The First NewsThu, 03 Dec 2020 20:36:57 +0100S&P assumes Poland-EU compromise, lowers 2021 GDP growth forecasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sp-assumes-poland-eu-compromise-lowers-2021-gdp-growth-forecast-18100<p>The S&amp;P Global Ratings agency assumes that Poland and the EU will reach a compromise over funds in the next EU budget being tied to observance of the rule of law and has also lowered its 2021 GDP growth forecast from 4.5 pct to 3.8 pct, S&amp;P has reported.</p>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 19:38:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgS&P assumes Poland-EU compromise, lowers 2021 GDP growth forecasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sp-assumes-poland-eu-compromise-lowers-2021-gdp-growth-forecast-18100Constitutional Tribunal head defends organisationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/constitutional-tribunal-head-defends-organisation-18098<p>The head of Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal has defended the institution by attacking the use of language she feels derides the credibility of the tribunal.</p>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 17:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgConstitutional Tribunal head defends organisationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/constitutional-tribunal-head-defends-organisation-18098Author’s mission to document fate of Lower Silesia’s forgotten palaces reveals ‘harrowing agony of a silent apocalypse’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/authors-mission-to-document-fate-of-lower-silesias-forgotten-palaces-reveals-harrowing-agony-of-a-silent-apocalypse-18096<p>Hannibal Smoke’s ‘The Silent Apocalypse - The ruined palaces of Lower Silesia’ is an emotive and harrowing tale documenting the fate of the region’s hundreds of abandoned palaces and estates.</p>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 17:17:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bgja3zgjiuupbuykxxn43.pngHannibal Smoke’s ‘The Silent Apocalypse - The ruined palaces of Lower Silesia’ is an emotive and harrowing tale documenting the fate of the region’s hundreds of abandoned palaces and estates.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/authors-mission-to-document-fate-of-lower-silesias-forgotten-palaces-reveals-harrowing-agony-of-a-silent-apocalypse-18096EC starts proceeding against Poland over disciplinary chamberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-starts-proceeding-against-poland-over-disciplinary-chamber-18093<p>The European Commission has initiated more proceedings against Poland for infringement of EU law by allowing the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court to continue to rule on cases directly affecting judges.</p>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 14:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bt9usdexc6tooupxa15thi.jpegEarlier this year, the European Court of Justice ruled that the Disciplinary Chamber could not conduct proceedings against judges.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-starts-proceeding-against-poland-over-disciplinary-chamber-18093Ice that looks like human HAIR spotted on rotting treehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ice-that-looks-like-human-hair-spotted-on-rotting-tree-18091<p>Ice that looks like human hair has been photographed in a forest in Poland, growing on dead tree branches.</p>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 13:57:00 +0100ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nwbhs4yczasca1sjjsq1ym.jpegAlthough the ice hairs are brittle, they form curls and waves that can make them look like soft human hair.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ice-that-looks-like-human-hair-spotted-on-rotting-tree-18091Poland's opposition closing in on ruling camp in support pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-opposition-closing-in-on-ruling-camp-in-support-poll-18090<p>A new opinion poll shows that support for the ruling United Right camp its only two percentage points above than the backing for its closest rival, the main opposition Civic Coalition (KO) block.</p>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 13:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's opposition closing in on ruling camp in support pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-opposition-closing-in-on-ruling-camp-in-support-poll-18090Gdańsk retiree finds battleship plans at bottom of old wardrobehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-retiree-finds-battleship-plans-at-bottom-of-old-wardrobe-18087<p>Valuable construction documents for two of Poland’s best-known WWII warships have been discovered at the bottom of a wardrobe in the port city of Gdańsk.</p>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 12:34:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ch6wq9i7q7ty4c4w4v6a7.pngRetired manager Adam Jędruszek came across the documents for the Wicher and Burza destroyers while clearing out his uncle’s apartment.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-retiree-finds-battleship-plans-at-bottom-of-old-wardrobe-18087Retail sales up by 3.8 pct y/y in October - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-by-38-pct-yy-in-october---eurostat-18084<p>Polish retail sales grew by 3.8 percent year on year in October 2020 after a 5.5-percent increase year on year in September. Month on month, retail sales inched up by 0.1 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 11:47:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales up by 3.8 pct y/y in October - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-by-38-pct-yy-in-october---eurostat-18084Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,028,610https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1028610-18083<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Wednesday by 14,838 new cases and reached 1,028,610 cases, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning.</p>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 11:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w8dulfth2mg36zuce6jqej.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1028610-18083Over 770,000 Poles apply for permanent residency in UKhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-770000-poles-apply-for-permanent-residency-in-uk-18082<p>More than 773,000 Poles had applied for permanent residency in the United Kingdom by September 30, according to information from the UK’s Home Office.</p>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver 770,000 Poles apply for permanent residency in UKhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-770000-poles-apply-for-permanent-residency-in-uk-18082Bishops extend Sunday Mass dispensationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bishops-extend-sunday-mass-dispensation-18080<p>Catholics will not be required to attend Sunday mass until after Christmas after Poland’s bishops extended a dispensation introduced because of the Covid pandemic.</p>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 09:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ev3hyw6wesdycf84uodoi.jpegUnder current sanitary regulations church attendance is limited to one person per 15 square metres.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bishops-extend-sunday-mass-dispensation-18080Rule of law clause violates rule of law, Polish PM tells German dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rule-of-law-clause-violates-rule-of-law-polish-pm-tells-german-daily-18079<p>EU plans to link funding to respect for the rule of law in the next EU budget are themselves a crass violation of the rule of law, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a German newspaper.</p>Thu, 03 Dec 2020 08:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9nmcdff28lhzutgr3ewld.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rule-of-law-clause-violates-rule-of-law-polish-pm-tells-german-daily-18079Helsinki Foundation intervenes over application of abortion rulinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/helsinki-foundation-intervenes-over-application-of-abortion-ruling-18076<p>The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR) has said it is interceding in the matter of Polish hospitals applying a ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal (TK) banning abortions on the grounds of foetal damage even though the ruling has not been published.</p>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 17:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgHelsinki Foundation intervenes over application of abortion rulinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/helsinki-foundation-intervenes-over-application-of-abortion-ruling-18076Poland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-18074<p>Poland's reference rate will remain at 0.10 percent, said the country's Monetary Policy Council (RPP) in a statement after its meeting on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 17:37:00 +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-18074Poland hopes to vaccinate up to 80 pct of populationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hopes-to-vaccinate-up-to-80-pct-of-population-18072<p>The prime minister wants the vast majority of Poles vaccinated against Covid-19, Adam Niedzielski, the health minister, said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 17:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qwna66espmgkf88ii79ppr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hopes-to-vaccinate-up-to-80-pct-of-population-18072Poland orders 45 mln COVID-19 vaccines, to be available in Februaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-orders-45-mln-covid-19-vaccines-to-be-available-in-february-18069<p>Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, said that Poland had signed contracts for 45 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, which would be made available free of charge on a voluntary basis from February 2021.</p>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 16:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d0n6x5pelqnc2vjd7snc5p.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-orders-45-mln-covid-19-vaccines-to-be-available-in-february-18069Fangor ‘Holy Trio’ could ‘smash auction records’ say art expertshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fangor-holy-trio-could-smash-auction-records-say-art-experts-18066<p><span lang="EN-GB">Considered one of the great masters of Polish post-war art, a trio of works authored by Wojciech Fangor are set to go under the hammer tomorrow (Thursday) at Warsaw’s DESA Unicum auction house in a process that could see previous records smashed.</span></p>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 16:29:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k8her3bdc3qzlt57kimgf.pngThe trio of works set to go under the hammer tomorrow (Thursday) at Warsaw’s DESA Unicum auction house could see previous records smashed.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fangor-holy-trio-could-smash-auction-records-say-art-experts-18066Traders decry lockdown losseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/traders-decry-lockdown-losses-18063<p>Poland's retail sector may have lost up to PLN 8 billion (EUR 1.8 billion) in November due to Covid lockdown restrictions on shopping centres, a trade council and union said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 15:43:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8ursr7orvqjamcq6yy6t.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/traders-decry-lockdown-losses-18063Poland vows zero-emission energy system in 20 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-vows-zero-emission-energy-system-in-20-years-18060<p>The Polish government plans to build a new, zero-emission energy system within the next 20 years, the deputy climate minister said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 15:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland vows zero-emission energy system in 20 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-vows-zero-emission-energy-system-in-20-years-18060Bagpipe player brings history of Polish music to life with series of evocative videoshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bagpipe-player-brings-history-of-polish-music-to-life-with-series-of-evocative-videos-18055<p><span lang="EN-GB">A traditional bagpipe player and history enthusiast is encouraging Poles to go back to their country’s musical roots through a series of short films which tell the story of old Polish music through its instruments, songs and historical anecdotes.</span></p>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 15:12:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/50rv7hkua1sk3es7saljq.jpegMikołaj Wozniak hopes to raise public awareness of Poland’s historical musical traditions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bagpipe-player-brings-history-of-polish-music-to-life-with-series-of-evocative-videos-18055Astonishing story of teenage boy who killed a Nazi, escaped the Holocaust and led secret life in UK revealed by his sonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/astonishing-story-of-teenage-boy-who-killed-a-nazi-escaped-the-holocaust-and-led-secret-life-in-uk-revealed-by-his-son-18053<p>When British man John Carr learned that his father was not a Polish Catholic who had settled in Britain after the war but was in fact a Jew who had escaped from the Łódź ghetto when he was just 13 years old, he had no idea that the shocking revelation would take him on a journey of discovery into the darkest corners of modern history.</p>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 14:28:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vikzvgiz9r8ofnmelmbmqs.jpegJohn Carr’s investigation into his father has now been published in a new book Escape from the Ghetto.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/astonishing-story-of-teenage-boy-who-killed-a-nazi-escaped-the-holocaust-and-led-secret-life-in-uk-revealed-by-his-son-18053Senate head calls for less politics in pandemic fighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-head-calls-for-less-politics-in-pandemic-fight-18052<p>The battle with the Covid pandemic should be driven by health and not politics, the head of Poland's upper house said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 13:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yd3ggplw5ms1w9x8g5bkla.jpegTomasz Grodzki, the speaker of the Polish Senate, criticised the prime minister saying on Monday that Poland was "defeating the pandemic".https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-head-calls-for-less-politics-in-pandemic-fight-18052Foreign tourist trips seen falling by 60-70 pct next year - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-tourist-trips-seen-falling-by-60-70-pct-next-year---ministry-18051<p>The number of organised foreign tourist trips in 2021 is expected to drop by 60-70 percent compared to the pre-pandemic year of 2019, according to the Polish Ministry of Development, Labour and Technology.</p>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 13:03:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yp98x5qan4fuhwyyucgb9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-tourist-trips-seen-falling-by-60-70-pct-next-year---ministry-18051Poland's unemployment rate at 3.5 pct in October - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-35-pct-in-october---eurostat-18050<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 3.5 percent in October 2020 against 3.4 in the previous month, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:24:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate at 3.5 pct in October - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-35-pct-in-october---eurostat-18050Opposition may vote down new animal protection billhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-may-vote-down-new-animal-protection-bill-18049<p>Poland's opposition may vote against a new animal protection bill if it resembles an abandoned earlier act, a party leader said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:17:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/318movrxwf23mny2uspzvu.jpegWładysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, head of the Polish-People's Party-Polish Coalition (PSL-KP), said his party’s coalition with the centrist UED party will not only vote the bill down but will encourage other parties to follow suit if it proves similar to its predecessor.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-may-vote-down-new-animal-protection-bill-18049Poland's unemployment among lowest in Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-among-lowest-in-europe-18048<p>Poland will start the next year with an unemployment rate under 7 percent, a deputy prime minister said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 11:18:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/obhgpjs1ld2q17o9cvk8e.jpegJarosław Gowin told broadcaster Radio Plus that the Polish labour market was faring well compared to other EU countries.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-among-lowest-in-europe-18048Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland surpasses one millionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-surpasses-one-million-18047<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Tuesday by 13,855 new cases and reached 1,013,747, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning.</p>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 11:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zcalg9mgrz1tdbe01ybbf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-surpasses-one-million-18047First Covid vaccines to arrive in early 2021 - health minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-covid-vaccines-to-arrive-in-early-2021---health-min-18045<p>The first supplies of Covid-19 vaccines are expected to arrive in Poland in late January or early February, the health minister said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:16:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lv5tu86zmtixoafemgxdqj.jpegNiedzielski said that in his opinion the realistic date of the deliveries is "at the turn of January and February."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-covid-vaccines-to-arrive-in-early-2021---health-min-18045Over 45 pct of Poles against abortion in Down Syndrome cases - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-45-pct-of-poles-against-abortion-in-down-syndrome-cases---survey-18042<p>In all, 46 percent of respondents to a CBOS poll believe that abortion should not be allowed when Down Syndrome is detected during pregnancy, while 38 percent believe that it should be permitted.</p>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 17:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver 45 pct of Poles against abortion in Down Syndrome cases - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-45-pct-of-poles-against-abortion-in-down-syndrome-cases---survey-18042Polish doctors against law facilitating employment of non-EU medicshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-doctors-against-law-facilitating-employment-of-non-eu-medics-18040<p>Poland's national medical trade union said on Tuesday that the act recently passed by the lower house of the Polish parliament facilitating the employment of doctors from outside the EU was "extremely harmful."</p>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 17:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v0w0ouh2ddr2bob4btl58y.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-doctors-against-law-facilitating-employment-of-non-eu-medics-18040Described as being 'one of the fathers of modern chess', Łódź chess master Akiba Rubinstein was a tormented geniushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/described-as-being-one-of-the-fathers-of-modern-chess-lodz-chess-master-akiba-rubinstein-was-a-tormented-genius-18038<p>A tormented genius; an enigma; a chess grandmaster; and, a Polish Jew – Akiba Rubinstein was all of these and more.</p>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 17:30:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m161hsjc79nkqfqo82mvi.jpegAkiba Rubinstein was one of the greatest world champions that never was: a player that held the planet in his palm until fate intervened. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/described-as-being-one-of-the-fathers-of-modern-chess-lodz-chess-master-akiba-rubinstein-was-a-tormented-genius-18038Poland issues highest number of residency permits in EU for third year in a rowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-issues-highest-number-of-residency-permits-in-eu-for-third-year-in-a-row-18035<p>For the third year in a row, Poland has issued the most residency permits to immigrants coming into the EU, new statistics show.</p>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 16:17:00 +0100News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bwetnjieackw4axjwh0uta.jpegPoland handed out 724,000 residency permits which accounted for a whopping 25 percent of the total permits issued by EU members.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-issues-highest-number-of-residency-permits-in-eu-for-third-year-in-a-row-18035OECD's outlook on Poland's economy positive - GDP to grow 2.9 pct in 2021https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oecd-positive-about-polands-economy---gdp-to-grow-29-pct-in-2021-18033<p>New OECD figures show that Poland will be one of the “countries least affected by the pandemic crisis,” the finance minister has claimed.</p>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 15:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tbb8ediu4cepfuf74nytg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oecd-positive-about-polands-economy---gdp-to-grow-29-pct-in-2021-18033Poland to test teachers for virus in pilot scheme - health minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-test-teachers-for-virus-in-pilot-scheme---health-min-18032<p>Poland will test teachers from three regions hit hard by the virus in January as part of a coronavirus screening scheme, the health minister announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 14:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/757ucp54futwdvqn7nwewj.jpeg"We have decided that we want to carry out a pilot scheme on school teachers,” said Adam Niedzielski, the health minister.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-test-teachers-for-virus-in-pilot-scheme---health-min-18032Warsaw mayor concerned by use of gas by policehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-mayor-concerned-by-use-of-gas-by-police-18031<p>The mayor of Warsaw, has described the use of pepper spray by police on protestors at a recent abortion demonstration in the capital as “incomprehensible”.</p>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 13:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nullklo2u69i3fji8ll18.jpeg"Such police actions, especially during an epidemic threat, are incomprehensible," wrote Trzaskowski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-mayor-concerned-by-use-of-gas-by-police-18031Exports protect Polish growthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exports-protect-polish-growth-18029<p>Strong exports have helped Polish the economy bounce back in the third quarter following the downturn caused by the spring lockdown.</p>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 13:18:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3f20rp0t1ox59iv59wo5gh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exports-protect-polish-growth-18029Auschwitz Museum boss vows to continue fight for release of 13-year-old Nigerian boy despite snub from Nigerian presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-boss-vows-to-continue-fight-for-release-of-13-year-old-nigerian-boy-despite-snub-from-nigerian-president-18027<p>The director of the Auschwitz Museum has said he will continue to fight for the release of a 13-year-old Nigerian boy jailed for blasphemy, despite his previous pleas being ignored.</p>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 12:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pcyyrpwfqsfae4uamaetz.jpegPiotr Cywiński had earlier said that in exchange for clemency, he would be willing to serve a month of the boy’s 10 year sentence, and would find another 119 volunteers willing to serve the rest of the time.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-boss-vows-to-continue-fight-for-release-of-13-year-old-nigerian-boy-despite-snub-from-nigerian-president-18027Idea Bank hit with EUR 2.2 million fine by supervisory bodyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/idea-bank-hit-with-eur-22-million-fine-by-supervisory-body-18026<p>Poland's Idea Bank has been fined PLN 10 million (EUR 2.2 million) by the country's Financial Supervision Authority (KNF), the company said in a statement.</p>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 12:20:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4vzkcaxd5dypnp8f4c4yuf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/idea-bank-hit-with-eur-22-million-fine-by-supervisory-body-18026Poland's CPI up 3.0 pct y/y in November - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-up-30-pct-yy-in-november---stats-office-18024<p>Prices of consumer goods and services (Consumer Price Index, CPI) increased by 3.0 percent year on year and by 0.0 percent month on month in November 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported in a flash estimate on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 11:50:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w3wi432gpoja1jq7sc5azm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-up-30-pct-yy-in-november---stats-office-18024Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 999,924https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-999924-18023<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Monday by 9,105 new cases and reached 999,924, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning.</p>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 11:17:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wl22rmyd8js27vch82by87.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-999924-18023Poland will not withdraw from EU says ruling party spokespersonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-not-withdraw-from-eu-says-ruling-party-spokesperson-18021<p>A spokeswoman for Poland’s governing party has played down fears of Poland leaving the EU, saying “there will be no Polexit”.</p>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zu4vnf72n7chemkl0lcjv.jpegCzerwińska stressed that "there will be no Polexit."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-not-withdraw-from-eu-says-ruling-party-spokesperson-18021Poland's manufacturing PMI unchanged m/m in Novemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-unchanged-mm-in-november-18020<p>Poland's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) stood at 50.8 points in November 2020, and remained unchanged month on month, economic research company IHS Markit reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:18:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's manufacturing PMI unchanged m/m in Novemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-unchanged-mm-in-november-18020Mass testing leads to new centres of infection - GPs associationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mass-testing-leads-to-new-centres-of-infection---gps-association-18019<p>Mass testing in primary health care centres may cause new coronavirus outbreaks, according to the Zielona Góra Agreement (PZ), representing thousands of GPs across Poland.</p>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lbwulx8jx3i47kadg5z5ot.jpegJacek Krajewski, president of the Zielona Góra Agreement (PZ), criticised the plan of the mass testing in primary health care centres.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mass-testing-leads-to-new-centres-of-infection---gps-association-18019Poland's governing party short of ruling majority - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-governing-party-short-of-ruling-majority---poll-18017<p>Law and Justice, Poland's ruling conservative party, would stand little chance of forming an independent government if the elections were held right now, according to a survey run for two media outlets.</p>Tue, 01 Dec 2020 09:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's governing party short of ruling majority - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-governing-party-short-of-ruling-majority---poll-18017European Commission concerned by waiving immunity of judges in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-commission-concerned-by-waiving-immunity-of-judges-in-poland-18015<p>EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said on Monday the EC is concerned by Poland's Supreme Court Disciplinary Chamber's recent decisions depriving judges of their immunity.</p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 20:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u94gem9bzdp0czjb8voi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-commission-concerned-by-waiving-immunity-of-judges-in-poland-18015Anti-violence act brings more protection for women - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-violence-act-brings-more-protection-for-women---minister-18012<p>A Monday-introduced anti-violence act introduces new protection measures for victims of domestic violence, including the expulsion of perpetrators from common households. Perpetrators will also be issued restraining orders banning them from close contacts with victims.</p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 19:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q782j6mb6wiomo60j59jyr.jpegCommenting on the new law at a press conference, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said it will raise legal protection for victims of domestic violence.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-violence-act-brings-more-protection-for-women---minister-18012‘Best new art book for autumn’ sheds fascinating light on the Young Poland art movementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/best-new-art-book-for-autumn-sheds-fascinating-light-on-the-young-poland-art-movement-18007<p><span lang="EN-GB">A beautiful new book giving a fresh perspective on Poland’s interwar artists of the ‘Young Poland’ movement goes on sale tomorrow (December 1st).</span></p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 18:24:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2it36p9kz8yv04lye25uue.pngEntitled “Young Poland” – The Polish Arts and Crafts Movement 1890-1918, explores the works of Young Poland artists in the context of international arts and crafts movements, as opposed to ‘art nouveau’ with which they are commonly associated.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/best-new-art-book-for-autumn-sheds-fascinating-light-on-the-young-poland-art-movement-18007PM's Office earmarks EUR 11.2 mln for Polish diaspora projectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pms-office-earmarks-eur-112-mln-for-polish-diaspora-projects-18005<p>Polish diaspora organisations from Monday can join a competition for projects, as organised by the Prime Minister's Office, with a total of PLN 50 mln (EUR 11.2 mln) earmarked for the purpose, the government commissioner for the Polish diaspora has announced.</p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 17:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vcazr1aisufnzcd0qt19hf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pms-office-earmarks-eur-112-mln-for-polish-diaspora-projects-18005Orlen Group to allocate over EUR 31 billion for strategic investmentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-group-to-allocate-over-eur-31-billion-for-strategic-investments-18003<p>Poland's top fuel and energy group PKN Orlen plans to earmark over PLN 140 billion (EUR 31.26 billion) for its strategic investments until the end of 2030.</p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 17:10:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iz1von8kppqpqeekp9mhs.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-group-to-allocate-over-eur-31-billion-for-strategic-investments-18003Army tops trust poll, Constitutional Tribunal places lasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/army-tops-trust-poll-constitutional-tribunal-places-last-18001<p>Poles have most faith in the Polish Army and the least confidence in the country's Constitutional Tribunal, according to a new opinion poll.</p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 16:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n07ez4zbyopb33prfz1e.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/army-tops-trust-poll-constitutional-tribunal-places-last-18001Hats off! Shoppers come to rescue of iconic Kraków hat sellerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hats-off-shoppers-come-to-rescue-of-iconic-krakow-hat-seller-17999<p><span lang="EN-GB">Shoppers have come forward to save an iconic hat seller who has been selling hats in Kraków for over 50 years.</span></p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 16:39:00 +0100BusinessArt & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ozhx2wj8wbnhkjqqfjhwrw.jpegFrom actors and politicians to tourists and locals, 79-year-old Maria Lipka has been the go-to person for hats since the 1960s.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hats-off-shoppers-come-to-rescue-of-iconic-krakow-hat-seller-17999Poland's GDP to drop 3.0 pct y/y in 2020 - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-drop-30-pct-yy-in-2020---ministry-17997<p>Poland's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will fall by approx. 3.0 percent year on year in 2020, the Ministry of Labour, Development and Technology said on Monday.</p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 15:49:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP to drop 3.0 pct y/y in 2020 - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-drop-30-pct-yy-in-2020---ministry-17997Poland to make COVID-19 home care scheme nationwide - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-make-covid-19-home-care-scheme-nationwide---minister-17995<p>Poland will extend a pilot project that monitors high-risk Covid-19 patients to all Poles who have tested positive for the virus, the health minister said on Monday.</p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 15:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bf456k88xsnudsc45mygiq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-make-covid-19-home-care-scheme-nationwide---minister-17995National Science Centre earmarks EUR 17.5 mln for foreign researchershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-science-centre-earmarks-eur-175-mln-for-foreign-researchers-17993<p>Poland's National Science Centre has dedicated EUR 17.5 million to lure 120 foreign scientists to conduct research in Poland.</p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 14:44:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j2fy4ck18uc5x9d27q2llb.jpeg"Apart from strengthening and internationalising their teams, institutions will gain a 20-percent contribution for costs directly related to managing the project,” NCN Director Professor Błocki explained.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-science-centre-earmarks-eur-175-mln-for-foreign-researchers-17993Health minister announces bonus for medical staff tackling COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-minister-announces-bonus-for-medical-staff-tackling-covid-19-17991<p>Medical personnel in Poland engaged in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic will receive a 100-percent pay bonus, the health ministry announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 14:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/99gsyrsgbfwaaejd9b39g.jpegNiedzielski said he had recommended to the president of the National Health Fund (NFZ) on November 1 that medical staff tackling the crisis should receive a bonus, adding that paramedics and laboratory diagnosticians were also eligible.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-minister-announces-bonus-for-medical-staff-tackling-covid-19-17991Poll shows 45.1 pct of Poles say ruling bloc will not last to end-termhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poll-shows-451-pct-of-poles-say-ruling-bloc-will-not-last-to-end-term-17990<p>The ruling United Right coalition will fail to make it to the end of the parliamentary term in 2023, say 45.1 percent of respondents in a new opinion poll.</p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 13:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoll shows 45.1 pct of Poles say ruling bloc will not last to end-termhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poll-shows-451-pct-of-poles-say-ruling-bloc-will-not-last-to-end-term-17990Prime minister says Poland serious about EU budget veto optionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prime-minister-says-poland-serious-about-eu-budget-veto-option-17989<p>Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, warned on Monday that Poland takes "very seriously" a possible Polish veto of the EU budget if a rule-of-law clause is tied to funding.</p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 13:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rmawp9huc7i8b5t2p78jrr.jpegOn Thursday in Budapest, the Polish and Hungarian prime ministers signed a joint declaration agreeing to oppose the linkage of payments from the EU budget to "arbitrary and biased criteria for violations of the rule of law."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prime-minister-says-poland-serious-about-eu-budget-veto-option-17989Polish labour market index up m/m in November - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labour-market-index-up-mm-in-november---biec-17987<p>The Labour Market Index (WRP), which predicts future changes in the level of unemployment in Poland, went up to 71.2 points in November from 67.2 in October, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 13:32:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish labour market index up m/m in November - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labour-market-index-up-mm-in-november---biec-17987Tip-off from mystery man on bike leads explorers to hidden weapons stashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tip-off-from-mystery-man-on-bike-leads-explorers-to-hidden-weapons-stash-17985<p>History hunters have found a haul of weapons from World War II after a tip-off from a mystery man on a bike.</p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:32:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4ndrveo6wzax03n6awg3m.jpegThe haul of weapons dating back to WWII was found in woods near the border with Germany by members of the Perkun Exploration Association after the man on the bike told them his grandfather had buried them nearby.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tip-off-from-mystery-man-on-bike-leads-explorers-to-hidden-weapons-stash-17985Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 990,811https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-990811-17984<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Sunday by 5,733 new cases and reached 990,811, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. This is the smallest number of new infections since October 13.</p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d26p2lkrrvhzyeamfjej38.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-990811-17984Gov't to freeze income taxes to drive consumption - Finance Ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-to-freeze-income-taxes-to-drive-consumption---finance-minister-17982<p>Poland’s finance minister said he wants as much money to stay in people’s pockets so that it spurs consumption and helps the country out of the coronavirus-induced recession.</p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 10:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wvxoqstisw15w81208xhj.jpegTadeusz Kościński said the government wanted the public to spend, "because that drives consumption and will help pull Poland out of the recession that our economy has found itself in, as a result of the pandemic. And for that reason we are not raising taxes."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-to-freeze-income-taxes-to-drive-consumption---finance-minister-17982Pharmacies buy more antidepressants as demand soars - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pharmacies-buy-more-antidepressants-as-demand-soars---daily-17980<p>Polish pharmacies have purchased 20.7 million packages of prescription antidepressants so far this year, over one million more in 2019, to meet the growing demand from stressed Poles, according to the newspaper Rzeczpospolita.</p>Mon, 30 Nov 2020 09:49:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kll84pvvqlkermj7czilf.jpegFollowing the outbreak of the pandemic, Poles began to buy in large quantities substances to strengthen immunity, as well as over-the-counter drugs for sedation purposes and dietary supplements which serve as sleep aids.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pharmacies-buy-more-antidepressants-as-demand-soars---daily-17980President Duda commemorates November Uprising outbreak anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-commemorates-november-uprising-outbreak-anniversary-17978<p>Speaking at Sunday's commemorations President Duda said that today it is difficult for young people to understand what it truly means to have Polish authorities chosen by Polish people in free elections.</p>Sun, 29 Nov 2020 20:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hie45n6mrjfnnxrtl3s2ms.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-commemorates-november-uprising-outbreak-anniversary-17978Women's Strike stage more countrywide protestshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/womens-strike-stage-more-countrywide-protests-17976<p>Thousands of people took to the streets across Poland on Saturday to protest against plans to increase the country's abortion restrictions.</p>Sun, 29 Nov 2020 19:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d9028q4lmuqz5jfsxrs83e.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/womens-strike-stage-more-countrywide-protests-17976Poland's Meronk second in European Golf Tour South African Openhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-meronk-second-in-european-golf-tour-south-african-open-17974<p>Adrian Meronk took second place at the European Golf Tour Alfred Dunhill Championship played at the Leopard Creek golf course, South Africa.</p>Sun, 29 Nov 2020 16:39:00 +0100News & PoliticsSporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yww0y328k5kxrjm2p0yj3p.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-meronk-second-in-european-golf-tour-south-african-open-17974Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 985,075https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-985075-17972<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Saturday by 11,483 new cases and reached 985,075 , the Ministry of Health said on Sunday morning. Another 283 people have died, bringing the death toll to 17,029.</p>Sun, 29 Nov 2020 16:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q5tev5ft9whab3pk9lta1p.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-985075-17972As Poland’s first eco-certified food bazar celebrates its tenth birthday, TFN explores the eco boomhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-polands-first-eco-certified-food-bazar-celebrates-its-tenth-birthday-tfn-explores-the-eco-boom-17969<p><span lang="EN-GB">A popular eco-food bazar in Warsaw – the first to focus on certified ecological foods from local Polish farmers and producers – is celebrating its tenth anniversary of operations this weekend.</span></p>Sun, 29 Nov 2020 15:57:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kexu48lgbwj2quztg0gxlk.jpegFounded ten years back, Warsaw’s BioBazar currently lists 100 traders on its roll-call selling in excess of 10,000 products.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-polands-first-eco-certified-food-bazar-celebrates-its-tenth-birthday-tfn-explores-the-eco-boom-17969What a SNAP! Polish diver travels the world to take pictures swimming alongside crocs and sharkshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/what-a-snap-polish-diver-travels-the-world-to-take-pictures-swimming-alongside-crocs-and-sharks-17967<p><span lang="EN-GB">After once coming close to drowning in his youth, trucker Tomek Gazda has overcome his fear of the deep to spend his free hours swimming alongside crocodiles and in shark-infested waters</span></p>Sun, 29 Nov 2020 12:51:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sr5y6g8an3kq8ftihuv6c.jpegA truck diver by day, Tomek Gazda has committed his spare time to swimming with the legendary creatures that prowl the deep. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/what-a-snap-polish-diver-travels-the-world-to-take-pictures-swimming-alongside-crocs-and-sharks-17967Ten years from her death, TFN remembers the remarkable legacy of Irena Andershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ten-years-from-her-death-tfn-remembers-the-remarkable-legacy-of-irena-anders-17965<p>Celebrated as one of the leading Polish entertainers of her era, Irena Anders – the second wife of General Władysław Anders – died ten years ago today in London.</p>Sun, 29 Nov 2020 10:33:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aa1uvj7sat9xelge0xrn9.jpegPictured in 2001, Irena Anders later took the mantle of her husband, travelling across the world to commemorate the soldiers that fought in his army.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ten-years-from-her-death-tfn-remembers-the-remarkable-legacy-of-irena-anders-17965US ambassador congratulates Polish women on voting rights anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-congratulates-polish-women-on-voting-rights-anniversary-17963<p>US ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher on Saturday congratulated Polish women on the 102nd anniversary of their achieving the right to vote.</p>Sat, 28 Nov 2020 17:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2mtlkzcfzke7b4793xfbvy.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-congratulates-polish-women-on-voting-rights-anniversary-17963Unseen pictures reveal historic boat wreck discovered… in the mountainshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unseen-pictures-reveal-historic-boat-wreck-discovered-in-the-mountains-17961<p><span lang="EN-GB">Dramatic photos of a historic wreck at the bottom of Morskie Oko have caused a splash online after being released late in the week by the Tatra Volunteer Search &amp; Rescue Group.</span></p>Sat, 28 Nov 2020 16:52:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q8fz1lzvg8s5p5wdyostp.pngWhile the Syrena was discovered five years ago, this is the first time pictures have surfaced of its watery grave.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unseen-pictures-reveal-historic-boat-wreck-discovered-in-the-mountains-17961Is there a doctor in the house? Award-winning, hand-held MedTech device brings the doctor to your doorstephttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/is-there-a-doctor-in-the-house-award-winning-hand-held-medtech-device-brings-the-doctor-to-your-doorstep-17959<p>While 2020 has proved catastrophic for many businesses, one Polish MedTech start-up has seen its popularity crest after receiving industry acclaim for its ground-breaking products</p>Sat, 28 Nov 2020 14:14:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n228tuwyatophgr9038ak.jpegThe telemedical device has been named one of the twelve most innovative medical products of 2020 at the Medica trade fair.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/is-there-a-doctor-in-the-house-award-winning-hand-held-medtech-device-brings-the-doctor-to-your-doorstep-17959Andrzej Urbanski woos London with his bold, vibrant arthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/andrzej-urbanski-woos-london-with-his-bold-vibrant-art-17957<p>Using spray paint to create vibrantly-coloured geometric works of art, Polish-born artist Andrzej Urbanski has captured the hearts of London’s art community with a solo exhibition in the British capital.</p>Sat, 28 Nov 2020 12:26:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hnef0qwl6ew11gxy2wabetf.jpegUrbanski’s vibrant geometric works of art have caught the public’s attention.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/andrzej-urbanski-woos-london-with-his-bold-vibrant-art-17957Winter break for all Polish students from January 4-17https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/winter-break-for-all-polish-students-from-january-4-17-17955<p>A regulation of the minister of education published in the Journal of Laws stipulates that winter holidays for all students during this school year will take place at the same time, from January 4 to January 17, immediately after the Christmas break.</p>Sat, 28 Nov 2020 11:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rt55duawdofmim8zotmkw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/winter-break-for-all-polish-students-from-january-4-17-17955Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 973,593https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-973593-17953<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Friday by 15,178 new cases and reached 973,593, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another 599 people have died, bringing the death toll to 16,746.</p>Sat, 28 Nov 2020 11:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gy202vqaseayhha4dnbcm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-973593-17953Polish-German film entry reaches Arab Critics' Awards finalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-german-film-entry-reaches-arab-critics-awards-final-17951<p>'Never Gonna Snow Again' (Sniegu już nigdy nie bedzie), a 2020 Polish-German film directed by Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert, has made it to the final of the 2nd edition of the Arab Critics' Awards for European Films.</p>Sat, 28 Nov 2020 09:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish-German film entry reaches Arab Critics' Awards finalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-german-film-entry-reaches-arab-critics-awards-final-17951Most Poles believe EU member governments have right to use veto - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-believe-eu-member-governments-have-right-to-use-veto---poll-17950<p>In all, 58 percent of Poles believe that EU member governments have the right to use a veto in a situation in which they are convinced that fundamental interests of a given state are endangered, while 19 percent have the opposite opinion, shows a Social Changes poll.</p>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 20:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMost Poles believe EU member governments have right to use veto - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-believe-eu-member-governments-have-right-to-use-veto---poll-17950Doomed ‘Children of Zamość’: Deportations began 78 years ago todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/doomed-children-of-zamosc-deportations-began-78-years-ago-today-17947<p>Seized from their parents, sent to the Reich to be Germanised, exploited as slave labourers, starved or frozen to death in Holocaust trains, experimented on, killed with phenol injections, or gassed and incinerated in death camps.</p>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 18:08:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/av9tbnnb37atbp439waca.jpegExactly 78 years ago today the Germans set about clearing all Poles from the Zamość region to make way for German and Ukrainian colonists. What made this even more tragic was the suffering of around 30,000 Polish children.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/doomed-children-of-zamosc-deportations-began-78-years-ago-today-17947Finance committee passes 2021 budget drafthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/finance-committee-passes-2021-budget-draft-17946<p>The Sejm (lower house) Public Finance Committee on Friday passed Poland's draft budget for 2021.</p>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 17:24:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFinance committee passes 2021 budget drafthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/finance-committee-passes-2021-budget-draft-17946EC tells Poland, Hungary rule-of-law clause in line with summit agreementshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-tells-poland-hungary-rule-of-law-clause-in-line-with-summit-agreements-17945<p>The European Commission has said it will stand its ground in a dispute with Poland and Hungary, insisting a rule-of-law mechanism in the 2021-27 EU budget is in line with agreements made by the heads of EU states at a July summit.</p>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 16:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/42k51s4l12cp8nhntnfwg.jpegMamer said that the Commission does not wish to talk about a no-agreement scenario, but mentioned that the treaties speak of a “Plan B” in the event of the budget not being agreed upon.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-tells-poland-hungary-rule-of-law-clause-in-line-with-summit-agreements-17945Polish PM tells German chancellor Poland will stick to veto planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-tells-german-chancellor-poland-will-stick-to-veto-plan-17944<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday he had told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Poland will stick to its EU budget veto plan if a rule-of-law clause is tied to funding.</p>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 16:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/635haotm5hwbf0xmp053q.jpegMorawiecki said the conversation was held in a good atmosphere, with respect for the "difference of opinions."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-tells-german-chancellor-poland-will-stick-to-veto-plan-17944Polish foreign minister says EU treaties are "sacred' in rule of law disputehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foreign-minister-says-eu-treaties-are-sacred-in-rule-of-law-dispute-17943<p>The Polish foreign minister has described EU treaties as “sacred”, and that Poland expects them to be upheld in its dispute with the EU over a rule of law clause in the new budget.</p>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jovpo8zwhmd7nbyz7fcy5.jpegThe minister said that democratic societies had to be protected from the situation in which authorities, in this case EU bodies, increase their own powers on the basis of their own interpretation of the law. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foreign-minister-says-eu-treaties-are-sacred-in-rule-of-law-dispute-17943Harrowing documentary examining fate of refugees takes top awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-documentary-examining-fate-of-refugees-takes-top-award-17941<p>A documentary film “For Our Children”, produced by Dominika Kulczyk, has won best documentary feature at the AFIN International Film Festival, held in Queensland, Australia.</p>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 14:37:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hoqslzp8c3tp6nl11kn4p.jpegThe film sees Dominika Kulczyk, head of the Kulczyk Foundation, go to the Colombian border town of Cúcuta to follow the fate of refugees – mostly women – from neighbouring Venezuela.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-documentary-examining-fate-of-refugees-takes-top-award-17941Japanese agency R&I rates Poland A with stable outlook - Fin Minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/japanese-agency-ri-rates-poland-a-with-stable-outlook---fin-min-17939<p>A Japanese rating agency has rated Poland at the level of A with a stable outlook, the minister of finance, funds and regional policy announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 14:14:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgJapanese agency R&I rates Poland A with stable outlook - Fin Minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/japanese-agency-ri-rates-poland-a-with-stable-outlook---fin-min-17939Far from the madding crowd: Ambitious start-up launches pop-up hotels to reach ‘spots of untouched beauty’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/far-from-the-madding-crowd-ambitious-start-up-launches-pop-up-hotels-to-reach-spots-of-untouched-beauty-17937<p>A Wrocław based start-up is making its debut this December by launching a network of mobile hotels which will migrate from place to place depending on customer demand.</p>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 13:13:00 +0100BusinessLifeStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/48v1j01h7fmbrcujfsm3mg.pngThe first of its kind in Poland, the pop up hotels are aimed at those who want to experience Poland’s undiscovered areas of natural beauty, far away from traditional tourist hotspots.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/far-from-the-madding-crowd-ambitious-start-up-launches-pop-up-hotels-to-reach-spots-of-untouched-beauty-17937EU parliament interferes with Polish legal system - top court headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-parliament-interferes-with-polish-legal-system---top-court-head-17935<p>A European Parliament resolution on Poland's abortion rights is an unprecedented attempt to interfere with the country's internal legal issues that are not covered by EU treaties, Poland's Constitutional Tribunal president, Julia Przylebska, has said.</p>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 13:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pjtvg3ycua8d4jmmcd80t.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-parliament-interferes-with-polish-legal-system---top-court-head-17935Change of US president will not disrupt military cooperation - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/change-of-us-president-will-not-disrupt-military-cooperation---mod-17933<p>The shift from a Trump to a Biden White House will not disrupt Polish-American military cooperation, Poland's defence minister said on Friday.</p>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 12:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3q94y8vpzhkv2uhlv7h8fp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/change-of-us-president-will-not-disrupt-military-cooperation---mod-17933Poland's Leading Economic Indicator down m/m in November - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-leading-economic-indicator-down-mm-in-november---biec-17931<p>The Leading Economic Indicator (WWK), which forecasts future economic activity in Poland, went down by 2.3 points in November 2020 against October and reached 159.9 points, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 12:03:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Leading Economic Indicator down m/m in November - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-leading-economic-indicator-down-mm-in-november---biec-17931Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 958,416https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-958416-17929<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Thursday by 17,060 new cases and reached 958,416, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another 579 people have died, bringing the death toll to 16,147.</p>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 11:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j1aennvsxbq938ag3jh50e.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-958416-17929Poland rejects von der Leyen's EU court challenge option - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-rejects-von-der-leyens-eu-court-challenge-option---fm-17927<p>The Polish government has dismissed a proposal by Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, that Poland should refer a contested rule-of-law clause in the next EU budget to the bloc's top court.</p>Fri, 27 Nov 2020 09:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bi44f2l7sikcofr6wvl9c9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-rejects-von-der-leyens-eu-court-challenge-option---fm-17927Polish PM threatens to veto EU budget after talks with Hungarian PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-threatens-to-veto-eu-budget-after-talks-with-hungarian-pm-17925<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday after talks in Budapest with Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban that Poland and Hungary would not hesitate to veto the EU budget over a disputed rule-of-law mechanism.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 20:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lsjsya2h4xjut8ffr1i3oc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-threatens-to-veto-eu-budget-after-talks-with-hungarian-pm-17925Polish Peoples Party breaks up coalition with Kukiz '15https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-peoples-party-breaks-up-coalition-with-kukiz-15-17923<p>The Chief Council of the Polish Peoples Party (PSL)-Polish Coalition parliamentary club decided on Thursday to end its collaboration with the Kukiz '15 movement.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 20:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bqodxdev5v95zeeekqvnix.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-peoples-party-breaks-up-coalition-with-kukiz-15-17923European Parliament adopts resolution on Poland's anti-abortion lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-parliament-adopts-resolution-on-polands-anti-abortion-law-17921<p>The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday criticising the ban on the right to abortion in Poland, which the president of Poland's Constitutional Tribunal dismissed as an attempt to interfere in internal matters.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 18:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEuropean Parliament adopts resolution on Poland's anti-abortion lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-parliament-adopts-resolution-on-polands-anti-abortion-law-17921Polish, Hungarian PMs issue joint statement on EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hungarian-pms-issue-joint-statement-on-eu-budget-17919<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban issued a joint declaration in Budapest on Thursday in which they say both their positions on the EU budget remain unchanged from that presented in 2018.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 18:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3jlyxvh6fjhru3vtupjpb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hungarian-pms-issue-joint-statement-on-eu-budget-17919Poland, Hungary will not hesitate to veto EU budget - PM Morawieckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hungary-will-not-hesitate-to-veto-eu-budget---pm-morawiecki-17917<p>Poland and Hungary will not hesitate to use their veto regarding the EU budget, agreeing on conditionality is a gateway to disputes in the EU, a way to break the bloc, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said after meeting with the Hungarian PM.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 17:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8qcmw1thvxf5z33begtjj2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hungary-will-not-hesitate-to-veto-eu-budget---pm-morawiecki-17917EC president writes to Polish PM over rule-of-law mechanism - sourcehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-president-writes-to-polish-pm-over-rule-of-law-mechanism---source-17915<p>European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen has written a letter to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in which she argues that the rule-of-law mechanism in the EU budget is as agreed at July's summit, an EU source has told PAP.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 17:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tycs2r685mc0q09onrgsa5d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-president-writes-to-polish-pm-over-rule-of-law-mechanism---source-17915Rule of law mechanism may lead to EU breakup - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rule-of-law-mechanism-may-lead-to-eu-breakup---polish-pm-17913<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday the rule of law mechanism in the proposed EU budget, through its arbitrariness, may lead to the breakup of the European Union.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 17:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n9eoa8nah8hvqfvfdz6kb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rule-of-law-mechanism-may-lead-to-eu-breakup---polish-pm-17913European Parliament rejects PiS motion against EP vice presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-parliament-rejects-pis-motion-against-ep-vice-president-17911<p>Law and Justice MEPs have expressed their “indignation” at what they call the unequal treatment of member states after a European parliament body refused to hold a vote on initiating proceedings against Katarina Barley, the parliament’s vice president.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 16:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEuropean Parliament rejects PiS motion against EP vice presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-parliament-rejects-pis-motion-against-ep-vice-president-17911Official tests fail to confirm coronavirus in Polish minkshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/official-tests-fail-to-confirm-coronavirus-in-polish-minks-17909<p>Tests carried out on minks at a farm in northern Poland have found no trace of the coronavirus, contrary to previous media reports, the agriculture minister announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 16:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bxs9ay0k4vgnd773hdmzs.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/official-tests-fail-to-confirm-coronavirus-in-polish-minks-17909A head-forward plunge into unrestrained luxury, there is nothing about K22 that doesn’t leave you in awehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-head-forward-plunge-into-unrestrained-luxury-there-is-nothing-about-k22-that-doesnt-leave-you-in-awe-17907<p>In the interests of maintaining what has become a recent tradition, it’s important I begin this column by emphasizing the challenges that a pandemic presents a journalist whose forte supposedly lies in writing about travel: this week I haven’t left my street, let alone the city.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 15:57:00 +0100LifeWebber's WorldRegionsLifestylehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ly7b7xggp77o63pai2y0go.jpegA spiral stairwell to a rooftop with an open air hot tub with views onto Wawel – so close is the castle, you feel you could reach out and touch it.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-head-forward-plunge-into-unrestrained-luxury-there-is-nothing-about-k22-that-doesnt-leave-you-in-awe-17907Shopping centre traffic high despite pandemic - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shopping-centre-traffic-high-despite-pandemic---poll-17904<p>Polish shopping centres will see a high number of customers this year despite the toll being exacted by lockdown restrictions on retail, a leading real-estate company has reported.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 15:07:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/74w00edsjx9vvgz8k3sdpe.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shopping-centre-traffic-high-despite-pandemic---poll-17904Education app becomes world’s number one after surge in popularity caused by pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/education-app-becomes-worlds-number-after-surge-in-popularity-caused-by-pandemic-17902<p>An education app allowing users to get answers to their questions from experts has become the number one place for learning after seeing an explosion in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 14:09:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mkjo7kdbc39n6zrsr60fbf.jpegBrainly, which started in Kraków 11 years ago, now has 350 million users around the world, with the largest growth coming from the US.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/education-app-becomes-worlds-number-after-surge-in-popularity-caused-by-pandemic-17902Poland to spend up to EUR 9 billion in second tranche of business aidhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-spend-up-to-eur-9-billion-in-second-tranche-of-business-aid-17901<p>The government will prop up Poland's crisis-hit sectors with up to PLN 40 billion (EUR 9 billion) in state aid under the Shield 2.0 programme, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:49:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9wq28zkqmv2auin9we7kh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-spend-up-to-eur-9-billion-in-second-tranche-of-business-aid-17901Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 941,112https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-941112-17900<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Wednesday by 16,687 new cases, and reached 941,112, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another 580 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 15,568.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l74v791lsde9ksvwtftiw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-941112-17900As time goes by: Spell-binding photos bring forgotten past back to lifehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-time-goes-by-spell-binding-photos-bring-forgotten-past-back-to-life-17898<p>A photographer who spent decades documenting people and landscapes in his hometown of Kielce will now have his work showcased on a special online map.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 11:43:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jowl7uk4unbrdbzgiweuli.jpegAs one of the major documentary photographers of the 20th century, Paweł Pierściński’s work recorded both the architecture of a changing Poland as well as shots of gently rolling fields and locals going about their day-to-day business.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-time-goes-by-spell-binding-photos-bring-forgotten-past-back-to-life-17898Thousands of children in need of psychiatric care - ombudsmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thousands-of-children-in-need-of-psychiatric-care---ombudsman-17896<p>Hundreds of thousands of young people in urgent need of psychiatric care are facing a “pandemic-driven crisis in child psychiatry” that could lead to “multiple tragedies”.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 11:20:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uaspuz1d9lq5rev0044fhq.jpegPawlak said that one in two Polish teenagers has experienced peer bullying, one in six has attempted self-mutilation and as many as 7 percent admitted to attempting suicide.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thousands-of-children-in-need-of-psychiatric-care---ombudsman-17896Polish, Hungarian PMs to meet in Budapest over EU vetohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hungarian-pms-to-meet-in-budapest-over-eu-veto-17895<p>The Polish and Hungarian prime ministers will meet in Budapest later on Thursday to discuss the EU's next seven-year budget, which the two could veto if it ties funding to respect for the rule of law.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 09:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sj1nbcbidlioen11qt8aqe.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hungarian-pms-to-meet-in-budapest-over-eu-veto-17895Maradona - one of the best in football history - PM Morawieckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/maradona---one-of-the-best-in-football-history---pm-morawiecki-17893<p>Diego Maradona was one of the best players in the history of football, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 26 Nov 2020 09:22:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gj9gzbqlkywmpmppvwy2r.jpegThe Argentine football star died on Wednesday at the age of 60.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/maradona---one-of-the-best-in-football-history---pm-morawiecki-17893Senate calls on gov't to approve EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-calls-on-govt-to-approve-eu-budget-17892<p>The Polish senate passed a resolution on Wednesday calling on the government to adopt the negotiated draft EU budget for 2021-27.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 21:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4gp3jyw8actk50rexsm7n.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-calls-on-govt-to-approve-eu-budget-17892Deputy FM sceptical of Russian call for legal aid over Smolensk crashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deputy-fm-sceptical-of-russian-call-for-legal-aid-over-smolensk-crash-17891<p>A motion from Russia's Prosecutor General for legal assistance over the 2010 Smolensk air disaster is difficult to treat as anything but a provocation, a Polish deputy foreign minister has said, adding that Russia is not proceeding legally in the matter.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 19:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDeputy FM sceptical of Russian call for legal aid over Smolensk crashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deputy-fm-sceptical-of-russian-call-for-legal-aid-over-smolensk-crash-17891Extra bonuses for plasma donors - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extra-bonuses-for-plasma-donors---polish-pm-17890<p>COVID-19 convalescent plasma donors will be eligible to two-days off from work, reductions on public transport tickets and a package of medical consultations, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 19:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g5xjiyc25a4sas5yy03ku.jpegThe prime minister said that the plasma of convalescents is "very important at this stage of fighting the pandemic, it is a life-saving substance."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extra-bonuses-for-plasma-donors---polish-pm-17890Other than family, no more than five people around Christmas table - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/other-than-family-no-more-than-five-people-around-christmas-table---minister-17889<p>The Polish health minister told a press conference that Christmas get-togethers may be held at home with family members and a maximum of five people due to COVID-19-related restrictions.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 19:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ereemnpxxwjhgsg5vx4fb.jpegWhen asked if the government is planning travel restrictions before Christmas, the health minister replied that such an option had not been considered yet. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/other-than-family-no-more-than-five-people-around-christmas-table---minister-17889PM dismisses EU court option over rule-of-law budget mechanismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-dismisses-eu-court-option-over-rule-of-law-budget-mechanism-17888<p>Only a legal act that has been adopted can be challenged before the European Court of Justice (CJEU) Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said in response to a statement by European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 18:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ybqbzlca4bbgbm2qey9vn.jpegMorawiecki said that Poland was totally opposed to legal acts that bypass the EU treaties as they are "inconsistent with the principle of legal certainty."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-dismisses-eu-court-option-over-rule-of-law-budget-mechanism-17888Poland to allocate more funds for oncology hospitalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-allocate-more-funds-for-oncology-hospitals-17887<p>Poland is to increase funding to cancer hospitals by 3 percent, the head of the National Health Fund (NFZ) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 17:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lzkvw750xvli7lv0hb0go.jpegThe head of the National Health Fund called on patients not to delay visiting a hospital despite the pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-allocate-more-funds-for-oncology-hospitals-17887Filmic new ad launched to promote Polish literature abroadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/filmic-new-ad-launched-to-promote-polish-literature-abroad-17885<p>A new initiative to promote Polish books abroad has been launched with the aid of a cinematographic video ad.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 16:22:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vchg0yvfgh9rx5qcjr4l4j.pngProduced by Polish filmmakers and directed and written by Grzegorz Jankowski, the video forms part of the Polish Book Institute’s international campaign to promote this year’s catalogue of ‘New Books from Poland’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/filmic-new-ad-launched-to-promote-polish-literature-abroad-17885Poles to cut Christmas spending by 29 pct - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-to-cut-christmas-spending-by-29-pct---poll-17884<p>Poles are planning to slash spending on Christmas by as much as 29 percent this year, according to a new international survey, as pandemic restrictions cut into the festive fun.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 15:28:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8yuzq6h75jqco4mlmi98p.jpegMoney spent on gifts will edge down by just 8 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-to-cut-christmas-spending-by-29-pct---poll-17884Europe’s alliance with US is the foundation of its security - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europes-alliance-with-us-is-the-foundation-of-its-security---minister-17881<p>Poland's defence minister has said there “is no alternative to an alliance between Europe and US” and that Europe must get closer to its American ally.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 14:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5czb4xf16cc3xo7ilklio6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europes-alliance-with-us-is-the-foundation-of-its-security---minister-17881Kraków scientist tells cleanup do-gooders ‘LEAF them leaves alone!’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-scientist-tells-cleanup-do-gooders-leaf-them-leaves-alone-17879<p>A scientist from Kraków has started a campaign urging people not to clean up fallen leaves.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:52:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kapjsjlfkqa05ibqvszuqj.jpegFallen leaves shouldn’t be swept up as they work as a fertilizer for trees, plants and shrubs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-scientist-tells-cleanup-do-gooders-leaf-them-leaves-alone-17879PM reassures Poles in battle against COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-reassures-poles-in-battle-against-covid-19-17877<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday that he believed that Poland would successfully overcome the coronavirus disease.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xsqfrr9usycd9swjknmyk.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-reassures-poles-in-battle-against-covid-19-17877Poland, Hungary can settle rule of law doubts in EU court - EC chiefhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hungary-can-settle-rule-of-law-doubts-in-eu-court---ec-chief-17875<p>Countries that oppose a rule of law clause in the next EU budget can take their objections to the EU Court of Justice, the president of the European Commission told the European Parliament on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 12:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k1ycpszk3x52b4582syr.jpeg"That is the place where difference of opinions about legislative texts are usually settled, and that is not done at the expense of millions and millions of European citizens who are urgently waiting for our help," she said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hungary-can-settle-rule-of-law-doubts-in-eu-court---ec-chief-17875Coronavirus deaths hit new record in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-deaths-hit-new-record-in-poland-17873<p>The number of daily deaths resulting from coronavirus infections hit a new record of 674 and brought the total death toll to 14,988, the health ministry reported on Wednesday morning.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 12:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qah0k5xxkhls0rgp1t7hm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-deaths-hit-new-record-in-poland-17873Poland's unemployment rate flat at 6.1 pct m/m in Oct - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-flat-at-61-pct-mm-in-oct---stats-office-17872<p>Poland's unemployment remained flat at 6.1 percent m/m in October 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:45:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate flat at 6.1 pct m/m in Oct - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-flat-at-61-pct-mm-in-oct---stats-office-17872Polish, Hungarian PMs to align policy on EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hungarian-pms-to-align-policy-on-eu-budget-17870<p>Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, will meet his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orban, in Budapest on Thursday to establish a common position on the EU budget negotiations, an official from Poland's ruling party has said.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bth2ewolxwkc1yru0jije.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hungarian-pms-to-align-policy-on-eu-budget-17870UK’s Prince Philip found to have Polish relativeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uks-prince-philip-found-to-have-polish-relatives-17868<p>With the hit series The Crown capturing viewers with its dramatised account of the British Royal Family, there are in fact Polish family connections to Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:26:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/papott0cm0b0d62ttfspc4v.pngWith the hit series The Crown capturing viewers with its dramatised account of the British Royal Family, TFN’s John Beauchamp explores the intriguing family connections between The Duke of Edinburgh and Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uks-prince-philip-found-to-have-polish-relatives-17868Academics appeal for respect of the legacy of John Paul IIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/academics-appeal-for-respect-of-the-legacy-of-john-paul-ii-17866<p>Over 1,200 Polish academics and prominent individuals have appealed for the memory of Pope John Paul II to be treated with "truth and due respect" after the name of the Polish-born pope was linked to alleged attempts by the Roman Catholic Church to hush up reports of paedophilia in the Church.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a33d3u576gdca5a359whik.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/academics-appeal-for-respect-of-the-legacy-of-john-paul-ii-17866Polish embassy protests Russian attempts to deny Stalinist crimeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-embassy-protests-russian-attempts-to-deny-stalinist-crimes-17864<p>The Polish embassy in Moscow has issued a statement condemning attempts "to falsify the NKVD's responsibility for the Katyn Massacre" at a conference on Polish-Russian relations held near Moscow in November.</p>Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish embassy protests Russian attempts to deny Stalinist crimeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-embassy-protests-russian-attempts-to-deny-stalinist-crimes-17864Poland to test minks for coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-test-minks-for-coronavirus-17863<p>Poland will test minks from a farm in a northern province of the country for the presence of coronavirus after the Medical University of Gdansk found eight infected minks, the Agriculture Ministry announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 19:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b510z435xjcddrbmhb5hfr.jpegThe university's research confirmed the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in eight out of 91 tested minks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-test-minks-for-coronavirus-17863Polish fuel giant takes over press distributor, plans courier serviceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fuel-giant-takes-over-press-distributor-plans-courier-services-17862<p>The Polish fuel giant PKN Orlen is taking over a 65-percent share in the Ruch press distribution, retail and courier company, PKN Orlen reported in a press release, adding that it wants to develop courier services and new food and retail outlets.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 19:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3aopn4llyyk6nh3k0uum2a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fuel-giant-takes-over-press-distributor-plans-courier-services-17862Polish local gov'ts preparing joint stance on EU budget - Warsaw mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-local-govts-preparing-joint-stance-on-eu-budget---warsaw-mayor-17861<p>Polish local governments have been preparing a joint policy concerning the EU's next seven-year budget amid the central government's threats to veto the budget over a rule of law clause, Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 18:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/99fhez5mag7qo6wk94tylf.jpegIf the central government's actions will result in the recovery fund operating everywhere but in Poland, then the country's competitiveness will suffer, Trzaskowski said, adding that all local government organisations "have been preparing a joint stance."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-local-govts-preparing-joint-stance-on-eu-budget---warsaw-mayor-17861October's M3 money supply up - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/octobers-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-17860<p>Poland’s M3 money supply grew in October 2020 by 17.0 percent year on year and by 1.2 percent month on month to PLN 1.78 trillion (EUR 398 billion), the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 18:39:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tps392etv7r05tphd3hi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/octobers-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-17860Girl power! Polish women most entrepreneurial in EU and 5th in the world, says new rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/girl-power-polish-women-most-entrepreneurial-in-eu-and-5th-in-the-world-says-new-ranking-17857<p>Polish women have been ranked as the 5th most entrepreneurial in the world.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 18:11:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5tuetvvw1ifgd02rqxqnkd.jpegPoland’s new higher ranking comes on the back of receiving a 6.8 percent higher score than last year on Mastercard’s index, pushing the country up 11 places in the rankings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/girl-power-polish-women-most-entrepreneurial-in-eu-and-5th-in-the-world-says-new-ranking-17857No restrictions on slopes for skiers living in one householdhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-restrictions-on-slopes-for-skiers-living-in-one-household-17856<p>Only people living in one household, sharing accommodation or travelling together to a ski station can use ski lifts, cable cars and conveyor belts without epidemic restrictions, the Ministry of Development, Labour and Technology has announced.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 17:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f6bm8doo8ouvu6k35le2rk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-restrictions-on-slopes-for-skiers-living-in-one-household-17856Poland extends flight ban to nine countries until December 8https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-flight-ban-to-nine-countries-until-december-8-17855<p>The Polish government has extended a ban on international flights to nine countries until December 8, 2020, owing to the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 17:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4gkspr1v272bsftgfm7h8k.jpegThe ban prohibits the landing of international passenger flights at Polish airports from airports located in nine countries.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-flight-ban-to-nine-countries-until-december-8-17855MP leaves ruling Law and Justice party caucushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mp-leaves-ruling-law-and-justice-party-caucus-17853<p>An MP from the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party announced on Tuesday his exit from its parliamentary caucus.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 16:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4sf1xyenx8gh365nydk51e.jpegLech Kołakowski said his departure from the caucus was linked to a PiS-sponsored draft amendment to an animal protection law.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mp-leaves-ruling-law-and-justice-party-caucus-17853International institution to help finance wind farms in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/international-institution-to-help-finance-wind-farms-in-poland-17851<p>The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will grant a two-year loan worth PLN 173 million (EUR 40 million) for the construction of two wind farms in Poland, the bank said in a press release.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 15:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dhghts43mthvqu66ve3he.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/international-institution-to-help-finance-wind-farms-in-poland-17851Pawsome! Huskies Sampo and Kalev go on training to sniff-out Covid-19 victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pawsome-huskies-sampo-and-kalev-go-on-training-to-sniff-out-covid-19-victims-17849<p>Two Polish huskies will be sent to Helsinki for a pilot training programme teaching them how to use their noses to detect Covid-19.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:55:00 +0100ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wc9g6ppit4m3ndbok6hb.pngUpon completing their training, Sampo and Kalev from a Lapland village in the Polish mountains will be the first Polish dogs to be used in the fight against coronavirus.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pawsome-huskies-sampo-and-kalev-go-on-training-to-sniff-out-covid-19-victims-17849Poland to keep hotels and restaurants closed during winter holiday breakhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-keep-hotels-and-restaurants-closed-during-winter-holiday-break-17847<p>Hotels and restaurants will probably have to remain closed during the winter holiday scheduled for January 4-17, the spokesperson of the Polish health ministry said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:25:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g5b4ybneqqocftugx6mn7n.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-keep-hotels-and-restaurants-closed-during-winter-holiday-break-17847Poland secures sufficient COVID-19 vaccines for adult populationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-secures-sufficient-covid-19-vaccines-for-adult-population-17845<p>Poland has signed contracts to secure enough Covid-19 vaccinations for over 30 million people, or the entire adult population.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:16:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yxrh5rusg6urihyzne7ep.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-secures-sufficient-covid-19-vaccines-for-adult-population-17845Seoul's Incheon airport to be strategic advisor to Polish transport hubhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/seouls-incheon-airport-to-be-strategic-advisor-to-polish-transport-hub-17843<p>Incheon International Airport, South Korea's main airport, has been selected as the strategic advisor to Poland's Central Communication Port (CPK), the government's CPK commissioner announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:28:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSeoul's Incheon airport to be strategic advisor to Polish transport hubhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/seouls-incheon-airport-to-be-strategic-advisor-to-polish-transport-hub-17843Commissioner for development of new biotech hub appointedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/commissioner-for-development-of-new-biotech-hub-appointed-17840<p>The Polish government has appointed a new commissioner charged with creating a biotech hub in the country and promoting the country’s medical independence.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8wgnmo6p52jqjza7cz3yxg.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/commissioner-for-development-of-new-biotech-hub-appointed-17840Abortion referendum would have no legal impact - gov't spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/abortion-referendum-would-have-no-legal-impact---govt-spokesman-17838<p>A referendum on the right to abortion would not have any legal implications, a spokesman for the Polish government said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gzpnzn1lygkiauyywbs2r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/abortion-referendum-would-have-no-legal-impact---govt-spokesman-17838First ever Lempicka painting to be auctioned in Poland estimated to fetch 4-6 mln PLNhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-ever-lempicka-painting-to-be-auctioned-in-poland-estimated-to-fetch-4-6-mln-pln-17836<p><span lang="EN-GB">A portrait by Tamara de Lempicka, the first painting by her to be auctioned in Poland, is set to go for an eye-watering 4-6 million złoty.</span></p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:35:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d9qyo5y0m9u5nf11x2liis.jpegThe oil on canvas portrait is a scene from Lempicka’s own apartment on 52 Avenue in New York, near Central Park, which she moved into with her husband in 1942.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-ever-lempicka-painting-to-be-auctioned-in-poland-estimated-to-fetch-4-6-mln-pln-17836Polish pharmaceutical market grows by 4.6 percent y/y in Octoberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pharmaceutical-market-grows-by-46-percent-yy-in-october-17834<p>The value of Poland's pharmaceutical market grew by 4.6 percent y/y and by 12.2 percent m/m to PLN 3.6 billion (EUR 804.8 mln) in October 2020, according to a report by pharmaceutical researcher PEX PharmaSequence.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:08:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8ay7xcqfs0psnju8uq9xls.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pharmaceutical-market-grows-by-46-percent-yy-in-october-17834Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 909,066https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-909066-17832<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Monday by 10,139 new cases, and reached 909,066, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another 540 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 14,314.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jbl36kb3izstd6sshi01r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-909066-17832Polexit idea absurd - Polish FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polexit-idea-absurd---polish-fm-17830<p>The idea of Poland leaving the European Union is "completely absurd," Poland's foreign minister said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 11:14:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cs48lvlt4wevg3t0qojdm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polexit-idea-absurd---polish-fm-17830Record sales expected during this year's Black Friday shopping eventshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-sales-expected-during-this-years-black-friday-shopping-events-17828<p>Retail sales for the Black Friday shopping period are expected to soar this year, as shoppers pile onto online platforms owing to the coronavirus and lockdown restrictions.</p>Tue, 24 Nov 2020 09:51:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0t4omv6jrh3c68ds3sgo6mk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-sales-expected-during-this-years-black-friday-shopping-events-17828Forty-three pct of Poles for early elections - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forty-three-pct-of-poles-for-early-elections---poll-17827<p>Forty-three percent of Poles, taking into account the country's present situation, is for holding early general elections, according to Monday-published results of a poll conducted by Kantor pollster.</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 20:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/piqs1ivzadlr7ebfk7orhb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forty-three-pct-of-poles-for-early-elections---poll-17827Overwhelming majority of Poles for staying in EU - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/overwhelming-majority-of-poles-for-staying-in-eu---poll-17825<p>Eighty-seven percent of Poles said Poland should remain as a member of the European Union, according to Monday-published results of a poll conducted by the Kantar pollster for the private TVN and TVN24 news channels.</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 18:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r20r5pcnwi8pldjt9za70j.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/overwhelming-majority-of-poles-for-staying-in-eu---poll-17825Fascinating photos capture life under lockdownhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-photos-capture-life-under-lockdown-17822<p>A fascinating collection of personal photographs, capturing a range of dimensions of everyday life under the Spring lockdown, has gone on virtual display.</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:52:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1wbfnvgfajyd82xi416th.jpegThe online exhibition, which is being displayed through virtual gallery, VirtuRama, presents a selection of images, around 60 altogether.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-photos-capture-life-under-lockdown-17822Opposition for adding Poland's EU membership to constitutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-for-adding-polands-eu-membership-to-constitution-17821<p>The Polish People's Party (PSL) has motioned for adding an entry to the country's constitution on Poland's membership of the European Union.</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3d6p1eyh618tlbesroxf8p.jpegPSL leader Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz announcing the initiative on Monday turned to all parliamentarians who want to keep Poland in the EU to support the motion.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-for-adding-polands-eu-membership-to-constitution-17821Poland hopes to boost export of agri-food products to UK after Brexithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hopes-to-boost-export-of-agri-food-products-to-uk-after-brexit-17820<p>Poland wants to maintain the growing importance of the UK as an export market for its agri-food products despite Brexit.</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:15:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland hopes to boost export of agri-food products to UK after Brexithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hopes-to-boost-export-of-agri-food-products-to-uk-after-brexit-17820Robotic hand can reduce fear of spiders, according to new researchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/robotic-hand-can-reduce-fear-of-spiders-new-to-new-research-17818<p>Łódź students have developed a way to treat fear of spiders, which involves touching them using a robotic hand.</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:38:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/21laeohnc722vbmssbr526.jpegStudents from the Scientific Circle at the Institute of Applied Computer Science at the Łódź University of Technology have developed a way for people to interact with an artificial spider in a safe environment, which does not involve any actual touching or real spiders.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/robotic-hand-can-reduce-fear-of-spiders-new-to-new-research-17818Polish diplomats say Brexit deal in Poland's interesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-diplomats-say-brexit-deal-in-polands-interest-17816<p>Polish diplomats have said it is in Poland’s interest that EU and UK secure a Brexit deal, while warning that time for a deal to be struck is running out.</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:16:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish diplomats say Brexit deal in Poland's interesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-diplomats-say-brexit-deal-in-polands-interest-17816Poland to start Covid-19 vaccinations with senior citizens, medicshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-start-covid-19-vaccinations-with-senior-citizens-medics-17814<p>Poland intends to give the first Covid-19 vaccines to high-risk groups, including senior citizens, medical personnel and the uniformed services, a deputy health minister said on Monday.</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1yrx7y9sad6t67a8wiuhnc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-start-covid-19-vaccinations-with-senior-citizens-medics-17814Housing starts down y/y in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/housing-starts-down-yy-in-october---stats-office-17812<p>Housing starts in Poland fell by 18.7 percent year on year and by 25.3 percent month on month in October 2020, to 19,601 units, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:53:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w3wi432gpoja1jq7sc5azm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/housing-starts-down-yy-in-october---stats-office-178122nd Polish Film Festival in South Koreahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/2nd-polish-film-festival-in-south-korea-17810<p>The second edition of the Polish film festival in South Korea will run from the 2<sup>nd</sup> December until 13<sup>th</sup> December at the Cinematheque Seoul Art Cinema.</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:50:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vzoj2pb5gyigzyjkxk7s5f.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/2nd-polish-film-festival-in-south-korea-17810Diet doc raises 700k in mission to save starving childrenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/diet-doc-raises-700k-in-mission-to-save-starving-children-17808<p><span lang="EN-GB">A missionary from northern Poland has raised nearly 700,000 PLN to build a new medical facility in Madagascar for children dying from malnourishment.</span></p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:34:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s8319qh3jdu0ioasf3kmn.jpegAppalled by the amount of death, poverty and famine he witnessed during a trip to Madagascar, dietician Daniel Kasprowicz set about doing what he could to help.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/diet-doc-raises-700k-in-mission-to-save-starving-children-17808PM says Poland is for EU treaties, against rule-of-law mechanismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-says-poland-is-for-eu-treaties-against-rule-of-law-mechanism-17806<p>Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has said Poland says a “loud yes” to EU membership but a “loud no to punishing mechanisms.”</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rtqmfl8g2iotpsjlgnx2vg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-says-poland-is-for-eu-treaties-against-rule-of-law-mechanism-17806Retail sales down in October, share of online sales up - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-down-in-october-share-of-online-sales-up---stats-office-17804<p>Poland's retail sales decreased in real terms by 2.3 percent year on year and grew by 2.1 percent month on month in October 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday. At the same time, the share of online sales increased.</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:25:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mlnr4yqejxq6ybvtfqhen.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-down-in-october-share-of-online-sales-up---stats-office-17804Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 876,333https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-876333-17802<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Sunday by 15,002 new cases, and reached 876,333, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. This has been the smallest number of new infections since October 26.</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pusaa5ljupa95uswuz42t.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-876333-17802Tallk of polexit is "political fiction" - deputy foreign ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tallk-of-polexit-is-political-fiction---deputy-foreign-minister-17800<p>Poland’s deputy foreign minister has described talk of a Polexit as “political fiction” while stressing that Poland has no plans to leave the EU.</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTallk of polexit is "political fiction" - deputy foreign ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tallk-of-polexit-is-political-fiction---deputy-foreign-minister-17800Poland's agri-food exports up by 6.7 pct y/y after Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-agri-food-exports-up-by-67-pct-yy-after-september-17798<p>The value of exports of Polish agricultural and food products reached EUR 25.07 billion in the first nine months of 2020, up by 6.7 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, the Polish Agriculture Ministry has reported.</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:23:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's agri-food exports up by 6.7 pct y/y after Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-agri-food-exports-up-by-67-pct-yy-after-september-17798E-commerce platform AliExpress expects strong growth in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/e-commerce-platform-aliexpress-expects-strong-growth-in-poland-17796<p>Global e-commerce platform AliExpress aims to increase its Polish market share and capitalise on Poland’s flourishing e-commerce market, the company's president for Central and Eastern Europe has told PAP in an interview.</p>Mon, 23 Nov 2020 10:13:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgE-commerce platform AliExpress expects strong growth in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/e-commerce-platform-aliexpress-expects-strong-growth-in-poland-17796Polish tourist organisations appeal to PM for assistancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-tourist-organisations-appeal-to-pm-for-assistance-17794<p>Polish tourist organisations have appealed to the prime minister for measures to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their sector, which, they warned, is in a dramatic situation.</p>Sun, 22 Nov 2020 19:28:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dcfrupm33ehyg60lqp3r.jpegThe winter holiday, which used to be spread across different provinces at different times to ensure the maximum activity in tourism and the economy, will be wrapped up into a single period on January 4-17, 2021.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-tourist-organisations-appeal-to-pm-for-assistance-17794Int'l Choir Festival starts online in Poland due to pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/intl-choir-festival-starts-online-in-poland-due-to-pandemic-17792<p>Nine choirs from Asia, Europe and North America will participate in the Mundus Cantat 16th International Choir Festival starting in Poland's northern city of Sopot on Monday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's edition is being held in a hybrid format.</p>Sun, 22 Nov 2020 17:48:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ca90m91696do6yt3cw51wq.jpegThe choirs from Lithuania, Belarus, Spain, Thailand, China, Mexico and Poland will take part in the competition part of the festival.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/intl-choir-festival-starts-online-in-poland-due-to-pandemic-17792Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 861,331https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-861331-17790<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Saturday by 18,467 new cases, and reached 861,331, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday morning. This has been the smallest number of new infections since November 2.</p>Sun, 22 Nov 2020 15:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5hg4y41qpn4y3wfgblh19.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-861331-17790Good heavens! Historic wooden church returned to its best after stunning facelifthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/good-heavens-historic-wooden-church-returned-to-its-best-after-stunning-facelift-17788<p>Widely regarded as among the most beautiful examples of wooden ecclesiastical architecture in Eastern Poland, a 19th century Orthodox church has found itself renovated to stunning effect.</p>Sun, 22 Nov 2020 11:37:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sjkepl7llzd38brr1retkw.jpegConstruction on the church began in 1891 and it was consecrated the year after.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/good-heavens-historic-wooden-church-returned-to-its-best-after-stunning-facelift-17788Tri-City artist thrills the world with hyper-realistic portraitshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tri-city-artist-thrills-the-world-with-hyper-realistic-portraits-17786<p>Just one month after being recognized by the International Guild of Realism (IGOR) as the ‘best in show’, artist Anna Wypych has been chosen to produce the cover of the December / January edition of the prestigious International Artist Magazine.</p>Sun, 22 Nov 2020 11:13:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nj7fhzoft9r51k4g4h68o.jpegAmong her more recent accolades, Anna Wypych was recognized by the International Guild of Realism as the ‘best in show’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tri-city-artist-thrills-the-world-with-hyper-realistic-portraits-17786Happy anniversary: Aneta Kręglicka reflects on being crowned Poland’s one and only Miss World Winnerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/happy-anniversary-aneta-kreglicka-reflects-on-being-crowned-polands-one-and-only-miss-world-winner-17784<p>Since reinventing herself as successful entrepreneur and businesswoman, 31-years ago today Aneta Kręglicka’s life was turned upside down as she became the first and only Pole to be crowned Miss World.</p>Sun, 22 Nov 2020 09:20:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mtberu5dexyfyqgrtjqu.jpegThe Miss World title very nearly slipped through Kręglicka’s fingers owing to her own reluctance to participate.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/happy-anniversary-aneta-kreglicka-reflects-on-being-crowned-polands-one-and-only-miss-world-winner-17784Restrictions on movement at Christmas if national quarantine - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/restrictions-on-movement-at-christmas-if-national-quarantine---official-17783<p>Restrictions on movement during the Christmas period may be possible if the government introduces a national quarantine, which cannot be ruled out, the government spokesman told PAP on Saturday.</p>Sat, 21 Nov 2020 17:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/texh5gset3rqjnj8c0w68.jpeg"We hope that during the Christmas period, restrictions on movement will not be necessary, however, such a scenario could take place in the event of launching a national quarantine," Piotr Mueller said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/restrictions-on-movement-at-christmas-if-national-quarantine---official-17783Ten years down the line, the restoration of a historic Polish cemetery in what is now Ukraine nears completionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ten-years-down-the-line-the-restoration-of-a-historic-polish-cemetery-in-what-is-now-ukraine-nears-completion-17781<p>Half-way towards reaching their goal of PLN 30,000, a charitable foundation is making a final push to raise enough cash to finance the renovation of a historic Polish cemetery in Ukraine.</p>Sat, 21 Nov 2020 16:55:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wntg91366flv8txpgdqj2.jpegThe Mogiłę pradziada ocal od zapomnienia foundation hopes to complete the restoration of Jampol Cemetery next summer.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ten-years-down-the-line-the-restoration-of-a-historic-polish-cemetery-in-what-is-now-ukraine-nears-completion-17781Little wonders: micro-apartments take property market by stormhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/little-wonders-micro-apartments-take-property-market-by-storm-17779<p>Sales of small scale apartments have continued to flourish despite the pandemic, with developers capitalising on the demand for cheaper ‘turnkey’ properties in prime city locations.</p>Sat, 21 Nov 2020 15:05:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o3es1treyqvc36901z9zo.jpegMicro-apartments offer price conscious first-time buyers functional modern spaces finished to the highest standard.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/little-wonders-micro-apartments-take-property-market-by-storm-17779“The Lewandowski of his age!” Exhibition celebrates the remarkable life of Ignacy Paderewskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-lewandowski-of-his-age-exhibition-celebrates-the-remarkable-life-of-ignacy-paderewski-17777<p>On the 160th anniversary of Ignacy Paderewski’s birth, a section of Warsaw’s historic centre has been transformed into an open-air exhibition devoted to the Polish statesman and pianist.</p>Sat, 21 Nov 2020 13:38:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4gk37iilpll3im2tuvn4rd.pngPictured here giving an address about Poland to a crowd in New York, Paderewski used his massive celebrity to campaign ceaselessly for Polish independence.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-lewandowski-of-his-age-exhibition-celebrates-the-remarkable-life-of-ignacy-paderewski-17777Poland may ease restrictions below 19,000 COVID-19 cases - health minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-ease-restrictions-below-19000-covid-19-cases---health-min-17775<p>Poland may relax the current nationwide COVID-19 restrictions to the red zone status if seven-day average incidence falls below 19,000, and further to the yellow zone status if the daily infection count remains below 10,000, the health minister said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 21 Nov 2020 13:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/20ari8x3jim9s0hmv4vn4.jpegA national quarantine will be introduced if the threshold of 27,000 average number of cases is crossed, Niedzielski said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-ease-restrictions-below-19000-covid-19-cases---health-min-17775Poland relaxes restrictions on retail, but keeps some sectors closedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-relaxes-restrictions-on-retail-but-keeps-some-sectors-closed-17774<p>Poland will allow shopping centres to reopen from next Saturday but will keep restaurants, fitness clubs, cinemas, and theatres closed at least until December 27, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a press conference on Saturday.</p>Sat, 21 Nov 2020 11:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l1h1ewvdo316wh30s45ye.jpegMorawiecki said that "it is important to save hundreds of thousands, millions of jobs in the future, but it is (also important) to keep the infections growth rate in check."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-relaxes-restrictions-on-retail-but-keeps-some-sectors-closed-17774Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland at 843,475https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-at-843475-17773<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Friday by 24,213 new cases, and reached 843,475, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another 574 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 13,288.</p>Sat, 21 Nov 2020 10:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sjh2w8eq9rb7b3x6f7pnxt.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-at-843475-17773Winners of the #FakeHunter Challenge announcedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/winners-of-the-fakehunter-challenge-announced-17772<p>The winners of the #FakeHunter Challenge competition to find and verify fake news on the web, organised by the Polish Press Agency (PAP) and GovTech, were announced on Friday night.</p>Sat, 21 Nov 2020 09:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/14k8ym2vc9p4jpczu48f0a.jpegThe #FakeHunter Challenge competition to find and verify fake news on the web was organised by the Polish Press Agency (PAP) and GovTech. Pictured: Justyna Orłowska head of the GovTech and Wojciech Surmacz President of Polish Press Agency.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/winners-of-the-fakehunter-challenge-announced-17772US Army 5th Corps forward command officially established in Poznańhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-army-5th-corps-forward-command-officially-established-in-poznan-17771<p>The defence minister has welcomed the establishment of a new US army headquarters in Poland, saying its presence will deter a “potential aggressor”.</p>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 17:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oml7eig707ewp3khf692z.jpegMariusz Błaszczak was speaking at the inauguration in Poznań of the forward command of the 5th US Army Corps on Friday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-army-5th-corps-forward-command-officially-established-in-poznan-17771Simply the chest! Delightful collection of rare folk chests highlight rural traditionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/simply-the-chest-delightful-collection-of-rare-folk-chests-highlight-rural-traditions-17768<p>An eye-catching and colourful collection of over 50 rare wooden folk ‘wedding and dowry chests’ showcasing the unique traditions of the Kashubian region and its social history have gone on display for the first time at the Western-Kaszubian Museum in Bytów.</p>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:24:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wj8bik0i1mhu18fl7lt3d.pngMany of the wedding and dowry chests have been hand-painted with traditional regional motifs including multi-coloured floral folk patterns.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/simply-the-chest-delightful-collection-of-rare-folk-chests-highlight-rural-traditions-17768Opposition parties want Kaczyński to gohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-parties-want-kaczynski-to-go-17767<p>Four opposition parties in Poland's parliament have called for Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, to be sacked as deputy prime minister over his handling of recent street protests.</p>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9i5hkqzhtngkkclorf624.jpegKaczyński, often regarded as the most powerful man in Polish politics, has long courted controversy, recently accusing opposition politicians of “having blood on their hands” for supporting abortion protests during the pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-parties-want-kaczynski-to-go-17767Cannabis firm hits a new high after raising 4 million PLN in 30 minuteshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cannabis-firm-hits-a-new-high-after-raising-4-million-pln-in-30-minutes-17765<p><span lang="EN-GB">An Elbląg company manufacturing CBD and hemp fibres for the textile industry have hit a new high after raising 4.2 million PLN in just 38 minutes in an online fundraising drive.</span></p>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:47:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s2rs99y2qvm4xowpqhskeh.jpegKombinat Konopny currently leases 40 hectares of land near the northern city of Elbląg.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cannabis-firm-hits-a-new-high-after-raising-4-million-pln-in-30-minutes-17765Poland's chief sanitary inspector resignshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-chief-sanitary-inspector-resigns-17763<p>Jaroslaw Pinkas, Poland's Chief Sanitary Inspector has resigned, spokesman for the Polish government Piotr Muller officially confirmed on Friday.</p>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pyo70tew8lazjwojq58gw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-chief-sanitary-inspector-resigns-17763Poland's industrial production up 1.0 pct y/y in Oct. - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-10-pct-yy-in-oct---stats-office-17761<p>Poland's industrial output rose by 1.0 percent year on year in October 2020, after a 5.9-percent increase year on year in September, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:57:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bt5fufq3o57mk913g9nsbh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-10-pct-yy-in-oct---stats-office-17761Tarnów: exquisite, unexpected and utterly beguilinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tarnow-exquisite-unexpected-and-utterly-beguiling-17759<p><span lang="EN-GB">Broadly speaking, it’s a rule that works: if airports are uniformly bland and leave you guessing what may lie beyond, then train stations, on the other hand, often serve as a miniature snapshot of the city they represent.</span></p>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:34:00 +0100LifeRegionsLifestylehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p1eivonx97p2vyr08e52yu.jpegPaying homage to local street performers who were a common sight during the 19th century, a bronze sculpture of an organ grinder by Arkadiusz Latos comes to life and plays classics when approached.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tarnow-exquisite-unexpected-and-utterly-beguiling-17759Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland at 819,262https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-at-819262-17757<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Thursday by 22,464 new cases, and reached 819,262, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another 626 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 12,714.</p>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland at 819,262https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-at-819262-17757Polish Development Fund to increase capital by EUR 1.47 billionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-development-fund-to-increase-capital-by-eur-147-billion-17756<p>The lower house of the Polish parliament has approved a bill channelling an extra PLN 6.6 billion (EUR 1.47 billion) into the capital of the Polish Development Fund.</p>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:10:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Development Fund to increase capital by EUR 1.47 billionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-development-fund-to-increase-capital-by-eur-147-billion-17756Easing of restrictions should begin with return of children to school - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/easing-of-restrictions-should-begin-with-return-of-children-to-school---poll-17754<p>The majority of Poles want the first easing of coronavirus restrictions to allow children to return to school, a new survey has found.</p>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 11:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/86orei7uzphfyv4ygo3cfq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/easing-of-restrictions-should-begin-with-return-of-children-to-school---poll-17754EU still willing to hold budget talks with Poland says German Chancellorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-still-willing-to-hold-budget-talks-with-poland-says-german-chancellor-17752<p>European Union leaders will continue to talk to Poland and Hungary about the EU’s budget despite it being vetoed by the two Central European states, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said.</p>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 10:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ehg4wfcq89kcr4w9w165h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-still-willing-to-hold-budget-talks-with-poland-says-german-chancellor-17752Polish parliament passes support package for crisis-hit firmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-parliament-passes-support-package-for-crisis-hit-firms-17750<p>The lower house of the Polish parliament has passed a bill providing government aid to companies operating in sectors that have been most affected by the coronavirus crisis.</p>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 10:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish parliament passes support package for crisis-hit firmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-parliament-passes-support-package-for-crisis-hit-firms-17750Polish health minister to recommend spending Christmas at homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-health-minister-to-recommend-spending-christmas-at-home-17748<p>Poles should spend Christmas only in the company of “their loved ones” the health minister has said, warning against a too rapid loosening of pandemic restrictions.</p>Fri, 20 Nov 2020 09:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4bu6y2a6s06djdfx4mfgw8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-health-minister-to-recommend-spending-christmas-at-home-17748Polish software firm tops ranking of EU's fastest developing firmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-software-firm-tops-ranking-of-eus-fastest-developing-firms-17746<p>Packhelp, a Polish software company, took the top spot in the "Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe" ranking, which profiles the fastest growing technology companies in Central Europe.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 21:32:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish software firm tops ranking of EU's fastest developing firmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-software-firm-tops-ranking-of-eus-fastest-developing-firms-17746Protests against abortion ban backed by vast majority of Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/protests-against-abortion-ban-backed-by-vast-majority-of-poles-17744<p>Seventy percent of Poles support the ongoing mass street demonstrations against the top court ruling which would see almost all abortions made illegal in Poland, a recent survey by the Kantar pollster shows.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 21:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ook279iqbphrx9wesvl0q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/protests-against-abortion-ban-backed-by-vast-majority-of-poles-17744Poland upholds its stance on budget, rule of law mechanismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-upholds-its-stance-on-budget-rule-of-law-mechanism-17742<p>During a brief 15-minute video conference of EU heads of state and government, the Polish PM upheld Poland's earlier stand on the EU budget and the rule of law mechanism.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 21:24:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland upholds its stance on budget, rule of law mechanismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-upholds-its-stance-on-budget-rule-of-law-mechanism-17742EU must strongly oppose brutal violence in Belarus - Polish FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-must-strongly-oppose-brutal-violence-in-belarus---polish-fm-17740<p>The European Union must clearly indicate that there will be no consent to the brutal use of force, the Polish foreign minister said on Thursday during an informal videoconference of the foreign ministers of EU member states.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 20:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4sfed4oqh7hv624fg9gs9c.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-must-strongly-oppose-brutal-violence-in-belarus---polish-fm-17740Poles among most-cited scientists in the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-among-most-cited-scientists-in-the-world-17738<p>A group of 726 scientists from Poland are featured on a list of the top two-percent most-cited scientists, published by PLOS Biology, a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal covering all aspects of biology.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 20:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/msbh8dw9karcxzq6bhaofl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-among-most-cited-scientists-in-the-world-17738Poland's lower house calls for return to talks on EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lower-house-calls-for-return-to-talks-on-eu-budget-17736<p>The Sejm (lower house) on Thursday passed a resolution calling for a return to negotiations and the reaching of an agreement on the next EU budget.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 20:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's lower house calls for return to talks on EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lower-house-calls-for-return-to-talks-on-eu-budget-17736US ambassador praises US resolution supporting Three Seas Initiativehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-praises-us-resolution-supporting-three-seas-initiative-17734<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher praised on Thursday the resolution passed by the US House of Representatives in support of the Three Seas Initiative (3SI), aimed at increasing energy independence and infrastructure connectivity.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 19:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wh18s05rbmi3az1z6omijc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-praises-us-resolution-supporting-three-seas-initiative-17734Poland's lower house rejects opposition's draft resolutions on EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lower-house-rejects-oppositions-draft-resolutions-on-eu-budget-17733<p>The Sejm (lower house), dominated by ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) MPs on Thursday rejected all three draft resolutions filed by opposition parties which called on the PM to reach agreement on the European Union budget and the Recovery Fund.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 17:14:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/blwsd0rlb1xnikm0bgebh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lower-house-rejects-oppositions-draft-resolutions-on-eu-budget-17733Demonstrations held in Warsaw in support of arrested abortion protesterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/demonstrations-held-in-warsaw-in-support-of-arrested-abortion-protester-17731<p>Several demonstrators and Polish opposition MPs blocked the entrance to the District Court of Warsaw in a protest on Thursday against the detention of a woman charged after protests over a controversial court ruling tightening abortion laws.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 16:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/asw8jaiok33pn04txu1f6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/demonstrations-held-in-warsaw-in-support-of-arrested-abortion-protester-17731Snapper wows internet with sultry shots of Warsaw by nighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snapper-wows-internet-with-sultry-snaps-of-warsaw-by-night-17729<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Warsaw photographer is sending the internet wild with his stunning shots of Warsaw by night.</span></p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:53:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pywu7uffirkgjhz6wsm6.pngUrban photographer Daniel Remian said he began his nocturnal adventures a year ago after becoming captivated by the night-time transformation of the city’s streets and atmosphere.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snapper-wows-internet-with-sultry-snaps-of-warsaw-by-night-17729Twelve Polish films to be screened at IDFA festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/twelve-polish-films-to-be-screened-at-idfa-festival-17728<p>A dozen Polish documentaries will be shown at this year's IDFA documentary film festival in Amsterdam, the Polish Film Institute announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 14:42:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/28d28b865kk4zbmlz9dyik.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/twelve-polish-films-to-be-screened-at-idfa-festival-17728Number of Polish emigrants abroad down 40,000 at end-'19 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-polish-emigrants-abroad-down-40000-at-end-19---stats-office-17724<p>The number of Poles temporarily living abroad fell by 40,000 year-on-year in 2019, new official figures have revealed.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 14:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of Polish emigrants abroad down 40,000 at end-'19 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-polish-emigrants-abroad-down-40000-at-end-19---stats-office-17724Hollywood star Joseph Gordon-Levitt showcases ‘beauty of Poland’ in short filmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hollywood-star-joseph-gordon-levitt-showcases-beauty-of-poland-in-short-film-17720<p>American actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has shared “A letter to Poland”, a short film celebrating the country’s beauty and atmosphere.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 13:35:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hjiruitvr9t8i1qw5oiof.pngIn just 1:11 minutes, the film by Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes viewers on a journey through Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hollywood-star-joseph-gordon-levitt-showcases-beauty-of-poland-in-short-film-17720Huge ‘breathing lung’ installations travel country to raise awareness of air pollutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/huge-breathing-lung-installations-travel-country-to-raise-awareness-of-air-pollution-17718<p>With the heating season now in full swing in Poland, non-governmental organisation Polish Smog Alert have put up a number of lung installations which reveal how much noxious emissions are present in the air.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:06:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/99k2xfk51gblo27yvdwnjb.jpegThe installations comprise a large set of lungs – measuring around 2 sqm – which are covered with a white material which let air through thanks to a ventilator fixed to the rear of the unit.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/huge-breathing-lung-installations-travel-country-to-raise-awareness-of-air-pollution-17718Poland's average corporate wage up in October - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-corporate-wage-up-in-october---stats-office-17717<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 4.7 percent year on year to PLN 5,458.88 (EUR 1,218.37) in October 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 11:04:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gabmphlsx4p6sffqlhyzgm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-corporate-wage-up-in-october---stats-office-17717Poland's coronavirus daily deaths still on the risehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-coronavirus-daily-deaths-still-on-the-rise-17716<p>The number of daily coronavirus deaths broke another record on Wednesday, reaching 637 people and bringing the death toll to 12,088.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 10:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f5vmo1qtv70r7tylxbide.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-coronavirus-daily-deaths-still-on-the-rise-17716Polish Airports State Enterprise receives EUR 28.12 mln in gov't aidhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-airports-state-enterprise-receives-eur-2812-mln-in-govt-aid-17715<p>The Polish Airports State Enterprise (PPL) has received PLN 125.8 million (EUR 28.12 million) in state aid to compensate for the banning of flights and an exemption from tax on 2019's profits, a spokesman for Warsaw's Chopin Airport has told PAP.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 10:42:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0vw3egdh1mwpkvlki7x4qm.jpegChopin airport is one of the enterprises hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-airports-state-enterprise-receives-eur-2812-mln-in-govt-aid-17715PM leading Poland towards Polexit opposition claimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-leading-poland-towards-polexit-opposition-claims-17713<p>Opposition politicians have accused the Polish prime minister of leading Poland towards “Polexit” and trading Polish security for his own political survival.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 10:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/www9b6g6bvr94tn6vfz0rq.jpegDuring a parliamentary debate on Wednesday, Morawiecki had defended the decision to veto the budget, explaining it protected Poland from unequal treatment.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-leading-poland-towards-polexit-opposition-claims-17713Tear gas against protesters unwarranted - Warsaw mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tear-gas-against-protesters-unwarranted---warsaw-mayor-17712<p>The mayor of Warsaw has criticised the police for using tear gas on mostly female demonstrators at a protest in the Polish capital against tightened abortion laws.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 09:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3rufz6bqlmyps7lnqg0ayk.jpegWednesday marked a further day of protests against an October 22 constitutional court ruling banning abortion on foetal damage grounds, which practically eliminates abortion in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tear-gas-against-protesters-unwarranted---warsaw-mayor-17712Opinion poll shows drops in appraisals of PM, president and governmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opinion-poll-shows-drops-in-appraisals-of-pm-president-and-government-17710<p>Assessments of the work of the prime minister, president and the government declined in November, according to a recent opinion poll by the Kantar pollster.</p>Thu, 19 Nov 2020 09:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pxb20w5b2smhj83bdlq7yg.jpegPresident Andrzej Duda obtained a negative evaluation of his activities from 59 percent of those surveyed and a positive result from 32 percent of the pollees.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opinion-poll-shows-drops-in-appraisals-of-pm-president-and-government-17710Warsaw judge stripped of immunity by courthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-judge-stripped-of-immunity-by-court-17708<p>Judge Igor Tuleya has been stripped of his immunity following a decision made by the Supreme Court's Disciplinary Chamber on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 22:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q8q0cqu1tvmcn26j6cicec.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-judge-stripped-of-immunity-by-court-17708Poland prepared to veto EU budget, Polish PM warnshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-prepared-to-veto-eu-budget-polish-pm-warns-17706<p>In Wednesday's address to the Polish parliament, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Poland rejects any unequal treatment of member states and that it could veto the EU's budget over plans to link rule of law to access to EU funding.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 22:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rjm0km5bgjer2fxabgrs9i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-prepared-to-veto-eu-budget-polish-pm-warns-17706PM, president top confidence pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-president-top-confidence-poll-17704<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki topped the most recent IBRIS confidence poll with 41.3 percent of respondents declaring trust in him, barely edging out runner-up President Andrzej Duda, who received 41 percent support.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 20:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uvouipwautpmot7u9vxn7l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-president-top-confidence-poll-17704Polish PM appeals to lawmakers for unity on EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-appeals-to-lawmakers-for-unity-on-eu-budget-17702<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Wednesday appealed to members of the lower house of Polish parliament, the Sejm, to show solidarity with the government's decision to veto the EU budget, which, as he said, would place the Polish nation's fate in its own hands.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 19:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zbic8eg7p5kn1y7djjqon9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-appeals-to-lawmakers-for-unity-on-eu-budget-17702Olympic fencing champ makes ends meet by delivering food for Uber Eatshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/olympic-gold-fencing-champ-makes-ends-meet-by-delivering-food-for-uber-eats-17699<p>A Venezuelan fencing champion who has been living in Poland for almost 20 years has turned to delivering food while training for the Tokyo Olympics.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 19:14:00 +0100SportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3mvs6sjfvpbl0vuuc7koo.pngThe 35-year-old Venezuelan who won gold at the 2012 Olympics is now delivering food in his adopted city who of Łódź as training for the Tokyo Olympics has been postponed until next year because of the pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/olympic-gold-fencing-champ-makes-ends-meet-by-delivering-food-for-uber-eats-17699Decisions based on arbitrary provisions may lead to EU's collapse - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decisions-based-on-arbitrary-provisions-may-lead-to-eus-collapse---pm-17697<p>Prime Minister Morawiecki, in an address to the lower house of parliament on Wednesday regarding the EU budget and the mechanism of linking with the rule of law, stated that "today we are faced with a fundamental choice."</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 18:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pxx2s31q9uqb1pu4jm75p.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decisions-based-on-arbitrary-provisions-may-lead-to-eus-collapse---pm-17697Poland budget deficit will not exceed PLN 109 billion - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-budget-deficit-will-not-exceed-pln-109-billion---finmin-17695<p>Tadeusz Koscinski, the finance minister, has told PAP that the budget deficit will not exceed PLN 109 billion (EUR 24.37 billion) in 2020 despite the economic effects caused by the pandemic.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 18:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ulqjbemy9mrp850oog7hfb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-budget-deficit-will-not-exceed-pln-109-billion---finmin-17695Poland's First Lady meets with head of Lithuania's only children's hospicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-first-lady-meets-with-head-of-lithuanias-only-childrens-hospice-17692<p>Poland's First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda, accompanying the Polish president on his Lithuanian visit, met in Vilnius with Sister Michaela Rak, a Polish nun who runs the country's only children's hospice, co-funded by Poland.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 17:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l2ss0otniev8x441o8nn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-first-lady-meets-with-head-of-lithuanias-only-childrens-hospice-17692Ruling party MPs reinstated after their revolthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-mps-reinstated-after-their-revolt-17690<p>The disciplinary chamber of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party decided on Wednesday to reinstate party membership to the former agriculture minister and other party MPs after they were suspended for voting against the amendment to an animal protection law.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 17:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRuling party MPs reinstated after their revolthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-mps-reinstated-after-their-revolt-17690Cosmetics industry sees record growthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cosmetics-industry-sees-record-growth-17688<p>The cosmetics industry in Poland is experiencing record growth both at home and abroad.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 15:31:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v5sgcic2jhm4gql1ikhwzl.jpegThe report by The Polish Union of the Cosmetics Industry, Nielsen and Mintel, forecasts that the size of the market will continue to grow over the coming years and by 2023 will reach 4.5 billion EUR.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cosmetics-industry-sees-record-growth-17688Three Seas can help rebuild economies says presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-seas-can-help-rebuild-economies-says-president-17686<p>President Andrzej Duda has said the Three Seas Initiative could help Poland and Lithuania “rebuild” their economies after the coronavirus pandemic has receded.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 15:14:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/anva1gvwx4z2d1qgis0o.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-seas-can-help-rebuild-economies-says-president-17686Poland to refocus on general health after COVID-19 impacthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-refocus-on-general-health-after-covid-19-impact-17684<p>The Polish health service will aim to improve its treatment of non-covid patients from January next year under a new three-point programme, the health minister has announced.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 15:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fptqr1f7kmfrhnnw6qmq4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-refocus-on-general-health-after-covid-19-impact-17684Poland to extend COVID-19 home care - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-extend-covid-19-home-care---minister-17682<p>A home-care system for coronavirus patients will be expanded following a pilot scheme, the health minister said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 13:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tiztfzyy3qi649caf9wxu4.jpegPoland has been running a pilot project in the southern province of Malopolskie in which patients use pulse oximeters to monitor their oxygen saturation levels.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-extend-covid-19-home-care---minister-17682Spectacular spiral viewing deck 72-metres above sea level dubbed most beautiful in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spectacular-spiral-viewing-deck-72-metres-above-sea-level-dubbed-most-beautiful-in-poland-17679<p>Already being hailed as one of the most beautiful viewing platforms in Poland, a new lookout point in the north has left the public captivated with its striking, snake-like design.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 12:47:00 +0100Art & CultureRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z7qyth2d4ururoi1sof2v.jpegAccessed by a zig-zagging pathway leading up a wooded hill, the route opens up at the foot of a circular-shaped deck nearly twenty-metres in diameter and peaking out at ten-metres in height.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spectacular-spiral-viewing-deck-72-metres-above-sea-level-dubbed-most-beautiful-in-poland-17679Poland's budget deficit at EUR 2.68 after 10 months - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-deficit-at-eur-268-after-10-months---finmin-17678<p>The Polish budget deficit reached PLN 12 bln (EUR 2.68 bln) after the first 10 months of 2020, the finance minister has told PAP.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 12:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mlvhiqdarl91pc1j421ap4.jpeg"The country's budget deficit reached PLN 12 billion after October," Kościński said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-deficit-at-eur-268-after-10-months---finmin-17678Polish parliament to debate coronavirus aidhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-parliament-to-debate-coronavirus-aid-17677<p>The Polish Sejm, the lower house of parliament, convened for a three-day session on Wednesday, after a three-week break, to debate a government relief package for the sectors affected by the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 12:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s5o0050ksmj8tjbwy6fhe4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-parliament-to-debate-coronavirus-aid-17677Poland's coronavirus daily death toll reaches new grim recordhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-coronavirus-daily-death-toll-reaches-new-grim-record-17676<p>The number of daily coronavirus deaths broke another record on Wednesday, reaching 603 people and bringing the death toll to 11,451.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 11:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/06xyne4bk5khj5bm0gm4n3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-coronavirus-daily-death-toll-reaches-new-grim-record-17676Medical staff, seniors first in line for COVID-19 vaccine - PM's aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medical-staff-seniors-first-in-line-for-covid-19-vaccine---pms-aide-17674<p>Medical staff and senior citizens will be first in line for the COVID-19 vaccine, a government official announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 11:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rkp5nbkv2zdqgz68kxpiwe.jpegDworczyk said the vaccinations will be voluntary, but added that the government was planning a special promotional campaign to encourage Poles to take them.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medical-staff-seniors-first-in-line-for-covid-19-vaccine---pms-aide-17674Over 50 pct of Poles sceptical about Covid vaccinationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50-pct-of-poles-sceptical-about-covid-vaccinations-17673<p>Over half of Poles oppose taking a Covid-19 vaccine, according to a poll published on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 18 Nov 2020 09:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v11t8pt8mcz0zo68qlizn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50-pct-of-poles-sceptical-about-covid-vaccinations-17673Polish minister declares all social programmes will continue in 2021https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-minister-declares-all-social-programmes-will-continue-in-2021-17671<p>The Polish family and social policy minister has declared that all social programmes are being implemented and will continue. She added that means to finance them have been secured in the 2021 budget.</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 20:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ddzexbcpwa8bqambwlpmv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-minister-declares-all-social-programmes-will-continue-in-2021-17671Polish European minister calls for better EU budget compromisehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-european-minister-calls-for-better-eu-budget-compromise-17669<p>The Polish European minister has told his EU counterparts that the rule of law conditionality mechanism is "a fundamental matter" for Poland, and said that "a better compromise is what we need."</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 19:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish European minister calls for better EU budget compromisehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-european-minister-calls-for-better-eu-budget-compromise-17669Poland's ruling party's ally sets on collision course over EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ruling-partys-ally-sets-on-collision-course-over-eu-budget-17668<p>Solidary Poland, a right-wing junior coalition partner of the ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS), declared on Tuesday that the party will not agree to any compromise on linking EU funding to upholding standards of rule-of-law in EU member states.</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 19:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's ruling party's ally sets on collision course over EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ruling-partys-ally-sets-on-collision-course-over-eu-budget-17668Polish, Lithuanian presidents talk bilateral relations, Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-presidents-talk-bilateral-relations-belarus-17666<p>The Polish and Lithuanian Presidents Andrzej Duda and Gitanas Nauseda, respectively, have said that bilateral relations have been and will remain stable and friendly and also discussed the situation in Belarus.</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 18:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xgcuzg5tv64a5xbd09up5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-presidents-talk-bilateral-relations-belarus-17666COVID-19 epidemic situation at least stabilising in Poland - health minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-19-epidemic-situation-at-least-stabilising-in-poland---health-min-17664<p>The Polish health minister has said that the COVID-19 epidemic situation "has at least been stabilising" and expressed his hope that "the worst is in some sense behind us."</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 16:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/muwnrxps4cbhc3eljz6w65.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-19-epidemic-situation-at-least-stabilising-in-poland---health-min-17664Vetoing EU budget betrayal of Polish national interest- oppositionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vetoing-eu-budget-betrayal-of-polish-national-interest--opposition-17662<p>The leader of the biggest Polish opposition party, Civic Platform (PO), on Tuesday criticised the Polish government's decision to veto the EU budget.</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 16:14:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wskfc6pbl7a04qhi618lrgc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vetoing-eu-budget-betrayal-of-polish-national-interest--opposition-17662Polish shoe company to make military boots for NATOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-shoe-company-to-make-military-boots-for-nato-17660<p>Polish footwear firm Wojas SA has signed a contract to produce combat boots for the NATO Support and Procurement Agency.</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 15:47:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ubvjes6askmxngp3efj4l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-shoe-company-to-make-military-boots-for-nato-17660Coronavirus mum-in-a-coma gives birth to baby girlhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-mum-in-a-coma-gives-birth-to-baby-girl-17658<p>A woman hooked up to life-saving machinery and in a medically induced coma owing to Covid-19 has given birth to a girl.</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 15:31:00 +0100ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/055pqzx3721k54o5advv2o3.jpegThe baby named Amelka was delivered via caesarean section two weeks ago at the University Clinical Hospital in Wroclaw where the mother, who was unaware she had given birth, is now said to be recovering.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-mum-in-a-coma-gives-birth-to-baby-girl-17658Polish president supports government's steps regarding EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-supports-governments-steps-regarding-eu-budget-17657<p>President Andrzej Duda has given his support to the Polish government after it vetoed the EU budget, deputy head of the President's Office Paweł Mucha told Polish Radio Three on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 14:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president supports government's steps regarding EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-supports-governments-steps-regarding-eu-budget-17657Polish economy may reach pre-pandemic level by end of next year - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-may-reach-pre-pandemic-level-by-end-of-next-year---official-17656<p>Poland has a chance to return the economy to its pre-pandemic level by the end of next year, the head of the state development fund said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 14:33:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/74luv08s66vgi1rsqoj64t.jpeg"Some companies from Europe or the United States are now cautious about locating investments in far-off Asia. Poland may benefit from this by attracting more foreign investment," Borys said. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-may-reach-pre-pandemic-level-by-end-of-next-year---official-17656Most expensive coin ever sold in Poland: 'Huge' 400-year-old gold coin set to fetch 2.6 million PLN at auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-expensive-coin-ever-sold-in-poland-huge-400-year-old-gold-coin-set-to-fetch-26-million-pln-at-auction-17654<p>The most expensive coin ever to be offered for sale in Poland is to be auctioned in Warsaw later this month.</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 13:47:00 +0100BusinessHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oao9fnsaue3apv9m3xc.jpegMeasuring nearly 7 centimetres in diameter and weighing a hefty 174.9 grams, the 50 duct gold coin from 1621 is masterpiece of baroque engraving and a pearl of Polish coinage.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-expensive-coin-ever-sold-in-poland-huge-400-year-old-gold-coin-set-to-fetch-26-million-pln-at-auction-17654Polish president congratulates Moldovan president-electhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-congratulates-moldovan-president-elect-17653<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda has congratulated the president elect of Moldova, and said Poland’s supports her country’s European aspirations.</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 13:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ox26g34xadi8ka5w2by.jpegMaia Sandu, a pro-Europe candidate, will become the first female president of Moldova after defeating her main rival, Igor Dodon, by scooping 57.72 percent of the vote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-congratulates-moldovan-president-elect-17653Law and Justice majority under threat after MP rebelshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/law-and-justice-majority-under-threat-after-mp-rebels-17652<p>The majority enjoyed by Poland’s governing party in the country’s lower house of parliament is under threat after one of its MPs announced he was leaving the party and that others might follow him.</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 13:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6c6urp7tboltkkj11yn0l.jpegLech Kołakowski, from the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, announced his departure from PiS on Tuesday because of proposed amendments to an animal protection law.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/law-and-justice-majority-under-threat-after-mp-rebels-17652National Museum offers up gorgeous paintings for use as virtual conference backgroundshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-museum-offers-up-gorgeous-paintings-for-use-as-virtual-conference-backgrounds-17649<p>The National Museum in Warsaw has made a selection of Polish paintings available to use as virtual backgrounds, as a way to liven up endless conference calls during the pandemic.</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 12:31:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z3gxc95alcdc76oc9bki.jpegThe paintings offer users a wide choice of backgrounds from the exhibition “Poland. Power of Images”.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-museum-offers-up-gorgeous-paintings-for-use-as-virtual-conference-backgrounds-17649Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland at 752,940https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-at-752940-17648<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Monday by 19,152 new cases, and reached 752,940, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another 357 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 10,848.</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 11:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yyo3ns06e9amplr9zb4ia.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-at-752940-17648Poland's foreign trade surplus at EUR 7.5 bln after September - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-75-bln-after-september---stats-office-17647<p>Poland's foreign trade surplus totalled EUR 7.5 billion at the end of September 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 11:07:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gabmphlsx4p6sffqlhyzgm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-75-bln-after-september---stats-office-17647Poland open to new proposals on EU budget - gov't spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-open-to-new-proposals-on-eu-budget---govt-spokesman-17646<p>The spokesman for the Polish government has said that Poland “was waiting for new proposals that will be in line with EU treaties”.</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 10:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/snqclm8773e2d1qjikc8.jpeg"At the moment, we are waiting for new proposals that will be in line with the EU treaties, and will not go beyond the EU competences defined in the treaties, and secondly, they will be in line with the conclusions of the July European Council, when the EU budget was agreed," Mueller said in an interview with Polish public radio on Tuesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-open-to-new-proposals-on-eu-budget---govt-spokesman-17646Poll shows more than half of Poles support veto of EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poll-shows-more-than-half-of-poles-support-veto-of-eu-budget-17645<p>The majority of Poles support vetoing the EU budget, if the budget comes with conditions on upholding rule-of-law standards, according to an opinion poll published on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 17 Nov 2020 09:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoll shows more than half of Poles support veto of EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poll-shows-more-than-half-of-poles-support-veto-of-eu-budget-17645Poland open to solutions consistent with EU treaties - gov't spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-open-to-solutions-consistent-with-eu-treaties---govt-spokesman-17643<p>Following Poland's Monday opposition to a draft regulation on the conditionality mechanism, gov't spokesman Piotr Muller said Poland is open to constructive solutions as long as they are in line with European Council conclusions and EU treaties.</p>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 18:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wy9hn1a19ufmq5ui86xsc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-open-to-solutions-consistent-with-eu-treaties---govt-spokesman-17643Belarus seeks extradition of its exiled journalists from Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarus-seeks-extradition-of-its-exiled-journalists-from-poland-17641<p>Belarus has asked Poland to extradite the founders of the Warsaw-based Telegram Nexta and Nexta-Live channels, which have become one of the main sources of news from Belarus.</p>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 18:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBelarus seeks extradition of its exiled journalists from Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarus-seeks-extradition-of-its-exiled-journalists-from-poland-17641Warsaw to build second temporary COVID-19 hospitalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-build-second-temporary-covid-19-hospital-17639<p>A second temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients will be constructed on the premises of a military base in the Warsaw suburb of Okecie, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Monday. The new hospital is to offer 250 beds, including 30 for intensive care patients.</p>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 18:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2i11aviroc5l5y7bdfjokl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-build-second-temporary-covid-19-hospital-17639Poland, Hungary criticised for EU budget vetohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hungary-criticised-for-eu-budget-veto-17637<p>Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, has criticised the Polish and Hungarian governments’ veto against the EU's EUR 1.8 trillion budget and recovery plan at today's meeting of EU Ambassadors of EU member states.</p>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland, Hungary criticised for EU budget vetohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hungary-criticised-for-eu-budget-veto-17637Commemorating Holocaust a moral duty of Poles - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/commemorating-holocaust-a-moral-duty-of-poles---president-17635<p>Poland on Monday held a commemorative ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the sealing off of the Warsaw Ghetto, which opened another stage of the implementation by Nazi Germany of the planned extermination of the Jewish nation.</p>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ltob9yqfaf9ulspx56tobq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/commemorating-holocaust-a-moral-duty-of-poles---president-17635EU passes conditionality mechanism by qualified majority, Poland againsthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-passes-conditionality-mechanism-by-qualified-majority-poland-against-17633<p>The EU plan to make funds conditional on respecting rule of law was confirmed by a qualified majority of member states, the German spokesman for the EU presidency tweeted on Monday. Poland and Hungary were against, according to a PAP source close to the meeting.</p>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEU passes conditionality mechanism by qualified majority, Poland againsthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-passes-conditionality-mechanism-by-qualified-majority-poland-against-17633Beloved tram dubbed ‘The Zeppelin’ returns to streets of Krakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beloved-tram-dubbed-the-zeppelin-returns-to-streets-of-krakow-17629<p><span lang="EN-GB">A historic tram dubbed the Zeppelin is making a grand return to the streets of Kraków after over 50 years.</span></p>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 16:47:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9gf20h7hx3esbtwtq2bgw.jpegDating from the beginning of the 20th, the tram ferried people around the city between 1941 and the early 1960s before being retired from public service and used as a ‘technical’ vehicle.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beloved-tram-dubbed-the-zeppelin-returns-to-streets-of-krakow-17629Labour min announces new financial support for Polish employeeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-min-announces-new-financial-support-for-polish-employees-17627<p>The Polish government has launched new financial aid programmes for firms affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including payments of up to PLN 2,000 (EUR 446) for every full-time job contract and workers on specific contracts, the labour minister said on Monday.</p>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 15:57:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8qw20za18cmxsghno2hfz9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-min-announces-new-financial-support-for-polish-employees-17627Financial concerns growing among Poles owing to pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/financial-concerns-growing-among-poles-owing-to-pandemic-17625<p>Poles are more concerned about their finances today than they were in June, when the first wave of the coronavirus epidemic started to subside, EY, a global accounting firm, has said in a report.</p>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 15:52:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ye7wa4c762r09bgo7madb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/financial-concerns-growing-among-poles-owing-to-pandemic-17625October's core inflation rate at 4.2 pct - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/octobers-core-inflation-rate-at-42-pct---central-bank-17623<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 4.2 percent year on year in October 2020, against a 4.3 percent level in September, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 15:48:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v52mg7rv9blmhfjq1z8pr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/octobers-core-inflation-rate-at-42-pct---central-bank-17623Polish Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz dies at age 97https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-cardinal-henryk-gulbinowicz-dies-at-age-97-17621<p>Retired Archbishop of Wroclaw, Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz, died on Monday at the age of 97, the Polish Bishops' Conference (KEP) announced on its official Twitter account.</p>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 15:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/np131rw4o314i0pakwni4j.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-cardinal-henryk-gulbinowicz-dies-at-age-97-17621Government doing everything to protect Polish economy - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-doing-everything-to-protect-polish-economy---pm-17619<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said government was using everything at its disposal to protect the Polish economy.</p>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 15:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h07oeiwr1rbit4qy2tf06.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-doing-everything-to-protect-polish-economy---pm-17619Warsaw Ghetto border sealed 80 years ago today, imprisoning 460,000 Jews behind walls that they had to pay for and build themselveshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-ghetto-border-sealed-80-years-ago-today-imprisoning-460000-jews-behind-walls-that-they-had-to-pay-for-and-build-themselves-17616<p>Eighty years ago today the Germans sealed the borders of the Warsaw Ghetto, eventually imprisoning 460,000 Jews behind walls that they had to pay for and build themselves.</p>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 14:38:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ecrd1ls202ctit4xjfygtb.jpegThe sixteen-kilometre wall was an ever-tightening noose around the Jewish district and a further stage in the Germans’ plan to exterminate all Jews in occupied Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-ghetto-border-sealed-80-years-ago-today-imprisoning-460000-jews-behind-walls-that-they-had-to-pay-for-and-build-themselves-17616Rural Murals: Artists transform rusty old bus stops into stunning works of arthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rural-murals-artists-transform-rusty-old-bus-stops-into-stunning-works-of-art-17611<p>Over a dozen large reproductions of famous artworks have gone on display to cheer up dreary, old rural bus stops.</p>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 12:18:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n29vynq5ink5ywyi9vssid.jpegThe ‘Folk Stops’ project transforms village bus stops into colourful galleries of art with reproductions of famous paintings from the Young Poland art movement.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rural-murals-artists-transform-rusty-old-bus-stops-into-stunning-works-of-art-17611Poland working for EU budget implementation - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-working-for-eu-budget-implementation---president-17610<p>Andrzej Duda, the Polish president has said the country wants to “work for the implementation of an ambitious EU budget” in a letter to the diplomatic corps marking Foreign Service Day.</p>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 11:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland working for EU budget implementation - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-working-for-eu-budget-implementation---president-17610Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland at 733,788https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-at-733788-17609<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Sunday by 20,816 new cases, and reached 73,788, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another 143 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 10,491.</p>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 11:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ywso20jr5491z5ik9jixuh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-at-733788-17609Poland prepares public aid package for national air carrierhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-prepares-public-aid-package-for-national-air-carrier-17607<p>The Ministry of State Assets has prepared a support package for Poland's national air carrier PLL LOT, Deputy Prime Minister and Assets Minister Jacek Sasin has announced.</p>Sun, 15 Nov 2020 18:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hur8ghlu36fhmhz127bnm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-prepares-public-aid-package-for-national-air-carrier-17607The Freedom Circus: new book explores a clown’s tale of Holocaust survivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-freedom-circus-new-book-explores-a-clowns-tale-of-holocaust-survival-17605<p><span lang="EN-GB">Even in a genre defined by its outrageous, and often heart-breaking twists of tragedy and fortune, a new book recounting one Jewish family’s daring escape from wartime Poland has left both the general public and critics enthralled.</span></p>Sun, 15 Nov 2020 18:01:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p8k2f53041lv6mxjehdvfl.jpegPictured on the right in Kraków, 1936, Kubush Horowitz performed for the nationally-known Staniewski Circus.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-freedom-circus-new-book-explores-a-clowns-tale-of-holocaust-survival-17605Bulgarian news agency head Maxim Minchev dies at 67https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bulgarian-news-agency-head-maxim-minchev-dies-at-67-17603<p>Maxim Minchev, director-general of the Bulgarian news agency BTA, passed away in hospital on Sunday, at the age of 67, after getting infected with COVID-19.</p>Sun, 15 Nov 2020 17:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t392pix88vm0f7y92b302c.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bulgarian-news-agency-head-maxim-minchev-dies-at-67-17603US sees Poland as its main ally - defence ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-sees-poland-as-its-main-ally---defence-minister-17601<p>The US perceives Poland as its main ally, we have joined the most important allies of the US, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has told a congress of Gazeta Polska clubs (reader groups of the right-wing Gazeta Polska daily - PAP).</p>Sun, 15 Nov 2020 17:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/udjw71mu7mxnm6o4z9nre.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-sees-poland-as-its-main-ally---defence-minister-17601Prime Minister marks Senior Citizens Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prime-minister-marks-senior-citizens-day-17599<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki took to social media on Sunday to greet the country's senior citizens on their day.</p>Sun, 15 Nov 2020 16:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/86rrsghbmsbmqdo2tbayti.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prime-minister-marks-senior-citizens-day-17599Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland at 712,972https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-at-712972-17597<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Saturday by 21,854 new cases, and reached 712,972, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday morning. Another 303 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 10,348.</p>Sun, 15 Nov 2020 15:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fl43zxke7foy16fe8pgnhi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-at-712972-17597Dutch flag carrier airline to reduce number of flights to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dutch-flag-carrier-airline-to-reduce-number-of-flights-to-poland-17595<p>Due to a second wave of the coronavirus and the shutdown of some countries, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is introducing changes to its flight schedules in Europe. This means a reduced number of flights to and from five Polish cities, KLM has said in a communique.</p>Sun, 15 Nov 2020 14:43:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z4rxhwmci9qrfxelu0u9wq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dutch-flag-carrier-airline-to-reduce-number-of-flights-to-poland-17595Is President-Elect Joe Biden related to Poland’s first Christian ruler?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/is-president-elect-joe-biden-related-to-polands-first-christian-ruler-17593<p><span lang="EN-GB">Following the US election, which saw Joe Biden declared the winner, genealogy enthusiasts have put together a family tree which links the President-Elect to the first Christian ruler and Duke of Poland, Mieszko I.</span></p>Sun, 15 Nov 2020 14:21:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9g4rco3u5qtjaffi9ahfna.jpegWhile Biden may be related to Mieszko I, he could also be tied to the Vikings or to the first rulers of what is now modern-day Ukrainehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/is-president-elect-joe-biden-related-to-polands-first-christian-ruler-17593Lublin’s commie bus station to get futuristic facelifthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lublins-commie-bus-station-to-get-futuristic-facelift-17591<p>A Communist-era bus station is to get a stunning new facelift, transforming it into a futuristic communication hub and an eco-friendly architectural marvel.</p>Sun, 15 Nov 2020 13:15:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/46ard2651hoit0b57w7d5.jpegThe new station, officially named the Integrated Centre of Communication for the Lublin Functional Area, promises to be a far cry from its predecessor.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lublins-commie-bus-station-to-get-futuristic-facelift-17591European press agencies discuss fighting fake newshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-press-agencies-discuss-fighting-fake-news-17589<p><span lang="EN-GB">Representatives of various European news agencies met on Saturday to discuss ways of fighting the recent plague of fake news as part of an event that comprised the month-long GovTech Festival, an educational and technological project.</span></p>Sun, 15 Nov 2020 12:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8avu4mexmgrf40uxsydgj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-press-agencies-discuss-fighting-fake-news-17589Ruling party retains lead over opposition, poll showshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-retains-lead-over-opposition-poll-shows-17587<p>Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS), would still take the top spot if parliamentary elections were held on Sunday, Nov. 15, an Estymator opinion poll for the right-wing <a href="http://dorzeczy.pl/" target="_blank">DoRzeczy.pl</a> site shows.</p>Sat, 14 Nov 2020 17:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRuling party retains lead over opposition, poll showshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-retains-lead-over-opposition-poll-shows-17587Noble Box pre-Christmas charity initiative underway in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/noble-box-pre-christmas-charity-initiative-underway-in-poland-17585<p>Poland's Stowarzyszenie WIOSNA (SPRING Association) has kicked-off the 20th edition of pre-Christmas nationwide charity initiative called the Noble Box (Szlachetna Paczka) and opened a database listing information about families in need.</p>Sat, 14 Nov 2020 15:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6bfrgual8kwn16grqvuglq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/noble-box-pre-christmas-charity-initiative-underway-in-poland-17585Stunning app launches to commemorate lesser-known side of Poland’s Jewish historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-app-launches-to-commemorate-lesser-known-side-of-polands-jewish-history-17582<p><span lang="EN-GB">Devised by the <span lang="EN-GB">Galicia&nbsp;</span>Jewish Museum, a new app has won acclaim for casting a fresh light on Poland’s pre- and post-war Jewish life.</span></p>Sat, 14 Nov 2020 15:20:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1zhiao3uligl8dgfpduzv.jpegThe app showcases the nation’s rich Jewish history; in this instance, an image from 1931 captures the wedding of Bobover Rebbe’s daughter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-app-launches-to-commemorate-lesser-known-side-of-polands-jewish-history-17582House of Beer: fishing fan builds lakeside eco-house from recycled booze bottleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/house-of-beer-fishing-fan-builds-lakeside-eco-house-from-recycle-booze-bottles-17580<p><span lang="EN-GB">An eco-minded fishing fanatic has built a lakeside home for fishermen constructed almost entirely from empty bottles of beer and wine.</span></p>Sat, 14 Nov 2020 12:53:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uqi8rdwacco1grw7utc2.jpegLocated in Jasło, the 4 x 5 metre building has a fully-functional bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and dining room.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/house-of-beer-fishing-fan-builds-lakeside-eco-house-from-recycle-booze-bottles-17580Poland's coronavirus daily death toll reaches new grim recordhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-coronavirus-daily-death-toll-reaches-new-grim-record-17578<p>The number of daily coronavirus deaths broke another record on Saturday, reaching 548 people and bringing the death toll to 10,045.</p>Sat, 14 Nov 2020 11:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o10mbxie0zi6ivsedqkql.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-coronavirus-daily-death-toll-reaches-new-grim-record-17578Size counts: giant mural by celebrated artist honours Warsaw’s Jewish pasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/size-counts-giant-mural-by-celebrated-artist-honours-warsaws-jewish-past-17576<p><span lang="EN-GB">Artist Tytus Brzozowski has returned to the biggest stage possible following the recent unveiling of this fourth mural to date – an XL project celebrating pre-war Jewish life in the Polish capital.</span></p>Sat, 14 Nov 2020 11:39:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z8vlqqs30sosghszazv6j.jpegBrzozowski’s latest project, found on Warsaw’s ul. Próżna 12, pays tribute to the city’s vanished Jewish quarter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/size-counts-giant-mural-by-celebrated-artist-honours-warsaws-jewish-past-17576Polish president strongly opposes animal protection billhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-strongly-opposes-animal-protection-bill-17574<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Friday that he is strongly against an planned amendment to animal protection laws that bans fur breeding and exports of ritual slaughter meat.</p>Sat, 14 Nov 2020 09:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/562ykoh666lwf1qq8tkop.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-strongly-opposes-animal-protection-bill-17574Poland rolls out new law enhancing anti-smog programmeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-rolls-out-new-law-enhancing-anti-smog-programmes-17573<p>Credits and loans granted for ecological projects will enjoy repayment guarantees and sureties from a special fund set up under the amended act on supporting thermal modernisation, signed by President Andrzej Duda on Friday.</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 19:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7tsc91vfjnf8bc6555y8je.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-rolls-out-new-law-enhancing-anti-smog-programmes-17573President tells Italian magazine Poland must defend traditional valueshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-tells-italian-magazine-poland-must-defend-traditional-values-17571<p>Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, has said Poland has come under attack for its desire to defend traditional values and the Catholic lifestyle.</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 16:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0dxm14wdkfdbmlxwmvvbu1.jpeg"There is strong pressure on us, there is often no room for dialogue, and Poland is simply attacked for wanting to protect the family, cultivate traditions and defend the Catholic lifestyle," the president said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-tells-italian-magazine-poland-must-defend-traditional-values-17571Medical University of Warsaw creates COVID-19 diagnosis apphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medical-university-of-warsaw-creates-covid-19-diagnosis-app-17570<p>Warsaw’s medical university has broken new medical ground in Poland by coming up with an app that can diagnose the coronavirus without people having to visit a doctor.</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 15:24:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w4fe3olql94wle7f9jnp.jpegAccording to the university, the app is very simple to use.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medical-university-of-warsaw-creates-covid-19-diagnosis-app-17570Poland's C/A surplus at EUR 1.072 billion in September - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ca-surplus-at-eur-1072-billion-in-september---central-bank-17568<p>Poland recorded a EUR 1.072-billion current account surplus in September 2020, against a EUR 1.620-billion current account surplus market consensus, according to National Bank of Poland (NBP) figures released on Friday.</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 14:38:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ar85sy7fwfqg6ctqqbofcq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ca-surplus-at-eur-1072-billion-in-september---central-bank-17568Poland to start COVID-19 vaccinations with high-risk groupshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-start-covid-19-vaccinations-with-high-risk-groups-17566<p>The Polish government plans to give the first COVID-19 vaccines developed by US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German firm BioTech SE to high-risk groups, including senior citizens, medical personnel and the uniformed services.</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 14:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k8aykbij3s7bif6sxo60o.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-start-covid-19-vaccinations-with-high-risk-groups-17566Warsaw airport services 80.9 pct fewer passengers y/y in Ocoberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-airport-services-809-pct-fewer-passengers-yy-in-ocober-17564<p>Warsaw's Chopin airport processed over 323,000 passengers in October, 2020, an 80.9-percent fall on the preceding year, the company said in a statement.</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 13:51:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fm8d15qc6sasif7c00eotm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-airport-services-809-pct-fewer-passengers-yy-in-ocober-17564Piotrków Trybunalski - a town of mystery and delighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/piotrkow-trybunalski---a-town-of-mystery-and-delight-17562<p>Next in the series of “Life’s Little Mysteries” TFN presents to you the town of Piotrków Trybunalski.</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 13:17:00 +0100LifeRegionsLifestylehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cfchu7960ek8dmlh2dspi.jpegAn elegant backwater of sedate soul and spirit, watching the Old Town quietly splutter into life is a pleasing sensation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/piotrkow-trybunalski---a-town-of-mystery-and-delight-17562Stay at home, let solidarity help us fight against COVID-19 - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stay-at-home-let-solidarity-help-us-fight-against-covid-19---polish-pm-17560<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has appealed to Poles to stay at home and let solidarity and responsibility help Poland win the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 13:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fknm6upmyicvf6fpr98t9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stay-at-home-let-solidarity-help-us-fight-against-covid-19---polish-pm-17560Indebtedness of Polish retirees up nearly twofold over five yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/indebtedness-of-polish-retirees-up-nearly-twofold-over-five-years-17558<p>The indebtedness of Poland’s old-age pensioners has increased by almost twofold over the last five years to nearly PLN 6 billion (EUR 1.3 billion), according to the National Debt Register (KRD).</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 12:51:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7jrnlbkc1ylo6ej2yz6o8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/indebtedness-of-polish-retirees-up-nearly-twofold-over-five-years-17558Auschwitz travelling exhibition wins Grand Prix of European Heritage Awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-travelling-exhibition-wins-grand-prix-of-european-heritage-award-17556<p>A travelling exhibition about Auschwitz has received the most prestigious European award in the heritage field, highlighting the importance of continuing to educate people in Europe and beyond about one of the darkest episodes in 20<sup>th</sup> Century history.</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 12:34:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mviy7xqzqne6dsrn3tezst.jpegThe exhibition, which is currently displayed at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, features over 700 original objects that belonged to survivors and victims of Auschwitz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-travelling-exhibition-wins-grand-prix-of-european-heritage-award-17556Roman Polanski expelled from French film academyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roman-polanski-expelled-from-french-film-academy-17554<p>Award-winning film director Roman Polanski has been expelled from Cesar, the French film academy, following a fierce controversy over his honorary membership of the organisation.</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 12:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m4h7swjeaz28fqxuia1el.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roman-polanski-expelled-from-french-film-academy-17554Poland's GDP drops 1.6 pct y/y in Q3 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-drops-16-pct-yy-in-q3---stats-office-17551<p>The Polish Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell by 1.6 percent year on year in the third quarter of 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said in a flash estimate on Friday.</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 11:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP drops 1.6 pct y/y in Q3 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-drops-16-pct-yy-in-q3---stats-office-17551Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 665,547https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-665547-17549<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased since Thursday by 24,051 new infections, and reached 665,547 the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another 419 people have died, bringing the death toll to 9,499.</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 11:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e0f6hdavhjo9m7ch55a8mc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-665547-17549Chardon-hey! Poland becoming a nation of wine drinkers as country listed 5th most attractive market in the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chardon-hey-poland-becoming-a-nation-of-wine-drinkers-as-country-listed-5th-most-attractive-market-in-the-world-17547<p>Poland is now the fifth-most attractive wine market in the world, a major increase since last year, according to a new report.</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 10:55:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v7tnyok3nmaflzfff9lpz.jpegPoland is now among the top five most attractive wine markets in the world, according to the Global Compass 2020 report published by Wine Intelligence.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chardon-hey-poland-becoming-a-nation-of-wine-drinkers-as-country-listed-5th-most-attractive-market-in-the-world-17547Poland's Future Inflation Index up in November- BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-future-inflation-index-up-in-november--biec-17545<p>Poland's Future Inflation Index (WPI), an indicator that predicts consumer price trends over the coming months, rose for the fourth time in a row in November, by 0.6 points on October, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) wrote on Friday.</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 10:32:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Future Inflation Index up in November- BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-future-inflation-index-up-in-november--biec-17545Pope John Paul II deceived over abuser McCarrick - Episcopate presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pope-john-paul-ii-deceived-over-abuser-mccarrick---episcopate-president-17543<p>A report published by the Vatican shows that the now disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick managed to deceive Pope John Paul II about his behaviour, the president of the Polish Bishops' Conference (KEP), Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, has said.</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 10:24:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yrmsgt6y4r9wwxwi70bkf.jpegMcCarrick was expelled from the priesthood in 2019 after the Church found him guilty of sexually abusing minors and young seminaries over a period of decades.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pope-john-paul-ii-deceived-over-abuser-mccarrick---episcopate-president-17543Longer lockdown will lead to many retail bankruptcies - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/longer-lockdown-will-lead-to-many-retail-bankruptcies---daily-17541<p>A longer lockdown could result in a wave of bankruptcies in retail as the sector reels from the income destroying effects of store and shopping-mall closures.</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 10:19:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vb45nz6dueka5kmszo0qhm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/longer-lockdown-will-lead-to-many-retail-bankruptcies---daily-17541Polish Olympic C'ttee head to WADA boardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-olympic-cttee-head-to-wada-board-17539<p>The head of the Polish Olympic Committee (PKOl) has been nominated to the executive board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).</p>Fri, 13 Nov 2020 10:14:00 +0100News & PoliticsSporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bw8sg46b36qgalv0yjc85.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-olympic-cttee-head-to-wada-board-17539Infections down, no need for lockdown - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/infections-down-no-need-for-lockdown---pm-17538<p>The COVID-19 infection rate has begun to fall, there will be no need for a national lockdown, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Thursday.</p>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 21:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jt8lve0lwymo2jhbksyl.jpegMorawiecki said that this week coronavirus infections in Poland were receding for the first time in two months, and just before reaching the lockdown threshold.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/infections-down-no-need-for-lockdown---pm-17538Polish PM addresses EU leaders over conditionality mechanismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-addresses-eu-leaders-over-conditionality-mechanism-17537<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday said he recently sent a letter to EU leaders regarding the conditionality mechanism linked with the EU budget.</p>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 20:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/30s3fcp16eej30yu3siyf.jpegOn Thursday Morawiecki held a video call with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Topics covered among others the EU budget. Germany currently holds the presidency of the EU.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-addresses-eu-leaders-over-conditionality-mechanism-17537Women's Strike launches legal abortion initiativehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/womens-strike-launches-legal-abortion-initiative-17535<p>The Women's Strike leader on Thursday announced the launching of a "Legal Abortion - No Compromises" initiative aimed at ensuring access to abortion in Poland. The project will run its own website.</p>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 18:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/931nl8qzg9hf8aapfaenm.jpegAnnouncing the initiative at a Thursday press conference, Lempart said its aim was not to change abortion laws but secure free access to abortion.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/womens-strike-launches-legal-abortion-initiative-17535With the pandemic rampant, Webber finds comfort in the wilds of Poland’s Suwałki regionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/with-the-pandemic-rampant-webber-finds-comfort-in-the-wilds-of-polands-suwalki-region-17532<p>When I was first approached to write a recurring travel column for TFN there was no doubt about it: “things were getting better”.</p>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 18:17:00 +0100LifeWebber's WorldRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/megl2qrai9gf1l10e8ifx7.jpegNestled against the Lithuanian border, Suwalszczyzna (for the sake of simplicity, let’s refer to it from now as the Suwałki region), is more than a complex mass of randomized letters.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/with-the-pandemic-rampant-webber-finds-comfort-in-the-wilds-of-polands-suwalki-region-17532Polish opposition against vetoing EU budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-opposition-against-vetoing-eu-budget-17530<p>An MEP from Civic Platform, Poland’s main opposition party, has called on the government not to threaten to veto the EU budget, saying would be a “suicidal step” that could lead to Poland leaving the EU.</p>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 17:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/da3o9sq26zckitc17lrjd.jpegPO MEP Dariusz Rosati called on Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and his government to abandon what he called the irresponsible rhetoric of vetoing the EU budget, adding that "Poles will never agree to a Polexit."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-opposition-against-vetoing-eu-budget-17530COVID-19 infection rate seen peaking above lockdown threshold Nov 17https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-19-infection-rate-seen-peaking-above-lockdown-threshold-nov-17-17528<p>Poland's seven-day average of coronavirus infections is expected to peak above the threshold for a lockdown on November 17, analysts at the University of Warsaw's Interdisciplinary Mathematical Modelling Centre (ICM UW) have said.</p>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 15:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p4wnyhqprozqth7b3ql8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-19-infection-rate-seen-peaking-above-lockdown-threshold-nov-17-17528Report by Hitler’s ‘Executioner of the Warsaw Ghetto’ to go on public displayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/report-by-hitlers-executioner-of-the-warsaw-ghetto-to-go-on-public-display-17525<p>A report documenting the suppression of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943 by one of Hitler’s most brutal SS henchmen is to be included in the permanent exhibition of the new Warsaw Ghetto Museum.</p>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 15:10:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q06i8miwpzltohn5esvid.pngConsisting of 126 sheets and containing 31 of SS beast Jurgen Stroop's daily reports and 53 photographs, the document details the course of the Jewish uprising, a list of the units and people involved in the operation, as well as the reality of fighting in the ghetto.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/report-by-hitlers-executioner-of-the-warsaw-ghetto-to-go-on-public-display-17525Polish gas firm PGNiG finds large deposit on Norwegian Shelfhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-firm-pgnig-finds-large-deposit-on-norwegian-shelf-17523<p>Polish energy giant PGNiG has struck a natural gas deposit in the Norwegian Sea estimated to be contain around 8 and 40 billion cubic metres of gas and condensate.</p>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 14:39:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ioihfrr9f4u1m8qry8np.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-firm-pgnig-finds-large-deposit-on-norwegian-shelf-17523Independent leader Holownia most trusted politician, poll showshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/independent-leader-holownia-most-trusted-politician-poll-shows-17521<p>An independent conservative politician and former television presenter who came third in the last presidential election, was Poland's most trusted politician in the second half of October, a CBOS poll shows.</p>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 14:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gnlcdwcap5qpgrvpg8th.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/independent-leader-holownia-most-trusted-politician-poll-shows-17521Poland's industrial production up y/y in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-yy-in-september---eurostat-17519<p>Poland's working-day adjusted industrial production rose by 3.3 percent year on year in September 2020, after rising by 1.4 percent year on year in August 2020, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 13:16:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's industrial production up y/y in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-yy-in-september---eurostat-17519Large supply of COVID-19 vaccine likely in early 2021 - dep health minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/large-supply-of-covid-19-vaccine-likely-in-early-2021---dep-health-min-17517<p>The quantity of COVID-19 vaccines that will allow large-scale vaccination in Poland should be available in the first quarter of next year, a deputy health minister said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 12:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6abh61u078uaq7odc2lp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/large-supply-of-covid-19-vaccine-likely-in-early-2021---dep-health-min-17517Top dogs join top models in Pawsome new calendarhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-dogs-join-top-models-in-pawsome-new-calendar-17515<p><span lang="EN-GB">Featuring the stars of the Top Model TV show, as well as no shortage of models of the more four-legged variety, a new calendar has gone on sale to raise funds for an animal shelter headquartered in Wrocław.&nbsp;</span></p>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 11:54:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wjouuvga6kqk5rw4lwgzr.pngThe calendar features some of Poland’s most celebrated faces from the show Top Model alongside pooches in desperate need of a permanent home and looks set to be one of one of the more enviable accessories of 2021.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-dogs-join-top-models-in-pawsome-new-calendar-17515Dozens of police officers injured after Warsaw's Independence Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dozens-of-police-officers-injured-after-warsaws-independence-march-17513<p>Thirty-five police officers were injured when rioting broke out during an annual Independence Day march in Warsaw organised by nationalist activists.</p>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 11:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y0ki0p4g5ury21x90sueo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dozens-of-police-officers-injured-after-warsaws-independence-march-17513Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 641,496https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-641496-17511<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased since Wednesday by 22,683 new infections, and reached 641,496 the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another 275 people have died, bringing the death toll to 9,080.</p>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 11:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vaw7800vx0pu7yplboytn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-641496-17511Polish cardinal denies accusations of covering up sex crimes, briberyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-cardinal-denies-accusations-of-covering-up-sex-crimes-bribery-17509<p>Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, one of Poland’s most senior clerics and a former private secretary to Pope John Paul II, had denied allegations that he had covered up the sexual abuse of children and took bribes.</p>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 10:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kfcrrsjx4xebr8ls3hzgxh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-cardinal-denies-accusations-of-covering-up-sex-crimes-bribery-17509Health service can cope with up to 30,000 COVID-19 cases daily - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-service-can-cope-with-up-to-30000-covid-19-cases-daily---official-17507<p>Poland’s health service will be able to cope with the pandemic if daily infection rates remain below 30,000, the prime minister’s chief COVID-19 advisor said in Thursday.</p>Thu, 12 Nov 2020 09:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5sk0wwht71c79do8el533t.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-service-can-cope-with-up-to-30000-covid-19-cases-daily---official-17507Polish Independence March held in Warsaw amid scuffleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-independence-march-held-in-warsaw-amid-scuffles-17505<p>Thousands of people took part in an annual Independence Day March in the Polish capital that ended in the late afternoon. Like in previous years, Wednesday's event was also marred by violence.</p>Wed, 11 Nov 2020 19:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pe68nj7ab2hjdzujowdt.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-independence-march-held-in-warsaw-amid-scuffles-17505Ambassadors congratulate Poles on Independence Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ambassadors-congratulate-poles-on-independence-day-17503<p>The ambassadors of the US, Great Britain, Germany, France and Denmark in Poland extended their wishes to the Poles on the occasion of Independence Day highlighting friendship and cooperation between their countries and Poland.</p>Wed, 11 Nov 2020 17:17:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zyacue2wshzrgbl6cbc48.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ambassadors-congratulate-poles-on-independence-day-17503Polish Independence March held in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-independence-march-held-in-warsaw-17501<p>This year's annual Independence Day March, which set off from the Dmowskiego Roundabout in central Warsaw on Wednesday afternoon, is being held mainly in a motorised formula due to pandemic-related concerns.</p>Wed, 11 Nov 2020 15:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ru4ifcs1ep8fa4ym8kftyr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-independence-march-held-in-warsaw-17501Police, rioters clash during Independence Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/police-rioters-clash-during-independence-march-17499<p>Riots have broken out during Wednesday's Independence March through Warsaw. Police have intervened. The march marks Poland's Independence Day (Nov. 11).</p>Wed, 11 Nov 2020 15:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8xuap7og09hkizlvcytdp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/police-rioters-clash-during-independence-march-17499Polish president focuses on respect for life at Paris forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-focuses-on-respect-for-life-at-paris-forum-17498<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda, addressing the 3rd Paris Peace Forum in a pre-recorded speech on Wednesday, highlighted the importance of respecting human life for building a world based on solidarity.</p>Wed, 11 Nov 2020 14:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president focuses on respect for life at Paris forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-focuses-on-respect-for-life-at-paris-forum-17498President addresses nation on Poland's Independence Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-addresses-nation-on-polands-independence-day-17497<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda made a TV address to the nation on the occasion of Independence Day on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 11 Nov 2020 13:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k9d50e82f5bzrahf7wz5d.jpegIn his address, Duda described the pandemic as a time of difficult, unpopular decisions and thanked everyone who observed official recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19, describing it as an expression of patriotism.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-addresses-nation-on-polands-independence-day-17497Polish leaders lay flowers to mark Independence Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-leaders-lay-flowers-to-mark-independence-day-17496<p>Poland's top politicians laid wreaths on Wednesday at Warsaw's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and several monuments devoted to the architects of Poland's independence, which the country regained in 1918 after more than a century of partitions.</p>Wed, 11 Nov 2020 12:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/05520cd3y3jlk241qfuytso.jpegThis year's ceremonies are limited in their scale due to the coronavirus epidemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-leaders-lay-flowers-to-mark-independence-day-17496Flu season to cost Polish economy EUR 693 mln - analystshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flu-season-to-cost-polish-economy-eur-693-mln---analysts-17495<p>This year's flu season will cost the Polish economy PLN 3.11 billion (EUR 693 million), reported analysts at the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) who estimate the disease will affect 2.31 million Poles.</p>Wed, 11 Nov 2020 12:14:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xi3zbsftzw28ldmtbk8es.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flu-season-to-cost-polish-economy-eur-693-mln---analysts-17495Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 618,813https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-618813-17494<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased since Tuesday by 25,221 new infections, and reached 618,813 the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another 430 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 8,805.</p>Wed, 11 Nov 2020 11:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vfs49fqu8lou3tlai966bl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-618813-17494Auction website Allegro to join MSCI Poland indexhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auction-website-allegro-to-join-msci-poland-index-17493<p>Allegro, Poland's biggest auction site, which recently debuted on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE), will replace petroleum company Lotos and lender mBank in the MSCI Poland index, MSCI said on its website.</p>Wed, 11 Nov 2020 10:48:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/id4wljt5fgeaerltc3h0bc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auction-website-allegro-to-join-msci-poland-index-17493Poland celebrates Independence Day amid pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-celebrates-independence-day-amid-pandemic-17492<p>Poland's Independence Day falls on Wednesday November 11 with celebrations affected by the COVID-19 epidemic.</p>Wed, 11 Nov 2020 10:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland celebrates Independence Day amid pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-celebrates-independence-day-amid-pandemic-17492Polish films nominated for European Film Awardshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-films-nominated-for-european-film-awards-17491<p>Two Polish films, Corpus Christi and Charlatan, have picked up a slew of European Film Award nominations.</p>Wed, 11 Nov 2020 10:06:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s5a4lez5nmgqq7p41b3sl.jpegJan Komasa’s Corpus Christi has been nominated for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Bartosz Bielenia, pictured) and Best Screenplay (Mateusz Pacewicz).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-films-nominated-for-european-film-awards-17491Poland in solidarity with UK after expulsion of diplomats from Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-in-solidarity-with-uk-after-expulsion-of-diplomats-from-belarus-17490<p>The Polish foreign minister said Poland was in solidarity with Great Britain after Belarus expelled two British diplomats from Minsk, and added that international community was not the source of the ongoing crisis in Belarus..</p>Wed, 11 Nov 2020 09:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9q2yfhs4l9fydr7evrugkd.jpeg"Full solidarity with @FCDOGovUK. The international community is not the source of the crisis in #Belarus. Expulsion of diplomats won’t solve it." Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau tweeted on Tuesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-in-solidarity-with-uk-after-expulsion-of-diplomats-from-belarus-17490Polish gas monopolist gets new CEOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-monopolist-gets-new-ceo-17489<p>Poland's oil and gas company PGNiG has appointed Paweł Majewski its new CEO. Majewski, who is currently the CEO of Poland's second-biggest petroleum company Lotos, will take over on Thursday, replacing Jerzy Kwieciński.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 21:18:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rp9551ed93i2qy0r9xal44.jpegMajewski's track record includes a number of major companies from the consumer, industrial, airport and financial sectors.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-monopolist-gets-new-ceo-17489Poland records 213 COVID deaths per million inhabitantshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-records-213-covid-deaths-per-million-inhabitants-17488<p>Poland currently records 213 COVID deaths per million inhabitants, the Polish Health Ministry said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 18:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t0vbxmxeiuanh3z7zeowd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-records-213-covid-deaths-per-million-inhabitants-17488Warsaw's rail terminal dedicated to inter-war statesman Dmowskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-rail-terminal-dedicated-to-inter-war-statesman-dmowski-17487<p>Warsaw’s eastern main railway station has been renamed after Roman Dmowski, a leading politician in Poland’s struggle for independence and the inter-war period.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 17:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f1i4nalgv6cv51rwsqzai.jpegRoman Dmowski (1864-1939) was one of Poland's key independence activists, a politician, diplomat, writer and participant in the 1919 Paris peace conference. He was a co-founder, leader and the main architect of Poland's inter-war nationalist movement.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-rail-terminal-dedicated-to-inter-war-statesman-dmowski-17487Polish soccer star Lewandowski tops this year's GOAL 50 pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-soccer-star-lewandowski-tops-this-years-goal-50-poll-17485<p>Polish football player Robert Lewandowski has been named the best footballer on the planet for the 2019/20 season in this year's <a href="http://goal.com/" target="_blank">goal.com</a> GOAL 50 poll.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:59:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/97yaf0jvh5z183z9bvf7m.jpegIn the 2019/20 season, Lewandowski won the triple crown with Bayern Munich by becoming the top goal-scorer in the Bundesliga, the German Cup and the Champions League.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-soccer-star-lewandowski-tops-this-years-goal-50-poll-17485PM's chief COVID-19 advisor recommends closing country for a monthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pms-chief-covid-19-advisor-recommends-closing-country-for-a-month-17483<p>The prime minister’s chief COVID-19 advisor has said Poland should be closed down for a month, if infections breach the 30,000 daily threshold.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t9ug84ws4bhef7vgo59pu.jpegHorban said that, with such a high infection rate, Poland should achieve herd immunity within three to four months.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pms-chief-covid-19-advisor-recommends-closing-country-for-a-month-17483Gdynia school wall transforms into massive bird househttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdynia-school-wall-transforms-into-massive-bird-house-17480<p>A primary school in Gdynia has come to the attention of the design and environmental press after a part of its premises was handed over for the use of a housing estate… built specifically for small birds.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 15:59:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kn4bs1uovjpxc47wt9xjrs.pngThe pioneering project was specifically designed to slot seamlessly into Gdynia’s aesthetic fabric whilst also fulfilling a more practical role as a safe haven for birds.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdynia-school-wall-transforms-into-massive-bird-house-17480Support for Polish gov't tumbles to record low - pollsterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/support-for-polish-govt-tumbles-to-record-low---pollster-17478<p>Support for the Mateusz Morawiecki government fell 5 percentage points (pps) to 33 percent at the end of October, according to the results of a poll by the CBOS polling agency released on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 15:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cexciastbao2lou0wndusg.jpegThe results, both for Morawiecki and the United Right government, are the lowest since the 2015 general election.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/support-for-polish-govt-tumbles-to-record-low---pollster-17478US will pay costs of its military presence in Poland - ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-will-pay-costs-of-its-military-presence-in-poland---ambassador-17476<p>The United States will cover the costs of training, equipping, and deploying US forces to Poland under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the two countries, US Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher tweeted on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 14:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lnoa0haaw9dh2lrmoafjb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-will-pay-costs-of-its-military-presence-in-poland---ambassador-17476Polish athlete nominated for Athletics Weekly's '75-year legend' awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-athlete-nominated-for-athletics-weeklys-75-year-legend-award-17474<p>The late sprinter Irena Szewinska is among five female athletes nominated for the title of '75-year legend' by the magazine Athletic Weekly.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 14:36:00 +0100News & PoliticsSporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9wt2nxd7qotmbcu6z1n7ra.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-athlete-nominated-for-athletics-weeklys-75-year-legend-award-17474How about TAT! Women make up 70 percent of all tattoos in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-about-tat-women-make-up-70-percent-of-all-tattoos-in-poland-17471<p><span lang="EN-GB">Of the 900,000 tattoos done every year in Poland, 70 percent of those going under the needle are women.</span></p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 14:09:00 +0100BusinessArt & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fdp6lqvdd6gll4wd3r4nq8.jpegOf the 900,000 tattoos done every year in Poland, 70 percent of those going under the needle are women.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-about-tat-women-make-up-70-percent-of-all-tattoos-in-poland-17471Poland orders coronavirus tests for minkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-orders-coronavirus-tests-for-mink-17469<p>The Polish agriculture minister has ordered the testing of farmed mink for the presence of the coronavirus, the ministry announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 13:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5fzb3tk0rz4rciqjmr7mr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-orders-coronavirus-tests-for-mink-17469Broadcaster Canal+ Polska cancels IPOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/broadcaster-canal-polska-cancels-ipo-17467<p>Private TV broadcaster Canal+ Polska has withdrawn from its planned IPO citing unfavourable conditions on the financial markets, the company announced in a Tuesday statement.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 13:39:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bidq4091mfhkfqel9h4wp.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/broadcaster-canal-polska-cancels-ipo-17467Poland bans flights to 10 countrieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-bans-flights-to-10-countries-17465<p>Poland will ban passenger flights to 10 countries at it further tightens coronavirus restrictions, a government regulation published on Tuesday said.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 13:23:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3u1nypvpfurhltf7nyd94g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-bans-flights-to-10-countries-17465Poland's average wage up 4.8 pct in Q3 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-wage-up-48-pct-in-q3---stats-office-17463<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 4.8 percent year on year to PLN 5,168.93 (EUR 1,150.62) in the third quarter of 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's average wage up 4.8 pct in Q3 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-wage-up-48-pct-in-q3---stats-office-17463US ambassador says Biden will 'get on well' with Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-says-biden-will-get-on-well-with-duda-17461<p>The American ambassador to Poland has said Joe Biden will “get along very well with President Andrzej Duda”, adding that she had known him for 35 years.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 12:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7jurs87l006fctprmyjwng.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-says-biden-will-get-on-well-with-duda-17461Poland's GDP to grow 3.1 percent in 2021 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-grow-31-percent-in-2021---central-bank-17460<p>Poland's Gross Domestic Product is to grow by 3.1 percent in 2021, according to a report published by the National Bank of Poland (NBP) on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 11:43:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v1v3g1uliksxnoy1vlgrta.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-grow-31-percent-in-2021---central-bank-17460Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 593,592https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-593592-17458<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased since Monday by 25,484 new infections, and reached 593,592 the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another 330 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 8,375.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 11:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nnu3wash89fr9dpnpz87pn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-593592-17458Breath-taking photos from space capture planet Earth in all its splendid beautyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/breath-taking-photos-from-space-capture-planet-earth-in-all-its-splendid-beauty-17456<p><span lang="EN-GB">For a glimpse of the Earth in all its glory, look no further than these stunning satellite images selected in a competition organised by Warsaw company CloudFerro.</span></p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 11:32:00 +0100Art & CultureScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2blufkl81h9j0lpjze3c2.jpegThe winning photo shows the area on Canada's border with Greenland by Adam Wasilewski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/breath-taking-photos-from-space-capture-planet-earth-in-all-its-splendid-beauty-17456Infection count in next couple of days key to decide on further steps -gov't spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/infection-count-in-next-couple-of-days-key-to-decide-on-further-steps--govt-spokesman-17454<p>The introduction of a national lockdown depends on how the epidemic situation develops over the next few days, the government spokesman said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 10:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zxz344i2ungu3js16jxwg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/infection-count-in-next-couple-of-days-key-to-decide-on-further-steps--govt-spokesman-17454FM describes German offer of help with pandemic as "perfectly natural"https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-describes-german-offer-of-help-with-pandemic-as-perfectly-natural-17452<p>The Polish foreign minister has described a German offer to help Poland deal with the pandemic as “perfectly natural” but stopped short of accepting the assistance.</p>Tue, 10 Nov 2020 10:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9u4pphi07perv1ljor30n.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-describes-german-offer-of-help-with-pandemic-as-perfectly-natural-17452Contract for coronavirus vaccine to be signed on Wednesday - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/contract-for-coronavirus-vaccine-to-be-signed-on-wednesday---pm-17451<p>A contract with the Pfizer and BioNTech SE companies for the delivery of coronavirus vaccines is to be signed on Wednesday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 20:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1a09yrkv6r8rijk32ubegd.jpegMorawiecki said Poland wants to have at least 20 million coronavirus vaccines, adding that they should be delivered in the spring and said that Poland would receive the vaccines at the same time as other EU countries.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/contract-for-coronavirus-vaccine-to-be-signed-on-wednesday---pm-17451EU party urges Poland, Hungary to accept rule of law mechanismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-party-urges-poland-hungary-to-accept-rule-of-law-mechanism-17450<p>The centre-right European People's Party (EPP), the biggest grouping in the European Parliament, on Monday called upon Polish and Hungarian prime ministers to accept the linking of EU funds payouts with observance of the rule of law principles.</p>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 19:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/txb3jacsk5mfa6zm601n.jpegMEP Jadwiga Wiśniewska told PAP that the EPP was trying to introduce "a neo-colonial exploitation of Central and Eastern European countries."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-party-urges-poland-hungary-to-accept-rule-of-law-mechanism-17450European Council head declares further support for Poland - sourcehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-council-head-declares-further-support-for-poland---source-17449<p>The head of the European Council will support Poland and Lithuania against attempts by Belarus to target EU unity, a diplomatic source told PAP.</p>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 18:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7okd7qu843i5lnyrmoahf.jpegAccording to the PAP source, Charles Michel, head of the European Council, was following events in the region.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-council-head-declares-further-support-for-poland---source-17449President ratifies Polish-US defence cooperation agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-ratifies-polish-us-defence-cooperation-agreement-17448<p>President Andrzej Duda on Monday ratified the Poland – United States Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement during a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 17:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j0e49i09uro4rtrzys2kgp.jpeg"Building Polish-US relations as a community of well-understood interests that benefit both countries is completely above current political events," said Duda.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-ratifies-polish-us-defence-cooperation-agreement-17448Polish Independence March to be motorised this yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-independence-march-to-be-motorised-this-year-17446<p>The organisers of the annual Independence Day March have called on “motorised patriots” to rally to the capital after the foot march was banned due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 16:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tjjx0l86newr7ifx7h1yi.jpeg"This year, we thought for quite a while about an arrangement that would allow everyone to come and celebrate. We decided to use the car formula," Witold Tumanowicz, vice-president of the association.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-independence-march-to-be-motorised-this-year-17446Battle of Warsaw memorial symbolises solidarity among people - dep PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/battle-of-warsaw-memorial-symbolises-solidarity-among-people---dep-pm-17445<p>A memorial commemorating the role played by international cooperation during the Polish-Bolshevik War is a monument to international solidarity, a senior government minister has said.</p>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 16:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cihm3vm0o2vrsen777a3tm.jpegThe memorial has figures of the Polish inter-war statesman and leader Józef Piłsudski, the then Hungarian Prime Minister Pal Teleki, the Supreme Commander of the Ukrainian Army and the President of the Ukrainian People's Republic in 1918–1921 Symon Petlura, and Charles de Gaulle.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/battle-of-warsaw-memorial-symbolises-solidarity-among-people---dep-pm-17445Drones to join fight against coronavirus by shuttling blood and test swabs between hospitalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/drones-to-join-fight-against-coronavirus-by-shuttling-blood-and-test-swabs-between-hospitals-17442<p>Cargo drones shuttling back and forth between two Warsaw hospitals, carrying blood and test swabs will soon be helping the capital deal with the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 16:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lg4nqrjsx8bpxywjwrggp.jpegThe cargo drones will soon be helping the capital deal with the coronavirus pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/drones-to-join-fight-against-coronavirus-by-shuttling-blood-and-test-swabs-between-hospitals-17442‘Eco musician’ makes world’s first carbon-neutral albumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eco-musician-makes-worlds-first-carbon-neutral-album-17439<p>A musician has taken a huge leap forward in sustainability with the release of the world’s first carbon-neutral album.</p>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 15:09:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wy4acybx3ncy205u0x8qr9.jpegPianist/producer Wojtek Szczepanik used 100 percent renewable energy to offset the 147kg of CO2 in electricity used in the production.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eco-musician-makes-worlds-first-carbon-neutral-album-17439Locals turn out to save 60-year-old confectionary shop under threat from Lockdown IIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/locals-turn-out-to-save-60-year-old-confectionary-shop-under-threat-from-lockdown-ii-17437<p><span lang="EN-GB">People in Warsaw have come forward to save a beloved shop selling cream-filled treats as it struggles to survive the coronavirus pandemic.</span></p>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 14:06:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yusrfehe7ggy3s0pkjjxh.pngThe family-run business which ‘survived the terrible times of the People’s Republic of Poland’, was swamped with customers after it issued a heart-felt plea on social media.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/locals-turn-out-to-save-60-year-old-confectionary-shop-under-threat-from-lockdown-ii-17437Composite Leading Indicator for Poland up y/y, m/m in October - OECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/composite-leading-indicator-for-poland-up-yy-mm-in-october---oecd-17436<p>The Composite Leading Indicator (CLI) for Poland rose by 1.52 percent year on year and by 0.57 percent month on month to reach 99.40 points in October 2020, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 13:19:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgComposite Leading Indicator for Poland up y/y, m/m in October - OECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/composite-leading-indicator-for-poland-up-yy-mm-in-october---oecd-17436Polish leasing company allocates EUR 111 mln for COVID-19-hit businesseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-leasing-company-allocates-eur-111-mln-for-covid-19-hit-businesses-17434<p>PKO Leasing, owned by the PKO Bank Polski Group, is to provide small and medium-sized Polish companies affected by the coronavirus-related crisis with EUR 111 million (PLN 500 million) worth of leases, PKO Leasing has told PAP.</p>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 13:13:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/icv6szk6j85nm26waur3i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-leasing-company-allocates-eur-111-mln-for-covid-19-hit-businesses-17434Poland's Q2 general gov't deficit at 16.4 pct of GDP - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-q2-general-govt-deficit-at-164-pct-of-gdp---report-17433<p>Poland's general government deficit amounted to PLN 86.3 billion (EUR 19.06 bln.), or 16.4 percent of GDP after the second quarter of 2020, the Finance Ministry announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:13:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Q2 general gov't deficit at 16.4 pct of GDP - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-q2-general-govt-deficit-at-164-pct-of-gdp---report-17433Insurers to finance additional call centre for chief sanitary authorityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/insurers-to-finance-additional-call-centre-for-chief-sanitary-authority-17431<p>Eighteen insurance companies operating in Poland will finance an additional call centre for the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate to help the organisation cope with the huge number of calls it receives due to the pandemic.</p>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hzqnt4trwk70wr3ifapnb0i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/insurers-to-finance-additional-call-centre-for-chief-sanitary-authority-17431Change in White House problematic for Polish gov't - EEP headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/change-in-white-house-problematic-for-polish-govt---eep-head-17428<p>Donald Tusk, the former Polish prime minister and the current head of the European People's Party bloc in the European parliament, has warned that a Biden presidency could cause problems for the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.</p>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7f18slxf3ljerm5ooel777.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/change-in-white-house-problematic-for-polish-govt---eep-head-17428Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland exceeds 568,000https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-exceeds-568000-17425<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Sunday by 21,713 new cases, and reached 568,138, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another 173 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 8,045.</p>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 11:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8ystr4mgtsjm1kad181amq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-exceeds-568000-17425Polish-US relations will continue to develop - gov't officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-relations-will-continue-to-develop---govt-official-17423<p>The head of the Polish prime minister’s office has said that Polish-US relations will continue to develop after Joe Biden's victory in the US presidential election.</p>Mon, 09 Nov 2020 09:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/09tvjwdapd25u4fesf5v11h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-relations-will-continue-to-develop---govt-official-17423Philippines gets five Polish-made Black Hawk choppershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/philippines-gets-five-polish-made-black-hawk-choppers-17422<p>Five Black Hawk S-70i helicopters from Poland's PZL Mielec aviation plant have been delivered to the Philippines, the Polish Embassy in Manila informed PAP on Sunday. The machines were delivered to their destination by air.</p>Sun, 08 Nov 2020 20:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xukejln3nnql6z63wq301.jpegThe helicopters are part of a USD 240 million contract for 16 S-70i machines sealed between PZL Mielec and the Philippines in 2019.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/philippines-gets-five-polish-made-black-hawk-choppers-17422Polish president supports PM with regard to EU budget - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-supports-pm-with-regard-to-eu-budget---aide-17421<p>The Polish president's chief aide Krzysztof Szczerski has said that Andrzej Duda supports the Polish prime minister in his fight for the next EU budget to be large, ambitious and spent in accordance with the EU Treaties.</p>Sun, 08 Nov 2020 20:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president supports PM with regard to EU budget - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-supports-pm-with-regard-to-eu-budget---aide-17421Polish FM congratulates Joe Biden on election victoryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-congratulates-joe-biden-on-election-victory-17420<p>Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau has congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their victory in the US presidential election.</p>Sun, 08 Nov 2020 17:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/13l40pllp3aruqgomokue5q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-congratulates-joe-biden-on-election-victory-17420Polish president congratulates Joe Biden on successful campaignhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-congratulates-joe-biden-on-successful-campaign-17419<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda has congratulated Joe Biden for running a successful presidential campaign and stated that Poland wanted to maintain a high-level of strategic partnership with the US.</p>Sun, 08 Nov 2020 16:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mr53oiijdz1jklb5jzfwv.jpegThe Associated Press agency as well as CNN, NBC and Fox New television networks announced on Saturday that Democrat Joe Biden had won the presidency having defeated President Donald Trump, and that he would now become the 46th president of the US.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-congratulates-joe-biden-on-successful-campaign-17419PM appeals for unity in fight against coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-appeals-for-unity-in-fight-against-coronavirus-17418<p>The coronavirus is reaping a gloomy harvest worldwide and fighting the epidemic calls for our full cooperation, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Sunday.</p>Sun, 08 Nov 2020 16:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/klkk8s7u24ijjessfft6ck.jpegListing the government's recent undertakings against the COVID-19 disease, Morawiecki said there were now several thousand additional hospital beds, ventilators and cardiac monitors available for COVID-19 patients.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-appeals-for-unity-in-fight-against-coronavirus-17418Polish-Canadian pair wins ATP tennis tournament in Parishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-canadian-pair-wins-atp-tennis-tournament-in-paris-17417<p>Hubert Hurkacz of Poland and Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada won their first team title at the Rolex Paris Masters in Paris on Sunday. The Rolex Paris Masters is the ninth and final ATP Masters event of the season.</p>Sun, 08 Nov 2020 15:35:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish-Canadian pair wins ATP tennis tournament in Parishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-canadian-pair-wins-atp-tennis-tournament-in-paris-17417Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland exceeds 546,000https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-exceeds-546000-17416<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Saturday by 24,785 new cases, and reached 546,425, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday morning. Another 236 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 7,872.</p>Sun, 08 Nov 2020 15:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y02lg4wxxucpo9cdkqfun.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-exceeds-546000-17416Stunning new permanent exhibition makes its debut at Sobibórhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-new-permanent-exhibition-makes-its-debut-at-sobibor-17413<p>A new exhibition at the German death camp Sobibór where more than 180,000 Jews were murdered in gas chambers during the Holocaust has recently opened.</p>Sun, 08 Nov 2020 14:31:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/reqrqcvo6ohccyvgicydx7.jpegHoused in a new museum building, the exhibition aims to “commemorate and restore the memory of the thousands, mostly nameless, victims of the Holocaust.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-new-permanent-exhibition-makes-its-debut-at-sobibor-17413Meet adorable Arnold, Warsaw Zoo’s latest resident!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meet-adorable-arnold-warsaw-zoos-latest-resident-17411<p>Described as “shy”, a tiny Java mouse-deer by the name of Arnold has taken residence at Warsaw Zoo after being transferred last week from the Swiss capital of Bern.</p>Sun, 08 Nov 2020 13:25:00 +0100ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/905a8d22095m1kxkwxzl8.jpegWeighing just under two kilos, Arnold has been described by zoo officials as “extremely shy”.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/meet-adorable-arnold-warsaw-zoos-latest-resident-17411Off the wall: new mega mural celebrates Poland’s road to freedomhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/off-the-wall-new-mega-mural-celebrates-polands-road-to-freedom-17408<p>The first in a series of nine murals illustrating Poland’s “road to freedom” has debuted in Poznań, and in the process become the city’s tallest outdoor artwork – and possibly the country’s.</p>Sun, 08 Nov 2020 11:04:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gcivznp80dkblcgfmybtkj.jpegForty-eight metres in height, the project depicts the 1980 Gdańsk Shipyard strike, a keynote moment that was sparked by the dismissal of crane operator Anna Walentynowicz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/off-the-wall-new-mega-mural-celebrates-polands-road-to-freedom-17408State of the art: Polish art market defies covid to grow 30%https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/state-of-the-art-polish-art-market-defies-covid-to-grow-30-17406<p>Defying the pandemic, latest stats from Artinfo.pl have revealed the booming nature of Poland’s art market with figures up a staggering 30% on last year.</p>Sat, 07 Nov 2020 17:05:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ddfc3pr0izi9cext3c4rbe.jpegJacek Malczewski’s Artysta i Chimera sold for PLN 3,658,000 at auction. Despite the pandemic, art sales have increased by almost 30 percent compared to H1 of 2019.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/state-of-the-art-polish-art-market-defies-covid-to-grow-30-17406Secret notebook filled with poems by prisoners donated to Auschwitzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/secret-notebook-filled-with-poems-by-prisoners-donated-to-auschwitz-17403<p>A notebook containing forgotten poems composed in Auschwitz has been donated to the Auschwitz Museum.</p>Sat, 07 Nov 2020 15:35:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h9qbqiu55gozqlgu481n1.jpegContaining 32 pages with wide lines, the poems in the notebook were not written by Bożena Janina Zdunek, but were the poems of other prisoners.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/secret-notebook-filled-with-poems-by-prisoners-donated-to-auschwitz-17403New neon to add sparkle to Warsaw’s Chopin Museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-neon-to-add-sparkle-to-warsaws-chopin-museum-17400<p>A competition is under way to choose a new set of neon lights for Warsaw’s Chopin Museum, with the winning entry set to illuminate the museum’s walls by the end of the year.</p>Sat, 07 Nov 2020 14:11:00 +0100Art & CultureStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1jytc39om65z5vkral8s5d.jpegThe winning entry will light up the wall of the Chopin Museum on ul. Tamka.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-neon-to-add-sparkle-to-warsaws-chopin-museum-17400Poland to create 6,000 beds for COVID-19 patients within monthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-announces-creation-of-6000-more-covid-19-beds-within-month-17399<p>Within a month, 6,000 beds will be created for treatment of COVID-19 patients, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Saturday, adding that the Material Reserves Agency (ARM) has 3,500 ventilators to be made available to all hospitals in need.</p>Sat, 07 Nov 2020 11:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nqlecl1hcaepjoe2cax9o.jpeg"Within a month we will increase two-fold the number of beds, creating them in temporary hospitals, creating them in various places," Morawiecki said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-announces-creation-of-6000-more-covid-19-beds-within-month-17399Poland reports record rise in daily coronavirus caseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-record-rise-in-daily-coronavirus-cases-17398<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Friday by a record 27,875 new cases, and reached 521,640, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another 349 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 7,636.</p>Sat, 07 Nov 2020 11:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qlftc7ckhags3c4lmei1q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-record-rise-in-daily-coronavirus-cases-17398Poland expands epidemic countermeasures on Saturdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expands-epidemic-countermeasures-on-saturday-17397<p>Poland's new restrictions in retail, entertainment, schooling and hotels took effect as of Saturday and will remain in place until at least November 29.</p>Sat, 07 Nov 2020 10:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y6qr11dn5mjt7ukybeswt.jpegEntertainment, including cinemas, theatres and other cultural institutions are also temporarily closed.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expands-epidemic-countermeasures-on-saturday-17397Police threaten to forcibly disperse 'illegal' protest in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/police-threaten-to-forcibly-disperse-illegal-protest-in-warsaw-17396<p>In the latest of a series of demonstrations against a Constitutional Tribunal (TK) ruling on abortion, protesters gathered on Plac Defilad in downtown Warsaw on Friday evening where they were surrounded by police who threatened forcible dispersal of the crowd.</p>Sat, 07 Nov 2020 09:14:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolice threaten to forcibly disperse 'illegal' protest in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/police-threaten-to-forcibly-disperse-illegal-protest-in-warsaw-17396Villager finds stash of 17th-century coins after falling off his bike while looking for mushroomshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/village-man-finds-stash-of-17th-century-coins-after-falling-off-his-bike-while-looking-for-mushrooms-17393<p>A mushroom picker had the shock of his life when he fell off his bike and found himself lying next to a haul of coins dating back to the 17th century.</p>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 17:52:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3vtdz5dwo6knaggxqlz3xh.jpegThe coins date from between 1657 and 1667, pointing to their minting shortly after the Deluge, a series of wars with Sweden throughout the 17th century which wreaked havoc and destruction throughout the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/village-man-finds-stash-of-17th-century-coins-after-falling-off-his-bike-while-looking-for-mushrooms-17393Gov't business aid may reach EUR 4.4 bn if national quarantine announced - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-business-aid-may-reach-eur-44-bn-if-national-quarantine-announced---pm-17392<p>The Polish government's epidemic aid for businesses may rise to PLN 20 billion (EUR 4.4 billion) if a national quarantine is announced, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday.</p>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 17:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p4rd9krx3agwz2jcpm8xg.jpegMorawiecki said the minimum cost of the government's COVID-19-related support was estimated at approximately PLN 9 billion to PLN 10 billion (EUR 1.99 billion to EUR 2.21 billion).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-business-aid-may-reach-eur-44-bn-if-national-quarantine-announced---pm-17392Poland's official reserve assets up in October - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-official-reserve-assets-up-in-october---central-bank-17390<p>Poland's official reserve assets rose to EUR 122.59 billion in October 2020 from EUR 119.13 billion in the previous month, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 17:12:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's official reserve assets up in October - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-official-reserve-assets-up-in-october---central-bank-17390Warsaw mayor bans Independence Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-mayor-bans-independence-march-17388<p>The annual November 11 Independence Day March will not take place this year after it was banned by the mayor of Warsaw.</p>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 16:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yl140jv1o1fuhq205zegg.jpegThe annual Independence March is organised by far-right groupings. Pictured last year's Independence March. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-mayor-bans-independence-march-17388News Agency boss gives top tips to finding truth in the COVID-19 erahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/news-agency-boss-gives-top-tips-to-finding-truth-in-the-covid-19-era-17384<p>Every day we are inundated with news about the coronavirus and some of it is fake.</p>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 15:14:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r1yo1lmfv72ygybcdu28u.jpegTo stop the spread of fake news, PAP chief Wojcich Surmacz proposes seven steps.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/news-agency-boss-gives-top-tips-to-finding-truth-in-the-covid-19-era-17384Off the beaten track, Kraków is full of hidden treasureshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/off-the-beaten-track-krakow-is-full-of-hidden-treasures-17383<p>When Kraków Główny modernized at the front end of the millennium, the joining of its original 19th century building with a glinting new super structure felt like a symbolic bridging of the past with the tomorrow.</p>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 15:09:00 +0100LifeRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7ykf6cxsktzctb43qasa.pngKraków isn’t short on covert quirks and curiosities.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/off-the-beaten-track-krakow-is-full-of-hidden-treasures-17383Polish archbishop accused of sexual abuse - apostolic nunciaturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archbishop-accused-of-sexual-abuse---apostolic-nunciature-17381<p>Archbishop of Wrocław, Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz, has been forbidden from celebrating Holy Mass and taking part in public meetings due to accusations of sexual harassment.</p>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 14:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ae7xvfb4x7oviu2cw9wm5e.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archbishop-accused-of-sexual-abuse---apostolic-nunciature-17381Poland may take advantage of its right to veto in EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-take-advantage-of-its-right-to-veto-in-eu-17379<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday commenting on the issue of linking the rule of law to the EU budget said Poland would take advantage of its right to veto in case an agreement cannot be reached.</p>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 14:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d0q03r77em7e5wnm04j1f6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-take-advantage-of-its-right-to-veto-in-eu-17379Poland's economic decline likely twice lower than EU average - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economic-decline-likely-twice-lower-than-eu-average---pm-17377<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a Friday press conference that Poland's economic decline will most likely be two times lower than the EU average.</p>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 13:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oa34crxyewspii3e59tfwg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economic-decline-likely-twice-lower-than-eu-average---pm-17377Polish banking sector nets EUR 1.31 bln in January-Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-eur-131-bln-in-january-september-17375<p>The Polish banking sector posted a net profit of PLN 5.92 billion (EUR 1.31 billion) in January-September 2020, a 49.3 percent decrease year on year, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) said in a Friday report.</p>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 12:55:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3ioeil7r8gu4igf2jv5aix.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-eur-131-bln-in-january-september-17375‘World’s cosiest’ village bus stop gets even cosier with new makeoverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-cosiest-village-bus-stop-gets-even-cosier-with-new-makeover-17373<p>What might be Poland’s best-known bus stop has been given a new look, which makes it even more like stepping into a cosy village house, rather than waiting for a bus into town.</p>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 12:32:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/93sfgsucd68hx3pr7fksmu.jpegLocated in the village of Skajboty, near Olsztyn, in northern Poland, the bus stop locals have transformed the bus stop into what looks like a living room. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-cosiest-village-bus-stop-gets-even-cosier-with-new-makeover-17373Polish unemployment rate at 6.1 pct in October - labour minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-unemployment-rate-at-61-pct-in-october---labour-min-17372<p>Poland's unemployment rate remained unchanged from September and stood at 6.1 percent at the end of October, the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy said on Thursday.</p>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 12:18:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish unemployment rate at 6.1 pct in October - labour minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-unemployment-rate-at-61-pct-in-october---labour-min-17372Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 493,765https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-493765-17370<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased since Thursday by 27,086 new infections, and reached 493,765 the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another 445 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 7.287.</p>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 11:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/69uz3nkcwcdjjtrrudu5s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-493765-17370Poland prepared to make major contributions to PESCO projects - envoyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-prepared-to-make-major-contributions-to-pesco-projects---envoy-17368<p>Poland, due to its special historical experiences, is dedicating much attention to matters of security and is ready to significantly contribute to PESCO projects, Andrzej Sados, Poland's permanent representative to the EU wrote in a EURACTIV article.</p>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 10:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland prepared to make major contributions to PESCO projects - envoyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-prepared-to-make-major-contributions-to-pesco-projects---envoy-17368It is not up to Poland to "overcome" its WWII history - deputy FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-is-not-up-to-poland-to-overcome-its-wwii-history---deputy-fm-17366<p>It is not Poland, the victim of World War II, that must "overcome its history" in order not to upset relations with Germany, Polish deputy foreign minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek wrote in an article posted on Thursday on the Brussels-based portal Politico.</p>Fri, 06 Nov 2020 08:54:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xyxgh1ykcjcih8usj3wzl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-is-not-up-to-poland-to-overcome-its-wwii-history---deputy-fm-17366PAP, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin seal cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pap-john-paul-ii-catholic-university-of-lublin-seal-cooperation-17365<p>The Polish Press Agency (PAP) and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) in southern Poland will cooperate in training the school's journalism students for media work. KUL will also provide PAP with information on Polish R&amp;D achievements.</p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 19:14:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k8p0dro2raffmeieakwuma.jpeg"This is a huge distinction for PAP. We will be happy to provide future journalists at KUL with the unique experience of training in a professional press agency," PAP CEO Wojciech Surmacz said after the signing.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pap-john-paul-ii-catholic-university-of-lublin-seal-cooperation-17365Temporary COVID-19 hospitals to receive 1,500 ventilatorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/temporary-covid-19-hospitals-to-receive-1500-ventilators-17363<p>Poland's temporary hospitals for COVID-19 patients will get a total of 1,500 ventilators, the Prime Minister's Office tweeted on Thursday.</p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 17:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m429mocdzbjxn5nm5fqdre.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/temporary-covid-19-hospitals-to-receive-1500-ventilators-17363European Research Council grants Polish astronomers almost EUR 14 mlnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-research-council-grants-polish-astronomers-almost-eur-14-mln-17361<p>Polish astronomers will receive almost EUR 14 million in a grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for astronomical research and to build a telescope in Chile, the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) has announced.</p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 16:18:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEuropean Research Council grants Polish astronomers almost EUR 14 mlnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-research-council-grants-polish-astronomers-almost-eur-14-mln-17361First patient to be admitted to hospital at National Stadium - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-patient-to-be-admitted-to-hospital-at-national-stadium---pm-17360<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Thursday that, later in the day, the first patient would be admitted to the temporary COVID-19 hospital at the National Stadium in Warsaw, which became operational on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 15:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yjt3gy4a6fn7ax49gozppr.jpegDuring his visit to the temporary hospital at the National Stadium, Morawiecki said that a dozen or so other such hospitals were also being readied across the country.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-patient-to-be-admitted-to-hospital-at-national-stadium---pm-17360PM mulls applying national quarantine in one-two weekshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-mulls-applying-national-quarantine-in-one-two-weeks-17358<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday that if necessary, a national quarantine would be implemented in seven to 14 days, though it may be avoidable.</p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 14:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m5hg64ca0xcnrzsj4v9kh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-mulls-applying-national-quarantine-in-one-two-weeks-17358Retail sales up by 5.1 pct y/y in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-by-51-pct-yy-in-september---eurostat-17357<p>Polish retail sales grew by 5.1 percent year on year in September 2020 after a 6.4-percent increase year on year in August. Month on month, retail sales fell by 0.9 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 14:46:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales up by 5.1 pct y/y in September - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-by-51-pct-yy-in-september---eurostat-17357Ruling party holds lead in voter support pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-holds-lead-in-voter-support-poll-17355<p>Law and Justice would still take the top spot if parliamentary elections were held this week, a new opinion poll has found.</p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 14:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jts480wj0gh0rlr0hh49d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-holds-lead-in-voter-support-poll-17355Paderewski’s black Coupé de Ville Cadillac up for salehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/paderewskis-black-coupe-de-ville-cadillac-up-for-sale-17353<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Cadillac believed to have been owned by Polish pianist and interwar statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski has gone up for sale.</span></p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 14:30:00 +0100BusinessHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9nar8ymawou68j43bkdwkr.jpegThe Coupé de Ville from 1928 was created by Gangloff Genève Zurich and has a mileage of just 917 km.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/paderewskis-black-coupe-de-ville-cadillac-up-for-sale-17353Poland's GDP to drop by 3.6 pct in 2020 - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-drop-by-36-pct-in-2020---ec-17352<p>The Polish economy will shrink by 3.6 percent in 2020 but will bounce back, expanding by 3.3 percent in 2021, the European Commission (EC), the EU's executive arm, said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 14:05:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP to drop by 3.6 pct in 2020 - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-drop-by-36-pct-in-2020---ec-17352Copernicus Science Centre 10 years old todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/copernicus-science-centre-10-years-old-today-17350<p><span lang="EN-GB">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.</span></p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 13:48:00 +0100ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5pt7omqsp8fuvdcvzpai3.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/copernicus-science-centre-10-years-old-today-17350Polish deputy health, science ministers resignhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-deputy-health-minister-resigns-17348<p>Deputy Health Minister Józefa Szczurek-Żelazko said on Thursday she had resigned from her post.</p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 13:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ys2opnae63812vmxpvymuqg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-deputy-health-minister-resigns-17348Health minister expects COVID-19 infection rate to stabilise next weekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-minister-expects-covid-19-infection-rate-to-stabilise-next-week-17346<p>Poland's health minister said on Thursday he expected sometime next week a stabilisation to occur in the coronavirus infection rate to between 25,000-30,000 cases a day.</p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 13:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i03xblxjullwc978cok7d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-minister-expects-covid-19-infection-rate-to-stabilise-next-week-17346Defence ministry launches helpline for social support centres, NGOshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defence-ministry-launches-helpline-for-social-support-centres-ngos-17344<p>Poland's defence minister announced on Thursday the launch of a 24-hour helpline for social aid centres and NGOs which need support from the armed forces during the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 12:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bot1fdlikzjf2zze6uhm2m.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defence-ministry-launches-helpline-for-social-support-centres-ngos-17344Coronavirus pandemic sees meat eaters mooo-ving to vegan based dietshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-sees-meat-eaters-mooo-ving-to-vegan-based-diets-17342<p><span lang="EN-GB">New figures from food delivery giant Uber Eats reveal that Poles are putting aside traditional pork chops and opting for more healthy options, with dishes such as vegan kebabs and vegan ramen topping the list of meat-free dishes offered on the platform by participating restaurants.</span></p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 12:50:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sdx0pjdwku1nq475725w9.jpegThe top five vegan meals delivered by Uber Eats in Poland include dishes such as vegan pastrami, vegan kebabs as well as miso vegan ramen.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-sees-meat-eaters-mooo-ving-to-vegan-based-diets-17342Poland to hold extremely modest Independence Day celebrations this yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-hold-extremely-modest-independence-day-celebrations-this-year-17340<p>Official celebrations of Poland's Independence Day this November 11 will be very limited due to the coronavirus pandemic, said an aide to President Andrzej Duda on Thursday.</p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 12:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to hold extremely modest Independence Day celebrations this yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-hold-extremely-modest-independence-day-celebrations-this-year-17340Poland reports record rise in daily coronavirus caseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-record-rise-in-daily-coronavirus-cases-17338<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections grew since Wednesday by a record 27,143 new cases, and reached 466,679, the health ministry said on Thursday morning. Another 367 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 6,842.</p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 11:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9bae1m8ytnqujmkvfq77.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-record-rise-in-daily-coronavirus-cases-17338Poland, US have solid foundation for cooperation – pres. aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-us-have-solid-foundation-for-cooperation--pres-aide-17336<p>Solid Polish-US relations do not rest solely on the personal relations between the presidents of the two countries, an aide to President Andrzej Duda has said in an interview with the newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.</p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 10:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dklu7bpvswkxm8ilwdpi3m.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-us-have-solid-foundation-for-cooperation--pres-aide-17336Full-scale lockdown possible unless epidemic slows down - gov't spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/full-scale-lockdown-possible-unless-epidemic-slows-down---govt-spokesman-17335<p>Poland will introduce full-scale lockdown if COVID-19-infections exceed 29,000-30,000 cases daily for the next seven days, a government spokesman said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 10:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6775ijhknmie8c24c9k7k7.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/full-scale-lockdown-possible-unless-epidemic-slows-down---govt-spokesman-17335COVID-19 vaccine may be ready as early as January - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-19-vaccine-may-be-ready-as-early-as-january---polish-pm-17333<p>A COVID-19 vaccine may be available in January for those who need it most, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said during a Q&amp;A session on Facebook.</p>Thu, 05 Nov 2020 10:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c2xc213osc6jc8jndgg2t.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-19-vaccine-may-be-ready-as-early-as-january---polish-pm-17333President thanks Germany for epidemic aid offerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-thanks-germany-for-epidemic-aid-offer-17332<p>President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday thanked German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier for Germany's offer to aid Poland in fighting the spreading COVID-19 epidemic. The German aid offer was forwarded in a late-October letter from Steinmeier to Duda.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 21:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident thanks Germany for epidemic aid offerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-thanks-germany-for-epidemic-aid-offer-17332Poland launches pilot project to monitor high-risk COVID-19 patientshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-launches-pilot-project-to-monitor-high-risk-covid-19-patients-17331<p>The health ministry is testing a system to remotely monitor COVID-19 patients from high-risk groups.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 19:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/96isuluhjscxy7awpivh2.jpegOne of the key parameters to be monitored will be the saturation level, or the oxygenation of arterial blood, through pulse oximeters.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-launches-pilot-project-to-monitor-high-risk-covid-19-patients-17331Tomb with a View: Filled with stunning sculptures ranging in style from Art Nouveau to ancient Egyptian, Powązki cemetery was opened 230 years ago todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tomb-with-a-view-filled-with-stunning-sculptures-ranging-in-style-from-art-nouveau-to-ancient-egyptian-powazki-cemetery-was-opened-230-years-ago-today-17323<p>Warsaw’s beautiful and historic Powązki cemetery was established 230 years ago on November 4, 1790.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 17:44:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dm99hob2rbmyerfi691s5.jpegDesigned by Krzysztof M. Bednarski, the sculpture for film director Krzysztof Kieślowski’s gravestone shows two hands forming an oblong space, as if looking through a film camera.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tomb-with-a-view-filled-with-stunning-sculptures-ranging-in-style-from-art-nouveau-to-ancient-egyptian-powazki-cemetery-was-opened-230-years-ago-today-17323Nearly half of Poles dissatisfied with president's performance - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-half-of-poles-dissatisfied-with-presidents-performance---poll-17326<p>Almost half of the respondents to a CBOS poll expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of Polish President Andrzej Duda, his weakest result since he took office in 2015.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 17:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w72t6kaeannarzedd0jceq.jpegCBOS said that the president's rating is now at its lowest point since he took office in 2015.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-half-of-poles-dissatisfied-with-presidents-performance---poll-17326‘I’ll protect Poland’ vows PM as swathe of new coronavirus restrictions announced amid warnings of a “difficult time ahead”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ill-protect-poland-vows-pm-as-swathe-of-new-coronavirus-restrictions-announced-amid-warnings-of-a-difficult-time-ahead-17324<p>All theatres, museums, galleries and most stores in shopping malls will have to close, and primary schooling will go online as part of new measures announced by the prime minister on Wednesday to counter Poland’s soaring coronavirus infection rate.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 16:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3g2u9457zsg4l0gp4l8p2y.jpegMateusz Morawiecki said at a press conference. “The response must be decisive. We will protect the health-care system and citizens, and restrictions are necessary.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ill-protect-poland-vows-pm-as-swathe-of-new-coronavirus-restrictions-announced-amid-warnings-of-a-difficult-time-ahead-17324Army deploys 2,000 soldiers to help at 600 hospitalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/army-deploys-2000-soldiers-to-help-at-600-hospitals-17322<p>Two thousand Polish soldiers will be assigned to 600 hospitals where they will assist in administrative matters including reporting on free beds for COVID-19 patients, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak tweeted on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 15:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k4c4dvpb3vlh143gvdpj.jpegOn Tuesday, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said he would ask for army support when it came to administering information on available beds.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/army-deploys-2000-soldiers-to-help-at-600-hospitals-17322Work on amendments to animal protection bill under way - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/work-on-amendments-to-animal-protection-bill-under-way---minister-17317<p>The government is working on a new animal-protection bill to replace an earlier bill that caused divisions in the government and led to farmers protesting on the streets.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 14:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWork on amendments to animal protection bill under way - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/work-on-amendments-to-animal-protection-bill-under-way---minister-17317Sleek new benches based on designs of renowned architect Jerzy Sołtan reappear in heart of seat-y centrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sleek-new-benches-based-on-designs-of-renowned-architect-jerzy-soltan-reappear-in-heart-of-seat-y-centre-17315<p><span lang="EN-GB">Sleek wooden benches – based on a Polish design from the 1960s – have made a comeback in Warsaw, proof that good design can have a timeless appeal</span></p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 14:17:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rpgncd70uijcpbokigu4w5.jpegLocated in the heart of Warsaw, the new benches have a striking simplicity, consisting of a row of smooth wooden slats supported by a frame, with no back or armrests.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sleek-new-benches-based-on-designs-of-renowned-architect-jerzy-soltan-reappear-in-heart-of-seat-y-centre-17315Imports of used cars down y/y in October - Samarhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/imports-of-used-cars-down-yy-in-october---samar-17314<p>The import of used cars to Poland fell in October by 13.2 percent y/y to 81,721 vehicles, Samar, an institute monitoring the car market, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 14:02:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/waenex9fxkc2d8s3305qtb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/imports-of-used-cars-down-yy-in-october---samar-17314Most Poles criticise church's public rolehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-criticise-churchs-public-role-17312<p>The majority of Poles has a dim view of the role the Catholic Church plays in public life, according to a new survey.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 13:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rdlfc6a3lik6jr3ya7s66h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-criticise-churchs-public-role-17312PANSA plane to perform inspection and measurement flights in Lithuaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pansa-plane-to-perform-inspection-and-measurement-flights-in-lithuania-17311<p>An aircraft from the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) will carry out inspection and measurement flights for three years in Lithuania after the agency won a tender, PANSA has announced.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 12:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPANSA plane to perform inspection and measurement flights in Lithuaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pansa-plane-to-perform-inspection-and-measurement-flights-in-lithuania-17311US election result will not change Polish-US relationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-election-result-will-not-change-polish-us-relations-17309<p>The Polish foreign affairs minister said on Wednesday that the relationship between Poland and United States would not be affected by the result of the US presidential election.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 12:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8pba5x4wxzcss3mmrt8s5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-election-result-will-not-change-polish-us-relations-17309Poland reports record rise in daily coronavirus cases and deathshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-record-rise-in-daily-coronavirus-cases-and-deaths-17307<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Tuesday by a record 24,692 new cases, and reached 439,536, the health ministry said on Wednesday morning.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 12:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u8ri9rvaojomirk45oktp9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-record-rise-in-daily-coronavirus-cases-and-deaths-17307National Stadium temporary hospital to be operational mid-weekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-stadium-temporary-hospital-to-be-operational-mid-week-17305<p>A temporary hospital built at Warsaw's National Stadium should become operational on Wednesday and will be ready to receive its first patients.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 11:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vn2l6hkgukvgpkq1yu3ml.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-stadium-temporary-hospital-to-be-operational-mid-week-17305Marcin Dorociński woos fans in Netflix hit The Queen’s Gambit, but who is he?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/marcin-dorocinski-woos-fans-in-netflix-hit-the-queens-gambit-but-who-is-he-17303<p>Netflix latest smash mini-series, The Queen’s Gambit, has been receiving rave reviews as has Marcin Dorociński who plays a chess player known as ‘The Russian’.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 11:48:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rhty90lafkf6rly4776m8.jpegDorociński plays nemesis Vasily Borgov in the Netflix smash hit The Queen’s Gambit. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/marcin-dorocinski-woos-fans-in-netflix-hit-the-queens-gambit-but-who-is-he-17303Voter support declining for ruling party - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/voter-support-declining-for-ruling-party---poll-17301<p>A new opinion poll has found that support for Law and Justice, Poland’s governing party, is on the decline but the opposition is failing to make any headway.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 09:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m8jk155gvjg8nsy1n30rv3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/voter-support-declining-for-ruling-party---poll-17301Norwegian ships to transport LNG from US to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/norwegian-ships-to-transport-lng-from-us-to-poland-17299<p>Two new LNG tankers, chartered from the Norwegian firm Knutsen OAS Shipping, will transport liquefied natural gas contracted by Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) from the US to Poland.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 09:48:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNorwegian ships to transport LNG from US to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/norwegian-ships-to-transport-lng-from-us-to-poland-17299Polish PM to announce new pandemic restrictions todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-announce-new-pandemic-restrictions-today-17298<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will present new coronavirus-related decisions and measures today as Poland has seen a heady rise in infection counts, his aide said on Wednesday morning.</p>Wed, 04 Nov 2020 09:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b663ni5xx1b8zr88q7ftn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-announce-new-pandemic-restrictions-today-17298