170Poland is largest producer of button mushrooms in EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-largest-producer-of-button-mushrooms-in-eu-11168<p>Poland is the largest producer of button mushrooms in Europe and one of the leaders in the world, the country sells over half of the European Union's export, the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) has said.</p>Sun, 15 Mar 2020 14:52:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cbw79y86xi6vgj8jnfzmf7.jpegThe quality of the Polish mushrooms brings more consumers, as they are picked by hand.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-largest-producer-of-button-mushrooms-in-eu-11168The fascinating story of the Polish nobleman who owned Amsterdamhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-fascinating-story-of-the-polish-nobleman-who-owned-amsterdam-11165<p>Adam Mierosławski was an adventure seeker, nobleman, traveller, sailor and a businessman. His goal was to make a fortune, but he ended up as ruler of Amsterdam, but not the one in Holland.</p>Sun, 15 Mar 2020 13:33:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nbex8p5c2hrst73hd8zgs.jpegAdam Mierosławski: the boss of Amsterdam. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-fascinating-story-of-the-polish-nobleman-who-owned-amsterdam-11165PM promises to help “citizens return to Poland” as country wrestles with coronavirus crisishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-promises-to-help-citizens-return-to-poland-as-country-wrestles-with-coronavirus-crisis-11162<p>The Polish prime minister has assured Poles currently abroad that the state “will help our citizens return to Poland.”</p>Sat, 14 Mar 2020 20:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nqv4qncrmcnrae51ktrjig.jpegMorawiecki said special charter flights will be laid on for Poles trapped abroad.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-promises-to-help-citizens-return-to-poland-as-country-wrestles-with-coronavirus-crisis-11162Start-up with Polish brains behind it that can transform meetings attracts millions of investment dollarshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/start-up-with-polish-brains-behind-it-that-can-transform-meetings-attracts-millions-of-investment-dollars-11161<p>Kristalic, a start-up co-founded by a Pole that has come up with an app that allows users to record meetings, create transcripts and generate graphs and summaries, has attracted $2 million in funding from American investors.</p>Sat, 14 Mar 2020 19:02:00 +0100BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6rxq2xpj34uk74ca574x3m.jpegThe app can keep records of business meeting.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/start-up-with-polish-brains-behind-it-that-can-transform-meetings-attracts-millions-of-investment-dollars-11161Facts and myths about coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/facts-and-myths-about-coronavirus-11160<p>Is the coronavirus, which is the cause of the COVID-19 illness, more dangerous than the influenza virus? What do we know about it? Will we be able to defeat the epidemic with tried-and-tested means?</p>Sat, 14 Mar 2020 16:49:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/epcykodhcosa7794r0p67t.jpegA firefighter gets ‘de-virused’ while working on the border.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/facts-and-myths-about-coronavirus-11160Solutions used to conquer coronavirus uncomfortable but necessary - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solutions-used-to-conquer-coronavirus-uncomfortable-but-necessary---pm-11159<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday that the package of solutions introduced to conquer the coronavirus was uncomfortable but necessary to limit the spread of the epidemic. He also appealed to Poles to stay at home.</p>Sat, 14 Mar 2020 15:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9q3957ifzowllztqkodt5p.jpegPM Morawiecki declared that the government had been using tested practices and seeking best possible solutions. He also appealed to the public for understanding and help.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solutions-used-to-conquer-coronavirus-uncomfortable-but-necessary---pm-11159Future of Poland’s one and only “Eiffel” Bridge unclearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/future-of-polands-one-and-only-eiffel-bridge-unclear-11156<p>Polish State Railways (PKP), local authorities, and activists in Przemyśl are wondering what to do with the only bridge in Poland designed by Gustave Eiffel. The 130-year-old railway bridge, which has a packed and turbulent history, is located on the important route from Kraków, through Przemyśl and to the border crossing with Ukraine in Medyka.</p>Sat, 14 Mar 2020 15:32:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q2if7zq3p3sf3kyhdk56h.jpegThe bridge, designed by Gustave Eiffel, dates back to 1881.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/future-of-polands-one-and-only-eiffel-bridge-unclear-11156Ninety-three coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, two fatalitieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ninety-three-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-two-fatalities-11155<p>Nine new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 93, the Ministry of Health announced on Saturday afternoon.</p>Sat, 14 Mar 2020 15:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNinety-three coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, two fatalitieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ninety-three-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-two-fatalities-11155Poland gets EUR 7.4 bln from EC for effects of coronavirus on economyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-gets-eur-74-bln-from-ec-for-effects-of-coronavirus-on-economy-11154<p>The European Commission (EC) will give EUR 7.4 billion from the EU fund worth EUR 37.3 billion as part of a package of measures aimed at alleviating the impact of the epidemic on Poland's economy.</p>Sat, 14 Mar 2020 13:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j4czn0ty5pbft588sc0njc.jpegEC President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday that the European Union would launch a EUR 37 billion investment initiative as part of a package of measures to cushion the bloc's economies from the impact of coronavirus.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-gets-eur-74-bln-from-ec-for-effects-of-coronavirus-on-economy-11154Returning Poles face self-isolation as tough new border rules kick inhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/returning-poles-face-self-isolation-as-tough-new-border-rules-kick-in-11152<p>Poles returning to Poland will have to go into self-isolation as part of sweeping measures coming into force designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.</p>Sat, 14 Mar 2020 12:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i0zai3ug0nnsed17ivm9xm.jpegMateusz Morawiecki announcing the new measures on Friday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/returning-poles-face-self-isolation-as-tough-new-border-rules-kick-in-11152Poland without risk of food and hygiene products shortage - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-without-risk-of-food-and-hygiene-products-shortage---official-11151<p>There is no risk of food and hygiene product shortages, Deputy President of the Polish Chamber of Commerce Maciej Ptaszyński has said, adding that the wholesalers and distributors have large stocks, but they need some time to supply stores.</p>Sat, 14 Mar 2020 12:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lgy07yk3rb9n8v8fdssns.jpegPtaszyński said that there will be no lack of imported products.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-without-risk-of-food-and-hygiene-products-shortage---official-11151Domestic air and rail connections to remain unchanged - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/domestic-air-and-rail-connections-to-remain-unchanged---minister-11150<p>The Polish government will not implement any changes to domestic air and rail connections due to the coronavirus threat in Poland, government spokesman Piotr Muller said in an interview with the private radio broadcaster Radio Zet on Saturday.</p>Sat, 14 Mar 2020 11:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDomestic air and rail connections to remain unchanged - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/domestic-air-and-rail-connections-to-remain-unchanged---minister-11150Moody's upholds Poland's rating at A2https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-upholds-polands-rating-at-a2-11149<p>Moody's did not update Poland's credit rating on Friday. This means that Poland's long-term foreign currency rating continues at A2 with a stable outlook.</p>Sat, 14 Mar 2020 11:05:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/03vvqnuojsww75fnm6hf9n.jpegMoody's is the author of Poland's highest rating among three major rating agencies.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-upholds-polands-rating-at-a2-11149Eighty-four coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, two fatalitieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eighty-four-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-two-fatalities-11147<p>Sixteen new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 84, the Ministry of Health announced on Saturday morning.</p>Sat, 14 Mar 2020 10:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEighty-four coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, two fatalitieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eighty-four-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-two-fatalities-11147Foreign Ministry launches emergency line regarding border crossingshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-ministry-launches-emergency-line-regarding-border-crossings-11146<p>Due to the development of the epidemic situation in Europe, Poland's Foreign Ministry has launched a special telephone emergency line to advise on the possibility of crossing Polish borders.</p>Sat, 14 Mar 2020 10:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgForeign Ministry launches emergency line regarding border crossingshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-ministry-launches-emergency-line-regarding-border-crossings-11146Second coronavirus death in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/second-coronavirus-death-in-poland-11145<p>A 73-year-old coronavirus patient died on Friday evening in a hospital in Wrocław, southwestern Poland, the Polish Health Ministry reported. The death brings the coronavirus fatality count in Poland to two.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 22:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1zdbvmwa3mfchv47havaxl.jpegA coronavirus patient died in a hospital in Wrocław.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/second-coronavirus-death-in-poland-11145Poland in COVID-19 LOCKDOWN! PM orders bars, restaurants, shopping centres and borders closed - and cancels ALL flightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-in-covid-19-lockdown-pm-orders-bars-restaurants-shopping-centres-and-borders-closed---and-cancels-all-flights-11142<p>The government has introduced a swathe of closures to keep Poland safe as coronavirus engulfs Europe.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 21:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3i1j79rpn4ojghdyq9hnep.jpegWith 68 confirmed cases so far and one death, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said his government had decided to introduce a ‘lockdown’. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-in-covid-19-lockdown-pm-orders-bars-restaurants-shopping-centres-and-borders-closed---and-cancels-all-flights-11142Foreign ministry appeals to public to avoid foreign travelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-ministry-appeals-to-public-to-avoid-foreign-travel-11138<p>The Polish Foreign Ministry appealed to people on Friday to avoid foreign travel and said that at the current stage of the coronavirus epidemic's development, no place in the world is free of the risk of infection.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 19:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgForeign ministry appeals to public to avoid foreign travelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-ministry-appeals-to-public-to-avoid-foreign-travel-11138Minister recommends working from home for state firmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/minster-recommends-working-from-home-for-state-firms-11137<p>State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin has advised that managements of companies under his ministry's jurisdiction introduce a work from home plan for their employees as a precaution against the spreading coronavirus epidemic.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 18:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5rzsmwvfjnujng4ec7xkao.jpegThe State Assets Ministry said the from-home option will embrace only staff whose work can be performed off company premises.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/minster-recommends-working-from-home-for-state-firms-11137Everything I LOVE and HATE about Poland: Paul Websterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/everything-i-love-and-hate-about-poland-paul-webster-464<p>Paul Webster is a British person working at Polish business @SocialWifi. In this episode of Heart of Poland with our host Patrick Ney Paul gets some things off his chest, including:</p><p>&nbsp;How Foreign media MISREPRESENT Poland!</p><p>His opinion on Sunday trading rules</p><p>How foreigners in Poland can be RUDE!</p><p>How to learn Polish!</p><p>How Paul is in LOVE with Poland!</p><p>His favourite place in Poland!</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 17:19:00 +0100LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/caveoxrtzfhe37r75r00ew.jpegEverything I LOVE and HATE about Poland: Paul Websterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/everything-i-love-and-hate-about-poland-paul-webster-464Polish rolling-stock producer makes four trains for Italian carrierhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-rolling-stock-producer-makes-four-trains-for-italian-carrier-11135<p>Newag, a rolling-stock maker based in the southern Polish town of Nowy Sącz, is to deliver a further four Impuls 2 electric trains to Italian rail carrier Ferrovie del Sud Est (FSE) from Bari, southern Italy, in a contract worth EUR 15.96 million, Newag has said.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 16:39:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0seqtw6a58pnusqr75buvm.jpegThe Impuls EMU is one of the most modern rail vehicles of its type in Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-rolling-stock-producer-makes-four-trains-for-italian-carrier-11135Captivating new book takes refreshingly insightful look at the reconstruction of Warsaw through the eyes of those on the frontlinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/captivating-new-book-takes-refreshingly-insightful-look-at-the-reconstruction-of-warsaw-through-the-eyes-of-those-on-the-frontline-11132<p>A new book has shed light on the gargantuan task that faced architects involved in the post-war rebuilding of Warsaw, telling the story from the perspective of those on the frontline of the project as they sought to raise an entire capital from the ashes.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 16:05:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uaj4t2viqf5iu8pxs15zc.jpegThe book entitled Best city in the world. Rebuilding Warsaw 1944-1949, is “a story about creation; about people who, in the midst of a terrible time in history, did something positive.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/captivating-new-book-takes-refreshingly-insightful-look-at-the-reconstruction-of-warsaw-through-the-eyes-of-those-on-the-frontline-11132Poland's MoD, US defence secretary discuss Defender Europe 20 exercisehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-mod-us-defence-secretary-discuss-defender-europe-20-exercise-11131<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper have discussed the ongoing NATO Defender Europe 20 exercise in Poland, Błaszczak wrote on Twitter on Friday.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 15:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's MoD, US defence secretary discuss Defender Europe 20 exercisehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-mod-us-defence-secretary-discuss-defender-europe-20-exercise-11131President says Poland not to run short of food amid coronavirus fearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-poland-not-to-run-short-of-food-amid-coronavirus-fears-11129<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda, during a visit to the Food Bank in Ciechanow, central Poland, said the country has enough food to function normally amid concerns related to the coronavirus spread.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 14:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hof4hginahely5q2vp1apr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-poland-not-to-run-short-of-food-amid-coronavirus-fears-11129Poland's US Embassy, Consulate suspend most visa-related serviceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-us-embassy-consulate-suspend-most-visa-related-services-11127<p>The US Embassy in Warsaw and the Consulate General in Krakow announced on Friday that amid coronavirus concerns they will suspend most visa-related services from16 March, adding that service to US citizens will continue to be provided.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 14:16:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's US Embassy, Consulate suspend most visa-related serviceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-us-embassy-consulate-suspend-most-visa-related-services-11127More confirmed coronavirus cases in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-11125<p>The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has grown to 64, the Health Ministry said on early Friday afternoon.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 14:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMore confirmed coronavirus cases in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-11125Warsaw metro shuts down three stations over virus scarehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-metro-shuts-down-three-stations-over-virus-scare-11123<p>Warsaw metro has shut down its three southernmost metro stations over concerns that a passenger may be infected with the coronavirus, the metro press service told PAP in the early afternoon on Friday.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 13:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/txdwdnheqmiodek37y1dr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-metro-shuts-down-three-stations-over-virus-scare-11123Magda’s magic gel! Clever Insta mum comes up with homemade virus-busting hand gel to beat COVID-19 hoardershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/magdas-magic-gel-clever-insta-mum-comes-up-with-homemade-virus-busting-hand-gel-to-beat-covid-19-hoarders-11121<p>A Kraków mother of three and internet blogger has come up with a homemade recipe for anti-bacterial gel after finding the shops had been stripped bare of the product.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 12:57:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0sw2jryt544amndeybhpyq.pngKraków blogger Magda Kogut-Wałęcka decided to make her own hand gel after finding shops had run out.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/magdas-magic-gel-clever-insta-mum-comes-up-with-homemade-virus-busting-hand-gel-to-beat-covid-19-hoarders-11121Polish gov't considers closing bars, restaurants - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-considers-closing-bars-restaurants---minister-11119<p>The Polish government is debating whether to shut down all bars and restaurants due to the spreading coronavirus, and the decision on the matter will be made later on Friday, Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz told the <a href="http://gazeta.pl/" target="_blank">gazeta.pl</a> news website.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 12:16:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish gov't considers closing bars, restaurants - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-considers-closing-bars-restaurants---minister-11119Polish culture is full of Arabic influences, says fascinating new researchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-culture-is-full-of-arabic-influences-says-fascinating-new-research-11117<p>From the traditional clothing of the nobility, to designer and luxury goods, Arabic influences have left a visible mark on Polish culture.&nbsp;</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 12:09:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8l5hx5s4q65ysednt4yse.jpegThe research looked at Arabic influences in customs, traditional clothing, arts, science and language. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-culture-is-full-of-arabic-influences-says-fascinating-new-research-11117Poland's inflation in February at 4.7 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-february-at-47-percent-yy---stats-office-11116<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 4.7 percent year on year in February 2020 and by 0.7 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 11:26:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's inflation in February at 4.7 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-february-at-47-percent-yy---stats-office-11116Trains between Poland and Slovakia, Czech Republic suspendedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trains-between-poland-and-slovakia-czech-republic-suspended-11114<p>International trains on the Polish-Slovak border are suspended as of Friday, and on the Polish-Czech border as of Saturday, Grzegorz Swiszcz, deputy director of the Government Security Center tweeted on Friday over coronavirus concerns.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 11:24:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hb8foxrzz8gwblzlk81cx.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trains-between-poland-and-slovakia-czech-republic-suspended-11114President's Office denies Reuters report on Smolensk visit cancellationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidents-office-denies-reuters-report-on-smolensk-visit-cancellation-11112<p>The President's Office never presented the agenda of the ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the Polish presidential plane crash, Blazej Spychalski, spokesperson for President Andrzej Duda, told PAP on Friday, commenting on a Reuters report.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 11:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident's Office denies Reuters report on Smolensk visit cancellationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidents-office-denies-reuters-report-on-smolensk-visit-cancellation-11112Polish air carrier cancels selected US flightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-air-carrier-cancels-selected-us-flights-11110<p>Poland's national air carrier PLL LOT has suspended some flights to the US after President Donald Trump's administration decided to close the American border to most of Europe in a bid to fight the spread of the coronavirus.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 10:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y19niouk9srz0jyao358e.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-air-carrier-cancels-selected-us-flights-11110Alliance soldiers fill out health questionnaires - defence ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/alliance-soldiers-fill-out-health-questionnaires---defence-ministry-11108<p>Soldiers of allied armed forces coming to Poland are filling out health questionnaires prior to crossing the border, which are also obligatory for those troops already in the country, the Ministry of Defence announced on Thursday.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 10:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAlliance soldiers fill out health questionnaires - defence ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/alliance-soldiers-fill-out-health-questionnaires---defence-ministry-11108Seven new coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/seven-new-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-11107<p>So far, 58 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, the Health Ministry said on Friday morning.</p>Fri, 13 Mar 2020 09:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSeven new coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/seven-new-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-11107Senate marks Smolensk Disaster anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-marks-smolensk-disaster-anniversary-11106<p>The Senate on Thursday adopted a resolution marking the 10th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk Air Disaster, which killed Poland's president, first lady, and over 80 top state and military officials.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 20:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fp3nwdysab6nmepru38qd.jpegThe resolution was passed unanimously.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-marks-smolensk-disaster-anniversary-11106Tatra National Park closed over virus threathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tatra-national-park-closed-over-virus-threat-11104<p>Due to the threat of coronavirus, the authorities of the Tatra National Park (TNP) in southern Poland have taken the decision to close the facility to tourists from Friday, the park's directorate has announced.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 20:16:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uj6ydcl5leeg7pm7xxud2g.jpegThe lake Morskie Oko in the Tatra National Park.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tatra-national-park-closed-over-virus-threat-11104Poland's electricity production up y/y in Februaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-electricity-production-up-yy-in-february-11102<p>Electricity production in Poland went up by 0.79 percent year on year in February 2020 to 13,340 GWh, according to power grid operator Polskie Sieci Energetyczne (PSE).</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 20:06:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pfqekzeok5filoaaab186.jpegIn 2019, electricity production in Poland fell by 3.9 percent y/y to 158,767 GWh. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-electricity-production-up-yy-in-february-11102Economic slowdown possible but no recession - central bank headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/economic-slowdown-possible-but-no-recession---central-bank-head-11101<p>The governor of the National Bank of Poland (NBP), Adam Glapiński, said on Thursday that there will be no recession in Poland, but admitted that there will be an economic slowdown.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 19:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/far9v1sn2ma3ikij5t3mm.jpeg"The coronavirus epidemic will cause an economic slowdown, but there can be no talk of a recession," Glapiński told a press conference after talks between financial and banking representatives and the president.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/economic-slowdown-possible-but-no-recession---central-bank-head-11101‘Ignore fake news’ says PM as he urges country to rely upon “proven sources of information” for COVID-19 newshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ignore-fake-news-says-pm-as-he-urges-country-to-rely-upon-proven-sources-of-information-for-covid-19-news-11100<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki has urged the country to rely on ‘proven sources of &nbsp;information” for reliable news about the spread of coronavirus.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 19:24:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6y29325uux9ptnznwo8nqc.pngThe PM said: “I am appealing to you to use proven sources of information and to refrain from rumours!”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ignore-fake-news-says-pm-as-he-urges-country-to-rely-upon-proven-sources-of-information-for-covid-19-news-11100PM holds cross-party talks over coronavirus counter-measureshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-holds-cross-party-talks-over-coronavirus-counter-measures-11099<p>After a Thursday meeting with representatives of all parliamentary clubs, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said everybody was unified in their stance against the coronavirus threat.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 18:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4qvq6vhpx57bnir26kcnbh.jpeg"Ladies and gentlemen, the government is working 24/7," the prime minister wrote on Twitter on Thursday. "In the face of coronavirus Polish society should be and is unified. Government or local government, left or right - we are all working together and in agreement."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-holds-cross-party-talks-over-coronavirus-counter-measures-11099President appeals to banks for leniency on borrowershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appeals-to-banks-for-leniency-on-borrowers-11098<p>President Andrzej Duda has appealed to banks to consider a 3-6 month payment suspension for private and corporate borrowers in connection with the spreading coronavirus epidemic.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 17:49:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0g4vv1qdgddnxbjll0dvy5.jpegThe idea appeared during Duda's Thursday meeting with bankers, the heads of the Polish central bank and the Financial Supervision Commission (KNF), and the finance minister.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appeals-to-banks-for-leniency-on-borrowers-11098Fifty-one coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fifty-one-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-11097<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has grown to 51, the Health Ministry announced on Thursday afternoon.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 17:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFifty-one coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fifty-one-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-11097Poland changes test procedures for coronavirus - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-changes-test-procedures-for-coronavirus---health-minister-11096<p>The Polish government will change the test procedures for coronavirus: all those entering quarantine will be tested and all patients requiring a test will be quarantined, Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 17:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland changes test procedures for coronavirus - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-changes-test-procedures-for-coronavirus---health-minister-11096Poland to launch wide-scale production of protective equipmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-launch-wide-scale-production-of-protective-equipment-11095<p>Poland will launch manufacturing of protective equipment in all possible facilities across the country as supplies are running low in the face of the spreading coronavirus, Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 16:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pm5roe3ycech8rzq5draml.jpegSzumowski said there were shortages on the market due to the fact that the coronavirus epidemic affected the whole of Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-launch-wide-scale-production-of-protective-equipment-11095Poland's economic growth down to 2 pct in 2020 in pessimistic scenariohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economic-growth-down-to-2-pct-in-2020-in-pessimistic-scenario-11093<p>Polish Economic Institute analysts fear that, in a pessimistic scenario, the coronovirus epidemic will lower Poland's economic growth in 2020 by 1.3 percentage point to around 2 percent.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 15:26:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's economic growth down to 2 pct in 2020 in pessimistic scenariohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economic-growth-down-to-2-pct-in-2020-in-pessimistic-scenario-11093Poland's Health Ministry to declare health emergencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-health-ministry-to-declare-health-emergency-11092<p>Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski said on Thursday that he was about to issue a regulation introducing a state of epidemic threat in Poland that could limit travel and introduce other restrictions.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 15:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/04x89ov1ppbhdjh4o1xvpb.jpeg“I would like to inform you that, today, there will be a health minister's regulation issued concerning the introduction of a state of epidemic threat, in line with the law on communicable diseases,” Szumowski told a press conference.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-health-ministry-to-declare-health-emergency-11092Poznań woman becomes Poland’s first coronavirus deathhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/breaking-poznan-woman-becomes-polands-first-coronavirus-death-11090<p>A 57-year-old Polish woman infected with coronavirus has died at hospital in the city of Poznań, western Poland.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 14:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ad24jwwok8ee7zmpqlwdie.jpegA 57-year-old woman has died from coronavirus, becoming Poland’s first fatality. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/breaking-poznan-woman-becomes-polands-first-coronavirus-death-11090Preliminary round of Chopin International Piano Competition postponedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/preliminary-round-of-chopin-international-piano-competition-postponed-11088<p>The preliminary round of the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition was postponed from April to September 2020 due to the coronavirus threat, the institute has announced in a statement.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fndqg4fnlcfozgwsbbhdi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/preliminary-round-of-chopin-international-piano-competition-postponed-11088The man who dared enter the unknown: Henry N. Cobb, who has died at the age of 93, made history with his powerful photos of post-war Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-man-who-dared-enter-the-unknown-henry-n-cobb-who-has-died-at-the-age-of-93-made-history-with-his-powerful-photos-of-post-war-warsaw-11086<p>Tributes have been pouring in following news of the death of Henry N. Cobb, a celebrated American architect best-known in Poland for taking a striking series of colour photographs detailing the full extent of the damage suffered by the country during WWII.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:44:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xf9unu8orrf6sddxedsxes.jpegPlac Krasinskich.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-man-who-dared-enter-the-unknown-henry-n-cobb-who-has-died-at-the-age-of-93-made-history-with-his-powerful-photos-of-post-war-warsaw-11086Central bank head says there will be no recession in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-bank-head-says-there-will-be-no-recession-in-poland-11084<p>The governor of the National Bank of Poland (NBP), Adam Glapinski, said on Thursday that there will be no recession in Poland, but admitted that there will be an economic slowdown.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:31:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uwx47htur5dehgms0qa2uv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-bank-head-says-there-will-be-no-recession-in-poland-11084Polish insurer PZU posts EUR 216 mln net profit in 4th quarterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-insurer-pzu-posts-eur-216-mln-net-profit-in-4th-quarter-11082<p>Leading Polish insurer PZU posted a net profit of PLN 935 million (EUR 216.6 million) in the fourth quarter of 2019, against PLN 851.5 million (EUR 197.3 million) expected, the company's report, released on Thursday, showed.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:13:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r3bfgu8h5v97hmb7grf3s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-insurer-pzu-posts-eur-216-mln-net-profit-in-4th-quarter-11082Poland's foreign trade surplus at EUR 0.2 bln after Jan. - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-02-bln-after-jan---stats-office-11081<p>Poland's foreign trade surplus totalled EUR 200 million at the end of January 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:09:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's foreign trade surplus at EUR 0.2 bln after Jan. - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-02-bln-after-jan---stats-office-11081Incumbent president to win re-election in second round, poll showshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-to-win-re-election-in-second-round-poll-shows-11079<p>Poland's incumbent president, Andrzej Duda, is likely to win the May 10 presidential election in the second round of voting against all potential candidates, a CBOS survey shows.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3kg5kbev62a33p2hja38qs.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-to-win-re-election-in-second-round-poll-shows-11079Polish PM's Office head says people should work from homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pms-office-head-says-people-should-work-from-home-11078<p>Polish PM's Office head Michal Dworczyk appealed to employers on Thursday to make their staff work from home when possible due to the coronavirus outbreak.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM's Office head says people should work from homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pms-office-head-says-people-should-work-from-home-11078Polish PM, media reps to discuss disinformation about coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-media-reps-to-discuss-disinformation-about-coronavirus-11076<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki will meet representatives of Poland's leading media outlets on Friday to discuss ways to fight disinformation concerning the spreading coronavirus epidemic, according to Morawiecki's Facebook post.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 12:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a7ji6fmax67tvefmandxu8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-media-reps-to-discuss-disinformation-about-coronavirus-11076FIFTY Polish tourists quarantined in COVID-19 Cyprus hotelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fifty-polish-tourists-quarantined-in-covid-19-cyprus-hotel-11072<p>Around 50 Polish tourists have been quarantined at a five-star hotel in Cyprus after a 65-year-old German woman at the resort was diagnosed with coronavirus.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 11:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2km80md7ij2dlejyi0168.jpegThe 50 Polish tourists arrived at the 5-star hotel in Cyprus last week.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fifty-polish-tourists-quarantined-in-covid-19-cyprus-hotel-11072Gas market leader PGNiG nets EUR 310 million in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-monopolist-pgnig-nets-eur-310-mln-in-2019-11071<p>Poland's gas company PGNiG posted a consolidated net profit of PLN 1.34 billion (EUR 310.4 million) in 2019, the company announced in its annual report. The figure was in line with earlier estimates.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 10:26:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ce52o7fx5jgsa41rg6xcvo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-monopolist-pgnig-nets-eur-310-mln-in-2019-11071No lack of food in Polish shops amid overproduction - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-lack-of-food-in-polish-shops-amid-overproduction---minister-11069<p>Poland produces food for its own needs and there will be no lack of staple foods such as flour, meat, milk, eggs or vegetables, PAP was told by Agriculture Minister Jan Ardanowski.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 10:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNo lack of food in Polish shops amid overproduction - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-lack-of-food-in-polish-shops-amid-overproduction---minister-11069Forty-seven coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forty-seven-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-11068<p>Three new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 47, the Health Ministry said on Thursday morning.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 10:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgForty-seven coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forty-seven-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-11068Polish soldier injured in Iraq rocket attackhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-soldier-injured-in-iraq-rocket-attack-11067<p>A Polish soldier was wounded on Wednesday in a rocket attack in Iraq but his life is not threatened and other Polish soldiers are safe, Poland's Armed Forces Operational Command and the Ministry of National Defence tweeted late on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 08:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish soldier injured in Iraq rocket attackhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-soldier-injured-in-iraq-rocket-attack-11067Poland shuts down all schools, cultural institutions over coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-shuts-down-all-schools-cultural-institutions-over-coronavirus-11065<p>The Polish government has decided to close down all creches, kindergartens, schools and universities as well as cultural institutions in the country in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 08:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland shuts down all schools, cultural institutions over coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-shuts-down-all-schools-cultural-institutions-over-coronavirus-11065Forty-four coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forty-four-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-11064<p>Thirteen new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 44, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday morning.</p>Thu, 12 Mar 2020 08:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgForty-four coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forty-four-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-11064Territorial Defence Force switches to crisis modehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/territorial-defence-force-switches-to-crisis-mode-11062<p>Poland's Territorial Defence Force has switched from training mode to full crisis alertness to aid medical services in combating the spread of coronavirus, the force's commander, General Wiesław Kukuła, said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 20:50:00 +0100News & PoliticsCoronavirushttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k4wn7ghga6bg69g408nd5i.jpegKukuła said that slowing down the proliferation of the virus required speedy action, which was why the force has been put on crisis alert.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/territorial-defence-force-switches-to-crisis-mode-11062President, MoD meet US soldiers taking part in Defender-Europe 20 exercisehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-mod-meet-us-soldiers-taking-part-in-defender-europe-20-exercise-11061<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak met on Wednesday with US soldiers participating in the Defender-Europe 20 exercise at the Drawsko Land Forces Training Centre in Drawsko Pomorskie, north-western Poland.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 19:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o3x2bsjaos29ws1iocw.jpegA total of 37,000 soldiers from 18 countries will take part in Defender-Europe 20 and related exercises - Allied Spirit, Dynamic Front, Sabre Strike and Swift Response.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-mod-meet-us-soldiers-taking-part-in-defender-europe-20-exercise-11061Thirty-one coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thirty-one-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-11059<p>Four new coronavirus cases have been confirmed, bringing the total number of infections in Poland to 31, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday afternoon.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 19:34:00 +0100News & PoliticsCoronavirushttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgThirty-one coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thirty-one-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-11059PM meets with local government officials over virus threathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-meets-with-local-government-officials-over-virus-threat-11057<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki held a meeting on Wednesday with province governors and the mayors of major cities to discuss the threat of the spreading coronavirus.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 17:26:00 +0100News & PoliticsCoronavirushttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y187e8sm7bjjyweos3oyp.jpegDuring Wednesday's talks, the PM and his ministers had informed local government officials about the latest decisions concerning the closure of educational establishments and the ban on mass gatherings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-meets-with-local-government-officials-over-virus-threat-11057Polish scientists to work on coronavirus vaccinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-scientists-to-work-on-coronavirus-vaccine-11056<p>Poland's Medical Research Agency (ABM) will launch work on a vaccine against the spreading coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it causes.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 17:18:00 +0100ScienceCoronavirushttps://images.thefirstnews.com/00ycxau0g2mkm6897zrp82po.jpegABM head Radosław Sierpiński said on Wednesday that the project's budget will be raised according to need.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-scientists-to-work-on-coronavirus-vaccine-11056Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 27https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-27-11053<p>To date, 27 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Poland, the Health Ministry announced on Wednesday afternoon.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 27https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-27-11053President to seek measures easing credit repayment burden due to virushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-seek-measures-easing-credit-repayment-burden-due-to-virus-11052<p>President Andrzej Duda will seek measures to alleviate the credit repayment burden to companies and individuals over the consequences of coronavirus, the president tweeted on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:39:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinessCoronavirushttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ntmps938wtqz9x4lf53pvl.jpegJacek Jastrzębski, the head of the Office of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (UKNF), said that the institution will assist in establishing an optimal solution based on a broad consensus by all stakeholders.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-seek-measures-easing-credit-repayment-burden-due-to-virus-11052Polish president postpones annual defence briefing over virushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-postpones-annual-defence-briefing-over-virus-11051<p>Due to the spreading coronavirus, President Andrzej Duda has decided to postpone the annual briefing of top Defence Ministry and armed forces officials, the National Security Bureau (BBN) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president postpones annual defence briefing over virushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-postpones-annual-defence-briefing-over-virus-11051Poland's photovoltaic capacity reaches 1,6 GWhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-photovoltaic-capacity-reaches-16-gw-11050<p>Poland's photovoltaic capacity was 1596.5 MW on 1 March, 2020, up by 183.2 percent year on year, power grid operator Polskie Sieci Energetyczne (PSE) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:25:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q1kqo11uwojgr05kilqwc.jpegAccording to PSE, on January 1, 2020, photovoltaic capacity in Poland stood at 1299.6 MW.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-photovoltaic-capacity-reaches-16-gw-11050Reserved launches eco-friendly collection to offset fashion industry damagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/reserved-launches-eco-friendly-collection-to-offset-fashion-industry-damage-11048<p>Polish fashion brand Reserved has launched a new collection that seeks to be gentler on the planet.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 14:38:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ig6oijpr3mrhgkwqeix2mi.pngThe collection features classic pieces in light tones designed for the longer, warmer days ahead.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/reserved-launches-eco-friendly-collection-to-offset-fashion-industry-damage-11048New type of pulsating ‘tear drop’ star found 1,500 light years from earthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-type-of-pulsating-tear-drop-star-found-1500-light-years-from-earth-11045<p>A team of international scientists under the lead of the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre in Warsaw has discovered a new type of star that pulsates on just one side.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 12:58:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9t61ukoz6gmsvgc4bc6hw.pngThe star HD74423 orbits close to a red dwarf star, which is pulling it into a teardrop shape and causing unusual pulsation patterns.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-type-of-pulsating-tear-drop-star-found-1500-light-years-from-earth-11045Kind-hearted residents offer older neighbours help with shopping so they can avoid coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kind-hearted-residents-offer-older-neighbours-help-with-shopping-so-they-can-avoid-coronavirus-11042<p>As elderly Poles are urged to watch out for the coronavirus, residents of one housing block have offered to buy groceries for their older neighbours.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 11:34:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n2wgat92p6cebwq2cw34ce.pngA handwritten note appeared on a block of flats in Warsaw offering to help elderly neighbours with their shopping. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kind-hearted-residents-offer-older-neighbours-help-with-shopping-so-they-can-avoid-coronavirus-11042Poland shuts down all schools over coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-shuts-down-all-schools-over-coronavirus-11041<p>Poland will close down all schools and universities for two weeks due to the coronavirus threat, PM Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Wednesday morning. Classes will not be held starting from Thursday.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 11:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland shuts down all schools over coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-shuts-down-all-schools-over-coronavirus-11041Presidential candidates give up rallies as coronavirus spreadshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-candidates-give-up-rallies-as-coronavirus-spreads-11039<p>Campaign staffs of Polish presidential candidates have been withdrawing from larger campaign rallies ahead of the May 10 election as the coronavirus epidemic is spreading by the day.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 11:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4pbvcwxxqahihrujpvcyoj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-candidates-give-up-rallies-as-coronavirus-spreads-11039Poles stocking up on supplies due to coronavirus - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-stocking-up-on-supplies-due-to-coronavirus---daily-11038<p>Sales of rice in Poland have risen by up to 95 percent and flour by 84 percent in the days following the first confirmed coronavirus case in the country, the latest data from the Nielsen Connect consulting firm shows.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 10:59:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles stocking up on supplies due to coronavirus - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-stocking-up-on-supplies-due-to-coronavirus---daily-11038Flag carrier LOT extends flight suspensions over virus threathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-extends-flight-suspensions-over-virus-threat-11034<p>Poland's national airline, PLL LOT, has extended its suspension of flights from Warsaw to Milan until April 3 and frozen flights from Warsaw to Beijing until April 25 due to the coronavirus threat, LOT said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 09:49:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fjpefwoax1v7l3tyc6we9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-extends-flight-suspensions-over-virus-threat-11034Power firm innogy builds new wind farm in northern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/power-firm-innogy-builds-new-wind-farm-in-northern-poland-11032<p>Power company innogy Renewables Polska has launched construction of a 47.5-MW wind farm in Western Pomerania, the company has announced in a press release.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 09:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4d2mfwtizyldfddlrlruki.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/power-firm-innogy-builds-new-wind-farm-in-northern-poland-11032Three more cases of coronavirus confirmed in Poland - health ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-more-cases-of-coronavirus-confirmed-in-poland---health-ministry-11031<p>Poland's Ministry of Health reported Wednesday morning that three new cases of coronavirus infection had been discovered, bringing the total count of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland to 25.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 09:26:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgThree more cases of coronavirus confirmed in Poland - health ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-more-cases-of-coronavirus-confirmed-in-poland---health-ministry-11031President appeals to Poles not to give in to panichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appeals-to-poles-not-to-give-in-to-panic-11023<p>Addressing the Polish people on television on Tuesday evening, President Andrzej Duda appealed to them not to give in to panic and underlined the importance of responsible behaviour in an emergency situation.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 09:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/36b825fr86jgcllmkpgw1.jpeg"The fight against coronavirus does not have political hues. It is our common task and duty to combat it."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appeals-to-poles-not-to-give-in-to-panic-11023Polish Mining Group to join EU's key geological projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mining-group-to-join-eus-key-geological-project-11029<p>The Polish Mining Group (PGG), the country's biggest coal producer, will take part in the next edition of the European Plate Observing System (EPOS), the EU's biggest geological project, with a test site to be located in one of the PGG's mines.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 09:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oaclimtxfydyk6bz52hedo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mining-group-to-join-eus-key-geological-project-11029Dep FM opens new Polish Embassy in Switzerlandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dep-fm-opens-new-polish-embassy-in-switzerland-11027<p>Talks on the future of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil and the opening of new Polish missions dominated Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek's two-day visit to Switzerland.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 09:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDep FM opens new Polish Embassy in Switzerlandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dep-fm-opens-new-polish-embassy-in-switzerland-11027Poland transfers EUR 108 mln for coronavirus fighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-transfers-eur-108-mln-for-coronavirus-fight-11025<p>The Polish government transferred close to PLN 470 mln (EUR 108 mln) from the general and specific provisions for the prevention and fighting of coronavirus, Finance Minister Tadeusz Koscinski said on Twitter on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 11 Mar 2020 09:07:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland transfers EUR 108 mln for coronavirus fighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-transfers-eur-108-mln-for-coronavirus-fight-11025Europe united against coronavirus - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europe-united-against-coronavirus---polish-pm-11022<p>Europe is uniting to conquer coronavirus, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook after a videoconference of EU leaders devoted to the spreading epidemic.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 21:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEurope united against coronavirus - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europe-united-against-coronavirus---polish-pm-11022President says steps have been taken to be prepared for coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-steps-have-been-taken-to-be-prepared-for-coronavirus-11021<p>Addressing the Polish people on the public television network TVP on Tuesday evening, President Andrzej Duda admitted that the situation was serious, since thousands of people have died worldwide following a coronavirus infection.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 20:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kq5iot2mdlfh13gxg4iuem.jpegThe president said that he had been in constant contact with the PM and the health and interior ministers, and praised all the actions taken by the state and local government administrations, as well as all services. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-steps-have-been-taken-to-be-prepared-for-coronavirus-11021Katyn Massacre biggest Soviet war crime - Spanish dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katyn-massacre-biggest-soviet-war-crime---spanish-daily-11020<p>The 1940 Katyn Forest Massacre in which the Soviets mass-executed over 20,000 Polish POWs was the biggest Soviet crime during World War Two, the Spanish daily El Espanol wrote on Tuesday in connection with the incident's 80th anniversary.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 20:12:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n3yx7uovb59x5unejpz50n.jpegThe Katyn Forest Massacre in western Russia was a series of mass executions of Polish POWs, mainly military officers and policemen, carried out by the Soviet NKVD security agency in April and May 1940.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katyn-massacre-biggest-soviet-war-crime---spanish-daily-11020Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 22https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-22-11019<p>To date, 22 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Poland, the Health Ministry announced on Tuesday evening.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 20:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 22https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-22-11019Poland has time for action - minister on coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-time-for-action---minister-on-coronavirus-11018<p>Poland is at the end of the coronavirus infection chain, which gives it time to observe the situation in other countries and respond accordingly, Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 19:24:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p93bo9e65ccwzpntqcnnop.jpegSzumowski stressed the need for more medical personnel with experience in treating respiratory ailments.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-time-for-action---minister-on-coronavirus-11018Polish ski jumper wins World Cup event in Lillehammerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ski-jumper-wins-world-cup-event-in-lillehammer-11016<p>Kamil Stoch of Poland won the World Cup ski jumping competition in Lillehammer, Norway, on Tuesday, and advanced to the top spot in the Raw Air series ranking.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 19:07:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/487d5nkmvbbqqai6nq6ihm.jpegThis was Stoch's 36th World Cup victory.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ski-jumper-wins-world-cup-event-in-lillehammer-11016Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 21https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-21-11015<p>To date, 21 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Poland, the Health Ministry announced on Tuesday evening.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 18:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 21https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-21-11015Incredible true story of WWII teenager who risked everything to save the lives of 13 Jews retold in ‘harrowing’ new novelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-true-story-of-wwii-teenager-who-risked-everything-to-save-the-lives-of-13-jews-retold-in-harrowing-new-novel-11013<p>The extraordinary story of a young Polish girl who saved 13 Jews from the Germans during the Holocaust, including her future husband, is the subject of a new novel.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 18:27:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zkvu8xwig59x8opgwl9j1j.pngHarrowing new book tells extraordinary true story of one of WWII’s forgotten heroes, Stefania Podgórska..https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-true-story-of-wwii-teenager-who-risked-everything-to-save-the-lives-of-13-jews-retold-in-harrowing-new-novel-11013Gov't for more surveillance over foreign insurershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-for-more-surveillance-over-foreign-insurers-11011<p>The government on Tuesday passed a bill obliging the Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) to raise its supervision over foreign insurers.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 17:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGov't for more surveillance over foreign insurershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-for-more-surveillance-over-foreign-insurers-11011Soccer matches to be played in empty stadiums in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/soccer-matches-to-be-played-in-empty-stadiums-in-poland-11010<p>All upcoming soccer games in Poland will be played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Polish Football Association (PZPN) announced in a communique on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 17:24:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0b6ao8h4wf1p3bjvj9i7lg7.jpegThe decision of the Polish Football Association (PZPN) concerns all Polish Cup, First and Second Division matches, as well as those played by the national team.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/soccer-matches-to-be-played-in-empty-stadiums-in-poland-11010Gov't changes National Broadband Planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-changes-national-broadband-plan-11009<p>The government on Tuesday passed amendments to Poland's National Broadband Plan, which has been adjusted to meet the EC's new e-communication targets.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 16:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGov't changes National Broadband Planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-changes-national-broadband-plan-11009Sanitary inspections of eastern border, ports begin on Tuesdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sanitary-inspections-of-eastern-border-ports-begin-on-tuesday-11007<p>Sanitary inspections commenced on Tuesday at Poland's eastern borders and the country's sea ports as a measure against the spread of coronavirus, Deputy Interior Minister Paweł Szefernaker has announced.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 15:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/19yuf5kxfo7kz6n2rymlt.jpegSzefernaker explained that at the border with Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, passenger locator cards would be obligatory as well as temperature measurements.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sanitary-inspections-of-eastern-border-ports-begin-on-tuesday-11007Orlen joins battle of the virus with 1 million litres of disinfectant handwash to combat spread of COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-joins-battle-of-the-virus-with-1-million-litres-of-disinfectant-handwash-to-combat-spread-of-covid-19-11000<p>Orlen oil company is to produce a million litres of disinfectant to help halt the spread of the coronavirus.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 15:38:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8od6rs6kgdas00060rem19.jpegWith handwash disinfectant in high demand, Orlen says it will step in and help by producing 1 million litres. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-joins-battle-of-the-virus-with-1-million-litres-of-disinfectant-handwash-to-combat-spread-of-covid-19-11000Poland's top army commander contracts coronavirus - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-top-army-commander-contracts-coronavirus---mod-11006<p>General Jarosław Mika, the general commander of Poland's armed forces, has tested positive for coronavirus, the Defence Ministry reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 15:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's top army commander contracts coronavirus - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-top-army-commander-contracts-coronavirus---mod-11006Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 20https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-20-11003<p>To date, 20 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Poland, the Health Ministry announced on Tuesday afternoon.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 15:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 20https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-20-11003National Security Council meets over coronavirus threathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-security-council-meets-over-coronavirus-threat-11002<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda following a meeting of the National Security Council (RBN) which he attended on Tuesday, said the talks had been "very substantive, without criticism of the government."</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 14:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNational Security Council meets over coronavirus threathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-security-council-meets-over-coronavirus-threat-11002President signs amendment opening up Polish rail markethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-amendment-opening-up-polish-rail-market-10999<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed an amendment to the rail transport law providing among other measures for the national passenger rail market to become open to international competition from other EU member states.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 13:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident signs amendment opening up Polish rail markethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-amendment-opening-up-polish-rail-market-10999Coronavirus impacting activity of 39 pct of SMEs in Poland - researchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-impacting-activity-of-39-pct-of-smes-in-poland---research-10997<p>Close to 39 percent of Polish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have declared that the coronavirus epidemic is having a negative influence on their business, research has revealed.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 13:12:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCoronavirus impacting activity of 39 pct of SMEs in Poland - researchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-impacting-activity-of-39-pct-of-smes-in-poland---research-10997Paws for Thought! Vibrant poster to raise awareness of plight of the Lynxhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/paws-for-thought-vibrant-poster-to-raise-awareness-of-plight-of-the-lynx-10995<p>Renowned artist Jan Kallwejt is at the heart of a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) poster campaign to highlight the threat to lynx in Poland and across Europe from drivers and hunters.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 12:45:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/686o92wmcw9swxpz86409m.pngJan Kallwejt’s poster for the World Wildlife Fund aims to highlight the threat to lynx in Poland and across Europe from drivers and hunters.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/paws-for-thought-vibrant-poster-to-raise-awareness-of-plight-of-the-lynx-10995Polish public television CEO dismissedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-public-television-ceo-dismissed-10993<p>The National Media Council has recalled Jacek Kurski from the post of president of Telewizja Polska SA (TVP), Polish public television.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 12:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wbsppkoc1kon1n8mnt8gd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-public-television-ceo-dismissed-10993Poland cancels all mass events over coronavirus spreadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-cancels-all-mass-events-over-coronavirus-spread-10991<p>The Polish government has decided to call off all mass events in the country, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said after a government's crisis management team met on Tuesday morning.</p><article><br></article>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 12:10:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xb7l9xro4u3sxf805ujhh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-cancels-all-mass-events-over-coronavirus-spread-10991Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 18https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-18-10990<p>To date, 18 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Poland, the Health Ministry announced on Tuesday morning.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 12:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 18https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-18-10990President suspends big election rallies over coronavirus threathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-suspends-big-election-rallies-over-coronavirus-threat-10988<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda told reporters late on Monday that due to the spread of the coronavirus in Poland he will not hold large campaign meetings ahead of the presidential election planned for May.</p>Tue, 10 Mar 2020 10:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fv86ear898rndv3mcnlid.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-suspends-big-election-rallies-over-coronavirus-threat-10988Security bureau hosts top-level coronavirus sittinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/security-bureau-hosts-top-level-coronavirus-sitting-10987<p>The president, prime minister, health minister and chief sanitary inspector will meet on Monday evening in the seat of the National Security Bureau (BBN) for a crisis sitting devoted to the spreading coronavirus.</p>Mon, 09 Mar 2020 20:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSecurity bureau hosts top-level coronavirus sittinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/security-bureau-hosts-top-level-coronavirus-sitting-10987Polish president to convene National Security Council over coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-to-convene-national-security-council-over-coronavirus-10986<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda has called for a meeting of the National Security Council at 11 am on Tuesday to discuss the threat posed by the spreading coronavirus epidemic, presidential press office head Marcin Kędryna told PAP on Monday.</p>Mon, 09 Mar 2020 19:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president to convene National Security Council over coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-to-convene-national-security-council-over-coronavirus-10986Cooperation among EU leaders positive - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cooperation-among-eu-leaders-positive---polish-pm-10985<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday said he is constant contact with EU PMs and presidents regarding the spread of coronavirus.</p>Mon, 09 Mar 2020 18:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zkjd7yb735nexpwp303bce.jpegAccording to Morawiecki, top Polish authorities are keeping in touch with other EU countries in order to exchange experiences and to apply the most adequate instruments and solutions to avert a rapid spread of the virus.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cooperation-among-eu-leaders-positive---polish-pm-10985Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 17https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-17-10984<p>To date, seventeen cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Poland, the Health Ministry announced on Monday afternoon.</p>Mon, 09 Mar 2020 18:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 17https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-17-10984Stone chest found in ancient temple and containing skeleton of a sacrificial goose could lead to hidden royal tombhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stone-chest-found-in-ancient-temple-and-containing-skeleton-of-a-sacrificial-goose-could-lead-to-hidden-royal-tomb-10980<p>Archaeologists have uncovered a stone chest from 3,500 years ago in rubble above the Egyptian site of Deir el-Bahari.</p>Mon, 09 Mar 2020 18:29:00 +0100ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rsd1j2j9xac1g8ksa4jvr.pngThe extraordinary find, which was hidden near the renowned Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, indicates an untouched royal tomb could be nearby.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stone-chest-found-in-ancient-temple-and-containing-skeleton-of-a-sacrificial-goose-could-lead-to-hidden-royal-tomb-10980Poland implements sanitary controls at border crossingshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-implements-sanitary-controls-at-border-crossings-10981<p>Poland introduced sanitary controls at the main border crossings points with Germany and the Czech Republic at 3 pm on Monday due to the coronavirus threat, in line with an earlier announcement by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.</p>Mon, 09 Mar 2020 17:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6pozq241x3q00mxof5mh5ljd.jpegSanitary control at the Polish-Czech border crossing in Gorzyczki.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-implements-sanitary-controls-at-border-crossings-10981The invisible ink which revealed concentration camp horrorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-invisible-ink-which-revealed-concentration-camp-horrors-10979<p>In the darkest recesses of Hitler’s hellish concentration camp system, four young Polish Girl Guides were desperate for the world to know about the barbaric experiments that were being carried out on them.</p>Mon, 09 Mar 2020 17:13:00 +0100HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rwf4brim7vbvk0fzxdvb8s.jpegA secret letter written by Krystyna Czyż on the back of a camp envelope giving details of prisoners who were operated on, their camp numbers and the type of experiments carried out on them.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-invisible-ink-which-revealed-concentration-camp-horrors-10979Top Polish lab to get EUR 5.8 mln for coronavirus researchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-polish-lab-to-get-eur-58-mln-for-coronavirus-research-10978<p>The Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, south Poland, will receive PLN 25 million (EUR 5.8 mln) for research on coronavirus, Ministry of Science and Higher Education Jarosław Gowin told a Monday press conference.</p>Mon, 09 Mar 2020 15:44:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w0d4a9dpoeoxi84wnu96l.jpegIn Gowin's opinion, the Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology is the country's best institution that conducts research on viruses at the global level.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-polish-lab-to-get-eur-58-mln-for-coronavirus-research-10978Cops make ‘biggest drugs bust in Polish history’ after seizing 60mln PLN worth of heroin and ‘ANNIHILATING' ganghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cops-make-biggest-drugs-bust-in-polish-history-after-seizing-60mln-pln-worth-of-heroin-and-annihilating-gang-10976<p>A shipment of heroin worth an estimated PLN 60 million has been seized by police in what the prime minister has called the “biggest drug haul ever” in Polish history.</p>Mon, 09 Mar 2020 15:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nzinaaxxkvu3t0e33wskd.jpegThe 275 kilograms of drugs were found in four containers in the port of Gdynia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cops-make-biggest-drugs-bust-in-polish-history-after-seizing-60mln-pln-worth-of-heroin-and-annihilating-gang-10976Poland to implement sanitary controls at border crossingshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-implement-sanitary-controls-at-border-crossings-10974<p>Poland will introduce sanitary controls at the main border crossings points with Germany and the Czech Republic due to the coronavirus threat, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday.</p>Mon, 09 Mar 2020 14:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to implement sanitary controls at border crossingshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-implement-sanitary-controls-at-border-crossings-10974From East coast to West coast Jan Sawka’s art continues to impress as not one but TWO exhibitions open uphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-east-coast-to-west-coast-jan-sawkas-art-continues-to-impress-as-not-one-but-two-exhibitions-open-up-10969<p>Artist Jan Sawka’s artwork is to go on show on both coasts of the United States this spring, reflecting the lasting interest in his work seven years after his death.</p>Mon, 09 Mar 2020 13:10:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2kv0s8ij7v2db2inoan1is.jpegCurated by Sawka’s daughter Hanna Maria Sawka, the exhibition will focus on Sawka’s interest in memory and place, as reflected in the paintings and etchings on display.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-east-coast-to-west-coast-jan-sawkas-art-continues-to-impress-as-not-one-but-two-exhibitions-open-up-10969Sixteen coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sixteen-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-10968<p>To date sixteen coronavirus case have been confirmed in Poland, the Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski told a press conference on Monday.</p>Mon, 09 Mar 2020 12:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSixteen coronavirus cases confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sixteen-coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-poland-10968March of the Living postponed due to coronavirus threathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/march-of-the-living-postponed-due-to-coronavirus-threat-10966<p>The annual March of the Living commemorations in Poland, a tribute to those who perished in the Holocaust, has been postponed due to the coronavirus threat in Poland, the organisers have yet to announce a new date.</p>Mon, 09 Mar 2020 12:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/spjt66a4z0ooi1cwnvj1i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/march-of-the-living-postponed-due-to-coronavirus-threat-10966Poland confirms 12th case of coronavirus infectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-confirms-12th-case-of-coronavirus-infection-10964<p>A male patient of over 60 years of age infected with coronavirus, the 12th in Poland, is in the infectious diseases department of the S. Zeromskiego hospital in the southern city of Krakow, the hospital's director, Jerzy Friediger, told PAP.</p>Mon, 09 Mar 2020 11:14:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland confirms 12th case of coronavirus infectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-confirms-12th-case-of-coronavirus-infection-10964Three more cases of coronavirus confirmed in Poland - health ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-more-cases-of-coronavirus-confirmed-in-poland---health-ministry-10962<p>Poland's Ministry of Health reported on Sunday evening that three new cases of coronavirus infection had been discovered, bringing the total count of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland to 11.</p>Mon, 09 Mar 2020 08:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgThree more cases of coronavirus confirmed in Poland - health ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-more-cases-of-coronavirus-confirmed-in-poland---health-ministry-10962Ukrainian stopped at border with EUR 500,000 and USD 240,000 cashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukrainian-stopped-at-border-with-eur-500000-and-usd-240000-cash-10960<p>A Ukrainian national was caught at the Polish-Ukrainian border on Saturday night trying to take out of Poland an undeclared cash sum of EUR 500,000 and almost USD 240,000, the Ukrainian Border Guard announced on Sunday.</p>Sun, 08 Mar 2020 20:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUkrainian stopped at border with EUR 500,000 and USD 240,000 cashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukrainian-stopped-at-border-with-eur-500000-and-usd-240000-cash-10960Number of foreign companies in Poland increasing - expertshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-foreign-companies-in-poland-increasing---experts-10956<p>Last year, twice as many foreign companies registered in Poland than five years ago, including investors from Silicon Valley earlier linked with Uber or Twitter, experts have informed PAP.</p>Sun, 08 Mar 2020 19:38:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/src75a3n87bcgooqdsmjge.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-foreign-companies-in-poland-increasing---experts-10956Polish air carrier suspends all flights to Italyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-air-carrier-suspends-all-flights-to-italy-10954<p>Poland national air carrier PLL LOT has suspended all flights to Italy in connection with the spread of coronavirus.</p>Sun, 08 Mar 2020 19:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oxiugwhnnef2hiemedk6u.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-air-carrier-suspends-all-flights-to-italy-10954Christmas Charity Orchestra collects EUR 43.1 million for medical equipmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/christmas-charity-orchestra-collects-eur-431-million-for-medical-equipment-10952<p>The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOSP) foundation collected PLN 166.13 million (EUR 43.1 million) for purchases of medical equipment for neonatal wards during its 28th nation-wide Grand Finale on January 12.</p>Sun, 08 Mar 2020 19:28:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/btdqz3ige7on22fgaz26s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/christmas-charity-orchestra-collects-eur-431-million-for-medical-equipment-10952Kraków meow-seum leaves cat lovers purring with delighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-meow-seum-leaves-cat-lovers-purring-with-delight-10950<p><span lang="EN-GB">Offering a purr-fect sanctuary from the general pandemonium of Kraków’s Floriańska Street, a small museum has made a big splash after featuring on a Reuters news segment published online late last week.</span></p>Sun, 08 Mar 2020 19:18:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vois6xjrp7nrgmwu1bg7jl.jpegThis way to the Cat Museum: one of Kraków’s more off-the-wall attractions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-meow-seum-leaves-cat-lovers-purring-with-delight-10950Two new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Poland - health ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-new-cases-of-coronavirus-confirmed-in-poland---health-ministry-10949<p>Poland's Ministry of Health reported on Sunday that two new cases of coronavirus infection had been discovered, bringing the total count of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland to eight.</p>Sun, 08 Mar 2020 16:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTwo new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Poland - health ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-new-cases-of-coronavirus-confirmed-in-poland---health-ministry-10949Soldiering old: association keeps memory of elite AK unit alivehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/soldiering-old-association-keeps-memory-of-elite-ak-unit-alive-10946<p>On August 1, 1944, when the Polish Underground State’s Home Army, took up its lonely fight to free Warsaw, its elite Radosław Group was one of its best equipped military formations.</p>Sun, 08 Mar 2020 15:40:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wtdxw2xns0iy3sj78ww4ps.jpegKeeping the memory alive: members of the Radosław Group Historical Association in period costume.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/soldiering-old-association-keeps-memory-of-elite-ak-unit-alive-10946No way, no plague: was Poland once an island of immunity?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-way-no-plague-was-poland-once-an-island-of-immunity-10943<p><span lang="EN-GB">As the corona virus batters Europe some in Poland have claimed that Poles may have, perhaps, some form of immunity to pandemic diseases. They point to history, and the possibility that Poland remained free of the deadliest plague to ever strike the continent, the Black Death.&nbsp;</span></p>Sun, 08 Mar 2020 12:57:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cl8o700skolobn1kiuy1hb.pngThe Black Death is thought to have wiped out 80 percent of the population in some areas of Europe. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-way-no-plague-was-poland-once-an-island-of-immunity-10943Poland creates Medical Fund, boosts coronavirus fighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-creates-medical-fund-boosts-coronavirus-fight-10941<p>President Andrzej Duda and PM Mateusz Morawiecki have decided to find an additional PLN 2.75 bln (EUR 698 mln) in the state coffers to create a Medical Fund that will treat rare and oncological diseases and boost preventive measures against the coronavirus.</p>Sat, 07 Mar 2020 22:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f2oavat8qu1n6lh20n6o5.jpegThe president said at a rally in Nysa, south Poland, that he and the prime minister made the decision after four new coronavirus cases were detected in Poland on Friday, bringing the total count to five.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-creates-medical-fund-boosts-coronavirus-fight-10941Kraków firm shakes things up with “most beautiful e-bike ever manufactured”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-firm-shakes-things-up-with-most-beautiful-e-bike-ever-manufactured-10938<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Kraków firm founded after a serendipitous meeting on a Baltic beach has swept the internet after debuting its latest project, a revolutionary e-bike channelling the spirit of the 30s.</span></p>Sat, 07 Mar 2020 18:51:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hhiaqo2hx7834vv8o92ah.jpegAviconics has taken e-bike design to a whole new level.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-firm-shakes-things-up-with-most-beautiful-e-bike-ever-manufactured-10938Blowing in the wind: February blows Polish wind energy generation to new highshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blowing-in-the-wind-february-blows-polish-wind-energy-generation-to-new-highs-10936<p><span lang="EN-GB">February was a record-breaking month for Polish wind farms as a strong and constant wind kept the turbines turning and the electricity being generated.</span></p>Sat, 07 Mar 2020 14:42:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mb806tselbk612e16fr2z.jpegFebruary’s windy weather resulted in heady time for the country’s wind farms.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blowing-in-the-wind-february-blows-polish-wind-energy-generation-to-new-highs-10936Sixth coronavirus case confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sixth-coronavirus-case-confirmed-in-poland-10935<p>The sixth new coronavirus case has been confirmed in Poland, the Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski told a press conference on Saturday.</p>Sat, 07 Mar 2020 13:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSixth coronavirus case confirmed in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sixth-coronavirus-case-confirmed-in-poland-10935Poland to channel EUR 700 mln to coronavirus fighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-channel-eur-700-mln-to-coronavirus-fight-10934<p>President Andrzej Duda and PM Mateusz Morawiecki have decided to find an additional PLN 2.75 bln (EUR 698 mln) in the state coffers to boost preventive measures against the Chinese coronavirus, the president said at a rally in Nysa, south-west Poland.</p>Sat, 07 Mar 2020 13:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to channel EUR 700 mln to coronavirus fighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-channel-eur-700-mln-to-coronavirus-fight-10934President signs coronavirus bill into lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-coronavirus-bill-into-law-10932<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda on Saturday signed into law a special act introducing preventive measures against the spreading coronavirus, just a day after the Senate unanimously passed the bill.</p>Sat, 07 Mar 2020 13:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bo7o0vddkcpk9s7q7bzooj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-coronavirus-bill-into-law-10932A stich in time: world famous lace makers get grant to keep their skills safe for years to comehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-stich-in-time-world-famous-lace-makers-get-grant-to-keep-their-skills-safe-for-years-to-come-10930<p><span lang="EN-GB">A lace-making cottage industry unique to the world has received a PLN-80,000 grant from the culture ministry to ensure the skills of the trade are passed onto the next generation.</span></p>Sat, 07 Mar 2020 11:48:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x1xt77pqks52mmye377qd.jpegKoniaków lace is famed for the originality of designs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-stich-in-time-world-famous-lace-makers-get-grant-to-keep-their-skills-safe-for-years-to-come-10930Half marathon championships in Gdynia postponed due to coronavirus threathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/half-marathon-championships-in-gdynia-postponed-due-to-coronavirus-threat-10929<p>The 2020 World Half Marathon Championships planned for March 29 in Gdynia, a port city on the Baltic coast of Poland, have been postponed until October 17 due to the coronavirus threat.</p>Fri, 06 Mar 2020 21:17:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgHalf marathon championships in Gdynia postponed due to coronavirus threathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/half-marathon-championships-in-gdynia-postponed-due-to-coronavirus-threat-10929Senate unanimously passes act on coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-unanimously-passes-act-on-coronavirus-10928<p>The Senate (upper house) on Friday unanimously backed a special act introducing preventive measures against the spreading coronavirus. The act passed in a 74 to 0 vote with nine abstentions.</p>Fri, 06 Mar 2020 18:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/76p4mrt8g1d0hdvptoyoub.jpegThe act, among other measures, introduces work-from-home options for quarantined employees and financial aid for staff in closed schools, kindergartens and creches.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-unanimously-passes-act-on-coronavirus-10928Four new coronavirus cases in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-new-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-10927<p>Four new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, the Health Ministry reported on Friday. The fresh cases bring the total infection count to five.</p>Fri, 06 Mar 2020 18:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vg3ig81yvkhkknhw9r283i.jpegTwo people have returned from Italy and are at the hospital in Szczecin.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-new-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-10927Photographer lovingly restores photos of 1930s Warsaw and the results are stunninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/photographer-lovingly-restores-photos-of-1930s-warsaw-and-the-results-are-stunning-10924<p>Remarkable colourised photos of pre-war Warsaw show the beautiful side of the city before its complete devastation.</p>Fri, 06 Mar 2020 17:49:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/63c1rexhh8ua0thwh01fq.pngPhotographer and IT specialist Mariusz Zając took old photos and videos he found online and using only his computer and several programs brought Warsaw of the 30s back to life.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/photographer-lovingly-restores-photos-of-1930s-warsaw-and-the-results-are-stunning-10924Medication distribution unhindered - minister after EU coronavirus sittinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medication-distribution-unhindered---minister-after-eu-coronavirus-sitting-10923<p>Right now there are no immediate hindrances in the distribution of medication, Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski said on Friday after the EU members' special coronavirus sitting in Brussels.</p>Fri, 06 Mar 2020 17:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/08ja4j4nzocdoxp8syv1qj.jpegSzumowski said that although the medical distribution chain was unhindered today, it should be kept under strict control to avoid problems in the near future.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medication-distribution-unhindered---minister-after-eu-coronavirus-sitting-10923Coronavirus in Poland: Economic Crisis?https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/coronavirus-in-poland-economic-crisis-461<p>Coronavius has arrived in Poland. With 1 person confirmed and others surely to follow the question is, can the Polish economy survive the virus? Our host Patrick Ney spoke to Piotr Arak from the Polish<br>Economic Institute about the latest developments.</p><p>Could the Polish economy GAIN from the spread of the Virus?</p><p>How well will the economy hold up?</p><p>Why have all economic predictions for 2020 gone out the window?</p><p>All this and more in the latest episode of #heartofpoland.</p>Fri, 06 Mar 2020 16:27:00 +0100BusinessHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/byezby3dn8sxk2z1p5eto.pngCoronavirus in Poland: Economic Crisis?https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/coronavirus-in-poland-economic-crisis-461EU FMs support Greece in securing borders - Polish FM in Zagrebhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-fms-support-greece-in-securing-borders---polish-fm-in-zagreb-10922<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told PAP on Friday that EU foreign ministers meeting in Zagreb approved the position supporting Greece's actions aimed at the protection of the EU's external borders.</p>Fri, 06 Mar 2020 15:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dyerdjk33smrfmmihurogn.jpeg"Poland has declared organisational support, border guards and police as well as financial aid," said Czaputowicz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-fms-support-greece-in-securing-borders---polish-fm-in-zagreb-10922Over 850 samples examined for coronavirus in Poland, no new infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-850-samples-examined-for-coronavirus-in-poland-no-new-infections-10920<p>The Health Ministry told PAP on Friday that a total of 855 samples had so far been tested for coronavirus in all Poland's laboratories. Only one proved positive on Tuesday night.</p>Fri, 06 Mar 2020 13:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver 850 samples examined for coronavirus in Poland, no new infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-850-samples-examined-for-coronavirus-in-poland-no-new-infections-10920PGNiG gas giant starts drilling new Rehman well in Pakistanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pgnig-gas-giant-starts-drilling-new-rehman-well-in-pakistan-10918<p>Polish gas giant PGNiG's Operating Branch in Pakistan has started to drill a new production well in the Rehman field, Sindh province, south-eastern Pakistan, PGNiG said in a Friday press release.</p>Fri, 06 Mar 2020 12:52:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/60mp5pp0vbqjwfge3y53gc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pgnig-gas-giant-starts-drilling-new-rehman-well-in-pakistan-10918Polish Post to provide 15 mln leaflets with coronavirus infohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-post-to-provide-15-mln-leaflets-with-coronavirus-info-10917<p>Fifteen million leaflets with information about coronavirus will be delivered by the Polish Post to households around the country, as part of the government's information campaign on how to deal with the virus, the Polish Post said on Friday.</p>Fri, 06 Mar 2020 12:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s2qc2v3bczll2hr6auh2w.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-post-to-provide-15-mln-leaflets-with-coronavirus-info-10917Snapper creates amazing pics of ‘enchanting’ castle - but what is the mystery surrounding it?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snapper-creates-amazing-pics-of-enchanting-castle---but-what-is-the-mystery-surrounding-it-10915<p>A Łódź-based photographer has fired the imagination of the web with a series of stunning images of Zamek Łapalice, a half-finished, Harry Potter-style structure viewed by many as the greatest modern folly to be found in Poland.</p>Fri, 06 Mar 2020 11:35:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qldgz3komaag1za2cld9ow.jpegThe story of Łapalice dates back to 1984 when a Gdańsk sculptor by the name of Piotr Kazimierczak was granted a building permit to build a residence and art studio.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snapper-creates-amazing-pics-of-enchanting-castle---but-what-is-the-mystery-surrounding-it-10915Łódź man becomes first Pole EVER to finish grueling 100km Norway ski race solohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-man-becomes-first-pole-ever-to-finish-grueling-100km-asnes-expedition-amundsen-ski-race-in-norway-10910<p>Michał Kiełbasiński from Łódź, central Poland, has become the first Pole ever to complete the Asnes Expedition Amundsen ski race which covers 100km of treacherous arctic terrain across central Norway by himself.&nbsp;</p>Fri, 06 Mar 2020 10:00:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ma09mrv5txf6x94texk255.jpegCovering the ground on skis while pulling a 40kg sled behind them, contestants are given a maximum time of 60 hours to complete the 100km course.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-man-becomes-first-pole-ever-to-finish-grueling-100km-asnes-expedition-amundsen-ski-race-in-norway-10910Opposition ready to team with gov't against coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-ready-to-team-with-govt-against-coronavirus-10912<p>All Poland's opposition caucuses have stated their readiness to pool forces with the government in the battle against the spreading coronavirus, prime ministerial aide Michał Dworczyk said after the PM's Thursday talks with the opposition.</p>Thu, 05 Mar 2020 20:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0aiax29hm8shlumywm2fkd.jpegThe PM's Thursday talks with the opposition.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-ready-to-team-with-govt-against-coronavirus-10912Poland plans holding 300 events in Brussels during its V4 presidencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-plans-holding-300-events-in-brussels-during-its-v4-presidency-10909<p>Poland will take over the presidency of the Visegrad Group in the middle of this year during which Polish diplomats plan to stage some 300 political, economic and cultural events in Brussels to strengthen the region's position in the EU.</p>Thu, 05 Mar 2020 18:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h5a9i00qb9l8xwzq5k25t.jpeg"The calendar of events will be included in the schedule of EU work, i.e. thematically they will accompany ministerial meetings of the Council or sessions of the European Parliament," Poland's Permanent Representative to the EU, Ambassador Andrzej Sadoś said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-plans-holding-300-events-in-brussels-during-its-v4-presidency-10909Eighty years ago today, Stalin gave order for Katyń massacrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eighty-years-ago-today-stalin-gave-order-for-katyn-massacre-10906<p>On March 5th, 1940, the Soviet Politburo decided to shoot Polish prisoners of war, as well as Polish prisoners held by the NKVD in the pre-war eastern provinces of Poland.</p>Thu, 05 Mar 2020 17:58:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/805v9kprxrt2bhd78gs4bi.jpegThe memo from NKVD chief Lavrenti Beria to Stalin sealed the fate of over 20,000 Polish military officers and intelligentsia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eighty-years-ago-today-stalin-gave-order-for-katyn-massacre-10906Sejm halts public tours, foreign trips over coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sejm-halts-public-tours-foreign-trips-over-coronavirus-10905<p>Sejm (lower house) speaker Elżbieta Witek said on Thursday that public tours of the house and all foreign missions involving MPs will be suspended as a precaution against the coronavirus.</p>Thu, 05 Mar 2020 17:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n76n6bi7b9ghqo5w6duvp7.jpegWitek told reporters that the Sejm will also halt all conferences. She added, however, that regular Sejm sittings will continue.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sejm-halts-public-tours-foreign-trips-over-coronavirus-10905Poland's unemployment likely at 5.5 pct in February - Labour Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-likely-at-55-pct-in-february---labour-ministry-10902<p>Poland's registered unemployment rate likely remained at 5.5 percent in February 2020, unchanged from a month earlier, the Family, Labour and Social Policy Ministry wrote on Twitter on Thursday.</p>Thu, 05 Mar 2020 14:32:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment likely at 5.5 pct in February - Labour Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-likely-at-55-pct-in-february---labour-ministry-10902Polish MFA praises non-proliferation treaty's role in global securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mfa-praises-non-proliferation-treatys-role-in-global-security-10900<p>The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is one of the key pillars of global security and the non-proliferation regime, Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a Thursday statement.</p>Thu, 05 Mar 2020 14:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/59bd8b6yq0oihhgacez54.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mfa-praises-non-proliferation-treatys-role-in-global-security-10900Read all about it! Virtual library assistant helps readers find books based on their moods and preferenceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/read-all-about-it-virtual-library-assistant-helps-readers-find-books-based-on-their-moods-and-preferences-10898<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Polish tech start-up has created a tool for recommending books using artificial intelligence.</span></p>Thu, 05 Mar 2020 14:18:00 +0100ScienceStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2no6tn2m5iwituyv0axh.jpegThe software called Fiona make things easier for readers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/read-all-about-it-virtual-library-assistant-helps-readers-find-books-based-on-their-moods-and-preferences-10898Here they come! De Niro and Nobu to open hotel AND restaurant in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/here-they-come-de-niro-and-nobu-to-open-hotel-and-restaurant-in-warsaw-10895<p><span lang="EN-GB">In the late eighties, Robert De Niro visited the sushi restaurant Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills for the first time and spent the next four years convincing Nobu Matsuhisa to open a branch in New York.</span></p>Thu, 05 Mar 2020 12:36:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/18a78rncrt56bls24owwu.jpegLegends of food and screen to open their Nobu Hotel in Polish capital on June 2nd 2020.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/here-they-come-de-niro-and-nobu-to-open-hotel-and-restaurant-in-warsaw-10895More women active in Poland's boardrooms - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-women-active-in-polands-boardrooms---report-10893<p>The percentage of women active on the management and supervisory boards of companies operating in Poland rose by 0.6 percent to 15.8 percent in 2019, according to a report by the Deloitte consulting and audit company.</p>Thu, 05 Mar 2020 12:19:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMore women active in Poland's boardrooms - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-women-active-in-polands-boardrooms---report-10893Prime minister to host cross-party meeting on coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prime-minister-to-host-cross-party-meeting-on-coronavirus-10891<p>All Poland's opposition caucuses have confirmed their representatives will attend a meeting at 15:30 on Thursday with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the subject of the coronavirus threat, government spokesman Piotr Mueller has informed PAP.</p>Thu, 05 Mar 2020 11:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ms82cwt7zlnfyvsfo00tdv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prime-minister-to-host-cross-party-meeting-on-coronavirus-10891Polish parliamentary speaker ends US visit, honours Katyn victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-parliamentary-speaker-ends-us-visit-honours-katyn-victims-10889<p>Polish Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek ended her visit to the United States on Wednesday as she met the Polish diaspora and laid flowers at a Katyn memorial in Jersey City.</p><article><br></article>Thu, 05 Mar 2020 11:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish parliamentary speaker ends US visit, honours Katyn victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-parliamentary-speaker-ends-us-visit-honours-katyn-victims-10889Flag carrier LOT extends flight suspensions over virus threathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-extends-flight-suspensions-over-virus-threat-10887<p>Poland's national airline, PLL LOT, has extended its suspension of flights from Warsaw to Beijing until April 25 and frozen flights from Budapest to Seoul until April 8 due to the coronavirus threat, LOT spokesman Michal Czernicki informed PAP on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 05 Mar 2020 09:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i5f1n9zdjlqokbt1sv3az.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-extends-flight-suspensions-over-virus-threat-10887Only one coronavirus case confirmed so far in Poland - PM's officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/only-one-coronavirus-case-confirmed-so-far-in-poland---pms-office-10885<p>Poland has not confirmed any other case of coronavirus so far, only one patient has been diagnosed with the illness, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, Michal Dworczyk, told the private RMF FM radio station on Thursday.</p>Thu, 05 Mar 2020 09:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOnly one coronavirus case confirmed so far in Poland - PM's officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/only-one-coronavirus-case-confirmed-so-far-in-poland---pms-office-10885Pharmacies, online med service will aid coronavirus suspectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pharmacies-online-med-service-will-aid-coronavirus-suspects-10884<p>Pharmacies countrywide will launch special procedures to aid persons suspecting infection with the coronavirus, also available for such persons will be the online PZU Zdrowie service, President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 04 Mar 2020 17:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/abo0d99czuuqik6ck0mb.jpegDuda, on Wednesday inspecting a specialist clinic in Końskie, southeastern Poland, told reporters that the hospital was well prepared to handle coronavirus cases.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pharmacies-online-med-service-will-aid-coronavirus-suspects-10884Poland to have EUR 14 bln for digital R&D in new financial frameworkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-have-eur-14-bln-for-digital-rd-in-new-financial-framework-10882<p>Around PLN 60 billion (EUR 14 bln) will be available for research and development of digital technology in the EU financial framework for 2021-2027, Funds and Regional Policy Minister Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak said in Rzeszów, southeast Poland, on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 04 Mar 2020 17:00:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oodyazmn1zm4yr6tpp6jk.jpegFunds will also be available in centrally managed programmes, such as the Horizon Europe scientific research programme, which will have EUR 100 billion at its disposal, Jarosińska-Jedynak told the conference "Perspectives for the development of the Internet of Things - local-government of the future".https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-have-eur-14-bln-for-digital-rd-in-new-financial-framework-10882Ban on gatherings possible if coronavirus spreads - President Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ban-on-gatherings-possible-if-coronavirus-spreads---president-duda-10881<p>If the Chinese coronavirus spreads in Poland, the government may consider a ban on public gatherings, President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday in Końskie, central Poland, after the country detected its first coronavirus case.</p>Wed, 04 Mar 2020 16:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0xmr98kwb4horeuy02gdrv.jpegDuda said if the coronavirus spreads, "perhaps there will be the need to give up on gatherings."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ban-on-gatherings-possible-if-coronavirus-spreads---president-duda-10881Incredible glass that HEATS your house set to revolutionise energy usehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-glass-that-heats-your-house-set-to-revolutionise-energy-use-10879<p>A Polish company has created cutting-edge technology with glass that could revolutionise the way we use energy.</p>Wed, 04 Mar 2020 16:05:00 +0100BusinessSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y862o835m2mt44wq1rpgp.pngML SYSTEM President Dawid Cycoń shows off the window pane at the Polish Product of the Future gala held on March 3.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-glass-that-heats-your-house-set-to-revolutionise-energy-use-10879Stunning new monument to commemorate 1920 Battle of Warsaw unveiledhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-new-monument-to-commemorate-1920-battle-of-warsaw-unveiled-10877<p>As Poland marks 100 years since the Battle of Warsaw this year, the design for a monument commemorating the battle has been chosen.</p>Wed, 04 Mar 2020 12:43:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ntmplaokk7lewthaeuxaeh.jpegStanding 23 metres high, the monument will be a type of obelisk known as a gnomon, the part of the sundial that casts the shadow. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-new-monument-to-commemorate-1920-battle-of-warsaw-unveiled-10877EU-wide coronavirus cooperation is crucial, Polish PM sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-wide-coronavirus-cooperation-is-crucial-polish-pm-says-10875<p>Cooperation on the European Union forum is very important in fighting the coronavirus epidemic, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in Prague on Wednesday, where he had attended a meeting with his Czech, Hungarian and Slovak peers.</p>Wed, 04 Mar 2020 12:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ryz60q54soiff4m8lc2hr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-wide-coronavirus-cooperation-is-crucial-polish-pm-says-10875Retail sales rise 5.2 pct y/y in January - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-rise-52-pct-yy-in-january---eurostat-10874<p>Polish retail sales grew by 5.2 percent year on year in January 2020 after a 4.1 percent increase in December. Month on month, retail sales increased by 0.5 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 04 Mar 2020 11:46:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales rise 5.2 pct y/y in January - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-rise-52-pct-yy-in-january---eurostat-10874Polish parliament speaker discusses security issues in Washingtonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-parliament-speaker-discusses-security-issues-in-washington-10872<p>Security issues dominated Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek's talks in the US Congress on Tuesday. Also taking part was Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, who said that the US was doing everything to ensure the security of Europe.</p>Wed, 04 Mar 2020 11:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish parliament speaker discusses security issues in Washingtonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-parliament-speaker-discusses-security-issues-in-washington-10872London's Belvedere Forum focuses on Polish-British cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/londons-belvedere-forum-focuses-on-polish-british-cooperation-10870<p>Participants in the fourth edition of the two-day Polish-British Belvedere Forum that started at Chatham House, London, on Tuesday discussed Polish-British cooperation in view of Britain's decision to leave the European Union.</p>Wed, 04 Mar 2020 11:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLondon's Belvedere Forum focuses on Polish-British cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/londons-belvedere-forum-focuses-on-polish-british-cooperation-10870Polish army to call up 50,000 reservists for exercises - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-army-to-call-up-50000-reservists-for-exercises---daily-10869<p>Fifty thousand reservists will be called up this year for military exercises, including lawyers, doctors and drivers, the Rzeczpospolita daily wrote on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 04 Mar 2020 11:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish army to call up 50,000 reservists for exercises - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-army-to-call-up-50000-reservists-for-exercises---daily-10869Poland confirms first case of coronavirus infectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-confirms-first-case-of-coronavirus-infection-10868<p>The first confirmed case of coronavirus has been found in Poland. &nbsp;</p>Wed, 04 Mar 2020 09:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k31mc3xqhwohb8vgn62n5v.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-confirms-first-case-of-coronavirus-infection-10868Poznań Motor Show postponed over coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-motor-show-postponed-over-coronavirus-10867<p>The Motor Show automobile fair in Poznań, western Poland, the biggest motor industry event in Poland, has been postponed until June as a precaution against the coronavirus threat, the city's International Poznań Fair agency announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 03 Mar 2020 21:04:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoznań Motor Show postponed over coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-motor-show-postponed-over-coronavirus-10867Sixty-eight hospitalised for suspected coronavirus in Poland - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sixty-eight-hospitalised-for-suspected-coronavirus-in-poland---ministry-10866<p>The Health Ministry told PAP on Tuesday evening that 68 people have been hospitalised and are undergoing tests for suspected coronavirus in Poland, 316 have been put in domestic quarantine while over 4,459 have been placed under epidemiological supervision.</p>Tue, 03 Mar 2020 19:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSixty-eight hospitalised for suspected coronavirus in Poland - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sixty-eight-hospitalised-for-suspected-coronavirus-in-poland---ministry-10866Minister declares creation of artificial intelligence centres in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/minister-declares-creation-of-artificial-intelligence-centres-in-poland-10865<p>Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz told a ministry debate on Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Tuesday that there are plans to develop AI centres in Poland so as to become creators rather than recipients of innovation.</p>Tue, 03 Mar 2020 18:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ayysfeifpvvxcdjfycbei.jpeg"Poland is a place full of talented IT people," the minister said, going on to state that, as a result, the country has become a centre for outsourcing though "that state of affairs does not satisfy our ambition."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/minister-declares-creation-of-artificial-intelligence-centres-in-poland-10865PM Morawiecki to attend V4 meeting in Praguehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-to-attend-v4-meeting-in-prague-10863<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will attend a Visegrad Group (V4) meeting in Prague on Wednesday to discuss the current situation in Europe related to the spread of coronavirus, and current European issues, including migration and EU finances.</p>Tue, 03 Mar 2020 18:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xw3witymxwozjj9rcebv.jpegThe PM wrote on social media on Tuesday that during the V4 meeting, state delegations would like to develop solutions and strengthen cooperation on the most burning issue of the coronavirus.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-to-attend-v4-meeting-in-prague-10863The hero insurgent who interviewed a Nazi monster after they found themselves sharing a Stalinist cellhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-hero-insurgent-who-interviewed-a-nazi-monster-after-they-found-themselves-sharing-a-stalinist-cell-10861<p>On this day seventy-one years ago Kazimierz Moczarski, a lawyer and former Home Army officer, rose to begin his first full day of incarceration inside Mokotów prison.</p>Tue, 03 Mar 2020 17:23:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7cr1niwjxdiv3pl6qhszm.jpegSharing a cell with Jurgen Stroop (R), the psychopathic Nazi responsible for quashing the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the experience compelled Kazimierz Moczarski (L) to pen the ground-breaking book Conversations With An Executioner.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-hero-insurgent-who-interviewed-a-nazi-monster-after-they-found-themselves-sharing-a-stalinist-cell-10861Polish PM declares efforts focused on coronavirus countermeasureshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-declares-efforts-focused-on-coronavirus-countermeasures-10860<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared on Tuesday that the entire state effort, financial means and attention were focused on coronavirus preventive measures. He added that, if it occurred, the aim would be to limit its scope and combat it.</p>Tue, 03 Mar 2020 16:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2l76bsl92w4bzmt73zsafd.jpegPM Morawiecki, who on Tuesday visited the Sanitary-Epidemiological Centre in Katowice, southern Poland, expressed his gratitude to all physicians, nurses, lab technicians and diagnosticians for their work.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-declares-efforts-focused-on-coronavirus-countermeasures-10860All 559 samples examined for coronavirus in Poland test negativehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-559-samples-examined-for-coronavirus-in-poland-test-negative-10859<p>The Polish Health Ministry said on Tuesday that the 559 samples tested for coronavirus proved negative in all Poland's laboratories.</p>Tue, 03 Mar 2020 16:16:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAll 559 samples examined for coronavirus in Poland test negativehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-559-samples-examined-for-coronavirus-in-poland-test-negative-10859Poland's unemployment rate at 2.9 pct in January - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-29-pct-in-january---eurostat-10857<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached 2.9 percent in January 2020, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 03 Mar 2020 15:14:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate at 2.9 pct in January - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-29-pct-in-january---eurostat-10857Polish scientist part of team to isolate COVID-19 strainhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-scientist-part-of-team-to-isolate-covid-19-strain-10855<p>A Polish scientist is part of a group of scientists who have successfully isolated the Italian coronavirus strain.</p>Tue, 03 Mar 2020 14:59:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/11v0wm47a78eu5lmjjz346e.jpegSacco hospital in Milan has seen researchers isolate coronavirus strain.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-scientist-part-of-team-to-isolate-covid-19-strain-10855Stars of stage and screen turn out for Polish Film Awards dominated by Komasa’s Corpus Christihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stars-of-stage-and-screen-turn-out-for-polish-film-awards-dominated-by-komasas-corpus-christi-10853<p>A film in which an ex-criminal pretends to be a priest swept the board at the Polish Oscars picking up a record number of awards at a gala night in Warsaw.</p>Tue, 03 Mar 2020 13:21:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/olp13rf348hzk15ibwrrr.jpegDirector Jan Komasa celebrates as his film Boże Ciało (Corpus Christie), picked up 11 Eagle statues at the 2020 Polish Film Awards, including best film, best leading actor and actress, and best director.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stars-of-stage-and-screen-turn-out-for-polish-film-awards-dominated-by-komasas-corpus-christi-10853Lower house passes bill on special measures regarding COVID-19 spreadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-passes-bill-on-special-measures-regarding-covid-19-spread-10852<p>In a late evening vote on Monday, the Polish Sejm (lower house) passed a draft law on special measures related to the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), with 400 MPs in favour, 11 against and 7 abstaining.</p>Tue, 03 Mar 2020 10:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLower house passes bill on special measures regarding COVID-19 spreadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-passes-bill-on-special-measures-regarding-covid-19-spread-10852Sejm speaker starts visit to UShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sejm-speaker-starts-visit-to-us-10850<p>Poland's Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek on Tuesday will start a visit to Washington where she is scheduled to meet with Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.</p>Tue, 03 Mar 2020 10:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t74qq0hfop78w6hezdhe.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sejm-speaker-starts-visit-to-us-10850Lower house hears gov't coronavirus reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-hears-govt-coronavirus-report-10849<p>The Sejm (lower house) on Monday heard a government report on precautions taken against the spreading coronavirus. The government gave its assurance that all national services were prepared to combat the virus if it appeared in Poland.</p>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 18:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/503ixva9or81arvb2gu9b5.jpegHealth Minister Łukasz Szumowski reported that eleven labs throughout Poland were currently equipped to run coronavirus tests, adding that their number could be raised, if necessary.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-hears-govt-coronavirus-report-10849Flag carrier LOT cuts flights to Italy and Korea over virus threathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-cuts-flights-to-italy-and-korea-over-virus-threat-10848<p>Due to the decreased interest in flights to Italy and Korea as a result of the coronavirus threat, Poland's national carrier LOT has decided to temporarily reduce the number of flights from Warsaw to Milan and Seoul, the airline informed PAP on Monday.</p>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 17:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sm2bxk4mvqm9njzz2hkxr.jpegLOT also gave its assurance that it was monitoring the coronavirus situation on an ongoing basis, and added that all of its other flights were taking place according to schedule. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-cuts-flights-to-italy-and-korea-over-virus-threat-10848EC relaunches talks with PKN Orlen fuel over merger with peer Lotoshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-relaunches-talks-with-pkn-orlen-fuel-over-merger-with-peer-lotos-10847<p>Poland's largest fuel concern PKN Orlen and the European Commission have relaunched negotiations concerning the planned takeover of the rival Lotos company, PKN Orlen said in a press release.</p>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 17:31:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i0dqmn6sj2q1lhvvxm5yyi.jpegOrlen expects a formal decision from the EC by end-June, CEO Daniel Obajtek said in the statement.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-relaunches-talks-with-pkn-orlen-fuel-over-merger-with-peer-lotos-10847Incredible ‘white-knuckle’ memoir of first Pole to sail cross Atlantic is translated into English after being found by stepsonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-white-knuckle-memoir-of-first-pole-to-sail-cross-atlantic-is-translated-into-english-after-being-found-by-stepson-10845<p>A man in Canada has brought his Polish stepfather’s Atlantic crossing in the 1930s to an international audience with an English translation of his epic yarn.</p>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 16:37:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7011qqvev3sttgklu8028.jpegAndrzej Bohomolec (L) and navigator Jan Witkowski aboard the 8.5-metre boat Dal on its journey from the Baltic Sea to Chicago.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-white-knuckle-memoir-of-first-pole-to-sail-cross-atlantic-is-translated-into-english-after-being-found-by-stepson-10845Polish aviation agency develops system coordinating drone flightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-aviation-agency-develops-system-coordinating-drone-flights-10843<p>The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) has implemented the first system in Europe to support the digital coordination of flights by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and electronic communication between PANSA services and UAV operators.</p>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 16:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8bnb6p7o3ml24oxxwi51p2.jpegAccording to PANSA, the system called PansaUTM will be used by, among others, air traffic controllers and will improve safety around airports.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-aviation-agency-develops-system-coordinating-drone-flights-10843Payment app BLIK goes global after being picked up by Adyenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/payment-app-blik-goes-global-after-being-picked-up-by-adyen-10841<p>Online payment system BLIK has been added to the global Dutch payment provider Adyen.</p>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 15:23:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0rpu0kqzio8yz3lmacgv9r.pngUsers of Spotify, eBay and Uber around the world will be able to add BLIK as a payment method.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/payment-app-blik-goes-global-after-being-picked-up-by-adyen-10841Warsaw Uprising papers saved from skiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-uprising-papers-saved-from-skip-10835<p>We go on the trail of a number of important Uprising documents found in a Warsaw rubbish skip…</p>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 15:06:00 +0100HistoryLifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pyhbkiqqigjvw2q644b05g.jpegThe documents which have been described as being of “huge historical value” include Tyrajski’s personal documents from the occupation, and original examples of newspapers published by insurgents during the fighting.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-uprising-papers-saved-from-skip-10835Polish firm looking to register ultra-fast coronavirus testing which can identify infection in 10 minuteshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firm-looking-to-register-ultra-fast-coronavirus-testing-which-can-identify-infection-in-10-minutes-10839<p>A Polish laboratory diagnostics company is attempting to register a rapid screening test which can detect signs of coronavirus within 10 minutes.</p>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 14:16:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o4auqh2m4orj5uskcggajf.pngThe company says the testing kit can detect COVID-19 in 10 minutes. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firm-looking-to-register-ultra-fast-coronavirus-testing-which-can-identify-infection-in-10-minutes-10839Polish PM, health minister against using coronavirus for political aimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-health-minister-against-using-coronavirus-for-political-aims-10837<p>Addressing a special lower house sitting held on Monday to discuss the current situation regarding coronavirus, PM Mateusz Morawiecki and Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski called for not using it for political aims and said that there was no confirmed case in Poland.</p>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 14:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM, health minister against using coronavirus for political aimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-health-minister-against-using-coronavirus-for-political-aims-10837Coronavirus highly likely to appear in Poland - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-highly-likely-to-appear-in-poland---pm-10833<p>It is highly probable, almost certain, that a case of coronavirus will occur in Poland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told an extraordinary sitting of the Sejm, lower house, on Monday. He said that three cases have already been recorded in the Czech Republic.</p>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 12:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zrzrnp4bq6izro5m9z0e8.jpegAccording to the prime minister, Poland is prepared "in the best possible way" for a potential occurrence of coronavirus in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-highly-likely-to-appear-in-poland---pm-10833Poland should be US's ally on digital tax - US ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-should-be-uss-ally-on-digital-tax---us-ambassador-10831<p>Poland and the US should work together with the OECD to develop a formula for the common system of a digital services tax, US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher wrote in the Monday issue of Rzeczpospolita daily.</p>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 11:14:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/llkvcgn4uspzxvrlm2phdl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-should-be-uss-ally-on-digital-tax---us-ambassador-10831Poland's manufacturing PMI up m/m in Februaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-up-mm-in-february-10830<p>Poland's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) grew to 48.2 points in February 2020 from 47.4 points in January, the economic research company IHS Markit reported on Monday. Market expectations stood at 48.0 points.</p>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 11:12:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's manufacturing PMI up m/m in Februaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-up-mm-in-february-10830No confirmed cases of coronavirus in Poland so far - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-confirmed-cases-of-coronavirus-in-poland-so-far---minister-10828<p>Addressing an extraordinary sitting of the Sejm (lower house) on Monday, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said that to date, no case of a disease caused by coronavirus has been reported in Poland.</p>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 11:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e3bt37psqd6hixfhbf3qae.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-confirmed-cases-of-coronavirus-in-poland-so-far---minister-10828Honest coronavirus information decisive to Poles' security - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/honest-coronavirus-information-decisive-to-poles-security---minister-10826<p>Addressing an extraordinary sitting of the Sejm (lower house) on Monday, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said that honest information, conveyed also by politicians, was of key importance for the security of Poles.</p>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 11:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgHonest coronavirus information decisive to Poles' security - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/honest-coronavirus-information-decisive-to-poles-security---minister-10826High-level meeting on coronavirus planned for Monday morninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/high-level-meeting-on-coronavirus-planned-for-monday-morning-10825<p>President Andrzej Duda is scheduled to meet on Monday with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski, Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński and PM Office's head Michał Dworczyk to discuss the coronavirus situation.</p>Sun, 01 Mar 2020 20:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uazhirk9smk44kkipu47s.jpegThe meeting will be held at the National Security Bureau at 9 am, followed by a press conference, presidential spokesperson Błażej Spychalski told PAP on Sunday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/high-level-meeting-on-coronavirus-planned-for-monday-morning-10825PM honours Cursed Soldiershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-honours-cursed-soldiers-10823<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki and Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro on Sunday attended National Cursed Soldiers Remembrance Day observations on the site of a former notorious communist prison in Warsaw.</p>Sun, 01 Mar 2020 19:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e6l6l56eqodzgtfdc9jjrg.jpegMorawiecki recalled the 1951 execution of Cursed Soldiers leaders in the very prison on whose site the Sunday commemorations were being held, and said that their memory underlay Poland's path to freedom today.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-honours-cursed-soldiers-10823Science minister to appoint coronavirus teamhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/science-minister-to-appoint-coronavirus-team-10821<p>Minister of Science and Higher Education Jarosław Gowin is on Monday to form a team in order to oversee the coronavirus threat, its role will include coordinating activities at universities.</p>Sun, 01 Mar 2020 17:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/le4nh9ibbhi5sr83zp2bo5.jpegGowin said that due to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus a team will be put together on Monday in order to, among other responsibilities, coordinate activities at Poland's universities.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/science-minister-to-appoint-coronavirus-team-10821No confirmed cases of coronavirus in Poland so far - officialshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-confirmed-cases-of-coronavirus-in-poland-so-far---health-ministry-10820<p>No incidents of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in Poland as yet, according to the spokespersons of the Polish government and the Polish health ministry.</p>Sun, 01 Mar 2020 16:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNo confirmed cases of coronavirus in Poland so far - officialshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-confirmed-cases-of-coronavirus-in-poland-so-far---health-ministry-10820Poland honours Cursed Soldiershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-honours-cursed-soldiers-10818<p>President Andrzej Duda, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak and other high officials attended Sunday's National Cursed Soldiers Remembrance Day observations in Warsaw's Piłsudskiego Square.</p>Sun, 01 Mar 2020 15:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fyovdv27c6q1ygmoefrufe.jpegThe ceremony began with the Polish national anthem, followed by a memorial roll-call.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-honours-cursed-soldiers-10818Working hours shrinking in Poland – economic institutehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/working-hours-shrinking-in-poland--economic-institute-10817<p>The length of work week in Poland is shortening, the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) has reported. In 2000, the average work week in Poland had 42 hours and, over the next 18 years, it has been reduced to about 39 and a half hours.</p>Sun, 01 Mar 2020 15:42:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kwg8jj9myslntwn6sif57.jpegThe longest working week still remains in the industrial sector.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/working-hours-shrinking-in-poland--economic-institute-10817Piła firm to bring cult WWII video game Wolfenstein back to life with boardgame versionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pila-firm-to-bring-cult-wwii-video-game-wolfenstein-back-to-life-with-boardgame-version-10815<p>A Piła-based firm has sparked the imagination of the world’s gaming community after announcing plans to bring a cult 1990s video game, Wolfenstein 3D, to the tabletop.</p>Sun, 01 Mar 2020 14:42:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vejewoflas3osbnae8ibf.pngArchon’s Wolfenstein The Boardgame will revive the fictional spy William “B.J.” Blazkowicz, described by the game owners as “a guy from Poland fighting against the Nazis.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pila-firm-to-bring-cult-wwii-video-game-wolfenstein-back-to-life-with-boardgame-version-10815Chopin in love: How a brief encounter in Paris led to one the greatest romances of the 19th centuryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chopin-in-love-how-a-brief-encounter-in-paris-led-to-one-the-greatest-romances-of-the-19th-century-10812<p>As a delicate, shy and sickly man, Fryderyk Chopin was an unlikely partner for the notorious cigar smoking, trouser wearing feminist George Sand.</p>Sun, 01 Mar 2020 12:09:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x98n65ql4lf4wyjd3f4ry4.jpegGeorge Sand, whose real name was Aurora Dudevant, became Chopin’s source of love and protection. He called her his ‘angel’, and from 1838 the couple were inseparable.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chopin-in-love-how-a-brief-encounter-in-paris-led-to-one-the-greatest-romances-of-the-19th-century-10812Mixing it up: artist blends history, legends and science fiction for spectacular resultshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mixing-it-up-artist-blends-history-legends-and-science-fiction-for-spectacular-results-10810<p>A Polish artist has presented an alternate version of European history through imaginative and mind-boggling graphics, where giant robots loom threateningly over peasants tending to their fields or where Warsaw Uprising combatants face enormous and deadly Nazi-bots.</p>Sat, 29 Feb 2020 18:59:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lhr1zte3dylh20qg4av97w.jpegRóżalski’s work often mixes flavours of traditional rural scenes with dark science fiction.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mixing-it-up-artist-blends-history-legends-and-science-fiction-for-spectacular-results-10810President says he is seeking re-election to further build strong Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-he-is-seeking-re-election-to-further-build-strong-poland-10809<p>President Andrzej Duda said on Saturday that he was seeking re-election to continue building a strong Poland, a country which has been developing and where living standards have improved.</p>Sat, 29 Feb 2020 17:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/600obepgcitj4uvv5r47m.jpegAddressing an election rally in Wodzisław Śląski, southern Poland, President Duda stated that Silesia was a very important part of Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-he-is-seeking-re-election-to-further-build-strong-poland-10809Civic Coalition candidate says woman should be elected presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/civic-coalition-candidate-says-woman-should-be-elected-president-10808<p>Civic Coalition (KO) candidate for president Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska on Saturday said that the time had come for a woman from Ursus, the district of Warsaw where she lives, to become Polish president.</p>Sat, 29 Feb 2020 17:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/khb5vqg9ohbxyakbe9d5v.jpegAddressing an election rally, Kidawa-Błońska declared that she wanted to become the president of Poland because the country and its future were important to her.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/civic-coalition-candidate-says-woman-should-be-elected-president-10808Buzz me up: one man gets the media fizzing with soon-to-published ‘Atlas of Energy Drinks’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/buzz-me-up-one-man-gets-the-media-fizzing-with-soon-to-published-atlas-of-energy-drinks-10806<p>Originally born as a private and playful tribute to his fondness for energy drinks, Michał Turowski, a Warsaw-based musician, has found himself the subject of the national media’s attention after converting his Facebook critiques of the stimulants into a book titled ‘The Atlas of Energy Drinks’.</p>Sat, 29 Feb 2020 16:11:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/indy54ttensidpx7csymj.jpegMan on a mission: Turowski drank over 1,000 energy drink in the course of a year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/buzz-me-up-one-man-gets-the-media-fizzing-with-soon-to-published-atlas-of-energy-drinks-10806New technology hub to be built in southern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-technology-hub-to-be-built-in-southern-poland-10803<p>President Andrzej Duda in Katowice, southern Poland, on Saturday, took part in the signing of a letter of intent between the the city’s local government representatives and the Mines Restructuring Company for the construction of a technology and gaming hub.</p>Sat, 29 Feb 2020 15:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lu5smj7sc19h7lnllns9k4.jpegPresident Andrzej Duda (pictured left) said that he was pleased that the Polish state could transfer this facility to the city for further development, so that this historic part of the city could acquire a "new, modern face" and a "completely new spirit for the new era."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-technology-hub-to-be-built-in-southern-poland-10803No confirmed cases of coronavirus in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-confirmed-cases-of-coronavirus-in-poland-10802<p>No incidents of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in Poland, the country's chief sanitary inspector Jarosław Pinkas announced on Saturday.</p>Sat, 29 Feb 2020 13:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8511mubyg2qlvjmdae5rb.jpeg"This virus requires common sense, knowledge and the responsibility of every citizen," said Pinkas.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-confirmed-cases-of-coronavirus-in-poland-10802PM, ministers sum up first 100 days in officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/true-development-takes-place-between-elections---pm-10800<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki and his ministers in Warsaw on Saturday summed up the first 100 days of their government, including the implementation of the five obligations made during the election campaign.</p>Sat, 29 Feb 2020 13:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9reob1yg9u69ziqvagzab.jpeg“Less spectacular development, but one that is true, takes places between elections,” said PM.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/true-development-takes-place-between-elections---pm-10800Over 3,700 deals for EU co-financing signed - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-3700-deals-for-eu-co-financing-signed---ministry-10799<p>The Funds and Regional Policy Ministry signed 3,789 contracts for EU co-financing worth PLN 12 billion (EUR 2.8 billion) over the first 100 days of the Mateusz Morawiecki government, the ministry reported on Saturday.</p>Sat, 29 Feb 2020 12:17:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bzm9ij5zgfhsst6iy845u.jpeg"By the end of 2019, the EC had paid out over EUR 28 billion to Poland," said Minister Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-3700-deals-for-eu-co-financing-signed---ministry-10799V4 to meet on Poland's initiative to discuss coronavirus situationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-to-meet-on-polands-initiative-to-discuss-coronavirus-situation-10798<p>The Visegrad Group (V4) will meet on Poland's initiative in Prague on Wednesday to discuss the current situation in Europe related to the spread of coronavirus. Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said the aim was to find solutions and tighten cooperation.</p>Sat, 29 Feb 2020 11:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/98699hg5m2c8mr1ueeq2cx.jpeg"We want to work out solutions and strengthen our cooperation regarding the coronavirus-related situation," PM Morawiecki wrote on Twitter, adding that the Visegrad Group "was a real dimension of partnership."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-to-meet-on-polands-initiative-to-discuss-coronavirus-situation-10798Polish entrepreneurs worried about coronavirus business impact - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-entrepreneurs-worried-about-coronavirus-business-impact---poll-10797<p>Nearly 97 pct of surveyed entrepreneurs are afraid of coronavirus's impact on their business, and 73 pct are already feeling the effects of the Wuhan virus attack, shows a study by the Business Center Club (BCC) among member companies, published on Friday.</p>Sat, 29 Feb 2020 11:29:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish entrepreneurs worried about coronavirus business impact - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-entrepreneurs-worried-about-coronavirus-business-impact---poll-10797Little Chef – Big Dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/little-chef--big-deal-10795<p>From Poland to the US and back. Katia Roman-Trzaska abandoned her profitable career as a lawyer to establish a new business, opening the first cooking school for children in Warsaw, Little Chef, and she hasn’t looked back.</p>Sat, 29 Feb 2020 11:05:00 +0100LifeWhy So Serious?https://images.thefirstnews.com/gs3l3xj2tetytmmpokyop.jpegSome 80,000 children have now passed through the Little Chef school of cooking.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/little-chef--big-deal-10795Poland home to “happiest” generation of Poles as country racks up strong economic growth figureshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-home-to-happiest-generation-of-poles-as-country-wracks-up-strong-economic-growth-figures-10791<p>Poles alive today are the “happiest” in history owing to strong economic growth that has seen the country’s economy surpass some of its rivals in Western Europe and out-perform “Asian tigers”.</p>Sat, 29 Feb 2020 10:03:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qrfmeybasdi1sebzfxlkm5.jpegCaption: Poland’s economy has “beaten” some of the Asian tigers and overtaken rivals in Western Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-home-to-happiest-generation-of-poles-as-country-wracks-up-strong-economic-growth-figures-10791Fuel concern PKN Orlen's logo reappears in Germanyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fuel-concern-pkn-orlens-logo-reappears-in-germany-10789<p>Poland's largest fuels company, PKN Orlen, saw its logo reappear at filling stations owned by the company in Germany, after more than a dozen years, Orlen CEO Daniel Obajtek tweeted on Friday.</p>Fri, 28 Feb 2020 18:59:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l34awd2ozbbk87xdvij4ke.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fuel-concern-pkn-orlens-logo-reappears-in-germany-10789Number of companies investing in R&D triples in two years - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-companies-investing-in-rd-triples-in-two-years---minister-10787<p>The number of companies that have decided to invest in research and development (R&amp;D) over the last two years has grown threefold, Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said on Friday during the opening of the Innovation Management Academy.</p>Fri, 28 Feb 2020 18:54:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/38h1cswu0vp9pznlklxr77.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-companies-investing-in-rd-triples-in-two-years---minister-10787Poland strives to ensure safety from coronavirus - PM's aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-strives-to-ensure-safety-from-coronavirus---pms-aide-10785<p>Poland is striving to ensure safety for its citizens in connection with the spreading coronavirus, prime ministerial aide Michal Dworczyk said on Friday after the prime minister's consultations on measures against the disease with provincial authorities.</p>Fri, 28 Feb 2020 17:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x8z0jp8hggmzb3nzvbne9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-strives-to-ensure-safety-from-coronavirus---pms-aide-10785Poland receives EUR 2.2 billion from EU funds in January - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-22-billion-from-eu-funds-in-january---finmin-10783<p>Poland obtained EUR 2.2 bln from European Union funds in January, including EUR 2.177 bln in current transfers and EUR 25.45 mln in capital transfers, the Finance Ministry reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 28 Feb 2020 17:17:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland receives EUR 2.2 billion from EU funds in January - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-22-billion-from-eu-funds-in-january---finmin-10783Poles positive about government's actions to combat coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-positive-about-governments-actions-to-combat-coronavirus-10782<p>Almost half of Poles, 49.7 percent, had positive opinions on the government's activities to combat the coronavirus threat, while the proportion of those claiming the opposite was at 9.1 percent, the latest survey by the IBRIS pollster shows.</p>Fri, 28 Feb 2020 17:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles positive about government's actions to combat coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-positive-about-governments-actions-to-combat-coronavirus-10782Fly me TWO the moon! Earth’s moon no longer ‘standing alone’ after astronomers spot mini-moon orbiting the planethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fly-me-two-the-moon-earths-moon-no-longer-standing-alone-after-astronomers-spot-mini-moon-orbiting-the-planet-10780<p><span lang="EN-GB">Astronomers have found that the Earth has a temporary second moon.</span></p>Fri, 28 Feb 2020 17:10:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vnbe6m02i1l30wf2oevi2q.jpegAstronomers have found that the Earth has a temporary second moon. (illustrative picture)https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fly-me-two-the-moon-earths-moon-no-longer-standing-alone-after-astronomers-spot-mini-moon-orbiting-the-planet-10780Guitar God remains unchallengedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/guitar-god-remains-unchallenged-10778<p><span lang="EN-US">JAZZ FORUM monthly has just published the results of our annual Jazz Top readers’ poll for 2019.</span></p>Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:38:00 +0100Art & CultureDan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nhtl0i35tqtdoha8shnfs.jpegDan says he has been following Marek Napiórkowski’s amazing career and breathtaking progress from the start of his career.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/guitar-god-remains-unchallenged-10778Fascinating new map graphically illustrates devastation Warsaw suffered in WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-new-map-graphically-illustrates-devastation-warsaw-suffered-in-wwii-10775<p>A “destruction inventory” map of Warsaw detailing each individual building has been made available online, graphically illustrating the vast level damage meted out to the city during the Second World War.</p>Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:39:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/crs2okciwjdtaqlfxling.jpegThe red-bordered outlines spread out across the city centre, and down dozens of streets with the only interruptions coming from the outlines of buildings marked as “burnt” or “burnt to a significant degree”.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-new-map-graphically-illustrates-devastation-warsaw-suffered-in-wwii-10775Poland initiates coronavirus action at EU level - PM Morawieckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-initiates-coronavirus-action-at-eu-level---pm-morawiecki-10774<p>Poland has initiated action in the European Union to fight the Chinese coronavirus threat, as the Polish health minister is set to meet his EU peers, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Friday.</p>Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b7m525nzd264mvzhocbsnh.jpegPrime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (r) and Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-initiates-coronavirus-action-at-eu-level---pm-morawiecki-10774Poland’s Greatest Ever Hero - The Family Storyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polands-greatest-ever-hero---the-family-story-458<p>Exclusive English-language interview with Krzystof Kosior, great-grandson to Witold Pilecki. Pilecki has been called Poland’s greatest hero. He volunteered to go IN to Auschwitz, survived 900 days there and escaped.</p><p>Murdered after the war by the communists, his body has never been found, his family condemned to eek out a survival in disgrace.</p><p>In this exclusive interview go behind the myths and public legend of this extraordinary hero and find out the true story of how his family lived with communist repression, keeping Pilecki’s story alive until - in a free Poland - it was ready to assume its place as one of the most extraordinary stories of heroism, tragedy, bravery and courage the world has ever seen.</p>Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:14:00 +0100HistoryHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ctinfb0c4dbrv8ut6x5gzq.jpegPoland’s Greatest Ever Hero - The Family Storyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polands-greatest-ever-hero---the-family-story-458Poland's GDP up 3.2 pct y/y in 4th quarter - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-up-32-pct-yy-in-4th-quarter---stats-office-10773<p>The Polish economy grew by 3.2 pct year on year in the fourth quarter of 2019, down from a 3.9 pct growth in the third quarter, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday. In its earlier flash estimate, GUS put the Q4 growth rate figure at 3.1 pct.</p>Fri, 28 Feb 2020 13:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP up 3.2 pct y/y in 4th quarter - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-up-32-pct-yy-in-4th-quarter---stats-office-10773Pierogi King looking to take Polish food GLOBAL with his Pierogi Kiosk concepthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pierogi-king-looking-to-take-polish-food-global-with-his-pierogi-kiosk-concept-10769<p>A Polish chef dubbed the ‘Pierogi King’ has set his sights on the world after revealing ambitious plans to take his UK-based Pierogi Kiosk concept global.</p>Fri, 28 Feb 2020 12:18:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3lpohk3449d2ush5otij9i.jpegWith his critically acclaimed House of Feasts restaurant already firmly established on Britain’s gastronomic landscape, the chef is hopeful that his side-project, Pierogi Kiosk, can take Polish food to the next level.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pierogi-king-looking-to-take-polish-food-global-with-his-pierogi-kiosk-concept-10769Global coronavirus downturn may trim 0.04 pct off Poland's GDP - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/global-coronavirus-downturn-may-trim-004-pct-off-polands-gdp---minister-10768<p>The global downturn that may be sparked by the spreading Chinese coronavirus could take 0.04 percent off Poland's GDP growth this year, Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz told the TVN24 news channel on Friday, quoting Polish Economic Institute (PIE) data.</p>Fri, 28 Feb 2020 11:58:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ybyitnu2csl3gdvop6snkx.jpegEmilewicz reiterated her opinion that the fact that small and medium-sized firms are the backbone of the Polish economy may prove beneficial, as such businesses do not have manufacturing facilities located in China.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/global-coronavirus-downturn-may-trim-004-pct-off-polands-gdp---minister-10768State's task is to limit epidemic's effects - Law and Justice leaderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/states-task-is-to-limit-epidemics-effects---law-and-justice-leader-10767<p>The task of the state is to do everything to limit the effects of the coronavirus epidemic as it is most likely unavoidable, leader of the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) Jarosław Kaczyński told Polish Radio One on Friday.</p>Fri, 28 Feb 2020 10:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/89nhinzuqh4odn5glcrpt.jpegKaczyński said that the government is following "the right path"https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/states-task-is-to-limit-epidemics-effects---law-and-justice-leader-10767Gdańsk to host ABSL Summit 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-to-host-absl-summit-2020-10766<p>The 11th edition of the Association of Business Service Leaders (ABSL) summit, that gathers business experts from all over the world, will take place at the Amber Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre in the coastal city of Gdańsk, northern Poland, on June 4-5, 2020.</p>Fri, 28 Feb 2020 09:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2zb1mc8cu5fsde5bj9vkjr.jpegLast year, former US President Bill Clinton spoke at the ABSL Summit in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-to-host-absl-summit-2020-10766No confirmed cases of coronavirus in Poland – a matter of time – minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-confirmed-cases-of-coronavirus-in-poland--a-matter-of-time--min-10764<p>The appearance of coronavirus in Poland is a matter of time. As yet, there have been no confirmed cases of the disease in Poland, said Minister of Health Lukasz Szumowski on Thursday.</p>Thu, 27 Feb 2020 19:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ci1buxdl6wlbcitit2ahkt.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-confirmed-cases-of-coronavirus-in-poland--a-matter-of-time--min-10764Polish-Sudanese political consultations held in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-sudanese-political-consultations-held-in-warsaw-10762<p>Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Maciej Lang met in Warsaw on Thursday with the Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan, Omer G. Ismail, to review Polish-Sudanese bilateral relations, the Polish Foreign Ministry wrote in a press release.</p>Thu, 27 Feb 2020 19:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish-Sudanese political consultations held in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-sudanese-political-consultations-held-in-warsaw-10762Auschwitz tells people from COVID-19 countries to stay awayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-tells-people-from-covid-19-countries-to-stay-away-10760<p>The Auschwitz Memorial Museum has called for visitors from places infected with coronavirus to stay away.&nbsp;</p>Thu, 27 Feb 2020 18:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v5av8sja6fqkhkrao07daj.jpegThe Auschwitz Museum has called for visitors to “desist” from visiting. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-tells-people-from-covid-19-countries-to-stay-away-10760Poland's lower house to hold special sitting on coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lower-house-to-hold-special-sitting-on-coronavirus-10756<p>The Sejm (lower house) will hold a special sitting devoted to the coronavirus threat, Deputy Sejm Speaker Ryszard Terlecki announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gjhwjim9aoi6xg3nebxe5g.jpegDeputy Sejm Speaker Ryszard Terlecki.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lower-house-to-hold-special-sitting-on-coronavirus-10756PM Morawiecki meets with EU's chief Brexit negotiator Barnierhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-meets-with-eus-chief-brexit-negotiator-barnier-10754<p>The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, paid a visit to Warsaw on Thursday during which he met with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, with Senate and Sejm (lower house) EU affairs committees also on his agenda.</p>Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/790fftlr6b3o7u6fiokskb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-meets-with-eus-chief-brexit-negotiator-barnier-10754Former finance minister becomes European Investment Bank vice-presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-finance-minister-becomes-european-investment-bank-vice-president-10752<p>Teresa Czerwinska, a management board member of the National Bank of Poland (NBP) and a former finance minister, will become a vice-president and management committee member of the European Investment Bank (EIB) from March 1, the EIB announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jxa3dzahudchek1901nznl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-finance-minister-becomes-european-investment-bank-vice-president-10752The woman who created iconic WWII ‘Fighting Poland’ symbol was born 100 years ago todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-woman-who-created-iconic-wwii-fighting-poland-symbol-was-born-100-years-ago-today-10748<p><span lang="EN-GB">Anna Smoleńska, the creator of the Fighting Poland symbol, was born 100 years ago today, but her life was tragically short. She died at Auschwitz when she was just 23.</span></p>Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:44:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7xl7sxwr17e79s8pprhy2v.jpegAnna Smoleńska who created the Fighting Poland symbol was born 100 years ago today.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-woman-who-created-iconic-wwii-fighting-poland-symbol-was-born-100-years-ago-today-10748Chopin’s wandering hearthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chopins-wandering-heart-10746<p>We all like a bit of Chopin, and to coincide with his 210th birthday we take a look at his heart.</p>Thu, 27 Feb 2020 14:49:00 +0100HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/25fw5y204hdu7j15r5d7uf.jpegChopin’s heart arriving in Warsaw in 1945.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chopins-wandering-heart-10746Poland strikes ‘hammer blow to aging stereotypes’ as it overtakes Portugal in terms of wealthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-strikes-hammer-blow-to-aging-stereotypes-as-it-overtakes-portugal-in-terms-of-wealth-10745<p>Poland is now richer than Portugal as the Central European country continues its rise up the economic league table, overtaking established Western European economies in the process.</p>Thu, 27 Feb 2020 14:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nz385fo9v6b7hl4z126v7n.jpegPoland is now richer than Portugal as the Central European country continues its rise up the economic league table, overtaking established Western European economies in the process.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-strikes-hammer-blow-to-aging-stereotypes-as-it-overtakes-portugal-in-terms-of-wealth-10745Coffee cup clue hints at new Netflix production with Nikodem Rozbickihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coffee-cup-clue-hints-at-new-netflix-production-with-nikodem-rozbicki-10742<p>Shooting is rumoured to have started on the next original Polish Netflix production.</p>Thu, 27 Feb 2020 13:06:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b35ja1qyb25qhhujhnfhw.pngRozbicki’s post on Instagram suggests he is in secret new Netflix production.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coffee-cup-clue-hints-at-new-netflix-production-with-nikodem-rozbicki-10742Polish Health Ministry denies reports of first coronavirus casehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-health-ministry-denies-reports-of-first-coronavirus-case-10741<p>The Health Ministry told PAP on Thursday morning that earlier media reports of Poland's first patient infected with the Chinese coronavirus were untrue.</p>Thu, 27 Feb 2020 12:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jn2qp2a62kgpuh4erp8.jpeg"We deny the reports on the emergence of the coronavirus in Poland. Please, do not spread any rumours that there is (a case)," Health Ministry spokesperson Wojciech Andrusiewicz told PAP.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-health-ministry-denies-reports-of-first-coronavirus-case-10741PM optimistic about Polish industryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-optimistic-about-polish-industry-10740<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki expressed satisfaction on Thursday with the growth of industrial orders, both for the domestic and foreign markets.</p>Thu, 27 Feb 2020 10:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/orocuoyctcqwh5br3r56wq.jpeg"Polish industry has been posting optimistic data," Morawiecki wrote on Twitter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-optimistic-about-polish-industry-10740Poland, US discuss energy issues in Washingtonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-us-discuss-energy-issues-in-washington-10738<p>Government Commissioner for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski held a meeting in Washington on Wednesday with US Energy Minister Dan Brouillette during which they discussed Polish-US energy cooperation and the US gas supply to Poland.</p>Thu, 27 Feb 2020 09:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uigstwtouwkapvjxeqcys5.jpegNaimski said that Poland is "getting closer to practical solutions" in the construction of a nuclear power plant in the country and noted that there are some American partners who want to cooperate with Warsaw on this investment in the long term.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-us-discuss-energy-issues-in-washington-10738International tourism fair starts in Wrocław on Fridayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/international-tourism-fair-starts-in-wroclaw-on-friday-10736<p>Over 200 exhibitors from Poland and around the world will present their offers at the 12th International Tourism and Free Time Fair to be held at the southwestern Polish city of Wrocław's City Stadium from Friday, February 28 till Sunday March 1.</p>Thu, 27 Feb 2020 09:39:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/txo09sp9gej0c8vpcx5ae.jpegThe partner for this year's fair is Zanzibar, whose customs, cuisine and tourism offer can be sampled during the fair.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/international-tourism-fair-starts-in-wroclaw-on-friday-10736Warsaw Philharmonic to put on 'Solidarity with Wuhan' concerthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-philharmonic-to-put-on-solidarity-with-wuhan-concert-10734<p>The Warsaw Philharmonic on Thursday will perform a concert to show solidarity with Wuhan in connection with the outbreak of the coronavirus in the Chinese city.</p>Wed, 26 Feb 2020 20:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/04fjfp1c10lw5fr1ivdni5o.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-philharmonic-to-put-on-solidarity-with-wuhan-concert-10734Oil firm PKN Orlen listed in World's Most Ethical Company 2020 rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oil-firm-pkn-orlen-listed-in-worlds-most-ethical-company-2020-ranking-10732<p>Dominant Polish fuels firm PKN Orlen has been distinguished in a ranking of the World's Most Ethical Companies for 2020. It is the only company from Poland and the Central and Eastern Europe region that made the ranking.</p>Wed, 26 Feb 2020 20:44:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ssowdgr0wafotk5ujzd5pl.jpegOrlen said the distinction reflects it high ethical standards in business.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oil-firm-pkn-orlen-listed-in-worlds-most-ethical-company-2020-ranking-10732Righteous Among the Nations medals awarded in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/righteous-among-the-nations-medals-awarded-in-warsaw-10730<p>Ten Poles and Polish families who helped rescue Jews during World War Two were posthumously awarded with Righteous Among the Nations medals at a ceremony at Warsaw's POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 26 Feb 2020 19:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c1eziwk5hkff5wck0kea1a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/righteous-among-the-nations-medals-awarded-in-warsaw-10730President asks parliament speaker for special session on coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-asks-parliament-speaker-for-special-session-on-coronavirus-10728<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda asked Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek on Wednesday to convene a special session of the house to hear the government's report on the coronavirus threat.</p>Wed, 26 Feb 2020 18:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5jn1k570wbnqrd8hvhm28.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-asks-parliament-speaker-for-special-session-on-coronavirus-10728Prime minister says Poland needs dialogue for strong Silesiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prime-minister-says-poland-needs-dialogue-for-strong-silesia-10726<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki attended a meeting on Wednesday in Katowice, southern Poland, of the parliamentary group for the Silesian province, and said the government wants to cooperate with all local entities and trade unions to pursue a strong Silesia.</p>Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d7wcac335edno2dj75aqbo.jpegSumming up the discussions, Morawiecki said that the scope of implemented and prepared infrastructure investments in the Silesian province is impressive.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prime-minister-says-poland-needs-dialogue-for-strong-silesia-10726Raytheon, PGZ sign contracts on delivery of Polish Patriot batterieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/raytheon-pgz-sign-contracts-on-delivery-of-polish-patriot-batteries-10724<p>Companies belonging to Polish defence firm Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) and America's Rayhtheon have signed agreements related to the delivery of Patriot launchers to the Wisla air defence system, PGZ announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:45:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/slout4ksbpib76cz56n5a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/raytheon-pgz-sign-contracts-on-delivery-of-polish-patriot-batteries-10724Six Poles in quarantine in Tenerife hotelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/six-poles-in-quarantine-in-tenerife-hotel-10722<p><span lang="EN-US">Six Poles are in quarantine in a hotel in Tenerife, PAP was told on Tuesday by deputy CEO of the Polish travel agency Itaka Piotr Henicz.</span></p>Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rshge4kitgn1czu36wmprw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/six-poles-in-quarantine-in-tenerife-hotel-10722Was suitcase on wheels invented by Pole? New photo shows artist Alfred Krupa with iconic suitcase nearly 20 years BEFORE idea was patented by US inventorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/was-suitcase-on-wheels-invented-by-pole-new-photo-shows-artist-alfred-krupa-with-iconic-suitcase-nearly-20-years-before-idea-was-patented-by-us-inventor-10720<p>The wheeled suitcase may have been invented by a Polish-born artist in the 1950s, a photo from the time suggests.</p>Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:38:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4bnr983kt1hnda5msrknk.pngAlfred Krupa (L) standing on a Karlovac street holding a suitcase with small wheels attached to two of the corners in 1954.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/was-suitcase-on-wheels-invented-by-pole-new-photo-shows-artist-alfred-krupa-with-iconic-suitcase-nearly-20-years-before-idea-was-patented-by-us-inventor-10720Poland’s first Olympic gold medal winner who helped smuggle tonnes of gold out of country during WWII would be 120 todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-for-gold-extraordinary-true-story-of-the-woman-who-saved-polands-gold-reserves-9292<p>Halina Konopacka, Poland’s first Olympic gold medal winner, was one of the most outstanding and spectacular characters of interwar Poland.</p>Wed, 26 Feb 2020 13:34:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u9g98c4tx470ni7luezo.jpegHalina Konopacka, Poland’s first Olympic gold medal winner, was one of the most outstanding and spectacular characters of interwar Poland. She also helped smuggle tonnes of gold out of the country as WWII loomed.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-for-gold-extraordinary-true-story-of-the-woman-who-saved-polands-gold-reserves-9292Astonishing photo of girl coming out of coma-like state is through to finals of World Press Photo 2020 in TWO categorieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/astonishing-photo-of-girl-coming-out-of-coma-like-state-is-through-to-finals-of-world-press-photo-2020-in-two-categories-10716<p>A photo by Warsaw snapper Tomek Kaczor has been nominated for the World Press Photo award in two categories: photo of the year and portraits.</p>Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:46:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qh5zamfppphzjkza6t8sad.jpegFifteen-year-old Armenian girl, Anna, who has recently woken from a catatonic state brought on by Resignation Syndrome, sits in a wheelchair, flanked by her parents.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/astonishing-photo-of-girl-coming-out-of-coma-like-state-is-through-to-finals-of-world-press-photo-2020-in-two-categories-10716Government extends coronavirus information campaignhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-extends-coronavirus-information-campaign-10715<p>TV and radio broadcasts, online information and communiques sent to public institutions and local governments are among the measures being taken to extend the Polish government's information campaign about the coronavirus threat.</p>Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:17:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0hakxzzkqblrwy2q2ruoo.jpegThe head of the Prime Minister's Office, Michał Dworczyk, said on Tuesday that the government is launching a wide-scale awareness-raising campaign about the coronavirus and its associated threats.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-extends-coronavirus-information-campaign-10715Russian Foreign Ministry ready to help organise Poland's memorial visithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russian-foreign-ministry-ready-to-help-organise-polands-memorial-visit-10713<p>The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed readiness on Wednesday to help Poland organise a visit by a Polish delegation to western Russia on April 10 to mark the 10th anniversary of a Polish government plane crash and the 80th anniversary of the Katyn massacre.</p>Wed, 26 Feb 2020 10:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRussian Foreign Ministry ready to help organise Poland's memorial visithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russian-foreign-ministry-ready-to-help-organise-polands-memorial-visit-10713Trade agency sets stall for Polish firms at Hannover Messehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trade-agency-sets-stall-for-polish-firms-at-hannover-messe-10710<p>The Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) has prepared a national stall for Hannover Messe 2020, Europe's biggest industrial fair, and encourages Polish businesses to take part in the event.</p>Tue, 25 Feb 2020 20:10:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ct62vgbcltvze7xolujnee.jpeg"Presence at the stall strengthens brand and product awareness, offers a chance to win foreign contracts and helps to attract investors," PAIH acting president, Grazyna Ciurzynska, was quoted as saying in the agency's press release.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trade-agency-sets-stall-for-polish-firms-at-hannover-messe-10710Poland's National Security Bureau head visits Lithuania and Latviahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-national-security-bureau-head-visits-lithuania-and-latvia-10708<p>The head of Poland's National Security Bureau (BBN) started on Tuesday a three-day visit to Lithuania and Latvia to discuss bilateral relations in light of the regional presence of the allied US army and the planned Defender Europe 2020 exercise. </p>Tue, 25 Feb 2020 20:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ttq9mym2qwiznvtpgm1k.jpegSoloch will also visit a military base in Adazi.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-national-security-bureau-head-visits-lithuania-and-latvia-10708Ex-presidents demand more rights for Ukrainian workershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ex-presidents-demand-more-rights-for-ukrainian-workers-10706<p>Former presidents Bronislaw Komorowski and Aleksander Kwasniewski on Tuesday appealed for more rights for Ukrainians employed in Poland.</p>Tue, 25 Feb 2020 19:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dwha2mlg06y1nxc36aigm.jpegFormer presidents Bronislaw Komorowski and Aleksander Kwasniewski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ex-presidents-demand-more-rights-for-ukrainian-workers-10706Baltic wind power potential estimated at over 10 GW - deputy ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/baltic-wind-power-potential-estimated-at-over-10-gw---deputy-minister-10704<p>Poland's wind power potential on the Baltic Sea is estimated over 10 GW, Deputy Climate Minister Ireneusz Zyska informed on Tuesday. Zyska, the government's commissioner for renewable energy, said Poland could achieve the 10 GW level after 2030-33.</p>Tue, 25 Feb 2020 17:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBaltic wind power potential estimated at over 10 GW - deputy ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/baltic-wind-power-potential-estimated-at-over-10-gw---deputy-minister-10704Pharmaceutical market to grow by 3.7 percent y/y in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pharmaceutical-market-to-grow-by-37-percent-yy-in-2020-10702<p>The value of Poland's pharmaceutical market will grow to PLN 38.5 billion (EUR 8.9 billion) in 2020, up by 3.7 percent on the previous year, according to a report by PEX PharmaSequence, a company monitoring the market.</p>Tue, 25 Feb 2020 17:20:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPharmaceutical market to grow by 3.7 percent y/y in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pharmaceutical-market-to-grow-by-37-percent-yy-in-2020-10702Infrastructure Ministry to present Warsaw airport future planshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/infrastructure-ministry-to-present-warsaw-airport-future-plans-10700<p>The Infrastructure Ministry will probably present two or three variants in June regarding the future of the Warsaw Chopin airport in light of plans to build Poland's Central Transportation Port (CPK).</p>Tue, 25 Feb 2020 17:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gh9aq100pda1fe85j5mldg.jpegThe announcement was made by Deputy Infrastructure Minister and Government Commissioner for the CPK, Marcin Horala on Tuesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/infrastructure-ministry-to-present-warsaw-airport-future-plans-10700Coronavirus tests free for all, Polish health minister sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-tests-free-for-all-polish-health-minister-says-10698<p>Everyone who requires coronavirus tests will get them free of charge, Polish Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 25 Feb 2020 17:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCoronavirus tests free for all, Polish health minister sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-tests-free-for-all-polish-health-minister-says-10698Tree-mendous! Carpenter launches initiative to replace felled trees with new oneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tree-mendous-carpenter-launches-initiative-to-replace-felled-trees-with-new-ones-10694<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Wrocław-based carpenter wants to plant a tree for every cubic meter of wood he uses and has invited other woodworkers to join him.</span></p>Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:02:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xqwjgmhdv4em98qx5m0c8.jpegCarpenter Piotr Krawczyk, who loves both virgin forests and working with natural materials decided to find a way to combine his passions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tree-mendous-carpenter-launches-initiative-to-replace-felled-trees-with-new-ones-10694Producers give tantalising hint that Netflix’s Witcher 2 could include Polish actorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/producers-give-tantalising-hint-that-netflixs-witcher-2-could-include-polish-actors-10690<p>Netflix has begun production on the second season of “The Witcher” amid rumours that it could include Polish actors.</p>Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:27:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jbftbvg9d5houytnvz7hvo.jpegSeason 2 of The Witcher has entered production with rumours of Polish castings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/producers-give-tantalising-hint-that-netflixs-witcher-2-could-include-polish-actors-10690Gas firm PGNiG receives consent to exploit Skogul deposit in North Seahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gas-firm-pgnig-receives-consent-to-exploit-skogul-deposit-in-north-sea-10689<p>The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted formal consent to Polish gas monopolist PGNiG to start drilling for oil and gas in the North Sea's PL460 concession, or Skogul deposit, PGNiG announced in a Tuesday press release.</p>Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:09:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m4un61uqpuc5xfiap4vxby.jpeg“In the extraction process from Skogul we will use infrastructure already existing on a neighbouring deposit, which is of great importance to reducing exploitation costs,” PGNiG quoted CEO Jerzy Kwieciński as saying.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gas-firm-pgnig-receives-consent-to-exploit-skogul-deposit-in-north-sea-10689ElectroMobility Poland to unveil first e-car prototypes by mid-yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/electromobility-poland-to-unveil-first-e-car-prototypes-by-mid-year-10688<p>Poland's first electric car, being designed by stylists of renowned Italian studio Torino Design, will be ready for show by mid-year in two prototype versions - hatchback and SUV, ElectroMobility Poland President Piotr Zaremba has told PAP.</p>Tue, 25 Feb 2020 13:31:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5ikknkrbofetiyyp3h71ho.jpegZaremba highlighted that the project's consultant is Tadeusz Jelec (pictured), who has worked for Jaguar and is one of the best-known Polish car designers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/electromobility-poland-to-unveil-first-e-car-prototypes-by-mid-year-10688Poland's wholesale sales up y/y in January - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-wholesale-sales-up-yy-in-january---stats-office-10687<p>The wholesale sales of Poland's trading firms grew by 2.2 percent year on year in January 2020 and fell by 2.2 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 25 Feb 2020 12:49:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rso37sphvsdvtw3aiji1fb.jpegGUShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-wholesale-sales-up-yy-in-january---stats-office-10687Volunteers make hundreds of pouches for baby kangaroos orphaned by Australian bushfireshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/volunteers-make-hundreds-of-pouches-for-baby-kangaroos-orphaned-by-australian-bush-fires-10684<p>Polish crafters have been using their skills to help kangaroos and other animals rescued from the Australian bushfires.</p>Tue, 25 Feb 2020 11:57:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fdakvaqmzgergmqtxohm9n.jpegIn Katowice, in south-western Poland, a group of women have been sewing pouches for kangaroos orphaned in the bushfires.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/volunteers-make-hundreds-of-pouches-for-baby-kangaroos-orphaned-by-australian-bush-fires-10684Poland's unemployment edges up to 5.5 percent in January - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-edges-up-to-55-percent-in-january---stats-office-10682<p>Poland's unemployment rate rose to 5.5 percent in January 2020 from 5.2 percent a month earlier, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 25 Feb 2020 11:42:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rso37sphvsdvtw3aiji1fb.jpegGUShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-edges-up-to-55-percent-in-january---stats-office-10682Labour productivity up in January - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-productivity-up-in-january-stats-office-10679<p>Poland's labour productivity in industry increased by 0.5 percent year on year in January 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:40:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLabour productivity up in January - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-productivity-up-in-january-stats-office-10679Global meeting of Poles in Milan called offhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/global-meeting-of-poles-in-milan-called-off-10675<p>Organizers of the 60 Million Congress - Global Polonia Summit, in view of a rapid spread of the coronavirus disease in Italy, have canceled the event scheduled to take place in Milan on February 27-29.</p>Mon, 24 Feb 2020 19:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGlobal meeting of Poles in Milan called offhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/global-meeting-of-poles-in-milan-called-off-10675Hungary, Poland safe thanks to cooperation - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hungary-poland-safe-thanks-to-cooperation---mod-10673<p>Poland and Hungary could always count on each other, their current cooperation on the NATO and EU platform gives both countries a sense of safety, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Monday after talks with his Hungarian counterpart Tibor Benko.</p>Mon, 24 Feb 2020 19:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ittj5yh18li72qnhp78a4y.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hungary-poland-safe-thanks-to-cooperation---mod-10673Poland to launch six new coronavirus labs - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-launch-six-new-coronavirus-labs---pm-10671<p>Poland will launch six new laboratories that will run tests for coronavirus, in addition to the two already operational, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday.</p>Mon, 24 Feb 2020 17:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to launch six new coronavirus labs - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-launch-six-new-coronavirus-labs---pm-10671Auschwitz slams Amazon for fake ‘death chess’ game in its Hunters series starring Al Pacinohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-slams-amazon-for-fake-death-chess-game-in-its-hunters-series-starring-al-pacino-10669<p>The Auschwitz Memorial Museum has hit out at the makers of the Amazon's new TV series Hunters for making up scenes of violence against the camp’s prisoners.</p>Mon, 24 Feb 2020 16:19:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v0cus7bvehjja7dj1lkarl.jpegOne scene features rows of prisoners standing on a life-sized chessboard, as Nazi guards call out moves. If a ‘piece’ is bumped off the board, he or she is summarily murdered. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-slams-amazon-for-fake-death-chess-game-in-its-hunters-series-starring-al-pacino-10669Majority of Poles positive about EU membershiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-poles-positive-about-eu-membership-10667<p>The majority of Poles have assessed Poland's membership in the European Union as positive, while the idea of a common European currency is still perceived negatively, the Eurobarometer survey by the European Commission (EC) has said.</p>Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/obcyn0q86fmqa05t3h4rug.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-poles-positive-about-eu-membership-10667Zakopane hits back at ‘tacky’ Chinese souvenirs with range of handmade craftshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/zakopane-hits-back-at-tacky-chinese-souvenirs-with-range-of-handmade-crafts-10665<p>The Tatra Museum in Zakopane has released a series of handcrafted souvenirs to combat tacky Chinese imports.</p>Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:37:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4wpswr0tuhy1zro0piqobo.jpegIn an effort to stem the tide of cheap, mass-produced souvenirs, the museum organised a competition, attracting nearly 300 works and ideas from across the country. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/zakopane-hits-back-at-tacky-chinese-souvenirs-with-range-of-handmade-crafts-10665Thousands of Warsaw Uprising documents rescued from RUBBISH SKIP after being thrown away by mistakehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thousands-of-warsaw-uprising-documents-rescued-from-rubbish-skip-after-being-thrown-away-by-mistake-10663<p>Thousands of historically valuable books, photographs and documents belonging to a Warsaw Uprising hero have been saved after they were thrown into a rubbish skip in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 24 Feb 2020 13:26:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2esf5zxgkm9b0n7jfan0xv.jpegThe documents were found buried inside books which had been thrown out of an apartment by a refuse processing company.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thousands-of-warsaw-uprising-documents-rescued-from-rubbish-skip-after-being-thrown-away-by-mistake-10663Common Agricultural Policy funds cannot be lower - Polish presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/common-agricultural-policy-funds-cannot-be-lower---polish-president-10661<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Monday that Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funds could not be lower than to date and declared that this was a common position of all the countries of Poland's part of Europe.</p>Mon, 24 Feb 2020 11:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f0i4gkjqwhjp9o8woz9skb.jpegAddressing a joint briefing with EC Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski, President Duda said that Poland wanted to maintain a very high quality of Polish agriculture.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/common-agricultural-policy-funds-cannot-be-lower---polish-president-10661No African Swine Fever in Polish farms since October - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-african-swine-fever-in-polish-farms-since-october---minister-10659<p>Since October 2019 there has not been a single case of African Swine Fever (ASF) in pigs on Polish farms, Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski said on Monday, adding, however, that there are ever more wild boar sick with the disease.</p>Mon, 24 Feb 2020 10:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ub9arvvbs5awe2tijob7cb.jpegThe agriculture minister said that one of the means to tackle the problem is biologically securing farms. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-african-swine-fever-in-polish-farms-since-october---minister-10659Israeli ministry cancels youth visits to Poland for fear of coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-ministry-cancels-youth-visits-to-poland-for-fear-of-coronavirus-10658<p>The Israeli Education Ministry has decided to cancel all youth trips to Poland planned by March 4 for fear of coronavirus, Israeli Education Minister Rafi Peretz has announced.</p>Mon, 24 Feb 2020 09:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ft8gngpyk79zacoudkllgb.jpegEvery year thousands of young Israelis, aged 16-18, come to Poland to visit Holocaust commemoration sites.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-ministry-cancels-youth-visits-to-poland-for-fear-of-coronavirus-10658Poland defeats world champs Spain in EuroBasket qualifierhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-defeats-world-champs-spain-in-eurobasket-qualifier-10657<p>Poland defeated world champions Spain (80-69) in a qualifier for the EuroBasket 2021 basketball championships in Zaragoza on Sunday.</p>Mon, 24 Feb 2020 09:45:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/73nuz6nvxdlmayxw4neor.jpegPoland will play their next qualifier against Romania on November 27.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-defeats-world-champs-spain-in-eurobasket-qualifier-10657EU budget negotiations will continue - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-budget-negotiations-will-continue---polish-pm-10655<p>The end of the Brussels summit does not end negotiations on the future EU budget, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki has written on Facebook, commenting the lack of any final decisions despite a 30-hour long marathon of top-level talks in Brussels.</p>Sun, 23 Feb 2020 21:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fxzhy03clm60cxlb76spoe8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-budget-negotiations-will-continue---polish-pm-10655Riverside king: Warsaw’s Powiśle district is the capital’s rising starhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/riverside-king-warsaws-powisle-district-is-the-capitals-rising-star-10652<p><span lang="EN-GB">Not for the first time, Warsaw’s Powiśle district found a spotlight tilted towards it when it was shortlisted by The Guardian newspaper earlier in the month as one of Europe’s 10 coolest neighbourhoods.</span></p>Sun, 23 Feb 2020 20:08:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9rjy3htbcjryh3fkhi1thi.jpegThe bright lights are calling. Mixing old and new, and modern with the shabby Powiśle provides an eclectic mix of scenes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/riverside-king-warsaws-powisle-district-is-the-capitals-rising-star-10652Pole made Apostolic nuncio to Pope's homeland Argentinahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-made-apostolic-nuncio-to-popes-homeland-argentina-10648<p>Polish Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk has been named by Pope Francis as Apostolic nuncio to the pontiff's homeland of Argentina, the Vatican has announced.</p>Sun, 23 Feb 2020 15:28:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPole made Apostolic nuncio to Pope's homeland Argentinahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-made-apostolic-nuncio-to-popes-homeland-argentina-10648Foot lose: thousands across Asia get down and dance to ‘I Love Poland’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foot-lose-thousands-across-asia-get-down-and-dance-to-i-love-poland-10646<p>A dance challenge based around a song entitled ‘I Love Poland’ has become a big hit across Asia with thousands of people from China to Thailand posting videos of themselves dancing along to the catchy beat of the music.</p>Sun, 23 Feb 2020 15:26:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lrdls7x0nfdcd2znlhe.pngSome of the 19,000-plus people who have taken part in the challenge.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foot-lose-thousands-across-asia-get-down-and-dance-to-i-love-poland-10646Meltdown nightmare: computer game to take players into Chernobyl aftermath and deadly dangers kept secret from the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meltdown-nightmare-computer-game-to-take-players-into-chernobyl-aftermath-and-deadly-dangers-kept-secret-from-the-world-10644<p><span lang="EN-GB">A science-fiction game that immerses players in the horrific aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe as they battle hidden threats to humanity, is being developed by a Warsaw-based company.&nbsp;</span></p>Sun, 23 Feb 2020 12:24:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ashgk2je5k8bd14puyyaz4.jpegS.W.A.N. takes players into a nightmare world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meltdown-nightmare-computer-game-to-take-players-into-chernobyl-aftermath-and-deadly-dangers-kept-secret-from-the-world-10644Infrastructure barriers discussed at Carpathian conference in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/infrastructure-barriers-discussed-at-carpathian-conference-in-poland-10642<p>The Polish, Ukrainian and Lithuanian infrastructure ministers discussed ways to remove infrastructure barriers that hinder the development of the region at the Europe of the Carpathians conference that started in Krasiczyn, south-east Poland, on Saturday.</p>Sat, 22 Feb 2020 21:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6livw9pzxbg71iau8ux3c6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/infrastructure-barriers-discussed-at-carpathian-conference-in-poland-10642Blast from the past: museum lets people relive the computer games of yesteryearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blast-from-the-past-museum-lets-people-relive-the-computer-games-of-yesteryear-10638<p><span lang="EN-GB">Where once the Polish museum experience involved being trailed by overly-zealous curators actively seeking to castigate unfortunates for straying too close to the antiquities, today, a new breed of cultural institution have journeyed in the opposite direction, actively encouraging their visitors to get hands on and fiddle with the displays. Places, for example, like Warsaw’s Museum of Computers and Games.</span></p>Sat, 22 Feb 2020 18:47:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bmr0keswx8jrv5yitybz1.jpegTotal recall: the museum features games and hardware from yesteryear.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blast-from-the-past-museum-lets-people-relive-the-computer-games-of-yesteryear-10638Home is where the heart lies: the amazing story of Chopin’s hearthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/home-is-where-the-heart-lies-the-amazing-story-of-chopins-heart-10636<p><span lang="EN-GB">When Chopin died in France at the early age of thirty-nine his famous deathbed wish was that his heart should be cut out from his body and sent to Poland.</span></p>Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:32:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/71oywlsvhksrtof3kuhih.jpegBolesław Bierut, the communist leader, hands over the casket containing Chopin's heart to Mayor of Warsaw Stanisław Tołwińśki in 1945.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/home-is-where-the-heart-lies-the-amazing-story-of-chopins-heart-10636Support for incumbent president falls as campaign gathers pace - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/support-for-incumbent-president-falls-as-campaign-gathers-pace---poll-10634<p>Support for Poland's incumbent head of state, Andrzej Duda, slid by 6 percentage points (pps) from the previous month to 40 percent, shows the latest poll run by the Social Changes pollster for the right-wing <a href="http://wpolityce.pl/" target="_blank">wPolityce.pl</a> political website.</p>Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qrzd6e47lbkju0y23deca.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/support-for-incumbent-president-falls-as-campaign-gathers-pace---poll-10634Independent presidential candidate receives EUR 116,000 in crowdfundinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/independent-presidential-candidate-receives-eur-116000-in-crowdfunding-10632<p>Szymon Holownia, an independent candidate in Poland's upcoming presidential elections, has received over half a million zlotys (EUR 116,000) in crowdfunding since he launched his funding appeal on Tuesday, his electoral commissioner has announced.</p>Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bhb9btf0a34rmmgn1gyu9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/independent-presidential-candidate-receives-eur-116000-in-crowdfunding-10632Poland to open new diplomatic missions in Switzerland and Lichtensteinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-open-new-diplomatic-missions-in-switzerland-and-lichtenstein-10630<p>By mid-march Poland will open a new Embassy building in Bern, Switzerland, as well as new Honorary Consulates in Schaan, Liechtenstein, and Basel, Switzerland, PAP was told on Thursday.</p>Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to open new diplomatic missions in Switzerland and Lichtensteinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-open-new-diplomatic-missions-in-switzerland-and-lichtenstein-10630The extraordinary tale of four women who 100 years ago threw off convention to travel the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-extraordinary-tale-of-four-women-who-100-years-ago-threw-off-convention-to-travel-the-world-10628<p><span lang="EN-GB">The adventures of four Polish women travelling around the world 100 years ago has become the subject of a new book exploring the real-life escapades of the four as they defied the restrictive conventions on female life.</span></p>Sat, 22 Feb 2020 13:19:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0w89szaxi2ooga4yxnk1zsa.pngThe women set out on life-changing journeys, sometimes risking their own lives, to follow their dreams.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-extraordinary-tale-of-four-women-who-100-years-ago-threw-off-convention-to-travel-the-world-10628EU budget summit closes with no consensushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-budget-summit-closes-with-no-consensus-10624<p>A special EU summit on the community's 2021-27 budget closed on Friday evening in Brussels with no consensus after countries belonging to the so-called Friends of Cohesion Group rejected the EC's budget proposal.</p>Fri, 21 Feb 2020 20:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8yim2akgefh7asjto80fk7.jpegCommenting the matter on Twitter earlier on Friday, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote that the Friends of Cohesion countries represented an "ambitious Europe that must set ambitious goals."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-budget-summit-closes-with-no-consensus-10624Germany-V4 trade up to EUR 300 bln in 2019 - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/germany-v4-trade-up-to-eur-300-bln-in-2019---pm-10623<p>Germany's trade with Poland and the remaining Visegrad Group (V4) states, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, increased to EUR 300 bln last year, Poland's share is estimated at EUR 123.4 bln, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday.</p>Fri, 21 Feb 2020 20:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r94duoslwdfaerez33j.jpegMorawiecki wrote on Facebook that "Poland is becoming a driving force for the European economy. This is also acknowledged by our economic partner - Germany.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/germany-v4-trade-up-to-eur-300-bln-in-2019---pm-10623Girl Power with Youtuber Billie Sparrow!https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/girl-power-with-youtuber-billie-sparrow-456<p>Billie Sparrow (real name Weronika Szymańska) has gained huge popularity online in Poland for her honest, authentic description of one girl's life in modern Poland. In this episode with Patrick Ney, Weronika takes us through her meteoric rise to internet fame and its impact on her life. In her first ever interview in English, Weronika talks about learning Polish, her passion for Polish sign-language and whether Polish girls (and Polish people) have a self-esteem problem.</p>Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:42:00 +0100LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/to6ffsnnx5afb2y3e8z5.jpegGirl Power with Youtuber Billie Sparrow!https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/girl-power-with-youtuber-billie-sparrow-456Local Hero! Shop owner fights off armed crook by throwing water in his FACE and then attacking him with a MOPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/local-hero-shop-owner-fights-off-armed-crook-by-throwing-water-over-him-and-then-attacking-him-with-a-mop-10620<p>A gun-wielding robber fled from a shop with little more than a packet of cigarettes after the owner leapt to the defence of her business with a mop.</p>Fri, 21 Feb 2020 17:43:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ye61q9o2or8g209kr32i16.jpegWhen the armed robber entered her shop Pani Zosia decided she was having none of it and attacked him with her mop.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/local-hero-shop-owner-fights-off-armed-crook-by-throwing-water-over-him-and-then-attacking-him-with-a-mop-10620Posthumous distinction for film director Jerzy Gruzahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/posthumous-distinction-for-film-director-jerzy-gruza-10618<p>Recently deceased film director Jerzy Gruza, best known for his comedies and popular TV serials, was laid to rest in a Friday ceremony in Warsaw. Gruza has been posthumously decorated with a Polonia Restituta Commander's Cross for his contributions to national culture.</p>Fri, 21 Feb 2020 17:07:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9vty3d7dejovgmvszvs7ws.jpegGruza is known for directing popular TV serials, including "Domestic War" and "Czterdziestolatek" (The Forty Year Old Man) as well as a number of well-received feature films like "The Ring and the Rose", "Czterdziestolatek - 20 lat pozniej" (The Forty Year Old Man - 20 Years Later), and "Woodpecker".https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/posthumous-distinction-for-film-director-jerzy-gruza-10618PGG miners sign 6-pct wage hike deal with managementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pgg-miners-sign-6-pct-wage-hike-deal-with-management-10617<p>Unionists at Polish Mining Group (PGG) signed a six-percent wage hike agreement with company management on Friday, following short negotiations carried out on Thursday, aided by a deputy prime minister.</p>Fri, 21 Feb 2020 14:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2fh2g96z9zam8goprvpjkj.jpeg"The protest has been suspended, I would like to thank union representatives, a good compromise has been achieved," Sasin said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pgg-miners-sign-6-pct-wage-hike-deal-with-management-10617Adventurer makes 700 km solo trek across Iceland in subzero temperatureshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adventurer-makes-700-km-solo-trek-across-iceland-in-subzero-temperatures-10615<p>A Polish adventurer is crossing Iceland alone this winter, braving tough terrain and freezing high winds.</p>Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:31:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o1qr04mmc8jgb5ck6agtfi.jpegFor Łukasz Supergan, crossing Iceland once on foot was not enough – he wanted to do it in winter, too.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adventurer-makes-700-km-solo-trek-across-iceland-in-subzero-temperatures-10615Strong Europe needs ambitious budget, Polish PM says at summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/strong-europe-needs-ambitious-budget-polish-pm-says-at-summit-10611<p>A stronger Europe requires an ambitious budget, whereas several EU member states seem to be not fully aware of this relationship, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in Brussels on Friday, the second day of an EU budget summit.</p>Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j9dmu3inv45z8pao2p7t.jpegThe prime minister said that the ongoing negotiations were very difficult.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/strong-europe-needs-ambitious-budget-polish-pm-says-at-summit-10611Poland's largest retailer plans to open over 100 new stores this yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-largest-retailer-plans-to-open-over-100-new-stores-this-year-10609<p>Poland's largest retailer, Biedronka, a unit of Portuguese Jeronimo Martins, plans to open over 100 new stores in Poland in 2020, Jeronimo Martins has reported.</p>Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:00:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aldufsvgr7fzif4g403edm.jpegIn 2019, Biedronka's sales reached EUR 12.62 billion, up by 7.9 percent from the previous year (8.8 percent up in PLN). https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-largest-retailer-plans-to-open-over-100-new-stores-this-year-10609Retail sales up 3.4 pct y/y in January - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-34-pct-yy-in-january---stats-office-10607<p>Poland's retail sales increased, in real terms, by 3.4 percent year on year and fell by 20.6 percent month on month in January 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:44:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales up 3.4 pct y/y in January - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-34-pct-yy-in-january---stats-office-10607Polish HICP inflation up by 3.8 pct y/y in January - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-38-pct-yy-in-january---eurostat-10605<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) rose by 3.8 percent year on year in January 2020, up from the 3.0 percent growth the previous month, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:40:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish HICP inflation up by 3.8 pct y/y in January - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-38-pct-yy-in-january---eurostat-10605Poland seeks millions of euros in EU gas infrastructure fundinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-millions-of-euros-in-eu-gas-infrastructure-funding-10603<p>Poland has been making efforts to secure several hundred million euros from the EU's Cohesion Policy for 2021-2027 for new gas infrastructure, arguing that such investments will drastically reduce CO2 emissions, PAP was told by a deputy minister for funds.</p>Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:58:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/heapsv76c9tqb199chje09.jpegThe Polish government's priority is to prolong EU funding of gas infrastructure so that it can also be included in the 2021-2027 EU budget. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-millions-of-euros-in-eu-gas-infrastructure-funding-10603Up to $60 billion worth of silver and copper deposits found near Zielona Górahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-to-60-billion-worth-of-silver-and-copper-deposits-found-near-zielona-gora-10601<p>A mining company appears to have struck it rich after announcing that it had discovered deposits of silver and copper worth an estimated $60 billion in western Poland.</p>Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gxvw1j9i7t70fjxrgrcmmnl.jpegThe news of the new deposits should bolster Poland’s already good standing as a country rich in metals.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-to-60-billion-worth-of-silver-and-copper-deposits-found-near-zielona-gora-10601Fewer Poles migrating to Sweden - Swedish stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fewer-poles-migrating-to-sweden---swedish-stats-office-10600<p>Every year fewer Poles emigrate to Sweden while the number of Polish citizens leaving that country is ever greater, according to the latest data released by Statistics Sweden (SCB), the national statistical office.</p>Thu, 20 Feb 2020 20:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2sczdraqrt4ykffdkknclh.jpegIn 2019, 3,154 Polish citizens registered in Sweden, the lowest number for the last 10 years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fewer-poles-migrating-to-sweden---swedish-stats-office-10600Polish PM attends key EU budget summit in Brusselshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-attends-key-eu-budget-summit-in-brussels-10599<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrived in Brussels on Thursday to take part in an extraordinary EU summit devoted to the bloc's 2021-2027 budget.</p>Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hg6hg8klfem3l9toynu9b3.jpeg"We are pleased that (...) our negotiations with President Charles Michel, with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen have brought results," Morawiecki said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-attends-key-eu-budget-summit-in-brussels-10599Race is on to save war hero’s artwork from destruction as demolishers move inhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/race-is-on-to-save-war-heros-artwork-from-destruction-as-demolishers-move-in-10594<p>London’s Polish community has launched a campaign to save an artwork by a Polish sculptor and have it on permanent display in the city.</p>Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:08:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/06c3dait047gopuns2hk8h.jpegAlmost 100 metres tall and five metres high, the relief is located inside the Camberwell Magistrates’ Court, in South London.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/race-is-on-to-save-war-heros-artwork-from-destruction-as-demolishers-move-in-10594Turkey lifts visa requirement for Polish touristshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/turkey-lifts-visa-requirement-for-polish-tourists-10598<p>From March 2, the citizens of five European countries, including Poland, will no longer need a visa for tourist travel to Turkey, the Turkish Foreign Ministry's press spokesman, Hami Aksoy, announced in a Thursday communique.</p>Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9kpkqdgjp785vlagxz4z0j.jpegAksoy said that the decision increases Turkey's tourist potential and also develops trade, economic and cultural relations.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/turkey-lifts-visa-requirement-for-polish-tourists-10598New EU budget proposals better than previous ones - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-eu-budget-proposals-better-than-previous-ones---polish-pm-10593<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in Brussels on Thursday that the new EU budget proposals, which Poland had received, were better than the previous ones.</p>Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6by3gadi684b6bumtoe77b.jpegAccording to the Polish prime minister, the current budget negotiations will be the most difficult from a historical point of viewhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-eu-budget-proposals-better-than-previous-ones---polish-pm-10593Two Poles leave Diamond Princess cruise shiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-poles-leave-diamond-princess-cruise-ship-10592<p>Two Polish citizens on Wednesday left, after a two-week quarantine, the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at the port of Yokohama since early this month. The third Pole, a crew member, remains aboard the ship, PAP was told by the Foreign Ministry's press office.</p>Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ppdnx1ity95p40aeyuijg.jpegAround 500 passengers, who tested negative for the coronavirus, were evacuated from the ship on Wednesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-poles-leave-diamond-princess-cruise-ship-10592Polish PM arrives in Brussels to attend EU's key budget summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-arrives-in-brussels-to-attend-eus-key-budget-summit-10591<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki has arrived in Brussels on Thursday to take part in an extraordinary EU summit devoted to the bloc's 2021-2027 budget.</p>Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kb3qx7msvzrk2sxj5t58j.jpegPoland stresses that the size of the budget should be commensurate to the EU's political ambitions in the context of numerous challenges the bloc faces, including migration and climate, the statement went on to say.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-arrives-in-brussels-to-attend-eus-key-budget-summit-10591German anti-trust watchdog okays Poland's takeover of Condor airlinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-anti-trust-watchdog-okays-polands-takeover-of-condor-airline-10589<p>The German federal anti-monopoly office, the Bundeskartellamt, on Thursday agreed to the takeover of the German airline Condor by the Polish Aviation Group (PGL), the parent company of Polish national airline PLL LOT.</p>Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:40:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1jbtkf2g7wxz9pxaoq6icr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-anti-trust-watchdog-okays-polands-takeover-of-condor-airline-10589Poland among leading European rapeseed oil producershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-leading-european-rapeseed-oil-producers-10588<p>Poland has strengthened its position among European rapeseed oil producers, the Polish Association of Oil Producers has reported, adding that in 2019 Polish plants processed 2.96 million tonnes of rapeseed, up from 2.79 million in 2018.</p>Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:20:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland among leading European rapeseed oil producershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-leading-european-rapeseed-oil-producers-10588Donut worry, be happy - it's Fat Thursday!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-fat-thursday-and-time-to-go-nuts-for-donuts-but-donut-eat-too-many-4907<p>The earliest customers, I’m told, started lining up outside the door at four in the morning, principally to avoid a queue that will most likely eventually stretch out to become the longest one in Warsaw recorded on this day.</p>Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:39:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1egru3do0am515uzc4gio.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-fat-thursday-and-time-to-go-nuts-for-donuts-but-donut-eat-too-many-4907Europe’s BIGGEST aqua park opens – and water lot of fun it is!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europes-biggest-aqua-park-opens--and-water-lot-of-fun-it-is-10586<p>With its 18 pools, 32 slides, 10 saunas and luxury spas, Suntago Water World, which opens today, is the biggest indoor aqua park in Europe.</p>Thu, 20 Feb 2020 12:35:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p272kuyr6lj130cimx0u8.pngWith its 18 pools, 32 slides, 10 saunas and luxury spas, Suntago Water World, which opens today, is the biggest indoor aqua park in Europe. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europes-biggest-aqua-park-opens--and-water-lot-of-fun-it-is-10586Polish FM pays visit to Denmark on Thursdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-pays-visit-to-denmark-on-thursday-10584<p>Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz started his visit to Copenhagen on Thursday, during which he is scheduled to meet his Danish counterpart Jeppe Kofod, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gsunqyjkfc97bej2bzgzw2.jpegPoland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz started his visit to Copenhagen.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-pays-visit-to-denmark-on-thursday-10584Sugar tax to finance National Health Fund campaignshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sugar-tax-to-finance-national-health-fund-campaigns-10582<p>Funds coming from a new sugar tax will go to the National Health Fund (NFZ) and will be spent on the effects of civilisational diseases, namely, diabetes, heart and vascular diseases as well as oncological illnesses, the health minister announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dvmlgwk1wv8sdmtsytlfq.jpegSpeaking to a public radio broadcaster, Minister Lukasz Szumowski said that the funds "will not go to the state budget, since the NFZ was located outside it."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sugar-tax-to-finance-national-health-fund-campaigns-10582Polish power company PGE appoints new presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-power-company-pge-appoints-new-president-10580<p>The Supervisory Board of PGE, Poland's dominant energy provider, appointed Wojciech Dabrowski as new president of the company starting from February 20, he replaced Henryk Baranowski, PGE said in a statement on Thursday.</p>Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x9gzahsml3cm3unqi11yme.jpegPGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. is one of the largest power producers and suppliers in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-power-company-pge-appoints-new-president-10580Poland to prepare National Hydrogen Strategyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-prepare-national-hydrogen-strategy-10578<p>The Climate Ministry has been working on a Polish Hydrogen Strategy in order to make it easier to win EU funds for modern technical know-how. The announcement was made by the deputy climate minister and government commissioner for renewable energy sources.</p>Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to prepare National Hydrogen Strategyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-prepare-national-hydrogen-strategy-10578Poland appoints new ambassadorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-appoints-new-ambassadors-10576<p>Poland on Wednesday appointed new ambassadors to Sweden, Serbia and Brazil, the Foreign Ministry announced on Twitter. The nominations were conferred by Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.</p>Wed, 19 Feb 2020 20:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/al9gdet8t6ndnry1d2lbcn.jpegThe nominations were conferred by Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-appoints-new-ambassadors-10576Estonia backs Poland in history dispute with Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/estonia-backs-poland-in-history-dispute-with-russia-10575<p>The Estonian parliament in a Wednesday resolution condemned Russia's attempts to burden Poland with co-responsibility for the outbreak of World War Two. The Russian ambassador to Estonia has called the resolution "blasphemous."</p>Wed, 19 Feb 2020 20:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEstonia backs Poland in history dispute with Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/estonia-backs-poland-in-history-dispute-with-russia-10575Film 14 YEARS in the making becomes only Polish production to make prestigious Berlinale festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-14-years-in-the-making-becomes-only-polish-production-to-make-prestigious-berlinale-festival-10573<p>A new animation entitled “Kill it and leave this town” by Polish director Mariusz Wilczyński will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, which begins on 20 February.</p>Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:20:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0lhestebl1obmoji6azg078.jpegThe film will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on 22 February, where it will be shown as part of the Encounters competition, which aims to support new voices in cinema, while giving more room to diverse narrative and documentary forms.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-14-years-in-the-making-becomes-only-polish-production-to-make-prestigious-berlinale-festival-10573EU budget is about more than arithmetic, Polish PM writes in FThttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-budget-is-about-more-than-arithmetic-polish-pm-writes-in-ft-10571<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, in an opinion piece published on the Financial Times website on Wednesday, spoke against cuts to the European Union budget, arguing that they could weaken Europe.</p>Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wcg9sr2o4zs7zrzu5wy0ud.jpegThe Polish head of state argued that the EU budget should not be perceived as a financial burden but rather as an investment tool that helps stabilise investment in times of crisis.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-budget-is-about-more-than-arithmetic-polish-pm-writes-in-ft-10571Poland's general government deficit likely below 1.7 pct of GDPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-general-government-deficit-likely-below-17-pct-of-gdp-10570<p>The general government deficit was likely lower than 1.7 percent of Poland's GDP in 2019, Deputy Finance Minister Jan Sarnowski said at a meeting of a lower house sub-committee on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:24:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z7kr9c23e1bdgpa4eeez9k.jpegDeputy Finance Minister Jan Sarnowski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-general-government-deficit-likely-below-17-pct-of-gdp-10570School to introduce classes in Disco Polo – but is it too ‘un’cool for school?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/school-to-introduce-classes-in-disco-polo--but-is-it-too-uncool-for-school-10568<p>Pupils at a high school in the east of Poland could soon be attending classes on disco-polo, the indigenous music genre that invokes either joy or the depths of despair depending on the tastes of the listener.</p>Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:54:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/osrpuvkbmxl9nluusikssf.jpegThe classes are part of a proposal formulated by the mayor of Michałowo who believes a course in disco-polo could help attract artistic children to the school.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/school-to-introduce-classes-in-disco-polo--but-is-it-too-uncool-for-school-10568Poles leave hospital after two-week coronavirus observationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-leave-hospital-after-two-week-coronavirus-observation-10566<p>Thirty Poles who returned to Poland from Wuhan in China in early February and since then had been under observation for possible coronavirus infection were due to leave a military hospital in Wroclaw, western Poland, on Wednesday, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski announced.</p>Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles leave hospital after two-week coronavirus observationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-leave-hospital-after-two-week-coronavirus-observation-10566Gdańsk artist’s ‘floating sculptures’ carry ‘deep message about the nature of human life’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-artists-floating-sculptures-carry-deep-message-about-the-nature-of-human-life-10562<p><span lang="EN-GB">To see Polish sculptor Jerzy Kędziora’s work, your best bet is to look up: the figures float above the ground, frozen in jumps, summersaults and other acrobatic feats.</span></p>Wed, 19 Feb 2020 12:27:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4p7y8k50cf37tv2gxfexsx.jpegObserving the emergence of the Solidarity movement, which would play a key role in the collapse of communism in 1989, had a lasting impression on his work, giving it a social and political dimension.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-artists-floating-sculptures-carry-deep-message-about-the-nature-of-human-life-10562Bulgaria to open tourist representation in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bulgaria-to-open-tourist-representation-in-poland-10560<p>Bulgaria will open a tourist representation at its embassy in Warsaw, the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism announced on Tuesday, adding that its decision had been caused by a growing number of Polish tourists in Bulgaria.</p>Wed, 19 Feb 2020 11:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBulgaria to open tourist representation in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bulgaria-to-open-tourist-representation-in-poland-10560Poland enjoys record-high financial credibility - dep FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-enjoys-record-high-financial-credibility---dep-finmin-10558<p>Poland has been reducing its public debt, which will go down to 46.5 percent of GDP at the end of 2020, and the country enjoys record-high credibility on financial markets amid record-low Treasury bond yields, Deputy Finance Minister Leszek Skiba has told PAP.</p>Wed, 19 Feb 2020 11:40:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/etd1we6ut69or945yvq1g.jpegPAP was also interested in the VAT gap and whether the pace of its reduction has not slowed down recently.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-enjoys-record-high-financial-credibility---dep-finmin-10558British writer speaks on Poles' role in decoding Enigmahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-writer-speaks-on-poles-role-in-decoding-enigma-10555<p>British writer Dermot Turing spoke on Tuesday about the role of Polish mathematicians in decoding Nazi Germany's World War II Enigma code at the Józef Piłsudski Institute in New York. Breaking Enigma enabled the Allies to monitor German military plans.</p>Tue, 18 Feb 2020 18:50:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bh7uyq7m0vud88pyrqj4c.jpegAccording to Turing, British and US cryptologists would have eventually broken the code without help from the Poles, but they would have needed considerably more time.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-writer-speaks-on-poles-role-in-decoding-enigma-10555Maria Dębska stars as ‘rebel’ sex symbol Kalina Jędrusik in powerful new biopichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/maria-debska-stars-as-rebel-sex-symbol-kalina-jedrusik-in-powerful-new-biopic-10550<p>A new film focusing on the life of singer and actress Kalina Jędrusik is set to hit the big screen.</p>Tue, 18 Feb 2020 17:02:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ayohajmx7zllubu7dauz59.pngMaria Dębska (L), who recently appeared in “Piłsudski”, will star as Kalina Jędrusik (R) in the new film due for release next year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/maria-debska-stars-as-rebel-sex-symbol-kalina-jedrusik-in-powerful-new-biopic-10550PM says Poland's economy can expand by over 3 pcthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-says-polands-economy-can-expand-by-over-3-pct-10551<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday that despite the ongoing global economic slowdown, Poland's GDP had a chance to increase by around 3.3 percent this year and in 2021.</p>Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bueuof4oxemj5mjsmamg.jpegThe prime minister made the statement during a visit to the Marco packaging and labelling plant in Gliwice, southern Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-says-polands-economy-can-expand-by-over-3-pct-10551Poland to mark Polish Science Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-mark-polish-science-day-10547<p>Poland will celebrate Polish Science Day for the first time on February 19 this year, in recognition of Polish scientists' achievements, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 18 Feb 2020 15:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7hniz7sotts35k3cm6e678.jpegThe date of the annual celebrations is the birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus, in appreciation for his outstanding achievements in astronomy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-mark-polish-science-day-10547National Council of the Judiciary marks 30th anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-council-of-the-judiciary-marks-30th-anniversary-10545<p>Poland's National Council of the Judiciary (KRS) celebrated its 30th anniversary during a Tuesday ceremony held at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. Polish President Andrzej wrote a letter on the occasion, read out by his aide Andrzej Dera at the event.</p>Tue, 18 Feb 2020 14:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jwmvy555qoc7avk6m5vn.jpegPolish President Andrzej wrote a letter on the occasion, read out by his aide Andrzej Dera at the event.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-council-of-the-judiciary-marks-30th-anniversary-10545The ‘green team’ turning disused wind turbines into stylish street and garden furniturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-green-team-turning-disused-wind-turbines-into-stylish-street-and-garden-furniture-10543<p>Often vaunted as one of the most reliable and affordable sources of clean energy, wind power is facing significant PR issues as the true cost of its environmental impact gradually becomes apparent.</p>Tue, 18 Feb 2020 13:16:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z5x1vfn1c0ob7v6pqv531.jpegActive in the recycling trade for twenty-one years, Anmet, based in the small town of Szprotawa in west Poland, with their subsidiary, AIRchitecture, established last year deal specifically with propellers and turbines.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-green-team-turning-disused-wind-turbines-into-stylish-street-and-garden-furniture-10543Negotiations on nuclear power plant in Poland under way - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/negotiations-on-nuclear-power-plant-in-poland-under-way---official-10541<p>Spokesman for Polish government Piotr Mueller told Polish Radio One on Tuesday that a decision regarding the building of Poland's first nuclear power plant will most likely be announced this year.</p>Tue, 18 Feb 2020 11:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wcxcdji95i91qo8bw5fq89.jpegThe Energy Policy of Poland Until 2040 foresees the construction of six nuclear reactors, to be launched gradually as of 2033.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/negotiations-on-nuclear-power-plant-in-poland-under-way---official-10541Poland to continue efforts for good EU budget - PM's aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-continue-efforts-for-good-eu-budget---pms-aide-10539<p>Poland wants to negotiate a good EU budget for the country and the debate is expected to continue for several months, the head of the Polish PM's Office, Michal Dworczyk said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 18 Feb 2020 11:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to continue efforts for good EU budget - PM's aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-continue-efforts-for-good-eu-budget---pms-aide-10539Ear we go! Volunteers arrive in Cameroon to help children with hearing problemshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ear-we-go-volunteers-arrive-in-cameroon-to-help-children-with-hearing-problems-10537<p>A team of volunteers has arrived in Cameroon to help children there with hearing problems.</p>Tue, 18 Feb 2020 11:33:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h0x718nqmc5ri0styz2n3s.jpegIn Cameroon a child who is born deaf is hidden by his family for fear of being stigmatized. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ear-we-go-volunteers-arrive-in-cameroon-to-help-children-with-hearing-problems-10537Poland for globally strong Europe, PM writes in Die Welthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-globally-strong-europe-pm-writes-in-die-welt-10536<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki in an article for the Tuesday edition of the German daily Die Welt wrote that Poland wants Europe to be a global player.</p>Mon, 17 Feb 2020 20:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pwnx5w2g91be06hml19tp.jpeg“We want Europe to be a global player,” wrote the Polish PM in the article made available on Die Welt's website on Monday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-globally-strong-europe-pm-writes-in-die-welt-10536Over 9,000 electric cars on Poland's roadshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-9000-electric-cars-on-polands-roads-10535<p>There are currently almost 9,100 electric cars on Poland's roads, the latest report from the Polish Alternative Fuels Association (PSPA) and the Polish Automotive Industry Association (PZPM) shows.</p>Mon, 17 Feb 2020 18:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/873phlengot3pivyjp8e0p.jpegIn January alone 462 electric passenger vehicles were registered in Poland, showing a 191 pct rise over the figure for the equivalent period of 2019. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-9000-electric-cars-on-polands-roads-10535Four decades ago today, two Polish climbers made history with first ever winter ascent of Mt. Everesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-decades-ago-today-two-polish-climbers-made-history-with-first-ever-winter-ascent-of-mt-everest-10533<p>Forty years ago today Leszek Cichy and Krzysztof Wielicki completed the first winter ascent of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest.</p>Mon, 17 Feb 2020 18:27:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d782g5vcs0u8e3qrxadf7i.pngForty years ago today Leszek Cichy and Krzysztof Wielicki completed the first winter ascent of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-decades-ago-today-two-polish-climbers-made-history-with-first-ever-winter-ascent-of-mt-everest-10533Cycling through Siberiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cycling-through-siberia-10530<p>A Warsaw-based cyclist has just completed a 400-kilometre journey in four days through the wilds of Siberia despite temperatures as low as -60°C.</p>Mon, 17 Feb 2020 16:57:00 +0100SportPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wo1q5bzmnyv4idbu4iut.jpegOn the road again. Romanovski takes on Siberia’s freezing roads.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cycling-through-siberia-10530Over EUR 3 bln more in EU cohesion funds for Poland - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-eur-3-bln-more-in-eu-cohesion-funds-for-poland---minister-10529<p>Minister for European Affairs Konrad Szymański said on Monday that Poland had improved its position regarding the EU's cohesion policy by more than EUR 3 billion, counting it together with the country's participation in the reform support instrument.</p>Mon, 17 Feb 2020 16:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zov0w5ipal9oyy8lilgvq.jpegSzymański said that Poland will be the largest beneficiary of cohesion policy of all the member states.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-eur-3-bln-more-in-eu-cohesion-funds-for-poland---minister-10529Institute for Heritage of National Thought set up by Culture Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/institute-for-heritage-of-national-thought-set-up-by-culture-ministry-10528<p>The Roman Dmowski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski Institute for the Heritage of National Thought was established on Monday by Culture Minister Piotr Gliński, the ministry has said.</p>Mon, 17 Feb 2020 15:24:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2fqe5mzxbyg6dga9rr0xou.jpegMinister Piotr Gliński (l) appointed Professor Jan Żaryn (r), a historian and lecturer at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, as director of the institute.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/institute-for-heritage-of-national-thought-set-up-by-culture-ministry-10528PM gives thanks for his father's anti-communist resistance awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-gives-thanks-for-his-fathers-anti-communist-resistance-award-10526<p>In a Monday Facebook post, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki gave thanks for the posthumous award given to his father, Kornel Morawiecki, in recognition of his anti-communist dissident activity.</p>Mon, 17 Feb 2020 15:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3le45ylw5e9nuiusex8hc7.jpegOn Sunday, the late Kornel Morawiecki was honoured with the St. Gregory the Great distinction by the monthly Nowe Państwo. The award was collected by the prime minister.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-gives-thanks-for-his-fathers-anti-communist-resistance-award-10526Not as Darth as it seems! Student’s ‘light sabre’ project to be used in cataract eye surgeryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-as-darth-as-it-seems-students-light-sabre-project-to-be-used-in-cataract-eye-surgery-10524<p>A woman who did her masters on the possibility of making a real life light sabre has had her project turned into a state-of-the-art instrument for helping people to recover from cataract surgery.</p>Mon, 17 Feb 2020 14:25:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ytcvzkg4tiqjqps9n5hti.jpegAleksandra Fiszkiewicz from the Warsaw University of Technology, defended her master’s thesis in engineering entitled: “Assessment of the technical possibilities of creating a ‘light sabre’ from the ‘Star Wars’ universe.” https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-as-darth-as-it-seems-students-light-sabre-project-to-be-used-in-cataract-eye-surgery-10524Incumbent president's re-election staff launches campaign in Krakowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-presidents-re-election-staff-launches-campaign-in-krakow-10522<p>Incumbent President Andrzej Duda' election staff head and former PM Beata Szydlo, along with Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk, symbolically inaugurated the re-election campaign in the southern Polish city of Krakow on Monday.</p>Mon, 17 Feb 2020 13:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b98fpq3942ba84ojj2t3r.jpegEarlier on Saturday, Duda launched his re-election campaign at a convention in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-presidents-re-election-staff-launches-campaign-in-krakow-10522Thank you and goodnight! Basketball legend Marcin ‘The Hammer’ Gortat retires from NBAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thank-you-and-goodnight-basketball-legend-marcin-the-hammer-gortat-retires-from-nba-10520<p>Polish star of America’s world-class NBA basketball league Marcin Gortat has announced his retirement from the sport two days before his 36<sup>th</sup> birthday.</p>Mon, 17 Feb 2020 13:04:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fy57apsh56jsocop40u8t.jpegAfter 12 years playing in the NBA, Marcin Gortat has decided to retire. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thank-you-and-goodnight-basketball-legend-marcin-the-hammer-gortat-retires-from-nba-10520PGE power company to install up to 300 EV charge pointshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pge-power-company-to-install-up-to-300-ev-charge-points-10518<p>PGE Nowa Energia, belonging to the PGE Group of power companies, in cooperation with the Volkswagen Group dealership network, plans to set up even 300 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations within two years, PGE said in a press release on Monday.</p>Mon, 17 Feb 2020 12:42:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p2rnaulvnxw8lem13las.jpegPGE Nowa Energia is engaged in building and managing a network of EV charging stations.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pge-power-company-to-install-up-to-300-ev-charge-points-10518Polish oil firm sets sights on 70-80 petrol stations in Lithuaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-oil-firm-sets-sights-on-70-80-petrol-stations-in-lithuania-10515<p>Poland's leading fuel company PKN Orlen wants to increase the number of its petrol stations in Lithuania to 70-80 within the next few years from the current 26, the company's CEO Daniel Obajtek said.</p>Mon, 17 Feb 2020 12:17:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oenf6bq5a1zlzxofv7qro.jpegOrlen wants to close the current year with at least 29 stations in Lithuania.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-oil-firm-sets-sights-on-70-80-petrol-stations-in-lithuania-10515Different perceptions of threats hinder EU strategy - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/different-perceptions-of-threats-hinder-eu-strategy---fm-10514<p>The main problem in developing a common European strategy is different perceptions of threats that divide the EU's eastern and western members, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday.</p>Sun, 16 Feb 2020 19:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/787699bi7jp5em7ersjf1i.jpeg"Over the longer term, we cannot build European security without co-operation with the US," Czaputowicz said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/different-perceptions-of-threats-hinder-eu-strategy---fm-105144X4: skeleton of dinosaur dug up in Silesia indicates ancestors of dinosaurs were four legged, not twohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/4x4-skeleton-of-dinosaur-dug-up-in-silesia-indicates-ancestors-of-dinosaurs-were-four-legged-not-two-10512<p>Scientists from Warsaw University have proved that dinosaurs evolved directly from four-legged animals, thanks to research on the Silesaurus opolensis, a Triassic reptile whose skeletons were found in Silesia. Previously, it was believed that dinosaurs were evolved from two-legged animals.</p>Sun, 16 Feb 2020 17:15:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ith87u7clp24wewxnchr8.jpegOn all fours: research on Silesaurus may change the theory of dinosaur evolution.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/4x4-skeleton-of-dinosaur-dug-up-in-silesia-indicates-ancestors-of-dinosaurs-were-four-legged-not-two-10512Film director Jerzy Gruza dies at 87https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-director-jerzy-gruza-dies-at-87-10511<p>Film director Jerzy Gruza died on Sunday night in Warsaw aged 87, the Polish Filmmakers' Association told PAP. Gruza was a successful feature film and TV director, best known for the immensely popular TV series "Czterdziestolatek" (The 40 Year Old Man).</p>Sun, 16 Feb 2020 15:42:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cnx31xuj1ydv421kk0ln4.jpegIn 2017 Gruza received the Platinum Lions lifetime award at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-director-jerzy-gruza-dies-at-87-10511“It was very cold and we had nothing to eat, and as a result the child died of cold and hunger”: testimonies show horror of Soviet deportationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-was-very-cold-and-we-had-nothing-to-eat-and-as-a-result-the-child-died-of-cold-and-hunger-testimonies-show-horror-of-soviet-deportations-10507<p>At the beginning of February 1940, the Soviets started a series of deportations to Siberia from Polish territories that they had occupied since September 17, 1939.</p>Sun, 16 Feb 2020 15:12:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vuspplph5uk2pglhyvs33u.jpegPolice officers and civilian "enemies of the people" arrested in September 1939 and escorted by NKVD convoy units to loading points abroad.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-was-very-cold-and-we-had-nothing-to-eat-and-as-a-result-the-child-died-of-cold-and-hunger-testimonies-show-horror-of-soviet-deportations-10507New exhibition opens up on the life and work of “one-man army” artist Artur Szyk: the man who infuriated Hitlerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-exhibition-opens-up-on-the-life-and-work-of-one-man-army-artist-artur-szyk-the-man-who-infuriated-hitler-10502<p>Not many artists had the distinction of being described as a “one-man army” during WWII and, because of his work, infuriated Hitler to such an extent, apparently, that the dictator had a price put on his head, but Artur Szyk did.</p>Sun, 16 Feb 2020 12:09:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a0dcnwoiswbir94ltdzl9.jpegArtur Szyk: won fame as an illustrator and political artist.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-exhibition-opens-up-on-the-life-and-work-of-one-man-army-artist-artur-szyk-the-man-who-infuriated-hitler-10502Remembering the Silent and Unseen: commemorations mark 79th anniversary of first operation by fearless wartime fightershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remembering-the-silent-and-unseen-commemorations-mark-79th-anniversary-of-first-operation-by-fearless-wartime-fighters-10500<p>Commemorations have taken place to mark the anniversary of the first combat jump by the Cichociemni, the Silent and Unseen, an elite WWII Polish special forces unit that parachuted into Nazi occupied Europe Poland.</p>Sat, 15 Feb 2020 18:06:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ob4i162hhx6xvgwk37izd.jpegThe memorial in Dębowiec to the first operational jump by the Cichociemni.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remembering-the-silent-and-unseen-commemorations-mark-79th-anniversary-of-first-operation-by-fearless-wartime-fighters-10500Polish skater wins bronze at Short Track Speed Skating Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-skater-wins-bronze-at-short-track-speed-skating-championships-10499<p>Poland's Natalia Maliszewska won bronze at the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, on Saturday.</p>Sat, 15 Feb 2020 16:52:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m49m5djf2ff4qallg0zuw8.jpegThe 24-year-old Pole came third in the 1000-metre competition.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-skater-wins-bronze-at-short-track-speed-skating-championships-10499President launches re-election campaignhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-launches-re-election-campaign-10497<p>Incumbent President Andrzej Duda on Saturday launched his re-election campaign at a convention in Warsaw. Addressing the meeting, Duda thanked Poles for their support during his first term as president. Poland's presidential elections are scheduled in May.</p>Sat, 15 Feb 2020 16:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7mnj3sul1jtex8fws5vmxl.jpegDuda said that his and the government's aim was for Poland to be a country that "protects the weak and does not have to fear the strong."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-launches-re-election-campaign-10497President Duda seeking re-election wants to be close to his compatriotshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-seeking-re-election-wants-to-be-close-to-his-compatriots-10494<p>The incumbent President Andrzej Duda said at the launch of his re-election campaign in Warsaw on Saturday that he would like to be accessible to his compatriots.</p>Sat, 15 Feb 2020 14:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x61dpx8x6rhkiqkd28633.jpegDuda also thanked Poles for their electoral support during his previous campaign.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-seeking-re-election-wants-to-be-close-to-his-compatriots-10494Pole soars to victory at World Cup ski-jumping event in Bad Mitterndorfhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-soars-to-victory-at-world-cup-ski-jumping-event-in-bad-mitterndorf-10492<p>Poland's Piotr Żyła won the World Cup ski-jumping competition in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria, on Saturday.</p>Sat, 15 Feb 2020 14:42:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kq7jw4up32q60hj7bjvjb.jpegThis was Żyła's second career victory at a such a high-level event.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-soars-to-victory-at-world-cup-ski-jumping-event-in-bad-mitterndorf-10492Morawiecki was at anti-communist demos say former activistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/morawiecki-was-at-anti-communist-demos-say-former-activists-10490<p>Former anti-communist activists have said Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, took part in protests during Martial Law in 1982 despite him being just a teenager and his father being on the run from the authorities.</p>Sat, 15 Feb 2020 14:30:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4v8adr4c3ip313hf8jq3l.jpegThe prime minister had admitted that he threw Molotov cocktails during anti-communist demonstrations in the 1980s.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/morawiecki-was-at-anti-communist-demos-say-former-activists-10490Poland moved forward thanks to President Duda - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-moved-forward-thanks-to-president-duda---pm-10489<p>Poland could move forward thanks to the changes started by incumbent President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday at the launch of Duda's re-election campaign in Warsaw.</p>Sat, 15 Feb 2020 14:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/93k50v48nau1hft77aushth.jpegAddressing the convention, Morawiecki said that he saw great enthusiasm and great energy among its participants.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-moved-forward-thanks-to-president-duda---pm-10489Ruling party supports President Duda's re-election bid by acclamationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-supports-president-dudas-re-election-bid-by-acclamation-10487<p>The Political Council of Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) unanimously supported incumbent President Andrzej Duda's candidacy for the May 10 presidential election, PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 15 Feb 2020 14:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/32nt1yjwr33fd5o81pavrg.jpegKaczyński was the first to take the floor at Duda's pre-election convention.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-supports-president-dudas-re-election-bid-by-acclamation-10487“Mum always said: Please don't call me a heroine. I just did what I had to do.” Irena Sendler’s daughter speaks about her motherhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mum-always-said-please-dont-call-me-a-heroine-i-just-did-what-i-had-to-do-irena-sendlers-daughter-speaks-about-her-mother-10485<p>Exactly 110 years ago, Irena Sendler, a woman who could go on to risk her life to save thousands of Jews from the Holocaust, was born in Otwock near Warsaw.</p>Sat, 15 Feb 2020 12:42:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ihvvwfn5xx9xki0200dh.jpegIrene Sendler, photographed in 1942. By then she was already involved in operations to help Jewish children.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mum-always-said-please-dont-call-me-a-heroine-i-just-did-what-i-had-to-do-irena-sendlers-daughter-speaks-about-her-mother-10485US to give up to USD 1 bln to Three Seas countries for energy projectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-to-give-up-to-usd-1-bln-to-three-seas-countries-for-energy-projects-10484<p>The US will transfer to the Central and Eastern Europe countries of the Three Seas Initiative up to USD 1 billion for energy investments, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.</p>Sat, 15 Feb 2020 11:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ykkv3ovz30hsqd4tob7doi.jpegPompeo said that the US goal is to revive private investment in the energy sectors of these countries.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-to-give-up-to-usd-1-bln-to-three-seas-countries-for-energy-projects-10484Uncovering Secret Warsaw Uprising Stories!https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/uncovering-secret-warsaw-uprising-stories-449-454<p>Patrick goes behind the scenes at the Warsaw Uprising Museum to find out more about the work of a small team of experts to recover secret Uprising stories.<br>Share and watch other Heart of Poland history episodes on The First News</p>Fri, 14 Feb 2020 20:51:00 +0100HistoryHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l6sni3kr37s1cpvgxffvu7.jpegUncovering Secret Warsaw Uprising Stories!https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/uncovering-secret-warsaw-uprising-stories-449-454Making a wheel difference: the Polish charity donating bikes to Ukrainian war orphanshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/making-a-wheel-difference-the-polish-charity-donating-bikes-to-ukrainian-war-orphans-10482<p>A Polish charity that donated 20 bikes to children that lost their fathers in the ongoing war in Ukraine has announced its intention to continue with their initiative. Hoping to lend a chink of happiness to those suffering bereavement, the Arka Ecological Foundation’s “Bike Helps” program will be extended for a second year.</p>Fri, 14 Feb 2020 19:16:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4z68rhrgx0ctsysxho514.jpegRun by the Arka Ecological Foundation, the Bike Helps charity delivered twenty bikes to Ukrainian war orphans last year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/making-a-wheel-difference-the-polish-charity-donating-bikes-to-ukrainian-war-orphans-10482Poland named the largest source of remittances sent by Ukrainians living abroadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-named-the-largest-source-of-remittances-sent-by-ukrainians-living-abroad-10480<p>Poland is the largest source of remittances from Ukrainians working abroad. This reflects how many Ukrainians – around one million, according to some estimates – have found work in the country in recent years, drawn by the promise of jobs, higher wages and study opportunities.</p>Fri, 14 Feb 2020 14:02:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/23ycgx9fb59uqv2y3e6fw.jpegAccording to the World Bank, personal remittances now account for 11.2% of Ukraine’s GDP.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-named-the-largest-source-of-remittances-sent-by-ukrainians-living-abroad-10480Records tumble as first set of banking results are releasedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/records-tumble-as-first-set-of-banking-results-are-released-10478<p>Poland’s biggest bank, PKO BP, have announced record annual profits totalling over PLN 4 billion whilst mBank registered their highest income in history. For mBank, revenues exceeded PLN 5.5 billion with over PLN 1 billion classed as net profit.</p>Fri, 14 Feb 2020 12:16:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0ul2dw6qdyv32631ymalpf.jpegCoinciding with their centenary year, Poland’s biggest bank, PKO BP, announced record annual profits totalling over PLN 4 billion.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/records-tumble-as-first-set-of-banking-results-are-released-10478Poland's GDP up 3.1 pct y/y in Q4 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-up-31-pct-yy-in-q4---stats-office-10477<p>The Polish economy grew by 3.1 percent year on year in the fourth quarter of 2020 after a 3.9 percent growth in the third quarter of 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said in a flash estimate on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 Feb 2020 12:02:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tst3w0goywac0aj4my7umf.jpegPoland's foreign trade surplus reached EUR 1.8 billion at the end of 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-up-31-pct-yy-in-q4---stats-office-10477More work permits issued to foreigners in H2 - Labour Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-work-permits-issued-to-foreigners-in-h2---labour-ministry-10476<p>A total of 227,440 work permits were issued to foreigners in Poland during the second half of 2019, up from 217,300 in the first six month of the year, the Family, Labour and Social Policy Ministry reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 Feb 2020 11:18:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mbvsx1ioncqf219lh6hqmn.jpegAccording to the ministry, the total number of 328,770 permits were issued to foreigners in 2018.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-work-permits-issued-to-foreigners-in-h2---labour-ministry-10476Poland's inflation in January at 4.4 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-january-at-44-percent-yy---stats-office-10475<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 4.4 percent year on year in January 2020 and by 0.9 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 Feb 2020 10:44:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tst3w0goywac0aj4my7umf.jpegPoland's foreign trade surplus reached EUR 1.8 billion at the end of 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-january-at-44-percent-yy---stats-office-10475Polish-Finnish political talks held in Helsinkihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-finnish-political-talks-held-in-helsinki-10473<p>Polish and Finnish Foreign Ministers, Jacek Czaputowicz and Pekka Haavisto met in Helsinki on Thursday to discuss bilateral cooperation, European security, the EU's eastern neighbourhood and the continuation of the EU enlargement policy.</p>Thu, 13 Feb 2020 20:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1llv588wf7ee5f0rz7xo46.jpegCzaputowicz's two-day visit to Helsinki coincides with the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Finland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-finnish-political-talks-held-in-helsinki-10473Polish firefighters raise money for Australian wildfire reliefhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firefighters-raise-money-for-australian-wildfire-relief-10472<p>Volunteer firefighters from southern Poland have collected money for the rehabilitation and restoration of the Kosciuszko National Park in Australia. This was the "Think globally, act locally" principle in action, said President Andrzej Duda on Thursday.</p>Thu, 13 Feb 2020 19:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/btyxqh7yvwgacaq5w7n4rc.jpegAustralian Ambassador Lloyd Brodrick thanked the fire-fighters from Poręba Spytkowska for collecting such a significant amount and expressed appreciation for what they had donehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firefighters-raise-money-for-australian-wildfire-relief-10472‘Tri-City Banksy’ strikes again! Anonymous artist gifts sculpture to Gdynia for its 94th birthdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tri-city-banksy-strikes-again-anonymous-artist-gifts-sculpture-to-gdynia-for-its-94th-birthday-10470<p>Another mysterious concrete sculpture, this time a figure of a baby, has appeared in Gdynia to widespread acclaim. Deposited under the cover of the night by Tewu, an anonymous artist often likened to Banksy, the artwork was left as a gift on the occasion of the city’s 94<sup>th</sup> birthday.</p>Thu, 13 Feb 2020 18:33:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oh50w89am73oubl96arlz.jpegTitled ‘Newborn’, the installation was placed in front of the Gdynia City Museum on ul. Zawiszy Czarnego. According to the artist, the work will be the last in this series of sculptures.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tri-city-banksy-strikes-again-anonymous-artist-gifts-sculpture-to-gdynia-for-its-94th-birthday-10470Poland's C/A surplus at EUR 990 mln in December - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ca-surplus-at-eur-990-mln-in-december---central-bank-10469<p>Poland recorded a EUR 990 mln current account surplus in December 2019, against a EUR 1.46-bln surplus in November, according to National Bank of Poland (NBP) figures released on Thursday.</p>Thu, 13 Feb 2020 16:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/epd436ukrkk2hqsvx97q1z.jpegAccording to NBP Poland recorded a EUR 224 million surplus in goods and a EUR 2.05 billion surplus in services.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ca-surplus-at-eur-990-mln-in-december---central-bank-10469Flag carrier LOT extends Beijing flight suspension till March 28https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-extends-beijing-flight-suspension-till-march-28-10468<p>In connection with the coronavirus outbreak, Polish national airline PLL LOT has again extended its suspension of flights to the Chinese capital, Beijing, this time until March 28, LOT spokesman Michał Czernicki told PAP on Thursday.</p>Thu, 13 Feb 2020 15:48:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0x5du60xqw7q97pdjr20qx7.jpegOn January 31, LOT's management board suspended flights to the Chinese capital until February 9. Last week the carrier extended the suspension until February 29.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-extends-beijing-flight-suspension-till-march-28-10468President expects govt to arrange Katyń Massacre observanceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-expects-govt-to-arrange-katyn-massacre-observances-10466<p>President Andrzej Duda expects Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and his government to make proper arrangements for the 80th anniversary of the 1940 Katyń Massacre of Polish POWs by Soviet security police, president's spokesperson Błażej Spychalski said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 13 Feb 2020 15:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g7kxxfz9syff7cf5q6awu.jpegSpychalski added that Duda spoke to Morawiecki a few weeks earlier and expressed the wish for the Katyn commemorations to be observed in a proper manner by Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-expects-govt-to-arrange-katyn-massacre-observances-10466Majority of Poles content with their lives - CBOShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-poles-content-with-their-lives---cbos-10464<p>A Thursday-published report by the Public Opinion Research Centre (CBOS) titled Psychological Wellbeing in 2019 shows that the majority of Poles were content with the way their lives were progressing throughout last year.</p>Thu, 13 Feb 2020 14:04:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2342ie6967w0posvqt2ydi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-poles-content-with-their-lives---cbos-10464Polish exports smash the one trillion złoty mark to hit record highhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-exports-smash-the-one-trillion-zloty-mark-to-hit-record-high-10462<p>Polish exports have broken a new record, reaching over 1 trillion złoty last year – that’s one followed by twelve zeros. European trading partners remained key, but exports to more distant countries also grew rapidly as well.</p>Thu, 13 Feb 2020 13:14:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f2i0qgqqg5qlbgehkk2u.jpegAccording to the latest data, Poland exported 1.137 trillion złoty (EUR 235.8 billion) worth of goods and imported 1.58 trillion złoty (EUR 234 billion) in 2019, an increase of 6.6 percent and 3.6 percent respectively compared to 2018.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-exports-smash-the-one-trillion-zloty-mark-to-hit-record-high-10462PM plans to commemorate Katyn and Smolensk victims in Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-plans-to-commemorate-katyn-and-smolensk-victims-in-russia-10460<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday that he plans to attend observances of the anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster and 1940 Katyn Massacre of Polish POWs by Soviet security police that Poland wants to take place on April 10 in Russia.</p>Thu, 13 Feb 2020 12:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPM plans to commemorate Katyn and Smolensk victims in Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-plans-to-commemorate-katyn-and-smolensk-victims-in-russia-10460Katowice to host World Urban Forum in 2022https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katowice-to-host-world-urban-forum-in-2022-10459<p>The 11th World Urban Forum (WUF) will be held in 2022 in the southern Polish city of Katowice, for the first time in Central Europe, Minister of Funds and Regional Policy Malgorzata Jarosinska-Jedynak has said.</p>Thu, 13 Feb 2020 12:14:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/stzvyvdbiq88nh3jelyeu.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katowice-to-host-world-urban-forum-in-2022-10459Polish city of Lodz to host global aviation industry meeting in Aprilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-city-of-lodz-to-host-global-aviation-industry-meeting-in-april-10457<p>Representatives from around 100 airlines, 300 airports, numerous tourist organisations and other aviation-related businesses are expected to attend the Routes Europe forum to be held on April 26-28 in Lodz, central Poland.</p>Thu, 13 Feb 2020 12:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish city of Lodz to host global aviation industry meeting in Aprilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-city-of-lodz-to-host-global-aviation-industry-meeting-in-april-10457Shine on: Poland ranked fifth in Europe for solar growthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shine-on-poland-ranked-fifth-in-europe-for-solar-growth-10455<p>Investment in photovoltaics has surged in Poland, making it one of the fastest-growing countries in terms of solar energy capacity in the EU. With costs falling and new initiatives ahead, the future of solar energy in the country has never looked brighter.</p>Thu, 13 Feb 2020 12:06:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5kubscqz0xov7z6tvi10vc.jpegIn terms of growth in capacity at solar power plants, Poland now ranks fifth in Europe behind only Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and France. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shine-on-poland-ranked-fifth-in-europe-for-solar-growth-10455Climate neutrality a great challenge of civilisation - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/climate-neutrality-a-great-challenge-of-civilisation---minister-10453<p>Poland's Climate Minister Michal Kurtyka addressing a Paris conference on Wednesday said that credibility and fair distribution of costs and benefits are of key importance to solving climate problems.</p>Wed, 12 Feb 2020 20:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rkb56hee73aqaf4e5ayc8.jpeg"If the transformation is not fair, it will fail. It is our duty to work out such solutions so that nobody stays behind," added Kurtyka.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/climate-neutrality-a-great-challenge-of-civilisation---minister-10453Poland's agriculture minister addresses IFAD sessionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-agriculture-minister-addresses-ifad-session-10451<p>Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski on Wednesday attended the 43rd session of the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome. Poland joined the organisation on January 29.</p>Wed, 12 Feb 2020 20:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a6el0xi5dzln72t2zogc7l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-agriculture-minister-addresses-ifad-session-10451Polish exports of agri-food products rise to EUR 31.4 billion in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-exports-of-agri-food-products-rise-to-eur-314-billion-in-2019-10449<p>The value of Poland's agri-food exports in 2019 reached an unprecedented level of EUR 31.4 billion, which was 5.8 percent higher than in 2018, according to data that has been published by the National Support Centre for Agricultural (KOWR).</p>Wed, 12 Feb 2020 20:26:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish exports of agri-food products rise to EUR 31.4 billion in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-exports-of-agri-food-products-rise-to-eur-314-billion-in-2019-10449Polish banking group books record profithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-group-books-record-profit-10447<p>Poland's PKO BP Capital Group formed around Poland's biggest state-owned bank closed 2019 with profits at PLN 4,03 billion (EUR 950 million), the highest in the bank's history. PKO BP also raised its client pool to 10.9 million, including 4.2 million online users.</p>Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:56:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r92rbi53htkve8t7sa6yif.jpegPolish banking group books record profit.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-group-books-record-profit-10447Poland's southern economic zone attracts 11 projects this yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-southern-economic-zone-attracts-11-projects-this-year-10445<p>The south-Polish Katowice Special Economic Zone has already attracted 11 new projects this year whose total value is PLN 500 mln (EUR 117 mln), the zone's CEO, Janusz Michalek, told PAP on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:49:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tbzkw7aqqmmo4wosw6yn8.jpegThe zone has also managed to attract domestic capital investments, Michalek said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-southern-economic-zone-attracts-11-projects-this-year-10445Józef Wilkoń at 90: the prolific artist that transformed Polish illustrative arthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jozef-wilkon-at-90-the-prolific-artist-that-transformed-polish-illustrative-art-10443<p><span lang="EN-GB">Pick up an illustrated book in Poland and there is a strong chance that the pictures in it may have come from the hand of Józef Wilkoń.</span></p>Wed, 12 Feb 2020 15:38:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qvrf1elrq3uc5was6tgm.jpegProlific in his output, Wilkoń has illustrated over 200 books in a varied career that has seen him delve into painting and sculpture. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jozef-wilkon-at-90-the-prolific-artist-that-transformed-polish-illustrative-art-10443Anti-Corruption Bureau dismantles EUR 2-bln tax fraud ganghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-corruption-bureau-dismantles-eur-2-bln-tax-fraud-gang-10440<p>An organised crime group operating a chain of 26 tax evading companies that transferred over PLN 8.6 billion (EUR 2.01 billion) out of the country has been broken up by Poland’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA), the CBA has informed PAP.</p>Wed, 12 Feb 2020 13:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qdzodo02sio7zk69rszi.jpegThe crime gang operated 26 tax evading firms that transferred an estimated PLN 8.6 billion out of the country.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-corruption-bureau-dismantles-eur-2-bln-tax-fraud-gang-10440Poland's industrial production up in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-december---eurostat-10439<p>Poland's working-day adjusted industrial production rose by 1.3 percent year on year in December 2019, after growing 5.6 percent year on year in November, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 12 Feb 2020 13:46:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's industrial production up in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-december---eurostat-10439Fashion giant LPP makes contingency plans for coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fashion-giant-lpp-makes-contingency-plans-for-coronavirus-10437<p>With China battling the deadly coronavirus, Polish-listed fashion company LPP is preparing contingency plans to cope with protracted clothing deliveries from there.</p>Wed, 12 Feb 2020 12:14:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dcwewe59cvuwsycuwbejo.jpegTouting 1,700 stores in its portfolio, the firm manufactures approximately one-third of its products in China, before retailing them in over 20 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fashion-giant-lpp-makes-contingency-plans-for-coronavirus-10437Unemployment rate to decrease in March-April - labour ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unemployment-rate-to-decrease-in-march-april---labour-ministry-10436<p>After the increase of the unemployment rate in January 2020, the Polish Labour Ministry expects the rate to fall between March and April, Deputy Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy Alina Nowak said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 12 Feb 2020 12:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lg2ru1uusonj6weuehrl4.jpegNowak said that the January fall is a recurring trend, while the forecast for March and April shows that the number of unemployed people will decrease.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unemployment-rate-to-decrease-in-march-april---labour-ministry-10436Storm Sabine damages 250 buildings in Poland - State Fire Servicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/storm-sabine-damages-250-buildings-in-poland---state-fire-service-10435<p>Storm Sabine, also known as Ciara, hit Poland on Tuesday and damaged 250 buildings, including nearly 170 dwelling houses and hundreds of damaged trees, the State Fire Service (PSP) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 12 Feb 2020 09:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qya8f30otz8m2u07x6j94.jpegSpokesman for the Chief Commander of the State Fire Service, Paweł Frątczak said that 1,246 interventions were reported in the country.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/storm-sabine-damages-250-buildings-in-poland---state-fire-service-10435Poznan City Council signs European Charter for Equalityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-city-council-signs-european-charter-for-equality-10433<p>The City Council of Poznan, western Poland, signed the European Charter for Gender Equality on Tuesday. The charter, launched in 2006, commits local and regional governments throughout Europe to using their powers to achieve greater equality for their people.</p>Tue, 11 Feb 2020 21:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/423meym2xad6bjgs1cox6v.jpegOn Tuesday, 23 councillors in Poznan voted on the signing and implementation of the European Charter for Gender Equality of Women and Men in Local Life. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-city-council-signs-european-charter-for-equality-10433Ruling party plans anti-fake news campaignhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-plans-anti-fake-news-campaign-10431<p>A special team to combat fake news and disinfomation will be established in re-election vying President Andrzej Duda's election staff, Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) informed on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 11 Feb 2020 20:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2fd7ln5w6akaexzk8ud76l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-plans-anti-fake-news-campaign-10431Poland's Interior Ministry seeks to streamline anti-terrorism measureshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-interior-ministry-seeks-to-streamline-anti-terrorism-measures-10429<p>The Ministry of Interior and Administration has prepared a draft law aimed at improving the country's anti-terrorism measures and plugging loopholes in the current system, following a review by an inter-ministry team.</p>Tue, 11 Feb 2020 18:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Interior Ministry seeks to streamline anti-terrorism measureshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-interior-ministry-seeks-to-streamline-anti-terrorism-measures-10429New national security strategy within a month - security bureauhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-national-security-strategy-within-a-month---security-bureau-10427<p>A new national security strategy should be ready for signing by the president within a month, National Security Bureau (BBN) head Pawel Soloch said on Tuesday at the 1st Maritime Security Congress in Gdynia, northern Poland.</p>Tue, 11 Feb 2020 18:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNew national security strategy within a month - security bureauhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-national-security-strategy-within-a-month---security-bureau-10427Back home again: three paintings returned to Castle Książ after almost 100 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/back-home-again-three-paintings-returned-to-castle-ksiaz-after-almost-100-years-10425<p>Three paintings have been returned to Castle Książ in Wałbrzych after spending almost 100 years hanging on the walls of private apartments.</p>Tue, 11 Feb 2020 17:44:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ld78869k3md0c339qxliykv.jpegThe three paintings back in the castle again after almost a 100 years away.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/back-home-again-three-paintings-returned-to-castle-ksiaz-after-almost-100-years-10425Breaking the glass ceiling: When it comes to science, Polish women are on the uphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/breaking-the-glass-ceiling-when-it-comes-to-science-polish-women-are-on-the-up-10422<p>As the world marks International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Poland can boast one of the most balanced female-to-male ratios in science, with 49.5 percent being comprised of females. In real terms that means 611,700 of Poland’s 1,252,900 scientist and engineers are female.</p>Tue, 11 Feb 2020 16:09:00 +0100BusinessSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8xcm1bv7kacuc10icauup.jpegLooking to the future. Polish women are strongly represented in the world of science.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/breaking-the-glass-ceiling-when-it-comes-to-science-polish-women-are-on-the-up-10422Gdansk seaport handles record-high 52.2 mln tonnes of goods in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-seaport-handles-record-high-522-mln-tonnes-of-goods-in-2019-10420<p>The Port of Gdansk, Poland's biggest seaport, handled a record 52.2 million tonnes of goods in 2019, up by 6.4 percent from a year ago, taking fourth place among seaports on the Baltic Sea.</p>Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:19:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oftni3egvjceoawxs5hk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-seaport-handles-record-high-522-mln-tonnes-of-goods-in-2019-10420Cabinet adopts draft guidelines for EU funding of rural areashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cabinet-adopts-draft-guidelines-for-eu-funding-of-rural-areas-10419<p>The Cabinet on Tuesday adopted the draft guidelines of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for Rural Development Policy programmes with European funds in 2021-2027, the Government Information Centre (CIR) said in a statement.</p>Tue, 11 Feb 2020 14:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z2zn6e04cccx64gkmn8ew.jpegAmong the investments needed in the rural areas, the ministry mentioned water, waste and sewage management.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cabinet-adopts-draft-guidelines-for-eu-funding-of-rural-areas-10419Poland's BGK bank plans to open more branch offices abroadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-bgk-bank-plans-to-open-more-branch-offices-abroad-10416<p>Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK) plans to open offices in the Netherlands, the United States and in Asia. It also intends to start work on a new strategy, the bank wrote in a Tuesday press release.</p>Tue, 11 Feb 2020 13:54:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hj1kxjy86c7n971unvfd.jpeg"We are strengthening Poland's and Polish enterprises' position abroad," said Daszyńska-Muzyczka announcing plans to open successive BGK representative offices in Europe and, in the future, also in the US and Asian markets.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-bgk-bank-plans-to-open-more-branch-offices-abroad-10416Storm Sabina blows Poland’s wind powered energy to record highshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/storm-sabina-blows-polands-wind-powered-energy-to-record-highs-10414<p>Energy provided by wind turbines surpassed 30 percent of the energy delivered to the Polish Power Grid for the first time over the weekend, thanks to the destructive power of Storm Sabina.</p>Tue, 11 Feb 2020 12:17:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xkfvjbvp26gkqqvyqhv9y.jpegStorm Sabina proved to be a hit for Poland’s windfarms.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/storm-sabina-blows-polands-wind-powered-energy-to-record-highs-10414Poland's average wage up in Q4 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-wage-up-in-q4---stats-office-10412<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 6.9 percent year on year to PLN 5,198.58 (EUR 1,217.36 ) in the fourth quarter of 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 11 Feb 2020 11:25:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tst3w0goywac0aj4my7umf.jpegPoland's foreign trade surplus reached EUR 1.8 billion at the end of 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-wage-up-in-q4---stats-office-10412Poland's foreign trade surplus at EUR 1.8 bln in 2019 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-18-bln-in-2019---stats-office-10411<p>Poland's foreign trade surplus reached EUR 1.8 billion at the end of 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 11 Feb 2020 10:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tst3w0goywac0aj4my7umf.jpegPoland's foreign trade surplus reached EUR 1.8 billion at the end of 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-18-bln-in-2019---stats-office-10411Polish PM appeals for caution due to high windshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-appeals-for-caution-due-to-high-winds-10409<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki appealed on Monday on Twitter to be alert in view of strong winds across Poland.</p>Mon, 10 Feb 2020 21:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM appeals for caution due to high windshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-appeals-for-caution-due-to-high-winds-10409EUR 131 bn for thermal upgrades until 2030 - economistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-131-bn-for-thermal-upgrades-until-2030---economists-10407<p>Poland should spend around EUR 131 billion for thermal upgrades until 2030, the Polish Economic Institute said on Monday. The mentioned amount is EUR 84 billion higher than it would have been without a nationwide low-emission heating campaign, the institute wrote.</p>Mon, 10 Feb 2020 18:43:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEUR 131 bn for thermal upgrades until 2030 - economistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-131-bn-for-thermal-upgrades-until-2030---economists-10407Poles most enthusiastic NATO members - Pew Research Centerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-most-enthusiastic-nato-members---pew-research-center-10405<p>With 82 percent of Poles positive about their country's NATO membership, Poland recorded the highest results in a survey of 16 NATO member states conducted by the Pew Research Center.</p>Mon, 10 Feb 2020 18:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vfouook6z2w2bv7pvrv7l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-most-enthusiastic-nato-members---pew-research-center-10405Poland marks 100th anniversary of regaining access to the Baltic and the ‘Marriage to the Sea’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-marks-100th-anniversary-of-regaining-access-to-the-baltic-and-the-marriage-to-the-sea-10399<p><span lang="EN-GB">One hundred years ago on February 10, 1920 Poland regained access to the sea, and the historic event was celebrated with the ‘Wedding to the Sea’, an act that symbolised the country’s reconnection to the Baltic.</span></p>Mon, 10 Feb 2020 17:37:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dyf1vxp1mj48jmrw8jduy.jpegAndrzej Duda lays a wreath at a memorial to General Haller during commemorations to mark the regaining of access to the sea.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-marks-100th-anniversary-of-regaining-access-to-the-baltic-and-the-marriage-to-the-sea-10399It’s pan-tastic: pizza more popular in Poland than in Italy as order-in foodhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-pan-tastic-pizza-more-popular-in-poland-than-in-italy-as-order-in-food-10397<p>New figures show that Poles order pizza more often than Italians with the popularity of the Italian staple in Poland over double what it is in its home country.</p>Mon, 10 Feb 2020 14:45:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z780aasqern995h03fkcgo.jpegPizza is now more popular in Poland than it is in Italy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-pan-tastic-pizza-more-popular-in-poland-than-in-italy-as-order-in-food-10397Storm Sabine strikes Poland killing twohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/storm-sabine-strikes-poland-killing-two-10395<p>Storm Sabine, also known as Ciara, hit Poland on Monday with winds of up to 100 km/h killing two people in the southern mountain town of Bukowina Tatrzańska.</p>Mon, 10 Feb 2020 14:17:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0u31mvjfhw9f3y9qpmjs77c.jpegShortly before 11 am the winds tore the roof off a ski equipment hire centre crushing four people.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/storm-sabine-strikes-poland-killing-two-10395Stained with the blood of insurgentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stained-with-the-blood-of-insurgents-10394<p>Bloodstains splattered across the stairwell of an old Warsaw apartment block could belong to insurgents fighting against Hitler’s forces during the Warsaw Uprising.</p>Mon, 10 Feb 2020 13:07:00 +0100HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q3h2o0uowjnu5lfmrl6je.jpegIn the photo posted on Twitter, Smolańska says: “Please take a look. It's a human figure imprinted on the floor with blood. Head, body, arms and legs.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stained-with-the-blood-of-insurgents-10394Taking the plunge: thousands defy icy Baltic temperatures in cold-water swimming fest’https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/taking-the-plunge-thousands-defy-icy-baltic-temperatures-in-cold-water-swimming-fest-131<p>Thousands of people from all over Europe braved icy waters to take part in an international festival that culminated in a mass swim in the frigged waters of the Baltic Sea.</p><p>An estimated 6,000 people attended the 17th International Maritime Rally over the weekend in the coastal town of Mielno. Despite temperature being just 5 degrees Celsius and the water being a degree colder people in their droves took the plunge in a celebration of cold-water swimming.</p><p>Many donned fancy dress, giving the aquatic occasion a dash of colour, with space travel being the theme of the event. The oldest attendee was 84, while the youngest just three months.</p>Mon, 10 Feb 2020 11:41:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/luamp3utequ9e9spj0jza.jpegReady for battle. Two swimmers take to the waters for some festive fun.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/taking-the-plunge-thousands-defy-icy-baltic-temperatures-in-cold-water-swimming-fest-131Coastal access reclamation centenary starts in northern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coastal-access-reclamation-centenary-starts-in-northern-poland-10393<p>On Monday in the coastal town of Puck, President Andrzej Duda unveiled a plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of Poland's 'Wedding to the Sea,' the country's regaining under the Versailles Treaty of access to the Baltic Sea, which it had lost in 1793.</p>Mon, 10 Feb 2020 11:10:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9t3de8wjonfve114hcxrte.jpegPresident Andrzej Duda unveiled a plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of Poland's 'Wedding to the Sea,'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coastal-access-reclamation-centenary-starts-in-northern-poland-10393Number of foreign businesses in Poland on the risehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-foreign-businesses-in-poland-on-the-rise-10391<p>Poland recorded a 12-percent year on year increase in the number of newly set up foreign firms to nearly 9,000 in 2019, the daily Puls Biznesu wrote on Monday citing national court register KRS data.</p>Mon, 10 Feb 2020 10:14:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of foreign businesses in Poland on the risehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-foreign-businesses-in-poland-on-the-rise-10391Poles deported to Siberia remembered in Lublinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-deported-to-siberia-remembered-in-lublin-10389<p>Tribute was paid in the eastern Polish city of Lublin on Sunday to Poles expelled from the former eastern borderlands and deported to Siberia by the Soviet authorities. The Lublin ceremonies marked the 80th anniversary of mass deportations.</p>Sun, 09 Feb 2020 21:16:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles deported to Siberia remembered in Lublinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-deported-to-siberia-remembered-in-lublin-10389Higher calling: Christian café becomes a hit with Warsaw’s coffee loving faithfulhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/higher-calling-christian-cafe-becomes-a-hit-with-warsaws-coffee-loving-faithful-10387<p>A Warsaw entrepreneur has joined the capital’s growing passion for coffee culture with the nation’s traditional support of the church by creating a café aimed at promoting Christian qualities.</p>Sun, 09 Feb 2020 19:02:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ymgma4e4xkixvz8077iuup.jpegThe café is named Agere Contra, which loosely translated from Latin to mean ‘act against the tide’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/higher-calling-christian-cafe-becomes-a-hit-with-warsaws-coffee-loving-faithful-10387Here comes the Sun: Polish instrument on board space craft set to unlock mysteries of giant starhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/here-comes-the-sun-polish-instrument-on-board-space-craft-set-to-unlock-mysteries-of-giant-star-10384<p><span lang="EN-GB">A rocket packing Polish instruments will blast off on February 9 on a one-way mission to the Sun in an effort to answer some of the biggest questions surrounding our system’s star.</span></p>Sun, 09 Feb 2020 16:18:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kyp6ta6qgyhoyakgvqxbt.jpegThe Solar Orbiter carrying Polish-made equipment blasts off on February 9.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/here-comes-the-sun-polish-instrument-on-board-space-craft-set-to-unlock-mysteries-of-giant-star-10384Gone for a song: suspected only Manet painting in Poland sold for what could be bargain of the yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gone-for-a-song-suspected-only-manet-painting-in-poland-sold-for-what-could-be-bargain-of-the-year-10382<p><span lang="EN-GB">An unknown painting that could be the work of the famed modernist artist Edouard Manet has been sold in a Szczecin antique shop after sitting in wardrobe in Bytom for 40 years.</span></p>Sun, 09 Feb 2020 11:53:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d7wdqnnsz6q8op696vwm5x.jpegJacek Bukowski with the portrait. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gone-for-a-song-suspected-only-manet-painting-in-poland-sold-for-what-could-be-bargain-of-the-year-10382Krynica museum honouring famous artist re-opens its doorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krynica-museum-honouring-famous-artist-re-opens-its-doors-10380<p><span lang="EN-GB">After almost a year, the Nikifor Museum in Krynica-Zdrój has reopened its doors for the enthusiasts of the naive painting style.</span></p>Sat, 08 Feb 2020 18:48:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a4vqaed9lkjgzsyar1dbpl.jpegNikifor at work in Krynica.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krynica-museum-honouring-famous-artist-re-opens-its-doors-10380Poland to spend EUR 6.55 bln on 100 ring roadshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-spend-eur-655-bln-on-100-ring-roads-10378<p>The value of all investments carried out under Poland's 100 Ring Roads Programme 2020-2030 is estimated at PLN 28 bln (EUR 6.55 bln), Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk said at a press conference on Saturday.</p>Sat, 08 Feb 2020 15:29:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wiue2z6eyfhd5nehx5xjir.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-spend-eur-655-bln-on-100-ring-roads-10378Polish president to embark on re-election campaign on February 15https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-to-embark-on-re-election-campaign-on-february-15-10377<p>Incumbent Polish President Andrzej Duda's re-election campaign will be officially launched on February 15 during a convention of the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) in Warsaw, PAP has found out.</p>Sat, 08 Feb 2020 15:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1s7gg5fskvyo5caejxbh7o.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-to-embark-on-re-election-campaign-on-february-15-10377Unseen pics of Sobibór death camp shed ghastly light on Nazi horror facilityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unseen-pics-of-sobibor-death-camp-shed-ghastly-light-on-nazi-horror-facility-10375<p><span lang="EN-GB">Dozens of photographs taken at the Sobibór death camp have come to light after lying forgotten for decades in Germany.</span></p>Sat, 08 Feb 2020 15:07:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/25wkenofyowb3kg18fup56.jpegView of Sobibór in summer 1943 taken from a guard tower. Camp I for prison slave-labour is in the foreground; the Front Camp for SS staff is in the background.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unseen-pics-of-sobibor-death-camp-shed-ghastly-light-on-nazi-horror-facility-10375No coronavirus found in 30 Poles evacuated from Wuhan - health minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-coronavirus-found-in-30-poles-evacuated-from-wuhan---health-min-10373<p>None of the examined samples taken from the Poles evacuated from Wuhan in China on Sunday proved positive for the coronavirus, Poland's Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska told a Friday press conference, after two tests had been run.</p>Sat, 08 Feb 2020 12:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNo coronavirus found in 30 Poles evacuated from Wuhan - health minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-coronavirus-found-in-30-poles-evacuated-from-wuhan---health-min-10373Poland mourns passing of legendary musician and composerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-mourns-passing-of-legendary-singer-and-composer-10370<p><span lang="EN-GB">Romuald Lipko, a key member of rock band Budka Suflera, one of the most influential and popular groups of the 80s, 90s, and 00s has passed away aged 69 after a fight with cancer.</span></p>Sat, 08 Feb 2020 11:53:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sol4ax3km1ivktgthd1bd.jpegLipko on stage in 2013.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-mourns-passing-of-legendary-singer-and-composer-10370Polish top officials pay tribute to late PM Olszewskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-top-officials-pay-tribute-to-late-pm-olszewski-10369<p>Representatives of the presidential and prime minister's offices, and government officials laid flowers and lit candles at the tomb of Former Polish Prime Minister Jan Olszewski, who died one year ago today.</p>Fri, 07 Feb 2020 20:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l5lrarnu4egknnvhbory9.jpegOlszewski died on February 7, 2019, at the age of 88. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-top-officials-pay-tribute-to-late-pm-olszewski-10369Polish, Portuguese FMs in Lisbon discuss economic ties, EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-portuguese-fms-in-lisbon-discuss-economic-ties-eu-budget-10368<p>Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz paid a Friday visit to Lisbon where he met with his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva to conclude that the two countries have many common political goals, including those related to the next EU budget</p>Fri, 07 Feb 2020 18:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/47pm2970d7qeyib7qzjmkq.jpegFriday talks between Czaputowicz and Santos Silva also focused on the development of economic relations between Poland and Portugal.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-portuguese-fms-in-lisbon-discuss-economic-ties-eu-budget-10368Missing Rudna miner deadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/missing-rudna-miner-dead-10367<p>A miner sought by rescue teams after a Friday tremor in the Rudna copper mine in southwestern Poland is dead, the mine-owning KGHM copper company has informed.</p>Fri, 07 Feb 2020 17:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jr3d60h83qukllfwbb0mc.jpegFour miners were injured in the tremor, which occurred 1,100 metres underground.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/missing-rudna-miner-dead-10367It’s snow joke: Polish man cycles 400 kilometres in -60 coldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-snow-joke-polish-man-cycles-400-kilometres-in--60-cold-10365<p>A Warsaw-based cyclist has just completed a 400-kilometre journey in four days through the wilds of Siberia despite temperatures as low as -60°C.</p>Fri, 07 Feb 2020 17:36:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q11mdqxrdxpvjk4bchi3u.jpegOn the road again. Romanovski takes on Siberia’s freezing roads.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-snow-joke-polish-man-cycles-400-kilometres-in--60-cold-10365Polish music star Ralph Kaminskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-music-star-ralph-kaminski-447<p>Ralph Kaminski has been making waves in Poland ever since the release of his first album Morze (Seas). The singer has racked up millions of hits online and is known for his colourful, unique sound and style.<br>- Funny<br>- Fast paced<br>- Travel<br>- Culture</p><p>Check out our other interviews with Patricia Kazadi, Mery Spolsky and Kinga.</p>Fri, 07 Feb 2020 15:57:00 +0100Art & CultureHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tywv18ae71ltpiba1khen.jpegPolish music star Ralph Kaminskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-music-star-ralph-kaminski-447Poland to receive EUR 140 mln for environment, energy and climate changehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-receive-eur-140-mln-for-environment-energy-and-climate-change-10363<p>A contract for carrying out the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Programme was signed on Friday by the ministers of funds and climate and Norway's ambassador to Poland, securing Poland EUR 140 million from the Norway Grants for the programme.</p>Fri, 07 Feb 2020 15:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4kazsw1xp4qsxh4ik14v8.jpegNorwegian Ambassador to Poland Olav Myklebust (pictured with Minister Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak) described the programme as a unique tool enabling common action in the face of great challenges.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-receive-eur-140-mln-for-environment-energy-and-climate-change-10363Secret messages smuggled out of Majdanek concentration camp handed over to state archiveshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/secret-messages-smuggled-out-of-majdanek-concentration-camp-handed-over-to-state-archives-10360<p><span lang="EN-GB">A collection of over 120 secret messages written by a Home Army soldier imprisoned at the Nazis’ notorious Majdenek concentration camp in Poland’s eastern Lublin have been handed over to public archives after lying in private hands for decades.</span></p>Fri, 07 Feb 2020 15:03:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l0cgf3xzp8rreljkjxz37k.jpegThe messages were written Henryk Szcześniewski, a Home Army soldier imprisoned in Majdanek.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/secret-messages-smuggled-out-of-majdanek-concentration-camp-handed-over-to-state-archives-10360Poland, Belarus signs transboundary water cooperation agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-belarus-signs-transboundary-water-cooperation-agreement-10358<p>Poland and Belarus signed an agreement on cross-border water cooperation in Bialowieza, western Poland, on Friday, under which the two countries will exchange information and cooperate in managing fires and floods, Polish Waters has said.</p>Fri, 07 Feb 2020 13:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zib5mj4novg6cpocvi6l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-belarus-signs-transboundary-water-cooperation-agreement-10358Cash windfall: Polish/British cash-transfer, fin-tech firm nets multi-million loan from EIBhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cash-windfall-polishbritish-cash-transfer-fin-tech-firm-nets-multi-million-loan-from-eib-10354<p><span lang="EN-US">A Polish-British finance fin-tech firm behind an app that allows users to transfer money internationally has received EUR 20 million in funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB).</span></p>Fri, 07 Feb 2020 12:01:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3m3kgpdnuogbaecze3slvb.jpegAzimo helps people transfer money from one country to another.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cash-windfall-polishbritish-cash-transfer-fin-tech-firm-nets-multi-million-loan-from-eib-10354Poland takes part in meeting of Warsaw Process working grouphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-part-in-meeting-of-warsaw-process-working-group-10352<p>As part of the so-called Warsaw Process, a meeting of a working group on humanitarian issues and assistance to refugees took place in Brasilia with the participation of representatives from the US, Poland and Brazil, the US Department of State said on Thursday.</p>Fri, 07 Feb 2020 11:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland takes part in meeting of Warsaw Process working grouphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-part-in-meeting-of-warsaw-process-working-group-10352Border guard services 54.4 mln people in 2019 - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/border-guard-services-544-mln-people-in-2019---official-10350<p>Polish Border Guard (SG) officers serviced 54,391,942 million travellers at the Polish border in 2019, two million more than in the previous year, SG spokeswoman Agnieszka Golias has told PAP.</p>Fri, 07 Feb 2020 11:34:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9wgxytvynsf6pa60b1yjy6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/border-guard-services-544-mln-people-in-2019---official-10350French president to deliver address concerning Poland - Polish officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-president-to-deliver-address-concerning-poland---polish-official-10348<p>French President Emmanuel Macron, who recently visited Poland, will deliver an important address on Friday in which he will make a reference to Poland, Polish presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski told Polish Radio One on Friday morning.</p>Fri, 07 Feb 2020 11:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dqg3hdghx9cmuyg6puqfxl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-president-to-deliver-address-concerning-poland---polish-official-10348PM talks future EU budget with Council presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-talks-future-eu-budget-with-council-president-10346<p>Poland will play a constructive role in working out a final consensus on the EU budget, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said following Thursday evening talks with European Council President Charles Michel.</p>Fri, 07 Feb 2020 11:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPM talks future EU budget with Council presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-talks-future-eu-budget-with-council-president-10346Toyota to start production of 1.5 TNGA engines in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/toyota-to-start-production-of-15-tnga-engines-in-poland-10343<p>The Toyota factory in Jelcz-Laskowice, southwestern Poland, will begin production of 1.5 Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) engines in April, announced President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) Dariusz Mikołajczak on Thursday.</p>Thu, 06 Feb 2020 20:57:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgToyota to start production of 1.5 TNGA engines in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/toyota-to-start-production-of-15-tnga-engines-in-poland-10343The future is now! Sales of electric and hybrid cars rise as Poland shows Europe the wayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-future-is-now-sales-of-electric-and-hybrid-cars-rise-as-poland-shows-europe-the-way-10339<p>The number of alternative fuel cars being registered in Poland continues to grow as institutions and individual buyers increasingly choose hybrid or electric vehicles over petrol or diesel cars.</p>Thu, 06 Feb 2020 18:58:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4m4s8he2z7r7s31ujs3ob.jpegAccording to data released by Eurostat in October, Poland now has the highest percentage of alternative fuel cars in the EU – 15 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-future-is-now-sales-of-electric-and-hybrid-cars-rise-as-poland-shows-europe-the-way-10339Warsaw hosts European Network Remembrance and Solidarity meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-hosts-european-network-remembrance-and-solidarity-meeting-10341<p>Representatives of academia, culture and politics from eight European countries, arrived in Warsaw on Thursday to take part in a two-day annual meeting of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) Assemblies.</p>Thu, 06 Feb 2020 18:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWarsaw hosts European Network Remembrance and Solidarity meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-hosts-european-network-remembrance-and-solidarity-meeting-10341Award-winning start-up harnesses Virtual Reality technology to help kids overcome autismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/award-winning-start-up-harnesses-virtual-reality-technology-to-help-kids-overcome-autism-10336<p>An innovative start-up has scooped top prize at the Polish Development Fund’s ‘School of Pioneers’ awards after debuting a line of virtual reality headsets designed to help children with autism.</p>Thu, 06 Feb 2020 17:19:00 +0100BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fmcbx169jj6f5bbpjqat1i.jpegCreated by Warsaw-based Jakub Kreft, Unicorn VR utilizes virtual reality technology to create a safe space for the user which allows them to hone their social skills.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/award-winning-start-up-harnesses-virtual-reality-technology-to-help-kids-overcome-autism-10336Former finance minister nominated for dep head of EU investment bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-finance-minister-nominated-for-dep-head-of-eu-investment-bank-10335<p>The Finance Ministry has officially nominated a current member of the board of the National Bank of Poland (NBP), Teresa Czerwińska, for the position of deputy head of the European Investment Bank, Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński told PAP on Thursday.</p>Thu, 06 Feb 2020 16:14:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/580oyc703q8zfnkvy0f5de.jpegCzerwińska was appointed as an NBP board member in 2019, previously she was Poland's finance minister.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-finance-minister-nominated-for-dep-head-of-eu-investment-bank-10335Three quarters of Poles believe themselves 'middle-class' - studyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-quarters-of-poles-believe-themselves-middle-class---study-10334<p>Three in four Poles put themselves in the middle class of society, while around one in six of them claim to belong to the 'lower class,' according to a study by research pollster CBOS.</p>Thu, 06 Feb 2020 15:52:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ap1ycgol6hdmk0vw36b86.jpegWhen asked about financial status, 82 percent of people claimed to be moderately prosperous, 16 percent considered themselves poor, while almost nobody declared the highest financial status.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-quarters-of-poles-believe-themselves-middle-class---study-10334Poland's unemployment edges up to 5.5 percent in January - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-edges-up-to-55-percent-in-january---stats-office-10333<p>Poland's unemployment rate rose to 5.5 percent in January 2020 from 5.2 percent a month earlier, Deputy Family, Labour and Social Policy Minister Stanisław Szwed said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 06 Feb 2020 15:10:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fm32vog252hk7nercfv3cg.jpegSzwed added that the ministry expects the country's unemployment rate to decrease in the coming months.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-edges-up-to-55-percent-in-january---stats-office-10333Warsaw Air Bridge hero remembered: last British pilot to drop supplies to Uprising insurgents dies aged 95https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-air-bridge-hero-remembered-last-british-pilot-to-drop-supplies-to-uprising-insurgents-dies-aged-95-10330<p>An ex-RAF bomb aimer who was believed to have been the last British survivor of the Warsaw Air Bridge, the perilous operation to drop supplies to the beleaguered fighters of the Warsaw Uprising, has died aged 95.</p>Thu, 06 Feb 2020 12:57:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yr4srto2vask25i27j42q.jpegPictured in later life, Jim Auton flew two missions to Warsaw to resupply insurgents fighting in the Warsaw Uprising. The Polish ambassador to Great Britain described him as a “true friend of Poland” and a “brave and determined man”.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-air-bridge-hero-remembered-last-british-pilot-to-drop-supplies-to-uprising-insurgents-dies-aged-95-10330EP holds ceremony marking 100 years of Poland's Wedding to the Seahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ep-holds-ceremony-marking-100-years-of-polands-wedding-to-the-sea-10328<p>The European Parliament (EP) hosted a ceremony on Tuesday marking the 100th anniversary of Poland's Wedding to the Sea, the country's regaining under the Versailles Treaty of access to the Baltic Sea, which it had lost in 1793.</p><article><br></article>Thu, 06 Feb 2020 12:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jqnqas9ouud1jv6y2xneia.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ep-holds-ceremony-marking-100-years-of-polands-wedding-to-the-sea-10328Warsaw to host international conference on religious freedom - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-host-international-conference-on-religious-freedom---fm-10327<p>Warsaw will host international conference devoted to the promotion of religion and faith on July 14-16, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said in Washington on Wednesday during his ongoing visit to the US.</p>Thu, 06 Feb 2020 09:41:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWarsaw to host international conference on religious freedom - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-host-international-conference-on-religious-freedom---fm-10327Over 40 pct of Ukrainians say Poland positive towards Ukraine - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-40-pct-of-ukrainians-say-poland-positive-towards-ukraine---poll-10325<p>A total of 40.8 percent of Ukranians believe Poland has a positive attitude towards their country, and 5.2 percent are of the opposite opinion, say the results of a Socis poll cited by the Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 06 Feb 2020 09:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sfdnyfvi2wjfeycmrw4f58.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-40-pct-of-ukrainians-say-poland-positive-towards-ukraine---poll-10325Polish PM receives Man of Freedom awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-receives-man-of-freedom-award-10324<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Wednesday evening received the Man of Freedom award conferred upon him by the Sieci weekly.</p>Thu, 06 Feb 2020 09:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a1lte2180bwoty84zf597c.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-receives-man-of-freedom-award-10324Polish president to seek reelectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-to-seek-reelection-10323<p>President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday in Lubartów, southeastern Poland, announced his intention to run for re-election in this spring's election. Duda said his second term will enable the government to continue its work.</p>Wed, 05 Feb 2020 20:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rtd7li1tel7q0kcfo9xnkd.jpeg"Of course I will run in these presidential elections," Duda said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-to-seek-reelection-10323Poland's FinMin to run for European Development Bank's top seathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-finmin-to-run-for-european-development-banks-top-seat-10322<p>Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński announced on Wednesday he will run for the post of president of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).</p>Wed, 05 Feb 2020 20:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cv0fngc8nncyy28jol62za.jpegKościński was appointed Poland's finance minister November 2019. He has 30 years of experience working for Polish and foreign banks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-finmin-to-run-for-european-development-banks-top-seat-10322Ice and easy! Explorer’s epic journey sees Arctic Circle breached by an unmodified, hybrid motorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ice-and-easy-explorers-epic-journey-sees-arctic-circle-breached-by-an-unmodified-hybrid-motor-10320<p>The grandson of one of the country’s greatest explorers has himself hit the news after completing a 9,488 kilometre odyssey that saw him drive from Poland to deep within the Arctic Circle and back again in an unmodified hybrid car.</p>Wed, 05 Feb 2020 19:42:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ib60tavgydb32o6q9fbm.jpegThe 9,488 kilometre odyssey saw Arkady Fiedler drive from Poland to deep within the Arctic Circle and back again in an unmodified hybrid car.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ice-and-easy-explorers-epic-journey-sees-arctic-circle-breached-by-an-unmodified-hybrid-motor-10320Polish hub project to receive EUR 1.64 mln in EU funds for rail planshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hub-project-to-receive-eur-164-mln-in-eu-funds-for-rail-plans-10319<p>The Central Transportation Port (CPK) company will receive over PLN 7 million (EUR 1.64 million) in EU funds for the preparation of construction blueprints for a 30-kilometre stretch of rail line.</p>Wed, 05 Feb 2020 18:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lbhkttkehcpxokzxvxn61d.jpegMinister for Funds and Regional Policy Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak said that this was the first task the CPK will implement with the support of EU funds.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hub-project-to-receive-eur-164-mln-in-eu-funds-for-rail-plans-10319Polish, UK European ministers talk post-Brexit issueshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-uk-european-ministers-talk-post-brexit-issues-10318<p>Polish Minister for European Affairs Konrad Szymański and the UK's Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Christopher Pincher met on Wednesday to discuss future cooperation, security issues and the situation of Poles in the UK and UK citizens in Poland.</p>Wed, 05 Feb 2020 17:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gsslwntsht9muccrft39og.jpegMinister Szymański was quoted in the release as saying it is now necessary to focus on the future UK-EU agreement having "the most ambitious nature." https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-uk-european-ministers-talk-post-brexit-issues-10318Polish, Albanian culture ministers discuss bilateral cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-albanian-culture-ministers-discuss-bilateral-cooperation-10317<p>Polish Culture Minister Piotr Gliński and his Albanian counterpart Elva Margariti held a meeting on Wednesday in Warsaw, during which both discussed cultural cooperation and support regarding the recent earthquake in Albania, the Culture Ministry said.</p>Wed, 05 Feb 2020 16:40:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y8ia3osicmlginy7mxssvf.jpegPolish Culture Minister Piotr Gliński and his Albanian counterpart Elva Margariti.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-albanian-culture-ministers-discuss-bilateral-cooperation-10317Wildflower power! Urban meadows take root across Poland’s cities as eco-entrepreneur battles for a greener futurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wildflower-power-urban-meadows-take-root-across-polands-cities-as-eco-entrepreneur-battles-for-a-greener-future-10315<p>Those who dream of gazing out onto a blossoming meadow in their back garden or seeing a wild sea of poppies in front of their work space have had their dreams turned into reality thanks to the concerted efforts of Łąki Kwietne, a firm based just outside of Warsaw.</p>Wed, 05 Feb 2020 15:50:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5qxqe7fk01u4jmb7or05we.jpegShunning more traditional green features such as cultivated flowerbeds and lawns, more and more cities such as Warsaw and Katowice are looking to introduce wildflower meadows to their urban tissue.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wildflower-power-urban-meadows-take-root-across-polands-cities-as-eco-entrepreneur-battles-for-a-greener-future-10315Jagiellonian scientist triumphs over Google in patent battlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jagellonian-scientist-triumphs-over-google-in-patent-battle-10313<p>A scientist from Jagiellonian University has won a patent battle with Google centred around a complex file compression method.</p>Wed, 05 Feb 2020 12:37:00 +0100BusinessSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/npi77cscttsl6qq0y4i7m.jpegThe ANS method compresses computerized data in a way that is thirty times faster and more efficient in terms of information flow.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jagellonian-scientist-triumphs-over-google-in-patent-battle-10313Poland will hold presidential election on May 10https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-hold-presidential-election-on-may-10-10311<p>The Polish presidenial election will be held on May 10, Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 05 Feb 2020 12:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o5z7v818nek7p65mec7sm6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-hold-presidential-election-on-may-10-10311General Jaroslaw Mika to remain head of Armed Forceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/general-jaroslaw-mika-to-remain-head-of-armed-forces-10309<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda has named General Jaroslaw Mika as the general commander of the Branches of the Armed Forces for another term, the National Security Bureau (BBN) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 05 Feb 2020 12:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/es5w62s6rgr8o0y2o2b6cd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/general-jaroslaw-mika-to-remain-head-of-armed-forces-10309Poland's leasing market to grow by 6.3 pct in 2020 - lobbyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-leasing-market-to-grow-by-63-pct-in-2020---lobby-10308<p>The Polish leasing market is expected to rebound by 6.3 percent in 2020 after a 5.8 percent slump in 2019, the Polish Leasing Association (ZPL) has announced.</p>Wed, 05 Feb 2020 12:03:00 +0100https://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's leasing market to grow by 6.3 pct in 2020 - lobbyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-leasing-market-to-grow-by-63-pct-in-2020---lobby-10308Polish gov't adopts cancer-fighting strategyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-adopts-cancer-fighting-strategy-10306<p>The Polish cabinet on Tuesday endorsed a National Oncology Strategy for 2020-2030 that aims to increase the five-year cancer survival rate. The new strategy, prepared by the Health Ministry, replaces the cancer-fighting programme for 2016-2024.</p>Tue, 04 Feb 2020 20:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rf062a3781zioeilxhevc.jpegThe strategy aims to improve cancer diagnosis at the early stages of the diseases in order to reduce mortality rates.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-adopts-cancer-fighting-strategy-10306Ukraine uses Polish development aid to build mountain rescue stationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukraine-uses-polish-development-aid-to-build-mountain-rescue-station-10305<p>Polish development aid funds have been used to construct a rescue station on the Pip Ivan mountain in Ukraine's Chornohora range, said panelists at the 13th Europe-Ukraine Forum that started in Jasionka near the south-eastern city of Rzeszów on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 04 Feb 2020 18:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q79mxd328wdcmmyfadpqr8.jpegThe 13th Europe-Ukraine Forum has attracted close to a thousand participants.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukraine-uses-polish-development-aid-to-build-mountain-rescue-station-10305Polish PM to meet with EC, European Council presidents on Thursdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-meet-with-ec-european-council-presidents-on-thursday-10303<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will visit Brussels on Thursday to meet with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and with President of the European Council Charles Michel, the Polish PM's Office reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 04 Feb 2020 17:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/khz83lotohpwzm4bnvznh.jpegThe European Council head on Monday started a two-week marathon of talks with European Union leaders regarding the EU's new multiannual budget. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-meet-with-ec-european-council-presidents-on-thursday-10303Yad Vashem says sorry for “distorted” map at Holocaust Forum that had wrong Polish bordershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/yad-vashem-says-sorry-for-distorted-map-at-holocaust-forum-that-had-wrong-polish-borders-10300<p>The Yad Vashem Institute in Israel has apologised for presenting “distorted” historical facts during the Fifth World Holocaust Forum held recently in Jerusalem.</p>Tue, 04 Feb 2020 16:40:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kr4mdfc4yqr5eczv37nk.jpegThe map contained a number of mistakes, including the incorrect position of Poland’s borders.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/yad-vashem-says-sorry-for-distorted-map-at-holocaust-forum-that-had-wrong-polish-borders-10300Polish national air carrier prolongs suspension of flights to Beijinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-air-carrier-prolongs-suspension-of-flights-to-beijing-10299<p>Polish air carrier PLL LOT announced on Tuesday that it is prolonging the suspension of all of its flights to Beijing until February 29.</p>Tue, 04 Feb 2020 15:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w9wnue8tjppw3cx2qan22.jpegInitially, the airline had suspended its flights to Beijing until February 9 but decided to prolong the suspension. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-air-carrier-prolongs-suspension-of-flights-to-beijing-10299Macron proposes Weimar Triangle meeting in July - President Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/macron-proposes-weimar-triangle-meeting-in-july---president-duda-10298<p>Announcing on Tuesday that French President Emmanuel Macron had invited him to attend a meeting of the tri-state (France, Germany, Poland) Weimar Triangle format, Polish President Andrzej Duda expressed satisfaction that the meeting would take place.</p>Tue, 04 Feb 2020 15:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iz4bsfmu1zoxh7blolntg.jpegIn Duda's view it is always worth talking to the highest representatives of the French and German governments on the subject of the future of Europe and the EU.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/macron-proposes-weimar-triangle-meeting-in-july---president-duda-10298Poland backs NATO and EU aspirations of North Macedonia - President Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-backs-nato-and-eu-aspirations-of-north-macedonia---president-duda-10296<p>Poland supports the Euro-Atlantic and EU aspirations of North Macedonia, Polish President Andrzej Duda said after meeting with President of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski, who visited Warsaw on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 04 Feb 2020 14:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/68pcjck7axndrzqk6lqpn8.jpegAddressing a joint press conference, Duda said that Pendarovski's visit to Poland was taking place at a very important time for the Balkan country.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-backs-nato-and-eu-aspirations-of-north-macedonia---president-duda-10296Alternative-drive vehicle registrations rise 63.8 pct in 2019 - KPMGhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/alternative-drive-vehicle-registrations-rise-638-pct-in-2019---kpmg-10294<p>According to a report published on Tuesday by consultancy firm KPMG and the Polish Automotive Industry Association (PZPM), the registration of vehicles in Poland powered by alternative energy rose by 63.8 percent year on year in 2019.</p>Tue, 04 Feb 2020 13:44:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gcwlin1ml1c2cx70dc3qr6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/alternative-drive-vehicle-registrations-rise-638-pct-in-2019---kpmg-10294Arabian knights: Poles take top three places in Gulf chess tournamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/arabian-knights-poles-take-top-three-places-in-gulf-chess-tournament-10292<p>Poles came first, second and third in a chess competition in the UAE designed to push players of the ancient game to their limits.</p>Tue, 04 Feb 2020 12:46:00 +0100SportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7in7cftfpl3e1asy0ok8tf.jpegChampion Kacper Piorun (centre) with Piotr Murdzia (left) and Piotr Górski (right).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/arabian-knights-poles-take-top-three-places-in-gulf-chess-tournament-10292North Macedonia's president starts Polish visithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/north-macedonias-president-starts-polish-visit-10290<p>An official visit to Poland by President of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski, accompanied by his wife Elizabeta Pendarovska, commenced on Tuesday morning with an official welcome by Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda.</p>Tue, 04 Feb 2020 12:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0xwddnkf6f1vwh7wshpxh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/north-macedonias-president-starts-polish-visit-10290Poland eyes nuclear power, high-speed rail cooperation with Francehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-eyes-nuclear-power-high-speed-rail-cooperation-with-france-10288<p>There are several areas of potential cooperation between Poland and France, including nuclear power and high speed railways, Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 04 Feb 2020 11:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w26qbcozsxptt9zqil3ek.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-eyes-nuclear-power-high-speed-rail-cooperation-with-france-10288Polish veterans receive Legion of Honour medals from French ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-veterans-receive-legion-of-honour-medals-from-french-minister-10286<p>Three Polish WWII veterans were handed the Legion of Honour medals, France's highest public awards, by French Defence Minister Florence Parly at a ceremony held at the French Embassy in Warsaw on Monday.</p>Tue, 04 Feb 2020 10:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xkhibtkhizk53y9oum6von.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-veterans-receive-legion-of-honour-medals-from-french-minister-10286Allegro hits top-10 of biggest e-commerce sites in the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/allegro-hits-top-10-of-biggest-e-commerce-sites-in-the-world-10284<p>Polish online platform Allegro is one of the world’s top ten e-commerce websites, joining the likes of international giants Amazon and eBay, but its size has prompted concern that it may be abusing its dominant position in Poland.</p>Tue, 04 Feb 2020 10:12:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ywjy28ox7hoaq6562u4ba.jpegThe platform racks up 194 million visits per month.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/allegro-hits-top-10-of-biggest-e-commerce-sites-in-the-world-10284Macron's visit opens new chapters in relations, Polish PM sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/macrons-visit-opens-new-chapters-in-relations-polish-pm-says-10283<p>The Monday-Tuesday visit to Poland by French President Emmanuel Macron opens new chapters in bilateral relations, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said at a joint press conference with the French head of state on Monday.</p>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 19:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rkt9i1t3fui7dp255gfzo4.jpegMorawiecki and Macron signed a declaration on co-operation in European policy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/macrons-visit-opens-new-chapters-in-relations-polish-pm-says-10283Forget me not: MEP reminds EU of the role newer member states have played in the West’s economic growthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forget-me-not-mep-reminds-eu-of-the-role-newer-member-states-have-played-in-the-wests-economic-growth-10281<p>Poland and other Central European EU states are net contributors to the wealth of Western European countries rather than being just simple beneficiaries of their generous EU funding, an MEP has argued.</p>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 18:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oosxsgq2ptcpdlngpux23i.jpegClotilde Armand, a Romanian MEP, claims that the common belief that money simply flows west to east is a “major fallacy at the heart of the EU budget debate.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forget-me-not-mep-reminds-eu-of-the-role-newer-member-states-have-played-in-the-wests-economic-growth-10281ArcelorMittal Poland to restart production at its Kraków blast furnacehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/arcelormittal-poland-to-restart-production-at-its-krakow-blast-furnace-10280<p>ArcelorMittal Poland has decided to relaunch the blast furnace installation at its Krakow facility. Production is to resume in mid-March, the company wrote in a press release.</p>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 18:21:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pxbhhep2eh9uy6zkpw3ej.jpegArcelorMittal has decided to temporarily shut down a blast furnace and a steel plant in Kraków in late November.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/arcelormittal-poland-to-restart-production-at-its-krakow-blast-furnace-10280Say watt? Boffins strive to make power cuts a thing of the pasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/say-watt-boffins-strive-to-make-power-cuts-a-thing-of-the-past-10278<p>Polish scientists have found a way to minimise the risk of power outages and, if applied, their findings could stand to influence how power grids are designed in the future.</p>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 17:03:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q8iycvhjr3nqlzcz8k6r8.jpegWhilst most people view power outages as a minor inconvenience, they can be dangerous with potentially severe consequences for both people and business – could they become a thing of the past?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/say-watt-boffins-strive-to-make-power-cuts-a-thing-of-the-past-10278President Duda sends sympathy message to President Xi Jinpinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-sends-sympathy-message-to-president-xi-jinping-10277<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda in a Monday message sent to the president of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping offered words of sympathy to the families of Wuhan coronavirus victims.</p>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 16:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/72aa803kbcuj5pktm2bqvs.jpegIn his message, the Polish president praised the residents of Wuhan and the entire Hubei province "for courage and solidarity."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-sends-sympathy-message-to-president-xi-jinping-10277EU needs to strengthen after Brexit - French President in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-needs-to-strengthen-after-brexit---french-president-in-warsaw-10275<p>French President Emmanuel Macron, who started his visit to Poland on Monday, said that a new era is opening after Brexit and the European alliance must strengthen in order to be able to function in an uncertain world and respond to European challenges.</p>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 16:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yobqc1unfumpby060vtso.jpegAt a joint press conference with the Polish President Andrzej Duda, Macron noted that this is his first visit to Poland and the first European visit this year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-needs-to-strengthen-after-brexit---french-president-in-warsaw-10275Artist ‘hits the Marc’ with stunning illustrative designs for the Marc Jacobs international fashion brandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artist-hits-the-marc-with-stunning-illustrative-designs-for-the-marc-jacobs-international-fashion-brand-10273<p>A Polish artist is celebrating after being picked out by Marc Jacobs to work on the global campaign for the fashion house’s latest fragrance, Daisy Daze.</p>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 15:07:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hnwd5wwo64t0nud5ci2xyxa.pngAfter being spotted on Instagram by the Marc Jacobs team, the artist was first hired to sketch six drawings to decorate the brand’s Daisy Sunshine scents.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artist-hits-the-marc-with-stunning-illustrative-designs-for-the-marc-jacobs-international-fashion-brand-10273Macron's visit very important for bilateral ties - President Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-says-president-macrons-visit-is-very-important-10271<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda told a joint press conference with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Warsaw on Monday that the Polish visit by the French head of state was extremely important for Poland.</p>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 14:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rqbsrpwctpvq3j4q6msef.jpeg"I would like this visit to be a turning point for our joint European role," Macron said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-says-president-macrons-visit-is-very-important-10271Miracle surgeon wins American fellowshiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/miracle-surgeon-wins-american-fellowship-10269<p>Miracle surgeon Adam Maciejewski has been awarded the prestigious Godina fellowship for his ground-breaking multi-organ transplants.</p>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 13:40:00 +0100ScienceLifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u4u1vlj4yech3iepu9y8.jpegMaciejewski is head of the Department of Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery in Gliwice.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/miracle-surgeon-wins-american-fellowship-10269French president arrives in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-president-arrives-in-poland-10267<p>French President Emmanuel Macron has started his first visit to Poland on Monday. "Bienvenue, Monsier Le President!. The plane with the French president has just landed at @Chopin Airport," the Warsaw airport wrote on Twitter.</p>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 13:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0jd5aou2mcce1dy76x2bm43h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-president-arrives-in-poland-10267Polish national airline signs letter of intent with Brazilian companyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-airline-signs-letter-of-intent-with-brazilian-company-10265<p>The Polish national air carrier LOT has signed a letter of intent with the Brazilian Azul company for the lease of 18 Embraer 195 medium-range planes and up to 14 options, PAP has been told by LOT.</p>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 13:26:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rrp3eug748cmqry5dyw63.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-airline-signs-letter-of-intent-with-brazilian-company-10265Poland's presence in EU not threatened - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-presence-in-eu-not-threatened---president-10263<p>President Andrzej Duda has told the Wprost weekly that Poland's EU membership is not threatened. According to the Polish head of state, Brussels elites could be unsatisfied with Poland since "it has harmed someone's interests."</p>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 10:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sipksbgx2ukqvh2xpagsl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-presence-in-eu-not-threatened---president-10263No infection reported among Poles evacuated from coronavirus-hit Wuhanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-infection-reported-among-poles-evacuated-from-coronavirus-hit-wuhan-10261<p>There is no one with any detected infections among the group of Poles evacuated from coronavirus-hit Wuhan, in the province of Hubei, central China, the commandant of the Military Clinical Hospital in Wroclaw, col. Wojciech Tanski told reporters on Sunday.</p>Mon, 03 Feb 2020 10:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNo infection reported among Poles evacuated from coronavirus-hit Wuhanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-infection-reported-among-poles-evacuated-from-coronavirus-hit-wuhan-10261Evacuation of Poles from coronavirus-hit Wuhan underwayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/evacuation-of-poles-from-coronavirus-hit-wuhan-underway-10260<p>Thirty Poles evacuated from coronavirus-hit Wuhan, in the province of Hubei, central China, were scheduled to arrive in the southwestern Polish city of Wrocław late on Sunday, Poland's Foreign Ministry said earlier on Sunday.</p>Sun, 02 Feb 2020 20:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1obuwxcc8xmhqq1osylryse.jpegOn Sunday, at a joint press conference with Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski and Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak, Morawiecki said that Poles are safe in the face of the epidemic raging in mainland China.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/evacuation-of-poles-from-coronavirus-hit-wuhan-underway-10260Foreign minister attends peace treaty centenary in Estoniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-minister-attends-peace-treaty-centenary-in-estonia-10259<p>Polish Foreign Affairs Minister Jacek Czaputowicz attended observances on Sunday marking the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Tartu, an Estonian-Soviet Russian peace treaty ending the Estonian War of Independence.</p>Sun, 02 Feb 2020 20:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4m8kbu643jgdd5sa7jla4i.jpegCzaputowicz said that Polish-Estonian relations were developing very well, mainly in the political, social and cultural areas.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-minister-attends-peace-treaty-centenary-in-estonia-10259Total repair: website of Poznań firm becomes most visited in Europe when it comes to getting cars fixedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/total-repair-website-of-poznan-firm-becomes-most-visited-in-europe-when-it-comes-to-getting-cars-fixed-10256<p>A Polish start-up has been named the most-visited website in Europe for car repairs, with thousands of people clicking on its website each month in search of mechanical salvation.</p>Sun, 02 Feb 2020 19:19:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/irtp4038q4jdq9ct0dsb.jpegDobryMechanik.pl helps drivers find experienced mechanics whom they can trust with their vehicles.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/total-repair-website-of-poznan-firm-becomes-most-visited-in-europe-when-it-comes-to-getting-cars-fixed-10256PM hails importance of EU cohesion policy at Portugal summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-hails-importance-of-eu-cohesion-policy-at-portugal-summit-10254<p>Taking part in a summit of the informal Friends of Cohesion Group in the Portuguese city of Beja on Saturday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that cohesion policy should be protected in upcoming EU budget talks, ahead of other spending.</p>Sun, 02 Feb 2020 18:24:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7hawgd7n0yy9xpvnpkh8al.jpegThe PM said that the solidarity and unity of the Friends of Cohesion Group were a very good forecast of the upcoming budget negotiations.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-hails-importance-of-eu-cohesion-policy-at-portugal-summit-10254French investments to create 5,000 jobs in Poland - trade agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-investments-to-create-5000-jobs-in-poland---trade-agency-10253<p>The Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) has serviced over 20 investment projects of French companies in the last five years, thanks to which nearly 5,000 jobs are expected to be created, PAIH Director Jan Kamoji-Czapiński has told PAP.</p>Sun, 02 Feb 2020 17:57:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/idox1cevemnebucxns88zp.jpegKamoji-Czapiński said French companies in Poland have mostly invested in the automotive, pharmaceutical, business services and aviation sectors.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-investments-to-create-5000-jobs-in-poland---trade-agency-10253Ready, steady, dig: workers get burrowing on record-breaking tunnel down southhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ready-steady-dig-workers-get-burrowing-on-record-breaking-tunnel-down-south-10250<p>Engineers have started work on what will be the longest road tunnel in Poland, hewing their way through the hard rock of a mountain range in the south west of the country.</p>Sun, 02 Feb 2020 15:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e65jaey7htt9atqlj4oqr.jpegThe tunnel will stretch for 2,300 metres and will be built near the Czech border.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ready-steady-dig-workers-get-burrowing-on-record-breaking-tunnel-down-south-10250Film about Polish and Hungarian WWII heroes to be released on Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-about-polish-and-hungarian-wwii-heroes-to-be-released-on-monday-10249<p>A documentary about Henryk Sławik and Jozsef Antall Sr., a Polish politician and a Hungarian government commissioner, respectively, who saved around 5,000 Polish Jews in Hungary during WWII, will have its premiere in Katowice, south Poland, on Monday.</p>Sun, 02 Feb 2020 14:53:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hpxm2sesze5tyccstpg3a.jpegA memorial commemorating the two great men in Katowice.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-about-polish-and-hungarian-wwii-heroes-to-be-released-on-monday-10249Poland’s ambassador to London says some Poles collaborated in WWII but it “was not dominant or typical”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ambassador-to-london-says-some-poles-collaborated-in-wwii-but-it-was-not-dominant-or-typical-10247<p>Poland’s ambassador to London has said some Poles collaborated with German occupying forces during the Second World War but stressed that their “attitudes were not dominant or typical of Polish society.”</p>Sun, 02 Feb 2020 11:41:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j00o4spaz1o8qsuv5a3bah.jpegRzegocki (pictured) wrote that in Poland, debate on the different attitudes towards the Holocaust was never more frank, open and lively than it was today.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ambassador-to-london-says-some-poles-collaborated-in-wwii-but-it-was-not-dominant-or-typical-10247Important deals will be inked during French president's visit - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/important-deals-will-be-inked-during-french-presidents-visit---official-10245<p>Polish president's spokesperson Błażej Spychalski said in an interview with the wPolityce web portal that very important agreements will be signed during a visit to Poland by French President Emmanuel Macron, who is coming to Warsaw on Monday.</p>Sat, 01 Feb 2020 18:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xoo0byd4mache56384u3p.jpegHaving expressed hope that the visit will be a breakthrough in Polish-French relations, Spychalski said that President Macron (pictured) will come to Poland for the first time.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/important-deals-will-be-inked-during-french-presidents-visit---official-10245Poznań scientists dig up 8,000-year-old figurine on site of one of the world’s oldest citieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-scientists-dig-up-8000-year-old-figurine-on-site-of-one-of-the-worlds-oldest-cities-10243<p>A Polish researcher has discovered a human-like figurine in one of the world’s oldest cities, Çatalhöyük in Turkey. The bone object, around 8,000 years old, offers further insights into that ancient world.</p>Sat, 01 Feb 2020 16:10:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b2my17a1kyzsdyatx4n3p.jpegThe figurine, carved into donkey hoof, dates back 8,000 years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-scientists-dig-up-8000-year-old-figurine-on-site-of-one-of-the-worlds-oldest-cities-10243Polish PM meets his Portuguese counterparthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-meets-his-portuguese-counterpart-10241<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, on a one-day visit to Portugal to take part in the Friends of Cohesion summit, met with his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa to discuss bilateral relations and key EU issues.</p>Sat, 01 Feb 2020 14:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2gd6bbe193bzxnaix8j16.jpegThe talks of the two prime ministers will also concern the challenges of European Neighborhood Policy and the Eastern Policy of the EU.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-meets-his-portuguese-counterpart-10241Polish PM arrives in Portugal to attend Friends of Cohesion summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-arrives-in-portugal-to-attend-friends-of-cohesion-summit-10239<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrived in Portugal on Saturday afternoon to take part in the Friends of Cohesion summit, devoted to the key issues of the EU's multiannual budget for 2021-2027.</p>Sat, 01 Feb 2020 14:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/90baomb8y043s89smq0ekm.jpegPM Morawiecki meets with his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-arrives-in-portugal-to-attend-friends-of-cohesion-summit-10239Evacuation of Poles from coronavirus-hit Wuhan underway – dep minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/evacuation-of-poles-from-coronavirus-hit-wuhan-underway--dep-min-10237<p>An evacuation is in progress of those Poles who want to leave coronavirus-hit Wuhan in China, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk on Saturday. The health ministry told PAP that the Poles would be transported “around Monday.”</p>Sat, 01 Feb 2020 13:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4on1ludmhnchw40ubvch1k.jpegNearly 12,000 Chinese have fallen ill and close to 260 have died due to the coronavirus which causes pneumonia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/evacuation-of-poles-from-coronavirus-hit-wuhan-underway--dep-min-10237Rwandan girl to get leg-saving operation in Poland thanks to kind-hearted Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rwandan-girl-to-get-leg-saving-operation-in-poland-thanks-to-kind-hearted-poles-10235<p>An 11-year-old girl from Rwanda will soon be on her way to Poland for an operation that will save a leg from amputation thanks to the help she has received from Poles.</p>Sat, 01 Feb 2020 13:31:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m6g93mw3ew7e9v4qmgtyt.jpegOn her way: Seraphine will soon travel to Poland for the leg-saving op.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rwandan-girl-to-get-leg-saving-operation-in-poland-thanks-to-kind-hearted-poles-10235EP additional seat goes to Polish ruling party MP - lower house speakerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ep-additional-seat-goes-to-polish-ruling-party-mp---lower-house-speaker-10233<p>Polish Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elżbieta Witek has decided that a European Parliament (EP) mandate owed to Poland after Brexit will go to ruling Law and Justice's (PiS) MP Dominik Tarczyński, the Sejm Information Centre reported on Saturday.</p>Sat, 01 Feb 2020 12:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9k624al13k9an0u3xps8vc.jpegTarczyński assumed the post on February 1.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ep-additional-seat-goes-to-polish-ruling-party-mp---lower-house-speaker-10233Polish ski jumper places third in World Cup competition in Sapporohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ski-jumper-places-third-in-world-cup-competition-in-sapporo-10232<p>Dawid Kubacki of Poland placed third in a World Cup individual ski jumping competition in Sapporo, Japan, on Saturday.</p>Sat, 01 Feb 2020 11:50:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3ra1tfthcy8b8hvdcwxjgl.jpegKubacki advanced to the third place in the World Cup general ranking.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ski-jumper-places-third-in-world-cup-competition-in-sapporo-10232Hole hunters: astronomers use pioneering technique to probe the blackness of space for elusive black holeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hole-hunters-astronomers-use-pioneering-technique-to-probe-the-blackness-of-space-for-elusive-black-holes-10230<p>Polish astronomers are on a mission to hunt down and identify black holes hiding away in the darkest corners of the Galaxy. Only a few dozen have been found so far but it is estimated there are hundreds of millions of these mysterious regions of extreme gravity so the search is on.</p>Sat, 01 Feb 2020 11:12:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wfrr4nsrl8i24jmvfxdc.jpegBlack holes: only a few have been discovered although there are thought to be millions out there.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hole-hunters-astronomers-use-pioneering-technique-to-probe-the-blackness-of-space-for-elusive-black-holes-10230Culture ministry submits motion to enter Gdańsk Shipyard on UNESCO listhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/culture-ministry-submits-motion-to-enter-gdansk-shipyard-on-unesco-list-10228<p>The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage told PAP that it submitted a motion in Paris on Friday to include the Gdańsk Shipyard, located in the northern Poland, on the UNESCO World Heritage List.</p>Sat, 01 Feb 2020 09:54:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rjh0266kbbhu2h3r5zd55.jpegThe government's activities regarding the shipyard are supported by the local government of Gdańsk.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/culture-ministry-submits-motion-to-enter-gdansk-shipyard-on-unesco-list-10228Polish embassy to UK answers London mayor's revisionism accusationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-embassy-to-uk-answers-london-mayors-revisionism-accusation-10226<p>In response to accusations of historical revisionism by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the Polish Embassy in the UK retorted that among the six million Jews that died in the Holocaust, three million were Jews of Polish citizenship.</p>Fri, 31 Jan 2020 21:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish embassy to UK answers London mayor's revisionism accusationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-embassy-to-uk-answers-london-mayors-revisionism-accusation-10226Many changes will take place in EU after Brexit – pres. aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/many-changes-will-take-place-in-eu-after-brexit--pres-aide-10224<p>The EU will be losing an important economy and an important partner in internal policy, said the Polish president's chief aide, Krzysztof Szczerski, in an interview with PAP and the Radio Information Agency (IAR) on Friday.</p>Fri, 31 Jan 2020 21:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b1tfj90rzhd20p8dmeik8r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/many-changes-will-take-place-in-eu-after-brexit--pres-aide-10224Polish Senate speaker to meet French president on Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-senate-speaker-to-meet-french-president-on-monday-10222<p>A meeting is planned for Monday evening between Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki and French President Emmanuel Macron, the Senate Information Centre (CIS)'s deputy director, Anna Godzwon, has informed PAP.</p>Fri, 31 Jan 2020 18:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Senate speaker to meet French president on Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-senate-speaker-to-meet-french-president-on-monday-10222Top gun: Poland inks contracts for F-35 fightershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-gun-poland-inks-contracts-for-f-35-fighters-10220<p><span lang="EN-GB">Poland has signed a multi-billion dollar deal to buy 32 state-of-the-art F-35 combat aircraft from the United States.</span></p>Fri, 31 Jan 2020 18:18:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xs0mts4tcjmseqnpu8pkg.jpegThe USD 4.6-billion deal was signed on Friday at an airforce base in Dęblin.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-gun-poland-inks-contracts-for-f-35-fighters-10220Polish national air carrier suspends flights to Beijinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-air-carrier-suspends-flights-to-beijing-10218<p>Polish air carrier PLL LOT on Friday announced that it is suspending all of its flights to Beijing as of January 31.</p>Fri, 31 Jan 2020 17:22:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qpwerlg4vjirq2osq0qo99.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-air-carrier-suspends-flights-to-beijing-10218Rates council sees GDP growth at 3.7 pct, CPI at 3.5 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rates-council-sees-gdp-growth-at-37-pct-cpi-at-35-pct-in-2020-10215<p>Poland's economy will grow by 3.7 percent and inflation should be capped at 3.5 percent in 2020, the Monetary Policy Council (RPP) wrote in a comment on the draft budget law for 2020, which assumes GDP growth at 3.7 pct and CPI at 2.5 pct.</p>Fri, 31 Jan 2020 14:46:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRates council sees GDP growth at 3.7 pct, CPI at 3.5 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rates-council-sees-gdp-growth-at-37-pct-cpi-at-35-pct-in-2020-10215Great Britain will remain Poland's key partner after exit - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-britain-will-remain-polands-key-partner-after-exit---pm-10214<p>Great Britain, due to officially leave the European Union at midnight CET, will continue to be Poland's key partner after the exit, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday.</p>Fri, 31 Jan 2020 14:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xuuxnall77e0d8nu5m9cl7.jpegThe prime minister said that during the upcoming visit to Warsaw of French President Emmanuel Macron he will talk about Poland's role in the EU.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-britain-will-remain-polands-key-partner-after-exit---pm-10214Con job: how two wartime doctors saved thousands by fooling the Germans into believing a town was stricken with typhushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/con-job-how-two-wartime-doctors-saved-thousands-by-fooling-the-germans-into-believing-a-town-was-stricken-with-typhus-10211<p>Two ingenious Polish doctors saved thousands from being rounded up and sent to work as slaves for the Third Reich by creating a fictitious typhus epidemic during the German occupation.</p>Fri, 31 Jan 2020 13:24:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tg9p4t5hzjoka0x7r0kw5q.jpegA typhus warning sign on the gate to the Warsaw Ghetto.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/con-job-how-two-wartime-doctors-saved-thousands-by-fooling-the-germans-into-believing-a-town-was-stricken-with-typhus-10211Fascinate Warsaw Uprising Storieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/fascinate-warsaw-uprising-stories-445<p>Discover the careful work of the Warsaw Rising museum to protect the tens of thousands of photos taken in Poland during the Warsaw Rising. Incredible story!</p>Fri, 31 Jan 2020 12:20:00 +0100HistoryHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/diwtaikfpbuawdzdjcaxh.jpegFascinate Warsaw Uprising Storieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/fascinate-warsaw-uprising-stories-445UK will remain key EU, NATO partner - Polish European ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uk-will-remain-key-eu-nato-partner---polish-european-minister-10210<p>Despite leaving the EU, the United Kingdom will remain an important trade partner for the EU and a key European ally in NATO, European Affairs Minister Konrad Szymański said on Friday, hours before the official EU-UK divorce scheduled for midnight CET.</p>Fri, 31 Jan 2020 11:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nejqql699krvoat12iezb.jpegAsked about Warsaw-London relations from now on, the minister said that the EU is not the only platform of co-operation as he pointed to NATO, where "nothing changes."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uk-will-remain-key-eu-nato-partner---polish-european-minister-10210EU needs to change to avoid more exits - Polish Deputy PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-needs-to-change-to-avoid-more-exits---polish-deputy-pm-10209<p>Poland wants to change the European Union so that other countries do not follow the path of Great Britian, due to officially leave the bloc at midnight CET, Deputy PM and Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin said on Friday.</p>Fri, 31 Jan 2020 11:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qlag7tntueqwixx74efxs.jpegSasin belied the words of one of the fathers of Brexit, Nigel Farage, who said at a farewell conference in the European Parliament that he was sure that Poland would be the next to leave the European Union.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-needs-to-change-to-avoid-more-exits---polish-deputy-pm-10209Getting a taste for Poland: US television series lifts the lid on Polish cookinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/getting-a-taste-for-poland-us-television-series-lifts-the-lid-on-polish-cooking-10207<p>A new television series is taking Polish cuisine to American audiences, highlighting the exotic mix of dishes, flavours and local and cultural influences that go into Poland’s food.</p>Fri, 31 Jan 2020 10:13:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jz8msw3dkxgx0rv5zev877.jpegGetting a taste of Poland: presenter Aleksandra August discovers a secret of Polish cooking.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/getting-a-taste-for-poland-us-television-series-lifts-the-lid-on-polish-cooking-10207Poles in Wuhan ready to be evacuatedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-in-wuhan-ready-to-be-evacuated-10205<p>About 30 Poles are willing to evacuate from Wuhan in central China to escape the spreading coronavirus, which was first reported in the city. Poland's transport minister said on Thursday that the evacuation will take effect by the middle of next week.</p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 20:42:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dnloxgdrn3srvtyijjuxl.jpegHealth Minister Lukasz Szumowski told a press conference in Warsaw that it was as yet unknown how many Poles will ultimately want to evacuate from Wuhan.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-in-wuhan-ready-to-be-evacuated-10205GE-led consortium to build two power blocks at Polish power stationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ge-led-consortium-to-build-two-power-blocks-at-polish-power-station-10203<p>PGE Gornictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna signed a contract on Thursday with a General Electric-led consortium for the construction of two power blocks at the Dolna Odra Power Station in northwestern Poland, the companies have announced in a press statement.</p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 20:38:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yfgenoinl6cc9q2dhbxnga.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ge-led-consortium-to-build-two-power-blocks-at-polish-power-station-10203New initiative promoting Polish-British innovation launched - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-initiative-promoting-polish-british-innovation-launched---minister-10201<p>The aim of the UK-Polish TechChallenge initiative is to bring together large corporations and tech start-ups and to support and promote innovation in both countries, said Minister of Development Jadwiga Emilewicz during a press conference on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 20:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/adalhz71he3fsy2yee0xs.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-initiative-promoting-polish-british-innovation-launched---minister-10201Contract signed for new Warsaw metro trains – city's mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/contract-signed-for-new-warsaw-metro-trains--citys-mayor-10199<p>A contract for the purchase of 45 trains for the Warsaw metro was being finalised, announced Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski during the contract signing ceremony on Thursday. The new trains will arrive in 2021.</p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 20:29:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vgolg24iucnzqsgsmh0gf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/contract-signed-for-new-warsaw-metro-trains--citys-mayor-10199Rome hosts seminar on Polish-Italian aerospace cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rome-hosts-seminar-on-polish-italian-aerospace-cooperation-10197<p>The aviation and space sectors in Poland, opportunities for investment and cooperation, were the subjects raised during a Polish-Italian seminar in Rome on Thursday attended by government officials from both countries.</p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 18:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRome hosts seminar on Polish-Italian aerospace cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rome-hosts-seminar-on-polish-italian-aerospace-cooperation-10197EC grants Poland EUR 100 mln for waste management investmentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-grants-poland-eur-100-mln-for-waste-management-investments-10195<p>The European Commission (EC) approved two Polish investments on Thursday related to the development of waste exploitation, for which it plans to allocate over EUR 100 mln, the EC said.</p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 18:22:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEC grants Poland EUR 100 mln for waste management investmentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-grants-poland-eur-100-mln-for-waste-management-investments-10195Didn’t see it coming: blind man sees again after being run overhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/didnt-see-it-coming-blind-man-sees-again-after-being-run-over-10193<p><span lang="EN-GB">A man who was almost completely blind for 20 years can see again after being run over by a car while on a zebra crossing.</span></p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 18:05:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xxzxqnq85duyba9xuaqk.jpegGóraj has been left with almost no vision after suffering an acute allergic reaction. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/didnt-see-it-coming-blind-man-sees-again-after-being-run-over-10193Poland to participate in Defender-Europe 20 military exerciseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-participate-in-defender-europe-20-military-exercises-10191<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak and US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher took part in a briefing on Thursday ahead of the Defender-Europe 20 military exercises that will see almost 20,000 US troops deployed to Europe.</p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 16:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sor8u5cij0lqh2o64a93yc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-participate-in-defender-europe-20-military-exercises-10191Poland asks EC for help in evacuating Poles from Wuhanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-asks-ec-for-help-in-evacuating-poles-from-wuhan-10189<p>Poland has asked the European Commission for help in organising the evacuation of Polish citizens from the coronavirus-affected central Chinese city of Wuhan under the EU's Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM), the Foreign Ministry told PAP on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 14:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4u1dg4pypiw1s5mwz00g53.jpegThe new coronavirus epidemic broke out in Wuhan in December.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-asks-ec-for-help-in-evacuating-poles-from-wuhan-10189Wrocław firm has global hit with remote device monitoring babies in the wombhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-firm-has-global-hit-with-remote-device-monitoring-babies-in-the-womb-10187<p>A Polish-made tele-medical device that can monitor a baby’s health before birth is to reduce the anxiety of expectant mothers around the world.</p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 13:48:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/evkwspdjwvacnuueez02i.jpegThe Pregnabit system is already available around the world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-firm-has-global-hit-with-remote-device-monitoring-babies-in-the-womb-10187Poland's unemployment rate edges up to 3.3 pct in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-edges-up-to-33-pct-in-december---eurostat-10186<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to .3 percent in December 2019 from 3.2 percent in November 2019, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office, reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 12:33:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate edges up to 3.3 pct in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-edges-up-to-33-pct-in-december---eurostat-10186Security chief supports Polish, Lithuanian, Romanian military cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/security-chief-supports-polish-lithuanian-romanian-military-cooperation-10185<p>The head of Poland's National Security Bureau (BBN), Paweł Soloch, spoke out in favour of initiating Polish-Ukrainian-Romanian military cooperation in Kiev, Ukraine, on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 12:17:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c2btpx3y2gb8gk6fpxh6yg.jpegSoloch said he supported trilateral military ties in the form of the existing cooperation within the framework of the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade, LITPOLUKRBRIG.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/security-chief-supports-polish-lithuanian-romanian-military-cooperation-10185Poland's cities to get EU subsidies for 190 electric buseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cities-to-get-eu-subsidies-for-190-electric-buses-10183<p>Polish cities will receive subsidies for the purchase of a further one hundred and ninety electric buses, Minister of Funds and Regional Policy Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak told a press conference on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 12:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zttn21defm9nu9yxef44.jpegMałgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak and Andrzej Adamczyk during the press conference.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cities-to-get-eu-subsidies-for-190-electric-buses-10183Take two: portrait painter snaps photographs of models to give work a striking twisthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-two-portrait-painter-snaps-photographs-of-models-to-give-work-a-striking-twist-10181<p>A Polish artist is giving his portraits an added dimension by photographing the people who modelled for them beside his paintings, and the results are striking.</p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 10:16:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fhq1rssgzsmdg0ccsw3ue.jpegSeeing double: one of Lechoszest’s models re-creates his portrait’s pose.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-two-portrait-painter-snaps-photographs-of-models-to-give-work-a-striking-twist-10181PM Morawiecki to attend Friends of Cohesion summit in Portugalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-to-attend-friends-of-cohesion-summit-in-portugal-10180<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will travel to Beja, Portugal, on February 1, where he will take part in the Friends of Cohesion summit, devoted to the key issues of the EU's multiannual budget for 2021-2027, the PM's office said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Jan 2020 09:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9f1o4bjrulqhi650peh625.jpegDuring the visit to Beja, Morawiecki plans to meet with his Portuguese counterpart, Antonio Costa. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-to-attend-friends-of-cohesion-summit-in-portugal-10180Spanish foundation thanks Poland for saving tigershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spanish-foundation-thanks-poland-for-saving-tigers-10178<p>The Animal Advocacy and Protection (AAP) foundation in Spain on Wednesday thanked Poland for saving the five tigers which arrived at their animal rescue centre. In October, tigers being smuggled from Italy to Russia were stranded for days at the Polish-Belarusian border.</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 21:12:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tfuz1r9wx46kircjy0d8a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spanish-foundation-thanks-poland-for-saving-tigers-10178Polish FM praises Trump's peace planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-praises-trumps-peace-plan-10176<p>Efforts by US President Donald Trump's administration to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are commendable, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz declared on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 21:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/krtdh49s4alyuiux4u3jjr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-praises-trumps-peace-plan-10176Polish alpinist dies on Mount Elbrus - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-alpinist-dies-on-mount-elbrus---ministry-10174<p>The Ministry of Foreign Affairs told PAP on Wednesday that it had confirmed earlier reports that a Polish citizen had died on Mount Elbrus, in the Caucasus Mountains in southern Russia. The Pole disappeared on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 20:57:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mrymsh5rl54q45c2nb9gs.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-alpinist-dies-on-mount-elbrus---ministry-10174Gov't will strive to build Central Transportation Port - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-will-strive-to-build-central-transportation-port---pm-10172<p>The government will do all it can to build a Central Transportation Port in central Poland, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday at the 2nd Railway Development Congress in Warsaw.</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 20:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l9p28hx669bu90kggi2zdr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-will-strive-to-build-central-transportation-port---pm-10172Poland, Lithuania to establish joint working group on air defencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lithuania-to-establish-joint-working-group-on-air-defence-10170<p>During a visit to Lithuania on Wednesday, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said the two countries are aware of threats and are responding to them jointly, going on to announce the establishment of a working group on air defence among other issues.</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 20:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rcd47rszebebfqot585v6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lithuania-to-establish-joint-working-group-on-air-defence-10170Emerging from the shadows of history, the town of Oświęcim has a lot to boast abouthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/emerging-from-the-shadows-of-history-the-town-of-oswiecim-has-a-lot-to-boast-about-10168<p>Best-known outside of Poland by its German name, Auschwitz, the town of Oświęcim again found itself in the global news this week as over 50 heads-of-state and assorted international delegates joined two-hundred survivors to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the concentration camp’s liberation earlier in the week.</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 20:20:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4wkui1yjwtcmugs6w4pr7.jpegLying in the shadows of history, Oświęcim has now found a new identity.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/emerging-from-the-shadows-of-history-the-town-of-oswiecim-has-a-lot-to-boast-about-10168President marks 40th anniversary of Polish trade union Solidarityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-marks-40th-anniversary-of-polish-trade-union-solidarity-10166<p>President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw on Wednesday met a Solidarity union delegation to mark the union's 40th anniversary. At the meeting Duda said the union was the most important social organisation in Polish history.</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 18:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1k5pg7mbby63h218v21xls.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-marks-40th-anniversary-of-polish-trade-union-solidarity-10166French president's visit to Poland to focus on economy, EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-presidents-visit-to-poland-to-focus-on-economy-eu-budget-10162<p>The transformation of Poland's economy, the EU budget and taxes will be on the agenda of an upcoming visit to Poland planned by French President Emmanuel Macron, according to an unofficial PAP source at the French Foreign Ministry.</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 16:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r0ptxhc0hvo4mlht46rm97.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-presidents-visit-to-poland-to-focus-on-economy-eu-budget-10162PM and US ambassador discuss Middle East, F-35 purchase - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-and-us-ambassador-discuss-middle-east-f-35-purchase---ministry-10161<p>US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan and Poland's purchase of F-35 fighter jets were discussed by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher on Wednesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński told PAP.</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6h2eikb0pvfxhqux9492qo.jpegThe US ambassador expressed thanks in a Twitter post for a discussion of priorities in Polish-American relations.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-and-us-ambassador-discuss-middle-east-f-35-purchase---ministry-10161Haunting sculptures from death camp survivor depict horrors of Treblinkahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/haunting-sculptures-from-death-camp-survivor-depict-horrors-of-treblinka-10159<p>A survivor of the Treblinka death camp has created a series of sculptures depicting the harrowing scenes he witnessed.</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:57:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pask1ii7d1q8fxrhui9ofu.jpegOne of the sculptures shows a 19-year-old girl, Rut Dorfman, with half of her long hair shaved off. Willenberg cut her hair just before she went to the gas chamber.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/haunting-sculptures-from-death-camp-survivor-depict-horrors-of-treblinka-10159Second Railway Development congress held in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/second-railway-development-congress-held-in-warsaw-10157<p>Opening the 2nd Railway Development Congress at Warsaw's National Stadium on Wednesday, President Andrzej Duda described the railway as being of strategic importance to Polish industry, the military and the whole national economy.</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:16:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ln4xc7ke1ttmuxqd980p9.jpegThe president pointed out that "huge money" had been earmarked for the railway's development.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/second-railway-development-congress-held-in-warsaw-10157Tokyo airport may be strategic advisor for Central Transportation Porthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tokyo-airport-may-be-strategic-advisor-for-central-transportation-port-10156<p>Deputy Infrastructure Minister Marcin Horała said on Wednesday that the ministry is conducting advanced talks with Tokyo's Narita airport and that there is a good chance Narita will become a strategic advisor for Poland's Central Transportation Port (CPK).</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dxolmvj7p49mms0fyfvjt.jpegHorała stated that the first connections from the CPK can be expected in 2027 and that the airport would be opened by the end of that year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tokyo-airport-may-be-strategic-advisor-for-central-transportation-port-10156Labour productivity up in 2019 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-productivity-up-in-2019---stats-office-10155<p>Poland's labour productivity in industry increased by 2.1 percent in 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 11:51:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/23b84owcfwwgtb1bqt15vc.jpegDomestic demand grew by 3.8 percent and investment increased by 7.8 percent, GUS data show.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-productivity-up-in-2019---stats-office-10155Fascinating new book explores history and artistry behind one of Poland’s most iconic communist-era logoshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-new-book-explores-history-and-artistry-behind-one-of-polands-most-iconic-communist-era-logos-10152<p>A new publication dives deep into the history, design and artistry of a brand which became eponymous to petrol stations in Communist Poland – CPN.</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 11:16:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sr1ar8xvm57yo74kxs2z5l.jpegThe new publication dives deep into the history, design and artistry of a brand which became eponymous to petrol stations in Communist Poland – CPN.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-new-book-explores-history-and-artistry-behind-one-of-polands-most-iconic-communist-era-logos-10152Poland's GDP up 4.0 pct y/y in 2019 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-up-40-pct-yy-in-2019---stats-office-10151<p>The Polish economy grew by 4.0 percent year on year in 2019 after 5.1-percent growth in 2018, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said in a flash estimate on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 11:08:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/23b84owcfwwgtb1bqt15vc.jpegDomestic demand grew by 3.8 percent and investment increased by 7.8 percent, GUS data show.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-up-40-pct-yy-in-2019---stats-office-10151Audit office to probe Poland's epidemiological responsehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/audit-office-to-probe-polands-epidemiological-response-10150<p>Poland's Supreme Audit Office (NIK), an inspection body for government entities, will verify the country's readiness to respond to epidemiological threats as China's deadly coronavirus spreads across the world.</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 10:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j4i0w4tqu4j1h7nlh41ep.jpegHealth Minister Łukasz Szumowski said on Wednesday that the coronavirus will come to Poland sooner or later "and it will be nothing extraordinary."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/audit-office-to-probe-polands-epidemiological-response-10150Polish, Lithuanian ministers to sign military deal in Vilniushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-ministers-to-sign-military-deal-in-vilnius-10147<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak started his visit to Vilnius on Wednesday, where he plans to meet with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis.</p>Wed, 29 Jan 2020 10:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fiudlsxp9flfav2sha0bg.jpegDuring the visit, the Polish (R) and Lithuanian (L) defence ministers plan to sign an accession note on the affiliation of Polish and Lithuanian brigades to the Multinational Division North East.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-ministers-to-sign-military-deal-in-vilnius-10147Polish lower house speaker meets Lithuanian counterparthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lower-house-speaker-meets-lithuanian-counterpart-10145<p>Polish Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek in Warsaw on Tuesday met with Chairman of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis to discuss parliamentary cooperation, regional security and the development of cooperation between Central and East European countries.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 22:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ol1ioekbqiqonwk4fg7hu.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lower-house-speaker-meets-lithuanian-counterpart-10145Gov't debates coronavirus countermeasureshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-debates-coronavirus-countermeasures-10143<p>The current situation regarding the coronavirus and cooperation between specialised services and institutions in preventing its spreading to Poland were the subjects of Tuesday talks in the Government Security Centre.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 22:20:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/udp7fejouckd0413zlpb7v.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-debates-coronavirus-countermeasures-10143Book about Polish WWII hero receives Costa Book of the Year awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/book-about-polish-wwii-hero-receives-costa-book-of-the-year-award-10141<p>A biography about Witold Pilecki, the Polish war hero who volunteered to go to the Nazi German Auschwitz death camp and then warned the world about the Nazi death machine, has been granted the Costa Book of the Year award.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 22:14:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hvor8vo8q9hxh3lsxwh56.jpegBritish journalist and writer Jack Fairweather, author of 'The Volunteer' and winner of the 2019 Biography Award and Costa Book of the Year, poses for pictures at the Costa Book Awards ceremony https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/book-about-polish-wwii-hero-receives-costa-book-of-the-year-award-10141Poland's economy growth likely at 4.2 pct in 2019 - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economy-growth-likely-at-42-pct-in-2019---official-10139<p>Having described the condition of the Polish economy as marked by stability, Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said on Tuesday that Poland's economy likely expanded by 4.2 percent in 2019.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 19:07:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's economy growth likely at 4.2 pct in 2019 - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economy-growth-likely-at-42-pct-in-2019---official-10139Decades before the Reformation, Poland introduced laws granting religious freedom for allhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decades-before-the-reformation-poland-introduced-laws-granting-religious-freedom-for-all-10137<p>While religious wars were taking place across Europe in the turbulent 16th century, with just one act Poland became a haven for the practitioners of all faiths.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 17:54:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dwrbxg7i58cd6jhhrwv9qw.pngThe Warsaw Confederation which was passed 447 years ago today, was “one of the most important conditions for maintaining peace in our country in the 16th century, defined by the era of religious wars in Europe.” https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decades-before-the-reformation-poland-introduced-laws-granting-religious-freedom-for-all-10137President Duda most trusted politician in Poland - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-most-trusted-politician-in-poland---poll-10135<p>Sixty-four percent of Poles declared confidence in President Andrzej Duda in January, down = 3 percentage points from December while the proportion of people who voiced distrust stood at 23 percent, a survey by the CBOS pollster shows.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 16:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fiiylgu8w8n2jhw3dy3shv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-most-trusted-politician-in-poland---poll-10135After liberation of Auschwitz death camp Stalin’s feared NKVD used camp to hold Polish prisonershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/after-liberation-of-auschwitz-death-camp-stalins-feared-nkvd-used-camp-to-hold-polish-prisoners-10133<p>Soon after the Red Army arrived in Auschwitz in January 1945, the entire site of Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau was turned into a memorial museum, which ever since has promoted the slogan ‘Never Again’.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 16:23:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pqymlcs0ritlwiqok98n.pngAfter the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army, Stalin’s dreaded NKVD used it to hold Polish prisoners considered a threat to the Soviet regime. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/after-liberation-of-auschwitz-death-camp-stalins-feared-nkvd-used-camp-to-hold-polish-prisoners-10133Polish, Austrian presidents attend reopening of Austria’s consulatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-austrian-presidents-attend-reopening-of-austrias-consulate-10131<p>The presidents of Poland and Austria, Andrzej Duda and Alexander Van der Bellen, attended a ceremony of the reopening of the Austrian Consulate General in Krakow, southern Poland, on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 15:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s9jijufct09ap8mbg2t3x.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-austrian-presidents-attend-reopening-of-austrias-consulate-10131EC VP Jourova warns of linking rule of law to EU budget - Senate speakerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-vp-jourova-warns-of-linking-rule-of-law-to-eu-budget---senate-speaker-10130<p>European Commission (EC) Vice-President Vera Jourova, at a meeting with Polish Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki in Warsaw on Tuesday, told him that she sees a risk of linking EU budget decisions to the rule of law in each member state, Grodzki said.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 13:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3nzggi5jo35ecqezx8fn77.jpegThe Senate speaker Tomasz Grodzki met EC Vice-President Vera Jourova.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-vp-jourova-warns-of-linking-rule-of-law-to-eu-budget---senate-speaker-10130Gorgeous illustrated album of Gdańsk provides fascinating look at city’s pasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gorgeous-illustrated-album-of-gdansk-provides-fascinating-look-at-citys-past-10128<p>A unique historic album of hand drawn pictures of Gdańsk shows a glorious bygone depiction of how the city used to look - and in some cases how little it has changed.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 12:47:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9b7nvhfu1nnsocw4cgol4f.jpegThe artist’s illustration of the city’s Green Gate and Green Bridge shows how little has changed.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gorgeous-illustrated-album-of-gdansk-provides-fascinating-look-at-citys-past-10128Polish PM praises Polish-German relations during visit to Berlinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-praises-polish-german-relations-during-visit-to-berlin-10126<p>Following a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as part of his two-day visit to Berlin on Tuesday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki described Germany as Poland's main trading partner and a key investment and political partner.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 12:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o946jp6vk7pi4bgmedd3ar.jpeg"I'm glad that we have a good, solid partner in Germany, which is also our main trading and economic partner, and we are becoming a key investment, economic and also obviously political partner for Germany," Morawiecki said after the meeting.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-praises-polish-german-relations-during-visit-to-berlin-10126EC VP Jourova seeks new chapter in EC-Poland dialoguehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-vp-jourova-seeks-new-chapter-in-ec-poland-dialogue-10125<p>European Commission (EC) Vice-President for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova, who came to Poland on Tuesday, said she wants to open a new chapter in the dialogue between the EC and the Polish authorities.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 11:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hy9ad74nginw5ofcrnocra.jpegThe Sejm speaker Elżbieta Witek (L) met EC vice-president Vera Jourova.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-vp-jourova-seeks-new-chapter-in-ec-poland-dialogue-10125Polish prime minister meets German chancellor in Berlinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-prime-minister-meets-german-chancellor-in-berlin-10124<p>The head of the Polish government, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday morning.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 10:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ri0vd63eadmztm3pr0clr.jpeg"I am glad that we have a good, solid partner in Germany who is our main trade partner while we are becoming a key investment, economic and of course political partner for Germany," Morawiecki said after the meeting.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-prime-minister-meets-german-chancellor-in-berlin-10124More foreign students in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-foreign-students-in-poland-10122<p>The number of foreign students in Poland is growing steadily, this year around 85,000 foreigners are enrolled in Polish universities, concluded the participants in a Monday-launched "Foreign students in Poland 2020" conference in Łódź, central Poland.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 09:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ho7nwv6ow7fmi42amwcutc.jpegMost popular among foreign students are Warsaw University (pictured) and the renowned Jagiellonian University in Kraków, southern Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-foreign-students-in-poland-10122Poland opposes Holocaust distortion or denial - PM in Berlinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-opposes-holocaust-distortion-or-denial---pm-in-berlin-10120<p>Poland opposes denial or distortion of the history of the Holocaust and is determined to respond to any attempts to use the Auschwitz liberation anniversary for political purposes, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in Berlin on Monday.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 21:39:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e41wx6m0up722oken46838.jpegMorawiecki said that Auschwitz was not the only "hell on earth." "The other hell was the Soviet gulag," he said, adding that each of those places deserved special care so that "for the next generation, the past becomes a lesson for the future."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-opposes-holocaust-distortion-or-denial---pm-in-berlin-10120Poland commemorates Auschwitz liberation anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-commemorates-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-10117<p>The main observations of the 75th liberation anniversary of the World War Two Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz launched on Monday afternoon on the camp's memorial site in southern Poland.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 21:29:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5dbsd916iig7t7cmmog2o4.jpegPolish Auschwitz survivor Marian Turski appealed against indifference to the tragedy of Auschwitz. “Do not be indifferent when any authority violates accepted and existing social contracts. Be faithful to the (...) eleventh commandment: do not be indifferent.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-commemorates-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-10117United States offers USD 2 mln to Auschwitz Foundationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/united-states-offers-usd-2-mln-to-auschwitz-foundation-10111<p>The US State Department will donate USD 2 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation in contribution to the maintenance of the Nazi-German death camp's memorial site in southern Poland, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Monday.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 20:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qjttlt6g5hntnsjfs46iy.jpeg"Today I announced @StateDept's intention to contribute an additional $2M to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, in cooperation with Congress," Pompeo wrote on Twitter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/united-states-offers-usd-2-mln-to-auschwitz-foundation-10111Trump sends Duda proclamation on Auschwitz liberation remembrance dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trump-sends-duda-proclamation-on-auschwitz-liberation-remembrance-day-10110<p>US President Donald Trump on Monday sent Polish President Andrzej Duda the "Proclamation On National Day Of Remembrance Of The 75th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Auschwitz."</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 20:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xhe66ytg63qsnc9rx5gf2.jpeg“Today, we honor the memory of those who were killed in the Holocaust,” the US president wrote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trump-sends-duda-proclamation-on-auschwitz-liberation-remembrance-day-10110Britain donates to Auschwitz Fundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/britain-donates-to-auschwitz-fund-10109<p>Britain will donate a million pounds to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Fund in contribution to the maintenance of the Nazi-German death camp's memorial site in southern Poland.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 20:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gx6ibent51zncu06torzf.jpegCommenting on the donation, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said Britain supported the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation because the atrocities committed at Auschwitz should never be forgotten.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/britain-donates-to-auschwitz-fund-10109Polish students hospitalised as authorities rush to contain China’s deadly virus which has killed 80 and continues to spreadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-exchange-students-hospitalised-as-authorities-rush-to-contain-chinas-deadly-virus-which-has-killed-80-and-continues-to-spread-10106<p>Polish authorities say they are ‘taking steps’ to ensure the deadly Chinese coronavirus, which has so far killed around 80 people and infected thousands more, is kept out of the country.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wplsmjodzal6vf9q7ofuf.jpegSpecialists from the Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Warsaw are checking the status of Rzeszow University students who returned from the infected city of Wuhan.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-exchange-students-hospitalised-as-authorities-rush-to-contain-chinas-deadly-virus-which-has-killed-80-and-continues-to-spread-10106Yad Vashem event overlooked Polish part in fighting Nazis - President Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/yad-vashem-event-overlooked-polish-part-in-fighting-nazis---president-duda-10103<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said after meeting his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin that he could not be present at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem because the Polish contribution to the fight against Nazi Germany was omitted during the event.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wazf1274nnm5y8mi8i9mw6.jpegThe Israeli head of state invited President Andrzej Duda to visit Jerusalem in order to jointly discuss how to strengthen Polish-Israeli relations and cooperation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/yad-vashem-event-overlooked-polish-part-in-fighting-nazis---president-duda-10103Poland pays tribute to six million murdered Jewshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-pays-tribute-to-six-million-murdered-jews-10102<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda opening the main ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation by the Red Army of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz has paid tribute to the six million Jews killed there and in other camps, ghettos and places of executions.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 17:20:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l2wnbeunpg5p9mcodkx27.jpeg“We pay tribute to the six million Jews killed in this and other camps, ghettos, places of executions and on the streets of cities and towns,” said the president.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-pays-tribute-to-six-million-murdered-jews-10102Poland demands full territorial integrity of Ukraine - President Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-demands-full-territorial-integrity-of-ukraine---president-duda-10101<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said after meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky that Poland demands that Russia stop violating international law and that full territorial integrity of Ukraine be restored.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 17:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hydzxpm57bizhepzn3k23.jpegThe two presidents met in Oświęcim, southern Poland, where observances of the 75th anniversary of the Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp liberation were held on the camp's former site.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-demands-full-territorial-integrity-of-ukraine---president-duda-10101Poland and Polish people were victims of WWII - Israeli presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-polish-people-were-victims-of-wwii---israeli-president-10100<p>Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said in Oświęcim, southern Poland, on Monday that "we remember" that Poland and the Polish people were the victims of WWII, and that Nazi Germany authored, planned and implemented the Holocaust in Poland and in other places.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 16:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yljw003l2fnuqy87kkx78.jpegPresident Rivlin said that nothing could replace the observances of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on the site of Auschwitz, which was an object of remembrance.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-polish-people-were-victims-of-wwii---israeli-president-10100Polish studies big in Japanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-studies-big-in-japan-10098<p>A new documentary film reveals how Japanese students are embracing Polish studies.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 16:11:00 +0100LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3s7hfyl3pzlcyw1exxylar.jpegThe film explores the lives of Japanese students studying Polish language and culture.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-studies-big-in-japan-10098Three years after her death Abakanowicz is still a ‘must see’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-years-after-her-death-abakanowicz-is-still-a-must-see-10096<p>The work of sculptor and fibre artist Magdalena Abakanowicz continues to be prized internationally, with a major retrospective of her art opening at the Tate Modern in London later this year.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:48:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4p2gb1wgzb5d83a3d1hsr.jpegThe Tate Modern is bringing together Abakanowicz’s Abakans, which are rarely exhibited together, along with other works by the artist, including some of her early textile pieces and rarely-seen drawings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-years-after-her-death-abakanowicz-is-still-a-must-see-10096Presence at Auschwitz liberation anniversary a sign of remembrance - Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presence-at-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-a-sign-of-remembrance---duda-10094<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said after a meeting with his Israeli counterpart in Oświęcim (south Poland) that presence at observances marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp liberation was a sign of remembrance.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/20pyzb972hqhiowo6fbpkv.jpegAddressing a joint press conference with President Rivlin, President Duda thanked the Israeli head of state for coming to Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presence-at-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-a-sign-of-remembrance---duda-10094EC's Jourova to meet Polish officials on Tuesdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ecs-jourova-to-meet-polish-officials-on-tuesday-10093<p>European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova in Poland on Tuesday will meet with top Polish officials, including the justice minister, the Senate and Sejm (lower house) speakers, the Constitutional Tribunal head, and the first president of the Supreme Court.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pijqmoqwvxijnzn8nmfvbf.jpegEuropean Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova will pay visit in Poland on Tuesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ecs-jourova-to-meet-polish-officials-on-tuesday-10093History of Auschwitz crimes mustn't be falsified - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/history-of-auschwitz-crimes-mustnt-be-falsified---polish-pm-10092<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said the truth of Nazi German atrocities at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp must not be distorted. On Monday, Poland marked the 75th anniversary of the camp's liberation.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c81om3um9176vaztzbm8jg.jpeg"The Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau camp is a symbol of cruelty that does not fall under any definition. Evil had one source: the German Reich fed by the ideology of Nazism. We cannot allow the history of this crime to be falsified," Morawiecki tweeted on Monday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/history-of-auschwitz-crimes-mustnt-be-falsified---polish-pm-10092‘They were throwing children into fiery pits – it still gives me sleepless nights.’ Survivors recall horrors of Auschwitzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/they-were-throwing-children-into-fiery-pits--it-still-gives-me-sleepless-nights-survivors-recall-horrors-of-auschwitz-10085<p>The Nazi-German extermination camp was liberated 75 years ago today by soldiers of the First Ukrainian Front of the Red Army on January 27, 1945, in one of history’s great paradoxes that saw soldiers of Stalinist totalitarianism bringing freedom to the prisoners of German totalitarianism.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 13:26:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tqtsnesdl7s8i4f3co7.jpegThe survivors “will be the main guests. They'll have the main speeches. All of us, those born after the war, will listen to them,” said Auschwitz museum director Piotr Cywiński during a press conference on Sunday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/they-were-throwing-children-into-fiery-pits--it-still-gives-me-sleepless-nights-survivors-recall-horrors-of-auschwitz-10085US daily lauds Polish war hero Witold Pileckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-daily-lauds-polish-war-hero-witold-pilecki-10084<p>The Washington Post on Sunday wrote about Witold Pilecki, the Polish war hero who volunteered to go to Auschwitz and then warned the world about the Nazi death machine, in connection with the 75th liberation anniversary of the Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:23:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9dafvczym7onsbao1yij9b.jpegBrockell wrote that Pilecki was a soldier of the Polish Underground State who voluntarily went to Auschwitz "to start a resistance."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-daily-lauds-polish-war-hero-witold-pilecki-10084Polish, Israeli presidents pay homage to Polish WWII herohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-presidents-pay-homage-to-polish-wwii-hero-10083<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin in Oświęcim, southern Poland, on Monday paid homage to Witold Pilecki, the Polish war hero who volunteered to go to Auschwitz and then warned the world about the Nazi death machine.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kh47i1upu74bnztcuhx93.jpegThe two presidents laid flowers at the monument honouring Pilecki, located at the site of the Pilecki State College in Oświęcim.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-presidents-pay-homage-to-polish-wwii-hero-10083President meets officials attending Auschwitz liberation anniversary observanceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-meets-officials-attending-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-observances-10081<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay met in Oświęcim, southern Poland, on Monday ahead of the main observances marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau liberation.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 11:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lz24zqz1a8oo1coz1zlfy.jpegDuda talks with Azoulay were planned to focus on the protection over the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-meets-officials-attending-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-observances-10081Poland to sign contract for purchase of F-35 combat aircraft - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-sign-contract-for-purchase-of-f-35-combat-aircraft---mod-10080<p>Poland will sign on Friday a contract with Lockheed Martin worth USD 4.6 bln for the purchase of F-35 combat aircraft, Minister of Defence Mariusz Błaszczak tweeted on Monday.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 10:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a4cttcj8nl9keu6b98x3.jpegAccording to declarations made by Lockheed Martin last year, Poland could receive its first F-35s in 2024.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-sign-contract-for-purchase-of-f-35-combat-aircraft---mod-10080Pole takes gold at World Cup track cycling eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-takes-gold-at-world-cup-track-cycling-event-10079<p>Mateusz Rudyk won the sprint final at the Track World Cup competition in Milton, Canada. He defeated Frenchman Quentin Caleyron 2:0 in the final.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:54:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a0d7ouue9i3h8vj1tttjc.jpegRudyk earned his third consecutive victory in this series of events.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-takes-gold-at-world-cup-track-cycling-event-10079Survivors, Polish president mark Auschwitz liberationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/survivors-polish-president-mark-auschwitz-liberation-10078<p>Several dozen former camp prisoners and Polish President Andrzej Duda laid wreaths in front of the Death Wall on the site of the former Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp in Oświęcim, southern Poland, as part of observances of the 75th anniversary of the camp's liberation.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p0tq0cgdq1fojxuhz1vev.jpegFormer camp prisoners laid wreaths in front of the Death Wall on the site of the former Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/survivors-polish-president-mark-auschwitz-liberation-10078Poland's Stoch wins Zakopane ski jumping eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-stoch-wins-zakopane-ski-jumping-event-10076<p>Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kamil Stoch of Poland won the individual competition of the FIS World Cup in Zakopane on Sunday. Stefan Kraft of Austria came second.</p>Sun, 26 Jan 2020 20:05:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ccx8rljekyclh3u48kkaio.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-stoch-wins-zakopane-ski-jumping-event-10076Home is where the Hobbit lies: entrepreneur gives people the chance to stay in Hobbit-style homeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/home-is-where-the-hobbit-lies-entrepreneur-gives-people-the-chance-to-stay-in-hobbit-style-homes-10073<p><span lang="EN-US">Lord of the Rings fans who have been dreaming of taking a trip to the Shire, the home of Bilbo Baggins and his friends, can now live their dreams in south-east Poland.</span></p>Sun, 26 Jan 2020 17:37:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7qt1l3ycetqhtbrlzi8qkw.jpegLive like a Hobbit: the homes were inspired by those found in Lord of the Rings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/home-is-where-the-hobbit-lies-entrepreneur-gives-people-the-chance-to-stay-in-hobbit-style-homes-10073From Warsaw to Jerusalem: the story of Begin, Israel’s 6th prime ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-warsaw-to-jerusalem-the-story-of-begin-israels-6th-prime-minister-10071<p><span lang="EN-US">With Poland’s relationship with Israel’s leadership looking ruffled in light of the latter’s decision to allow Vladimir Putin to speak at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum held in Jerusalem, sources closer to home have been quick to note the crucial importance played by Poland, and the Anders Army, in the eventual formation of Israel.</span></p>Sun, 26 Jan 2020 16:20:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oiuul88zpzgabirxpgpxl.jpegMenachem Begin: studied at Warsaw University and served, briefly, in the Polish Army.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-warsaw-to-jerusalem-the-story-of-begin-israels-6th-prime-minister-10071Heart of craft: unique Łódź tourist trail brings artisan professions back from the brinkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/heart-of-craft-unique-lodz-tourist-trail-brings-artisan-professions-back-from-the-brink-10069<p><span lang="EN-GB">Anyone familiar with Poland will have passed them a million times over: those antiquated stores touting personalized services such as button repair or bespoke, handmade brushes. Behind dusty, cobwebbed windows, they emanate a warm, faded charm; appearing like something from a Sherlock Holmes film, these intriguing and eccentric shops speak of bygone times. &nbsp;</span></p>Sun, 26 Jan 2020 15:55:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3gid02psyyjnvpbmlyciz.jpegJan, an engraver for 50 years, is one of the professionals on the trail.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/heart-of-craft-unique-lodz-tourist-trail-brings-artisan-professions-back-from-the-brink-10069Land of the rising Pole: film-maker documents Japanese students embracing Polish studieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/land-of-the-rising-pole-film-maker-documents-japanese-students-embracing-polish-studies-10066<p><span lang="EN-GB">Every year over a dozen young Japanese students begin courses in Polish studies at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. For various reason they’re passionate about an exotic country in Central Europe, which for most of their countryman is associated only with Chopin, Lewandowski and Wałęsa.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB">On Friday a new documentary entitled ‘Our Little Poland’, which delves into their lives and the process of growing up, premiered. TFN spoke to the director, Matej Bobrik, to find out more.</span></p>Sun, 26 Jan 2020 11:24:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t4vy2uca7nxxg7t0hp3b.jpegThe film explores the lives of Japanese students studying Polish language and culture.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/land-of-the-rising-pole-film-maker-documents-japanese-students-embracing-polish-studies-10066Holding back the tears: Tennis queen Karolina Woźniacka makes emotional farewell after extraordinary career as world number onehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holding-back-the-tears-tennis-queen-karolina-wozniacka-makes-emotional-farewell-after-extraordinary-career-as-world-number-one-10064<p>Tennis goddess Karolina Woźniacka has bid an emotional farewell to the sport after losing her final game to Tunisian Ons Jabeur at the Australian Open yesterday.</p>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 18:42:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qoj9poofm4k4y2qcnb97.jpegThe 29-year-old world number 1 had already announced plans to retire when in 2018 she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and said that this year’s Australian Opener would be her last.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holding-back-the-tears-tennis-queen-karolina-wozniacka-makes-emotional-farewell-after-extraordinary-career-as-world-number-one-10064Mauthausen had a fearsome reputation for being the toughest concentration camp in Hitler’s Third Reich. But Bydgoszcz boxer Edward Rinke was tougherhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mauthausen-had-a-fearsome-reputation-for-being-the-toughest-concentration-camp-in-hitlers-third-reich-but-bydgoszcz-boxer-edward-rinke-was-tougher-10059<p>When Edward Rinke stepped into the ring at Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, his chances didn’t look good.</p><p>Malnourished, diseased and underweight, he was going up against an Aryan beast named Polzer.</p><p>A kapo at the camp who was infamous for his brutality and the cruelty he metered out to prisoners, Polzer was bigger, stronger and, as a competent middle-weight slugger, had beaten every other prisoner who had taken him on in the ring.</p><p>He was regarded as invincible, to the delight of the SS monsters who organised the bouts for entertainment. But then Polzer met Rinke.</p><p>Edward Rinke will be posthumously honoured today by his boxing club in his hometown of Bydgoszcz.</p>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 16:32:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/40mqnqfdcy7ay3sy58mk7.jpegEdward Rinke will be posthumously honoured today by his boxing club in his hometown of Bydgoszcz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mauthausen-had-a-fearsome-reputation-for-being-the-toughest-concentration-camp-in-hitlers-third-reich-but-bydgoszcz-boxer-edward-rinke-was-tougher-10059Poles back president's response to Russia's information attack - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-back-presidents-response-to-russias-information-attack---poll-10057<p>Sixty percent of Poles positively assess the actions taken by President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the international stage after Russian President Vladimir Putin verbally attacked Poland, according to a survey by IBRiS pollster.</p>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 15:16:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles back president's response to Russia's information attack - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-back-presidents-response-to-russias-information-attack---poll-10057Scientists hope to uncover ‘truth’ about Piast dynasty through DNA testinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-hope-to-uncover-truth-about-piast-dynasty-through-dna-testing-10055<p>Scientists are attempting to discover the ancestry of the Piast royal dynasty through the use of DNA tests.</p>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 13:08:00 +0100ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ui0nrp5n8gtopl967zyqy.pngThe project aims to identify among other things where the dynasty originated, focuses on the entire time of Piast rule.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-hope-to-uncover-truth-about-piast-dynasty-through-dna-testing-10055Auschwitz remembrance is important for over 90 pct of Poles - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-remembrance-is-important-for-over-90-pct-of-poles---poll-10050<p>The remembrance of the Nazi German Auschwitz death camp is important or very significant for 94 percent of the Polish people, according to the results of a Kantar poll commissioned by a Jagiellonian University lecturer.</p>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 11:25:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bdfmdu1znu9nklv3p3urx.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-remembrance-is-important-for-over-90-pct-of-poles---poll-10050Lempicka portrait set to fetch eye-watering £12 million at Christie’s auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lempicka-portrait-set-to-fetch-eye-watering-12-million-at-christies-auction-10048<p>A portrait by Tamara de Lempicka could sell for GBP 12 million (60.5mln PLN) in London next month, reflecting the Polish painter’s enduring popularity among the rich and famous.</p>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 11:14:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/93ubm137q1fmwxl4aeh75.jpegThe portrait is of British-born cabaret chanteuse Marjorie Ferry who performed in Paris and had married a wealthy financier who went on to commission the painting from Lempicka.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lempicka-portrait-set-to-fetch-eye-watering-12-million-at-christies-auction-10048Pole reaches fourth round of Australian Open tennis tournamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-reaches-fourth-round-of-australian-open-tennis-tournament-10046<p>Having defeated Donna Vekic of Croatia (7-5, 6-3), Iga Swiatek of Poland advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Saturday.</p>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 10:43:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qy1l7kk2hdf75fi1fq1rei.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-reaches-fourth-round-of-australian-open-tennis-tournament-10046Over 16 mln foreign tourists visited Poland between Jan-Sept 2019 - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-16-mln-foreign-tourists-visited-poland-between-jan-sept-2019---minister-10044<p>In the first three quarters of 2019 Poland was visited by 16.27 mln tourists from abroad, an 8.2 pct increase on the same period from the previous year, the Ministry of Development reported on Friday.</p>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 10:38:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q42h961w5801lskrt47d39.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-16-mln-foreign-tourists-visited-poland-between-jan-sept-2019---minister-10044Extraordinary story of secret ‘letter-writing group’ who used own URINE as invisible ink to reveal death camp horrorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-story-of-secret-letter-writing-group-who-used-own-urine-as-invisible-ink-to-reveal-death-camp-horrors-10040<p>In the darkest recesses of Hitler’s hellish concentration camp system, four young Polish Girl Guides were desperate for the world to know about the barbaric experiments that were being carried out on them.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:49:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/851yola0ajvaeowgz8kht.pngA group of Girl Guides sent to the notorious Ravensbrück concentration camp for women, smuggled out letters written in ‘invisible ink’ – their own urine.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-story-of-secret-letter-writing-group-who-used-own-urine-as-invisible-ink-to-reveal-death-camp-horrors-10040Poland’s Hottest Performer?https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polands-hottest-performer-442<p>Polish artist Mery Spolsky has been making a name for her creative song writing and energetic on stage performances. &nbsp;In this exclusive first-ever English interview, Mery</p><p>- Shows off her Ponglish skills</p><p>- Takes you through her hit songs Bigotka and FAK</p><p>- Reveals her desire to promote Polish women.</p><p>Liked this episode? Check out other Heart Of Poland episodes with artists, authors, singers and stars.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:04:00 +0100Art & CultureHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/anmteqw8xvom2zjs1w29jc.pngPoland’s Hottest Performer?https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polands-hottest-performer-442December's M3 money supply up - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-10039<p>Poland’s M3 money supply grew in December 2019 by 8.3 percent year on year and by 1.5 percent month on month to PLN 1.57 trillion (EUR 369 billion), the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:50:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/67dqcncxqgiz62zm0yj1u8.jpegPoland’s M3 money supply grew in December 2019, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-10039Wieliczka salt mine attracts record number of visitors in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wieliczka-salt-mine-attracts-record-number-of-visitors-in-2019-10037<p>Nearly 1.86 million tourists visited the Wieliczka salt mine outside the southern Polish city of Kraków in 2019, up 7 percent on the previous year, the mine's president, Zbigniew Zarebski, has told PAP.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:44:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xmtdioks5esyrnisn7sah.jpegThe mine has many kilometres of galleries with works of art, underground chapels and statues sculpted in salt that make up a fascinating pilgrimage into the past.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wieliczka-salt-mine-attracts-record-number-of-visitors-in-2019-10037President's speech at Auschwitz will present the truth – aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidents-speech-at-auschwitz-will-present-the-truth--aide-10036<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda's speech at commemorations of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau former Nazi German death camp will present the truth about how the Holocaust and the liberation of the camp came about, said his aide, Andrzej Dera, on Friday.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:30:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l3u1cu32te9b33wdx197z.jpegCeremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German extermination camp will take place in Oświęcim, in southern Poland, on Monday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidents-speech-at-auschwitz-will-present-the-truth--aide-10036Archeologists find VIKING graves in Polish villagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeologists-find-viking-graves-in-polish-village-10034<p>Archaeologists in northern Poland have made an unexpected discovery: certain local graves from the Middle Ages belonged to warriors from Scandinavia.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:46:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rlpzfjup8oibe8p8146jp8.jpegThe graves were found in a medieval cemetery in the village of Ciepłe, northern Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeologists-find-viking-graves-in-polish-village-10034Polish gas firm to pursue diversification strategy - CEOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-firm-to-pursue-diversification-strategy---ceo-10032<p>Poland's gas monopolist PGNiG plans to continue its gas diversification strategy and to raise the company's value in the short term, newly appointed CEO Jerzy Kwiecinski said at a press conference on Friday.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:17:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p5rnl0pp2wi85b0ggj6k8q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-firm-to-pursue-diversification-strategy---ceo-10032Putin is wrong to denigrate Poland's contribution to WWII - British dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/putin-is-wrong-to-denigrate-polands-contribution-to-wwii---british-daily-10031<p>British daily The Times wrote on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin "is wrong to denigrate Poland's contribution to the defeat of Hitler", as he did at observances in Israel marking the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz German death camp's liberation.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPutin is wrong to denigrate Poland's contribution to WWII - British dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/putin-is-wrong-to-denigrate-polands-contribution-to-wwii---british-daily-10031‘We’ve got Condor!’ LOT airlines to take over Germany's Condor, says PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/weve-got-condor-lot-airlines-to-take-over-germanys-condor-says-pm-10028<p>The parent company of Polish national airline PLL LOT, Polish Aviation Group (PGL), is to take over Germany's biggest vacation airline, Condor Air, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki confirmed on Friday.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:00:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dv8zfvubyptmghdne3dtf.jpegSpeaking at a press conference, the PM applauded the move saying: "It is evidence of the strength of the Polish economy.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/weve-got-condor-lot-airlines-to-take-over-germanys-condor-says-pm-10028Truth lost to politics at Holocaust Forum - Polish PM for dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/truth-lost-to-politics-at-holocaust-forum---polish-pm-for-daily-10026<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in daily Fakt on Friday that at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem the truth was lost to politics and the gravity of the commemoration of Holocaust victims was compromised by Russian President Vladimir Putin.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTruth lost to politics at Holocaust Forum - Polish PM for dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/truth-lost-to-politics-at-holocaust-forum---polish-pm-for-daily-10026World Jewish Congress president to speak at Auschwitz ceremonyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-jewish-congress-president-to-speak-at-auschwitz-ceremony-10024<p>The president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), Ronald Lauder, is to deliver a speech at ceremonies marking the 75th liberation anniversary of the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, to be held at the camp's former site in southern Poland.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z0181tn8w0r2w0jjuprrrb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-jewish-congress-president-to-speak-at-auschwitz-ceremony-10024Parliament commemorates 75th liberation anniversary of Auschwitzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliament-commemorates-75th-liberation-anniversary-of-auschwitz-10023<p>Poland's Sejm (lower house of parliament) adopted a resolution on Thursday commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz Nazi German concentration and extermination camp's liberation and marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 20:39:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wr8efwvctj2nc6ufnzwev.jpegThe resolution paid tribute to all the victims of "one of the greatest crimes in human history."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliament-commemorates-75th-liberation-anniversary-of-auschwitz-10023Polish president defends absence at Jerusalem Holocaust forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-defends-absence-at-jerusalem-holocaust-forum-10021<p>President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland, he had been right to stay away from the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem as his presence would have legitimised the meeting's false historical narrative.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 19:49:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5dglu5tzrqerw56an9ezna.jpeg"I was right not to attend the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem. We should not authorise the false version of history presented by the organisers," Duda said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-defends-absence-at-jerusalem-holocaust-forum-10021PM discusses transfer of new technologies at Davoshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-discusses-transfer-of-new-technologies-at-davos-10020<p>Summing up his participation in the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said many meetings had concerned the transfer of new technologies, which he said is very important for Poland.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 19:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z1xrbggz0fawcxyqn2ply8.jpegThe PM said that the Polish delegation had gone to Davos with its own solutions for Europe in the field of fiscal innovation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-discusses-transfer-of-new-technologies-at-davos-10020EU provides EUR 106 bln for Polish investments in 2014-2020 - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-provides-eur-106-bln-for-polish-investments-in-2014-2020---ministry-10018<p>The value of Polish investments that were co-funded by EU money in the bloc's 2014-2020 budget reached PLN 450 bln (EUR 106 bln) as of the end of 2019, the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 18:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gg20ildzpiam0pbms6j3or.jpegLast year, Poland did not lose any EU money due to EC clearance breaches, unlike the United Kingdom, Slovakia, Italy, Greece, Spain, Hungary, France and Sweden, Funds Minister Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak was quoted as saying in the report.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-provides-eur-106-bln-for-polish-investments-in-2014-2020---ministry-10018Desperate telegram from Poland’s Jews to British PM Neville Chamberlain prior to outbreak of WWII found after 80 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/desperate-telegram-from-polands-jews-to-british-pm-neville-chamberlain-prior-to-outbreak-of-wwii-found-after-80-years-10014<p>A 1939 document from Polish Jewish organisations to British prime minister Neville Chamberlain asking for the right to relocate to Palestine just a few months before the outbreak of WWII has been uncovered after lying forgotten for over 80 years.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:02:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wsbtlfgvf57huqooia0ie.jpegNeville Chamberlain arrives from a meeting with Hitler to declare he had “returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/desperate-telegram-from-polands-jews-to-british-pm-neville-chamberlain-prior-to-outbreak-of-wwii-found-after-80-years-10014PGZ, Lockheed Martin sign strategic cooperation agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pgz-lockheed-martin-sign-strategic-cooperation-agreement-10013<p>The Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) and Lockheed Martin have signed a cooperation agreement which establishes a long-term strategic relationship, PGZ announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5l5bqgql68s7byz4seygor.jpegThe memorandum of understanding (MoU) provides that Lockheed Martin and PGZ will set up joint working groups to act on the development of service and repair centres, utilizing PGZ potential, for multirole F-16 Falcon fighter jets and C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pgz-lockheed-martin-sign-strategic-cooperation-agreement-10013CEE could be driving force for growth in Europe – US ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cee-could-be-driving-force-for-growth-in-europe--us-ambassador-10012<p>Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has every reason to be an engine of growth for Europe, said US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Friday.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ocqwvnl8lqtcf2rtba6m.jpegThe US ambassador took part in the "The growing ambitions of Central Europe, or how to unleash the new growth potential of the Old Continent" debate organised at the Polish House in Davos by Bank Pekao.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cee-could-be-driving-force-for-growth-in-europe--us-ambassador-10012Central and Eastern Europe is EU's growth motor - Polish presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-and-eastern-europe-is-eus-growth-motor---polish-president-10011<p>Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries will be the European Union's new growth motor, President Andrzej Duda said at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos on Thursday.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v2puib1c8fqzqv7odlr4v.jpegIt is the fastest-growing region of the EU and this trend will continue in years to come, said Duda.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-and-eastern-europe-is-eus-growth-motor---polish-president-10011Polish president discusses regional infrastructure plan with IMF chiefhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-discusses-regional-infrastructure-plan-with-imf-chief-10008<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva at their Thursday meeting in Davos, Switzerland, discussed the regional Three Seas Initiative, Duda's aide Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/912gq98ne7mpy8byw1h0n.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-discusses-regional-infrastructure-plan-with-imf-chief-10008Polish president, NATO chief discuss global securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-nato-chief-discuss-global-security-10007<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in their Thursday talk in Davos, Switzerland, exchanged views on the security situation around the world, particularly in the Middle East, Duda's aide Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v1db630vq8p4agpe7u5mk7.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-nato-chief-discuss-global-security-10007Poland's goal is to strengthen NATO as an alliance - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-goal-is-to-strengthen-nato-as-an-alliance---president-10005<p>Addressing The future of NATO panel in Davos on Thursday, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that NATO "means peace, security, stability and prosperity," and added that Poland's goal was to strengthen both NATO as an alliance and its presence on the eastern flank.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qbfsoet9e8y2zcbkl0uv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-goal-is-to-strengthen-nato-as-an-alliance---president-10005The band that won’t forget: Gdańsk group mixes poetry with psychedelia - and messages about the Holocausthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-band-that-wont-forget-gdansk-group-mixes-poetry-with-psychedelia---and-messages-about-the-holocaust-9998<p>A Gdańsk-based indie band has made waves in international waters with music taking on political populism and Holocaust denial.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 12:36:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/75xrblpb0cvjpx6grusp9.pngMany of their songs, all of which are in English, focus on the “dark side of human nature” as they tackle issues such as the Holocaust and historical revisionism.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-band-that-wont-forget-gdansk-group-mixes-poetry-with-psychedelia---and-messages-about-the-holocaust-9998Putin wants to alienate NATO members - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/putin-wants-to-alienate-nato-members---polish-pm-9996<p>By waging his history campaign against Poland, Russian President Vladimir Putin aims to alienate NATO members, Poland and Israel, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki told Polish public radio on Thursday.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 10:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/knnv7y229dg806hlpyosfd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/putin-wants-to-alienate-nato-members---polish-pm-9996Auschwitz must not be used for political games - Poland's chief rabbihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-must-not-be-used-for-political-games---polands-chief-rabbi-9994<p>Poland's chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich has told PAP that Holocaust remembrance, a terrifying symbol of which Auschwitz-Birkenau is, must never be used for the sake of political games.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 10:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xc6ao79buqkpsbqhod2eij.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-must-not-be-used-for-political-games---polands-chief-rabbi-9994The Truth Must Not Die: Politicians and historians line up to refute Putin’s attempt to revise WWII historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-truth-must-not-die-politicians-and-historians-line-up-to-refute-putins-attempt-to-revise-wwii-history-9985<p>In retaliation against Moscow’s attempt at WWII revisionism, Poland has hit back with an educational campaign called ‘The truth must not die’.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 22:41:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jyoxk02vivjnsiizx5zoe.pngIn a coalition of force, PM Mateusz Morawiecki, President Andrzej Duda and a group of internationally renowned historians have published articles in international media highlighting Russia’s falsification of WWII history.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-truth-must-not-die-politicians-and-historians-line-up-to-refute-putins-attempt-to-revise-wwii-history-9985Global pharmaceutical giant to invest ca. EUR 0.35 bln in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/global-pharmaceutical-giant-to-invest-ca-eur-035-bln-in-poland-9982<p>Global pharmaceuticals company AstraZeneca plans new investment projects in Poland, mostly in R&amp;D, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday after he met with the company's CEO Leif Johansson during the World Economic Forum in Davos.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 21:39:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mmhodthorij8b8k8mxke4a.jpegLeif Johansson, quoted in the statement, said that AstraZeneca views Poland, in long-term and strategic terms, as a country which offers a friendly environment for business development.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/global-pharmaceutical-giant-to-invest-ca-eur-035-bln-in-poland-9982Israeli journo slams Israeli govt. for supporting Putin in WWII row with Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-journo-slams-israeli-govt-for-supporting-putin-in-wwii-row-with-poland-9980<p>An Israeli journalist has said that forced between offending Russia or Poland, Israel was always going to side with Vladimir Putin.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 19:48:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/keq0193ggrm964f314wf29.pngLeading commentator for daily newspaper Haartz Anshel Pfeffer wrote that despite Putin’s ‘vast propaganda network portraying the Red Army as liberators’, Israel “was always going to side with Vladimir Putin.” https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-journo-slams-israeli-govt-for-supporting-putin-in-wwii-row-with-poland-9980President Duda thanks allies for support in battle for historical truthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-thanks-allies-for-support-in-battle-for-historical-truth-9978<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday said he was deeply thankful to allies for their support voiced following recent statements alleging Poland's complicity in the outbreak of World War Two and the Holocaust.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 19:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lof6ny9ky5eh0mcd5jt7q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-thanks-allies-for-support-in-battle-for-historical-truth-9978Lublin lads build wood-burning stove in back of TRUCK and hit Las Vegas with their delicious pizzashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-lads-build-wood-burning-stove-in-back-of-truck-and-hit-las-vegas-with-their-delicious-pizzas-9976<p><span lang="EN-US">Two brothers from Lublin are taking Las Vegas by storm with their one-of-its kind stone oven food truck.</span></p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 16:22:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1rgrt50k78vbd3ry86cl9.jpegThe customised 2.5-tonne, 4.5-metre-long food truck is fitted with a hand-built stove making stone-baked pizzas.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-lads-build-wood-burning-stove-in-back-of-truck-and-hit-las-vegas-with-their-delicious-pizzas-9976Poland's state assets worth EUR 45 bln at end 2018 - gov't bodyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-state-assets-worth-eur-45-bln-at-end-2018---govt-body-9974<p>The value of shares and holdings owned by Poland's Treasury exceeded PLN 190 bln (EUR 44.65 bln) at the end of 2018, Treasury Solicitor's Office head Mariusz Haladyj told the Sejm (lower house) Energy and Treasury Committee on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 16:11:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/canouaircdb8pchf4cp9f3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-state-assets-worth-eur-45-bln-at-end-2018---govt-body-9974Senate speaker, Bundesrat president discuss democracyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-speaker-bundesrat-president-discuss-democracy-9972<p>Senate (upper house) Speaker Tomasz Grodzki on Wednesday held a meeting with his German counterpart, Bundesrat President Dietmar Woidke, after which he said that respect for human dignity, freedom and rule of law are necessary to stay in the family of free world states.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/16e5ni7oucdeuk533ys2uf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-speaker-bundesrat-president-discuss-democracy-9972Saudi defence sector delegation visits Polish Armaments Grouphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/saudi-defence-sector-delegation-visits-polish-armaments-group-9970<p>A delegation of Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Military Industries (GAMI) has visited dominant Polish defence contractor Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) for talks with PGZ management over industrial cooperation, PGZ informed PAP on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSaudi defence sector delegation visits Polish Armaments Grouphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/saudi-defence-sector-delegation-visits-polish-armaments-group-9970Body of pilot found among wreckage of WWII bomberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/body-of-pilot-found-among-wreckage-of-wwii-bomber-9968<p><span lang="EN-US">The body of an airman has been discovered amongst the wreckage of an Allied Second World War bomber, 75 years to the day it was shot down not far from Auschwitz.</span></p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:19:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p87xcnzcqeim1cuwx9wq.jpegThe body was found lying face down with a parachute on its back.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/body-of-pilot-found-among-wreckage-of-wwii-bomber-9968Harrowing newly-colourised photos show Auschwitz as its never been seen before in powerful new documentaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-newly-colourised-photos-show-auschwitz-as-its-never-been-seen-before-in-powerful-new-documentary-9966<p>A collection of harrowing photographs from the Auschwitz death camp are to be shown for the first time in a new documentary.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:57:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u3iml8bplfgzwwqhy7rts.jpegOne photo shows new arrivals being herded like cattle by SS officers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-newly-colourised-photos-show-auschwitz-as-its-never-been-seen-before-in-powerful-new-documentary-9966Competition watchdog okays Polish-Korean chemical venturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/competition-watchdog-okays-polish-korean-chemical-venture-9964<p>The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has approved the establishment of a special purpose company by Poland's chemical conglomerate Grupa Azoty and its three partners, including two South Korean firms, Azoty said in a statement.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:43:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y0453i1ca601qonkv2n0ki.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/competition-watchdog-okays-polish-korean-chemical-venture-9964President says Putin spreads historical lies over WWII - British dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-putin-spreads-historical-lies-over-wwii---british-daily-9962<p>In an interview with UK daily The Financial Times on Wednesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda accused Russia's Vladimir Putin of spreading "historical lies" ahead of observances of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident says Putin spreads historical lies over WWII - British dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-putin-spreads-historical-lies-over-wwii---british-daily-9962Polish president talks up CEE region at Davoshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-talks-up-cee-region-at-davos-9960<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda described the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region as "one of the most dynamic regions of Europe and the world" during a panel discussion at the 'Polish House' (Dom Polski) promotional stand at the Davos World Economic Forum.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4ey0ogcg5g65wdt9hjflc6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-talks-up-cee-region-at-davos-9960Kielce University of Technology to host European Rover Challenge 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kielce-university-of-technology-to-host-european-rover-challenge-2020-9958<p>The 6th European Rover Challenge (ERC), an international competition to design and build a Mars rover, will be held at the Kielce University of Technology (PSK), in south-central Poland, on September 11-13, 2020.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:24:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dhpaojtsp3yhghchczvso.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kielce-university-of-technology-to-host-european-rover-challenge-2020-9958Over 50 delegations confirm attendance at Auschwitz liberation anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50-delegations-confirm-attendance-at-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-9957<p>Fifty-four delegations representing countries and international organisations have confirmed their attendance at January 27 observations of the 75th liberation anniversary of the Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp in southern Poland.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:17:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ip6qj135vskp2lvy2vdz8f.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50-delegations-confirm-attendance-at-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-9957Exhibition honouring Polish WWII courier opens in Romehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-honouring-polish-wwii-courier-opens-in-rome-9955<p>An exhibition honouring Jan Karski, a Polish Home Army (AK) soldier and a courier for the wartime Polish Underground State during WWII, who informed the Allies about the Holocaust, opened in Rome on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:02:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgExhibition honouring Polish WWII courier opens in Romehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-honouring-polish-wwii-courier-opens-in-rome-9955Lithuanian leader cancels trip to Jerusalem Holocaust Forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanian-leader-cancels-trip-to-jerusalem-holocaust-forum-9952<p>Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Tuesday announced that he would not attend the January 23 World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, but would come to Poland for January 27 observations of the 75th liberation anniversary of the Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/agli3jbzhplsewtt319za.jpeg"I will go to a symbolic site - the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp - to pay tribute to the millions of Jews who perished in the Holocaust during World War Two," Nauseda wrote. He added that he also "bowed his head" before the 200,000 Lithuanian Holocaust victims.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanian-leader-cancels-trip-to-jerusalem-holocaust-forum-9952US House of Representatives speaker visits Auschwitzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-house-of-representatives-speaker-visits-auschwitz-9951<p>Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, visited on Tuesday the site of the former Nazi German Auschwitz death camp in southern Poland. Pelosi was accompanied by Polish Sejm (lower house) and Senate speakers.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUS House of Representatives speaker visits Auschwitzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-house-of-representatives-speaker-visits-auschwitz-9951Polish president argues for climate-economy balancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-argues-for-climate-economy-balance-9950<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said at a press briefing at the 50th World Economic Congress in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday that climate protection is very important, but so is the stability of the Polish economy.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n7aetn51yvhjecffs95llr.jpegAccording to Duda, moving away from fossil fuels will be costly and, therefore, the process must be spread over a longer period of time.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-argues-for-climate-economy-balance-9950Lithuanian police free Pole abducted in Lithuaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanian-police-free-pole-abducted-in-lithuania-9949<p>A Polish businessmen on a business trip to Lithuania on January 4-5, who was kidnapped for a ransom of EUR 20,000 in that country, has been freed by Lithuanian police, the Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1etu6qwbhs33d47ofm43h.jpegThe Polish Police Central Investigation Bureau (CBS) informed the Lithuanian police about the abducted Pole on January 7. A rescue mission took place on January 8.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanian-police-free-pole-abducted-in-lithuania-9949Polish and German agri ministers discuss swine fever battlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-german-agri-ministers-discuss-swine-fever-battle-9948<p>The Polish and German agriculture ministers, Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski and Julia Kloeckner, have met in Berlin to discuss bilateral cooperation in preventing the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF).</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tnlb9jnkhql737aoteas.jpegDuring the Berlin talks, Minister Ardanowski noted that Poland's priority is to equalise direct payments in this financial perspective.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-german-agri-ministers-discuss-swine-fever-battle-9948Poland announces creation of regional Business Councilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-announces-creation-of-regional-business-council-9946<p>The establishment of a Business Council grouping the presidents of the biggest companies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) was announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday by Polish Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:15:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vk7m7ug0tclwkf6prmqe9.jpeg"We will persuade businesspeople from the whole world and the heads of important institutions responsible for development that it is worth investing in Poland, worth investing in our part of Europe, that it simply pays," the minister said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-announces-creation-of-regional-business-council-9946Powerful new biopic tells extraordinary story of Stanisław Ulam – the ‘H-Bomb’ mathematicianhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/powerful-new-biopic-tells-extraordinary-story-of-stanislaw-ulam--the-h-bomb-mathematician-9944<p>A new European film tells the remarkable story of Stanisław Ulam, the Polish-born mathematician who played a major role in the development of the hydrogen bomb in the United States during World War II.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:18:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xw6fvkkserb2awmqh222fc.jpegThe film stars Philippe Tłokiński as Stanisław Ulam.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/powerful-new-biopic-tells-extraordinary-story-of-stanislaw-ulam--the-h-bomb-mathematician-9944Polish PM meets his Japanese counterpart in Tokyohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-meets-his-japanese-counterpart-in-tokyo-9943<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, on Tuesday, the second day of his visit to Tokyo, discussed strategic aspects of bilateral cooperation with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yku57btr0cdjbtdcm70q3h.jpegAccording to the Japanese prime minister, the talks also concerned the situation in Europe and Asia, as well as further cooperation within the Visegrad Group-plus-Japan format.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-meets-his-japanese-counterpart-in-tokyo-9943Cosmic! Ace space team from Kraków wins international Mars rover comphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cosmic-ace-space-team-from-krakow-wins-international-mars-rover-comp-9939<p>An international competition to design and build a Mars rover has been won by students from Kraków’s AGH University of Science and Technology.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 13:39:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gscmbpn6k05lvmumm678e.jpegSimply MARS-elous! AGH Space Systems win first place in the international Indian Rover Challenge.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cosmic-ace-space-team-from-krakow-wins-international-mars-rover-comp-9939President hails Poland at Davos as regional leaderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-hails-poland-at-davos-as-regional-leader-9937<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said at the World Economic Forum 2020 in Davos on Tuesday that Poland's role as a technological hub will develop over the coming years, adding that the country is a regional development leader with good business conditions.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 13:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g1njmy6x2cqfss4p5xne.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-hails-poland-at-davos-as-regional-leader-9937Toshiba to open production plant in western Poland in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/toshiba-to-open-production-plant-in-western-poland-in-2020-9935<p>Japanese firm Toshiba Carrier Corporation will open its first European production and distribution plant in 2020 in Gniezno, western Poland, worth over PLN 100 mln (EUR 23.5 mln), the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) told PAP on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 13:13:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/677cee9m5mibwacqplyobm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/toshiba-to-open-production-plant-in-western-poland-in-2020-9935Polish People DRIVE me mad!https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-people-drive-me-mad-440<p>Artur Kurasiński has been a pioneer on the Polish tech and entrepreneurship scene - always with a large dose of humour. In this witty quick fire interview discover:</p><p>-Discover which Pole he’d be locked in a room with&nbsp;</p><p>-What drives him MAD about Poles&nbsp;</p><p>-The Polish company making waves globally</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 12:50:00 +0100Heart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4zifw9as7kx7bjmptwya1i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-people-drive-me-mad-440‘Enough of the false narrative’ says PM in blistering article published in Politico on Putin’s attempts to rewrite historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/enough-of-the-false-narrative-says-pm-in-blistering-article-published-in-politico-on-putins-attempts-to-rewrite-history-9931<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki has hit out at Russia’s attempts to rewrite history in a scathing article in today’s Politico magazine.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:11:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/al989cl97bvx2x10vrf8c.jpegPM Morawiecki takes Putin to task over his ‘bizarre’ WWII claims.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/enough-of-the-false-narrative-says-pm-in-blistering-article-published-in-politico-on-putins-attempts-to-rewrite-history-9931Canadian music event an opportunity to strengthen relations - ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/canadian-music-event-an-opportunity-to-strengthen-relations---ambassador-9929<p>Ten artists from Poland will take part in this year's Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Canada. The music event will be a good occasion to strengthen relations through music creativity and art, said Canadian Ambassador to Poland Leslie Scanlon on Monday.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:28:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zwyhc21h5saf2fpdyurv5.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/canadian-music-event-an-opportunity-to-strengthen-relations---ambassador-9929Destruction of Polish state enabled Holocaust - deputy ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/destruction-of-polish-state-enabled-holocaust---deputy-minister-9928<p>There would have been no Holocaust if there had been a Polish state at the time, Deputy Foreign Minister Jarosław Sellin told a meeting of the European Jewish Association in Kraków, southern Poland.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 20:56:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/31gq02socxpwvekbbncye.jpegThe monument to honour the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto was unveiled in the city in 1946.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/destruction-of-polish-state-enabled-holocaust---deputy-minister-9928Polish, Japanese business to discuss cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-japanese-business-to-discuss-cooperation-9927<p>Representatives of Polish and Japanese business circles will meet in Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss cooperation in direct investment, innovations in the power sector and the implementation of large infrastructural projects.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 20:36:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xr0bhm1h26knmr4qcjfqin.jpegThe meeting was inaugurated by Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki, who is now on a visit to Japan.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-japanese-business-to-discuss-cooperation-9927Value of FDI hits record high in 2019 - investment agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/value-of-fdi-hits-record-high-in-2019---investment-agency-9926<p>Poland enjoyed a robust growth in the value of foreign investments (FDI) serviced by the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) in 2019.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 18:52:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t3v2bd3tc7exqs5lqhlsm.jpegOne-third of concluded investments concerned modern services for business, including the development of R&D centres, said Ciurzyńska.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/value-of-fdi-hits-record-high-in-2019---investment-agency-9926EU to monitor situation in Libya - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-to-monitor-situation-in-libya---fm-9925<p>The European Union will be involved in monitoring compliance with the embargo on the delivery of arms to Libya, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz said in Brussels on Monday after a meeting of EU foreign ministers.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kra7ts0gy6qnoj2x996qqk.jpegCzaputowicz said that observance of the arms embargo was vital because this was the main problem in Libya.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-to-monitor-situation-in-libya---fm-9925Kinder KZ: Hitler’s concentration camp for childrenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kinder-kz-hitlers-concentration-camp-for-children-9924<p>In marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we take a look at the only concentration camp in German-occupied Poland which was purely for the incarceration of Polish children.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:36:00 +0100HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mk1przzefjvkd6nx3pj4g.jpegThe camp was set up because the Germans had a problem about what to do with Polish children arrested for petty theft, smuggling and street trading, as well as children whose parents had been killed or arrested.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kinder-kz-hitlers-concentration-camp-for-children-9924How a-boat this! Huge 600-year-old shipwreck found at bottom of river Vistulahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-a-boat-this-huge-600-year-old-shipwreck-found-at-bottom-of-river-vistula-9922<p>A 37-metre-long shipwreck has been discovered by archaeologists in the Vistula river near Warsaw.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:20:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/emuv7j7gbtt9m7kttkuwol.jpegArchaeologists believe that the six-metre-wide vessel was a cargo ship or punt used to transport up to 100 tons of goods.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-a-boat-this-huge-600-year-old-shipwreck-found-at-bottom-of-river-vistula-9922Polish pharmaceutical market grows by 7.6 percent y/y in Decemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pharmaceutical-market-grows-by-76-percent-yy-in-december-9921<p>The value of Poland's pharmaceutical market grew by 7.6 pct y/y and by 7.9 pct m/m to PLN 3.38 bln (EUR 796,413 mln) in December, 2019, according to a report by pharmaceutical researcher PEX PharmaSequence.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 16:08:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r9pcl1ksvtrer9x1mgpxiw.jpegThe average Polish pharmacy recorded gross sales of PLN 243,000 (EUR 57,254) in December, 13.6 percent more year-on-year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pharmaceutical-market-grows-by-76-percent-yy-in-december-9921Poland's Finance Minister seeks to tax Airbnb on Polish revenues - FThttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-finance-minister-seeks-to-tax-airbnb-on-polish-revenues---ft-9919<p>Speaking in an interview with Britain's Financial Times on Monday, Polish Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński said that America's Airbnb service should pay tax on revenues earned in Poland.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:22:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gmnfeygpkvfa5uxeibct7f.jpeg"If we’re going to make sure that anyone who rents out their flats in the sharing economy pays their fair share of tax, then also the people they’re paying — Airbnb - are part of the value chain and should be paying as well," said Kościński.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-finance-minister-seeks-to-tax-airbnb-on-polish-revenues---ft-9919Mama Mia! Ex-model star of Dolittle blockbuster turns heads after picking up gong at glamorous Italian awards ceremonyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mama-mia-ex-model-star-of-dolittle-blockbuster-turns-heads-after-picking-up-gong-at-glamorous-italian-awards-ceremony-9917<p>The Polish star of the ‘Dolittle’ blockbuster has won the Eastern Star Award at the Trieste Film Festival in Italy.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:44:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bufhegsrv8sb356letzahk.jpegModel-turned-actress Kasia Smutniak was given the Eastern Star Award in recognition of her help in building a bridge between western and Central Eastern Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mama-mia-ex-model-star-of-dolittle-blockbuster-turns-heads-after-picking-up-gong-at-glamorous-italian-awards-ceremony-9917US Congress Speaker Pelosi to meet Polish Senate speaker on Tuesdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-congress-speaker-pelosi-to-meet-polish-senate-speaker-on-tuesday-9915<p>The speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is to meet Polish Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki on a Tuesday stop-over en route to the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on Thursday, the Senate Information Centre has informed PAP.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a91ptte7pvttqaz031a9q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-congress-speaker-pelosi-to-meet-polish-senate-speaker-on-tuesday-9915French daily L'Opinion carries text praising Polish economic successhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-daily-lopinion-carries-text-praising-polish-economic-success-9913<p>French daily L'Opinion, available throughout France as well as in Belgium and Switzerland, carried a piece on Monday from Polish monthly Wszystko Co Najwazniesze (Everything That's Most Important) about the success of the Polish economy in recent years.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFrench daily L'Opinion carries text praising Polish economic successhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-daily-lopinion-carries-text-praising-polish-economic-success-9913Russia holding war-looted Polish artefacts - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-holding-war-looted-polish-artefacts---daily-9911<p>Paintings and priceless documents, including items from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German concentration camp, are being kept in Russian storage facilities, Monday's Rzeczpospolita daily reported.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRussia holding war-looted Polish artefacts - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-holding-war-looted-polish-artefacts---daily-9911President to attend World Economic Forum in Davoshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-attend-world-economic-forum-in-davos-9909<p>President Andrzej Duda is travelling on Monday to Davos, Switzerland, where he is scheduled to take part in the 50th World Economic Forum on Tuesday and discuss the economic potential of Poland and Central Europe as well as international security.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8ehptgsj7smz31fj9nv4gd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-attend-world-economic-forum-in-davos-9909Brain gain! Initiative to coax scientists back to Poland proves to be a hithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brain-gain-initiative-to-coax-scientists-back-to-poland-proves-to-be-a-hit-9906<p>A government funded programme that pays for Polish scientists doing research abroad to return home has begun recruitment for the third year.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:33:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k1ne8klff4avz8197nokle.jpegThe ‘Polskie Powroty’ (Polish Returns) programme has so far seen 42 academics return from working abroad to bring their knowledge and research back to Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brain-gain-initiative-to-coax-scientists-back-to-poland-proves-to-be-a-hit-9906Polish PM starts visit to Japanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-starts-visit-to-japan-9905<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday started a two-day visit to the Japanese capital by meeting with representatives of a major Japanese business association Nippon Keidanren.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 10:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6r6bf7qiom4h8tvuqarqgi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-starts-visit-to-japan-9905Bydgoszcz nominated in European Best Destination contesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bydgoszcz-nominated-in-european-best-destination-contest-9904<p>The northern Polish city of Bydgoszcz has been nominated in the European Best Destination 2020 competition, organised each year by European Best Destinations, a Brussels-based institution involved in the promotion of culture and tourism in Europe.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 10:35:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9ah1k5gxr6s63k87jpqxw9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bydgoszcz-nominated-in-european-best-destination-contest-9904Flag carrier LOT wants to expand its presence in China – airline's CEOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-wants-to-expand-its-presence-in-china--airlines-ceo-9903<p>Poland's national airline PLL LOT wants to increase its presence on the Chinese market and, within at least the next ten years, to fly to both airports in Beijing on a daily basis, LOT CEO Rafal Milczarski has told PAP.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 10:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1xv004i11qtibzagip3fmc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-wants-to-expand-its-presence-in-china--airlines-ceo-9903Presidential challenger catching up with incumbent Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-challenger-catching-up-with-incumbent-duda-9902<p>If there was a second round of the presidential election, Poland's incumbent President Andrzej Duda would get 50.09 pct of the vote while his main challenger, Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska of the centrist Civic Coalition (KO), would secure 49.91 pct, a recent poll shows.</p>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 20:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/48d7m0mhzfbuzci4xbjvxb.jpegIn the first round, Duda could count on 43.73 percent voter support.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-challenger-catching-up-with-incumbent-duda-9902PM Morawiecki to visit Japan on Mon-Tuehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-to-visit-japan-on-mon-tue-9901<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki will pay a visit to Tokyo on Monday and Tuesday where he will meet Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, the imperial couple, businesspeople and the Polish diaspora.</p>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 20:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vtu1g9w0s8773v8t1tlvd.jpegThe Polish PM will visit Tokyo at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-to-visit-japan-on-mon-tue-9901Poland's Kubacki secures double win at Ski Jumping World Cup eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-kubacki-secures-double-win-at-ski-jumping-world-cup-event-9899<p>Polish ski-jumper Dawid Kubacki secured a second win during the Ski Jumping World Cup 2019/20 in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany, on Sunday after winning on Saturday as well.</p>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 19:06:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8v8rluz2o6xh0eua1p8z9w.jpegKubacki is now in fourth place in the general World Cup ranking.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-kubacki-secures-double-win-at-ski-jumping-world-cup-event-9899“It was the best decision:” how a scholarship to school of British royals helped set author on the road to successhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-was-the-best-decision-how-a-scholarship-to-school-of-british-royals-helped-set-author-on-the-road-to-success-9895<p>Not many Polish writers can claim that a famed public school beloved—and sometimes loathed--by generations of British royals has had a defining influence on their careers, but Marcin Kozioł can.</p>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:48:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ea39e3mpgahf2t1il9u90i.jpegAuthor Marcin Kozioł: became the first Pole to win a scholarship to Gordonstoun School.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-was-the-best-decision-how-a-scholarship-to-school-of-british-royals-helped-set-author-on-the-road-to-success-9895French president to visit Poland in early Februaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-president-to-visit-poland-in-early-february-9894<p>French President Emmanuel Macron will come to Poland on February 3-4 and apart from the capital Warsaw he will visit the southern city of Kraków, the Elysee Palace has announced.</p>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3bt6pk552v8vx0tv67en08.jpegMacron and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, met at the North Atlantic Council session London in early December. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-president-to-visit-poland-in-early-february-9894Flag carrier LOT the third European airline to fly to Beijing-Daxinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-the-third-european-airline-to-fly-to-beijing-daxing-9893<p>Poland's national airline PLL LOT has become only the third European carrier, after British Airways and Finnair, to offer a connection to Beijing's Daxing airport, one of the world's largest.</p>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:25:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w9fnpxcespxu5bem2zsfg.jpegLOT flies to China daily, seven times a week.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-the-third-european-airline-to-fly-to-beijing-daxing-9893Soaring high: Poland’s women ski jumpers make World Cup debuthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/soaring-high-polands-women-ski-jumpers-make-world-cup-debut-9891<p>It was a historic weekend for Poland’s ski jumping, the country’s favourite winter sport, and not just because of Dawid Kubacki’s victory in Titisee-Neustadt but because for the first time ever the women’s team took part in a World Cup event.</p>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:09:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ps8cpc3rozcz7m980n9fe.jpegThe four members of the ski-jumping strike a happy pose in Japan.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/soaring-high-polands-women-ski-jumpers-make-world-cup-debut-9891Chopin piano competition’s popularity soars with record-breaking number of applicantshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chopin-piano-competitions-popularity-soars-with-record-breaking-number-of-applicants-9884<p>A record number of pianists from around the world have applied to take part in this year’s Chopin Piano Competition, which will be held in Warsaw in October.</p>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:32:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nteccxa6sgpsd9if5ink5m.jpegSouth Korea’s Cho Seong-Jin, who won the last competition back in 2015.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chopin-piano-competitions-popularity-soars-with-record-breaking-number-of-applicants-9884PM vows greater investment in sports infrastructurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-vows-greater-investment-in-sports-infrastructure-9883<p>Over the last four years the government has earmarked PLN 2.3 billion (EUR 542 million) for the development of sporting infrastructure in Poland and wants to promise that it will invest more in the coming years, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has declared.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:29:00 +0100News & PoliticsSporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/btvthhdqwgfzxbq5yfvjys.jpegMorawiecki praised the Gwiazda (Star) Sports Club he was visiting as it is celebrating its centenary and the PM said he was proud that children were doing sports and growing up as the next generation of Olympians.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-vows-greater-investment-in-sports-infrastructure-9883German daily describes Poland as "first victim of WWII"https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-daily-describes-poland-as-first-victim-of-wwii-9882<p>German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Saturday described Russian attacks on Poland as "casting a shadow" over ceremonies marking the 75th liberation anniversary of the Auschwitz Nazi German death camp, and stated that Poland was the war's first victim.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:12:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wcmxoom5ydciek9o5xy7ri.jpeg"[Poland] became the first victim of the Second World War and the pact between Hitler and Stalin, concluded in August 1939. Its secret protocol divided Poland, the Baltic states, Finland and Romania into German and Soviet zones of influence" Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) wrotehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-daily-describes-poland-as-first-victim-of-wwii-9882Sto lat: Toruń marks 100 years of Polish rulehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sto-lat-torun-marks-100-years-of-polish-rule-9879<p>Toruń is set to grind to a halt on January 18 as the city pauses to celebrate one-hundred years of returning to Polish rule.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:26:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/scekp5cj098pe5dgppu0xi.jpegToruń is celebrating its return to Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sto-lat-torun-marks-100-years-of-polish-rule-9879A story with a bit of bite: did a vampire once prowl the night and bring horror to a sleepy Silesian villagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-story-with-a-bit-of-bite-did-a-vampire-once-prowl-the-night-and-bring-horror-to-a-sleepy-silesian-village-9877<p>One of the country’s most notorious vampires is back in the press over three-hundred years after first terrorizing the darkest depths of Silesia.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:36:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mzcao2ujkvn23q48wwfyvc.jpegEichner’s body is exhumed in Reimswaldau cemetery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-story-with-a-bit-of-bite-did-a-vampire-once-prowl-the-night-and-bring-horror-to-a-sleepy-silesian-village-9877Senate backs resolution against Russian historical manipulationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-backs-resolution-against-russian-historical-manipulations-9876<p>The Polish Senate (upper house) on Friday unanimously backed a resolution protesting against Russian accusations of Poland's collaboration with Nazi Germany and complicity in the outbreak of World War Two.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:03:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5kbxegx8n2m8lekzbowd8w.jpegThe resolution authors note that Russia's historical manipulations were an attempt to absolve Russia from the Soviet Union's 1939-41 alliance with Nazi Germany.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-backs-resolution-against-russian-historical-manipulations-9876Russia accuses Polish WW2 resistance of exterminating Warsaw Jews, Ukrainianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-accuses-polish-ww2-resistance-of-exterminating-warsaw-jews-ukrainians-9875<p>The Russian Defence Ministry on Friday accused Poland's World War Two Home Army (AK) resistance of exterminating Jews and Ukrainians in Warsaw prior to the city's 1945 liberation by the Red Army.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:38:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e5gez6s1x8o1jizrbbd8r.pngThe accusations follow recent Polish claims that Poland's liberation from the Germans by the Red Army brought the country fresh enslavement.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-accuses-polish-ww2-resistance-of-exterminating-warsaw-jews-ukrainians-9875Russia could shoot itself in the foot with policy of historical manipulation says leading historianhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-could-shoot-itself-in-the-foot-with-policy-of-historical-manipulation-says-leading-historian-9872<p>Russian lies about the start of the Second World War could backfire as more people around the world take an interest in the causes of the war and learn about Soviet culpability, a leading British historian has claimed.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 11:57:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8gwde4idvbvur6ekhdz2i.jpegAn inconvenient truth: German and Soviet officers greet each other after the invasion of Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-could-shoot-itself-in-the-foot-with-policy-of-historical-manipulation-says-leading-historian-9872Delegations confirm attendance at Auschwitz liberation anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/delegations-confirm-attendance-at-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-9871<p>Fifty-one delegations representing countries and international organisations have confirmed their attendance at January 27 observations of the 75th liberation anniversary of the Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp in southern Poland.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 11:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hvauvwj0vkrf6y82a0xqo8.jpegIn 1947 the camp was declared a national memorial site. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/delegations-confirm-attendance-at-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-9871Poland to establish central thermal coal depothttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-establish-central-thermal-coal-depot-9870<p>In the coming days Poland will set up a central depot for thermal coal reserves to stock production surplus and avoid stoppages in mines, Deputy Minister of State Assets Adam Gawęda told a Friday press conference.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 09:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hmssqswxqnfqwwhj8ft3l9.jpegPresent coal reserves exceed 3 million tonnes in mines and about 1 million tonnes in the energy sector, Gawęda said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-establish-central-thermal-coal-depot-9870Russian MPs condemn Polish Dep FM's words on Warsaw liberationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russian-mps-condemn-polish-dep-fms-words-on-warsaw-liberation-9868<p>Russian MPs on Friday reacted with indignation to Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski's claims that Warsaw's January 17 1945 liberation from the Germans by the Red Army spelt new enslavement for Poland.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ufa4n235qmqcxtrasftdoe.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russian-mps-condemn-polish-dep-fms-words-on-warsaw-liberation-9868President, PM commemorate Leszno's restoration to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-commemorate-lesznos-restoration-to-poland-9867<p>President Andrzej Duda in a letter on Friday commemorated the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the western-Polish city of Leszno to Poland.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zhbo7w8w65sidy26mke7e.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-commemorate-lesznos-restoration-to-poland-9867Polish officials, diplomats commemorate Swedish Holocaust rescuerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-officials-diplomats-commemorate-swedish-holocaust-rescuer-9865<p>Foreign Ministry, presidential and foreign embassy officials on Friday in Warsaw commemorated Raoul Wallenberg, a Budapest-posted Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust in World War Two.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/txfnwznw8yhwnmn7cg4a5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-officials-diplomats-commemorate-swedish-holocaust-rescuer-9865“The ghostly 'liberation' of a corpse city”: 75 years ago today Soviet forces arrived in Warsaw, transferring one totalitarian dictatorship for anotherhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-ghostly-liberation-of-a-corpse-city-75-years-ago-today-soviet-forces-arrived-in-warsaw-transferring-one-totalitarian-dictatorship-for-another-9862<p>When the 1st Polish Army under Red Army command crossed the Vistula on January 17, 1945, Soviet propogandists called it a liberation, a label that stuck for over seven decades.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:21:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/14zz6r71dq4zg6waeo5ws.jpegRed army victory parade, 19 January 1945, described by writer Jeremi Przybora as a “parade of victorious troops marching between two silent rows of ghosts […] a parade of liberators who had not liberated anyone.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-ghostly-liberation-of-a-corpse-city-75-years-ago-today-soviet-forces-arrived-in-warsaw-transferring-one-totalitarian-dictatorship-for-another-9862Polish agency ARP, General Electric to co-operate in green powerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-agency-arp-general-electric-to-co-operate-in-green-power-9861<p>Poland's Industrial Development Agency (ARP) has signed a letter of intent with US company General Electric in a bid to boost the country's competence in conventional and new renewable energy generation, ARP said in a news release on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:24:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v3h8qhgioqa8348za8yxts.jpegNotably, the co-operation would concern the development of Polish offshore wind farms and photovoltaic projects, the agency added.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-agency-arp-general-electric-to-co-operate-in-green-power-9861Polish HICP inflation up by 3.0 pct y/y in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-30-pct-yy-in-december---eurostat-9860<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) rose by 3.0 percent year on year in December 2019, up from the 2.4 percent growth the previous month, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:57:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish HICP inflation up by 3.0 pct y/y in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-30-pct-yy-in-december---eurostat-9860Fans hide disappointment behind ‘stiff upper lip’ as release of Cyberpunk 2077 delayedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fans-hide-disappointment-behind-stiff-upper-lip-as-release-of-cyberpunk-2077-delayed-9858<p>The release date of the highly anticipated CD Projekt Red game ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ has been moved back to September 17th.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:14:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/85bv48poszvgxv3fjri03t.jpegCyberpunk 2077 is an open-world RPG game with action-adventure story set in the futuristic megalopolis Night City.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fans-hide-disappointment-behind-stiff-upper-lip-as-release-of-cyberpunk-2077-delayed-9858Polish Senate expresses solidarity with Australianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-senate-expresses-solidarity-with-australians-9857<p>The Polish Senate, in a resolution adopted by the upper house of parliament on Friday, expressed its solidarity with the Australian people, who have been fighting catastrophic fires for months.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/llpemdomzb3zrvfeie3b.jpegThe Senate session was attended by the Australian Ambassador to Poland Lloyd Brodrick, to whom Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki presented the resolution.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-senate-expresses-solidarity-with-australians-9857Grave of elite Bronze-Age man with massive bones reconstructed in stunning 3Dhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grave-of-elite-bronze-age-man-with-massive-bones-reconstructed-in-stunning-3d-9855<p>A new 3D rendering of a 2,000-year-old aristocrat’s grave shows how the tribes inhabiting the Małopolska region buried their elites.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:58:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/91tn7zotmco9273y1e6gp.jpegThe monumental tomb had a diameter of 17 meters and was surrounded by a trench, separating it from the rest of the necropolis.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grave-of-elite-bronze-age-man-with-massive-bones-reconstructed-in-stunning-3d-9855EANA condemns Egyptian security forces’ raid on Anadolu Agency’s office in Cairohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eana-condemns-egyptian-security-forces-raid-on-anadolu-agencys-office-in-cairo-9853<p>The European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA), of which PAP is a member, has condemned the raid by Egyptian security forces on Anadolu Agency's offices in Cairo, Egypt. Anadolu is also an EANA member.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEANA condemns Egyptian security forces’ raid on Anadolu Agency’s office in Cairohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eana-condemns-egyptian-security-forces-raid-on-anadolu-agencys-office-in-cairo-9853Over EUR 21.7 bln given to Polish families through support programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-eur-217-bln-given-to-polish-families-through-support-programme-9852<p>Since the beginning of the Family 500 Plus programme, more than PLN 92 bln (EUR 21.7 bln) in benefits was distributed to families. This financial aid provided support for 6.4 mln children, Family Minister Marlena Maląg has told PAP.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d7v5x8c49isdisoin9vj8v.jpegMaląg noted that the current programme was optimal and the government was not planning to change it at the moment. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-eur-217-bln-given-to-polish-families-through-support-programme-9852Finance minister discusses post-Brexit cooperation during London visithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/finance-minister-discusses-post-brexit-cooperation-during-london-visit-9850<p>Poland's Finance Minister Tadeusz Koscinski has met with British officials in London to discuss development of global markets, strengthening Polish-British trade relations, Brexit, enhancing cooperation between tax services and counteracting VAT fraud.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 19:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFinance minister discusses post-Brexit cooperation during London visithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/finance-minister-discusses-post-brexit-cooperation-during-london-visit-9850December's core inflation rate up to 3.1 pct - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-core-inflation-rate-up-to-31-pct---central-bank-9848<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 3.1 percent year on year in December 2019, against 2.6 percent in November, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:16:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ei3zk3jzz7ihy90ebtlt3u.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-core-inflation-rate-up-to-31-pct---central-bank-9848Over half a million Poles apply for settled status in UKhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-half-a-million-poles-apply-for-settled-status-in-uk-9846<p>More than half a million Polish citizens living in the United Kingdom have applied for 'settled status' to enable them to remain in the country after the Brexit transition period ends, the British Home Office announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:10:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u1vk8dq0h2enb5e0wulrlt.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-half-a-million-poles-apply-for-settled-status-in-uk-9846Filmmakers reveal truth about hunt for stamps stolen from murdered Jews and hidden by German officerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/filmmakers-reveal-truth-about-hunt-for-stamps-stolen-from-murdered-jews-and-hidden-by-ss-officer-9844<p>A team of American documentary filmmakers are closing in on a valuable stamp collection stolen from Jews after being sent to their deaths in the Holocaust during World War II.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:45:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dklqclqfab74qdo0g49r5v.pngThe Liegnitz Plot is a new documentary about the true search for valuable stamps stolen from Jews in World War II by a Nazi officer and hidden in Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/filmmakers-reveal-truth-about-hunt-for-stamps-stolen-from-murdered-jews-and-hidden-by-ss-officer-9844Not a bad start for a start-up: Pułway eco firm wins Chivas Venture 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-a-bad-start-for-a-start-up-pulway-eco-firm-wins-chivas-venture-2020-9842<p>A Puławy bio-material firm has won the Chivas Venture 2020 prize for best start-up.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:19:00 +0100BusinessScienceStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r2b8rooyklstl8p3nfbj.jpegMakeGrowLab founders Róża Rutkowska and Josh Brito met when they were building bamboo huts to help the local community after an earthquake in Ecuador. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-a-bad-start-for-a-start-up-pulway-eco-firm-wins-chivas-venture-2020-9842Polish body stresses correct nomenclature ahead of Auschwitz ceremonyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-body-stresses-correct-nomenclature-ahead-of-auschwitz-ceremony-9840<p>The Polish League Against Defamation, ahead of ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi German death camp Auschwitz, has sent information to 8,000 news outlets in the United States, Germany, France and Russia, stressing the use of correct nomenclature related to the death camp.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:03:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d8z2wqfbw9988gs8bvjaxy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-body-stresses-correct-nomenclature-ahead-of-auschwitz-ceremony-9840Poland will always be against Stalinist-era history - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-always-be-against-stalinist-era-history---pm-9839<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday that "the current Russian authorities have been trying to rebuild the Stalinist-era version of history." Morawiecki said this in Prague where he was attending a Visegrad Group meeting with the Austrian chancellor.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:43:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v5mew9ifyyik0fro7wkg.jpegThe PM also underlined Poland's tragic fate after WWII since the end of the murderous Nazi German occupation meant the beginning of the occupation by Soviet Russia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-always-be-against-stalinist-era-history---pm-9839Venice Commission recommends scrapping Poland's new disciplinary billhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-commission-recommends-scrapping-polands-new-disciplinary-bill-9838<p>The Venice Commission, an advisory body to the Council of Europe, issued an opinion on Thursday on Poland's draft disciplinary regime on judges, in which it recommended rejecting the contested bill and seeking other solutions.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ee7l85cl56cvacre7ja0ae.jpegA delegation of the Venice Commission visited Poland last week at the invitation of Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki, who sought its opinion before a vote on the bill in the Polish upper house.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-commission-recommends-scrapping-polands-new-disciplinary-bill-9838Miracle-worker surgeon becomes first Pole in history awarded prestigious fellowshiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/miracle-worker-surgeon-becomes-first-pole-in-history-awarded-prestigious-fellowship-9836<p>Miracle surgeon Adam Maciejewski has been awarded the prestigious Godina fellowship for his ground-breaking multi-organ transplants.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:02:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ipyl603u5rdtv3p83i8vye.jpegProfessor Adam Maciejewski was recognized by the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery for completely rebuilding the internal organs of a six-year-old boy’s neck.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/miracle-worker-surgeon-becomes-first-pole-in-history-awarded-prestigious-fellowship-9836European Parliament adopts resolution on rule of law in Poland, Hungaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-parliament-adopts-resolution-on-rule-of-law-in-poland-hungary-9835<p>The European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Thursday concerning the rule of law in Poland and Hungary, in which it stated that the situation in both countries had been worsening.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3d55fr4ws3xjiou3em26bf.jpegThere were 446 votes for the resolution, 178 against and 41 abstentions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-parliament-adopts-resolution-on-rule-of-law-in-poland-hungary-9835Poland, US to sign F-35 fighter deal in late January - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-us-to-sign-f-35-fighter-deal-in-late-january---mod-9834<p>In late January, Poland will sign an agreement with the United States for the purchase of thirty-two F-35 fifth-generation fighter planes, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak told Polish Radio Three on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q7jotq03be11zvtasvtkmd.jpegAccording to Lockheed Martin, the price of the A-version aircraft that Poland is interested in should be below USD 80 mln.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-us-to-sign-f-35-fighter-deal-in-late-january---mod-9834US Senate adopts resolution commemorating Warsaw Uprisinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-senate-adopts-resolution-commemorating-warsaw-uprising-9833<p>The US Senate has adopted a resolution recognising the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, and expressing its recognition for the courage and heroism of Polish Home Army soldiers fighting for the liberation of Poland from German Nazi occupation.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:28:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4hpnwbv1y9krqgefqkdw6i.jpegThe upper chamber of the US Congress wrote that the Warsaw Uprising was part of a nationwide resistance against the German Nazi occupation of Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-senate-adopts-resolution-commemorating-warsaw-uprising-9833Swedish diplomat who saved Jews in WWII to be commemorated in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/swedish-diplomat-who-saved-jews-in-wwii-to-be-commemorated-in-warsaw-9831<p>A ceremony commemorating Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who before the end of WW2 saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from deportation to Nazi German death camps, will be held in Warsaw on Friday, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Paweł Jabłoński told PAP.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:19:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7ivjj6lcos6vnf4igak57.jpegThe observances will be held at the intersection of Raoul Wallenberg and Świętokrzyska streets, under a plaque commemorating the Swede.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/swedish-diplomat-who-saved-jews-in-wwii-to-be-commemorated-in-warsaw-9831Poland's passenger car registrations up 15.7 pct y/y in Decemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-passenger-car-registrations-up-157-pct-yy-in-december-9830<p>A total of 52,499 passenger vehicles were registered in Poland in December 2019, an increase of 15.7 percent on the same month in 2018, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 10:15:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kq37vjfawoi2239qwkhr61.jpegACEA's data on Polish market statistics take into account passenger cars and minibuses. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-passenger-car-registrations-up-157-pct-yy-in-december-9830Polish PM arrives in Prague to attend regional summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-arrives-in-prague-to-attend-regional-summit-9829<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrived in Prague on Thursday morning to meet with the heads of government of the regional Visegrad Group (V4), comprising the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, with Austria's chancellor also attending.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3x7wi2yl68ks51m1ogered.jpegThe Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babis welcomes the Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-arrives-in-prague-to-attend-regional-summit-9829Poland supports Russian WW2 archive concept - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-supports-russian-ww2-archive-concept---ministry-9827<p>Poland fully supports Russian leader Vladimir Putin's idea to create a special archive of World War Two-related documents, Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski told PAP on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland supports Russian WW2 archive concept - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-supports-russian-ww2-archive-concept---ministry-9827PM will head to Prague to attend summit of Visegrad Group countrieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-will-head-to-prague-to-attend-summit-of-visegrad-group-countries-9826<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will pay a visit to Prague on Thursday to meet with the heads of government of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will also participate in the talks.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dnxb4ui2wtwqqruww684w.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-will-head-to-prague-to-attend-summit-of-visegrad-group-countries-9826Auschwitz liberation anniversary to be attended by 31 state delegationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-to-be-attended-by-31-state-delegations-9824<p>Thirty-one state delegations have confirmed they will attend observances marking the 75 anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi German death camp, to be held on the site of the former camp, in southern Poland, on January 27.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dtb1jdsfiii4vhx3cx1hkp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-to-be-attended-by-31-state-delegations-9824Wish you were here? Warsaw man’s Wish most downloaded shopping app in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wish-you-were-here-warsaw-mans-wish-most-downloaded-shopping-app-in-2019-9820<p><span lang="EN-US">Wish app, which was co-founded by Polish IT expert Piotr Szulczewski, was the most downloaded shopping app of 2019.</span></p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7n1eo3p7w4faytqjzesoil.pngLast year the app which was co-created by Warsaw-born Piotr Szulczewski was downloaded 168.8 million times worldwide making it the most downloaded shopping app for the second year in a row.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wish-you-were-here-warsaw-mans-wish-most-downloaded-shopping-app-in-2019-9820We’re in the money! Poland to get over 20 billion euro lion’s share of EU’s green transition fundshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/were-in-the-money-poland-to-get-over-20-billion-euro-lions-share-of-eus-green-transition-funds-9818<p><span lang="EN-US">The European Commission expects that Poland will receive 26.7 percent of the Just Transition Mechanism funds that are part of the European Green Deal, a long-term climate neutrality objective, PAP diplomatic sources said unofficially.</span></p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 15:50:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z7rk7cingw9v23jif2x9ca.jpegPolish Climate Minister Michal Kurtyka estimated that, in domestic currency, Poland will get around PLN 100 bln.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/were-in-the-money-poland-to-get-over-20-billion-euro-lions-share-of-eus-green-transition-funds-9818Fans go wild for Witcher-themed barhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fans-go-wild-for-witcher-themed-bar-9816<p>A bar inspired by the Witcher is set to open in Edinburgh, reflecting the huge popularity of the Polish fantasy series, which now has fans globally.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 14:22:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kmyctdc0z9ch0zsfqo4th.jpegA bar in Edinburgh is set to make the Witcher its latest theme.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fans-go-wild-for-witcher-themed-bar-9816Poland built 800 MW of solar power installations in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-built-800-mw-of-solar-power-installations-in-2019-9815<p>Poland built photovoltaic installations with a capacity of nearly 800 MW in 2019, four times more than expected, according to the Energy Plus programme data released at a press conference summarising the programme's outcomes on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 13:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pxpz1nuo6392iut0784nw.jpeg"Last year was a year of photovoltaic revolution, the revolution of green energy in Poland. Summarising the Energy Plus programme, we can say that Poles realised more than had been expected," Emilewicz said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-built-800-mw-of-solar-power-installations-in-2019-9815Poland's industrial production up in November - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-november---eurostat-9814<p>Poland's industrial production rose by 5.6 percent year on year in November 2019, after growing 3.6 percent year on year in October, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 13:31:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9v1m47qh560sthxv9t9izm.jpegAccording to the Polish Central Statistical Office, Poland's industrial production rose by 1.4 percent year on year in November 2019, and decreased by 5.8 percent month on month.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-november---eurostat-9814Poland's electricity prices are among highest in Europe - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-electricity-prices-are-among-highest-in-europe---ministry-9812<p>Energy prices in Poland are among the highest in Europe, and also the highest in comparison to its neighboring industrialised countries, an analysis by the Development Ministry has said.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 12:36:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p13725dst997zvrgctjh5.jpegPoland's electricity prices are among the highest in Europe. Pictured: power plant Kozienice.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-electricity-prices-are-among-highest-in-europe---ministry-9812Women-run businesses to get huge cash injectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/women-run-businesses-to-get-huge-cash-injection-9810<p>The European Investment Bank is supporting women-run businesses in Poland in a move that will strengthen women’s economic empowerment in the country.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 12:13:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2dslyge4i7jzp4wgl99qkh.jpegThe European Investment Bank will channel funds to businesses in Poland owned or led by women.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/women-run-businesses-to-get-huge-cash-injection-9810Poland's inflation in December at 3.4 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-december-at-34-percent-yy---stats-office-9809<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 3.4 percent year on year in December 2019 and by 0.8 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 11:24:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z8r9iv9xx0m4u5k5450ovb.jpegGUS also said that Poland's average annual inflation stood at 2.3 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-december-at-34-percent-yy---stats-office-9809Anti-trust office imposes record fine on Volkswagen Group Polskahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-trust-office-imposes-record-fine-on-volkswagen-group-polska-9808<p>Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has imposed a fine of PLN 120.6 million (EUR 28.55 million) on Volkswagen Group Polska for misleading customers over fuel emission levels, among other issues, UOKiK announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 10:09:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/23btkgsy2eerurrfcecjx.jpegThe fine is the highest UOKiK has ever imposed for a breach of consumer rights.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-trust-office-imposes-record-fine-on-volkswagen-group-polska-9808MEPs criticise Putin's words on WW2 outbreakhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meps-criticise-putins-words-on-ww2-outbreak-9806<p>Russian leader Vladimir Putin's distortions of historical facts and attempts to shift the blame for World War Two onto Poland should not be ignored, said MEPs on Tuesday pending a Wednesday debate on the matter in Strasbourg.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 21:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d12yhhqc6xp53mmgobclhi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meps-criticise-putins-words-on-ww2-outbreak-9806Polish Culture Ministry rejects NYT accusationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-culture-ministry-rejects-nyt-accusations-9805<p>In connection with a New York Times (NYT) article, the Polish Culture Ministry stated that all works of art, NYT wrote about, had been placed by the German occupiers in the borders of today's Poland, which during WWII was either part of or was incorporated in the Third Reich.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 20:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Culture Ministry rejects NYT accusationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-culture-ministry-rejects-nyt-accusations-9805Parliamentary team debates government's judicial law amendmentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliamentary-team-debates-governments-judicial-law-amendments-9803<p>A parliamentary team for the defence of the rule of law on Tuesday debated the Polish government-authored judicial law amendments. Present at the nearly four-hour debate were among others Supreme Court head Malgorzata Gersdorf and invited foreign guests.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 20:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4xzdaldzbs9hevmfz4f85.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliamentary-team-debates-governments-judicial-law-amendments-9803NATO suggests Poland prepare to resume Iraq operation - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-suggests-poland-prepare-to-resume-iraq-operation---mod-9801<p>The NATO command in Iraq has informed Poland about the need to prepare for a renewed training mission in Iraq, a Defence Ministry official informed the Senate (upper house) Foreign and European Union Affairs Committee on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 18:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7zlb9m7m864zx0j3ww55gc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-suggests-poland-prepare-to-resume-iraq-operation---mod-9801Mural honouring Janusz Korczak to be painted in Italyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mural-honouring-janusz-korczak-to-be-painted-in-italy-9799<p>A mural honouring Janusz Korczak, a Polish paediatrician, teacher, writer and children's rights advocate of Jewish descent who was murdered by the Germans during WWII, will be unveiled in Florence, Italy, on January 27.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 18:43:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8dbofd7hvdozrnp8vgz99.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mural-honouring-janusz-korczak-to-be-painted-in-italy-9799Łódź marks Roma camp liquidation in wartime ghettohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-marks-roma-camp-liquidation-in-wartime-ghetto-9796<p>Łódź in central Poland on Tuesday marked the 78th anniversary of the closure of a Roma camp in the city's World War Two Jewish ghetto, better known as the Litzmannstadt Ghetto. Its inhabitants were killed by the Nazis in a death camp in western Poland.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:35:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t5b3fp37t584cm3j08hpj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-marks-roma-camp-liquidation-in-wartime-ghetto-9796Man who lit fire in Mongolian tent busted by anti-smog copshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/man-who-lit-fire-in-mongolian-tent-busted-by-anti-smog-cops-9794<p>Kraków cops had the surprise of their lives when they turned up to investigate a suspected case of illegal stove burning – and found a man sitting by a fire in a Mongolian tent. </p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:23:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1prsh24c5nogv3snzmw6x.jpegKraków cops were surprised to find a man sitting by a fire in a Mongolian tent. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/man-who-lit-fire-in-mongolian-tent-busted-by-anti-smog-cops-9794‘We’ve done it!’ Delighted PM takes to Facebook as Poland records largest foreign trade surplus in HISTORYhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/weve-done-it-delighted-pm-takes-to-facebook-as-poland-records-largest-foreign-trade-surplus-in-history-9791<p><span lang="EN-GB">Poland’s foreign trade surplus has made history after a reaching a record EUR 1.9 billion at the end of November 2019.</span></p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:59:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bwdafsau55sy227ounta.jpegFollowing news of the record statistics from the Central Statistical Office, Morawiecki posted on social media: “As I have said many times - capital has nationality. Let's try to make it the Polish nationality!’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/weve-done-it-delighted-pm-takes-to-facebook-as-poland-records-largest-foreign-trade-surplus-in-history-9791Gov't adopts bill opening passenger rail market to EU operatorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-adopts-bill-opening-passenger-rail-market-to-eu-operators-9789<p>The Polish government adopted a draft law on Tuesday that opens the passenger rail services market to operators from other EU countries, the Government Information Centre (CIR) has announced.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zidmcwcxwskc76u7fmt1.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-adopts-bill-opening-passenger-rail-market-to-eu-operators-9789Polish banking sector nets EUR 3.4 bln in January-November 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-eur-34-bln-in-january-november-2019-9787<p>The Polish banking sector posted a net profit of PLN 14.46 billion (EUR 3.42 billion) in January-November 2019, up 1.9 percent year on year, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced in a report on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:37:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lvnbn2ku5tr7e6vk0hpsb4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-eur-34-bln-in-january-november-2019-9787President receives members of religious and minority organisationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-receives-members-of-religious-and-minority-organisations-9784<p>The Polish presidential couple held New Year's meeting with representatives of churches and religious denominations as well as national and ethnic minorities present in Poland, at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/odhdzddz08gi4536uwvhpf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-receives-members-of-religious-and-minority-organisations-9784Sensational find reveals ‘mysterious’ buried treasure in old synagoguehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sensational-find-reveals-mysterious-buried-treasure-in-old-synagogue-9781<p>Treasure has been discovered in a decaying box buried in a synagogue in Małopolska.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 14:36:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ov4y5y2itbfkilejmytp4.jpegThe treasure in the 80 cm high, 70 cm wide and 130 cm long crate includes a silver cup, five candlesticks, the parts for four or five brass chandeliers, and two large brown vessels with decorative handles and Hebrew inscriptions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sensational-find-reveals-mysterious-buried-treasure-in-old-synagogue-9781Electricity from coal burning falls to 46.08 pct y/y in Decemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/electricity-from-coal-burning-falls-to-4608-pct-yy-in-december-9783<p>The production of electricity in Poland based on the burning of coal fell in December 2019 to 46.08 percent from 49.25 percent in December 2018, according to data from state owned transmission system operator PSE.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:23:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/krd7kq100p8lol0ijpmm7.jpegPower stations burning brown coal produced 23.45 percent of Poland's electricity in December 2019 against 27.34 percent in the corresponding month of 2018, PSE said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/electricity-from-coal-burning-falls-to-4608-pct-yy-in-december-9783Duda's address at Auschwitz will be tribute not polemic - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dudas-address-at-auschwitz-will-be-tribute-not-polemic---aide-9779<p>President Andrzej Duda will a give "speech of memory and respect" at Poland's commemorations of the Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp's liberation, and not a polemic against Russian President Vladimir Putin, Duda's aide, Krzysztof Szczerski, said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:52:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7sv4p6sc8aybitojuj6y.jpegThe Germans killed at least 1.1 million people at Auschwitz, mainly Jews, but also Poles, Roma and Soviet prisoners of war.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dudas-address-at-auschwitz-will-be-tribute-not-polemic---aide-9779Simply the breast! Łódź woman turns ‘mum milk’ into gorgeous jewelleryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/simply-the-breast-lodz-woman-turns-mum-milk-into-gorgeous-jewellery-9777<p>A Łódź studio has found itself thrust further into the public eye after releasing a range of jewellery that utilizes breast milk.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:59:00 +0100BusinessArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lu1enymaoecax6vjb1bm.jpegSeeking to promote “the power of femininity”, designer Marta Ewa Rżanek typically uses 25 millilitres of breast milk to create a necklace or bracelet.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/simply-the-breast-lodz-woman-turns-mum-milk-into-gorgeous-jewellery-9777Most Poles think foreigners should be free to work in Poland - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-think-foreigners-should-be-free-to-work-in-poland---poll-9774<p>In a survey by the CBOS public opinion research centre, most Poles (62 percent) said that foreigners should be free to work in Poland while 29 percent expressed the opinion that their access to the Polish labour market should be limited.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 09:37:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0cmsrvte1u97s77cvlxq6n.jpegIn the opinion of 74 percent of respondents, foreigners coming to Poland from non-EU countries have a good influence on the Polish economy and only 13 percent do not agree with this view.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-think-foreigners-should-be-free-to-work-in-poland---poll-9774Ambassador to represent Russia at Auschwitz commemorationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ambassador-to-represent-russia-at-auschwitz-commemoration-9761<p>Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergei Andreev will head the Russian delegation at January 27 commemorations of the liberation of the Nazi-German death camp of Auschwitz in southern Poland. The camp was liberated by the Red Army on January 27, 1945.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAmbassador to represent Russia at Auschwitz commemorationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ambassador-to-represent-russia-at-auschwitz-commemoration-9761Moody's upholds Poland's GDP growth forecast at 3.7 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-upholds-polands-gdp-growth-forecast-at-37-pct-in-2020-9759<p>The Polish economy will grow by 3.7 percent in 2020 and by 3.6 percent in 2021, the ratings agency Moody's said in a report on Monday.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:26:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMoody's upholds Poland's GDP growth forecast at 3.7 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-upholds-polands-gdp-growth-forecast-at-37-pct-in-2020-9759Warsaw airport services almost 19 mln passengers in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-airport-services-almost-19-mln-passengers-in-2019-9757<p>Poland's biggest international airport, Warsaw's Chopin, serviced a record-high 18.86 million passengers last year, 6.2 percent more than in 2018, the airport announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:22:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y3rk7maincecrrfiphufu.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-airport-services-almost-19-mln-passengers-in-2019-9757Jewel thieves issue chilling demand on DARK WEB for return of Poland’s Order of the White Eagle following ‘largest heist in history’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewel-thieves-issue-chilling-demand-on-dark-web-for-return-of-polands-order-of-the-white-eagle-following-largest-heist-in-history-9755<p><span lang="EN-GB">The Polish Order of the White Eagle which was stolen in the largest heist in history has reportedly been offered for sale on the dark web.</span></p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 16:01:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/en1cvwfmxfbi1aajhfx.jpegTwo of the diamonds, the Polish Order of the White Eagle (L) and The Dresden White Diamond, are said to have been offered for sale over the darknet for 9 million euros.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewel-thieves-issue-chilling-demand-on-dark-web-for-return-of-polands-order-of-the-white-eagle-following-largest-heist-in-history-9755Komasa's powerful 'fake priest' film nominated for Oscarshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-nominated-for-oscars-best-international-film-9754<p>Corpus Christi (Boże Ciało) directed by Jan Komasa, has been nominated for the Oscars. &nbsp;</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 14:53:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ltrhxfvo4bzpry363n41.jpegEarlier this year, Polish actor Bartosz Bielenia, who stars in the film, received the Aluminium Horse Award for Best Actor at the 2019 Stockholm International Film Festival. Bielenia was also awarded the title Shooting Star 2020.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-nominated-for-oscars-best-international-film-9754Incredible true story of boxing champ who fought for his life in Auschwitz turned into major new filmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-true-story-of-boxing-champ-who-fought-for-his-life-in-auschwitz-turned-into-major-new-film-9751<p>The remarkable story of a Polish boxer who fought for survival inside the notorious Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz will soon hit the big screen.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 14:29:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ndg286j5v1vyhkatl7qt.jpegEntitled ‘The Champion’ (Mistrz, in Polish), the film tells the extraordinary story of boxer Tadeusz “Teddy” Pietrzykowski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-true-story-of-boxing-champ-who-fought-for-his-life-in-auschwitz-turned-into-major-new-film-9751Auschwitz Museum offers virtual lesson about Litzmannstadt Ghettohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-offers-virtual-lesson-about-litzmannstadt-ghetto-9749<p>An online lesson presenting the fate of Jews held in the Litzmannstadt Ghetto, set up in the Nazi German-occupied central Polish city of Łódź during World War II, was posted on the Auschwitz Museum's website on Monday.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 14:04:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xtdylfwnkcfv8sr1dq3woc.jpegThe Litzmannstadt Ghetto, established in February 1940 and destroyed in August 1944, was the second-largest ghetto in German-occupied Europe after the Warsaw Ghetto.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-offers-virtual-lesson-about-litzmannstadt-ghetto-9749Help for Heroes... how Warsaw supports its soldiershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/help-for-heroes-how-warsaw-supports-its-soldiers-434<p>Anna Jakubowska, codename Paulinka, is a decorated war hero who fought in the Warsaw Uprising to retake Poland's capital. After the war she was imprisoned by the communists and later went on to be an active member of Solidarity.</p><p>So she, like every member of the Warsaw Uprising, deserves Poland's respect and protection. Not just on holidays and commemorations, but every day. Which is why the City of Warsaw has a special place for former Warsaw Uprising and Resistance members.</p><p>Discover the story of this home in this moving documentary.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 13:54:00 +0100HistoryHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/78no0gf0gf42ziaqdjmur.jpegHelp for Heroes... how Warsaw supports its soldiershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/help-for-heroes-how-warsaw-supports-its-soldiers-434Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity raises over EUR 27 mln for childrenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-raises-over-eur-27-mln-for-children-9748<p>Poland's Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOSP), which held its 28th finale on Sunday, had collected over PLN 100 mln (ca EUR 27 mln) by midnight to buy equipment for children's hospitals, the foundation tweeted on Monday.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 12:29:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7vble24qouk31t09nanp4a.jpegOver the 27 years of its operations, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity has spent over PLN 1.1 billion (EUR 260.0 million) to buy various kinds of medical equipment.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-raises-over-eur-27-mln-for-children-9748Stunning ‘village for the homeless’ is most ‘beautiful shelter in Europe’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-village-for-the-homeless-is-most-beautiful-shelter-in-europe-9745<p>A shelter built for the homeless has unexpectedly found itself in the public spotlight after capturing the media’s attention on account of its innovative design.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 12:11:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ke2be5zwibqn5rwhiwqx4m.jpegCovering an area of 1,485 sq/m, the stunning homeless shelter was designed to slip seamlessly into the surrounding rural landscape with its low-lying form and wave-like roof blending harmoniously with the fields and trees outside.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-village-for-the-homeless-is-most-beautiful-shelter-in-europe-9745Polish Energy Group signs credit deal with EIBhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-energy-group-signs-credit-deal-with-eib-9744<p>The Polish Energy Group (PGE) has signed a PLN 272.5 million (ca. EUR 64 million) credit deal with the European Investment Bank (EIB) with the purpose of financing the construction of new onshore wind farms on the Baltic coast in Poland, the company reported.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 11:54:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eacf27xvz0v3vossp8kebn.jpegAfter the project is completed, the combined installed capacity of the wind farms operated by PGE will increase by 18 percent to about 650 MW.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-energy-group-signs-credit-deal-with-eib-9744Poland’s economic forecast for 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economic-forecast-for-2020-9742<p>This week we take a look at what’s in store for Poland’s economy in 2020.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 11:28:00 +0100BusinessPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cgspagwryyttss4gspq72j.jpegOn the rise: Poland’s economy is expected to keep on growing this year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economic-forecast-for-2020-9742Banks lend EUR 829.3 mln in mortgages in November 2019 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banks-lend-eur-8293-mln-in-mortgages-in-november-2019---central-bank-9740<p>Polish banks lent PLN 3.52 billion (EUR 829.3 mln) in mortgages in November 2019, down from PLN 4.5 bln (EUR 1.1 bln) in October, the country's central bank (NBP) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 09:58:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w151mrx6h5chwl2yc79ux.jpegNBPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banks-lend-eur-8293-mln-in-mortgages-in-november-2019---central-bank-9740British conservative philosopher, friend of Poland dies - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-conservative-philosopher-friend-of-poland-dies---president-9739<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda has described the late British conservative philosopher, Sir Roger Scruton, as a great friend of the Polish people and of a sovereign and independent Poland.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 09:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w20njn4b6cgtkkvm2mbdr.jpegSir Roger Scruton, the author of more than 50 books on aesthetics, morality and politics, was also a government advisor and a lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London and University of Buckingham.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-conservative-philosopher-friend-of-poland-dies---president-9739PM addresses local party meeting in Rzeszowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-addresses-local-party-meeting-in-rzeszow-9737<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki attended a meeting of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party in Rzeszow, south-eastern Poland, on Sunday and said that Poland faces four major challenges: the economy, values, remembrance, and "the soul of the community."</p>Sun, 12 Jan 2020 17:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ysx1ikh6abnz6k7s82xcu.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-addresses-local-party-meeting-in-rzeszow-9737Russia to make Poland “main adversary” in history warhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-to-make-poland-main-adversary-in-history-war-9735<p><span lang="EN-US">Russia could be intent of making Poland the bogeyman of a policy of historical revisionism it has started to roll out in recent weeks.</span></p>Sun, 12 Jan 2020 17:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d207wwnmriaoc29hhtzkad.jpegPutin has focused much on history of late, criticising Poland in particular.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-to-make-poland-main-adversary-in-history-war-9735Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity holding its finale todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-holding-its-finale-today-9733<p>Poland's Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOSP) organisation is holding its 28th Finale on Sunday. WOSP volunteers countrywide are gathering funds into their distinctive collection boxes.</p>Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:11:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fyw2j2tw65ks8h1l1v8xk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-holding-its-finale-today-9733Ancient greens: archaeologists find evidence of 3,000-year-old upcyclinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ancient-greens-archaeologists-find-evidence-of-3000-year-old-upcycling-9731<div><div><p>Polish archaeologists have discovered traces of ancient upcycling at the Saruq al-Hadid excavation site in modern day Dubai. The findings from the Iron Age metallurgic centre reveal that its inhabitants were early green pioneers by reusing broken ceramic elements as various tools.</p></div></div><p><br></p>Sun, 12 Jan 2020 13:25:00 +0100ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u7594ebcpjncgubpd4593p.jpegThe discovery of the upcycled objects were made in the deserts of Dubai.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ancient-greens-archaeologists-find-evidence-of-3000-year-old-upcycling-9731Sit down, unplug and log off: designer comes up with chair that helps us disconnect from the wifi worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sit-down-unplug-and-log-off-designer-comes-up-with-chair-that-helps-us-disconnect-from-the-wifi-world-9729<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Polish designer has created an “offline chair” that can help people disconnect from the internet, read a book or simply daydream.</span></p>Sun, 12 Jan 2020 11:06:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9sllvgoj7ipw9dz2aubb3d.jpegDesigner Agata Nowak takes time out in her “offline” chair.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sit-down-unplug-and-log-off-designer-comes-up-with-chair-that-helps-us-disconnect-from-the-wifi-world-9729Life of war hero Pilecki to hit the silver screenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-of-war-hero-pilecki-to-hit-the-silver-screen-9726<p><span lang="EN-GB">The story of Polish resistance leader Witold Pilecki, who volunteered to go to Auschwitz and revealed its horrors to the world, will be brought to an international audience in a new film.</span></p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 18:36:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5q3ieinak54dz16b5knui.jpegWitold Pilecki: volunteered to be sent to Auschwitz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-of-war-hero-pilecki-to-hit-the-silver-screen-9726Judges hold 'March of a Thousand Robes' in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/judges-hold-march-of-a-thousand-robes-in-warsaw-9724<p>Judges and lawyers from Poland and 22 European countries have taken to the streets of Warsaw to take part in a demonstration dubbed the 'March of a Thousand Robes' to protest against amendments to the country's judicial laws.</p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 17:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dnpab43l65tlxvlv1gljtr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/judges-hold-march-of-a-thousand-robes-in-warsaw-9724Second opposition party picks Sejm dep speaker as presidential candidatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/second-opposition-party-picks-sejm-dep-speaker-as-presidential-candidate-9722<p>Poland’s opposition party Nowoczesna on Saturday elected by acclamation deputy parliamentary Speaker Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska as its candidate for the country’s presidential elections in May this year.</p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 17:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z8jbi9t3okj2uqu9jlwd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/second-opposition-party-picks-sejm-dep-speaker-as-presidential-candidate-9722Spring party backs its leader as leftwing candidate for presidencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spring-party-backs-its-leader-as-leftwing-candidate-for-presidency-9720<p>The National Council of the Spring (Wiosna) party officially endorsed on Saturday its leader and MEP Robert Biedron as a candidate for the country’s presidential elections in May this year. Biedron will enter the race as a joint candidate of the Left coalition.</p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 17:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w08cfkc9ifd8uz6u5z2dh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spring-party-backs-its-leader-as-leftwing-candidate-for-presidency-9720Snowboarder Kwiatkowski wins bronze at PGS competition in Switzerlandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snowboarder-kwiatkowski-wins-bronze-at-pgs-competition-in-switzerland-9718<p>Poland’s Oskar Kwiatkowski won third place in the parallel giant slalom at the Snowboard World Cup in Swiss Scuol.</p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 17:23:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p7th761izzfegf1fwam3s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snowboarder-kwiatkowski-wins-bronze-at-pgs-competition-in-switzerland-9718Rebuilding ancient Bródno: 3D reconstruction shows how Warsaw suburb once looked 1,000 years agohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rebuilding-ancient-brodno-3d-reconstruction-shows-how-warsaw-suburb-once-looked-1000-years-ago-9716<p><span lang="EN-GB">Best-known for its austere housing estates, rarely is the Warsaw suburb of Bródno credited as a place of historic merit, but that stands to change with the upcoming release of a 3D digital reconstruction depicting the district in its 10th and 11th Century form.</span></p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 15:19:00 +0100ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8ex5quvf2pljx323hy0nxk.jpegDestroyed by fire in the first half of the 11th Century, the archaeologist theorizes that the stronghold’s destruction was related to the Piast dynasty.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rebuilding-ancient-brodno-3d-reconstruction-shows-how-warsaw-suburb-once-looked-1000-years-ago-9716Most Polish exporters expand on foreign markets - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-polish-exporters-expand-on-foreign-markets---survey-9714<p>A majority of Polish exporters continue to increase their involvement on the foreign markets by finding new customers or expanding their product range, according to a recent study carried out by the Polish Economic Institute (PIE).</p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 14:31:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMost Polish exporters expand on foreign markets - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-polish-exporters-expand-on-foreign-markets---survey-9714Polish MoD sees de-escalation in Middle Easthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-sees-de-escalation-in-middle-east-9712<p>Iran's admission to shooting down a Ukrainian airliner over Tehran on Wednesday is an appropriate move which confirms that an agreement is being sought and de-escalation is visible, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 11:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish MoD sees de-escalation in Middle Easthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-sees-de-escalation-in-middle-east-9712Brand new houses: architect comes up with logo-inspired house designshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brand-new-houses-architect-comes-up-with-logo-inspired-house-designs-9710<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Polish architect has designed a series of houses based on famous logos, translating their familiar shapes into modern homes of concrete and glass, with striking shapes and elegant features.</span></p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 11:26:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d6i6rv96fmv0fsqrv02uddj.pngThe first step. A house design based on the Adidas logo.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brand-new-houses-architect-comes-up-with-logo-inspired-house-designs-9710Polish president meets with Jews - Israeli dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-meets-with-jews---israeli-daily-9707<p>Hebrew-language Israeli daily Maariv wrote on Friday that Polish President Andrzej Duda had met with representatives of Poland's Jewish community and recalled his decision to boycott the World Holocaust Forum 2020 in Jerusalem.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 19:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p3vyaihl11k071sviv7fuod.jpegAndrzej Duda with the former Israeli ambassador to Poland, Szewach Weiss.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-meets-with-jews---israeli-daily-9707Russian ambassador to Switzerland charges Poland with supporting Hitlerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russian-ambassador-to-switzerland-charges-poland-with-supporting-hitler-9705<p>In a letter to the Swiss daily Tages Anzeiger, Russian Ambassador to Switzerland Sergei Garmonin has accused Poland of including a secret protocol pledging support for Hitler in its 1934 non-aggression pact with Germany.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 18:48:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9y5upq8i3gm45w69y8u7wv.jpegIn his letter, the Polish ambassador pointed out that it was the Soviet Union and Germany that sealed a secret protocol concerning their joint occupation of Poland in their 1939 Ribbentrop-Molotov pact.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russian-ambassador-to-switzerland-charges-poland-with-supporting-hitler-9705EUR 150,000 in Norway Grants available for bilateral energy projectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-150000-in-norway-grants-available-for-bilateral-energy-projects-9704<p>Grants from the Norwegian and European Economic Area Funds are to be made available for bilateral projects in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy security and reducing climate change, Poland's Ministry of Climate announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 17:54:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b7s2vciuy64yrq2up2jh2.jpegNorway Grantshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-150000-in-norway-grants-available-for-bilateral-energy-projects-9704Local Hero! Brave Natalia honoured TWICE for saving life of drowning girlhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/local-hero-brave-natalia-honoured-twice-for-saving-life-of-drowning-girl-9700<p>A teenager who saved a drowning five-year-old girl has been decorated twice for her bravery.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 16:35:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pkq9dnp0r5vk6war8rkxs.jpegHeroine Natalia received a medal for Sacrifice and Courage and a Cross of Merit for Valour.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/local-hero-brave-natalia-honoured-twice-for-saving-life-of-drowning-girl-9700Poland hopes cause of Ukrainian plane crash will be fully explainedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hopes-cause-of-ukrainian-plane-crash-will-be-fully-explained-9699<p>Poland hopes that the cause of the Ukrainian plane crash in Teheran will be fairly and reliably explained, Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ol83garhblbpr19054xt7.jpegThe flight to Kiev from Tehran crashed shortly after departure, killing all 176 people on board.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hopes-cause-of-ukrainian-plane-crash-will-be-fully-explained-9699Inflation in Poland at 2.6 pct in November - OECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-in-poland-at-26-pct-in-november---oecd-9698<p>Prices in Poland in November 2019 grew by 2.6 percent year on year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:28:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ejxfih3790519wesxt3q0n.jpegOECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-in-poland-at-26-pct-in-november---oecd-9698Poland sees CoE commissioner's letter as legislative interferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sees-coe-commissioners-letter-as-legislative-interference-9697<p>The letter from Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner, in which she tells the Polish Senate speaker that the Senate should reject the latest judiciary bill, is interference with Polish legislation, a deputy minister has said.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eeq450eaflp40jynybkyde.jpegSzynkowski vel Sęk told a press conference that Mijatovic did not wait for the conclusion of the visit and the Venice Commission's ultimate opinion, and instead expressed a clear expectation addressed to the Senate speaker that the bill should be rejected in its entirety.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sees-coe-commissioners-letter-as-legislative-interference-9697Inflation in Poland likely to exceed 2.5 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-in-poland-likely-to-exceed-25-pct-in-2020-9696<p>Polish Deputy Finance Minister Leszek Skiba told reporters on Friday that "inflation in Poland in 2020 will likely exceed 2.5 percent envisaged in the budget draft," but underlined that this should not be a cause for concern.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:04:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2ehp8xvcos18e21zsf47e6.jpeg"One should remember that higher inflation means higher budget incomes," underlined Skiba, adding that "this means that there will be no problems with the implementation of the budget."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-in-poland-likely-to-exceed-25-pct-in-2020-9696Extraordinary tale of the one-eyed, one-handed war hero who fell in love with Poland and didn’t leave for TWENTY yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-story-of-the-one-eyed-one-handed-war-hero-who-fell-in-love-with-poland-and-didnt-leave-for-twenty-years-9694<p>Visitors in the 1920s and 30s to the watery wilds of the Pripet Marshes, then in eastern Poland, may have heard tales of a one-eyed, one-handed British war hero who lived on an island in the depths of the wilderness and spent his days shooting ducks despite his lack of body parts.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:44:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/clsr3kfsabk4m2anv4ey0r.pngCarton de Wiart was sent to Poland at the end of WWI as part of the British Military Mission to aid and advise the nascent republic. He would not leave the country until the outbreak of WWII.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-story-of-the-one-eyed-one-handed-war-hero-who-fell-in-love-with-poland-and-didnt-leave-for-twenty-years-9694Blockbuster! Lego Notre Dame smashes world recordhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blockbuster-lego-notre-dame-smashes-world-record-9692<p>Unmasked yesterday inside the National Stadium in Warsaw, a stunning replica of Notre Dame cathedral appears to have smashed all prior records to become the world’s largest Lego structure.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:55:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kpibjiz2l3lv7fq04tube.jpegMeasuring 2.73 metres in height, 3.7 metres in length and 142 centimetres in width, the blockbusting marvel weighs 250kg and took over 400,000 Lego bricks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blockbuster-lego-notre-dame-smashes-world-record-9692Polish president's goal is to maintain good EU-US relations - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidents-goal-is-to-maintain-good-eu-us-relations---official-9691<p>Head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) Pawel Soloch declared on Friday that the main goal of the Polish president is, above all, to maintain good transatlantic relations between the EU and the US, also with regard to the ongoing tensions in the Middle East.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president's goal is to maintain good EU-US relations - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidents-goal-is-to-maintain-good-eu-us-relations---official-9691Poland cannot accept Russia's lies regarding WWII causes - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-cannot-accept-russias-lies-regarding-wwii-causes---official-9687<p>Polish government spokesperson Piotr Mueller underlined on Friday that "Russia has been lying about the causes of World War Two with regard to the spheres which by now seemed to be agreed upon and unquestionable."</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland cannot accept Russia's lies regarding WWII causes - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-cannot-accept-russias-lies-regarding-wwii-causes---official-9687Poland, US to step up cooperation in energy, climate sectors - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-us-to-step-up-cooperation-in-energy-climate-sectors---ministry-9685<p>Polish Climate Minister Michal Kurtyka met with US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher on Thursday to discuss cooperation in the energy and climate sector, the Climate Ministry said in a Friday news release.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:42:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/npn5tk4hb5vhp2p415lqr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-us-to-step-up-cooperation-in-energy-climate-sectors---ministry-9685Exhibition of impressionist prints opens in Poznanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-of-impressionist-prints-opens-in-poznan-9683<p>An exhibition titled Impressionism Unknown: Manet, Pisarro and Their Contemporaries, presenting prints from the collections of Oxford's Ashmolean Museum and the National Museum in Krakow, opened on Thursday at a cultural centre in Poland's western city of Poznan.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:23:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fdx1m5q2zw9xrnq1yg6rk.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-of-impressionist-prints-opens-in-poznan-9683Irish low-cost air carrier to expand in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/irish-low-cost-air-carrier-to-expand-in-poland-9681<p>Last year, the Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair serviced 13.2 million passengers in Poland. This year's plans provide for a growth to 14.2 million, the Puls Biznesu daily reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:20:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0k53ttazmk1odxsqs9tsftt.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/irish-low-cost-air-carrier-to-expand-in-poland-9681Poland to celebrate Day of Judaismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-celebrate-day-of-judaism-9679<p>Celebrations of the 23rd Day of Judaism in the Catholic Church, under the slogan "Remember to Celebrate the Sabbath Properly" will take place in Gniezno, western Poland, on January 16 – 21, the Warsaw Archdiocese press office told PAP on Thursday.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 20:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yg76zrqyjnn1ykwu77tdsn.jpegLast year the celebrations of the Day of Judaism took place in Łódź.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-celebrate-day-of-judaism-9679Firms invest EUR 400 mln in Industrial Development Agency’s economic zoneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/firms-invest-eur-400-mln-in-industrial-development-agencys-economic-zones-9678<p>Domestic and foreign companies invested in 2019 over PLN 1.7 billion (EUR 400 million) in two special economic zones managed by the Industrial Development Agency (ARP). Companies declared some 900 new jobs.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 20:23:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFirms invest EUR 400 mln in Industrial Development Agency’s economic zoneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/firms-invest-eur-400-mln-in-industrial-development-agencys-economic-zones-9678Venice Commission opinion on courts next week - Senate headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-commission-opinion-on-courts-next-week---senate-head-9675<p>The Council of Europe-advising Venice Commission will issue an opinion on recent judicial reforms in Poland next Wednesday or Thursday, Senate (upper house) Speaker Tomasz Grodzki said on Thursday after Warsaw talks with the Commission's delegates.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 19:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bmgdz1pk2fi6akrzi2q0k5.jpegRecounting the talks with the Venice Commission delegation, Grodzki called them "intensive, concrete and detailed," and said both sides "exchanged many detailed comments."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-commission-opinion-on-courts-next-week---senate-head-9675Polish railways had around 330 mln passengers in 2019 - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-railways-had-around-330-mln-passengers-in-2019---minister-9674<p>As many as 300 mln Polish passengers chose rail transport in 2019, up from 310 mln in 2018, Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk said in parliament on Thursday.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 19:33:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6akrrlw4mmueszykreth45.jpegRailways have been restoring their position after years of decline.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-railways-had-around-330-mln-passengers-in-2019---minister-9674Polish lower house condemns Putin's WW2 commentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lower-house-condemns-putins-ww2-comments-9673<p>The Polish Sejm (lower house) in a Thursday resolution condemned Russian leader Vladimir Putin's December comments concerning Poland's part in the outbreak of World War Two and the Holocaust.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 18:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rntpwclf939iwdkmupbyos.jpegThe document goes on to say that the immediate cause of the war was the August 23 1939 Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lower-house-condemns-putins-ww2-comments-9673EP to debate distortions of WW2 history next weekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ep-to-debate-distortions-of-ww2-history-next-week-9672<p>The European Parliament (EP) will debate distortions of European and World War Two history in Strasbourg next week on a motion by MEPs from Poland's Civic Platform (PO) and the Polish People's Party (PSL), both members of the EP's European People's Party (EPP) faction.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7xkpiftmb1mwydn8usmzuk.jpegHalicki said that the EP's concession to the debate showed that the EU and its institutions were Poland's true security guarantees.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ep-to-debate-distortions-of-ww2-history-next-week-9672Corpus Christi actor Bartosz Bielenia joins thespian A-list after being awarded European Shooting Stars 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corpus-christi-actor-bartosz-bielenia-joins-thespian-a-list-after-being-awarded-european-shooting-stars-2020-9670<p>‘Corpus Christi’ main lead Bartosz Bielenia has been named one of the European Shooting Stars 2020 – an award given to the most promising and versatile young actors and actresses on the continent.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:29:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cj6mfifmwi5hkyz7cg1655.jpegBartosz Bielenia (bottom right) now joins a thespian A-list for being one of the most talented actors in Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corpus-christi-actor-bartosz-bielenia-joins-thespian-a-list-after-being-awarded-european-shooting-stars-2020-9670We are the champions! Poland tops list of Europe’s hidden business gemshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-are-the-champions-poland-tops-list-of-europes-hidden-business-gems-9668<p>Poland has the most ‘hidden champions’ in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, according to a new report.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 14:23:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ucw6oehmpnnbvomy87gfg.jpegPoland came top of the hidden champions with 11 companies named and a further 3 potential hidden champions. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-are-the-champions-poland-tops-list-of-europes-hidden-business-gems-9668Poland most pro-American country in EU - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-most-pro-american-country-in-eu---survey-9666<p>Europe, in general, holds a more positive opinion about German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, while in Poland, trust in US President Donald Trump has gone up for the third year in a row, according to the Pew Research Center.</p><article><br></article>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ma8ktq631upv7qfzvexz.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-most-pro-american-country-in-eu---survey-9666Poland's house speaker, ambassador to OSCE discuss organisation issueshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-house-speaker-ambassador-to-osce-discuss-organisation-issues-9664<p>Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek on Wednesday met with Poland's ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Adam Halacinski, to discuss the priorities within the organisation and Poland's upcoming OSCE presidency.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jcpa5vg084q3ttde0jkh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-house-speaker-ambassador-to-osce-discuss-organisation-issues-9664Does your history knowledge let you down? Engaging new comp game could be just the answerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/does-your-history-knowledge-let-you-down-engaging-new-comp-game-could-be-just-the-answer-9662<p>A new educational computer game in which players can go on missions to rebuild Poland’s independence, topple a statue of Stalin<a name="_Hlk29464457">&nbsp;</a>or spring a Home Army insurgent from a Gestapo prison has ben launched.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 12:24:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e1asge2boombe1ov4ye4z.jpegAlthough the aim of the interactive game is for Polish children to learn about their country making use of computer gameplay techniques, it can also be played by adults who want to brush up on their knowledge of history. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/does-your-history-knowledge-let-you-down-engaging-new-comp-game-could-be-just-the-answer-9662Polish soldiers will soon resume Iraqi training - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-soldiers-will-soon-resume-iraqi-training---mod-9660<p>Polish soldiers who are on a NATO mission in Iraq will resume their training duties soon, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Twitter on Thursday, quoting information from the headquarters of the NATO mission in Iraq.</p><article><br></article>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 12:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish soldiers will soon resume Iraqi training - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-soldiers-will-soon-resume-iraqi-training---mod-9660Jerusalem conference looks like Russian-inspired event - Polish officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jerusalem-conference-looks-like-russian-inspired-event---polish-official-9658<p>Polish Deputy PM Jacek Sasin said on Thursday that "since the conference in Jerusalem looks like a Russian-inspired event, it would be very bad if the Polish president took part in such a propaganda meeting."</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 11:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2a9tyr2q8hqol5guuzjnsc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jerusalem-conference-looks-like-russian-inspired-event---polish-official-9658Poland's voice must be heard, says Israeli ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-voice-must-be-heard-says-israeli-ambassador-9657<p>The Israeli ambassador to Poland, Ben Zvi, said on Thursday that the Polish president's voice must be heard in Israel and the United States, as he referred to President Andrzej Duda's decision not to attend the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on January 23.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 11:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's voice must be heard, says Israeli ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-voice-must-be-heard-says-israeli-ambassador-9657Polish FM says US president's address reassuringhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-says-us-presidents-address-reassuring-9655<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Thursday that the address delivered by US President Donald Trump after an Iranian attack was reassuring.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 10:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mluroh3w47p4l1s5awqkex.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-says-us-presidents-address-reassuring-9655Poland seeks many innovative investment projects - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-many-innovative-investment-projects---pm-9654<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki, attending an economic congress in Berlin on Wednesday, said Poland hopes to attract as many innovative projects as possible, especially greenfield projects.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 20:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oi1e4s09m4ufkycy37c0g.jpegPrime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (L) and Chairman and CEO of the Axel Springer Mathias Doepfner (R) attend the 12th WELT economic summit.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-many-innovative-investment-projects---pm-9654Poland seeks to reduce tensions in Middle East - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-to-reduce-tensions-in-middle-east---pm-9653<p>Poland is working to reduce tensions in the Middle East, said Prime Mister Mateusz Morawiecki during a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 20:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cwwjk391k3cxvhv3yzawe.jpegThe prime minister pointed out that no soldiers or representatives of NATO countries were killed in the night rocket attack on early Wednesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-to-reduce-tensions-in-middle-east---pm-9653Senate speaker calls off meeting with Iran's ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-speaker-calls-off-meeting-with-irans-ambassador-9652<p>Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki has called off a meeting with Ambassador of Iran to Poland Masoud Edrisi Kermanshahi planned for Thursday.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 20:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7z0n9ohnlrongvy234evhi.jpegReferring to bilateral relations, the Iranian envoy said that they are "as always, friendly," but that economic relations need to be stimulated.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-speaker-calls-off-meeting-with-irans-ambassador-9652Polish president, PM briefed on situation in Middle Easthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-briefed-on-situation-in-middle-east-9650<p>Polish soldiers in Iraq are safe, Iran's rocket attack was not directed against Polish soldiers but was an attack against US bases, head of the National Security Bureau (BBN), Paweł Soloch said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 17:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/epd6qjotp449v7i93fw43a.jpegSoloch said those attending the meeting were informed on the developments and the situation in the region after the Iranian military assaults.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-briefed-on-situation-in-middle-east-9650Iranian truck driver left stranded in Poland FINALLY gets new truck after original sale fell throughhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iranian-truck-driver-left-stranded-in-poland-finally-gets-new-truck-after-original-sale-fell-through-9647<p>The story of an Iranian trucker stranded in Poland has taken a new twist after the purchase of a new truck fell through.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 16:59:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xjjm9v88yqqxc6eotwgx.jpegFardin once again returned to Poland after managing to find a new truck from DBK Group through his new online pals.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iranian-truck-driver-left-stranded-in-poland-finally-gets-new-truck-after-original-sale-fell-through-9647Royals, world leaders to attend Auschwitz liberation anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royals-world-leaders-to-attend-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-9645<p>Twenty-two states delegations will attend observances marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration camp of Auschwitz, to be held on the site of the former camp, in southern Poland, on January 27.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 16:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q62o7tt25qn1wwu64fpdf9.jpegSpokesperson for the Auschwitz Museum Bartosz Bartyzel said that the most important guests will be around 200 Auschwitz prisoners.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royals-world-leaders-to-attend-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-9645Polish Senate speaker meets EC officials over controversial billhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-senate-speaker-meets-ec-officials-over-controversial-bill-9644<p>Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki in Brussels on Wednesday met with European Commission (EC) Vice President Vera Jourova and EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders to discuss Poland's latest judiciary bill that introduces disciplinary measures on judges.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 16:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1cx32eamq8i2qh797gs8nz.jpegGrodzki said the Wednesday meeting was a "working consultation."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-senate-speaker-meets-ec-officials-over-controversial-bill-9644Company that uses GPS to track smartphone users for luxury brand ads gets 45mln investment for expansionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/company-that-uses-gps-to-track-smartphone-users-for-luxury-brand-ads-gets-45mln-investment-for-expansion-9642<p>A Polish firm which uses high-tech location tracking to help A-list high street clients identify shoppers’ tastes and interests is set for expansion following a 45 million PLN investment.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 14:11:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7hw0mm5j5nfemf1l08x5l.pngThe company which has its HQ in Warsaw and offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and New York, uses its information to tailor online adverts for shoppers. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/company-that-uses-gps-to-track-smartphone-users-for-luxury-brand-ads-gets-45mln-investment-for-expansion-9642Polish ambassador to Iraq repatriated - Foreign Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ambassador-to-iraq-repatriated---foreign-ministry-9641<p>The Polish ambassador to Iraq, Beata Peksa, has returned to Poland and the reason behind the decision was to ensure the safety of the Polish envoy, the Foreign Ministry told PAP on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 13:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish ambassador to Iraq repatriated - Foreign Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ambassador-to-iraq-repatriated---foreign-ministry-9641Polish president, PM offer condolences after plane crash in Tehranhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-offer-condolences-after-plane-crash-in-tehran-9639<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki offered their condolences on Wednesday over the Ukrainian plane crash in the Iranian capital city of Tehran on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 13:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/utgifj3ouyylw84jhhg8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-offer-condolences-after-plane-crash-in-tehran-9639Forum of Polish Jews critical of World Holocaust Forum speakershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forum-of-polish-jews-critical-of-world-holocaust-forum-speakers-9637<p>The Forum of Polish Jews has criticised the fact that representatives of states which signed the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact in 1939 will give speeches at the World Holocaust Forum to be held in Jerusalem on 23 January, whereas Poland's voice will not be heard.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 12:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgForum of Polish Jews critical of World Holocaust Forum speakershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forum-of-polish-jews-critical-of-world-holocaust-forum-speakers-9637Businessman becomes only third Pole in HISTORY to make epic solo voyage to South Polehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/businessman-becomes-only-third-pole-in-history-to-make-epic-solo-voyage-to-south-pole-9635<p>A businessman from Strzyżów has become the third Polish man in history to walk to the South Pole on his own and without any outside support.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 11:59:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d2zxj4mu9nf3dqyou9jole.jpegThe 44-year-old from Strzyżów covered the astonishing 1,141 km icy route in 53 days and four hours.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/businessman-becomes-only-third-pole-in-history-to-make-epic-solo-voyage-to-south-pole-9635No Polish soldiers hurt after missile attacks in Iraq - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-polish-soldiers-hurt-after-missile-attacks-in-iraq---mod-9633<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak tweeted on Wednesday that there were no Polish military casualties in the attack on US air bases in Iraq, Al Asad and Irbil.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 10:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tj3n72k6qz97yv3mdmcq4w.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-polish-soldiers-hurt-after-missile-attacks-in-iraq---mod-9633Putin's charges fuelled by post-Stalinist revisionism - president, PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/putins-charges-fuelled-by-post-stalinist-revisionism---president-pm-9628<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin's accusations of Polish complicity in the outbreak of World War II falsify the historical truth and are driven by post-Stalinist revisionism, President Andrzej Duda said at Tuesday's sitting of the Cabinet Council.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 19:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nem1jfgeha832oi9rby8s4.jpegPresident and PM during the sitting of the Cabinet Council.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/putins-charges-fuelled-by-post-stalinist-revisionism---president-pm-9628British composer to headline this year's Kraków Film Music Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-composer-to-headline-this-years-krakow-film-music-festival-9627<p>English composer John Powell will be the main guest at the 13th Music Film Festival (FMF) in Kraków, southern Poland, this year. He will appear during a concert at the ICE Krakow Congress Centre on May 31.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 18:21:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zprzxg87tyrbm8a14v8igj.jpegPowell is particularly known for his scores for animated films including the three parts of Shrek (co-composed with Harry Gregson-Williams), three Ice Age parts, Bolt, the How to Train Your Dragon film series and Solo: A Star Wars Story.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-composer-to-headline-this-years-krakow-film-music-festival-9627'Putin has no right to speak,' says Duda as he boycotts Jerusalem Holocaust forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-decides-not-to-attend-holocaust-forum-in-jerusalem-9625<p>President Andrzej Duda has said he will boycott the 5th World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on January 23 after being told Poland will not be allowed to address the event.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 18:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3xa2zxlv7r5wc84zkd2gkc.jpegThe president said the government's stance was in line with his. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-decides-not-to-attend-holocaust-forum-in-jerusalem-9625Our brave firefighters prepare to battle Australia’s deadly bushfires as PM offers Polish helphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/our-brave-firefighters-prepare-to-battle-australias-deadly-bushfires-as-pm-offers-polish-help-9623<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki has offered to help Australia battle its raging fires by sending a team of Polish firefighters.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b4wcljjqrz5ngjsykp7kkk.pngPM offers elite firefighters to tackle Australian bushfires.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/our-brave-firefighters-prepare-to-battle-australias-deadly-bushfires-as-pm-offers-polish-help-9623Poland's official reserve assets up in December - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-official-reserve-assets-up-in-december---central-bank-9622<p>Poland's official reserve assets increased in December 2019 to EUR 114.51 billion from November's EUR 108.88 billion, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:34:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's official reserve assets up in December - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-official-reserve-assets-up-in-december---central-bank-9622Ski jumping champ Dawid Kubacki wins hearts, gold and headlines with stunning Four Hills triumph – but who is he?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ski-jumping-champ-dawid-kubacki-wins-hearts-gold-and-headlines-with-stunning-four-hills-triumph--but-who-is-he-9620<p>This Monday, Kubacki became the third Pole, after Adam Małysz and Kamil Stoch, to win the prestigious Four Hills Tournament.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:09:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cvkmk2vganv0x0iebha89dd.jpegKubacki can't hide his delight after winning the prestigious Four Hills tournament.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ski-jumping-champ-dawid-kubacki-wins-hearts-gold-and-headlines-with-stunning-four-hills-triumph--but-who-is-he-9620Venice Commission's opinion on Poland's court reforms next week - sourcehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-commissions-opinion-on-polands-court-reforms-next-week---source-9616<p>The Venice Commission is expected to issue next week an urgent opinion on the amendment of Polish courts laws, PAP has been told by sources at the Council of Europe advising body.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 14:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/82hy6rntglf1vvv93v9nzd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-commissions-opinion-on-polands-court-reforms-next-week---source-9616Water lot of fun! Stunning new oceanarium set to attract 2.5 million visitors per year given go-aheadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/water-lot-of-fun-stunning-new-oceanarium-set-to-attract-25-million-visitors-per-year-given-go-ahead-9614<p>Promising to be the largest facility of its type in Europe, a stunning proposal for an oceanarium in Gdańsk moved a step closer to being realized after authorities issued the necessary building permits to the investor, PFI Future.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 14:17:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/llwvob5xvyfwhhkdx5fgd.jpegThe project – currently titled Nautilus Gdańsk – will house 160 species sourced from, principally, South America and the Atlantic, as well as a swimming pool separated from a shark tank by a glass wall.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/water-lot-of-fun-stunning-new-oceanarium-set-to-attract-25-million-visitors-per-year-given-go-ahead-9614Wawel Castle lifts ‘no-selfie’ rule in move to become more ‘Instagram-friendly’ - but still no sticks allowedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wawel-castle-lifts-no-selfie-rule-in-move-to-become-more-instagram-friendly---but-still-no-sticks-allowed-9612<p>Kraków’s Wawel Castle has begun the new year with a new approach by lifting a long-term photography ban and letting visitors take photos inside the castle’s interiors.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:49:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q0bvxgpohsetf61wkrhe.jpegNew museum director Andrzej Betlej said the move was designed to make the museum ‘modern’ and to make the castle “a friendly and open place for visitors, so that as many people as possible come here and feel good about it.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wawel-castle-lifts-no-selfie-rule-in-move-to-become-more-instagram-friendly---but-still-no-sticks-allowed-9612December's CPI in Poland at 3.4 pct y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-cpi-in-poland-at-34-pct-yy---stats-office-9610<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 3.4 percent year-on-year and by 0.8 percent month-on-month in December 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported in a flash estimate on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6qawxhi72a6u849v7rv71.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-cpi-in-poland-at-34-pct-yy---stats-office-9610Poland is safe, assures head of National Security Officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-safe-assures-head-of-national-security-office-9608<p>Pawel Soloch, head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) commenting on the situation in the Middle East said Poland is safe as it is not on the front line and is seen as a neutral state.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland is safe, assures head of National Security Officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-safe-assures-head-of-national-security-office-9608Poland will not get involved in a Middle East war - deputy FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-not-get-involved-in-a-middle-east-war---deputy-fm-9606<p>Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski commenting on the tense situation in the Middle East stressed that Poland will not get involved in a war in the region but added that it will fulfill its allied obligations stemming from its NATO membership.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland will not get involved in a Middle East war - deputy FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-not-get-involved-in-a-middle-east-war---deputy-fm-9606No decisions on Middle East outside NATO - Polish PM's aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-decisions-on-middle-east-outside-nato---polish-pms-aide-9605<p>Poland will make no decisions regarding the current crisis in the Middle East outside of NATO, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki's office head Michał Dworczyk said on Monday on TV.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5yayc5yni5m30065gvjkwk.jpegAsked if Poland will back the US if the situation led to a war, Dworczyk said he "considered such speculations inappropriate," and stressed that current developments in Iran were not a priority for Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-decisions-on-middle-east-outside-nato---polish-pms-aide-9605Venice Commission delegates to visit Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-commission-delegates-to-visit-poland-9604<p>A delegation of the Council of Europe-advising Venice Commission will visit Poland on January 9 and 10 in connection with a request for it to opine on Polish judicial reforms by Poland's Senate (upper house) speaker Tomasz Grodzki.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2gec5jd6qndjz0lv2u79y.jpegEC Vice-President Vera Jourova encouraged Warsaw to consult the matter with the Venice Commission.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-commission-delegates-to-visit-poland-9604First Euro-China train arrives at Sławków Euroterminalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-euro-china-train-arrives-at-slawkow-euroterminal-9603<p>The Sławków rail terminal in southern Poland on Sunday welcomed the arrival of the first Chinese train under a November-opened wide-gauge Euro-China rail connection between Poland and the city of Xi'an in China. The train took 12 days to complete the route.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:05:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pmktv6otx484pa1y83f5s.jpegThe train's 45 containers will be reloaded onto narrow-gauge rolling stock and trucks at Sławków's Euroterminal, the Euro-China route's operators said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-euro-china-train-arrives-at-slawkow-euroterminal-9603Polish ski jumper wins Four Hills Tournamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ski-jumper-wins-four-hills-tournament-9602<p>Polish ski jumper Dawid Kubacki won this year's Four Hills ski-jumping Tournament after placing first in the fourth leg in Bischofshofen, Austria, on Monday.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 19:55:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mk7c03pknvt5zlp1j8l3.jpegKubacki is the third Pole to have won the tournament.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ski-jumper-wins-four-hills-tournament-9602Nearly 900 Polish towns and cities celebrate Epiphanyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-900-polish-towns-and-cities-celebrate-epiphany-9601<p>Nearly 900 Polish towns and cities as well as over 30 worldwide took part in Monday's Epiphany celebrations. Poland's biggest procession was held in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 17:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3x2sxo5inw5nk47p9mwmjk.jpegThe Feast of the Epiphany on January 6 is a public holiday in Poland. It is a Christian feast commemorating principally the visit of the Magi (The Wise Men or The Three Kings) to the Christ Child. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-900-polish-towns-and-cities-celebrate-epiphany-9601President, PM send Xmas wishes to Orthodox, Greek Catholic Churchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-send-xmas-wishes-to-orthodox-greek-catholic-church-9600<p>President Andrzej Duda and PM Mateusz Morawiecki, on Monday, sent greetings to the faithful of the Orthodox, Greek Catholic and Eastern Churches who, according to the Julian calendar, are celebrating Christmas.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 16:57:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hl66u6xxihctdnorhyw6ba.jpegOrthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Eve on January 6 and Christmas Day on January 7.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-send-xmas-wishes-to-orthodox-greek-catholic-church-9600Murder most foulhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/murder-most-foul-9597<p>This week we take a look at a story of a 14th century murder which was so gruesome even Skakespeare was inspired by it to write one of his plays hundreds of years later.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 16:41:00 +0100HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tupux62siimtfn5uipwgy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/murder-most-foul-9597Fuming Duda threatens boycott after being told he CAN’T speak at Holocaust memorial but Putin can!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fuming-duda-threatens-boycott-after-being-told-he-cant-speak-at-holocaust-memorial-but-putin-can-9595<p>President Andrzej Duda has threatened to boycott a Holocaust forum in Jerusalem unless he is given a chance to speak like Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 14:53:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0tfac3fn8c1jq78uakjydl.jpegPresident Duda said that if Putin was allowed to speak at the event in Jerusalem on Jan 23rd then so should he.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fuming-duda-threatens-boycott-after-being-told-he-cant-speak-at-holocaust-memorial-but-putin-can-9595Three Kings take to the streets in Christmas cavalcadeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-kings-take-to-the-streets-in-christmas-cavalcades-9592<p>Take a stroll through a town on January 6 and there is a fair chance you’ll run into the Three Wise Men backed by a procession.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 11:35:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vf1lmeo77g9t77c3k9uvs.jpegThree kings serve up doughnuts as a festive snack during a procession.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-kings-take-to-the-streets-in-christmas-cavalcades-9592No sign of threat for Poland over Middle East situation – presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-signals-of-threat-for-poland-over-middle-east-situation--president-9590<p>President Andrzej Duda said on Sunday that Poland is monitoring the situation in the Middle East and there are no signals that there is any threat for Poland or Poles.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 10:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNo sign of threat for Poland over Middle East situation – presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-signals-of-threat-for-poland-over-middle-east-situation--president-9590Poland cancels training within NATO mission in Iraqhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-cancels-training-within-nato-mission-in-iraq-9589<p>Polish soldiers in Iraq have suspended training of Iraqi forces for security reasons, Poland's Armed Forces Operational Command said on Saturday in the wake of serious concerns over the region's stability after a US air strike in Baghdad killed a top Iranian general.</p>Sun, 05 Jan 2020 20:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland cancels training within NATO mission in Iraqhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-cancels-training-within-nato-mission-in-iraq-9589Warsaw hosts Christmas Carols charity concert for war victims in Syriahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-hosts-christmas-carols-charity-concert-for-war-victims-in-syria-9587<p>A charity concert of Christmas Carols "Poland Helps - Aid to Syria" aimed at raising funds for the victims of the war in Syria was held on Saturday in Warsaw's Royal Łazienki Park.</p>Sun, 05 Jan 2020 18:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/usu7wcl5tln45zc438zej.jpegSaturday's event was the seventh charity concert in the "Poland helps..." cycle and the sixth for the benefit of the victims of the conflict in Syria.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-hosts-christmas-carols-charity-concert-for-war-victims-in-syria-9587Transparent gravestones serve as ghostly reminders of lost world of Jewish cemeterieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/transparent-gravestones-serve-as-ghostly-reminders-of-lost-world-of-jewish-cemeteries-9585<p>Transparent matzevah, Jewish tombstones, are being placed in public spaces and documented as a reminder of the graveyards that once stood on the same spot. ‘Currently Absent’ (Obecnie Nieobecni) is a photographical historical project which aims to commemorate the presence of the Jewish minority, which used to coexist alongside its Christian neighbours in pre-war Poland.</p>Sun, 05 Jan 2020 17:38:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kkojkl2ddc90y499lpy5hj9.jpegA ghostly reminder of a lost world. The gravestones mark the spot of an old Jewish cemetery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/transparent-gravestones-serve-as-ghostly-reminders-of-lost-world-of-jewish-cemeteries-9585Polish national airline to avoid Iran-controlled airspacehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-airline-to-avoid-iran-controlled-airspace-9584<p>All LOT Polish Airlines flights previously scheduled to fly through Iranian airspace will have their routes changed, acting LOT spokesperson Michał Czernicki told PAP on Saturday.</p>Sun, 05 Jan 2020 14:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/72jak05uf1dkhaaayb2fdi.jpegThe decision comes after escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-airline-to-avoid-iran-controlled-airspace-9584Chess legend Kasparov says there is no doubt “Stalin invaded Poland as Hitler’s partner”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chess-legend-kasparov-says-there-is-no-doubt-stalin-invaded-poland-as-hitlers-partner-9583<p>Russian chess legend and political activist Garry Kasparov has entered the fray surrounding controversial comments made by Vladimir Putin that suggested Poland was in part responsible for the start of the Second World War.</p>Sun, 05 Jan 2020 14:55:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1jgluekxhz9e4cirq1442h.jpegKasparov tweeted that there “isn’t any doubt today” that Stalin joined Hitler in invading Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chess-legend-kasparov-says-there-is-no-doubt-stalin-invaded-poland-as-hitlers-partner-9583Historians find swords and spears of long-forgotten warrior tribe in ancient cemeteryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/historians-find-swords-and-spears-of-long-forgotten-warrior-tribe-in-ancient-cemetery-9580<p>Archaeologists have discovered rare swords, spears and knives among hundreds of items belonging to a long-disappeared people famed for their warrior culture in the Suwałki region of eastern Poland.</p>Sun, 05 Jan 2020 12:21:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t7cjkmnlqw8wqjp3o7w6i.jpegSome of the ancient weapons unearthed from the site of the cemetery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/historians-find-swords-and-spears-of-long-forgotten-warrior-tribe-in-ancient-cemetery-9580Blast from the past: lost wartime concerto lives again after being pieced togetherhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blast-from-the-past-lost-wartime-concerto-lives-again-after-being-pieced-together-9577<p>Largely unknown but to the most diligent of classical music fans, a Warsaw-born composer has again been thrust into the global spotlight decades following his death after fragments of one of his lost concertos were pieced together by Poland’s leading violinist, Janusz Wawrowski.</p>Sat, 04 Jan 2020 18:29:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tnmdyf63m8c0wrragff513.jpegAcclaimed vilonist Janusz Wawrowski won praise, first for reconstructing the piece and then for playing it.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blast-from-the-past-lost-wartime-concerto-lives-again-after-being-pieced-together-9577Polish embassy critical of Ukrainian foreign ministry's hero commemoration commentaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-embassy-critical-of-ukrainian-foreign-ministrys-hero-commemoration-commentary-9574<p>The Polish Embassy in Ukraine on Saturday criticised Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Kateryna Zelenko for her comments regarding the commemoration of controversial Ukrainian national heroes.</p>Sat, 04 Jan 2020 17:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish embassy critical of Ukrainian foreign ministry's hero commemoration commentaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-embassy-critical-of-ukrainian-foreign-ministrys-hero-commemoration-commentary-9574It’s a dog’s life: ex-pound hound becomes globe trotter after rescuehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-a-dogs-life-ex-pound-hound-becomes-globe-trotter-after-rescue-9572<p>From a life behind bars in a dog pound to visiting 36 countries on five continents, Snupi the dog has been given a new lease of life thanks to his owners Iza and Piotrek, who took their four-legged companion on a journey around the world.</p>Sat, 04 Jan 2020 16:38:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j9k6grd5wb8u7pyo5k5hhj.jpegAfter being rescued from a shelter the dog has become a globe trotter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-a-dogs-life-ex-pound-hound-becomes-globe-trotter-after-rescue-9572Pole takes lead in Four Hills tournamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-takes-lead-in-four-hills-tournament-9571<p>Poland's Dawid Kubacki took the lead in the ongoing annual Four Hills ski jump tournament after coming second in the competition's Saturday third round in Innsbruck, Austria.</p>Sat, 04 Jan 2020 16:30:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eam509gbdsvk94jph8nhb.jpegDawid Kubacki took the lead in the Four Hills ski jump tournament.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-takes-lead-in-four-hills-tournament-9571Discovery of ancient Egyptian beads sheds new light on historic trade routeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/discovery-of-ancient-egyptian-beads-sheds-new-light-on-historic-trade-routes-9570<p>Archaeologists have found ancient Egyptian beads dating back to the time of the Pharaohs in a graveyard in the northern region of Warmia. The astonishing discovery was made during excavations of a Bronze Age burial ground, and indicates the extent of the Amber Road trade route.</p>Sat, 04 Jan 2020 13:40:00 +0100ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x9qd9gqi57cl46f86xdvlb.jpegThe beads date back some 3,000 years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/discovery-of-ancient-egyptian-beads-sheds-new-light-on-historic-trade-routes-9570Russia striving for destruction of EU, NATO - former EC headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-striving-for-destruction-of-eu-nato---former-ec-head-9569<p>Russian leader Vladimir Putin is aiming at the disintegration of the EU and NATO, former Polish PM and ex-European Council head Donald Tusk warned in a Saturday interview for the Polish national daily Gazeta Wyborcza.</p>Sat, 04 Jan 2020 12:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0j3p3f20xgrbscj3nuwom0l.jpegCommenting on Putin's long-term goals, Tusk said the Russian leader wanted to bring about the disintegration of the EU and NATO.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-striving-for-destruction-of-eu-nato---former-ec-head-9569Polish, Israeli ambassadors condemn honours for Ukrainian nationalistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-ambassadors-condemn-honours-for-ukrainian-nationalists-9567<p>The Polish and Israeli ambassadors to Ukraine, Bartosz Cichocki and Joel Lion, on Thursday criticised the authorities of Lviv and Kiev in Ukraine for honouring Ukrainian nationalist leaders known for anti-Semitic and anti-Polish attitudes.</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 20:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, Israeli ambassadors condemn honours for Ukrainian nationalistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-ambassadors-condemn-honours-for-ukrainian-nationalists-9567President asks ministry for situation update after Soleimani assassinationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-asks-ministry-for-situation-update-after-soleimani-assassination-9565<p>In connection with the recent events in Iraq, President Andrzej Duda has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for detailed information on the situation, announced the National Security Bureau (BBN) in a press release on Friday.</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 19:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iksippqkfp853hglq820qj.jpegKashmiri Shiite Muslims hold placards during a protest against an US airstrike in Iraq.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-asks-ministry-for-situation-update-after-soleimani-assassination-9565Polish-Finnish firm creates pioneering, cloud-penetrating technology for camera-packing satelliteshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-finnish-firm-creates-pioneering-cloud-penetrating-technology-for-camera-packing-satellites-9562<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Polish-Finnish company is revolutionising the satellite imaging industry with new technology that can penetrate cloud, smoke and even steam to take images of the earth below.</span></p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 19:15:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8773qhvqp1a926dk580n99.jpegSAR equipped satellites can take images of the earth despite cloud cover.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-finnish-firm-creates-pioneering-cloud-penetrating-technology-for-camera-packing-satellites-9562Take that: man lands Poland’s most expensive photo for US$ 1.5 millionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-that-man-lands-polands-most-expensive-photo-for-us-15-million-9560<p>A Wrocław-based businessman has shelled out over a million dollars to buy the most expensive photograph ever to appear in Poland.</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 14:41:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bfdyp2hwh1o1s46vc1ymeu.jpeg“After many conversations and negotiations I finally managed to get there and persuade Peter Lik to sell it,” says Majchrowski (pictured above).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-that-man-lands-polands-most-expensive-photo-for-us-15-million-9560New vehicle registrations up 14.7 pct y/y in December - Samarhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-vehicle-registrations-up-147-pct-yy-in-december---samar-9558<p>A total of 60,081 new passenger cars and small delivery vehicles were registered in Poland in December 2019, up 14.7 percent from the same month in 2018, Samar, an institute monitoring the car market, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 14:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vc4wbt864gn3uei9jc75.jpegMonth on month, the number of registrations increased by 18.3 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-vehicle-registrations-up-147-pct-yy-in-december---samar-9558CCC footwear company offers e-sales in Slovakiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ccc-footwear-company-offers-e-sales-in-slovakia-9557<p>CCC Group a Poland-based company operating in the footwear market, launched an online platform in Slovakia in the last days of 2019, the company has announced in a press release. CCC has 53 traditional stores in Slovakia.</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 14:18:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8tywlp1wg68tfxzpex5zq.jpegCCC produces and sells various models and brands of shoes, including sport footwear, shoes for children, and men's and women's shoes. It also sells accessories and clothing.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ccc-footwear-company-offers-e-sales-in-slovakia-9557Central Transportation Port to start operations in late 2027https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-transportation-port-to-start-operations-in-late-2027-9556<p>First flights from Poland's Central Transportation Port (CPK) are planned for the end of 2027, the government commissioner for the CPK, Marcin Horała, told the Rzeczpospolita daily on Friday, adding that the government "will do everything to keep to this date."</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 14:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5bh3wtm8eeuzbrvrtpiw8.jpegAsked about the estimated cost of the project, Horała answered that "it is now being evaluated at PLN 25 billion (EUR 5.9 billion)."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-transportation-port-to-start-operations-in-late-2027-9556Poland's sales of windows, doors to US rise by 13.5 pct in Jan-Octhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-sales-of-windows-doors-to-us-rise-by-135-pct-in-jan-oct-9555<p>Polish companies sold windows and doors worth a total of EUR 23.4 mln on the US market in the first ten months of 2019, an increase of 13.5 percent compared to the same period of 2018, the Sectoral Analysis Centre (CAB) reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 14:01:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's sales of windows, doors to US rise by 13.5 pct in Jan-Octhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-sales-of-windows-doors-to-us-rise-by-135-pct-in-jan-oct-9555Polish president may join Holocaust forum if conditions are met - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-may-join-holocaust-forum-if-conditions-are-met---aide-9554<p>There are no obstacles to Polish President Andrzej Duda's presence at the 5th World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on January 22-23 if Poland's conditions are fulfilled, Duda's chief aide Krzysztof Szczerski told Polish Radio One on Friday.</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 12:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/npy9cjrwkma9pafvto3lwe.jpegSzczerski said that Polish expectations changed after Putin in late December accused Poland of being co-responsible for the outbreak of World War II.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-may-join-holocaust-forum-if-conditions-are-met---aide-9554Polish hospitality and talent is INCREDIBLE - Entrepreneur Ewa Wysockahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-hospitality-and-talent-is-incredible---entrepreneur-ewa-wysocka-431<p>Ewa Wysocka is the CEO of Tribe47 and Founder of PortyalYogi.pl and in this episode of HeartofPoland with our host Patrick Ney you get to discover<br>- Ewa's Favourite place in Poland<br>- Ewa's Favourite Polish food<br>- The number 1 place Ewa would recommend in Poland<br>- If Ewa was Queen of Poland, what 1 thing would you change?</p><p>Find out how Ewa has built 2 successful businesses in Poland and why she chose Poland when - as a digital nomad - she could have worked anywhere in the world!</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 11:54:00 +0100BusinessHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eswwhgrhb1re1u0g066ccq.jpegEntrepreneur Ewa Wysockahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-hospitality-and-talent-is-incredible---entrepreneur-ewa-wysocka-431Table topping: parliament rolls out list of famous Poles named patrons of 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/table-topping-parliament-rolls-out-list-of-famous-poles-named-patrons-of-2020-9552<p>Pope John Paul II tops the list of patrons for 2020 announced by the Polish parliament. The late pope is joined by hetman Stanislaw Żółkiewski, writer Leopold Tyrmand and philosopher Roman Ingarden.</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 10:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2y4vs93v1piioc6fktott.jpegJohn Paul II tops the list of patrons for 2020.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/table-topping-parliament-rolls-out-list-of-famous-poles-named-patrons-of-2020-9552Poland's GDP growth to slow down to 3-3.5 pct in 2020 - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-to-slow-down-to-3-35-pct-in-2020---official-9551<p>Polish Development Fund (PFR) President Pawel Borys wrote in the daily Puls Biznesu on Friday that "Poland's economic growth will likely slow down to 3-3.5 percent in 2020."</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 09:35:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n4qwc1lke7jj4671wpxb.jpegBorys expressed his conviction that "both the economy and the budget will be balanced." https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-to-slow-down-to-3-35-pct-in-2020---official-9551Polish furniture exporters to expand on global markets - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-furniture-exporters-to-expand-on-global-markets---daily-9550<p>Next year may see the beginning of Polish furniture manufacturers' transatlantic expansion as the European markets are becoming too tight for them, the daily Puls Biznesu wrote on Thursday.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 18:34:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oycw1bkvfucc4kactfoolj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-furniture-exporters-to-expand-on-global-markets---daily-9550Krakow airport handles over 8 mln passengers in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-handles-over-8-mln-passengers-in-2019-9549<p>The Krakow-Balice International Airport in southern Poland handled a record-high 8,411,000 passengers last year, more by 1,641,000 than in 2018, the airport announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 18:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yh5o466y0wbdbsfkzjg5qe.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-handles-over-8-mln-passengers-in-2019-9549Return to sender: honest shopper hands in wad of cash found in jacket pockethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/return-to-sender-honest-shopper-hands-in-wad-of-cash-found-in-jacket-pocket-9547<p><span lang="EN-GB">A 58-year-old man from Żywiec, southern Poland, exhibited extraordinary honesty after finding a bundle of banknotes in a used jacket he just bought. Instead of pocketing the money for himself, he took the cash to the police station, and the local force is now trying to track down the out-of-pocket former owner of the money.</span></p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 16:19:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gnggj7yt9fx5ntjv15pn.jpegThe man could have kept the money for himself but instead handed it in to the police.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/return-to-sender-honest-shopper-hands-in-wad-of-cash-found-in-jacket-pocket-9547Charity concert to aid Syria on January 6https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/charity-concert-to-aid-syria-on-january-6-9546<p>Most beautiful Christmas carols and songs will be sung by Polish Royal Opera artists as well as soloists during a charity concert "Poland Helps - Aid to Syria" at the Royal Theatre in the Old Orangery of the Royal Łazienki Museum on January 6.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 14:48:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c4h6w6x1h8mw6nz5cwczuf.jpegThe charity concert "Poland Helps - Aid to Syria" will be held at the Royal Theatre in the Old Orangery of the Royal Łazienki Museum.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/charity-concert-to-aid-syria-on-january-6-9546Poland receives EUR 383.4 million from EU in November - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-3834-million-from-eu-in-november---minfin-9545<p>Poland received EUR 383.35 million from EU funds in November 2019, including EUR 87.8 million in current transfers and EUR 295.55 million in capital transfers, the Finance Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 13:50:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland receives EUR 383.4 million from EU in November - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-3834-million-from-eu-in-november---minfin-9545Happy New Fact! New statistics yearbook shines light on the good side of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/happy-new-fact-new-statistics-yearbook-shines-light-on-the-good-side-of-poland-9543<p>Poland’s Central Statistical Office (Główny Urząd Statystyczny) has released its Yearbook for 2019 and there is a lot to celebrate.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 13:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wd4nrg2o5gr07ghrvqvi8l.jpegThe grey wolf population has risen from 770 in 2010 to 2,868, according to GUS.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/happy-new-fact-new-statistics-yearbook-shines-light-on-the-good-side-of-poland-9543Poland's manufacturing PMI up m/m in Decemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-up-mm-in-december-9542<p>Poland's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to 48.0 points in December 2019 from 46.7 points in November, the economic research company IHS Markit reported on Monday. Market expectations stood at 46.9 points.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 13:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's manufacturing PMI up m/m in Decemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-up-mm-in-december-9542Poland's GDP likely grows by 4.2 pct in 2019 - Development Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-likely-grows-by-42-pct-in-2019---development-ministry-9541<p>Poland's economy likely expanded by 3.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019 and by 4.2 percent in the entire year, according to an estimate published by the Development Ministry on Thursday.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 12:19:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP likely grows by 4.2 pct in 2019 - Development Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-likely-grows-by-42-pct-in-2019---development-ministry-9541Jasna Góra Monastery visited by 4.4 mln pilgrims in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jasna-gora-monastery-visited-by-44-mln-pilgrims-in-2019-9540<p>Around 4.4 mln pilgrims visited Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, southern Poland, in 2019, an increase of 100,000 people on the 2018 figure. The number of walking pilgrimages is also growing, the press office of the monastery has reported.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 10:18:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g9u07iv8tnqng4l8m96uuh.jpegAccording to the annual report, around 752,000 Poles went on 190 different pilgrimages in Poland last year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jasna-gora-mo