The First NewsTue, 18 May 2021 00:53:41 +0200Polish PM spills beans on ruling coalition frictionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-spills-beans-on-ruling-coalition-frictions-21974<p>Poland’s prime minister has admitted that friction developed between Law and Justice, the dominant force in Poland’s United Right governing coalition, and its two junior allies over planned large-scale economic and healthcare reforms.</p>Mon, 17 May 2021 21:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ch9hw1dhw5nwssrlk59p.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-spills-beans-on-ruling-coalition-frictions-21974Poland to connect to EC's 'Covid passport' system says ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-connect-to-ecs-covid-passport-system-says-minister-21972<p>Poland plans to link up to the EC's 'Covid passport' system, on May 20, the country’s health minister announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 17 May 2021 20:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1cq1yfmrj4e5qa4cilmlvi.jpegAdam Niedzielski said that a relevant Commission regulation would have to appear before final decisions on the 'Covid passports' were made in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-connect-to-ecs-covid-passport-system-says-minister-21972Poland's CO2 emissions drop by 6.84 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-co2-emissions-drop-by-684-pct-in-2020-21971<p>The Polish cumulative CO2 footprint covered by the EU's emission system ETS declined by 6.84 percent year on year in 2020, the National Centre for Emissions Management has reported.</p>Mon, 17 May 2021 19:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lpcox2cdzwsqhzvl46wm3d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-co2-emissions-drop-by-684-pct-in-2020-21971Kapuściński’s crumbling childhood home to get 2 mln PLN makeover and be turned into a ‘Centre of Reportage’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kapuscinskis-crumbling-childhood-home-to-get-2-mln-pln-makeover-and-be-turned-into-a-centre-of-reportage-21968<p>Two Finnish-style wooden houses where reporter and writer Ryszard Kapuściński once lived are to be revitalised and turned into a Centre of Reportage and writers’ meeting point.</p>Mon, 17 May 2021 17:19:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y8m23xvb979vbsg7ijtvb.jpegLocated in Warsaw’s Pola Mokotowskie district, Ryszard Kapuściński lived in the house between 1946-1955 with his parents and sister until he was 23.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kapuscinskis-crumbling-childhood-home-to-get-2-mln-pln-makeover-and-be-turned-into-a-centre-of-reportage-21968UK exports plastic waste to Poland - Greenpeacehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uk-exports-plastic-waste-to-poland---greenpeace-21967<p>The UK is exporting tens of thousands of tonnes of plastic waste to Poland, according to a Greenpeace report published on Monday.</p>Mon, 17 May 2021 17:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUK exports plastic waste to Poland - Greenpeacehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uk-exports-plastic-waste-to-poland---greenpeace-21967Ruling party continues to hold lead over opposition says pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-continues-to-hold-lead-over-opposition-says-poll-21966<p>Poland's governing party, Law and Justice, would place first if a general election was held in May, a new poll has found.</p>Mon, 17 May 2021 16:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRuling party continues to hold lead over opposition says pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-continues-to-hold-lead-over-opposition-says-poll-21966J&J cuts number of vaccine doses to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jj-cuts-number-of-vaccine-doses-to-poland-21965<p>The head of the Prime Minister's Office announced on Monday that Johnson &amp; Johnson has reduced its delivery of vaccines to Poland by 450,000 doses, as a consequence, some people will have their vaccination postponed or will be given the option of a different vaccine.</p>Mon, 17 May 2021 16:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/55ez8uwlz0q27azmbroomz.jpegMichał Dworczyk, who is the government plenipotentiary for the national vaccination programme, apologised for the difficulties experienced by those who had registered to be inoculated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jj-cuts-number-of-vaccine-doses-to-poland-21965KGB spy base, mafia nightclub, secret tunnels… what is really going on in this quiet Warsaw suburb?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kgb-spy-base-mafia-nightclub-secret-tunnels-what-is-really-going-on-in-this-quiet-warsaw-suburb-21962<p>It is one of the most secretive and mysterious buildings in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 17 May 2021 15:09:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rmx2aqcp4xhuu3ycrmwxgc.pngUrban legend says that it was a spy base and safe house for the KGB, that it was home to a huge radio communication station, that it was occupied by the Russian mafia and even that there were mysterious underground tunnels and its cellars were used as a makeshift prison.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kgb-spy-base-mafia-nightclub-secret-tunnels-what-is-really-going-on-in-this-quiet-warsaw-suburb-21962April core inflation rate at 3.9 pct - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/april-core-inflation-rate-at-39-pct---central-bank-21960<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 3.9 percent year on year in April 2021, unchanged from March, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 17 May 2021 14:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dtooqtahfxk1guinmhad9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/april-core-inflation-rate-at-39-pct---central-bank-21960Ministry reports 500,000 teenagers with online vaccination referralshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ministry-reports-500000-teenagers-with-online-vaccination-referrals-21958<p>Half a million Polish teenagers aged 16-17 have been issued online referrals for Covid inoculation, 25,000 have already registered for the jab, the Polish health ministry said on Monday.</p>Mon, 17 May 2021 13:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3okjaqxbja1au8wvtping.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ministry-reports-500000-teenagers-with-online-vaccination-referrals-21958Foreign diplomats in Poland support actions promoting LGBTI problemshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-diplomats-in-poland-support-actions-promoting-lgbti-problems-21956<p>A group of diplomats and representatives of international organisations accredited to Poland have voiced their recognition for actions raising public awareness of problems affecting the LGBTI community.</p>Mon, 17 May 2021 13:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ceo0mt3po3c8yv91wpfezx.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-diplomats-in-poland-support-actions-promoting-lgbti-problems-21956Granddaughter of Righteous Among Nations sets up shelter for Belarusian refugeeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/granddaughter-of-righteous-among-nations-sets-up-shelter-for-belarusian-refugees-21954<p><span lang="EN-GB">A woman whose grandparents saved 39 Jews during WWII has now set up a shelter offering asylum to political refugees fleeing persecution in their home country of Belarus.</span></p>Mon, 17 May 2021 12:52:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/804mk6qmwsllikoaek3nab.webpInitially using their own home to take in those facing persecution in Belarus, Katarzyna Skopiec and her husband Piotr have now moved the shelter to a new property in the capital after being flooded with requests for help.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/granddaughter-of-righteous-among-nations-sets-up-shelter-for-belarusian-refugees-21954Most Polish exports in Q1 to developed marketshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-polish-exports-in-q1-to-developed-markets-21952<p>Over 86 percent of Poland's exports in the first quarter of 2021 went to the developed markets, which also accounted for 63.6 percent of imports to Poland, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) informed on Monday.</p>Mon, 17 May 2021 12:33:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5ee8er4mebfwj78aakuw8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-polish-exports-in-q1-to-developed-markets-21952Poland records foreign trade surplus after March - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-records-foreign-trade-surplus-after-march---stats-office-21951<p>Poland's foreign trade surplus totalled EUR 2.4 billion at the end of March 2021, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 17 May 2021 11:13:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ty4hwl4wrqg9rxvba1zdw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-records-foreign-trade-surplus-after-march---stats-office-21951Poland reports 1,109 new coronavirus cases on Monday, death toll at 11https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-1109-new-coronavirus-cases-on-monday-death-toll-at-11-21950<p>Poland recorded 1,109 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 11 deaths over the past 24h to Monday morning, against 2,167 cases reported on Sunday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Mon, 17 May 2021 11:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sx8jzbo02kkxffdm5j107a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-1109-new-coronavirus-cases-on-monday-death-toll-at-11-21950Pole suspected of spying for Russia detainedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-suspected-of-spying-for-russia-detained-21949<p>A Polish citizen, detained by Polish security agency on suspicion of spying for Russia, has pleaded guilty to the charge.</p>Mon, 17 May 2021 10:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPole suspected of spying for Russia detainedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-suspected-of-spying-for-russia-detained-21949Gang boss laundering money for drug cartels handed over to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gang-boss-laundering-money-for-drug-cartels-handed-over-to-poland-21947<p>A Dutch court has agreed to hand over to Poland a gang boss laundering money for Colombian drug cartels.</p>Mon, 17 May 2021 09:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0fmi8tbsbpxuk1yiwpli7dr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gang-boss-laundering-money-for-drug-cartels-handed-over-to-poland-21947Air traffic in Poland up 327 pct y/y in April - agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/air-traffic-in-poland-up-327-pct-yy-in-april---agency-21945<p>Air travel within Polish airspace is picking up, show the results of a new study by the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency.</p>Sun, 16 May 2021 17:57:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jqolfjswqrmwu8wyxhxj2o.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/air-traffic-in-poland-up-327-pct-yy-in-april---agency-21945Iga Świątek takes WTA 1000 crown in Rome with a blistering 6-0, 6-0 winhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iga-swiatek-takes-wta-1000-crown-in-rome-with-a-blistering-6-0-6-0-win-21943<p>Iga Świątek has won the WTA 1000 tournament in Rome to advance to number 10 in the global ranking.</p>Sun, 16 May 2021 16:49:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pbmp51uklctojkuq9vg1f.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iga-swiatek-takes-wta-1000-crown-in-rome-with-a-blistering-6-0-6-0-win-21943Poland reports 2,167 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, death toll at 55https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-2167-new-coronavirus-cases-on-sunday-death-toll-at-55-21939<p>Poland recorded 2,167 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 55 deaths over the past 24h to Sunday morning, against 2,896 cases reported on Saturday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Sun, 16 May 2021 15:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/73p0uk145slye92ta292ja.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-2167-new-coronavirus-cases-on-sunday-death-toll-at-55-21939Covid rocks world of arts and culturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-rocks-world-of-arts-and-culture-21937<p>Art galleries and museums have now reopened to the public in line with Covid lockdown easing, but the pandemic may have permanently changed the way we engage with art.</p>Sat, 15 May 2021 13:59:00 +0200Art & CultureLifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/et37kvlqhkedkjug2yb0fa.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-rocks-world-of-arts-and-culture-21937New Deal to raise health spending, hike tax-free quotahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-deal-to-raise-health-spending-hike-tax-free-quota-21935<p>A New Deal plan for Poland in the post-pandemic period foresees more health spending and a bigger tax-free quota, Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) said at the plan's presentation on Saturday.</p>Sat, 15 May 2021 12:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNew Deal to raise health spending, hike tax-free quotahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-deal-to-raise-health-spending-hike-tax-free-quota-21935Most Poles prefer Pfizer vaccinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-prefer-pfizer-vaccine-21933<p>If Poles were allowed to choose their Covid-19 vaccine, 41.7 percent would opt for the Pfizer vaccine, while only 4.8 percent would select the AstraZeneca preparation, a survey by the SW Research pollster has shown.</p>Sat, 15 May 2021 12:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/thr8lw0zb1qxr3e38y6d7b.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-prefer-pfizer-vaccine-21933Poland reports 2,896 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, death toll at 298https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-2896-new-coronavirus-cases-on-saturday-death-toll-at-298-21932<p>Poland recorded 2,896 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 298 deaths over the past 24h to Saturday morning, against 3,288 cases reported on Friday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Sat, 15 May 2021 11:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gclu2ye4xzkq8o4eeprpq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-2896-new-coronavirus-cases-on-saturday-death-toll-at-298-21932Polish activist in Belarus's arrest extended by three monthshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-activist-in-belaruss-arrest-extended-by-three-months-21930<p>The head of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB), Andżelika Borys, has had her arrest extended by three months by the Belarusian authorities, the ZPB website reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 May 2021 17:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dx93lhksykbwhew7tixz.jpegAndżelika Borys (pictured in 2019) is one of a number of ZPB officials arrested in recent weeks amid a crackdown on the organisation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-activist-in-belaruss-arrest-extended-by-three-months-21930Covid immunity expected at 70-80 percent by summer, minister sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-immunity-expected-at-70-80-percent-by-summer-minister-says-21929<p>Between 70 and 80 percent of Poles should be immune to the Covid disease by summer, the Polish health minister said on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 May 2021 16:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o7ac06hi7jl5syfkfe36vc.jpegNiedzielski pointed out that immunity figures in Poland were rising not only because of a nationwide inoculation programme, but also due to the fact that a certain percentage of the population had already had the disease.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-immunity-expected-at-70-80-percent-by-summer-minister-says-21929Governing party to launch New Deal programme at Saturday conventionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/governing-party-to-launch-new-deal-programme-at-saturday-convention-21928<p>Jarosław Kaczyński, the president of the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will present the party’s 'Polish New Deal' programme at a PiS convention on Saturday morning.</p>Fri, 14 May 2021 15:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGoverning party to launch New Deal programme at Saturday conventionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/governing-party-to-launch-new-deal-programme-at-saturday-convention-21928Poland's C/A surplus at EUR 938 million after March - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ca-surplus-at-eur-938-million-after-march---central-bank-21926<p>Poland's current account surplus hit EUR 938 million after March 2021, against a surplus of EUR 1.59 billion recorded after February, according to National Bank of Poland figures released on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 May 2021 14:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tyjwutpoxnad9u89gbyht.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ca-surplus-at-eur-938-million-after-march---central-bank-21926Gotcha! Spy agency nabs two for Kremlin disinformation campaign against Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gotcha-spy-agency-nabs-two-for-kremlin-disinformation-campaign-against-poland-21924<p><span lang="EN-GB">The Internal Security Agency (ABW) has detained two men who tried to set up the infrastructure for a Russian disinformation campaign targeting Poland.</span></p>Fri, 14 May 2021 14:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m046fm6rz18xs7yovja4qa.jpegMore than 20 sites in Poland were searched during the investigation, and numerous SIM box devices, SIM cards and data carriers were also seized.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gotcha-spy-agency-nabs-two-for-kremlin-disinformation-campaign-against-poland-21924Kraków’s central station renamed Józef Piłsudskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakows-central-station-renamed-jozef-pilsudski-21921<p><span lang="EN-GB">Kraków’s central station (Kraków Główny) has been renamed after one of the founders of Polish independence, Marshal Józef Piłsudski.</span></p>Fri, 14 May 2021 13:48:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ktja9gm9l1j8yiilww0nwv.jpegThe patronage ceremony was held on the eve of the 86th anniversary of Piłsudzki’s death with the distinction making Kraków the third Polish station to be named after a patron.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakows-central-station-renamed-jozef-pilsudski-21921First quarter GDP figures show Polish economy's resilience says FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-quarter-gdp-figures-show-polish-economys-resilience-says-finmin-21918<p>A drop of just 1.2 percent in GDP in the first quarter of this year proves that the Polish economy is resilient to the coronavirus crisis, despite the third wave of the pandemic spreading across the country at that time, the finance minister has said.</p>Fri, 14 May 2021 13:22:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFirst quarter GDP figures show Polish economy's resilience says FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-quarter-gdp-figures-show-polish-economys-resilience-says-finmin-21918No one has managed to topple Gerd Müller in almost half a century, but if anyone can it's Robert LewanGOALski!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-one-has-managed-to-topple-gerd-mueller-in-almost-half-a-century-but-if-anyone-can-its-robert-lewangoalski-21916<p><span lang="EN-GB">Robert Lewandowski is used to breaking record but he is only a couple of goals away from cementing his legacy as one of the greatest strikers of all time.</span></p>Fri, 14 May 2021 13:20:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a069do46dpm3ybf519rp0p.pngWith two games of the season left it seems a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ he breaks the record.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-one-has-managed-to-topple-gerd-mueller-in-almost-half-a-century-but-if-anyone-can-its-robert-lewangoalski-21916Poland plans to start Covid vaccination of 16-17 year oldshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-plans-to-start-covid-vaccination-of-16-17-year-olds-21909<p>The government is planning to publish an official regulation later on Friday that will allow for the registration of 16 and 17 year-olds for coronavirus vaccinations from Monday, the health minister has announced.</p>Fri, 14 May 2021 12:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/snxyc3a9p8acwhnne1fufv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-plans-to-start-covid-vaccination-of-16-17-year-olds-21909New book about Katyń massacre aims to reveal extent of cover up for English readershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-book-about-katyn-massacre-aims-to-reveal-extent-of-cover-up-for-english-readers-21907<p><span lang="EN-GB">A new book about the 1940 Katyń massacre of 22, 000 Polish officers and intelligentsia aims to highlight the extent of the 50-year cover-up of the crime by Stalin’s NKVD and Poland’s post-war Communist regime by focusing on those searching for the truth in the aftermath.</span></p>Fri, 14 May 2021 12:00:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uzclk77bbqic7aq2wxbhu.pngWritten by historian and writer Jane Rogoyska, ‘Surviving Katyń – Stalin’s Polish Massacre and the Search for Truth’ highlights the extent of the 50-year cover-up of the crime by Stalin’s NKVD and Poland’s post-war Communist regime by focusing on those searching for the truth in its aftermath.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-book-about-katyn-massacre-aims-to-reveal-extent-of-cover-up-for-english-readers-21907Poland reports 3,288 new coronavirus cases on Friday, death toll at 289https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-3288-new-coronavirus-cases-on-friday-death-toll-at-289-21905<p>Poland recorded 3,288 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 289 deaths over the past 24h to Friday morning, against 3,730 cases reported on Thursday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Fri, 14 May 2021 11:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8bwqpks17sgffdape4c1c.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-3288-new-coronavirus-cases-on-friday-death-toll-at-289-21905Poland's CPI at 4.3 pct y/y in April - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-at-43-pct-yy-in-april---stats-office-21904<p>Poland's annual consumer inflation hit 4.3 percent in April, matching the earlier flash estimate, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 May 2021 11:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a2d3ie9n0xonn2rhifibe.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-at-43-pct-yy-in-april---stats-office-21904Poland's GDP drops 1.2 pct y/y in Q1 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-drops-12-pct-yy-in-q1---stats-office-21902<p>Poland's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell by 1.2 percent year on year in the first quarter of 2021, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said in a flash estimate on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 May 2021 11:11:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zkcuo6yhgpexpt3x4tgbj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-drops-12-pct-yy-in-q1---stats-office-21902Almost half-a-million foreigners hold Polish residence permits - officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/almost-half-a-million-foreigners-hold-polish-residence-permits---office-21900<p>Valid residence permits are held by over 483,000 foreigners, mostly by Ukrainians, Belarusians and Germans, a spokesman for the Office for Foreigners has told PAP.</p>Fri, 14 May 2021 10:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAlmost half-a-million foreigners hold Polish residence permits - officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/almost-half-a-million-foreigners-hold-polish-residence-permits---office-21900Ruling party candidate rejected as new ombudsmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-candidate-rejected-as-new-ombudsman-21898<p>Poland's Senate (upper house) on Thursday rejected the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) candidate, Bartłomiej Wróblewski, for the post of ombudsman. There were 48 votes for, 49 against and 2 abstentions.</p>Thu, 13 May 2021 20:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4cgk6eelmcbdo110u5mca.jpegPoland's Senate (upper house) on Thursday rejected the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) candidate, Bartłomiej Wróblewski, for the post of ombudsman. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-candidate-rejected-as-new-ombudsman-21898Over 15 million Poles have received one Covid-19 jab - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-15-million-poles-have-received-one-covid-19-jab---official-21897<p>Over 15 million Poles have received vaccinations against Covid-19, according to the government's commissioner for the national vaccination programme.</p>Thu, 13 May 2021 17:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w8gvxm3b02bnvgwn2osl4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-15-million-poles-have-received-one-covid-19-jab---official-21897Almost half of Poles back ruling party-Left alliance on EU recovery fundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/almost-half-of-poles-back-ruling-party-left-alliance-on-eu-recovery-fund-21896<p>A poll for the wPolityce.pl portal reveals that 42 percent of Poles support the recent alliance of the ruling party Law and Justice and The Left grouping in a vote on the ratification of the EU's Recovery Fund to aid pandemic-affected economies of EU member states.</p>Thu, 13 May 2021 16:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAlmost half of Poles back ruling party-Left alliance on EU recovery fundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/almost-half-of-poles-back-ruling-party-left-alliance-on-eu-recovery-fund-21896LOT suspends flights to Israel owing to military conflicthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-suspends-flights-to-israel-owing-to-military-conflict-21895<p>Polish flag-carrier LOT has cancelled all flights to Tel Aviv due to worsening violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip, the airline's spokesperson announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 13 May 2021 15:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLOT suspends flights to Israel owing to military conflicthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-suspends-flights-to-israel-owing-to-military-conflict-21895Lubin man recreates communist past with intricate handmade modelshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lubin-man-recreates-communist-past-with-intricate-handmade-models-21893<p><span lang="EN-GB">A modelling enthusiast from Lubin has created a stunning collection of handmade models depicting life under communism, after being inspired by his grandad’s old Fiat 126 p car.</span></p>Thu, 13 May 2021 14:46:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p7izuxim74pwcm1934rmx.jpegInitially inspired by his grandfather’s old Fiat 126 p, Marcin Wasilewski’s models include not only the iconic PRL car but also complex clay copies of tower block apartments and their interiors.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lubin-man-recreates-communist-past-with-intricate-handmade-models-21893Opposition calls on PM to resign over failed postal votehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-calls-on-pm-to-resign-over-failed-postal-vote-21891<p>Poland's main opposition party Civic Coalition has called on Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to resign over an apparently illegal attempt by the government to hold a presidential election by postal vote last year.</p>Thu, 13 May 2021 14:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lgnducex7krnbqu06rfcd.jpegAccording to NIK, there were no legal grounds for the Prime Minister to order the Polish Post Office and the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW) to print the ballots and plan their distribution.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-calls-on-pm-to-resign-over-failed-postal-vote-21891Holocaust archive launches appeal to find family of concentration camp victim so it can return personal items stolen by the Nazishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holocaust-archive-launches-appeal-to-find-family-of-concentration-camp-victim-so-it-can-return-personal-items-stolen-by-the-nazis-21889<p><span lang="EN-GB">A German Holocaust archive has launched a hunt for the relatives of a Polish victim of Hitler’s concentration camp system.</span></p>Thu, 13 May 2021 14:07:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2hfoc3fmesj8x4prmbnli4.jpegThe items, which include a pocket watch, cufflinks, a gold ring and a cigarette case, were seized from Janusz Klinkowski when he entered the concentration camp system in Dachau.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holocaust-archive-launches-appeal-to-find-family-of-concentration-camp-victim-so-it-can-return-personal-items-stolen-by-the-nazis-21889Presidential election via postal vote illegal - audit officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-election-via-postal-vote-illegal---audit-office-21887<p>Poland’s Prime Minister’s Office faces a possible criminal investigation after a damning report by the country’s Supreme Audit Office into last year's attempt to hold a presidential election by post.</p>Thu, 13 May 2021 13:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1qqzq2xz1rnqpphjxu429j.jpegAn investigation by the Supreme Audit Office (NIK) has found that plans to hold a postal vote on May 10 last year for Polish president were illegal.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-election-via-postal-vote-illegal---audit-office-21887Beautifully illustrated new book showcases 100 years of Polish fashionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beautifully-illustrated-new-book-showcases-100-years-of-polish-fashion-21884<p><span lang="EN-GB">A richly illustrated new publication sets out to take readers on a journey through 100 years of Polish fashion within the context of the country’s major cultural and historical events.</span></p>Thu, 13 May 2021 13:00:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d6lwmfmn4l0fxuw5oj0s0r.pngEach chapter in the album is devoted to a different decade in the history of Polish fashion, beginning with when Poland regained its independence in 1918.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beautifully-illustrated-new-book-showcases-100-years-of-polish-fashion-21884Polish PM's office faces possible criminal charges over failed votehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pms-office-faces-possible-criminal-charges-over-failed-vote-21882<p>The Prime Minister's Office is facing criminal investigation into last year's attempt to hold a presidential election by postal vote owing to a lack of legal justification, the country's audit office has announced.</p>Thu, 13 May 2021 12:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM's office faces possible criminal charges over failed votehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pms-office-faces-possible-criminal-charges-over-failed-vote-21882Poland reports 3,730 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, death toll at 342https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-3730-new-coronavirus-cases-on-thursday-death-toll-at-342-21880<p>Poland recorded 3,730 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 342 deaths over the past 24h to Thursday morning, against 4,255 cases reported on Wednesday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Thu, 13 May 2021 10:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9ndccdaqu92pp7kavzq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-3730-new-coronavirus-cases-on-thursday-death-toll-at-342-21880Polish economy should be defrosted by June says development minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-should-be-defrosted-by-june-says-development-min-21878<p>All sectors of Poland's economy should be free from lockdown restrictions by early June, the development minister has said.</p>Thu, 13 May 2021 10:50:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish economy should be defrosted by June says development minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-should-be-defrosted-by-june-says-development-min-21878Limits on travellers on PKP Intercity trains to be lifted from May 15https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/limits-on-travellers-on-pkp-intercity-trains-to-be-lifted-from-may-15-21876<p>Polish railway company PKP Intercity announced that its 50-percent seating capacity limit will cease to apply from May 15 owing to the waning strength of the pandemic.</p>Wed, 12 May 2021 19:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6x3shxcu4564ilnxt1h2c.jpegPKP Intercity connects mainly large agglomerations and smaller towns in Poland. It also provides most international trains to and from Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/limits-on-travellers-on-pkp-intercity-trains-to-be-lifted-from-may-15-21876Poland to allocate EUR 13 million to HTGR reactor projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-allocate-eur-13-million-to-htgr-reactor-project-21874<p>The Ministry of Education and Science and the National Centre for Nuclear Research in Świerk, in north-western Poland, signed a contract for the design of a High-Temperature Nuclear Reactor (HTGR) on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 12 May 2021 17:17:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zw2du09imlmwv35b5fmk.jpeg"The contract concerns the design of a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR - PAP)," Krzysztof Kurek (L), the director of the National Centre for Nuclear Research, said during the contract-signing ceremony.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-allocate-eur-13-million-to-htgr-reactor-project-21874EC forecasts show Poland coped well with pandemic says FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-forecasts-show-poland-coped-well-with-pandemic-says-finmin-21873<p>European Commission forecasts confirm that the Polish economy coped “relatively well” with the pandemic, the finance minister has said in a commentary sent to PAP.</p>Wed, 12 May 2021 16:52:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a34s7ipff5jyhsye79qmzp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-forecasts-show-poland-coped-well-with-pandemic-says-finmin-21873Photographer amasses cult following with his beautifully poignant images of forgotten and abandoned Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/photographer-amasses-cult-following-with-his-beautifully-poignant-images-of-forgotten-and-abandoned-poland-21870<p>Hiding behind the shadowy pseudonym of Szary Burek, Łukasz Lenkiewicz has amassed a cult following in Poland and beyond thanks to his intrepid adventures inside some of the country’s most remarkable sites.</p>Wed, 12 May 2021 15:06:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v3fiff3yztgcdjsswu14uo.pngOften mysterious and ethereal, the mood in Łukasz Lenkiewicz’s photos crosses boundaries that are serene, surreal, wistful and dreamlike.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/photographer-amasses-cult-following-with-his-beautifully-poignant-images-of-forgotten-and-abandoned-poland-21870Pope accepts resignation of a Polish bishop over child abuse cover-uphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pope-accepts-resignation-of-a-polish-bishop-over-child-abuse-cover-up-21868<p>Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Jan Tyrawa from the post of Bishop of Bydgoszcz due to accusations of covering up cases of paedophilia involving priests from his diocese.</p>Wed, 12 May 2021 14:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hrtecamw92f6zt8ypqigh6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pope-accepts-resignation-of-a-polish-bishop-over-child-abuse-cover-up-21868Poland to offer bonus for non-medical Covid-19 personnelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-offer-bonus-for-non-medical-covid-19-personnel-21867<p>The Polish government will offer a one-off PLN 5,000 (EUR 1,101) bonus to non-medical personnel involved in the fight against Covid-19, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced.</p>Wed, 12 May 2021 14:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ip25yxbnfe8q6bdndwo63p.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-offer-bonus-for-non-medical-covid-19-personnel-21867Poland eases some Covid restrictionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-eases-some-covid-restrictions-21865<p>Poland will allow cinemas, theatres, philharmonic halls and cultural institutions to open on May 21, earlier than previously expected, as coronavirus restrictions are being gradually eased, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced.</p>Wed, 12 May 2021 14:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mh6i861d0nlcwpgrydht4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-eases-some-covid-restrictions-21865Record warehouse space under construction in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-warehouse-space-under-construction-in-poland-21864<p>Poland has been building warehouse facilities with a total storage space of 2.5 million square metres, a record-high result, real estate advisor CBRE said in a Wednesday report.</p>Wed, 12 May 2021 13:18:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRecord warehouse space under construction in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-warehouse-space-under-construction-in-poland-21864Internet comes to aid of hero who saved woman’s life before being struck down by rare diseasehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/internet-comes-to-aid-of-hero-who-saved-womans-life-before-being-struck-down-by-rare-disease-21862<p><span lang="EN-GB">A man who saved the life of a female driver after her car ploughed into a lake has now been helped fight for his own survival after being struck down by a rare disease.</span></p>Wed, 12 May 2021 12:57:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yz7fij7glikohm4cq0dbg.pngKarol Wesołowski from the village of Skąpe near Poznań, was dubbed a hero by police after jumping in to a lake to save a woman whose car had spun out of control.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/internet-comes-to-aid-of-hero-who-saved-womans-life-before-being-struck-down-by-rare-disease-21862Majority of companies fear people will lose jobs due to automationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-companies-fear-people-will-lose-jobs-due-to-automation-21860<p>Sixty-eight percent of Polish employers are convinced that the level of employment will be reduced due to automation, a survey has found.</p>Wed, 12 May 2021 12:41:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMajority of companies fear people will lose jobs due to automationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-companies-fear-people-will-lose-jobs-due-to-automation-21860European Commission raises Poland's 2021 GDP growth forecast to 4 pcthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-commission-raises-polands-2021-gdp-growth-forecast-to-4-pct-21859<p>The Polish economy will expand by 4 percent in 2021, the European Commission (EC) has said, raising its previous 3.1 percent GDP growth forecast.</p>Wed, 12 May 2021 11:19:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEuropean Commission raises Poland's 2021 GDP growth forecast to 4 pcthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-commission-raises-polands-2021-gdp-growth-forecast-to-4-pct-21859Poland's corporate wage grows 6.6 pct y/y in Q1https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-corporate-wage-grows-66-pct-yy-in-q1-21857<p>Corporate wages went up by 6.6 percent year on year in Q1 2021 and reached PLN 5,681.56 (EUR 1,251.50), the Central Statistical Office (GUS) has reported.</p>Wed, 12 May 2021 10:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tqu02gsx64chjhehh4d0sq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-corporate-wage-grows-66-pct-yy-in-q1-21857Poland reports 4,255 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, death toll at 343https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-4255-new-coronavirus-cases-on-wednesday-death-toll-at-343-21855<p>Poland recorded 4,255 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 343 deaths over the past 24h to Wednesday morning, against 3,098 cases reported on Tuesday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Wed, 12 May 2021 10:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tpkt0uwzg9739img4i9u7.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-4255-new-coronavirus-cases-on-wednesday-death-toll-at-343-21855Take-offs and landings in Poland surge by 327 pct y/y in Aprilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-offs-and-landings-in-poland-surge-by-327-pct-yy-in-april-21854<p>The number of take-offs and landings at Polish airports soared by 327 percent compared to last year, but is still 72 percent down on 2019, the Polish air navigation agency has reported.</p>Wed, 12 May 2021 10:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7skye22j0425v31v6pbr0h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-offs-and-landings-in-poland-surge-by-327-pct-yy-in-april-21854PKN Orlen oil and gas giant to take over Lotos and PGNiG in share swap dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-oil-and-gas-giant-to-take-over-lotos-and-pgnig-in-share-swap-deal-21852<p>Oil and gas group PKN Orlen will take over its peer Lotos and natgas group PGNiG by issuing new shares to be acquired by Lotos and PGNiG shareholders, the companies said in parallel market filings after striking an agreement with the State Treasury.</p>Wed, 12 May 2021 10:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zmmn9v0x8jo43bws0212nx.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-oil-and-gas-giant-to-take-over-lotos-and-pgnig-in-share-swap-deal-21852Supreme Court seeks expert opinion before forex loans rulinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/supreme-court-seeks-expert-opinion-before-forex-loans-ruling-21850<p>Poland's Supreme Court on Monday refrained from issuing a ruling on a highly controversial case of currency loans, and instead asked the country's central bank as well as the financial regulator and ombudsman for an opinion.</p>Tue, 11 May 2021 19:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jvw6l6diyyozs1opx69cz.jpegThe Supreme Court decided to seek opinions from the National Bank of Poland, the Polish Financial Supervision Authority and the Financial Ombudsman, the court's spokesman Aleksander Stępkowski said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/supreme-court-seeks-expert-opinion-before-forex-loans-ruling-21850Justice minister rebuffs ruling party's criticism of reformshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/justice-minister-rebuffs-ruling-partys-criticism-of-reforms-21849<p>Poland's justice minister has hit out at the governing party Law and Justice after a senior party member said an overhaul of the judiciary had only had limited success owing to the failings of the Justice Ministry.</p>Tue, 11 May 2021 18:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aq0z861vbp6b1q654p0eqv.jpegAccording to Ziobro, PiS had decided not to escalate tensions with the European Commission (EC), and had decided to negotiate rather pushing on with the changes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/justice-minister-rebuffs-ruling-partys-criticism-of-reforms-21849Warsaw to run shelter for LGBT+ peoplehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-run-shelter-for-lgbt-people-21846<p>Warsaw will open an intervention hostel for LGBT+ people who have become homeless.</p>Tue, 11 May 2021 17:26:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ex269akfg3eosprujw46n.jpegThe new hostel in the Polish capital will be run by the Lambda Warsaw Association, an organisation which for over 20 years has been supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-run-shelter-for-lgbt-people-21846'Loaf-sized amber' washed up on beach sparks frenzy as crowds descend on Baltic villagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/loaf-sized-amber-washed-up-on-beach-sparks-frenzy-as-crowds-descend-on-baltic-village-21844<p>Crowds have descended on a Baltic beach in the hope of finding amber, after canal workers said they had discovered pieces ‘the size of bread’.</p>Tue, 11 May 2021 15:49:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ci81blvtrjrnnw802h9wd.jpegFlocking to the village of Kąty Rybackie, the treasure hunters waded knee deep in the water combing the seabed in search of the precious stones (Illustration pic).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/loaf-sized-amber-washed-up-on-beach-sparks-frenzy-as-crowds-descend-on-baltic-village-21844Long-forgotten National Geographic article recounts extraordinary tale of US woman who biked across Poland just three months before outbreak of WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/long-forgotten-national-geographic-article-recounts-extraordinary-tale-of-us-woman-who-biked-across-poland-just-three-months-before-outbreak-of-wwii-21842<p>In June 1939, just three months before the outbreak of World War II, National Geographic Magazine published a unique article and series of photographs by an American woman who had just cycled across Poland by herself.&nbsp;</p>Tue, 11 May 2021 14:48:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f9be43xn9rw5krsrniberp.pngTFN reader sends surprise package from the US containing an original June 1939 edition of NatGeo magazine.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/long-forgotten-national-geographic-article-recounts-extraordinary-tale-of-us-woman-who-biked-across-poland-just-three-months-before-outbreak-of-wwii-21842Poland signs Faro Convention on cultural heritagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-signs-faro-convention-on-cultural-heritage-21838<p>Having signed the Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society, Poland has joined a group of 28 states which have already inked the document.</p>Tue, 11 May 2021 13:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland signs Faro Convention on cultural heritagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-signs-faro-convention-on-cultural-heritage-21838Hundreds of Poles forced into quarantine on German farm - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-of-poles-forced-into-quarantine-on-german-farm---press-21836<p>Due to an outbreak of coronavirus on an asparagus farm in the German state of Lower Saxony, which has infected 130 people, including Poles, workers are subject to 'labour quarantine' and unable to leave their place of work, Deutsche Welle reported on Tuesday. </p>Tue, 11 May 2021 12:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hb9935zm1ppbvgj4podjod.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-of-poles-forced-into-quarantine-on-german-farm---press-21836‘This place is part of Polish history’ says PM as negotiations start to buy Marie Skłodowska-Curie’s French retreat for EUR 790,000https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/this-place-is-part-of-polish-history-says-pm-as-negotiations-start-to-buy-marie-sklodowska-curies-french-retreat-for-eur-790000-21834<p>The government has said it wants to buy a house near Paris which was once owned by Nobel prize winner Maria Skłodowska-Curie.</p>Tue, 11 May 2021 12:06:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/co8s1oo6cibb5nq0m67qks.jpegThe house in Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse, around 40 km from Paris, needs an extra EUR 200,000 in renovation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/this-place-is-part-of-polish-history-says-pm-as-negotiations-start-to-buy-marie-sklodowska-curies-french-retreat-for-eur-790000-21834CEO of Poland's largest bank resignshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ceo-of-polands-largest-bank-resigns-21833<p>The resignation of the PKO BP CEO will take effect on June 7.</p>Tue, 11 May 2021 11:45:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kl8q132in0sewkths5ayhc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ceo-of-polands-largest-bank-resigns-21833Gov't agencies evacuate after bomb alarmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-agencies-evacuate-after-bomb-alarm-21832<p>The offices of Poland's Supreme Auditing Board (NIK), Supreme Court and National Council of the Judiciary (KRS) had to be evacuated on Tuesday morning after bomb alarms in all three buildings.</p>Tue, 11 May 2021 11:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6ykm5tqxj0vnvr6a7zm8wo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-agencies-evacuate-after-bomb-alarm-21832Decline in new vaccinations expected from mid-May, official sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decline-in-new-vaccinations-expected-from-mid-may-official-says-21830<p>The government is undertaking steps to reverse an expected mid-May drop in new registrations for inoculation against Covid-19, a government spokesperson said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 11 May 2021 10:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fd0ugq5vxn7ev87eopo3xf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decline-in-new-vaccinations-expected-from-mid-may-official-says-21830Poland reports 3,098 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, death toll at 319https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-3098-new-coronavirus-cases-on-tuesday-death-toll-at-319-21828<p>Poland recorded 3,098 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 319 deaths over the past 24h to Tuesday morning, against 2,032 cases reported on Monday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Tue, 11 May 2021 10:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/whd8q4e0wb6qq9is4tvln.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-3098-new-coronavirus-cases-on-tuesday-death-toll-at-319-21828More Johnson & Johnson vaccines arrive in Poland - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-johnson--johnson-vaccines-arrive-in-poland---official-21826<p>A supply of 114,000 Johnson &amp; Johnson Covid-19 vaccines has reached Poland, the head of the government's Strategic Reserves Agency told PAP on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 11 May 2021 10:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pasmnsewrxgfsxxpfd9h8d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-johnson--johnson-vaccines-arrive-in-poland---official-21826EU lacks joint stand on Western Balkans - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-lacks-joint-stand-on-western-balkans---minister-21825<p>The EU is unable to work out a joint position on the accession of the Western Balkan countries, the Polish foreign minister told PAP after a Monday meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.</p>Tue, 11 May 2021 09:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEU lacks joint stand on Western Balkans - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-lacks-joint-stand-on-western-balkans---minister-21825Nato eastern members alerted to Russian threat, Polish president sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-eastern-members-alerted-to-russian-threat-polish-president-says-21824<p>The presidents of the Bucharest Nine, a group of countries forming Nato's eastern flank, point out "permanent threat" from Russia, Polish President Andrzej Duda said after the group's summit in Bucharest on Monday.</p>Mon, 10 May 2021 20:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2o5jwmkw8j2dumnrh83g6.jpegThe Polish president appealed for continuing the Nato enlargement policy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-eastern-members-alerted-to-russian-threat-polish-president-says-21824New sanctions on Belarus for harassment of Poles - EU foreign ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-sanctions-on-belarus-for-harassment-of-poles---eu-foreign-minister-21823<p>The EU will impose more sanctions on the Belarusian government for its persecution of the country's Polish minority, EU High Representative Josep Borrell said on Monday in Brussels.</p>Mon, 10 May 2021 19:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5ot717kkkqe4l1glf7koma.jpegBorrell said he hoped the new sanctions can be put into force in the coming weeks. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-sanctions-on-belarus-for-harassment-of-poles---eu-foreign-minister-21823Poland expresses concern over East Jerusalem tensionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expresses-concern-over-east-jerusalem-tensions-21821<p>The Polish Foreign Ministry in a Monday statement expressed "deep concern" over the escalation of violence in East Jerusalem and urged both sides to reduce the tension.</p>Mon, 10 May 2021 18:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland expresses concern over East Jerusalem tensionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expresses-concern-over-east-jerusalem-tensions-21821Poland's fuel giant seeks regulator's approval for gas firm takeoverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-fuel-giant-seeks-regulators-approval-for-gas-firm-takeover-21820<p>Polish leading oil company PKN Orlen has asked the country's anti-trust regulator UOKiK for the green light to take over Poland's natural gas monopolist PGNiG.</p>Mon, 10 May 2021 17:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5yaydwe6rir8ec4f95mtd3.jpeg"The merger with PGNiG will broaden the company's value chain with natural gas," Obajtek said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-fuel-giant-seeks-regulators-approval-for-gas-firm-takeover-21820Katowice’s Spodek ‘flying saucer’ celebrates 50th birthdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katowices-spodek-flying-saucer-celebrates-50th-birthday-21815<p>Commonly likened to a flying saucer, Katowice’s iconic Spodek building celebrated its 50th year of life this weekend.</p>Mon, 10 May 2021 16:39:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4yisx1ijhh6lx0u7qsqst.jpegSince first opening, the Spodek Arena in Katowice has hosted dignitaries, rock stars and sporting royalty.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katowices-spodek-flying-saucer-celebrates-50th-birthday-21815Bargiel does it again! Mountain daredevil skis down six-thousander Laila Peak just two weeks after making history with K2 descenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bargiel-does-it-again-mountain-daredevil-skis-down-six-thousander-laila-peak-just-two-weeks-after-making-history-with-k2-descent-21813<p>Andrzej Bargiel, the first person in the world to ski from the summit of K2, has now skied down from the 6,096-metre-high Laila Peak in the Karakoram.</p>Mon, 10 May 2021 15:17:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7ikz0b3jtuh3s546gavueq.jpegAndrzej Bargiel, the first person in the world to ski from the summit of K2, has now skied down from the 6,096-metre-high Laila Peak in the Karakorum.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bargiel-does-it-again-mountain-daredevil-skis-down-six-thousander-laila-peak-just-two-weeks-after-making-history-with-k2-descent-21813Huge silt pipeline becomes unusual tourist attraction on Sopot beach with locals taking selfies, using it as a bench and a place for ‘wild, crazy dances’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/huge-silt-pipeline-becomes-unusual-tourist-attraction-on-sopot-beach-with-locals-taking-selfies-using-it-as-a-bench-and-a-place-for-wild-crazy-dances-21811<p><span lang="EN-GB">A huge metal pipe on Sopot beach has become an unexpected tourist attraction after visitors adopted it as a makeshift bench.</span></p>Mon, 10 May 2021 14:45:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6mpkqtns81u05wbr2fxbdhq.jpegInitially seen as being an eyesore and hinderance to beach-goers when work began in April, the pipe which is being used to extract silt from the seabed has now become a welcome place to rest and a place pose for selfies.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/huge-silt-pipeline-becomes-unusual-tourist-attraction-on-sopot-beach-with-locals-taking-selfies-using-it-as-a-bench-and-a-place-for-wild-crazy-dances-21811Polish, Romanian presidents want better bilateral cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-romanian-presidents-want-better-bilateral-cooperation-21809<p>The Polish and Romanian presidents have pledged to develop economic, military and infrastructure cooperation between their two countries.</p>Mon, 10 May 2021 14:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e58duvi8z3ok8vy37fv53b.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-romanian-presidents-want-better-bilateral-cooperation-21809Interval between Covid vaccine doses to be shortened - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/interval-between-covid-vaccine-doses-to-be-shortened---official-21807<p>The gap between the first and second doses of Covid vaccines will be cut to 35 days, the head of Poland's national vaccination programme announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 10 May 2021 13:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ysxetaw2cpdl2ljf4u15rf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/interval-between-covid-vaccine-doses-to-be-shortened---official-21807Belarus should be a sovereign, independent state, says Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarus-should-be-a-sovereign-independent-state-says-duda-21805<p>The Polish president has called for Belarus to be a democratic, fully sovereign and independent country.</p>Mon, 10 May 2021 13:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBelarus should be a sovereign, independent state, says Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarus-should-be-a-sovereign-independent-state-says-duda-21805New Libeskind project to bring further regeneration to Łódź with series of ‘cultural hubs’ highlighting city’s innovation and creativityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-libeskind-project-to-bring-further-regeneration-to-lodz-with-series-of-cultural-hubs-highlighting-citys-innovation-and-creativity-21803<p><span lang="EN-GB">World-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind is to bring further regeneration to his hometown of Łódź with a large-scale architectural project called Nexus21.</span></p>Mon, 10 May 2021 12:43:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/48r9vadsf938hseeanwvk9.pngThe first building to be created will be the Łódź Architecture Centre which is set to occupy a prominent place in the historic centre of the city and is intended to act as a cultural gateway.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-libeskind-project-to-bring-further-regeneration-to-lodz-with-series-of-cultural-hubs-highlighting-citys-innovation-and-creativity-21803Poland reports 2,032 new coronavirus cases on Monday, death toll at 22https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-2032-new-coronavirus-cases-on-monday-death-toll-at-22-21801<p>Poland recorded 2,032 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 22 deaths over the past 24h to Monday morning, against 3,852 cases reported on Sunday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Mon, 10 May 2021 11:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s4fcfz6g78ihyuoz6v1lvk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-2032-new-coronavirus-cases-on-monday-death-toll-at-22-21801Restrictions likely to be eased faster if fewer infections reportedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/restrictions-likely-to-be-eased-faster-if-fewer-infections-reported-21799<p>Lockdown restrictions in Poland could be lifted faster than planned, if the Covid-19 infection rate continues to fall, according to a spokesman for the Health Ministry.</p>Mon, 10 May 2021 10:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c6jx1w2zzgg6430cmqxsa3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/restrictions-likely-to-be-eased-faster-if-fewer-infections-reported-21799Hundreds of Polish firms register for mass vaccination campaignhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-of-polish-firms-register-for-mass-vaccination-campaign-21797<p>Around 1,000 Polish companies signed up to organise Covid-19 vaccinations for their employees last week.</p>Mon, 10 May 2021 10:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cq4qbqjqn4qskd27ctcqm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-of-polish-firms-register-for-mass-vaccination-campaign-21797Biden attending Bucharest Nato summit a sign of US engagement - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/biden-attending-bucharest-nato-summit-a-sign-of-us-engagement---aide-21795<p>The participation of President Joe Biden in a summit of countries on Nato’s eastern flank is a sign of the USA’s engagement in the security of the alliance’s eastern border and of transatlantic ties, a Polish presidential official has said.</p>Mon, 10 May 2021 10:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBiden attending Bucharest Nato summit a sign of US engagement - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/biden-attending-bucharest-nato-summit-a-sign-of-us-engagement---aide-21795Scale of economic upswing will likely surprise us - experthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scale-of-economic-upswing-will-likely-surprise-us---expert-21793<p>The speed of Poland's economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis may be much greater than expected, a deputy head of the Polish Development Fund (PFR) has said.</p>Mon, 10 May 2021 10:02:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgScale of economic upswing will likely surprise us - experthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scale-of-economic-upswing-will-likely-surprise-us---expert-21793Poland opens jab registration to all adult citizenshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-opens-jab-registration-to-all-adult-citizens-21791<p>From Sunday, all Poles aged 18 are able to register for Covid-19 vaccinations, but the government's vaccination commissioner said that convincing all undecided people will be a major challenge in the coming weeks.</p>Sun, 09 May 2021 16:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jc7stpxzhkol7u61f7z8w.jpeg"From Sunday, all adult Poles, or more than 30 million people, can register for vaccinations on specific dates," Michał Dworczyk said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-opens-jab-registration-to-all-adult-citizens-21791Poland reports 3,852 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, death toll at 147https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-3852-new-coronavirus-cases-on-saturday-death-toll-at-147-21789<p>Poland recorded 3,852 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 147 deaths over the past 24h to Sunday morning, against 4,765 cases reported on Saturday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Sun, 09 May 2021 15:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bzwfyau29shplr9cohvx5b.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-3852-new-coronavirus-cases-on-saturday-death-toll-at-147-21789Poland’s Napoleonic legacyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-napoleonic-legacy-21786<p>With the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death in early May, what effect did the French Emperor have on Poland?</p>Sat, 08 May 2021 17:38:00 +0200HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fgkr3wtjkv7fumgijiwxn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-napoleonic-legacy-21786Covid-19 vaccine production must increase in EU, says Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-19-vaccine-production-must-increase-in-eu-says-polish-pm-21779<p>The Polish prime minister has come out in favour of Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver in the European Union and said that the EU must increase vaccine production capacities.</p>Sat, 08 May 2021 13:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fdt22iy2fpokvakgi1o91m.jpegMorawiecki said that a growth of vaccine production in Europe would make it possible to increase its deliveries to other parts of the world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-19-vaccine-production-must-increase-in-eu-says-polish-pm-21779New species of prehistoric reptile related to crocodiles found in village dighttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-scientists-discover-new-species-of-prehistoric-reptile-21778<p>A new species of aetosaur, a prehistoric reptile resembling today's crocodiles, has been discovered in south-western Poland.</p>Sat, 08 May 2021 12:33:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gldr3az2ut9fs3ksonjw2m.jpegThe specimen was found among fossils of vertebrates from about 210 million years ago, including lungfish and turtles, excavated at the archeological site in the village of Kocury, southwest Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-scientists-discover-new-species-of-prehistoric-reptile-21778No plans to make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory, says health minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-plans-to-make-covid-19-vaccination-mandatory-says-health-min-21777<p>There are no plans for now to make vaccination against Covid-19 mandatory in Poland, the health minister has announced, adding that the number of Poles, who are voluntarily willing to receive a vaccine, has been on the rise.</p>Sat, 08 May 2021 12:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ldrobs5rnwacmeyw2xdk9g.jpeg"The number of people, who are willing to be vaccinated against Covid-19, has been continuously growing, Niedzielski said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-plans-to-make-covid-19-vaccination-mandatory-says-health-min-21777Hotels resume operations in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hotels-resume-operations-in-poland-21776<p>Hotels in Poland resumed operations on Saturday but only at 50-percent capacity, restaurants and cafes will open on May 15 but only for customers sitting outside as part of measures easing lockdown restrictions.</p>Sat, 08 May 2021 11:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8pfncp2lyk3a62hkiuqfym.jpegFrom May 15, face masks will not have to be worn outside, as long a distance of a metre and a half is maintained.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hotels-resume-operations-in-poland-21776Poland reports 4,765 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, death toll at 421https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-4765-new-coronavirus-cases-on-saturday-death-toll-at-421-21774<p>Poland recorded 4,765 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 421 deaths over the past 24h to Saturday morning, against 6,047 cases reported on Friday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Sat, 08 May 2021 10:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yjs3lq40i8fsh9f5mfpkb.jpegIn all, 13,409,463 Poles have already received jabs against Covid-19, with 3,579,910 of those having had both doses of the vaccine, according to data posted on the official government website, gov.pl. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-4765-new-coronavirus-cases-on-saturday-death-toll-at-421-21774Poland has spent 10 pct of GDP to protect jobs - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-spent-10-pct-of-gdp-to-protect-jobs---pm-21773<p>The Polish government's aid packages aimed to preserve and protect jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic total 10 percent of the country's GDP, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at an EU summit in the Portuguese city of Porto.</p>Fri, 07 May 2021 20:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5yf5su3qmspubfv1mfo18n.jpeg"With this package of 10 percent of GDP, we've been able to create new jobs over the past 15 months," the Polish prime minister said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-spent-10-pct-of-gdp-to-protect-jobs---pm-21773Polish PM thanks head of EC for support in appeal for more vaccineshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-thanks-head-of-ec-for-support-in-appeal-for-more-vaccines-21772<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki expressed gratitude on Friday to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for supporting his appeal to increase efforts to expand Covid-19 vaccine distribution around the world.</p>Fri, 07 May 2021 18:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c16bclxcamnqhscu8p6qsh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-thanks-head-of-ec-for-support-in-appeal-for-more-vaccines-21772Central bank rules out rate hikes despite rising inflationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-bank-rules-out-rate-hikes-despite-rising-inflation-21770<p>The National Bank of Poland (NBP) will consider reversing its low interest rates policy no earlier than in mid-2022, the NBP governor has said, defying calls to raise the rates amid record-high inflation.</p>Fri, 07 May 2021 16:59:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tpz367107rswg48d5hlyfo.jpeg"Regardless of the level of interest rates and other elements of monetary policy, the prices would have still increased and nothing would have changed that," Adam Glapiński, governor of Poland's central bank, said. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-bank-rules-out-rate-hikes-despite-rising-inflation-21770Poland prioritises equal pay, PM says before EU social summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-prioritises-equal-pay-pm-says-before-eu-social-summit-21769<p>Equal pay for women and men is a priority for the Polish government, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said before an EU social summit on Friday.</p>Fri, 07 May 2021 16:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lz06ow4kjluo2htzd0k1l.jpeg"I'm pleased with the data from international research institutions showing that we are (Poland - PAP) high up when it comes to removing the wage gap between women and men, in 4th or 5th place in the EU," Morawiecki said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-prioritises-equal-pay-pm-says-before-eu-social-summit-21769Left wants explanation over police text that calls LGBT a pathologyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/left-wants-explanation-over-police-text-that-calls-lgbt-a-pathology-21767<p>The parliamentary caucus of The Left political grouping has asked Poland's police chief for an explanation as to why a new textbook for police officers lists the transgender and LGBT community among social pathologies.</p>Fri, 07 May 2021 16:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/khl1guoxe5id45235pe3.jpegDziemianowicz-Bąk said that "it was unacceptable that the police, who are obliged to protect all citizens irrespective of their sexual orientation, irrespective of their gender identity, and irrespective of who they are, discriminates against these people." https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/left-wants-explanation-over-police-text-that-calls-lgbt-a-pathology-21767Beautifully illustrated book explores fascinating architectural heritage of trendy Gdańsk suburbhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beautifully-illustrated-book-explores-fascinating-architectural-heritage-of-trendy-gdansk-suburb-21765<p>A stunning new book sets out to explores the fascinating architectural heritage of Gdańsk’s up-and-coming Wrzeszcz district.</p>Fri, 07 May 2021 15:15:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oqz7dcbqtg1uea2xg1yfgh.jpegSet between the city centre and the leafy suburb of Oliwa, the district of Wrzeszcz’s patchwork of architectural styles offer a telling glimpse into the chronology of the city.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beautifully-illustrated-book-explores-fascinating-architectural-heritage-of-trendy-gdansk-suburb-21765Q1 GDP may be higher than expected - Goldman Sachshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/q1-gdp-may-be-higher-than-expected---goldman-sachs-21764<p>Polish GDP in the first quarter of 2021 may be higher than expected due to better-than-expected growth data on industrial production and retail trade, Goldman Sachs (GS) analysts have said.</p>Fri, 07 May 2021 15:00:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgQ1 GDP may be higher than expected - Goldman Sachshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/q1-gdp-may-be-higher-than-expected---goldman-sachs-21764Hart attack! Welsh badminton champ Jordan Hart sacrifices Olympics to play for Poland, saying ‘In Poland it’s better’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hart-attack-welsh-badminton-champ-jordan-hart-sacrifices-olympics-to-play-for-poland-saying-in-poland-its-better-21762<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Welsh badminton player has given up her spot in the Olympics to switch flags and play for Poland.</span></p>Fri, 07 May 2021 14:22:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1ybjhrsk8y7j2jw0xbcfej.jpegProfessional badminton player Jordan Hart from Pembroke Dock in Wales, made the astonishing switch despite it meaning sacrificing her ambition to play in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hart-attack-welsh-badminton-champ-jordan-hart-sacrifices-olympics-to-play-for-poland-saying-in-poland-its-better-21762Public transport passenger limits to be increased from Saturdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/public-transport-passenger-limits-to-be-increased-from-saturday-21760<p>From Saturday until May 14, more people will be allowed to travel on Poland's public transport network and the limit will rise again from May 15 under a new regulation from the Council of Ministers.</p>Fri, 07 May 2021 13:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qeumwmi8ihm95zvcr5jpu.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/public-transport-passenger-limits-to-be-increased-from-saturday-21760Where Tik-Tok meets Allegro: New app launched to promote online saleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/where-tik-tok-meets-allegro-new-app-launched-to-promote-online-sales-21758<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Warsaw firm has launched a new app for businesses looking to expand their online sales.</span></p>Fri, 07 May 2021 12:46:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3mklbnwftcbr1cyuhnvqp.pngThe Live.Market app is aimed at businesses who want to sell direct online via live streams.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/where-tik-tok-meets-allegro-new-app-launched-to-promote-online-sales-21758Free access to Covid vaccine patents crucial says PM before EU summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/free-access-to-covid-vaccine-patents-crucial-says-pm-before-eu-summit-21757<p>Poland’s prime minister has called for free access to Covid vaccine patents and the provision of vaccines to poorer countries.</p>Fri, 07 May 2021 12:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9bw4goy5zqiflp4knim8zg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/free-access-to-covid-vaccine-patents-crucial-says-pm-before-eu-summit-21757Poland wants tax havens eliminated says PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-tax-havens-eliminated-says-pm-21755<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has called for the elimination of tax havens ahead of an informal EU summit this week in Portugal.</p>Fri, 07 May 2021 11:28:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pzzlvizfupsdxtsv3tcife.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-tax-havens-eliminated-says-pm-21755Polish unemployment rate falls to 6.3 pct in Aprilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-unemployment-rate-falls-to-63-pct-in-april-21754<p>Poland's unemployment rate stood at 6.3 percent in April in comparison to 6.4 percent in March, the Ministry of Development, Labour and Technology has reported.</p>Fri, 07 May 2021 11:09:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish unemployment rate falls to 6.3 pct in Aprilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-unemployment-rate-falls-to-63-pct-in-april-21754Poland reports 6,047 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, death toll at 453https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-6047-new-coronavirus-cases-on-thursday-death-toll-at-453-21752<p>Poland recorded 6,047 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 453 deaths over the past 24h to Friday morning, against 6,431 cases reported on Thursday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Fri, 07 May 2021 11:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tv7qxag41diqc2lvfnbqjc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-6047-new-coronavirus-cases-on-thursday-death-toll-at-453-21752Polish president declares support for Ukraine's EU ambitionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-declares-support-for-ukraines-eu-ambitions-21749<p>Poland will continue to support Ukraine’s EU ambitions, the presidents of Poland and Ukraine have stated in a joint declaration released ahead of Europe Day, which falls on May 9.</p>Fri, 07 May 2021 10:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kd1ezb00ozg1lmh0blrzv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-declares-support-for-ukraines-eu-ambitions-21749Polish trust in EU growing weakerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-trust-in-eu-growing-weaker-21747<p>Only 50 percent of Poles trust the European Union due to lengthy disputes with Brussels, according to the latest Eurobarometer poll commissioned by the European Commission.</p>Fri, 07 May 2021 10:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3hvbjid4ozkza6ewu93079.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-trust-in-eu-growing-weaker-21747Facemasks outdoors no longer required from May 15https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/facemasks-outdoors-no-longer-required-from-may-15-21746<p>Poles will no longer have to wear facemasks outdoors from May 15, but will still have to maintain social distancing rules.</p>Fri, 07 May 2021 09:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lyyz2ykdzuijt3o6na70hl.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/facemasks-outdoors-no-longer-required-from-may-15-21746US should be more strongly committed to Three Seas, says Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-should-be-more-strongly-committed-to-three-seas-says-polish-pm-21745<p>The US should be more strongly committed to the Three Seas Initiative, comprising countries between the Baltic Sea, the Adriatic and the Black Sea, according to the Polish prime minister.</p>Thu, 06 May 2021 21:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p37gzlngt670bloevm18pg.jpegThe Polish prime minister stated that the Three Seas Initiative had been launched "to strengthen our identity and increase the strength of our economy in relation to China."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-should-be-more-strongly-committed-to-three-seas-says-polish-pm-21745Gov't aid saved companies during pandemic - PFR headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-aid-saved-companies-during-pandemic---pfr-head-21744<p>State aid programmes for micro, SME and large companies during the pandemic stabilised their financial situation, the president of the Polish Development Fund (PFR) has said.</p>Thu, 06 May 2021 19:14:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/me8ig0522brgmsusfulo.jpegIn the opinion of the PFR head, now "it is important to skilfully design the state's exit from this scale of public aid".https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-aid-saved-companies-during-pandemic---pfr-head-21744EU should not compete with Nato, says Polish MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-should-not-compete-with-nato-says-polish-mod-21743<p>EU should not compete against Nato, the Polish defence minister has said and added that most EU countries share this opinion.</p>Thu, 06 May 2021 19:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8c3pohg42wpagky35f09zr.jpegBłaszczak (L) stressed that all participants had agreed that the EU should be aware of threats coming from the east and south, and that the threats posed by Russia's new imperial politics were real.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-should-not-compete-with-nato-says-polish-mod-21743Economic condition in Q1 was relatively weak - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/economic-condition-in-q1-was-relatively-weak---minfin-21742<p>The Polish finance minister has admitted that, due to the coronavirus-related restrictions, the GDP growth in the Q1 2021 was relatively weak.</p>Thu, 06 May 2021 18:07:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tg5kpwl0ypl2au48s0s2i.jpeg"One could be quite optimistic about the development of the Polish economy," Kościński said and added that last year's recession was much smaller than forecasted, and Poland’s GDP had shrunk only by 2.7 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/economic-condition-in-q1-was-relatively-weak---minfin-21742Zamość: Shortlisted as one of the seven wonders of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/zamosc-shortlisted-as-one-of-the-seven-wonders-of-poland-21740<p>The last time I was let out of my box I chose to lecture you all about the glories of Lublin.</p>Thu, 06 May 2021 17:22:00 +0200LifeWebber's WorldRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/40aoxnv9o6q7k2fl3k8tur.jpegThe renaissance pearl that is the Old Town remains as striking and fresh as the day it was finished: a place of colonnaded passageways and shaded, leafy courtyards, it all leads to a mesmerizing square that stops you in your tracks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/zamosc-shortlisted-as-one-of-the-seven-wonders-of-poland-21740Imports of used vehicles rise rapidly in April - Samarhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/imports-of-used-vehicles-rise-rapidly-in-april---samar-21739<p>The import of used passenger cars and delivery vans to Poland increased rapidly in April 2021, Samar, an institute monitoring the car market, reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 06 May 2021 15:36:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6f8yhmsqphlff04nk6xhbo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/imports-of-used-vehicles-rise-rapidly-in-april---samar-21739Gigantic footbridge for the disabled is dubbed ‘Donkey Kong obstacle’ as row breaks out over its fitness for purposehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gigantic-footbridge-for-the-disabled-is-dubbed-donkey-kong-obstacle-as-row-breaks-out-over-its-fitness-for-purpose-21736<p>A new footbridge for the disabled has become the talk of the town after being dubbed an ‘architectural monster’ and likened to a ‘waterpark slide’.</p>Thu, 06 May 2021 15:04:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t3bbo9tu9eb3f7gvpvhpr5.jpegThe new bridge in Wola Krzysztoporska, south of Łódż has been slammed for being unfit for its intended purpose of making it easier for pedestrians, cyclists and the disabled to cross.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gigantic-footbridge-for-the-disabled-is-dubbed-donkey-kong-obstacle-as-row-breaks-out-over-its-fitness-for-purpose-21736Poland sees first Brazilian Covid-19 mutationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sees-first-brazilian-covid-19-mutations-21734<p>Three cases the Brazilian Covid-19 variant have been detected in Poland's southern region of Silesia, the health minister said on Thursday afternoon.</p>Thu, 06 May 2021 14:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w1qa7946gqge93tqjbnhpi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sees-first-brazilian-covid-19-mutations-21734Sisters on ‘a mission’ to revive beautiful 17th century craft of gilt leather making – and the results are breathtakinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sisters-on-a-mission-to-revive-beautiful-17th-century-craft-of-gilt-leather-making--and-the-results-are-breathtaking-21732<p><span lang="EN-GB">A workshop in Kraków is using 17<sup>th</sup> and 18<sup>th</sup> century techniques from Spain to revive the forgotten craft of gilt leather.</span></p>Thu, 06 May 2021 13:14:00 +0200BusinessArt & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2b1enkyvllldth36o0ivfu.pngEstablishing their workshop in 2014, Agnieszka Kosakowska and Ewa Zielinska have dedicated most of their time since then to raising the popularity of gilt leather through initiatives such as workshops and talks in response to demand from Kraków tour guides.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sisters-on-a-mission-to-revive-beautiful-17th-century-craft-of-gilt-leather-making--and-the-results-are-breathtaking-21732EU army will weaken Nato says deputy foreign ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-army-will-weaken-nato-says-deputy-foreign-minister-21730<p>The creation of an EU army will “weaken” the armies of Nato’s member states, Poland’s deputy foreign minister said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 06 May 2021 12:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEU army will weaken Nato says deputy foreign ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-army-will-weaken-nato-says-deputy-foreign-minister-21730Retail sales up by 8.1 pct y/y in March - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-by-81-pct-yy-in-march---eurostat-21729<p>Polish retail sales grew by 8.1 percent year on year in March 2021 after a 4.0-percent increase year on year in February, the EU's statistics agency, said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 06 May 2021 12:01:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales up by 8.1 pct y/y in March - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-by-81-pct-yy-in-march---eurostat-21729Polish disciplining of judges against EU law - EU courthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-disciplining-of-judges-against-eu-law---eu-court-21727<p>Polish legislation enabling disciplinary proceedings to be taken against judges violates EU law, and the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) should rule accordingly, the court's Advocate General said on Thursday in an opinion on the awaited ruling.</p>Thu, 06 May 2021 11:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish disciplining of judges against EU law - EU courthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-disciplining-of-judges-against-eu-law---eu-court-21727Poland reports 6,431 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, death toll at 510https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-6431-new-coronavirus-cases-on-thursday-death-toll-at-510-21726<p>Poland recorded 6,431 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 510 deaths over the past 24h to Thursday morning, against 3,896 cases reported on Wednesday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Thu, 06 May 2021 10:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/71n95jvpza76mtftywm8d9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-6431-new-coronavirus-cases-on-thursday-death-toll-at-510-21726Early election less likely, ruling coalition ally sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/early-election-less-likely-ruling-coalition-ally-says-21725<p>Poland's United Right coalition has managed to overcome major differences and there is now little chance of early elections, the leader of a small coalition ally has said.</p>Thu, 06 May 2021 10:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEarly election less likely, ruling coalition ally sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/early-election-less-likely-ruling-coalition-ally-says-21725Defiant grandmother becomes opposition iconhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defiant-grandmother-becomes-opposition-icon-21722<p>A Polish grandmother popularly known as 'Babcia Kasia' (Grandma Kasia) has become a symbol of government opposition owing to her lengthy rap sheet of charges chalked up at anti-government protests.</p>Thu, 06 May 2021 10:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fupm9f3y0xj7h6ic7t5hbm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defiant-grandmother-becomes-opposition-icon-21722Recovery Fund ratification not a step towards federalism - dep FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/recovery-fund-ratification-not-a-step-towards-federalism---dep-fm-21720<p>Poland's ratification of an increase in the EU's own financial resources for a post-pandemic Recovery Fund is not a step towards federalism, but a step towards modernisation and a rapid exit from the Covid crisis, a deputy foreign minister has said.</p>Wed, 05 May 2021 20:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRecovery Fund ratification not a step towards federalism - dep FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/recovery-fund-ratification-not-a-step-towards-federalism---dep-fm-21720Gov’t agency leaves central bank interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-agency-leaves-central-bank-interest-rates-unchanged-21718<p>Poland's Monetary Policy Council kept all the National Bank of Poland interest rates unchanged, holding the reference rate at the all-time low of 0.10 percent, the central bank said in a statement released after a sitting of the Council on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 05 May 2021 20:03:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGov’t agency leaves central bank interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-agency-leaves-central-bank-interest-rates-unchanged-21718Pilot programme to treat young tech addictshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pilot-programme-to-treat-young-tech-addicts-21716<p>Youngsters addicted to smartphones and computers are set to receive help from a pilot project designed to help them with their high-tech addiction, the Health Ministry announced.</p>Wed, 05 May 2021 16:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kr0k3e95lmh20su7memucqj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pilot-programme-to-treat-young-tech-addicts-21716Delightful collection of artist’s ceramic tiles found hidden behind walls of old milk barhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/delightful-collection-of-artists-ceramic-tiles-found-hidden-behind-walls-of-old-milk-bar-21714<p>Depicting cows, goats, chickens, rams, flowers, and, even, lions, a series of decorative wall tiles have been uncovered inside a historic Warsaw milk bar.</p>Wed, 05 May 2021 15:14:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/knekclzfitskfoqm41bl.jpegMeasuring 15 cm by 15 cm, the tiles are thought to have been produced by Kamionka, a factory opened in 1947 in Łysa Góra and which specialized in the manufacture of folk-themed ceramics.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/delightful-collection-of-artists-ceramic-tiles-found-hidden-behind-walls-of-old-milk-bar-21714Harrowing images by US photographer of village set ablaze by commie security forces go on display to mark tragic anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-images-by-us-photographer-of-village-set-ablaze-by-commie-security-forces-go-on-display-to-mark-tragic-anniversary-21711<p>Shocking photos of a village burnt to the ground by communist-era security services and captured on film by an American photographer have been put on display to mark the event’s 75th anniversary.</p>Wed, 05 May 2021 14:07:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2ixgx0ebtow7tjww17swp9.pngThe disturbing images captured by photographer John Vachon show the village of Wąwolnica in eastern Poland engulfed in thick flames as locals desperately try to save their possessions and livestock as their homes are torched by post-war Communist security services.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-images-by-us-photographer-of-village-set-ablaze-by-commie-security-forces-go-on-display-to-mark-tragic-anniversary-21711Poland's GDP to grow 3.8 pct in 2021, 4.5 pct in 2022 - researcher IPAGhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-grow-38-pct-in-2021-45-pct-in-2022---researcher-ipag-21710<p>Poland's economy will expand by 3.8 percent this year, and in 2022 the GDP growth will be 4.5 percent, the Institute for Economic Forecasts and Analyses (IPAG) predicts.</p>Wed, 05 May 2021 13:24:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP to grow 3.8 pct in 2021, 4.5 pct in 2022 - researcher IPAGhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-grow-38-pct-in-2021-45-pct-in-2022---researcher-ipag-21710Poland advances in PwC tax burden rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-advances-in-pwc-tax-burden-ranking-21708<p>Poland has been upped two places in the ranking of EU countries for tax and mandatory insurance burden, an advisory firm, PwC report has shown.</p>Wed, 05 May 2021 13:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland advances in PwC tax burden rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-advances-in-pwc-tax-burden-ranking-21708Poland offers to buy J&J vaccine supplies from Denmarkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-offers-to-buy-jj-vaccine-supplies-from-denmark-21706<p>Poland's prime minister, on Tuesday, wrote a letter to his Danish counterpart, Mette Frederiksen, and offered to buy surplus Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccines against Covid-19 from Denmark, the polsatnews.pl website wrote.</p>Wed, 05 May 2021 12:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0a4k5ypdd0kgg7mi06liqew.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-offers-to-buy-jj-vaccine-supplies-from-denmark-21706Warsaw firm’s remote 4K recording system means you can now watch your favourite game anywherehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-firms-remote-4k-recording-system-means-you-can-now-watch-your-favourite-game-anywhere-21704<p>A revolutionary new recording system that allows sports fans to watch their favourite games anywhere in the world without the need of an on-site camera operator has become a global success.</p>Wed, 05 May 2021 12:13:00 +0200BusinessSporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2bghsr8os72nsm3wveuev.jpegThe technology from Warsaw-based firm Sportize follows the game’s action without the need of an onsite camera operator.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-firms-remote-4k-recording-system-means-you-can-now-watch-your-favourite-game-anywhere-21704President praises Polish firms at Congress 590https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-praises-polish-firms-at-congress-590-21703<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda has praised production and export results that Polish companies have been achieving despite the coronavirus crisis.</p>Wed, 05 May 2021 11:13:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g4u6l2qsybs5d0drnztmb.jpeg"Polish entrepreneurs are responsible for the excellent results in production and exports," Duda said in an opening speech of a two-day meeting devoted to the Polish economy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-praises-polish-firms-at-congress-590-21703Poland reports 3,896 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, death toll at 349https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-3896-new-coronavirus-cases-on-wednesday-death-toll-at-349-21702<p>Poland recorded 3,896 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 349 deaths over the past 24h to Wednesday morning, against 2,296 cases reported on Tuesday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Wed, 05 May 2021 10:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a23uehjtpgjzxegkdw176.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-3896-new-coronavirus-cases-on-wednesday-death-toll-at-349-21702Poland three notches up in wealth ranking over 5 years - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-three-notches-up-in-wealth-ranking-over-5-years---report-21701<p>Poland ranks 19th in Europe in terms of national wealth, up three places since 2015, a Polish daily reported citing the Warsaw Enterprise Institute think tank.</p>Wed, 05 May 2021 09:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland three notches up in wealth ranking over 5 years - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-three-notches-up-in-wealth-ranking-over-5-years---report-21701Polish exports surge 25.8 pct y/y in March, forecast showshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-exports-surge-258-pct-yy-in-march-forecast-shows-21700<p>Poland exported 25.8 percent more goods and services in March 2021 compared to the same month of 2020, according to a forecast by the Polish Chamber of Commerce (KIG).</p>Wed, 05 May 2021 09:35:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish exports surge 25.8 pct y/y in March, forecast showshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-exports-surge-258-pct-yy-in-march-forecast-shows-21700Polish parliament ratifies EU's Recovery Fundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-parliament-ratifies-eus-recovery-fund-21699<p>The Polish lower house of parliament on Tuesday ratified the European Union's EUR 750 billion Recovery Fund aimed to prop up European economies battered by the coronavirus crisis.</p>Tue, 04 May 2021 20:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9vwl4psmtkba1ydoys9ri9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-parliament-ratifies-eus-recovery-fund-21699Digging begins by HAND for 10 tonnes of Nazi gold hidden in grounds of 18th century palacehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/digging-begins-by-hand-for-10-tonnes-of-nazi-gold-hidden-in-grounds-of-18th-century-palace-21694<p>Treasure hunters have started digging at the site where they believe 10 tonnes of Nazi gold and other valuables stolen by Himmler’s SS are hidden.</p>Tue, 04 May 2021 16:57:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wieekp12b8prl61g3nvsyo.pngThe dig at an old orangery in the palace grounds in the village of Minkowskie is being carried out by the Silesian Bridge Foundation which says it has a war diary written by a Waffen SS officer at the end of the war.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/digging-begins-by-hand-for-10-tonnes-of-nazi-gold-hidden-in-grounds-of-18th-century-palace-21694Polish, Estonian presidents discuss regional security, green energyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-estonian-presidents-discuss-regional-security-green-energy-21692<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday met with visiting Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid to discuss military and energy security as well as green solutions for the two countries' power systems.</p>Tue, 04 May 2021 16:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rxf43rqxefsjxw870nok.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-estonian-presidents-discuss-regional-security-green-energy-21692Special team appointed to track Covid-19 virus variants - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/special-team-appointed-to-track-covid-19-virus-variants---minister-21691<p>Studies on new variants of the coronavirus and on the two new outbreaks of the so-called Indian mutation are crucial to prevent another wave of infections, the health minister said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 04 May 2021 15:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a1jx1yyfb5conyx0gvvsxh.jpeg"The new variation may contribute to the emergence of another wave of infections," said Niedzielski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/special-team-appointed-to-track-covid-19-virus-variants---minister-21691Sexify comedy becomes international Netflix hit with viewers gripped by clever scripts and powerful performanceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sexify-comedy-becomes-international-netflix-hit-with-viewers-gripped-by-clever-scripts-and-powerful-performances-21688<p>A new Polish comedy series on Netflix has become an international smash after rocketing up the network’s most-watched charts around the globe.</p>Tue, 04 May 2021 15:00:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t3v4wvnb4nd513g4nho7j5.jpegThe lead roles have all been taken by actresses who are relative newcomers, and while Polish fans may recognize a few of the recurring characters, the show has become a hit for the quality of performances and content, rather than star power.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sexify-comedy-becomes-international-netflix-hit-with-viewers-gripped-by-clever-scripts-and-powerful-performances-21688Two outbreaks of Indian Covid mutation reported in Poland - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-outbreaks-of-indian-covid-mutation-reported-in-poland---minister-21686<p>Poland's health minister said on Tuesday that there have been two outbreaks of a Covid-19 mutation first identified in India.</p>Tue, 04 May 2021 14:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0wcoj7n5ecsl6l9nz3nooq9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-outbreaks-of-indian-covid-mutation-reported-in-poland---minister-21686GDP growth in Q2 above 9 pct y/y - economic institutehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdp-growth-in-q2-above-9-pct-yy---economic-institute-21685<p>Poland's GDP growth in the second quarter of 2021 is expected to top 9 percent year on year, after a 1-percent drop in the first quarter, the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 04 May 2021 14:29:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGDP growth in Q2 above 9 pct y/y - economic institutehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdp-growth-in-q2-above-9-pct-yy---economic-institute-21685PM calls for parliamentary unity over EU votehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-calls-for-parliamentary-unity-over-eu-vote-21683<div data-block="true" data-editor="3l1sm" data-offset-key="9sckf-0-0"><div data-offset-key="9sckf-0-0"><span data-offset-key="9sckf-0-0"><span data-text="true">Poland's prime minister called on MPs on Tuesday to set aside political divisions ahead of a vital vote on funding for the EU recovery fund.</span></span></div></div>Tue, 04 May 2021 13:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPM calls for parliamentary unity over EU votehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-calls-for-parliamentary-unity-over-eu-vote-21683Cult transports see return to streets of the capital for reopening of tourist linehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cult-transports-see-return-to-streets-of-the-capital-for-reopening-of-tourist-line-21681<p>This long weekend saw the return of cult historic trams, buses and ferries to the city of Warsaw as part of the reopening of the capital’s tourist transport line for 2021.</p>Tue, 04 May 2021 11:35:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/un8azncdkhl4iwcqoj9w2o.jpegIncluded among the transports making their return are the cult 13N trams nicknamed ‘parówki’ (‘frankfurters’) due to their rounded sausage like shape.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cult-transports-see-return-to-streets-of-the-capital-for-reopening-of-tourist-line-21681Poland reports 2,296 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, death toll at 28https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-2296-new-coronavirus-cases-on-tuesday-death-toll-at-28-21679<p>Poland recorded 2,296 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 28 deaths over the past 24h to Tuesday morning, against 2,525 cases reported on Monday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Tue, 04 May 2021 10:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lmupqwfeszg6tfhtgmbwpe.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-2296-new-coronavirus-cases-on-tuesday-death-toll-at-28-21679No further cases of Indian coronavirus variant in Poland - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-further-cases-of-indian-coronavirus-variant-in-poland---official-21677<p>The Polish government’s commissioner for the national vaccination programme said on Tuesday that he did not have knowledge of any further cases in Poland of a highly infectious Covid-19 variant first identified in India</p>Tue, 04 May 2021 10:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xp150lq9k5foglnnbaj69.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-further-cases-of-indian-coronavirus-variant-in-poland---official-21677Left will back EU recovery fund - MPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/left-will-back-eu-recovery-fund---mp-21675<p>The Left will vote for ratifying the EU's Recovery Fund for pandemic-hit national economies at a Tuesday vote in the Sejm (lower house), one of the party's MPs said on Tuesday morning.</p>Tue, 04 May 2021 10:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLeft will back EU recovery fund - MPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/left-will-back-eu-recovery-fund---mp-21675Popularity of vegetarian food on the rise in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/popularity-of-vegetarian-food-on-the-rise-in-poland-21673<p>The plant-based protein sources market increased by 28 percent last year, which is more than PLN 600 million (EUR 139.9 million), wrote a Polish daily newspaper devoted to business and economic issues on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 04 May 2021 10:15:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gvsxccfxmug469hsgidrdx.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/popularity-of-vegetarian-food-on-the-rise-in-poland-21673Malls, museum, schools reopen Tuesdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/malls-museum-schools-reopen-tuesday-21671<p>Poles can now enjoy the delights of shopping malls, museums and art galleries after a relaxation of lockdown restrictions allowed them to reopen on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 04 May 2021 09:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8b17x1328sl9r935xqdaa.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/malls-museum-schools-reopen-tuesday-21671Poland sends updated national recovery plan to Brusselshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-updated-national-recovery-plan-to-brussels-21668<p>Poland has submitted its draft of the National Recovery Plan to the European Commission, the chief of staff at the Prime Minister's Office said on Monday.</p>Mon, 03 May 2021 18:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aj69g92w73j5dlkxsx1ve.jpegWaldemar Buda, a deputy minister for funds and regional policy, said last-minute consultations with the Polish party the Left, social organisations and the European Commission had been going on well into Sunday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-updated-national-recovery-plan-to-brussels-21668Polish athletes pull in a five-medal haul at World Relayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-athletes-pull-in-a-five-medal-haul-at-world-relays-21667<p>Polish runners scooped two gold and three silver medals at the World Athletics Relays Silesia 2021 competition in the Polish southern city of Chorzów on Saturday and Sunday.</p>Mon, 03 May 2021 17:04:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w91pzwj1alzv3ki0blrc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-athletes-pull-in-a-five-medal-haul-at-world-relays-21667Duda calls on Ukrainian membership of Nato and EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-calls-on-ukrainian-membership-of-nato-and-eu-21666<p>Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, has called on Ukraine to be allowed to join both the EU and Nato.</p>Mon, 03 May 2021 16:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3r229z3tji1u60w4wdp00n.jpegPresident Zelensky thanked the Polish president for his “constant support for our territorial integrity and sovereignty.” https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-calls-on-ukrainian-membership-of-nato-and-eu-21666Poland reports 2,525 new coronavirus cases on Monday, death toll at 37https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-2525-new-coronavirus-cases-on-monday-death-toll-at-37-21664<p>Poland recorded 2,525 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 37 deaths over the past 24h to Sunday morning, against 4,612 cases reported on Monday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Mon, 03 May 2021 16:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k008mow1hcjzpics4cqo2b.jpegBy Monday, a total of 11,944,959 vaccinations had been performed in Poland with 2,971,205 people having had both shots. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-2525-new-coronavirus-cases-on-monday-death-toll-at-37-21664President praises May 3 Constitutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-praises-may-3-constitution-21663<p>Poland’s president has lauded the country’s May 3 Constitution of 1791, saying it was a great reform that aimed to bolster freedom and protect Poland’s sovereignty.</p>Mon, 03 May 2021 16:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mlwpjodqpiicqysugqk44.jpegDuda met the presidents of Lithuania, Ukraine, Latvia and Estonia at summit in Warsaw’s Royal Castle.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-praises-may-3-constitution-21663Poland through to Europe 2022 handball finalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-through-to-europe-2022-handball-finals-21661<p>Despite losing 32:30 to the Netherlands in Almere on Sunday, Poland's men's handball team advanced to next year's European Championships, which will be held in Hungary and Slovakia.</p>Mon, 03 May 2021 07:20:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland through to Europe 2022 handball finalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-through-to-europe-2022-handball-finals-21661Fifth Polish Heritage Days held in UKhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fifth-polish-heritage-days-held-in-uk-21659<p>Saturday saw the inauguration of the fifth Polish Heritage Days in the UK, an event aimed at promoting Polish culture and traditions as well as the contribution made by Polish emigres to life in the UK.</p>Sun, 02 May 2021 16:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFifth Polish Heritage Days held in UKhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fifth-polish-heritage-days-held-in-uk-21659Poland reports 4,612 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, death toll at 144https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-4612-new-coronavirus-cases-on-saturday-death-toll-at-144-21657<p>Poland recorded new confirmed 4,612 coronavirus cases and 144 deaths over the past 24h to Sunday morning, against 6,469 cases reported on Saturday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Sun, 02 May 2021 15:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sciwphvexz07l1i6jhprnc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-4612-new-coronavirus-cases-on-saturday-death-toll-at-144-21657Three Polish crews take silver in World Rowing Cup in Zagrebhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-polish-crews-take-silver-in-world-rowing-cup-in-zagreb-21655<p>Three teams of Polish rowers on Saturday finished second at the 2021 the World Rowing Cup held on Jarun Lake in Zagreb, Croatia.</p>Sat, 01 May 2021 18:19:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgThree Polish crews take silver in World Rowing Cup in Zagrebhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-polish-crews-take-silver-in-world-rowing-cup-in-zagreb-21655Poland boasts lowest unemployment in EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-boasts-lowest-unemployment-in-eu-21653<p>Poland had the lowest unemployment rate in March in the EU, according to data published by Eurostat, the bloc's statistical office.</p>Sat, 01 May 2021 18:12:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland boasts lowest unemployment in EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-boasts-lowest-unemployment-in-eu-21653Poles come second in World Rowing Cup in Zagrebhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-come-second-in-world-rowing-cup-in-zagreb-21651<p>Polish rowers on Saturday finished second in the men’s double sculls at the 2021 the World Rowing Cup held on Jarun Lake in Zagreb, Croatia.</p>Sat, 01 May 2021 18:07:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles come second in World Rowing Cup in Zagrebhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-come-second-in-world-rowing-cup-in-zagreb-21651Moody's confirms Poland's rating at A2 with stable outlookhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-confirms-polands-rating-at-a2-with-stable-outlook-21647<p>Poland's long-term rating in foreign currency was affirmed at the A2 level with stable outlook by rating agency Moody's on Friday evening.</p>Sat, 01 May 2021 13:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMoody's confirms Poland's rating at A2 with stable outlookhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-confirms-polands-rating-at-a2-with-stable-outlook-21647Poland sends national recovery plan to Brusselshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-national-recovery-plan-to-brussels-21645<p>Poland has sent its draft of the National Recovery Plan to the European Commission, deputy minister for funds and regional development said on Friday night.</p>Sat, 01 May 2021 13:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland sends national recovery plan to Brusselshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-national-recovery-plan-to-brussels-21645Poland reports 6,469 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, death toll at 423https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-6469-new-coronavirus-cases-on-saturday-death-toll-at-423-21643<p>Poland recorded 6,469 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 423 deaths over the past 24h to Saturday morning, against 6,796 cases reported on Friday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Sat, 01 May 2021 10:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3zenhef7s6q5wkcwlgy0d8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-6469-new-coronavirus-cases-on-saturday-death-toll-at-423-21643Reviving forgotten legacies and restoring lost heritagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/reviving-forgotten-legacies-and-restoring-lost-heritage-21641<p>In this edition of The Debrief, we speak to chairman of the Cultural Heritage Foundation, Michał Laszczkowski, about the protection and promotion of Polish cultural heritage both in Poland and abroad.</p>Sat, 01 May 2021 09:32:00 +0200Art & CultureLifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f4rdwvtioh6cpnb5ins33o.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/reviving-forgotten-legacies-and-restoring-lost-heritage-21641Government passes 2021-24 financial planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-passes-2021-24-financial-plan-21640<p>The government on Friday passed a Multiannual Financial Plan for 2021-24, which foresees Poland's GDP growth at 3.8 percent this year and higher in the following years, the Polish finance, funds and regional policy minister told PAP.</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 21:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/02yu7puy8o36zb63v1jvpg.jpegKościński said the update will be sent to the European Commission still on Friday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-passes-2021-24-financial-plan-21640Covid reproduction coefficient at record low - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-reproduction-coefficient-at-record-low---minister-21638<p>At 0.72, the reproduction coefficient of the Covid-19 virus, showing how many people are infected by one carrier, hit an all-time low on Friday, Poland's health minister said on Friday afternoon.</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 19:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cknqbfs84w5wfn7sjcsvm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-reproduction-coefficient-at-record-low---minister-21638Half of poll respondents say the vaccinated should be allowed privilegeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/half-of-poll-respondents-say-the-vaccinated-should-be-allowed-privileges-21636<p>Fifty percent of respondents to a Social Changes poll for the wPolityce.pl website believed vaccinated people should be granted certain privileges, 29 percent were against the idea.</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 19:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9ike7aeqedvn3hxbm57uil.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/half-of-poll-respondents-say-the-vaccinated-should-be-allowed-privileges-21636Shipment of J&J, Moderna Covid-19 vaccines reaches Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shipment-of-jj-moderna-covid-19-vaccines-reaches-poland-21634<p>A shipment containing thousands of Johnson&amp;Johnson and Moderna vaccine doses reached Poland on Friday.</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 14:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nqlk8xbkzlecixo5yj9tb9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shipment-of-jj-moderna-covid-19-vaccines-reaches-poland-21634Solidary Poland to vote against ratification of National Recovery Planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidary-poland-to-vote-against-ratification-of-national-recovery-plan-21633<p>An MP from Solidary Poland, a junior member of the governing United Right coalition, said on Friday that his party’s would vote against the ratification of the National Recovery Plan.</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 14:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSolidary Poland to vote against ratification of National Recovery Planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidary-poland-to-vote-against-ratification-of-national-recovery-plan-21633Pfizer to deliver 50 mln Covid-19 vaccines to Poland in 2021https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pfizer-to-deliver-50-mln-covid-19-vaccines-to-poland-in-2021-21631<p>Pfizer will deliver 50 million vaccine doses this year, the CEO of the company’s Polish branch has said.</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 14:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rnqx4g0dmc6tx13sqwfwb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pfizer-to-deliver-50-mln-covid-19-vaccines-to-poland-in-2021-21631How a-BOAT this! Ship built by homeless men sets sail after 15 years in the makinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-a-boat-this-ship-built-by-homeless-men-sets-sail-after-15-years-in-the-making-21629<p>A ship built by a group of homeless men has finally set sail - 15 years after work on it began.&nbsp;</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 13:48:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6y6zqdqo0u5z45iakdzdc.jpegThe 17-metre-long, 5-metre-wide ’Father Bogusław’ saw it’s ‘technical launch’ on the Żerański Kanał Monday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-a-boat-this-ship-built-by-homeless-men-sets-sail-after-15-years-in-the-making-21629Clinical trials for children's Covid-19 vaccine approved in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/clinical-trials-for-childrens-covid-19-vaccine-approved-in-poland-21627<p>Poland is one of the countries approved by the Office for Registration of Medicinal Products to hold clinical trials of a vaccine for children six months to 12 years of age, said a health ministry spokesman on Friday.</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 13:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tus66715fy8wzscu9oof.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/clinical-trials-for-childrens-covid-19-vaccine-approved-in-poland-21627Polish railway stations undergoing intensive modernisation as part of Rail Baltica renovation workshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-railway-stations-undergoing-intensive-modernisation-as-part-of-rail-baltica-renovation-works-21625<p>Several Polish stations on the Rail Baltica route, part of the trans-European transport corridor which will in future connect Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland, are being updated or built as part of extensive modernisation works on the international rail route.</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 12:56:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2bk93uccmwruvnmoyeyduo.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-railway-stations-undergoing-intensive-modernisation-as-part-of-rail-baltica-renovation-works-21625Poland's unemployment rate flat at 3.1 pct in March - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-flat-at-31-pct-in-march---eurostat-21624<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 3.1 percent in March 2021, unchanged from the previous month, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 11:38:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate flat at 3.1 pct in March - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-flat-at-31-pct-in-march---eurostat-21624Presidential election via postal vote was needed - ruling party officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-election-via-postal-vote-was-needed---ruling-party-official-21622<p>A spokesman for the governing Law and Justice party has said the party is “not afraid” of an investigation by the Supreme Audit Office into a cancelled postal vote for president last year.</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 11:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresidential election via postal vote was needed - ruling party officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-election-via-postal-vote-was-needed---ruling-party-official-21622Harrowing events of 1945 ‘Augustów Roundup’ to be told in powerful new film starring Hollywood stuntman Jacek Jagódkahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-events-of-1945-augustow-roundup-to-be-told-powerful-in-new-film-starring-hollywood-stuntman-jacek-jagodka-21620<p>The tragic story of hundreds of anti-communist partisans executed by Soviet forces in what became known as the Augustów Roundup of 1945, is the subject of a new film in English.</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 11:18:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rizpqmvgef6mlklu7i81f.pngEntitled simply ‘Augustów’, the English language production tells the tragic story of hundreds of anti-communist partisans executed by Soviet forces.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-events-of-1945-augustow-roundup-to-be-told-powerful-in-new-film-starring-hollywood-stuntman-jacek-jagodka-21620Poland reports 6,796 new coronavirus cases on Friday, death toll at 429https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-6796-new-coronavirus-cases-on-friday-death-toll-at-429-21619<p>Poland recorded 6,796 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 429 deaths over the past 24h to Friday morning, against 8,427 cases reported on Thursday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 11:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ovo8rws11wxyft94y7zed.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-6796-new-coronavirus-cases-on-friday-death-toll-at-429-21619Poland's CPI up 4.3 pct y/y in April - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-up-43-pct-yy-in-april---stats-office-21617<p>Prices of consumer goods and services (Consumer Price Index, CPI) increased by 4.3 percent year on year and by 0.7 percent month on month in April 2021, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported in a flash estimate on Friday.</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 11:09:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0uws1hj4t0uwvffnnlyl8r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-up-43-pct-yy-in-april---stats-office-21617New global fiscal order is needed says Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-global-fiscal-order-is-needed-says-polish-pm-21615<p>Mateusz Morawiecki has called for the construction of a new global fiscal order to help deal with a “pandemic of indebtedness.”</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNew global fiscal order is needed says Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-global-fiscal-order-is-needed-says-polish-pm-21615Orlen confident of Lithuanian backing for investment in Mazeikiuhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-confident-of-lithuanian-backing-for-investment-in-mazeikiu-21613<p>The CEO of fuel giant PKN Orlen has said the company “is moving in the right direction” when it comes to getting the support of the Lithuanian government for its investment in the Mazeikiu refinery.</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:03:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6ba23db8hx96oqcver2e.jpeg"The Lithuanian government is considering the possibility of supporting an investment that will deepen the processing of crude oil at the Mazeikiu refinery," Daniel Obajtek told PAP.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-confident-of-lithuanian-backing-for-investment-in-mazeikiu-21613Eastern Partnership countries should integrate with EU says Polish FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eastern-partnership-countries-should-integrate-with-eu-says-polish-fm-21611<p>Poland’s foreign minister has said that Eastern Partnership countries should be offered a “European prospect.”</p>Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEastern Partnership countries should integrate with EU says Polish FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eastern-partnership-countries-should-integrate-with-eu-says-polish-fm-21611Polish MPs to debate EU's Recovery Fund next weekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mps-to-debate-eus-recovery-fund-next-week-21609<p>The Sejm (lower house of the Polish parliament) on May 4 is to discuss a government draft law on ratifying an increase of the EU's own funds related to the EU multi-billion euro pandemic recovery fund.</p>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 20:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish MPs to debate EU's Recovery Fund next weekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mps-to-debate-eus-recovery-fund-next-week-21609One hurt in munition plant blasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-hurt-in-munition-plant-blast-21608<p>A special commission will investigate the causes of a Thursday explosion in the Mesko SA munition plant in Skarżysko-Kamienna, central Poland, in which one worker was injured, the company said in a statement.</p>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 17:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOne hurt in munition plant blasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-hurt-in-munition-plant-blast-21608Capital’s stunning new symphony hall revealed in giant scale model – and it has full acoustics too!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/capitals-stunning-new-symphony-hall-revealed-in-giant-scale-model--and-it-has-full-acoustics-too-21606<p>Left reeling by the lockdown, Warsaw’s cultural scene received an unexpected boost earlier today after a mysterious wooden structure that had appeared outside the Palace of Culture &amp; Science was revealed to contain half of a giant scale model of the city’s future symphony hall.</p>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 15:59:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/94c899fnxvktx2xsg21qk.jpegMusician performing inside the model symphony hall.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/capitals-stunning-new-symphony-hall-revealed-in-giant-scale-model--and-it-has-full-acoustics-too-21606Family life education to be one of priorities in new school year – minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/family-life-education-to-be-one-of-priorities-in-new-school-year--min-21604<p>Family life education will be emphasised in the new school year, Poland's education minister declared on Thursday.</p>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 15:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/scb0qhpha7if4nzo4ji43f.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/family-life-education-to-be-one-of-priorities-in-new-school-year--min-21604Banking sentiment indicator up by 7.1 points m/m in Aprilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banking-sentiment-indicator-up-by-71-points-mm-in-april-21602<p>Poland's banking sentiment indicator (Pengab) increased by 7.1 points month on month in April 2021 to 8.9 points, the Polish Bank Association (ZBP) and the Kantar TNS market research centre reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 14:45:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBanking sentiment indicator up by 7.1 points m/m in Aprilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banking-sentiment-indicator-up-by-71-points-mm-in-april-21602MoD signs ammunition contracts for mortar cannon, rocket launcherhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mod-signs-ammunition-contracts-for-mortar-cannon-rocket-launcher-21600<p>Poland’s defence minister penned contracts for the delivery of ammunition for the RAK self-propelled mortar cannon and missiles for the Langusta self-propelled multiple rocket launcher.</p>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 14:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yb4kw8tnh9mg2in4rfl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mod-signs-ammunition-contracts-for-mortar-cannon-rocket-launcher-21600Vatican masterpieces and never-before-seen mementos of John Paul II go on show for first time at Warsaw Royal Castlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vatican-masterpieces-and-never-before-seen-mementos-of-john-paul-ii-go-on-show-for-first-time-at-warsaw-royal-castle-21598<p><span lang="EN-GB">A collection of Vatican masterpieces and unique, never-before-seen personal items belonging to Pope John Paul II showing the influences art and culture had on him have gone on display in Warsaw.</span></p>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 14:06:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9n25nheepvj8921azzzcos.jpeg‘One of the largest and most visually recognisable Vatican masterpieces on display is the ‘Madonna with Child’ by Sassoferato which is exhibited next to a non-religious painting of eight small canvases entitled ‘Astronomical Observations’ by Donato Creti’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vatican-masterpieces-and-never-before-seen-mementos-of-john-paul-ii-go-on-show-for-first-time-at-warsaw-royal-castle-21598Support for PM Morawiecki's government at 33 pct - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/support-for-pm-morawieckis-government-at-33-pct---poll-21597<p>Public support for the government of Mateusz Morawiecki increased by 1 pp to 33 percent in April, a new CBOS poll revealed on Thursday.</p>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 14:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ib72mzqia6ikswf1optua.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/support-for-pm-morawieckis-government-at-33-pct---poll-21597National vaccination programme to 'pick up speed' - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-vaccination-programme-to-pick-up-speed---pm-21596<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday that it will be possible to say “goodbye to the epidemic once and for all” as vaccine supplies increase and more people get vaccinated.</p>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 13:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ni5jw8jywgcsworkg52u.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-vaccination-programme-to-pick-up-speed---pm-21596Poland's Economic Sentiment Indicator up m/m in April - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economic-sentiment-indicator-up-mm-in-april---ec-21595<p>Poland's Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) rose in April 2021 to 101.6 points from 90.3 points in the previous month, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 13:55:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Economic Sentiment Indicator up m/m in April - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economic-sentiment-indicator-up-mm-in-april---ec-21595Poland's inflation expectations down m/m in April - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-expectations-down-mm-in-april---ec-21594<p>Poland's consumer inflation expectations fell to 46.9 points in April 2021 from 53.1 points in March, the European Commission's Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 13:53:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's inflation expectations down m/m in April - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-expectations-down-mm-in-april---ec-21594EU court leaves Polish judges to rule on FX loan contractshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-court-leaves-polish-judges-to-rule-on-fx-loan-contracts-21593<p>The European Court of Justice (CJEU) is leaving it to Polish courts to assess the validity of FX loan contracts containing abusive clauses, according to a non-binding CJEU statement released ahead of a relevant verdict to be published later Thursday.</p>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 13:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEU court leaves Polish judges to rule on FX loan contractshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-court-leaves-polish-judges-to-rule-on-fx-loan-contracts-21593Audit Office head should 'weigh his words' - ruling party spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/audit-office-head-should-weigh-his-words---ruling-party-spokesman-21591<p>The deputy spokesman of Law and Justice, Poland’s governing party, said on Thursday that the head of the Supreme Audit Office (NIK) is a high state official and should "weigh his words," after the latter accused the party of being behind a corruption investigation into him.</p>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 13:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAudit Office head should 'weigh his words' - ruling party spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/audit-office-head-should-weigh-his-words---ruling-party-spokesman-21591World's first pregnant Egyptian mummy uncovered in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-first-pregnant-egyptian-mummy-uncovered-in-warsaw-21588<p>The examination of an ancient Egyptian mummy in the collection of the National Museum in Warsaw has revealed the world's first known case of a pregnant embalmed body.</p>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 12:22:00 +0200ScienceHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lzlklyr221qqgtoo5pr98.jpegNew research has revealed that the woman in the bandages was pregnant.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-first-pregnant-egyptian-mummy-uncovered-in-warsaw-21588Poland reports 8,427 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, death toll at 541https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-8427-new-coronavirus-cases-on-thursday-death-toll-at-541-21586<p>Poland recorded 8,427 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 541 deaths over the past 24h to Thursday morning, against 8,895 cases reported on Wednesday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 11:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aaa3f8eolnaxfsln0t0xe.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-8427-new-coronavirus-cases-on-thursday-death-toll-at-541-21586National Recovery Plan to be sent to Brussels on Friday – dep minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-recovery-plan-to-be-sent-to-brussels-on-friday--dep-min-21585<p>Poland’s deputy minister for funds and regional development said on Thursday that the government will submit its National Recovery Plan to the European Commission on Friday.</p>Thu, 29 Apr 2021 09:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNational Recovery Plan to be sent to Brussels on Friday – dep minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-recovery-plan-to-be-sent-to-brussels-on-friday--dep-min-21585Poland has chance to vaccinate all those willing by Julyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-chance-to-vaccinate-all-those-willing-by-july-21584<p>The current pace of the vaccination process gives Poland a chance to complete the vaccination of all those willing to take a jab in July, the prime minister said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 20:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xrr837188an7n5om5xaz0g.jpegThe prime minister said that on Wednesday he talked with the vaccine producer Pfizer’s CEO and recently also with representatives of AstraZeneca and EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen. “We want to accelerate deliveries of vaccines to Poland,” he said. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-chance-to-vaccinate-all-those-willing-by-july-21584Gov't, unions agree to shut down coal mines by 2049https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-unions-agree-to-shut-down-coal-mines-by-2049-21583<p>A social contract negotiated on Wednesday also foresees public aid for the coal sector and social protection measures for miners.</p>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 19:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jpco3yuvno9xg67j1tchfd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-unions-agree-to-shut-down-coal-mines-by-2049-21583New apartment sales up by 40 pct q/q in Poland - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-apartment-sales-up-by-40-pct-qq-in-poland---report-21582<p>Sales of new apartments in Poland grew at a record-high quarterly rate of 40 percent in the Q1 2021 pointing to the good shape of Poland's residential real estate industry, a report has found.</p>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 18:24:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w21yusfiqysrs5xsn804a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-apartment-sales-up-by-40-pct-qq-in-poland---report-21582Supreme Audit Office head protests scrutiny of family membershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/supreme-audit-office-head-protests-scrutiny-of-family-members-21580<p>The head of Poland's Supreme Audit Office has said that steps taken by the Central Anticorruption Bureau (CBA) against his son are politically motivated and connected with an audit of plans to hold presidential elections via a postal vote in 2020.</p>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 17:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yny8qorj9t2lli1ufr5lg.jpeg"CBA officers conducted a search in the house of my son Jakub Banaś... My son, as well as I, along with the whole family, is constantly under surveillance and repressed," Banaś added.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/supreme-audit-office-head-protests-scrutiny-of-family-members-21580President meets key Belarus opposition leaderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-meets-key-belarus-opposition-leader-21579<p>President Andrzej Duda met with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Wednesday for talks on the continuing political repression in Belarus.</p>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 15:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident meets key Belarus opposition leaderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-meets-key-belarus-opposition-leader-21579Getting back to normal! Bars, cafes and restaurants to reopen and no more facemasks in the streets as Govt. says lockdown restrictions to be liftedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/getting-back-to-normal-bars-cafes-and-restaurants-to-reopen-and-no-more-facemasks-in-the-streets-as-govt-says-lockdown-restrictions-to-be-lifted-21577<p><span lang="EN-GB">A raft of measures announced on Wednesday will see shopping centres reopening and bars and cafes opening outdoor seating in a move to ease lockdown restrictions.</span></p>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 14:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/exf3cjsm3yozqu5e32ezfn.jpegRestaurants, cafes and bars will reopen on May 15 for customers sitting outside.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/getting-back-to-normal-bars-cafes-and-restaurants-to-reopen-and-no-more-facemasks-in-the-streets-as-govt-says-lockdown-restrictions-to-be-lifted-21577World’s lightest chair ‘inspired by insect shells’ wins prestigious Red Dot design awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-lightest-chair-inspired-by-insect-shells-wins-prestigious-red-dot-design-award-21575<p><span lang="EN-GB">A chair inspired by insect shells and weighing just 1.66 kilograms has received a prestigious Red Dot design award.</span></p>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 14:13:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/af04qjtj9psm2zc36kitt.pngThe called Ultraleggera weighs just 1.66kg.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-lightest-chair-inspired-by-insect-shells-wins-prestigious-red-dot-design-award-21575PM, EU neighbourhood commissioner discuss Belarus, Ukrainehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-eu-neighbourhood-commissioner-discuss-belarus-ukraine-21573<p>The crisis in Ukraine and the political strife in Belarus are under discussion at talks between the Polish prime minister and Oliver Varhelyi, the EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement.</p>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 13:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPM, EU neighbourhood commissioner discuss Belarus, Ukrainehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-eu-neighbourhood-commissioner-discuss-belarus-ukraine-21573Daily Covid-19 infection count of 5,000 a sign of stability - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/daily-covid-19-infection-count-of-5000-a-sign-of-stability---minister-21569<p>Five thousand new Covid-19 infections a day is a sign of stability, Poland's health minister said on Wednesday..</p>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 12:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sb6cbjva53hsla8haz9k.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/daily-covid-19-infection-count-of-5000-a-sign-of-stability---minister-21569Treasure hunters to start digging for 10 tonnes of Nazi gold in 18th century palace after secret letter to SS lover reveals hidden locationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/treasure-hunters-to-start-digging-for-10-tonnes-of-nazi-gold-in-18th-century-palace-after-secret-letter-to-ss-lover-reveals-hidden-location-21567<p><span lang="EN-GB">Treasure hunters say they have located 10 tonnes of Nazi gold worth nearly half a billion pounds that was stolen by SS chief Heinrich Himmler at the end of WWII in order to establish a Fourth Reich.</span></p>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 12:08:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6jv6x10t6cgsos2f0ooky9.pngDigging for the 48 crates of gold that belonged to the Reichsbank and other valuables will get under way next week in the grounds of the palace used by the SS during the war as a ‘rest and relaxation’ centre.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/treasure-hunters-to-start-digging-for-10-tonnes-of-nazi-gold-in-18th-century-palace-after-secret-letter-to-ss-lover-reveals-hidden-location-21567Poland reports 8,895 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, death toll at 636https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-8895-new-coronavirus-cases-on-wednesday-death-toll-at-636-21566<p>Poland recorded 8,895 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 636 deaths over the past 24h to Wednesday morning, against 5,709 cases reported on Tuesday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 11:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hhbnuq4u5in9gzmngxvwyu.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-8895-new-coronavirus-cases-on-wednesday-death-toll-at-636-21566Unvaccinated persons will be contacted by phone - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unvaccinated-persons-will-be-contacted-by-phone---minister-21564<p>Unvaccinated people could get a phone call from a doctor, encouraging them to get a jab, according to the health minister.</p>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 10:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3b7j9g7cws369sszaljfzm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unvaccinated-persons-will-be-contacted-by-phone---minister-21564Grades one to three to return to school May 4 - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grades-one-to-three-to-return-to-school-may-4---health-minister-21563<p>Children in grades one to three will return to school from May 4, though it has yet to be decided whether the return will apply to the entire country or whether some regions will have hybrid learning, the health minister said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 28 Apr 2021 10:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7zp4fyb0uhuomcya0j23zm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grades-one-to-three-to-return-to-school-may-4---health-minister-21563Junior coalition party warns Recovery Plan may threaten sovereigntyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/junior-coalition-party-warns-recovery-plan-may-threaten-sovereignty-21562<p>Solidary Poland, a junior member of the ruling United Right coalition, warned on Tuesday that launching the plan needed to access the EU's Recovery Fund, may threaten Poland's sovereignty in the future.</p>Tue, 27 Apr 2021 18:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgJunior coalition party warns Recovery Plan may threaten sovereigntyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/junior-coalition-party-warns-recovery-plan-may-threaten-sovereignty-21562Covid-19 takes toll on Polish medical staff - health ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-19-takes-toll-on-polish-medical-staff---health-ministry-21561<p>According to the estimates of Poland's health ministry, Covid-19 has been the underlying cause in 349 deaths among healthcare workers in Poland.</p>Tue, 27 Apr 2021 17:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pj0vfz7xzh3d23c3sog8o.jpegSince March 2020, when the first case of coronavirus was detected in Poland, infections in 2,768,034 people have been confirmed, 65,897 of whom have died (illustrative photo). https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-19-takes-toll-on-polish-medical-staff---health-ministry-21561Shopping mall tenants to get rent cuts during lockdownhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shopping-mall-tenants-to-get-rent-cuts-during-lockdown-21560<p>Shopping mall tenants will be offered an 80-percent rent cut during lockdown, according to a draft law adopted by the government on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 27 Apr 2021 16:33:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qj57ce7703k0okx9er4wug.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shopping-mall-tenants-to-get-rent-cuts-during-lockdown-21560Over 2.6 million Poles fully vaccinatedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-26-million-poles-fully-vaccinated-21558<p>The total number of Poles who are now fully vaccinated exceeds 2.6 million, according to a Tuesday post on a government website.</p>Tue, 27 Apr 2021 15:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dw3kn1ci32bv0wa78zc8f.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-26-million-poles-fully-vaccinated-21558Earliest signs of human life found in Saharan gold mine include massive, almond-shaped cleavers resembling fistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/earliest-signs-of-human-life-found-in-saharan-gold-mine-include-massive-almond-shaped-cleavers-resembling-fists-21556<p>Some of the earliest signs of human life dating back 1 million years have been discovered in an old gold mine in the Eastern Sahara.</p>Tue, 27 Apr 2021 14:45:00 +0200ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t2ia2519rbw5b9mp9byfn.jpeg The artefacts belonging to the African variety of Homo erectus, the ancestor of humans (Homo sapiens), were found about 70 km east of the present-day city of Atbara. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/earliest-signs-of-human-life-found-in-saharan-gold-mine-include-massive-almond-shaped-cleavers-resembling-fists-21556Workplace vaccinations to start in May - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/workplace-vaccinations-to-start-in-may---official-21554<p>Workplace Covid vaccinations should start in May after being postponed owing to low vaccine supplies, a top government official said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 27 Apr 2021 14:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i9k346pluogwuuh5gf80a8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/workplace-vaccinations-to-start-in-may---official-21554Government gets oppo' backing for pandemic recovery planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-gets-oppo-backing-for-pandemic-recovery-plan-21552<p>The ratification of a National Recovery Plan, needed for Poland to access billions of euros in EU post-pandemic funding, got closer after the Polish government won support from an opposition grouping.</p>Tue, 27 Apr 2021 14:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGovernment gets oppo' backing for pandemic recovery planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-gets-oppo-backing-for-pandemic-recovery-plan-21552The Visionary Sci-Fi World of Lemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-visionary-sci-fi-world-of-lem-558<p>Often described as a prophet and visionary, world-renowned Sci-Fi writer and futurologist Stanisław Lem is the world’s most often translated Polish writer, whose book Solaris was perhaps his internationally best known work, twice made into a film, most recently directed by Steven Soderbergh with George Clooney in the starring role. His recognition is such that it was recently announced that European Space Agency astronauts travelling on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will honour Lem in space as part of their six-month mission.</p><p>With 2021 named in Poland as the year of Sci-Fi writer Stanisław Lem, who would have turned 100 this year, Heart of Poland’s Patrick Ney spoke to Szymon Kloska, curator of the Lem 2021 programme at the Kraków Festival Office about a fascinating man and the dozens of events being organised in his honour this year, including flagship project, Planet Lem.</p>Tue, 27 Apr 2021 14:27:00 +0200LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oe3oj1b2yyb3gmv16j1qns.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-visionary-sci-fi-world-of-lem-558Initiative launched to help older business men and women survive pandemic through social media promotionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/initiative-launched-to-help-older-business-men-and-women-survive-pandemic-through-social-media-promotion-21550<p>A community social media campaign has been launched to promote the businesses of senior-citizens hard hit by the pandemic and whose lack of social media presence makes it difficult for them to reach beyond their regular customer base.</p>Tue, 27 Apr 2021 14:02:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qjg2syyjmlpn18z8qwxgz.pngSince launching at the beginning of April, the campaign which collects and features the profiles of businesses whose older owners have often been running them for decades, has already amassed a following of 7,000 on Facebook and 34,000 on Instagram alone. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/initiative-launched-to-help-older-business-men-and-women-survive-pandemic-through-social-media-promotion-21550Chopin Airport sees 50-plus pct drop in passenger traffic in Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chopin-airport-sees-50-plus-pct-drop-in-passenger-traffic-in-march-21548<p>Warsaw's Chopin Airport serviced nearly 54 percent less passengers in March year on year, according to the airport’s official figures.</p>Tue, 27 Apr 2021 12:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/61mkb7kgk162ya6e9g1c2o.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chopin-airport-sees-50-plus-pct-drop-in-passenger-traffic-in-march-21548Poland reports 5,709 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, death toll at 460https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-5709-new-coronavirus-cases-on-tuesday-death-toll-at-460-21546<p>Poland recorded 5,709 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 460 deaths over the past 24h to Tuesday morning, against 3,451 cases reported on Monday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Tue, 27 Apr 2021 10:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i26xldge78460zey05p96.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-5709-new-coronavirus-cases-on-tuesday-death-toll-at-460-21546Poland's Law and Justice in first place says pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-law-and-justice-in-first-place-says-poll-21544<p>Poland’s governing Law and Justice would get a winning 33.1 percent of the votes, if elections were held this Sunday, according to a new poll.</p>Tue, 27 Apr 2021 09:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Law and Justice in first place says pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-law-and-justice-in-first-place-says-poll-21544Pole charged with setting deadly fire in Icelandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-charged-with-setting-deadly-fire-in-iceland-21543<p>A 60-year-old Pole has been charged with setting fire to a multi-family house, in which three Polish nationals lost their lives.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 19:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPole charged with setting deadly fire in Icelandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-charged-with-setting-deadly-fire-in-iceland-21543V4 states want to persuade Russia that attacks are costlyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-states-want-to-persuade-russia-that-attacks-are-costly-21541<p>The Visegrad Group will jointly take further steps within the EU and Nato to convince Russia that attacks on other countries are costly, Poland’s deputy foreign minister has said.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 19:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p580cuyqyy7nads6y0kx.jpeg"Our message to Russia is clear: dialogue is a better instrument to achieve your goals than military force or chemical weapons," Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-states-want-to-persuade-russia-that-attacks-are-costly-21541Large stores see big drop in number of visitshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/large-stores-see-big-drop-in-number-of-visits-21540<p>The number of visits to large-format stores dropped year on year by over 20 percent in the 1st quarter of 2021, according to a survey conducted by Proxi.cloud and UCE RESEARCH.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 18:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c9w1kjuwaqeyljt814e648.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/large-stores-see-big-drop-in-number-of-visits-21540Economic lockdown should be lifted by end of May - dep PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/economic-lockdown-should-be-lifted-by-end-of-may---dep-pm-21538<p>The entire Polish economy should be reopened by the end of May, the leader of one of the two junior ruling coalition partners said on Monday.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 17:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0zww3wi34ebcajl8n9l4xr.jpegJarosław Gowin said that, given the vaccination campaign was speeding up, he was in favour of opening successive economic sectors, as soon as possible.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/economic-lockdown-should-be-lifted-by-end-of-may---dep-pm-21538Large shipment of Covid-19 vaccines reaches Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/large-shipment-of-covid-19-vaccines-reaches-poland-21536<p>A shipment of nearly 1.3 million Covid-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer/BioNTech, along with 67,000 manufactured by AstraZeneca, reached Poland on Monday.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 17:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/adh8s1iuj9ct1a5senb6ye.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/large-shipment-of-covid-19-vaccines-reaches-poland-21536Announcement on easing of some restrictions to come on Wednesdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/announcement-on-easing-of-some-restrictions-to-come-on-wednesday-21535<p>Possible changes to lockdown restrictions will be announced on Wednesday, a government spokesman has said.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 17:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xqv7f3maxufxv8y6n3nqs.jpegNiedzielski confirmed that a detailed plan for easing restrictions would be presented on Wednesday or Thursday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/announcement-on-easing-of-some-restrictions-to-come-on-wednesday-21535Government analysing Left's proposals on recovery planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-analysing-lefts-proposals-on-recovery-plan-21534<p>The government has welcomed proposals from the Left parliamentary group regarding the shape of the National Recovery Plan.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 16:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ul7tuuvcdmspx6o8d10z.jpeg"I am pleased to accept today's declaration by the Left parliamentary club regarding constructive talks on the shape of the National Recovery Plan. This is a good signal when it comes to talks," said government spokesman Piotr Muller.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-analysing-lefts-proposals-on-recovery-plan-21534Teenage singing sensation drives fans wild with her debut song in Polishhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/teenage-singing-sensation-drives-fans-wild-with-her-debut-song-in-polish-21532<p>A teenage singing sensation is sweeping the charts with her first song in Polish.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 15:49:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fznxe7pw43pj4qm02qqek.pngCarla Fernandes who was born in London to a Polish mother and Spanish/Portugese father, has already clocked up over 3.5 million views on YouTube and has been streamed over 1 million times on Spotify since the release of her song ‘Ok’ on April 22nd.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/teenage-singing-sensation-drives-fans-wild-with-her-debut-song-in-polish-21532V4 PMs support Czech Republic in diplomatic strife with Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-pms-support-czech-republic-in-diplomatic-strife-with-russia-21531<p>The prime ministers of the Visegrad Group (V4) in a joint declaration on Monday backed the Czech Republic in its diplomatic conflict with Russia.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 15:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fsrrog84lddpn3on3sf8o.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-pms-support-czech-republic-in-diplomatic-strife-with-russia-21531EU behind Poland in diplomatic tussle with Russia - EC officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-behind-poland-in-diplomatic-tussle-with-russia---ec-official-21530<p>The EU supports Poland in its diplomatic strife with Russia, which has culminated in the recent expulsion of five diplomats from the Polish embassy in Moscow.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 14:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEU behind Poland in diplomatic tussle with Russia - EC officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-behind-poland-in-diplomatic-tussle-with-russia---ec-official-21530Gravestone of Warsaw Ghetto’s oldest Rabbi found after nearly 80 years proves Jews resisted deportationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gravestone-of-warsaw-ghettos-oldest-rabbi-found-after-nearly-80-years-proves-jews-resisted-deportations-21527<p><span lang="EN-GB">The gravestone of the oldest Rabbi in the Warsaw Ghetto who was said to have chosen death by a German bullet at Umschlagplatz rather than the gas chamber at Treblinka has been found in the Jewish cemetery in Warsaw.</span></p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 14:37:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yjbi5axoxka7m6cy3g6nt9.pngThe headstone was found by chance by Remigiusz Sosnowski (pictured), the founder of the Foundation for the Documentation of Jewish Cemeteries, and director of the Jewish cemetery in Bródno on Warsaw’s right bank.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gravestone-of-warsaw-ghettos-oldest-rabbi-found-after-nearly-80-years-proves-jews-resisted-deportations-21527Poland will send vaccines for its diplomats in Indiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-send-vaccines-for-its-diplomats-in-india-21526<p>This week Poland will send Covid-19 vaccines to its embassy in India, the prime minister's staff head Michal Dworczyk said on Monday.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 13:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xc7iy5i7l5oddxwo40k8bg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-send-vaccines-for-its-diplomats-in-india-21526Poland plans 1.6 million vaccinations this weekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-plans-16-million-vaccinations-this-week-21524<p>Poland plans to carry out 1.6 million vaccinations against Covid-19 this week, the government commissioner for the national vaccination programme has said.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 13:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fd4bahgd5x4vib9axnai8n.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-plans-16-million-vaccinations-this-week-21524The inside scoop! Szczecin scientist creates ice cream that delays ageing processhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-inside-scoop-szczecin-scientist-creates-ice-cream-that-delays-ageing-process-21522<p><span lang="EN-GB">A new ice cream recipe whic</span>h can delay the ageing process, promote well-being and enhance intellectual abilities&nbsp;has been developed by a dairy scientist in S<span lang="EN-GB">zczecin.</span></p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 13:17:00 +0200ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rwwmtcvo5t4izqvoi8eby.pngThe new ice cream is the brainchild of Dr. Katarzyna Szkolnicka from the West Pomeranian University of Technology. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-inside-scoop-szczecin-scientist-creates-ice-cream-that-delays-ageing-process-21522Poland’s GDP to grow faster thanks to Recovery Fundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-grow-faster-thanks-to-recovery-fund-21520<p>EU funding will speed up Poland's GDP growth in 2021-23 by 0.6 percentage points, the Funds and Regional Policy Ministry said on Monday.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 12:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland’s GDP to grow faster thanks to Recovery Fundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-grow-faster-thanks-to-recovery-fund-21520Poland reports 3,451 new coronavirus cases on Monday, death toll at 22https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-3451-new-coronavirus-cases-on-monday-death-toll-at-22-21519<p>Poland recorded 3,451 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 22 deaths over the past 24h to Monday morning, against 7, 219 cases reported on Sunday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 10:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c1b4jywl2ogug51y2bibbp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-3451-new-coronavirus-cases-on-monday-death-toll-at-22-21519Poland's unemployment rate down to 6.4 pct m/m in March - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-down-to-64-pct-mm-in-march---stats-office-21517<p>Poland's unemployment rate in March 2021 fell to 6.4 percent from the 6.5 percent level recorded in the previous month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 10:39:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hak02collbwlqnn3g6nu9b.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-down-to-64-pct-mm-in-march---stats-office-21517Biedronka discount chain fined for mislabelled productshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/biedronka-discount-chain-fined-for-mislabelled-products-21515<p>Jeronimo Martins Poland, the owner of popular discount chain Biedronka, have been fined PLN 60 million by the antimonopoly office for mislabelling in-store fruit and vegetable products, the watchdog announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 10:32:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3kxwxm60hm44c3y9z5kyk7.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/biedronka-discount-chain-fined-for-mislabelled-products-21515Steinhoff to float Pepco's shares on WSE in IPOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/steinhoff-to-float-pepcos-shares-on-wse-in-ipo-21513<p>South African conglomerate Steinhoff will sell at least 15 percent shares in its Pepco Group retailer in an IPO on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, Pepco said on Monday.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 10:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wq7mgza9v17faxvufz0os8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/steinhoff-to-float-pepcos-shares-on-wse-in-ipo-21513PM calls V4 meeting over Ukraine, Czech, Belarusian tensionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-calls-v4-meeting-over-ukraine-czech-belarusian-tension-21511<p>Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called a special video conference of the Visegrad Group (V4) prime ministers to discuss recent developments in Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Belarus.</p>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 10:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rcuwdlq3jqp5ca9rfvma.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-calls-v4-meeting-over-ukraine-czech-belarusian-tension-21511Large shipment of Covid-19 vaccines to reach Poland on Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/large-shipment-of-covid-19-vaccines-to-reach-poland-on-monday-21509<p>A shipment of nearly 1.3 million Covid-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer/BioNTech, along with 67,000 manufactured by AstraZeneca and around 100,000 by Johnson&amp;Johnson will likely reach Poland on Monday, a government official said on Sunday.</p>Sun, 25 Apr 2021 20:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bp4c3b9ohaavbh6x035kkl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/large-shipment-of-covid-19-vaccines-to-reach-poland-on-monday-21509Polish diplomat with Covid evacuated from Indiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-diplomat-with-covid-evacuated-from-india-21508<p>A Polish diplomat with a severe case of Covid-19 has been flown home from India aboard a special aircraft.</p>Sun, 25 Apr 2021 17:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s2g6i7wgejhkdff1u4w10r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-diplomat-with-covid-evacuated-from-india-21508Foreign investors still enthusiastic about Poland despite pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-investors-still-enthusiastic-about-poland-despite-pandemic-21507<p>The CEO of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) has stated that the coronavirus pandemic has not decreased the interest of foreign investors in Poland.</p>Sun, 25 Apr 2021 16:29:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgForeign investors still enthusiastic about Poland despite pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-investors-still-enthusiastic-about-poland-despite-pandemic-21507Poland reports 7,219 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, death toll at 193https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-7219-new-coronavirus-cases-on-sunday-death-toll-at-193-21506<p>Poland recorded 7,219 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 193 deaths over the past 24h to Sunday morning, against 9,505 cases reported on Saturday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Sun, 25 Apr 2021 15:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kn4s0mnelytvwwzci5kgh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-7219-new-coronavirus-cases-on-sunday-death-toll-at-193-21506Poland has less Covid vaccine this week - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-less-covid-vaccine-this-week---official-21504<p>In the coming week, Poland will get 1.1 million fewer Covid-19 vaccine doses than expected, a government official announced on Saturday.</p>Sat, 24 Apr 2021 16:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/udf6xw5kqtftmqvsufbhf.jpegMichał Dworczyk, in charge of Poland's Covid-19 vaccination programme, told a press briefing that the diminished supply will not slow down registrations for inoculation against the disease. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-less-covid-vaccine-this-week---official-21504Opposition party presents amended foreign policyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-party-presents-amended-foreign-policy-21502<p>Rebuilding Poland's relations within the EU, a return to a partnership relationship with the US and an effective eastern policy are the three pillars of a new 'Safe Poland' doctrine presented by the Civic Platform (PO)'s leadership on Saturday.</p>Sat, 24 Apr 2021 15:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOpposition party presents amended foreign policyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-party-presents-amended-foreign-policy-21502Poland launches psychological aid for Covid survivorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-launches-psychological-aid-for-covid-survivors-21500<p>An interior ministry clinic in Złocieniec, northwestern Poland, will be the first to offer psychological aid to Covid-19 survivors, a deputy interior minister announced on Saturday.</p>Sat, 24 Apr 2021 13:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vf7dzg196pich3vff0q3ca.jpegPoboży informed that the 50-place programme in Złocieniec was fully booked until August 2022, but said that 10 other clinics were interested in its introduction.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-launches-psychological-aid-for-covid-survivors-21500Polish ambassador to Italy complains about press articlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ambassador-to-italy-complains-about-press-article-21498<p>Italian daily La Repubblica presented a one-sided negative image of Poland in an article it published about LGBT rights in the country, among other issues, according to the Polish ambassador in Rome.</p>Sat, 24 Apr 2021 13:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5l7pp8zgb3775eu46vuj3v.jpeg"The image presented of my country is uniform, being almost a monoculture of negative information," Anders wrote. "Poland is not only like that, as many Italians living there know; 8,000 according to official data, 20,000 according to unofficial."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ambassador-to-italy-complains-about-press-article-21498Poland reports 9,505 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, death toll at 513https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-9505-new-coronavirus-cases-on-saturday-death-toll-at-513-21497<p>Poland recorded 9,505 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 513 deaths over the past 24h to Saturday morning, against 10,858 cases reported on Friday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Sat, 24 Apr 2021 11:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wtpr7m3vv50wp2vnwr00ap.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-9505-new-coronavirus-cases-on-saturday-death-toll-at-513-21497Bringing nature back to the cityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bringing-nature-back-to-the-city-21494<p>In this episode of The Debrief, the first in a series of interviews on the changing face of Polish cities… To kick off, how can nature and green space be incorporated into the urban wild?</p>Sat, 24 Apr 2021 11:03:00 +0200LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0a73xt4x41jh7cpf2yy0ox.jpegThe report by the Husqvarna Urban Green Space Index (HUGSI) listed Kraków in 5th place with a score of 76.92 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bringing-nature-back-to-the-city-21494EU slow to respond to Polish rule of law infringementshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-slow-to-respond-to-polish-rule-of-law-infringements-21493<p>Poland’s commissioner for human rights has criticised EU institutions for dragging their feet in dealing with alleged rule of law infringements by the Polish state.</p>Sat, 24 Apr 2021 09:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fcdtqtb5gcs89qt5t77md6.jpeg"I think the European Commission and CJEU may have forgotten what they're here for, that they are to guard European treaties and European values," said Bodnar. "If we accept that the rule of law is a European value... then we must do everything to avert irrevocable changes." https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-slow-to-respond-to-polish-rule-of-law-infringements-21493Over 10 million vaccinations administered in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-10-million-vaccinations-administered-in-poland-21492<p>Poland has carried out over 10 million vaccinations against Covid-19, the government commissioner for the national vaccination programme has said.</p>Sat, 24 Apr 2021 09:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5wvhcvj8qakh5u6yu6im5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-10-million-vaccinations-administered-in-poland-21492Poland to reduce use of coal from 70% to 11% says presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-reduce-use-of-coal-from-70-to-11-says-president-21491<p>Poland plans to reduce its dependency on coal over the coming two decades by building a “zero-emission energy system,” President Andrzej Duda told the Climate Leaders' Summit on Friday.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 19:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fu28gbw1y7g7p6f473scak.jpegThe president underlined Poland's active role in global climate policy, and pointed out that Poland has surpassed the Kyoto Protocol's 6-percent CO2 reduction target.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-reduce-use-of-coal-from-70-to-11-says-president-21491KGHM world's biggest silver mining firm - World Silver Surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kghm-worlds-biggest-silver-mining-firm---world-silver-survey-21490<p>Poland's KGHM copper and silver mining corporation ranked as the world's biggest silver mining firm and second-biggest producer in this year's World Silver Survey, the company said in a Friday statement.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 18:07:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dxa413b1gsqnb6b3lm7an.jpegKGHM produces most of its silver at the Non-Ferrous Metal Section of its Glogow Copper Mine in western Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kghm-worlds-biggest-silver-mining-firm---world-silver-survey-21490Thirty percent of Poles do not intend to get vaccinated - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thirty-percent-of-poles-do-not-intend-to-get-vaccinated---poll-21489<p>An April poll has found that 30 percent of respondents do not intend to get vaccinated against Covid-19, 2 percentage points down on a month prior.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 16:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jfka1vv5c4phiquhdi50e.jpegOver the last six months, attitudes towards vaccination have improved significantly.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thirty-percent-of-poles-do-not-intend-to-get-vaccinated---poll-21489Russia's expulsion of Polish diplomats a sign of aggressive politicshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russias-expulsion-of-polish-diplomats-a-sign-of-aggressive-politics-21487<p>The Polish Foreign Ministry has described Russia's decision to expel Polish diplomats as another example of aggressive politics.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 16:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRussia's expulsion of Polish diplomats a sign of aggressive politicshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russias-expulsion-of-polish-diplomats-a-sign-of-aggressive-politics-21487Gliwice girl becomes TikTok queen with her ‘hilarious’ videos after winning battle with anorexiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gliwice-girl-becomes-tiktok-queen-with-her-hilarious-videos-after-winning-battle-with-anorexia-21483<p>A Gliwice model is sending social media into meltdown with her sizzling looks and a string of entertaining videos.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 15:13:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hl089wxvk3tqoqf7mf9ts.pngIn addition to ‘goofy’ vids, the 27-year-old also posts extremely honest videos about the surgeries she has had, explaining to fans why she wanted them and how she has benefited from them.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gliwice-girl-becomes-tiktok-queen-with-her-hilarious-videos-after-winning-battle-with-anorexia-21483Mortgages, consumer loans up m/m in Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mortgages-consumer-loans-up-mm-in-march-21481<p>The total value of mortgages and consumer loans granted in March 2021 increased month on month, Poland's central bank has reported.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 14:46:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pxnbve1k9np9vq7hrkr3c.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mortgages-consumer-loans-up-mm-in-march-21481March's M3 money supply up y/y - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/marchs-m3-money-supply-up-yy---central-bank-21479<p>Poland’s M3 money supply grew in March 2021 by 14.4 percent year on year and by 1.4 percent month on month to PLN 1.86 trillion (EUR 410 billion), the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 14:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/809pkkkmbigkc3lq7sqa3a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/marchs-m3-money-supply-up-yy---central-bank-21479Implementing Paris Agreement is a goal - Polish presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/implementing-paris-agreement-is-a-goal---polish-president-21477<p>The Polish president has stated that the complete implementation of the Paris Agreement is a goal of all responsible states and authorities.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 13:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9jpt9j42jb9j6ict622zv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/implementing-paris-agreement-is-a-goal---polish-president-21477Professor ‘facemask’ breathes second life into his eco-friendly adaptors made from cornhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/professor-facemask-breathes-second-life-into-his-eco-friendly-adaptors-made-from-corn-21474<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Bydgoszcz academic has found a second life for eco-friendly facemask adaptors developed to help medics during the COVID crisis.</span></p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 13:28:00 +0200ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4cs3n5un22sbx4w9cf58.jpegProfessor Marek Macko (right) will now turn his corn waste and a proprietary blend polymer mix into adaptors for the fire service, before making them commercially available. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/professor-facemask-breathes-second-life-into-his-eco-friendly-adaptors-made-from-corn-21474Russia expels five Polish diplomatshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-expels-five-polish-diplomats-21472<p>Five Polish Embassy staff have been recognised as persona non grata by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and are to leave Russia by May 15, the Russian ministry said Friday.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 13:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRussia expels five Polish diplomatshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-expels-five-polish-diplomats-21472Poland's general gov't deficit to grow in 2021, Eurostat reportshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-general-govt-deficit-to-grow-in-2021-eurostat-reports-21470<p>Poland's general government deficit is expected to increase to PLN 170.51 billion (EUR 37.06 billion) at the end of 2021 from the PLN 161.54 billion (EUR 35.1 billion) at the end of 2020, Eurostat said in an annex to the fiscal notification.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 13:18:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's general gov't deficit to grow in 2021, Eurostat reportshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-general-govt-deficit-to-grow-in-2021-eurostat-reports-21470Everyone in Poland entitled to Covid-19 vaccinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/everyone-in-poland-entitled-to-covid-19-vaccine-21469<p>All people in Poland, including foreigners, the insured and uninsured, are entitled to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, a Health Ministry spokesman announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 12:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jd27giz22nqonp1h69qmo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/everyone-in-poland-entitled-to-covid-19-vaccine-21469Poland expects large shipment of Pfizer vaccines in coming dayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expects-large-shipment-of-pfizer-vaccines-in-coming-days-21468<p>The shipment of nearly 1.3 million Pfizer vaccines is to be delivered to Poland on Monday, a government official said on Friday.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 12:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8cuyx9p0nkol7acma4qu7k.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expects-large-shipment-of-pfizer-vaccines-in-coming-days-21468Over 40 percent satisfied with president's performance - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-40-percent-satisfied-with-presidents-performance---poll-21466<p>In all, 44 percent of the respondents to a CBOS poll expressed satisfaction with the performance of Polish President Andrzej Duda, up by 2 percentage points from March.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 12:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6lvhve5dqwct1qinxunrm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-40-percent-satisfied-with-presidents-performance---poll-21466‘Unique time capsule’ containing German officer’s full uniform found buried in milk churn to hide his pasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unique-time-capsule-containing-german-officers-full-uniform-found-buried-in-milk-churn-to-hide-his-past-21464<p><span lang="EN-GB">A full military uniform along with maps, documents and an Iron Cross belonging to a German soldier fleeing from the Russians at the end of WWII have been discovered in a milk churn buried in a forest.</span></p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 12:05:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lvvlty8r63sb3wgzt33d06.pngThe rare find in the village of Ratajki in northwest Poland included maps, documents and an Iron Cross belonging to the Wehrmacht lieutenant who had been fleeing from the Russians at the end of WWII.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unique-time-capsule-containing-german-officers-full-uniform-found-buried-in-milk-churn-to-hide-his-past-21464Energy transformation costs must be fairly distributed - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energy-transformation-costs-must-be-fairly-distributed---pm-21462<p>Poland should do everything to fairly distribute the costs of energy transformation, the Polish prime minister said on Friday.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 11:23:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4senp6hnql8vqjakvolt8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energy-transformation-costs-must-be-fairly-distributed---pm-21462Poland reports 10,858 new coronavirus cases on Friday, death toll at 539https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-10858-new-coronavirus-cases-on-friday-death-toll-at-539-21460<p>Poland recorded 10,858 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 539 deaths over the past 24h to Friday morning, against 12,762 cases reported on Thursday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 11:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5od456v2msg3qwepw7iu.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-10858-new-coronavirus-cases-on-friday-death-toll-at-539-21460Polish ambassador to Russia summoned to Russian Foreign Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ambassador-to-russia-summoned-to-russian-foreign-ministry-21458<p>The Polish ambassador to Russia, Krzysztof Krajewski, has been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Polish Embassy in Moscow reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 11:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish ambassador to Russia summoned to Russian Foreign Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ambassador-to-russia-summoned-to-russian-foreign-ministry-21458Ten millionth Pole to be vaccinated on Saturdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ten-millionth-pole-to-be-vaccinated-on-saturday-21456<p>The ten-millionth Pole will be vaccinated against the coronavirus on Saturday, a government official has announced.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 09:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c1opzf8f1mm56mnio61zoy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ten-millionth-pole-to-be-vaccinated-on-saturday-21456First elements of Patriot system in Poland this yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-elements-of-patriot-system-in-poland-this-year-21454<p>M903 launchers will be the first elements to be delivered by the Polish-based Huta Stalowa Wola steelmill.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 09:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFirst elements of Patriot system in Poland this yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-elements-of-patriot-system-in-poland-this-year-21454More foreigners legalise their stay in Poland in Q1https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-foreigners-legalise-their-stay-in-poland-in-q1-21453<p>A growing number of foreigners legalised their stay in Poland in Q1 2021, a spokesman for the Office for Foreigners (UdSC) has reported.</p>Fri, 23 Apr 2021 09:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMore foreigners legalise their stay in Poland in Q1https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-foreigners-legalise-their-stay-in-poland-in-q1-21453Poland's United Right has highest voter support – pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-united-right-has-highest-voter-support--poll-21452<p>The ruling United Right coalition would win parliamentary elections with 34 percent of the votes if elections were held this Sunday.</p>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 19:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's United Right has highest voter support – pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-united-right-has-highest-voter-support--poll-21452Energy transformation must be just – Polish presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energy-transformation-must-be-just--polish-president-21451<p>Energy transformation, in accordance with the principle of "just transformation", must be participatory, that is, carried out locally, President Andrzej Duda has said.</p>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 18:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/59rxcweywpom6w6k698zyb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energy-transformation-must-be-just--polish-president-21451With an authenticity that’s lacking elsewhere, Lublin has remained true to its soulhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/with-an-authenticity-thats-lacking-elsewhere-lublin-has-remained-true-to-its-soul-21447<p>All of these months penning this column and not one mention of Lublin.</p>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 16:48:00 +0200LifeWebber's WorldRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xt382slu8zeryy6rozvzas.jpegGenerously filled with dramatic archways, lavish churches, semi-secret corners and revamped tenements, it’s enough to just wander without aim and let the hours slip away.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/with-an-authenticity-thats-lacking-elsewhere-lublin-has-remained-true-to-its-soul-21447Poland places third in foreign direct investment rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-places-third-in-foreign-direct-investment-ranking-21446<p>In February, Poland was the third biggest global receiver of FDI, the finance minister said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 16:28:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/no1ngafd1cct37td98yze.jpeg"Investments are the drive wheel of our economy. Thanks to them we're returning to the path of growth that we remember from the times before Covid-19," prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-places-third-in-foreign-direct-investment-ranking-21446Polish, Slovenian PMs call on Germany to withdraw from Nord Stream 2https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-slovenian-pms-call-on-germany-to-withdraw-from-nord-stream-2-21445<p>The Polish and Slovenian prime ministers have called on Germany to pull out of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, saying it destabilises Europe.</p>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 15:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5l9eumyyelaqukhzfuxxmn.jpegMorawiecki (R) said that "Nord Stream 2 is a German-Russian project that destabilises Europe and undermines European security."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-slovenian-pms-call-on-germany-to-withdraw-from-nord-stream-2-21445History buff makes ‘once in a decade’ find with Battle of Grunwald sword discoveryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/history-buff-makes-once-in-a-decade-find-with-battle-of-grunwald-sword-discovery-21441<p><span lang="EN-GB">A history buff and treasure hunter has made a “once in a decade” find after he unearthed a sword, its scabbard and a knight's belt with two knives attached to it, which probably date back to the historic 1410 Battle of Grunwald.</span></p>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 14:41:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9m6zed3qat4lz5hto6pwck.pngFound near the north-eastern town of Olsztyn, in their day the 600-year-old artefacts would have been valuable items, equivalent to the price of a family car today.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/history-buff-makes-once-in-a-decade-find-with-battle-of-grunwald-sword-discovery-21441Hoteliers expect no profit before end-2022https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hoteliers-expect-no-profit-before-end-2022-21439<p>The overwhelming majority of Poland's hotels do not expect to generate any profit before the end of 2022, according to a survey by the Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry (IGHP).</p>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:54:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m4nbvon6w4suy1u6mo2wil.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hoteliers-expect-no-profit-before-end-2022-21439Opposition leader dismisses Disciplinary Chamber as political toolhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-leader-dismisses-disciplinary-chamber-as-political-tool-21437<p>The Disciplinary Chamber of Poland's Supreme Court is not a court but a group that tries to maintain Justice Minister Zbignew Ziobro's control over courts, and to intimidate Polish judges, the leader of Civic Platform, Poland’s biggest opposition party, said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOpposition leader dismisses Disciplinary Chamber as political toolhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-leader-dismisses-disciplinary-chamber-as-political-tool-21437Hero climber saves three Russians stranded on one of the world’s deadliest mountainshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hero-climber-saves-three-russians-stranded-on-one-of-the-worlds-deadliest-mountains-21435<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Polish climber has been hailed a hero after helping to save three Russians who went missing on one of the world’s deadliest peaks.</span></p>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:42:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q2t78tmyt49gjgd9swgt4s.pngMountaineer Waldemar Kowalewski (centre) had just returned to base after reaching the summit of the Nepalese Annapurna when he heard that radio contact with the three men who had been descending the same peak had been lost, with no communication for 24 hours. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hero-climber-saves-three-russians-stranded-on-one-of-the-worlds-deadliest-mountains-21435Poland spends EUR 22.67 bln in 2020 to tackle virus, support businesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-spends-eur-2267-bln-in-2020-to-tackle-virus-support-business-21431<p>In 2020, Polish government and local government institutions spent a total of PLN 103.25 billion (EUR 22.67 billion) to fight the coronavirus pandemic and support economic sectors affected by the crisis, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 11:42:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aph8b6p86ajjtoxkgk1td.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-spends-eur-2267-bln-in-2020-to-tackle-virus-support-business-21431Stats office reaffirms Poland's 2020 GDP decline at 2.7 pcthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stats-office-reaffirms-polands-2020-gdp-decline-at-27-pct-21429<p>The Polish economy contracted by 2.7 percent in 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said in a final confirmation of last year's figures.</p>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 11:37:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/786k0s743i755wafbv7pz9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stats-office-reaffirms-polands-2020-gdp-decline-at-27-pct-21429Wednesday marks record vaccination count - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wednesday-marks-record-vaccination-count---official-21426<p>Wednesday saw a record number of Covid-19 vaccinations with 273,778 completed inoculations, a government official said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 11:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ewchk03evhcsjixaa6l8k9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wednesday-marks-record-vaccination-count---official-21426Poland attracts investors despite pandemic says PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-attracts-investors-despite-pandemic-says-pm-21424<p>Poland is still pulling in foreign investors despite the coronavirus pandemic, the prime minister said on Thursday, citing new research.</p>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 10:56:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ksoodad27i8wp2t7vcj8p.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-attracts-investors-despite-pandemic-says-pm-21424Poland reports 12,762 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, death toll at 694https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-12762-new-coronavirus-cases-on-thursday-death-toll-at-694-21422<p>Poland recorded 12,762 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 694 deaths over the past 24h to Thursday morning, against 9,246 cases reported on Wednesday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 10:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/febgs1olu4ho7ncjphzp7.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-12762-new-coronavirus-cases-on-thursday-death-toll-at-694-21422Opposition does not rule out alliance with Gowin says Warsaw mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-does-not-rule-out-alliance-with-gowin-says-warsaw-mayor-21420<p>The mayor of Warsaw and deputy leader of Civic Platform, Poland’s biggest opposition party, has said he would not rule out an alliance with the ruling coalition party led by deputy prime minister Jaroslaw Gowin.</p>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 10:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOpposition does not rule out alliance with Gowin says Warsaw mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-does-not-rule-out-alliance-with-gowin-says-warsaw-mayor-21420Deputy minister warns that Putin is 'capable of anything'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deputy-minister-warns-that-putin-is-capable-of-anything-21418<p>Vladimir Putin is “capable of anything” and Russia is an “incalculable state” with the means to wage both conventional and hybrid wars, Poland’s deputy foreign minister has warned.</p>Thu, 22 Apr 2021 10:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDeputy minister warns that Putin is 'capable of anything'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deputy-minister-warns-that-putin-is-capable-of-anything-21418Poland's Covid-19 vaccines come directly from producers and are safehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-covid-19-vaccines-come-directly-from-producers-and-are-safe-21416<p>All of the vaccines distributed within the framework of Poland's National Vaccination Programme come directly from the producers and are certified, it was written on the programme's Twitter profile in response to media reports of counterfeit vaccines.</p>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 18:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4v4pwgbh0kum7hwci61vg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-covid-19-vaccines-come-directly-from-producers-and-are-safe-21416Some pandemic restrictions to be lifted in parts of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/some-pandemic-restrictions-to-be-lifted-in-parts-of-poland-21414<p>Poland is past the peak of the current third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, and in some regions restrictions can be eased from April 26, the health minister told an online press conference on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 18:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k7qtfwnxxgg1xs219636xu.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/some-pandemic-restrictions-to-be-lifted-in-parts-of-poland-21414Situation of Poles in Belarus extremely difficult - ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/situation-of-poles-in-belarus-extremely-difficult---ambassador-21413<p>The situation of Poles in Belarus is extremely difficult, Poland's ambassador to Minsk said during a visit to Vilnius where he held talks with Belarusian opposition activist Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.</p>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 16:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSituation of Poles in Belarus extremely difficult - ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/situation-of-poles-in-belarus-extremely-difficult---ambassador-21413Google Earth technology reveals fascinating ‘now-and-then’ views of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/google-earth-technology-reveals-fascinating-now-and-then-views-of-poland-21411<p><span lang="EN-GB">The birds-eye view into the past is available through the desktop version of Google Earth, with maps of Warsaw from 1935 as well as &nbsp;Gdańsk and Wrocław from 1943.</span></p>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 16:30:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z2b17qqbalasusxpz2s36.pngThe birds-eye view into the past is available through the desktop version of Google Earth, with maps of Warsaw from 1935 as well as Gdańsk and Wrocław from 1943.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/google-earth-technology-reveals-fascinating-now-and-then-views-of-poland-21411Gdańsk statue to honour singing sensation Irena Jarockahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-statue-to-honour-singing-sensation-irena-jarocka-21409<p><span lang="EN-GB">A statue in honour of 70’s singing sensation Irena Jarocka is to be erected on the streets of Gdańsk where she grew up.</span></p>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 15:39:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0dol7cw9nhfkvwxxnr4jxi.pngThe internationally acclaimed singer spent her formative years in Gdańsk where she finished both secondary and high school before graduating from the city’s Faculty of Biology at the Teacher Training College and studying at the ‘Song Studio of Polish Radio and Television’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-statue-to-honour-singing-sensation-irena-jarocka-21409Wish you were here! Tour guides from across the globe come together to create unforgettable online travel experiencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wish-you-were-here-tour-guides-from-across-the-globe-come-together-to-create-unforgettable-online-travel-experience-21407<p>An online platform founded to help Polish tour guides around the world keep working and to share their passion with travellers during pandemic travel restrictions is celebrating a year of success.</p>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 13:16:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/91p9uu7gepunsc95u5nvm.jpegThe network, ‘Tour Guides without Borders’ (Przewodnicy Bez Granic), brings together 50 professional Polish tour guides from 24 countries and now has 18, 000 followers since its launch in March 2020.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wish-you-were-here-tour-guides-from-across-the-globe-come-together-to-create-unforgettable-online-travel-experience-21407Western demand behind jump in Poland's industrial output expert sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/western-demand-behind-jump-in-polands-industrial-output-expert-says-21406<p>Demand from western EU members is behind the 18.9 percent annual growth in Poland's industrial production in March, according to an expert with the Polish Economic Institute.</p>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 12:54:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWestern demand behind jump in Poland's industrial output expert sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/western-demand-behind-jump-in-polands-industrial-output-expert-says-21406Ruling bloc member rules out coalition with oppositionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-bloc-member-rules-out-coalition-with-opposition-21405<p>The leader of a more liberal junior partner in Poland's ruling bloc has said that an early election would be the only alternative to the United Right government.</p>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 12:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1qj93llcq3c2pzy3eskdjg.jpeg"In this parliament, the only alternative to the United Right government is early elections," Jaroslaw Gowin, head of Agreement, told a Wednesday briefing. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-bloc-member-rules-out-coalition-with-opposition-21405Poland's budget deficit seen at EUR 747 mln at end-March - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-deficit-seen-at-eur-747-mln-at-end-march---finmin-21404<p>Poland’s budget deficit is estimated at PLN 3.4 billion (EUR 747 million) at the end of March, Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński has told PAP.</p>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 11:07:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/95mjcqy9knajgu2m45uern.jpegKościński said that given the background of monthly data on retail sales and production, tax revenues look relatively good.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-deficit-seen-at-eur-747-mln-at-end-march---finmin-21404Vaccination campaign to launch in Mayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vaccination-campaign-to-launch-in-may-21403<p>The Polish government will launch a major vaccine information campaign in May, encouraging people to get vaccinated.</p>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 10:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rj88wbrks18i4s3qx13w9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vaccination-campaign-to-launch-in-may-21403Poland reports 13,926 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, death toll at 740https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-13926-new-coronavirus-cases-on-wednesday-death-toll-at-740-21402<p>Poland recorded 13,926 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 740 deaths over the past 24h to Wednesday morning, against 9,246 cases reported on Tuesday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 10:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2iiqx76vb0tim1nkz8b2dj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-13926-new-coronavirus-cases-on-wednesday-death-toll-at-740-21402Poland's average corporate wage up 8 pct y/y in March - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-corporate-wage-up-8-pct-yy-in-march---stats-office-21401<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 8.0 percent year on year to PLN 5,929.05 (EUR 1,302.48) in March 2021, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 10:37:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d5g7owrizapd6qamknwg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-corporate-wage-up-8-pct-yy-in-march---stats-office-21401Poland's industrial production up in March - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-march---stats-office-21399<p>Poland's industrial output rose by 18.9 percent year on year in March 2021, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 10:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/549mw5lta6271r3k8e1ka.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-march---stats-office-21399Two aircraft for Polish top officials to arrive in May and June - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-aircraft-for-polish-top-officials-to-arrive-in-may-and-june---daily-21398<p>Two of three Boeing 737-800 aircraft bought by Poland to carry its top-ranking officials are expected in Warsaw in May and June, a Polish newspaper reported.</p>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 10:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rtmt3mvfroa8hfr3cqj2yi.jpegThe first Boeing 737-800NG landed at Warsaw's 1st Transport Aviation Base in November 2017.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-aircraft-for-polish-top-officials-to-arrive-in-may-and-june---daily-21398Poland sends contingent to Nato mission in Turkeyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-contingent-to-nato-mission-in-turkey-21396<p>Nato has welcomed the deployment of a Polish military force to Turkey, saying it will help support the alliance’s operations.</p>Wed, 21 Apr 2021 09:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8hdalggliwqi45vnyaxt3n.jpegThe contingent will support Turkey with maritime patrols using Polish M28 'Bryza' aircraft.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-contingent-to-nato-mission-in-turkey-21396Polish wrestler grabs silver at European Championshiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-wrestler-grabs-silver-at-european-championship-21395<p>Poland’s Krzysztof Bieńkowski won a silver medal in men's freestyle 65 kg on Tuesday at the WrestleWarsaw European Championship held in the Polish capital.</p>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 20:47:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rtqjcfh01cna1m31iv1js.jpegIn the final match, Bieńkowski (R) lost to Russian Zagir Shakiev (L). https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-wrestler-grabs-silver-at-european-championship-21395Poland's former football star named Uefa deputy headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-former-football-star-named-uefa-deputy-head-21394<p>Zbigniew Boniek, one of the most famous names in Polish football, has been named vice-president of the Union of European Football Associations (Uefa) and was also re-elected to the football organisation's executive committee.</p>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 18:20:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k2kvmdz20jwmdo4dp4bq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-former-football-star-named-uefa-deputy-head-21394Polish agri-food exports strong despite Covid-19 pandemic - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-agri-food-exports-strong-despite-covid-19-pandemic---minister-21392<p>Agri-food exports have increased despite the pandemic, Poland's agriculture minister said on Tuesday during an online debate which inaugurated the 7th edition of the WorldFood Poland trade show.</p>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 15:35:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/raoubdzs39nhnlkqhqi5a8.jpegGrzegorz Puda stated that there had been a 7-percent increase in the value of exports last year compared to 2019. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-agri-food-exports-strong-despite-covid-19-pandemic---minister-21392OSCE to use all diplomatic instruments to help Poles in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/osce-to-use-all-diplomatic-instruments-to-help-poles-in-belarus-21389<p>President Andrzej Duda has been assured by the OSCE secretary general that the organisation will take advantage of all available diplomatic instruments to improve the situation of Poles living in Belarus, a presidential aide told PAP on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 15:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6uz272y0n36luiqsni6hr.jpegPresident Duda held a meeting with the Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Helga Schmid on Tuesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/osce-to-use-all-diplomatic-instruments-to-help-poles-in-belarus-21389Extraordinary tale of Polish orphans saved from Siberia by Japan in 1920 subject of new documentaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-tale-of-polish-orphans-saved-from-siberia-by-japan-in-1920-subject-of-new-documentary-21387<p>Anna ‘Andzia’ Wrońska, was just two years old when she was taken from an orphanage in Siberia in 1920 and boarded onto a ship bound for Japan.</p>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 14:53:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zeg56jrqeplh6ums1oyi9s.jpegChronicling the extraordinary story of the nearly 900 Polish orphans rescued from Siberia, the documentary tells of how they were taken to Japan, nursed back to health and ultimately safely returned to Poland via America, the Suez Canal or Russia between 1920-1922.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-tale-of-polish-orphans-saved-from-siberia-by-japan-in-1920-subject-of-new-documentary-21387New registration schedule for Covid-19 vaccinations presentedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-registration-schedule-for-covid-19-vaccinations-presented-21385<p>From May 9, all Poles over the age of 18 should be able to register for the vaccination, the head of the PM's Office has said.</p>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 13:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4ivct9wbmflylrlknjgfql.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-registration-schedule-for-covid-19-vaccinations-presented-21385The only way is up! Puławy vertical farm first in Europe to supply beauty and health industries with plant extract from herbshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-only-way-is-up-pulawy-vertical-farm-first-in-europe-to-supply-beauty-and-health-industries-with-plant-extract-from-herbs-21383<p><span lang="EN-GB">An ‘experimental’ start-up has become the first in Europe to utilise a vertical farm to both grow herbs and produce plant extracts for the beauty, health and pharmaceutical industries.</span></p>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 13:18:00 +0200BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k2wb7uzhx0dhlednliflgm.jpegEstablished by husband and wife team Anna and Dawid Drzewiecki after their observations of where different plant extracts came from in cosmetics and natural supplements, the company’s innovation is based on their unique form of production, combining the growth of plants and the production of extracts in one place.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-only-way-is-up-pulawy-vertical-farm-first-in-europe-to-supply-beauty-and-health-industries-with-plant-extract-from-herbs-21383Identity of mystery woman photographed nearly 40 years ago uncovered following museum appealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/identity-of-mystery-woman-taken-nearly-40-years-ago-uncovered-by-internet-sleuths-following-museum-appeal-21381<p><span lang="EN-US">The identity of a mystery woman standing on the balcony of an iconic housing estate in Wrocław during martial law has been discovered after nearly 40 years.</span></p>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 12:11:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/utrnr81hadqvp1ud0il15.jpegTaken in Wrocław by world-renowned photographer Chris Niedenthal, the photo shows a young, rosy-cheeked woman in a floral dress, leaning one arm against a concrete balcony as the other appears to brush back a lock of her raven hair.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/identity-of-mystery-woman-taken-nearly-40-years-ago-uncovered-by-internet-sleuths-following-museum-appeal-21381EU funds will boost Polish GDP growth - Moody'shttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-funds-will-boost-polish-gdp-growth---moodys-21380<p>The inflow of regular and additional EU funding will help boost Poland's GDP growth in the years 2021-27, the Moody's rating agency said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 12:05:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEU funds will boost Polish GDP growth - Moody'shttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-funds-will-boost-polish-gdp-growth---moodys-21380Poland may face 4th pandemic wave warns ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-face-4th-pandemic-wave-warns-minister-21378<p>Poland will probably face a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections due to new mutations of the coronavirus, the health minister has said.</p>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 11:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cnsmmtyte1u4laqol0h3mo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-face-4th-pandemic-wave-warns-minister-21378Poland reports 9,246 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, death toll at 601https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-9246-new-coronavirus-cases-on-tuesday-death-toll-at-601-21376<p>Poland recorded 9,246 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 601 deaths over the past 24hrs to Tuesday morning, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 11:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mt4hwnd86ursamx9kde1k.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-9246-new-coronavirus-cases-on-tuesday-death-toll-at-601-21376Poland ranks high in global anxiety index rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ranks-high-in-global-anxiety-index-ranking-21374<p>Poland is among the top three countries with the highest level of concerns about the pandemic, ranking third behind India and Chile, shows a Tuesday-published study by the Deloitte consulting firm.</p>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 10:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland ranks high in global anxiety index rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ranks-high-in-global-anxiety-index-ranking-21374Poland to receive fewer AstraZeneca vaccines than expected this weekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-receive-fewer-astrazeneca-vaccines-than-expected-this-week-21372<p>Only 67,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines will arrive in Poland this week, instead of the expected 268,000, the head of the government's Strategic Reserves Agency has told PAP.</p>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w0b9q20g70lz089yswkgii.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-receive-fewer-astrazeneca-vaccines-than-expected-this-week-21372Record number of Polish medical doctors plan to work abroadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-number-of-polish-medical-doctors-plan-to-work-abroad-21370<p>A record number of doctors declared plans to work abroad in the first quarter of this year, the Supreme Physicians' Council (NRL) said on Monday.</p>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 09:55:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/irzg9t96pal8ng2d8ifj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-number-of-polish-medical-doctors-plan-to-work-abroad-21370Number of vaccinated Poles reaches 9 millionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-vaccinated-poles-reaches-9-million-21368<p>Poland plans that, by May 10, all Poles over 18 years of age will be able to register for vaccination.</p>Tue, 20 Apr 2021 09:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qig5nugarjjxajp973fb9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-vaccinated-poles-reaches-9-million-21368Ruling party holds comfortable lead over opposition - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-holds-comfortable-lead-over-opposition---poll-21367<p>Were elections to be held in April, Poland's ruling party, the conservative Law and Justice (PiS), would leave its two main opponents far behind by so much that their combined result would still be lower than PiS, a poll has shown.</p>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 19:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRuling party holds comfortable lead over opposition - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-holds-comfortable-lead-over-opposition---poll-21367Investigation launched after pre-Columbian Peruvian dish found in village attichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/investigation-launched-after-pre-columbian-peruvian-dish-found-in-village-attic-21362<p>A 1,000-year-old Peruvian dish predating the Incas has been discovered in a village attic in Eastern Poland.</p>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 18:19:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iebaksbolme6hih98j6t5x.jpegThe 1,000-year-old Peruvian dish predating the Incas was discovered in a village attic in Eastern Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/investigation-launched-after-pre-columbian-peruvian-dish-found-in-village-attic-21362PM's Office head outlines speeding up of mass vaccination programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pms-office-head-outlines-speeding-up-of-mass-vaccination-programme-21363<p>Michał Dworczyk has said that by May 10 every adult Pole will have received an e-referral for a Covid-19 jab.</p>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 18:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8zs7cbmvp3k206lj9yf38l.jpeg"We want to create the greatest possible opportunities for mass vaccination, so that as many Poles as possible get vaccinated as soon as possible," Dworczyk (L) said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pms-office-head-outlines-speeding-up-of-mass-vaccination-programme-21363Exhibition on Polish and Romanian women who changed the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-on-polish-and-romanian-women-who-changed-the-world-21361<p>An exhibition presenting the achievements of 34 Polish and Romanian women, including fighters for independence and women's rights, artists, researchers and sportswomen is on show in Romania.</p>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 17:25:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gfxmffumgciwwat1gxd5of.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-on-polish-and-romanian-women-who-changed-the-world-21361Opposition urge president to clear up campaign financing 'irregularities'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-urge-president-to-clear-up-campaign-financing-irregularities-21360<p>Poland's main opposition party has urged President Andrzej Duda to clear up doubts related to the financing of his presidential campaign last summer.</p>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 16:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vua0940tvedt9dhxfv5le.jpegCivic Coalition (KO) MPs, Cezary Tomczyk and Jan Grabiec, told a press conference that the doubts should be cleared up "in the interest of the president himself."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-urge-president-to-clear-up-campaign-financing-irregularities-21360US fighter aircraft arrive in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-fighter-aircraft-arrive-in-poland-21358<p>Twenty-four US planes are taking part in an aircraft deployment exercise for air forces in Europe.</p>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 16:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/myn94n9c5fm1j9jd4f0z83.jpegThe US planes arrived in Poland as part of another shift in the joint Aviation Detachment training programme.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-fighter-aircraft-arrive-in-poland-21358Warsaw ghetto uprising doomed to fail says British historianhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-ghetto-uprising-doomed-to-fail-says-british-historian-21357<p>The 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising had no chance of succeeding despite aid from the Polish underground, British historian Roger Moorhouse told PAP on Monday.</p>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 16:12:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/quy1k66tuwyen7ehc6sl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-ghetto-uprising-doomed-to-fail-says-british-historian-21357Adults only! Housing development offers ‘beautiful homes with no kids or pets’ allowedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adults-only-housing-development-offers-beautiful-homes-with-no-kids-or-pets-allowed-21353<p>A new housing development promising residents ‘beautiful houses on a mini-estate for adults only’ has become an overnight sensation.</p>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 15:08:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ns434vzn39cv52yi7v1vg.jpegDesigned by eco-friendly Kraków-based Ekotektura, the cluster of small, 55-m2 homes to be built in Silesia in south-west Poland will be the first of its kind in the country to offer an ‘adults only’ estate.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adults-only-housing-development-offers-beautiful-homes-with-no-kids-or-pets-allowed-21353More Poles are afraid of becoming poorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-poles-are-afraid-of-becoming-poor-21351<p>The percentage of Poles who are afraid of becoming poor has gone up from 20 percent in March 2020 to 24 percent, according to a poll carried out by the CBOS opinion researcher.</p>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 14:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMore Poles are afraid of becoming poorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-poles-are-afraid-of-becoming-poor-21351Warsaw Ghetto Uprising anniversary commemoratedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-ghetto-uprising-anniversary-commemorated-21349<p>Sirens wailed across the Polish capital at noon on Monday to mark the 78th anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.</p>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 14:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/74hn1t92ymog8428n9e9ew.jpeg"They chose to die with arms in their hands, they did not agree to death in a concentration camp, in a gas chamber," said Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, after laying flowers at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-ghetto-uprising-anniversary-commemorated-21349The unsung heroines of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprisinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-unsung-heroines-of-the-warsaw-ghetto-uprising-21347<p><span lang="EN-GB">Amid rumours of the Ghetto’s imminent liquidation, 78 years ago to this day the Jews of Warsaw rose against the occupying Nazis to write one of the war’s most heroic chapters.</span></p>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 13:57:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7r73kpchmjabazm0kedcem.pngHaving been ignored for decades, the extraordinary stories of the women who fought tooth and nail against their Nazi oppressors are finally receiving the attention they merithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-unsung-heroines-of-the-warsaw-ghetto-uprising-21347Partial reopening of economy possible in May/June says PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/partial-reopening-of-economy-possible-in-mayjune-says-pm-21345<p>Large segments of the national economy could be reopened in May-June, Poland's prime minister said on Monday.</p>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 13:21:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/073but7vygt6t5au1okkeb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/partial-reopening-of-economy-possible-in-mayjune-says-pm-21345Vaccination registrations for over-18s from May 10 - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vaccination-registrations-for-over-18s-from-may-10---pm-21343<p>Covid-19 vaccination registrations for patients over 18 will start on May 10, Poland's prime minister announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 11:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j5ha068i7zo5e1tny8e6q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vaccination-registrations-for-over-18s-from-may-10---pm-21343Poland reports 7,283 new coronavirus cases on Monday, death toll at 101https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-7283-new-coronavirus-cases-on-monday-death-toll-at-101-21341<p>Poland recorded new confirmed coronavirus cases and 101 deaths over the past 24h to Monday morning, against 12,153 cases reported on Sunday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 11:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r4kg5ay18rh814bnfhqxgy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-7283-new-coronavirus-cases-on-monday-death-toll-at-101-21341Poland supports allies' response to aggressive politics of Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-supports-allies-response-to-aggressive-politics-of-russia-21339<p>A Polish deputy foreign minister has said that the recent expulsion of Russian diplomats by Poland, the US and the Czech Republic is a response to “Russia's aggressive politics.”</p>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 10:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland supports allies' response to aggressive politics of Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-supports-allies-response-to-aggressive-politics-of-russia-21339Poland opens first mass vaccination pointhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-opens-first-mass-vaccination-point-21337<p>The first of a planned network of 471 mass vaccination centres opened on Monday in the south-western town of Legnica.</p>Mon, 19 Apr 2021 09:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sh4ff5dbu1goadvkxatv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-opens-first-mass-vaccination-point-21337Polish judoka wins European titlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-judoka-wins-european-title-21335<p>Beata Pacut has won a gold medal at the European Judo Championships in the under 78 kg category in Lisbon.</p>Sun, 18 Apr 2021 23:29:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pi6h7ekik7i35hhzpirnay.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-judoka-wins-european-title-21335Poland backs Czech decision to expel Russian diplomatshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-backs-czech-decision-to-expel-russian-diplomats-21334<p>Poland fully supports Czech Republic decision to expel Russian diplomats over suspicions that Russian intelligence services were involved in a blast at the Czech arms depot in 2014, Poland's Foreign Ministry has said.</p>Sun, 18 Apr 2021 17:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland backs Czech decision to expel Russian diplomatshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-backs-czech-decision-to-expel-russian-diplomats-21334Poland safe but tension around Ukraine dangerous - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-safe-but-tension-around-ukraine-dangerous---minister-21332<p>We may be dealing with another Russian-Ukrainian conflict at any moment, Polish president's aide has said commenting on the situation around Ukraine.</p>Sun, 18 Apr 2021 17:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland safe but tension around Ukraine dangerous - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-safe-but-tension-around-ukraine-dangerous---minister-21332Poland reports 12,153 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, death toll at 207https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-12153-new-coronavirus-cases-on-sunday-death-toll-at-207-21330<p>Poland recorded 12,153 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 207 deaths over the past 24h to Sunday morning, against 15,763 cases reported on Saturday, data released by the Health Ministry shows.</p>Sun, 18 Apr 2021 15:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t3qsu9i44wt6xbolysp7r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-12153-new-coronavirus-cases-on-sunday-death-toll-at-207-21330