The First NewsTue, 28 Jan 2020 12:17:36 +0100EC VP Jourova seeks new chapter in EC-Poland dialoguehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-vp-jourova-seeks-new-chapter-in-ec-poland-dialogue-10125<p>European Commission (EC) Vice-President for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova, who came to Poland on Tuesday, said she wants to open a new chapter in the dialogue between the EC and the Polish authorities.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 11:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hy9ad74nginw5ofcrnocra.jpegThe Sejm speaker Elżbieta Witek (L) met EC vice-president Vera Jourova.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-vp-jourova-seeks-new-chapter-in-ec-poland-dialogue-10125Polish prime minister meets German chancellor in Berlinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-prime-minister-meets-german-chancellor-in-berlin-10124<p>The head of the Polish government, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday morning.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 10:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ri0vd63eadmztm3pr0clr.jpeg"I am glad that we have a good, solid partner in Germany who is our main trade partner while we are becoming a key investment, economic and of course political partner for Germany," Morawiecki said after the meeting.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-prime-minister-meets-german-chancellor-in-berlin-10124More foreign students in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-foreign-students-in-poland-10122<p>The number of foreign students in Poland is growing steadily, this year around 85,000 foreigners are enrolled in Polish universities, concluded the participants in a Monday-launched "Foreign students in Poland 2020" conference in Łódź, central Poland.</p>Tue, 28 Jan 2020 09:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ho7nwv6ow7fmi42amwcutc.jpegMost popular among foreign students are Warsaw University (pictured) and the renowned Jagiellonian University in Kraków, southern Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-foreign-students-in-poland-10122Poland opposes Holocaust distortion or denial - PM in Berlinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-opposes-holocaust-distortion-or-denial---pm-in-berlin-10120<p>Poland opposes denial or distortion of the history of the Holocaust and is determined to respond to any attempts to use the Auschwitz liberation anniversary for political purposes, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in Berlin on Monday.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 21:39:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e41wx6m0up722oken46838.jpegMorawiecki said that Auschwitz was not the only "hell on earth." "The other hell was the Soviet gulag," he said, adding that each of those places deserved special care so that "for the next generation, the past becomes a lesson for the future."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-opposes-holocaust-distortion-or-denial---pm-in-berlin-10120Poland commemorates Auschwitz liberation anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-commemorates-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-10117<p>The main observations of the 75th liberation anniversary of the World War Two Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz launched on Monday afternoon on the camp's memorial site in southern Poland.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 21:29:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5dbsd916iig7t7cmmog2o4.jpegPolish Auschwitz survivor Marian Turski appealed against indifference to the tragedy of Auschwitz. “Do not be indifferent when any authority violates accepted and existing social contracts. Be faithful to the (...) eleventh commandment: do not be indifferent.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-commemorates-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-10117United States offers USD 2 mln to Auschwitz Foundationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/united-states-offers-usd-2-mln-to-auschwitz-foundation-10111<p>The US State Department will donate USD 2 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation in contribution to the maintenance of the Nazi-German death camp's memorial site in southern Poland, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Monday.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 20:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qjttlt6g5hntnsjfs46iy.jpeg"Today I announced @StateDept's intention to contribute an additional $2M to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, in cooperation with Congress," Pompeo wrote on Twitter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/united-states-offers-usd-2-mln-to-auschwitz-foundation-10111Trump sends Duda proclamation on Auschwitz liberation remembrance dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trump-sends-duda-proclamation-on-auschwitz-liberation-remembrance-day-10110<p>US President Donald Trump on Monday sent Polish President Andrzej Duda the "Proclamation On National Day Of Remembrance Of The 75th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Auschwitz."</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 20:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xhe66ytg63qsnc9rx5gf2.jpeg“Today, we honor the memory of those who were killed in the Holocaust,” the US president wrote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trump-sends-duda-proclamation-on-auschwitz-liberation-remembrance-day-10110Britain donates to Auschwitz Fundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/britain-donates-to-auschwitz-fund-10109<p>Britain will donate a million pounds to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Fund in contribution to the maintenance of the Nazi-German death camp's memorial site in southern Poland.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 20:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gx6ibent51zncu06torzf.jpegCommenting on the donation, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said Britain supported the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation because the atrocities committed at Auschwitz should never be forgotten.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/britain-donates-to-auschwitz-fund-10109Polish students hospitalised as authorities rush to contain China’s deadly virus which has killed 80 and continues to spreadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-exchange-students-hospitalised-as-authorities-rush-to-contain-chinas-deadly-virus-which-has-killed-80-and-continues-to-spread-10106<p>Polish authorities say they are ‘taking steps’ to ensure the deadly Chinese coronavirus, which has so far killed around 80 people and infected thousands more, is kept out of the country.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wplsmjodzal6vf9q7ofuf.jpegSpecialists from the Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Warsaw are checking the status of Rzeszow University students who returned from the infected city of Wuhan.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-exchange-students-hospitalised-as-authorities-rush-to-contain-chinas-deadly-virus-which-has-killed-80-and-continues-to-spread-10106Yad Vashem event overlooked Polish part in fighting Nazis - President Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/yad-vashem-event-overlooked-polish-part-in-fighting-nazis---president-duda-10103<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said after meeting his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin that he could not be present at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem because the Polish contribution to the fight against Nazi Germany was omitted during the event.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wazf1274nnm5y8mi8i9mw6.jpegThe Israeli head of state invited President Andrzej Duda to visit Jerusalem in order to jointly discuss how to strengthen Polish-Israeli relations and cooperation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/yad-vashem-event-overlooked-polish-part-in-fighting-nazis---president-duda-10103Poland pays tribute to six million murdered Jewshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-pays-tribute-to-six-million-murdered-jews-10102<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda opening the main ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation by the Red Army of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz has paid tribute to the six million Jews killed there and in other camps, ghettos and places of executions.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 17:20:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l2wnbeunpg5p9mcodkx27.jpeg“We pay tribute to the six million Jews killed in this and other camps, ghettos, places of executions and on the streets of cities and towns,” said the president.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-pays-tribute-to-six-million-murdered-jews-10102Poland demands full territorial integrity of Ukraine - President Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-demands-full-territorial-integrity-of-ukraine---president-duda-10101<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said after meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky that Poland demands that Russia stop violating international law and that full territorial integrity of Ukraine be restored.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 17:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hydzxpm57bizhepzn3k23.jpegThe two presidents met in Oświęcim, southern Poland, where observances of the 75th anniversary of the Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp liberation were held on the camp's former site.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-demands-full-territorial-integrity-of-ukraine---president-duda-10101Poland and Polish people were victims of WWII - Israeli presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-polish-people-were-victims-of-wwii---israeli-president-10100<p>Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said in Oświęcim, southern Poland, on Monday that "we remember" that Poland and the Polish people were the victims of WWII, and that Nazi Germany authored, planned and implemented the Holocaust in Poland and in other places.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 16:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yljw003l2fnuqy87kkx78.jpegPresident Rivlin said that nothing could replace the observances of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on the site of Auschwitz, which was an object of remembrance.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-polish-people-were-victims-of-wwii---israeli-president-10100Polish studies big in Japanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-studies-big-in-japan-10098<p>A new documentary film reveals how Japanese students are embracing Polish studies.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 16:11:00 +0100LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3s7hfyl3pzlcyw1exxylar.jpegThe film explores the lives of Japanese students studying Polish language and culture.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-studies-big-in-japan-10098Three years after her death Abakanowicz is still a ‘must see’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-years-after-her-death-abakanowicz-is-still-a-must-see-10096<p>The work of sculptor and fibre artist Magdalena Abakanowicz continues to be prized internationally, with a major retrospective of her art opening at the Tate Modern in London later this year.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:48:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4p2gb1wgzb5d83a3d1hsr.jpegThe Tate Modern is bringing together Abakanowicz’s Abakans, which are rarely exhibited together, along with other works by the artist, including some of her early textile pieces and rarely-seen drawings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-years-after-her-death-abakanowicz-is-still-a-must-see-10096Presence at Auschwitz liberation anniversary a sign of remembrance - Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presence-at-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-a-sign-of-remembrance---duda-10094<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said after a meeting with his Israeli counterpart in Oświęcim (south Poland) that presence at observances marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp liberation was a sign of remembrance.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/20pyzb972hqhiowo6fbpkv.jpegAddressing a joint press conference with President Rivlin, President Duda thanked the Israeli head of state for coming to Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presence-at-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-a-sign-of-remembrance---duda-10094EC's Jourova to meet Polish officials on Tuesdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ecs-jourova-to-meet-polish-officials-on-tuesday-10093<p>European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova in Poland on Tuesday will meet with top Polish officials, including the justice minister, the Senate and Sejm (lower house) speakers, the Constitutional Tribunal head, and the first president of the Supreme Court.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pijqmoqwvxijnzn8nmfvbf.jpegEuropean Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova will pay visit in Poland on Tuesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ecs-jourova-to-meet-polish-officials-on-tuesday-10093History of Auschwitz crimes mustn't be falsified - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/history-of-auschwitz-crimes-mustnt-be-falsified---polish-pm-10092<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said the truth of Nazi German atrocities at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp must not be distorted. On Monday, Poland marked the 75th anniversary of the camp's liberation.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c81om3um9176vaztzbm8jg.jpeg"The Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau camp is a symbol of cruelty that does not fall under any definition. Evil had one source: the German Reich fed by the ideology of Nazism. We cannot allow the history of this crime to be falsified," Morawiecki tweeted on Monday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/history-of-auschwitz-crimes-mustnt-be-falsified---polish-pm-10092‘They were throwing children into fiery pits – it still gives me sleepless nights.’ Survivors recall horrors of Auschwitzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/they-were-throwing-children-into-fiery-pits--it-still-gives-me-sleepless-nights-survivors-recall-horrors-of-auschwitz-10085<p>The Nazi-German extermination camp was liberated 75 years ago today by soldiers of the First Ukrainian Front of the Red Army on January 27, 1945, in one of history’s great paradoxes that saw soldiers of Stalinist totalitarianism bringing freedom to the prisoners of German totalitarianism.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 13:26:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tqtsnesdl7s8i4f3co7.jpegThe survivors “will be the main guests. They'll have the main speeches. All of us, those born after the war, will listen to them,” said Auschwitz museum director Piotr Cywiński during a press conference on Sunday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/they-were-throwing-children-into-fiery-pits--it-still-gives-me-sleepless-nights-survivors-recall-horrors-of-auschwitz-10085US daily lauds Polish war hero Witold Pileckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-daily-lauds-polish-war-hero-witold-pilecki-10084<p>The Washington Post on Sunday wrote about Witold Pilecki, the Polish war hero who volunteered to go to Auschwitz and then warned the world about the Nazi death machine, in connection with the 75th liberation anniversary of the Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:23:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9dafvczym7onsbao1yij9b.jpegBrockell wrote that Pilecki was a soldier of the Polish Underground State who voluntarily went to Auschwitz "to start a resistance."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-daily-lauds-polish-war-hero-witold-pilecki-10084Polish, Israeli presidents pay homage to Polish WWII herohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-presidents-pay-homage-to-polish-wwii-hero-10083<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin in Oświęcim, southern Poland, on Monday paid homage to Witold Pilecki, the Polish war hero who volunteered to go to Auschwitz and then warned the world about the Nazi death machine.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kh47i1upu74bnztcuhx93.jpegThe two presidents laid flowers at the monument honouring Pilecki, located at the site of the Pilecki State College in Oświęcim.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-presidents-pay-homage-to-polish-wwii-hero-10083President meets officials attending Auschwitz liberation anniversary observanceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-meets-officials-attending-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-observances-10081<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay met in Oświęcim, southern Poland, on Monday ahead of the main observances marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau liberation.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 11:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lz24zqz1a8oo1coz1zlfy.jpegDuda talks with Azoulay were planned to focus on the protection over the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-meets-officials-attending-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-observances-10081Poland to sign contract for purchase of F-35 combat aircraft - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-sign-contract-for-purchase-of-f-35-combat-aircraft---mod-10080<p>Poland will sign on Friday a contract with Lockheed Martin worth USD 4.6 bln for the purchase of F-35 combat aircraft, Minister of Defence Mariusz Błaszczak tweeted on Monday.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 10:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a4cttcj8nl9keu6b98x3.jpegAccording to declarations made by Lockheed Martin last year, Poland could receive its first F-35s in 2024.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-sign-contract-for-purchase-of-f-35-combat-aircraft---mod-10080Pole takes gold at World Cup track cycling eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-takes-gold-at-world-cup-track-cycling-event-10079<p>Mateusz Rudyk won the sprint final at the Track World Cup competition in Milton, Canada. He defeated Frenchman Quentin Caleyron 2:0 in the final.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:54:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a0d7ouue9i3h8vj1tttjc.jpegRudyk earned his third consecutive victory in this series of events.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-takes-gold-at-world-cup-track-cycling-event-10079Survivors, Polish president mark Auschwitz liberationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/survivors-polish-president-mark-auschwitz-liberation-10078<p>Several dozen former camp prisoners and Polish President Andrzej Duda laid wreaths in front of the Death Wall on the site of the former Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp in Oświęcim, southern Poland, as part of observances of the 75th anniversary of the camp's liberation.</p>Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p0tq0cgdq1fojxuhz1vev.jpegFormer camp prisoners laid wreaths in front of the Death Wall on the site of the former Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/survivors-polish-president-mark-auschwitz-liberation-10078Poland's Stoch wins Zakopane ski jumping eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-stoch-wins-zakopane-ski-jumping-event-10076<p>Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kamil Stoch of Poland won the individual competition of the FIS World Cup in Zakopane on Sunday. Stefan Kraft of Austria came second.</p>Sun, 26 Jan 2020 20:05:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ccx8rljekyclh3u48kkaio.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-stoch-wins-zakopane-ski-jumping-event-10076Home is where the Hobbit lies: entrepreneur gives people the chance to stay in Hobbit-style homeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/home-is-where-the-hobbit-lies-entrepreneur-gives-people-the-chance-to-stay-in-hobbit-style-homes-10073<p><span lang="EN-US">Lord of the Rings fans who have been dreaming of taking a trip to the Shire, the home of Bilbo Baggins and his friends, can now live their dreams in south-east Poland.</span></p>Sun, 26 Jan 2020 17:37:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7qt1l3ycetqhtbrlzi8qkw.jpegLive like a Hobbit: the homes were inspired by those found in Lord of the Rings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/home-is-where-the-hobbit-lies-entrepreneur-gives-people-the-chance-to-stay-in-hobbit-style-homes-10073From Warsaw to Jerusalem: the story of Begin, Israel’s 6th prime ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-warsaw-to-jerusalem-the-story-of-begin-israels-6th-prime-minister-10071<p><span lang="EN-US">With Poland’s relationship with Israel’s leadership looking ruffled in light of the latter’s decision to allow Vladimir Putin to speak at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum held in Jerusalem, sources closer to home have been quick to note the crucial importance played by Poland, and the Anders Army, in the eventual formation of Israel.</span></p>Sun, 26 Jan 2020 16:20:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oiuul88zpzgabirxpgpxl.jpegMenachem Begin: studied at Warsaw University and served, briefly, in the Polish Army.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-warsaw-to-jerusalem-the-story-of-begin-israels-6th-prime-minister-10071Heart of craft: unique Łódź tourist trail brings artisan professions back from the brinkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/heart-of-craft-unique-lodz-tourist-trail-brings-artisan-professions-back-from-the-brink-10069<p><span lang="EN-GB">Anyone familiar with Poland will have passed them a million times over: those antiquated stores touting personalized services such as button repair or bespoke, handmade brushes. Behind dusty, cobwebbed windows, they emanate a warm, faded charm; appearing like something from a Sherlock Holmes film, these intriguing and eccentric shops speak of bygone times. &nbsp;</span></p>Sun, 26 Jan 2020 15:55:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3gid02psyyjnvpbmlyciz.jpegJan, an engraver for 50 years, is one of the professionals on the trail.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/heart-of-craft-unique-lodz-tourist-trail-brings-artisan-professions-back-from-the-brink-10069Land of the rising Pole: film-maker documents Japanese students embracing Polish studieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/land-of-the-rising-pole-film-maker-documents-japanese-students-embracing-polish-studies-10066<p><span lang="EN-GB">Every year over a dozen young Japanese students begin courses in Polish studies at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. For various reason they’re passionate about an exotic country in Central Europe, which for most of their countryman is associated only with Chopin, Lewandowski and Wałęsa.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB">On Friday a new documentary entitled ‘Our Little Poland’, which delves into their lives and the process of growing up, premiered. TFN spoke to the director, Matej Bobrik, to find out more.</span></p>Sun, 26 Jan 2020 11:24:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t4vy2uca7nxxg7t0hp3b.jpegThe film explores the lives of Japanese students studying Polish language and culture.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/land-of-the-rising-pole-film-maker-documents-japanese-students-embracing-polish-studies-10066Holding back the tears: Tennis queen Karolina Woźniacka makes emotional farewell after extraordinary career as world number onehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holding-back-the-tears-tennis-queen-karolina-wozniacka-makes-emotional-farewell-after-extraordinary-career-as-world-number-one-10064<p>Tennis goddess Karolina Woźniacka has bid an emotional farewell to the sport after losing her final game to Tunisian Ons Jabeur at the Australian Open yesterday.</p>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 18:42:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qoj9poofm4k4y2qcnb97.jpegThe 29-year-old world number 1 had already announced plans to retire when in 2018 she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and said that this year’s Australian Opener would be her last.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holding-back-the-tears-tennis-queen-karolina-wozniacka-makes-emotional-farewell-after-extraordinary-career-as-world-number-one-10064Mauthausen had a fearsome reputation for being the toughest concentration camp in Hitler’s Third Reich. But Bydgoszcz boxer Edward Rinke was tougherhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mauthausen-had-a-fearsome-reputation-for-being-the-toughest-concentration-camp-in-hitlers-third-reich-but-bydgoszcz-boxer-edward-rinke-was-tougher-10059<p>When Edward Rinke stepped into the ring at Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, his chances didn’t look good.</p><p>Malnourished, diseased and underweight, he was going up against an Aryan beast named Polzer.</p><p>A kapo at the camp who was infamous for his brutality and the cruelty he metered out to prisoners, Polzer was bigger, stronger and, as a competent middle-weight slugger, had beaten every other prisoner who had taken him on in the ring.</p><p>He was regarded as invincible, to the delight of the SS monsters who organised the bouts for entertainment. But then Polzer met Rinke.</p><p>Edward Rinke will be posthumously honoured today by his boxing club in his hometown of Bydgoszcz.</p>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 16:32:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/40mqnqfdcy7ay3sy58mk7.jpegEdward Rinke will be posthumously honoured today by his boxing club in his hometown of Bydgoszcz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mauthausen-had-a-fearsome-reputation-for-being-the-toughest-concentration-camp-in-hitlers-third-reich-but-bydgoszcz-boxer-edward-rinke-was-tougher-10059Poles back president's response to Russia's information attack - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-back-presidents-response-to-russias-information-attack---poll-10057<p>Sixty percent of Poles positively assess the actions taken by President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the international stage after Russian President Vladimir Putin verbally attacked Poland, according to a survey by IBRiS pollster.</p>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 15:16:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles back president's response to Russia's information attack - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-back-presidents-response-to-russias-information-attack---poll-10057Scientists hope to uncover ‘truth’ about Piast dynasty through DNA testinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-hope-to-uncover-truth-about-piast-dynasty-through-dna-testing-10055<p>Scientists are attempting to discover the ancestry of the Piast royal dynasty through the use of DNA tests.</p>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 13:08:00 +0100ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ui0nrp5n8gtopl967zyqy.pngThe project aims to identify among other things where the dynasty originated, focuses on the entire time of Piast rule.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-hope-to-uncover-truth-about-piast-dynasty-through-dna-testing-10055Auschwitz remembrance is important for over 90 pct of Poles - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-remembrance-is-important-for-over-90-pct-of-poles---poll-10050<p>The remembrance of the Nazi German Auschwitz death camp is important or very significant for 94 percent of the Polish people, according to the results of a Kantar poll commissioned by a Jagiellonian University lecturer.</p>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 11:25:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bdfmdu1znu9nklv3p3urx.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-remembrance-is-important-for-over-90-pct-of-poles---poll-10050Lempicka portrait set to fetch eye-watering £12 million at Christie’s auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lempicka-portrait-set-to-fetch-eye-watering-12-million-at-christies-auction-10048<p>A portrait by Tamara de Lempicka could sell for GBP 12 million (60.5mln PLN) in London next month, reflecting the Polish painter’s enduring popularity among the rich and famous.</p>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 11:14:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/93ubm137q1fmwxl4aeh75.jpegThe portrait is of British-born cabaret chanteuse Marjorie Ferry who performed in Paris and had married a wealthy financier who went on to commission the painting from Lempicka.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lempicka-portrait-set-to-fetch-eye-watering-12-million-at-christies-auction-10048Pole reaches fourth round of Australian Open tennis tournamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-reaches-fourth-round-of-australian-open-tennis-tournament-10046<p>Having defeated Donna Vekic of Croatia (7-5, 6-3), Iga Swiatek of Poland advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Saturday.</p>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 10:43:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qy1l7kk2hdf75fi1fq1rei.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-reaches-fourth-round-of-australian-open-tennis-tournament-10046Over 16 mln foreign tourists visited Poland between Jan-Sept 2019 - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-16-mln-foreign-tourists-visited-poland-between-jan-sept-2019---minister-10044<p>In the first three quarters of 2019 Poland was visited by 16.27 mln tourists from abroad, an 8.2 pct increase on the same period from the previous year, the Ministry of Development reported on Friday.</p>Sat, 25 Jan 2020 10:38:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q42h961w5801lskrt47d39.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-16-mln-foreign-tourists-visited-poland-between-jan-sept-2019---minister-10044Extraordinary story of secret ‘letter-writing group’ who used own URINE as invisible ink to reveal death camp horrorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-story-of-secret-letter-writing-group-who-used-own-urine-as-invisible-ink-to-reveal-death-camp-horrors-10040<p>In the darkest recesses of Hitler’s hellish concentration camp system, four young Polish Girl Guides were desperate for the world to know about the barbaric experiments that were being carried out on them.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:49:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/851yola0ajvaeowgz8kht.pngA group of Girl Guides sent to the notorious Ravensbrück concentration camp for women, smuggled out letters written in ‘invisible ink’ – their own urine.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-story-of-secret-letter-writing-group-who-used-own-urine-as-invisible-ink-to-reveal-death-camp-horrors-10040Poland’s Hottest Performer?https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polands-hottest-performer-442<p>Polish artist Mery Spolsky has been making a name for her creative song writing and energetic on stage performances. &nbsp;In this exclusive first-ever English interview, Mery</p><p>- Shows off her Ponglish skills</p><p>- Takes you through her hit songs Bigotka and FAK</p><p>- Reveals her desire to promote Polish women.</p><p>Liked this episode? Check out other Heart Of Poland episodes with artists, authors, singers and stars.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:04:00 +0100Art & CultureHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/anmteqw8xvom2zjs1w29jc.pngPoland’s Hottest Performer?https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polands-hottest-performer-442December's M3 money supply up - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-10039<p>Poland’s M3 money supply grew in December 2019 by 8.3 percent year on year and by 1.5 percent month on month to PLN 1.57 trillion (EUR 369 billion), the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:50:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/67dqcncxqgiz62zm0yj1u8.jpegPoland’s M3 money supply grew in December 2019, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-10039Wieliczka salt mine attracts record number of visitors in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wieliczka-salt-mine-attracts-record-number-of-visitors-in-2019-10037<p>Nearly 1.86 million tourists visited the Wieliczka salt mine outside the southern Polish city of Kraków in 2019, up 7 percent on the previous year, the mine's president, Zbigniew Zarebski, has told PAP.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:44:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xmtdioks5esyrnisn7sah.jpegThe mine has many kilometres of galleries with works of art, underground chapels and statues sculpted in salt that make up a fascinating pilgrimage into the past.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wieliczka-salt-mine-attracts-record-number-of-visitors-in-2019-10037President's speech at Auschwitz will present the truth – aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidents-speech-at-auschwitz-will-present-the-truth--aide-10036<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda's speech at commemorations of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau former Nazi German death camp will present the truth about how the Holocaust and the liberation of the camp came about, said his aide, Andrzej Dera, on Friday.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:30:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l3u1cu32te9b33wdx197z.jpegCeremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German extermination camp will take place in Oświęcim, in southern Poland, on Monday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidents-speech-at-auschwitz-will-present-the-truth--aide-10036Archeologists find VIKING graves in Polish villagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeologists-find-viking-graves-in-polish-village-10034<p>Archaeologists in northern Poland have made an unexpected discovery: certain local graves from the Middle Ages belonged to warriors from Scandinavia.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:46:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rlpzfjup8oibe8p8146jp8.jpegThe graves were found in a medieval cemetery in the village of Ciepłe, northern Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeologists-find-viking-graves-in-polish-village-10034Polish gas firm to pursue diversification strategy - CEOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-firm-to-pursue-diversification-strategy---ceo-10032<p>Poland's gas monopolist PGNiG plans to continue its gas diversification strategy and to raise the company's value in the short term, newly appointed CEO Jerzy Kwiecinski said at a press conference on Friday.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:17:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p5rnl0pp2wi85b0ggj6k8q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-firm-to-pursue-diversification-strategy---ceo-10032Putin is wrong to denigrate Poland's contribution to WWII - British dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/putin-is-wrong-to-denigrate-polands-contribution-to-wwii---british-daily-10031<p>British daily The Times wrote on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin "is wrong to denigrate Poland's contribution to the defeat of Hitler", as he did at observances in Israel marking the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz German death camp's liberation.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPutin is wrong to denigrate Poland's contribution to WWII - British dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/putin-is-wrong-to-denigrate-polands-contribution-to-wwii---british-daily-10031‘We’ve got Condor!’ LOT airlines to take over Germany's Condor, says PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/weve-got-condor-lot-airlines-to-take-over-germanys-condor-says-pm-10028<p>The parent company of Polish national airline PLL LOT, Polish Aviation Group (PGL), is to take over Germany's biggest vacation airline, Condor Air, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki confirmed on Friday.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:00:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dv8zfvubyptmghdne3dtf.jpegSpeaking at a press conference, the PM applauded the move saying: "It is evidence of the strength of the Polish economy.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/weve-got-condor-lot-airlines-to-take-over-germanys-condor-says-pm-10028Truth lost to politics at Holocaust Forum - Polish PM for dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/truth-lost-to-politics-at-holocaust-forum---polish-pm-for-daily-10026<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in daily Fakt on Friday that at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem the truth was lost to politics and the gravity of the commemoration of Holocaust victims was compromised by Russian President Vladimir Putin.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTruth lost to politics at Holocaust Forum - Polish PM for dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/truth-lost-to-politics-at-holocaust-forum---polish-pm-for-daily-10026World Jewish Congress president to speak at Auschwitz ceremonyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-jewish-congress-president-to-speak-at-auschwitz-ceremony-10024<p>The president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), Ronald Lauder, is to deliver a speech at ceremonies marking the 75th liberation anniversary of the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, to be held at the camp's former site in southern Poland.</p>Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z0181tn8w0r2w0jjuprrrb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-jewish-congress-president-to-speak-at-auschwitz-ceremony-10024Parliament commemorates 75th liberation anniversary of Auschwitzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliament-commemorates-75th-liberation-anniversary-of-auschwitz-10023<p>Poland's Sejm (lower house of parliament) adopted a resolution on Thursday commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz Nazi German concentration and extermination camp's liberation and marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 20:39:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wr8efwvctj2nc6ufnzwev.jpegThe resolution paid tribute to all the victims of "one of the greatest crimes in human history."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliament-commemorates-75th-liberation-anniversary-of-auschwitz-10023Polish president defends absence at Jerusalem Holocaust forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-defends-absence-at-jerusalem-holocaust-forum-10021<p>President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland, he had been right to stay away from the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem as his presence would have legitimised the meeting's false historical narrative.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 19:49:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5dglu5tzrqerw56an9ezna.jpeg"I was right not to attend the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem. We should not authorise the false version of history presented by the organisers," Duda said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-defends-absence-at-jerusalem-holocaust-forum-10021PM discusses transfer of new technologies at Davoshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-discusses-transfer-of-new-technologies-at-davos-10020<p>Summing up his participation in the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said many meetings had concerned the transfer of new technologies, which he said is very important for Poland.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 19:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z1xrbggz0fawcxyqn2ply8.jpegThe PM said that the Polish delegation had gone to Davos with its own solutions for Europe in the field of fiscal innovation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-discusses-transfer-of-new-technologies-at-davos-10020EU provides EUR 106 bln for Polish investments in 2014-2020 - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-provides-eur-106-bln-for-polish-investments-in-2014-2020---ministry-10018<p>The value of Polish investments that were co-funded by EU money in the bloc's 2014-2020 budget reached PLN 450 bln (EUR 106 bln) as of the end of 2019, the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 18:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gg20ildzpiam0pbms6j3or.jpegLast year, Poland did not lose any EU money due to EC clearance breaches, unlike the United Kingdom, Slovakia, Italy, Greece, Spain, Hungary, France and Sweden, Funds Minister Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak was quoted as saying in the report.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-provides-eur-106-bln-for-polish-investments-in-2014-2020---ministry-10018Desperate telegram from Poland’s Jews to British PM Neville Chamberlain prior to outbreak of WWII found after 80 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/desperate-telegram-from-polands-jews-to-british-pm-neville-chamberlain-prior-to-outbreak-of-wwii-found-after-80-years-10014<p>A 1939 document from Polish Jewish organisations to British prime minister Neville Chamberlain asking for the right to relocate to Palestine just a few months before the outbreak of WWII has been uncovered after lying forgotten for over 80 years.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:02:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wsbtlfgvf57huqooia0ie.jpegNeville Chamberlain arrives from a meeting with Hitler to declare he had “returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/desperate-telegram-from-polands-jews-to-british-pm-neville-chamberlain-prior-to-outbreak-of-wwii-found-after-80-years-10014PGZ, Lockheed Martin sign strategic cooperation agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pgz-lockheed-martin-sign-strategic-cooperation-agreement-10013<p>The Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) and Lockheed Martin have signed a cooperation agreement which establishes a long-term strategic relationship, PGZ announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5l5bqgql68s7byz4seygor.jpegThe memorandum of understanding (MoU) provides that Lockheed Martin and PGZ will set up joint working groups to act on the development of service and repair centres, utilizing PGZ potential, for multirole F-16 Falcon fighter jets and C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pgz-lockheed-martin-sign-strategic-cooperation-agreement-10013CEE could be driving force for growth in Europe – US ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cee-could-be-driving-force-for-growth-in-europe--us-ambassador-10012<p>Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has every reason to be an engine of growth for Europe, said US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Friday.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ocqwvnl8lqtcf2rtba6m.jpegThe US ambassador took part in the "The growing ambitions of Central Europe, or how to unleash the new growth potential of the Old Continent" debate organised at the Polish House in Davos by Bank Pekao.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cee-could-be-driving-force-for-growth-in-europe--us-ambassador-10012Central and Eastern Europe is EU's growth motor - Polish presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-and-eastern-europe-is-eus-growth-motor---polish-president-10011<p>Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries will be the European Union's new growth motor, President Andrzej Duda said at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos on Thursday.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v2puib1c8fqzqv7odlr4v.jpegIt is the fastest-growing region of the EU and this trend will continue in years to come, said Duda.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-and-eastern-europe-is-eus-growth-motor---polish-president-10011Polish president discusses regional infrastructure plan with IMF chiefhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-discusses-regional-infrastructure-plan-with-imf-chief-10008<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva at their Thursday meeting in Davos, Switzerland, discussed the regional Three Seas Initiative, Duda's aide Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/912gq98ne7mpy8byw1h0n.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-discusses-regional-infrastructure-plan-with-imf-chief-10008Polish president, NATO chief discuss global securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-nato-chief-discuss-global-security-10007<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in their Thursday talk in Davos, Switzerland, exchanged views on the security situation around the world, particularly in the Middle East, Duda's aide Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v1db630vq8p4agpe7u5mk7.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-nato-chief-discuss-global-security-10007Poland's goal is to strengthen NATO as an alliance - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-goal-is-to-strengthen-nato-as-an-alliance---president-10005<p>Addressing The future of NATO panel in Davos on Thursday, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that NATO "means peace, security, stability and prosperity," and added that Poland's goal was to strengthen both NATO as an alliance and its presence on the eastern flank.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qbfsoet9e8y2zcbkl0uv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-goal-is-to-strengthen-nato-as-an-alliance---president-10005The band that won’t forget: Gdańsk group mixes poetry with psychedelia - and messages about the Holocausthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-band-that-wont-forget-gdansk-group-mixes-poetry-with-psychedelia---and-messages-about-the-holocaust-9998<p>A Gdańsk-based indie band has made waves in international waters with music taking on political populism and Holocaust denial.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 12:36:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/75xrblpb0cvjpx6grusp9.pngMany of their songs, all of which are in English, focus on the “dark side of human nature” as they tackle issues such as the Holocaust and historical revisionism.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-band-that-wont-forget-gdansk-group-mixes-poetry-with-psychedelia---and-messages-about-the-holocaust-9998Putin wants to alienate NATO members - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/putin-wants-to-alienate-nato-members---polish-pm-9996<p>By waging his history campaign against Poland, Russian President Vladimir Putin aims to alienate NATO members, Poland and Israel, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki told Polish public radio on Thursday.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 10:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/knnv7y229dg806hlpyosfd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/putin-wants-to-alienate-nato-members---polish-pm-9996Auschwitz must not be used for political games - Poland's chief rabbihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-must-not-be-used-for-political-games---polands-chief-rabbi-9994<p>Poland's chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich has told PAP that Holocaust remembrance, a terrifying symbol of which Auschwitz-Birkenau is, must never be used for the sake of political games.</p>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 10:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xc6ao79buqkpsbqhod2eij.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-must-not-be-used-for-political-games---polands-chief-rabbi-9994The Truth Must Not Die: Politicians and historians line up to refute Putin’s attempt to revise WWII historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-truth-must-not-die-politicians-and-historians-line-up-to-refute-putins-attempt-to-revise-wwii-history-9985<p>In retaliation against Moscow’s attempt at WWII revisionism, Poland has hit back with an educational campaign called ‘The truth must not die’.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 22:41:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jyoxk02vivjnsiizx5zoe.pngIn a coalition of force, PM Mateusz Morawiecki, President Andrzej Duda and a group of internationally renowned historians have published articles in international media highlighting Russia’s falsification of WWII history.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-truth-must-not-die-politicians-and-historians-line-up-to-refute-putins-attempt-to-revise-wwii-history-9985Global pharmaceutical giant to invest ca. EUR 0.35 bln in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/global-pharmaceutical-giant-to-invest-ca-eur-035-bln-in-poland-9982<p>Global pharmaceuticals company AstraZeneca plans new investment projects in Poland, mostly in R&amp;D, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday after he met with the company's CEO Leif Johansson during the World Economic Forum in Davos.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 21:39:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mmhodthorij8b8k8mxke4a.jpegLeif Johansson, quoted in the statement, said that AstraZeneca views Poland, in long-term and strategic terms, as a country which offers a friendly environment for business development.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/global-pharmaceutical-giant-to-invest-ca-eur-035-bln-in-poland-9982Israeli journo slams Israeli govt. for supporting Putin in WWII row with Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-journo-slams-israeli-govt-for-supporting-putin-in-wwii-row-with-poland-9980<p>An Israeli journalist has said that forced between offending Russia or Poland, Israel was always going to side with Vladimir Putin.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 19:48:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/keq0193ggrm964f314wf29.pngLeading commentator for daily newspaper Haartz Anshel Pfeffer wrote that despite Putin’s ‘vast propaganda network portraying the Red Army as liberators’, Israel “was always going to side with Vladimir Putin.” https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-journo-slams-israeli-govt-for-supporting-putin-in-wwii-row-with-poland-9980President Duda thanks allies for support in battle for historical truthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-thanks-allies-for-support-in-battle-for-historical-truth-9978<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday said he was deeply thankful to allies for their support voiced following recent statements alleging Poland's complicity in the outbreak of World War Two and the Holocaust.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 19:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lof6ny9ky5eh0mcd5jt7q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-thanks-allies-for-support-in-battle-for-historical-truth-9978Lublin lads build wood-burning stove in back of TRUCK and hit Las Vegas with their delicious pizzashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-lads-build-wood-burning-stove-in-back-of-truck-and-hit-las-vegas-with-their-delicious-pizzas-9976<p><span lang="EN-US">Two brothers from Lublin are taking Las Vegas by storm with their one-of-its kind stone oven food truck.</span></p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 16:22:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1rgrt50k78vbd3ry86cl9.jpegThe customised 2.5-tonne, 4.5-metre-long food truck is fitted with a hand-built stove making stone-baked pizzas.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-lads-build-wood-burning-stove-in-back-of-truck-and-hit-las-vegas-with-their-delicious-pizzas-9976Poland's state assets worth EUR 45 bln at end 2018 - gov't bodyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-state-assets-worth-eur-45-bln-at-end-2018---govt-body-9974<p>The value of shares and holdings owned by Poland's Treasury exceeded PLN 190 bln (EUR 44.65 bln) at the end of 2018, Treasury Solicitor's Office head Mariusz Haladyj told the Sejm (lower house) Energy and Treasury Committee on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 16:11:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/canouaircdb8pchf4cp9f3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-state-assets-worth-eur-45-bln-at-end-2018---govt-body-9974Senate speaker, Bundesrat president discuss democracyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-speaker-bundesrat-president-discuss-democracy-9972<p>Senate (upper house) Speaker Tomasz Grodzki on Wednesday held a meeting with his German counterpart, Bundesrat President Dietmar Woidke, after which he said that respect for human dignity, freedom and rule of law are necessary to stay in the family of free world states.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/16e5ni7oucdeuk533ys2uf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-speaker-bundesrat-president-discuss-democracy-9972Saudi defence sector delegation visits Polish Armaments Grouphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/saudi-defence-sector-delegation-visits-polish-armaments-group-9970<p>A delegation of Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Military Industries (GAMI) has visited dominant Polish defence contractor Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) for talks with PGZ management over industrial cooperation, PGZ informed PAP on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSaudi defence sector delegation visits Polish Armaments Grouphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/saudi-defence-sector-delegation-visits-polish-armaments-group-9970Body of pilot found among wreckage of WWII bomberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/body-of-pilot-found-among-wreckage-of-wwii-bomber-9968<p><span lang="EN-US">The body of an airman has been discovered amongst the wreckage of an Allied Second World War bomber, 75 years to the day it was shot down not far from Auschwitz.</span></p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:19:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p87xcnzcqeim1cuwx9wq.jpegThe body was found lying face down with a parachute on its back.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/body-of-pilot-found-among-wreckage-of-wwii-bomber-9968Harrowing newly-colourised photos show Auschwitz as its never been seen before in powerful new documentaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-newly-colourised-photos-show-auschwitz-as-its-never-been-seen-before-in-powerful-new-documentary-9966<p>A collection of harrowing photographs from the Auschwitz death camp are to be shown for the first time in a new documentary.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:57:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u3iml8bplfgzwwqhy7rts.jpegOne photo shows new arrivals being herded like cattle by SS officers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-newly-colourised-photos-show-auschwitz-as-its-never-been-seen-before-in-powerful-new-documentary-9966Competition watchdog okays Polish-Korean chemical venturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/competition-watchdog-okays-polish-korean-chemical-venture-9964<p>The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has approved the establishment of a special purpose company by Poland's chemical conglomerate Grupa Azoty and its three partners, including two South Korean firms, Azoty said in a statement.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:43:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y0453i1ca601qonkv2n0ki.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/competition-watchdog-okays-polish-korean-chemical-venture-9964President says Putin spreads historical lies over WWII - British dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-putin-spreads-historical-lies-over-wwii---british-daily-9962<p>In an interview with UK daily The Financial Times on Wednesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda accused Russia's Vladimir Putin of spreading "historical lies" ahead of observances of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident says Putin spreads historical lies over WWII - British dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-putin-spreads-historical-lies-over-wwii---british-daily-9962Polish president talks up CEE region at Davoshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-talks-up-cee-region-at-davos-9960<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda described the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region as "one of the most dynamic regions of Europe and the world" during a panel discussion at the 'Polish House' (Dom Polski) promotional stand at the Davos World Economic Forum.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4ey0ogcg5g65wdt9hjflc6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-talks-up-cee-region-at-davos-9960Kielce University of Technology to host European Rover Challenge 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kielce-university-of-technology-to-host-european-rover-challenge-2020-9958<p>The 6th European Rover Challenge (ERC), an international competition to design and build a Mars rover, will be held at the Kielce University of Technology (PSK), in south-central Poland, on September 11-13, 2020.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:24:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dhpaojtsp3yhghchczvso.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kielce-university-of-technology-to-host-european-rover-challenge-2020-9958Over 50 delegations confirm attendance at Auschwitz liberation anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50-delegations-confirm-attendance-at-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-9957<p>Fifty-four delegations representing countries and international organisations have confirmed their attendance at January 27 observations of the 75th liberation anniversary of the Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp in southern Poland.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:17:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ip6qj135vskp2lvy2vdz8f.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50-delegations-confirm-attendance-at-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-9957Exhibition honouring Polish WWII courier opens in Romehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-honouring-polish-wwii-courier-opens-in-rome-9955<p>An exhibition honouring Jan Karski, a Polish Home Army (AK) soldier and a courier for the wartime Polish Underground State during WWII, who informed the Allies about the Holocaust, opened in Rome on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:02:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgExhibition honouring Polish WWII courier opens in Romehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-honouring-polish-wwii-courier-opens-in-rome-9955Lithuanian leader cancels trip to Jerusalem Holocaust Forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanian-leader-cancels-trip-to-jerusalem-holocaust-forum-9952<p>Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Tuesday announced that he would not attend the January 23 World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, but would come to Poland for January 27 observations of the 75th liberation anniversary of the Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/agli3jbzhplsewtt319za.jpeg"I will go to a symbolic site - the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp - to pay tribute to the millions of Jews who perished in the Holocaust during World War Two," Nauseda wrote. He added that he also "bowed his head" before the 200,000 Lithuanian Holocaust victims.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanian-leader-cancels-trip-to-jerusalem-holocaust-forum-9952US House of Representatives speaker visits Auschwitzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-house-of-representatives-speaker-visits-auschwitz-9951<p>Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, visited on Tuesday the site of the former Nazi German Auschwitz death camp in southern Poland. Pelosi was accompanied by Polish Sejm (lower house) and Senate speakers.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUS House of Representatives speaker visits Auschwitzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-house-of-representatives-speaker-visits-auschwitz-9951Polish president argues for climate-economy balancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-argues-for-climate-economy-balance-9950<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said at a press briefing at the 50th World Economic Congress in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday that climate protection is very important, but so is the stability of the Polish economy.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n7aetn51yvhjecffs95llr.jpegAccording to Duda, moving away from fossil fuels will be costly and, therefore, the process must be spread over a longer period of time.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-argues-for-climate-economy-balance-9950Lithuanian police free Pole abducted in Lithuaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanian-police-free-pole-abducted-in-lithuania-9949<p>A Polish businessmen on a business trip to Lithuania on January 4-5, who was kidnapped for a ransom of EUR 20,000 in that country, has been freed by Lithuanian police, the Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1etu6qwbhs33d47ofm43h.jpegThe Polish Police Central Investigation Bureau (CBS) informed the Lithuanian police about the abducted Pole on January 7. A rescue mission took place on January 8.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanian-police-free-pole-abducted-in-lithuania-9949Polish and German agri ministers discuss swine fever battlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-german-agri-ministers-discuss-swine-fever-battle-9948<p>The Polish and German agriculture ministers, Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski and Julia Kloeckner, have met in Berlin to discuss bilateral cooperation in preventing the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF).</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tnlb9jnkhql737aoteas.jpegDuring the Berlin talks, Minister Ardanowski noted that Poland's priority is to equalise direct payments in this financial perspective.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-german-agri-ministers-discuss-swine-fever-battle-9948Poland announces creation of regional Business Councilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-announces-creation-of-regional-business-council-9946<p>The establishment of a Business Council grouping the presidents of the biggest companies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) was announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday by Polish Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:15:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vk7m7ug0tclwkf6prmqe9.jpeg"We will persuade businesspeople from the whole world and the heads of important institutions responsible for development that it is worth investing in Poland, worth investing in our part of Europe, that it simply pays," the minister said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-announces-creation-of-regional-business-council-9946Powerful new biopic tells extraordinary story of Stanisław Ulam – the ‘H-Bomb’ mathematicianhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/powerful-new-biopic-tells-extraordinary-story-of-stanislaw-ulam--the-h-bomb-mathematician-9944<p>A new European film tells the remarkable story of Stanisław Ulam, the Polish-born mathematician who played a major role in the development of the hydrogen bomb in the United States during World War II.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:18:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xw6fvkkserb2awmqh222fc.jpegThe film stars Philippe Tłokiński as Stanisław Ulam.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/powerful-new-biopic-tells-extraordinary-story-of-stanislaw-ulam--the-h-bomb-mathematician-9944Polish PM meets his Japanese counterpart in Tokyohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-meets-his-japanese-counterpart-in-tokyo-9943<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, on Tuesday, the second day of his visit to Tokyo, discussed strategic aspects of bilateral cooperation with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yku57btr0cdjbtdcm70q3h.jpegAccording to the Japanese prime minister, the talks also concerned the situation in Europe and Asia, as well as further cooperation within the Visegrad Group-plus-Japan format.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-meets-his-japanese-counterpart-in-tokyo-9943Cosmic! Ace space team from Kraków wins international Mars rover comphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cosmic-ace-space-team-from-krakow-wins-international-mars-rover-comp-9939<p>An international competition to design and build a Mars rover has been won by students from Kraków’s AGH University of Science and Technology.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 13:39:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gscmbpn6k05lvmumm678e.jpegSimply MARS-elous! AGH Space Systems win first place in the international Indian Rover Challenge.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cosmic-ace-space-team-from-krakow-wins-international-mars-rover-comp-9939President hails Poland at Davos as regional leaderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-hails-poland-at-davos-as-regional-leader-9937<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said at the World Economic Forum 2020 in Davos on Tuesday that Poland's role as a technological hub will develop over the coming years, adding that the country is a regional development leader with good business conditions.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 13:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g1njmy6x2cqfss4p5xne.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-hails-poland-at-davos-as-regional-leader-9937Toshiba to open production plant in western Poland in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/toshiba-to-open-production-plant-in-western-poland-in-2020-9935<p>Japanese firm Toshiba Carrier Corporation will open its first European production and distribution plant in 2020 in Gniezno, western Poland, worth over PLN 100 mln (EUR 23.5 mln), the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) told PAP on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 13:13:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/677cee9m5mibwacqplyobm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/toshiba-to-open-production-plant-in-western-poland-in-2020-9935Polish People DRIVE me mad!https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-people-drive-me-mad-440<p>Artur Kurasiński has been a pioneer on the Polish tech and entrepreneurship scene - always with a large dose of humour. In this witty quick fire interview discover:</p><p>-Discover which Pole he’d be locked in a room with&nbsp;</p><p>-What drives him MAD about Poles&nbsp;</p><p>-The Polish company making waves globally</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 12:50:00 +0100Heart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4zifw9as7kx7bjmptwya1i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-people-drive-me-mad-440‘Enough of the false narrative’ says PM in blistering article published in Politico on Putin’s attempts to rewrite historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/enough-of-the-false-narrative-says-pm-in-blistering-article-published-in-politico-on-putins-attempts-to-rewrite-history-9931<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki has hit out at Russia’s attempts to rewrite history in a scathing article in today’s Politico magazine.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:11:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/al989cl97bvx2x10vrf8c.jpegPM Morawiecki takes Putin to task over his ‘bizarre’ WWII claims.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/enough-of-the-false-narrative-says-pm-in-blistering-article-published-in-politico-on-putins-attempts-to-rewrite-history-9931Canadian music event an opportunity to strengthen relations - ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/canadian-music-event-an-opportunity-to-strengthen-relations---ambassador-9929<p>Ten artists from Poland will take part in this year's Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Canada. The music event will be a good occasion to strengthen relations through music creativity and art, said Canadian Ambassador to Poland Leslie Scanlon on Monday.</p>Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:28:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zwyhc21h5saf2fpdyurv5.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/canadian-music-event-an-opportunity-to-strengthen-relations---ambassador-9929Destruction of Polish state enabled Holocaust - deputy ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/destruction-of-polish-state-enabled-holocaust---deputy-minister-9928<p>There would have been no Holocaust if there had been a Polish state at the time, Deputy Foreign Minister Jarosław Sellin told a meeting of the European Jewish Association in Kraków, southern Poland.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 20:56:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/31gq02socxpwvekbbncye.jpegThe monument to honour the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto was unveiled in the city in 1946.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/destruction-of-polish-state-enabled-holocaust---deputy-minister-9928Polish, Japanese business to discuss cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-japanese-business-to-discuss-cooperation-9927<p>Representatives of Polish and Japanese business circles will meet in Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss cooperation in direct investment, innovations in the power sector and the implementation of large infrastructural projects.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 20:36:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xr0bhm1h26knmr4qcjfqin.jpegThe meeting was inaugurated by Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki, who is now on a visit to Japan.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-japanese-business-to-discuss-cooperation-9927Value of FDI hits record high in 2019 - investment agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/value-of-fdi-hits-record-high-in-2019---investment-agency-9926<p>Poland enjoyed a robust growth in the value of foreign investments (FDI) serviced by the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) in 2019.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 18:52:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t3v2bd3tc7exqs5lqhlsm.jpegOne-third of concluded investments concerned modern services for business, including the development of R&D centres, said Ciurzyńska.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/value-of-fdi-hits-record-high-in-2019---investment-agency-9926EU to monitor situation in Libya - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-to-monitor-situation-in-libya---fm-9925<p>The European Union will be involved in monitoring compliance with the embargo on the delivery of arms to Libya, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz said in Brussels on Monday after a meeting of EU foreign ministers.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kra7ts0gy6qnoj2x996qqk.jpegCzaputowicz said that observance of the arms embargo was vital because this was the main problem in Libya.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-to-monitor-situation-in-libya---fm-9925Kinder KZ: Hitler’s concentration camp for childrenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kinder-kz-hitlers-concentration-camp-for-children-9924<p>In marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we take a look at the only concentration camp in German-occupied Poland which was purely for the incarceration of Polish children.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:36:00 +0100HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mk1przzefjvkd6nx3pj4g.jpegThe camp was set up because the Germans had a problem about what to do with Polish children arrested for petty theft, smuggling and street trading, as well as children whose parents had been killed or arrested.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kinder-kz-hitlers-concentration-camp-for-children-9924How a-boat this! Huge 600-year-old shipwreck found at bottom of river Vistulahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-a-boat-this-huge-600-year-old-shipwreck-found-at-bottom-of-river-vistula-9922<p>A 37-metre-long shipwreck has been discovered by archaeologists in the Vistula river near Warsaw.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:20:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/emuv7j7gbtt9m7kttkuwol.jpegArchaeologists believe that the six-metre-wide vessel was a cargo ship or punt used to transport up to 100 tons of goods.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-a-boat-this-huge-600-year-old-shipwreck-found-at-bottom-of-river-vistula-9922Polish pharmaceutical market grows by 7.6 percent y/y in Decemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pharmaceutical-market-grows-by-76-percent-yy-in-december-9921<p>The value of Poland's pharmaceutical market grew by 7.6 pct y/y and by 7.9 pct m/m to PLN 3.38 bln (EUR 796,413 mln) in December, 2019, according to a report by pharmaceutical researcher PEX PharmaSequence.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 16:08:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r9pcl1ksvtrer9x1mgpxiw.jpegThe average Polish pharmacy recorded gross sales of PLN 243,000 (EUR 57,254) in December, 13.6 percent more year-on-year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pharmaceutical-market-grows-by-76-percent-yy-in-december-9921Poland's Finance Minister seeks to tax Airbnb on Polish revenues - FThttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-finance-minister-seeks-to-tax-airbnb-on-polish-revenues---ft-9919<p>Speaking in an interview with Britain's Financial Times on Monday, Polish Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński said that America's Airbnb service should pay tax on revenues earned in Poland.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:22:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gmnfeygpkvfa5uxeibct7f.jpeg"If we’re going to make sure that anyone who rents out their flats in the sharing economy pays their fair share of tax, then also the people they’re paying — Airbnb - are part of the value chain and should be paying as well," said Kościński.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-finance-minister-seeks-to-tax-airbnb-on-polish-revenues---ft-9919Mama Mia! Ex-model star of Dolittle blockbuster turns heads after picking up gong at glamorous Italian awards ceremonyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mama-mia-ex-model-star-of-dolittle-blockbuster-turns-heads-after-picking-up-gong-at-glamorous-italian-awards-ceremony-9917<p>The Polish star of the ‘Dolittle’ blockbuster has won the Eastern Star Award at the Trieste Film Festival in Italy.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:44:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bufhegsrv8sb356letzahk.jpegModel-turned-actress Kasia Smutniak was given the Eastern Star Award in recognition of her help in building a bridge between western and Central Eastern Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mama-mia-ex-model-star-of-dolittle-blockbuster-turns-heads-after-picking-up-gong-at-glamorous-italian-awards-ceremony-9917US Congress Speaker Pelosi to meet Polish Senate speaker on Tuesdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-congress-speaker-pelosi-to-meet-polish-senate-speaker-on-tuesday-9915<p>The speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is to meet Polish Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki on a Tuesday stop-over en route to the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on Thursday, the Senate Information Centre has informed PAP.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a91ptte7pvttqaz031a9q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-congress-speaker-pelosi-to-meet-polish-senate-speaker-on-tuesday-9915French daily L'Opinion carries text praising Polish economic successhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-daily-lopinion-carries-text-praising-polish-economic-success-9913<p>French daily L'Opinion, available throughout France as well as in Belgium and Switzerland, carried a piece on Monday from Polish monthly Wszystko Co Najwazniesze (Everything That's Most Important) about the success of the Polish economy in recent years.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFrench daily L'Opinion carries text praising Polish economic successhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-daily-lopinion-carries-text-praising-polish-economic-success-9913Russia holding war-looted Polish artefacts - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-holding-war-looted-polish-artefacts---daily-9911<p>Paintings and priceless documents, including items from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German concentration camp, are being kept in Russian storage facilities, Monday's Rzeczpospolita daily reported.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRussia holding war-looted Polish artefacts - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-holding-war-looted-polish-artefacts---daily-9911President to attend World Economic Forum in Davoshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-attend-world-economic-forum-in-davos-9909<p>President Andrzej Duda is travelling on Monday to Davos, Switzerland, where he is scheduled to take part in the 50th World Economic Forum on Tuesday and discuss the economic potential of Poland and Central Europe as well as international security.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8ehptgsj7smz31fj9nv4gd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-attend-world-economic-forum-in-davos-9909Brain gain! Initiative to coax scientists back to Poland proves to be a hithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brain-gain-initiative-to-coax-scientists-back-to-poland-proves-to-be-a-hit-9906<p>A government funded programme that pays for Polish scientists doing research abroad to return home has begun recruitment for the third year.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:33:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k1ne8klff4avz8197nokle.jpegThe ‘Polskie Powroty’ (Polish Returns) programme has so far seen 42 academics return from working abroad to bring their knowledge and research back to Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brain-gain-initiative-to-coax-scientists-back-to-poland-proves-to-be-a-hit-9906Polish PM starts visit to Japanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-starts-visit-to-japan-9905<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday started a two-day visit to the Japanese capital by meeting with representatives of a major Japanese business association Nippon Keidanren.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 10:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6r6bf7qiom4h8tvuqarqgi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-starts-visit-to-japan-9905Bydgoszcz nominated in European Best Destination contesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bydgoszcz-nominated-in-european-best-destination-contest-9904<p>The northern Polish city of Bydgoszcz has been nominated in the European Best Destination 2020 competition, organised each year by European Best Destinations, a Brussels-based institution involved in the promotion of culture and tourism in Europe.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 10:35:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9ah1k5gxr6s63k87jpqxw9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bydgoszcz-nominated-in-european-best-destination-contest-9904Flag carrier LOT wants to expand its presence in China – airline's CEOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-wants-to-expand-its-presence-in-china--airlines-ceo-9903<p>Poland's national airline PLL LOT wants to increase its presence on the Chinese market and, within at least the next ten years, to fly to both airports in Beijing on a daily basis, LOT CEO Rafal Milczarski has told PAP.</p>Mon, 20 Jan 2020 10:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1xv004i11qtibzagip3fmc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-wants-to-expand-its-presence-in-china--airlines-ceo-9903Presidential challenger catching up with incumbent Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-challenger-catching-up-with-incumbent-duda-9902<p>If there was a second round of the presidential election, Poland's incumbent President Andrzej Duda would get 50.09 pct of the vote while his main challenger, Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska of the centrist Civic Coalition (KO), would secure 49.91 pct, a recent poll shows.</p>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 20:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/48d7m0mhzfbuzci4xbjvxb.jpegIn the first round, Duda could count on 43.73 percent voter support.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-challenger-catching-up-with-incumbent-duda-9902PM Morawiecki to visit Japan on Mon-Tuehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-to-visit-japan-on-mon-tue-9901<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki will pay a visit to Tokyo on Monday and Tuesday where he will meet Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, the imperial couple, businesspeople and the Polish diaspora.</p>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 20:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vtu1g9w0s8773v8t1tlvd.jpegThe Polish PM will visit Tokyo at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-to-visit-japan-on-mon-tue-9901Poland's Kubacki secures double win at Ski Jumping World Cup eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-kubacki-secures-double-win-at-ski-jumping-world-cup-event-9899<p>Polish ski-jumper Dawid Kubacki secured a second win during the Ski Jumping World Cup 2019/20 in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany, on Sunday after winning on Saturday as well.</p>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 19:06:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8v8rluz2o6xh0eua1p8z9w.jpegKubacki is now in fourth place in the general World Cup ranking.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-kubacki-secures-double-win-at-ski-jumping-world-cup-event-9899“It was the best decision:” how a scholarship to school of British royals helped set author on the road to successhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-was-the-best-decision-how-a-scholarship-to-school-of-british-royals-helped-set-author-on-the-road-to-success-9895<p>Not many Polish writers can claim that a famed public school beloved—and sometimes loathed--by generations of British royals has had a defining influence on their careers, but Marcin Kozioł can.</p>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:48:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ea39e3mpgahf2t1il9u90i.jpegAuthor Marcin Kozioł: became the first Pole to win a scholarship to Gordonstoun School.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-was-the-best-decision-how-a-scholarship-to-school-of-british-royals-helped-set-author-on-the-road-to-success-9895French president to visit Poland in early Februaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-president-to-visit-poland-in-early-february-9894<p>French President Emmanuel Macron will come to Poland on February 3-4 and apart from the capital Warsaw he will visit the southern city of Kraków, the Elysee Palace has announced.</p>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3bt6pk552v8vx0tv67en08.jpegMacron and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, met at the North Atlantic Council session London in early December. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-president-to-visit-poland-in-early-february-9894Flag carrier LOT the third European airline to fly to Beijing-Daxinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-the-third-european-airline-to-fly-to-beijing-daxing-9893<p>Poland's national airline PLL LOT has become only the third European carrier, after British Airways and Finnair, to offer a connection to Beijing's Daxing airport, one of the world's largest.</p>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:25:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w9fnpxcespxu5bem2zsfg.jpegLOT flies to China daily, seven times a week.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flag-carrier-lot-the-third-european-airline-to-fly-to-beijing-daxing-9893Soaring high: Poland’s women ski jumpers make World Cup debuthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/soaring-high-polands-women-ski-jumpers-make-world-cup-debut-9891<p>It was a historic weekend for Poland’s ski jumping, the country’s favourite winter sport, and not just because of Dawid Kubacki’s victory in Titisee-Neustadt but because for the first time ever the women’s team took part in a World Cup event.</p>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:09:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ps8cpc3rozcz7m980n9fe.jpegThe four members of the ski-jumping strike a happy pose in Japan.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/soaring-high-polands-women-ski-jumpers-make-world-cup-debut-9891Chopin piano competition’s popularity soars with record-breaking number of applicantshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chopin-piano-competitions-popularity-soars-with-record-breaking-number-of-applicants-9884<p>A record number of pianists from around the world have applied to take part in this year’s Chopin Piano Competition, which will be held in Warsaw in October.</p>Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:32:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nteccxa6sgpsd9if5ink5m.jpegSouth Korea’s Cho Seong-Jin, who won the last competition back in 2015.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chopin-piano-competitions-popularity-soars-with-record-breaking-number-of-applicants-9884PM vows greater investment in sports infrastructurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-vows-greater-investment-in-sports-infrastructure-9883<p>Over the last four years the government has earmarked PLN 2.3 billion (EUR 542 million) for the development of sporting infrastructure in Poland and wants to promise that it will invest more in the coming years, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has declared.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:29:00 +0100News & PoliticsSporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/btvthhdqwgfzxbq5yfvjys.jpegMorawiecki praised the Gwiazda (Star) Sports Club he was visiting as it is celebrating its centenary and the PM said he was proud that children were doing sports and growing up as the next generation of Olympians.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-vows-greater-investment-in-sports-infrastructure-9883German daily describes Poland as "first victim of WWII"https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-daily-describes-poland-as-first-victim-of-wwii-9882<p>German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Saturday described Russian attacks on Poland as "casting a shadow" over ceremonies marking the 75th liberation anniversary of the Auschwitz Nazi German death camp, and stated that Poland was the war's first victim.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:12:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wcmxoom5ydciek9o5xy7ri.jpeg"[Poland] became the first victim of the Second World War and the pact between Hitler and Stalin, concluded in August 1939. Its secret protocol divided Poland, the Baltic states, Finland and Romania into German and Soviet zones of influence" Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) wrotehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-daily-describes-poland-as-first-victim-of-wwii-9882Sto lat: Toruń marks 100 years of Polish rulehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sto-lat-torun-marks-100-years-of-polish-rule-9879<p>Toruń is set to grind to a halt on January 18 as the city pauses to celebrate one-hundred years of returning to Polish rule.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:26:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/scekp5cj098pe5dgppu0xi.jpegToruń is celebrating its return to Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sto-lat-torun-marks-100-years-of-polish-rule-9879A story with a bit of bite: did a vampire once prowl the night and bring horror to a sleepy Silesian villagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-story-with-a-bit-of-bite-did-a-vampire-once-prowl-the-night-and-bring-horror-to-a-sleepy-silesian-village-9877<p>One of the country’s most notorious vampires is back in the press over three-hundred years after first terrorizing the darkest depths of Silesia.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:36:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mzcao2ujkvn23q48wwfyvc.jpegEichner’s body is exhumed in Reimswaldau cemetery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-story-with-a-bit-of-bite-did-a-vampire-once-prowl-the-night-and-bring-horror-to-a-sleepy-silesian-village-9877Senate backs resolution against Russian historical manipulationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-backs-resolution-against-russian-historical-manipulations-9876<p>The Polish Senate (upper house) on Friday unanimously backed a resolution protesting against Russian accusations of Poland's collaboration with Nazi Germany and complicity in the outbreak of World War Two.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:03:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5kbxegx8n2m8lekzbowd8w.jpegThe resolution authors note that Russia's historical manipulations were an attempt to absolve Russia from the Soviet Union's 1939-41 alliance with Nazi Germany.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-backs-resolution-against-russian-historical-manipulations-9876Russia accuses Polish WW2 resistance of exterminating Warsaw Jews, Ukrainianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-accuses-polish-ww2-resistance-of-exterminating-warsaw-jews-ukrainians-9875<p>The Russian Defence Ministry on Friday accused Poland's World War Two Home Army (AK) resistance of exterminating Jews and Ukrainians in Warsaw prior to the city's 1945 liberation by the Red Army.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:38:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e5gez6s1x8o1jizrbbd8r.pngThe accusations follow recent Polish claims that Poland's liberation from the Germans by the Red Army brought the country fresh enslavement.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-accuses-polish-ww2-resistance-of-exterminating-warsaw-jews-ukrainians-9875Russia could shoot itself in the foot with policy of historical manipulation says leading historianhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-could-shoot-itself-in-the-foot-with-policy-of-historical-manipulation-says-leading-historian-9872<p>Russian lies about the start of the Second World War could backfire as more people around the world take an interest in the causes of the war and learn about Soviet culpability, a leading British historian has claimed.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 11:57:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8gwde4idvbvur6ekhdz2i.jpegAn inconvenient truth: German and Soviet officers greet each other after the invasion of Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-could-shoot-itself-in-the-foot-with-policy-of-historical-manipulation-says-leading-historian-9872Delegations confirm attendance at Auschwitz liberation anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/delegations-confirm-attendance-at-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-9871<p>Fifty-one delegations representing countries and international organisations have confirmed their attendance at January 27 observations of the 75th liberation anniversary of the Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp in southern Poland.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 11:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hvauvwj0vkrf6y82a0xqo8.jpegIn 1947 the camp was declared a national memorial site. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/delegations-confirm-attendance-at-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-9871Poland to establish central thermal coal depothttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-establish-central-thermal-coal-depot-9870<p>In the coming days Poland will set up a central depot for thermal coal reserves to stock production surplus and avoid stoppages in mines, Deputy Minister of State Assets Adam Gawęda told a Friday press conference.</p>Sat, 18 Jan 2020 09:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hmssqswxqnfqwwhj8ft3l9.jpegPresent coal reserves exceed 3 million tonnes in mines and about 1 million tonnes in the energy sector, Gawęda said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-establish-central-thermal-coal-depot-9870Russian MPs condemn Polish Dep FM's words on Warsaw liberationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russian-mps-condemn-polish-dep-fms-words-on-warsaw-liberation-9868<p>Russian MPs on Friday reacted with indignation to Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski's claims that Warsaw's January 17 1945 liberation from the Germans by the Red Army spelt new enslavement for Poland.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ufa4n235qmqcxtrasftdoe.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russian-mps-condemn-polish-dep-fms-words-on-warsaw-liberation-9868President, PM commemorate Leszno's restoration to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-commemorate-lesznos-restoration-to-poland-9867<p>President Andrzej Duda in a letter on Friday commemorated the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the western-Polish city of Leszno to Poland.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zhbo7w8w65sidy26mke7e.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-commemorate-lesznos-restoration-to-poland-9867Polish officials, diplomats commemorate Swedish Holocaust rescuerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-officials-diplomats-commemorate-swedish-holocaust-rescuer-9865<p>Foreign Ministry, presidential and foreign embassy officials on Friday in Warsaw commemorated Raoul Wallenberg, a Budapest-posted Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust in World War Two.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/txfnwznw8yhwnmn7cg4a5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-officials-diplomats-commemorate-swedish-holocaust-rescuer-9865“The ghostly 'liberation' of a corpse city”: 75 years ago today Soviet forces arrived in Warsaw, transferring one totalitarian dictatorship for anotherhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-ghostly-liberation-of-a-corpse-city-75-years-ago-today-soviet-forces-arrived-in-warsaw-transferring-one-totalitarian-dictatorship-for-another-9862<p>When the 1st Polish Army under Red Army command crossed the Vistula on January 17, 1945, Soviet propogandists called it a liberation, a label that stuck for over seven decades.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:21:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/14zz6r71dq4zg6waeo5ws.jpegRed army victory parade, 19 January 1945, described by writer Jeremi Przybora as a “parade of victorious troops marching between two silent rows of ghosts […] a parade of liberators who had not liberated anyone.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-ghostly-liberation-of-a-corpse-city-75-years-ago-today-soviet-forces-arrived-in-warsaw-transferring-one-totalitarian-dictatorship-for-another-9862Polish agency ARP, General Electric to co-operate in green powerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-agency-arp-general-electric-to-co-operate-in-green-power-9861<p>Poland's Industrial Development Agency (ARP) has signed a letter of intent with US company General Electric in a bid to boost the country's competence in conventional and new renewable energy generation, ARP said in a news release on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:24:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v3h8qhgioqa8348za8yxts.jpegNotably, the co-operation would concern the development of Polish offshore wind farms and photovoltaic projects, the agency added.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-agency-arp-general-electric-to-co-operate-in-green-power-9861Polish HICP inflation up by 3.0 pct y/y in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-30-pct-yy-in-december---eurostat-9860<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) rose by 3.0 percent year on year in December 2019, up from the 2.4 percent growth the previous month, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:57:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish HICP inflation up by 3.0 pct y/y in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-30-pct-yy-in-december---eurostat-9860Fans hide disappointment behind ‘stiff upper lip’ as release of Cyberpunk 2077 delayedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fans-hide-disappointment-behind-stiff-upper-lip-as-release-of-cyberpunk-2077-delayed-9858<p>The release date of the highly anticipated CD Projekt Red game ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ has been moved back to September 17th.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:14:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/85bv48poszvgxv3fjri03t.jpegCyberpunk 2077 is an open-world RPG game with action-adventure story set in the futuristic megalopolis Night City.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fans-hide-disappointment-behind-stiff-upper-lip-as-release-of-cyberpunk-2077-delayed-9858Polish Senate expresses solidarity with Australianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-senate-expresses-solidarity-with-australians-9857<p>The Polish Senate, in a resolution adopted by the upper house of parliament on Friday, expressed its solidarity with the Australian people, who have been fighting catastrophic fires for months.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/llpemdomzb3zrvfeie3b.jpegThe Senate session was attended by the Australian Ambassador to Poland Lloyd Brodrick, to whom Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki presented the resolution.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-senate-expresses-solidarity-with-australians-9857Grave of elite Bronze-Age man with massive bones reconstructed in stunning 3Dhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grave-of-elite-bronze-age-man-with-massive-bones-reconstructed-in-stunning-3d-9855<p>A new 3D rendering of a 2,000-year-old aristocrat’s grave shows how the tribes inhabiting the Małopolska region buried their elites.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:58:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/91tn7zotmco9273y1e6gp.jpegThe monumental tomb had a diameter of 17 meters and was surrounded by a trench, separating it from the rest of the necropolis.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grave-of-elite-bronze-age-man-with-massive-bones-reconstructed-in-stunning-3d-9855EANA condemns Egyptian security forces’ raid on Anadolu Agency’s office in Cairohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eana-condemns-egyptian-security-forces-raid-on-anadolu-agencys-office-in-cairo-9853<p>The European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA), of which PAP is a member, has condemned the raid by Egyptian security forces on Anadolu Agency's offices in Cairo, Egypt. Anadolu is also an EANA member.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEANA condemns Egyptian security forces’ raid on Anadolu Agency’s office in Cairohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eana-condemns-egyptian-security-forces-raid-on-anadolu-agencys-office-in-cairo-9853Over EUR 21.7 bln given to Polish families through support programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-eur-217-bln-given-to-polish-families-through-support-programme-9852<p>Since the beginning of the Family 500 Plus programme, more than PLN 92 bln (EUR 21.7 bln) in benefits was distributed to families. This financial aid provided support for 6.4 mln children, Family Minister Marlena Maląg has told PAP.</p>Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d7v5x8c49isdisoin9vj8v.jpegMaląg noted that the current programme was optimal and the government was not planning to change it at the moment. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-eur-217-bln-given-to-polish-families-through-support-programme-9852Finance minister discusses post-Brexit cooperation during London visithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/finance-minister-discusses-post-brexit-cooperation-during-london-visit-9850<p>Poland's Finance Minister Tadeusz Koscinski has met with British officials in London to discuss development of global markets, strengthening Polish-British trade relations, Brexit, enhancing cooperation between tax services and counteracting VAT fraud.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 19:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFinance minister discusses post-Brexit cooperation during London visithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/finance-minister-discusses-post-brexit-cooperation-during-london-visit-9850December's core inflation rate up to 3.1 pct - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-core-inflation-rate-up-to-31-pct---central-bank-9848<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 3.1 percent year on year in December 2019, against 2.6 percent in November, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:16:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ei3zk3jzz7ihy90ebtlt3u.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-core-inflation-rate-up-to-31-pct---central-bank-9848Over half a million Poles apply for settled status in UKhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-half-a-million-poles-apply-for-settled-status-in-uk-9846<p>More than half a million Polish citizens living in the United Kingdom have applied for 'settled status' to enable them to remain in the country after the Brexit transition period ends, the British Home Office announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:10:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u1vk8dq0h2enb5e0wulrlt.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-half-a-million-poles-apply-for-settled-status-in-uk-9846Filmmakers reveal truth about hunt for stamps stolen from murdered Jews and hidden by German officerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/filmmakers-reveal-truth-about-hunt-for-stamps-stolen-from-murdered-jews-and-hidden-by-ss-officer-9844<p>A team of American documentary filmmakers are closing in on a valuable stamp collection stolen from Jews after being sent to their deaths in the Holocaust during World War II.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:45:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dklqclqfab74qdo0g49r5v.pngThe Liegnitz Plot is a new documentary about the true search for valuable stamps stolen from Jews in World War II by a Nazi officer and hidden in Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/filmmakers-reveal-truth-about-hunt-for-stamps-stolen-from-murdered-jews-and-hidden-by-ss-officer-9844Not a bad start for a start-up: Pułway eco firm wins Chivas Venture 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-a-bad-start-for-a-start-up-pulway-eco-firm-wins-chivas-venture-2020-9842<p>A Puławy bio-material firm has won the Chivas Venture 2020 prize for best start-up.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:19:00 +0100BusinessScienceStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r2b8rooyklstl8p3nfbj.jpegMakeGrowLab founders Róża Rutkowska and Josh Brito met when they were building bamboo huts to help the local community after an earthquake in Ecuador. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-a-bad-start-for-a-start-up-pulway-eco-firm-wins-chivas-venture-2020-9842Polish body stresses correct nomenclature ahead of Auschwitz ceremonyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-body-stresses-correct-nomenclature-ahead-of-auschwitz-ceremony-9840<p>The Polish League Against Defamation, ahead of ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi German death camp Auschwitz, has sent information to 8,000 news outlets in the United States, Germany, France and Russia, stressing the use of correct nomenclature related to the death camp.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:03:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d8z2wqfbw9988gs8bvjaxy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-body-stresses-correct-nomenclature-ahead-of-auschwitz-ceremony-9840Poland will always be against Stalinist-era history - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-always-be-against-stalinist-era-history---pm-9839<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday that "the current Russian authorities have been trying to rebuild the Stalinist-era version of history." Morawiecki said this in Prague where he was attending a Visegrad Group meeting with the Austrian chancellor.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:43:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v5mew9ifyyik0fro7wkg.jpegThe PM also underlined Poland's tragic fate after WWII since the end of the murderous Nazi German occupation meant the beginning of the occupation by Soviet Russia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-always-be-against-stalinist-era-history---pm-9839Venice Commission recommends scrapping Poland's new disciplinary billhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-commission-recommends-scrapping-polands-new-disciplinary-bill-9838<p>The Venice Commission, an advisory body to the Council of Europe, issued an opinion on Thursday on Poland's draft disciplinary regime on judges, in which it recommended rejecting the contested bill and seeking other solutions.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ee7l85cl56cvacre7ja0ae.jpegA delegation of the Venice Commission visited Poland last week at the invitation of Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki, who sought its opinion before a vote on the bill in the Polish upper house.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-commission-recommends-scrapping-polands-new-disciplinary-bill-9838Miracle-worker surgeon becomes first Pole in history awarded prestigious fellowshiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/miracle-worker-surgeon-becomes-first-pole-in-history-awarded-prestigious-fellowship-9836<p>Miracle surgeon Adam Maciejewski has been awarded the prestigious Godina fellowship for his ground-breaking multi-organ transplants.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:02:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ipyl603u5rdtv3p83i8vye.jpegProfessor Adam Maciejewski was recognized by the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery for completely rebuilding the internal organs of a six-year-old boy’s neck.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/miracle-worker-surgeon-becomes-first-pole-in-history-awarded-prestigious-fellowship-9836European Parliament adopts resolution on rule of law in Poland, Hungaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-parliament-adopts-resolution-on-rule-of-law-in-poland-hungary-9835<p>The European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on Thursday concerning the rule of law in Poland and Hungary, in which it stated that the situation in both countries had been worsening.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3d55fr4ws3xjiou3em26bf.jpegThere were 446 votes for the resolution, 178 against and 41 abstentions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-parliament-adopts-resolution-on-rule-of-law-in-poland-hungary-9835Poland, US to sign F-35 fighter deal in late January - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-us-to-sign-f-35-fighter-deal-in-late-january---mod-9834<p>In late January, Poland will sign an agreement with the United States for the purchase of thirty-two F-35 fifth-generation fighter planes, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak told Polish Radio Three on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q7jotq03be11zvtasvtkmd.jpegAccording to Lockheed Martin, the price of the A-version aircraft that Poland is interested in should be below USD 80 mln.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-us-to-sign-f-35-fighter-deal-in-late-january---mod-9834US Senate adopts resolution commemorating Warsaw Uprisinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-senate-adopts-resolution-commemorating-warsaw-uprising-9833<p>The US Senate has adopted a resolution recognising the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, and expressing its recognition for the courage and heroism of Polish Home Army soldiers fighting for the liberation of Poland from German Nazi occupation.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:28:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4hpnwbv1y9krqgefqkdw6i.jpegThe upper chamber of the US Congress wrote that the Warsaw Uprising was part of a nationwide resistance against the German Nazi occupation of Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-senate-adopts-resolution-commemorating-warsaw-uprising-9833Swedish diplomat who saved Jews in WWII to be commemorated in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/swedish-diplomat-who-saved-jews-in-wwii-to-be-commemorated-in-warsaw-9831<p>A ceremony commemorating Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who before the end of WW2 saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from deportation to Nazi German death camps, will be held in Warsaw on Friday, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Paweł Jabłoński told PAP.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:19:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7ivjj6lcos6vnf4igak57.jpegThe observances will be held at the intersection of Raoul Wallenberg and Świętokrzyska streets, under a plaque commemorating the Swede.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/swedish-diplomat-who-saved-jews-in-wwii-to-be-commemorated-in-warsaw-9831Poland's passenger car registrations up 15.7 pct y/y in Decemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-passenger-car-registrations-up-157-pct-yy-in-december-9830<p>A total of 52,499 passenger vehicles were registered in Poland in December 2019, an increase of 15.7 percent on the same month in 2018, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 10:15:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kq37vjfawoi2239qwkhr61.jpegACEA's data on Polish market statistics take into account passenger cars and minibuses. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-passenger-car-registrations-up-157-pct-yy-in-december-9830Polish PM arrives in Prague to attend regional summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-arrives-in-prague-to-attend-regional-summit-9829<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrived in Prague on Thursday morning to meet with the heads of government of the regional Visegrad Group (V4), comprising the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, with Austria's chancellor also attending.</p>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3x7wi2yl68ks51m1ogered.jpegThe Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babis welcomes the Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-arrives-in-prague-to-attend-regional-summit-9829Poland supports Russian WW2 archive concept - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-supports-russian-ww2-archive-concept---ministry-9827<p>Poland fully supports Russian leader Vladimir Putin's idea to create a special archive of World War Two-related documents, Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski told PAP on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland supports Russian WW2 archive concept - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-supports-russian-ww2-archive-concept---ministry-9827PM will head to Prague to attend summit of Visegrad Group countrieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-will-head-to-prague-to-attend-summit-of-visegrad-group-countries-9826<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will pay a visit to Prague on Thursday to meet with the heads of government of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will also participate in the talks.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dnxb4ui2wtwqqruww684w.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-will-head-to-prague-to-attend-summit-of-visegrad-group-countries-9826Auschwitz liberation anniversary to be attended by 31 state delegationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-to-be-attended-by-31-state-delegations-9824<p>Thirty-one state delegations have confirmed they will attend observances marking the 75 anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi German death camp, to be held on the site of the former camp, in southern Poland, on January 27.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dtb1jdsfiii4vhx3cx1hkp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-to-be-attended-by-31-state-delegations-9824Wish you were here? Warsaw man’s Wish most downloaded shopping app in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wish-you-were-here-warsaw-mans-wish-most-downloaded-shopping-app-in-2019-9820<p><span lang="EN-US">Wish app, which was co-founded by Polish IT expert Piotr Szulczewski, was the most downloaded shopping app of 2019.</span></p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7n1eo3p7w4faytqjzesoil.pngLast year the app which was co-created by Warsaw-born Piotr Szulczewski was downloaded 168.8 million times worldwide making it the most downloaded shopping app for the second year in a row.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wish-you-were-here-warsaw-mans-wish-most-downloaded-shopping-app-in-2019-9820We’re in the money! Poland to get over 20 billion euro lion’s share of EU’s green transition fundshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/were-in-the-money-poland-to-get-over-20-billion-euro-lions-share-of-eus-green-transition-funds-9818<p><span lang="EN-US">The European Commission expects that Poland will receive 26.7 percent of the Just Transition Mechanism funds that are part of the European Green Deal, a long-term climate neutrality objective, PAP diplomatic sources said unofficially.</span></p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 15:50:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z7rk7cingw9v23jif2x9ca.jpegPolish Climate Minister Michal Kurtyka estimated that, in domestic currency, Poland will get around PLN 100 bln.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/were-in-the-money-poland-to-get-over-20-billion-euro-lions-share-of-eus-green-transition-funds-9818Fans go wild for Witcher-themed barhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fans-go-wild-for-witcher-themed-bar-9816<p>A bar inspired by the Witcher is set to open in Edinburgh, reflecting the huge popularity of the Polish fantasy series, which now has fans globally.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 14:22:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kmyctdc0z9ch0zsfqo4th.jpegA bar in Edinburgh is set to make the Witcher its latest theme.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fans-go-wild-for-witcher-themed-bar-9816Poland built 800 MW of solar power installations in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-built-800-mw-of-solar-power-installations-in-2019-9815<p>Poland built photovoltaic installations with a capacity of nearly 800 MW in 2019, four times more than expected, according to the Energy Plus programme data released at a press conference summarising the programme's outcomes on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 13:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pxpz1nuo6392iut0784nw.jpeg"Last year was a year of photovoltaic revolution, the revolution of green energy in Poland. Summarising the Energy Plus programme, we can say that Poles realised more than had been expected," Emilewicz said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-built-800-mw-of-solar-power-installations-in-2019-9815Poland's industrial production up in November - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-november---eurostat-9814<p>Poland's industrial production rose by 5.6 percent year on year in November 2019, after growing 3.6 percent year on year in October, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 13:31:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9v1m47qh560sthxv9t9izm.jpegAccording to the Polish Central Statistical Office, Poland's industrial production rose by 1.4 percent year on year in November 2019, and decreased by 5.8 percent month on month.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-november---eurostat-9814Poland's electricity prices are among highest in Europe - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-electricity-prices-are-among-highest-in-europe---ministry-9812<p>Energy prices in Poland are among the highest in Europe, and also the highest in comparison to its neighboring industrialised countries, an analysis by the Development Ministry has said.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 12:36:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p13725dst997zvrgctjh5.jpegPoland's electricity prices are among the highest in Europe. Pictured: power plant Kozienice.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-electricity-prices-are-among-highest-in-europe---ministry-9812Women-run businesses to get huge cash injectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/women-run-businesses-to-get-huge-cash-injection-9810<p>The European Investment Bank is supporting women-run businesses in Poland in a move that will strengthen women’s economic empowerment in the country.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 12:13:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2dslyge4i7jzp4wgl99qkh.jpegThe European Investment Bank will channel funds to businesses in Poland owned or led by women.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/women-run-businesses-to-get-huge-cash-injection-9810Poland's inflation in December at 3.4 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-december-at-34-percent-yy---stats-office-9809<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 3.4 percent year on year in December 2019 and by 0.8 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 11:24:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z8r9iv9xx0m4u5k5450ovb.jpegGUS also said that Poland's average annual inflation stood at 2.3 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-december-at-34-percent-yy---stats-office-9809Anti-trust office imposes record fine on Volkswagen Group Polskahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-trust-office-imposes-record-fine-on-volkswagen-group-polska-9808<p>Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has imposed a fine of PLN 120.6 million (EUR 28.55 million) on Volkswagen Group Polska for misleading customers over fuel emission levels, among other issues, UOKiK announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 10:09:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/23btkgsy2eerurrfcecjx.jpegThe fine is the highest UOKiK has ever imposed for a breach of consumer rights.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-trust-office-imposes-record-fine-on-volkswagen-group-polska-9808MEPs criticise Putin's words on WW2 outbreakhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meps-criticise-putins-words-on-ww2-outbreak-9806<p>Russian leader Vladimir Putin's distortions of historical facts and attempts to shift the blame for World War Two onto Poland should not be ignored, said MEPs on Tuesday pending a Wednesday debate on the matter in Strasbourg.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 21:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d12yhhqc6xp53mmgobclhi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meps-criticise-putins-words-on-ww2-outbreak-9806Polish Culture Ministry rejects NYT accusationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-culture-ministry-rejects-nyt-accusations-9805<p>In connection with a New York Times (NYT) article, the Polish Culture Ministry stated that all works of art, NYT wrote about, had been placed by the German occupiers in the borders of today's Poland, which during WWII was either part of or was incorporated in the Third Reich.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 20:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Culture Ministry rejects NYT accusationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-culture-ministry-rejects-nyt-accusations-9805Parliamentary team debates government's judicial law amendmentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliamentary-team-debates-governments-judicial-law-amendments-9803<p>A parliamentary team for the defence of the rule of law on Tuesday debated the Polish government-authored judicial law amendments. Present at the nearly four-hour debate were among others Supreme Court head Malgorzata Gersdorf and invited foreign guests.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 20:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4xzdaldzbs9hevmfz4f85.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliamentary-team-debates-governments-judicial-law-amendments-9803NATO suggests Poland prepare to resume Iraq operation - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-suggests-poland-prepare-to-resume-iraq-operation---mod-9801<p>The NATO command in Iraq has informed Poland about the need to prepare for a renewed training mission in Iraq, a Defence Ministry official informed the Senate (upper house) Foreign and European Union Affairs Committee on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 18:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7zlb9m7m864zx0j3ww55gc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-suggests-poland-prepare-to-resume-iraq-operation---mod-9801Mural honouring Janusz Korczak to be painted in Italyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mural-honouring-janusz-korczak-to-be-painted-in-italy-9799<p>A mural honouring Janusz Korczak, a Polish paediatrician, teacher, writer and children's rights advocate of Jewish descent who was murdered by the Germans during WWII, will be unveiled in Florence, Italy, on January 27.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 18:43:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8dbofd7hvdozrnp8vgz99.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mural-honouring-janusz-korczak-to-be-painted-in-italy-9799Łódź marks Roma camp liquidation in wartime ghettohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-marks-roma-camp-liquidation-in-wartime-ghetto-9796<p>Łódź in central Poland on Tuesday marked the 78th anniversary of the closure of a Roma camp in the city's World War Two Jewish ghetto, better known as the Litzmannstadt Ghetto. Its inhabitants were killed by the Nazis in a death camp in western Poland.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:35:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t5b3fp37t584cm3j08hpj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-marks-roma-camp-liquidation-in-wartime-ghetto-9796Man who lit fire in Mongolian tent busted by anti-smog copshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/man-who-lit-fire-in-mongolian-tent-busted-by-anti-smog-cops-9794<p>Kraków cops had the surprise of their lives when they turned up to investigate a suspected case of illegal stove burning – and found a man sitting by a fire in a Mongolian tent. </p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:23:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1prsh24c5nogv3snzmw6x.jpegKraków cops were surprised to find a man sitting by a fire in a Mongolian tent. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/man-who-lit-fire-in-mongolian-tent-busted-by-anti-smog-cops-9794‘We’ve done it!’ Delighted PM takes to Facebook as Poland records largest foreign trade surplus in HISTORYhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/weve-done-it-delighted-pm-takes-to-facebook-as-poland-records-largest-foreign-trade-surplus-in-history-9791<p><span lang="EN-GB">Poland’s foreign trade surplus has made history after a reaching a record EUR 1.9 billion at the end of November 2019.</span></p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:59:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bwdafsau55sy227ounta.jpegFollowing news of the record statistics from the Central Statistical Office, Morawiecki posted on social media: “As I have said many times - capital has nationality. Let's try to make it the Polish nationality!’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/weve-done-it-delighted-pm-takes-to-facebook-as-poland-records-largest-foreign-trade-surplus-in-history-9791Gov't adopts bill opening passenger rail market to EU operatorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-adopts-bill-opening-passenger-rail-market-to-eu-operators-9789<p>The Polish government adopted a draft law on Tuesday that opens the passenger rail services market to operators from other EU countries, the Government Information Centre (CIR) has announced.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zidmcwcxwskc76u7fmt1.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-adopts-bill-opening-passenger-rail-market-to-eu-operators-9789Polish banking sector nets EUR 3.4 bln in January-November 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-eur-34-bln-in-january-november-2019-9787<p>The Polish banking sector posted a net profit of PLN 14.46 billion (EUR 3.42 billion) in January-November 2019, up 1.9 percent year on year, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced in a report on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:37:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lvnbn2ku5tr7e6vk0hpsb4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-eur-34-bln-in-january-november-2019-9787President receives members of religious and minority organisationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-receives-members-of-religious-and-minority-organisations-9784<p>The Polish presidential couple held New Year's meeting with representatives of churches and religious denominations as well as national and ethnic minorities present in Poland, at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/odhdzddz08gi4536uwvhpf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-receives-members-of-religious-and-minority-organisations-9784Sensational find reveals ‘mysterious’ buried treasure in old synagoguehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sensational-find-reveals-mysterious-buried-treasure-in-old-synagogue-9781<p>Treasure has been discovered in a decaying box buried in a synagogue in Małopolska.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 14:36:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ov4y5y2itbfkilejmytp4.jpegThe treasure in the 80 cm high, 70 cm wide and 130 cm long crate includes a silver cup, five candlesticks, the parts for four or five brass chandeliers, and two large brown vessels with decorative handles and Hebrew inscriptions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sensational-find-reveals-mysterious-buried-treasure-in-old-synagogue-9781Electricity from coal burning falls to 46.08 pct y/y in Decemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/electricity-from-coal-burning-falls-to-4608-pct-yy-in-december-9783<p>The production of electricity in Poland based on the burning of coal fell in December 2019 to 46.08 percent from 49.25 percent in December 2018, according to data from state owned transmission system operator PSE.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:23:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/krd7kq100p8lol0ijpmm7.jpegPower stations burning brown coal produced 23.45 percent of Poland's electricity in December 2019 against 27.34 percent in the corresponding month of 2018, PSE said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/electricity-from-coal-burning-falls-to-4608-pct-yy-in-december-9783Duda's address at Auschwitz will be tribute not polemic - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dudas-address-at-auschwitz-will-be-tribute-not-polemic---aide-9779<p>President Andrzej Duda will a give "speech of memory and respect" at Poland's commemorations of the Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp's liberation, and not a polemic against Russian President Vladimir Putin, Duda's aide, Krzysztof Szczerski, said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:52:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7sv4p6sc8aybitojuj6y.jpegThe Germans killed at least 1.1 million people at Auschwitz, mainly Jews, but also Poles, Roma and Soviet prisoners of war.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dudas-address-at-auschwitz-will-be-tribute-not-polemic---aide-9779Simply the breast! Łódź woman turns ‘mum milk’ into gorgeous jewelleryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/simply-the-breast-lodz-woman-turns-mum-milk-into-gorgeous-jewellery-9777<p>A Łódź studio has found itself thrust further into the public eye after releasing a range of jewellery that utilizes breast milk.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:59:00 +0100BusinessArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lu1enymaoecax6vjb1bm.jpegSeeking to promote “the power of femininity”, designer Marta Ewa Rżanek typically uses 25 millilitres of breast milk to create a necklace or bracelet.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/simply-the-breast-lodz-woman-turns-mum-milk-into-gorgeous-jewellery-9777Most Poles think foreigners should be free to work in Poland - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-think-foreigners-should-be-free-to-work-in-poland---poll-9774<p>In a survey by the CBOS public opinion research centre, most Poles (62 percent) said that foreigners should be free to work in Poland while 29 percent expressed the opinion that their access to the Polish labour market should be limited.</p>Tue, 14 Jan 2020 09:37:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0cmsrvte1u97s77cvlxq6n.jpegIn the opinion of 74 percent of respondents, foreigners coming to Poland from non-EU countries have a good influence on the Polish economy and only 13 percent do not agree with this view.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-think-foreigners-should-be-free-to-work-in-poland---poll-9774Ambassador to represent Russia at Auschwitz commemorationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ambassador-to-represent-russia-at-auschwitz-commemoration-9761<p>Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergei Andreev will head the Russian delegation at January 27 commemorations of the liberation of the Nazi-German death camp of Auschwitz in southern Poland. The camp was liberated by the Red Army on January 27, 1945.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAmbassador to represent Russia at Auschwitz commemorationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ambassador-to-represent-russia-at-auschwitz-commemoration-9761Moody's upholds Poland's GDP growth forecast at 3.7 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-upholds-polands-gdp-growth-forecast-at-37-pct-in-2020-9759<p>The Polish economy will grow by 3.7 percent in 2020 and by 3.6 percent in 2021, the ratings agency Moody's said in a report on Monday.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:26:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMoody's upholds Poland's GDP growth forecast at 3.7 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-upholds-polands-gdp-growth-forecast-at-37-pct-in-2020-9759Warsaw airport services almost 19 mln passengers in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-airport-services-almost-19-mln-passengers-in-2019-9757<p>Poland's biggest international airport, Warsaw's Chopin, serviced a record-high 18.86 million passengers last year, 6.2 percent more than in 2018, the airport announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:22:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y3rk7maincecrrfiphufu.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-airport-services-almost-19-mln-passengers-in-2019-9757Jewel thieves issue chilling demand on DARK WEB for return of Poland’s Order of the White Eagle following ‘largest heist in history’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewel-thieves-issue-chilling-demand-on-dark-web-for-return-of-polands-order-of-the-white-eagle-following-largest-heist-in-history-9755<p><span lang="EN-GB">The Polish Order of the White Eagle which was stolen in the largest heist in history has reportedly been offered for sale on the dark web.</span></p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 16:01:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/en1cvwfmxfbi1aajhfx.jpegTwo of the diamonds, the Polish Order of the White Eagle (L) and The Dresden White Diamond, are said to have been offered for sale over the darknet for 9 million euros.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewel-thieves-issue-chilling-demand-on-dark-web-for-return-of-polands-order-of-the-white-eagle-following-largest-heist-in-history-9755Komasa's powerful 'fake priest' film nominated for Oscarshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-nominated-for-oscars-best-international-film-9754<p>Corpus Christi (Boże Ciało) directed by Jan Komasa, has been nominated for the Oscars. &nbsp;</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 14:53:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ltrhxfvo4bzpry363n41.jpegEarlier this year, Polish actor Bartosz Bielenia, who stars in the film, received the Aluminium Horse Award for Best Actor at the 2019 Stockholm International Film Festival. Bielenia was also awarded the title Shooting Star 2020.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-nominated-for-oscars-best-international-film-9754Incredible true story of boxing champ who fought for his life in Auschwitz turned into major new filmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-true-story-of-boxing-champ-who-fought-for-his-life-in-auschwitz-turned-into-major-new-film-9751<p>The remarkable story of a Polish boxer who fought for survival inside the notorious Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz will soon hit the big screen.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 14:29:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ndg286j5v1vyhkatl7qt.jpegEntitled ‘The Champion’ (Mistrz, in Polish), the film tells the extraordinary story of boxer Tadeusz “Teddy” Pietrzykowski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-true-story-of-boxing-champ-who-fought-for-his-life-in-auschwitz-turned-into-major-new-film-9751Auschwitz Museum offers virtual lesson about Litzmannstadt Ghettohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-offers-virtual-lesson-about-litzmannstadt-ghetto-9749<p>An online lesson presenting the fate of Jews held in the Litzmannstadt Ghetto, set up in the Nazi German-occupied central Polish city of Łódź during World War II, was posted on the Auschwitz Museum's website on Monday.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 14:04:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xtdylfwnkcfv8sr1dq3woc.jpegThe Litzmannstadt Ghetto, established in February 1940 and destroyed in August 1944, was the second-largest ghetto in German-occupied Europe after the Warsaw Ghetto.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-offers-virtual-lesson-about-litzmannstadt-ghetto-9749Help for Heroes... how Warsaw supports its soldiershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/help-for-heroes-how-warsaw-supports-its-soldiers-434<p>Anna Jakubowska, codename Paulinka, is a decorated war hero who fought in the Warsaw Uprising to retake Poland's capital. After the war she was imprisoned by the communists and later went on to be an active member of Solidarity.</p><p>So she, like every member of the Warsaw Uprising, deserves Poland's respect and protection. Not just on holidays and commemorations, but every day. Which is why the City of Warsaw has a special place for former Warsaw Uprising and Resistance members.</p><p>Discover the story of this home in this moving documentary.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 13:54:00 +0100HistoryHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/78no0gf0gf42ziaqdjmur.jpegHelp for Heroes... how Warsaw supports its soldiershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/help-for-heroes-how-warsaw-supports-its-soldiers-434Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity raises over EUR 27 mln for childrenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-raises-over-eur-27-mln-for-children-9748<p>Poland's Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOSP), which held its 28th finale on Sunday, had collected over PLN 100 mln (ca EUR 27 mln) by midnight to buy equipment for children's hospitals, the foundation tweeted on Monday.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 12:29:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7vble24qouk31t09nanp4a.jpegOver the 27 years of its operations, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity has spent over PLN 1.1 billion (EUR 260.0 million) to buy various kinds of medical equipment.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-raises-over-eur-27-mln-for-children-9748Stunning ‘village for the homeless’ is most ‘beautiful shelter in Europe’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-village-for-the-homeless-is-most-beautiful-shelter-in-europe-9745<p>A shelter built for the homeless has unexpectedly found itself in the public spotlight after capturing the media’s attention on account of its innovative design.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 12:11:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ke2be5zwibqn5rwhiwqx4m.jpegCovering an area of 1,485 sq/m, the stunning homeless shelter was designed to slip seamlessly into the surrounding rural landscape with its low-lying form and wave-like roof blending harmoniously with the fields and trees outside.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-village-for-the-homeless-is-most-beautiful-shelter-in-europe-9745Polish Energy Group signs credit deal with EIBhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-energy-group-signs-credit-deal-with-eib-9744<p>The Polish Energy Group (PGE) has signed a PLN 272.5 million (ca. EUR 64 million) credit deal with the European Investment Bank (EIB) with the purpose of financing the construction of new onshore wind farms on the Baltic coast in Poland, the company reported.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 11:54:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eacf27xvz0v3vossp8kebn.jpegAfter the project is completed, the combined installed capacity of the wind farms operated by PGE will increase by 18 percent to about 650 MW.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-energy-group-signs-credit-deal-with-eib-9744Poland’s economic forecast for 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economic-forecast-for-2020-9742<p>This week we take a look at what’s in store for Poland’s economy in 2020.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 11:28:00 +0100BusinessPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cgspagwryyttss4gspq72j.jpegOn the rise: Poland’s economy is expected to keep on growing this year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economic-forecast-for-2020-9742Banks lend EUR 829.3 mln in mortgages in November 2019 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banks-lend-eur-8293-mln-in-mortgages-in-november-2019---central-bank-9740<p>Polish banks lent PLN 3.52 billion (EUR 829.3 mln) in mortgages in November 2019, down from PLN 4.5 bln (EUR 1.1 bln) in October, the country's central bank (NBP) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 09:58:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w151mrx6h5chwl2yc79ux.jpegNBPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banks-lend-eur-8293-mln-in-mortgages-in-november-2019---central-bank-9740British conservative philosopher, friend of Poland dies - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-conservative-philosopher-friend-of-poland-dies---president-9739<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda has described the late British conservative philosopher, Sir Roger Scruton, as a great friend of the Polish people and of a sovereign and independent Poland.</p>Mon, 13 Jan 2020 09:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w20njn4b6cgtkkvm2mbdr.jpegSir Roger Scruton, the author of more than 50 books on aesthetics, morality and politics, was also a government advisor and a lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London and University of Buckingham.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-conservative-philosopher-friend-of-poland-dies---president-9739PM addresses local party meeting in Rzeszowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-addresses-local-party-meeting-in-rzeszow-9737<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki attended a meeting of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party in Rzeszow, south-eastern Poland, on Sunday and said that Poland faces four major challenges: the economy, values, remembrance, and "the soul of the community."</p>Sun, 12 Jan 2020 17:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ysx1ikh6abnz6k7s82xcu.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-addresses-local-party-meeting-in-rzeszow-9737Russia to make Poland “main adversary” in history warhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-to-make-poland-main-adversary-in-history-war-9735<p><span lang="EN-US">Russia could be intent of making Poland the bogeyman of a policy of historical revisionism it has started to roll out in recent weeks.</span></p>Sun, 12 Jan 2020 17:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d207wwnmriaoc29hhtzkad.jpegPutin has focused much on history of late, criticising Poland in particular.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-to-make-poland-main-adversary-in-history-war-9735Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity holding its finale todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-holding-its-finale-today-9733<p>Poland's Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOSP) organisation is holding its 28th Finale on Sunday. WOSP volunteers countrywide are gathering funds into their distinctive collection boxes.</p>Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:11:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fyw2j2tw65ks8h1l1v8xk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/great-orchestra-of-christmas-charity-holding-its-finale-today-9733Ancient greens: archaeologists find evidence of 3,000-year-old upcyclinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ancient-greens-archaeologists-find-evidence-of-3000-year-old-upcycling-9731<div><div><p>Polish archaeologists have discovered traces of ancient upcycling at the Saruq al-Hadid excavation site in modern day Dubai. The findings from the Iron Age metallurgic centre reveal that its inhabitants were early green pioneers by reusing broken ceramic elements as various tools.</p></div></div><p><br></p>Sun, 12 Jan 2020 13:25:00 +0100ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u7594ebcpjncgubpd4593p.jpegThe discovery of the upcycled objects were made in the deserts of Dubai.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ancient-greens-archaeologists-find-evidence-of-3000-year-old-upcycling-9731Sit down, unplug and log off: designer comes up with chair that helps us disconnect from the wifi worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sit-down-unplug-and-log-off-designer-comes-up-with-chair-that-helps-us-disconnect-from-the-wifi-world-9729<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Polish designer has created an “offline chair” that can help people disconnect from the internet, read a book or simply daydream.</span></p>Sun, 12 Jan 2020 11:06:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9sllvgoj7ipw9dz2aubb3d.jpegDesigner Agata Nowak takes time out in her “offline” chair.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sit-down-unplug-and-log-off-designer-comes-up-with-chair-that-helps-us-disconnect-from-the-wifi-world-9729Life of war hero Pilecki to hit the silver screenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-of-war-hero-pilecki-to-hit-the-silver-screen-9726<p><span lang="EN-GB">The story of Polish resistance leader Witold Pilecki, who volunteered to go to Auschwitz and revealed its horrors to the world, will be brought to an international audience in a new film.</span></p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 18:36:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5q3ieinak54dz16b5knui.jpegWitold Pilecki: volunteered to be sent to Auschwitz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-of-war-hero-pilecki-to-hit-the-silver-screen-9726Judges hold 'March of a Thousand Robes' in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/judges-hold-march-of-a-thousand-robes-in-warsaw-9724<p>Judges and lawyers from Poland and 22 European countries have taken to the streets of Warsaw to take part in a demonstration dubbed the 'March of a Thousand Robes' to protest against amendments to the country's judicial laws.</p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 17:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dnpab43l65tlxvlv1gljtr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/judges-hold-march-of-a-thousand-robes-in-warsaw-9724Second opposition party picks Sejm dep speaker as presidential candidatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/second-opposition-party-picks-sejm-dep-speaker-as-presidential-candidate-9722<p>Poland’s opposition party Nowoczesna on Saturday elected by acclamation deputy parliamentary Speaker Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska as its candidate for the country’s presidential elections in May this year.</p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 17:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z8jbi9t3okj2uqu9jlwd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/second-opposition-party-picks-sejm-dep-speaker-as-presidential-candidate-9722Spring party backs its leader as leftwing candidate for presidencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spring-party-backs-its-leader-as-leftwing-candidate-for-presidency-9720<p>The National Council of the Spring (Wiosna) party officially endorsed on Saturday its leader and MEP Robert Biedron as a candidate for the country’s presidential elections in May this year. Biedron will enter the race as a joint candidate of the Left coalition.</p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 17:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w08cfkc9ifd8uz6u5z2dh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spring-party-backs-its-leader-as-leftwing-candidate-for-presidency-9720Snowboarder Kwiatkowski wins bronze at PGS competition in Switzerlandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snowboarder-kwiatkowski-wins-bronze-at-pgs-competition-in-switzerland-9718<p>Poland’s Oskar Kwiatkowski won third place in the parallel giant slalom at the Snowboard World Cup in Swiss Scuol.</p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 17:23:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p7th761izzfegf1fwam3s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snowboarder-kwiatkowski-wins-bronze-at-pgs-competition-in-switzerland-9718Rebuilding ancient Bródno: 3D reconstruction shows how Warsaw suburb once looked 1,000 years agohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rebuilding-ancient-brodno-3d-reconstruction-shows-how-warsaw-suburb-once-looked-1000-years-ago-9716<p><span lang="EN-GB">Best-known for its austere housing estates, rarely is the Warsaw suburb of Bródno credited as a place of historic merit, but that stands to change with the upcoming release of a 3D digital reconstruction depicting the district in its 10th and 11th Century form.</span></p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 15:19:00 +0100ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8ex5quvf2pljx323hy0nxk.jpegDestroyed by fire in the first half of the 11th Century, the archaeologist theorizes that the stronghold’s destruction was related to the Piast dynasty.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rebuilding-ancient-brodno-3d-reconstruction-shows-how-warsaw-suburb-once-looked-1000-years-ago-9716Most Polish exporters expand on foreign markets - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-polish-exporters-expand-on-foreign-markets---survey-9714<p>A majority of Polish exporters continue to increase their involvement on the foreign markets by finding new customers or expanding their product range, according to a recent study carried out by the Polish Economic Institute (PIE).</p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 14:31:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMost Polish exporters expand on foreign markets - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-polish-exporters-expand-on-foreign-markets---survey-9714Polish MoD sees de-escalation in Middle Easthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-sees-de-escalation-in-middle-east-9712<p>Iran's admission to shooting down a Ukrainian airliner over Tehran on Wednesday is an appropriate move which confirms that an agreement is being sought and de-escalation is visible, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 11:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish MoD sees de-escalation in Middle Easthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-sees-de-escalation-in-middle-east-9712Brand new houses: architect comes up with logo-inspired house designshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brand-new-houses-architect-comes-up-with-logo-inspired-house-designs-9710<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Polish architect has designed a series of houses based on famous logos, translating their familiar shapes into modern homes of concrete and glass, with striking shapes and elegant features.</span></p>Sat, 11 Jan 2020 11:26:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d6i6rv96fmv0fsqrv02uddj.pngThe first step. A house design based on the Adidas logo.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brand-new-houses-architect-comes-up-with-logo-inspired-house-designs-9710Polish president meets with Jews - Israeli dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-meets-with-jews---israeli-daily-9707<p>Hebrew-language Israeli daily Maariv wrote on Friday that Polish President Andrzej Duda had met with representatives of Poland's Jewish community and recalled his decision to boycott the World Holocaust Forum 2020 in Jerusalem.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 19:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p3vyaihl11k071sviv7fuod.jpegAndrzej Duda with the former Israeli ambassador to Poland, Szewach Weiss.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-meets-with-jews---israeli-daily-9707Russian ambassador to Switzerland charges Poland with supporting Hitlerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russian-ambassador-to-switzerland-charges-poland-with-supporting-hitler-9705<p>In a letter to the Swiss daily Tages Anzeiger, Russian Ambassador to Switzerland Sergei Garmonin has accused Poland of including a secret protocol pledging support for Hitler in its 1934 non-aggression pact with Germany.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 18:48:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9y5upq8i3gm45w69y8u7wv.jpegIn his letter, the Polish ambassador pointed out that it was the Soviet Union and Germany that sealed a secret protocol concerning their joint occupation of Poland in their 1939 Ribbentrop-Molotov pact.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russian-ambassador-to-switzerland-charges-poland-with-supporting-hitler-9705EUR 150,000 in Norway Grants available for bilateral energy projectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-150000-in-norway-grants-available-for-bilateral-energy-projects-9704<p>Grants from the Norwegian and European Economic Area Funds are to be made available for bilateral projects in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy security and reducing climate change, Poland's Ministry of Climate announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 17:54:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b7s2vciuy64yrq2up2jh2.jpegNorway Grantshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-150000-in-norway-grants-available-for-bilateral-energy-projects-9704Local Hero! Brave Natalia honoured TWICE for saving life of drowning girlhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/local-hero-brave-natalia-honoured-twice-for-saving-life-of-drowning-girl-9700<p>A teenager who saved a drowning five-year-old girl has been decorated twice for her bravery.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 16:35:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pkq9dnp0r5vk6war8rkxs.jpegHeroine Natalia received a medal for Sacrifice and Courage and a Cross of Merit for Valour.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/local-hero-brave-natalia-honoured-twice-for-saving-life-of-drowning-girl-9700Poland hopes cause of Ukrainian plane crash will be fully explainedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hopes-cause-of-ukrainian-plane-crash-will-be-fully-explained-9699<p>Poland hopes that the cause of the Ukrainian plane crash in Teheran will be fairly and reliably explained, Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ol83garhblbpr19054xt7.jpegThe flight to Kiev from Tehran crashed shortly after departure, killing all 176 people on board.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hopes-cause-of-ukrainian-plane-crash-will-be-fully-explained-9699Inflation in Poland at 2.6 pct in November - OECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-in-poland-at-26-pct-in-november---oecd-9698<p>Prices in Poland in November 2019 grew by 2.6 percent year on year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:28:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ejxfih3790519wesxt3q0n.jpegOECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-in-poland-at-26-pct-in-november---oecd-9698Poland sees CoE commissioner's letter as legislative interferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sees-coe-commissioners-letter-as-legislative-interference-9697<p>The letter from Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner, in which she tells the Polish Senate speaker that the Senate should reject the latest judiciary bill, is interference with Polish legislation, a deputy minister has said.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eeq450eaflp40jynybkyde.jpegSzynkowski vel Sęk told a press conference that Mijatovic did not wait for the conclusion of the visit and the Venice Commission's ultimate opinion, and instead expressed a clear expectation addressed to the Senate speaker that the bill should be rejected in its entirety.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sees-coe-commissioners-letter-as-legislative-interference-9697Inflation in Poland likely to exceed 2.5 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-in-poland-likely-to-exceed-25-pct-in-2020-9696<p>Polish Deputy Finance Minister Leszek Skiba told reporters on Friday that "inflation in Poland in 2020 will likely exceed 2.5 percent envisaged in the budget draft," but underlined that this should not be a cause for concern.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:04:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2ehp8xvcos18e21zsf47e6.jpeg"One should remember that higher inflation means higher budget incomes," underlined Skiba, adding that "this means that there will be no problems with the implementation of the budget."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-in-poland-likely-to-exceed-25-pct-in-2020-9696Extraordinary tale of the one-eyed, one-handed war hero who fell in love with Poland and didn’t leave for TWENTY yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-story-of-the-one-eyed-one-handed-war-hero-who-fell-in-love-with-poland-and-didnt-leave-for-twenty-years-9694<p>Visitors in the 1920s and 30s to the watery wilds of the Pripet Marshes, then in eastern Poland, may have heard tales of a one-eyed, one-handed British war hero who lived on an island in the depths of the wilderness and spent his days shooting ducks despite his lack of body parts.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:44:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/clsr3kfsabk4m2anv4ey0r.pngCarton de Wiart was sent to Poland at the end of WWI as part of the British Military Mission to aid and advise the nascent republic. He would not leave the country until the outbreak of WWII.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-story-of-the-one-eyed-one-handed-war-hero-who-fell-in-love-with-poland-and-didnt-leave-for-twenty-years-9694Blockbuster! Lego Notre Dame smashes world recordhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blockbuster-lego-notre-dame-smashes-world-record-9692<p>Unmasked yesterday inside the National Stadium in Warsaw, a stunning replica of Notre Dame cathedral appears to have smashed all prior records to become the world’s largest Lego structure.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:55:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kpibjiz2l3lv7fq04tube.jpegMeasuring 2.73 metres in height, 3.7 metres in length and 142 centimetres in width, the blockbusting marvel weighs 250kg and took over 400,000 Lego bricks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blockbuster-lego-notre-dame-smashes-world-record-9692Polish president's goal is to maintain good EU-US relations - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidents-goal-is-to-maintain-good-eu-us-relations---official-9691<p>Head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) Pawel Soloch declared on Friday that the main goal of the Polish president is, above all, to maintain good transatlantic relations between the EU and the US, also with regard to the ongoing tensions in the Middle East.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president's goal is to maintain good EU-US relations - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidents-goal-is-to-maintain-good-eu-us-relations---official-9691Poland cannot accept Russia's lies regarding WWII causes - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-cannot-accept-russias-lies-regarding-wwii-causes---official-9687<p>Polish government spokesperson Piotr Mueller underlined on Friday that "Russia has been lying about the causes of World War Two with regard to the spheres which by now seemed to be agreed upon and unquestionable."</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland cannot accept Russia's lies regarding WWII causes - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-cannot-accept-russias-lies-regarding-wwii-causes---official-9687Poland, US to step up cooperation in energy, climate sectors - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-us-to-step-up-cooperation-in-energy-climate-sectors---ministry-9685<p>Polish Climate Minister Michal Kurtyka met with US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher on Thursday to discuss cooperation in the energy and climate sector, the Climate Ministry said in a Friday news release.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:42:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/npn5tk4hb5vhp2p415lqr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-us-to-step-up-cooperation-in-energy-climate-sectors---ministry-9685Exhibition of impressionist prints opens in Poznanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-of-impressionist-prints-opens-in-poznan-9683<p>An exhibition titled Impressionism Unknown: Manet, Pisarro and Their Contemporaries, presenting prints from the collections of Oxford's Ashmolean Museum and the National Museum in Krakow, opened on Thursday at a cultural centre in Poland's western city of Poznan.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:23:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fdx1m5q2zw9xrnq1yg6rk.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exhibition-of-impressionist-prints-opens-in-poznan-9683Irish low-cost air carrier to expand in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/irish-low-cost-air-carrier-to-expand-in-poland-9681<p>Last year, the Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair serviced 13.2 million passengers in Poland. This year's plans provide for a growth to 14.2 million, the Puls Biznesu daily reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:20:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0k53ttazmk1odxsqs9tsftt.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/irish-low-cost-air-carrier-to-expand-in-poland-9681Poland to celebrate Day of Judaismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-celebrate-day-of-judaism-9679<p>Celebrations of the 23rd Day of Judaism in the Catholic Church, under the slogan "Remember to Celebrate the Sabbath Properly" will take place in Gniezno, western Poland, on January 16 – 21, the Warsaw Archdiocese press office told PAP on Thursday.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 20:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yg76zrqyjnn1ykwu77tdsn.jpegLast year the celebrations of the Day of Judaism took place in Łódź.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-celebrate-day-of-judaism-9679Firms invest EUR 400 mln in Industrial Development Agency’s economic zoneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/firms-invest-eur-400-mln-in-industrial-development-agencys-economic-zones-9678<p>Domestic and foreign companies invested in 2019 over PLN 1.7 billion (EUR 400 million) in two special economic zones managed by the Industrial Development Agency (ARP). Companies declared some 900 new jobs.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 20:23:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFirms invest EUR 400 mln in Industrial Development Agency’s economic zoneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/firms-invest-eur-400-mln-in-industrial-development-agencys-economic-zones-9678Venice Commission opinion on courts next week - Senate headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-commission-opinion-on-courts-next-week---senate-head-9675<p>The Council of Europe-advising Venice Commission will issue an opinion on recent judicial reforms in Poland next Wednesday or Thursday, Senate (upper house) Speaker Tomasz Grodzki said on Thursday after Warsaw talks with the Commission's delegates.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 19:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bmgdz1pk2fi6akrzi2q0k5.jpegRecounting the talks with the Venice Commission delegation, Grodzki called them "intensive, concrete and detailed," and said both sides "exchanged many detailed comments."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-commission-opinion-on-courts-next-week---senate-head-9675Polish railways had around 330 mln passengers in 2019 - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-railways-had-around-330-mln-passengers-in-2019---minister-9674<p>As many as 300 mln Polish passengers chose rail transport in 2019, up from 310 mln in 2018, Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk said in parliament on Thursday.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 19:33:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6akrrlw4mmueszykreth45.jpegRailways have been restoring their position after years of decline.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-railways-had-around-330-mln-passengers-in-2019---minister-9674Polish lower house condemns Putin's WW2 commentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lower-house-condemns-putins-ww2-comments-9673<p>The Polish Sejm (lower house) in a Thursday resolution condemned Russian leader Vladimir Putin's December comments concerning Poland's part in the outbreak of World War Two and the Holocaust.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 18:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rntpwclf939iwdkmupbyos.jpegThe document goes on to say that the immediate cause of the war was the August 23 1939 Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lower-house-condemns-putins-ww2-comments-9673EP to debate distortions of WW2 history next weekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ep-to-debate-distortions-of-ww2-history-next-week-9672<p>The European Parliament (EP) will debate distortions of European and World War Two history in Strasbourg next week on a motion by MEPs from Poland's Civic Platform (PO) and the Polish People's Party (PSL), both members of the EP's European People's Party (EPP) faction.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7xkpiftmb1mwydn8usmzuk.jpegHalicki said that the EP's concession to the debate showed that the EU and its institutions were Poland's true security guarantees.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ep-to-debate-distortions-of-ww2-history-next-week-9672Corpus Christi actor Bartosz Bielenia joins thespian A-list after being awarded European Shooting Stars 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corpus-christi-actor-bartosz-bielenia-joins-thespian-a-list-after-being-awarded-european-shooting-stars-2020-9670<p>‘Corpus Christi’ main lead Bartosz Bielenia has been named one of the European Shooting Stars 2020 – an award given to the most promising and versatile young actors and actresses on the continent.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:29:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cj6mfifmwi5hkyz7cg1655.jpegBartosz Bielenia (bottom right) now joins a thespian A-list for being one of the most talented actors in Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corpus-christi-actor-bartosz-bielenia-joins-thespian-a-list-after-being-awarded-european-shooting-stars-2020-9670We are the champions! Poland tops list of Europe’s hidden business gemshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-are-the-champions-poland-tops-list-of-europes-hidden-business-gems-9668<p>Poland has the most ‘hidden champions’ in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, according to a new report.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 14:23:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ucw6oehmpnnbvomy87gfg.jpegPoland came top of the hidden champions with 11 companies named and a further 3 potential hidden champions. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-are-the-champions-poland-tops-list-of-europes-hidden-business-gems-9668Poland most pro-American country in EU - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-most-pro-american-country-in-eu---survey-9666<p>Europe, in general, holds a more positive opinion about German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, while in Poland, trust in US President Donald Trump has gone up for the third year in a row, according to the Pew Research Center.</p><article><br></article>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ma8ktq631upv7qfzvexz.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-most-pro-american-country-in-eu---survey-9666Poland's house speaker, ambassador to OSCE discuss organisation issueshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-house-speaker-ambassador-to-osce-discuss-organisation-issues-9664<p>Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek on Wednesday met with Poland's ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Adam Halacinski, to discuss the priorities within the organisation and Poland's upcoming OSCE presidency.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jcpa5vg084q3ttde0jkh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-house-speaker-ambassador-to-osce-discuss-organisation-issues-9664Does your history knowledge let you down? Engaging new comp game could be just the answerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/does-your-history-knowledge-let-you-down-engaging-new-comp-game-could-be-just-the-answer-9662<p>A new educational computer game in which players can go on missions to rebuild Poland’s independence, topple a statue of Stalin<a name="_Hlk29464457">&nbsp;</a>or spring a Home Army insurgent from a Gestapo prison has ben launched.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 12:24:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e1asge2boombe1ov4ye4z.jpegAlthough the aim of the interactive game is for Polish children to learn about their country making use of computer gameplay techniques, it can also be played by adults who want to brush up on their knowledge of history. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/does-your-history-knowledge-let-you-down-engaging-new-comp-game-could-be-just-the-answer-9662Polish soldiers will soon resume Iraqi training - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-soldiers-will-soon-resume-iraqi-training---mod-9660<p>Polish soldiers who are on a NATO mission in Iraq will resume their training duties soon, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Twitter on Thursday, quoting information from the headquarters of the NATO mission in Iraq.</p><article><br></article>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 12:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish soldiers will soon resume Iraqi training - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-soldiers-will-soon-resume-iraqi-training---mod-9660Jerusalem conference looks like Russian-inspired event - Polish officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jerusalem-conference-looks-like-russian-inspired-event---polish-official-9658<p>Polish Deputy PM Jacek Sasin said on Thursday that "since the conference in Jerusalem looks like a Russian-inspired event, it would be very bad if the Polish president took part in such a propaganda meeting."</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 11:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2a9tyr2q8hqol5guuzjnsc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jerusalem-conference-looks-like-russian-inspired-event---polish-official-9658Poland's voice must be heard, says Israeli ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-voice-must-be-heard-says-israeli-ambassador-9657<p>The Israeli ambassador to Poland, Ben Zvi, said on Thursday that the Polish president's voice must be heard in Israel and the United States, as he referred to President Andrzej Duda's decision not to attend the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on January 23.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 11:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's voice must be heard, says Israeli ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-voice-must-be-heard-says-israeli-ambassador-9657Polish FM says US president's address reassuringhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-says-us-presidents-address-reassuring-9655<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Thursday that the address delivered by US President Donald Trump after an Iranian attack was reassuring.</p>Thu, 09 Jan 2020 10:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mluroh3w47p4l1s5awqkex.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-says-us-presidents-address-reassuring-9655Poland seeks many innovative investment projects - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-many-innovative-investment-projects---pm-9654<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki, attending an economic congress in Berlin on Wednesday, said Poland hopes to attract as many innovative projects as possible, especially greenfield projects.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 20:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oi1e4s09m4ufkycy37c0g.jpegPrime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (L) and Chairman and CEO of the Axel Springer Mathias Doepfner (R) attend the 12th WELT economic summit.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-many-innovative-investment-projects---pm-9654Poland seeks to reduce tensions in Middle East - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-to-reduce-tensions-in-middle-east---pm-9653<p>Poland is working to reduce tensions in the Middle East, said Prime Mister Mateusz Morawiecki during a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 20:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cwwjk391k3cxvhv3yzawe.jpegThe prime minister pointed out that no soldiers or representatives of NATO countries were killed in the night rocket attack on early Wednesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-to-reduce-tensions-in-middle-east---pm-9653Senate speaker calls off meeting with Iran's ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-speaker-calls-off-meeting-with-irans-ambassador-9652<p>Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki has called off a meeting with Ambassador of Iran to Poland Masoud Edrisi Kermanshahi planned for Thursday.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 20:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7z0n9ohnlrongvy234evhi.jpegReferring to bilateral relations, the Iranian envoy said that they are "as always, friendly," but that economic relations need to be stimulated.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-speaker-calls-off-meeting-with-irans-ambassador-9652Polish president, PM briefed on situation in Middle Easthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-briefed-on-situation-in-middle-east-9650<p>Polish soldiers in Iraq are safe, Iran's rocket attack was not directed against Polish soldiers but was an attack against US bases, head of the National Security Bureau (BBN), Paweł Soloch said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 17:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/epd6qjotp449v7i93fw43a.jpegSoloch said those attending the meeting were informed on the developments and the situation in the region after the Iranian military assaults.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-briefed-on-situation-in-middle-east-9650Iranian truck driver left stranded in Poland FINALLY gets new truck after original sale fell throughhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iranian-truck-driver-left-stranded-in-poland-finally-gets-new-truck-after-original-sale-fell-through-9647<p>The story of an Iranian trucker stranded in Poland has taken a new twist after the purchase of a new truck fell through.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 16:59:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xjjm9v88yqqxc6eotwgx.jpegFardin once again returned to Poland after managing to find a new truck from DBK Group through his new online pals.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iranian-truck-driver-left-stranded-in-poland-finally-gets-new-truck-after-original-sale-fell-through-9647Royals, world leaders to attend Auschwitz liberation anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royals-world-leaders-to-attend-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-9645<p>Twenty-two states delegations will attend observances marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration camp of Auschwitz, to be held on the site of the former camp, in southern Poland, on January 27.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 16:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q62o7tt25qn1wwu64fpdf9.jpegSpokesperson for the Auschwitz Museum Bartosz Bartyzel said that the most important guests will be around 200 Auschwitz prisoners.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royals-world-leaders-to-attend-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-9645Polish Senate speaker meets EC officials over controversial billhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-senate-speaker-meets-ec-officials-over-controversial-bill-9644<p>Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki in Brussels on Wednesday met with European Commission (EC) Vice President Vera Jourova and EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders to discuss Poland's latest judiciary bill that introduces disciplinary measures on judges.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 16:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1cx32eamq8i2qh797gs8nz.jpegGrodzki said the Wednesday meeting was a "working consultation."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-senate-speaker-meets-ec-officials-over-controversial-bill-9644Company that uses GPS to track smartphone users for luxury brand ads gets 45mln investment for expansionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/company-that-uses-gps-to-track-smartphone-users-for-luxury-brand-ads-gets-45mln-investment-for-expansion-9642<p>A Polish firm which uses high-tech location tracking to help A-list high street clients identify shoppers’ tastes and interests is set for expansion following a 45 million PLN investment.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 14:11:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7hw0mm5j5nfemf1l08x5l.pngThe company which has its HQ in Warsaw and offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and New York, uses its information to tailor online adverts for shoppers. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/company-that-uses-gps-to-track-smartphone-users-for-luxury-brand-ads-gets-45mln-investment-for-expansion-9642Polish ambassador to Iraq repatriated - Foreign Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ambassador-to-iraq-repatriated---foreign-ministry-9641<p>The Polish ambassador to Iraq, Beata Peksa, has returned to Poland and the reason behind the decision was to ensure the safety of the Polish envoy, the Foreign Ministry told PAP on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 13:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish ambassador to Iraq repatriated - Foreign Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ambassador-to-iraq-repatriated---foreign-ministry-9641Polish president, PM offer condolences after plane crash in Tehranhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-offer-condolences-after-plane-crash-in-tehran-9639<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki offered their condolences on Wednesday over the Ukrainian plane crash in the Iranian capital city of Tehran on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 13:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/utgifj3ouyylw84jhhg8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-offer-condolences-after-plane-crash-in-tehran-9639Forum of Polish Jews critical of World Holocaust Forum speakershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forum-of-polish-jews-critical-of-world-holocaust-forum-speakers-9637<p>The Forum of Polish Jews has criticised the fact that representatives of states which signed the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact in 1939 will give speeches at the World Holocaust Forum to be held in Jerusalem on 23 January, whereas Poland's voice will not be heard.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 12:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgForum of Polish Jews critical of World Holocaust Forum speakershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forum-of-polish-jews-critical-of-world-holocaust-forum-speakers-9637Businessman becomes only third Pole in HISTORY to make epic solo voyage to South Polehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/businessman-becomes-only-third-pole-in-history-to-make-epic-solo-voyage-to-south-pole-9635<p>A businessman from Strzyżów has become the third Polish man in history to walk to the South Pole on his own and without any outside support.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 11:59:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d2zxj4mu9nf3dqyou9jole.jpegThe 44-year-old from Strzyżów covered the astonishing 1,141 km icy route in 53 days and four hours.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/businessman-becomes-only-third-pole-in-history-to-make-epic-solo-voyage-to-south-pole-9635No Polish soldiers hurt after missile attacks in Iraq - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-polish-soldiers-hurt-after-missile-attacks-in-iraq---mod-9633<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak tweeted on Wednesday that there were no Polish military casualties in the attack on US air bases in Iraq, Al Asad and Irbil.</p>Wed, 08 Jan 2020 10:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tj3n72k6qz97yv3mdmcq4w.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-polish-soldiers-hurt-after-missile-attacks-in-iraq---mod-9633Putin's charges fuelled by post-Stalinist revisionism - president, PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/putins-charges-fuelled-by-post-stalinist-revisionism---president-pm-9628<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin's accusations of Polish complicity in the outbreak of World War II falsify the historical truth and are driven by post-Stalinist revisionism, President Andrzej Duda said at Tuesday's sitting of the Cabinet Council.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 19:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nem1jfgeha832oi9rby8s4.jpegPresident and PM during the sitting of the Cabinet Council.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/putins-charges-fuelled-by-post-stalinist-revisionism---president-pm-9628British composer to headline this year's Kraków Film Music Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-composer-to-headline-this-years-krakow-film-music-festival-9627<p>English composer John Powell will be the main guest at the 13th Music Film Festival (FMF) in Kraków, southern Poland, this year. He will appear during a concert at the ICE Krakow Congress Centre on May 31.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 18:21:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zprzxg87tyrbm8a14v8igj.jpegPowell is particularly known for his scores for animated films including the three parts of Shrek (co-composed with Harry Gregson-Williams), three Ice Age parts, Bolt, the How to Train Your Dragon film series and Solo: A Star Wars Story.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-composer-to-headline-this-years-krakow-film-music-festival-9627'Putin has no right to speak,' says Duda as he boycotts Jerusalem Holocaust forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-decides-not-to-attend-holocaust-forum-in-jerusalem-9625<p>President Andrzej Duda has said he will boycott the 5th World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on January 23 after being told Poland will not be allowed to address the event.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 18:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3xa2zxlv7r5wc84zkd2gkc.jpegThe president said the government's stance was in line with his. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-decides-not-to-attend-holocaust-forum-in-jerusalem-9625Our brave firefighters prepare to battle Australia’s deadly bushfires as PM offers Polish helphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/our-brave-firefighters-prepare-to-battle-australias-deadly-bushfires-as-pm-offers-polish-help-9623<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki has offered to help Australia battle its raging fires by sending a team of Polish firefighters.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b4wcljjqrz5ngjsykp7kkk.pngPM offers elite firefighters to tackle Australian bushfires.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/our-brave-firefighters-prepare-to-battle-australias-deadly-bushfires-as-pm-offers-polish-help-9623Poland's official reserve assets up in December - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-official-reserve-assets-up-in-december---central-bank-9622<p>Poland's official reserve assets increased in December 2019 to EUR 114.51 billion from November's EUR 108.88 billion, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:34:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's official reserve assets up in December - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-official-reserve-assets-up-in-december---central-bank-9622Ski jumping champ Dawid Kubacki wins hearts, gold and headlines with stunning Four Hills triumph – but who is he?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ski-jumping-champ-dawid-kubacki-wins-hearts-gold-and-headlines-with-stunning-four-hills-triumph--but-who-is-he-9620<p>This Monday, Kubacki became the third Pole, after Adam Małysz and Kamil Stoch, to win the prestigious Four Hills Tournament.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:09:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cvkmk2vganv0x0iebha89dd.jpegKubacki can't hide his delight after winning the prestigious Four Hills tournament.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ski-jumping-champ-dawid-kubacki-wins-hearts-gold-and-headlines-with-stunning-four-hills-triumph--but-who-is-he-9620Venice Commission's opinion on Poland's court reforms next week - sourcehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-commissions-opinion-on-polands-court-reforms-next-week---source-9616<p>The Venice Commission is expected to issue next week an urgent opinion on the amendment of Polish courts laws, PAP has been told by sources at the Council of Europe advising body.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 14:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/82hy6rntglf1vvv93v9nzd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-commissions-opinion-on-polands-court-reforms-next-week---source-9616Water lot of fun! Stunning new oceanarium set to attract 2.5 million visitors per year given go-aheadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/water-lot-of-fun-stunning-new-oceanarium-set-to-attract-25-million-visitors-per-year-given-go-ahead-9614<p>Promising to be the largest facility of its type in Europe, a stunning proposal for an oceanarium in Gdańsk moved a step closer to being realized after authorities issued the necessary building permits to the investor, PFI Future.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 14:17:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/llwvob5xvyfwhhkdx5fgd.jpegThe project – currently titled Nautilus Gdańsk – will house 160 species sourced from, principally, South America and the Atlantic, as well as a swimming pool separated from a shark tank by a glass wall.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/water-lot-of-fun-stunning-new-oceanarium-set-to-attract-25-million-visitors-per-year-given-go-ahead-9614Wawel Castle lifts ‘no-selfie’ rule in move to become more ‘Instagram-friendly’ - but still no sticks allowedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wawel-castle-lifts-no-selfie-rule-in-move-to-become-more-instagram-friendly---but-still-no-sticks-allowed-9612<p>Kraków’s Wawel Castle has begun the new year with a new approach by lifting a long-term photography ban and letting visitors take photos inside the castle’s interiors.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:49:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q0bvxgpohsetf61wkrhe.jpegNew museum director Andrzej Betlej said the move was designed to make the museum ‘modern’ and to make the castle “a friendly and open place for visitors, so that as many people as possible come here and feel good about it.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wawel-castle-lifts-no-selfie-rule-in-move-to-become-more-instagram-friendly---but-still-no-sticks-allowed-9612December's CPI in Poland at 3.4 pct y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-cpi-in-poland-at-34-pct-yy---stats-office-9610<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 3.4 percent year-on-year and by 0.8 percent month-on-month in December 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported in a flash estimate on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6qawxhi72a6u849v7rv71.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decembers-cpi-in-poland-at-34-pct-yy---stats-office-9610Poland is safe, assures head of National Security Officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-safe-assures-head-of-national-security-office-9608<p>Pawel Soloch, head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) commenting on the situation in the Middle East said Poland is safe as it is not on the front line and is seen as a neutral state.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland is safe, assures head of National Security Officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-safe-assures-head-of-national-security-office-9608Poland will not get involved in a Middle East war - deputy FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-not-get-involved-in-a-middle-east-war---deputy-fm-9606<p>Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski commenting on the tense situation in the Middle East stressed that Poland will not get involved in a war in the region but added that it will fulfill its allied obligations stemming from its NATO membership.</p>Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland will not get involved in a Middle East war - deputy FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-not-get-involved-in-a-middle-east-war---deputy-fm-9606No decisions on Middle East outside NATO - Polish PM's aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-decisions-on-middle-east-outside-nato---polish-pms-aide-9605<p>Poland will make no decisions regarding the current crisis in the Middle East outside of NATO, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki's office head Michał Dworczyk said on Monday on TV.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5yayc5yni5m30065gvjkwk.jpegAsked if Poland will back the US if the situation led to a war, Dworczyk said he "considered such speculations inappropriate," and stressed that current developments in Iran were not a priority for Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-decisions-on-middle-east-outside-nato---polish-pms-aide-9605Venice Commission delegates to visit Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-commission-delegates-to-visit-poland-9604<p>A delegation of the Council of Europe-advising Venice Commission will visit Poland on January 9 and 10 in connection with a request for it to opine on Polish judicial reforms by Poland's Senate (upper house) speaker Tomasz Grodzki.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2gec5jd6qndjz0lv2u79y.jpegEC Vice-President Vera Jourova encouraged Warsaw to consult the matter with the Venice Commission.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-commission-delegates-to-visit-poland-9604First Euro-China train arrives at Sławków Euroterminalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-euro-china-train-arrives-at-slawkow-euroterminal-9603<p>The Sławków rail terminal in southern Poland on Sunday welcomed the arrival of the first Chinese train under a November-opened wide-gauge Euro-China rail connection between Poland and the city of Xi'an in China. The train took 12 days to complete the route.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:05:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pmktv6otx484pa1y83f5s.jpegThe train's 45 containers will be reloaded onto narrow-gauge rolling stock and trucks at Sławków's Euroterminal, the Euro-China route's operators said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-euro-china-train-arrives-at-slawkow-euroterminal-9603Polish ski jumper wins Four Hills Tournamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ski-jumper-wins-four-hills-tournament-9602<p>Polish ski jumper Dawid Kubacki won this year's Four Hills ski-jumping Tournament after placing first in the fourth leg in Bischofshofen, Austria, on Monday.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 19:55:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mk7c03pknvt5zlp1j8l3.jpegKubacki is the third Pole to have won the tournament.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ski-jumper-wins-four-hills-tournament-9602Nearly 900 Polish towns and cities celebrate Epiphanyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-900-polish-towns-and-cities-celebrate-epiphany-9601<p>Nearly 900 Polish towns and cities as well as over 30 worldwide took part in Monday's Epiphany celebrations. Poland's biggest procession was held in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 17:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3x2sxo5inw5nk47p9mwmjk.jpegThe Feast of the Epiphany on January 6 is a public holiday in Poland. It is a Christian feast commemorating principally the visit of the Magi (The Wise Men or The Three Kings) to the Christ Child. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-900-polish-towns-and-cities-celebrate-epiphany-9601President, PM send Xmas wishes to Orthodox, Greek Catholic Churchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-send-xmas-wishes-to-orthodox-greek-catholic-church-9600<p>President Andrzej Duda and PM Mateusz Morawiecki, on Monday, sent greetings to the faithful of the Orthodox, Greek Catholic and Eastern Churches who, according to the Julian calendar, are celebrating Christmas.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 16:57:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hl66u6xxihctdnorhyw6ba.jpegOrthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Eve on January 6 and Christmas Day on January 7.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-send-xmas-wishes-to-orthodox-greek-catholic-church-9600Murder most foulhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/murder-most-foul-9597<p>This week we take a look at a story of a 14th century murder which was so gruesome even Skakespeare was inspired by it to write one of his plays hundreds of years later.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 16:41:00 +0100HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tupux62siimtfn5uipwgy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/murder-most-foul-9597Fuming Duda threatens boycott after being told he CAN’T speak at Holocaust memorial but Putin can!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fuming-duda-threatens-boycott-after-being-told-he-cant-speak-at-holocaust-memorial-but-putin-can-9595<p>President Andrzej Duda has threatened to boycott a Holocaust forum in Jerusalem unless he is given a chance to speak like Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 14:53:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0tfac3fn8c1jq78uakjydl.jpegPresident Duda said that if Putin was allowed to speak at the event in Jerusalem on Jan 23rd then so should he.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fuming-duda-threatens-boycott-after-being-told-he-cant-speak-at-holocaust-memorial-but-putin-can-9595Three Kings take to the streets in Christmas cavalcadeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-kings-take-to-the-streets-in-christmas-cavalcades-9592<p>Take a stroll through a town on January 6 and there is a fair chance you’ll run into the Three Wise Men backed by a procession.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 11:35:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vf1lmeo77g9t77c3k9uvs.jpegThree kings serve up doughnuts as a festive snack during a procession.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-kings-take-to-the-streets-in-christmas-cavalcades-9592No sign of threat for Poland over Middle East situation – presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-signals-of-threat-for-poland-over-middle-east-situation--president-9590<p>President Andrzej Duda said on Sunday that Poland is monitoring the situation in the Middle East and there are no signals that there is any threat for Poland or Poles.</p>Mon, 06 Jan 2020 10:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNo sign of threat for Poland over Middle East situation – presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-signals-of-threat-for-poland-over-middle-east-situation--president-9590Poland cancels training within NATO mission in Iraqhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-cancels-training-within-nato-mission-in-iraq-9589<p>Polish soldiers in Iraq have suspended training of Iraqi forces for security reasons, Poland's Armed Forces Operational Command said on Saturday in the wake of serious concerns over the region's stability after a US air strike in Baghdad killed a top Iranian general.</p>Sun, 05 Jan 2020 20:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland cancels training within NATO mission in Iraqhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-cancels-training-within-nato-mission-in-iraq-9589Warsaw hosts Christmas Carols charity concert for war victims in Syriahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-hosts-christmas-carols-charity-concert-for-war-victims-in-syria-9587<p>A charity concert of Christmas Carols "Poland Helps - Aid to Syria" aimed at raising funds for the victims of the war in Syria was held on Saturday in Warsaw's Royal Łazienki Park.</p>Sun, 05 Jan 2020 18:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/usu7wcl5tln45zc438zej.jpegSaturday's event was the seventh charity concert in the "Poland helps..." cycle and the sixth for the benefit of the victims of the conflict in Syria.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-hosts-christmas-carols-charity-concert-for-war-victims-in-syria-9587Transparent gravestones serve as ghostly reminders of lost world of Jewish cemeterieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/transparent-gravestones-serve-as-ghostly-reminders-of-lost-world-of-jewish-cemeteries-9585<p>Transparent matzevah, Jewish tombstones, are being placed in public spaces and documented as a reminder of the graveyards that once stood on the same spot. ‘Currently Absent’ (Obecnie Nieobecni) is a photographical historical project which aims to commemorate the presence of the Jewish minority, which used to coexist alongside its Christian neighbours in pre-war Poland.</p>Sun, 05 Jan 2020 17:38:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kkojkl2ddc90y499lpy5hj9.jpegA ghostly reminder of a lost world. The gravestones mark the spot of an old Jewish cemetery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/transparent-gravestones-serve-as-ghostly-reminders-of-lost-world-of-jewish-cemeteries-9585Polish national airline to avoid Iran-controlled airspacehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-airline-to-avoid-iran-controlled-airspace-9584<p>All LOT Polish Airlines flights previously scheduled to fly through Iranian airspace will have their routes changed, acting LOT spokesperson Michał Czernicki told PAP on Saturday.</p>Sun, 05 Jan 2020 14:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/72jak05uf1dkhaaayb2fdi.jpegThe decision comes after escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-airline-to-avoid-iran-controlled-airspace-9584Chess legend Kasparov says there is no doubt “Stalin invaded Poland as Hitler’s partner”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chess-legend-kasparov-says-there-is-no-doubt-stalin-invaded-poland-as-hitlers-partner-9583<p>Russian chess legend and political activist Garry Kasparov has entered the fray surrounding controversial comments made by Vladimir Putin that suggested Poland was in part responsible for the start of the Second World War.</p>Sun, 05 Jan 2020 14:55:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1jgluekxhz9e4cirq1442h.jpegKasparov tweeted that there “isn’t any doubt today” that Stalin joined Hitler in invading Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chess-legend-kasparov-says-there-is-no-doubt-stalin-invaded-poland-as-hitlers-partner-9583Historians find swords and spears of long-forgotten warrior tribe in ancient cemeteryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/historians-find-swords-and-spears-of-long-forgotten-warrior-tribe-in-ancient-cemetery-9580<p>Archaeologists have discovered rare swords, spears and knives among hundreds of items belonging to a long-disappeared people famed for their warrior culture in the Suwałki region of eastern Poland.</p>Sun, 05 Jan 2020 12:21:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t7cjkmnlqw8wqjp3o7w6i.jpegSome of the ancient weapons unearthed from the site of the cemetery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/historians-find-swords-and-spears-of-long-forgotten-warrior-tribe-in-ancient-cemetery-9580Blast from the past: lost wartime concerto lives again after being pieced togetherhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blast-from-the-past-lost-wartime-concerto-lives-again-after-being-pieced-together-9577<p>Largely unknown but to the most diligent of classical music fans, a Warsaw-born composer has again been thrust into the global spotlight decades following his death after fragments of one of his lost concertos were pieced together by Poland’s leading violinist, Janusz Wawrowski.</p>Sat, 04 Jan 2020 18:29:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tnmdyf63m8c0wrragff513.jpegAcclaimed vilonist Janusz Wawrowski won praise, first for reconstructing the piece and then for playing it.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blast-from-the-past-lost-wartime-concerto-lives-again-after-being-pieced-together-9577Polish embassy critical of Ukrainian foreign ministry's hero commemoration commentaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-embassy-critical-of-ukrainian-foreign-ministrys-hero-commemoration-commentary-9574<p>The Polish Embassy in Ukraine on Saturday criticised Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Kateryna Zelenko for her comments regarding the commemoration of controversial Ukrainian national heroes.</p>Sat, 04 Jan 2020 17:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish embassy critical of Ukrainian foreign ministry's hero commemoration commentaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-embassy-critical-of-ukrainian-foreign-ministrys-hero-commemoration-commentary-9574It’s a dog’s life: ex-pound hound becomes globe trotter after rescuehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-a-dogs-life-ex-pound-hound-becomes-globe-trotter-after-rescue-9572<p>From a life behind bars in a dog pound to visiting 36 countries on five continents, Snupi the dog has been given a new lease of life thanks to his owners Iza and Piotrek, who took their four-legged companion on a journey around the world.</p>Sat, 04 Jan 2020 16:38:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j9k6grd5wb8u7pyo5k5hhj.jpegAfter being rescued from a shelter the dog has become a globe trotter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-a-dogs-life-ex-pound-hound-becomes-globe-trotter-after-rescue-9572Pole takes lead in Four Hills tournamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-takes-lead-in-four-hills-tournament-9571<p>Poland's Dawid Kubacki took the lead in the ongoing annual Four Hills ski jump tournament after coming second in the competition's Saturday third round in Innsbruck, Austria.</p>Sat, 04 Jan 2020 16:30:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eam509gbdsvk94jph8nhb.jpegDawid Kubacki took the lead in the Four Hills ski jump tournament.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-takes-lead-in-four-hills-tournament-9571Discovery of ancient Egyptian beads sheds new light on historic trade routeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/discovery-of-ancient-egyptian-beads-sheds-new-light-on-historic-trade-routes-9570<p>Archaeologists have found ancient Egyptian beads dating back to the time of the Pharaohs in a graveyard in the northern region of Warmia. The astonishing discovery was made during excavations of a Bronze Age burial ground, and indicates the extent of the Amber Road trade route.</p>Sat, 04 Jan 2020 13:40:00 +0100ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x9qd9gqi57cl46f86xdvlb.jpegThe beads date back some 3,000 years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/discovery-of-ancient-egyptian-beads-sheds-new-light-on-historic-trade-routes-9570Russia striving for destruction of EU, NATO - former EC headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-striving-for-destruction-of-eu-nato---former-ec-head-9569<p>Russian leader Vladimir Putin is aiming at the disintegration of the EU and NATO, former Polish PM and ex-European Council head Donald Tusk warned in a Saturday interview for the Polish national daily Gazeta Wyborcza.</p>Sat, 04 Jan 2020 12:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0j3p3f20xgrbscj3nuwom0l.jpegCommenting on Putin's long-term goals, Tusk said the Russian leader wanted to bring about the disintegration of the EU and NATO.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-striving-for-destruction-of-eu-nato---former-ec-head-9569Polish, Israeli ambassadors condemn honours for Ukrainian nationalistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-ambassadors-condemn-honours-for-ukrainian-nationalists-9567<p>The Polish and Israeli ambassadors to Ukraine, Bartosz Cichocki and Joel Lion, on Thursday criticised the authorities of Lviv and Kiev in Ukraine for honouring Ukrainian nationalist leaders known for anti-Semitic and anti-Polish attitudes.</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 20:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, Israeli ambassadors condemn honours for Ukrainian nationalistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-ambassadors-condemn-honours-for-ukrainian-nationalists-9567President asks ministry for situation update after Soleimani assassinationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-asks-ministry-for-situation-update-after-soleimani-assassination-9565<p>In connection with the recent events in Iraq, President Andrzej Duda has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for detailed information on the situation, announced the National Security Bureau (BBN) in a press release on Friday.</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 19:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iksippqkfp853hglq820qj.jpegKashmiri Shiite Muslims hold placards during a protest against an US airstrike in Iraq.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-asks-ministry-for-situation-update-after-soleimani-assassination-9565Polish-Finnish firm creates pioneering, cloud-penetrating technology for camera-packing satelliteshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-finnish-firm-creates-pioneering-cloud-penetrating-technology-for-camera-packing-satellites-9562<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Polish-Finnish company is revolutionising the satellite imaging industry with new technology that can penetrate cloud, smoke and even steam to take images of the earth below.</span></p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 19:15:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8773qhvqp1a926dk580n99.jpegSAR equipped satellites can take images of the earth despite cloud cover.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-finnish-firm-creates-pioneering-cloud-penetrating-technology-for-camera-packing-satellites-9562Take that: man lands Poland’s most expensive photo for US$ 1.5 millionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-that-man-lands-polands-most-expensive-photo-for-us-15-million-9560<p>A Wrocław-based businessman has shelled out over a million dollars to buy the most expensive photograph ever to appear in Poland.</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 14:41:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bfdyp2hwh1o1s46vc1ymeu.jpeg“After many conversations and negotiations I finally managed to get there and persuade Peter Lik to sell it,” says Majchrowski (pictured above).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-that-man-lands-polands-most-expensive-photo-for-us-15-million-9560New vehicle registrations up 14.7 pct y/y in December - Samarhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-vehicle-registrations-up-147-pct-yy-in-december---samar-9558<p>A total of 60,081 new passenger cars and small delivery vehicles were registered in Poland in December 2019, up 14.7 percent from the same month in 2018, Samar, an institute monitoring the car market, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 14:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vc4wbt864gn3uei9jc75.jpegMonth on month, the number of registrations increased by 18.3 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-vehicle-registrations-up-147-pct-yy-in-december---samar-9558CCC footwear company offers e-sales in Slovakiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ccc-footwear-company-offers-e-sales-in-slovakia-9557<p>CCC Group a Poland-based company operating in the footwear market, launched an online platform in Slovakia in the last days of 2019, the company has announced in a press release. CCC has 53 traditional stores in Slovakia.</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 14:18:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8tywlp1wg68tfxzpex5zq.jpegCCC produces and sells various models and brands of shoes, including sport footwear, shoes for children, and men's and women's shoes. It also sells accessories and clothing.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ccc-footwear-company-offers-e-sales-in-slovakia-9557Central Transportation Port to start operations in late 2027https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-transportation-port-to-start-operations-in-late-2027-9556<p>First flights from Poland's Central Transportation Port (CPK) are planned for the end of 2027, the government commissioner for the CPK, Marcin Horała, told the Rzeczpospolita daily on Friday, adding that the government "will do everything to keep to this date."</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 14:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5bh3wtm8eeuzbrvrtpiw8.jpegAsked about the estimated cost of the project, Horała answered that "it is now being evaluated at PLN 25 billion (EUR 5.9 billion)."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-transportation-port-to-start-operations-in-late-2027-9556Poland's sales of windows, doors to US rise by 13.5 pct in Jan-Octhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-sales-of-windows-doors-to-us-rise-by-135-pct-in-jan-oct-9555<p>Polish companies sold windows and doors worth a total of EUR 23.4 mln on the US market in the first ten months of 2019, an increase of 13.5 percent compared to the same period of 2018, the Sectoral Analysis Centre (CAB) reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 14:01:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's sales of windows, doors to US rise by 13.5 pct in Jan-Octhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-sales-of-windows-doors-to-us-rise-by-135-pct-in-jan-oct-9555Polish president may join Holocaust forum if conditions are met - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-may-join-holocaust-forum-if-conditions-are-met---aide-9554<p>There are no obstacles to Polish President Andrzej Duda's presence at the 5th World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on January 22-23 if Poland's conditions are fulfilled, Duda's chief aide Krzysztof Szczerski told Polish Radio One on Friday.</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 12:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/npy9cjrwkma9pafvto3lwe.jpegSzczerski said that Polish expectations changed after Putin in late December accused Poland of being co-responsible for the outbreak of World War II.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-may-join-holocaust-forum-if-conditions-are-met---aide-9554Polish hospitality and talent is INCREDIBLE - Entrepreneur Ewa Wysockahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-hospitality-and-talent-is-incredible---entrepreneur-ewa-wysocka-431<p>Ewa Wysocka is the CEO of Tribe47 and Founder of PortyalYogi.pl and in this episode of HeartofPoland with our host Patrick Ney you get to discover<br>- Ewa's Favourite place in Poland<br>- Ewa's Favourite Polish food<br>- The number 1 place Ewa would recommend in Poland<br>- If Ewa was Queen of Poland, what 1 thing would you change?</p><p>Find out how Ewa has built 2 successful businesses in Poland and why she chose Poland when - as a digital nomad - she could have worked anywhere in the world!</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 11:54:00 +0100BusinessHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eswwhgrhb1re1u0g066ccq.jpegEntrepreneur Ewa Wysockahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-hospitality-and-talent-is-incredible---entrepreneur-ewa-wysocka-431Table topping: parliament rolls out list of famous Poles named patrons of 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/table-topping-parliament-rolls-out-list-of-famous-poles-named-patrons-of-2020-9552<p>Pope John Paul II tops the list of patrons for 2020 announced by the Polish parliament. The late pope is joined by hetman Stanislaw Żółkiewski, writer Leopold Tyrmand and philosopher Roman Ingarden.</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 10:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2y4vs93v1piioc6fktott.jpegJohn Paul II tops the list of patrons for 2020.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/table-topping-parliament-rolls-out-list-of-famous-poles-named-patrons-of-2020-9552Poland's GDP growth to slow down to 3-3.5 pct in 2020 - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-to-slow-down-to-3-35-pct-in-2020---official-9551<p>Polish Development Fund (PFR) President Pawel Borys wrote in the daily Puls Biznesu on Friday that "Poland's economic growth will likely slow down to 3-3.5 percent in 2020."</p>Fri, 03 Jan 2020 09:35:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n4qwc1lke7jj4671wpxb.jpegBorys expressed his conviction that "both the economy and the budget will be balanced." https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-to-slow-down-to-3-35-pct-in-2020---official-9551Polish furniture exporters to expand on global markets - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-furniture-exporters-to-expand-on-global-markets---daily-9550<p>Next year may see the beginning of Polish furniture manufacturers' transatlantic expansion as the European markets are becoming too tight for them, the daily Puls Biznesu wrote on Thursday.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 18:34:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oycw1bkvfucc4kactfoolj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-furniture-exporters-to-expand-on-global-markets---daily-9550Krakow airport handles over 8 mln passengers in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-handles-over-8-mln-passengers-in-2019-9549<p>The Krakow-Balice International Airport in southern Poland handled a record-high 8,411,000 passengers last year, more by 1,641,000 than in 2018, the airport announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 18:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yh5o466y0wbdbsfkzjg5qe.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-handles-over-8-mln-passengers-in-2019-9549Return to sender: honest shopper hands in wad of cash found in jacket pockethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/return-to-sender-honest-shopper-hands-in-wad-of-cash-found-in-jacket-pocket-9547<p><span lang="EN-GB">A 58-year-old man from Żywiec, southern Poland, exhibited extraordinary honesty after finding a bundle of banknotes in a used jacket he just bought. Instead of pocketing the money for himself, he took the cash to the police station, and the local force is now trying to track down the out-of-pocket former owner of the money.</span></p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 16:19:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gnggj7yt9fx5ntjv15pn.jpegThe man could have kept the money for himself but instead handed it in to the police.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/return-to-sender-honest-shopper-hands-in-wad-of-cash-found-in-jacket-pocket-9547Charity concert to aid Syria on January 6https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/charity-concert-to-aid-syria-on-january-6-9546<p>Most beautiful Christmas carols and songs will be sung by Polish Royal Opera artists as well as soloists during a charity concert "Poland Helps - Aid to Syria" at the Royal Theatre in the Old Orangery of the Royal Łazienki Museum on January 6.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 14:48:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c4h6w6x1h8mw6nz5cwczuf.jpegThe charity concert "Poland Helps - Aid to Syria" will be held at the Royal Theatre in the Old Orangery of the Royal Łazienki Museum.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/charity-concert-to-aid-syria-on-january-6-9546Poland receives EUR 383.4 million from EU in November - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-3834-million-from-eu-in-november---minfin-9545<p>Poland received EUR 383.35 million from EU funds in November 2019, including EUR 87.8 million in current transfers and EUR 295.55 million in capital transfers, the Finance Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 13:50:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland receives EUR 383.4 million from EU in November - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-3834-million-from-eu-in-november---minfin-9545Happy New Fact! New statistics yearbook shines light on the good side of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/happy-new-fact-new-statistics-yearbook-shines-light-on-the-good-side-of-poland-9543<p>Poland’s Central Statistical Office (Główny Urząd Statystyczny) has released its Yearbook for 2019 and there is a lot to celebrate.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 13:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wd4nrg2o5gr07ghrvqvi8l.jpegThe grey wolf population has risen from 770 in 2010 to 2,868, according to GUS.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/happy-new-fact-new-statistics-yearbook-shines-light-on-the-good-side-of-poland-9543Poland's manufacturing PMI up m/m in Decemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-up-mm-in-december-9542<p>Poland's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to 48.0 points in December 2019 from 46.7 points in November, the economic research company IHS Markit reported on Monday. Market expectations stood at 46.9 points.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 13:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's manufacturing PMI up m/m in Decemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-up-mm-in-december-9542Poland's GDP likely grows by 4.2 pct in 2019 - Development Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-likely-grows-by-42-pct-in-2019---development-ministry-9541<p>Poland's economy likely expanded by 3.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019 and by 4.2 percent in the entire year, according to an estimate published by the Development Ministry on Thursday.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 12:19:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP likely grows by 4.2 pct in 2019 - Development Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-likely-grows-by-42-pct-in-2019---development-ministry-9541Jasna Góra Monastery visited by 4.4 mln pilgrims in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jasna-gora-monastery-visited-by-44-mln-pilgrims-in-2019-9540<p>Around 4.4 mln pilgrims visited Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, southern Poland, in 2019, an increase of 100,000 people on the 2018 figure. The number of walking pilgrimages is also growing, the press office of the monastery has reported.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 10:18:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g9u07iv8tnqng4l8m96uuh.jpegAccording to the annual report, around 752,000 Poles went on 190 different pilgrimages in Poland last year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jasna-gora-monastery-visited-by-44-mln-pilgrims-in-2019-9540Righting the wrongs: four towns regain rights stripped by the tsarshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/righting-the-wrongs-four-towns-regain-rights-stripped-by-the-tsars-9536<p>The New Year will see the creation of four new towns in Poland, all of which will regain their town rights that were stripped from them following the January Uprising of 1863.</p>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 09:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yx0jysmp5jrnrm0jt5w8l.jpegCzerwińsk nad Wisłą is one of the places that will become a town again.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/righting-the-wrongs-four-towns-regain-rights-stripped-by-the-tsars-9536President Duda extends New Year's wishes to Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-extends-new-years-wishes-to-poles-9535<p>In his New Year's message to the Polish people, President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday that 2020 will be a year of Polish victories as an independent and efficiently-governed Poland in a united Europe strengthens its position.</p>Wed, 01 Jan 2020 18:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident Duda extends New Year's wishes to Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-extends-new-years-wishes-to-poles-9535Date of Poland's presidential election to be announced in early 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/date-of-polands-presidential-election-to-be-announced-in-early-2020-9533<p>Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek is expected to announce the date of the presidential election in early 2020.</p>Wed, 01 Jan 2020 18:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDate of Poland's presidential election to be announced in early 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/date-of-polands-presidential-election-to-be-announced-in-early-2020-9533Pole position: Kubica signs for Alfa Romeo F1 team in landmark dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-position-kubica-signs-for-alfa-romeo-f1-team-in-landmark-deal-9529<p><span lang="EN-US">Motor-racing star Robert Kubica will join the Alfa Romeo F1 team for the 2020 season in a deal that also means PKN Orlen will become a main sponsor of the famous Italian team.</span></p>Wed, 01 Jan 2020 18:27:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e3hhe2i2il51mblmffnic.jpegKubica will be reserve driver for Alfa Romeo next season.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-position-kubica-signs-for-alfa-romeo-f1-team-in-landmark-deal-9529Ring in the new: Poland’s economy set to keep growing in 2020 despite problems next doorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ring-in-the-new-polands-economy-set-to-keep-growing-in-2020-despite-problems-next-door-9526<p>Poland’s economy, one of the top performers in the European Union, is likely to face a slowdown in the 2020. However, any economic downtrend will be rather moderate owing to still rising wages and strong social benefits that are boosting domestic demand.</p>Wed, 01 Jan 2020 12:43:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g1vn52v3r8kjt8be6g2ro.jpegOn the rise: Poland’s economy is expected to keep on growing this year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ring-in-the-new-polands-economy-set-to-keep-growing-in-2020-despite-problems-next-door-9526Corporate investment at same level in coming year - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corporate-investment-at-same-level-in-coming-year---minister-9524<p>The government wants to uphold the present investment level in the corporate sector through, among other means, a special pro-investment package, Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz told PAP on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 31 Dec 2019 16:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8a86024r3nax5evpx7jer.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corporate-investment-at-same-level-in-coming-year---minister-9524President thanks for int'l support in WW2 dispute with Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-thanks-for-intl-support-in-ww2-dispute-with-russia-9522<p>President Andrzej Duda wishes to extend his thanks for the domestic and international support given Warsaw in its strife with Russia over Poland's role in the outbreak of World War Two, Duda's office head Krzysztof Szczerski informed PAP on Tuesday</p>Tue, 31 Dec 2019 16:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident thanks for int'l support in WW2 dispute with Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-thanks-for-intl-support-in-ww2-dispute-with-russia-9522Poland has won WWII debate with Russia - politicianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-won-wwii-debate-with-russia---politicians-9521<p>It appears that Poland has won the dispute around Poland's role in the outbreak of World War Two instigated by Russian leader Vladimir Putin, prime ministerial aide Michał Dworczyk said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 31 Dec 2019 13:01:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/74n8f7wbjtc5st5h15aolk.jpegIn his response to Putin's words, Morawiecki accused the Russian leader of deliberately spreading lies about Poland, and observed that this was typical of Moscow when it felt itself under international pressure.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-won-wwii-debate-with-russia---politicians-9521LOT to start Warsaw-Washington flights from June 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-to-start-warsaw-washington-flights-from-june-2020-9520<p>Poland's national carrier LOT is to launch a new direct route between Warsaw and Washington DC from June 2020, the company has announced.</p>Tue, 31 Dec 2019 11:28:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p5mz0gunhcohp2lblguzu9.jpegThe Warsaw-Washington route will be the airline's tenth connection linking Poland to the USA. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-to-start-warsaw-washington-flights-from-june-2020-9520Warsaw one of the best places in Europe to spend NYE, says new rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-one-of-the-best-places-in-europe-to-spend-nye-says-new-ranking-9518<p>For a New Year’s Eve that won’t break the bank, Warsaw is an excellent choice, a new ranking shows.</p>Tue, 31 Dec 2019 09:40:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ruwwtsxgo2hto5mdadora.jpegTicketlens.com found that although far from being the cheapest, the Polish capital came in at 34th best place in terms of cost.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-one-of-the-best-places-in-europe-to-spend-nye-says-new-ranking-9518War of the Words! World’s media line up to defend PM Morawiecki and slam Putin’s ‘reckless’ WWII comments as tensions mounthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-media-line-up-to-defend-pm-morawiecki-as-they-slam-putins-reckless-wwii-comments-in-escalating-war-of-words-9509<p>Media outlets across the globe have rounded on Russian president Vladimir Putin following his comments about Poland's role in the outbreak of World War Two.</p>Mon, 30 Dec 2019 20:10:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mc3o5m0sueeb7bi6oh4ww.pngMedia outlets across the globe have rounded on Russian president Vladimir Putin following his comments about Poland's role in the outbreak of WWII.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-media-line-up-to-defend-pm-morawiecki-as-they-slam-putins-reckless-wwii-comments-in-escalating-war-of-words-9509Polish, Korean firms to join forces in polypropylene productionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-korean-firms-to-join-forces-in-polypropylene-production-9505<p>Poland's chemical firm Grupa Azoty has asked the country's anti-trust regulator UOKiK to approve the construction of installations for polypropylene production by a group comprising Azoty and its one Polish and two South Korean partners, UOKiK said on Monday.</p>Mon, 30 Dec 2019 17:19:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cy3a8c9xhc7hvlcwu2umc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-korean-firms-to-join-forces-in-polypropylene-production-9505Mountain chic or height of kitsch? New exhibition pays homage to the ‘Zakopane style’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mountain-chic-or-height-of-kitsch-new-exhibition-pays-homage-to-the-zakopane-style-9503<p><span lang="EN-GB">The Zakopane style, which for some is the epitome of mountain chic and for others the pinnacle of kitsch, had its museum reopened this Sunday.</span></p>Mon, 30 Dec 2019 16:31:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bx1hkqa7aqukni7rupkree.jpegThe newly renovated Villa Koliba (pictured) is the first building constructed in the design conceived by artist Stanisław Witkiewicz as a Polish national architectural style.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mountain-chic-or-height-of-kitsch-new-exhibition-pays-homage-to-the-zakopane-style-9503Napoleonic necklacehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/napoleonic-necklace-9501<p>This week we take a look at the story behind a necklace that French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte gave to his Polish lover Maria Walewska.</p>Mon, 30 Dec 2019 14:48:00 +0100HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k9asl0lmu3v5rugiv37bs.pngThe affair was shrouded in secrecy, though Warsaw society was electrified by rumours of the liaison.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/napoleonic-necklace-9501Simply the best! Lewy finishes 2019 as Europe’s best scorerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/simply-the-best-lewy-finishes-2019-as-europes-best-scorer-9499<p>Footballing ace Robert Lewandowski has ended the year as the highest goal scorer in European football.</p>Mon, 30 Dec 2019 13:57:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nlhenej129abdsciiyj5t.jpegThe 31-year-old striker is top of the tree for number of goals. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/simply-the-best-lewy-finishes-2019-as-europes-best-scorer-9499President extends Polish military missions abroadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-extends-polish-military-missions-abroad-9497<p>President Andrzej Duda, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland, has signed a decision extending the presence of Polish military contingents abroad, the National Security Bureau (BBN) has informed.</p>Mon, 30 Dec 2019 12:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pivqzhcuzdexrxtekiuzh.jpegPresident Duda during a visit to the Sigonella base in Sicily, where Polish soldiers participate in the EU mission, Sophia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-extends-polish-military-missions-abroad-9497Hitler and Stalin colluded to start WWII - US ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hitler-and-stalin-colluded-to-start-wwii---us-ambassador-9495<p>"Dear President Putin, Hitler and Stalin colluded to start WWII. That is a fact. Poland was a victim of this horrible conflict," US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher wrote on Twitter on Monday.</p>Mon, 30 Dec 2019 12:10:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ov3c8b7tyffv563cbc0j6n.jpegtweethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hitler-and-stalin-colluded-to-start-wwii---us-ambassador-9495Skeleton of 2,500-year-old Scythian warrior found buried in ‘Valley of the Kings’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/skeleton-of-2500-year-old-scythian-warrior-found-buried-in-valley-of-the-kings-9493<p>The 2,500-year-old tomb of a Scythian warrior has been found in the ‘Siberian Valley of the Kings’ in Russia.</p>Mon, 30 Dec 2019 11:43:00 +0100ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fct9p7fivjh4w1jx6omg07.pngThe skeletal remains of the 2,500-year-old Scythian warrior was found buried with a bronze battle axe, arrows, an iron knife and fragments of a bow. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/skeleton-of-2500-year-old-scythian-warrior-found-buried-in-valley-of-the-kings-9493We are ready for long information war with Russia - Polish deputy FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-are-ready-for-long-information-war-with-russia---polish-deputy-fm-9492<p>Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński announced on Monday that Poland was ready for a very long information war with Russia. He made the statement in connection with President Vladimir Putin's remarks about Poland.</p>Mon, 30 Dec 2019 11:27:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jl4jgm1r0gko1jy2o7wn.pngPutin said the immediate cause of the war was not the August 1939 Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, but the 1938 Munich Agreement.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-are-ready-for-long-information-war-with-russia---polish-deputy-fm-9492Poland to assume NATO 'Spearhead Force' command on January 1https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-assume-nato-spearhead-force-command-on-january-1-9490<p>Poland will take over the command of NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), known as the 'Spearhead Force,' which is ready to deploy and respond, within a few days, to any challenges that may arise.</p>Mon, 30 Dec 2019 09:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u4ewksvwjki12idpfvec52e.jpegIn 2020, the lead role will be performed by the 21st Podhale Rifles Brigade.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-assume-nato-spearhead-force-command-on-january-1-9490Putin's allegations against Poland are indecent - German dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/putins-allegations-against-poland-are-indecent---german-daily-9480<p>The German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) commenting on the latest accusations by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who blamed Poland for actual collusion with the German Third Reich, considered them "obscene and indecent."</p>Sun, 29 Dec 2019 19:10:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPutin's allegations against Poland are indecent - German dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/putins-allegations-against-poland-are-indecent---german-daily-9480World War WHO?!? PM hits back at Putin’s lie that Poland started WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-war-who-pm-hits-back-at-putins-lie-that-poland-started-wwii-9478<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki has taken Russian president Vladimir Putin to task over his claims that Poland was to blame for starting WWII.</p>Sun, 29 Dec 2019 19:04:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kx1n20abq8xkf8zelle2.pngPM Morawiecki takes Putin to task over his ‘bizarre’ WWII claims.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-war-who-pm-hits-back-at-putins-lie-that-poland-started-wwii-9478Architect wins prestigious German Design Award for Wrocław’s stunning shiny NAWA ‘tunnel’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/architect-wins-prestigious-german-design-award-for-wroclaws-stunning-shiny-nawa-tunnel-9476<p>A Polish architect has won the German Design Award 2020 for his innovative metal sculpture in Wrocław, south-western Poland, which looks like a shiny tunnel.</p>Sun, 29 Dec 2019 13:52:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t30rfvvzkucpv6ig4sk.jpegLocated on Daliowa Island, the smallest of the islands in Wrocław’s Old Town, the construction consists of 35 bionic steel arches.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/architect-wins-prestigious-german-design-award-for-wroclaws-stunning-shiny-nawa-tunnel-9476An arresting sight! Cops create calendar to raise money for cancerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/an-arresting-sight-cops-create-calendar-to-raise-money-for-cancer-9466<p>Female cops from Rzeszów have posed for a new calendar to help raise money for breast cancer.</p>Sun, 29 Dec 2019 11:48:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/znjaxjujb2tuixulalqml.jpegThe year begins with Anna from Rzeszów HQ’s intelligence and intervention department.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/an-arresting-sight-cops-create-calendar-to-raise-money-for-cancer-9466Up and coming: awards doled out for Warsaw’s best sustainable and urban renewal projectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-and-coming-awards-doled-out-for-warsaws-best-sustainable-and-urban-renewal-projects-9464<p><span lang="EN-GB">As the curtain prepares to fall on 2019, the winners of the annual Architectural Award of the President of the Capital City of Warsaw have been revealed with concepts of urban renewal and sustainability featuring heavily in the city’s official rundown of favourite projects.</span></p>Sat, 28 Dec 2019 18:35:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a00j97rm50nps331lto3pi.jpegCentrum Praskie Koneser, in the upcoming suburb of Praga, scooped prizes for Accessibility as well as Revitalization.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-and-coming-awards-doled-out-for-warsaws-best-sustainable-and-urban-renewal-projects-9464We must care for senior citizens - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-must-care-for-senior-citizens---pm-9462<p>We must extend care over our senior citizens, who built the foundations of our future, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said at a Saturday meeting with senior citizens in Brennik by Legnica in southwestern Poland.</p>Sat, 28 Dec 2019 16:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2lq6mw43buoqy9oarrf2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-must-care-for-senior-citizens---pm-9462Wielkopolskie Uprising anniversary observed in Poznanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wielkopolskie-uprising-anniversary-observed-in-poznan-9461<p>Ceremonies marking the 101st anniversary of the Wielkopolskie Uprising, in which Poles regained territory from the Germans after World War I, were held in Poznan, capital of the western Wielkopolskie province, on Saturday.</p>Sat, 28 Dec 2019 16:15:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1ew79xxtsdnz89zbfr99u.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wielkopolskie-uprising-anniversary-observed-in-poznan-9461Poland's national airline carried record 10 mln passengers in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-national-airline-carried-record-10-mln-passengers-in-2019-9460<p>In 2019, for the first time in its history, national flag carrier LOT carried more than 10 million passengers in a single year.</p>Sat, 28 Dec 2019 16:12:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jtkmq4553lh35rtbpr3v.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-national-airline-carried-record-10-mln-passengers-in-2019-9460Database on victims of Auschwitz death camp being updated - museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/database-on-victims-of-auschwitz-death-camp-being-updated---museum-9458<p>Names of over 60 percent of the 400,000 prisoners registered in the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz have been established, announced the Auschwitz Museum on Friday. Work on the database is being carried out by the memorial site's digital repository.</p>Sat, 28 Dec 2019 16:08:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i1cqvejm6yj9lhh4q7w7f.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/database-on-victims-of-auschwitz-death-camp-being-updated---museum-9458Artists give real-life couples the chance to say “I do” in play based on Polish classichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artists-give-real-life-couples-the-chance-to-say-i-do-in-play-based-on-polish-classic-9456<p>Newlyweds wanted! A Warsaw-based theatre is looking for brides and grooms to be, or newly married couples, for a theatrical open-air wedding performance – with wedding guests thrown in!</p>Sat, 28 Dec 2019 15:42:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w8xxng58fna6dia4yv4nv5.jpegThe theatre is looking for couples willing to get married as part of an artistic performance.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artists-give-real-life-couples-the-chance-to-say-i-do-in-play-based-on-polish-classic-9456Russian ambassador summoned over Putin's WWII remarkshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russian-ambassador-summoned-over-putins-wwii-remarks-9454<p>Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreev was urgently summoned to the Polish Foreign Ministry on Friday in connection with Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent comments about the outbreak of World War Two, the ministry informed PAP on Saturday.</p>Sat, 28 Dec 2019 13:19:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRussian ambassador summoned over Putin's WWII remarkshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russian-ambassador-summoned-over-putins-wwii-remarks-9454Warsaw flat sold for record-high EUR 4 mlnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-flat-sold-for-record-high-eur-4-mln-9452<p>A 470 square-metre apartment in central Warsaw has been sold for a record-high PLN 17 million (ca. EUR 4 mln), the highest price paid for a flat in Poland in 2019, and one of the highest in the last 30 years, <a href="http://urban.one/" target="_blank">urban.one</a> portal said on Friday.</p>Sat, 28 Dec 2019 13:07:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWarsaw flat sold for record-high EUR 4 mlnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-flat-sold-for-record-high-eur-4-mln-9452Wrocław café creates a buzz by encouraging people to buy food and drink for those in needhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-cafe-creates-a-buzz-by-encouraging-people-to-buy-food-and-drink-for-those-in-need-9450<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Wrocław cafe has embraced the spirit of the season of goodwill by encouraging customers to not only pay for their own coffee and meal but also buy a meal for someone in need.</span></p>Sat, 28 Dec 2019 12:04:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3fkjmxb2mzums2sjpulf6q.pngReceipts for meals cover the Bar Jedzonko notice board.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-cafe-creates-a-buzz-by-encouraging-people-to-buy-food-and-drink-for-those-in-need-9450So, what is it about Poland that keeps winning it praise? Country is voted 5th best place to visit in WHOLE of Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/so-what-is-it-about-poland-that-keeps-winning-it-praise-country-is-voted-5th-best-place-to-visit-in-whole-of-europe-9448<p>Finishing above traditional heavyweights such as France and Italy, Poland has been placed fifth in Far &amp; Wide’s rankings of European countries to visit.</p>Fri, 27 Dec 2019 20:37:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qsgy371796qlr7eg90llmt.pngPoland was praised for its “natural beauty, incredible cities, interesting food and tons of history” in the ranking of 44 nations.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/so-what-is-it-about-poland-that-keeps-winning-it-praise-country-is-voted-5th-best-place-to-visit-in-whole-of-europe-9448Pope sends message to European Meeting of Young People in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pope-sends-message-to-european-meeting-of-young-people-in-poland-9447<p>Pope Francis has said in a message to the 42nd European Meeting of Young People, in Poland's western city of Wrocław, that "Poland is a country that has its roots in the Faith."</p>Fri, 27 Dec 2019 20:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yhyb6kq1mufh2sel66e5me.jpegPope Francis recalled in his message that the meeting is taking place in Poland, the homeland of Pope St John Paul II.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pope-sends-message-to-european-meeting-of-young-people-in-poland-9447Israeli daily says Polish WWII gov't-in-exile helped save Jewshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-daily-says-polish-wwii-govt-in-exile-helped-save-jews-9445<p>The Israel Hayom daily in its English edition on Friday wrote that during the Second World War the Polish government-in-exile supported actions taken by Ambassador Aleksander Ładoś to save Jews and allowed Jewish organisations to use the diplomatic postal service.</p>Fri, 27 Dec 2019 19:58:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y0j1gsa62ns9wxgee0je2v.jpegAccording to the daily, at least two Polish foreign ministers and several other ministries of the Polish government-in-exile during WWII were engaged in the saving of Jews by Ładoś and his group.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-daily-says-polish-wwii-govt-in-exile-helped-save-jews-9445President Duda offers condolences after plane crash in Kazakhstanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-offers-condolences-after-plane-crash-in-kazakhstan-9444<p>President Andrzej Duda has sent a letter of condolence to Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev after the death of 12 people in a passenger plane crash at Almaty airport.</p>Fri, 27 Dec 2019 17:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/umjbyrncu1kpg80mnlbeko.jpegA Fokker 100 aircraft crashed seconds after takeoff near Almaty airport on Friday, killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens more.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-offers-condolences-after-plane-crash-in-kazakhstan-9444Good relations with Poland may help minority issues - Lithuanian FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/good-relations-with-poland-may-help-minority-issues---lithuanian-fm-9443<p>The Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told the public broadcasting portal lrt.lt. that the country's good relations with Poland should be used to resolve existing bilateral problems, including those linked to national minorities.</p>Fri, 27 Dec 2019 17:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/if5bobuaji3cfn06plq07.jpegIn Linkevicius’ opinion, Lithuanian-Polish relations “have never been better before.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/good-relations-with-poland-may-help-minority-issues---lithuanian-fm-9443Cheers to that! Company behind The Witcher has best share growth on developed marketshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cheers-to-that-company-behind-the-witcher-has-best-share-growth-on-developed-markets-9441<p>Polish gaming company CD Projekt RED has seen its share price rise more over the last decade than any other top share in developed markets.</p>Fri, 27 Dec 2019 16:51:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vq5kj7mix3y5gfs8e1iie.jpegWith a 25,790 percent increase, CD Projekt RED has seen more growth in the last decade than Netflix, Amazon and Apple.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cheers-to-that-company-behind-the-witcher-has-best-share-growth-on-developed-markets-9441Poland to engage in EU's climate neutrality plan this summer - EC headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-engage-in-eus-climate-neutrality-plan-this-summer---ec-head-9440<p>The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen told the Italian daily "La Repubblica" that she has the promise of the Polish government that in the summer it will get involved in work towards climate neutrality.</p>Fri, 27 Dec 2019 15:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8symj9uhkhmjvejdcfcihd.jpegIn an interview published on Friday, von der Leyen admitted that Poland needs more time to prepare for the fight against climate change.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-engage-in-eus-climate-neutrality-plan-this-summer---ec-head-9440Over 50 pct believe incumbent president will win next year's electionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50-pct-believe-incumbent-president-will-win-next-years-election-9438<p>President Andrzej Duda is expected to win next year's presidential election by 59.4 percent of IBRIS poll respondents, 10.8 percent have the same opinion about Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska, the Civic Coalition (KO) candidate.</p>Fri, 27 Dec 2019 14:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u7ya614gul98ns0tp9dqe8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50-pct-believe-incumbent-president-will-win-next-years-election-9438Woman inspired by book travels to Uganda and raises 20k to give local children waterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/woman-inspired-by-book-travels-to-uganda-and-raises-20k-to-give-local-children-water-9436<p>Inspired by a book of reportage, a Polish woman has reached out to help a Ugandan activist who works with poor children.</p>Fri, 27 Dec 2019 13:48:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3bzats3kxfkkjdmzlt17pb.pngAfter reading the story of Marggie in Tomasz Michniewicz’s book Chrobot, Agnieszka Pietraszek joined charity Alccu Cares which helps orphans, vulnerable children and young adults access quality healthcare and education.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/woman-inspired-by-book-travels-to-uganda-and-raises-20k-to-give-local-children-water-9436National rail line network operator's investment to grow 30 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-rail-line-network-operators-investment-to-grow-30-pct-in-2020-9434<p>PKP PLK, the Polish railway infrastructure manager, plans to increase the value of its investments by 30 percent in 2020 to some PLN 14-15 billion (EUR 3.28-3.52 billion), the company's CEO, Ireneusz Merchel, has told PAP.</p>Thu, 26 Dec 2019 22:57:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/osjt2vu666btq7ur4djj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-rail-line-network-operators-investment-to-grow-30-pct-in-2020-9434Two Polish start-ups listed in Lufthansa Innovation Hub - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-polish-start-ups-listed-in-lufthansa-innovation-hub---press-9432<p>Two Polish start-ups, Hyper Poland and&nbsp;Blinkee.city, have been included on the prestigious Lufthansa Innovation Hub list from among global projects aimed at transforming transport, the Rzeczpospolita daily has reported.</p><article><br></article>Thu, 26 Dec 2019 22:53:00 +0100Start-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTwo Polish start-ups listed in Lufthansa Innovation Hub - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-polish-start-ups-listed-in-lufthansa-innovation-hub---press-9432Little town of gingerbread delights with its intricate features and tasty designshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/little-town-of-gingerbread-delights-with-its-intricate-features-and-tasty-designs-9430<p>With two chocolate trains snaking their way around 237 houses, a church and a castle, the little town created with a tonne of gingerbread is a winter wonderland for the few hundred gingerbread people living there.</p>Thu, 26 Dec 2019 10:13:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qzc910o1bqlz1l35rraah.jpegTaking up 80 square meters, the town is constructed entirely of gingerbread, icing and sweets.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/little-town-of-gingerbread-delights-with-its-intricate-features-and-tasty-designs-9430Beautiful Christmas cards of yesteryear tell fascinating story of defiance to communist-era censorshiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beautiful-christmas-cards-of-yesteryear-tell-fascinating-story-of-defiance-to-communist-era-censorship-9420<p>A collection of beautifully illustrated Christmas cards from the 60s and 70s shows how some of Poland’s most gifted artists evaded and defied strict communist censorship laws.</p>Wed, 25 Dec 2019 10:27:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vak4om4r5k9bni18y5ul05.jpegThis Christmas scene by Hanna Balicka-Fribes shows the Star of Bethlehem, a religious symbol overlooked by the communist authorities.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beautiful-christmas-cards-of-yesteryear-tell-fascinating-story-of-defiance-to-communist-era-censorship-9420Christmas time, mistletoe and wine - or bigos, hay and swine?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/christmas-time-bigos-hay-and-swine-9424<p>The Date:<br><br>As with most Christian holidays, the date when it’s celebrated is not a coincidence.</p>Tue, 24 Dec 2019 18:12:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/op3d7dik15dkgd4ve8vn.jpegThe tradition to decorate a conifer was a German custom that came to Poland at the turn of the 18th and 19th century.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/christmas-time-bigos-hay-and-swine-9424Xmas Massacre! TFN’s Stuart Dowell looks back at the grisly tale of a Christmas Eve murderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/xmas-massacre-tfns-stuart-dowell-looks-back-at-the-grisly-tale-of-a-christmas-eve-murder-9427<p>In the early of hours of Christmas Day in 1976 three innocent people, a man, a child and a pregnant woman, were brutally murdered in one of the bloodiest crimes to have taken place in post-war Poland.</p>Tue, 24 Dec 2019 16:10:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wna0wuimxducjtkmcf70e.jpegForty years on and locals still refuse to talk about the horrific murders in the town of Połaniec.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/xmas-massacre-tfns-stuart-dowell-looks-back-at-the-grisly-tale-of-a-christmas-eve-murder-9427Christmas a time to be together - presidential couplehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/christmas-a-time-to-be-together---presidential-couple-9423<p>In an online address on Tuesday, President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda wished Poles a merry Christmas, and said that the season was a time to celebrate with family and loved ones.</p>Tue, 24 Dec 2019 13:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2shle4eiut2he9kljkldi9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/christmas-a-time-to-be-together---presidential-couple-9423Poland among EU leaders for large plane imports - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-eu-leaders-for-large-plane-imports---eurostat-9422<p>Last year, the EU member states bought 533 aeroplanes of 15 tonnes or more from non-EU countries to a total value of EUR 21.9 billion, with Ireland in first place for imports followed by Poland and the UK, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office, has reported.</p>Tue, 24 Dec 2019 12:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cl82zzcnw365cydsk7pdcd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-eu-leaders-for-large-plane-imports---eurostat-9422It’s Christmas… and a time for reflectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-christmas-and-a-time-for-reflection-9417<p><span lang="EN-GB">We take a quick glance back at our favourite stories on TFN during 2019.</span></p>Mon, 23 Dec 2019 22:04:00 +0100LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e7exx6ja3l8ue9tssa3gw.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-christmas-and-a-time-for-reflection-9417Daughter’s dream of seeing her 102-year-old dad walk again comes true after he has both legs chopped offhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/daughters-dream-of-seeing-her-102-year-old-dad-walk-again-comes-true-after-he-has-both-legs-chopped-off-9415<p>A 102-year-old man is learning to walk on prosthetic legs – the oldest person to do so - for the sake of his daughter.</p>Mon, 23 Dec 2019 20:51:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ascxn5639ca5to1m598r5b.jpeg102-year-old Tadeusz Madera had to have both his legs amputated above the knee due to a disease in which the inside of an artery narrows due to the build-up of plaque.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/daughters-dream-of-seeing-her-102-year-old-dad-walk-again-comes-true-after-he-has-both-legs-chopped-off-9415Supreme Court declares election results validhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/supreme-court-declares-election-results-valid-9414<p>The Polish Supreme Court's Extraordinary Control and Public Affairs Chamber recognised the election results of October 13 as valid on Monday.</p>Mon, 23 Dec 2019 20:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gdh6nk0we1sozbytgb0mw.jpegOn behalf of the Chamber, President Lemańska thanked all the judges of the PKW and participants in the electoral process, among other people, for their engagement in the organisation and running of the elections.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/supreme-court-declares-election-results-valid-9414Poland to Nepal by… truck!!!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-nepal-by-truck-9411<p>The son of a Polish alpinist who took part in a 1979 expedition to Annapurna which ended in tragedy is planning to return to the Himalayas.</p>Mon, 23 Dec 2019 16:59:00 +0100SportPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w3rb3lag8mtgrrvio6vx25.jpegPoland to Nepal by… truck!!!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-nepal-by-truck-9411Majority of Polish firms report rising labour costs - studyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-polish-firms-report-rising-labour-costs---study-9410<p>Two-thirds of Polish enterprises recorded an increase in labour costs in 2019, show the results of a study conducted by the Polish Economic Institute (PIE), published on Monday.</p>Mon, 23 Dec 2019 16:03:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qou1fvfhefmpstn74xlre.jpegThe most affected were the biggest companies employing over 250 people, and the least affected were micro companies having up to nine employees, a survey by PIE showed.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-polish-firms-report-rising-labour-costs---study-9410The Buried Treasure of Ferdynand Ossendowskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-buried-treasure-of-ferdynand-ossendowski-9407<p>An incredible tale of derring-do, hidden treasure, and a deadly curse surround the tale of soldier and spy Ferdynand Ossendowski.</p>Mon, 23 Dec 2019 15:42:00 +0100HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/teh22tuwnrgzcvz2evghr.jpegThe Buried Treasure of Ferdynand Ossendowskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-buried-treasure-of-ferdynand-ossendowski-9407Wronki home appliance firm expands into Chinahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wronki-home-appliance-firm-expands-into-china-9404<p>Poland’s leading home appliance producer, Amica, has started selling their products in China in co-operation with Qingdao Gram Appliances.</p>Mon, 23 Dec 2019 15:09:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q9rkayw5wjj7eb792mfcg.jpegIn co-operation with Qingdao Gram Appliances, Amica has started selling Polish products on the Chinese market.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wronki-home-appliance-firm-expands-into-china-9404Sad but beautiful! Xmas is joyous so why are Polish carols so miserable, asks Daniel Wyszogrodzki?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sad-but-beautiful-xmas-is-joyous-so-why-are-polish-carols-so-miserable-asks-daniel-wyszogrodzki-9401<p>We are so proud of our Christmas carols, yet they remain unknown outside of Poland. Meanwhile the same Western songs keep coming back every year in endless recordings. This Christmas belongs to Robbie Williams.</p>Mon, 23 Dec 2019 14:16:00 +0100Art & CultureDan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ur63p7aa4tmaf4qyn3qqe4.jpegDan says the sad yet beautiful carols are a reflection of the Slavic soul. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sad-but-beautiful-xmas-is-joyous-so-why-are-polish-carols-so-miserable-asks-daniel-wyszogrodzki-9401Government adopts 2020 balanced budget bill - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-adopts-2020-balanced-budget-bill---pm-9399<p>The Polish government has approved a draft budget law for the coming year with zero deficit, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said after the cabinet's Monday meeting.</p>Mon, 23 Dec 2019 14:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qfyoj91jifrqn7jb3vk7.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-adopts-2020-balanced-budget-bill---pm-9399Laughing all the way to the bank? Witcher author signs deal with computer games group for ‘undisclosed figure’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/laughing-all-the-way-to-the-bank-witcher-author-signs-deal-with-computer-games-group-for-undisclosed-figure-9396<p>The author of The Witcher series of books has teamed up with the video games producer behind the successful franchise to create more games.</p>Mon, 23 Dec 2019 13:10:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lj73zrhn5dtiq0pbox1x.jpegCD-Projekt said that in their talks with author Andrzej Sapkowski (pictured): “The agreement satisfies and fully clarifies the needs and expectations of both parties, past and present, and sets out a framework for the future cooperation between the two sides. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/laughing-all-the-way-to-the-bank-witcher-author-signs-deal-with-computer-games-group-for-undisclosed-figure-9396Pioneering child heart surgery performed for first time in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pioneering-child-heart-surgery-performed-for-first-time-in-poland-9392<p>The first ever innovative operation to implant a stent graft that grows together with the child has been performed at the Child Cardiological Clinic at the University Children's Hospital in Krakow-Prokocim, southern Poland.</p>Mon, 23 Dec 2019 11:27:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3j679p39e99uz16x3n0s3e.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pioneering-child-heart-surgery-performed-for-first-time-in-poland-9392Israeli ambassador conveys season's greetingshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-ambassador-conveys-seasons-greetings-9391<p>Israeli Ambassador to Poland Alexander Ben Zvi conveyed his best wishes on Twitter on Sunday on the occasion of the forthcoming Hanukkah and Christmas holidays.</p>Sun, 22 Dec 2019 19:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f2mh4ip8736h0frqehso6.jpegThe ambassador said in a video message that he wished a healthy, calm holidays with family and a happy New Year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/israeli-ambassador-conveys-seasons-greetings-9391Poland critical of Russian leader's WW2 statementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-critical-of-russian-leaders-ww2-statement-9390<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin's Saturday statements about the outbreak of World War Two resemble Stalinist-era propaganda, the Polish Foreign Ministry wrote in a Saturday statement.</p>Sun, 22 Dec 2019 18:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vazrgn1dyvrs03od37r8.jpegOn September 17, 1939, in defiance of the Polish-Soviet non-aggression pact, the Red Army crossed into the territory of the Republic of Poland, carrying out agreements enshrined in the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed the preceding month. The consequence was the division of Poland between the Soviets and Germans.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-critical-of-russian-leaders-ww2-statement-9390Spare no effort: family run firm from the east becomes world leader in spare parts for prestigious carshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spare-no-effort-family-run-firm-from-the-east-becomes-world-leader-in-spare-parts-for-prestigious-cars-9387<p>A family run company from eastern Poland has become a world leader in spare parts for a bedazzling list of producers including Ferrari, Aston Martin and Lamborghini.</p>Sun, 22 Dec 2019 17:52:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j98pbfc6nfmtxwhe956bc.jpegECPS has built parts for the likes of Aston Martins and Bentleys.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spare-no-effort-family-run-firm-from-the-east-becomes-world-leader-in-spare-parts-for-prestigious-cars-9387Polish ski jumper wins World Cup individual event in Engelberg on Saturdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ski-jumper-wins-world-cup-individual-event-in-engelberg-on-saturday-9386<p>Poland's Kamil Stoch won the World Cup individual ski jumping competition in Engelberg, Switzerland, on Saturday. Stefan Kraft of Austria came second and Karl Geiger of Germany was third.</p>Sun, 22 Dec 2019 15:12:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oegoe74lezpl5cx40nvz6.jpegThis was Stoch's 34th victory in Word Cup events.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ski-jumper-wins-world-cup-individual-event-in-engelberg-on-saturday-9386No plaice like home: restaurant chain North Fish targets UK markethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-plaice-like-home-restaurant-chain-north-fish-targets-uk-market-9385<p>Restaurant chain North Fish is entering the fish-and-chip heartland that is the UK as one of its first steps on the road to global expansion.</p>Sun, 22 Dec 2019 14:40:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jdufzhhud0blvao6s8u84q.jpegNorth Fish has signed a 10-year lease on a property in central Birmingham.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-plaice-like-home-restaurant-chain-north-fish-targets-uk-market-9385Silesian firm aims to build on success in European DRAM markethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/silesian-firm-aims-to-build-on-success-in-european-dram-market-9383<p>A Polish company that is Europe’s only DRAM module producer is planning on doubling its production capacity as it looks to increase its presence on the German market.</p>Sun, 22 Dec 2019 11:07:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/urcmp8w1viamxsggs1cpi.jpegGoodram is the only European producer of DRAM modules.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/silesian-firm-aims-to-build-on-success-in-european-dram-market-9383Barnstorming: the artist who brings the past back to life on the side of barns in stunning muralshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/barnstorming-the-artist-who-brings-the-past-back-to-life-on-the-side-of-barns-in-stunning-murals-9380<p>Often bold and exhilarating, outbreaks of XXL street art have long been a frequent feature of Poland’s major conurbations, but in the deep south-east one artist has reimagined the genre with a stunning series of paintings that have seen a string of rural barns utilized as his canvas of choice.</p>Sat, 21 Dec 2019 18:54:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/101f561uadjtslk3t6yxlr.jpegRural art. Andrejkow uses old barns as the canvass for his work.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/barnstorming-the-artist-who-brings-the-past-back-to-life-on-the-side-of-barns-in-stunning-murals-9380Poland seeks pan-European cooperation in fighting VAT fraudhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-pan-european-cooperation-in-fighting-vat-fraud-9379<p>Polish Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński has invited his EU peers to come to Warsaw to discuss a declaration on joint fight against VAT fraud, Kościński's deputy Jan Sarnowski has told PAP.</p>Sat, 21 Dec 2019 16:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j14rom1gyc25jfhzvnbm5.jpegPolish Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-pan-european-cooperation-in-fighting-vat-fraud-9379Fenix from the ashes: in the distant Faroe Islands, a Polish woman re-builds her lifehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fenix-from-the-ashes-in-the-distant-faroe-islands-a-polish-woman-re-builds-her-life-9378<p>There are no tourists on the Faroe Islands in December. My car was the only one to leave a huge ferry in Torshavn – the capital of the archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. There were neither customs officers nor border guards at the harbour. Because no one in their right mind would expect on a cold December day that anyone would be crazy enough to land here.</p>Sat, 21 Dec 2019 16:39:00 +0100LifeWhy So Serious?https://images.thefirstnews.com/iefy5ucr16ub3w05ebrgd.jpegA group of islands in the North Atlantic, the Faroes are as beautiful as they are remote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fenix-from-the-ashes-in-the-distant-faroe-islands-a-polish-woman-re-builds-her-life-9378A wing and a prayer: new documentary delves into the life of a flying Pole who may have taken to the skies long before anyone elsehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-wing-and-a-prayer-new-documentary-delves-into-the-life-of-a-flying-pole-who-may-have-taken-to-the-skies-long-before-anyone-else-9376<p>A new documentary is being made on the life of the legendary flying Pole, Jan Wnęk, a man who may, or may not be, be the father of aviation . ‘Man of Air’ (‘Człowiek z powietrza’) tells the story of the 19th-century pioneering aviator, who was also a sculptor and inventor, who is credited with having constructed a flying machine and having made several gliding flights 50 years before Otto Lilienthal, who is still considered the actual father of aviation.</p>Sat, 21 Dec 2019 15:26:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5yejoh9twvu1ko6am3oxh5.jpegJan Wnęk. There are stories of him gliding several kilometres.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-wing-and-a-prayer-new-documentary-delves-into-the-life-of-a-flying-pole-who-may-have-taken-to-the-skies-long-before-anyone-else-9376Polish Senate head responds to EC's rule of law appealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-senate-head-responds-to-ecs-rule-of-law-appeal-9375<p>Polish Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki in a response to European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova's letter said that the Senate will scrutinise all bills that may jeopardise the rule of law, referring to a contested disciplinary bill passed on Friday.</p>Sat, 21 Dec 2019 14:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oe8dygdlwp0c1pwx6b2sud.jpegThe Senate speaker said that the upper house's analysis "will include proper consultations with interested stakeholders, both Polish and international."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-senate-head-responds-to-ecs-rule-of-law-appeal-9375Polish firefighters deliver 500 field beds to needy in Albaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firefighters-deliver-500-field-beds-to-needy-in-albania-9373<p>A four-person team of Polish firefighters reached the Albanian capital of Tirana on Friday, where Albania had requested the Polish government to provide 500 field beds in disaster aid following an earthquake in November, the Interior Ministry has told PAP.</p>Sat, 21 Dec 2019 11:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3jdt90z1pxr08r1kqc21y17.jpegThe firefighters delivered 500 field beds for those in need in Albania.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firefighters-deliver-500-field-beds-to-needy-in-albania-9373Eagle-eyed customs agents find Bronze Age sword in parcel marked “interior decorations”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eagle-eyed-customs-agents-find-bronze-age-sword-in-parcel-marked-interior-decorations-9370<p>An ancient 4,000-year-old sword disguised as “interior decorations” has been seized by Polish customs officers after it was discovered being smuggled across the border into neighbouring Ukraine.</p>Sat, 21 Dec 2019 10:24:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1nxp1af4gk8n5v3zkmow2d.jpegThe ancient weapon had been cut up into eight pieces.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eagle-eyed-customs-agents-find-bronze-age-sword-in-parcel-marked-interior-decorations-9370Ukrainian, Polish presidents discuss Donbas, historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukrainian-polish-presidents-discuss-donbas-history-9369<p>The recent Normandy format summit on the Donbas conflict and historical issues dominated a Friday telephone conversation between Ukrainian and Polish Presidents Volodymyr Zelensky and Andrzej Duda, Duda's office head, Krzysztof Szczerski, informed PAP.</p>Sat, 21 Dec 2019 09:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lp3y9im98nt9cp4elr9g.jpegAndrzej Duda and Volodymyr Zelensky during Ukrainian president visit to Poland in August. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukrainian-polish-presidents-discuss-donbas-history-9369Parliament agrees to cull wild boar in battle against African Swine Fluhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sejm-passes-asf-act-9367<p>Poland's Sejm (lower house) on Friday passed an act enabling the broader culling of wild boar, the main carrier of African Swine Fever (ASF). The act went through in a 270 to 164 vote with eight abstentions.</p>Fri, 20 Dec 2019 20:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5vl871elq6uppl6x7nkx2k.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sejm-passes-asf-act-9367UN rights commissioner concerned about Polish judiciary billhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/un-rights-commissioner-concerned-about-polish-judiciary-bill-9365<p>UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday expressed concern with the Polish ruling party's draft disciplinary legislation aimed at judges, which according to the commissioner "risks further jeopardising the independence of the judiciary in Poland."</p>Fri, 20 Dec 2019 18:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUN rights commissioner concerned about Polish judiciary billhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/un-rights-commissioner-concerned-about-polish-judiciary-bill-9365Government plans sugar tax to combat rising obesityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-plans-sugar-tax-to-combat-rising-obesity-9363<p>The Polish government is working on a bill to impose additional fees on soft drinks containing sugars, a so-called sugar tax, as a tool to fight the rapid increase in being overweight and the problem of obesity, PAP has found out.</p>Fri, 20 Dec 2019 18:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q1hxvifv02jro8pypbbyj8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-plans-sugar-tax-to-combat-rising-obesity-9363Poland’s oldest museum reopens after a decade – and its bigger and better than ever!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-oldest-museum-reopens-after-a-decade--and-its-bigger-and-better-than-ever-9361<p><span lang="EN-GB">After nearly a decade-long forced absence, Poland’s premier artwork, Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine, has returned home to Poland’s oldest museum, the Czartoryski Princes Museum, which has reopened its doors in Kraków after a full revamp.</span></p>Fri, 20 Dec 2019 18:05:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/29gnhbxr6ql8nxgchsgizw.jpegHighlighting the importance of the museum for the Polish nation, the First Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Gliński told TFN: “The collection brings together in one place exhibits that represent fundamental stages of the development of Polish history.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-oldest-museum-reopens-after-a-decade--and-its-bigger-and-better-than-ever-9361Polish airlines LOT threatens Germany’s Lufthansa over new logohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-airlines-lot-threatens-germanys-lufthansa-over-new-logo-9359<p>Poland’s national airline PLL LOT is threatening German competitor Lufthansa with legal action over its new logo.</p>Fri, 20 Dec 2019 16:49:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y8j1n99njoj1t9fz2lin1j.pngLOT (L) says Lufthansa’s new logo (R) is too similar. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-airlines-lot-threatens-germanys-lufthansa-over-new-logo-9359The Witcher arrives and is everything hoped for: sexy, bloodthirsty and a great adaptation!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-witcher-arrives-and-is-everything-hoped-for-sexy-bloodthirsty-and-a-great-adaptation-9357<p>The long-awaited ‘The Witcher’ series, based on the best-selling books by Andrzej Sapkowski, is finally available on Netflix.</p>Fri, 20 Dec 2019 16:00:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mwiga4bfojrf1hqppcn31r.jpegThe epic fantasy tale following the adventures of monster hunter Geralt of Rivia played by Henry Cavill is an early Christmas treat for both the genre’s fans and the saga’s cult. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-witcher-arrives-and-is-everything-hoped-for-sexy-bloodthirsty-and-a-great-adaptation-9357Secret Warsaw Photo-spots!https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/secret-warsaw-photo-spots-427<p>Discover secret places in Warsaw for photographers and Instagram addicts with influencer @hashtagalek.</p>Fri, 20 Dec 2019 15:22:00 +0100LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hlbajlk56vbukn65g4u6ni.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/secret-warsaw-photo-spots-427Jingle Jails! Warsaw cops issue festive mug shots in search for crimbo criminalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jingle-jails-warsaw-cops-issue-festive-mug-shots-in-search-for-crimbo-criminals-9355<p>Warsaw police have entered into the Christmas spirit in a novel way by putting the mug shots of three wanted criminals onto decorations with an accompanying explanation saying “No one should spend Christmas alone.”</p>Fri, 20 Dec 2019 14:17:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b550j4j99ys445mrtbg3ta.jpeg“No one should spend Christmas alone” reads the tweet put out by Warsaw police as they hunt the three fugitives.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jingle-jails-warsaw-cops-issue-festive-mug-shots-in-search-for-crimbo-criminals-9355EC appeals to Poland to suspend work on court billhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-appeals-to-poland-to-suspend-work-on-court-bill-9354<p>The European Commission has turned to the Polish president, prime minister and parliament to suspend work on a bill regarding courts until further consultations, EC spokesman Christian Wigand told a Friday press conference.</p>Fri, 20 Dec 2019 13:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qljkzzxvtt21940d3zz0bj.jpegIn her letter Jourova strongly encouraged the Polish authorities to consult the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe on this project.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-appeals-to-poland-to-suspend-work-on-court-bill-9354Retail sales up 5.2 pct y/y in November - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-52-pct-yy-in-november---stats-office-9353<p>Poland's retail sales increased, in real terms, by 5.2 percent year on year and fell by 2.4 percent month on month in November 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 20 Dec 2019 11:14:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e938ge3b5c0lgj138dde7.jpegIn current prices, sales grew 5.9 percent year on year in November versus 4.2 percent growth expected.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-52-pct-yy-in-november---stats-office-9353President visits Polish troops on Sophia mission in Sicilyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-visits-polish-troops-on-sophia-mission-in-sicily-9350<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, paid a visit on Thursday to the Polish military contingent of the EU's Sophia mission in Sicily, formed to counteract human smuggling and trafficking in the Mediterranean Sea.</p>Thu, 19 Dec 2019 21:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5gezq5xhv3mvy3qd44vzcd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-visits-polish-troops-on-sophia-mission-in-sicily-9350Sweden refuses extradition of Stalinist judgehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sweden-refuses-extradition-of-stalinist-judge-9349<p>A district court in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Thursday refused Poland's plea for the extradition of Stefan Michnik, a former Stalinist-era judge in Poland and today a Swedish citizen.</p>Thu, 19 Dec 2019 20:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lqbgrkgdamjoiq7s6iec9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sweden-refuses-extradition-of-stalinist-judge-9349New business-friendly laws to come into force in new year - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-business-friendly-laws-to-come-into-force-in-new-year---minister-9345<p>Polish Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said on Thursday that a new law would come into force from January which would limit payment bottlenecks, as well as a large part of the Friendly Law Package, aimed at easing the conducting of business.</p>Thu, 19 Dec 2019 17:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ggqm40ywpzgtz85109grp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-business-friendly-laws-to-come-into-force-in-new-year---minister-9345Don’t worry, be Appy! Businesswoman creates App to help cancer sufferers get better carehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dont-worry-be-appy-businesswoman-creates-app-to-help-cancer-sufferers-get-better-care-9343<p><span lang="EN-GB">An app for patients diagnosed with cancer, which will guide them through different stages of therapy, help coordinate treatment and rehabilitation, as well as provide useful tips has been designed by a Polish start-up.</span></p>Thu, 19 Dec 2019 17:25:00 +0100BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0pr90u226q2dkc5128xvjg.jpegIna Dźwierzyńska came up with the idea for Mednavi after her own experience with cancer.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dont-worry-be-appy-businesswoman-creates-app-to-help-cancer-sufferers-get-better-care-9343Prehistoric cow bones found in Warsaw metrohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auroch-remains-unearthed-at-warsaw-metro-building-site-9342<p>The bones of a prehistoric animal have been found at the site of the future Brodno metro station in Warsaw's eastern Brodno district. Initial estimates put the time the aurochs lived at 6,000 B.C., Warsaw Town Hall announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 19 Dec 2019 14:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9x911aq07xgtru9dg279nm.jpegWorkers came across the bones, which could have belonged to one or two animal, eight metres underground.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auroch-remains-unearthed-at-warsaw-metro-building-site-9342Green means Clean: Stunning new art installation changes colour to indicate smog levelshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/green-means-clean-stunning-new-art-installation-changes-colour-to-indicate-smog-levels-9339<p>A futuristic 400-square-metre art installation that changes colour with the level of air pollution has been set up in Warsaw to draw attention to the dangers of smog and some possible solutions to the airborne menace.</p>Thu, 19 Dec 2019 13:31:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vlf34376fxsugh97yudm1o.jpegThe 14 kilometres of hand-woven colour-changing thread reacts to air pollution levels.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/green-means-clean-stunning-new-art-installation-changes-colour-to-indicate-smog-levels-9339Gov't official says no laws discriminating LGBTI people in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-official-says-no-laws-discriminating-lgbti-people-in-poland-9338<p>Polish government commissioner for demographic policy, Barbara Socha, on Thursday said she "has not heard anything about a law discriminating LGBTI persons in Poland," and underlined that "reports and data show their organisations receive huge sums of money."</p>Thu, 19 Dec 2019 13:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i1ofp7vcsbik2is2d11si.jpegBarbara Socha said she "has not heard anything about a law discriminating LGBTI persons in Poland."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-official-says-no-laws-discriminating-lgbti-people-in-poland-9338Over 370,000 letters from Poland in Amnesty International marathonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-370000-letters-from-poland-in-amnesty-international-marathon-9337<p>Over 370,000 letters in the defence of people whose rights have been infringed were written in Poland as part of a global letter writing marathon organised by Amnesty International (AI), the organisation said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rfa560uzkysdg1bi7ewib.jpegAmnesty International is a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights abuses and campaigns in compliance with international laws and standards.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-370000-letters-from-poland-in-amnesty-international-marathon-9337Poland's industrial production up in November - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-november---stats-office-9336<p>Poland's industrial production rose by 1.4 percent year on year in November 2019, and decreased by 5.8 percent month on month, the Polish Central Statistical Office (GUS), reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 19 Dec 2019 10:52:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hczbr8ymux7tue4q8m9p.jpegIndustrial production prices went down by 0.1 percent year on year in November 2019 and by 0.2 percent month on month, GUS reported.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-november---stats-office-9336Video games boost Polish export - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/video-games-boost-polish-export---daily-9335<p>Video games have become the flagship of Poland's entertainment industry, while sales of The Witcher game series constitute four percent of the total export from Poland to the US, the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) wrote on Thursday.</p>Thu, 19 Dec 2019 10:44:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fgnbup96ksglck7esjvjw.jpegThe market is expecting two more popular premieres of Cyberpunk 2077 games from CD Projekt Red and Dying Light 2 from Techland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/video-games-boost-polish-export---daily-9335Trucking Heroes! Internet lorry drivers raise 100k to help stranded Iranian truckerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trucking-great-internet-lorry-drivers-raise-100k-to-help-stranded-iranian-trucker-9332<p>Polish Internet-users have rallied round to help an Iranian man whose lorry broke down while driving in Poland.</p>Thu, 19 Dec 2019 08:56:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c0v6s68cpehbp2zwunv09o.jpegIranian lorry driver Fardin Kazemi broke down near the city of Częstochowa.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trucking-great-internet-lorry-drivers-raise-100k-to-help-stranded-iranian-trucker-9332Warsaw holds women's equality conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-holds-womens-equality-conference-9330<p>To mark the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) held a conference on Wednesday on equal opportunities for women in public life.</p>Wed, 18 Dec 2019 19:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ey6l5ikb8xcpa3zer0dhz8.jpegThe conference, aimed at recalling the CEDAW resolutions, was attended by Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-holds-womens-equality-conference-9330Senate for lowering social insurance premiums for small businesseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-for-lowering-social-insurance-premiums-for-small-businesses-9328<p>The Senate (upper house) on Wednesday voted in favour of a bill introducing the so called Small Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) Plus scheme.</p>Wed, 18 Dec 2019 19:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6ktfkd1zvam87srwgpxz4x.jpegMinister Jadwiga Emilewiczhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-for-lowering-social-insurance-premiums-for-small-businesses-9328Fascinating new research sheds light on unknown secrets of Polish wolf packshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-new-research-sheds-light-on-unknown-secrets-of-polish-wolf-packs-9324<p><span lang="EN-GB">New research conducted by the Warsaw University maps the DNA of the Polish wolf population and presents their dynamic expansion west.</span></p>Wed, 18 Dec 2019 17:31:00 +0100ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d31yvf6j3zbtdav4lg8hzs.jpegAs Polish wolf families grow bigger and there’s not enough space for new ones, the younger wolves are forced to migrate away.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-new-research-sheds-light-on-unknown-secrets-of-polish-wolf-packs-9324The ‘Samurai sword’ of custom motorbikes wins top award at international bike showhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-samurai-sword-of-custom-motorbikes-wins-top-award-at-international-bike-show-9322<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Rzeszów motorbike company has taken first place at the biggest custom bike show in the world.</span></p>Wed, 18 Dec 2019 15:39:00 +0100BusinessArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kirg5xbbmye0av8c1g9uodd.jpegWinners! The Rzeszów firm took first place in the Craziest Bike category.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-samurai-sword-of-custom-motorbikes-wins-top-award-at-international-bike-show-9322Polish firefighters transport humanitarian aid to Albaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firefighters-transport-humanitarian-aid-to-albania-9321<p>Firefighters from Poland's State Fire Service have travelled to Albania to give humanitarian aid to victims of an earthquake that rocked the country at the end of November, the Ministry of Interior has informed PAP in a press release.</p>Wed, 18 Dec 2019 14:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a34a1dhffjw33takndh6fu.jpegAlbania was hit by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on 26 November 2019, the strongest recorded in decades, leaving at least 51 people dead and over 250 buildings damaged.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firefighters-transport-humanitarian-aid-to-albania-9321Welcome to The Debriefhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/welcome-to-the-debrief-9317<p>TFN launches its first-ever podcast to bring you a look behind the scenes of some of our most interesting stories.</p>Wed, 18 Dec 2019 13:03:00 +0100Podcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qungn706awsfsnrmprc3nf.jpegTFN podcast The Debrief brings you a weekly look behind some of the more interesting stories to come out of Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/welcome-to-the-debrief-9317Poland had over 8,000 electric vehicles at end-Novemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-had-over-8000-electric-vehicles-at-end-november-9319<p>At the end of November 2019, there were 8,225 electric cars registered in Poland, of which 59 percent were fully electric, the Polish Automotive Industry Association (PZPM) and the Polish Alternative Fuels Association (PSPA) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 18 Dec 2019 13:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eiz3ubu438szgw7m5syhm.jpegThe number of electric buses, according to the Central Vehicle Registry, stood at 216.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-had-over-8000-electric-vehicles-at-end-november-9319Polish HICP inflation up to 2.4 pct y/y in November - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-to-24-pct-yy-in-november---eurostat-9315<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) rose to 2.4 percent year on year in November 2019, up from the 2.3 percent growth the previous month, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 18 Dec 2019 12:52:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish HICP inflation up to 2.4 pct y/y in November - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-to-24-pct-yy-in-november---eurostat-9315EC head acknowledges Poland's energy context at EU debatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-head-acknowledges-polands-energy-context-at-eu-debate-9314<p>European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said at a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday that EU member states have varying starting points on the path to climate neutrality, citing Poland, which still relies on fossil fuels.</p>Wed, 18 Dec 2019 12:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8wpfhv6bubj5fcet7igilg.jpegPoland will have to transform the regions where coal is still extracted, similarly to eastern Germany, Ursula von der Leyen went on to say.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-head-acknowledges-polands-energy-context-at-eu-debate-9314Gas what! Świnoujście could become mini Dubai following discovery of massive gas supplieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gas-what-swinoujscie-could-become-mini-dubai-following-discovery-of-massive-gas-supplies-9312<p>The north-western port of Świnoujście could become a mini Dubai after an energy exploration company discovered that a 30-years’ supply of natural gas and oil could lie beneath the waters surrounding the town.</p>Wed, 18 Dec 2019 11:59:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zwv8hwe8h5w0mt6w5pkd.jpegCentral European Petroleum has found evidence of one of Europe’s largest undiscovered gas and oil deposits lying buried between Świnoujście and Międzyzdroje.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gas-what-swinoujscie-could-become-mini-dubai-following-discovery-of-massive-gas-supplies-9312Pentagon budget includes military support for Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pentagon-budget-includes-military-support-for-poland-9311<p>Confirmation of obligations under Article 5 of the NATO pact and a declaration of military cooperation with Poland, including in the area of military investment, were included in the Pentagon's budget for 2020 passed by the US Senate on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 18 Dec 2019 10:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c34qb3cs5qsqfcsbba7l8.jpegUS President Donald Trump had announced that he would sign the bill immediately after it was adopted by the US Congress.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pentagon-budget-includes-military-support-for-poland-9311Poland to make solar panel testing gear for ESA satellitehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-make-solar-panel-testing-gear-for-esa-satellite-9310<p>The Polish Sener Polska company will make auxiliary equipment for the assembly and testing of solar panels on the European Space Agency's (ESA) JUICE satellite.</p>Wed, 18 Dec 2019 09:17:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tc9tz1w9wxu2502s8ucv.jpegThe JUICE mission is to launch in mid-2022.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-make-solar-panel-testing-gear-for-esa-satellite-9310President praises Polish soldiers for their servicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-praises-polish-soldiers-for-their-service-9308<p>President Andrzej Duda, his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak and army commanders in Warsaw on Tuesday took part in a Christmas meeting with soldiers, war veterans and families of soldiers killed during foreign missions.</p>Tue, 17 Dec 2019 20:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yplp2yd23reo9f1vu11c5j.jpegThe president repeated that he was very glad to hear words of praise about Polish soldiers, their service, their attitude towards allies and residents of countries they were stationed in.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-praises-polish-soldiers-for-their-service-9308PM, businesspeople discuss ways to improve company growthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-businesspeople-discuss-ways-to-improve-company-growth-9307<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki and members of his government met with businesspeople at the National Stadium in Warsaw on Tuesday to exchange views on how to support the development of domestic companies.</p>Tue, 17 Dec 2019 20:24:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mbnhsoa9lhk41hc6g2isyu.jpegThe head of government pledged that the basic mission in his second term of office, which started in November, is to create a favourable environment for Polish companies.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-businesspeople-discuss-ways-to-improve-company-growth-9307Gliwice Museum nominated for European Museum of the Yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gliwice-museum-nominated-for-european-museum-of-the-year-9306<p>The Gliwice Museum in Gliwice, southern Poland, has been nominated for the European Museum of the Year (EMYA) award for its Upper-Silesian Jewish Remembrance House project, the museum said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 17 Dec 2019 20:16:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ufszunlpqxfu5fab7cg8ik.jpegThe Upper-Silesian Jewish Remembrance House is a section of the Gliwice Museum.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gliwice-museum-nominated-for-european-museum-of-the-year-9306Poland marks 49th anniversary of tragic anti-communist protestshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-marks-49th-anniversary-of-tragic-anti-communist-protests-9305<p>State and local officials, including President Andrzej Duda, on Tuesday marked the anniversary of the wave of strikes and demonstrations that spread across the Polish Baltic Sea coast in December 1970 in reaction to state-imposed price increases.</p>Tue, 17 Dec 2019 18:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gja1aks4p1c3xhsgcuupsb.jpegThe ceremonies in the north-western port city of Szczecin were attended by the president, who made an address at the symbolic Szczecin Shipyard gate.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-marks-49th-anniversary-of-tragic-anti-communist-protests-9305Poland's exports grow faster than EU'shttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-exports-grow-faster-than-eus-9303<p>Poland's exports in January-October 2019 grew by 5.6 percent year on year, faster than in the entire EU, the Development Ministry reported on Tuesday, quoting the Eurostat data on EU's trade with non-EU countries.</p>Tue, 17 Dec 2019 18:43:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's exports grow faster than EU'shttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-exports-grow-faster-than-eus-9303Ruling party's new bill is to avoid chaos in judiciary - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-partys-new-bill-is-to-avoid-chaos-in-judiciary---pm-9302<p>Changes to the judicial system proposed by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party are aimed at preventing chaos in the justice system, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a Tuesday press conference in Warsaw.</p>Tue, 17 Dec 2019 17:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yvqasayisuo3lo30u5kv7r.jpegMorawiecki said that German and French laws envisage far graver disciplinary consequences for judges that overstep their powers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-partys-new-bill-is-to-avoid-chaos-in-judiciary---pm-9302Poland sees a boom in overseas workershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sees-a-boom-in-overseas-workers-9299<p>Poland is accepting more temporary workers than any other OECD country, according to a new report by Work Services.</p>Tue, 17 Dec 2019 16:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1iag5g90bkwon5a09uol3n.jpegIncreasing numbers of foreigners are coming to work in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sees-a-boom-in-overseas-workers-9299Peace Light of Bethlehem passed on to prime ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/peace-light-of-bethlehem-passed-on-to-prime-minister-9298<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki received the Peace Light of Bethlehem from scouts of the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association (ZHP) at his office in Warsaw on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 17 Dec 2019 16:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5wvpjvwxnevf7fizpu6nmd.jpegWhen receiving the light, the prime minister said that whenever scouts appear in his office, he knows that they carry peace and a good message.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/peace-light-of-bethlehem-passed-on-to-prime-minister-9298Construction of Poland's Expo 2020 pavilion kicks off in Dubaihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/construction-of-polands-expo-2020-pavilion-kicks-off-in-dubai-9296<p>Construction of the Polish pavilion for Expo 2020 in Dubai has begun, the government-run Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) announced in a statement on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 17 Dec 2019 15:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hm4xnw0d77tjafmk99pqw.pngThe Polish Pavilion will be the main arena for presentations about Poland during Expo 2020 and have the the slogan "Creativity inspired by nature."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/construction-of-polands-expo-2020-pavilion-kicks-off-in-dubai-9296Brainy idea: Gdynia firm takes gold medal in Hemorrhage Detection Challengehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brainy-idea-gdynia-firm-takes-gold-medal-in-hemorrhage-detection-challenge-9295<p>A Polish MediTech company has won a gold medal for their work in brain scanning technology.</p>Tue, 17 Dec 2019 15:28:00 +0100BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/by7blk40nrtxzxs8xi4za.jpegBrainScan’s special algorithm can detect defects in the brain more accurately than previous models.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brainy-idea-gdynia-firm-takes-gold-medal-in-hemorrhage-detection-challenge-9295Going for gold! Extraordinary true story of the woman who saved Poland’s gold reserveshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-for-gold-extraordinary-true-story-of-the-woman-who-saved-polands-gold-reserves-9292<p>Halina Konopacka, Poland’s first Olympic gold medal winner, was one of the most outstanding and spectacular characters of interwar Poland.</p>Tue, 17 Dec 2019 14:16:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k7qtcglrz7iixnrvkmf85f.pngHalina Konopacka, Poland’s first Olympic gold medal winner, was one of the most outstanding and spectacular characters of interwar Poland. She also helped smuggle tonnes of gold out of the country as WWII loomed.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-for-gold-extraordinary-true-story-of-the-woman-who-saved-polands-gold-reserves-9292Polish film shortlisted for Oscars' best international filmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-shortlisted-for-oscars-best-international-film-9291<p>Boze Cialo (Corpus Christi), a Polish film directed by Jan Komasa, was shortlisted for the 92nd Academy Award in the Best International Feature Film category, the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced.</p>Tue, 17 Dec 2019 11:27:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/viy0ws8vyz7uj2rfkacfzd.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-shortlisted-for-oscars-best-international-film-9291Jews from Warsaw, Pittsburgh and Karmiel begin partnership – US dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jews-from-warsaw-pittsburgh-and-karmiel-begin-partnership--us-daily-9290<p>Jewish communities from the US city of Pittsburgh and the Israeli region of Karmiel are beginning a partnership with the Jewish community in Warsaw, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote on its website.</p>Tue, 17 Dec 2019 10:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ew9g23p1c0f7og096aepdp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jews-from-warsaw-pittsburgh-and-karmiel-begin-partnership--us-daily-9290PKN Orlen to develop stations in Slovakia by Stop Cafe pointshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-to-develop-stations-in-slovakia-by-stop-cafe-points-9288<p>Polish fuel group PKN Orlen has announced that Slovak Orlen Group facilities with non-fuel sales and self-service stations will be extended by Stop Cafe points in 2020.</p>Tue, 17 Dec 2019 10:26:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5x7ljg833no81jop3hla2r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-to-develop-stations-in-slovakia-by-stop-cafe-points-9288PM, President mark Wujek coal pit massacrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-president-mark-wujek-coal-pit-massacre-9286<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday in Katowice, southern Poland, commemorated the 38th anniversary of the December 1981 Wujek massacre, in which communist riot police killed nine protesting miners in the city's Wujek coal mine.</p>Mon, 16 Dec 2019 21:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fkntyr030bmgvn55xheje.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-president-mark-wujek-coal-pit-massacre-9286Mayors of V4 countries' capitals sign Package of Free Citieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mayors-of-v4-countries-capitals-sign-package-of-free-cities-9284<p>The mayors of Bratislava, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw, the capitals of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries, on Monday in Budapest signed a Package of Free Cities, a document in which they pledge to join forces in lobbying for more direct funding from the EU.</p>Mon, 16 Dec 2019 18:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMayors of V4 countries' capitals sign Package of Free Citieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mayors-of-v4-countries-capitals-sign-package-of-free-cities-9284Lego fans go wild for Tokarczuk and create their own models of herhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lego-fans-go-wild-for-tokarczuk-and-create-their-own-models-of-her-9282<p><span lang="EN-GB">Lego fans have created delightful figurines of Nobel Literature winner Olga Tokarczuk.</span></p>Mon, 16 Dec 2019 16:03:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6ymp0lj4c9qhq1rgcv1jif.jpegAfter finishing his Lego creation, teacher Przemek Staroń posted on Facebook: “I love you, Olga Tokarczuk, a tender singer of fairy tales, myths and stories,” referencing the writer’s Nobel Lecture, ‘The Tender Narrator’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lego-fans-go-wild-for-tokarczuk-and-create-their-own-models-of-her-9282President commemorates Battle of the Bulgehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-commemorates-battle-of-the-bulge-9281<p>On the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Counteroffensive, Polish President Andrzej Duda paid his respects on Monday to those who fought on the Western Front during World War II, during ceremonies in Belgium and Luxembourg.</p>Mon, 16 Dec 2019 15:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m1unqbqn1qlh1me6l8art.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-commemorates-battle-of-the-bulge-9281Cops bust ‘Trapeze’ drugs cartel in continuing war against drugshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cops-bust-trapeze-drugs-cartel-in-continuing-war-against-drugs-9277<p>Police have smashed a drugs cartel during a series of daring raids.</p>Mon, 16 Dec 2019 14:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/beui0zhl3u9uf1yl8wm6p.jpegOfficers from the Central Bureau of Investigation said they had arrested 22 members of a gang known as the Trapeze Cartel. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cops-bust-trapeze-drugs-cartel-in-continuing-war-against-drugs-9277Over 70 pct of Poles will donate to charity during Christmas - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-70-pct-of-poles-will-donate-to-charity-during-christmas---poll-9276<p>More than 70 pct of Poles have declared that they plan to support charity initiatives during the Christmas period, says a report by the Deloitte consulting firm.</p>Mon, 16 Dec 2019 14:31:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u61m9peb9opfkeyjfti3s.jpegAlmost three out of four respondents (73.2 pct) planned to contribute to charities.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-70-pct-of-poles-will-donate-to-charity-during-christmas---poll-9276Builders make sensational 2mln PLN find during renovation workhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/builders-make-sensational-2mln-pln-find-during-renovation-work-9274<p>Construction workers renovating a historic tenement building in Kraków got a rare and bountiful surprise when they unearthed a stack of cash dating back to the 18th century.</p>Mon, 16 Dec 2019 12:42:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d89njwcstxbzcglf3a8p8j.jpegThe coins had been stashed in linen bags which have long since decayed away, some 200 years ago. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/builders-make-sensational-2mln-pln-find-during-renovation-work-9274Labour costs in Poland up 6.6 pct y/y in Q3 of 2019 - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-costs-in-poland-up-66-pct-yy-in-q3-of-2019---eurostat-9273<p>Nominal hourly labour costs grew in Poland by 6.6 percent year on year in the third quarter of 2019, after a 7.2-percent rise in the 2nd quarter of 2019, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 16 Dec 2019 12:01:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cxfz11h7wt82tgfobh7gej.jpegLabour costs in industry grew by 7.0 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-costs-in-poland-up-66-pct-yy-in-q3-of-2019---eurostat-9273Running a business becoming more popular among foreigners in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/running-a-business-becoming-more-popular-among-foreigners-in-poland-9272<p>The number of foreigners running a business in Poland grew by 4,500 to 19,400 people in the last four years, said Sebastian Szczurek, a regional spokesperson of state insurer ZUS, adding that Ukrainians constituted the biggest group.</p>Mon, 16 Dec 2019 09:43:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vbfsazs2dypk3e5j7ednl.jpegHailing from Ukraine, Oleg Yarovyi and his wife, Inna opened café Dobro&Dobro. Last year saw the opening of their first franchise, and as things stand six Dobro&Dobro cafes size now operate in Warsaw and Wrocław.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/running-a-business-becoming-more-popular-among-foreigners-in-poland-9272President Macron has not threatened anyone, French ambassador assureshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-macron-has-not-threatened-anyone-french-ambassador-assures-9270<p>French Ambassador to Poland Frederic Billet, referring to the Friday statement by French President Emmanuel Macron, wrote that in his remarks after the European Council meeting the French president explained the importance of the Council's conclusions and did not threaten anyone.</p>Sun, 15 Dec 2019 21:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hwyvnfuhlkpza4l5bjgcv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-macron-has-not-threatened-anyone-french-ambassador-assures-9270President to mark 75th anniversary of Battle of the Bulgehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-mark-75th-anniversary-of-battle-of-the-bulge-9268<p>President Andrzej Duda, at the invitations of King Philippe of Belgium and Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, will take part in ceremonies in Belgium and Luxembourg marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.</p>Sun, 15 Dec 2019 21:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pj8raqu67xrb5a9qrlypba.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-mark-75th-anniversary-of-battle-of-the-bulge-9268Heart of kindness: Indian traveller gets passport and plane ticket back after leaving backpack on Kraków tramhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/heart-of-kindness-indian-traveller-gets-passport-and-plane-ticket-back-after-leaving-backpack-on-krakow-tram-9266<p><span lang="EN-GB">An Indian traveller on his first visit to Europe was thankful to kind-hearted Poles who came to him in his hour of need after he lost his passport and plane ticket home.</span></p>Sun, 15 Dec 2019 20:19:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rzobpu6uml7umaodf2kzp.jpegRazdan with his bag that would later go solo on a Kraków tram.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/heart-of-kindness-indian-traveller-gets-passport-and-plane-ticket-back-after-leaving-backpack-on-krakow-tram-9266Major opposition presidential candidate has support of former Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/major-opposition-presidential-candidate-has-support-of-former-polish-pm-9264<p>Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska, the presidential candidate of Poland's major opposition party Civic Platform (PO), can definitely count on his support, said former Polish PM Donald Tusk in an interview with the private radio broadcaster Radio Zet on Sunday.</p>Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gayr7htnhsot2yscqswk3g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/major-opposition-presidential-candidate-has-support-of-former-polish-pm-9264Polish People's Party in favour of green energyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-peoples-party-in-favour-of-green-energy-9262<p>Polish People Party's Leader Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz said at Sunday's press conference in Gdynia, northern Poland, that half of Poland's energy should be produced from renewable resources by the year 2030.</p>Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jb2e3kpucpjipb1bxi67.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-peoples-party-in-favour-of-green-energy-9262Left-wing leaders announce new political initiativehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/left-wing-leaders-announce-new-political-initiative-9260<p>Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) leader Wlodzimierz Czarzasty and head of the Spring party Robert Biedron have announced the formation of a new grouping to be called the New Left.</p>Sun, 15 Dec 2019 18:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g5yaft2tpvoxcsf5lwry3e.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/left-wing-leaders-announce-new-political-initiative-9260US ambassador pleased with deepening ties with Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-pleased-with-deepening-ties-with-poland-9258<p>The United States will continue to support Poland, US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher said in an interview for the Saturday edition of the Super Express newspaper, adding that she was pleased with recent progress in US-Polish relations.</p>Sun, 15 Dec 2019 18:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2xvl2kuhdfxndvbzdwlub.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-pleased-with-deepening-ties-with-poland-9258Take my pain away: researchers find VR can make medical procedures less painfulhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-my-pain-away-researchers-find-vr-can-make-medical-procedures-less-painful-9254<p><span lang="EN-GB">Polish scientists are working on a way to reduce pain using virtual reality (VR). Rather than take pills, it could be an effective way to reduce short-term pain, like that experienced during some light medical procedures.</span></p>Sun, 15 Dec 2019 13:09:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tvobsrss1ufhu8ahijk.jpegResearch shows that virtual reality can reduce pain by as much as 59 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-my-pain-away-researchers-find-vr-can-make-medical-procedures-less-painful-9254App helping people with dementia set to go internationalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/app-helping-dementia-sufferers-set-to-go-international-9252<p><span lang="EN-GB">A couple from Kraków have created an app to help care providers working with people with dementia.</span></p>Sun, 15 Dec 2019 11:38:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vmalzzdxuo4h9jwj9r8jd.jpegKatarzyna Hess-Wiktor and her husband Przemysław Wiktor: the brains behind app.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/app-helping-dementia-sufferers-set-to-go-international-9252Warsaw honours anti-communist dissidents, communism victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-honours-anti-communist-dissidents-communism-victims-9249<p>Poland's onetime anti-communist opposition and the communist era's political victims were honoured in a Saturday ceremony at Warsaw's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Letters on the occasion were sent by President Andrzej Duda and PM Mateusz Morawiecki.</p>Sat, 14 Dec 2019 20:09:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fsaypomu3ur1r3g6bswn46.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-honours-anti-communist-dissidents-communism-victims-9249Poland plans to hike state ownership share in financial sector - dep PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-plans-to-hike-state-ownership-share-in-financial-sector---dep-pm-9247<p>The Polish government will seek to further expand state ownership in the country's financial sector, Deputy Prime Minister and State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin told a Saturday conference in Torun, northern Poland.</p>Sat, 14 Dec 2019 20:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4ypsbm32d2iyuqnvs7izhh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-plans-to-hike-state-ownership-share-in-financial-sector---dep-pm-9247Mushrooms with cancer-killing properties roped into war against deadly illnesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mushrooms-with-cancer-killing-properties-roped-into-war-against-deadly-illness-9244<p><span lang="EN-GB">Polish scientists have found a natural way to kill cancer by utilising properties fond in mushrooms. Even better, it happens to grow in Poland, in the Białowieża Forest.</span></p>Sat, 14 Dec 2019 16:50:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gjcu9vspded8suznpova2l.jpegMushrooms found in the Białowieża Forest could help in the fight against cancer.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mushrooms-with-cancer-killing-properties-roped-into-war-against-deadly-illness-9244Dep FM discusses security in Ukrainehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dep-fm-discusses-security-in-ukraine-9241<p>Polish and Ukrainian security in light of the recent Paris summit on the Donbas conflict and joint infrastructure projects were among the leading topics in Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz's Saturday talks in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.</p>Sat, 14 Dec 2019 16:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/69tl1pmk266fwr0koo82q5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dep-fm-discusses-security-in-ukraine-9241Spring leader announces new political force - New Lefthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spring-leader-announces-new-political-force---new-left-9239<p>A new, long-awaited grouping called New Left will be established in a few weeks to be ruled in partnership, leader of the Spring (Wiosna) party Robert Biedron said at the party's Saturday convention.</p>Sat, 14 Dec 2019 16:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/42qbx8n728a6n8k27i647f.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spring-leader-announces-new-political-force---new-left-9239Polish opposition party chooses presidential candidatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-opposition-party-chooses-presidential-candidate-9237<p>Poland’s major opposition party Civic Platform (PO) on Saturday elected deputy parliamentary Speaker Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska as its candidate for the country’s presidential elections in May of next year.</p>Sat, 14 Dec 2019 16:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jj13fd7ibybmbfs2pucz9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-opposition-party-chooses-presidential-candidate-9237Defence minister visits Polish soldiers in Lebanonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defence-minister-visits-polish-soldiers-in-lebanon-9235<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak on Saturday met soldiers of the Polish Military Contingent serving as part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) on the border with Israel.</p>Sat, 14 Dec 2019 16:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDefence minister visits Polish soldiers in Lebanonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defence-minister-visits-polish-soldiers-in-lebanon-9235Jewish residents of southern Poland to be commemoratedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewish-residents-of-southern-poland-to-be-commemorated-9234<p>As part of the project entitled People not Numbers, Jewish residents of Czarny Dunajec, southern Poland, and other localities who were murdered during WWII, will be commemorated with a monument inscribed with their names.</p>Sat, 14 Dec 2019 15:59:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgJewish residents of southern Poland to be commemoratedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewish-residents-of-southern-poland-to-be-commemorated-9234Hitting the heights: photo album of Polish wartime pilot goes for a bombhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hitting-the-heights-photo-album-of-polish-wartime-pilot-goes-for-a-bomb-9232<p><span lang="EN-GB">A photo album detailing the wartime exploits of a Polish pilot who flew for Britain’s RAF has sold at auction in the UK for GBP 1,200 (PLN 6,141).</span></p>Sat, 14 Dec 2019 15:41:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6fucvtz5k8s3i4vpq7wq2d.jpegLipowski poses for one of the photographs in front of a Spitfire bearing Polish markings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hitting-the-heights-photo-album-of-polish-wartime-pilot-goes-for-a-bomb-9232All the world’s a stage: opera goes online thanks to new programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-the-worlds-a-stage-opera-goes-online-thanks-to-new-programme-9229<p>The Polish National Opera has joined forces with other opera houses across Europe to bring productions into the comfort of the living by making them free online.</p>Sat, 14 Dec 2019 12:20:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ivmhnd3rvz95ismq9isw6e.jpegPolish National Opera’s production of ‘Tosca’ is currently available online thanks to the new service.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-the-worlds-a-stage-opera-goes-online-thanks-to-new-programme-9229Well done, Bo Jo! PM Congratulates UK’s Boris Johnson on his landslide election victoryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/well-done-bo-jo-pm-congratulates-uks-boris-johnson-on-his-landslide-election-victory-9228<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday that the victory of the Conservative Party in Great Britain was important from the point of view of Poland and the EU since it will stabilise the political scene in the country.</p>Fri, 13 Dec 2019 19:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gny7q4zm1fmwyp0vmvsth.jpegBrexit Boris triumphant after landslide victory in UK’s third General Election in five years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/well-done-bo-jo-pm-congratulates-uks-boris-johnson-on-his-landslide-election-victory-9228Secret Warsaw for Instagrammershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/secret-warsaw-for-instagrammers-425<p>Where’s the best place in Warsaw to take epic Instagram-style photos? Ignore the usual spots and discover secret Warsaw with popular photographer Hashtagalek</p><p>Will Patrick and Alek capture all 10 spots in a day? Watch part two next week to find out.</p>Fri, 13 Dec 2019 18:12:00 +0100LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/izvjyz29ychb200uw97enf.jpegSecret Warsaw for Instagrammershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/secret-warsaw-for-instagrammers-425Poland holds congress on civil rightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-holds-congress-on-civil-rights-9227<p>The Third Congress of Civil Rights, organised by Ombudsman Adam Bodnar, together with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE (ODIHR), started on Friday at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.</p>Fri, 13 Dec 2019 17:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d3c7hvmsq29afjnglavkj.jpegAddressing the congress, Bodnar pointed to the fact that it is taking place on the 38th anniversary of the imposition of martial law in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-holds-congress-on-civil-rights-9227HBO takes on new series from acclaimed screenwriter Marta Szymanekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hbo-takes-on-new-series-from-acclaimed-screenwriter-marta-szymanek-9225<p>A new original Polish production has been greenlighted by HBO.</p>Fri, 13 Dec 2019 17:40:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1r9ps9owxgwdw411z51lq.jpegMarta Szymanek (R) who wrote the powerful series The Pack (L) is working with HBO again on her new film The Thaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hbo-takes-on-new-series-from-acclaimed-screenwriter-marta-szymanek-9225PM describes post-election political situation in UK as 'clarified'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-describes-post-election-political-situation-in-uk-as-clarified-9224<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a press conference in Brussels on Friday that the political situation in Great Britain has "clarified" and that unfortunately it will come to Brexit.</p>Fri, 13 Dec 2019 16:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r5m18wp8lolkdriyqurl1n.jpegMorawiecki said that the landslide win for the Conservatives, giving the party an absolute majority in the House of Commons, would also give the EU the opportunity to establish "new principles of cooperation" with the UK government.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-describes-post-election-political-situation-in-uk-as-clarified-9224Warsaw’s Local Heroes really are HEREOS after winning hearts of A-list celebs. Oh, and now they’ve got their FIRST shop!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-local-heroes-really-are-hereos-after-winning-hearts-of-a-list-celebs-oh-and-now-theyve-got-their-first-shop-9222<p>Despite being on the market since 2013, having been worn by some of the biggest stars in the world and having collaborated with Disney and Reebok, Warsaw’s Local Heroes had never had a brick’s and mortar home.</p>Fri, 13 Dec 2019 15:15:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qky46bljsi8s0b5cj43gd.pngThe online store for the stars has now opened its first ever shop.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-local-heroes-really-are-hereos-after-winning-hearts-of-a-list-celebs-oh-and-now-theyve-got-their-first-shop-9222French museum's assistant director awarded Polish Culture decorationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-museums-assistant-director-awarded-polish-culture-decoration-9221<p>Assistant Director of the French Louvre-Lens Museum, and joint curator on the museum's current exhibition on Polish painting from 1840-1914, Luc Piralla-Heng Vonga on Friday received the Decoration of Honour Meritorious for Polish Culture in the French town of Lens.</p>Fri, 13 Dec 2019 15:08:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xiizk7igcf4cw641bhqct.jpegThe distinction was presented by the Polish Deputy PM and Culture Minister Piotr Gliński, who said that the idea of presenting Polish masterpieces of the 19th and early 20th century was first conceived by museum staff in 2016.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/french-museums-assistant-director-awarded-polish-culture-decoration-9221President marks martial law anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-marks-martial-law-anniversary-9219<p>President Andrzej Duda awarded state distinctions in Warsaw on Friday in connection with the 38th anniversary of the December 13, 1981, imposition of martial law in Poland by the country's communist regime.</p>Fri, 13 Dec 2019 13:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d3et51c7doih6yioldwr9t.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-marks-martial-law-anniversary-9219Colt following! Kind-hearted crowd funders raise over 11k so OAP can stay with beloved 30-year-old horsehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/colt-following-kind-hearted-crowd-funders-raise-over-11k-so-oap-can-stay-with-beloved-30-year-old-horse-9217<p>Internet users have come forward to help an older gentleman in Poland stay with his beloved mare.</p>Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:22:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s3mu1cm9sf15hxmi65lwh.jpegOAP Edward, who lives in Szubin, a town near Bydgoszcz in northern Poland, has looked after the mare, Eliza, for 30 years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/colt-following-kind-hearted-crowd-funders-raise-over-11k-so-oap-can-stay-with-beloved-30-year-old-horse-9217Victory of Conservatives in Britain will bring stability - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/victory-of-conservatives-in-britain-will-bring-stability---polish-pm-9215<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday that the victory of the Conservative Party in Great Britain was important from the point of view of Poland and the EU since it will stabilise the political scene in the country.</p>Fri, 13 Dec 2019 10:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x2pa3uc08afynuytq4v6q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/victory-of-conservatives-in-britain-will-bring-stability---polish-pm-9215Orlen will start building hydrogen filling stations by 2021https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-will-start-building-hydrogen-filling-stations-by-2021-9213<p>Poland's leading fuel company PKN Orlen will start constructing its first hydrogen filling stations by 2021, company board member Jozef Wegrecki told PAP on Friday.</p>Fri, 13 Dec 2019 10:48:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pe876ffc36d5b2ok2xwvb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-will-start-building-hydrogen-filling-stations-by-2021-9213Poland exempted from 2050 climate neutrality deal - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-exempted-from-2050-climate-neutrality-deal---pm-9210<p>The EU summit in Brussels on Thursday exempted Poland from the 2050 climate neutrality deal. Informing about the decision on Thursday night, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said it met Poland's expectations.</p>Fri, 13 Dec 2019 10:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/80y1n96zvls53oqsjx70hb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-exempted-from-2050-climate-neutrality-deal---pm-9210PM criticises Supreme Court head's non-adjudication appealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-criticises-supreme-court-heads-non-adjudication-appeal-9209<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki in a Thursday-published interview for PAP criticised Supreme Court (SN) head Małgorzata Gersdorf's recent appeal to judges of her court's contested Disciplinary Chamber to refrain from adjudicating.</p>Thu, 12 Dec 2019 20:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/75tssyl9ycafe15a34j9c.jpeg"I appeal to judges to cease issuing statements about refraining from all adjudication. Such statements are nothing but incitement to break laws, and question the status of legally appointed judges," the PM said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-criticises-supreme-court-heads-non-adjudication-appeal-9209Poland suspends retail tax for another six monthshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-suspends-retail-tax-for-another-six-months-9208<p>The Sejm (lower house) on Thursday passed an amendment to the law on the retail sales tax prolonging the suspension of the tax until July 1, 2020.</p>Thu, 12 Dec 2019 20:09:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland suspends retail tax for another six monthshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-suspends-retail-tax-for-another-six-months-9208Climate neutrality attainment pace must be diversified - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/climate-neutrality-attainment-pace-must-be-diversified---pm-9207<p>The pace in which the EU states attain climate neutrality must be differentiated according to the level of their economic development, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday in Brussels before the opening of the EU summit.</p>Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jqi780fgtgal7y31rlkz2.jpegUpon arrival in Brussels, Morawiecki spoke with new EC head Ursula von der Leyen (pictured), EP President David Sassoli, Polish-born EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski and MEPs from the EP's European Conservatives and Reformers faction to which Poland's government party Law and Justice (PiS) belongs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/climate-neutrality-attainment-pace-must-be-diversified---pm-9207List of over 3,000 Jews saved by WWII Polish diplomats publishedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/list-of-over-3000-jews-saved-by-wwii-polish-diplomats-published-9205<p>A list of over 3,200 Jews saved by Polish diplomats during World War II has been published by the Pilecki Institute.</p>Thu, 12 Dec 2019 17:29:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5us8in4loup5829y474h96.jpegWith the fake passports in hand, Jews and others were able to escape occupied territories and imminent transportation to concentration camps.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/list-of-over-3000-jews-saved-by-wwii-polish-diplomats-published-9205Polish Traces – Gibraltarhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces--gibraltar-424<p>Having reached Europe’s southernmost tip in Gibraltar, Krzysztof looks back at his trip across the continent and reflects on the people he has met before heading off to Africa where he will continue his quest for Polish traces.</p>Thu, 12 Dec 2019 16:32:00 +0100Polish traceshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/16u7e76pkue12s41onuahl.jpegPolish Traces – Gibraltarhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces--gibraltar-424Stunning mural of musical legend Czesław Niemen appears in Warsaw suburbhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-mural-of-musical-legend-czeslaw-niemen-appears-in-warsaw-suburb-9203<p>Widely hailed as one of the greatest bards in modern Polish history, a new mural honouring the memory of musician Czesław Niemen has been unveiled in the same Warsaw district that helped inspire one of his most famous hits, Sen o Warszawie (Dream About Warsaw).</p>Thu, 12 Dec 2019 16:08:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hwrq6ogf0i4edabytz7ogl.jpegSituated deep in the suburbs, the artwork richly references the life and works of the singer-songwriter with features including gold record discs in place of Niemen’s eyes in a nod to his best-selling album, Dziwny jest ten świat (The World Is Strange).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-mural-of-musical-legend-czeslaw-niemen-appears-in-warsaw-suburb-9203'My mum was kidnapped by Hitler's SS!'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exclusive-my-mum-was-kidnapped-by-nazis-9201<p dir="ltr">During World War II, the Germans kidnapped, Germanised and sent up to 200,000 ‘racially suitable’ Polish children to the Third Reich for adoption to senior Nazis in an attempt to breed an elite for Hitler’s thousand-year Reich.</p>Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:14:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oz1zn8rj4n29w4glhnug.pngDariusz Dziekan was a child when he found out his mother had been kidnapped by Hitler’s SS.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exclusive-my-mum-was-kidnapped-by-nazis-9201More than quarter of Poles considering purchase of electric carhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-than-quarter-of-poles-considering-purchase-of-electric-car-9199<p>Twenty-eight percent of Poles are thinking about buying an electric vehicle (EV) within the next three years; 76 pct said that their decision would be based on whether they would receive subsidies, said the Polish Alternative Fuels Association (PSPA).</p>Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:35:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2h8aby3kvbsbyj70g5nkt.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-than-quarter-of-poles-considering-purchase-of-electric-car-9199Estonian president welcomed by President Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/estonian-president-welcomed-by-president-duda-9197<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda welcomed his Estonian counterpart Kersti Kaljulaidat at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on Thursday. Both politicians are to hold talks and take part in a forum devoted to Polish-Estonian goals in the UN Security Council.</p>Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vg2n2oj9tfl9h6uykjcdym.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/estonian-president-welcomed-by-president-duda-9197Poland comes third in EU for air passenger growthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-comes-third-in-eu-for-air-passenger-growth-9195<p>The number of airline passengers at Polish airports went up by 16.1 percent year on year in 2018, the third highest growth rate in the EU, after Lithuania and Slovakia, the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) has reported.</p>Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:25:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/84o1r61uetsoim2war4le.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-comes-third-in-eu-for-air-passenger-growth-9195Estonian president pays working visit to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/estonian-president-pays-working-visit-to-poland-9194<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda will hold a meeting on Thursday in Warsaw with his Estonian counterpart, Kersti Kaljulaid. Both politicians are also to take part in the 'Poland-Estonia, A Community of Goals in the UN Security Council' forum .</p>Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEstonian president pays working visit to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/estonian-president-pays-working-visit-to-poland-9194Poland fears Green Deal will downsize EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-fears-green-deal-will-downsize-eu-budget-9193<p>Poland and its regional neighbours fear the EC's Wednesday proposed European Green Deal project will force cuts in cohesion and agricultural funding, PAP learnt from Polish diplomatic sources.</p>Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland fears Green Deal will downsize EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-fears-green-deal-will-downsize-eu-budget-9193Nobel winner Tokarczuk visits immigrant schoolchildren in Stockholmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nobel-winner-tokarczuk-visits-immigrant-schoolchildren-in-stockholm-9191<p>Poland's Nobel Prize for Literature winner Olga Tokarczuk on Wednesday visited immigrant schoolchildren in the Rinkeby district of Stockholm.</p>Wed, 11 Dec 2019 17:21:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gjxx3zst9dfzojcb5753tm.jpegThe pupils presented the author with a portrait of herself, painted by children in the group. After accepting the painting, Tokarczuk said "I am deeply moved. When I return to Poland I will hang it in a central place in my home."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nobel-winner-tokarczuk-visits-immigrant-schoolchildren-in-stockholm-9191Foreign trade is on the up, latest data showshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-trade-is-on-the-up-latest-data-shows-9189<p>Poland’s trade balance from January to October this year amounted to 4.6 billion PLN, a positive swing of 18.4 billion PLN since the same period last year.</p>Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:36:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x6w70jo8grduilv7lgifha.jpegPoland’s foreign trade is on the up with an impressive trade surplus with other EU countries of 188.8 billion PLN.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-trade-is-on-the-up-latest-data-shows-9189Poland receives declassified CIA documents on fall of communismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-declassified-cia-documents-on-fall-of-communism-9187<p>Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński, during a visit to the United States, was given declassified Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) materials on the fall of communism in Central European countries.</p>Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:27:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a4byxo3mbqs13k578nfft3a.jpegAfter returning to Poland Kamiński will present the American papers to the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-declassified-cia-documents-on-fall-of-communism-9187Pawsome! Rare footage captures lynx family roaming mountain pathshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pawsome-rare-footage-captures-lynx-family-roaming-mountain-paths-9184<p>Sensational rare footage of a lynx mum with her adorable four cubs has been captured on camera in the Żywiec Beskids region.</p>Wed, 11 Dec 2019 14:41:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9ci1ay30ehefaxtowjox87.jpegRare footage captures Lynx on camera for the first time in the Żywiec Beskids region of Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pawsome-rare-footage-captures-lynx-family-roaming-mountain-paths-9184President appeals for putting more emphasis on social serviceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appeals-for-putting-more-emphasis-on-social-services-9181<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said at Wednesday's conference, devoted do social politics, that in order to build the country in a way that meets the needs of citizens, far more attention must be paid to the social services.</p>Wed, 11 Dec 2019 14:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rq83vpdp6458inxrkvlbn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appeals-for-putting-more-emphasis-on-social-services-9181Vrooming marvelous! Ten-year-old’s dream of racing cars comes true after students build him special 30km/h motorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vrooming-marvelous-ten-year-olds-dream-of-racing-cars-comes-true-after-students-build-him-special-30kmh-motor-9179<p>A 10-year-old boy suffering from muscular dystrophy has had his dream of being able to go go-carting and motor racing come true thanks to the dedication of students from the Warsaw University of Technology (PW).</p>Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:08:00 +0100ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wwwe5wqj7y7x6obgle72y.jpegMaks who suffers from muscular dystrophy had his racing dreams come true after students from the University of Technology in Warsaw build him his own special E-MaksPower racing car.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vrooming-marvelous-ten-year-olds-dream-of-racing-cars-comes-true-after-students-build-him-special-30kmh-motor-9179Burst heating pipe causes chaos in south Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/burst-heating-pipe-causes-chaos-in-south-warsaw-9177<p>A burst heating pipe carrying hot water from Warsaw's Siekierki thermal plant sent plumes of steam into the freezing-cold air in the southern part of the city, halting traffic and trapping hundreds of motorist in their vehicles.</p>Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/107ieb1yu8utchjxjozj6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/burst-heating-pipe-causes-chaos-in-south-warsaw-9177Warsaw to blaze the trail for 5G technologyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-blaze-the-trail-for-5g-technology-9175<p>Warsaw has the biggest chance to be the first Polish city to operate 5G mobile communications technology, Digital Affairs Minister Marek Zagorski said on Wednesday, adding that the decision will depend on the results of a 3.6 GHz frequency auction.</p>Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:35:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dexwww3w2vk6js6nv9h6td.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-blaze-the-trail-for-5g-technology-9175Polish exports to grow by 6 pct in 2019 - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-exports-to-grow-by-6-pct-in-2019---ministry-9173<p>Development Ministry experts forecast Polish exports to grow by 6 percent in 2019 to EUR 237 billion, while the surplus in foreign trade is expected at EUR 800 million, the ministry said in a report.</p>Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:07:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish exports to grow by 6 pct in 2019 - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-exports-to-grow-by-6-pct-in-2019---ministry-9173Czech rail operator looking to expand in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/czech-rail-operator-looking-to-expand-in-poland-9171<p>The Czech Leo Express train operator submitted an application to the Office of Railway Transportation (UTK) for permission to provide commercial train service on the Krakow-Warsaw line, Poland's key rail connection, the Puls Biznesu daily has reported.</p>Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:06:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t9ptskco37kzqrq3nlcp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/czech-rail-operator-looking-to-expand-in-poland-9171Epic Polish painting to be exhibited at National Gallery in Londonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/epic-polish-painting-to-be-exhibited-at-national-gallery-in-london-9170<p>"Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversations with God," a painting by the Polish painter Jan Matejko, will be presented at the National Gallery in London in 2020, the gallery has announced.</p>Tue, 10 Dec 2019 20:50:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sba0o58ih5hl8v1iv73h2p.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/epic-polish-painting-to-be-exhibited-at-national-gallery-in-london-9170European affairs minister criticises Finnish EU budget proposalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-affairs-minister-criticises-finnish-eu-budget-proposals-9169<p>Poland's European Affairs Minister Konrad Szymański on Tuesday in Brussels criticised the Finnish EU presidency's latest EU budget proposals. Szymański said the proposed budget was unbalanced, with disproportionate cuts in cohesion and agriculture funding.</p>Tue, 10 Dec 2019 20:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/roluw68jjso353nweaqsul.jpegSzymański criticised the proposed budget for its unbalanced expenses and excessive cuts in cohesion and agricultural funding.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-affairs-minister-criticises-finnish-eu-budget-proposals-9169Tokarczuk picks up Nobel prize from Swedish kinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tokarczuk-picks-up-nobel-prize-from-swedens-king-carl-xvi-gustaf-9163<p>Olga Tokarczuk received the 2018 literary Nobel Prize at a ceremony in Stockholm today.</p>Tue, 10 Dec 2019 18:02:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r7tvl5sz4d7owl6m921zm.jpegThe Polish novelist, poet and essayist was handed the gold medal and diploma by the Swedish king Carl XVI Gustaf.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tokarczuk-picks-up-nobel-prize-from-swedens-king-carl-xvi-gustaf-9163Italian historian from Polish academy receives prestigious research granthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/italian-historian-from-polish-academy-receives-prestigious-research-grant-9160<p>The Italian historian Valentina Lepri from the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) has received a Consolidator Grant worth EUR 1.7 mln from the European Research Council (ERC), PAN said in an official statement.</p>Tue, 10 Dec 2019 17:34:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgItalian historian from Polish academy receives prestigious research granthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/italian-historian-from-polish-academy-receives-prestigious-research-grant-9160Norway's Equinor buys half stake in Polish offshore projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/norways-equinor-buys-half-stake-in-polish-offshore-project-9158<p>Norway’s Equinor has acquired a 50-percent stake in a Polish offshore wind project, Baltyk I with a capacity of 1.56 GW, from Poland-based privately-owned energy producer Polenergia, the Norwegian company said in a Tuesday statement.</p>Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:29:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w8o3z9gravaq1l8jh1cris.jpegWind turbines in Midtfjellet wind farm in Fitjar, Norway.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/norways-equinor-buys-half-stake-in-polish-offshore-project-9158In the hot seat: Ex model learns to drive a LORRY to take on gruelling Dakar Africa racehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-the-hot-seat-ex-model-learns-to-drive-a-lorry-to-take-on-gruelling-dakar-africa-race-9155<p>A former Miss Polonia is learning to drive a lorry so she can take part in the Monte Carlo-Dakar Africa Eco Race next year.</p>Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:04:00 +0100SportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l1twgvn28v8g1xy3f4jw5c.jpegFormer Miss Polonia Marcelina Zawadzka is looking to take part in the 6,000km Monte Carlo-Dakar Africa Eco Race in January next year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-the-hot-seat-ex-model-learns-to-drive-a-lorry-to-take-on-gruelling-dakar-africa-race-9155“Save their memory” urges PM as he announces plans to buy former Nazi-German death camp which is now home to among other things a LUXURY villahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/save-their-memory-urges-pm-as-he-announces-plans-to-buy-former-nazi-german-death-camp-which-is-now-home-to-among-other-things-a-luxury-villa-9153<p>Poland is attempting to buy plots of land that make up the former German-operated concentration camp Mauthausen-Gusen in Austria.</p>Tue, 10 Dec 2019 13:52:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tartr5v2wew5q1sxmy5g.pngPM Morawiecki said that if the memory of what happened at the concentration camp disappears it would be” as if we have provided suffering twice to those who survived the unimaginable hell.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/save-their-memory-urges-pm-as-he-announces-plans-to-buy-former-nazi-german-death-camp-which-is-now-home-to-among-other-things-a-luxury-villa-9153Poland signs EUR 191 mln ammunition supply contracthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-signs-eur-191-mln-ammunition-supply-contract-9151<p>The Ministry of National Defence has signed contracts for the supply of 155mm shells to the self-propelled tracked howitzer Krab and 5.56mm and 9mm rounds to personal weapons, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak wrote on Twitter on Monday.</p><article><br></article>Tue, 10 Dec 2019 13:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3rkaq5eyialfulnoglouxa.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-signs-eur-191-mln-ammunition-supply-contract-9151Was last ‘witch’ to be burned alive actually innocent? Gdańsk group calls for a pardon 360 years after her deathhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/was-last-witch-to-be-burned-alive-actually-innocent-gdansk-group-calls-for-a-pardon-360-years-after-her-death-9146<p>Therapists helping old people with dementia took to the streets of Gdańsk yesterday to re-enact the moment the city’s last witch was burnt alive at the stake - to try and persuade local councillors to clear her name 360 years after her death.</p>Tue, 10 Dec 2019 10:47:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4u3uda3x8uj2a9lquh8g3r.jpegThe 88-year-old alleged sorceress Anna Kruger was burned to a crisp in front of a baying crowd after having been found guilty of witchcraft by a panel of local councilmen.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/was-last-witch-to-be-burned-alive-actually-innocent-gdansk-group-calls-for-a-pardon-360-years-after-her-death-9146‘Tis the season to be jolly… Crowds turn out for annual Xmas nativity scenes comphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tis-the-season-to-be-jolly-crowds-turn-out-for-annual-xmas-nativity-scenes-comp-9141<p>Organized by the Historical Museum of Kraków, the event at the weekend gathered 131 handmade colourful cribs prepared by children, families and professional artists.</p>Mon, 09 Dec 2019 21:54:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4mygrkt3ug6iobq3pt0bn.jpegA competition for the best traditional Christmas nativity scenes has been held for the 77th time in Kraków.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tis-the-season-to-be-jolly-crowds-turn-out-for-annual-xmas-nativity-scenes-comp-9141Poland seeks to expand its Territorial Defence Force - deputy PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-to-expand-its-territorial-defence-force---deputy-pm-9135<p>Poland will focus on expanding the Polish armed forces, both professional and the Territorial Defence Force (WOT), Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin said on Sunday.</p>Sun, 08 Dec 2019 20:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b8pvy29qe6k65enzp5h3ux.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-to-expand-its-territorial-defence-force---deputy-pm-9135Cold War director wins EFA People's Choice Award in Berlinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cold-war-director-wins-efa-peoples-choice-award-in-berlin-9133<p>Polish film director Paweł Pawlikowski on Saturday won the People's Choice Award 2019 for his film Cold War at the 32nd European Film Awards (EFA) in Berlin.</p>Sun, 08 Dec 2019 17:59:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d8gv0wn3n6ztcqllsvqmi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cold-war-director-wins-efa-peoples-choice-award-in-berlin-9133Artist confronts racism with photo exhibition of Vietnamese communityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artist-confronts-racism-with-photo-exhibition-of-vietnamese-community-9131<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Polish artist based in the UK has taken photos of Poland’s Vietnamese community to undermine harmful stereotypes and show an often overlooked community in a new light.</span></p>Sun, 08 Dec 2019 17:37:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/728nhxqy6gi8ph3oo7qrnx.jpegThe pictures show Vietnamese Poles in settings that fail to conform to the stereotypes that surround them.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artist-confronts-racism-with-photo-exhibition-of-vietnamese-community-9131Swimming: Poland’s Tchórz wins backstroke bronze in Glasgowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/swimming-polands-tchorz-wins-backstroke-bronze-in-glasgow-9129<p>Alicja Tchórz of Poland has taken bronze in the women’s 50 metres backstroke at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.</p>Sun, 08 Dec 2019 15:49:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iaq38tyxi1ly5qyoqd1gng.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/swimming-polands-tchorz-wins-backstroke-bronze-in-glasgow-9129Polish Xmas fair in Budapesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-xmas-fair-in-budapest-9127<p>A Polish Christmas fair with products made chiefly by Poles residing in Hungary opened on Saturday in Budapest. A part of the proceeds will go to charity.</p>Sun, 08 Dec 2019 15:39:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/24gxdtvqiuhdwxz0qlt9jg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-xmas-fair-in-budapest-9127Polish shopping malls stand proud despite threat posed by online retailhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-shopping-malls-stand-proud-despite-threat-posed-by-online-retail-9123<p><span lang="EN-GB">With Christmas just a week or so away people by the million are indulging in a buying frenzy that may well bring tears of joy to retailers across the country.</span></p>Sun, 08 Dec 2019 15:17:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f9v8oo4mcs6zfdx7j4hx5.jpegShopping centres are now the leading destination for Polish shoppers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-shopping-malls-stand-proud-despite-threat-posed-by-online-retail-9123To kill a king: spine-chilling ledger now on show provides details on assassination attempt of King Zygmunt IIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/to-kill-a-king-new-exhibition-provides-gory-details-on-assassination-attempt-on-king-zygmunt-iii-9119<p><span lang="EN-GB">When on a cold November day in 1620, Poland’s king Zygmunt III took the short walk from the Royal Palace in Warsaw’s Old Town to St. John’s collegiate church round the corner nobody was expecting trouble.</span></p>Sun, 08 Dec 2019 12:05:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8epuuwhoo2h47gox8qtdwm.jpegGrim details. The accounting ledger detailing the costs of the execution.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/to-kill-a-king-new-exhibition-provides-gory-details-on-assassination-attempt-on-king-zygmunt-iii-9119The final countdown: returned to its former glory Foksal 13/15 will open soonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-final-countdown-returned-to-its-former-glory-foksal-1315-will-open-soon-9115<p><span lang="EN-GB">As work on one of Poland’s most prestigious residential developments reaches its climax, finer details have emerged of the extravagant luxuries that await inside as well as the restored and reclaimed elements that stand to ensure the entry of Foksal 13/15 into the country’s growing pantheon of super-lux accommodation.</span></p><p><br></p>Sat, 07 Dec 2019 18:45:00 +0100BusinessArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n5y9dd2dhyqo3n96qmjfmd.jpegUnder wraps for ages while undergoing an extensive restoration and renovation Foksal 13/15 is now ready to take its place on Warsaw’s skyline again.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-final-countdown-returned-to-its-former-glory-foksal-1315-will-open-soon-9115PM speaks with Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian gov't leadershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-speaks-with-latvian-lithuanian-estonian-govt-leaders-9113<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki spoke with the government leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia at a round of B3 format (the Baltic states and Poland) talks in the Latvian capital Riga, Morawiecki's office informed on Friday evening.</p>Sat, 07 Dec 2019 16:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ebcjrqgqsdlla6r44mwbhh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-speaks-with-latvian-lithuanian-estonian-govt-leaders-9113Moo-over meat: Warsaw shines as a best place to eat veganhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moo-over-meat-warsaw-shines-as-a-best-place-to-eat-vegan-9108<p><span lang="EN-GB">Already the subject of many column inches, Warsaw’s vegan scene is back in the media spotlight after it was declared the sixth most vegan-friendly city in the world in the latest global rankings to be released by HappyCow, the planet’s most comprehensive guide to the plant-based lifestyle.</span></p>Sat, 07 Dec 2019 14:44:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/inyt90u1etrbmwfexe17mr.jpegA waitress navigates the tables at Warsaw’s Tel Aviv Urban Food, one of the first vegan eateries to open in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moo-over-meat-warsaw-shines-as-a-best-place-to-eat-vegan-9108PM Morawiecki praises Germany not forgetting WWII crimes in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-praises-germany-not-forgetting-wwii-crimes-in-poland-9106<p>It is important that German authorities have not forgotten the crimes committed by Nazi Germany on Polish territory during WWII, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said, referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz.</p>Sat, 07 Dec 2019 14:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c0eigrwoiwk8ikayool5v2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-praises-germany-not-forgetting-wwii-crimes-in-poland-9106Old photos show how Polish soldiers brought Christmas spirit to kids in war-torn Italyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/old-photos-show-how-polish-soldiers-brought-christmas-spirit-to-kids-in-war-torn-italy-9104<p><span lang="EN-GB">Most people would have forgiven the men of 6th Armoured Regiment, part of the 2nd Warsaw Armoured Brigade, if they had been lacking in Christmas cheer in December 1944. Part of allied armies involved in the bitter slog up German-occupied Italy they had fought at Monte Cassino and battled their way into the city of Piedmont. Hard fights, blood spilled and friends lost.</span></p>Sat, 07 Dec 2019 11:40:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s064jb4h6w25ajo004gg7.jpegA Stuart armoured vehicle brings Officer Cadet Edward Wojczak, dressed as St Nicholas, and local girl to the Mikołajki celebrations.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/old-photos-show-how-polish-soldiers-brought-christmas-spirit-to-kids-in-war-torn-italy-9104President attends Polish Football Association centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-attends-polish-football-association-centenary-9102<p>President Andrzej Duda on Friday in Warsaw attended a gala marking the 100th anniversary of the Polish Football Association (PZPN). In his address he said that over the years Polish footballers have provided Poles with "many unforgettable moments."</p>Sat, 07 Dec 2019 09:50:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jssdptztwhvx3imopbvz.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-attends-polish-football-association-centenary-9102Hollywood Film About Witold Pilecki?https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/hollywood-film-about-witold-pilecki-423<p>Five months after its release, British author Jack Fairweather's bookabout Auschwitz hero Witold Pilecki has become a best-seller andnominated for the presitigious Costa Book Award. Our host Patrick Ney catches up with Jack to find out...</p><p>- How Americans have reacted to Witold Pilecki's story</p><p>- When the Polish language book will be out (Exclusive)</p><p>- Whether a hollywood Film about Pilecki is REALLY going to happen</p><p>Facebook - Watch the emotional episode were Jack and Marek Ostrowski<br>meet up: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1188969314625594">https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1188969314625594</a>&nbsp;</p><p>YouTube Watch the emotional episode were Jack and Marek Ostrowski meet<br>up:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYEWSn36AU0&feature=youtu.be">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYEWSn36AU0&amp;feature=youtu.be</a>&nbsp;</p>Fri, 06 Dec 2019 20:06:00 +0100HistoryHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1v0cv8s0vmixx8z1hjna5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/hollywood-film-about-witold-pilecki-423Smells fishy? Scientist invents energy bar made from carphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/smells-fishy-scientist-invents-energy-bar-made-from-carp-9100<p>Scientists in Kraków have developed an energy bar with an unexpected but nutritious ingredient - carp.</p>Fri, 06 Dec 2019 15:10:00 +0100BusinessSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/veu58sewnjpwh187ihuu.jpegThe energy bar which looks like a Mars bar is being developed by scientists in Kraków.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/smells-fishy-scientist-invents-energy-bar-made-from-carp-9100Polish PM, German chancellor attend Auschwitz foundation anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-german-chancellor-attend-auschwitz-foundation-anniversary-9099<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and three former inmates of the Nazi German death camp Auschwitz on Friday attended ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation at the former camp's site.</p>Fri, 06 Dec 2019 14:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ltb4h44a0291xzljj35rru.jpegFriday's ceremony took place in the so-called central sauna building within the Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp, where the Nazis registered the incoming inmates, depriving them of their names and replacing them with numbers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-german-chancellor-attend-auschwitz-foundation-anniversary-9099Cops seize two tonnes of cocaine disguised as chalk and worth over 2 billion PLN in largest drugs bust in 30 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cops-seize-two-tonnes-of-cocaine-disguised-as-chalk-and-worth-over-2-billion-pln-in-largest-drug-bust-in-30-years-9096<p>Police have seized over 2 billion PLN worth of cocaine following a months-long investigation into a Colombian cartel trafficking ring.</p>Fri, 06 Dec 2019 13:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/58wn76ttgdd8lpaybuz21a.pngThe seven traffickers belonging to a Colombian drugs cartel were seized during a dramatic swoop on Gdynia and a warehouse in Wielkopolska.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cops-seize-two-tonnes-of-cocaine-disguised-as-chalk-and-worth-over-2-billion-pln-in-largest-drug-bust-in-30-years-9096Polish army to offer help to Albania after earthquakehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-army-to-offer-help-to-albania-after-earthquake-9094<p>A group of Polish army officers are to travel to Albania to assess the scope of aid it can offer to Albania after the country suffered a major earthquake.</p>Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bf85z6tu676s6u5ij8a5l.jpegThe 6.4-magnitude quake, Albania's worst ever, was centred 30 km west of the capital Tirana.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-army-to-offer-help-to-albania-after-earthquake-9094Angela Merkel, Mateusz Morawiecki arrive at Auschwitzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/angela-merkel-mateusz-morawiecki-arrive-at-auschwitz-9093<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday morning arrived at the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz in south Poland as the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation marks its 10th anniversary.</p>Fri, 06 Dec 2019 11:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/26ke0x5l8gwfvgcq3dsz3.jpegMerkel and Morawiecki started their visit at the crematorium building and are then going to pass under the main gate, bearing the infamous sign in German "Arbeit macht frei" (Work sets you free).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/angela-merkel-mateusz-morawiecki-arrive-at-auschwitz-9093Collection of sketches and drawings reveal little-known side of film director Andrzej Wajdahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/collection-of-sketches-and-drawings-reveal-little-known-side-of-film-director-andrzej-wajda-9091<p>A new exhibition shows a fascinating side to Oscar-winning film director Andrzej Wajda by demonstrating his love for Japan with a series of his personal drawings.</p>Fri, 06 Dec 2019 11:04:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bmnxxuxqnqu2pennteqnr.pngDespite having a string of award-winning films to his name, the director’s first love was painting.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/collection-of-sketches-and-drawings-reveal-little-known-side-of-film-director-andrzej-wajda-9091Poland to co-host European volleyball championships in 2021https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-co-host-european-volleyball-championships-in-2021-9089<p>Poland will co-host the European Volleyball Championships tournament to take place in 2021.</p>Thu, 05 Dec 2019 19:19:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cxa9nqtwsrj6wat34mt6p.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-co-host-european-volleyball-championships-in-2021-9089And the prize goes to… National winners pick up prized gong at European Business Awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/and-the-prize-goes-to-national-winners-pick-up-prized-gong-at-european-business-awards-9087<p><span lang="EN-GB">Hundreds of business leaders from across Europe piled into Warsaw on December 3-4 for one of the continent’s most prestigious business awards gala.</span></p>Thu, 05 Dec 2019 15:59:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j5lt6qjv8owwgaryi51r.jpegVintom's Gareth Davies (left) and Szymon Szczepanowski receive their award from Adrian Tripp (right), CEO of the European Business Awards.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/and-the-prize-goes-to-national-winners-pick-up-prized-gong-at-european-business-awards-9087Tragic gas blast kills eight in south Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tragic-gas-blast-kills-eight-in-south-poland-9086<p>Following a tragic gas explosion in Szczyrk, southern Poland, in which eight people were killed, expressions of sympathy were extended to families of the victims by top Polish politicians.</p>Thu, 05 Dec 2019 14:20:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qn7p5vtsdmnpizvcvxdzvs.jpegInaugurating the first sitting of the newly established Family Council, PM Mateusz Morawiecki asked the gathering to hold a minute of silence to honour the victims of the tragic explosion in Szczyrk.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tragic-gas-blast-kills-eight-in-south-poland-9086Polish Traces: Barcelona IIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-barcelona-ii-419<p>Krzysztof visits a TV company in Barcelona to find out why one of their hit shows which has been running for 14 years is called Polonia.</p>Thu, 05 Dec 2019 14:10:00 +0100Polish traceshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ksjk9ppgc7en1o3k7yvz.jpegPolish Traces: Barcelona IIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-barcelona-ii-419Grand designs: Skawina firm to build world’s TALLEST modular hotelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-skawina-to-new-york-small-start-up-to-build-worlds-tallest-modular-hotel-9084<p>Manufactured in Poland before being shipped across the Atlantic, work is underway on what will become the world’s tallest modular hotel.</p>Thu, 05 Dec 2019 13:58:00 +0100BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qrz2wmdxnqpcz7jx9utho.jpegBulking out at around 100,000 square feet, the hotel will eclipse the nearby citizenM New York Bowery Hotel by five floors to claim the world record as its own.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-skawina-to-new-york-small-start-up-to-build-worlds-tallest-modular-hotel-9084Extraordinary mission to fly 100 tonnes of WWII gold from London to Warsaw 80 years after being hidden from the Nazishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-mission-to-fly-100-tonnes-of-wwii-gold-from-london-to-warsaw-80-years-after-being-hidden-from-the-nazis-9082<p>It sounds like something out of a James Bond film: 20 billion PLN worth of gold flown from London in a top-secret mission.</p>Thu, 05 Dec 2019 12:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/luqyyqkygpmwjcva1aqx3q.pngThe 8,000 gold bars were received by an elite police unit before being taken to secret National Bank vaults in what has been described as being one of the biggest private movements of gold between banks in the world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-mission-to-fly-100-tonnes-of-wwii-gold-from-london-to-warsaw-80-years-after-being-hidden-from-the-nazis-9082President appoints acclaimed sportswoman as Polish sports ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appoints-acclaimed-sportswoman-as-polish-sports-minister-9080<p>President Andrzej Duda on Thursday appointed Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk, an acclaimed epee fencer, as the new Polish sports minister. Earlier, the president recalled PM Mateusz Morawiecki from this post, which he had held since the swearing-in of his cabinet on November 15.</p>Thu, 05 Dec 2019 10:59:00 +0100News & PoliticsSporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vy0jc1rg4u9qd3gzw1kp98.jpeg"I am glad that PM Morawiecki has chosen a person who is so perfect for this important post," President Duda said, underlining that Dmowska-Andrzejuk was, above all, a great Polish athlete.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appoints-acclaimed-sportswoman-as-polish-sports-minister-9080Polish MoD, president's aide praise outcome of NATO summit in Londonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-presidents-aide-praise-outcome-of-nato-summit-in-london-9079<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said after the NATO summit in London that "the security of Poland and the eastern flank of the alliance have been ensured, also owing to Poland's activity." The Polish president's aide said the summit confirmed NATO's unity.</p>Thu, 05 Dec 2019 10:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4l1v0e68c9ltij986u1vo7.jpegReferring to President Duda's meeting with his French counterpart, Szczerski said that the Polish head of state had been assured by President Emmanuel Macron that there was no collision between the development of European and Atlantic security, and that they should strengthen each other.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-presidents-aide-praise-outcome-of-nato-summit-in-london-9079Eight bodies found in debris of house destroyed by gas blast in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/six-bodies-found-in-debris-of-house-destroyed-by-gas-blast-in-poland-9077<p>Eight bodies of four adults and four children have been found by rescuers in the debris of a house destroyed by a gas explosion in the town of Szczyrk, southern Poland, Silesian provincial governor Jarosław Wieczorek reported on Thursday noon.</p>Thu, 05 Dec 2019 09:17:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s9wpcy8hcj7aftggdxroe.jpeg"The rescue operation is being carried out in very difficult conditions,” said Silesian provincial governor Jarosław Wieczorek.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/six-bodies-found-in-debris-of-house-destroyed-by-gas-blast-in-poland-9077London NATO summit a success for Alliance and Poland - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/london-nato-summit-a-success-for-alliance-and-poland---president-9075<p>The NATO summit in London was a success for the North Atlantic Alliance and for Poland, President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday after the close of the conference, called to mark the 70th anniversary of NATO</p>Wed, 04 Dec 2019 22:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p6vue0pdq49l6m1g78b2l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/london-nato-summit-a-success-for-alliance-and-poland---president-9075Future of media discussed at Polish Press Agency conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/future-of-media-discussed-at-polish-press-agency-conference-9071<p><span lang="EN-US">People, supported by modern technologies, are the future of media, said Minister of Digital Affairs Marek Zagorski during the 2nd Media of the Future conference, organised by the Polish Press Agency in cooperation with international experts, on Wednesday, in Warsaw.</span></p>Wed, 04 Dec 2019 21:11:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wosww6nm6lb0cxiqytz1.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/future-of-media-discussed-at-polish-press-agency-conference-9071Pole named 2021 head of European Regulators Group for Postal Serviceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-named-2021-head-of-european-regulators-group-for-postal-services-9069<p>The president of Poland's Office of Electronic Communications (UKE), Marcin Cichy, has been unanimously chosen to head the European Regulators Group for Postal Services (ERGP) in 2021, UKE announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 04 Dec 2019 16:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i3oiakx8wtf9scev6bzw24.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-named-2021-head-of-european-regulators-group-for-postal-services-9069Sea You There? Coastal town of Świnoujście named one of the world’s top 10 up-and-coming destinations for 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sea-you-there-coastal-town-of-swinoujscie-named-one-of-the-worlds-top-10-up-and-coming-destinations-for-2020-9067<p><span lang="EN-GB">Already regarded as one of the country’s favourite summer havens, the town of Świnoujście could yet see a further influx of international tourists after London’s Evening Standard became the latest paper to shortlist the north-eastern beach resort as being among the planet’s ten most up-and-coming destinations for 2020.</span></p>Wed, 04 Dec 2019 15:44:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hg3sqvmwksbat6mvbajxpq.jpegCelebrated as “the Queen of Polish Beaches”, the sands of Świnoujście stretch for ten kilometres in all, often reaching 200 metres in width.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sea-you-there-coastal-town-of-swinoujscie-named-one-of-the-worlds-top-10-up-and-coming-destinations-for-2020-9067Astronomers find ‘impossibly huge’ black hole with a mass 70 times GREATER than the sunhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/astronomers-find-impossibly-huge-black-hole-with-a-mass-70-times-greater-than-the-sun-9064<p>Astronomers have been left dumbfounded after discovering a massive black hole with a mass 70 times greater than the sun.</p>Wed, 04 Dec 2019 14:09:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v7yjsg2643qeuscvxupun.jpegThe newly-discovered black hole is 15,000 light-years from Earth and so far scientists had only known of black holes with masses below 50 times that of the sun.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/astronomers-find-impossibly-huge-black-hole-with-a-mass-70-times-greater-than-the-sun-9064State officials send best wishes to miners on St. Barbara's dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/state-officials-send-best-wishes-to-miners-on-st-barbaras-day-9063<p>On the occasion of St. Barbara’s Day, Barbórka, the Day of Miners in Poland, Poland's top officials sent their good wishes to miners in all regions of Poland.</p>Wed, 04 Dec 2019 13:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5a0tkjnvd36ad48anmjgi.jpegBest wishes were expressed by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki who wrote on Twitter that the Barbórka has a great tradition and is a special and unique holiday because St. Barbara is the patron saint of miners.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/state-officials-send-best-wishes-to-miners-on-st-barbaras-day-9063MEP sues Facebook over doctored photo of him with a doghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mep-sues-facebook-over-doctored-photo-of-him-with-a-dog-9061<p>An MEP has said he will sue Facebook for failing to deal with posts containing incorrect and defaming material about him.</p>Wed, 04 Dec 2019 12:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eur0b9plubookfrcqbyf4s.jpegPatryk Jaki says that a photograph of him standing on a hill side was doctored to include a Labrador dog with the caption “me and my rablador” to make him look stupid.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mep-sues-facebook-over-doctored-photo-of-him-with-a-dog-9061Los Angeles museum unveils plaque commemorating Poles who saved Jewshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/los-angeles-museum-unveils-plaque-commemorating-poles-who-saved-jews-9060<p>Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust has unveiled a plaque commemorating Poles who saved Jews during the Second World War under a tree dedicated to Poles at the museum's Pan Pacific Park.</p>Wed, 04 Dec 2019 11:56:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5cpwttbjmbk3sj37l0j845.jpegThe plaque was unveiled on the initiative of President Andrzej Duda's office in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/los-angeles-museum-unveils-plaque-commemorating-poles-who-saved-jews-9060Solidarity promoted changes in Poland and abroad - Pope Francishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-promoted-changes-in-poland-and-abroad---pope-francis-9059<p>Pope Francis told representatives of Solidarity on Wednesday that the union was a promoter of political and social change in Poland, as well as beyond the country's borders.</p>Wed, 04 Dec 2019 11:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yh7jp8bcy992iuxixwbmax.jpegPope Francis thanked the trade unionists for their "service to the common good and individual professional groups in Poland."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-promoted-changes-in-poland-and-abroad---pope-francis-9059Poland honours Outstanding Poles in Francehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-honours-outstanding-poles-in-france-9057<p>Polish scientists, artists, politicians, doctors and social activists were honoured at the 6th edition of the Outstanding Poles in France competition, distinguishing Poles who stand out in their professions and promote Poland in France, at a gala in Paris on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 04 Dec 2019 10:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1ttymatezs2hwt5170apmf.jpegOne of the special awards was presented to the historian, writer and journalist Piotr Witt, a political commentator working for Radio Free Europe from the 1980s until the station's closure.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-honours-outstanding-poles-in-france-9057Poland a poultry leader in Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-a-poultry-leader-in-europe-9056<p>Production of chicks in Poland has again broken records, with hatcheries delivering almost 122 million one-day-old chicks in October. As a consequence, the supply of chickens is increasing and Poland is strengthening its position as a poultry leader in Europe.</p>Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:19:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/39mxloap4qi6aq2xk3gr2x.jpegOver half the poultry slaughtered in Poland goes for export, mostly to EU countries.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-a-poultry-leader-in-europe-9056Warsaw most disabled-friendly city in EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-most-disabled-friendly-city-in-ec-9054<p>Warsaw has been named Europe's most disabled-friendly city in the EC's Access City 2020 competition, Warsaw Deputy Mayor Pawel Rabiej informed on Tuesday. Tuesday marks the UN's International Day of Persons with Disabilities.</p>Tue, 03 Dec 2019 22:12:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4va167dqoup8m55nd0puyo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-most-disabled-friendly-city-in-ec-9054Polish financial system is stable, risks are moderate - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-financial-system-is-stable-risks-are-moderate---central-bank-9053<p>The National Bank of Poland (NBP) wrote in a December 2019 Financial Stability Report that the Polish financial system was stable while the systemic risk remained at a moderate level.</p>Tue, 03 Dec 2019 18:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g84y9ut3fmoxp60f6dnd4k.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-financial-system-is-stable-risks-are-moderate---central-bank-9053Polish students' results in top three in international study - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-students-results-in-top-three-in-international-study---minister-9051<p>The results of Polish teenagers taking part in the PISA 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment are ranked among the top three in various categories in Europe, Education Minister Dariusz Piontkowski said on Tuesday.</p><article><br></article>Tue, 03 Dec 2019 17:47:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hqnqzfe8n4gw4rwv12hqwp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-students-results-in-top-three-in-international-study---minister-9051Super striker Lewandowski named 8th best player in the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/super-striker-lewandowski-named-8th-best-player-in-the-world-9048<p><span lang="EN-GB">Robert Lewandowski has been</span><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;voted the eighth best player in the world at the prestigious Ballon D’Or awards.</span></p>Tue, 03 Dec 2019 16:30:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yzf51eo1xviy71b8gg1.jpegLewandowski voted 8th best player in the world at prestigious Ballon D’Or awards.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/super-striker-lewandowski-named-8th-best-player-in-the-world-9048President Duda praises NATO for its presence on eastern flankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-praises-nato-for-its-presence-on-eastern-flank-9047<p>Attending a two-day NATO gathering in London, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that the alliance's military presence on its eastern flank was NATO's biggest achievement in recent years.</p>Tue, 03 Dec 2019 14:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yyk7k5kyplngu174npuj.jpegDuda took part in a Tuesday session titled 'NATO Engages: Defence and Deterrence for a New Era.'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-praises-nato-for-its-presence-on-eastern-flank-9047Post-WWII artists, painters and singers known as ‘Anders’ Artists’ remembered in stunning new albumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/post-wwii-artists-painters-and-singers-known-as-anders-artists-remembered-in-stunning-new-album-9045<p>A new album follows the footsteps of “Anders’ Artists”, the Polish painters, singers and other cultural figures who settled in Britain after World War II.</p>Tue, 03 Dec 2019 14:10:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nwe8b7wtepti1fe126mnk.jpegDozens of Polish cultural figures associated with Anders’ soldiers or the Polish émigré community in post-war Britain appear in the new album.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/post-wwii-artists-painters-and-singers-known-as-anders-artists-remembered-in-stunning-new-album-9045Polish Traces – Barcelonahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces--barcelona-417<p>In Barcelona, Krzysztof meets Magda from Warsaw to find out about the differences and similarities between the Polish and Catalan cultures.</p>Tue, 03 Dec 2019 13:08:00 +0100LifePolish traceshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vtuojzp1z5pcr4gt22mty8.jpegPolish Traces – Barcelonahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces--barcelona-417Polish, Turkish presidents discuss Baltic states ahead of NATO summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-turkish-presidents-discuss-baltic-states-ahead-of-nato-summit-9044<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda held a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Monday to discuss Turkey's support for NATO plans for the Baltic region, before flying to London for a NATO summit, Duda's chief aide has said.</p>Tue, 03 Dec 2019 12:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lgxkn7mbgd2elqkn9022g.jpegAndrzej Duda and Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the meeting in 2017.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-turkish-presidents-discuss-baltic-states-ahead-of-nato-summit-9044London Bridge terror hero named as kitchen porter Łukasz Koczocikhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/london-bridge-terror-hero-named-as-kitchen-porter-lukasz-koczocik-9042<p>The Polish hero who tackled London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan has been identified as Łukasz Koczocik.</p>Tue, 03 Dec 2019 11:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/byx9z1nqt6foipuejejibn.jpegThe Polish hero has been identified as 38-year-old Łukasz Koczocik.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/london-bridge-terror-hero-named-as-kitchen-porter-lukasz-koczocik-9042Poland receives EUR 1.59 bln from EU funds in October - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-159-bln-from-eu-funds-in-october---minfin-9041<p>Poland received EUR 1.59 billion from EU funds in October 2019, including EUR 218.14 million in current transfers and EUR 1.37 billion in capital transfers, the Finance Ministry said in a Tuesday statement.</p>Tue, 03 Dec 2019 11:07:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland receives EUR 1.59 bln from EU funds in October - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-159-bln-from-eu-funds-in-october---minfin-9041Polish president's rep to visit UN headquarters in NY on Fridayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidents-rep-to-visit-un-headquarters-in-ny-on-friday-9039<p>Krzysztof Szczerski, head of the Polish President's Office, will pay a visit to New York on Friday in connection with the upcoming conclusion of Poland's two-year non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council.</p>Tue, 03 Dec 2019 10:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uwan5wb4ry2y2si3hrs9m.jpegMinister Szczerski will hold meetings with high ranking officials of the UN secretariat.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidents-rep-to-visit-un-headquarters-in-ny-on-friday-9039Literary Nobelist Olga Tokarczuk to establish foundationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/literary-nobelist-olga-tokarczuk-to-establish-foundation-9035<p>Support and promotion of Polish and global art and culture, promotion of human rights and civil freedoms and support for environmental activities are all aims to be included in the statute of a foundation Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk intends to found.</p>Mon, 02 Dec 2019 16:01:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bocaepc7etrkcn2gs6qe.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/literary-nobelist-olga-tokarczuk-to-establish-foundation-9035The solar-powered outdoor furniture that helps you stay connectedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-solar-powered-outdoor-furniture-that-helps-you-stay-connected-9033<p><span lang="EN-US">An innovate Polish company has designed an array of solar powered devices that could help the connected generation’s electrical devices stay charged.</span></p>Mon, 02 Dec 2019 15:38:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5kjz5e0sshltt9rza02af.jpegThe company has already had domestic and international success, selling to Germany, Austria and throughout Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-solar-powered-outdoor-furniture-that-helps-you-stay-connected-9033So Sweeeet! Adorable cheetah cubs born in Śląsk zoohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/so-sweeeet-adorable-cheetah-cubs-born-in-slask-zoo-9030<p>Two gorgeous cheetah cubs have been delighting keepers at Śląsk Zoo in Chorzów after being born to proud mum Mambo.</p>Mon, 02 Dec 2019 15:00:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yh9qsdfkmgrb3fy6wbtv.jpegThe adorable balls of fur arrived on October 3rd but the zoo has only now made the announcement.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/so-sweeeet-adorable-cheetah-cubs-born-in-slask-zoo-9030Polish official hands over presidency of climate summit to Chilehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-official-hands-over-presidency-of-climate-summit-to-chile-9027<p>Polish Minister of Climate and COP24 President Michał Kurtyka handed over to Chile in Madrid on Monday the presidency of the UN climate summit, the position he held since the previous conference in Katowice, southern Poland, last December.</p>Mon, 02 Dec 2019 13:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n1xp6nqtdj8p99jnhhzzm.jpegThe post of COP25 president will now be held by Chilean Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-official-hands-over-presidency-of-climate-summit-to-chile-9027Fury as Amazon puts Auschwitz Christmas tree ornaments onlinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fury-as-amazon-puts-auschwitz-christmas-tree-ornaments-online-9024<p>Online shopping giant Amazon has come under fire after Christmas tree ornaments, bottle openers and a mousepad showing scenes of Auschwitz death camp where over 1 million people were murdered during WWII appeared for sale on its website.</p>Mon, 02 Dec 2019 11:59:00 +0100BusinessHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eaa1fkhe6kuqk129vnolq.pngThe tasteless decorations showing scenes from the extermination camp where over 1 million people were murdered cost around 50 PLN.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fury-as-amazon-puts-auschwitz-christmas-tree-ornaments-online-9024Poland must receive proper compensation for energy system change - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-must-receive-proper-compensation-for-energy-system-change---pm-9023<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said before the beginning of the COP 25 UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid on Monday that Poland must be offered special compensation for its effort to change its energy system and reduce emissions.</p>Mon, 02 Dec 2019 11:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5r58v5vge9j4hsi8utpbji.jpegPM Morawiecki underlined transformation costs and said that Poland could make more efforts to change its energy system and reduce emissions but "must be properly compensated" so that it could adjust its energy system.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-must-receive-proper-compensation-for-energy-system-change---pm-9023Former EC president and Polish PM receives Marion Doenhoff awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-ec-president-and-polish-pm-receives-marion-doenhoff-award-9022<p>Former European Council President and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk was distinguished with the Marion Doenhoff prize for international understanding and reconciliation in Hamburg, on Sunday.</p>Mon, 02 Dec 2019 10:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFormer EC president and Polish PM receives Marion Doenhoff awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-ec-president-and-polish-pm-receives-marion-doenhoff-award-9022Clear financial conditions of EU climate strategy needed - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/clear-financial-conditions-of-eu-climate-strategy-needed---minister-9019<p>Polish Climate Minister Michał Kurtyka believes that in order to implement a long-term EU climate strategy, including plans to reach climate neutrality by 2050, it is necessary to define its financial conditions and ensure social approval.</p>Mon, 02 Dec 2019 09:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rhs6ic6w58b74lz9qdr2iw.jpegAccording to Kurtyka, Poland is a country that can benefit from this transformation, but "the scope of investment challenges and financial needs are considerable."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/clear-financial-conditions-of-eu-climate-strategy-needed---minister-9019Polish PM to state importance of climate change at COP25 summit in Spainhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-state-importance-of-climate-change-at-cop25-summit-in-spain-9018<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will begin a two-day visit to Spain on Monday, where he will take part in the first day of the UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 in Madrid.</p>Sun, 01 Dec 2019 18:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM to state importance of climate change at COP25 summit in Spainhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-state-importance-of-climate-change-at-cop25-summit-in-spain-9018President expects unity declaration at NATO summit - presidential aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-expects-unity-declaration-at-nato-summit---presidential-aide-9016<p>President Andrzej Duda expects a clear statement of NATO unity at the Alliance's forthcoming summit in London, the head of Duda's office Krzysztof Szczerski said on Sunday.</p>Sun, 01 Dec 2019 18:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident expects unity declaration at NATO summit - presidential aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-expects-unity-declaration-at-nato-summit---presidential-aide-9016Rotunda returns: famed building re-occupies its spot in central Warsaw after complete rebuildhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rotunda-returns-famed-building-re-occupies-its-spot-in-central-warsaw-after-complete-rebuild-9014<p>Regarded as one of the most iconic buildings of the PRL period, the Rotunda in central Warsaw is again open following a two-year revitalization project that saw the structure redeveloped in a bid to update it for modern times. Owned by PKO BP Bank, its return was timed to coincide with the bank’s own centenary celebrations.</p>Sun, 01 Dec 2019 17:23:00 +0100BusinessHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zh1jbxun06e3zmc4t0rf0m.jpegThe new building has remained faithful to the design the original and boasts the same jagged-roof design.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rotunda-returns-famed-building-re-occupies-its-spot-in-central-warsaw-after-complete-rebuild-9014Poland to host Internet Governance Forum in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-host-internet-governance-forum-in-2020-9013<p>The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held in Katowice, southern Poland, in 2020. The nomination was announced during the closing ceremony of the14th edition of the event held in Berlin, the Digital Affairs Ministry has announced.</p>Sun, 01 Dec 2019 14:50:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7xuiq668vflophztottpjs.jpegDeputy Minister of Digital Affairs Wanda Buk said that effective digital transformation will become a condition of the development of companies, societies, and the global economy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-host-internet-governance-forum-in-2020-9013Chinese lights festival lights up Warsaw’s winterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/chinese-lights-festival-lights-up-warsaws-winter-130<p>From dragons and pandas to martial arts and ancient warriors, a Chinese lights festival will bring illumination and Far-Eastern culture to Warsaw’s Fort Bema. The festival in previous years has been seen by hundreds in thousands in locations ranging from the US to Belarus, and should also be a hit during its 10-week stint in Poland.</p>Sun, 01 Dec 2019 14:39:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/swdxfybaa6jtbk1bdq5bi.jpegA festival of lights brings a bit of Far Eastern dazzle to the long, cold nights of the nation’s capital.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/chinese-lights-festival-lights-up-warsaws-winter-130‘Cold War’ star Kot set to hit the international silver screen again in sci-fi murder filmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cold-war-star-kot-to-set-to-hit-the-international-silver-screen-again-in-sci-fi-murder-film-9011<p>‘Cold War’ star Tomasz Kot is set to appear in another international production - Robert Hloz’s ‘Restore Point’. The actor, who won plaudits around the world for ‘Cold War’, will star in a Czech sci-fi movie, shot in English, that depicts Europe in 2038, where every citizen has the right to be revived in case of an unnatural death.</p>Sun, 01 Dec 2019 11:50:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4y9si8r5lafs2s1aezp7w.jpegWell known in Poland for many years, Kot has now started to grab international attention.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cold-war-star-kot-to-set-to-hit-the-international-silver-screen-again-in-sci-fi-murder-film-9011The Poles on ECMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-poles-on-ecm-9009<p>ECM stands for Editions of Contemporary Music and the name is right. You will find both jazz and classical music on its recordings, performed by the world’s finest artists. This prestigious record label (recording for ECM makes you part of the jazz aristocracy) was founded in Munich on November 24, 1969 by German bass player and producer Manfred Eicher.</p>Sat, 30 Nov 2019 20:01:00 +0100Art & CultureDan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n8le9e091wq6jifqzsonw.jpegTomasz Stańko, one of a number of Polish musicians who has appeared on the ECM label.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-poles-on-ecm-9009President marks Miners' Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-marks-miners-day-9008<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda visited miners in Turów brown coal mine in Bogatynia, south-west Poland on Saturday, ahead of the Miners' Day, observed annually in Poland on December 4.</p>Sat, 30 Nov 2019 16:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q1a0if54lj57o1ld8xa35.jpegCoal mining is a huge task and service that you perform for Poland, ensuring energy security, the president said addressing the miners during a gala event.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-marks-miners-day-9008In his father’s footsteps: climber retraces Himalayan expedition taken by his father that ended in tragedyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-his-fathers-footsteps-climber-retraces-himalayan-expedition-taken-by-his-father-that-ended-in-tragedy-9005<p>The son of a Polish alpinist who took part in a 1979 expedition to the Himalaya that ended in the tragic death of three climbers is returning to the formidable mountain range. Maciej Pietrowicz will drive 10,000 kilometres from Poland to Nepal in a Jelcz truck to commemorate the golden age of Polish Himalayan climbing, and the first winter ascent of Mount Everest.</p>Sat, 30 Nov 2019 16:10:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z9mry65mqld72sk9hclgre.jpegOn the road again. The veteran Jelcz lorry that will take the team to Nepal.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-his-fathers-footsteps-climber-retraces-himalayan-expedition-taken-by-his-father-that-ended-in-tragedy-9005Polish PM commemorates anniversary of November Uprising outbreakhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-commemorates-anniversary-of-november-uprising-outbreak-9004<p>Commemorating the 189th anniversary of the November Uprising outbreak, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki tweeted on Saturday that invaders were trying to deprive the Polish people of everything but failed to kill their desire for freedom and their patriotic spirit.</p>Sat, 30 Nov 2019 14:19:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM commemorates anniversary of November Uprising outbreakhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-commemorates-anniversary-of-november-uprising-outbreak-9004A Witness to History: Auschwitz Volunteer Witold Pileckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/a-witness-to-history-auschwitz-volunteer-witold-pilecki-415<p>The extraordinary story of the Auschwitz Volunteer Witold Pilecki - as seen by his nephew, Marek Ostrowski and British author Jack Fairweather. &nbsp;</p>Sat, 30 Nov 2019 13:31:00 +0100HistoryHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mqpi2f95oml9px55dpbb.jpegA Witness to History: Auschwitz Volunteer Witold Pileckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/a-witness-to-history-auschwitz-volunteer-witold-pilecki-415CEO of Poland’s second-largest lender resignshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ceo-of-polands-second-largest-lender-resigns-9001<p>CEO of Bank Pekao SA, the country's second largest bank by assets, Michał Krupiński tendered a resignation effective immediately on Friday, motivating his decision with the desire to continue his career outside of Poland.</p>Sat, 30 Nov 2019 13:08:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s86lvp8a5xsckwgi4jjh9.jpegKrupiński motivates his decision with the desire to continue his career outside of Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ceo-of-polands-second-largest-lender-resigns-9001Poland's position for forthcoming NATO summit debatedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-position-for-forthcoming-nato-summit-debated-9000<p>The confirmation of Poland's readiness to maintain the dynamics of actions in NATO was one of the subjects debated by a consultative meeting on Friday called by President Andrzej Duda ahead of the forthcoming NATO summit in London on December 3 and 4.</p>Sat, 30 Nov 2019 12:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's position for forthcoming NATO summit debatedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-position-for-forthcoming-nato-summit-debated-9000HERO! Polish chef tackles London Bridge terrorist with 1.5-metre narwhal tuskhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hero-polish-chef-tackles-london-bridge-terrorist-with-15-metre-narwhal-tusk-8998<p>A Polish chef who tackled crazed London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan with a 1.5-metre-long narwhal tusk has been hailed a hero.</p>Sat, 30 Nov 2019 12:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/88lq7wcoq1flqpe87ewjc.jpegHero Łukasz is seen on the left of the picture tackling armed terrorist Usman Khan along with other passersby.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hero-polish-chef-tackles-london-bridge-terrorist-with-15-metre-narwhal-tusk-8998Warsaw firm pioneers “revolutionary” tech that turns precious metals into powderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-firm-pioneers-revolutionary-tech-that-turns-precious-metals-into-powder-8996<p>A Polish company has created some “revolutionary technology” that could transform the production of jewellery, satellites and even pacemakers by turning precious metals into powder for 3D printing.</p>Sat, 30 Nov 2019 10:06:00 +0100BusinessSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ef97zi2g177gixm24kd8l.jpegThe ATO Noble atomiser could make 3D printing in precious metals much more cost efficient.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-firm-pioneers-revolutionary-tech-that-turns-precious-metals-into-powder-8996Roman Polański receives Golden Boothttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roman-polanski-receives-golden-boot-8995<p>Oscar-winning Polish-born film director Roman Polański received a Golden Boot statuette at the Friday closing gala of the 24th Cinergia European Cinema Forum in Łódź, central Poland. The statuette is awarded to "rebellious filmmakers going against fashion and trends".</p>Sat, 30 Nov 2019 09:30:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vxrjvklnfxr6rkxqfscf1b.jpegThanking for the award, Polański recalled his days as a film school student in Łódź over 50 years ago, and observed that the city looked different then than it does today.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roman-polanski-receives-golden-boot-8995President attends Cadet Day commemorationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-attends-cadet-day-commemorations-8994<p>President Andrzej Duda attended commemorations of Cadet Day on Friday, traditionally held on the anniversary of Poland's 1830-31 November Uprising against the Russian Empire (Nov. 29), which was triggered by Polish military cadets.</p>Sat, 30 Nov 2019 09:22:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6dp4cahg2wnbccubmavr5.jpegIn his address in front of Warsaw's Belvedere Palace, Duda observed that generations of Poles had been unable to experience their country's full independence, nor today's unbroken 30 years of freedom.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-attends-cadet-day-commemorations-8994Polish PM attends November Uprising observanceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-attends-november-uprising-observances-8992<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki attended the commemorations of the 189th anniversary of the 1830-31 November Uprising against the Russian Empire, held at the Cemetery of the insurgents in Kopna Góra, western Poland, on Friday.</p>Fri, 29 Nov 2019 20:50:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lh3z5hqtbgcqabpfvtxvvl.jpegThe head of the government paid homage to all victims of the uprising. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-attends-november-uprising-observances-8992Tusk plans to engage in Polish politics as Council presidency endshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tusk-plans-to-engage-in-polish-politics-as-council-presidency-ends-8991<p>Outgoing European Council President and former Polish PM Donald Tusk said in Brussels on Friday that he plans to engage in Polish politics as soon as he finishes exercising his duties on December 1. He will also head the European People's Party (EPP).</p>Fri, 29 Nov 2019 19:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ppusgaxrk7ehyk8p976zqt.jpegOutgoing President of the European Council, Donald Tusk waves during a handover ceremony at the European Council headquarters in Brussels.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tusk-plans-to-engage-in-polish-politics-as-council-presidency-ends-8991Swiss museum opens exhibition on Polish diplomat heroeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/swiss-museum-opens-exhibition-on-polish-diplomat-heroes-8989<p>The Jewish Museum of Switzerland in Basel opened an exhibition on Friday documenting the work of Polish diplomats in saving Jews during World War II. The group, under Ambassador Alexander Ładoś, rescued between 8,000-10,000 Jews from the Holocaust.</p>Fri, 29 Nov 2019 18:54:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSwiss museum opens exhibition on Polish diplomat heroeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/swiss-museum-opens-exhibition-on-polish-diplomat-heroes-8989Young activists march for climate in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/young-activists-march-for-climate-in-warsaw-8987<p>Some 3,000 people, mostly teenagers and young adults, marched in the streets Warsaw on Friday demanding more government action against climate change, including a departure from fossil fuels and improving air quality.</p>Fri, 29 Nov 2019 17:14:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z8167xv5zil8gt66s3xb9e.jpegSimilar demonstrations took place in a number of cities across Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/young-activists-march-for-climate-in-warsaw-8987Polish gas giant PGNiG becomes sole user of Lithuanian LNG terminalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-giant-pgnig-becomes-sole-user-of-lithuanian-lng-terminal-8986<p>Polish gas monopolist PGNiG has signed a five-year contract for the full capacity of the LNG reloading facility for trucks in Klaipeda, Lithuania, which will allow the company to import liquefied natural gas from various sources by sea and sell it to recipients.</p>Fri, 29 Nov 2019 16:38:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8cehubphmtust74mrwft4.jpegPGNiG CEO Piotr Woźniak said at the signing ceremony that the company hopes to stay in Klaipeda beyond the five year period.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-giant-pgnig-becomes-sole-user-of-lithuanian-lng-terminal-8986Poland's unemployment rate flat at 3.2 pct in October - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-flat-at-32-pct-in-october---eurostat-8985<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 3.2 percent in October 2019, unchanged from September 2019, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 29 Nov 2019 16:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate flat at 3.2 pct in October - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-flat-at-32-pct-in-october---eurostat-8985Ultramarathon woman wins gruelling five-day desert run – despite NEVER doing it beforehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ultramarathon-woman-wins-gruelling-five-day-desert-run--despite-never-doing-it-before-8982<p>A Polish woman has won the gruelling Desert Ultra marathon, running 250 km through the blazing Namibian desert, despite never having run an ultramarathon before.</p>Fri, 29 Nov 2019 15:45:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/plccje53ykofs45cpjqdn.jpegDespite never running in an ultramarathon before, Kasia Orzechowska was almost an hour faster than the record set last year by Kristina Madsen of Denmark.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ultramarathon-woman-wins-gruelling-five-day-desert-run--despite-never-doing-it-before-8982Poland's GDP up 3.9 pct y/y in 3rd quarter - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-up-39-pct-yy-in-3rd-quarter---stats-office-8981<p>The Polish economy grew by 3.9 pct year on year in the third quarter of 2019, down from a 4.6 pct growth in the second quarter, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday. In its earlier flash estimate, GUS put the Q3 growth rate figure at 3.9 pct.</p>Fri, 29 Nov 2019 15:14:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP up 3.9 pct y/y in 3rd quarter - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-up-39-pct-yy-in-3rd-quarter---stats-office-8981Football dance ‘the Poznań’ gets own entry in Cambridge dictionaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/football-dance-the-poznan-gets-own-entry-in-cambridge-dictionary-8979<p>A bouncing, stadium-shaking dance created by the supporters of football club Lech Poznań has made the unlikely jump from the terraces to the esteemed and learned pages of the Cambridge Dictionary.</p>Fri, 29 Nov 2019 13:34:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fwq2pdim7fqa4mu2j4mpd.jpegThe celebration dance has its dictionary roots in Lech Poznań’s European campaign in the 2010/11 season. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/football-dance-the-poznan-gets-own-entry-in-cambridge-dictionary-8979From Napoleon with love! Gold and diamond necklace French leader gave his Polish mistress goes up for auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-napoleon-with-love-gold-and-diamond-necklace-french-leader-gave-his-polish-mistress-goes-up-for-auction-8977<p>A gold and diamond encrusted necklace that French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte gave to his Polish lover Maria Walewska has gone under the hammer at auction.</p>Fri, 29 Nov 2019 13:03:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2af6s7iraetax7pgdc7qiq.jpegThe gold and diamond necklace Emperor Napoleon gave his Polish mistress is on sale for £12,000 (61,000 PLN)https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-napoleon-with-love-gold-and-diamond-necklace-french-leader-gave-his-polish-mistress-goes-up-for-auction-8977Poland's inflation in November at 2.6 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-november-at-26-percent-yy---stats-office-8975<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 2.6 percent year on year in November 2019 and by 0.1 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported in a flash estimate on Friday.</p>Fri, 29 Nov 2019 11:04:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's inflation in November at 2.6 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-november-at-26-percent-yy---stats-office-8975Polish president calls meeting with key ministers ahead of NATO summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-calls-meeting-with-key-ministers-ahead-of-nato-summit-8973<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda on Friday called a top-level meeting at the National Security Bureau (BBN) ahead of the 70th anniversary NATO summit to be held in London on 3-4 December, inviting the defence and foreign ministers, the BBN has reported.</p>Fri, 29 Nov 2019 10:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president calls meeting with key ministers ahead of NATO summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-calls-meeting-with-key-ministers-ahead-of-nato-summit-8973Poland hoists flag on new patrol shiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hoists-flag-on-new-patrol-ship-8971<p>A flag-hoisting ceremony on Poland's new naval patrol ship, the Ślązak, took place on Thursday in the northern seaport of Gdynia. The ceremony coincided with the 101st anniversary of the Polish Navy.</p>Thu, 28 Nov 2019 21:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bg5rg0qsrlgk9o91bpqtc.jpegThe Ślązak will be employed to patrol and protect commercial sea routes and ships, it will also be sued to combat piracy and maritime terrorism.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hoists-flag-on-new-patrol-ship-8971Technological development to have big effect on Polish economy - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/technological-development-to-have-big-effect-on-polish-economy---report-8970<p>Within the next 20 years, developments in technology will cause nearly two million jobs to disappear and three million to be transformed, said Minister of Development Jadwiga Emilewicz during Thursday's presentation of the 'Roads to Industry 4.0' report.</p>Thu, 28 Nov 2019 19:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j2v8b4mumbp53kw3jwiam5.jpegEmilewicz stated that although many jobs would be lost or transformed, many new and better-paid ones would appear.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/technological-development-to-have-big-effect-on-polish-economy---report-8970Tram maker Pesa delivers first of 13 vehicles to Bulgariahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tram-maker-pesa-delivers-first-of-13-vehicles-to-bulgaria-8969<p>The first of 13 low-floored, articulated Swing trams, ordered from Bydgoszcz-based tram manufacturer Pesa, was officially presented in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, on Thursday and will go into regular service on Friday, the company has announced.</p>Thu, 28 Nov 2019 16:33:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTram maker Pesa delivers first of 13 vehicles to Bulgariahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tram-maker-pesa-delivers-first-of-13-vehicles-to-bulgaria-8969Warsaw man quits job to go on five month fund-raising trek across Europe with his pet dog Pindolhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-man-quits-job-to-go-on-five-month-fund-raising-trek-across-europe-with-his-pet-dog-pindol-8967<p>A Warsaw man and his dog have walked 4,000 km across Europe to raise money for an oncologic hospice – and to have the experience of a lifetime.</p>Thu, 28 Nov 2019 15:59:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/68bpci875vyzylslik3k2q.jpegDarek Strojewski worked as an educator before closing his business setting off in June with his four-legged pal Pindol.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-man-quits-job-to-go-on-five-month-fund-raising-trek-across-europe-with-his-pet-dog-pindol-8967Some judges manipulate CJEU ruling, Polish PM sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/some-judges-manipulate-cjeu-ruling-polish-pm-says-8965<p>A part of the judicial community is disappointed with the Court of Justice of the European Union's (CJEU) recent ruling as they try to persuade the public that the CJEU has challenged the legality of the National Council of the Judiciary of Poland (KRS), PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in an interview with PAP.</p>Thu, 28 Nov 2019 15:16:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zxmzdb1wr98f3bym0jytl.jpeg“The CJEU has confirmed that Poland's stance on the matter has been correct from the very beginning - the system of justice falls within the scope of competence of member states,” said Morawiecki.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/some-judges-manipulate-cjeu-ruling-polish-pm-says-8965Rare luxury limo used by commie bosses goes on sale for 399khttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rare-luxury-limo-used-by-commie-bosses-goes-on-sale-for-399k-8959<p>A rare Mercedes limousine used to ferry about Polish communist-era bosses has been put up for sale.</p>Thu, 28 Nov 2019 13:42:00 +0100BusinessHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rvpuyhngpc1q6qnfwoedj.jpegThe rare Mercedes limousine used to ferry about Polish communist-era bosses has been put up for sale for 399,000 PLN by car dealer Classic Motors. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rare-luxury-limo-used-by-commie-bosses-goes-on-sale-for-399k-8959Poland's inflation expectations down in November - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-expectations-down-in-november---ec-8957<p>Poland's consumer inflation expectations fell to 18.4 points in November 2019 from 20.0 points in October, the European Commission's Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 28 Nov 2019 13:13:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's inflation expectations down in November - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-expectations-down-in-november---ec-8957Kayaking champ helps restore memory of small town’s Jewish population wiped out in Holocausthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kayaking-champ-helps-restore-memory-of-small-towns-jewish-population-wiped-out-in-holocaust-8952<p>A European kayaking champion and Olympic athlete has taken time out from his sporting career to help restore the memory of the Jewish population of a small southern town wiped out in the Holocaust.</p>Thu, 28 Nov 2019 12:44:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7htxu3yqzuq8l47gd0wefr.jpegKayaker Dariusz Popiela has been helping the local population restore the cemetery in Grybów. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kayaking-champ-helps-restore-memory-of-small-towns-jewish-population-wiped-out-in-holocaust-8952Poland is extricating itself from medium-development trap - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-extricating-itself-from-medium-development-trap---pm-8950<p>Addressing the 10th congress of Polish economists in Warsaw on Thursday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said he believed that "Poland has been slowly extricating itself from a medium development trap."</p>Thu, 28 Nov 2019 12:31:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland is extricating itself from medium-development trap - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-extricating-itself-from-medium-development-trap---pm-8950Robbie Williams is coming to Toruńhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/robbie-williams-is-coming-to-torun-8947<p>Pop star Robbie Williams will come to Toruń in December to record a programme promoting his new album "The Christmas Present". </p>Thu, 28 Nov 2019 12:26:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eb9dyvnn9mifl44l70rr.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/robbie-williams-is-coming-to-torun-8947PM appoints new commissioner for Poland's top infrastructure projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-appoints-new-commissioner-for-polands-top-infrastructure-project-8945<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday appointed Marcin Horala, a prominent MP with the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, to take over as the government commissioner for the Central Transportation Port (CPK), a multi-billion air hub project.</p>Thu, 28 Nov 2019 10:41:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d750bvak0tljyo31og61bn.jpegPM appoints new commissioner for Poland's top infrastructure projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-appoints-new-commissioner-for-polands-top-infrastructure-project-8945Made-in-Poland products to be promoted in 600 stores in Georgiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/made-in-poland-products-to-be-promoted-in-600-stores-in-georgia-8943<p>Made-in-Poland products will go on sale in 600 stores in Georgia as part of Polish Days in that country, and Polish producers will have the opportunity to present their offer at special promotional stands and establish contacts with potential Georgian partners.</p>Thu, 28 Nov 2019 09:58:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMade-in-Poland products to be promoted in 600 stores in Georgiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/made-in-poland-products-to-be-promoted-in-600-stores-in-georgia-8943New Amazon logistics centre in Poland will be its most automatedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-amazon-logistics-centre-in-poland-will-be-its-most-automated-8941<p>The Amazon logistics center in Gliwice, southern Poland, is scheduled to start operations in 2020. It will be the company's largest facility of its type in terms of robotisation solutions.</p>Thu, 28 Nov 2019 09:43:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNew Amazon logistics centre in Poland will be its most automatedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-amazon-logistics-centre-in-poland-will-be-its-most-automated-8941Polish e-communication regulator to chair regional networkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-e-communication-regulator-to-chair-regional-network-8939<p>Marcin Cichy, head of Poland's Office of Electronic Communications (UKE), was elected chairman of the Eastern Partnership Electronic Communications Regulators Network (EaPeReg) at the organisation's 14th plenary session in Riga on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 27 Nov 2019 16:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/frjddpn1hdngpm4frv3gp8.jpegCichy will be involved in implementing the EU's EU4Digital strategy aimed at transferring the benefits of the single digital market to Eastern Partnership members, UKE added.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-e-communication-regulator-to-chair-regional-network-8939Howl you doin'! Injured wolf cub returned to mum thanks to DNA analysishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/howl-you-doin-injured-wolf-cub-returned-to-mum-thanks-to-dna-analysis-8935<p>A young wolf found lying on the side of a road after being hit by a car, has been reunited with his mother after researchers matched their DNA.</p>Wed, 27 Nov 2019 16:23:00 +0100ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3x1znhuxow69e1twne2mbg.jpegHappy wolf! Klincz the wolf cub was reunited with his mum after a month of recovery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/howl-you-doin-injured-wolf-cub-returned-to-mum-thanks-to-dna-analysis-8935Poland's National Security Bureau head holds talks before NATO summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-national-security-bureau-head-holds-talks-before-nato-summit-8934<p>Head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) Pawel Soloch paid a visit to NATO Headquarters where he forwarded the position of President Andrzej Duda, ahead of the NATO summit which will take place in London in early December, the BBN announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 27 Nov 2019 15:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aroa9cvzpiu1zbw2l7tbvz.jpegMinister Soloch also held working meetings with NATO ambassadors of the Bucharest Nine to discuss the positions of NATO's eastern flank countries before the summit.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-national-security-bureau-head-holds-talks-before-nato-summit-8934Warsaw office block introduces modern art display to inspire workershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-office-block-introduces-modern-art-display-to-inspire-workers-8931<p>Modern Polish art has been put on display in a Warsaw office block with the aim of inspiring employees.</p>Wed, 27 Nov 2019 14:38:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4dxn6x36y48ianxhog7s79.jpegThe artwork comes from the Starak Family Foundation’s private collection. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-office-block-introduces-modern-art-display-to-inspire-workers-8931Polish banks issue 2.62 pct more in mortgages q/q in Q3https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banks-issue-262-pct-more-in-mortgages-qq-in-q3-8929<p>In the third quarter of 2019, banks granted mortgages to a total value of PLN 16.87 billion (EUR 3.91 billion) or 2.62 percent more than the previous quarter, the Polish Bank Association (ZBP) has reported.</p>Wed, 27 Nov 2019 13:32:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish banks issue 2.62 pct more in mortgages q/q in Q3https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banks-issue-262-pct-more-in-mortgages-qq-in-q3-8929Polish Armaments Group to get EUR 99.8 mln capital injectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-armaments-group-to-get-eur-998-mln-capital-injection-8927<p>Dominant defence firm Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) is to receive a capital injection of PLN 430 million (EUR 99.8 million) under a deal signed between Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and PGZ President Witold Slowik on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 27 Nov 2019 12:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Armaments Group to get EUR 99.8 mln capital injectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-armaments-group-to-get-eur-998-mln-capital-injection-8927Ooh la la! 100-year-old bottles of French wine found buried in 18th century palace basementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ooh-la-la-100-year-old-bottles-of-french-wine-found-buried-in-18th-century-palace-basement-8923<p>Bottles of French wine dating back 100 years have been found in the basement of a palace during renovation work.</p>Wed, 27 Nov 2019 12:09:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zyv0xgwsxnbtl23z6x18qn.jpegThe bottles were found buried in sand in a basement of Kozłówka Palace.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ooh-la-la-100-year-old-bottles-of-french-wine-found-buried-in-18th-century-palace-basement-8923Poland's unemployment falls to 5.0 percent in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-falls-to-50-percent-in-october---stats-office-8921<p>Poland's unemployment rate fell to 5.0 percent in October 2019 from 5.1 percent a month earlier, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 27 Nov 2019 10:48:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment falls to 5.0 percent in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-falls-to-50-percent-in-october---stats-office-8921PM pays tribute to French soldiers killed fighting terrorism in Malihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-pays-tribute-to-french-soldiers-killed-fighting-terrorism-in-mali-8919<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki sent messages of condolence in French, Polish and English on Twitter on Tuesday evening over the deaths of 13 French soldiers in a helicopter accident in Mali.</p>Wed, 27 Nov 2019 10:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPM pays tribute to French soldiers killed fighting terrorism in Malihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-pays-tribute-to-french-soldiers-killed-fighting-terrorism-in-mali-8919Polish, German foreign ministers discuss diaspora, climate issueshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-german-foreign-ministers-discuss-diaspora-climate-issues-8917<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz met with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Berlin on Tuesday, and said that the Polish community in Germany expects more explicit support in teaching the Polish language.</p>Wed, 27 Nov 2019 09:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uwztcxo1ovpuetiamkls.jpegPolish, German foreign ministers discuss diaspora, climate issueshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-german-foreign-ministers-discuss-diaspora-climate-issues-8917Work starts on specialist coma clinic for adults in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/work-starts-on-specialist-coma-clinic-for-adults-in-warsaw-8916<p>Money from the Justice Fund is earmarked also for saving the life and health of injured people, Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said at the ceremonial launch of building work on an 'Alarm Clock Clinic' in Warsaw for waking adults from comas.</p>Tue, 26 Nov 2019 20:42:00 +0100ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e0jh2ybos3ej4nsvvqguqq.jpegDuring the ceremony to launch construction work, Błaszczyk highlighted that the project was only possible due to the support of many institutions. Among others, she thanked the president of the Mazovian Hospital Bródnowski, Teresa Bogiel, Mazowieckie province governor Adam Struzik and Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/work-starts-on-specialist-coma-clinic-for-adults-in-warsaw-8916Polish PM, European Council president-elect, discuss budget, climatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-european-council-president-elect-discuss-budget-climate-8914<p>European Council President-elect Charles Michel came to Warsaw on Tuesday to discuss with Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki a range of issues, including the next EU budget and climate policy, before he assumes office on December 1.</p>Tue, 26 Nov 2019 19:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8u7hwbn4z6egycwjnb0ymu.jpegAfter the press statements, Morawiecki and Michel lit candles at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes and laid flowers at the Warsaw Uprising Monument.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-european-council-president-elect-discuss-budget-climate-8914Food bank gala inaugurates 23rd Christmas Food Collectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/food-bank-gala-inaugurates-23rd-christmas-food-collection-8913<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, were honorary patrons of a ceremonial gala in Warsaw on Tuesday to inaugurate a Christmas Food Collection.</p>Tue, 26 Nov 2019 19:09:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1qq6phz8y3x868wmm70jnd.jpegDuda thanked everybody involved in the organisation of the food collection and those engaged in it.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/food-bank-gala-inaugurates-23rd-christmas-food-collection-8913Last president-in-exile Ryszard Kaczorowski commemorated on 100th anniversary of his birthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/last-president-in-exile-ryszard-kaczorowski-commemorated-on-100th-anniversary-of-his-birth-8910<p>Ryszard Kaczorowski, Poland’s last Polish President-in-Exile, was born in Białystok 100 years ago today.</p>Tue, 26 Nov 2019 16:54:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pvu32gc2c1iazzqb38igxh.jpegKaczorowski always emphasised that patriotism does not depend on where a person lives, even if it is in exile.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/last-president-in-exile-ryszard-kaczorowski-commemorated-on-100th-anniversary-of-his-birth-8910PM meets with president-elect of European Council, Charles Michelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-meets-with-president-elect-of-european-council-charles-michel-8912<p>Charles Michel, the future president of the European Council, visited Warsaw on Tuesday for talks with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.</p>Tue, 26 Nov 2019 16:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/52cgx2r62aydpewiys26hn.jpegDuring the Tuesday talks, the future EU budget for 2020-27 was discussed, among other issues.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-meets-with-president-elect-of-european-council-charles-michel-8912Centre for advancement of computational medicine to open in Krakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/centre-for-advancement-of-computational-medicine-to-open-in-krakow-8909<p>The Sano Centre for Computational Personalised Medicine, an international research foundation, will be launched in Kraków, southern Poland, thanks to funds from the European Commission.</p>Tue, 26 Nov 2019 15:55:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCentre for advancement of computational medicine to open in Krakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/centre-for-advancement-of-computational-medicine-to-open-in-krakow-8909Prosecutors drops probe against historian in defamation casehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prosecutors-drops-probe-against-historian-in-defamation-case-8908<p>Prosecutors in Katowice, south Poland, decided on Tuesday that Polish historian and sociologist Jan T. Gross did not defame the Polish nation in his 2015 publication.</p>Tue, 26 Nov 2019 15:43:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c72u7usyxymlnamacyuim.jpegAccording to Katowice prosecutors, Gross (pictured) did not break laws prohibiting the defamation of Poland in the article and therefore the investigation was terminated, the prosecutor's office spokesperson, Marta Zawada-Dybek, told PAP.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prosecutors-drops-probe-against-historian-in-defamation-case-8908Polish Traces: Genoahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-genoa-413<p>In the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Krzysztof reveals an intriguing connection between the Italian explorer and Polish royalty…</p>Tue, 26 Nov 2019 14:26:00 +0100Polish traceshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mvakkl49xu3smipmg4kst.jpegPolish Traces: Genoahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-genoa-413Super-modern eco nursery school shortlisted for prestigious World Architecture comphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/super-modern-eco-nursery-school-shortlisted-for-prestigious-world-architecture-comp-8905<p>The design for a “3.0 smart hub” nursery school in Wrocław that prioritises children’s wellbeing and sustainability has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival 2019 competition.</p>Tue, 26 Nov 2019 14:00:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/keetssd3rsr30r71qlb9wo.jpegThe nursery is on the short-list for an award at the World Architecture Festival 2019, which will be held in Amsterdam on 4-6 December.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/super-modern-eco-nursery-school-shortlisted-for-prestigious-world-architecture-comp-8905EP committee chooses Pole to head EU's data protection agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ep-committee-chooses-pole-to-head-eus-data-protection-agency-8903<p>Wojciech Wiewiorowski was elected to become the next European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), by the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), in Strasbourg, on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 26 Nov 2019 13:17:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9jayx403ega5bucswvnv.jpegEP committee chooses Pole to head EU's data protection agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ep-committee-chooses-pole-to-head-eus-data-protection-agency-8903Hero of 1920 Battle of Warsaw honoured with headstone after 70 years lying in unmarked grave in Scotlandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hero-of-1920-battle-of-warsaw-honoured-with-headstone-after-70-years-lying-in-unmarked-grave-in-scotland-8899<p>The headstone of a Polish general who defended Warsaw from the Bolsheviks in 1920, has been unveiled in Scotland – after nearly 70 years of his remains lying in an unmarked grave.</p>Tue, 26 Nov 2019 12:06:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6bl01a0pcmvuhtbug4ynq.jpegThe headstone for General Mikołaj Osikowski who fought in the 1920 Battle of Warsaw was unveiled at his grave in Scotland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hero-of-1920-battle-of-warsaw-honoured-with-headstone-after-70-years-lying-in-unmarked-grave-in-scotland-8899Mobile operators test 5G network in Polish cities - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mobile-operators-test-5g-network-in-polish-cities---daily-8897<p>Poland has still not launched a fully functional 5G communications network, but more and more Polish cities are planned to have 5G tests and, next year, one of them may implement the network for commercial use, the Gazeta Wyborcza daily wrote on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 26 Nov 2019 11:34:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMobile operators test 5G network in Polish cities - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mobile-operators-test-5g-network-in-polish-cities---daily-8897Poland brings Soviet-era MiG-29s back into servicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-brings-soviet-era-mig-29s-back-into-service-8896<p>Poland's General Commander of Armed Forces, Gen. Jarosław Mika, decided on Monday to lift a flight ban on the Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter planes, which were grounded in February following a series of accidents.</p>Mon, 25 Nov 2019 20:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/svvbu4tnarwjkrg2aagxa.jpegArmed Forces Inspector Gen. Jacek Pszczoła and Colonel Maciej Trelka, commander of the 1st Tactical Aviation Wing announce the lift a flight ban on the Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter planes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-brings-soviet-era-mig-29s-back-into-service-8896President, Danish Crown Prince discuss bilateral ties, Baltic Pipehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-danish-crown-prince-discuss-bilateral-ties-baltic-pipe-8895<p>Bilateral ties and the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline project stood in the forefront of Monday talks in Warsaw between Polish President Andrzej Duda and visiting Danish Crown Prince Frederik.</p>Mon, 25 Nov 2019 17:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rytjzidk872thl61b33m6.jpegFrederik also referred to this year's 100th anniversary of Polish-Danish diplomatic relations, and stressed that both countries supported values like freedom, independence, civil rights and human rights.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-danish-crown-prince-discuss-bilateral-ties-baltic-pipe-8895Polish gold reserves brought home - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gold-reserves-brought-home---central-bank-8894<p>Around 100 tonnes of Polish gold has been brought to the country, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 25 Nov 2019 16:26:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q0mu3bpvtzhim00zsr8lj.jpegNBP President Adam Glapiński told a Monday press conference that Poland has adequate levels of gold reserves and did not exclude the possibility of increasing their levels in the coming years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gold-reserves-brought-home---central-bank-8894Polish university students win US awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-university-students-win-us-award-8892<p>A microbiological filter developed by Polish students was awarded a bronze medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (IGEM) competition organised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.</p>Mon, 25 Nov 2019 16:22:10 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish university students win US awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-university-students-win-us-award-8892Adorable Bombel enters record books for being shortest horse in the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adorable-bombel-enters-record-books-for-being-shortest-horse-in-the-world-8888<p>An adorable pony from Poland has been named the shortest horse in the world.</p>Mon, 25 Nov 2019 15:35:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r2k62wqpk7p8m1gk769yxf.jpegStanding just 56.7cm tall, Bombel is shorter than a greyhound.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adorable-bombel-enters-record-books-for-being-shortest-horse-in-the-world-8888Warsaw and Kraków firms win prestigious Central European Start-up Awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-and-krakow-firms-win-prestigious-central-european-start-up-awards-8885<p>Poland has won two awards at the 6th Edition of the Central European Start-Up Awards, taking the awards for ‘Best AI/ Machine Learning Startup’ and ‘Best Software Development Partner’.</p>Mon, 25 Nov 2019 13:44:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/evkj5mxlwancn4j96b1dnu.jpegEmplocity from Warsaw won the ‘Best AI/ Machine Learning Startup’ award for their Emplobot, while Geckodynamics from Kraków won the Best Software Development Partner award. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-and-krakow-firms-win-prestigious-central-european-start-up-awards-8885Danish royals start visit to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/danish-royals-start-visit-to-poland-8883<p>Danish Crown Prince Frederik and his wife, Crown Princess Mary Elizabeth, have started their visit to Poland. The Danish royal couple were received by Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw before noon on Monday.</p>Mon, 25 Nov 2019 13:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o59i9yfgx3n0zwztq8ntfz.jpegDanish royals start visit to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/danish-royals-start-visit-to-poland-8883It's VIK-tory! Kraków’s Viki Gabor wins Junior Eurovisionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vikis-victory-krakows-viki-gabor-wins-junior-eurovision-8878<p>Poland has won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the second year running, after singer Viki Gabor wowed the public and the jury with her dynamic performance.</p>Mon, 25 Nov 2019 12:35:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/akro2u9b0nmj8enxi52y3h.jpegViki wins Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Gliwice. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vikis-victory-krakows-viki-gabor-wins-junior-eurovision-8878Retail sales up 4.6 pct y/y in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-46-pct-yy-in-october---stats-office-8876<p>Poland's retail sales increased by 4.6 percent year on year and by 7.0 percent month on month in October 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 25 Nov 2019 11:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales up 4.6 pct y/y in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-46-pct-yy-in-october---stats-office-8876Poland strives to retrieve Raphael painting stolen during WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-strives-to-retrieve-raphael-painting-stolen-during-wwii-8874<p>Poland will not give up on retrieving Portrait of a Young Man by Italian painter Raphael Santi, stolen by the Germans during the Second World War, Deputy Culture Minister Magdalena Gawin told Polska The Times newspaper.</p>Mon, 25 Nov 2019 10:41:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland strives to retrieve Raphael painting stolen during WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-strives-to-retrieve-raphael-painting-stolen-during-wwii-8874Ukraine honours two Poles for presenting truth about The Great Faminehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukraine-honours-two-poles-for-presenting-truth-about-the-great-famine-8873<p>Polish film director Agnieszka Holland and the American-Polish journalist and publicist Anne Applebaum have been honoured with high state distinctions by Ukraine for their work on portraying the truth about The Great Famine of 1932-33.</p>Sun, 24 Nov 2019 18:56:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5caifphcie39ohvnj3irf.jpegAnne Applebaum (L) is the author of the book 'Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine', Agnieszka Holland (R)is the director of 'Gareth Jones', a film which tells the story of a young Welsh journalist who in the 1930's was one of the first people to report on what was happening in Ukraine.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukraine-honours-two-poles-for-presenting-truth-about-the-great-famine-8873Social insurance cuts, new CIT rules for SMEs - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/social-insurance-cuts-new-cit-rules-for-smes---pm-8871<p>Over 300 thousand SMEs in Poland will pay lower social insurance, and will be freed from CIT if they invest, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday in Pilichowice, southern Poland.</p>Sun, 24 Nov 2019 18:31:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gi22yj2tn5wjnabi617ire.jpegMorawiecki said the new regulations were aimed to help small companies develop.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/social-insurance-cuts-new-cit-rules-for-smes---pm-8871Disco-vering Disco Polo: a new exhibition puts the spotlight on a genre of music born out of the free-for-all capitalism of the early 90shttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/disco-vering-disco-polo-a-new-exhibition-puts-the-spotlight-on-a-genre-of-music-born-out-of-the-free-for-all-capitalism-of-the-early-90s-8867<p>Commonly defined by its fast, jaunty synth beats, cliché-riddled videos and cheesy, catchy lyrics, the Disco Polo genre has been disparaged to the point of open vilification. Derided for its lack of finesse and perceived simplicity, for many aspirational Poles it has become a festering source of shame. For others, however, its association with the freedoms brought about following the post-communist transformation lend it a cultural importance that resonates to this day.</p>Sun, 24 Nov 2019 18:12:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2weteosmueqc7l8mkbkinb.jpegBayer Full, one of Disco Polo’s pioneering groups, strutting their stuff in Katowice back in 1995.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/disco-vering-disco-polo-a-new-exhibition-puts-the-spotlight-on-a-genre-of-music-born-out-of-the-free-for-all-capitalism-of-the-early-90s-8867Poland 3rd in Ski Jumping World Cup team competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-3rd-in-ski-jumping-world-cup-team-competition-8866<p>Poland came third in Saturday's Ski Jumping World Cup team event in Wisła, southern Poland, which set off the 2019/2020 World Cup season. The winner was Austria and Norway took second place.</p>Sun, 24 Nov 2019 16:09:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5f6apjy4vm51xgjexnifer.jpegKamil Stoch placed 3rd in the individual competition.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-3rd-in-ski-jumping-world-cup-team-competition-8866Up to 750,000 people not working or learning could plug labour gaphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-to-750000-people-not-working-or-learning-could-plug-labour-gap-8863<p>Poland could plug some of the gap in its labour market by tapping into a pool of hundreds of thousands of people who are neither working nor studying, a new report has found.</p>Sun, 24 Nov 2019 13:45:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i9oi7i7k8qrobv5p0sqkq.jpegThe 750,000 could help boost the Polish economy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-to-750000-people-not-working-or-learning-could-plug-labour-gap-8863Shirt appeal: fashion designer gives the office shirt a head-turning makeoverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shirt-appeal-fashion-designer-give-the-office-shirt-a-head-turning-makeover-8860<p>A Częstochowa fashion designer has made a splash in the fashion world by giving that humble fashion staple, the office shirt, a stylish and original new twist.</p>Sun, 24 Nov 2019 10:57:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bz0ydn6ttwtjn3741krm.jpegFor Naji, a shirt is not just a piece of clothing: it can evoke a trip to an elegant European capital.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shirt-appeal-fashion-designer-give-the-office-shirt-a-head-turning-makeover-8860Sky-high daredevils jump from 11,373 metres to break altitude record for tandem parachute jumphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sky-high-daredevils-jump-from-11373-metres-to-break-altitude-record-for-tandem-parachute-jump-8858<p>A Polish-American duo has broken the Guinness world altitude record for a tandem parachute jump by skydiving from staggering 11,373 meters.</p>Sat, 23 Nov 2019 18:00:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gw8zq5ob8koi2oocin6cti.jpegInto the deep blue yonder. Wigginton and Majewski free fall from 11,373 metres.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sky-high-daredevils-jump-from-11373-metres-to-break-altitude-record-for-tandem-parachute-jump-8858The heart of the matter: Kraków firm teaches medical students high-tech solutions for heart diseasehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-heart-of-the-matter-krakow-firm-teaches-medical-students-high-tech-solutions-for-heart-disease-8855<p>A med-tech firm has started teaching the next generation of doctors how to use the “digital tools” they will need to help the sick and injured of the future.</p>Sat, 23 Nov 2019 14:22:00 +0100BusinessScienceStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hz939qpbatj9r8j4e6ii3c.jpegStudents learn how to use the technology.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-heart-of-the-matter-krakow-firm-teaches-medical-students-high-tech-solutions-for-heart-disease-8855Polish PM seeks more efficient administration, tax collectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-seeks-more-efficient-administration-tax-collection-8854<p>The Polish government will try to increase its revenues through plugging the remaining loopholes in the tax collection system and streamlining public administration, PM Mateusz Morawiecki told the private RMF FM radio on Saturday.</p>Sat, 23 Nov 2019 11:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pqtd2y2ee5bo4qxh7sn4w8.jpegThe government will get some PLN 1.7 bln (EUR 0.4 bln) in additional revenue through a 10-percent hike in the excise tax on alcohol and tobacco but, according to Morawiecki, the increase is more to do with public health than budget income. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-seeks-more-efficient-administration-tax-collection-8854Poland tough enough to withstand global slowdown says National Bank experthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-tough-enough-to-withstand-global-slowdown-says-national-bank-expert-8853<p>The Polish economy has the robustness to withstand the effects of a slowing global economy and reduced EU funding, a senior official at the National Bank has claimed.</p>Sat, 23 Nov 2019 11:32:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cfyg0kqzh2pzgr4s7g99nl.jpegStrong enough. The Polish economy has the ability to withstand a global slowdown, says a National Bank expert.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-tough-enough-to-withstand-global-slowdown-says-national-bank-expert-8853Love bites to Lovebots? Bizarre new theory claims humans will soon be in relationships with robotshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/love-bites-to-lovebots-bizarre-new-theory-claims-humans-will-soon-be-in-relationships-with-robots-8849<p>Robots have the potential to transform the workplace, but could humans ever fall in love with them?</p>Fri, 22 Nov 2019 17:14:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/od0jap8r45nmc5sm23g078.jpegPoznań professor Maciej Musiał believes that with advances in robotics and artificial intelligence, falling in love with a robot could be fairly commonplace in the not-too-distant future.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/love-bites-to-lovebots-bizarre-new-theory-claims-humans-will-soon-be-in-relationships-with-robots-8849Polish-Lithuanian defence council to convene in early 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-defence-council-to-convene-in-early-2020-8847<p>The first meeting of the Polish-Lithuanian Defence Ministers' Council will take place at the beginning of 2020, Lithuania's Defence Ministry announced after a meeting of both countries' defence ministers in Vilnius on Friday.</p>Fri, 22 Nov 2019 16:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish-Lithuanian defence council to convene in early 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-defence-council-to-convene-in-early-2020-8847Jumping for joy as ‘The Kid’ is picked to play for Harlem Globetrottershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jumping-for-joy-as-the-kid-is-picked-to-play-for-harlem-globetrotters-8845<p>A 22-year old from a small village near the Tatra Mountains will become the first Pole to play for the Harlem Globetrotters, the basketball team famed around the world for their trick shots and shows.</p>Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:32:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/axcv2b7q6evziv30uz9m4.jpegThe first Pole to play for the basketball team known for its trick shots and shows, Paweł ‘Kid’ Kidoń will wear the number 48 shirt with his nickname ‘Dazzle’ on it.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jumping-for-joy-as-the-kid-is-picked-to-play-for-harlem-globetrotters-8845Is Poland child friendly?https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/is-poland-child-friendly-411<p>Is Poland friendly for foreign families with children?</p><p>How do you find out what’s going on in Poland and explore and travel through Poland if you don’t speak Polish?</p><p>Where are the best places to travel with kids in Poland?</p><p>We speak to Magda Piasecka from the @kids in the city project to find out more.</p>Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:22:00 +0100LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7eq7785yg2bk3vxlwd1bt.jpegIs Poland child friendly?https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/is-poland-child-friendly-411Royals, world leaders to attend Auschwitz liberation anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royals-world-leaders-to-attend-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-8843<p>Observances marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration camp on Jan. 27, 2020 will be attended by representatives of royal families, as well as heads of state and government, the Auschwitz State Museum announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:40:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/70417204867l7d5wbvfs8.jpegThe museum's spokesperson, Bartosz Bartyzel stressed that former Auschwitz inmates "will be the most important guests," and added that "some 200 are expected to arrive from all over the world."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royals-world-leaders-to-attend-auschwitz-liberation-anniversary-8843Poland's industrial production up 3.5 pct in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-35-pct-in-october---stats-office-8842<p>Poland's industrial production rose by 3.5 percent year on year in October 2019 and by 7.8 percent month on month, the Polish Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:38:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's industrial production up 3.5 pct in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-35-pct-in-october---stats-office-8842Warsaw company creates ground-breaking early cancer detectorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-company-creates-ground-breaking-early-cancer-detectors-8840<p>A Warsaw MedTech company has developed a platform to recognize early signs of blood cancer.</p>Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:12:00 +0100BusinessScienceStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sw1dn9cwr3qe6wdtn66mnk.jpegThe new platform will help doctors spot early signs of diseases such as Gaucher’s disease which increases the risk of developing certain cancers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-company-creates-ground-breaking-early-cancer-detectors-8840Polish president says sanctions imposed on Russia should continuehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-says-sanctions-imposed-on-russia-should-continue-8838<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said after a meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart Gitanas Nauseda in Vilnius on Thursday that the sanctions imposed on Russia should be upheld.</p>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president says sanctions imposed on Russia should continuehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-says-sanctions-imposed-on-russia-should-continue-8838Polish president starts two-day visit to Lithuaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-starts-two-day-visit-to-lithuania-8836<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, arrived in Vilnius on Thursday to attend the burial of the remains of insurgents who took part in the Polish 1863 January Uprising against Russia.</p>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9c5f8lhukac3jinov9vl5.jpegPolish president starts two-day visit to Lithuaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-starts-two-day-visit-to-lithuania-8836The only way is up! The chatbot start-up that’s got tongues wagginghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-only-way-is-up-the-chatbot-start-up-thats-got-tongues-wagging-8832<p>A start-up dealing with live online chats and chatbots has received a 4mln PLN investment to develop its technology.</p>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:18:00 +0100Start-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4bpw0cs2nbn9kk75bk9ay4.jpegCreated in 2014, Tidio can now boast being the fourth most popular tool of its kind in the world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-only-way-is-up-the-chatbot-start-up-thats-got-tongues-wagging-8832Poland's balanced budget calls for lower spending, higher revenue - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-balanced-budget-calls-for-lower-spending-higher-revenue---pm-8831<p>Poland will keep next year's budget balanced through a reduction in spending and an increase in revenues, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said after a government meeting on Thursday.</p>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hw7zhz6nn3l06am02sf3p7t.jpegMorawiecki said the loss "will have to be compensated for" in order to keep the budget balanced, a declaration the ruling camp made in this autumn's parliamentary campaign.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-balanced-budget-calls-for-lower-spending-higher-revenue---pm-8831All things great and small: Poland’s tiniest café is showing what big dreams are made ofhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-things-great-and-small-polands-tiniest-cafe-is-showing-what-big-dreams-are-made-of-8829<p>In Poland’s smallest coffee stop, the expression three’s a crowd takes on a quite literal meaning; standing elbow-to-elbow with other customers, a coffee machine whistling in your ear, the sensation of being inside a Lilliputian micro-world is as intoxicating as the rich aromas that waft around.</p>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:28:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7ii6g0wc9494xjypb766es.jpegOfficially certified as the tiniest coffee stop in the nation, its pulling power is such that some backpackers even admitting to fitting Warsaw into their inter-rail schedule solely to be able to tick off this coffee curiosity.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-things-great-and-small-polands-tiniest-cafe-is-showing-what-big-dreams-are-made-of-8829Average corporate wage up 5.9 pct y/y in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-up-59-pct-yy-in-october---stats-office-8828<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage in October 2019 amounted to PLN 5,213.27 (EUR 1, 214), up by 5.9 percent year on year, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 12:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAverage corporate wage up 5.9 pct y/y in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-up-59-pct-yy-in-october---stats-office-8828Mobile operators generate 34 pct of Poland's web traffic - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mobile-operators-generate-34-pct-of-polands-web-traffic---report-8827<p>Mobile networks such as Orange, Plus, T-Mobile and Play generate 34 percent of all website traffic, according to a recent study conducted on over 600,000 websites serviced by Poland's largest provider of hosting services, <a href="http://nazwa.pl/" target="_blank">nazwa.pl</a>.</p>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 11:19:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bahi7er76k1lktllpjj27.jpegOrange is generating fifty-eight percent of all web traffic among mobile network operators, which gives the company a leading position on the market.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mobile-operators-generate-34-pct-of-polands-web-traffic---report-8827A Nazi piece of work: Head from Hitler's deadly V2 rocket found buried in fieldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-nazi-piece-of-work-head-from-hitlers-deadly-v2-rocket-found-buried-in-field-8824<p>Eighty years after the start of World War II, fragments of one of Hitler’s “Wonder Weapon”, the V-2, have been unearthed in south-eastern Poland.</p>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:56:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/44z3uxkgpexd3qff05rqdp.jpegThe head of the V-2 rocket was found near the village of Niwiska in southeast Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-nazi-piece-of-work-head-from-hitlers-deadly-v2-rocket-found-buried-in-field-8824Polish president congratulates EU's Tusk on EPP head electionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-congratulates-eus-tusk-on-epp-head-election-8823<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda congratulated former European Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday evening on his election as the European People's Party (EPP) leader.</p>Thu, 21 Nov 2019 09:24:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fp9czzrr45wlp8uaa0lmy.jpegAndrzej Duda and Donald Tusk, New York, 2018.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-congratulates-eus-tusk-on-epp-head-election-8823Poland becomes member of UNESCO Executive Boardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-becomes-member-of-unesco-executive-board-8821<p>Poland was elected a member of the UNESCO Executive Board during the 40th United Nations General Conference on Education, Science and Culture held in Paris on November 20, the Polish Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 20 Nov 2019 20:49:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland becomes member of UNESCO Executive Boardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-becomes-member-of-unesco-executive-board-8821Polish State Treasury debt at EUR 223.9 bln at end of Octoberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-state-treasury-debt-at-eur-2239-bln-at-end-of-october-8819<p>The Polish State Treasury debt at the end of October 2019 stood at PLN 960.8 billion (EUR 223.9 billion), down by PLN 17.7 billion (EUR 4.2 billion) or 1.8 percent from September, the Finance Ministry reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:29:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish State Treasury debt at EUR 223.9 bln at end of Octoberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-state-treasury-debt-at-eur-2239-bln-at-end-of-october-8819Polish, Lithuanian education ministers sign declaration on educationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-education-ministers-sign-declaration-on-education-8814<p>Polish Education Minister Dariusz Piontkowski and Lithuanian Minister of Education, Science and Sports Algirdas Monkevicius signed a declaration in Warsaw on Wednesday on education of Polish minorities in Lithuania and Lithuanian minorities in Poland.</p>Wed, 20 Nov 2019 16:20:00 +0100Art & CultureSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6s8zm7d8m44ook4ob3ekz.jpegPolish, Lithuanian education ministers sign declaration on educationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-education-ministers-sign-declaration-on-education-8814Lublin runner smashes gruelling 490km Greek Ultramarathon record and ends 12 HOURS ahead of anyone elsehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lublin-runner-smashes-gruelling-490km-greek-ultramarathon-record-and-ends-12-hours-ahead-of-anyone-else-8811<p>‘Superman’ runner Łukasz Sagan has won the 490km-long Authentic Phidippides Run setting a new record of 69:22:17, beating the previous record by five hours.</p>Wed, 20 Nov 2019 16:03:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/idui1kqebr9bdgyrap7ael.jpegLublin’s Łukasz Sagan (pictured centre), who is known as Saganis, smashed the record by 5 hours after winning the Greek Ultramarathon. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lublin-runner-smashes-gruelling-490km-greek-ultramarathon-record-and-ends-12-hours-ahead-of-anyone-else-8811Wrocław scientist to blast trillions of particles through Earth’s crust to solve universe’s most guarded secretshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-scientist-to-blast-trillions-of-particles-through-earths-crust-to-solve-universes-most-guarded-secrets-8803<p>The former head of Poland’s National Centre for Research and Development has joined an international team working on a new beamline that will help scientists learn more about ‘ghostly’ particles called neutrons.</p>Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:04:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xwq5d91wk5i9p5h2j7jxgo.jpegThe beamline is part of the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility which will house the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) endeavor to build and operate the world’s most advanced experiment to study neutrinos.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-scientist-to-blast-trillions-of-particles-through-earths-crust-to-solve-universes-most-guarded-secrets-8803Kraków and Poznań in Top 10 best Xmas destinations in Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-and-poznan-in-top-10-best-xmas-destinations-in-europe-8799<p>Kraków has become the fourth most Googled destination for Brits looking to getaway at Christmas.</p>Wed, 20 Nov 2019 14:15:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/71yyvoyp30we77p3bpms7o.jpegKraków finished ahead of popular destinations such as Bergen, Norway, Basel and Zurich, Switzerland and Copenhagen, Denmark.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-and-poznan-in-top-10-best-xmas-destinations-in-europe-8799Equalising EU farm subsidies would cost over EUR 20 blnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/equalising-eu-farm-subsidies-would-cost-over-eur-20-bln-8796<p>Janusz Wojciechowski, the EU's commissioner-elect for agriculture, in a conversation with PAP, estimated that making EU agricultural subsidies equal for all member states would cost the bloc's budget over EUR 20 billion.</p>Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nd1ni4pqd9oiam82rm24k.jpegWojciechowski added that EU member states that receive less than the average subsidy have the right to expect funding at the average level, or about EUR 270 per hectare.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/equalising-eu-farm-subsidies-would-cost-over-eur-20-bln-8796Polish Traces: Kosovo 2https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-kosovo-2-409<p><span lang="EN-GB">In Kosovo, Krzysztof meets the man who composed the country’s national anthem after studying composition under the great Penderecki. And today he his giving a concert in Kraków where he spent nine years of his life and which he describes as the “loveliest place in the world.”</span></p>Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:19:00 +0100Art & CulturePolish traceshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e36i6zvi7n91jeck8je77o.jpegPolish Traces: Kosovo 2https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-kosovo-2-409Hello, is it me you’re looking for? Rare mouse-deer thought to be extinct found in Vietnamese foresthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hello-is-it-me-youre-looking-for-rare-mouse-deer-thought-to-be-extinct-found-in-vietnamese-forest-8793<p>After eluding researchers for decades, a shy woodland creature called a mouse-deer or Chevrotain has been captured on hidden camera in the forests of Vietnam.</p>Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:29:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qhgbemic01ih2lrv71wfg.pngThe ‘extinct’ animal has been rediscovered by scientists from the Global Wildlife Conservation and partners with the support of Wrocław Zoo.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hello-is-it-me-youre-looking-for-rare-mouse-deer-thought-to-be-extinct-found-in-vietnamese-forest-8793New Polish government wins vote of confidencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-polish-government-wins-vote-of-confidence-8792<p>The Mateusz Morawiecki government won a vote of confidence in the Sejm (lower house) on Tuesday evening. There were 237 votes for, 214 against and three abstentions.</p>Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/365jh16btiu6c464zzveax.jpegPM receives congratulations.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-polish-government-wins-vote-of-confidence-8792Our goal is to make Poland Europe's best place to live - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/our-goal-is-to-make-poland-europes-best-place-to-live---pm-8790<p>Addressing the Sejm (lower house) on Tuesday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in his policy speech that the goal of his government was to build a Poland which would be the best place to live in Europe.</p>Tue, 19 Nov 2019 18:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/axgh22pgfeaeusucl8rknv.jpegOur goal is to make Poland Europe's best place to live - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/our-goal-is-to-make-poland-europes-best-place-to-live---pm-8790Poznan Zoo might transport five rescued tigers to Spain on Sundayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-zoo-might-transport-five-rescued-tigers-to-spain-on-sunday-8788<p>On Sunday at the earliest, five out of seven tigers transferred to Poznan Zoo from the Polish-Belarusian border may be transported to a safe haven in Spain, the zoo announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 19 Nov 2019 16:58:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8yrbjzgrtvg24ovc7uunw5.jpegPoznan Zoo might transport five rescued tigers to Spain on Sunday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-zoo-might-transport-five-rescued-tigers-to-spain-on-sunday-8788Pharmaceutical market to grow by 8.7 percent y/y in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pharmaceutical-market-to-grow-by-87-percent-yy-in-2019-8786<p>The value of Poland's pharmaceutical market will grow to PLN 37.2 billion (EUR 8.7 billion) in 2019, up by 8.7 percent on the previous year, according to a report by PEX PharmaSequence, a company monitoring the market.</p>Tue, 19 Nov 2019 16:38:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPharmaceutical market to grow by 8.7 percent y/y in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pharmaceutical-market-to-grow-by-87-percent-yy-in-2019-8786Intl. team create beautiful alphabet mural on Warsaw wallhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/intl-team-create-beautiful-alphabet-mural-on-warsaw-wall-8783<p>An international team of artists has created an alphabet mural in Warsaw, which aims to get people interested in lettering.</p>Tue, 19 Nov 2019 16:16:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jyci0ilk3ad0q9ducnduoz.jpegThe 'Wallphabet', as it is called, was painted onto the side of a building in the Mokotów district, south of Warsaw city centre. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/intl-team-create-beautiful-alphabet-mural-on-warsaw-wall-8783King Sobieski monument erected in Kraków after Vienna says it’s too controversialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/king-sobieski-monument-erected-in-krakow-after-vienna-says-its-too-controversial-8780<p>A monument of Polish king Jan III Sobieski has been placed on a platform trailer in front of the Papal Window in Kraków.</p>Tue, 19 Nov 2019 13:44:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zitt5keewid62mzcv7g4u.jpegThe monument’s placement on a platform trailer normally used to haul broken-down cars symbolises that it is still on the road to its final destination in the Austrian capital.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/king-sobieski-monument-erected-in-krakow-after-vienna-says-its-too-controversial-8780President welcomes PM's emphasis on bringing normality to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-welcomes-pms-emphasis-on-bringing-normality-to-poland-8779<p>President Andrzej Duda commenting on PM Mateusz Morawiecki's policy speech on Tuesday, welcomed his remarks on the need to finally make Poland a normal country.</p>Tue, 19 Nov 2019 13:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/thcrfnfun3heagyexp7g4.jpegDuda observed that the PM and the Council of Ministers "appropriately look into the future and accurately diagnose the results of data and various forecasts."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-welcomes-pms-emphasis-on-bringing-normality-to-poland-8779Europe needs to return to its roots - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europe-needs-to-return-to-its-roots---polish-pm-8778<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki in an expose on Tuesday stressed that Europe needs a return to its roots, founding ideas and Christian values.</p>Tue, 19 Nov 2019 13:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u6y9ck95t92yshw3r5mye.jpeg"We are taking responsibility for Poland, but we are also ready to take joint responsibility for our region, Central Europe and the European Union," declared the PM.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europe-needs-to-return-to-its-roots---polish-pm-8778The face jewellery that stops you being recognised by artificial intelligencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-face-jewellery-that-stops-you-being-recognised-by-artificial-intelligence-8776<p>A Polish designer has created facial jewellery that will prevent artificial intelligence (AI) face reading software recognizing the wearer.</p>Tue, 19 Nov 2019 12:29:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g04ebbg4rzb3o7wvvzkn.pngEwa Nowak created the jewellery to combat the creeping number of facial recognition technologies being implemented globally.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-face-jewellery-that-stops-you-being-recognised-by-artificial-intelligence-8776Poland hopes its GDP growth to be 2-3 pps above eurozone average - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hopes-its-gdp-growth-to-be-2-3-pps-above-eurozone-average---pm-8775<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in his policy speech on Tuesday said his government wants the country's GDP growth level to be at least 2-3 percentage points above the growth in the euro zone during the next four years.</p>Tue, 19 Nov 2019 11:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m9d3ngf6sitylj23tgbz.jpegIn view of global challenges, the PM appealed to all political forces for broad cooperation for the well being of the state, its development and in the name of normality. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hopes-its-gdp-growth-to-be-2-3-pps-above-eurozone-average---pm-8775EU Supreme Court to decide on independence of Disciplinary Chamberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-supreme-court-to-decide-on-independence-of-disciplinary-chamber-8773<p>The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on Tuesday said it is the Supreme Court which must ascertain whether the new Disciplinary Chamber is independent, in order to determine whether that chamber has jurisdiction to rule on cases where judges of the Supreme Court have been retired.</p>Tue, 19 Nov 2019 11:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q3qjvw45a2d8hckpmcjgcv.jpegEU Supreme Court to decide on independence of Disciplinary Chamberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-supreme-court-to-decide-on-independence-of-disciplinary-chamber-8773Fiat Chrysler Poland turns out 12 millionth carhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fiat-chrysler-poland-turns-out-12-millionth-car-8771<p>On Monday, the 12 millionth vehicle - a Fiat 500 - rolled off the production lines at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Poland (FCA Poland) plant in Tychy, southern Poland. Three days earlier the plant turned out its 500,000th Lancia Ypsilon.</p>Mon, 18 Nov 2019 20:35:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFiat Chrysler Poland turns out 12 millionth carhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fiat-chrysler-poland-turns-out-12-millionth-car-8771US ambassador to Poland responds to French president's NATO commentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-to-poland-responds-to-french-presidents-nato-comments-8769<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher responded on Twitter on Monday to French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments on NATO in an interview with The Economist weekly.</p>Mon, 18 Nov 2019 15:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rgl0iyqofv62mwxh78nrc.jpegUS ambassador to Poland responds to French president's NATO commentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-to-poland-responds-to-french-presidents-nato-comments-8769Europe looking at new cloud securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europe-looking-at-new-cloud-security-8767<p>A new European cloud computing project has been unveiled in Germany.</p>Mon, 18 Nov 2019 14:34:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/owe9pcuac40c61ogz5ysvi.jpegTaking its name from the Greek Goddess for Earth, the Gaia X project will be a pan-European cloud and data network.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europe-looking-at-new-cloud-security-8767All dolled up! Warsaw’s extraordinary Doll’s House Museum is more than just a room full of toys – it’s a freeze frame to another agehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-dolled-up-warsaws-extraordinary-dolls-house-museum-is-more-than-just-a-room-full-of-toys--its-a-freeze-frame-to-another-age-8765<p>Surprises? Warsaw’s Palace of Culture &amp; Science has them in abundance.</p>Mon, 18 Nov 2019 13:44:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4xrdnzhjurdapriheccirc.jpegThis little diamond is in the process of establishing itself in local legend as one of the most curious and captivating museums in the city – if not the country.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-dolled-up-warsaws-extraordinary-dolls-house-museum-is-more-than-just-a-room-full-of-toys--its-a-freeze-frame-to-another-age-8765Poland used slightly more renewable energy in 2018 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-used-slightly-more-renewable-energy-in-2018---stats-office-8764<p>The use of renewable energy in total energy consumption edged up by 0.26 percentage point to 11.16 percent in 2018, Poland's Central Statistical Office has reported.</p>Mon, 18 Nov 2019 13:01:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f9txml9wytmyxgi7c0unkb.jpegThe country obtained 68.88 percent of its renewable energy from solid biofuels, 12.55 percent from wind and 10.33 percent from liquid biofuels.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-used-slightly-more-renewable-energy-in-2018---stats-office-8764Poland may agree on nuclear plant financing in a few months - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-agree-on-nuclear-plant-financing-in-a-few-months---official-8763<p>The Polish government may conclude talks on the financing of the country's first nuclear power plant in a few months, government commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, said at a Polish-US Nuclear Industry Forum in Warsaw on Monday.</p>Mon, 18 Nov 2019 12:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3kvmloeetsdrd4uepf858.jpegNaimski said the conclusion of the talks on the financing of the project “is a matter of a few months.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-agree-on-nuclear-plant-financing-in-a-few-months---official-8763Piłsudski board game teaches history through ‘knowledge and cunning’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pilsudski-board-game-teaches-history-through-knowledge-and-cunning-8761<p>A board game themed around a visit to the north-eastern Polish city of Białystok by inter-war independence hero Marshal Józef Piłsudski has been created by the city’s Ludwik Zamenhof Centre.</p>Mon, 18 Nov 2019 11:57:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7cze2xo1j1xqw3p0bqmdh.jpegThe game requires cunning as well as knowledge in order to score points that allow players to move across the board’s ‘points of glory.’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pilsudski-board-game-teaches-history-through-knowledge-and-cunning-8761US edition of Singer's Warsaw Festival opens in New York Cityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-edition-of-singers-warsaw-festival-opens-in-new-york-city-8760<p>Singer’s Warsaw Festival of Jewish Culture, a celebrated arts festival, opened in New York City on Sunday. It will run through November 19, 2019.</p>Mon, 18 Nov 2019 11:25:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ngh0apkg36rel06ol4c0mp.jpegThe world-famous cantor Yaakov Lemmer opened the American edition of the event.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-edition-of-singers-warsaw-festival-opens-in-new-york-city-8760Polish FM attends Velvet Revolution observances in Bratislavahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-attends-velvet-revolution-observances-in-bratislava-8759<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz participated on Sunday in commemorations marking the 30th anniversary of former Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, the Foreign Ministry has said.</p>Mon, 18 Nov 2019 09:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish FM attends Velvet Revolution observances in Bratislavahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-attends-velvet-revolution-observances-in-bratislava-8759Tarantino among winners at international film festival in Torunhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tarantino-among-winners-at-international-film-festival-in-torun-8757<p>Director Quentin Tarantino, cinematographer Robert Richardson and actors Richard Gere and Edward Norton were among the winners at the 27th edition of the EnergaCamerimage International Film Festival in Torun, north-central Poland.</p>Sun, 17 Nov 2019 18:17:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yonyn7waanry0qdwwrxdln.jpegTarantino among winners at international film festival in Torunhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tarantino-among-winners-at-international-film-festival-in-torun-8757V4 prime ministers commemorate Velvet Revolutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-prime-ministers-commemorate-velvet-revolution-8755<p>The prime ministers of the Visegrad Group (V4) members, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary, on Sunday commemorated the 30th anniversary of former Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution in the Czech capital of Prague.</p>Sun, 17 Nov 2019 17:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/13hlf41i5qkmdrbsfr8ig.jpegV4 prime ministers commemorate Velvet Revolutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-prime-ministers-commemorate-velvet-revolution-8755Getting a leg up: boffins develop seeing leg for blind amputeehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/getting-a-leg-up-boffins-develop-seeing-leg-for-blind-amputee-8748<p>Orthopaedic technicians from Rzeszów have developed a prosthetic leg for blind patient, which not only allows him to walk but also measures distance and warns him about any obstacles he could walk into.</p>Sun, 17 Nov 2019 16:18:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a6cpzk071nfhhx5bhw9og.jpegThe all-seeing leg can not only detect obstacles but can also judge distances.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/getting-a-leg-up-boffins-develop-seeing-leg-for-blind-amputee-8748Southern Polish town to host Forum for Jewish heritage remembrancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/southern-polish-town-to-host-forum-for-jewish-heritage-remembrance-8746<p>The two-day Forum for the Remembrance of Jewish Heritage in Poland will take place in Gliwice, southern Poland, on Wednesday, and will mainly focus on maintenance of the Jewish cemeteries and heritage sites.</p>Sun, 17 Nov 2019 15:29:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSouthern Polish town to host Forum for Jewish heritage remembrancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/southern-polish-town-to-host-forum-for-jewish-heritage-remembrance-8746Scientist who laid the foundations for Silicon Valley honoured at long lasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientist-who-laid-the-foundations-for-silicon-valley-honoured-at-long-last-8741<p>Jan Czochralski, the largely forgotten scientist who made the modern world of electronics possible, caused a scientific revolution and is the most cited Pole in scientific journals around the world, has had his scientific work honoured in Warsaw.</p>Sun, 17 Nov 2019 15:06:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u0fd2n70f5lm0lyba2rtp.jpegJan Czochralski, whose work with crystals paved the way for the development of modern computing.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientist-who-laid-the-foundations-for-silicon-valley-honoured-at-long-last-8741No roundel like home: new research helps unlock the secrets of ancient roundelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-roundel-like-home-new-research-helps-unlock-the-secrets-of-ancient-roundel-8736<p>New research has shed light on the age and functions of a mysterious 7,000-year old roundel, a Neolithic circular place of worship that was only found in 2015.</p>Sun, 17 Nov 2019 11:27:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q7wwo72g38hdkj2kes0rvi.jpegDigging up the past. Researches unearth the secrets of the Nowe Objezierze site.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-roundel-like-home-new-research-helps-unlock-the-secrets-of-ancient-roundel-8736Then-and-now pics of Warsaw Ghetto brings fresh perspective on tragic historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/then-and-now-pics-of-warsaw-ghetto-brings-fresh-perspective-on-tragic-history-8727<p>On this day, 79 years ago, the Nazi campaign of persecution of the Jews took a deadly new step with the sealing of the Warsaw Ghetto.</p>Sat, 16 Nov 2019 17:11:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ntjwbt7mq5pvc3kp4doej.jpegGerman troops saunter past a building left in flames during the Jewish Ghetto Uprising.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/then-and-now-pics-of-warsaw-ghetto-brings-fresh-perspective-on-tragic-history-8727President hands standard to 3rd Regional Logistics Base, Krakowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-hands-standard-to-3rd-regional-logistics-base-krakow-8725<p>At a ceremony dedicated to handing over a standard to the 3rd Regional Logistics Base in Krakow, southern Poland, on Saturday, President Andrzej Duda said the banner was a symbol of "readiness to fight and to defend the Republic."</p>Sat, 16 Nov 2019 15:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/odri5z62qupv35ojl9wfp.jpegPresident hands standard to 3rd Regional Logistics Base, Krakowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-hands-standard-to-3rd-regional-logistics-base-krakow-8725Film industry banks on new incentive package turning Poland into go-to locationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-industry-banks-on-new-incentive-package-turning-poland-into-go-to-location-8722<p>Poland could soon be resounding to sound of clapper-boards snapping as film producers pile into the country, eager to take advantage of its abundance of natural landscapes and architecture that stretches from ancient castles to communist concrete creations.</p>Sat, 16 Nov 2019 14:59:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/loujqw3q6licaoz6vsa84t.jpegLights, action, camera. A new incentive programme should boost the Polish film industry.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-industry-banks-on-new-incentive-package-turning-poland-into-go-to-location-8722Parents of US sergeant who saved Pole meet saved officerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parents-of-us-sergeant-who-saved-pole-meet-saved-officer-8720<p>Linda and Robert Ollis, the parents of a US Army soldier killed in 2013 while saving the life of Polish officer Karol Cierpica during the Afghan War, met on Saturday with the survivor and his family.</p>Sat, 16 Nov 2019 14:29:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pzczonjbj6rvmv1qlmswh.jpegParents of US sergeant who saved Pole meet saved officerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parents-of-us-sergeant-who-saved-pole-meet-saved-officer-8720Polish actor wins Best Actor award at Stockholm film festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-actor-wins-best-actor-award-at-stockholm-film-festival-8718<p>Polish actor Bartosz Bielenia received the Aluminium Horse award for Best Actor for his role in the film Corpus Christi at the 30th Stockholm International Film Festival on Friday.</p>Sat, 16 Nov 2019 11:22:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m3ffpz85etfaqiv5lsznx6.jpegPolish actor wins Best Actor award at Stockholm film festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-actor-wins-best-actor-award-at-stockholm-film-festival-8718Underground army: researchers dig up remains of 2,000-year-old warriors in a fieldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/underground-army-researchers-dig-up-remains-of-2000-year-old-warriors-in-a-field-8715<p>Archaeologists have discovered a burial ground in southern Poland containing the remains of 2,000-year-old warriors.</p>Sat, 16 Nov 2019 10:47:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9c85lb3wv4s39ieevre2f7.jpegResearchers at work in the field near the town of Bejsce.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/underground-army-researchers-dig-up-remains-of-2000-year-old-warriors-in-a-field-8715President appoints new cabinethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-address-new-cabinet-8714<p>President Andrzej Duda appointed Poland's new government under to-date PM Mateusz Morawiecki in a Friday ceremony at Warsaw's Presidential Palace. In his address to the ministers, Duda said their service benefited society and the Polish state.</p>Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5879r6j6vbetkgqh26jvm.jpegMorawiecki said his government's main task was to make Poland “the best country to live in in Europe” and encourage Polish job emigres to return to the country.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-address-new-cabinet-8714Polish Jews in early war years theme of Warsaw conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-jews-in-early-war-years-theme-of-warsaw-conference-8712<p>A two-day international conference devoted to the fate of Poland's Jews in the early years of the country's World War II occupation by Nazi Germany will set off in Warsaw on Monday.</p>Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:30:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mvqyv7ivakerzqml070ago.jpegThe meeting will take place in the seat of the Jewish Historical Institute.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-jews-in-early-war-years-theme-of-warsaw-conference-8712October's core inflation at 2.4 percent - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/octobers-core-inflation-at-24-percent---central-bank-8711<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 2.4 percent year on year in October 2019, and remained unchanged from September, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:12:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOctober's core inflation at 2.4 percent - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/octobers-core-inflation-at-24-percent---central-bank-8711Iconic crisp brand Pringles to expand production with 110 million EUR investmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iconic-crisp-brand-pringles-to-expand-production-with-110-million-eur-investment-8709<p>Pringles are expanding their production in Poland and adding an extra 100 skilled jobs to the 440 that are currently based here.</p>Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/27wobcozsou9p2m15jp13v.jpegDave Lawlor, President of Kellogg Europe, said the expansion was “great news for Kellogg, great news for Pringles fans everywhere and great news for the team here in Kutno."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iconic-crisp-brand-pringles-to-expand-production-with-110-million-eur-investment-8709‘Tired and dreary’ museum to get glamorous new makeover – and the results are stunninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tired-and-dreary-museum-to-get-glamorous-new-makeover--and-the-results-are-stunning-8704<p>The Museum of Municipal Engineering is about to get a new look, which will make it modern, interactive and engaging for visitors of all ages.</p>Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:47:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/65ji6ac6x99r60eux4c31.jpegThe new design will combine historical items from the city’s past with interactive features such as touch-screens and multimedia stations.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tired-and-dreary-museum-to-get-glamorous-new-makeover--and-the-results-are-stunning-8704State-owned lottery firm to pay EUR 233.6 mln in gaming taxes in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/state-owned-lottery-firm-to-pay-eur-2336-mln-in-gaming-taxes-in-2019-8702<p>Totalizator Sportowy, the Polish state-owned lottery company, will pay over PLN 1 billion (EUR 233.6 mln) in gaming taxes into the state budget in 2019, compared with over PLN 900 mln (EUR 210 mln) a year earlier, president of the company Olgierd Cieslik has said.</p>Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:22:00 +0100BusinessSporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgState-owned lottery firm to pay EUR 233.6 mln in gaming taxes in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/state-owned-lottery-firm-to-pay-eur-2336-mln-in-gaming-taxes-in-2019-8702Polish Traces: Kosovohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-kosovo-407<p>In Kosovo, Krzysztof meets Captain Michalska and Lieutenant Leszczyńska from the Polish Liaison Monitoring Team at the KFOR base who outline their day-to-day activities in helping the local community.</p>Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:17:00 +0100Polish traceshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/070zporhq7ubeg6e4jgyqb9.jpegPolish Traces: Kosovohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-kosovo-407Meet the Mongolian who captured Polish hearts: TV Star Bilguunhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/meet-the-mongolian-who-captured-polish-hearts-tv-star-bilguun-405<p>Bilguun Ariunbataar exploded on to Polish television and quickly charmed the Polish nation. He gave up a career in medicine to focus on his TV work and his goofy, quirky comedy sketches on the Szymon Majewski show led him to national popularity.</p><p>Bilguun talks remarkably honest about his remarkable journey on to Polish television, the pressures of being and becoming famous, and his advice for future &nbsp;television stars.</p>Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:03:00 +0100Heart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gvlgdxemip77knrj8ah7ks.jpegMeet the Mongolian who captured Polish hearts: TV Star Bilguunhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/meet-the-mongolian-who-captured-polish-hearts-tv-star-bilguun-405WWII mass grave including bones and bullet shells found in carparkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wwii-mass-grave-including-bones-and-bullet-shells-found-in-carpark-8697<p>A mass grave has been found in a carpark at the site of a former Nazi work camp.</p>Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:44:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zaegu22og5kcjpaoz9x88.jpegThe IPN investigators and the team of experts from Poland, Austria, Norway and the United Kingdom want to determine not only the locations of mass and individual graves of camp victims, but also the locations of mass executions. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wwii-mass-grave-including-bones-and-bullet-shells-found-in-carpark-8697Polish HICP inflation up by 2.3 pct y/y in October - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-23-pct-yy-in-october---eurostat-8695<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) grew by 2.3 percent year on year in October 2019, against a 2.4 percent increase in September, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:01:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish HICP inflation up by 2.3 pct y/y in October - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-23-pct-yy-in-october---eurostat-8695Polish gas firm PGNiG not interested in renewing Gazprom gas dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-firm-pgnig-not-interested-in-renewing-gazprom-gas-deal-8693<p>Poland's gas monopolist PGNiG has notified the Russian gas giant Gazprom that it will not renew the Yamal Contract after December 31, 2022, according to a PGNiG statement issued on Friday.</p>Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:46:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish gas firm PGNiG not interested in renewing Gazprom gas dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-firm-pgnig-not-interested-in-renewing-gazprom-gas-deal-8693Polish Foreign Ministry thanks Netflix for amendments to documentaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foreign-ministry-thanks-netflix-for-amendments-to-documentary-8691<p>Poland's Foreign Ministry, on its Twitter account on Thursday, thanked Netflix Polska for the quick reaction on its documentary series about a notorious guard at the Nazi-German Treblinka death camp.</p>Fri, 15 Nov 2019 09:35:00 +0100News & PoliticsArt & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Foreign Ministry thanks Netflix for amendments to documentaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foreign-ministry-thanks-netflix-for-amendments-to-documentary-8691VICTORY!!! Netflix says it WILL correct inaccuracies in its John Demjanjuk documentaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/victory-netflix-says-it-will-correct-inaccuracies-in-its-john-demjanjuk-documentary-8689<p>Netflix says it will correct historical inaccuracies in its documentary ‘The Devil Next Door’ after PM Mateusz Morawiecki accused them of ‘rewriting history’.</p>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:43:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/seprzhhg6ul1kv28dhmyr9.jpegHigh Five! PM wins victory over Netflix documentary.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/victory-netflix-says-it-will-correct-inaccuracies-in-its-john-demjanjuk-documentary-8689Former US ambassador posthumously awarded medal of honourhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-us-ambassador-posthumously-awarded-medal-of-honour-8688<p>The Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland was posthumously awarded on Thursday to the first post-war US ambassador to Poland, Arthur Bliss Lane. The distinction was collected in Warsaw by current US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher.</p>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 20:52:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w2bs0kq069h7bpjiwzp67v.jpegAmbassador Mosbacher remarked that the former ambassador's remembrance was part of the centenary celebrations of diplomatic relations between Poland and the United States and highlighted the time and role in which Bliss Lane fulfilled his mission.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-us-ambassador-posthumously-awarded-medal-of-honour-8688Parents of US sergeant who saved Pole collect distinctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parents-of-us-sergeant-who-saved-pole-collect-distinction-8684<p>On Thursday in Lubin, southwestern Poland, the parents of a US Army soldier killed in 2013 while saving the life of a Polish officer during the Afghan War received an Honorary Ambassador of Poland award in commemoration of their son's deed.</p>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 17:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3890lhc2dkz80yet97odkx.jpegWhile in Poland, Ollis's parents, Linda and Robert Ollis, will visit Krakow in south Poland, where they will meet Cierpica.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parents-of-us-sergeant-who-saved-pole-collect-distinction-8684Spectacular or controversial? How architects see Warsaw’s historic Piłsudskiego Square looking 100 years from nowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/controversial-how-architects-see-warsaws-historic-pilsudskiego-square-looking-100-years-from-now-8682<p>Two architect studios FAAB and Science Now have revealed their vision of how Warsaw’s Piłsudskiego Square will look in 2118.</p>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 16:53:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oek03cutceixy9muke35ia.jpegThe visualisation of Piłsudskiego Square combines historical elements with modern technology, art and environmental awareness.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/controversial-how-architects-see-warsaws-historic-pilsudskiego-square-looking-100-years-from-now-8682President to appoint Poland's new cabinet on Fridayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-appoint-polands-new-cabinet-on-friday-8681<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda will appoint Mateusz Morawiecki's government for the next parliamentary term on Friday at 2:30 pm, presidential spokesman Błażej Spychalski has announced.</p>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 16:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident to appoint Poland's new cabinet on Fridayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-appoint-polands-new-cabinet-on-friday-8681PAP to hold Media of the Future conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pap-to-hold-media-of-the-future-conference-8680<p>Experts from IESE Business School, the Poynter Institute journalism school and the global accountancy firm PwC, will meet in Warsaw on December 4 to debate the latest trends, innovations and business initiatives on the media market at the Media of the Future conference organised by the Polish Press Agency (PAP).</p>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 15:45:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mk8x891ni0q26r5564kxzn.jpegKeynote speakers will include Prof. Mike Rosenberg from IESE Business School, Peter Kropsch, chairman of the German DPA agency, Martin Mellor, head of Ericsson in Poland, and Konrad Dobrowolski, Senior Associate Advocate at PWC. Also in attendance will be Alexandru Ion Giboi, secretary general of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) and Kristen Hare, local press transformation specialist at Poynter Institute.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pap-to-hold-media-of-the-future-conference-8680Poland has the strongest Q-on-Q GDP growth in the EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-the-strongest-q-on-q-gdp-growth-in-the-eu-8678<p>In the third quarter of 2019 Poland registered the strongest quarter on quarter growth among EU countries, with a 1.3 percent increase, over four times better than the EU average of 0.3 percent increase.</p>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 15:36:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kg6f7nivpsmbrmdf0nh5.jpegRevised figures from the European Commission predict Poland’s GDP growth for 2019 will be 4.1 percent and 3.3 percent for 2020 and 2021.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-the-strongest-q-on-q-gdp-growth-in-the-eu-8678Special event to honour WWII’s 307 Squadronhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/special-event-to-honour-wwiis-307-squadron-8675<p>An event to honour the Polish 307 Squadron has been organized for November 15-16.</p>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 13:42:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7p7lbu9clj4u4asp2wp108.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/special-event-to-honour-wwiis-307-squadron-8675Łempicka painting goes for eye-watering $13million at Sotheby’s auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lempicka-painting-goes-for-eye-watering-13million-at-sothebys-auction-8672<p>A painting by Tamara Łempicka has sold for a staggering $13million at auction.</p>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 13:34:00 +0100BusinessArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bvqwfs92yqrzh2jwfzu8x.jpegThe painting ‘La Tunique rose’ went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in New York alongside masterpieces by Picasso, Monet and Calliebotte as part of their ‘Impressionist & Modern Art’ event. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lempicka-painting-goes-for-eye-watering-13million-at-sothebys-auction-8672Poland's GDP up 3.9 pct y/y in Q3 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-up-39-pct-yy-in-q3---stats-office-8670<p>Poland's GDP grew by 3.9 percent year on year in the third quarter of 2019, according to a Central Statistical Office (GUS) flash estimate published on Thursday.</p>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 12:58:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP up 3.9 pct y/y in Q3 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-up-39-pct-yy-in-q3---stats-office-8670President designates Morawiecki as Polish prime ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-designates-morawiecki-as-polish-prime-minister-8668<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday morning designated the incumbent prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, to continue his duties as the head of government in the next parliamentary term.</p>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 12:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jj0rbbyhkmamwjqlxotxu.jpegPresident designates Morawiecki as Polish prime ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-designates-morawiecki-as-polish-prime-minister-8668Poland's foreign trade surplus at EUR 0.8 bln after Sept - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-08-bln-after-sept---stats-office-8666<p>Poland's foreign trade surplus reached EUR 0.8 billion at the end of September 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 11:36:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's foreign trade surplus at EUR 0.8 bln after Sept - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-08-bln-after-sept---stats-office-8666Archeologists discover 2,000-year-old graves of warriors in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeologists-discover-2000-year-old-graves-of-warriors-in-poland-8664<p>Graves of warriors from more than 2,000 years ago were discovered by archaeologists in Bejsc, in south-central Poland. The newly discovered cemetery has an area of about one hectare.</p>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 10:27:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgArcheologists discover 2,000-year-old graves of warriors in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeologists-discover-2000-year-old-graves-of-warriors-in-poland-8664Polish Special Economic Zones ranked among world's besthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-special-economic-zones-ranked-among-worlds-best-8662<p>According to a ranking by fDi Magazine (part of the Financial Times group), the Katowice (southern Poland) and Lodz (central Poland) Special Economic Zones are among the world's most attractive, placing second and eighth respectively in fDi's ranking for 2019.</p>Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:38:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Special Economic Zones ranked among world's besthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-special-economic-zones-ranked-among-worlds-best-8662ABW busts terrorist bomb and gun attack against Muslimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/muslim-bomb-and-gun-attack-terrorists-busted-8656<p>Poland’s Internal Security Service (ABW) has arrested two people suspected of preparing bomb and gun attacks against Muslims.</p>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 23:14:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vjy8mp63hfiyan4o4urx3.jpegABW officers raided addresses in Warsaw and Szczecin to capture terrorists planning attacks against Muslims. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/muslim-bomb-and-gun-attack-terrorists-busted-8656Poland wants Gdańsk Shipyard on UNESCO World Heritage listhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-gdansk-shipyard-on-unesco-world-heritage-list-8653<p>Poland wants to place its northern Gdańsk Shipyard, the birthplace of the 1980-founded Solidarity Union, on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Deputy Culture Minister Magdalena Gawin told PAP on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:57:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g6f3zk59c0mdbsdmg37c3u.jpegGawin said she hoped Poland's afforts to have the shipyard entered on the UNESCO list will prove successful.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-gdansk-shipyard-on-unesco-world-heritage-list-8653Top US award given for translation of Polish epic poemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-us-award-given-for-translation-of-polish-epic-poem-8652<p>Indiana University comparative literature professor Bill Johnston has received the 2019 National Translation Award for his English translation of the 19th-century Polish epic poem Master Thaddeus. Johnston heads the university's Polish Studies Center.</p>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:15:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTop US award given for translation of Polish epic poemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-us-award-given-for-translation-of-polish-epic-poem-8652Warsaw hosts international conference for women in hi-tech sectorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-hosts-international-conference-for-women-in-hi-tech-sectors-8651<p>The two-day Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit world congress, Europe's biggest event for women working in technology, started in Warsaw on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:06:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bde6ap2ge9s1g2d5gwqnii.jpegAddressing the conference, Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said that in Poland, more women study technology and science than in other European Union countries.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-hosts-international-conference-for-women-in-hi-tech-sectors-8651Vegan restaurant named ‘rising star’ for its traditional Polish dishes with a mouth-watering twisthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vegan-restaurant-named-rising-star-for-its-traditional-polish-dishes-with-a-mouth-watering-twist-8649<p>Restaurant owners in Pittsburgh USA have been named ‘Rising Stars’ for their Polish-inspired food with a twist.</p>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 17:11:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s4epivd98a044xrjs4k0as.jpegDefying the meaty reputation of Central and Eastern European cuisine, everything in Apteka is vegan, such as this ‘Kluski dish which their couple describe as: “Kluski śląskie + fasola+ cykoria/ kapusta+ kasza+ wędzona papryka+ majeranek. /// potato dumplings+ beans+ endive/ cabbage+ buckwheat+ smoked pepper+ marjoram.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vegan-restaurant-named-rising-star-for-its-traditional-polish-dishes-with-a-mouth-watering-twist-8649Poland's annual growth may reach 4.3 percent in 2019 - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-annual-growth-may-reach-43-percent-in-2019---finmin-8648<p>Poland's economic growth will exceed 4 percent after the third quarter of 2019 and may reach 4.3 percent throughout the year, Finance Minister Jerzy Kwieciński told reporters on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 16:22:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3avw4vxfxpaxfhr7rab5f8.jpegConsumption will remain the growth motor in the second half of the year, according to Kwieciński, who is also investment and development minister.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-annual-growth-may-reach-43-percent-in-2019---finmin-8648Main event of European Robotics Week to take place in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/main-event-of-european-robotics-week-to-take-place-in-poland-8647<p>Representatives of companies and institutions from several European countries will take part in discussions about the future of robotics and artificial intelligence in Poznań, western Poland, from Thursday to Saturday.</p>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 16:16:00 +0100BusinessSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMain event of European Robotics Week to take place in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/main-event-of-european-robotics-week-to-take-place-in-poland-8647Snapper tours whole country to capture over 500 patriotic muralshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snapper-tours-whole-country-to-capture-over-500-patriotic-murals-8645<p>A Polish photographer has documented “patriotic murals” painted on walls and buildings around Poland, which celebrate historical figures from World War II fighters to Pope John Paul II.</p>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:56:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/opx9tasognht9kymit5rw.jpegPhotographer Wojciech Wilczyk toured the country in search of the murals.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snapper-tours-whole-country-to-capture-over-500-patriotic-murals-8645Polish airports handle 22 mln passengers in January-Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-airports-handle-22-mln-passengers-in-january-june-8643<p>Polish airports serviced 22.3 million passengers in the first half of the year, up by 7 percent from the same period of 2018, the Civil Aviation Office (ULC) announced on Wednesday. Warsaw Chopin Airport retained its spot as the most popular airport in Poland.</p>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 14:06:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lo1bgwgf1bv0f7saccqd.jpegPolish airports handle 22 mln passengers in January-Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-airports-handle-22-mln-passengers-in-january-june-8643Polish and Lithuanian railway companies to cooperate in safety mattershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-lithuanian-railway-companies-to-cooperate-in-safety-matters-8641<p>Polish State Railways (PKP PLK) and Lithuanian Railways (Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai) have signed an agreement to cooperate on issues regarding safety on the Lithuanian section of the international Rail Baltica route.</p>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 13:24:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ewm4fejdt1k0wvwkdcdy01.jpegPolish and Lithuanian railway companies to cooperate in safety mattershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-lithuanian-railway-companies-to-cooperate-in-safety-matters-8641Stunning film of 15th century painting reveals previously unseen details and its gripping dark historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-film-of-15th-century-painting-reveals-previously-unseen-details-and-its-gripping-dark-history-8634<p>A short film revealing fascinating, hard-to-see details of northern Poland’s premier artwork has been launched on a new website that aims to bring the astonishing medieval painting to new audiences.</p>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 12:34:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ax53yxmv0u9wrr2odho5s.jpegOver 500 years since being created by German painter Hans Memling, the triptych still amazes viewers with its luminous, pure colours and the richness of its dramatic content. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-film-of-15th-century-painting-reveals-previously-unseen-details-and-its-gripping-dark-history-8634Poland's industrial production up in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-september---eurostat-8632<p>Poland's industrial production rose by 3.1 percent year on year in September 2019, after growing by 0.7 percent year on year in August, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 12:24:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's industrial production up in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-september---eurostat-8632PM Morawiecki's policy speech likely next week - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawieckis-policy-speech-likely-next-week---aide-8630<p>Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who is going to be appointed for a new term of office soon, will probably deliver his policy speech in parliament early next week, PM's Office head Michal Dworczyk said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4xih47yt6vb8fvc1kyzd1u.jpegPM Morawiecki's policy speech likely next weekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawieckis-policy-speech-likely-next-week---aide-8630Poland's average corporate wage up in Q3 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-corporate-wage-up-in-q3---stats-office-8628<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 7.7 percent year on year to PLN 4,931.59 (EUR 1,152.56) in the third quarter of 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:26:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's average corporate wage up in Q3 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-corporate-wage-up-in-q3---stats-office-8628Inaugural sitting of Senate elects new speakerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inaugural-sitting-of-senate-elects-new-speaker-8627<p>President Andrzej Duda inaugurated the first sitting of the Senate's 10th term of office on Tuesday afternoon, expressing satisfaction with the political diversity in the upper house of Poland's parliament.</p>Tue, 12 Nov 2019 21:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/krwf6m7ow0cz8rar5pdb2l.jpegTomasz Grodzki, whose candidature was forwarded by opposition senators, received 51 votes and was elected to the post.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inaugural-sitting-of-senate-elects-new-speaker-8627Polish Sejm holds inaugural sitting, elects speakerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-sejm-holds-inaugural-sitting-elects-speaker-8626<p>The Sejm (lower house of parliament) during its inaugural sitting on Tuesday elected Elżbieta Witek from the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) as Sejm speaker. She was the only candidate for the post.</p>Tue, 12 Nov 2019 20:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u3ag0mrcx3d8a2nflr5n24.jpegWitek thanked all MPs and stressed the election was, for her, "a distinction and an obligation."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-sejm-holds-inaugural-sitting-elects-speaker-8626Polish PM hands in cabinet resignation at inaugural parliament sessionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-hands-in-cabinet-resignation-at-inaugural-parliament-session-8625<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki handed in his cabinet's resignation as the newly-elected parliament started its four-year term of office on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 12 Nov 2019 18:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gsq72gyd46p2c1yqxb1e7d.jpegThe prime minister argued his cabinet had been successful in many respects, mentioning the family benefit programme 500 Plus, the national economy's performance and the curbing of bureaucracy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-hands-in-cabinet-resignation-at-inaugural-parliament-session-8625Inaugural sitting of Senate beginshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inaugural-sitting-of-senate-begins-8624<p>President Andrzej Duda inaugurated the first sitting of the Senate's 10th term of office on Tuesday afternoon.</p>Tue, 12 Nov 2019 18:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rdz8spzodqm9fze1jux7o.jpegAfter the president's address, debates will be run by senior Speaker Barbara Borys-Damięcka of the Civic Coalition (KO).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inaugural-sitting-of-senate-begins-8624When East met West and the embrace that spoke a thousand wordshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/when-east-met-west-and-the-embrace-that-spoke-a-thousand-words-8622<p>The symbol of Polish-German reconciliation – an embrace between Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki and Chancellor Helmut Kohl during Mass in Krzyżowa – took place 30 years ago today.</p>Tue, 12 Nov 2019 18:02:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hupk1mk9eu57a51wh7n3j6.jpegThe gesture between the two leaders, published by media around the world, heralded a new peaceful relationship among the neighbours.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/when-east-met-west-and-the-embrace-that-spoke-a-thousand-words-8622Poland marks its inclusion in US Visa Waiver Programhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-marks-its-inclusion-in-us-visa-waiver-program-8619<p>Polish officials and US ambassador took part in a symbolic ceremony launching Poland's US Visa Waiver Program membership at Warsaw's Chopin airport on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e7hxnweykxd5zt8d10tp3h.jpegUS Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher treats passengers with donuts, during the symbolic start of the visa-free travel program at the Chopin airport in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-marks-its-inclusion-in-us-visa-waiver-program-8619Polish lower house starts inaugural meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lower-house-starts-inaugural-meeting-8618<p>The Sejm (lower house of parliament) on Tuesday started its inaugural meeting following the October 13 general election won by the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party.</p>Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ybmo4z32hci3cqez06bw.jpegDuring the first part of the sitting the 460 newly elected MPs will take an oath.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lower-house-starts-inaugural-meeting-8618Warsaw’s Wola district finds itself at a unique crossroads in time, says TFN’s Alex Webberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-wola-district-finds-itself-at-a-unique-crossroads-in-time-says-tfns-alex-webber-8616<p>Once noted for its shabby housing quarters, disintegrating factories and empty, overgrown plots, the Warsaw district of Wola was, not long back, a by-word for stagnancy, an area arguably best-known for its grim associations with the 1944 Uprising and the resulting massacre of its civilians.</p>Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:50:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2uszc8595hmtryki7esjog.jpegWola has become ‘the place to be’ with plenty pipeline projects to come and still space to develop.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-wola-district-finds-itself-at-a-unique-crossroads-in-time-says-tfns-alex-webber-8616Poland's GDP growth to reach 4.3 percent in 2019 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-to-reach-43-percent-in-2019---central-bank-8614<p>Poland's GDP growth is expected to reach 4.3 percent in 2019, 3.6 percent in 2020 and 3.3 percent in 2021, according to the November projection by the National Bank of Poland published on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:23:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP growth to reach 4.3 percent in 2019 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-to-reach-43-percent-in-2019---central-bank-8614Rare fragment from delicate 10th century stringed instrument found in ‘rubbish dump’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rare-fragment-from-delicate-10th-century-stringed-instrument-found-in-rubbish-dump-8610<p>A rare stringed instrument dating back 1,000 years has been discovered in one of the strongholds of the first Polish rulers in Ostrów Lednicki.</p>Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:12:00 +0100https://images.thefirstnews.com/9hudgn80wglfo12qw4dcq.jpegShaped like half a heart, the wooden fragment seems to be part of a rebec, a medieval stringed instrument that may have influenced later instruments like the mandolin and the violin. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rare-fragment-from-delicate-10th-century-stringed-instrument-found-in-rubbish-dump-8610Anti-fascist march held in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-fascist-march-held-in-warsaw-8609<p>An anti-fascist march was organised in Warsaw's downtown on Poland's Independence Day on Monday under the motto "For our freedom and yours." According to organisers, some 12,000 people took part in the rally.</p>Mon, 11 Nov 2019 18:14:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/52ca7wxkpy3gor06ncp1zq.jpegOrganised by left-wing organisations, including the Anti-fascist Coalition, the Action Democracy, Anti-fascist Warsaw, the March 8 Women's Agreements, the Student Anti-fascists Committee, the march was protected by police. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-fascist-march-held-in-warsaw-8609Independence March starts in Warsaw city centrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/independence-march-starts-in-warsaw-city-centre-8607<p>The 10th Independence March set off from Warsaw city centre at 3:00 p.m. on Poland's Independence Day on Monday. It was inaugurated with the singing of the national anthem.</p>Mon, 11 Nov 2019 16:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9g7nt2s8ynanltuxoye01a.jpegIndependence March starts in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/independence-march-starts-in-warsaw-city-centre-8607Polish PM says French president's words about NATO irresponsiblehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-says-french-presidents-words-about-nato-irresponsible-8606<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki in an interview with the Financial Times accused the French President of irresponsibility after Emmanuel Macron said NATO was suffering 'brain death' and questioned the effectiveness of the alliance’s commitment to mutual defence.</p>Mon, 11 Nov 2019 15:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wp341nvhmtlu7obv6ex8n.jpeg"I think President Macron's doubts (about NATO's mutual defence clause) can make other allies wonder if perhaps it is France that has concerns about sticking to it. I hope that we can still count on France fulfilling its obligations," Morawiecki told the Financial Times.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-says-french-presidents-words-about-nato-irresponsible-8606Poland today is best off in history, president says on Independence Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-today-is-best-off-in-history-president-says-on-independence-day-8605<p>Historians say that today's Poland is the most independent, wealthiest and safest Poland since the 17th century, President Andrzej Duda said in his speech at Piłsudskiego Square in Warsaw on Monday, as the country marked its Independence Day.</p>Mon, 11 Nov 2019 15:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9zfojsd09k500vo3c59qbt7.jpegThe president said that all Poles have responsibilities towards Poland, "from the left to the right."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-today-is-best-off-in-history-president-says-on-independence-day-8605Polish president, US ambassador on Poland joining VWPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-us-ambassador-on-poland-joining-vwp-8604<p>On Independence Day, Monday, Poland entered the US Visa Waiver Program. Both the Polish president and the US ambassador to Poland lauded the development. "Poland joining the Visa Waver Program has become a fact," President Andrzej Duda said.</p>Mon, 11 Nov 2019 15:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2tnhq3knimuto2sfoypden.jpeg“This is a joint U.S.-Polish success! See you in the United States!,” Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher wrote on Twitter on Monday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-us-ambassador-on-poland-joining-vwp-8604Day of freedom: when Poland regained its independencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/day-of-freedom-when-poland-regained-its-independence-3211<p>Poland returned to the map of the world on November 11, 1918 after enduring 123 years of Prussian, Austrian and Russian occupation.</p>Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:17:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryNewshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yxuytwnmtvp3stngt994de.jpegPoland marks the 101st anniversary of the nation regaining its independence today after the long years of foreign rule.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/day-of-freedom-when-poland-regained-its-independence-3211President honours six Fathers of Polish Independencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-honours-six-fathers-of-polish-independence-8599<p>On Poland's Independence Day, Monday, President Andrzej Duda laid flowers at monuments of the six Fathers of Polish Independence and attended, together with his wife, a mass for the homeland, celebrated at the Temple of Divine Providence in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:11:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l2v8f01r85k7wty4e56xe.jpegPresident honours six Fathers of Polish Independencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-honours-six-fathers-of-polish-independence-8599Get it RIGHT! PM blasts Netflix over historically inaccurate WWII documentaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/get-it-right-pm-blasts-netflix-over-inaccurate-wwii-documentary-8595<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has hit out at Netflix accusing the network of "rewriting history" over its inaccurate portrayal of German-occupied Poland during World War Two.</p>Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:01:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/62m13udnzad8d76wcgzij8.jpegThe PM blasted Netflix’s documentary The Devil Next Door for 'obfuscating historical facts' including a map which 'falsely places places several German Nazi concentration camps within modern-day Poland’s borders.'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/get-it-right-pm-blasts-netflix-over-inaccurate-wwii-documentary-8595Polish Foreign Ministry, party critical of Netflix documentaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foreign-ministry-party-critical-of-netflix-documentary-8593<p>Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the junior ruling coalition partner Agreement, on Sunday expressed criticism of a Netflix documentary series which they say presents untrue information about Poland's history during WWII.</p>Sun, 10 Nov 2019 20:10:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/np7wk2mro21h6tlthsbqw.jpegNetflix has recently launched its documentary series the Devil Next Door about John Demjanjuk (pictured), known as Ivan the Terrible, a sadistic guard at the Treblinka German Nazi death camp.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foreign-ministry-party-critical-of-netflix-documentary-8593Ukrainian war veteran released after border detentionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukrainian-war-veteran-released-after-border-detention-8592<p>Ukrainian Donbas war veteran Ihor Mazur, detained by Polish Border Guard at a Polish-Ukrainian border crossing was released on Sunday but will remain in Lublin, south-east Poland, until the conclusion of an extradition procedure.</p>Sun, 10 Nov 2019 20:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUkrainian war veteran released after border detentionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukrainian-war-veteran-released-after-border-detention-8592And all that jazz: TFN talks to jazz legend Michał Urbaniak about life, music and his Urbanator Dayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/and-all-that-jazz-tfn-talks-to-jazz-legend-michal-urbaniak-about-life-music-and-his-urbanator-days-8590<p>Climaxing with a November-10 concert at Warsaw’s Och-Teatr, this weekend sees the grand finale of Urbanator Days, a multi-day music event coordinated by Poland’s best-loved jazz figure, Michał Urbaniak.</p>Sun, 10 Nov 2019 19:29:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1hgjyb4dk6n9jdd0u4gqf5.jpegMichał Urbaniak, the country’s best-loved man of jazz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/and-all-that-jazz-tfn-talks-to-jazz-legend-michal-urbaniak-about-life-music-and-his-urbanator-days-8590Building up to the spirit in the sky: the story of Wilanów’s vast Temple of Divine Providencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/building-up-to-the-spirit-in-the-sky-the-story-of-wilanows-vast-temple-of-divine-providence-8588<p>It has been three years since the Temple of Divine Providence opened its doors to the faithful and held its first mass on November 11, 2016.</p>Sun, 10 Nov 2019 13:51:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p5irr1dfqpn5cq9hpz34l.jpegCosting PLN 220 million the Temple of Divine Providence is an impressive sight.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/building-up-to-the-spirit-in-the-sky-the-story-of-wilanows-vast-temple-of-divine-providence-8588Shape shifter: live digital sculpture that reacts to its environment on show in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shape-shifter-live-digital-sculpture-that-reacts-to-its-environment-on-show-in-warsaw-8586<p>A digital sculpture reacting to the city life around it has been unveiled in Warsaw. Located on a giant screen at the Union of Lublin Square, it changes its shape, colour and movements in response to the actions of people around it – regardless if they are aware of it or not!</p>Sun, 10 Nov 2019 11:16:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a8qhh5d1kdj9rgu2e5sgw6.jpegAltered image: the artwork changes its form depending on what is going on around it.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shape-shifter-live-digital-sculpture-that-reacts-to-its-environment-on-show-in-warsaw-8586Historians unearth the lost secrets of Hitler’s Wolf Lair fruit and veg plothttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/historians-unearth-the-lost-secrets-of-hitlers-wolf-lair-fruit-and-veg-plot-8584<p>Nearly seventy-five years after Red Army units first tentatively entered its devastated remains, Hitler’s notorious Wolf’s Lair HQ is in the news again after a team of local historians unearthed the remains of a garden and greenhouse complex once used to grow vegetables destined for the Fuhrer’s dining table.</p>Sat, 09 Nov 2019 18:09:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qqmwjpk0l9qxf9oi48yja.jpegMore than just a bunker: the Wolf’s Lair also boasted its own vegetable garden.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/historians-unearth-the-lost-secrets-of-hitlers-wolf-lair-fruit-and-veg-plot-8584Polish President attends fall of Berlin Wall anniversary eventshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-attends-fall-of-berlin-wall-anniversary-events-8582<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda took part in the events marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in the German capital on Saturday.</p>Sat, 09 Nov 2019 14:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/drinkg4alvrjxka291q30k.jpegPresident Andrzej Duda said during the ceremony that on this day people remember the iron curtain which, in a symbolic way, fell with the collapse of the Berlin Wall.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-attends-fall-of-berlin-wall-anniversary-events-8582Going down: unemployment falls to lowest point in almost three decadeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-down-unemployment-falls-to-lowest-point-in-almost-three-decades-8579<p>The unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since September 1990 despite fears of an economic slowdown in Europe.</p>Sat, 09 Nov 2019 14:04:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hngepzaoucd6ha5ihddpl7.jpegHigh ho, it’s off work to work we go. Unemployment has fallen to its lowest point since the end of 1990.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-down-unemployment-falls-to-lowest-point-in-almost-three-decades-8579Polish remembrance institute, US National Archives to work togetherhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-remembrance-institute-us-national-archives-to-work-together-8578<p>Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), investigating Nazi German and communist crimes against Poles will start, in January 2020, cooperation with the US National Archives in research on documents from World War II and from the communist regime in Poland.</p>Sat, 09 Nov 2019 13:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4h2oj3s67ouvu857rj6pom.jpegThe head of IPN Archives Marzena Kruk told PAP that American troops seized millions of German documents at the end of World War II.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-remembrance-institute-us-national-archives-to-work-together-8578Exploring Jewish identity in Poland: new book examines the lives of three generations of Polish Jewshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exploring-jewish-identity-in-poland-new-book-examines-the-lives-of-three-generations-of-polish-jews-8574<p>When I meet him at the door to his London home, Barry Cohen is keen to make me comfortable before we start our interview; slipping to and from the room in search of tea, and offering me a pair of slippers to protect my feet from the cold.</p>Sat, 09 Nov 2019 11:14:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2q8m8jwjxqdw2dewl0vez9.jpeg‘Opening the Drawer: The Hidden Identities of Polish Jews’ aims to illuminate Jewish identity and its legacy in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exploring-jewish-identity-in-poland-new-book-examines-the-lives-of-three-generations-of-polish-jews-8574Polish coach accident in Germany leaves 13 injuredhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-coach-accident-in-germany-leaves-13-injured-8573<p>A Polish coach with 50 people on board was involved in an accident that occurred on the A1 highway, northeast of Hamburg, on Saturday morning. Local police reported 13 passengers were injured, seven seriously.</p>Sat, 09 Nov 2019 11:07:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish coach accident in Germany leaves 13 injuredhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-coach-accident-in-germany-leaves-13-injured-8573PM presents proposed new government line-uphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-presents-proposed-new-government-line-up-8571<p>Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) announced the new composition of the cabinet on Friday, after winning the parliamentary elections last month.</p>Sat, 09 Nov 2019 09:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1146tunoqxyzdo7qhzn8q.jpegPrime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the new line-up will be very proficient and "a good team."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-presents-proposed-new-government-line-up-8571Meet Arlena Witt - One of Poland's Top Female YouTubershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/meet-arlena-witt---one-of-polands-top-female-youtubers-403<p>Arlena Witt has been called (at least by our host @Patrick Ney) the 'Polish Nation's English Teacher'.</p><p>She's certainly the most influential, with almost 500,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel alone, Arlena is praised by viewers for her wit, light tone and easy-to-watch style.</p><p>Discover how one of Poland's top female YouTubers approaches her work and answers these questions...</p><p><br></p>Fri, 08 Nov 2019 16:38:00 +0100Heart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cmvant93brpsc9o6j1rj5e.jpegMeet Arlena Witt - One of Poland's Top Female YouTubershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/meet-arlena-witt---one-of-polands-top-female-youtubers-403Polish banking sector nets EUR 2.78 bln in Q1-Q3https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-eur-278-bln-in-q1-q3-8569<p>The Polish banking sector posted a net profit of PLN 11.86 bln (EUR 2.78 bln) in the first three quarters of 2019, up by 2.86 pct on the same period of 2018, the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) said in a Friday report.</p>Fri, 08 Nov 2019 16:08:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish banking sector nets EUR 2.78 bln in Q1-Q3https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-eur-278-bln-in-q1-q3-8569Bring it on! Middleweight champ Szeremeta to face WORLD champ Golovkin in title fighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bring-it-on-middleweight-champ-szeremeta-to-face-world-champ-golovkin-in-title-fight-8566<p>Undefeated middleweight Kamil Szeremeta is to face reigning champion Gennady Golovkin at the International Boxing Federation world champion belt.</p>Fri, 08 Nov 2019 15:46:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dnw62hp27okzimaci705.jpegUndefeated middleweight Kamil Szeremeta is to face reigning champion Gennady Golovkin at the International Boxing Federation world champion belt.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bring-it-on-middleweight-champ-szeremeta-to-face-world-champ-golovkin-in-title-fight-8566Polish Traces: Kragujevac, Serbiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-kragujevac-serbia-400<p><span lang="EN-GB">In Serbia, Krzysztof catches up with Ljubiša Šlijjvić who he first met at the start of his journey in Nordkapp. Just over three weeks later, in a little café in the former capital&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN">Kragujevac, Krzysztof and&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-GB">Ljubiša reminisce about how their paths crossed and reflect on what it means to be Slavic.</span>&nbsp;</p>Fri, 08 Nov 2019 14:53:00 +0100Polish traceshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yra802py4chlgyu38822k.jpegPolish Traces: Kragujevac, Serbiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-kragujevac-serbia-400Architects win International comp for stunning Modern Art Museum in UAEhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/architects-win-international-comp-for-stunning-modern-art-museum-in-uae-8564<p>A Polish-Mexican duo has won the competition to design the Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art in Sharjah.</p>Fri, 08 Nov 2019 14:03:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0k0dfjvfxosmbtrck4yufsq.jpegThe museum which will show off from across the Middle East will be built by Aidia Studio, which was selected in an international competition.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/architects-win-international-comp-for-stunning-modern-art-museum-in-uae-8564President Duda to attend Berlin Wall anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-to-attend-berlin-wall-anniversary-8563<p>President Andrzej Duda will take part in events marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany, on Saturday, at the invitation of the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier .</p>Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oimxvpnisgfa2rawnx36wl.jpegThe main ceremony will take place at the memorial site of German division on Bernauer Strasse.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-to-attend-berlin-wall-anniversary-8563Poland to announce new gov't line-up on Friday eveninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-announce-new-govt-line-up-on-friday-evening-8561<p>The new structure and line-up of Mateusz Morawiecki's government will be announced after a Friday evening meeting of the ruling party Law and Justice's political committee, government spokesman Piotr Muller has told PAP.</p>Fri, 08 Nov 2019 11:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d1eag1vge5our2tpriy3x.jpegThe United Right, comprising PiS and its two junior partners, Solidary Poland and Agreement, held a meeting last week to discuss the structure of the next government and to reaffirm Morawiecki as the candidate for prime minister.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-announce-new-govt-line-up-on-friday-evening-8561Polish agri-food exports seen at EUR 23.1 bln after 3Q - gov't agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-agri-food-exports-seen-at-eur-231-bln-after-3q---govt-agency-8560<p>Exports of agri-food products reached EUR 23.1 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2019, up 5.8 percent year on year, the Polish Centre for the Support of Agriculture (KOWR) said on Friday citing finance ministry data.</p>Fri, 08 Nov 2019 11:21:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish agri-food exports seen at EUR 23.1 bln after 3Q - gov't agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-agri-food-exports-seen-at-eur-231-bln-after-3q---govt-agency-8560Lunch break worker finds gorgeous medieval gem hidden among rocks and stones. But would you have spotted it?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lunch-break-worker-finds-gorgeous-medieval-gem-hidden-among-rocks-and-stones-but-would-you-have-spotted-it-8556<p>A gorgeous piece of jewellery dating back over 1,000 years has been found by a Polish man talking a stroll during his lunch break.</p>Fri, 08 Nov 2019 10:23:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i3h2typiuolrjkp6ma004s.jpegMateusz Adamczyk who works in London had been ambling along the River Thames when his eye was caught by the glinting piece of gold.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lunch-break-worker-finds-gorgeous-medieval-gem-hidden-among-rocks-and-stones-but-would-you-have-spotted-it-8556It’s official! Poland joins US visa waiver programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-official-poland-joins-us-visa-waiver-programme-8552<p>Poland has officially been entered into the USA’s Visa Waiver Programme, President Andrzej Duda and US Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher announced at a press conference.</p>Thu, 07 Nov 2019 16:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lwvs692a18h3ivk9ffl79d.jpegIt’s official! The first country in five years to join the programme, from November 11th Poles can travel to the United States for 90 days business or tourism without applying for a visa.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-official-poland-joins-us-visa-waiver-programme-8552European Bank grants EUR 250 mln loan to LG chem car battery makerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-bank-grants-eur-250-mln-loan-to-lg-chem-car-battery-maker-8550<p>The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBOR) granted a long-term loan of EUR 250 million to electric car battery maker LG Chem to support the construction of a battery factory in Wrocław, southwestern Poland, EBOR said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 07 Nov 2019 15:10:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEuropean Bank grants EUR 250 mln loan to LG chem car battery makerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-bank-grants-eur-250-mln-loan-to-lg-chem-car-battery-maker-8550Poland expels neo-Nazi Swedehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expels-neo-nazi-swede-8548<p>The interior minister shared the Internal Security Agency's (ABW) concerns and decided to expel Anton T., a Swedish national, from Poland on security grounds, with immediate effect, spokesman for the special services coordinator has told PAP.</p>Thu, 07 Nov 2019 15:01:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland expels neo-Nazi Swedehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expels-neo-nazi-swede-8548Gone but not forgotten: Leonard Cohen, thanks for the dance!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gone-but-not-forgotten-leonard-cohen-thanks-for-the-dance-8546<p>It’s been three years now without Leonard. But has he really gone? For his presence is still heartily felt here in Poland, where he is a cult hero.</p>Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:43:00 +0100Art & CultureDan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0bj3vw3zccsr4ngrf8cf7h.jpegDan’s friendship with Cohen dates back to 2001 in Berlin.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gone-but-not-forgotten-leonard-cohen-thanks-for-the-dance-8546Polish vodka gets ‘protected status’ in historic EU-China dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-vodka-gets-protected-status-in-historic-eu-china-deal-8543<p>Polish vodka is to get protected status in China after being included in a list of 100 European Geographical Indications under a landmark EU-China deal.</p>Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:40:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aay10pssjyaww7kfbeglko.jpegThe European Union and China agreed on Wednesday to protect 100 European regional food and drinks from imitation, with vodka being the only Polish product on the list.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-vodka-gets-protected-status-in-historic-eu-china-deal-8543Eco-snapper highlights scourge of plastic waste with series of stunning photographshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eco-snapper-highlights-scourge-of-plastic-waste-with-series-of-stunning-photographs-8541<p>An eco-friendly photographer is looking to highlight the scourge of plastic waste and the damage it does to the environment with a series of stunning photos showing ballet dancers and swimmers draped in, or surrounded by, plastic.</p>Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:36:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lj1s7tvajhfqgp9t1rrhem.jpegThe #NoBeautyInPlastic exhibition, which opens in Warsaw’s Hala Koszyki on November 8, shows off a series of images from Warsaw-based photographer and blogger Daniel Petryczkiewicz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eco-snapper-highlights-scourge-of-plastic-waste-with-series-of-stunning-photographs-8541Ukraine agrees to Polish exhumations on two siteshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukraine-agrees-to-polish-exhumations-on-two-sites-8538<p>Ukraine has given Poland the green light to start searches for the remains of Polish soldiers who died during Poland's defensive war of 1939 near Lviv, Polish president's chief aide Krzysztof Szczerski has told PAP. The permit concerns two sites.</p>Thu, 07 Nov 2019 10:17:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cgzg5qk1ybvuw0wqtpen8m.jpegSzczerski said he had received the permits for the search work from Zhovkva at the meeting.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukraine-agrees-to-polish-exhumations-on-two-sites-8538President of IOC receives honorary doctorate from Polish universityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-of-ioc-receives-honorary-doctorate-from-polish-university-8536<p>International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Gdansk, north Poland for his contribution to the development of the international Olympic movement and promotion of human rights and global peace.</p>Wed, 06 Nov 2019 17:55:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ksd4m2x1lgxird820fsxn.jpegPresident of IOC receives honorary doctorate from Polish universityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-of-ioc-receives-honorary-doctorate-from-polish-university-8536Hundreds of inscriptions revealing fascinating tale of ancient city uncovered in Tunisiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-of-inscriptions-revealing-fascinating-tale-of-ancient-city-uncovered-in-tunisia-8532<p>Over 130 Roman inscriptions and a fascinating tale of a city’s evolution have been uncovered by Polish archaeologists in the ancient site of Mustis, in northern Tunisia.</p>Wed, 06 Nov 2019 16:38:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tj6lusppyuab48avtz5spj.jpegThe Latin text describes the founding of temples and other public buildings, names inscribed on tombstones and other everyday matters of the bustling city’s inhabitants, telling the story of what was important enough for them, to record it in stone.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-of-inscriptions-revealing-fascinating-tale-of-ancient-city-uncovered-in-tunisia-8532‘Hello World!’ New face of Instagram gets off to flying start – but not all is as it seemshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hello-world-new-face-of-instagram-gets-off-to-flying-start--but-not-all-is-as-it-seems-8528<p>The latest face to cause a stir on social media is that of 21-year-old Sara Kosmos.</p>Wed, 06 Nov 2019 16:09:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gpx8tun0axm80pgsoiz8ji.jpegThe Warsaw-based ‘influencer’ has garnered over 2,000 followers in just six weeks, posed in celebrity selfies and struck endorsement deals with leading fashion companies. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hello-world-new-face-of-instagram-gets-off-to-flying-start--but-not-all-is-as-it-seems-8528Poland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-8526<p>Poland's Monetary Policy Council (RPP) left the country's interest rates unchanged on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 06 Nov 2019 15:13:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-8526Fascinating story of Vasa kings brought to life at Warsaw’s Royal Castlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-story-of-vasa-kings-brought-to-life-at-warsaws-royal-castle-8522<p>The Swedish Vasa kings who ruled Poland in the seventeenth century took the country to its largest ever territorial expanse, conquered Moscow and even captured the Russian Tsar.</p>Wed, 06 Nov 2019 14:27:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qwtqb86yxzc1wqcbkpfqn7j.pngThe new exhibition entitled ‘The World of the Polish Vasas’ is the crowning finale to the Castle’s Year of the Vasas.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-story-of-vasa-kings-brought-to-life-at-warsaws-royal-castle-8522Washington to announce visa-free travel for Poles today - Polish presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/washington-to-announce-visa-free-travel-for-poles-today---polish-president-8521<p>An official communique on accepting Poland to the US Visa Waiver Program will be announced later today in Washington, Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday morning.</p>Wed, 06 Nov 2019 13:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/elp5yd8r8jdw7icqm5ojak.jpegThe president said he had been informed by US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher that Washington will announce an official communique on accepting Poland into the Visa Waiver Program.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/washington-to-announce-visa-free-travel-for-poles-today---polish-president-8521PM says last four years were battle for a better Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-says-last-four-years-were-battle-for-a-better-poland-8519<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday, before the last sitting of the government, that the last four years in Poland were a battle for historical truth, a stronger economy and fairer tax system.</p>Wed, 06 Nov 2019 12:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1y2sf0liydv5nkhn4pj5y6.jpegThe prime minister referred to data published by the EU's statistical office Eurostat, which showed that social support for the government rose from 14 percent four years ago to 41 percent in 2019. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-says-last-four-years-were-battle-for-a-better-poland-8519CJEU ruling on judicial retirement concerns the past - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cjeu-ruling-on-judicial-retirement-concerns-the-past---polish-pm-8518<p>Tuesday's ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on Poland's reform of the retirement age of judges and public prosecutors concerns a historical state of affairs, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki has said in a conversation with PAP.</p>Wed, 06 Nov 2019 10:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1qrfn4os19w0oojun3kkwnr.jpegAccording to Morawiecki, the Polish judicial system "still requires very profound reforms."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cjeu-ruling-on-judicial-retirement-concerns-the-past---polish-pm-8518Roman Polański guest at Cinergia forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roman-polanski-guest-at-cinergia-forum-8514<p>Polish-born film director Roman Polański will be a guest at the closing of the 24th CINERGIA European cinema forum in Łódź, central Poland, the forum organisers have informed.</p>Wed, 06 Nov 2019 09:10:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u4nxv0dkuljyh0zw8kli9.jpegPolański is known for a number of hit productions, most notably Repulsion (1965), Rosemary's Baby (1968), Chinatown (1974), the multiple Oscar winner Tess (1979) and The Pianist (2002).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roman-polanski-guest-at-cinergia-forum-8514European Council head Tusk not running for Polish presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-council-head-tusk-not-running-for-polish-president-8512<p>European Council President Donald Tusk, a former Polish PM, in a Tuesday conversation with Polish private TV stations said he will not run in next year's presidential election in Poland.</p>Tue, 05 Nov 2019 19:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fhsvu2uud2w1rsbfjskm.jpegEuropean Council head Tusk not running for Polish presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-council-head-tusk-not-running-for-polish-president-8512Friends of Cohesion Group calls for fair EU budget - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/friends-of-cohesion-group-calls-for-fair-eu-budget---pm-8510<p>Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the Friends of Cohesion Group stated plainly that the EU budget must be fair. The voice of the entire '16' will be clearly heard during an EU summit in Brussels in December, he added.</p>Tue, 05 Nov 2019 19:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nezv8ak4ywv6wqx1dh8co.jpegFriends of Cohesion Group calls for fair EU budget - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/friends-of-cohesion-group-calls-for-fair-eu-budget---pm-8510New law bans pollutive heatinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-law-bans-pollutive-heating-8508<p>An amendment to environmental laws signed by President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday bans imports of pollutive heating furnaces and obliges households to connect to the national heating system.</p>Tue, 05 Nov 2019 17:25:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k8l1rkvqj1bcq0b3sauhvp.jpegNew law bans pollutive heatinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-law-bans-pollutive-heating-8508What a star! Copernicus Science Centre is nine-years-old todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/what-a-star-copernicus-science-centre-is-nine-years-old-today-8506<p>The Warsaw-based science centre located on the banks of Vistula attracts both geeks and regular visitors with its interactive exhibitions, which delve into how different aspects of our universe work.</p>Tue, 05 Nov 2019 16:50:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z8gd8dc999c0xrefcpzqfhm.jpegThe stunning building was designed by architects from the RAr-2 firm in Ruda Śląska, after they won an architectural competition. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/what-a-star-copernicus-science-centre-is-nine-years-old-today-8506Poznań teen crowned Transition Queen after racking up over 8.5 million worldwide followers on Tik Tok apphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-teen-crowned-transition-queen-after-racking-up-over-85-million-worldwide-followers-on-tik-tok-app-8503<p>A teenager from Poznań has been crowned global Transitioner Queen after amassing a staggering 8.5 million followers on popular app Tik Tok.</p>Tue, 05 Nov 2019 15:16:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f3qfkaiilshc1lgej6rhh8.jpegMaria Jeleniewska, 17, was crowned queen for having over 20 of the most popular 30 transition videos on the Tik Tok app which have also seen her attracting the attention of international brands who now employ her as an ‘influencer’. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-teen-crowned-transition-queen-after-racking-up-over-85-million-worldwide-followers-on-tik-tok-app-8503Poland needs funds for development, Morawiecki says after meeting V4 PMshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-needs-funds-for-development-morawiecki-says-after-meeting-v4-pms-8500<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki took part in a meeting of the heads of government of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries in Prague on Tuesday ahead of a summit of the Group of Friends of Cohesion.</p>Tue, 05 Nov 2019 13:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dmuxlzyoaw67fboe95qu6x.jpegThe PM said that while chasing the west economically, Poland, following the collapse of communism must have funds to develop its delayed infrastructure, saying cohesion funds served that purpose.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-needs-funds-for-development-morawiecki-says-after-meeting-v4-pms-8500One million ants trapped inside nuclear bunker survived through cannibalismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-million-ants-trapped-inside-nuclear-bunker-survived-through-cannibalism-8497<p>An estimated 1 million 'cannibal ants' trapped inside a former Soviet nuclear military &nbsp;base survived by eating each other, new research has found.</p>Tue, 05 Nov 2019 13:14:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5obp1bjm2crwout611v3m.jpegResearchers from the Polish Society for Nature Protection “Salamandra”, found around one million ants in the bunker Templewo and around two million corpses.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-million-ants-trapped-inside-nuclear-bunker-survived-through-cannibalism-8497Poland receives EUR 376.3 million from EU funds in September - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-3763-million-from-eu-funds-in-september---minfin-8496<p>Poland received EUR 376.33 million from EU funds in September 2019, including EUR 65.9 million in current transfers and EUR 310.45 million in capital transfers, the Finance Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 05 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland receives EUR 376.3 million from EU funds in September - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-3763-million-from-eu-funds-in-september---minfin-8496EU Court of Justice rules on Polish law forcing retirement of judgeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-court-of-justice-rules-on-polish-law-forcing-retirement-of-judges-8495<p>The European Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled on Tuesday that Polish laws relating to the retirement age of judges and public prosecutors, adopted in July 2017, are contrary to EU law.</p>Tue, 05 Nov 2019 11:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x1zv46m802b4moidzxuvn.jpegCommenting on the ruling, Poland's Foreign Ministry said it concerned a past state of affairs and does not reflect the now binding regulations.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-court-of-justice-rules-on-polish-law-forcing-retirement-of-judges-8495Polish PM arrives in Prague for Group of Friends of Cohesion summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-arrives-in-prague-for-group-of-friends-of-cohesion-summit-8493<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrived in Prague on Tuesday morning where he will take part in a summit of the Group of Friends of Cohesion.</p>Tue, 05 Nov 2019 10:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2dvev5y84rftn4mmjmmf1h.jpegCzech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis (R) welcomes Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (L) before the meeting in Prague.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-arrives-in-prague-for-group-of-friends-of-cohesion-summit-8493LOT launches flights to Sri Lankahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-launches-flights-to-sri-lanka-8489<p>On Sunday Poland's national air carrier LOT launched regular flights from Warsaw to the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. The thrice-weekly seasonal connection will continue until March 28 2020.</p>Mon, 04 Nov 2019 20:53:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/glgtjt6x1xvsxq3k2d17i.jpegLOT deputy CEO Michał Fijoł told PAP on Monday that the new connection will be also used for cargo transports, mainly Sri Lankan aquarium fish and tea.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-launches-flights-to-sri-lanka-8489Wizz Air launches new connections from Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wizz-air-launches-new-connections-from-poland-8487<p>Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air has launched new flight connections from Gdańsk, northern Poland, Katowice, southern Poland and Warsaw to Ukraine, Norway and Israel, the carrier said on Monday.</p>Mon, 04 Nov 2019 19:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4oi9h06lgieg03qg4bfa.jpegThe new flights from Gdańsk to Ukraine and Norway will operate on Mondays and Fridayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wizz-air-launches-new-connections-from-poland-8487Poland's exports up 10.7 pct y/y in September - business chamberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-exports-up-107-pct-yy-in-september---business-chamber-8485<p>Poland's exports increased by 10.7 percent year on year and by 10.7 percent month on month in September 2019, according to experts from the Polish Chamber of Commerce (KIG).</p>Mon, 04 Nov 2019 17:46:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's exports up 10.7 pct y/y in September - business chamberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-exports-up-107-pct-yy-in-september---business-chamber-8485Poland ranks 5th in EU when it comes to gender pay gaphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ranks-4th-in-eu-when-it-comes-to-gender-pay-gap-8482<p>Poland is leading the way with one of the lowest gender pay gaps in Europe, according to new data from the European Commission (EC).</p>Mon, 04 Nov 2019 15:58:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u8wag0wgu3io65dzv392wb.jpegTo mark Equal Pay Day, the EC found Poland ranked 5th when it comes to the difference between gross hourly earnings between working men and women.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ranks-4th-in-eu-when-it-comes-to-gender-pay-gap-8482Polish Traces: Carpathian Mountains – Romaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-carpathian-mountains--romania-398<p>As he completes the first leg of his epic 33,000km journey from Nordkapp, the northernmost cape of Europe, to Cape Agulhas the southernmost tip of Africa, Krzysztof reflects on the trials and tribulations of dealing with extreme weather conditions, animals on the roads and recalls the amazing people he has met along the way, including in Romania where he discovers Polish traces stretching back over 200 years.</p>Mon, 04 Nov 2019 15:32:00 +0100Polish traceshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nvc99ic4ugazpmfkaz8nv8.jpegPolish Traces: Carpathian Mountains – Romaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-carpathian-mountains--romania-398British six-year-old to get life-changing treatment from award-winning Docs in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-six-year-old-to-get-life-changing-treatment-from-award-winning-docs-in-warsaw-8477<p>A six-year-old girl from the UK is travelling to Poland for life-altering medical treatment to cure her of a rare disease.</p>Mon, 04 Nov 2019 14:24:00 +0100ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/31198ihjaw5ge464e3gy1p.jpegBritish six-year-old Hailie Campbell is to get life-changing treatment at a Warsaw clinic after her parents raised 70,000 GBP from friends, family and strangers. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-six-year-old-to-get-life-changing-treatment-from-award-winning-docs-in-warsaw-8477Polish PM marks 76th anniversary of mass execution of Jews at Majdanekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-marks-76th-anniversary-of-mass-execution-of-jews-at-majdanek-8475<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday commemorated Nazi Germany's World War II Aktion Erntefest, which saw the mass shooting of over 18,000 Jews at the Majdanek concentration camp in Lublin, eastern Poland.</p>Mon, 04 Nov 2019 14:16:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM marks 76th anniversary of mass execution of Jews at Majdanekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-marks-76th-anniversary-of-mass-execution-of-jews-at-majdanek-8475Gripping thriller The Pleasure Principle to be aired on Franco-German TV station Artehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gripping-thriller-the-pleasure-principle-to-be-aired-on-franco-german-tv-station-arte-8471<p>Beta Film, the global distributor of hit serial ‘The Pleasure Principle‘ (Zasada przyjemności) has sealed a deal with French-German TV behemoth Arte to screen the show in May 2020.</p>Mon, 04 Nov 2019 13:00:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z35qjxvgil4wgw146i146.jpegThe murder mystery starring Małgorzata Buczkowska has been a hit with viewers and critically acclaimed for its exceptional quality.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gripping-thriller-the-pleasure-principle-to-be-aired-on-franco-german-tv-station-arte-8471Poland's rail hauler shipments down 9.7 pct after 3Qhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-rail-hauler-shipments-down-97-pct-after-3q-8469<p>Poland's flagship rail freighter PKP Cargo transported 74.6 million tons of cargo in the first nine months of 2019, down by 9.7 percent year on year, the company said in a Monday press statement.</p>Mon, 04 Nov 2019 12:45:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's rail hauler shipments down 9.7 pct after 3Qhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-rail-hauler-shipments-down-97-pct-after-3q-8469Poland's manufacturing PMI down m/m in Octoberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-down-mm-in-october-8466<p>Poland's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell to 45.6 points in October 2019 from 47.8 points in September, the economic research company IHS Markit reported on Monday. Market expectations stood at 48.0 points.</p>Mon, 04 Nov 2019 11:01:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's manufacturing PMI down m/m in Octoberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-down-mm-in-october-8466Most Poles living in UK want to return to country after Brexit - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-living-in-uk-want-to-return-to-country-after-brexit---report-8464<p>Only 38 percent of Poles living in the UK have applied to stay there after Brexit while most of them are considering returning to Poland, the daily Rzeczpospolita wrote on Monday.</p>Mon, 04 Nov 2019 10:49:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMost Poles living in UK want to return to country after Brexit - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-living-in-uk-want-to-return-to-country-after-brexit---report-8464Poland ahead of EU average for lowest gender pay gap - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ahead-of-eu-average-for-lowest-gender-pay-gap---ec-8462<p>Poland is among the leading countries in the EU for equal pay between men and women, according to a ranking presented by the European Commission (EC) to mark European Equal Pay Day, which falls on November 4.</p>Mon, 04 Nov 2019 10:36:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland ahead of EU average for lowest gender pay gap - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ahead-of-eu-average-for-lowest-gender-pay-gap---ec-8462Poland wins Tallinn 2019 Women's Epee Team World Cuphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wins-tallinn-2019-womens-epee-team-world-cup-8460<p>Poland won the 2019 Women's Epee Team World Cup in Tallinn, Estonia on Sunday and qualified for next year's Olympics in Tokyo.</p>Sun, 03 Nov 2019 19:39:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland wins Tallinn 2019 Women's Epee Team World Cuphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wins-tallinn-2019-womens-epee-team-world-cup-8460Lublin commemorates mass execution of 18,000 Jews at Majdanekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lublin-commemorates-mass-execution-of-18000-jews-at-majdanek-8458<p>The victims of Nazi Germany's World War II Aktion Erntefest, which saw the mass shooting of 18,000 Jews at the Majdanek concentration camp in Lublin (eastern Poland), was remembered by ceremonies in the city on the event's 76 anniversary on Sunday.</p>Sun, 03 Nov 2019 17:34:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q02w944ds65pynkwwtf5a.jpegLublin commemorates mass execution of 18,000 Jews at Majdanekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lublin-commemorates-mass-execution-of-18000-jews-at-majdanek-8458Battling climate change: 15 Polish firms that could make a differencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/battling-climate-change-15-polish-firms-that-could-make-a-difference-8456<p>A think-tank has listed 15 Polish companies it believes can help save the earth from the ravages of climate change.</p>Sun, 03 Nov 2019 15:14:00 +0100BusinessScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/58rmthfghi36sm1vn3452.jpegSpecialising in recharging equipment for buses, Ekoenergetyka is one of the companies to make the list.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/battling-climate-change-15-polish-firms-that-could-make-a-difference-8456Remembering Kazimierz Deyna: thirty years on from his death, the iconic footballer remains close to the hearts of millions of Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remembering-kazimerz-deyna-thirty-years-on-from-his-death-the-iconic-footballer-remains-close-to-the-hearts-of-millions-of-poles-8451<p>Events to mark “the year of Kazimierz Deyna” have continued at pace with the latest seeing an iconic statue created by a group of artists led by Paweł Althamer returned to Warsaw’s Brzeska Street.</p>Sun, 03 Nov 2019 14:10:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tau26eg2e5rhw5xseu91u.jpegDeyna takes on the West German defence in the semi-finals of the 74 World Cup.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remembering-kazimerz-deyna-thirty-years-on-from-his-death-the-iconic-footballer-remains-close-to-the-hearts-of-millions-of-poles-8451Foreign university to set up first independent campus in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-university-to-set-up-first-independent-campus-in-poland-8449<p>A leading British university will set up a campus next year in the city of Wrocław, making it the first foreign university to establish an independent campus in Poland.</p>Sun, 03 Nov 2019 10:51:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vs9xxle9vb8jeaccoygcsp.jpegAlready home to 135,000 students, from next academic year Wrocław will be home to Coventry University students. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-university-to-set-up-first-independent-campus-in-poland-8449Not quite a brother in arms: the intriguing and contrasting life of Józef Piłsudski’s big brotherhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-quite-a-brother-in-arms-the-intriguing-and-contrasting-life-of-jozef-pilsudskis-big-brother-8445<p>Bronisław Piłsudski, the older brother of Marshal Piłsudski, is somewhat a forgotten figure in history, yet his life was just as extraordinary as his brother’s. An exile, would be assassin, traveller and adventurer, Bronisław’s most important work was his anthropological research into the cultures of people on the border lands of the Russian Empire and Japan. &nbsp;Now, 153 years after his birth, TFN takes a look at the trials and tribulations of the older Piłsudski.</p>Sat, 02 Nov 2019 19:46:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/smkgpz324njay6qmolaiq9.jpegBronisław Piłsudski was exiled to the Far East for his involvement in a plot to assassinate the tsar.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-quite-a-brother-in-arms-the-intriguing-and-contrasting-life-of-jozef-pilsudskis-big-brother-8445It is untrue to call Poland an anti-Semitic country - Israeli ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-is-untrue-to-call-poland-an-anti-semitic-country---israeli-ambassador-8443<p>Israel's ambassador to Poland Alexander Ben Zvi said on Saturday that although anti-Semitism manifests itself in Poland, it is totally untrue to call Poland an anti-Semitic country.</p>Sat, 02 Nov 2019 11:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6250mml4chswjfom793lh.jpegIt is untrue to call Poland an anti-Semitic country - Israeli ambassador.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-is-untrue-to-call-poland-an-anti-semitic-country---israeli-ambassador-8443Getting the goodies back: police net over 10,000 “cultural” items in international operationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/getting-the-goodies-back-police-net-over-10000-cultural-items-in-international-operation-8438<p>Police and border guards have recovered over 10,000 items as part of an international operation to crack down on the theft and illegal trade in cultural objects.</p>Sat, 02 Nov 2019 11:37:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4j1bvg179qhedh2864k1uo.jpegThe road to recovery. Just some of the items recovered in the operation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/getting-the-goodies-back-police-net-over-10000-cultural-items-in-international-operation-8438Home of the brave: the story behind Warsaw’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldierhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/home-of-the-brave-the-story-behind-warsaws-tomb-of-the-unknown-soldier-8434<p>As Poles criss-cross the country heading home to commune with their ancestors at family graves this weekend, the conscience of the nation remains firmly in Warsaw at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.</p>Sat, 02 Nov 2019 09:56:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0s21ipb5l7aciol57a7r1oo.jpegA soldier lays a wreath on the tomb, which actually contains the remains of a 14-year-old boy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/home-of-the-brave-the-story-behind-warsaws-tomb-of-the-unknown-soldier-8434LOT flagship airline adds 15th Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its fleethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-flagship-airline-adds-15th-boeing-787-dreamliner-to-its-fleet-8432<p>A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ordered by Poland's national carrier LOT Polish Airlines landed in Warsaw on Friday morning after a nine-hour-and-50-minute direct flight from the factory of the US producer Boeing in Charleston, North Carolina.</p>Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:16:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2mvwdvmih4vmv9fsxdzlp.jpegThis is the fifteenth Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the LOT's fleet and the seventh aircraft of the 787-9 variant.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-flagship-airline-adds-15th-boeing-787-dreamliner-to-its-fleet-8432Polish energy projects appear on EC Projects of Common Interest listhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-energy-projects-appear-on-ec-projects-of-common-interest-list-8430<p>The European Commission (EC) published an updated list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI) on Thursday, or projects aimed at improving the energy integration of member states, which features a number of Polish joint projects.</p>Fri, 01 Nov 2019 17:03:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pgjwidztumcw20rg86r5g.jpegThe Baltic Pipe gas pipeline project connecting Poland and Denmark and the Poland-Lithuania gas inter-connector (GIPL) were recognised as priority projects.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-energy-projects-appear-on-ec-projects-of-common-interest-list-8430A tomb with a view: Stunning photos of Powązki cemetery and the fascinating stories of the men and women buried withinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/a-tomb-with-a-view-stunning-photos-of-powazki-cemetery-and-the-fascinating-stories-of-the-men-and-women-buried-there-63<p>With over 1 million graves, covering over 100 acres and dating back to 1790, Powązki cemetery is one of the oldest and noblest in Warsaw.</p>Fri, 01 Nov 2019 10:52:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryPoland Nowhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yitkij3boyci8b60dmwqh.jpegKrzysztof Kieślowski (1941-1996) was a world-wide known film director. The British Film Institute listed him as number two in the top ten film directors of modern times. A highly praised and innovative artist, after his untimely death, he deserved a special gravestone. And he got one, designed by Krzysztof M. Bednarski. It is a sculpture of two hands forming an oblong space; the view as if through a film camera, a typical gesture of every film director framing a picture on film set. The gravestone is now widely recognised as one the most iconic tombs in the world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/gallery/a-tomb-with-a-view-stunning-photos-of-powazki-cemetery-and-the-fascinating-stories-of-the-men-and-women-buried-there-63Meet the English-Canadian Historian who fell in love with Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/meet-the-english-canadian-historian-who-fell-in-love-with-poland-395<p>Historian Alexandra Richie visited Poland for the first time in 1985. The spirit of open defiance of communism blew her away.</p><p>Discover the personal story of one of Poland's best English-language historians, author of the book on the Warsaw Uprising, 'Warsaw 1944.'</p><p>'Writing the book was very very difficult,' she says, 'You take on some of the horror of what people have experienced. There were many occasions when I had to take a break from it all.'</p><p>Warsaw 1944 remains our host Patrick Ney's top recommended book on the Warsaw Uprising and looks at the battle from the German perspective of Hitler and Himmler.</p><p>Alex Richie reveals exclusively the new books she's writing on Polish history and her hopes for her 2 daughters in the future.</p><p>'The dynamism, the history, the spirit of the people - Warsaw is my favourite place in Poland.'</p>Fri, 01 Nov 2019 09:32:00 +0100HistoryHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qyq0hwhcmidx3ygjas8t6.jpegMeet the English-Canadian Historian who fell in love with Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/meet-the-english-canadian-historian-who-fell-in-love-with-poland-395Blind footballers from Wrocław are WORLD CHAMPS after spectacular performance at Blind Football Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blind-footballers-from-wroclaw-are-world-champs-after-spectacular-performance-at-blind-football-championships-8427<p>Śląsk Wrocław Blind Football team has won the World Championship after beating Moldova’s Kishinev Fenix 3-0 in the finals.</p>Thu, 31 Oct 2019 19:03:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5dt3sqcbjxtefbnkioel4.jpegDespite being considered ‘below par’ the lads stormed through the championships winning all of their games and drawing only one.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blind-footballers-from-wroclaw-are-world-champs-after-spectacular-performance-at-blind-football-championships-8427Poland's heaviest pumpkin weighs in at 870 kg - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-heaviest-pumpkin-weighs-in-at-870-kg---stats-office-8426<p>The Central Statistical Office (GUS) wrote on Twitter on Thursday that the heaviest pumpkin grown in Poland in 2019 weighed 870 kg, and that this year's pumpkin harvest was coming to an end.</p>Thu, 31 Oct 2019 17:24:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wx2dzjke1rmglocaf6bof.jpegGUS reported that during that during last year's season, around 71,000 tonnes of pumpkins were harvested, up from 45,000 tonnes in 2017. In 2016, the total reached 60,000 tonnes, in 2015, it was 47,000 tonnes and, in 2014, it amounted to 48,000 tonnes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-heaviest-pumpkin-weighs-in-at-870-kg---stats-office-8426On Halloween’s ‘night of the dead’, TFN’s Alex Webber delves into the ghoulish mysteries surrounding Książ castlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-halloweens-night-of-the-dead-tfns-alex-webber-delves-into-the-ghoulish-mysteries-surrounding-ksiaz-castle-8421<p>Of all the sights in Poland, there can be few that rival the first glimpse of Książ.</p>Thu, 31 Oct 2019 16:06:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vruospqy7qc8eelux83sep.jpegBenefiting from 700-years of history, there are no shortage of ghost stories, and as visitors creep through secret passages and tight, unlit stairwells they are regaled with tales of pining princes, wicked dukes and headless aristocrats.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-halloweens-night-of-the-dead-tfns-alex-webber-delves-into-the-ghoulish-mysteries-surrounding-ksiaz-castle-8421Popularity of payment cards grows in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/popularity-of-payment-cards-grows-in-poland-8419<p>The number of payment cards on the Polish market increased by 404,000 to 42.1 mln at the end of Q2 this year, compared to the end of March, reported the National Bank of Poland (NBP) on Thursday.</p>Thu, 31 Oct 2019 15:20:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/orw6kce1udr4wlhxrpfjap.jpegThe central bank noted that it expected a further increase in the number of contactless payment cards.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/popularity-of-payment-cards-grows-in-poland-8419Poland's unemployment rate flat at 3.3 pct in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-flat-at-33-pct-in-september---eurostat-8417<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 3.3 percent in September 2019, unchanged from August 2019, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office, reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 31 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate flat at 3.3 pct in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-flat-at-33-pct-in-september---eurostat-8417Kudos for Kurant as she scoops prestigious Frontier Art Prizehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kudos-for-kurant-as-she-scoops-prestigious-frontier-art-prize-8414<p>Polish artist Agnieszka Kurant has won the Frontier Art Prize for contemporary art.</p>Thu, 31 Oct 2019 12:27:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h37e2s2d154dhbk7liltn.jpegA.A.I (10-15) 2017 Termite mounds built by colonies of termites from colored sand, gold and crystals Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kudos-for-kurant-as-she-scoops-prestigious-frontier-art-prize-8414Polish labour market index down in October - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labour-market-index-down-in-october---biec-8412<p>The Labour Market Index (WRP), which predicts future changes in the level of unemployment in Poland, inched down in October, for the first time in six months, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 31 Oct 2019 11:51:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish labour market index down in October - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labour-market-index-down-in-october---biec-8412Poland's inflation in October at 2.5 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-october-at-25-percent-yy---stats-office-8410<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 2.5 percent year on year in October 2019 and by 0.2 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported in a flash estimate on Thursday.</p>Thu, 31 Oct 2019 11:26:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's inflation in October at 2.5 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-october-at-25-percent-yy---stats-office-8410President Duda ready to face rivals in May's presidential electionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-ready-to-face-rivals-in-mays-presidential-elections-8408<p>President Andrzej Duda is ready for debates with all of the opposition presidential candidates, deputy head of the President's Office Pawel Mucha told the Rzeczpospolita daily.</p>Thu, 31 Oct 2019 10:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hub7fn8dnmuq3k4pk1wui.jpegPresident Duda ready to face rivals in May's presidential electionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-ready-to-face-rivals-in-mays-presidential-elections-8408Retail space grows in 2019 at slowest rate for 20 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-space-grows-in-2019-at-slowest-rate-for-20-years-8406<p>The amount of retail space in Poland will grow by about 300,000 square metres in 2019, or by 2.5 percent year on year, the lowest level of new retail supply to the market for 20 years, according to a report by real estate consultancy CBRE.</p>Thu, 31 Oct 2019 10:53:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail space grows in 2019 at slowest rate for 20 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-space-grows-in-2019-at-slowest-rate-for-20-years-8406In the dead of the night: Zaduszki, the day when the spirits of the dead were thought to be out and abouthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-the-dead-of-the-night-zaduszki-the-day-when-the-spirits-of-the-dead-were-thought-to-be-out-and-about-3026<p>Mexico may be famous for its Day of the Dead celebrations, but in Polish culture the beginning of November is just as important, if perhaps less spectacular.</p>Thu, 31 Oct 2019 09:57:00 +0100NewsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9kf254om9l9a0y2z814qf9.jpegPeople light candles on the grave as part of the zaduszki traditions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-the-dead-of-the-night-zaduszki-the-day-when-the-spirits-of-the-dead-were-thought-to-be-out-and-about-3026Szczecin-Świnoujście and Rotterdam sign memorandum on cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/szczecin-swinoujscie-and-rotterdam-sign-memorandum-on-cooperation-8404<p>A memorandum of agreement on cooperation between Poland's north-western port of Szczecin-Swinoujscie and the port of Rotterdam was signed in the latter city on Wednesday in the presence of Polish President Andrzej Duda.</p>Wed, 30 Oct 2019 19:49:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSzczecin-Świnoujście and Rotterdam sign memorandum on cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/szczecin-swinoujscie-and-rotterdam-sign-memorandum-on-cooperation-8404Poznań zoo in desperate race to save lives of nine starving tigers stranded at Belarusian border in their own excrementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-zoo-in-desperate-race-to-save-lives-of-nine-starving-tigers-stranded-at-belarusian-border-in-their-own-excrement-8401<p>A Polish zoo is racing against time to rescue nine tigers which have been stranded for days on the Polish-Belarusian border.</p>Wed, 30 Oct 2019 18:57:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pwlx2y9r48sc0l3jpm4u.jpegThe tigers were left stranded without food and covered in their own excrement while on their way to Dagestan. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-zoo-in-desperate-race-to-save-lives-of-nine-starving-tigers-stranded-at-belarusian-border-in-their-own-excrement-8401Adorable hedgehogs get winter cheer with comfy leafy homes after council bans leaf rakinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adorable-hedgehogs-get-winter-cheer-with-comfy-leaf-homes-after-council-bans-leaf-raking-8399<p>Wrocław’s hedgehogs can now stay safe and warm at nights this winter after city authorities banned raking leaves in public spaces, leaving them as comfy hideouts for the spiny mammals.</p>Wed, 30 Oct 2019 16:40:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m6a3mgblkfshzsfgjucykl.jpegWrocław’s hedgehogs can now stay safe and warm at nights this winter after city authorities banned raking leaves in public spaces, leaving them as comfy hideouts for the spiny mammals.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adorable-hedgehogs-get-winter-cheer-with-comfy-leaf-homes-after-council-bans-leaf-raking-8399Robert Richardson and Quentin Tarantino to receive Polish film awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/robert-richardson-and-quentin-tarantino-to-receive-polish-film-award-8396<p>Robert Richardson, an Oscar-winning cinematographer, and Quentin Tarantino, an Oscar-winning screenwriter, will receive the Camerimage 2019 Cinematographer – Director Duo Award at the 27th EnergaCamerimage Film Festival in Torun, in north-central Poland.</p>Wed, 30 Oct 2019 14:53:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tsw61qvqo7ho8lf4jkz2xq.jpegRobert Richardson and Quentin Tarantino to receive Polish film awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/robert-richardson-and-quentin-tarantino-to-receive-polish-film-award-8396Top 10 Episodes of Heart of Poland (Part 2)https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/top-10-episodes-of-heart-of-poland-part-2-393<p>Host: Patrick Ney</p><p>Share your top episodes with us!</p>Wed, 30 Oct 2019 14:46:00 +0100Heart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2xno8pdjuan2qbzg62qkxs.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/top-10-episodes-of-heart-of-poland-part-2-393Gdynia security firm wins anti-drone attack contract with Saudi Telecomhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdynia-security-firm-wins-anti-drone-attack-contract-with-saudi-telecom-8392<p>A Polish security firm has won the contract to protect the largest Saudi telecommunications operator from drone attacks.</p>Wed, 30 Oct 2019 14:27:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/631fasp3smu7pgthmuiz4n.jpegThe Gdynia company’s Advanced Protection Systems protects the skies from drone attacks. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdynia-security-firm-wins-anti-drone-attack-contract-with-saudi-telecom-8392Geneticists to recreate faces of troops who died at beginning of WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/geneticists-to-recreate-faces-of-troops-who-died-at-beginning-of-wwii-8388<p>Geneticists are using wide-ranging DNA studies to find out what Polish soldiers who died during fighting on Westerplatte at the start of World War II looked like.</p>Wed, 30 Oct 2019 12:39:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f11weswwjzo7k5g567rs8.jpegGeneticists at Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin are studying four skeletons to try to determine where the men came from in biogeographic terms, their eye colour and hair colour.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/geneticists-to-recreate-faces-of-troops-who-died-at-beginning-of-wwii-8388Abakanowicz installation nets record pricehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/abakanowicz-installation-nets-record-price-8386<p>Caminando, an installation by renowned Polish sculptress Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930-2017), has been auctioned off for over PLN 8 million (EUR 1,900,000), a record for the Polish art market, the Onet portal informed on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 29 Oct 2019 20:31:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y9yotn8zt88gitnmfst5ho.jpegCaminando consists of 20 so-called walking figures created in 1998-99.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/abakanowicz-installation-nets-record-price-8386Poland's largest and most modern hospital opened in Krakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-largest-and-most-modern-hospital-opened-in-krakow-8385<p>The University Hospital in Kraków, southern Poland, the largest and most modern medical centre in Poland, was officially opened on Monday. The value of the investment totalled PLN 1.2 billion (EUR 280.7 mln).</p>Tue, 29 Oct 2019 20:09:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y14xo91q9be2lsjyey2ek.jpegThe Director of the Hospital Marcin Jędrychowski said that the facility is the largest and most modern in Central and Eastern Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-largest-and-most-modern-hospital-opened-in-krakow-8385Polish president, King of the Netherlands honour Polish WWII troopshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-king-of-the-netherlands-honour-polish-wwii-troops-8384<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in Breda on Tuesday paid homage to General Stanisław Maczek and his soldiers on the 75th anniversary of the 1944 liberation of the Dutch city of Breda by Polish allied forces.</p>Tue, 29 Oct 2019 17:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7yeghbg0mj9m4d0pbytoyn.jpegPolish President Andrzej Duda and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands during the observances at the Polish Honorary Military Cemetery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-king-of-the-netherlands-honour-polish-wwii-troops-8384Gas what! Baltic pipe from Denmark to Poland given the go-aheadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gas-what-baltic-pipe-from-denmark-to-poland-given-the-go-ahead-8382<p>Denmark has approved the construction of a Baltic Pipe in its waters, moving forward plans to bring Norwegian gas to Poland.</p>Tue, 29 Oct 2019 16:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ljdsm63nj3dhbzn38asng.jpegThe project, which will see 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas flowing to Poland annually and 3 billion cubic meters of raw material from Poland to Denmark, has strategic importance in ensuring the diversification of energy sources for Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gas-what-baltic-pipe-from-denmark-to-poland-given-the-go-ahead-8382Warsaw court launches "Night Without an End" lawsuithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-court-launches-night-without-an-end-lawsuit-8381<p>Hearings in a defamation lawsuit against historians Barbara Engelking and Jan Grabowski, co-authors of the book, "Night Without an End", launched before a Warsaw district court on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 29 Oct 2019 16:04:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWarsaw court launches "Night Without an End" lawsuithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-court-launches-night-without-an-end-lawsuit-8381Cybersecurity forum opens in Katowice, south Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cybersecurity-forum-opens-in-katowice-south-poland-8379<p>The two-day 5th European Cybersecurity Forum (Cybersec 2019) opened on Tuesday in Katowice, south Poland, to discuss 5G security, cyber defence and geopolitical challenges in the development of digital technology.</p>Tue, 29 Oct 2019 15:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pr8r9uklxykh360qg9olb.jpegMinister of Digital Affairs Marek Zagórski told the forum that a cybersecurity strategy for 2019-2024, drafted by his ministry, is ready and awaits Morawiecki's signature.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cybersecurity-forum-opens-in-katowice-south-poland-8379Polish Traces: Lviv, Ukrainehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-lviv-ukraine-391<p>Krzysztof arrives in the beautiful, UNESCO-listed city of Lviv where he learns about efforts to keep the memories of former residents such as Stanislaw Ulam, the Polish scientist specialising in mathematics and nuclear physics and who later worked on the Manhattan Project, alive.</p>Tue, 29 Oct 2019 14:10:00 +0100Polish traceshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xzc0zo2etn86sl2s5oj2do.jpegPolish Traces: Lviv, Ukraine https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-lviv-ukraine-391Bones of enormous Jurassic sea predators found in cornfieldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bones-of-enormous-jurassic-sea-predators-found-in-cornfield-8375<p>Scientists in Poland have discovered the bones of huge, swimming predators that roamed the waters 150 million years ago.</p>Tue, 29 Oct 2019 13:37:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/didxrrl6l9rjnu4q23n4.pngThe bones of the giant sea predator were discovered by palaeontologists in a field of corn in the village of Krzyżanowice. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bones-of-enormous-jurassic-sea-predators-found-in-cornfield-8375Over 100,000 people visit Auschwitz exhibition in New Yorkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-100000-people-visit-auschwitz-exhibition-in-new-york-8373<p>Almost 106,000 people have so far visited the touring exhibition on the history and significance of the former Nazi-German Auschwitz concentration camp in southern Poland, the exhibition in New York opened in May 2019, the Auschwitz Museum said.</p>Tue, 29 Oct 2019 13:23:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m9yjb5casnfqyog3uilmli.jpegOver 100,000 people visit Auschwitz exhibition in New Yorkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-100000-people-visit-auschwitz-exhibition-in-new-york-8373Polish presidential couple starts official visit to the Netherlandshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-couple-starts-official-visit-to-the-netherlands-8371<p>Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands welcomed Polish President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda at the court of the royal castle in The Hague on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 29 Oct 2019 12:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1vt84gewhw7khvy46v5tg.jpegPolish presidential couple starts official visit to the Netherlandshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-couple-starts-official-visit-to-the-netherlands-8371Polish budget deficit at EUR 420 million after September - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-budget-deficit-at-eur-420-million-after-september---minfin-8369<p>Poland recorded a PLN 1.8 billion (EUR 420 million) budget deficit at the end of September 2019, which is 6.3 percent of the annual plan, the Finance Ministry announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 29 Oct 2019 12:08:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish budget deficit at EUR 420 million after September - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-budget-deficit-at-eur-420-million-after-september---minfin-8369Royal Canal reveals grisly secrets during archaeological dighttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royal-canal-reveals-grisly-secrets-during-archaeological-dig-8363<p>Archaeologists have found a stash of WWII weapons along with a plaque belonging to Nazi monster Ludwig Fischer while exploring the Royal Canal in the town of Sochaczew, in central Poland.</p>Tue, 29 Oct 2019 11:24:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/evrnbklpcxe3cpo3usx6.jpegAfter the German invasion of Poland in 1939, Ludwig Fischer became Chief Administrator and later Governor of the District of Warsaw. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royal-canal-reveals-grisly-secrets-during-archaeological-dig-8363President arrives in the Netherlandshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-arrives-in-the-netherlands-8361<p>President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda on Monday arrived in the Netherlands for an official visit. Among other events, Duda will attend observations of the 75th anniversary of the 1944 liberation of the Dutch city of Breda by Polish allied forces.</p>Mon, 28 Oct 2019 20:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a2h0jvhweq590beig2ins.jpegPresident Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda on arrival in Rotterdam.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-arrives-in-the-netherlands-8361Poland takes first step in 5Ghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-first-step-in-5g-8358<p>Poland's Digital Affairs Ministry, the Polish Development Fund (PFR) and domestic telecom operators signed an agreement on Monday that marks the onset of creating the country's 5G mobile communications network.</p>Mon, 28 Oct 2019 16:42:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland takes first step in 5Ghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-first-step-in-5g-8358Corpus Christi among films qualified for Golden Globe Awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corpus-christi-among-films-qualified-for-golden-globe-award-8357<p>Corpus Christi, a Polish production directed by Jan Komasa, found itself on a list of nearly 90 films which have a chance of being nominated for the Golden Globe Award in the Foreign Language category.</p>Mon, 28 Oct 2019 16:06:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xf3iz8damhhtfiy00rb4e.jpegBartosz Bielenia plays the main role in ‘Corpus Christi’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corpus-christi-among-films-qualified-for-golden-globe-award-8357Poland hopes Brexit ratification process will end before January 31https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hopes-brexit-ratification-process-will-end-before-january-31-8356<p>Deputy Foreign Minister for European affairs Konrad Szymański told PAP on Monday that Poland expected the Brexit ratification procedure to end by January 31, 2020. Szymański described the decision to delay Brexit as "right."</p>Mon, 28 Oct 2019 15:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kpg7nqi669rup68q3nfzp.jpegSzymański underlined that Poles living in Britain should apply for settled person status even if Great Britain leaves the EU with a deal.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hopes-brexit-ratification-process-will-end-before-january-31-8356Poland leads the way with highest percentage of alternative fuel cars in EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-leads-the-way-with-highest-percentage-of-alternative-fuel-cars-in-eu-8353<p>Poland has the highest percentage of alternative fuel cars in the EU, according to new data from Eurostat.</p>Mon, 28 Oct 2019 14:53:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aqowb4ltyatky3w57378ys.jpegPoland’s 15 percent of alternative fuel cars is far ahead of the nearest country Lithuania which has only nine percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-leads-the-way-with-highest-percentage-of-alternative-fuel-cars-in-eu-8353Gran-tastic! Grannies come together to rid town of plastic bags with their knitted eco-friendly alternativeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gran-tastic-grannies-come-together-to-rid-town-of-plastic-bags-with-their-knitted-eco-friendly-alternatives-8349<p>A group of pensioners are doing their big to fight scourge of plastic bags by stitching together their own fabric shopping bags that are then handed out free of charge to shoppers in their home town.</p>Mon, 28 Oct 2019 14:01:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pr8tcphthms0ednsw9zccak.jpegSo far the group of old ladies have made over 500 bags, which have gone some way to helping them achieving their goal of ridding the town of Nowe Warpno of plastic bags. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gran-tastic-grannies-come-together-to-rid-town-of-plastic-bags-with-their-knitted-eco-friendly-alternatives-8349Two Polish higher learning institutions among best in FT rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-polish-higher-learning-institutions-among-best-in-ft-ranking-8347<p>Management studies offered by the Leon Kozminski University and the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) have found themselves among the best in the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2019.</p>Mon, 28 Oct 2019 12:37:00 +0100BusinessSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2xo88wbyzi1g4ttn05gldb.jpegTwo Polish higher learning institutions among best in FT rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-polish-higher-learning-institutions-among-best-in-ft-ranking-8347Snapper Sonia Szóstak named as one of the best fashion photographers in the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snapper-sonia-szostak-named-as-one-of-the-best-fashion-photographers-in-the-world-8342<p>Fashion photographer Sonia Szóstak has been named one of the 100 most innovative and inspiring young creative talents from around the world by the British Fashion Council.</p>Mon, 28 Oct 2019 12:11:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u5wapxyp9r9rz7swgp7d4.jpegThe body-centric images and dreamy quality of Szóstak’s work were especially visible during one of her individual exhibitions in Warsaw’s Leica Gallery 6x7. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snapper-sonia-szostak-named-as-one-of-the-best-fashion-photographers-in-the-world-8342New gov't line-up likely to be presented by November 12https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-govt-line-up-likely-to-be-presented-by-november-12-8340<p>Polish government spokesperson Piotr Mueller said on Monday that the line-up of a new Law and Justice (PiS) government will likely be presented by November 12, when the Sejm (lower house) will hold its first sitting of the new term.</p>Mon, 28 Oct 2019 11:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mlo6tbb2dro2spcs0ufyz6.jpegNew gov't line-up likely to be presented by November 12https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-govt-line-up-likely-to-be-presented-by-november-12-8340Katowice hosts cybersecurity forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katowice-hosts-cybersecurity-forum-8337<p>The 5th European Cybersecurity Forum (CYBERSEC 2019) will take place in Katowice, south Poland, on October 28-30. Earlier CYBERSEC conferences took place in Kraków, also in south Poland.</p>Sun, 27 Oct 2019 18:21:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgKatowice hosts cybersecurity forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katowice-hosts-cybersecurity-forum-8337Katyn museum named ‘best public building’ in CEEhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katyn-museum-named-best-public-building-in-cee-8333<p>Warsaw’s Katyn Museum has been named the best public building in Central and Eastern Europe at the latest edition of the prestigious East Centric Architecture Triennale.</p>Sun, 27 Oct 2019 17:59:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nzlmmakln5c547rsl1o2o.jpegHailed an architectural triumph, its eloquent and sensitive style has become a magnet for photographers and design buffs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/katyn-museum-named-best-public-building-in-cee-8333Doctors of literaturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/doctors-of-literature-8331<p>In Polish, the word 'literature' is feminine. Writing books requires tremendous discipline, diligence, the ability to associate facts and a talent for creating the world through the power of imagination. Polish women excel at this.</p>Sun, 27 Oct 2019 15:33:00 +0100Art & CultureWhy So Serious?https://images.thefirstnews.com/sdrcyk76fpcb2okdkixnav.jpegAłbena Grabowska (L) is a doctor of medicine while Marta Guzowska (R) is a scientist - and both are two of Poland’s leading authors.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/doctors-of-literature-8331Prosthetic art! The Kraków firm putting chique into bespoke artificial limbshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prosthetic-art-the-krakow-firm-putting-chique-into-bespoke-artificial-limbs-8329<p>Glaze Prosthetics from Kraków is taking the world by storm with their stylish personalised 3D printed prosthetic arms.</p>Sun, 27 Oct 2019 14:06:00 +0100BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i1d43bdykusjw1nl5mv8j.jpegThe personalised 3D printed prosthetic arms from Kraków-based Glaze Prosthetics are stylish and artistic. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prosthetic-art-the-krakow-firm-putting-chique-into-bespoke-artificial-limbs-8329Smog Busters! Poznań reveals its latest weapon in the fight against pollution - an ‘air-sniffing’ dronehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/smog-busters-poznan-reveals-its-latest-weapon-in-the-fight-against-pollution---an-air-sniffing-drone-8326<p>An air-sniffing high-tech drone has begun to patrol the skies over Poznań in an effort to crack down on polluters burning toxic rubbish in their furnaces.</p>Sun, 27 Oct 2019 09:41:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0sbyjhq1dncdai9ff7j870j.jpegThe high-tech drone will be used to monitor the skies for tell-tale signs of illegal rubbish burning.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/smog-busters-poznan-reveals-its-latest-weapon-in-the-fight-against-pollution---an-air-sniffing-drone-8326Poland issues most residence permits in EU - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-issues-most-residence-permits-in-eu---eurostat-8325<p>In 2018, Poland issued the biggest number of first residence permits to non-EU citizens among all EU member states, Eurostat, the EU's statistical agency, has said in a report.</p>Sat, 26 Oct 2019 17:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lnw6xtf5r1v95umwb775o.jpegPoland topped the list of employment-connected permits, with 328,000 such papers issuedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-issues-most-residence-permits-in-eu---eurostat-8325Beer we go again! Central Europe’s most prestigious craft beer festival slams down in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beer-we-go-again-central-europes-most-prestigious-craft-beer-festival-slams-down-in-warsaw-8323<p>Just two months after CNN named it as being one of the 10 most important cities in the world for craft beer, the eleventh bi-annual Warsaw Beer Festival has further underscored the capital’s rising enthusiasm for artisan beer.</p>Sat, 26 Oct 2019 17:46:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ujaefyo163lj1lg73tgeh.jpegBeer it on: two drinkers enjoy a beer at the Warsaw Beer Festival.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beer-we-go-again-central-europes-most-prestigious-craft-beer-festival-slams-down-in-warsaw-8323Polish Tech Day showcases the country’s best technology in Londonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-tech-day-showcases-the-countrys-best-technology-in-london-8316<p>Polish firms are well ahead of their Western European rivals in areas such as e-banking and start-up firms, according to participants at Polish Tech Day, a conference promoting Polish technology held in London on Friday.</p>Sat, 26 Oct 2019 17:04:00 +0200BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jdqjouk27yrz6chxkmttz.jpegThis year, Polish Tech Day, the fifth, focused on changes in a bid to mark the 30th anniversary of the Polish political transformation and the 15th anniversary of joining the EU.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-tech-day-showcases-the-countrys-best-technology-in-london-8316Nothing is amazing as a musicalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nothing-is-amazing-as-a-musical-8321<p>From Broadway to Tokyo the musical is the most popular form of musical theatre of our times. Same in Poland, for although we are still learning, we’re learning fast. Warsaw’s ROMA Musical Theatre and several others in the country present a variety of both classic and contemporary shows.</p>Sat, 26 Oct 2019 15:48:00 +0200Art & CultureDan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bbjkgh8r419dpg117ffb3.jpegThe cast of the Roma Theatre rehearse Elton John’s ‘Aida’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nothing-is-amazing-as-a-musical-8321The Netherlands commemorates liberation of Breda by Polish armyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-netherlands-commemorate-liberation-of-breda-by-polish-army-8319<p>Polish officials and WWII veterans on Saturday gathered in Oosterhout in the southern Netherlands for the start of several-day commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Breda from under German occupation by the 1st Polish Armoured Division.</p>Sat, 26 Oct 2019 15:29:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xbjh1ip0ptqx2dpmmfptie.jpegAlso, the Dutch residents of the city and pupils of the schools named after General Maczek paid tribute to the soldiers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-netherlands-commemorate-liberation-of-breda-by-polish-army-8319Polish embassy organises European defence conference in Francehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-embassy-organises-european-defence-conference-in-france-8318<p>France's views on the issue of security in Europe are in line with Poland's, including on transatlantic ties, head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) Pawel Soloch told PAP after his visit to France.</p>Sat, 26 Oct 2019 13:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/stis8du1stq4767zmbcaal.jpegSoloch reported the V4 countries had spoken in one voice at the conference and held an “honest conversation with French parliamentarians.” The V4 “presented a more pro-Atlantic viewpoint compared to France,” he added.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-embassy-organises-european-defence-conference-in-france-8318Video game producer CD Projekt makes Bloomberg list of global “blockbuster” firmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/video-game-producer-cd-projekt-makes-bloomberg-list-of-global-blockbuster-firms-8317<p>Bloomberg Intelligence has named Polish video games producer CD Projekt one of the companies in the world to have “blockbuster potential” next year.</p>Sat, 26 Oct 2019 13:22:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r6pmoifob28yo8upkscqw9.pngSales for CD Projekt’s game ‘Cyberpunk 2077’, due for release next year, could hit an estimated 20 million units in 2020.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/video-game-producer-cd-projekt-makes-bloomberg-list-of-global-blockbuster-firms-8317Warsaw, Kraków, Katowice airports announce new routes for winter seasonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-krakow-katowice-airports-announce-new-routes-for-winter-season-8315<p>Warsaw's Chopin airport has announced new connections this winter season from national carrier LOT and Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air, while Kraków (southern Poland) has announced six new connections and Katowice (southern Poland) 12 new routes.</p>Sat, 26 Oct 2019 09:53:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r83x5aak9mw91qk0igk9f.jpeg“Interesting charter connections are also appearing,” the press release stated.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-krakow-katowice-airports-announce-new-routes-for-winter-season-8315Bank note designer passes away after life of notable achievementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bank-note-designer-passes-away-after-life-of-notable-achievement-8313<p>Many Poles had never heard of Andrzej Heidrich, but his designs are everywhere: on the banknotes people carry in their wallets and use every day. After a long and productive career, the Polish graphic artist and illustrator passed away on October 20, at the age of 90.</p>Sat, 26 Oct 2019 09:24:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d5tl5ehe8h8rcj3w87y9nj.jpegRich career: Heidrich standing before one his designs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bank-note-designer-passes-away-after-life-of-notable-achievement-8313Remains of Polish women slaughtered in Nazi's Ravensbrück death camp foundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remains-of-poles-murdered-at-ravensbrueck-concentration-camp-found-8305<p>Researchers have discovered the remains of Poles murdered at KL Ravensbrück, the notorious German concentration camp for women.</p>Fri, 25 Oct 2019 17:29:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9b500eis8a48emwxi83e1.jpegResearchers scour the earth at Fürstenberg cemetery, not far from the camp.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remains-of-poles-murdered-at-ravensbrueck-concentration-camp-found-8305German electric company to take part in Polish wind farm projectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-electric-company-to-take-part-in-polish-wind-farm-projects-8303<p>RWE Renewables announced on Friday that it had purchased shares in four wind farm construction projects, with a total potential of 1.5 GW, in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea.</p>Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGerman electric company to take part in Polish wind farm projectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-electric-company-to-take-part-in-polish-wind-farm-projects-8303TFN’s website design basks in the glory at design award festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tfns-website-design-basks-in-the-glory-at-design-award-festival-8300<p>The First News has picked up a distinction at the 26th Good Design awards for its website during a ceremony honouring the best in Polish design.</p>Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:21:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q8efanj2qp8sc6ev5tegm.jpegIndustrial Development Agency official hands over the award to TFN’s Editor-in-Chief, Dagmara Leszkowicz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tfns-website-design-basks-in-the-glory-at-design-award-festival-8300President Duda to pay official visit to the Netherlandshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-to-pay-official-visit-to-the-netherlands-8298<p>Poland's President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda will begin their visit to the Netherlands on Tuesday, Krzysztof Szczerski, the Polish president's chief aide, announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 25 Oct 2019 14:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident Duda to pay official visit to the Netherlandshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-to-pay-official-visit-to-the-netherlands-8298Pole to lead agency helping to keep Europe’s planes flying on timehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-to-lead-agency-helping-to-keep-europes-planes-flying-on-time-8296<p>A Pole will become responsible for helping to keep Europe’s airspace working and accident free when he takes up the leadership of the an alliance of the continent’s largest air navigation agencies.</p>Fri, 25 Oct 2019 12:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mgywva12gtb6e8u3ocv4j.jpegJanusz Janiszewski will be the first Pole to hold the top job at the A6.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-to-lead-agency-helping-to-keep-europes-planes-flying-on-time-8296Holocaust can happen again in Germany, every fourth German sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holocaust-can-happen-again-in-germany-every-fourth-german-says-8295<p>A quarter of Germans, in a survey conducted by the World Jewish Congress (WJC), said that the Holocaust can happen again in their country, reported the newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.</p>Fri, 25 Oct 2019 11:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/idooh6v47plmgg05vyunl.jpegAccording to WJC president, Ronald Lauder, anti-Semitism has reached a critical point in Germany.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holocaust-can-happen-again-in-germany-every-fourth-german-says-8295Polish Traces: Riga, Latviahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-riga-latvia-389<p>In Riga, Latvia, Krzysztof meets photographer Tomasz who explains his “complicated” heritage.</p>Fri, 25 Oct 2019 10:58:00 +0200LifePolish traceshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/psoc7rv95zlay5hj9n0pa.jpegPolish Traceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-riga-latvia-389Polish firm builds first electric delivery van with state supporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firm-builds-first-electric-delivery-van-with-state-support-8294<p>The FSE company, based in the southern Polish city of Bielsko-Biala, has built the country's first electric delivery van thanks to PLN 4.5 mln (EUR 1.05 mln) in support from the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR).</p>Fri, 25 Oct 2019 09:54:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jd48bohfjkzxpijg9tzlp.jpeg“Ultimately, we will be able to offer more than ten versions of electric vehicles with maximum load ranging from 235 kg to more than 1,000 kg and capacity ranging from 1 to 15 cubic metres,” FSE CEO Thomas Hajek said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firm-builds-first-electric-delivery-van-with-state-support-8294Polish expats send EUR 911 million back home in Q2, 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-expats-send-eur-911-million-back-home-in-q2-2019-8292<p>Polish people living abroad transferred PLN 3.9 billion (EUR 911 million) to their home country in the second quarter of 2019, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 24 Oct 2019 18:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish expats send EUR 911 million back home in Q2, 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-expats-send-eur-911-million-back-home-in-q2-2019-8292CEB grants loan to Polish Pekao Leasinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ceb-grants-loan-to-polish-pekao-leasing-8290<p>The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) has granted a EUR 100 million loan to Pekao Leasing of the Pekao Bank capital group to finance the development of micro, small and medium- sized enterprises in Poland.</p>Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:16:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCEB grants loan to Polish Pekao Leasinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ceb-grants-loan-to-polish-pekao-leasing-8290Kraków start-up wins prestigious UNLEASH comp in Parishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-start-up-wins-prestigious-unleash-comp-in-paris-8287<p>Kraków-based Talent Alpha has beat off 100 other finalists to take the top award for start-ups.</p>Thu, 24 Oct 2019 15:53:00 +0200Start-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5yn26rz0jm4606amm2v6rp.jpegKraków’s Talent Alpha start up beat off competition from 100 other companies to take the top prize. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-start-up-wins-prestigious-unleash-comp-in-paris-8287Poland's 2020 budget with minor deficit possible - gov't spokespersonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-2020-budget-with-minor-deficit-possible---govt-spokesperson-8284<p>Polish government spokesperson Piotr Mueller told a radio broadcaster on Thursday that "it is possible that Poland's budget in 2020 will have a minor deficit due to the potential lifting of the cap on social security premiums."</p>Thu, 24 Oct 2019 13:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's 2020 budget with minor deficit possible - gov't spokespersonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-2020-budget-with-minor-deficit-possible---govt-spokesperson-8284Pals looking to ‘blast away misconceptions about Poles’ with their stunning online poster shophttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pals-looking-to-blast-away-misconceptions-about-poles-with-their-stunning-online-poster-shop-8282<p>Two friends in London have founded an online shop selling original mid-century Polish posters, offering buyers a burst of colour that will brighten their home or office. &nbsp;</p>Thu, 24 Oct 2019 12:05:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gv98xyulwlv9dxbz8rro.jpegProjekt 26 was founded by friends Sylwia Newman and Harriet Williams, a Polish-British duo who live near each other in south-east London and bonded over their shared love for mid-century Polish art and design.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pals-looking-to-blast-away-misconceptions-about-poles-with-their-stunning-online-poster-shop-8282Naples hosts festival devoted to Polish emigre writerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/naples-hosts-festival-devoted-to-polish-emigre-writer-8281<p>A three-day literary festival highlighting the life and work of the Polish emigre writer, Gustaw Herling-Grudziński, was launched on Thursday in Naples, Italy, and features a series of meetings devoted to the publication of a new volume of his collected works.</p>Thu, 24 Oct 2019 10:48:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ay54zokj8o38wf9v9r7ij.jpegGustaw Herling-Grudziński (1919 - 2000) was a Polish writer, essayist, World War II soldier, and political dissident living abroad during the communist era in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/naples-hosts-festival-devoted-to-polish-emigre-writer-8281Poland's richest man to invest in wind powerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-richest-man-to-invest-in-wind-power-8280<p>Polish billionaire and business mogul Michał Sołowow seeks to build or take over operating onshore wind farms as well as invest in offshore wind projects, the daily Puls Biznesu wrote on Thursday.</p>Thu, 24 Oct 2019 10:38:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2af1vl1tm6e4gdqkv4zjq5.jpegLast Monday, the billionaire announced his plans to build a 300 MW small modular reactor for chemical firm Synthos in the coming ten years. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-richest-man-to-invest-in-wind-power-8280Poznań Retro Motor Show opens this weekendhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-retro-motor-show-opens-this-weekend-8279<p>Nearly 1,000 classic vehicles will be on exhibit at the Retro Motor Show which runs from Friday to Sunday in Poznań, western Poland.</p>Thu, 24 Oct 2019 09:06:00 +0200BusinessHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pr834twmrhdbm95cq1pbml.jpegIn addition to cars, visitors will be able to view antiques bicycles and buses, as well as military vehicles. Pictured last year's exhibition.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-retro-motor-show-opens-this-weekend-8279Polish Traces: Tallinn, Estoniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-tallinn-estonia-386<p>Krzysztof arrives in Tallinn, Estonia, where he ventures to a small café to meet flight attendant Dominika who has been living in the capital since last year.</p>Wed, 23 Oct 2019 19:11:00 +0200Polish traceshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f1l4ihuygbu59grocq6ohq.jpegPolish Traces: Tallinn, Estoniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-tallinn-estonia-386The extraordinary story of Jewish ballerina who gunned down SS beast before being murderedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-extraordinary-story-of-jewish-ballerina-who-gunned-down-ss-beast-before-being-murdered-8275<p>Franceska Mann was 26 years old when she arrived at Auschwitz from Bergen-Belsen on a transport with 1,800 other Jews.</p>Wed, 23 Oct 2019 16:10:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kfxfszxs7laakxk0bf4tin.jpegToday marks the 76th anniversary of the execution of Franciszka Manheimer-Rosenberg, better known as Franceska Mann, who’s heroism has gone down as legendary in the history of Auschwitz. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-extraordinary-story-of-jewish-ballerina-who-gunned-down-ss-beast-before-being-murdered-8275Poland's unemployment falls to 5.1 percent in September - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-falls-to-51-percent-in-september---stats-office-8273<p>Poland's unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in September 2019 from 5.2 percent a month earlier, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment falls to 5.1 percent in September - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-falls-to-51-percent-in-september---stats-office-8273Piece of cake! Bydgoszcz gal wins world championships in cake design with patriotic themehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/piece-of-cake-bydgoszcz-gal-wins-world-championships-in-cake-design-with-patriotic-theme-8270<p>A cake decorator from Bydgoszcz has seen her autumn start on a sweet note after she soared to glory by picking up first prize at the Cake Designers World Championship in Milan.</p>Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:49:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tfj71cgtfgiwhy0cylnjh.jpegJowita Woszczyńska from Bydgoszcz soared to glory by picking up first prize at the Cake Designers World Championship in Milan.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/piece-of-cake-bydgoszcz-gal-wins-world-championships-in-cake-design-with-patriotic-theme-8270New Israeli ambassador to Poland vows to focus on the futurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-israeli-ambassador-to-poland-vows-to-focus-on-the-future-8269<p>Alexander Ben-Zvi, the new Israeli ambassador to Poland, tweeted on Wednesday that he wants to target the future of mutual relations and further exchange between Israeli and Polish companies.</p>Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qvmp1c4kcziv8ncnv7y01.jpegOn October 10, President Andrzej Duda received credentials from Ben-Zvi, who replaced envoy Anna Azari in the post.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-israeli-ambassador-to-poland-vows-to-focus-on-the-future-8269Polish aviation agency chief to head A6 Alliancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-aviation-agency-chief-to-head-a6-alliance-8267<p>The head of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA), Janusz Janiszewski, will serve from January 2020 for a year as the head of an alliance of Europe's biggest aviation agencies, the A6 Alliance, PANSA announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 23 Oct 2019 13:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kqzzizynebufnhvsqxbdq.jpegAmong Janiszewski's duties will be involvement in work on a new legislative package announced for 2020 concerning creation of the Single European Sky, a European Commission initiative that seeks to reform the European air traffic management system.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-aviation-agency-chief-to-head-a6-alliance-8267Polish market of organic cosmetics grows - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-market-of-organic-cosmetics-grows---report-8265<p>The value of the Polish market of eco-friendly cosmetics has increased by 71 percent over the last year, the daily Puls Biznesu wrote on Wednesday citing a study by pollster GfK Polonia.</p>Wed, 23 Oct 2019 12:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3wahjrolzteq9b0ll81f7f.jpegThe share of organic cosmetics in the entire Polish market, valued at over PLN 4.8 billion (EUR 1.12 bln) in June, 2019, is only 1 percent, the daily wrote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-market-of-organic-cosmetics-grows---report-8265Is Lewandowski the best striker in the world? Twitter erupts following Bayern Munich’s 3-2 Champions League win over Olympiakoshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/is-lewy-the-best-striker-in-the-world-twitter-erupts-following-bayern-munichs-3-2-champions-league-win-over-olympiakos-8262<p>Twitter went into meltdown last night after two stunning goals from Robert Lewandowski saw the the Bundesliga giants beat Olympiakos in the Champions League.</p>Wed, 23 Oct 2019 11:36:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ut3lk726ccd402rti2f6.jpegHe’s simply the best?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/is-lewy-the-best-striker-in-the-world-twitter-erupts-following-bayern-munichs-3-2-champions-league-win-over-olympiakos-8262Poland to announce new cabinet composition shortly after November 12https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-announce-new-cabinet-composition-shortly-after-november-12-8261<p>The Polish government will present a new cabinet line-up shortly after the inaugural sitting of Poland's new parliament, scheduled for November 12, Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin told public radio on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 23 Oct 2019 09:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nmb505b0sesgjpchyp0qu7.jpegSasin said a new cabinet line-up will be presented shortly after the first sitting of the new Sejm (lower house).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-announce-new-cabinet-composition-shortly-after-november-12-8261Ukrainian director thanks Poles for help in release from Russian prisonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukrainian-director-thanks-poles-for-help-in-release-from-russian-prison-8259<p>Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker, writer and social activist from Crimea, who was a political prisoner in Russian between 2014 and 2019, gave thanks in Warsaw on Tuesday to all those who had helped secure his release.</p>Wed, 23 Oct 2019 09:04:00 +0200News & PoliticsArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yeqa44bbfpc96wcoqw5if9.jpeg“Thank you to all Poles, filmmakers, politicians, who supported me and fought for my freedom,” said Sentsov.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukrainian-director-thanks-poles-for-help-in-release-from-russian-prison-8259Mortgages up m/m in September 2019 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mortgages-up-mm-in-september-2019---central-bank-8257<p>The total value of outstanding mortgages increased by PLN 2.04 billion (EUR 480 million) month on month in September 2019 to PLN 457.68 billion (EUR 106.93 billion), the National Bank of Poland (NBP) reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 22 Oct 2019 18:41:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMortgages up m/m in September 2019 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mortgages-up-mm-in-september-2019---central-bank-8257September's M3 money supply up - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/septembers-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-8255<p>Poland’s M3 money supply grew in September 2019 by 9.4 percent year to date and by 0.4 percent month on month to PLN 1.51 trillion (EUR 353.63 billion), the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 22 Oct 2019 17:39:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSeptember's M3 money supply up - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/septembers-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-8255Polish Foundation for Africa helps over 3,000 Madagascar inhabitantshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foundation-for-africa-helps-over-3000-madagascar-inhabitants-8253<p>Four Polish doctors from the Polish Foundation for Africa brought medical assistance to over 3,000 inhabitants of Mampikony, a district of Madagascar. The aim of the mission was to help people suffering from leprosy.</p>Tue, 22 Oct 2019 17:33:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Foundation for Africa helps over 3,000 Madagascar inhabitantshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foundation-for-africa-helps-over-3000-madagascar-inhabitants-8253‘Life on Mars’ designers take silver in international comphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-on-mars-designers-take-silver-in-international-comp-8249<p>Polish ‘Life on Mars’ designers have taken silver at the international Mars Colony Prize competition in California, America.</p>Tue, 22 Oct 2019 16:58:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rp79zyogz1m0mb2zewa1xcq.jpegThe Wrocław University of Science and Technology students designed the ‘Twardowsky’ Mars base for 1000 people, complete with transport, factories, field, hotels, restaurants and cafes for a Mars Society competition.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/life-on-mars-designers-take-silver-in-international-comp-8249Poland's Q2 general gov't deficit at 48.1 pct of GDP - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-q2-general-govt-deficit-at-481-pct-of-gdp---report-8247<p>Poland's general government deficit in the second quarter of 2019 amounted to 48.1 percent of GDP, EU statistical office Eurostat announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:20:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Q2 general gov't deficit at 48.1 pct of GDP - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-q2-general-govt-deficit-at-481-pct-of-gdp---report-8247Billionaire Pole to build nuclear reactorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/billionaire-pole-to-build-nuclear-reactor-8244<p>A Polish billionaire is to build the country’s first nuclear reactor to generate clean energy.</p>Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:37:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0pczu15fnuzkal48p7b0rmb.jpegBillionaire owner of chemical company Synthos S.A., Michał Sołowow, is planning to build the reactor in Poland in the next decade.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/billionaire-pole-to-build-nuclear-reactor-8244From a pre-war cinema though to communist-era shopping centres, Warsaw’s register of historic buildings sees 89 new places added to its listhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-a-pre-war-cinema-though-to-communist-era-shopping-centres-warsaws-register-of-historic-buildings-sees-89-new-places-added-to-its-list-8235<p>The register of Warsaw’s monuments and buildings of historic value has been updated with 89 new places.</p>Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:49:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/43dsam5b05wu8m5a3si8ep.jpegCities are living, breathing places, with their architecture bearing witness to some of the most dramatic moments in history. With over 80 places of historic value now being added to the register, TFN takes a look at some of the new entries and the stories behind them.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-a-pre-war-cinema-though-to-communist-era-shopping-centres-warsaws-register-of-historic-buildings-sees-89-new-places-added-to-its-list-8235Final composition of government to be announced this week - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/final-composition-of-government-to-be-announced-this-week---minister-8233<p>Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology Jadwiga Emilewicz told the private TV broadcaster TVN24 on Tuesday that the government will be formed very quickly and the announcement of its final composition will be published this week.</p>Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0eiodtn4o2tpboaypnfzj55.jpegEmilewicz said that the government will definitely form a ministry that will be responsible for the economy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/final-composition-of-government-to-be-announced-this-week---minister-8233Poland and Germany could become allies in migration - experthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-germany-could-become-allies-in-migration---expert-8232<p>Gerald Knaus, the chairman of the Berlin-based European Stability Initiative (ESI) think tank, believes that Poland and Germany could act together to limit unregulated migration from Africa and the Middle East.</p>Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ngjwnxewsokz26uicf44j.jpegKnaus described the Polish-Ukrainian border (which is an EU external frontier) as functioning perfectly and added that it should be an example.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-germany-could-become-allies-in-migration---expert-8232Polish State Treasury debt at EUR 229.2 bln at end of Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-state-treasury-debt-at-eur-2292-bln-at-end-of-september-8230<p>The Polish State Treasury debt at the end of September 2019 stood at PLN 978.6 billion (EUR 229.18 billion), up by PLN 0.9 billion (EUR 210.77 million) or 0.1 percent from August, the Finance Ministry reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:19:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish State Treasury debt at EUR 229.2 bln at end of Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-state-treasury-debt-at-eur-2292-bln-at-end-of-september-8230Nobel winner Tokarczuk to open new foundation for literaturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nobel-winner-tokarczuk-to-open-new-foundation-for-literature-8228<p>Nobel prize-winner Olga Tokarczuk is planning to open a foundation to aid authors and translators of literature.</p>Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:13:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lkzr8cpi0fcsxfx010dpao.jpegAuthor Olga Tokarczuk announced the creation of her foundation during a press conference at the Prose Club in Wrocław. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nobel-winner-tokarczuk-to-open-new-foundation-for-literature-8228Poland's retail sales to grow by some 4.3 pct y/y in Oct - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-retail-sales-to-grow-by-some-43-pct-yy-in-oct---ministry-8226<p>October's retail sales will grow at a similar pace to the previous month's, when they increased by 4.3 percent year on year, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology said in a comment to the statistical office's latest data.</p>Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:58:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's retail sales to grow by some 4.3 pct y/y in Oct - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-retail-sales-to-grow-by-some-43-pct-yy-in-oct---ministry-8226Polish Primate Wyszynski to be beatified on June 7 - church officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-primate-wyszynski-to-be-beatified-on-june-7---church-official-8224<p>Late Polish Primate Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski will be beatified on June 7, 2020 in a ceremony held at the Pilsudskiego Square in Warsaw, Metropolitan Bishop of Warsaw Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:37:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fke2es309b2624w4h74je.jpegPolish Primate Wyszynski to be beatified on June 7 - church officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-primate-wyszynski-to-be-beatified-on-june-7---church-official-8224De-LIGHT-ful! Royal palace sparkles as stunning annual light show beginshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/de-light-ful-royal-palace-sparkles-as-stunning-annual-light-show-begins-8221<p>The Royal Gardens of Wilanów have been lit up with thousands of colourful lights in this year’s edition of the light and music show.</p>Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:28:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7eoq931cv34viyidnjgmg.jpegThe Musical Garden of Dreams is one of the highlights of this year’s show. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/de-light-ful-royal-palace-sparkles-as-stunning-annual-light-show-begins-8221‘The only way is up’, as construction market sees largest growth in EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-only-way-is-up-as-construction-market-sees-largest-growth-in-eu-8219<p>Poland had the largest growth in the construction market in the EU between July and August this year, according to Eurostat.</p>Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:20:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1j87246ixt62okzni6ds1v.jpegAlthough the market has been trending downward after a strong start to 2019, new investments are expected with an estimated 320 billion PLN worth of projects at the tender or planning stage.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-only-way-is-up-as-construction-market-sees-largest-growth-in-eu-8219Retail sales up 4.3 pct y/y in September - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-43-pct-yy-in-september---stats-office-8218<p>Poland's retail sales increased by 4.3 percent year on year and fell by 4.1 percent month on month in September 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales up 4.3 pct y/y in September - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-43-pct-yy-in-september---stats-office-8218Poland prefers domestic food productshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-prefers-domestic-food-products-8217<p>Close to one-third of Poles prefer domestic food over imported products, a report compiled under the Polish Opinion Monitor project revealed on Sunday.</p>Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:54:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0928drc68fdf3dfzdzkm0i7.jpegPoland is currently Europe's leading producer of poultry, apples and champignon mushrooms.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-prefers-domestic-food-products-8217To boldly go where no lab has gone before: mini lab set to be blasted into space on cancer research missionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/to-boldly-go-where-no-lab-has-gone-before-mini-lab-set-to-be-blasted-into-space-on-cancer-research-mission-8212<p>A consortium of Polish companies and academic institution is building a bio-nanosatellite to conduct research on cancer cells in space.</p>Sun, 20 Oct 2019 17:43:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/whg3q9nsgxke6czutsbkp.pngSmall in size but packing punch. The nanosatellite will carry out out-of-this world research on cancer.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/to-boldly-go-where-no-lab-has-gone-before-mini-lab-set-to-be-blasted-into-space-on-cancer-research-mission-8212Brexit deal not rejected, only delayed - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brexit-deal-not-rejected-only-delayed---pm-8210<p>The British House of Commons' Saturday failure to vote on last Thursday's Brexit accord between the EU and Britain does not mean the agreement's rejection by the British side but merely its delay, PM Mateusz Morawiecki tweeted on Saturday.</p>Sun, 20 Oct 2019 16:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p6n4g7lsiowykfafvkw8o.jpegBrexit deal not rejected, only delayed - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brexit-deal-not-rejected-only-delayed---pm-8210Polish tourists injured in Egypt bus crashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-tourists-injured-in-egypt-bus-crash-8208<p>Four Polish tourists were hospitalised after their bus crashed in Egypt on Saturday, spokesperson for the Polish Foreign Ministry Ewa Suwara told PAP.</p>Sun, 20 Oct 2019 15:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish tourists injured in Egypt bus crashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-tourists-injured-in-egypt-bus-crash-8208Rolling back the years: names of exclusive new timepieces honour Polish roots of legendary watchmakerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rolling-back-the-years-names-of-exclusive-new-timepieces-honour-polish-roots-of-legendary-watchmaker-8205<p>Three entrepreneurs who resurrected the name of a legendary Polish watchmaker have paid homage to their brand’s roots by producing two pieces with names resonant of Poland’s history.</p>Sun, 20 Oct 2019 14:46:00 +0200BusinessArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/skh8x2gn54d1eyjk4rcz.jpegThe Czapek watch lives again.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rolling-back-the-years-names-of-exclusive-new-timepieces-honour-polish-roots-of-legendary-watchmaker-8205Polish oil & gas prospector expands Norwegian drillingshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-oil--gas-prospector-expands-norwegian-drillings-8203<p>Poland's PGNiG prospecting company has the Norwegian government's permission to buy into the Duva oil and gas bed on the Norwegian Shelf.</p>Sun, 20 Oct 2019 14:32:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish oil & gas prospector expands Norwegian drillingshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-oil--gas-prospector-expands-norwegian-drillings-8203Pioneering pilotless droid flight to take to Warsaw’s skies in European firsthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pioneering-pilotless-droid-flight-to-take-to-warsaws-skies-in-european-first-8200<p>A drone carrying a supply of blood will take to the skies over Warsaw next month for Europe’s first beyond-line-of-sight flight by an autonomous aircraft.</p>Sun, 20 Oct 2019 11:17:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rsppgz1sm99ppo4lx0y79.jpegUp, up and away. A pilotless droid will cross Warsaw with a supply of blood.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pioneering-pilotless-droid-flight-to-take-to-warsaws-skies-in-european-first-8200Thirty-five years after his murder, mystery still shrouds the death of Popiełuszkohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thirty-five-years-after-his-murder-mystery-still-shrouds-the-death-of-popieluszko-8197<p>The murder of Father Jerzy Popiełuszko, a priest connected to the Solidarity movement, was one of the defining moments of the struggle against the communist regime. On the 35th anniversary of his death, TFN takes a look at the life of the priest, and the events that led to him being named a martyr by the Catholic Church.</p><p><br></p>Sat, 19 Oct 2019 18:16:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kzenlog5rys4ibv48w41q.jpegFather Jerzy Popiełuszko, kidnapped by the secret police on October 19, 1984. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thirty-five-years-after-his-murder-mystery-still-shrouds-the-death-of-popieluszko-8197Art works set to smash auction records go on show in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/art-works-set-to-smash-auction-records-go-on-show-in-warsaw-8193<p>Two major works of art expected to send Polish art records tumbling later this month at auction have gone on display in Warsaw.</p>Sat, 19 Oct 2019 14:47:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ese0ljookzqo7w3c2hyl6j.jpegOn the march. Magdalena Abakanowicz’s ‘Caminando’ could go for over PLN 10 million.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/art-works-set-to-smash-auction-records-go-on-show-in-warsaw-8193Life’s a blast: historians find WWII torpedo in “incredible condition” at bottom of lakehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lifes-a-blast-historians-find-wwii-torpedo-in-incredible-condition-at-bottom-of-lake-8190<p>Researchers have found and recovered a mint-condition 700-kilogram World War Two aerial torpedo from a lake in north-western Poland.</p>Sat, 19 Oct 2019 09:57:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/surexbi41gxabuha7t0pr.jpegMade in 1943 the torpedo weighed in at 700 kilograms.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lifes-a-blast-historians-find-wwii-torpedo-in-incredible-condition-at-bottom-of-lake-8190Poland invited to Ukraine to search for remains of Soviet regime victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-invited-to-ukraine-to-search-for-remains-of-soviet-regime-victims-8189<p>Experts from Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) will search for the remains of Polish victims of the Soviet regime in Western Ukraine, the Polish embassy in Kiev said on Friday.</p>Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:19:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a2xkisu9xtungog3safnr.jpegLast week, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told Radio Svoboda that Kiev issued the first permit to Poland for search and exhumations of Poles buried on Ukrainian territory.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-invited-to-ukraine-to-search-for-remains-of-soviet-regime-victims-8189Comet from another GALAXY spotted heading through the Milky Wayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/comet-from-another-galaxy-spotted-heading-through-the-milky-way-8187<p>Polish astronomers have characterised the first comet from outside the Solar System, which is making its way through the Milky Way.</p>Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:56:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gej5bzxxbaxtr78c1tld8.jpegAccording to scientists, images taken using telescopes show “an extended comma with a faint broad tail” and a “slightly reddish colour”.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/comet-from-another-galaxy-spotted-heading-through-the-milky-way-8187Poland wants fair EU budget - PM after EU summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-fair-eu-budget---pm-after-eu-summit-8185<p>"We want this to be a fair budget. The talks will certainly be tough, but they will end well or very well for Poland," Morawiecki told reporters. In this context he said that Poland and numerous other countries suggested the discontinuation of special provisions for some EU members to make the EU budget fairer for all.</p>Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9rjezic41ovk1xr55pnpph.jpeg“We want this to be a fair budget. The talks will certainly be tough, but they will end well or very well for Poland,” Morawiecki told reporters.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-fair-eu-budget---pm-after-eu-summit-8185Senate congratulates Polish Nobelist with resolutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-congratulates-polish-nobelist-with-resolution-8184<p>The Polish Senate on Friday adopted a draft resolution in which it congratulated Polish novelist, poet and essayist Olga Tokarczuk for winning the Nobel Prize in Literature and praised her achievements in the promotion of Polish literature.</p>Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:06:00 +0200News & PoliticsArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ff4i6d345765hrieakmcef.jpeg“The Senate of the Republic of Poland congratulates Olga Tokarczuk on her international success. We recognise the great merits of her work for world literature and for building Poland's good name in the world,” the resolution read.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-congratulates-polish-nobelist-with-resolution-8184Top 10 Episodes of Heart of Poland (Part 1)https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/top-10-episodes-of-heart-of-poland-part-1-383<p>Heart of Poland is 1 year old today! Discover the top 10 episodes according to our host @Patrick Ney.</p><p>- Watch how we take you to the hidden torture chambers of the communist Police</p><p>- Find out whether a mixed-race TV star experienced racism in Poland</p><p>- Discover how rolling pierogi dough 'is like making love' according to a TV chef</p><p>- How @RyanSocash reveals the secret world of a Youtube star people DON'T see</p><p>- How France and Britain's treatment of Poland was 'shameful'</p>Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:06:00 +0200Heart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/778cfrlts4lyi9p36pw51.jpegTop 10 Episodes of Heart of Poland (Part 1)https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/top-10-episodes-of-heart-of-poland-part-1-383Polish specialists to help train Ukrainians in combat trauma therapyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-specialists-to-help-train-ukrainians-in-combat-trauma-therapy-8183<p>Specialists from Warsaw's Military Medical Institute (WIM) will assist Ukrainian personnel in the development of a care system for soldiers with combat trauma, in an initiative funded by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.</p>Fri, 18 Oct 2019 15:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/81ci9zhz43jqgxb301bpuo.jpegThe director of WIM's Psychiatry, Combat Stress and Psychotraumatology Clinic, Col. Radosław Tworus, told PAP that the project incorporates the results of the treatment at WIM of Polish veterans of missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-specialists-to-help-train-ukrainians-in-combat-trauma-therapy-8183Poland's industrial production up 5.6 pct in September - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-56-pct-in-september---stats-office-8182<p>Poland's industrial production rose by 5.6 percent year on year in September 2019, and by 10.7 percent month on month, the Polish Central Statistical Office (GUS), reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 18 Oct 2019 15:28:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hh8qbrmhfw4xlb3cyk5gn.jpegIndustrial production prices went up by 0.9 percent year on year in September 2019 and by 0.4 percent month on month, GUS reported.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-56-pct-in-september---stats-office-8182Poland's welfare index up in October - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-welfare-index-up-in-october---biec-8180<p>The welfare index, which reflects the economic condition of Polish society, went up by 0.4 points month on month in October 2019, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 18 Oct 2019 15:23:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's welfare index up in October - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-welfare-index-up-in-october---biec-8180Twin Beaks! Rare Ural owls not seen for 100 years make sensational return as two spotted in Silesian foresthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/twin-beaks-rare-ural-owls-not-seen-for-100-years-make-sensational-return-as-two-spotted-in-silesian-forest-8177<p>A pair of rare owls have made their nest just a few kilometres from the grime and bustle of the centre of Katowice for the first time in about 100 years.</p>Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:08:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i62r3h6wrgkvsvkkg11ie.jpegThe two Urals were found in the Murcki Forest, a few kilometres south of Katowice, in the spring but given their rarity in the region news of the discovery was kept secret until this week. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/twin-beaks-rare-ural-owls-not-seen-for-100-years-make-sensational-return-as-two-spotted-in-silesian-forest-8177Polish Traces: Nordkapphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-nordkapp-381<p>Taking in the breathtaking scenery surrounding him in Nordkapp, Krzysztof reflects on his time in the area and looks forward to the adventures that lie ahead.</p>Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:32:00 +0200Polish traceshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a9ffc6wj6tkqvbhc0kvr3o.jpegPolish Traces: Nordkapphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-nordkapp-381Hitting a high! Opera’s break-dancing cool kid wins prestigious Gramophone Classical Music Awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hitting-a-high-break-dancing-opera-cool-kid-wins-prestigious-gramophone-classical-music-award-8174<p>Break-dancing opera sensation Jakub Józef Orliński has received the prestigious Gramophone Classical Music Award 2019.</p>Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:38:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/49wgasc3czxhyi4h2hf3lc.jpegBreak-dancing opera sensation Jakub Józef Orliński received the prestigious Gramophone Classical Music Award 2019 for Young Artist of the Year. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hitting-a-high-break-dancing-opera-cool-kid-wins-prestigious-gramophone-classical-music-award-8174Poland elected to UN Human Rights Councilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-elected-to-un-human-rights-council-8172<p>Poland was elected to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday. It will hold the post for two years from January 1, 2020.</p>Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:59:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland elected to UN Human Rights Councilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-elected-to-un-human-rights-council-8172Polish city of Gdansk wins Princess of Asturias Awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-city-of-gdansk-wins-princess-of-asturias-award-8170<p>Gdansk, a port city on the Baltic coast of Poland, has won the 2019 Princess of Asturias Award, Daniel Stenzel, a spokesperson for the mayor of Gdansk, has announced. The award is seen as the Hispanic world's Nobel Prize.</p>Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/019apzhx9svddoj2dxs68f2k.jpegPolish city of Gdansk wins Princess of Asturias Awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-city-of-gdansk-wins-princess-of-asturias-award-8170Poland against Finnish EU budget proposals - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-against-finnish-eu-budget-proposals---pm-8169<p>Poland will not accept the Finnish EU presidency's proposals regarding the post-2020 EU budget, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday in Brussels. Morawiecki stressed that agricultural and cohesion funding had to be secured.</p>Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3nkz8yrj3w6cwggq5rbj8.jpegMorawiecki told reporters before the Thursday-launched EU summit that Poland will not accept the Finnish conception, and stressed that the EU budget “was not a field for compromise.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-against-finnish-eu-budget-proposals---pm-8169Wrocław architects beat off over 130 competitors from both home and abroad to win stunning new Stanisław Wyspiański museum designhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-architects-beat-off-over-130-competitors-from-both-home-and-abroad-to-win-stunning-new-stanislaw-wyspianski-museum-design-8166<p>A new museum dedicated to Polish playwright, painter and poet Stanisław Wyspiański will be built in Kraków, his hometown.</p>Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:20:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/py0dmsezkuc4bm0wahqdqd.jpegThe museum will be made up of two longitudinal blocks: one for the permanent exhibition and the other to house the remaining functions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-architects-beat-off-over-130-competitors-from-both-home-and-abroad-to-win-stunning-new-stanislaw-wyspianski-museum-design-8166Brexit deal in line with Polish interests - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brexit-deal-in-line-with-polish-interests---pm-8168<p>The Brexit agreement between the EU and Britain is a big success and secures Polish interests, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday in Brussels before the start of the EU summit.</p>Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6qbmwtkmz9orvcvt3zh2ws.jpegCommenting the agreement to reporters shortly before the summit, Morawiecki said it took account of Poland's postulates, and was therefore “a huge Polish diplomatic success.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brexit-deal-in-line-with-polish-interests---pm-8168Former SS death camp guard goes on trialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-ss-death-camp-guard-goes-on-trial-8163<p>A 93-year-old man accused of being a former SS guard at the Stutthof concentration camp has gone on trial in Hamburg.</p>Thu, 17 Oct 2019 15:43:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qzoe7py345s9chmt9w7a.jpegStutthof was the first Nazi concentration camp set up outside German borders in World War II in the territory of the Free City of Danzig.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-ss-death-camp-guard-goes-on-trial-8163Poland hosting Mountain Warrior 2019 combat gameshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hosting-mountain-warrior-2019-combat-games-8161<p>Soldiers from Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany are taking part in the Mountain Warrior 2019 combat games, which began in Szklarska Poreba, in south-western Poland, on Thursday.</p>Thu, 17 Oct 2019 12:45:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kd7sleywg3r8jxumpxzgm7.jpegPoland hosting Mountain Warrior 2019 combat gameshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hosting-mountain-warrior-2019-combat-games-8161Secret tunnel found below 17th century church built for wife of King Jan III Sobieskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/secret-tunnel-found-below-17th-century-church-built-for-wife-of-king-jan-iii-sobieski-8158<p>Archaeologists have found a mysterious tunnel in Warsaw that is over 300 years old.</p>Thu, 17 Oct 2019 12:11:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gtl3to2xmo59e6j7v04g.jpegSecret tunnel found below 17th century church built for wife of King Jan III Sobieskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/secret-tunnel-found-below-17th-century-church-built-for-wife-of-king-jan-iii-sobieski-8158Average corporate wage up 6.6 pct y/y in September - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-up-66-pct-yy-in-september---stats-office-8156<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage in September 2019 amounted to PLN 5,084 (EUR 1,183), up by 6.6 percent year on year, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:59:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAverage corporate wage up 6.6 pct y/y in September - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-up-66-pct-yy-in-september---stats-office-8156Pole elected vice-president of European Screenwriters Federationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-elected-vice-president-of-european-screenwriters-federation-8154<p>Maciej Karpinski, a Polish novelist, playwright, essayist, translator and chairman of the Writers Circle of the Polish Filmmakers Association, has been elected as vice-president of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE).</p>Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:16:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l1z74bnzhfszkogqy519t.jpegPole elected vice-president of European Screenwriters Federationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-elected-vice-president-of-european-screenwriters-federation-8154V4 queries EU Council head on Albania, N. Macedonia accession talkshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-queries-eu-council-head-on-albania-n-macedonia-accession-talks-8152<p>The prime ministers of Visegrad Group (V4) countries Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary appealed on Wednesday to EU Council head Donald Tusk for a debate on launching EU accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia at this week's EU summit.</p>Wed, 16 Oct 2019 20:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgV4 queries EU Council head on Albania, N. Macedonia accession talkshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-queries-eu-council-head-on-albania-n-macedonia-accession-talks-8152Planned 2020 balanced budget has room for fiscal stimulation - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/planned-2020-balanced-budget-has-room-for-fiscal-stimulation---ministry-8151<p>Poland, with a balanced budget planned for 2020, has room for fiscal stimulation, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology wrote on Tuesday in response to a critical report from rating agency Moody's.</p>Wed, 16 Oct 2019 19:51:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dxg7bhcfxldh5j6oyhjv1l.jpeg“It needs to be stressed that Moody's, despite a negative assessment of indicated activities in the field of economic policy, does not foresee a breach of the expenditures regulation, or EU regulations in the area of excessive deficit,” the Entrepreneurship Ministry wrote in a commentary to Moody's note.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/planned-2020-balanced-budget-has-room-for-fiscal-stimulation---ministry-8151Shanghai success! Polish girls send locals wild with pierogi restauranthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shanghai-success-polish-girls-send-locals-wild-with-pierogi-restaurant-8149<p>Gosia Modlińska and Joanna Boczek are taking Shanghai by storm - with pierogis.</p>Wed, 16 Oct 2019 18:13:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xepamn89yuc1o39ppsxsp.jpegStarting their Pierogi Ladies business in 2016, Joanna Boczek (L) from Warsaw, and Gosia Modlińska from Kraków are now Pierogi Queens in Shanghai.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shanghai-success-polish-girls-send-locals-wild-with-pierogi-restaurant-8149European SME congress launches in Katowicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-sme-congress-launches-in-katowice-8147<p>The 9th European Congress of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) opened on Wednesday in the south-Polish industrial city of Katowice. Attending are more than 7,500 delegates from 50 countries.</p>Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:39:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/33f5uuuv0c9t9cyg3c94ol.jpegThis year’s European Congress of Small and Medium Enterprises is held under the motto, ‘Smart-Safe-Solutions.’ https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-sme-congress-launches-in-katowice-8147Kraków introduces raft of initiatives to combat smog – and it’s working!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-introduces-raft-of-initiatives-to-combat-smog--and-its-working-8144<p>Once notorious for having the worst smog in the whole of Poland, Kraków is now going through something of a renaissance – of the green kind.</p>Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:55:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xtecgr05sn70ejgrg2hls.jpegAir quality map shows Kraków lit up in green as battle against smog begins to take effect.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-introduces-raft-of-initiatives-to-combat-smog--and-its-working-8144Polish winemaking handbook wins international awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-winemaking-handbook-wins-international-award-8143<p>A Polish textbook for wine producers has received an award from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), in the education category, during a ceremony held in Paris.</p>Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:42:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lzq5ffowi3czck1m2ql55.jpegThe awarded textbook was published by the Galicja Vitis Foundation which is engaged in the development and promotion of winemaking in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-winemaking-handbook-wins-international-award-8143Archeologists find ancient warrior grave in forest near Gorzówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeologists-find-ancient-warrior-grave-in-forest-near-gorzow-8139<p>Archaeologists are working to uncover the secrets of a burial ground hidden in a forest in western Poland.</p>Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:21:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/63ttkq3gnk8ky4wbgrrs.jpegDiscovered after wind blew down a tree revealing spearheads, researchers working at the secret site have now found cremated remains.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeologists-find-ancient-warrior-grave-in-forest-near-gorzow-8139Polish Righteous Among Nations, state delegation meet Israeli presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-8137<p>Nine Polish citizens, honoured with the Righteous Among the Nations distinction for helping Jews during World War Two, and a Polish state delegation met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:14:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rcn3bb8t7td9clc9q0k3o.jpegPolish Righteous Among Nations, state delegation meet Israeli presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-8137Polish HICP inflation up by 2.4 pct y/y in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-24-pct-yy-in-september---eurostat-8135<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) grew by 2.4 percent year on year in September 2019, against a 2.6 percent increase in August, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:42:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish HICP inflation up by 2.4 pct y/y in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-24-pct-yy-in-september---eurostat-8135Poland wins European Kabaddi Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wins-european-kabaddi-championships-8133<p>Poland defeated the Netherlands by a score of 48-27 to win the 2019 European Kabaddi Championships which were held in Glasgow, Scotland.</p>Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:48:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland wins European Kabaddi Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wins-european-kabaddi-championships-8133Poland's passenger car registrations up 29.3 pct y/y in Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-passenger-car-registrations-up-293-pct-yy-in-september-8131<p>A total of 35,325 passenger vehicles were registered in Poland in September 2019, up by 29.3 percent year on year, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:24:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qcpmpewwlo75q7zflqlto.jpegPoland's passenger car registrations up 29.3 pct y/y in Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-passenger-car-registrations-up-293-pct-yy-in-september-8131Warsaw children's theatre wins four awards at festivals in Serbiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-childrens-theatre-wins-four-awards-at-festivals-in-serbia-8129<p>Teatr Lalka, Warsaw's oldest puppet theatre, claimed four awards during autumn theatre festivals in Serbia, announced Dominika Druch, a theatre representative, on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:52:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nwe3p7cd2pj7xa1ld865rd.jpeg“The Green-Feathered Bird” is a comedy, inspired by the fairy tales of Italo Calvino, Carlo Gozzi and Bolesław Leśmian.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-childrens-theatre-wins-four-awards-at-festivals-in-serbia-8129Harrowing paintings by Holocaust survivor showing hell handed over to Auschwitz Museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-paintings-by-holocaust-survivor-showing-hell-handed-over-to-auschwitz-museum-8126<p>A collection of 19 paintings made after the war by Auschwitz survivor Edith Hofmann have gone to the Auschwitz Museum collection.</p>Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:34:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m4a8csp4hxqyiy92xtsyf.jpegThe striking images depict the harrowing fate of fellow prisoners from the artist’s own experience.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-paintings-by-holocaust-survivor-showing-hell-handed-over-to-auschwitz-museum-8126IATA welcomes Central Transportation Porthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iata-welcomes-central-transportation-port-8128<p>The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Tuesday praised Poland's decision to build a Central Transportation Port as a central hub for air, rail and road travel.</p>Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sw0vefrqu1kv3g89fais.jpegAlexandre de Juniac stressed that the Polish hub will include the first greenfield airport project in Europe in the last ten years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iata-welcomes-central-transportation-port-8128Polish Traces: Sarneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-sarnes-378<p>In part three of Polish Traces, Krzysztof finds himself in the stunning landscape of the northernmost part of Europe where he tracks down Piotr, a fisherman who moved there in 2008 and who is now preparing his children for a return to their homeland.</p>Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:15:00 +0200Polish traceshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r0z751505d9g7yhfya0glq.jpegPolish Traces: Sarneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-sarnes-378Blik mobile payment operator PSP teams up with MasterCardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blik-mobile-payment-operator-psp-teams-up-with-mastercard-8124<p>Polish Payment Standard (PSP), the operator of the Blik mobile payment system, has formed a partnership with MasterCard, following an announcement first made in December 2018, the companies announced in a Tuesday press release.</p>Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:08:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q5y1z7y0j6m7gfo61ssp.jpegBlik mobile payment operator PSP teams up with MasterCardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blik-mobile-payment-operator-psp-teams-up-with-mastercard-8124‘Kitschy’ church becomes youngest building to win privileged heritage protection statushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kitschy-church-becomes-youngest-building-to-win-privileged-heritage-protection-status-8119<p>An unusual Greek Catholic orthodox church in Western Pomerania has won a place on the prized heritage protection list because of its ‘mysterious’ sacral decoration.</p>Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:43:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uwmv9fq42ivvohbngf9z.jpegThe interior design of Kraków artist Jerzy Nowosielski prompted the protected status.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kitschy-church-becomes-youngest-building-to-win-privileged-heritage-protection-status-8119Poland's inflation in September at 2.6 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-september-at-26-percent-yy---stats-office-8117<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 2.6 percent year on year in September 2019 and remained unchanged month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:33:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's inflation in September at 2.6 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-september-at-26-percent-yy---stats-office-8117Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot to play real-life hero Irena Sendler in new filmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wonder-woman-actress-gal-gadot-to-play-real-life-hero-irena-sendler-in-new-film-8112<p>Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot is to produce and star in the lead role of real-life hero Irena Sendler in a new movie.</p>Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:12:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oab579r5ramcj6xsummj.pngIsraeli star Gal Gadot will play real life hero Irena Sendler in new blockbuster. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wonder-woman-actress-gal-gadot-to-play-real-life-hero-irena-sendler-in-new-film-8112Venture Capital funds invest over EUR 232 mln in startups in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venture-capital-funds-invest-over-eur-232-mln-in-startups-in-2019-8110<p>The president of the Polish Development Fund (PFR), Pawel Borys, has told PAP that Venture Capital (VC) funds have increased their investment in Polish startups four-fold in the last two years to over PLN 1 billion (EUR 232 million) this year.</p>Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:36:00 +0200BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hfulog2aeafrfufupj1zm.jpegVenture Capital funds invest over EUR 232 mln in startups in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venture-capital-funds-invest-over-eur-232-mln-in-startups-in-2019-8110Poland's Future Inflation Index further down in October - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-future-inflation-index-further-down-in-october---biec-8108<p>Poland's Future Inflation Index (WPI), an indicator that predicts consumer price trends in the country over the coming months, went down in October, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) wrote on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Future Inflation Index further down in October - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-future-inflation-index-further-down-in-october---biec-8108Poland's PiS wins second term in powerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-pis-wins-second-term-in-power-8106<p>Incumbent ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) and its junior partners won Sunday's parliamentary election and secured a ruling majority in the lower house of parliament, the State Electoral Commission (PKW) said Monday evening announcing the official results of the vote.</p>Mon, 14 Oct 2019 23:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z9xik59r9ckieorqtd4t1p.jpegThe State Electoral Commission (PKW) announced Monday evening the official results of the vote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-pis-wins-second-term-in-power-8106Poland backs consultations on arms export ban against Turkeyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-backs-consultations-on-arms-export-ban-against-turkey-8105<p>Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz on Monday declined to say whether Poland will follow other EU countries and ban arms exports to Turkey stressing that in this case one should note that Turkey is a NATO member.</p>Mon, 14 Oct 2019 19:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x50ud5ix40od8z8syp9o3f.jpegPolish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz (L) talks with Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders (R) at the start of the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-backs-consultations-on-arms-export-ban-against-turkey-8105Hitler’s FIRST death camp dubbed ‘Fort of Horror’ opened 80 years ago today in Poznańhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hitlers-first-death-camp-dubbed-fort-of-horror-opened-80-years-ago-today-in-poznan-8100<p>Opened eighty years ago today, Fort VII in Poland’s western city of Poznań has several dubious accolades.</p>Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:13:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lrmm2n0yj6s74sijo2kfi8.jpegAs the first concentration camp that the Germans set up on Polish territory, Fort VII in Poznań became known as the Fort of Horror due the brutal regime of torture, punishment and death metered out by the sadistic SS guards.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hitlers-first-death-camp-dubbed-fort-of-horror-opened-80-years-ago-today-in-poznan-8100Playboy model from Gliwice stands for election in Canadahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/playboy-model-from-gliwice-stands-for-election-in-canada-8097<p>A Playboy model from Gliwice is running for parliament in Canada.</p>Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0km9rm9fvidh1v6v9hp94.jpegThe Playboy model from Gliwice is a candidate for the People's Party of Canada in Humber River Black Creek.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/playboy-model-from-gliwice-stands-for-election-in-canada-8097Art historian who found lost El Greco painting finally rewarded with Gloria Artis Culture Medalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/art-historian-who-found-lost-el-greco-painting-finally-rewarded-with-gloria-artis-culture-medal-8093<p>An art historian and lecturer at the European Academy of Art has been awarded the Gloria Artis gold medal for her 1964 discovery in Poland of a lost El Greco masterpiece.</p>Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:48:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c6e77ufjd86c3088r0tiyn.jpegThe Ministry of Culture and National heritage said: 'Thanks to this outstanding doctor of art history, a wonderful art treasure was found and restored, the only El Greco ‘Ecstasy of St Francis’ painting in Poland.'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/art-historian-who-found-lost-el-greco-painting-finally-rewarded-with-gloria-artis-culture-medal-8093Government line-up to be presented in 2-3 weeks - spokespersonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-line-up-to-be-presented-in-2-3-weeks---spokesperson-8091<p>The composition of the new government will be announced in two or three weeks, government spokesperson Piotr Muller told reporters on Monday.</p>Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/65sh94a8ml7kwrf9px68m.jpegGovernment line-up to be presented in 2-3 weeks - spokespersonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-line-up-to-be-presented-in-2-3-weeks---spokesperson-8091Poland's end-August foreign trade deficit at EUR 0 bln - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-end-august-foreign-trade-deficit-at-eur-0-bln---stats-office-8089<p>Poland's foreign trade deficit amounted to EUR 0.0 billion after August 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:58:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cf5ys0ibr49x4j3cs61uch.jpegPoland's end-August foreign trade deficit at EUR 0 bln - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-end-august-foreign-trade-deficit-at-eur-0-bln---stats-office-8089Poland beats Canada in FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cuphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-beats-canada-in-fivb-volleyball-mens-world-cup-8087<p>Poland's men's volleyball team defeated Canada 3:0 (25:23, 26:24, 25:20) in their tenth match at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup in Hiroshima on Monday.</p>Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:49:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland beats Canada in FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cuphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-beats-canada-in-fivb-volleyball-mens-world-cup-8087International press report on Polish electionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/international-press-report-on-polish-elections-8085<p>Press from around the world have been reporting on Sunday's elections in Poland to the Sejm (lower house of parliament) and Senate, which exit polls suggest was won comfortably by the incumbent Law and Justice (PiS) party.</p>Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/svk2c8zr29pc9suzinmo.jpegInternational press report on Polish electionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/international-press-report-on-polish-elections-8085United Right - 43.6 pct, Civic Coalition 27.4 pct - exit pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/united-right---436-pct-civic-coalition-274-pct---exit-poll-8084<p>Poland's ruling coalition United Right, led by the conservative but socially-oriented Law and Justice party (PiS), received 43.6 percent of the vote in Sunday's parliamentary elections, an Ipsos exit poll for public and private TV stations showed.</p>Sun, 13 Oct 2019 21:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3iiu1iw48jhas4dbsdaqlh.jpegPoland's ruling coalition United Right, led by the conservative but socially-oriented Law and Justice party (PiS), received 43.6 percent of the vote in Sunday's parliamentary elections.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/united-right---436-pct-civic-coalition-274-pct---exit-poll-8084The music of love: the life and times of the operatic beauty who stole Chopin’s hearthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-music-of-love-the-life-and-times-of-the-operatic-beauty-who-stole-chopins-heart-8082<p>She was Chopin’s muse, who inspired his beloved first piano concerto. She was also a rising soprano whose blue-eyed beauty and talent beguiled and entranced the besotted young Fryderyk. Yet, despite their intense feelings for each other, the young couple’s love was thwarted by circumstance and ambition.</p>Sun, 13 Oct 2019 18:35:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/guvv7220plrmg9qmdtyhkg.jpegKnown for her voice and her looks Konstancja Gładkowska was to make a big impression on the young Chopin.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-music-of-love-the-life-and-times-of-the-operatic-beauty-who-stole-chopins-heart-8082OSCE election observers 'focusing on process'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/osce-election-observers-focusing-on-process-8081<p>Ambassador Jan Peterson, the head of the OSCE's limited election observation mission in Poland, has said his team is focusing only on the election process, not on who wins, adding that the mission's final conclusions will be presented in two months.</p>Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w8cpphf2tgje1wz04b9t.jpegThe OSCE ambassador said the first results would be presented at a press conference on Monday while the full report would be produced in two months' time.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/osce-election-observers-focusing-on-process-8081Skeleton of one of the heroes of Westerplatte found on battlefieldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/skeleton-of-one-of-the-heroes-of-westerplatte-found-on-battlefield-8079<p>Archaeologists working on the Westerplatte battlefield have found the skeletal remains of another soldier who fell in the heroic defence of a Polish outpost during the first few hours and days of the Second World War.</p>Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:05:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u1fhr0vxl1xlad6709ob9.jpegThe remains of the soldier were the third to be found in recent weeks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/skeleton-of-one-of-the-heroes-of-westerplatte-found-on-battlefield-8079KGHM 'Ambassador of Poland 2019' distinctions awardedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kghm-ambassador-of-poland-2019-distinctions-awarded-8077<p>The 'Ambassador of Poland 2019' awards sponsored by copper firm KGHM were given out in Warsaw on Saturday to people who have created a positive image of Poland in the fields of culture, sport and science as well as a popular-vote award and a special prize.</p>Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o7gffjwbkult64wkreu.jpegThe winners were chosen by a committee from among candidates submitted online.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kghm-ambassador-of-poland-2019-distinctions-awarded-8077White and red over the red planet: Polish-made satellite set to journey to Marshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/red-and-white-over-the-red-planet-polish-made-satellite-set-to-journey-to-mars-8075<p>A Polish-made satellite could be propelled to Mars by a new consortium that includes Sir Richard Branson’s company Virgin Orbit.</p>Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:27:00 +0200BusinessSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9jq21dmwmk7avxv54eu7e6.jpegThe satellite will travel to Mars for a mission organised by a Polish consortium and Virgin Orbit.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/red-and-white-over-the-red-planet-polish-made-satellite-set-to-journey-to-mars-8075Parliamentary elections underway in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliamentary-elections-underway-in-poland-8074<p>Poles are heading to the ballot box to elect 460 MPs and 100 senators for a four-year term in a total of 27,415 polling station which opened at 7 am in 41 electoral districts across the country, Wieslaw Kozielewicz, the State Electoral Commission (PKW) head said on Sunday.</p>Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1pewuvx8y7lio20hk0zk0xi.jpegThe parliamentary election in Poland started at 7:00 am and will end at 9:00 pm on Sunday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliamentary-elections-underway-in-poland-8074Inspiration from murder: the savage killing that links a small Polish town to a Shakespearian playhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inspiration-from-murder-the-savage-killing-that-links-a-small-polish-town-to-a-shakespearian-play-8070<p>According to historians of the Duchy of Masovia in the 14th century, Siemowit III was a pretty decent duke.</p>Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:02:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sqvticpkyxehu955p68bzv.jpegCrime scene? The remnants of the castle in Rawa Mazowiecka.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inspiration-from-murder-the-savage-killing-that-links-a-small-polish-town-to-a-shakespearian-play-8070Kraków marks Polish Olympic Committee centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-marks-polish-olympic-committee-centenary-8069<p>The 100th foundation anniversary of the Polish Olympic Committee was celebrated on Saturday in Kraków, south Poland, with a ceremonial renewal of the founding act.</p>Sat, 12 Oct 2019 16:03:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0neiey1f9cxdbaat998v2rq.jpegThe ceremony, which drew numerous sport activists and known sportsmen, took place in the city's prestigious Hotel Francuski, where the Polish Olympic Committee was founded on October 12 1919.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-marks-polish-olympic-committee-centenary-8069Skeletons of six babies found during archaeological dighttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/skeletons-of-six-babies-found-during-archaeological-dig-8067<p>Archaeologists have found the skeletons of six babies in a medieval “house of the dead” near Poland’s border with Ukraine.</p>Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:39:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sat68ole7p6r1qirat0gi.jpegHouse of the dead: scientists examine the remains of one of the children.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/skeletons-of-six-babies-found-during-archaeological-dig-8067EC approves funding for LNG terminalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-funding-for-lng-terminal-8066<p>The EC has approved EUR 130 million in EU funds for the expansion of Poland's LNG terminal in the northwestern seaport Świnoujście. The funding will come from the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment.</p>Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:53:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y9pjxod0rs9w981yxadqa.jpegThe expansion of the terminal is part of Poland's plan to raise energy security.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-funding-for-lng-terminal-8066S&P confirm Poland's ratinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sp-confirm-polands-rating-8065<p>The S&amp;P rating agency has kept Poland's rating at A-/A-2 for long- and short-term foreign currency obligations and A/A-1 for long- and short-term domestic currency obligations, the Finance Ministry informed on Saturday.</p>Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:46:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6plrg5g0x2768eqstadln9.jpegS&P wrote that higher ratings for Poland will depend on the wage growth rate and public debt reduction. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sp-confirm-polands-rating-8065Anti-poverty project scoops EU award and millions in fundinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-poverty-project-scoops-eu-award-and-millions-in-funding-8062<p>A Polish project linking people in need with local support services and members of the public has picked up a prestigious anti-poverty EU award and scooped EUR 2 million in funding.</p>Sat, 12 Oct 2019 10:59:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5psh04bpih46m808owduj4.jpegThe EU Regio award recognises projects combatting poverty and inequality across the continent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-poverty-project-scoops-eu-award-and-millions-in-funding-8062Polish Tech Day 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-tech-day-8060<p>Polish Tech Day in London is the main platform for bilateral business relations between the Polish and British innovation and technology sectors.</p>Fri, 11 Oct 2019 20:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ndvola4bh286ojkxy8fzy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-tech-day-8060Polish Traces: Alta, Norwayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-alta-norway-376<p>Arriving in Norway Krzysztof bumps into a Swedish man who, after years living abroad, recalls his fondness for the Poles he has met during his travels and of the tales he has learnt. He also likes vodka…</p>Fri, 11 Oct 2019 17:36:00 +0200Polish traceshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qdh9n0y8jhj229lp7lwf.jpegPolish Traces: Alta, Norwayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-alta-norway-376Three prisons - three freedoms. Meet the man who survived Auschwitz, Stalin's Prisons and communist internment and become a Righteous Amongst the Nations (twice). Władysław Bartoszewski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/three-prisons---three-freedoms-meet-the-man-who-survived-auschwitz-stalins-prisons-and-communist-internment-and-become-a-righteous-amongst-the-nations-twice-wladyslaw-bartoszewski-374<p>Władysław Bartoszewski was one of the most extraordinary Poles of the 20th Century. A decorated soldier, resistance fighter against both Nazism and Communism, journalist and former Minister of Foreign Affairs - he worked to heal German-Polish relations when Poland finally regained its freedom.</p><p>Discover the full story of this remarkable man from one of Poland's best English-language historians, Dr. Alexandra Richie who - by a curious turn of history - happens to be Władysław Bartoszewski's daughter-in-law.</p>Fri, 11 Oct 2019 17:11:00 +0200Heart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kjv1debkf78n9zgin8bum.jpegThree prisons - three freedoms. Meet the man who survived Auschwitz, Stalin's Prisons and communist internment and become a Righteous Amongst the Nations (twice). Władysław Bartoszewski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/three-prisons---three-freedoms-meet-the-man-who-survived-auschwitz-stalins-prisons-and-communist-internment-and-become-a-righteous-amongst-the-nations-twice-wladyslaw-bartoszewski-374‘Warsaw is a miracle’ says The End of History author Francis Fukuyama 30 years after first visit to capitalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-is-a-miracle-says-the-end-of-history-author-francis-fukuyama-30-years-after-first-visit-to-capital-8058<p>Best-selling author Francis Fukuyama heaped praise on Warsaw this week whist taking part in the Nemtsov Forum.</p>Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:58:00 +0200ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fnhfqg1308meqqfg2g7ca.jpegPolitical scientist and philosopher known for his books The End of History and The Last Man, Francis Fukuyama said: 'I see an economically developed country that has been in the European Union since 2004, thanks to which it has achieved great success.'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-is-a-miracle-says-the-end-of-history-author-francis-fukuyama-30-years-after-first-visit-to-capital-8058Quirky exhibition based on award-winning book Quarks, Elephants and Pierogi opens in Londonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/quirky-exhibition-based-on-award-winning-book-quarks-elephants-and-pierogi-opens-in-london-8055<p>Quarks, Elephants and Pierogi has descended on London, with a whimsical exhibition introducing Polish culture in a new, unexpected manner.</p>Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:50:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/obbrr0lw0hiv367cp4mzk8.jpegThe book, which introduces people to the Polish language and culture in a fun and light-hearted way, is now the basis for the exhibition at Clapham library.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/quirky-exhibition-based-on-award-winning-book-quarks-elephants-and-pierogi-opens-in-london-8055Warsaw Film Festival kicks offhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-film-festival-kicks-off-8053<p>The 35th Warsaw Film Festival will start on Friday afternoon with a screening of an international production "The Barefoot Emperor" directed by Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens. </p>Fri, 11 Oct 2019 12:43:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o2653exs5w24140q9c4e5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-film-festival-kicks-off-8053Artwork carved into mountain rocks sheds intimate light on locals’ war and post-war experienceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artwork-carved-into-mountain-rocks-sheds-intimate-light-on-locals-war-and-post-war-experiences-8051<p>Rock art in a mountain village is providing a rare perspective on life in 20th century Poland, from World War II through to the 1980s.</p>Fri, 11 Oct 2019 12:24:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lzn55id8ksrtxa76hzbzap.jpegCarved over several decades, the rock art offers insights both into large-scale developments in Poland in the past and into the lives of local people, including mountain shepherds.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artwork-carved-into-mountain-rocks-sheds-intimate-light-on-locals-war-and-post-war-experiences-8051Warsaw Film Festival kicks offhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-film-festival-kicks-off-8050<p>The 35th Warsaw Film Festival will start on Friday afternoon with a screening of an international production "The Barefoot Emperor" directed by Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens.</p>Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:06:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a92ttxspkhddwj8mspnq.jpegThe films will be screened at Multikino Złote Tarasy and Kinoteka cinemas. In addition, meetings with the film-makers will held during every day of the festival.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-film-festival-kicks-off-8050Polish president in Athens to attend Arraiolos Group meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-in-athens-to-attend-arraiolos-group-meeting-8049<p>President Andrzej Duda arrived in Athens on Thursday night to attend on Friday the annual meeting of the Arraiolos Group, which gathers the presidents of countries whose prime ministers take part in EU summits.</p>Fri, 11 Oct 2019 10:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ru50zpr5fh9u98h9fwogg.jpegPresident of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda during the welcoming ceremony by the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pawlopulos.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-in-athens-to-attend-arraiolos-group-meeting-8049Poland beats Latvia in Euro 2020 qualifierhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-beats-latvia-in-euro-2020-qualifier-8048<p>Poland's national football team beat Latvia 3-0 in its seventh Euro 2020 Group G qualifying soccer match, at Daugava Stadium in Riga on Thursday.</p>Fri, 11 Oct 2019 09:00:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hc7606vx2s8c15133wlqvo.jpegAll three goals were scored by the Poland’s captain Robert Lewandowski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-beats-latvia-in-euro-2020-qualifier-8048Poland a major household goods producer - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-a-major-household-goods-producer---pm-8045<p>Poland is a major European household appliance supplier, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday in the Amica household appliance plant in Wronki, west Poland.</p>Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:11:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0op2gkpj3yg863nj84vwhe.jpegPoland a major household goods producer - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-a-major-household-goods-producer---pm-8045‘I’m not yet done’ says Jiu-Jitsu mum after winning TWO gold medals and a silver just months after giving birthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/im-not-yet-done-says-jiu-jitsu-mum-after-winning-two-gold-medals-and-a-silver-just-months-after-giving-birth-8042<p>Super mum Zofia Szawernowska stunned judges and fellow competitors when four weeks after giving birth to a baby girl, she went back into the ring and won a silver medal.</p>Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:30:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yel8j2rq2bcl5k4u4z3zo.jpegZofia and partner Kuba at their home in Warsaw. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/im-not-yet-done-says-jiu-jitsu-mum-after-winning-two-gold-medals-and-a-silver-just-months-after-giving-birth-8042She’s done it! Olga Tokarczuk wins Nobel Prize for Literaturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-olga-tokarczuk-wins-noble-prize-for-literature-8027<p>Novelist, poet and essayist Olga Tokarczuk has won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Swedish Academy announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:15:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nn3vo9qo56soat1q5ebpe.jpegThe Swedish Academy said Tokarczuk had won the prize for "a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-olga-tokarczuk-wins-noble-prize-for-literature-8027Ooh, la, la! French girl walks across Poland with pet CAMEL in tow on epic voyage to Mongoliahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ooh-la-la-french-girl-walks-across-poland-with-rescued-circus-camel-on-epic-voyage-to-mongolia-8026<p>A French woman is travelling across Poland to take her pet camel to Mongolia, where she wants to find a farm with other camels.</p>Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:08:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/isf7wly6jki1d02y487xzf.jpegAfter setting off on July 4th, Edmee and her camel Attika crossed into Poland on October 5th.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ooh-la-la-french-girl-walks-across-poland-with-rescued-circus-camel-on-epic-voyage-to-mongolia-8026Poland to serve on NATO Spearhead Force - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-serve-on-nato-spearhead-force---daily-8025<p>The Polish armed forces will for the first time be on annual combat duty in NATO, the Rzeczpospolita broadsheet wrote on Thursday. The shift will last throughout 2020 and the Polish forces will be on alert 24 hours a day.</p>Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j2loousejwmj8c0qcr6ej.jpegThe commander of the Polish brigade, Brigadier Dariusz Lewandowski, told Rzeczpospolita that the task was the biggest challenge for Poland in terms of building an international combat structure since the country joined NATO in 1999.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-serve-on-nato-spearhead-force---daily-8025Polish bishops set up foundation for Church abuse victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-bishops-set-up-foundation-for-church-abuse-victims-8023<p>The St. Joseph Foundation was established by Polish bishops to assist and support persons who were abused during their childhood or youth, in the Church community, Episcopal Conference of Poland (KEP) spokesman Rev. Pawel Rytel-Andrianik told PAP on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 09 Oct 2019 18:54:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lbm6c3ww9t250z0x84aik.jpegPolish bishops set up foundation for Church abuse victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-bishops-set-up-foundation-for-church-abuse-victims-8023Britain offers 100 million export loan for Central Transportation Porthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/britain-offers-100-million-export-loan-for-central-transportation-port-8021<p>The British government has offered Poland a 100-million-pound export loan to co-finance the construction of a planned Central Transportation Port, Poland's Deputy Infrastructure Minister Mikolaj Wild announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 09 Oct 2019 18:04:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n8858j84khsnsvrrkyvibn.jpegBritain offers 100 million export loan for Central Transportation Porthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/britain-offers-100-million-export-loan-for-central-transportation-port-8021Hundreds of 8th century Arabian coins found by man digging for mushroomshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-of-8th-century-arabian-coins-found-by-man-digging-for-mushrooms-8019<p>A mushroom picker foraging in woods beside a river got more than just fungus after he unearthed a “sensational find” of hundreds of rare Arab coins dating back centuries.</p>Wed, 09 Oct 2019 15:44:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t7rjznx2juyzkcfm66uad.jpegMushroom picking Bartosz Michałowski found the silver coins in a landslip on the banks of the River Słupia near his village of Strzelinko, not far from the northern town of Słupsk.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-of-8th-century-arabian-coins-found-by-man-digging-for-mushrooms-8019Poland's former environment minister dies aged 75https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-former-environment-minister-dies-aged-75-8016<p>Poland's former minister for the environment, Professor Jan Szyszko, died this morning at the age of 75, Polish President Andrzej Duda tweeted on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xwlgbm1vq80umjxolr5ux9.jpegSzyszko served as environment minister from 2015 to 2018.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-former-environment-minister-dies-aged-75-8016High Five! Awards got to FIVE Polish cities for their revitalisation and green spaces projectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/high-five-awards-got-to-five-polish-cities-for-their-revitalisation-and-green-spaces-projects-8014<p>The Society of Polish Town Planners has announced the winners and runners-up of a competition held to find the “best-managed public spaces” in the country with podium places going to a diverse spread of projects both big and small, new and old(er).</p>Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:54:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9yi3pevr55ovu6yevga0gp.jpegRecognition went to Katowice, Lublin and Łódź in the “revitalized public space” category, while Jaworzno and Kraków were showered with praise in the “Green public space” category.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/high-five-awards-got-to-five-polish-cities-for-their-revitalisation-and-green-spaces-projects-8014Die Welt: Thanks to Law and Justice Poles benefit from prosperityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/die-welt-thanks-to-law-and-justice-poles-benefit-from-prosperity-8012<p>Analyzing the pre-election environment in Poland, German daily "Die Welt" writes that the extensive social welfare programmes of the ruling Law and Justice party are gaining wide-spread support and consequently the party will announce further benefits.</p>Wed, 09 Oct 2019 11:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q8eob4iqsyelng5szsx6p.jpegThe paper points out that the ruling party is to increase the minimum wage and give tax breaks to young workers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/die-welt-thanks-to-law-and-justice-poles-benefit-from-prosperity-8012Poland to host huge offshore wind farms despite restrictions - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-host-huge-offshore-wind-farms-despite-restrictions---pm-8011<p>Addressing accusations that the government has frozen the development of wind farms in Poland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told public radio on Wednesday that some "huge projects" are being developed on the Baltic Sea.</p>Wed, 09 Oct 2019 10:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tqw72fh691r4ihrnbvas2s.jpeg“(...) they are in the initial phase of gaining various permits and in a few years we can have big wind farms on the Baltic,” the prime minister said. Pictured an offshore wind farm in the North Sea, Germany.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-host-huge-offshore-wind-farms-despite-restrictions---pm-8011Poland's GDP growth to reach 4.3 pct in 2019 - World Bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-to-reach-43-pct-in-2019---world-bank-8010<p>Poland's economic growth is expected to reach 4.3 percent in 2019 driven by private consumption and higher investments, the World Bank has said in a report, having revised upwards its April 2019 forecast of 4.0 percent.</p>Wed, 09 Oct 2019 09:55:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6ngowtuu4zypjsx4cffp7g.jpeg“Household consumption, fueled by expected increases in budgetary expenditures and a tight labour market and rising wages, will continue to grow in Poland,” World Bank Country Manager for Poland and the Baltic States Carlos Pinerua said as cited in a press statement from the bank.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-growth-to-reach-43-pct-in-2019---world-bank-8010Poland's public TV broadcaster signs Junior Eurovision Contest contracthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-public-tv-broadcaster-signs-junior-eurovision-contest-contract-8008<p>Jacek Kurski, chairman of the Polish national state broadcaster TVP, and Jon Ola Sand, the Eurovision Song Contest's executive supervisor, signed an agreement, on Tuesday, on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019, to be held in Gliwice, southern Poland.</p>Tue, 08 Oct 2019 19:28:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nld5wsai5y208uqewwinb.jpegPoland's public TV broadcaster signs Junior Eurovision Contest contracthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-public-tv-broadcaster-signs-junior-eurovision-contest-contract-8008Two sappers killed, four injured in explosion in south Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-sappers-killed-four-injured-in-explosion-in-south-poland-8006<p>Two sappers lost their lives and four were injured, including two seriously, in an explosion that took place in a forest near the south-Polish town of Kuznia Raciborska on Tuesday, the Polsat News TV channel has reported, quoting the Government Security Centre.</p>Tue, 08 Oct 2019 17:00:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wynhvj0hcbb3865ubhy1bu.jpegTwo sappers killed, four injured in explosion in south Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-sappers-killed-four-injured-in-explosion-in-south-poland-8006IPN and FBI join forces to track down remains of communist victims using Combined DNA Index Systemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ipn-and-fbi-join-forces-to-track-down-remains-of-communist-victims-using-combined-dna-index-system-8001<p>The IPN, which investigates Nazi and communist crimes against the Polish people, has been officially granted access to the CODIS tool under a 2018 agreement with the FBI.</p>Tue, 08 Oct 2019 16:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8jufaewckmxyxn3z03r4bh.jpegThe Institute for National Remembrance which investigates WWII and Communist-era crimes against the Polish State, will be the world's only institution to use the FBI’s advanced CODIS system, which enables comparisons of genetic profiles, for identifying victims of totalitarianism.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ipn-and-fbi-join-forces-to-track-down-remains-of-communist-victims-using-combined-dna-index-system-8001Take CLOVER from the rain in this clever bus stop of the futurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-clover-from-the-rain-in-this-clever-bus-stop-of-the-future-7997<p>A newly designed bus shelter that features a heated bench, economical lighting, hybrid power supply, and chargers for mobile devices has gone on show in Katowice. </p>Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:06:00 +0200ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7afx6krvnpxssebgrtwk.jpegThe shelter has green ivy walls as well as a hybrid power supply, it can use both electricity from the power grid and energy generated thanks to its own solar panels. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/take-clover-from-the-rain-in-this-clever-bus-stop-of-the-future-7997Polish EC commissioner candidate okeyed - sourcehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ec-commissioner-candidate-okeyed---source-7995<p>The candidature of Poland's Janusz Wojciechowski for EU agriculture commissioner was approved on Tuesday by all coordinators of the EP agriculture committee, PAP was told by an anonymous source at the EP.</p>Tue, 08 Oct 2019 13:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/14kxoulwxjp88a0derdobu.jpegThe candidature of Poland's Janusz Wojciechowski for EU agriculture commissioner was approved.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ec-commissioner-candidate-okeyed---source-7995Polish troops to return to UN duties in Lebanon soonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-troops-to-return-to-un-duties-in-lebanon-soon-7994<p>Speaking at a training range in Nowa Dęba in southeastern Poland on Tuesday, President Andrzej Duda expressed satisfaction that Polish troops will soon return to UN peace-keeping duties with a 250-person contingent to be deployed to Lebanon.</p>Tue, 08 Oct 2019 13:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4ujr4iwyv8fo6ctth134ef.jpegDuda said he hoped that Polish Blue Helmets would bring peace and security to people.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-troops-to-return-to-un-duties-in-lebanon-soon-7994The GREATER Escape! Longest WWII escape tunnel found along with dozens of trinketshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-greater-escape-longest-wwii-escape-tunnel-found-along-with-dozens-of-trinkets-7992<p>History enthusiasts have discovered the longest escape tunnel built by prisoners-of-war during World War II in Poland.</p>Tue, 08 Oct 2019 12:29:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9otvgebsahen8bhuk0acb.pngIn addition to discovering the longest WII escape tunnel, the Polish team also found dozens of mementos left behind by the officers held at the POW camp in what is now northwest Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-greater-escape-longest-wwii-escape-tunnel-found-along-with-dozens-of-trinkets-7992President names winners of Economic Awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-names-winners-of-economic-awards-7991<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda has granted seven companies the Presidential Economic Award. The companies received their awards during a Monday gala at the 590 Congress in Jasionka near Rzeszów, south-east Poland.</p>Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:40:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tt62ooqyklo09b0pg483.jpegThe president congratulated the winners on their successes and stressed that all of them “are great businessmen with an extreme sense of responsibility” for their companies, employees and everything in their environment.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-names-winners-of-economic-awards-7991Famous Polish director, screenwriter dies aged 76https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/famous-polish-director-screenwriter-dies-aged-76-7988<p>Janusz Kondratiuk, a Polish director and screenwriter, died on Monday following a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, PAP was told by Polish Film Institute head Jacek Bromski.</p>Tue, 08 Oct 2019 09:49:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/agz3r2bzazf8120yl5gvv6.jpegHis most recent feature, the autobiographical film A Cat with a Dog was a considerable success at the Gdynia Film Festival in 2018.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/famous-polish-director-screenwriter-dies-aged-76-7988Polish, South Korean FMs meet in Seoulhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-south-korean-fms-meet-in-seoul-7986<p>Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz met with his Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha in Seoul on Monday, and said that Polish-South Korean cooperation has huge potential in the fields of economy, research and innovations.</p>Mon, 07 Oct 2019 20:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pn5clnox29fgqdbb0275e.jpegPolish, South Korean FMs meet in Seoulhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-south-korean-fms-meet-in-seoul-7986Polish president hopes US will join Three Seas projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-hopes-us-will-join-three-seas-project-7984<p>Referring to special Polish-US ties and the opportunities that could be created by the Three Seas Initiative, Poland's President Andrzej Duda expressed his hope at the Congress 590, in Jasionka near Rzeszow, on Monday, that "the US will join our great project."</p>Mon, 07 Oct 2019 17:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s1aiqq02pp71rq7ui74x6vi.jpegPolish president hopes US will join Three Seas projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-hopes-us-will-join-three-seas-project-7984Public 'DIY health box’ could be high street life saverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/personal-mot-health-box-could-be-high-street-life-saver-7982<p>A new high street initiative where commuters can check their own health is being tested on the Warsaw metro.</p>Mon, 07 Oct 2019 16:04:00 +0200ScienceLifeStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/idatnli96nemg6yc1l57b.jpegThe telehealth kiosk which has been installed at Warsaw’s Metro Młociny underground station lets commuters carry out basic health check ups. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/personal-mot-health-box-could-be-high-street-life-saver-7982Kendall Jenner wows in stunning new ad for high street fashion kings Reservedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kendall-jenner-wows-in-stunning-new-ad-for-high-street-fashion-kings-reserved-7976<p>Top model Kendall Jenner has sent the internet into meltdown with her latest video for Polish clothing brand Reserved.</p>Mon, 07 Oct 2019 15:14:00 +0200BusinessArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q8kjd9gjebe0ao4kavo0hc.jpegDirected by Gordon von Steiner, the Reserved video starring Kendall Jenner has already notched up over 3 million views on YouTube. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kendall-jenner-wows-in-stunning-new-ad-for-high-street-fashion-kings-reserved-7976Congress 590 kicks off in Rzeszówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/congress-590-kicks-off-in-rzeszow-7974<p>KONGRES 590 is a meeting place for representatives of business, science, politics and legislation. It is an arena for the exchange of thoughts, views and experiences.</p>Mon, 07 Oct 2019 14:47:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ytzetx7mu1xh5ua4ugw9i.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/congress-590-kicks-off-in-rzeszow-7974Congress 590 economic forum kicks off in southeastern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/congress-590-economic-forum-kicks-off-in-southeastern-poland-7973<p>Congress 590, a two-day event which serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas on business, science, politics and legislation to better promote Poland's economic growth, started in Jasionka, near Rzeszów, south-eastern Poland, on Monday.</p>Mon, 07 Oct 2019 14:29:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/amyiacm10a5f6mb35u9pr.jpegOpening the event, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that Poland has been developing at a fast rate but “the task has not yet been completed.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/congress-590-economic-forum-kicks-off-in-southeastern-poland-7973Responsible Development Strategy is two-thirds implemented - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/responsible-development-strategy-is-two-thirds-implemented---minister-7972<p>Poland's Finance, Investment and Development Minister Jerzy Kwieciński said at the Congress 590 in Jasionka near Rzeszów, in south-eastern Poland, on Monday, that two-thirds of the Strategy for Responsible Development has already been implemented.</p>Mon, 07 Oct 2019 14:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t4htkl8gjfdlxjrjkkw44.jpegKwieciński stressed that the strategy not only improved economic growth, but that it also serves as a buffer in the case of economic slowdown.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/responsible-development-strategy-is-two-thirds-implemented---minister-7972Polish Traces: Stockholmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-stockholm-371<p>In Part One of Polish Traces, Krzysztof tracks down Adam in Stockholm. Born in the Swedish capital to Polish parents from Gdańsk, Adam travels to Poland every year to keep in touch with his Polish roots and to keep abreast of what’s happening in the country, despite having never lived there.</p>Mon, 07 Oct 2019 13:54:00 +0200Polish traceshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9twiy2lldpvez28uc9eisw.jpegPolish Traces: Stockholmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-traces-stockholm-371September's unemployment rate down to 5.1 pct - Labour Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/septembers-unemployment-rate-down-to-51-pct---labour-ministry-7971<p>Poland's estimated registered unemployment in September 2019 amounted to 5.1 percent, down by 0.1 pp against August's level, Family and Labour Minister Bożena Borys-Szopa said on Monday, adding that "this is the lowest unemployment rate in nearly three decades."</p>Mon, 07 Oct 2019 13:11:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mxug1yh8y7iyfj06wzuqh.jpegRepeating that the unemployment rate had not been this low in nearly three decades, the minister said that "the unemployment rate at 5.1 percent is truly at the edge of the so called natural unemployment."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/septembers-unemployment-rate-down-to-51-pct---labour-ministry-7971Feeling vine! Warsaw firm brings new life to ‘retired’ office plantshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/feeling-vine-warsaw-firm-brings-new-life-to-retired-office-plants-7969<p>An initiative in Warsaw is aiming to give old office plants a “second life”.</p>Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:43:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lv73b2zww5n8g8y2nr28d.jpegThe “Green Veteran” (Zielony Weteran in Polish) initiative in Warsaw aims to bring plants retired from offices to new homes. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/feeling-vine-warsaw-firm-brings-new-life-to-retired-office-plants-7969PM expresses gratitude to participants in his father's funeralhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-expresses-gratitude-to-participants-in-his-fathers-funeral-7967<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki has expressed his gratitude to everyone who participated, on Saturday, in the funeral of his father, Kornel Morawiecki, an anti-communist activist, and founder and leader of the 1980s Fighting Solidarity union.</p>Mon, 07 Oct 2019 11:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eglz2zdebbnyfth7m724oa.jpegThe funeral was attended by President Andrzej Duda, Kornel Morawiecki's family and friends, parliamentarians, as well as government and state officials.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-expresses-gratitude-to-participants-in-his-fathers-funeral-7967Women's 4x400m team wins silver for Poland at IAAF World Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/womens-4x400m-team-wins-silver-for-poland-at-iaaf-world-championships-7965<p>Poland's women's 4x400 m relay team took home the silver medal at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday.</p>Mon, 07 Oct 2019 08:01:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nsd0awox18t9rdy6uj9br.jpegPolish team set a new national record.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/womens-4x400m-team-wins-silver-for-poland-at-iaaf-world-championships-7965Lewandowski wins bronze for Poland at IAAF World Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lewandowski-wins-bronze-for-poland-at-iaaf-world-championships-7963<p>Poland's Marcin Lewandowski placed third in the men’s 1500-metre final at the 2019 IAAF World Championships Doha, Qatar, on Sunday.</p>Sun, 06 Oct 2019 20:07:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9uzkgq8pjzs7s9nfq6sukr.jpegClocking a 3:31.46, Lewandowski set a new national record.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lewandowski-wins-bronze-for-poland-at-iaaf-world-championships-7963Poland's Kubacki takes overall victory in ski jumping Summer GPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-kubacki-takes-overall-victory-in-ski-jumping-summer-gp-7962<p>Poland's Dawid Kubacki placed fifth in the final competition of the 2019 FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix in Klingenthal, Germany, and was best in the overall classification of the tournament.</p>Sun, 06 Oct 2019 18:58:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j1v3ohjw9xseqi8f9i86r9.jpegKubacki takes overall victory in ski jumping Summer GP.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-kubacki-takes-overall-victory-in-ski-jumping-summer-gp-7962Pole among candidates for Nobel Prize in physicshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-among-candidates-for-nobel-prize-in-physics-7961<p>Professor Artur Ekert, a Pole working at Oxford University, is considered to be one of the candidates for this year’s Nobel Prize in physics, the Swedish TT News Agency has reported, citing the rankings of the American company Clarivate Analytics.</p>Sun, 06 Oct 2019 18:45:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pkhxmrppacc91s956p6x5l.jpegArtur Ekert is being considered by the Nobel committee as a result of his work on information technologies, including quantum cryptography.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-among-candidates-for-nobel-prize-in-physics-7961Pick-up artist: the man who knows all about the art of picking mushroomshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pick-up-artist-the-man-who-knows-all-about-the-art-of-picking-mushrooms-7959<p>When the nights get dark early and the temperature drops, Poles love to gather in the forest for one their favourite autumnal pastimes, mushroom picking. The idea of waking up before dawn and trudging off into the middle of dew-covered woods might sound absurd to those from other countries but for many Poles it is the natural thing to do.</p>Sun, 06 Oct 2019 18:12:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3esq4o6f68yj79n5tugmm.jpegThe fungus experience: mushroom picking is cemented in Polish culture.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pick-up-artist-the-man-who-knows-all-about-the-art-of-picking-mushrooms-7959Poland's Aleksandra Mirosław wins gold at European speed climbing championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-aleksandra-miroslaw-wins-gold-at-european-speed-climbing-championships-7957<p>Aleksandra Mirosław on Saturday won the speed competition of the IFSC Climbing European Championships, held in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.</p>Sun, 06 Oct 2019 16:48:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rki5qjjhdlizap77xkf8e.jpegAleksandra Mirosław wins gold at European speed climbing championships.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-aleksandra-miroslaw-wins-gold-at-european-speed-climbing-championships-7957Poland's Zmarzlik named world champion at Speedway Grand Prix 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-zmarzlik-named-world-champion-at-speedway-grand-prix-2019-7955<p>Bartosz Zmarzlik on Saturday made it to the final of the Toruń Speedway Grand Prix (SGP), in north-central Poland, thus securing the title of the world champion.</p>Sun, 06 Oct 2019 16:35:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ezr90ltmlcpmlr8qig7d5j.jpegThe 25-year old Zmarzlik became Poland's third SGP world champion.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-zmarzlik-named-world-champion-at-speedway-grand-prix-2019-7955Historic housing estate built for Stalin’s workers keeps the home fires burning despite legal limbohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/historic-housing-estate-built-for-stalins-workers-keeps-the-home-fires-burning-despite-legal-limbo-7950<p>It is a picture of pastoral bliss. The thick scent of wood-fired stoves drifts gently in the air, squirrels dart from the undergrowth and the only sounds come from the distant chirping of nature. Occasionally, wild boar are spotted, snuffling down the narrow, tree-lined alleys that cut between the colourful timber cabins that sprout in the gardens beyond.</p>Sun, 06 Oct 2019 15:26:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oulz2d1g6j97f6zap7zx.jpegOsiedle Przyjaźń: Built to house Soviet builders working on the Palace of Culture, it still stands despite its troubles.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/historic-housing-estate-built-for-stalins-workers-keeps-the-home-fires-burning-despite-legal-limbo-7950Chilling tales from the crypt: bones of child go on display in Warsaw churchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chilling-tales-from-the-crypt-bones-of-child-go-on-display-in-warsaw-church-7948<p>The mysterious bones of a five-year-old boy have been put on display in a newly opened crypt in Warsaw’s oldest church.</p>Sun, 06 Oct 2019 11:24:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2nmkq2z3yywr420m49n1i.jpegThe remains of what is thought to be the Ossoliński child along with the bones of unknown others.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chilling-tales-from-the-crypt-bones-of-child-go-on-display-in-warsaw-church-7948PM's heroic anti-commie dad who was hunted by secret police is laid to resthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-communist-activist-kornel-morawiecki-laid-to-rest-in-warsaw-7945<p>Kornel Morawiecki, a leading anti-communist opposition activist and father of Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, was laid to rest in Warsaw's Powązki Military Cemetery on Saturday.</p>Sat, 05 Oct 2019 18:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gyd9ec7224qkip8j6jl62p.jpegPresident Duda kneels before the coffin of Kornel Morawiecki.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-communist-activist-kornel-morawiecki-laid-to-rest-in-warsaw-7945Often ignored Rembrandt takes pride of place in stunning new exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royal-castle-dusts-off-little-seen-rembrandt-for-stunning-new-exhibition-7942<p>Deep below ground level in Warsaw’s Royal Castle lurks one of Poland’s greatest hidden treasures. This picture within a picture, a portrait but not a portrait whose subject appears to move while remaining still is largely unknown by the public and even many of the art cognoscenti.</p>Sat, 05 Oct 2019 15:23:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/odiih1w1rwjlioltrjscs.jpegPutting on a show: The castle’s curator of paintings Alicja Jakubowska introduces the painting to the press.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royal-castle-dusts-off-little-seen-rembrandt-for-stunning-new-exhibition-7942Kornel Morawiecki funeral mass held in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kornel-morawiecki-funeral-mass-held-in-warsaw-7939<p>A funeral mass for Monday-deceased anti-communist activist and father of PM Mateusz Morawiecki began at noon on Saturday in the Polish Armed Forces' Field Cathedral in Warsaw. Attending the ceremony is President Andrzej Duda.</p>Sat, 05 Oct 2019 13:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n3ghe272bga6y0jnncepex.jpegFollowing the mass, Morawiecki will be laid to rest at Warsaw's Powązki Military Cemetery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kornel-morawiecki-funeral-mass-held-in-warsaw-7939Café helping the homeless becomes Warsaw hithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cafe-helping-the-homeless-becomes-warsaw-hit-7937<p>A Warsaw café is serving up hope for a better future by providing work for the homeless and people with learning difficulties.</p>Sat, 05 Oct 2019 11:52:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vgp6hcrctdbk1qfsn1evvl.jpegAlong with serving up meals the Red Bike Kitchen helps the homeless get back on their feet.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cafe-helping-the-homeless-becomes-warsaw-hit-7937Polish American Congress head expresses satisfaction at visa waiverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-american-congress-head-expresses-satisfaction-at-visa-waiver-7936<p>Frank J. Spula, the president of America's largest Polish diaspora organisation, the Polish American Congress, said in a telephone conversation with PAP that he is satisfied that US President Donald Trump "kept his word" regarding lifting visas for Poles.</p>Sat, 05 Oct 2019 11:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/udhftuxogpaygu454royy.jpegSpula said the Polish American Congress had fought for many years to have the visa requirement lifted.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-american-congress-head-expresses-satisfaction-at-visa-waiver-7936Internet of things conference held in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/internet-of-things-conference-held-in-warsaw-7935<p>Summing up the conference 'Prospects for the development of the Internet of things in Poland,' held at Warsaw's Belweder Palace on Friday, Polish President Andrzej Duda said the present moment was good for Poland to make a technological leap.</p>Sat, 05 Oct 2019 10:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g0iifpw812idba3h908rj.jpeg“When it comes to speed and opportunities for using the internet, we are absolutely a world leader,” Polish President said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/internet-of-things-conference-held-in-warsaw-7935Foreign Direct Investment grows 45.3 pct y/y in 2018 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-direct-investment-grows-453-pct-yy-in-2018---central-bank-7933<p>Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Poland grew by 45.3 percent year on year in 2018 to PLN 50.37 billion (EUR 11.66 billion) while Polish investment abroad was down by PLN 1.5 billion (EUR 347 million) the National Bank of Poland (NBP) reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 04 Oct 2019 18:21:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6vn6rfofjp64b7bmlcats8.jpegForeign Direct Investment grows 45.3 pct y/y in 2018 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-direct-investment-grows-453-pct-yy-in-2018---central-bank-7933Trump brings Poland into visa waiver programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trump-brings-poland-into-visa-waiver-programme-7931<p>US President Donald Trump has said he has officially agreed to Poland’s entry into a visa waiver programme.</p>Fri, 04 Oct 2019 18:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gh296ifkw0rjruomfj9lmo.jpegTrump brings Poland into visa waiver programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trump-brings-poland-into-visa-waiver-programme-7931'How do you surrender to an enemy that's going to kill you?' The End of the Warsaw Risinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/how-do-you-surrender-to-an-enemy-thats-going-to-kill-you-the-end-of-the-warsaw-rising-368<p>Author Alexandra Richie gives the first in a major 3-part series of interviews on Polish history. In this episode you'll find out from the author of 'Warsaw 1944' how the Warsaw Uprising ended.</p>Fri, 04 Oct 2019 17:53:00 +0200Heart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5k6k89bkcadxmqpafe72x.jpeg'How do you surrender to an enemy that's going to kill you?' The End of the Warsaw Risinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/how-do-you-surrender-to-an-enemy-thats-going-to-kill-you-the-end-of-the-warsaw-rising-368Poland’s healthcare system is going through a revolutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-healthcare-system-is-going-through-a-revolution-7928<p>Since their introduction in January this year, electronic-prescriptions have gone through the roof, with over 1 million being issued every week.</p>Fri, 04 Oct 2019 16:40:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ekl2nxmrriqouf49xqg6qs.jpegAdvances in technology including research from the Foundation of Research and Science’s BIONIC team (pictured) is making healthcare better in Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-healthcare-system-is-going-through-a-revolution-7928Mourners pay tribute to father of Polish prime ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mourners-pay-tribute-to-father-of-polish-prime-minister-7925<p>Senior Speaker of the Sejm Kornel Morawiecki, a former anti-communist leader and father of Poland's prime minister, is lying in state in the Polish Parliament building, in Warsaw.</p>Fri, 04 Oct 2019 14:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ihj1hdbejperz12hgpc2n.jpegAmong those paying their last respects was Kornel Morawiecki son, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki with family.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mourners-pay-tribute-to-father-of-polish-prime-minister-7925From Kapp to Cape: Adventurer embarks upon 33,000km quest to discover traces of forgotten Polish lives and historieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-kapp-to-cape-adventurer-embarks-upon-33000km-quest-to-discover-traces-of-forgotten-polish-lives-and-histories-7923<p>An adventurer and traveller has set off on a 33,000 km journey across Africa and Europe to search for traces of Polish history and people along the way.</p>Fri, 04 Oct 2019 13:49:00 +0200LifePolish traceshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3ltuwhlly0gzf0hggnmjsg.jpegKrzysztof Puternicki plans to explore places forgotten by the world, hoping to uncover the extraordinary stories of Polish daredevils and of ordinary men and women who somehow left their mark.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-kapp-to-cape-adventurer-embarks-upon-33000km-quest-to-discover-traces-of-forgotten-polish-lives-and-histories-7923Ryanair to introduce Katowice-Sardinia route next summerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ryanair-to-introduce-katowice-sardinia-route-next-summer-7921<p>Ryanair, the Irish budget airline, will launch in June next year flights from Katowice in southern Poland to Allghero on the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea, Ryanair and Katowice Airport announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 04 Oct 2019 13:01:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ivje6q98lors1vzjw7ynz.jpegThis year, the airline plans to introduce 16 new routes from Katowice.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ryanair-to-introduce-katowice-sardinia-route-next-summer-7921Poland-promoted cross-country road to reach Constanta - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-promoted-cross-country-road-to-reach-constanta---minister-7920<p>The north-south Via Carpathia road to ultimately run from Lithuania to Greece, will "in a natural way" reach the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta through a separate leg, Polish Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk has told PAP.</p>Fri, 04 Oct 2019 11:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2cn9cehd9lgkp71dc76fia.jpegAdamczyk also expressed hope that the new route will be included in the Trans-European Networks for Transport (TEN-T), a European Union programme aimed to create a consistent network of road, rail and waterways connections across Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-promoted-cross-country-road-to-reach-constanta---minister-7920WWII British anti-tank gun used in Dunkirk found over 800 miles away in Polish villagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wwii-british-anti-tank-gun-used-in-dunkirk-found-over-800-miles-away-in-polish-village-7917<p>Eighty years after the start of World War II, history fans have found the barrel of a British WWII anti-aircraft gun used during the Battle of Dunkirk</p>Fri, 04 Oct 2019 11:10:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dhes3p87masj37stsep3q8.jpegThe completely intact cannon found in southwest Poland was one of thousands of weapons left behind during the evacuation of Dunkirk. After the fall of France, many of these guns ended up in German hands.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wwii-british-anti-tank-gun-used-in-dunkirk-found-over-800-miles-away-in-polish-village-7917V4, Slovenian presidents support EU accession of Western Balkanshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-slovenian-presidents-support-eu-accession-of-western-balkans-7915<p>The presidents of the Visegrad Group (V4) and Slovenia agreed in Lany, the Czech Republic, on Thursday, that the EU should be enlarged to include Western Balkan countries. They also assured the Serbian president of their support.</p>Thu, 03 Oct 2019 19:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e3lzw04nkwob86i53ey6r8.jpegAddressing a press conference after the meeting, President Duda said that today's talks focused on the EU accession of Western Balkan countries.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-slovenian-presidents-support-eu-accession-of-western-balkans-7915One miner dead, 16 injured following tremor in mine in south Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-miner-dead-16-injured-following-tremor-in-mine-in-south-poland-7914<p>One miner has died and 16 were injured following a tremor in the Bielszowice coal mine, south Poland, on Thursday, PAP was told by the mine owner, the Polish Mining Group (PGG).</p>Thu, 03 Oct 2019 18:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1a1z5q4z2gunwkfm6utmh.jpegNine miners suffered serious injuries and the remaining seven minor ones.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-miner-dead-16-injured-following-tremor-in-mine-in-south-poland-7914Victory for Swiss franc homebuyers as EU court rules in their favourhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/victory-for-swiss-franc-homebuyers-as-eu-court-rules-in-their-favour-7912<p>The European Union’s top court has ruled in favour of Polish homebuyers who took out mortgages in Swiss Francs, saying they can now ask Polish courts to convert their loans into PLN.</p>Thu, 03 Oct 2019 16:05:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2dw2bhp93m888qt8fxtq9l.jpegThe European Court of Justice ruled that those who took out mortgages in Swiss Francs can now ask national courts to annul the contracts. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/victory-for-swiss-franc-homebuyers-as-eu-court-rules-in-their-favour-7912Winners of InCredibles comp announcedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/winners-of-incredibles-comp-announced-7908<p>The latest winners of the InCredibles competition, a contest that gives the winning companies access to mentors, financiers and an opportunity to grow, were announced in Warsaw on Wednesday 2nd October.</p>Thu, 03 Oct 2019 15:42:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8gdvj8k2fllm07k38h20u.jpegThey are the champions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/winners-of-incredibles-comp-announced-7908Late Polish Primate Wyszyński to be beatified - Vaticanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/late-polish-primate-wyszynski-to-be-beatified---vatican-7907<p>Pope Francis has approved a decree of beatification of late Polish Primate Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, justified by the miracle of healing that occurred through Wyszyński's intercession, the Vatican's press office announced on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 03 Oct 2019 14:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/92orepen25bcpffs0j42.jpegCardinal Wyszyński, called the Primate of the Millennium, was one of the key figures in Poland’s 20th-century history, who defended the country's religious freedom under communism. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/late-polish-primate-wyszynski-to-be-beatified---vatican-7907Slovenian and Serbian presidents join V4 meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/slovenian-and-serbian-presidents-join-v4-meeting-7906<p>The presidents of the Visegrad Group (V4: Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia) on the second day of their meeting in Lany, the Czech Republic, have been joined by the presidents of Slovenia and Serbia to discuss "the EU's open door policy."</p>Thu, 03 Oct 2019 13:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ym1eq9dmqkayl2hdf5e8.jpegPresidents from left: Czech Milos Zeman, Hungarian Janos Ader, Polish Andrzej Duda, Slovak Zuzana Caputova, Slovenian Borut Pahor and Serbian Aleksandar Vucic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/slovenian-and-serbian-presidents-join-v4-meeting-7906Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy focuses on religious freedomhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-dialogue-for-democracy-focuses-on-religious-freedom-7905<p>The eighth Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy was held in the Polish capital on Thursday, focusing on the freedom of religion or belief and the governments' role in protecting this freedom.</p>Thu, 03 Oct 2019 13:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vd15mgcwtye4blmrowowvx.jpegCzaputowicz said that freedom of religion or belief is closely related to such fundamental rights as freedom of association or freedom of speech.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-dialogue-for-democracy-focuses-on-religious-freedom-7905Food for thought! More Poles choose vege dishes over meathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/food-for-thought-more-poles-choose-vege-dishes-over-meat-7903<p>Increasing numbers of Poles are turning their backs on meat-laden platters in favour of vegetarian and vegan dishes a new survey has found.</p>Thu, 03 Oct 2019 12:49:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/67vwfwqc8s9rfsoh5f6dzt.jpegNew survey shows increasing number of Poles no longer eat meat. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/food-for-thought-more-poles-choose-vege-dishes-over-meat-7903Paweł Fajdek wins hammer throw gold for Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pawel-fajdek-wins-hammer-throw-gold-for-poland-7901<p>Poland's Paweł Fajdek won hammer gold with a throw of 80.50m at IAAF World Athletics Championships, Doha 2019, Qatar on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 03 Oct 2019 09:07:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6h7pt5iqj7k7f6vqhvz6r.jpegThis is Fajdek's fourth straight hammer throw gold at world championships.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pawel-fajdek-wins-hammer-throw-gold-for-poland-7901Energy minister, IEA CEO discuss December Paris sessionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energy-minister-iea-ceo-discuss-december-paris-session-7899<p>The December session of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris was the main topic of Wednesday's meeting in Warsaw between Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski and IEA CEO Fatih Birol. Tchorzewski has been chosen to chair the Paris talks.</p>Wed, 02 Oct 2019 18:24:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ikha1y80a2wzspy7o27xn.jpegEnergy minister, IEA CEO discuss December Paris sessionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energy-minister-iea-ceo-discuss-december-paris-session-7899Poland is sixth biggest economic partner of Germany - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-sixth-biggest-economic-partner-of-germany---report-7897<p>In the first five months of 2019, Poland surpassed Great Britain and became the sixth biggest economic partner of Germany in the world, the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) said in a report on Poland's trade with Germany, published on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 02 Oct 2019 18:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2qh5uez3ldoxmykda86agj.jpegPoland is sixth biggest economic partner of Germany - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-sixth-biggest-economic-partner-of-germany---report-7897Beautiful limited edition 19zł banknote issued to commemorate 100 years of Polish Security Printing Workshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beautiful-limited-edition-19zl-banknote-issued-to-commemorate-100-years-of-polish-security-printing-works-7892<p>A collectors’ 19zł banknote has been issued by the National Bank of Poland to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW).</p>Wed, 02 Oct 2019 16:12:00 +0200BusinessHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k8y7gfutcmlv1g3ixe368e.jpegThe 19zł note has been issued to commemorate 100 years since the introduction of Polska Wytwórnia Papierów Wartościowych (PWPW), the Polish security printing works, in 1919.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beautiful-limited-edition-19zl-banknote-issued-to-commemorate-100-years-of-polish-security-printing-works-7892Picasso’s ‘Mermaid’ returns to apartment wall 66 years after being washed offhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/picassos-mermaid-returns-to-apartment-wall-66-years-after-being-washed-off-7890<p>Picasso’s drawing of a mermaid carrying a hammer will return to Warsaw, with plans to recreate the mural that disappeared in 1953.</p>Wed, 02 Oct 2019 13:55:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u90pwik7ade3l38uxzw7ww.pngInstead of the sword carried by the mermaid on the Warsaw coat of arms, Picasso drew a hammer, a reference to the post-war pacifist movements of the time, which he supported.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/picassos-mermaid-returns-to-apartment-wall-66-years-after-being-washed-off-7890V4 meeting starts in Lany, Czech Republichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-meeting-starts-in-lany-czech-republic-7889<p>The EU budget, Brexit, climate protection and energy security will be among the topics of discussions between the heads of state of the Visegrad Group (V4) in Lany, the Czech Republic, on Wednesday and Thursday. Poland is represented by President Andrzej Duda.</p>Wed, 02 Oct 2019 12:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8eyb89mj5riy5h630yk7lg.jpegL-R: Czech President Milos Zeman, Hungarian President Janos Ader, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Slovak President Zuzana Caputova attend the presidential summit of Visegrad Group.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-meeting-starts-in-lany-czech-republic-7889Poland's Lisek wins bronze in pole vault at IAAF World Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lisek-wins-bronze-in-pole-vault-at-iaaf-world-championships-7887<p>Poland's Piotr Lisek came third in the IAAF World Championships Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday. The United States' Sam Kendricks defended his world champion title and Sweden's Armand Duplantis came second.</p>Wed, 02 Oct 2019 12:29:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/etntkm98xxlrukrbs6ha7.jpegIt is Lisek's third World Championships medal after the 2015 bronze he won in Beijing and the 2017 silver won in London.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lisek-wins-bronze-in-pole-vault-at-iaaf-world-championships-7887Boomtastic! New report shows how public and private investment has combined to turn Łódź into the city of tomorrowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/boomtastic-new-report-shows-how-public-and-private-investment-has-combined-to-turn-lodz-into-the-city-of-tomorrow-7885<p>Łódź is a vibrant business hub with the potential to flourish even further as it embraces its newfound position as a blooming investment hotspot, according to a new report by the commercial real estate agency JLL and recruitment specialists HAYS Poland.</p>Wed, 02 Oct 2019 11:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/59wmazwz34mhh0zyymkl.jpegThe only way is up as Łódź is named one of the best places in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/boomtastic-new-report-shows-how-public-and-private-investment-has-combined-to-turn-lodz-into-the-city-of-tomorrow-7885Warsaw 3D firm to reconstruct face of mystery ‘princess’ found buried in log 2,000 years agohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-3d-firm-to-reconstruct-face-of-mystery-princess-found-buried-in-log-2000-years-ago-7882<p>A Polish museum is making a copy of the skeleton of an “ancient princess” using 3D technology.</p>Tue, 01 Oct 2019 17:14:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qaseduyms8c4bycvf0rk.jpegThe woman’s skeleton was discovered in 1898 inside a log in a cliff by the beach near Kołobrzeg, in north-western Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-3d-firm-to-reconstruct-face-of-mystery-princess-found-buried-in-log-2000-years-ago-7882EU's agriculture needs strategy, Polish commissioner nominee tells EPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eus-agriculture-needs-strategy-polish-commissioner-nominee-tells-ep-7880<p>Poland's candidate for the EU agriculture commissioner, Janusz Wojciechowski, said at his hearing at the European Parliament on Tuesday that the European Union needs a long-term strategy for agriculture.</p>Tue, 01 Oct 2019 16:28:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zyo722iw3m7p24xok29zr.jpegEU's agriculture needs strategy, Polish commissioner nominee tells EPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eus-agriculture-needs-strategy-polish-commissioner-nominee-tells-ep-7880Poland's donations to NGOs on the rise in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-donations-to-ngos-on-the-rise-in-2019-7878<p>Poles transferred to non-governmental organisations (NGO) PLN 874.4 million (EUR 199 million) in 2019, PLN 110.5 million (EUR 25.3 million) more than in the previous year, the Finance Ministry said on Monday.</p>Tue, 01 Oct 2019 16:02:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3uy59pyauwdcj7ui42kodi.jpegPoland's donations to NGOs on the rise in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-donations-to-ngos-on-the-rise-in-2019-7878Haired about this? Leading hair and beauty booking app Booksy gets over 100mln PLN expansion fundinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/haired-about-this-leading-hair-and-beauty-booking-app-booksy-gets-over-1mln-pln-expansion-funding-7875<p>A Polish app which makes making appointments for a haircut or beauty treatment easier has received a further 115 million PLN in series B funding.</p>Tue, 01 Oct 2019 14:56:00 +0200BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ys7rhu0l9mkz1n9484pkv.jpegClever hair and beauty app Booksy is set for further expansion with new 1mln PLN investment. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/haired-about-this-leading-hair-and-beauty-booking-app-booksy-gets-over-1mln-pln-expansion-funding-7875Interwar architecture exhibition showcases five themes in five citieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/interwar-architecture-exhibition-showcases-five-themes-in-five-cities-7872<p>The National Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning is putting on a series of five exhibitions displaying a panorama of Polish architecture built after 1918. &nbsp;</p>Tue, 01 Oct 2019 13:31:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dh0cgcdqah62jytz8cz5dw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/interwar-architecture-exhibition-showcases-five-themes-in-five-cities-7872Bank Millennium merges with Euro Bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bank-millennium-merges-with-euro-bank-7870<p>Bank Millennium has merged with Euro Bank and plans to make net revenues of PLN 1 billion (EUR 228.6 mln) in up to two years, the bank announced in a press release.</p>Tue, 01 Oct 2019 12:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f3ufy9vduh6gu0t6uhc22e.jpegAccording to CEO Joao Bras Jorge Bank Millennium will keep its seventh position in the banking sector.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bank-millennium-merges-with-euro-bank-7870Poland needs EUR 700-900 bln for energy transformationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-needs-eur-700-900-bln-for-energy-transformation-7869<p>Poland's Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski declared on Tuesday that Poland needed ca. EUR 700-900 billion for a transformation leading to a net zero emission economy while the energy sector alone needed PLN 300-400 billion (EUR 68.6-91.5 billion).</p>Tue, 01 Oct 2019 12:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nhefl8u4i0syzju5iv63w.jpeg“Poland wants to catch up with Europe, not to perish. Each percent means huge costs,” said Tchórzewski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-needs-eur-700-900-bln-for-energy-transformation-7869Bravo, Amaro! Warsaw chef voted one of WORLD’S best chefshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bravo-amaro-warsaw-chef-voted-one-of-worlds-best-chefs-7867<p>An award-winning Michelin star chef has been named one of the best chef’s in the world at the prestigious Best Chef Awards 2019 in Barcelona.</p>Tue, 01 Oct 2019 12:03:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7sw0m8vg3htej1xpj8zkuu.jpegMichelin star chef Wojciech Amaro was voted one the best chef’s in the world at the Best Chef awards 2019 in Barcelona.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bravo-amaro-warsaw-chef-voted-one-of-worlds-best-chefs-7867Remembering Rembrandthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remembering-rembrandt-7865<p>The Royal Castle in Warsaw joins the international celebration of Rembrandt Year with 36 original works by the Dutch master.</p>Tue, 01 Oct 2019 10:55:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rbmxinfu43n0pz5qsdv9w2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remembering-rembrandt-7865PM not to take part in election campaign until after his father's funeralhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-not-to-take-part-in-election-campaign-until-after-his-fathers-funeral-7863<p>Kornel Morawiecki, the anti-communist opposition activist, leader of Fighting Solidarity, Senior Speaker of the Sejm (lower house) and father of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, will be laid to rest at Warsaw's Powązki Military cemetery.</p>Tue, 01 Oct 2019 10:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q8shu92ovmj08vafgqxymla.jpegDworczyk stressed that PM Morawiecki was very close to his father.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-not-to-take-part-in-election-campaign-until-after-his-fathers-funeral-7863Industrial development centre for companies opens in Poznanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/industrial-development-centre-for-companies-opens-in-poznan-7861<p>Poland's Industrial Development Agency (ARP) opened its fourth Service Centre for Companies (COP) in the western city of Poznan on Monday, to support small and medium-sized companies in Poland and abroad.</p>Mon, 30 Sep 2019 18:53:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xfz7zlmilklbft4qcvu0m7.jpegIndustrial development centre for companies opens in Poznanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/industrial-development-centre-for-companies-opens-in-poznan-7861‘World on Fire’ sees UK premiere with all-star cast including Zofia Wichłaczhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-on-fire-sees-uk-premiere-with-all-star-cast-including-starring-zofia-wichlacz-7858<p>World on Fire, a World War II BBC One drama series with Zofia Wichłacz and Tomasz Kot premiered yesterday.</p>Mon, 30 Sep 2019 16:34:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2br8ud878obbtj6nk54zf9.jpegThe seven episode WWII mini-series focuses on the characters and how their lives change against the backdrop of great human tragedy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-on-fire-sees-uk-premiere-with-all-star-cast-including-starring-zofia-wichlacz-7858Foreign debt down in second quarter - Polish central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-debt-down-in-second-quarter---polish-central-bank-7856<p>Poland's foreign debt decreased to EUR 309.38 mln gross in the second quarter of 2019 from EUR 310.18 mln gross in the first quarter, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) said in a report on Monday.</p>Mon, 30 Sep 2019 16:14:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8sq0rmnrobsm0kyi4auv7j.jpegForeign debt down in second quarter - Polish central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-debt-down-in-second-quarter---polish-central-bank-7856Polish presidential couple hosted by King and Queen of the Belgianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-couple-hosted-by-king-and-queen-of-the-belgians-7854<p>Poland's President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda attended on Monday a gala luncheon in their honour hosted by the King of the Belgians, Philippe I and Queen Mathilde at the royal residence in Laeken.</p>Mon, 30 Sep 2019 15:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lvkntv1n5wyqaczovx7tb.jpegPolish presidential couple hosted by King and Queen of the Belgians.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-couple-hosted-by-king-and-queen-of-the-belgians-7854PM’s father and anti-communist hero dies at age of 78https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pms-father-and-anti-communist-hero-dies-at-age-of-78-7850<p>The father of PM Mateusz Morawiecki has died following a short battle with cancer.</p>Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wb0ddyhfd7gdpjhhcw8v7.jpegIn January this year, Kornel Morawiecki revealed he was suffering from cancer of the pancreas. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pms-father-and-anti-communist-hero-dies-at-age-of-78-7850Crowds flock in for big day at Warsaw raceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crowds-flock-in-for-big-day-at-warsaw-races-7841<p>Sunday saw the Wielka Warszawska (Great Warsaw) Race at Warsaw’s Służewiec Racecourse, one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar. Like the famed Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the race attracts thousands of visitors each year, and this year's race was particularly important as it marked the 80th anniversary of the Służewiec course. The winner of the big race was Pride of Poland, a 3-year-old mare ridden by Slovak jockey Michal Abik.</p>Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:33:00 +0200SportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mih42pitgipsejd0tttmtf.pngPride of Poland crosses the finishing line to the delight of fans.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crowds-flock-in-for-big-day-at-warsaw-races-7841More work permits issued to foreigners in H1 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-work-permits-issued-to-foreigners-in-h1---stats-office-7840<p>In the first half of 2019, a total of 217,300 work permits were issued to foreigners in Poland, up from 147,980 in the first six months of 2018, the country's statistical office GUS said on Monday.</p>Mon, 30 Sep 2019 12:05:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wffuyjfo19jkp1bppg3e.jpegUkrainians constituted the largest group of all foreigners granted a work permit.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-work-permits-issued-to-foreigners-in-h1---stats-office-7840List of 50 richest Polish women published - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/list-of-50-richest-polish-women-published---press-7838<p>A list of the 50 richest Polish women has been published by the Wprost weekly. Dominika Kulczyk, the daughter of the late billionaire Jan Kulczyk, placed first with her assets estimated at PLN 9 billion (EUR 2.05 billion).</p>Mon, 30 Sep 2019 11:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ehb67bcg8umuo3wuo46q2.jpegThe richest Dominika Kulczyk: her assets are estimated at PLN 9 billion (EUR 2.05 billion).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/list-of-50-richest-polish-women-published---press-7838European Camerimage Film Centre to be built in Toruńhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-camerimage-film-centre-to-be-built-in-torun-7837<p>A contract for the building and joint-running of the European Camerimage Film Centre in Toruń, north-central Poland, has been signed by Culture Minister Piotr Gliński, Toruń Mayor Michał Zaleski and Camerimage Festival Director Marek Żydowicz.</p>Mon, 30 Sep 2019 10:35:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ac5bcvmvywk9m2avwltak7.jpegCamerimage is acknowledged to be one of biggest film festivals in the world devoted to the art of cinematography. Pictured Culture Minister Piotr Gliński (C), Toruń Mayor Michał Zaleski (R) and Camerimage Festival Director Marek Żydowicz (L).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-camerimage-film-centre-to-be-built-in-torun-7837Make vroom for Warsaw’s latest museum! New museum celebrates the cult Polski Fiathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/make-vroom-for-warsaws-latest-museum-new-museum-celebrates-the-cult-polski-fiat-7829<p>Regarded as a pootling figure of fun by some and a curious relic of bygone times by others, history has not judged Polish Fiat all too kindly. Now though, Warsaw’s latest museum hopes to redress the balance by placing the often maligned brand on the pedestal it deserves.</p>Sun, 29 Sep 2019 16:25:00 +0200SportHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vwvl6gog8xaaconx23bam.jpegIcon of the open road. A glossy 126p in just one of the museum’s many exhibits.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/make-vroom-for-warsaws-latest-museum-new-museum-celebrates-the-cult-polski-fiat-7829Polish presidential couple attend WWII Flanders liberation ceremonieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-couple-attend-wwii-ceremonies-in-belgium-7827<p>Poland's President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda on Sunday in Lommel, north-east Belgium, took part in events marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Flanders by the 1st Polish Armoured Division under Gen. Stanislaw Maczek.</p>Sun, 29 Sep 2019 16:17:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4x9imhu3n4ooo5dwct61x.jpegPolish presidential couple attend WWII ceremonies in Belgium.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-couple-attend-wwii-ceremonies-in-belgium-7827Let there be light! Hundreds of thousands head to Łódź to see the city sparkle for stunning annual light festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/let-there-be-light-hundreds-of-thousands-head-to-lodz-to-see-the-city-sparkle-for-stunning-annual-light-festival-7823<p>Returning for the ninth time, the annual Light. Move. Festival. has seen the city of Łódź bathed in a sea of spectacular light and colour, thrilling audience figures that are set to break last year’s record of 700,000.</p>Sun, 29 Sep 2019 12:16:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tbggcp8a7nfn59j2roujm.jpegLet the light shine on: Łódż’s Nevsky Catherdral lit up during the festival.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/let-there-be-light-hundreds-of-thousands-head-to-lodz-to-see-the-city-sparkle-for-stunning-annual-light-festival-7823Polish presidential couple arrive in Belgiumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-couple-arrive-in-belgium-7821<p>President Andrzej Duda and his wife arrived in the Kingdom of Belgium on Saturday on a three-day official visit. On Sunday, the Polish presidential couple will attend events marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Flanders by Polish soldiers.</p>Sat, 28 Sep 2019 17:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4roumc3ef7ysdc8ay8i7a.jpegPolish presidential couple arrive in Belgiumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-couple-arrive-in-belgium-7821Moniuszko gets multi-cultural makeover in culture-bending albumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moniuszko-gets-multi-cultural-makeover-in-culture-bending-album-7817<p>Once again I want to return to the music of Stanisław Moniuszko, as we still celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of the Polish romantic composer. Now, if you think his music is just tied to Polish culture, an album from Maria Pomianowska will make you think again!</p>Sat, 28 Sep 2019 17:07:00 +0200Dan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eqh4oj8u0apmzm2an1acb.jpegPomianowska’s album takes Moniuszko’s music to somewhere it has never been before.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moniuszko-gets-multi-cultural-makeover-in-culture-bending-album-7817So good to “bee” back home: houses for winged insects open again after restorationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/so-good-to-bee-back-home-houses-for-winged-insects-open-again-after-restoration-7813<p>Eye-catching and creative insect houses have undergone a revamp in a Warsaw park in a bid to provide some top-end housing for flying bugs during the colder months.</p>Sat, 28 Sep 2019 14:31:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rx955yelln5tfl0zyxmc4.jpegThe renovated homes provide insect friendly habitat.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/so-good-to-bee-back-home-houses-for-winged-insects-open-again-after-restoration-7813Famous Polish film and theatre actor dieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/famous-polish-film-and-theatre-actor-dies-7811<p>Jan Kobuszewski, an outstanding Polish theatre and film actor, comedian and director, died at the age of 85 in Warsaw on Saturday, PAP was told by the Kwadrat Theatre.</p>Sat, 28 Sep 2019 12:44:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m9yojymt8nfqp7551q2hu.jpegFamous Polish film and theatre actor dieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/famous-polish-film-and-theatre-actor-dies-7811Women on the up in the Polish workplace finds new global reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/women-on-the-up-in-the-polish-workplace-finds-new-global-report-7808<p>Poland is ranked as one of the best countries in the world for female employees, a new report has found.</p>Sat, 28 Sep 2019 12:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ehz1mzp7jgvhzc06xogpl4.jpegPoland has reduced female unemployment from 18 percent in 2000 to 5 percent in 2017.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/women-on-the-up-in-the-polish-workplace-finds-new-global-report-7808Inspirational story of singer Kingahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/inspirational-story-of-singer-kinga-366<p>Meet the heartwarming story of the Polish singer making a new life in the UK with a special 2-song performance from her new album!</p>Fri, 27 Sep 2019 18:18:00 +0200Heart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qb2j58hm6wcp84xi7fhv4.jpegInspirational story of singer Kingahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/inspirational-story-of-singer-kinga-366Wrocław firm is on the ball with first-of-its-kind football laws apphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-firm-is-on-the-ball-with-first-of-its-kind-football-laws-app-7805<p>A Wrocław-based IT developer has teamed up with the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to create the first app to help fans understand the laws of football.</p>Fri, 27 Sep 2019 17:33:00 +0200https://images.thefirstnews.com/a3eytms6q7hdzn3oily54p.jpegThe application allows the information to be stored on a phone and lets the user search the laws using key words, highlight sections and insert their own notes to help them with future reference. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-firm-is-on-the-ball-with-first-of-its-kind-football-laws-app-7805Artist gives classic card game environmental twist with beautiful illustrations of endangered animalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artist-gives-classic-card-game-environmental-twist-with-beautiful-illustrations-of-endangered-animals-7801<p>An artist has designed a game of memory with pictures of animals that are endangered in Poland.</p>Fri, 27 Sep 2019 17:12:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hikim00sm79s47pcmcrdx8.jpegThe game helps to publicize the number of endangered species in Poland and reach more people, including young people.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artist-gives-classic-card-game-environmental-twist-with-beautiful-illustrations-of-endangered-animals-7801National Cloud Operator becomes strategic partner of Google Cloudhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-cloud-operator-becomes-strategic-partner-of-google-cloud-7794<p>Poland's National Cloud Operator (Operator Chmury Krajowej, OChK) announced the conclusion of a strategic agreement with Google on Friday, thanks to which OChK will offer Google cloud computing services and a Google Cloud region will be set up in Warsaw.</p>Fri, 27 Sep 2019 14:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qls4nt05lir8s3kl8kcjd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-cloud-operator-becomes-strategic-partner-of-google-cloud-7794Increasing numbers of workers heading to Poland as new report shows country takes on MORE than USA and Germanyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/increasing-numbers-of-workers-heading-to-poland-as-new-report-shows-country-takes-on-more-than-usa-and-germany-7792<p>Poland is the world’s most popular destination for temporary labour migrants for the second year running, according to a new report released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).</p>Fri, 27 Sep 2019 12:48:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/soy0r1ajbvhnpqlj8jkn2f.jpegThe report reflects the lure Poland’s buzzing economy appears to have over foreigners, with thousands of people, especially from Ukraine, heading to the country to find jobs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/increasing-numbers-of-workers-heading-to-poland-as-new-report-shows-country-takes-on-more-than-usa-and-germany-7792mBank's parent Commerzbank approves strategy; seeks to sell lenderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mbanks-parent-commerzbank-approves-strategy-seeks-to-sell-lender-7790<p>Listed lender mBank's German parent Commerzbank approved a new business strategy assuming the sale of majority stake in the Polish unit, mBank said in a market filing out Thursday evening.</p>Fri, 27 Sep 2019 11:53:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/66fpwwrqzf5yzxtkc0udq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mbanks-parent-commerzbank-approves-strategy-seeks-to-sell-lender-7790Grisly remains of WWII soldier who died defending Poland against Hitler’s invasion found in shallow gravehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grisly-remains-of-wwii-soldier-who-died-defending-poland-against-hitlers-invasion-found-in-shallow-grave-7782<p>Archeologists have discovered the remains of a Polish soldier on Westerplatte in Gdańsk.</p>Thu, 26 Sep 2019 19:48:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rtgjhkjo5wcrpzptgk26.jpegDating back to the outbreak of World War II, the skeleton is the first discovery of this kind since 1963.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grisly-remains-of-wwii-soldier-who-died-defending-poland-against-hitlers-invasion-found-in-shallow-grave-7782Poznan University expands cooperation with Chinese Universitieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-university-expands-cooperation-with-chinese-universities-7780<p>The University of Life Sciences in Poznan, west-central Poland, is set to widen its links with universities in China in connection with the new Silk Road network.</p>Thu, 26 Sep 2019 16:41:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ffw9ko0cn25hc58i7ftonv.jpegPoznan University expands cooperation with Chinese Universities.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-university-expands-cooperation-with-chinese-universities-7780Stunning new VR experience teaches history like never beforehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-new-vr-experience-teaches-history-like-never-before-7778<p>A new virtual reality learning experience is helping bring Polish history alive through face-to-face meetings with the legendary Józef Piłsudski.</p>Thu, 26 Sep 2019 13:55:00 +0200ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/br12s466g3n9in23wms0f.pngUnveiled at the 20th Universal Congress of Polish Historians in Lublin the immersive learning experience called ‘Józef Piłsudski – The Marshal of Polish hearts’ helps users learn about Polish history. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-new-vr-experience-teaches-history-like-never-before-7778How Mars-elous! Space ‘umbilical cord’ for Red Planet exploration is ready to gohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-mars-elous-space-umbilical-cord-for-red-planet-exploration-is-ready-to-go-7776<p>Polish space engineers are helping take exploration of Mars to a new level with an outer space ‘umbilical cord’.</p>Thu, 26 Sep 2019 12:35:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k0z76ulehuoav3kfmgdb5.jpegThe device from SENER Polska will play a crucial role in the ExoMars mission which is looking for traces of life both on and below the Red Planet’s surface.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-mars-elous-space-umbilical-cord-for-red-planet-exploration-is-ready-to-go-7776Feel The Revolution! Groundbreaking Warsaw club recognized by UEFA as the "Best Grassroots Football Cub" in EUROPEhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/feel-the-revolution-groundbreaking-warsaw-club-recognized-by-uefa-as-the-best-grassroots-football-cub-in-europe-7773<p>Poland’s first ‘democratic football club’ has been named Europe’s “Best Grassroots Club” by UEFA. &nbsp;</p>Wed, 25 Sep 2019 17:44:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pw8fqyoo9zm1kmm28pld.jpegThough founded just four years ago, ZŁY have cause to celebrate after being honoured by UEFA and thrust into the global spotlight. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/feel-the-revolution-groundbreaking-warsaw-club-recognized-by-uefa-as-the-best-grassroots-football-cub-in-europe-7773This beautiful flower-art installation at an old tram stop will make your Daisy!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/this-beautiful-flower-art-installation-at-an-old-tram-stop-will-make-your-daisy-7769<p>A Łódź tram stop has been transformed into a work of art with dried flowers replacing glass.</p>Wed, 25 Sep 2019 15:52:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sn7vffts12qih6ck1xstj.jpegDominika Cebula’s installation has changed the tram stop into a little work of art, with countless dried flowers embedded in resign instead of glass.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/this-beautiful-flower-art-installation-at-an-old-tram-stop-will-make-your-daisy-7769Around 3,600 Polish tourists stranded after travel agency collapseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/around-3600-polish-tourists-stranded-after-travel-agency-collapses-7767<p>About 3,600 Polish tourists have been stranded in 29 countries, mainly in the Mediterranean basin, following the collapse of Neckermann Polska and its parent company, the British travel operator Thomas Cook, Poland's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday..</p><article><br></article>Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:55:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o02z51y1fun8yskftuvo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/around-3600-polish-tourists-stranded-after-travel-agency-collapses-7767Poland opens first coal mine in 25 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-opens-first-coal-mine-in-25-years-7766<p>Poland opened its first coal mine since 1994 near the town of Jastrzebie Zdroj in south Poland on Wednesday. PM Mateusz Morawiecki, who attended the ceremony, said the new facility will build up the strength of the Polish industry.</p>Wed, 25 Sep 2019 13:48:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7p6rq0ipxo3lm16by7f47p.jpegThe Bzie-Debina mine was built by Polish mining company JSW, the biggest producer of coking coal in the EU.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-opens-first-coal-mine-in-25-years-7766Tooth scary! Dentist creates horror video game in MS Painthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tooth-scary-dentist-creates-horror-video-game-in-ms-paint-7759<p>A Polish dentist has created a creepy, Japanese-inspired video game in black and white using MS Paint.</p>Wed, 25 Sep 2019 12:03:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wyiz6qtkervj63c2c2uv9.jpegThe game draws on dentist Paweł Kozmiński’s fascination with Japanese horror, which he first encountered as a child in the 1990s.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tooth-scary-dentist-creates-horror-video-game-in-ms-paint-7759First Polish hybrid train makes its maiden journey in Gdanskhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-polish-hybrid-train-makes-its-maiden-journey-in-gdansk-7757<p>Poland's first 'Impuls" 36 WEh hybrid passenger train made its first every trip to mark the opening of the Traco 13th International Railway Fair which began in Gdansk, northern Poland, on Tuesday. </p>Wed, 25 Sep 2019 11:41:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m2nmqmblwg014x07vurol6g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-polish-hybrid-train-makes-its-maiden-journey-in-gdansk-7757Polish actor honoured with France's Order of Arts and Lettershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-actor-honoured-with-frances-order-of-arts-and-letters-7755<p>Polish actor and director Andrzej Seweryn received the insignia of the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters from French Ambassador in Poland Pierre Levy, in Warsaw, on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 24 Sep 2019 18:47:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/73lj3zhnkf633mapd633hx.jpegPolish actor honoured with France's Order of Arts and Letters.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-actor-honoured-with-frances-order-of-arts-and-letters-7755Record breaker! Quick-fingered Beata sets new Guinness world record for making over 1,000 pierogi in just one hourhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-breaker-quick-fingered-beata-sets-new-guinness-world-record-for-making-over-1000-pierogi-in-just-one-hour-7750<p>A woman in southern Poland has beaten the Guinness World Record for the fastest pierogi-making, making over a thousand of them in an hour – or one every 3.4 seconds.</p>Tue, 24 Sep 2019 16:26:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k38qewpezceuomxu2381t.jpegBeata Jasek smashed the world record for the fastest pierogi-making, producing a breath-taking 1,066 pierogi in just an hour.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-breaker-quick-fingered-beata-sets-new-guinness-world-record-for-making-over-1000-pierogi-in-just-one-hour-7750Signed declaration reveals details of US military presence in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/signed-declaration-reveals-details-of-us-military-presence-in-poland-7749<p>Pawel Soloch head of the National Security Bureau told PAP that the declaration signed by President Andrzej Duda and US President Donald Trump in New York on Monday deepens the military cooperation between the two countries.</p>Tue, 24 Sep 2019 15:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u5ygwxs4ofq4w63dftsn.jpegSigned declaration reveals details of US military presence in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/signed-declaration-reveals-details-of-us-military-presence-in-poland-7749They’ve done it! Polish Eagles fly into semi-finals following 3-0 demolition of Germany in thrilling European Volleyball championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/theyve-done-it-polish-eagles-fly-into-semi-finals-following-3-0-demolition-of-germany-in-thrilling-european-volleyball-championships-7747<p><span lang="EN-US">Poland’s volleyball kings gave Germany a resounding 3-0 thrashing on Sunday to get through to the European Championship semi-finals - and then had to be rescued by the PM after being stranded at Amsterdam airport.</span></p>Tue, 24 Sep 2019 14:50:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c3y5qxeq5q8eayct48se4.jpegCaptain Michał Kubiak’s eagles flew into an early lead to take an easy 25-19, 25-21, 25-18 victory over the Germans at the quarter-finals match in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/theyve-done-it-polish-eagles-fly-into-semi-finals-following-3-0-demolition-of-germany-in-thrilling-european-volleyball-championships-7747Uni boffins create life-saving search and rescue system which differentiates how people movehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uni-boffins-create-life-saving-search-and-rescue-system-which-differentiates-how-people-move-7745<p><span lang="EN-US">A system which reduces the amount of time taken to locate missing people on open ground has been developed by scientists from the University of Wroclaw.</span></p>Tue, 24 Sep 2019 12:38:00 +0200BusinessScienceStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yqb8mosk4l1mpkx07nj9.jpegThe Search and Rescue Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (SARUAV) produces images taken from unmanned aircraft to automatically assist in search operations by showing rescuers potential sites on map reports.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uni-boffins-create-life-saving-search-and-rescue-system-which-differentiates-how-people-move-7745Trump announces Poland visit soonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trump-announces-poland-visit-soon-7743<p>US President Donald Trump on Monday announced that he will visit Poland soon. Trump, who made the announcement during a meeting with Polish head of state Andrzej Duda, said he had fond memories of his last visit to Poland. </p>Tue, 24 Sep 2019 08:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wwcshc9u1ynwnriqa99rcs.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trump-announces-poland-visit-soon-7743Polish, Korean presidents discuss economic cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-korean-presidents-discuss-economic-cooperation-7741<p>South Korean investment in Poland was in the focus of talks held in New York on Monday between Polish and Korean Presidents, Andrzej Duda and Moon Jae-in.</p>Mon, 23 Sep 2019 21:16:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/opgn5e4ykuo3w3c3jvdd.jpegPolish, Korean presidents discuss economic cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-korean-presidents-discuss-economic-cooperation-7741Concert commemorates Polish Radio’s final musical broadcast before German occupationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/concert-commemorates-polish-radios-final-musical-broadcast-before-german-occupation-7738<p>On September 23, 80 years ago the last live concert broadcasted by interwar Polish Radio was silenced by the German bombs falling on Warsaw. &nbsp;In the midst of war, Władysław Szpilman was performing a Frederic Chopin recital.</p>Mon, 23 Sep 2019 17:44:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8az6rvrm05x4i69h3percx.jpegMarcin Masecki invokes the memory of the last broadcast by playing the same music played on September 23, 1939.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/concert-commemorates-polish-radios-final-musical-broadcast-before-german-occupation-7738Krakow and Edinburgh extend partnership agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-and-edinburgh-extend-partnership-agreement-7736<p>A partnership agreement between Krakow, southern Poland, and Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, was extended at a ceremony which took place in the latter city during the two-day #KrakowExperience festival, the Polish embassy in London announced on Sunday.</p>Mon, 23 Sep 2019 16:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oibivoew1hc5uik2q4mo3k.jpegKrakow and Edinburgh extend partnership agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-and-edinburgh-extend-partnership-agreement-7736Polish, US presidents set to sign defence dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-presidents-set-to-sign-defence-deal-7733<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda, who began a four-day US visit on Sunday, is scheduled to meet US leader Donald Trump in New York on Monday when the two presidents are expected to sign a military agreement on locations for more American troops in Poland.</p>Mon, 23 Sep 2019 16:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hs475r3g2puyqpadez8m7d.jpegPolish, US presidents set to sign defence dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-presidents-set-to-sign-defence-deal-7733Here’s to homeless hounds: photos of dogs seeking homes to appear on bottle labelshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/heres-to-homeless-hounds-photos-of-dogs-seeking-homes-to-appear-on-bottle-labels-7729<p>Pictures of stray dogs will appear on bottles of a health drink in a bid to find the homeless hounds a new place to live.</p>Mon, 23 Sep 2019 15:01:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b8y6mz4b0p3vav6uox0hh.pngThe pictures come with the dog’s name and the phone number of the shelter where it is being held.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/heres-to-homeless-hounds-photos-of-dogs-seeking-homes-to-appear-on-bottle-labels-7729Holland picks up best-movie award for film about the Ukraine’s Great Faminehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holland-picks-up-best-movie-award-for-film-about-the-ukraines-great-famine-7727<p>An Agnieszka Holland movie focusing on the work of a Welsh journalist who exposed the massive scale of the famine in Stalinist Ukraine before the war has picked up the Golden Lion for the best film at the Gdynia Film Festival.</p>Mon, 23 Sep 2019 12:07:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s9dkh1z0uaq20xep6kn09x.jpegHolland in Gdynia with her best-picture award for ‘Citizen Jones’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holland-picks-up-best-movie-award-for-film-about-the-ukraines-great-famine-7727Mass burial in Warsaw for 22 soldiers murdered by the communistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mass-burial-in-warsaw-for-22-soldiers-murdered-by-the-communists-7721<p><span lang="EN-GB">Twenty-two soldiers murdered by the communist authorities were buried in Warsaw's Powązki Military Cemetery on Sunday with military honours.</span></p>Sun, 22 Sep 2019 17:32:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mep389lbqpr9yjds8rzpo.jpegA soldier carries the remains of just one of the victims buried on Sunday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mass-burial-in-warsaw-for-22-soldiers-murdered-by-the-communists-7721Winner chosen for design of PLN-250 million army museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/winner-chosen-for-design-of-pln-250-million-army-museum-7717<p>An international competition to design a spatial concept and permanent exhibition for the Polish Army Museum concluded last week with a local architectural studio, NM Architecki, beating off competition from 10 other finalists to emerge victorious.</p>Sun, 22 Sep 2019 12:58:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8q4cxyor9mek148o2nc4g.jpegMaking a point: a life-size visualisation of a cavalry charge will be one of the highlights of the museum.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/winner-chosen-for-design-of-pln-250-million-army-museum-7717Hiding place of priceless Warsaw Ghetto chronicle to be marked by memorialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hiding-place-of-priceless-warsaw-ghetto-chronicle-to-be-marked-by-memorial-7715<p><span lang="EN-GB">The hiding place in the Warsaw Ghetto where the first canister containing part of the Ringelblum Archive was discovered after the end of the Second World War is to be commemorated with a monument.</span></p>Sat, 21 Sep 2019 17:43:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m4yk4j1wcxfp7h6o3vc5e.jpegThe design of the monument will reflect the original hiding place of some of archive. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hiding-place-of-priceless-warsaw-ghetto-chronicle-to-be-marked-by-memorial-7715Hot of the press: company comes up with country’s first printed househttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hot-of-the-press-company-comes-up-with-countrys-first-printed-house-7712<p>A Polish start-up has produced the country’s first 3D printed house. Printed out of concrete using a special printer, it could pave the way to innovation in the housing industry.</p>Sat, 21 Sep 2019 12:49:00 +0200Start-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2570wuz8e4c59ffok5xdtx.jpegStarting blocks: a concrete cabin constructed using a pioneering 3D technique.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hot-of-the-press-company-comes-up-with-countrys-first-printed-house-7712The horror: the terrifying history linking a small Silesian town to Mary Shelly’s ‘Frankenstein’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-horror-the-terrifying-history-linking-a-small-silesian-town-to-mary-shellys-frankenstein-7709<p><span lang="EN-GB">In 1606 the Silesian town of Frankenstein, now Ząbkowice Śląskie, was shocked by the arrest and then execution of eight gravediggers accused of starting a plague. Their notorious trial became known throughout Europe. &nbsp;Now 413 years almost to the day after the infamous trial began, TFN takes a look at a mysterious case that some claim was one of the inspirations for Mary Shelley’s novel ‘Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus’.</span></p>Sat, 21 Sep 2019 12:20:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gz30e92er0lbiovader0s7.jpegThe historic town of Ząbkowice Śląskie. Over 400 years ago it was rocked by plague and the savage punishment inflicted on those believed to have spread the disease.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-horror-the-terrifying-history-linking-a-small-silesian-town-to-mary-shellys-frankenstein-7709Kwiecinski named Poland's new finance ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kwiecinski-named-polands-new-finance-minister-7707<p>The incumbent Investment and Development Minister Jerzy Kwiecinski was appointed as finance minister by president Andrzej Duda at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on Friday and will now simultaneously hold both posts. </p>Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dxnpeqrmzdem55i11xcfjd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kwiecinski-named-polands-new-finance-minister-7707Poland's youth take part in Global Climate Strikehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-youth-take-part-in-global-climate-strike-7705<p>As part of Friday's Global Climate Strike, tens of thousands of young Poles took to the streets of around 60 cities nationwide. The event was organised by the Youth Climate Strike (MSK) group. Thousands of cities around the world took part in the protest.</p>Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wm5dfkgna3gggb7qtrl2ru.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-youth-take-part-in-global-climate-strike-7705Crisis team meets after divers discover WWII “earthquake” bomb in shipping channelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crisis-team-meets-after-divers-discover-wwii-earthquake-bomb-in-shipping-channel-7702<p><span lang="EN-GB">The largest unexploded bomb ever to be found in Poland has been discovered in one of the country’s busiest shipping channels.</span></p>Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:28:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vt1kl5bekqijalat7dh5.jpegA Tallboy is readied for a mission. The bomb could leave a crater 24-metres deep.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crisis-team-meets-after-divers-discover-wwii-earthquake-bomb-in-shipping-channel-7702'I so admire Polish people and Poland' Writer Brin Besthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/i-so-admire-polish-people-and-poland-writer-brin-best-364<p>A chance meeting with an ice-cream seller set off a lifelong interest in Poland for writer Brin Best. In recent years he's released a book on Polish people's contribution to life in Britain that garnered much media praise.<br><br>'This country has been through so much, it's been through so many struggles, the Polish story inspires me,' says Brin. 'I was in a church in Malbork and it was such a profound moment, I do so admire Polish people and the nation of Poland.' Writing the book was a labour of love, but one Brin was determined to carry out.<br><br>Discover Brin's passion for Poland and the positive, optimistic story of Poles in the UK.</p>Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:22:00 +0200LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5rlar8sr3ejw2xu323u8mb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/i-so-admire-polish-people-and-poland-writer-brin-best-364Mother sets up preschool for her autistic child after being unable to place her in education systemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mother-sets-up-preschool-for-her-autistic-child-after-being-unable-to-place-her-in-education-system-7699<p>A mother who was unable to find a preschool for her autistic child has created her own school to provide a bright, welcoming place where young children can play and learn.</p>Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:05:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/42w5auf6dx487vubyf14qi.jpegUsing soft colours and a lot of natural light the school aims to create a welcoming and sympathetic environment.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mother-sets-up-preschool-for-her-autistic-child-after-being-unable-to-place-her-in-education-system-7699Going green in sweatpants: fashion designer produces sustainable sportswearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-green-in-sweatpants-fashion-designer-produces-sustainable-sportswear-7696<p>A Polish designer has created a sustainable sportswear brand that uses materials such as waste coffee grounds to offer a greener alternative to the synthetic clothes usually worn to the gym.</p>Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:01:00 +0200BusinessSporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ommw7b8swmk9paet9zbkzq.jpegNatalia Zawada: working to turn gym fashionwear green.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-green-in-sweatpants-fashion-designer-produces-sustainable-sportswear-7696Kubica confirms he will leave Williams at end of 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kubica-confirms-he-will-leave-williams-at-end-of-2019-7694<p><span lang="EN-GB">Robert Kubica has said he will leave Williams at the end of the 2019 season.</span></p>Thu, 19 Sep 2019 16:35:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0qi5h0r14mrnp8vffrawad.jpegSpeaking at a press conference ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, Kubica said he had decided to leave Williams "in order to evaluate our opportunities" for the future.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kubica-confirms-he-will-leave-williams-at-end-of-2019-7694Fancy eatery is full of beans after being shortlisted for prestigious interior design awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fancy-eatery-is-full-of-beans-after-being-shortlisted-for-prestigious-interior-design-award-7690<p>A Warsaw restaurant located in an old vodka factory has been shortlisted by the World Interiors News magazine for its 2019 restaurant award.</p>Thu, 19 Sep 2019 14:35:00 +0200BusinessArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pw31uebg0vagggs41ulz2.jpegThe magazine’s awards cover the best of interior design ranging from hospitals, homes, shops to transport hubs, and anybody who comes out on top when the winners are announced in October will get a prestigious feather in their cap.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fancy-eatery-is-full-of-beans-after-being-shortlisted-for-prestigious-interior-design-award-7690Polish and US presidents to meet in New York on Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-us-presidents-to-meet-in-new-york-on-monday-7688<p>Poland has received an offer from the American administration to organise a meeting between Polish President Andrzej Duda and US President Donald Trump this Monday in New York, Duda's chief aide Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP on Thursday.</p>Thu, 19 Sep 2019 13:31:00 +0200https://images.thefirstnews.com/4rjtyqxddmixj3jyj69udo.jpegPolish and US presidents to meet in New York on Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-us-presidents-to-meet-in-new-york-on-monday-7688Bonanza! Poland to get over 3 billion PLN grant to support business and societyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bonanza-poland-to-get-over-3-billion-pln-grant-to-support-business-and-society-7686<p>Poland is to receive 3.5 billion PLN for projects in the areas of health, home affairs, business and culture from the EEA and Norway Grants funds.</p>Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:14:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6sedvkcrq1scrocx0oyb7h.jpegThe 3.5 billion PLN grant from the EEA and Norway Grants funds are for projects in the areas of health, home affairs, business and culture.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bonanza-poland-to-get-over-3-billion-pln-grant-to-support-business-and-society-7686PM hails Silesia's potential for 21st-century economic growthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-hails-silesias-potential-for-21st-century-economic-growth-7683<p>Appearing on a local radio station in Katowice (southern Poland), where he is running for re-election in the coming parliamentary ballot, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki hailed the Silesia region, of which Katowice is the capital, for its future potential.</p>Thu, 19 Sep 2019 11:28:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jcp25mtenicwtxl49c9rc.jpegPM hails Silesia's potential for 21st-century economic growthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-hails-silesias-potential-for-21st-century-economic-growth-7683Startup looks to take on cashless payment market with new product using Bluetoothhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/startup-looks-to-take-on-cashless-payment-market-with-new-product-using-bluetooth-7681<p dir="ltr">Neontri, Polish fintech startup is poised and ready to take on the American market.</p>Wed, 18 Sep 2019 17:49:00 +0200BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vei8c0cjh7rdwp2upu4y.jpegThe platform uses an algorithm which locates two devices need to make a payment and safely carries out the transaction.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/startup-looks-to-take-on-cashless-payment-market-with-new-product-using-bluetooth-7681Snow joke! Norwegian island could SPLIT IN TWO warns Polish Arctic scientisthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snow-joke-norwegian-island-could-split-in-two-warns-polish-arctic-scientist-7678<p dir="ltr">Polish researchers have discovered changes to the map of Norway, which could result in the country’s largest Arctic island splitting in two.</p>Wed, 18 Sep 2019 17:05:00 +0200ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c1qyuz7v5tch1313vmbdl.jpegRadar soundings by Polish researchers show that Spitsbergen could split in two as the Hornsundbreen glacier on the island retreats every year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snow-joke-norwegian-island-could-split-in-two-warns-polish-arctic-scientist-7678In search of David: TFN travels to the town of Płońsk to discover the birthplace of Israel’s founding father, David Ben-Gurionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-search-of-david-tfn-travels-to-the-town-of-plonsk-to-discover-the-birthplace-of-israels-founding-father-david-ben-gurion-7671<p>Every year the somnambulant northern Mazovian town of Płońsk with its 22,000 inhabitants welcomes fleets of air-conditioned coaches ferrying Israeli teenagers to poke around its environs.</p>Wed, 18 Sep 2019 13:03:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c051vfnl0yh46bfjl1qh7h.pngThe centre of gravity for any trip to Płońsk is the house on the market square in which Ben-Gurion lived as a child. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-search-of-david-tfn-travels-to-the-town-of-plonsk-to-discover-the-birthplace-of-israels-founding-father-david-ben-gurion-7671Majewski’s latest film The Valley of the Gods and its all-star cast to premiere at Gdynia film festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majewskis-latest-film-the-valley-of-the-gods-and-its-all-star-cast-to-premiere-at-gdynia-film-festival-7668<p>The latest star-studded film from acclaimed director Lech Majewski, The Valley of the Gods, is to premiere at the Gdynia Film Festival.</p>Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:48:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wo2kxthmguam1hu6dqlh4.jpegHollywood A-listers Josh Hartnett, John Malkovich, Keir Dullea and Skyfall Bond girl Berenice Marlohe line up with director Lech Majewski ahead of the premiere of The Valley of the Gods.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majewskis-latest-film-the-valley-of-the-gods-and-its-all-star-cast-to-premiere-at-gdynia-film-festival-7668Better pay and longer stay – Ukrainians in Poland say they feel ‘more at home’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/better-pay-and-longer-stay--ukrainians-in-poland-say-they-feel-more-at-home-7666<p>Ukrainians working in Poland are earning more and staying longer, according a new survey on the country’s largest national minority.</p>Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:59:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s14hak9u2jio7snpkl5fs.jpegThe survey found 33 percent expect to be paid PLN 13-15 an hour while 19 percent expected a salary of PLN 15-20.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/better-pay-and-longer-stay--ukrainians-in-poland-say-they-feel-more-at-home-7666Doomsday! 80 years ago today, Stalin invaded Poland. From this moment on, Poland’s wartime fate was sealedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/doomsday-80-years-ago-today-stalin-invaded-poland-from-this-moment-on-polands-wartime-fate-was-sealed-7662<p>Though best-known for Germany’s invasion of Poland, September 1939 bore witness to a second treachery, one every bit as heinous and underhand as that engineered by Hitler to the West.</p>Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:12:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/klacpbg0ir7r5vsvonzlv.jpegGerman and Soviet officers shake hands following the invasion.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/doomsday-80-years-ago-today-stalin-invaded-poland-from-this-moment-on-polands-wartime-fate-was-sealed-7662One dead, one missing after Polish yacht incident in Lithuaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-dead-one-missing-after-polish-yacht-incident-in-lithuania-7658<p>One person died and one is missing after a Polish sailing yacht with a crew of seven capsized in the Lithuanian zone on the Baltic Sea, spokesman of the Maritime Search and Rescue Service Rafal Goeck told PAP on Monday. </p>Mon, 16 Sep 2019 19:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q7v7sxv876da06yrw49x0l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-dead-one-missing-after-polish-yacht-incident-in-lithuania-7658Poland, Slovakia to support Ukraine in its reformshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-slovakia-to-support-ukraine-in-its-reforms-7656<p>Poland and Slovakia are expressing concerns over Russian activities in Ukraine, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said after meeting his Slovak counterpart Miroslav Lajcak in Warsaw on Monday. </p>Mon, 16 Sep 2019 19:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z2y5kgjlhxm2gxflxnddm8.jpegMinister Lajcak noted the friendly Polish-Slovak relations and the role of cooperation of the Visegrad Group countries.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-slovakia-to-support-ukraine-in-its-reforms-7656Winner of classical music’s most expensive comp premieres in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/winner-of-classical-musics-most-expensive-comp-premieres-in-warsaw-7654<p dir="ltr">The European premiere of the winning composition in one of the world’s richest classical music prizes took place last night in Warsaw’s POLIN museum.</p>Mon, 16 Sep 2019 18:08:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/txh8myskbs92w4g1jvpwvr.jpegThe European premiere of the winning composition for the Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music took place in Warsaw’s POLIN museum.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/winner-of-classical-musics-most-expensive-comp-premieres-in-warsaw-7654Monument to Poles who took refuge in India during WWII unveiled in moving ceremonyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/monument-to-poles-who-took-refuge-in-india-during-wwii-unveiled-in-moving-ceremony-7650<p><span lang="EN-US">A commemorative pillar dedicated to 5,000 Polish refugees who were given refuge after fleeing to India following the outbreak of WWII has been unveiled at a moving ceremony in the village of&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-GB">Valivade on the outskirts of Kolhapur.</span>&nbsp;</p>Mon, 16 Sep 2019 16:35:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2ftf5ko039wscwgy3xujjf.jpegDeputy Foreign Minister Marcin_Przydacz and Poles who found safe haven in India the Maharaja of Kolhapur.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/monument-to-poles-who-took-refuge-in-india-during-wwii-unveiled-in-moving-ceremony-7650Largest hackathon in Europe held in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/largest-hackathon-in-europe-held-in-warsaw-7648<p dir="ltr">The largest hackathon event in Europe and the second largest in the world, after Saudi Arabia, has been held in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 16 Sep 2019 14:56:00 +0200BusinessSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ryohw6p2vbir6rwraw4ks.jpegThe Hack Yeah hackathon is the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world, after Saudi Arabia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/largest-hackathon-in-europe-held-in-warsaw-7648IPN lashes out at Moscow’s attempts to justify Soviet WWII invasion of Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-no-no-ipn-lashes-out-at-moscows-attempts-to-justify-soviet-wwii-invasion-of-poland-7644<p>The Russian Federation’s recent attempts to justify the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocol to divide Eastern Europe, including Poland, as well as to paint Poland as an ally of Nazi Germany and a potential threat to the Soviet Union in 1939 have been met by a fierce response from Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance (IPN).</p>Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:09:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7q0aoc9b7s5y779bnavhq.jpegThe Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact was a neutrality pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed in Moscow on August 23, 1939, by foreign ministers Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-no-no-ipn-lashes-out-at-moscows-attempts-to-justify-soviet-wwii-invasion-of-poland-7644Yes, they’ve done it again! Kielce students win Mars rover comp for 2nd time in a rowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/yes-theyve-done-it-again-kielce-students-win-mars-rover-comp-for-2nd-time-in-a-row-7639<p>Students from Kielce have taken first place at this year’s European Rover Challenge.</p>Sun, 15 Sep 2019 20:27:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r5yu3clw21rjltgrnixv.pngThe delighted Kielce team beat off competition from 40 other teams to take first place for their design. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/yes-theyve-done-it-again-kielce-students-win-mars-rover-comp-for-2nd-time-in-a-row-7639Brother and sister team lovingly restore forgotten spa town to its former gloryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brother-and-sister-team-lovingly-restore-forgotten-spa-town-to-its-former-glory-7634<p>Nestled in a valley alongside the Dunajec river tributary, the historic resort of Szczawnica is getting a second lease of life.</p>Sun, 15 Sep 2019 19:35:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hkwfs0emf2veejdq0y81.jpegNestled in a valley alongside the Dunajec river tributary, the historic resort of Szczawnica is getting a second lease of life.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brother-and-sister-team-lovingly-restore-forgotten-spa-town-to-its-former-glory-7634Long-forgotten seminal Holocaust film re-emerges at Tel Aviv film festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/long-forgotten-first-ever-holocaust-film-re-emerges-at-tel-aviv-film-festival-7631<p>The first feature film made about the Holocaust using Auschwitz as a film set is to be shown again.</p>Sun, 15 Sep 2019 13:48:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/57k4q2kqsvkeu8cg6paqu8.jpegThe movie was filmed two and a half years after the camp’s liberation, between July and September 1947 and Soviet soldiers took part as extras. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/long-forgotten-first-ever-holocaust-film-re-emerges-at-tel-aviv-film-festival-7631The heart of Africa: This week Sergiusz teams up with Nat Geo snapper Dominik Skurzakhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-heart-of-africa-this-week-sergiusz-teams-up-with-nat-geo-snapper-dominik-skurzak-7627<p>It was plus thirty-five degrees Celsius in the morning, a couple of hours ago.</p>Sat, 14 Sep 2019 18:10:00 +0200Why So Serious?https://images.thefirstnews.com/e5zt152gy3i1tttzb38b8u.jpegPhotographer Dominik Skurzak wants tourists to discover the ‘heart of Africa’ through his boutique travel agency. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-heart-of-africa-this-week-sergiusz-teams-up-with-nat-geo-snapper-dominik-skurzak-7627Poland top of the class when it comes to pupil-teacher ratioshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-top-of-the-class-when-it-comes-to-pupil-teacher-ratios-7624<p>Poland has one of the lowest pupil-to-teacher ratios in the World and the 4th lowest in the European Union, according to a new report.</p>Sat, 14 Sep 2019 14:41:00 +0200ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3q3euv5z8xnuhov3kth5l.jpegPoland has one of the lowest pupil-to-teacher ratios in the World and the 4th lowest in the European Union, according to recent data. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-top-of-the-class-when-it-comes-to-pupil-teacher-ratios-7624Bone to fix! Doc creates spinal remedy for 80 percent of globe’s sufferershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bone-to-fix-doc-creates-spinal-remedy-for-80-percent-of-globes-sufferers-7621<p>A Polish neurosurgeon has created new spinal implants that could help up to 80 percent of the world’s population.</p>Sat, 14 Sep 2019 14:18:00 +0200ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/amt4rcy6mypxmqv0us79i.jpegNeurosurgeon Piotr Szydlik has developed a system of screws and rods which will provide stability to the spine while still allowing flexibility of movement.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bone-to-fix-doc-creates-spinal-remedy-for-80-percent-of-globes-sufferers-7621Holy moly! Komasa’s Corpus Christi chosen for Oscarshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holy-moly-komasas-corpus-christi-chosen-for-oscars-7619<p>Polish film director Jan Komasa's latest film Corpus Christi, has been selected as Poland’s official entry for the US Academy Awards.</p>Sat, 14 Sep 2019 11:48:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hgyvju67njiki80nbivf6h.jpegThe Oscar committee descried Jan Komasa’s new film Corpus Christi as 'a universal, moving and provocative story about the spiritual transformation of man, a new look at faith in God.'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holy-moly-komasas-corpus-christi-chosen-for-oscars-7619Water good idea! Scientists devise new water treatment methodhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/water-good-idea-scientists-devise-new-water-treatment-method-7617<p>Scientists from the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Physical Chemistry &nbsp;have perfected a method of cleansing river and drinking water from harmful industrial solvents.</p>Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:27:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/irwatvfnws80u44a9s7nm1l.jpegThe treatment method is a novel form of hydrogen purification that will leave both tap water and rivers cleaner and healthier. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/water-good-idea-scientists-devise-new-water-treatment-method-7617A tale of two cities: Fascinating exhibition looks at the histories of Gdynia and Tel Avivhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-tale-of-two-cities-fascinating-exhibition-looks-at-the-histories-of-gdynia-and-tel-aviv-7613<p>Though separated by 3000 kilometres, with one city built on the muddy silts of the Bay of Gdańsk and the other on the shifting sands of Samaria in central Israel, Gdynia and Tel Aviv have much in common.</p>Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:40:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g2ksfksly5c73lqv114qw.jpegThe POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews has broken down the barriers of land and sea to bring Gdynia and Tel Aviv together and tell their fascinating story.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-tale-of-two-cities-fascinating-exhibition-looks-at-the-histories-of-gdynia-and-tel-aviv-7613'I cried like a little child.' British-Polish Youtuber Stefan Tompsonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/i-cried-like-a-little-child-british-polish-youtuber-stefan-tompson-362<p>Discover how Stefan Tompson's hopes for filmmaking didn't turn out like he'd wanted, but the journey he's been on has changed him as a person.</p><p>Discover his thoughts on making films about Poland, surviving a serious accident, the importance of history in Poland and his hopes for the future.</p>Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:13:00 +0200HistoryHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8y5184qct5i6sjl8by7qc.png'I cried like a little child.' British-Polish Youtuber Stefan Tompson.https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/i-cried-like-a-little-child-british-polish-youtuber-stefan-tompson-362Poland's inflation in August at 2.9 percent - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-august-at-29-percent---stats-office-7611<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 2.9 percent year on year in August 2019 and remained unchanged compared to July 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6slqiaydrtvkdm10ia5xaq.jpegIn July 2019, prices of consumer goods and services increased by 2.9 percent year on year and remained unchanged month on month.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-august-at-29-percent---stats-office-7611And here’s another one! Netflix announce new Polish series based on Harlan Coben’s bestselling book The Woodshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/and-heres-another-one-netflix-announce-new-polish-series-based-on-harlan-cobens-bestselling-book-the-woods-7609<p>Bestselling American author of thrillers and mysteries Harlan Coben’s novel The Woods has been commissioned by Netflix as a Polish original series.</p>Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:12:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wn0l0t54dfo6itlnulfhh7.jpegThe six-part adaptation will launch in 2020 and is directed by Leszek Dawid (L) and Bartosz Konopka (R).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/and-heres-another-one-netflix-announce-new-polish-series-based-on-harlan-cobens-bestselling-book-the-woods-7609Orlen Group opens its first petrol station in Slovakiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-group-opens-its-first-petrol-station-in-slovakia-7606<p>Unipetrol, the Czech subsidiary of Poland's fuel group PKN Orlen, has officially opened its first fuel service station in Slovakia under the Benzina brand.</p>Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:53:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0b7zf6vtwtou4hmu7r0r8qv.jpegUnipetrol, part of the Orlen Group, operates on the retail markets of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany and Lithuania. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-group-opens-its-first-petrol-station-in-slovakia-7606V4 unanimous on EU financial framework - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-unanimous-on-eu-financial-framework---pm-7603<p>The Visegrad Group (V4, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia - PAP) are fully unanimous with regard to the structure of the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said after Thursday's meeting of V4 prime ministers in Prague.</p>Thu, 12 Sep 2019 20:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zcadbtmfhs6kulks5h2kd.jpegV4 unanimous on EU financial frameworkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-unanimous-on-eu-financial-framework---pm-7603Sci-fi king Stanisław Lem is still considered master of his genrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sci-fi-king-stanislaw-lem-is-still-considered-master-of-his-genre-7599<p>Philosopher and writer, Stanisław Lem, was born 98 years ago today.</p>Thu, 12 Sep 2019 16:38:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vmqjx0u0ugjb1vqk9kjb.jpegPhilosopher and sci-fi writer Stanisław Lem was born 98 years ago today.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sci-fi-king-stanislaw-lem-is-still-considered-master-of-his-genre-7599What a squeeze! World’s skinniest dwelling named as one of the planet’s most iconic houseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/what-a-squeeze-worlds-skinniest-dwelling-named-as-one-of-the-planets-most-iconic-houses-7596<p>Widely considered to be the narrowest dwelling in the world, a Warsaw address is back in the news after being included on a list of international projects honoured by the prestigious portal Iconic Houses.</p>Thu, 12 Sep 2019 14:04:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kpy5hombtkm4l5qikjgde.jpegBuilt to serve as both an artistic installation and a residence for visiting artists, the house was named in celebration of its first invited guest, the Israeli author Etgar Keret (pictured).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/what-a-squeeze-worlds-skinniest-dwelling-named-as-one-of-the-planets-most-iconic-houses-7596Polish national air carrier resumes flights to Indiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-air-carrier-resumes-flights-to-india-7594<p>Poland's national air carrier LOT has resumed direct flights to India after many years, LOT CEO Rafał Milczarski has announced. On Wednesday, a Polish LOT Dreamliner left for New Delhi, which is LOT's sixth Asian destination.</p>Thu, 12 Sep 2019 13:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zsy7n32nkaltmi91q8cnbm.jpegThe LOT CEO expressed hope that thanks to this new connection, more Indian citizens will be able to travel to Europe and destinations outside Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-national-air-carrier-resumes-flights-to-india-7594On a wing and a prayer! Virtually extinct bird of prey sees record number of new chickshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-a-wing-and-a-prayer-virtually-extinct-bird-of-prey-sees-record-number-of-new-chicks-7589<p>An endangered bird of prey has seen its numbers double over the last year.</p>Thu, 12 Sep 2019 12:19:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z9dgggo0orldsn6hhnc39g.jpegTwo times more Osprey chicks were hatched in the Lubuskie region of Poland than in previous years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-a-wing-and-a-prayer-virtually-extinct-bird-of-prey-sees-record-number-of-new-chicks-7589Polish PM arrives in Prague for V4 meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-arrives-in-prague-for-v4-meeting-7587<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrived in Prague on Thursday to take part in a meeting of the prime ministers of the Visegrad Group countries, to focus on EU enlargement and the next multi-annual Union budget after 2020.</p>Thu, 12 Sep 2019 11:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b8jnh2n2liifydlwbyw7a.jpeg(L-R) Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during the Visegrad Group (V4) and Western Balkan partners summit in Prague.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-arrives-in-prague-for-v4-meeting-7587Secret diary of 'Polish Anne Frank' to be published after being kept hidden in bank vault for 70 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/secret-diary-of-polish-anne-frank-to-be-published-after-being-kept-hidden-in-bank-vault-for-70-years-7584<p>The diary of a teenage Jewish girl, dubbed the ‘Polish Anne Frank’, recording life in Nazi occupied Poland is to be published for the first time.</p>Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:47:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gdzfp0w3yhctswzmz8abs.jpegRenia Spiegel, who lived in the eastern town of Przemysl, began her diary in 1939, when she was 15 years old. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/secret-diary-of-polish-anne-frank-to-be-published-after-being-kept-hidden-in-bank-vault-for-70-years-7584Adorable bald guinea pig is internet ‘pet-lebrity’ with 200k-plus fanshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adorable-bald-guinea-pig-is-internet-pet-lebrity-with-200k-plus-fans-7582<p>A bald guinea pig from Warsaw has become an Instagram sensation after stealing the hearts of over 200,000 fans.</p>Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:38:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ubyb7rnqc1sn0hjwylhi3l.jpegAdorable Ludwik is a 'skinny guinea pig', a special hairless breed of guinea pig.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/adorable-bald-guinea-pig-is-internet-pet-lebrity-with-200k-plus-fans-7582Police detain two foreigners in attack on Israeli studentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/police-detain-two-foreigners-in-attack-on-israeli-students-7580<p>The police and prosecutor's office reported on Wednesday that they have identified the people who were directly related to the Saturday attack on Israeli students in Warsaw. Among them is a person of Palestinian origin. Two Armenian-Dutch were detained.</p>Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t97scb85babhzhkmqy8g5.jpegAccording to a spokesman for the Warsaw police Sylwester Marczak, further actions in this matter will be conducted within the framework of international cooperation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/police-detain-two-foreigners-in-attack-on-israeli-students-7580App-y days! Pals invent new app that lets employees get paid earlyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/app-y-days-pals-invent-new-app-that-lets-employees-get-paid-early-7575<p>A new money app which allows you to get paid earlier than normal is gaining international praise from the world of finance.</p>Wed, 11 Sep 2019 12:40:00 +0200BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6660xgod3n0pi65p1woxx.jpegThe new app plans to ‘disrupt’ traditional banking methods.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/app-y-days-pals-invent-new-app-that-lets-employees-get-paid-early-7575‘Grotesquely violent’ adaptation of The Painted Bird sees audiences flee screening, but critics loved ithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grotesquely-violent-adaptation-of-the-painted-bird-sees-audiences-flee-screening-but-critics-loved-it-7571<p>A new film of The Painted Bird saw people trying to flee the cinema at its screening, because it was ‘too horrific’ to watch.</p>Tue, 10 Sep 2019 17:07:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gsvxea77xaftm4x2h93bl.jpegThe film is based on the book by Jerzy Kosiński who lied about his WWII childhood. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grotesquely-violent-adaptation-of-the-painted-bird-sees-audiences-flee-screening-but-critics-loved-it-7571Poland – Homeland of Tolerance. A mobile exhibition on migrants in the Polish Parliamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland--homeland-of-tolerance-a-mobile-exhibition-on-migrants-in-the-polish-parliament-7568<p>For centuries, Poland has been a multinational country with representatives of various cultures and religions living and working side by side, often fighting and even giving their lives for their homeland. The most important values professed were: honour, freedom, tolerance and hospitality. The exhibition “Poland – Homeland of Tolerance” explores these traditions and looks for their traces in the modern Polish society. </p>Tue, 10 Sep 2019 16:35:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2yh636lnifo1yuj47x4wy3.jpegHomeland of Tolerancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland--homeland-of-tolerance-a-mobile-exhibition-on-migrants-in-the-polish-parliament-7568Janusz Wojciechowski a candidate for EC commissioner for agriculturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/janusz-wojciechowski-a-candidate-for-ec-commissioner-for-agriculture-7567<p>Poland's Janusz Wojciechowski has been named a candidate for EC commissioner for agriculture. The incoming head of the EC named her 27-strong team on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 10 Sep 2019 14:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/thlu0d2s78b0eb2d8657znf.jpegUrsula von der Leyen holds a press conference announcing her future team.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/janusz-wojciechowski-a-candidate-for-ec-commissioner-for-agriculture-7567Lesser known horror of Stalin’s Great Purge which saw over 100k Poles massacred goes on display in harrowing new exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lesser-known-horror-of-stalins-great-purge-which-saw-over-100k-poles-massacred-goes-on-display-in-harrowing-new-exhibition-7565<p>An exhibition examining the ‘Polish Operation’ carried out by the NKVD during the Great Terror in the Soviet Union in the late 1930s in which around 111,000 Poles were murdered simply for being Polish has opened in Odessa, Ukraine.</p>Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:58:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y4rv49nlk4ixpu5681cfvs.jpegThe exhibition uses photographs and documents provided by the Ukrainian State Regional Archives as well as documents obtained from the Memorial Society and the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lesser-known-horror-of-stalins-great-purge-which-saw-over-100k-poles-massacred-goes-on-display-in-harrowing-new-exhibition-7565EU court overrules EC's decision on Opal pipelinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-court-overrules-ecs-decision-on-opal-pipeline-7563<p>The Court of Justice of the European Union on Tuesday issued a favourable ruling for Poland by cancelling the EC decision to grant Gazprom 100 percent of the Opal pipeline's capacity.</p>Tue, 10 Sep 2019 12:35:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ndwz0jf0ejig5159se6tf.jpegOpal, which runs through Germany along Poland's western border, connects the Nord Stream I pipeline with the Yamal pipeline infrastructure and pipeline systems in the Czech Republic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-court-overrules-ecs-decision-on-opal-pipeline-7563Make room for more! Warsaw’s lifestyle revolution captures the imagination as capital’s booming hotel market aims to emulate Berlinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/make-room-for-more-warsaws-lifestyle-revolution-captures-the-imagination-as-capitals-booming-hotel-market-aims-to-emulate-berlin-7561<p>Warsaw’s hotel revolution has been thrust into the spotlight after a report issued by JLL earlier in the summer asked if the Polish capital could develop into “a second Prague” in terms of its hotel offer.</p>Tue, 10 Sep 2019 12:16:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xup9al6zyn8fzpq1dbrke6.jpegLast year’s launch of the Raffles Europejski set a new benchmark in luxury.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/make-room-for-more-warsaws-lifestyle-revolution-captures-the-imagination-as-capitals-booming-hotel-market-aims-to-emulate-berlin-7561EBRD plans to step up investment in renewable energy projects in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ebrd-plans-to-step-up-investment-in-renewable-energy-projects-in-poland-7559<p>The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) plans to support the development of renewable energy projects in Poland. In 2019, it wants to invest more than in 2018, PAP has been told by an EBRD director.</p>Tue, 10 Sep 2019 10:07:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ellvhtmc3fewa2upq46x89.jpegAccording to Zieliński, EBRD is still interested in financing Poland's Baltic offshore wind farms, but “the projects are not ready yet.” https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ebrd-plans-to-step-up-investment-in-renewable-energy-projects-in-poland-7559Poland must make use of artificial intelligencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-must-make-use-of-artificial-intelligence-7555<p>Poland must do everything to find itself among the leading countries in the use of artificial intelligence, said Minister of Digital Affairs Marek Zagorski on Monday.</p>Mon, 09 Sep 2019 19:40:00 +0200BusinessSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wf76n9obf288eeioy5fndh.jpegPoland must make use of artificial intelligence.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-must-make-use-of-artificial-intelligence-7555It’s back! Zaleski’s 19th century oil painting of Milan Cathedral returns after disappearing during Warsaw Uprisinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-back-zalewskis-19th-century-oil-painting-of-milan-cathedral-returns-after-disappearing-during-warsaw-uprising-7551<p>A lost oil painting by the ‘Warsaw Bellotto’ that disappeared from the capital during the Second World War has returned home after being handed over to the National Museum in Warsaw at an official ceremony. &nbsp;</p>Mon, 09 Sep 2019 17:28:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lewrvfnhucp3sxz74w5loq.jpegThe lost artwork which disappeared during the Second World War returned home after being handed over to the National Museum in Warsaw at an official ceremony. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-back-zalewskis-19th-century-oil-painting-of-milan-cathedral-returns-after-disappearing-during-warsaw-uprising-7551Despite coming fourth in volleyball championships our girls have every right to be proudhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/despite-coming-fourth-in-volleyball-championships-our-girls-have-every-right-to-be-proud-7548<p>Poland’s female volleyball team have taken fourth place in the Women’s European Championships following their 3-0 loss to Italy on Sunday.</p>Mon, 09 Sep 2019 16:21:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2ct0emqb7j6y2kjj1sus9o.jpegAlthough not winning a medal, the team left the historic four-country match which culminated in Turkey better placed than they have been for a decade.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/despite-coming-fourth-in-volleyball-championships-our-girls-have-every-right-to-be-proud-7548Ministry condemns attack on Israeli students in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ministry-condemns-attack-on-israeli-students-in-warsaw-7546<p>The Polish Foreign Ministry on Sunday condemned a Saturday attack on a group of Israeli students outside a Warsaw night club. According to media the assailants spoke Arabic.</p>Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/83fbtnjxdpt724e0tnh76e.jpegIn a tweeted statement on the matter the ministry wrote that that it "decidedly condemned" aggression against foreigners on Polish territory, and opposed all violence.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ministry-condemns-attack-on-israeli-students-in-warsaw-7546It’s a double gong for Polański at Venice Film Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-a-double-gong-for-polanski-at-venice-film-festival-7544<p>Roman Polański’s ‘An Officer and a Spy’ has won the coveted Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize at the International Film Festival in Venice.</p>Mon, 09 Sep 2019 13:33:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qbbzj1l56pks538aiy0s8.jpegPolański’s An Officer and a Spy picked two awards at the International Film Festival in Venice on Saturday. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-a-double-gong-for-polanski-at-venice-film-festival-7544Polish and Albanian FMs discuss European integration in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-albanian-fms-discuss-european-integration-in-warsaw-7543<p>Polish and Albanian Foreign Ministers, Jacek Czaputowicz and Gent Cakaj, met in Warsaw on Monday to discuss European integration.</p>Mon, 09 Sep 2019 13:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8hubb5p55avye5ruet6k3c.jpegCakaj said that Albania highly values Poland's involvement in the Western Balkans.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-albanian-fms-discuss-european-integration-in-warsaw-7543Poland will catch up with the West - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-catch-up-with-the-west---pm-7542<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki at a harvest feast rally in Dąbrowa Górnicza, south Poland, voiced hope that Poland will catch up economically with Western Europe in a decade or so.</p>Sun, 08 Sep 2019 20:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2l48739sms9i8gf7kdwvqq.jpeg“It all intertwines here. Rural and urban, and all the different segments of the economy with each other. The way we see our reality, there must be one Poland,” the PM declared.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-catch-up-with-the-west---pm-7542All roads lead to a Roman’s bedroom: archaeologists dig up rare mosaic in remains of ancient Roman villa in Georgiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-roads-lead-to-a-romans-bedroom-archaeologists-dig-up-rare-mosaic-in-remains-of-ancient-roman-villa-in-georgia-7539<p>Polish archaeologists have uncovered fragments of a 2,000-year-old mosaic in Georgia. The rare find was unearthed during the excavation of the remains of a house belonging to a Roman legion commander at the former fortress of Apsaros, near the Georgian town of Batumi.</p>Sun, 08 Sep 2019 19:10:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l94fqwnqzdhely7rgygxo.jpegA floored past. The mosaic may well have belonged to the house of a garrison commander.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-roads-lead-to-a-romans-bedroom-archaeologists-dig-up-rare-mosaic-in-remains-of-ancient-roman-villa-in-georgia-75392nd congress of "Vilniuks" unites Poland and Lithuaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/2nd-congress-of-vilniuks-unites-poland-and-lithuania-7537<p>The 2nd Congress of "Vilniuks," Polish natives of Vilnius who live here and those who have their roots here and want to maintain and share their Polishness, Polish Senate Speaker Stanislaw Karczewski said at the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius on Sunday.</p>Sun, 08 Sep 2019 17:10:00 +0200News & Politics