The First NewsFri, 05 Mar 2021 11:23:24 +0100Poland reports 15,829 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-15829-new-coronavirus-infections-20296<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has grown since Thursday by 15,829 new cases and reached 1,766,490, the Ministry of Health said on Friday.</p>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p34e0n70s9oljvvlgv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-15829-new-coronavirus-infections-20296PM sends condolences to families of mining accident victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-sends-condolences-to-families-of-mining-accident-victims-20294<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Moraiecki has forwarded condolences to the families of two miners killed in an accident in the Myslowice-Wesola coal mine in southern Poland on Thursday.</p>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 09:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d9qga07kbmp6im8t672mf2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-sends-condolences-to-families-of-mining-accident-victims-20294Polish PM advocates spirit of Solidarity on Russian radio portalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-advocates-spirit-of-solidarity-on-russian-radio-portal-20293<p>We crave a strong Europe, just as we want a strong Poland," the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in on the portal of an independent Russian radio station Echo of Moscow on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 20:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pqueb7q810ckpkfdld0r18.jpegAn article by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki entitled 'Modern Europe needs the spirit of Solidarity' initiated a series of texts under the banner 'The Whole World - about Poland.'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-advocates-spirit-of-solidarity-on-russian-radio-portal-20293Two miners killed after underground accidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-miners-killed-after-underground-accident-20292<p>Two miners were killed in an accident in the Myslowice-Wesola coal mine in southern Poland on Thursday, the city's mayor has said.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 20:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTwo miners killed after underground accidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-miners-killed-after-underground-accident-20292Poles among MEPs calling for resolution on EU as "LGBTIQ freedom zone"https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-among-meps-calling-for-resolution-on-eu-as-lgbtiq-freedom-zone-20291<p>The European Parliament is to debate a resolution on declaring the European Union an 'LGBTIQ freedom zone', supported by some of Polish MEPs.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 20:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles among MEPs calling for resolution on EU as "LGBTIQ freedom zone"https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-among-meps-calling-for-resolution-on-eu-as-lgbtiq-freedom-zone-20291Two miners missing after underground accidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-miners-missing-after-underground-accident-20290<p>A rescue operation has been launched after two miners went missing after an accident in the Myslowice-Wesola coal mine in southern Poland on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 19:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTwo miners missing after underground accidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-miners-missing-after-underground-accident-20290Poland to vaccinate over-60s and chronically ill from March - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-vaccinate-over-60s-and-chronically-ill-from-march---official-20289<p>Covid-19 vaccination registrations for the chronically ill in Poland will start on March 10 and from March 11 people born in 1952 will be able to register for a jab, a government official announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 18:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rstk00brx9rp1x394n7tm9.jpegDeputy Health Minister Anna Goławska (R) presented a special procedure for the chronically ill, involving an automatically generated electronic referral done by the National Health Fund (NFZ).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-vaccinate-over-60s-and-chronically-ill-from-march---official-20289Poznań scientists create world’s first video of space-time crystalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-scientists-create-worlds-first-video-of-space-time-crystal-20287<p>Poznań scientists have co-created the world’s first video of a space-time crystal as part of a collaboration with researchers from Germany.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 17:08:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pe7q54iv93fnhaf0xyw32g.jpegUsing the scanning transmission X-ray microscope Maxymus at Bessy II at the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, the team was able to film the recurring periodic magnetisation structure in a crystal.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-scientists-create-worlds-first-video-of-space-time-crystal-20287Ex Mrs World runner up launches app to keep track of pets and ‘help their social lives’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ex-miss-world-runner-up-launches-app-to-keep-track-of-pets-and-help-their-social-lives-20285<p>A former Miss World contestant has teamed up with a computer programmer to create an app that helps owners keep track of their pets and help out with the animals’ social life.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 16:25:00 +0100BusinessLifeStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l19tgi76wpp587oqvzyokj.jpegMonika Brochacka-Goździalska (pictured) and programmer Jordan Wojsym Antoniewicz came up with their Petgram idea after seeing what they decided was a gap in the market.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ex-miss-world-runner-up-launches-app-to-keep-track-of-pets-and-help-their-social-lives-20285Poland plans to extend time between first and second vaccination jabhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-plans-to-extend-time-between-first-and-second-vaccination-jab-20284<p>The time between the administration of the first and the second dose of the Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccine is to be extended to 12 weeks, a government official said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 16:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gvor8m6zb28werqvr7mkzb.jpegThe head of the PM's Office, Michał Dworczyk, said that the second dose of Pfizer vaccines will be administered 42 days after the first dose.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-plans-to-extend-time-between-first-and-second-vaccination-jab-20284Poland boasts lowest unemployment in EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-boasts-lowest-unemployment-in-eu-20283<p>Poland now has the lowest unemployment rate in the EU, according to data published by Eurostat, the bloc's statistical office.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 15:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i5nguu32jwqev97je36wk.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-boasts-lowest-unemployment-in-eu-20283PM urges EC and EMA to approve Johnson&Johnson vaccinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-urges-ec-and-ema-to-approve-johnsonjohnson-vaccine-20282<p>The prime minister has urged the European Commission and the European Medicines Agency to approve the Johnson&amp;Johnson vaccine as soon as possible.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 15:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r5wyezvksbqbtrap7yu45o.jpegMateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook and Twitter on Thursday that the effects of vaccination are visible, with the number of infections in vaccinated medics 20 times lower.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-urges-ec-and-ema-to-approve-johnsonjohnson-vaccine-20282World’s first robotic sculpture which gave the ‘impression of being alive’ goes on showhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-first-robotic-sculpture-which-gave-the-impression-of-being-alive-goes-on-show-20280<p>The world’s first robotic sculpture to be controlled by a digital computer has gone on display at Warsaw’s Zachęta art gallery.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 14:21:00 +0100Art & CultureScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0tfaob616r3cr6zc6k1gu4q.jpegA portmanteau of sensual and monster, the 4.5-metre-long Senster enthralled audiences in the early 1970s.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-first-robotic-sculpture-which-gave-the-impression-of-being-alive-goes-on-show-20280Poland's unemployment rate about 6.6 pct in Febhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-about-66-pct-in-feb-20279<p>The rate of Poland's registered unemployment likely edged up by 0.1 percentage point month on month in February to 6.6 percent, the Development, Labour and Technology Ministry has said.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 13:45:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate about 6.6 pct in Febhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-about-66-pct-in-feb-20279Retail sales up by 1.3 pct y/y in January - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-by-13-pct-yy-in-january---eurostat-20278<p>Polish retail sales grew by 1.3 percent year on year in January 2021 after a 4.5-percent increase year on year in December 2020, the EU's statistics agency, said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 12:57:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales up by 1.3 pct y/y in January - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-by-13-pct-yy-in-january---eurostat-20278Poles putting on weight during pandemic - studyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-putting-on-weight-during-pandemic---study-20276<p>Poles have put on an average of almost two kilograms in weight as Covid-19 restrictions, working from home and remote learning take their toll on the nation’s waistbands, according to a study released on Thursday to mark World Obesity Day.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 11:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h3m65kxre9ddeunva9dat.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-putting-on-weight-during-pandemic---study-20276Poland reports 15,250 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-15250-new-coronavirus-infections-20274<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has grown since Wednesday by 15,250 new cases and reached 1,750,659, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 11:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2ppqo7mhfpoezd2rei803.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-15250-new-coronavirus-infections-20274AstraZeneca vaccine delivery cancelled by producerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/producer-cancels-vaccine-delivery-to-poland-20272<p>A supply of AstraZeneca vaccines, planned to arrive in Poland on Thursday, has been cancelled by the producer, the Material Reserves Agency (ARM) has reported.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 11:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/68h5ge8au6n68bjmc7jii3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/producer-cancels-vaccine-delivery-to-poland-20272Forty pct of Poles think gov wants to silence media with ad taxhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forty-pct-of-poles-think-gov-wants-to-silence-media-with-ad-tax-20269<p>Poland’s conservative government has attempted to silence anti-government media by taxing their advertising revenue, according to 40 percent of Poles surveyed by private pollster IBRiS, the Rzeczpospolita daily said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 10:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgForty pct of Poles think gov wants to silence media with ad taxhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forty-pct-of-poles-think-gov-wants-to-silence-media-with-ad-tax-20269Over 60,000 AstraZeneca vaccines to arrive in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-60000-astrazeneca-vaccines-to-arrive-in-poland-20267<p>A total of 62,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will arrive in Poland on Thursday, the Material Reserves Agency (ARM) has reported.</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 10:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/osdpzemta1mudubu5ck18.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-60000-astrazeneca-vaccines-to-arrive-in-poland-20267Foreign min monitoring case of Pole doing 14 years in Russian labour camphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-min-monitoring-case-of-pole-doing-14-years-in-russian-labour-camp-20265<p>Poland’s foreign ministry has said it is monitoring the case of a Polish man sentenced to 14 years in a Russian labour camp after being found guilty of espionage.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 20:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgForeign min monitoring case of Pole doing 14 years in Russian labour camphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-min-monitoring-case-of-pole-doing-14-years-in-russian-labour-camp-20265Ruling party wants tribunal's opinion on EU court rulinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-wants-tribunals-opinion-on-eu-court-ruling-20263<p>The Polish prime minister will submit a request to the country’s Constitutional Tribunal for it to issue an opinion on a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union that said the process of appointing judges in Poland may break EU law.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 20:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRuling party wants tribunal's opinion on EU court rulinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-wants-tribunals-opinion-on-eu-court-ruling-20263British virus variant to become dominant in Poland - experthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-virus-variant-to-become-dominant-in-poland---expert-20261<p>The British variant of the Covid-19 virus will become dominant in Poland in just a few weeks' time, a scientist has warned.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 18:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iv5l9sz00sqa8ocvalaqc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-virus-variant-to-become-dominant-in-poland---expert-20261Banks need no further gov't aid - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banks-need-no-further-govt-aid---ministry-20260<p>Poland's finance minister has said the national banking sector has received sufficient pandemic-crisis government aid, and can now cope alone.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 17:51:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qzebh6nnu7agjoql9sqfve.jpeg"We've done a lot for banks. In the past year we've injected PLN 312 billion (EUR 68.7 billion) into the economy,” Tadeusz Kościński told Bloomberg.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banks-need-no-further-govt-aid---ministry-20260Poland's Monetary Council leaves all interest rates unchanged againhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-all-interest-rates-unchanged-again-20259<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, 03 Mar 2021 17:01:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Monetary Council leaves all interest rates unchanged againhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-all-interest-rates-unchanged-again-20259Over 70 percent of Polish are women financially independent - studyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-70-percent-of-polish-are-women-financially-independent---study-20257<p>Up to 71 percent of Polish women consider themselves financially independent while another 40 percent have their own savings, according to new research.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 16:52:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver 70 percent of Polish are women financially independent - studyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-70-percent-of-polish-are-women-financially-independent---study-20257Abandoned amphitheatre to be transformed into eco-friendly ‘honey garden’ for beeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/abandoned-amphitheatre-to-be-transformed-into-eco-friendly-honey-garden-for-bees-20255<p>An abandoned amphitheatre in the heart of Poznań’s historic Park Cytadela is set for a stunning makeover as part of ongoing plans to revitalize the city’s green lungs.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 15:57:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ozzoisgs6djjxsy7seaa.jpegThe 3 million PLN project in Poznań will see former seating areas replaced by flowerbeds specifically intended to attract bees.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/abandoned-amphitheatre-to-be-transformed-into-eco-friendly-honey-garden-for-bees-20255Poland activates temporary hospitals in nine provinces amid third wavehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-activates-temporary-hospitals-in-nine-provinces-amid-third-wave-20253<p>The Polish government has decided to activate temporary hospitals in nine Polish provinces due to the third wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, the health minister announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 15:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rm7l4s6t1veqci1lnbabs.jpegThe health minister told a press conference in Gdańsk, northern Poland, that Wednesday's infection data show that Poland is in a very difficult situation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-activates-temporary-hospitals-in-nine-provinces-amid-third-wave-20253President appeals for ruling coalition to unite in meeting challengeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appeals-for-ruling-coalition-to-unite-in-meeting-challenges-20252<p>President Andrzej Duda is convinced that the problems facing Poland can only be solved by the United Right coalition if it works together, a presidential spokesman said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident appeals for ruling coalition to unite in meeting challengeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appeals-for-ruling-coalition-to-unite-in-meeting-challenges-20252The Żyrardów man whose historical tents are taking Hollywood and Netflix by stormhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-zyrardow-man-whose-historical-tents-are-taking-hollywood-and-netflix-by-storm-20250<p>A tentmaker from Żyrardów has found himself at the centre of the global film industry with Hollywood and Netflix producers snapping up his historical tents for their blockbuster productions.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:39:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cjay4q27zpvaoedyd8fw4o.jpegWhen it comes to historical tents, Michał Siedlecki is the man the film industry turns to first.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-zyrardow-man-whose-historical-tents-are-taking-hollywood-and-netflix-by-storm-20250Czech Republic sues Poland over coal mine development - CJEUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/czech-republic-sues-poland-over-coal-mine-development---cjeu-20247<p>The Czech Republic has filed a lawsuit at the European Court of Justice against Poland for the planned expansion of the Turow lignite mine, Ireneusz Kolowca from the CJEU's press office has tweeted.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 13:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCzech Republic sues Poland over coal mine development - CJEUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/czech-republic-sues-poland-over-coal-mine-development---cjeu-20247Polish postal service eyes expanding cooperation with Amazonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-postal-service-eyes-expanding-cooperation-with-amazon-20245<p>Amazon launched its Polish domain on Tuesday, and Polish state-owned postal service Poczta Polska expects to broaden mutual cooperation.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 12:53:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n5lp5hjwnag2wwg6js0bci.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-postal-service-eyes-expanding-cooperation-with-amazon-20245Polish firm teams up with US pharmaceutical company to start producing coronavirus vaccinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firm-teams-up-with-us-pharmaceutical-company-to-start-producing-coronavirus-vaccine-20243<p>A Polish biotech company is to begin manufacturing a Covid-19 vaccine under licence with US pharmaceutical firm Novavax.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 12:42:00 +0100News & PoliticsSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a6e5zyy99r6e6bo7zn3few.webpBiotech firm Mabion said it had signed a deal with the US company for the ‘transfer of technology and technological trials in the manufacture of an antigen for Novavax's Covid-19 vaccine’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firm-teams-up-with-us-pharmaceutical-company-to-start-producing-coronavirus-vaccine-20243Poland reports 15,698 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-15698-new-coronavirus-infections-20241<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has grown since Tuesday by 15,698 new cases and reached 1,735,406, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 11:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rstg0pb2p0ahrncbf4r9db.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-15698-new-coronavirus-infections-20241New infections with Covid-19 in Poland double on Wedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-infections-with-covid-19-in-poland-double-on-wed-20239<p>The number of new infections with Covid-19 increased to 15,698, as Poland wrestles with a third wave of epidemic, Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska has said.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 11:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hww70l97xg4h256qx7uuh8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-infections-with-covid-19-in-poland-double-on-wed-20239About 300 Japanese firms in Poland, investments total EUR 25 mln - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/about-300-japanese-firms-in-poland-investments-total-eur-25-mln---pm-20238<p>The Japanese companies employed about 40,000 people, and The Polish Investment and Trade Agency currently services 14 Japanese investment projects, the prime minister has said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 10:50:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAbout 300 Japanese firms in Poland, investments total EUR 25 mln - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/about-300-japanese-firms-in-poland-investments-total-eur-25-mln---pm-20238Whom raider? Mystery 200-year-old crypt found by buildershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/whom-raider-mystery-200-year-old-crypt-found-by-builders-20231<p>A 19th century crypt has been unearthed during building work in the city of Świdnica, in south-western Poland.</p>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 20:15:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6cvxx8vlptcr1w2g1yzbq.pngInvestigators are trying to discover the identity of the person found in the 19th century crypt.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/whom-raider-mystery-200-year-old-crypt-found-by-builders-20231Polish justice minister, top court head defy EU court rulinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-justice-minister-top-court-head-defy-eu-court-ruling-20229<p>The Polish justice minister and the Constitutional Tribunal president have scorned the latest verdict of the EU's Court of Justice that Poland's reformed judicial council lacks effective control over its decisions.</p>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 18:55:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eysalj0wpjl8v8a9mcmaf.jpegJustice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said at a press conference on Tuesday that he did not agree with the verdict, calling it "unacceptable."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-justice-minister-top-court-head-defy-eu-court-ruling-20229Thirty-one Polish firms on list of Europe’s fastest-growing firmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thirty-one-polish-firms-on-list-of-europes-fastest-growing-firms-20228<p>Over half of the 31 Polish companies which made the Financial Time's list of Europe’s fastest-growing companies are from the modern technology sector</p>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 18:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgThirty-one Polish firms on list of Europe’s fastest-growing firmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thirty-one-polish-firms-on-list-of-europes-fastest-growing-firms-20228Polish gov't has spent more than EUR 42.3 bln to save jobs - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-has-spent-more-than-eur-423-bln-to-save-jobs---minister-20227<p>Saving jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic is one of the government’s main priorities, the family and social policy minister said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 17:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/otye2xhfvijyyhr5x1rcp.jpeg"Aid measures for industries affected by the pandemic account for over 9.4 percent of our GDP. This places us on the podium among the European Union countries," Maląg said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-has-spent-more-than-eur-423-bln-to-save-jobs---minister-20227Vaccinations cut Covid-19 infections among doctors by 20 foldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vaccinations-cut-covid-19-infections-among-doctors-by-20-fold-20226<p>The number of new infections among Polish doctors fell to 10 per day from more than 200 in December, thanks to the vaccination process started three months ago, the Health Minister said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 16:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/shqwecdri2bgcmxx8r9w.jpeg"From the beginning of December, the decline from daily levels of above 200 to 10. Third wave not observed here," Niedzielski wrote on Twitter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vaccinations-cut-covid-19-infections-among-doctors-by-20-fold-20226Amendments to KRS legislation may infringe EU law - EU courthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amendments-to-krs-legislation-may-infringe-eu-law---eu-court-20224<p>A lack of effective control over decisions made by the judicial body that nominates Poland’s judges might have infringed European law, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 15:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cwm1uckfnnmadq9buvzb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amendments-to-krs-legislation-may-infringe-eu-law---eu-court-20224Epidemic does not impact VAT collection - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/epidemic-does-not-impact-vat-collection---press-20222<p>The VAT gap last year may have remained at the same level as 2019 or may even have shrunk, despite the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic.</p>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 14:13:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEpidemic does not impact VAT collection - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/epidemic-does-not-impact-vat-collection---press-20222Poland's photovoltaic capacity exceeds 3.9 GWhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-photovoltaic-capacity-exceeds-39-gw-20220<p>Poland's photovoltaic capacity amounted to 3935.74 MW on 1 January, 2021, power grid operator Polskie Sieci Energetyczne (PSE) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 13:32:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's photovoltaic capacity exceeds 3.9 GWhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-photovoltaic-capacity-exceeds-39-gw-20220Recovery Plan will help Poland "fight" crisis says PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/recovery-plan-will-help-poland-fight-crisis-says-pm-20218<p>The prime minister has said that the government’s National Recovery Plan, a part of the its New Polish Deal, will help the country bounce back from the pandemic “crisis”.</p>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 13:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/67hvlh9rogl53dceforavn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/recovery-plan-will-help-poland-fight-crisis-says-pm-20218Restaurants raise record breaking 300,000 PLN to help those in needhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/restaurants-raise-record-breaking-300000-pln-to-help-those-in-need-20215<p><span lang="EN-GB">A group of café and restaurant owners from around Poland, and one from Luxembourg, have raised a record breaking 300,000zł to help people who are going hungry.</span></p>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 13:05:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n4a5ivqeqcm4bgb652iafx.jpegOver 130 restaurants and cafes across Poland raised a record breaking amount that was just over 300,000 PLN.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/restaurants-raise-record-breaking-300000-pln-to-help-those-in-need-20215Warsaw scientist looking to take moon surface materials to build lunar basehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-scientist-looking-to-take-moon-surface-materials-to-build-lunar-base-20213<p><span lang="EN-GB">Warsaw scientists are looking into how to obtain regolith from the surface of the Moon, which could potentially be used to build lunar bases one day.</span></p>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 12:58:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uqypjmjxnld38qgqmc1l1i.jpegDr. Karol Seweryn of the Space Research Centre at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw is hoping to discover how regolith can be obtained from the surface of the Moon.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-scientist-looking-to-take-moon-surface-materials-to-build-lunar-base-20213Poland reports 7,937 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-7937-new-coronavirus-infections-20212<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Monday by 7,937 new cases and reached 1,719,708, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 12:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vb5h3z426x46uh51wb8wf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-7937-new-coronavirus-infections-20212Support for ruling Law and Justice party grows - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/support-for-ruling-law-and-justice-party-grows---poll-20209<p>Support for Law and Justice, Poland’s governing party, is on the rise, according to a new opinion poll published on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 12:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h1646sricwgacrf6b3i2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/support-for-ruling-law-and-justice-party-grows---poll-20209Government considers localised lockdowns - spokespersonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-considers-localised-lockdowns---spokesperson-20207<p>The Polish government could introduce lockdowns at a county level, but the decision depends on the number of infections in a given province, the government spokesman said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9x05j6jrwc8d5celakd3k7.jpegPiotr Mueller said that many options are currently being discussed but no decision has yet been made. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-considers-localised-lockdowns---spokesperson-20207Third virus wave already hitting Poland's hospitals - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/third-virus-wave-already-hitting-polands-hospitals---press-20205<p>The number of Covid-19 patients admitted to temporary hospitals in Poland is on the rise, with more than a half of the beds already occupied, a daily newspaper reported on Tuesday, as the third wave of the respiratory disease hit the country.</p>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 10:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sxxl5g2cw4dxqqkda92lv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/third-virus-wave-already-hitting-polands-hospitals---press-20205Removing Law and Justice from power Polish opposition's top priorityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/removing-law-and-justice-from-power-polish-oppositions-top-priority-20204<p>Poland’s opposition must do everything it can to make Law and Justice, the governing party, give up power as quickly as possible, a key opposition leader has said.</p>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 10:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o06z6qh5flg8rm1af28n6m.jpegTrzaskowski added that Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski's camp "is wobbling" and the opposition must be "ready for elections at any time."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/removing-law-and-justice-from-power-polish-oppositions-top-priority-20204Poland's recovery plan to be ready by end-Aprilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-recovery-plan-to-be-ready-by-end-april-20203<p>Poland should receive a total of PLN 770 billion (EUR 170 billion) from both the EU budget and its recovery fund, government’s spokesman Piotr Mueller has said on Monday.</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 19:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rmpsmig7hdck5xztzns4q9.jpegDeputy Minister of Development Funds and Regional Policy Waldemar Buda told a press conference that according to the plan grant funds will be the first to be released.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-recovery-plan-to-be-ready-by-end-april-20203Poland considering purchase of Chinese-made vaccinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-considering-purchase-of-chinese-made-vaccine-20202<p>Poland may buy Covid-19 vaccines from China, a presidential aide has told PAP.</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 17:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zxhmg2bgtooefl2sxdxojg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-considering-purchase-of-chinese-made-vaccine-20202Poland's Covid-19 reproduction rate at 1.19 - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-covid-19-reproduction-rate-at-119---minister-20201<p>Poland’s reproduction rate that indicates the average number of people each Covid-19 positive person can infect stands at 1.19, Poland's health minister announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 16:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v8y19azsffp9oga52pcr.jpegAdam Niedzielski told a press conference on Monday that there is a constant upward trend of Covid-19 infections and added that last week's average daily infection rate was close to 10,000.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-covid-19-reproduction-rate-at-119---minister-20201Polish State Treasury debt at EUR 242.7 bln in Januaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-state-treasury-debt-at-eur-2427-bln-in-january-20200<p>At the end of January 2021, the Polish State Treasury debt reached PLN 1.098 trillion (EUR 242.74 billion), up by PLN 0.9 billion (EUR 199 million) or 0.1 percent from December 2020, the Finance Ministry has reported.</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 16:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish State Treasury debt at EUR 242.7 bln in Januaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-state-treasury-debt-at-eur-2427-bln-in-january-20200Poland to allocate EUR 154.8 million for Rare Diseases Planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-allocate-eur-1548-million-for-rare-diseases-plan-20199<p>Poland will spend over PLN 700 million (EUR 154.8 million) in 2021-2023 to cure rare diseases as a part of the Rare Disease Plan, the health minister has announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 15:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x6fhe0ejk123u3jaj632k.jpegAccording to the health minister around 6-8 percent of the population, or at least two to three million people in Poland, have rare diseases. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-allocate-eur-1548-million-for-rare-diseases-plan-20199No kid-ding! Lublin becomes first Polish city to be named European Capital of Youthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-kid-ding-lublin-becomes-first-polish-city-to-be-named-european-capital-of-youth-20196<p>Lublin has been named Poland’s first ever European Youth Capital in recognition of the energy and innovative ideas of its young people and its extensive programme of events.</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 15:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lwp15lei4tqvaoms2dj67.jpegSelected as the best youth city for 2023, Lublin beat off competition from five other European cities including Poznań, Lviv, Baia Mare, Izmir and Kazań. (illustration photo).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-kid-ding-lublin-becomes-first-polish-city-to-be-named-european-capital-of-youth-20196Polish companies to receive nearly EUR 1.6 bln from anti-crisis packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-companies-to-receive-nearly-eur-16-bln-from-anti-crisis-package-20195<p>Polish companies will receive a total of nearly PLN 7 billion (EUR 1.6 billion) from the Polish Development Fund's (PFR) 'financial shield' as part of the assistance programme designed to counteract the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 15:10:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aesxy68bnmut17vc90k7i.jpeg"The assistance will be offered to around 5 percent of all companies operating in Poland and employing around 5 percent of all working Poles," PFR president Paweł Borys told a press conference on Monday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-companies-to-receive-nearly-eur-16-bln-from-anti-crisis-package-20195Third virus wave mostly due to British variant - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/third-virus-wave-mostly-due-to-british-variant---health-minister-20193<p>The British mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is the main cause of the third wave of the coronavirus epidemic in Poland, the health minister said on Monday.</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 14:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ws53tl2vw9ph5vk6whwja4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/third-virus-wave-mostly-due-to-british-variant---health-minister-20193Painstaking research reveals fate of artist known as ‘Portraitist of Auschwitz’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/painstaking-research-reveals-fate-of-artist-known-as-portraitist-of-auschwitz-20191<p><span lang="EN-GB">Previously unknown details of the fate of an artist known as the ‘Portraitist of Auschwitz’ have been uncovered thanks to a painstaking archival project to restore the identities and histories of the death camp’s victims.</span></p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 14:07:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ieiku23n5y8iuvor2o7f.pngUntil now, it was known only that Franciszek Jaźwiecki who captured the broken faces of his fellow inmates through hundreds of harrowing portraits, had been employed in the death camp’s paint shop.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/painstaking-research-reveals-fate-of-artist-known-as-portraitist-of-auschwitz-20191Poland commemorates 'Cursed Soldiers' on their momorial dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-commemorates-cursed-soldiers-on-their-momorial-day-20189<p>The Polish president paid tribute on Monday to the Cursed Soldiers, who fought against the communist authorities for a free and independent state, at a ceremony to mark their memorial day.</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 13:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fphsa3srutf9pj9a9ukmn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-commemorates-cursed-soldiers-on-their-momorial-day-20189More Polish women travel abroad for abortions after law changehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-polish-women-travel-abroad-for-abortions-after-law-change-20187<p>The number of women with pregnancy complications leaving Poland for an abortion has increased substantially following a near complete ban on abortion in the country.</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 13:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zyzk2d8wxwyct0udvnell.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-polish-women-travel-abroad-for-abortions-after-law-change-20187Matejko to be first EVER Polish artist exhibited at London’s National Galleryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/matejko-to-be-first-ever-polish-artist-exhibited-at-londons-national-gallery-20185<p>Jan Matejko’s epic 'Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversations with God,' is to go on display at the National Gallery in London from May 21.</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 12:34:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1rcbji30ntimc355xh2dw.jpegThe artist’s epic 'Astronomer Copernicus, or Conversations with God,' is to go on display from May 21.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/matejko-to-be-first-ever-polish-artist-exhibited-at-londons-national-gallery-20185German FM's statement about WWII compensation a joke - Polish MPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-fms-statement-about-wwii-compensation-a-joke---polish-mp-20183<p>An MP from the governing party has described the EUR 2 billion paid by Germany to Poland for WWII reparations as a joke and not enough.</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 12:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x6iuf66bhts37av8wbbviq.jpeg“This exactly is a tiny percentage of what Germany owes Poles and the Polish state," Arkadiusz Mularczyk, a Law and Justice MP and head of a parliamentary committee assessing the amount of compensation paid by Germany for Poland’s wartime losses, told the weekly Sieci.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-fms-statement-about-wwii-compensation-a-joke---polish-mp-20183Poland reports 4,786 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-4786-new-coronavirus-infections-20181<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Sunday by 4,786 new cases and reached 1,711,772, the Ministry of Health said on Monday.</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2xb5oxx5r1jul98tx9uc5f.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-4786-new-coronavirus-infections-20181One of Poland's largest megalithic cemeteries discoveredhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-of-polands-largest-megalithic-cemeteries-discovered-20179<p>Archaeologists have discovered one of Poland’s largest megalithic cemeteries after they unearthed seven tombs dating back some 5,500 years.</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 10:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOne of Poland's largest megalithic cemeteries discoveredhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-of-polands-largest-megalithic-cemeteries-discovered-20179Poland's manufacturing PMI rises m/m in Februaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-rises-mm-in-february-20178<p>Poland's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to 53.4 points in February 2021, up from 51.9 points in the previous month, economic research company IHS Markit reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 10:23:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's manufacturing PMI rises m/m in Februaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-rises-mm-in-february-20178Most Poles support less restrictive abortion lawshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-support-less-restrictive-abortion-laws-20177<p>The majority of Poles are in favour of more liberal abortion laws, according to a new poll published today.</p>Mon, 01 Mar 2021 10:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMost Poles support less restrictive abortion lawshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-support-less-restrictive-abortion-laws-20177Polish PM voices a clear stance on EU strategic autonomy at EU summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-voices-a-clear-stance-on-eu-strategic-autonomy-at-eu-summit-20174<p>During an EU video summit, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki argued that if "strategic autonomy" is misunderstood by Poland's allies, it might negatively affect transatlantic relations, the Brussels-based portal Politico has reported.</p>Sun, 28 Feb 2021 17:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/81ut4czt8x8svi97iogd5h.jpegFriday's EU video summit revealed several differences of opinion of EU leaders regarding a so-called strategic autonomy, writes Politico.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-voices-a-clear-stance-on-eu-strategic-autonomy-at-eu-summit-20174Polish ski-jumper takes gold in normal hill competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ski-jumper-takes-gold-in-normal-hill-competition-20173<p>Poland's Piotr Żyła won the men's individual normal hill ski jump world title in Oberstdorf, Germany, on Saturday.</p>Sun, 28 Feb 2021 16:59:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wnxbwvpat6yjxykua3h8.jpegPiotr Żyła became the fifth Polish ski-jumper to win the gold medal at the world championships.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ski-jumper-takes-gold-in-normal-hill-competition-20173Covid crisis is an economic opportunity for Poland, PM sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-crisis-is-an-economic-opportunity-for-poland-pm-says-20172<p>The coronavirus crisis is a huge shock but also a lesson for Poland on how to close the development gap between Poland and the West, the prime minister has said.</p>Sun, 28 Feb 2021 16:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ofgp7i4468fhnxdgipkv6.jpegPresenting the plan at a press conference on Friday, Morawiecki said it was designed to re-boot the economy after the pandemic and included large-scale infrastructural projects already underway.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-crisis-is-an-economic-opportunity-for-poland-pm-says-20172Poland reports 10,099 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-10099-new-coronavirus-infections-20171<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Saturday by 10,099 new cases and reached 1,706,986, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday.</p>Sun, 28 Feb 2021 15:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x537ndpy9jilc88v9z67h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-10099-new-coronavirus-infections-20171Opposition presents pandemic aid programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-presents-pandemic-aid-programme-20170<p>Poland's main opposition party Civic Platform on Saturday presented its plan for combating the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.</p>Sat, 27 Feb 2021 18:17:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m2y6arcxq6dh06gq543ec.jpegPO leader Borys Budka said the plan, dubbed "Crisis Remedy", was a complex aid programme for the national economy with a focus on enterprise, employees and local government.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-presents-pandemic-aid-programme-20170Ruling Law and Justice continues to have highest voter support - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-law-and-justice-continues-to-have-highest-voter-support---poll-20169<p>The ruling Law and Justice party would win parliamentary elections with 37.6 percent of votes if elections were held this coming Sunday.</p>Sat, 27 Feb 2021 18:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRuling Law and Justice continues to have highest voter support - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-law-and-justice-continues-to-have-highest-voter-support---poll-20169Belarus protests Enduring Soldiers commemoration in east Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarus-protests-enduring-soldiers-commemoration-in-east-poland-20167<p>The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has lodged a protest against commemorations of Poland's post-war Enduring Soldiers anti-communist underground, planned on Sunday in Hajnówka, eastern Poland.</p>Sat, 27 Feb 2021 13:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBelarus protests Enduring Soldiers commemoration in east Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarus-protests-enduring-soldiers-commemoration-in-east-poland-20167Polish cardiologists will help in Covid fight in Tanzaniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-cardiologists-will-help-in-covid-fight-in-tanzania-20166<p>The Poznań, western Poland-based Redemptoris Missio foundation has sent three cardiologists to Tanzania to train local medical staff in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.</p>Sat, 27 Feb 2021 13:06:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/er515d1u89ah549ndoo4jr.jpegJaniec-Palczewska said that Africans often suffer from heart disease, but they are rarely diagnosed and treated. Therefore, Redemptoris Missio has been organising voluntary trips for Polish cardiologists to Maganzo for five years now.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-cardiologists-will-help-in-covid-fight-in-tanzania-20166Poland’s Świątek wins Adelaide International tennis tournamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-swiatek-wins-adelaide-international-tennis-tournament-20165<p>Poland’s Iga Świątek won the Adelaide International tennis tournament in Australia beating Switzerland's Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-2 in the final match on Saturday.</p>Sat, 27 Feb 2021 11:56:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9hozpy2cfeeymgrhdpdtn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-swiatek-wins-adelaide-international-tennis-tournament-20165Poland reports 12,100 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-12100-new-coronavirus-infections-20164<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Friday by 12,100 new cases and reached 1,696,885, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 27 Feb 2021 11:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ag62voutw3tndqvlne3.jpegIn all, 3,269,812 Poles have already been vaccinated against Covid-19, according to data posted on the official government website, gov.pl.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-12100-new-coronavirus-infections-20164Spring is coming, and so are the storks!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spring-is-coming-and-so-are-the-storks-20162<p>In this episode of The Debrief, with the impending arrival of spring, everything you wanted to know about Polish storks, but were too afraid to ask…</p>Sat, 27 Feb 2021 10:50:00 +0100SciencePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kncv39q7z2dmwvd7xfek8.jpegThe first stork returned to the village of Santok (western Poland) on February 19.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spring-is-coming-and-so-are-the-storks-20162New pandemic restrictions from Feb. 27https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-pandemic-restrictions-from-feb-27-20161<p>Poland will tighten pandemic restrictions from February 27. A government ordinance introducing the new regulations was published in the Polish journal of laws on Friday.</p>Sat, 27 Feb 2021 09:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fbnx1ka2fsphetpszrgyi.jpegThe new regulation package upholds many to-date restrictions but bans protective face shields, scarves and other substitutes for face masks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-pandemic-restrictions-from-feb-27-20161Vaccine developers should share their patents - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vaccine-developers-should-share-their-patents---polish-pm-20159<p>During a Friday video conference of the European Council, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki suggested the pharmaceutical companies that developed the Covid-19 vaccines share their patents with companies that could start production quickly.</p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 20:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9n9qrojoji8qx5da02p2dq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vaccine-developers-should-share-their-patents---polish-pm-20159PM presents National Recovery Planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-presents-national-recovery-plan-20157<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday presented a five-tier National Recovery Plan for reviving the national economy from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.</p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 19:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rdx587xd9eo7pqkdbkygdb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-presents-national-recovery-plan-20157No reason for Orlen CEO to step down - gov't spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-reason-for-orlen-ceo-to-step-down---govt-spokesman-20155<p>A Polish government spokesman says there are no reasons for the president of the state-owned fuel company PKN Orlen to resign after a newspaper reported on an alleged conflict of interest case from his past.</p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 19:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNo reason for Orlen CEO to step down - gov't spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-reason-for-orlen-ceo-to-step-down---govt-spokesman-20155Warsaw Appeal Court rules that Judge Tuleya can adjudicatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-appeal-court-rules-that-judge-tuleya-can-adjudicate-20153<p>The Warsaw Appeal Court has ruled that Judge Igor Tuleya, who was stripped of his immunity in November by the Supreme Court's Disciplinary Chamber, has the right to issue rulings.</p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 16:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0ywgpn459554bnd03024kc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-appeal-court-rules-that-judge-tuleya-can-adjudicate-20153Song and dance group revive traditions of Lemko ethnic minority in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/song-and-dance-group-revives-unique-traditions-of-polands-lemko-culture-20151<p><span lang="EN-GB">A group formed three decades ago to promote its minority ethnic culture is this year celebrating its 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary.</span></p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 16:36:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tlc9un91mdm8zt4h0ykakd.jpegThe group called ‘Kyczera’ came together to keep the Lemko culture of their parents and grandparents alive in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/song-and-dance-group-revives-unique-traditions-of-polands-lemko-culture-20151Despite restrictions, Polish manufacturing doing well in Q4, 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/despite-restrictions-polish-manufacturing-doing-well-in-q4-2020-20150<p>Polish manufacturing sector was not affected by lockdown restrictions thanks to its involvement in international production, the finance minister has said.</p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:42:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDespite restrictions, Polish manufacturing doing well in Q4, 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/despite-restrictions-polish-manufacturing-doing-well-in-q4-2020-20150Poland's GDP drops 2.8 pct y/y in Q4 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-drops-28-pct-yy-in-q4---stats-office-20149<p>Poland's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell by 2.8 percent year on year in the fourth quarter of 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said in a flash estimate on Friday.</p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:21:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z9e7mz9ns8qhg1vj3x4wk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-drops-28-pct-yy-in-q4---stats-office-20149Tokarczuk teams up with illustrator Joanna Concejo for latest book described as ‘an experiment with form’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tokarczuk-teams-up-with-illustrator-joanna-concejo-for-latest-book-described-as-an-experiment-with-form-20147<p>Polish Nobel Prize laureate Olga Tokarczuk has released a new book in English: a meditative illustrated story for readers of all ages.</p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:00:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/we7la71iubznah5w446s.jpegBorn in 1962, Tokarczuk is considered one of contemporary Poland’s cultural giants.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tokarczuk-teams-up-with-illustrator-joanna-concejo-for-latest-book-described-as-an-experiment-with-form-20147South Korea's Incheon starts as official partner for Poland's air hubhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/south-koreas-incheon-starts-as-official-partner-for-polands-air-hub-20146<p>South Korean Incheon Airport will be a strategic partner of the planned Polish air hub, the Central Transportation Port (CPK)</p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 13:47:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSouth Korea's Incheon starts as official partner for Poland's air hubhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/south-koreas-incheon-starts-as-official-partner-for-polands-air-hub-20146Poland to pinpoint nuclear plant location next yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-pinpoint-nuclear-plant-location-next-year-20145<p>Poland is planning to select the technology for its first nuclear power plant (NPP) in 2021 and to choose its location in 2022, the climate minister has announced.</p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 13:16:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xgf16b3lb2ncos28dyg9ia.jpeg"We're planning to launch six nuclear units between 2033 and 2043," Michal Kurtyka said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-pinpoint-nuclear-plant-location-next-year-20145Third Covid-19 wave should be smaller - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/third-covid-19-wave-should-be-smaller---health-minister-20143<p>Polish authorities expect that the average weekly level of Covid-19's infections in the pandemic’s third wave should amount to 10,000-12,000, the health minister said on Friday.</p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 12:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4vc9jh4xei8u26ikk1ytl.jpegThe health minister expects the pandemic to peak in the next three to four weeks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/third-covid-19-wave-should-be-smaller---health-minister-20143Poland reports 11,539 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-11539-new-coronavirus-infections-20138<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Thursday by 11,539 new cases and reached 1,684,788, the Ministry of Health said on Friday.</p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 12:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7kws5zezqzb7z83wsz88ud.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-11539-new-coronavirus-infections-20138Opposition wants to destroy Poland says Kaczyńskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-wants-to-destroy-poland-says-kaczynski-20137<p>Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of the ruling Law and Justice party, has accused the country’s opposition of wanting to destroy Poland in the name of foreign interests.</p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rsji2xjz4opsotuowobwe.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-wants-to-destroy-poland-says-kaczynski-20137Czechs ask Poland to help its Covid-19 patientshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/czechs-ask-poland-to-help-its-covid-19-patients-20136<p>The Czech government has asked Poland to take Covid-19 patients, the Czech News Agency CTK reported after a Thursday evening government meeting.</p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 11:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gly76fr02g8egmyroyxq8b.jpegCzech Health Minister Jan Blatny said that the Czech government wants to negotiate free admission on the basis of future reciprocity of patients in hospitals in Poland and also Germany.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/czechs-ask-poland-to-help-its-covid-19-patients-20136Wood you believe it! Łódź reveals stunning plans for hotel made from WOODhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wood-you-believe-it-lodz-reveals-stunning-plans-for-hotel-made-from-wood-20133<p>A Łódź-based architectural practice have made waves in the design world after unveiling stunning plans for a city centre hotel made from wood.</p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 10:56:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oms66kfsf0l37qbvtyb1wl.jpegThe seven-storey, 52-room Breath-In Hotel aims to mimic the dimensions and silhouettes of the town’s historic architecture whilst harnessing the latest eco-minded technology and solutions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wood-you-believe-it-lodz-reveals-stunning-plans-for-hotel-made-from-wood-20133Polish labour market flat in January - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labour-market-flat-in-january---biec-20132<p>The Labour Market Index (WRP), which predicts future changes in the level of unemployment in Poland, remained unchanged at 67.9 points in February, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 10:34:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish labour market flat in January - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labour-market-flat-in-january---biec-20132Few Poles believe Church will deal with its sex offendershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/few-poles-believe-church-will-deal-with-its-sex-offenders-20130<p>Only a small minority of Poles think the Catholic Church will manage to bring to justice sex offenders in its ranks, a poll has shown.</p>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 09:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFew Poles believe Church will deal with its sex offendershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/few-poles-believe-church-will-deal-with-its-sex-offenders-20130Lower house calls for release of Belarusian political prisonershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-calls-for-release-of-belarusian-political-prisoners-20129<p>Poland’s Sejm (lower house) has called on the Belarusian authorities to release Belsat TV journalists and other political prisoners.</p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 20:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8zhw7l587tt0r4jvmawww6.jpegOn February 18, a Belarus court in Minsk sentenced two Belsat TV (owned by the Polish state) journalists, Katerina Andreyeva and Daria Chultsova, to two years in prison on charges of instigating protests and for filming a rally against the country's leader, Alexander Lukashenko.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-calls-for-release-of-belarusian-political-prisoners-20129Finance Ministry claims VAT tightening yields EUR 5.53 bln a yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/finance-ministry-claims-vat-tightening-yields-eur-553-bln-a-year-20128<p>Poland's VAT gap had reduced the fastest in the EU from 24 percent to 12 percent in the last four years, a deputy finance minister, Jan Sarnowski has told the lower house of Parliament.</p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 19:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFinance Ministry claims VAT tightening yields EUR 5.53 bln a yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/finance-ministry-claims-vat-tightening-yields-eur-553-bln-a-year-20128Under-the-radar? No way. Just call Wrocław wonderful insteadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/under-the-radar-no-way-just-call-wroclaw-wonderful-instead-20124<p>I’ve got to admit, when TripAdvisor recently published their “Best of the Best” Travellers’ Choice Awards it knocked me for six – though perhaps not in the intended manner.</p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 18:16:00 +0100LifeWebber's WorldRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vwd7utlecjcxesk9sd6j.jpegFinding Wrocław listed on TripAdvisor as an Emerging Destinations, Webber says the inclusion of one of his favourite city’s in Poland is ludicrous. “Under-the-radar? Only if you’ve spent the last two decades in a Kentucky jail,” he scoffs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/under-the-radar-no-way-just-call-wroclaw-wonderful-instead-20124Poland's budget surplus at EUR 1.46 bln at end-January - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-surplus-at-eur-146-bln-at-end-january---finmin-20122<p>Budget revenues remain stable despite pandemic and we have a surplus, Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński has told PAP.</p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 17:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tbgm3fxf1o8qjveb1h933r.jpegBudget revenues remain stable despite pandemic and we have a surplus, Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński has told PAP.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-surplus-at-eur-146-bln-at-end-january---finmin-20122Leader of opposition movement tops national trust ranking - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/leader-of-opposition-movement-tops-national-trust-ranking---poll-20121<p>Szymon Hołownia, a former presidential candidate and the leader of Polska 2050, is Poland's most trusted politician, ahead of the prime minister and the president, a new poll has found.</p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 17:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bskyxu3dvs7zx7fbxzb0dk.jpegHołownia pulled in 51 percent support when it came to trust, with only 23 percent not trusting him, according to the CBOS survey.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/leader-of-opposition-movement-tops-national-trust-ranking---poll-20121Long-forgotten HQ of Polish WWII intelligence service found in elite London boys’ schoolhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/long-forgotten-hq-of-polish-wwii-intelligence-service-found-in-elite-london-boys-school-20118<p>The secret WWII headquarters of Poland’s intelligence and counterintelligence services in London have been uncovered by a Polish history enthusiast &nbsp;working in the UK.</p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 15:56:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9lqt9cchlqvgm0mssyzei4.jpegResearcher Tomasz Muskus discovered the spy base had been located inside a the prestigious English boys’ school St. Paul’s in Hammersmith, west London.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/long-forgotten-hq-of-polish-wwii-intelligence-service-found-in-elite-london-boys-school-20118Two Polish job-seekers in Mexico with body parts cut out, one dieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-polish-job-seekers-in-mexico-with-body-parts-cut-out-one-dies-20117<p>One Pole has died and another is recovering in hospital after having had body organs removed in Mexico, a Polish web portal reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 14:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTwo Polish job-seekers in Mexico with body parts cut out, one dieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-polish-job-seekers-in-mexico-with-body-parts-cut-out-one-dies-20117Polish mother of five found murdered in Englandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mother-of-five-found-murdered-in-england-20115<p>British police have detained a man in connection with the murder of a Polish woman in Cambridgeshire in eastern England.</p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 14:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish mother of five found murdered in Englandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mother-of-five-found-murdered-in-england-20115Poland expects Lithuania to support Mazeikiu refinery developmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expects-lithuania-to-support-mazeikiu-refinery-development-20113<p>Polish fuel giant PKN Orlen has said it is hopeful that the Lithuanian government will make its position clear on the development of the Mazeikiu oil refinery within a month.</p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 13:53:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland expects Lithuania to support Mazeikiu refinery developmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expects-lithuania-to-support-mazeikiu-refinery-development-20113US supports Polish protests on Nord Stream 2 - diplomathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-supports-polish-protests-on-nord-stream-2---diplomat-20111<p>The United Sates has thrown its weight behind Polish protests over the Nord Steam 2 pipeline.</p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 13:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUS supports Polish protests on Nord Stream 2 - diplomathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-supports-polish-protests-on-nord-stream-2---diplomat-20111Covid-hit northern province appeals for aidhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-hit-northern-province-appeals-for-aid-20109<p>Poland's northern Warminsko-Mazurskie province has appealed for assistance after a sharp rise in Covid-19 infections.</p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 12:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k1mok0l0vuf34jn7quw3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-hit-northern-province-appeals-for-aid-20109Kraków FIFTH greenest city in the world, says new rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-fifth-greenest-city-in-the-world-says-new-ranking-20107<p><span lang="EN-GB">Kraków is among the greenest cities in the world, in terms of urban green space, according to a new international ranking – coming in 5<sup>th</sup> place.</span></p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 12:42:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3dv0etptfi8hpptdupa2pr.jpegThe report by the Husqvarna Urban Green Space Index (HUGSI) listed Kraków in 5th place with a score of 76.92 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-fifth-greenest-city-in-the-world-says-new-ranking-20107Poland reports 12,142 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-12142-new-coronavirus-infections-20104<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Wednesday by 12,142 new cases and reached 1,673,252, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 11:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o9j5cyg5rzjbb2s6i8x78u.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-12142-new-coronavirus-infections-20104Underground sanatorium in Poland offers rehab for post-Covid-19 patientshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/underground-sanatorium-in-poland-offers-rehab-for-post-covid-19-patients-20102<p>A historic salt mine that also doubles up as one of Poland’s leading tourist attractions is offering patients who have suffered from Covid-19 an opportunity to rehabilitate 135 metres underground.</p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 11:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dsqvu9qzt9r0vzpxgquxila.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/underground-sanatorium-in-poland-offers-rehab-for-post-covid-19-patients-20102Polish firms eager to invest in environmental projectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-eager-to-invest-in-environmental-projects-20100<p>The number of Polish firms investing in green solutions to reduce the harmful environmental effects of their operations has more than doubled over a year.</p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 10:15:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish firms eager to invest in environmental projectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-eager-to-invest-in-environmental-projects-20100Births hit record low during pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/births-hit-record-low-during-pandemic-20098<p>Poland's January birthrate fell to its lowest point in over ten years, a leading daily newspaper reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 10:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jpq3isibftpxobl0iqdfo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/births-hit-record-low-during-pandemic-20098Warsaw is becoming a city of cars - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-is-becoming-a-city-of-cars---daily-20096<p>Warsaw has become a car city, with more registered vehicles in the capital than residents, according to a city councillor quoted by the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper.</p>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 10:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9yxt48wznfcx54fc4h1u3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-is-becoming-a-city-of-cars---daily-20096Over million Poles already vaccinated with second dosehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-million-poles-already-vaccinated-with-second-dose-20095<p>The government commissioner for vaccines has said over one million people have already been jabbed against COVID-19 with both doses.</p>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7blkt1sc34acsq44lkwqf8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-million-poles-already-vaccinated-with-second-dose-20095Current restrictions to remain, new ones in Warmińsko-Mazurskie provincehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/current-restrictions-to-remain-new-ones-in-warminsko-mazurskie-province-20094<p>The government decided to tighten Covid-19 related restrictions in Warmińsko-Mazurskie province, the health minister said.</p>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 18:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f9evoiwyqhq2gwcxjn03q4.jpeg"The government decided to ban wearing protective face shields, scarves, and other substitutes,” said Niedzielski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/current-restrictions-to-remain-new-ones-in-warminsko-mazurskie-province-20094Polish president says Central Europe is a community of successhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-says-central-europe-is-a-community-of-success-20093<p>Modern Central Europe and Poland will become centres of dynamic and positive changes, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has written.</p>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 16:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v6j4zi59rdaq26m4qgmuv.jpegDuda reminded that Europe was a common zone of remembrance, especially in the 20th century. "Europe had suffered from the evil of two totalitarian regimes, namely, a brown one and a red one, which strangled and persecuted its people," he wrote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-says-central-europe-is-a-community-of-success-20093Abortion beyond EU's remit - Equality Commissionerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/abortion-beyond-eus-remit---equality-commissioner-20092<p>EU Equality Commissioner Helena Dalli has told the European Parliament that the EU does not have jurisdiction over abortion laws.</p>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 16:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/znndsz69xse0fced924ygnw.jpegDalli said the European Union had no legal control over abortion laws in its member states and that it was a matter for national legislatures.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/abortion-beyond-eus-remit---equality-commissioner-20092Polish scientists look into coronavirus mutations' effectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-scientists-look-into-coronavirus-mutations-effects-20090<p>Scientists from a Polish hospital are investigating the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 virus mutations on the course and severity of infections.</p>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 15:55:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j4ynuxddk4sogc307qejl.jpeg"Our first task is to check out how serological diagnostics (...) translates into the severity of the infection," said Miłosz Parczewski, chief Covid-19 surgeon at the provincial hospital in Szczecin.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-scientists-look-into-coronavirus-mutations-effects-20090Amateur space snapper ‘over the moon’ after his breathtaking astrophoto is chosen by NASAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amateur-space-snapper-over-the-moon-after-his-breath-taking-astrophoto-is-chosen-by-nasa-20088<p>A self-taught hobby astrophotographer has wowed the internet after his photo of the stars was chosen by NASA as its Astronomy Picture of the Day.</p>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 15:02:00 +0100Art & CultureSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j8bysak0a9fev7gwx9skrs.pngTitled ‘A Northern Winter Night’ the stunning photograph by Łukasz Żak from Wołomin shows a 360 degree panorama of the snow covered ground with tall trees encircling the nebulae of the northern winter Milky Way.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amateur-space-snapper-over-the-moon-after-his-breath-taking-astrophoto-is-chosen-by-nasa-20088Hi-tech investment a cornerstone of New Deal plan - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hi-tech-investment-a-cornerstone-of-new-deal-plan---pm-20086<p>The government has made investment in modern technology one of the pillars of its New Deal programme for the national economy, the prime minister said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 14:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c7eb0b0k9m8tjndpxifg0n.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hi-tech-investment-a-cornerstone-of-new-deal-plan---pm-20086Wrocław’s stunning Concordia Design crowned ‘Building of the Year’ by leading architecture portalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaws-stunning-concordia-design-crowned-building-of-the-year-by-leading-architecture-portal-20084<p><span lang="EN-GB">Concordia Design Wrocław has been named Building of the Year in a competition organized by ArchDaily – the world’s leading architectural platform.</span></p>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:54:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b3ti3nayb9afhbxhqswm2.jpegWinning through in the Office Building category, the project was chosen after nearly 200,000 votes were cast in a public poll organized by the prestigious portal ArchDaily.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaws-stunning-concordia-design-crowned-building-of-the-year-by-leading-architecture-portal-20084Over 50 pct of Poles pessimistic about situation in country - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50-pct-of-poles-pessimistic-about-situation-in-country---survey-20082<p>The majority of Poles are unhappy with the situation in Poland, the results of a new survey have shown.</p>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver 50 pct of Poles pessimistic about situation in country - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50-pct-of-poles-pessimistic-about-situation-in-country---survey-20082Poland reports 12,146 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-12146-new-coronavirus-infections-20080<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Tuesday by 12,146 new cases and reached 1,661,109, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 11:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mb7epul6pdglz2rrydbt5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-12146-new-coronavirus-infections-20080Polish firms retain or raise workers’ wages during pandemic, study findshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-retain-or-raise-workers-wages-during-pandemic-study-finds-20078<p><span lang="EN-GB">Most Polish firms preferred to reduce their non-wage costs and investments rather than reduce their worker’s earnings during the pandemic, whilst 20 percent even decided to raise wages, says a new report.</span></p>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 11:41:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o88jf4hu3yitejhoxz4jz.jpegTo ensure their post-pandemic survival 57 percent of micro-enterprises and 62 percent of small business reduced their costs and 35 percent of micro-enterprises and 42 percent of small firms limited their investments.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-retain-or-raise-workers-wages-during-pandemic-study-finds-20078New restrictions as Covid-19 infections break 10,000 barrierhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-restrictions-as-covid-19-infections-break-10000-barrier-20076<p>The health minister has warned that new lockdown restrictions will come into force after the 10,000 barrier for new Covid-19 infections was broken.</p>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 10:21:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g6a0p5dy6injm5j8rqm2fj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-restrictions-as-covid-19-infections-break-10000-barrier-20076Polish diplomatic car set on fire in Berlinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-diplomatic-car-set-on-fire-in-berlin-20074<p>A car belonging to a Polish embassy employee was set on fire in a western district of Berlin early on Tuesday morning, police in the German capital have told PAP.</p>Wed, 24 Feb 2021 09:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o9m19jxk8ca17jvo05uui.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-diplomatic-car-set-on-fire-in-berlin-20074Polish, US officials confirm will to continue and strengthen partnershiphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-officials-confirm-will-to-continue-and-strengthen-partnership-20073<p>The Polish foreign minister and the US secretary of state in a telephone conversation have confirmed their will to continue and strengthen bilateral partnership.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 20:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kleglzag1sgwgap7jibgcm.jpegThe Tuesday conversation was the first held by Minister Rau and the US secretary of state after Antony Blinken (pictured) had been appointed to the post. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-officials-confirm-will-to-continue-and-strengthen-partnership-20073Poland urges Russia to respect human rights in Crimeahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-urges-russia-to-respect-human-rights-in-crimea-20072<p>The Polish foreign minister, speaking at a UN panel discussion, urged Moscow to respect human and minority rights in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 19:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland urges Russia to respect human rights in Crimeahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-urges-russia-to-respect-human-rights-in-crimea-20072Ex-Auschwitz inmate can seek justice over "Polish death camp" misnomerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ex-auschwitz-inmate-can-seek-justice-over-polish-death-camp-misnomer-20070<p>A former Auschwitz inmate will be able to seek justice before a Polish court over a German website's use of the term "Polish death camp" in a 2017 report on his sister's death in the World War II Treblinka Nazi extermination camp in German-occupied Poland.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 18:51:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEx-Auschwitz inmate can seek justice over "Polish death camp" misnomerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ex-auschwitz-inmate-can-seek-justice-over-polish-death-camp-misnomer-20070Polish ambassador says seeking political motives in car fire too hastyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ambassador-says-seeking-political-motives-in-car-fire-too-hasty-20069<p>The Polish ambassador to Germany has stated that one should not be too quick to seek political motives in the setting on fire of a car owned by an embassy employee. The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 18:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ry58ffh1q8jz57z0mshn1e.jpegOn Monday night, at 3am, unknown perpetrators set fire to a car with diplomatic number plates, belonging to an employee of the Polish Embassy in Berlin, the statement reads.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ambassador-says-seeking-political-motives-in-car-fire-too-hasty-20069Sixty-one pct of Poles support Women's Strike abortion protests - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sixty-one-pct-of-poles-support-womens-strike-abortion-protests---poll-20068<p>The majority of Poles support the abortion protests but the numbers are lower than in November 2020, the latest poll by Kantar research firm has shown.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 16:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bjq0ufgcerd4euh902vjph.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sixty-one-pct-of-poles-support-womens-strike-abortion-protests---poll-20068Łódź pandemic initiative for elderly praised as ‘a model for the future’ by World Health Organisationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-pandemic-initiative-for-elderly-praised-as-a-model-for-the-future-by-world-health-organisation-20063<p>Łódź has been singled out by the World Health Organisation as a case study for how to help older people affected by the pandemic.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 15:33:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1qjhy4ibw1dq5vsb7kshb.jpegThe city came in for praise after launching its City Volunteer Service for Senior Citizens at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic when the closure of 19 day-care centres for the elderly left many with limited mobility, without adequate support networks and unable to access many of the services they needed or fulfil their basic needs such as hot meals and medicines.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-pandemic-initiative-for-elderly-praised-as-a-model-for-the-future-by-world-health-organisation-20063Poland takes steps to reduce number of road accidentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-steps-to-reduce-number-of-road-accidents-20061<p>The government has rolled out a new road safety programme aimed at making the country’s highways and byways safer for their users.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 14:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/88dxxjnzje6mxit854onga.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-steps-to-reduce-number-of-road-accidents-20061Polish HICP inflation up by 3.6 pct y/y in January - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-36-pct-yy-in-january---eurostat-20060<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) rose by 3.6 percent year on year in January 2021, against 3.4 percent growth in the previous month, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 14:32:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish HICP inflation up by 3.6 pct y/y in January - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-36-pct-yy-in-january---eurostat-20060Iconic factory that introduced legendary Syrena and Polonez cars closed 10 years ago todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iconic-factory-that-introduced-legendary-syrena-and-polonez-cars-closed-10-years-ago-today-20058<p><span lang="EN-GB">Ten years ago today the iconic FSO (Fabryka Samochodów Osobowych/ Factory of Passenger Cars) factory in Warsaw produced its last car.</span></p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 14:24:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3qr3kbt4agkdwuokvqb85.pngTen years ago today the iconic FSO (Fabryka Samochodów Osobowych/ Factory of Passenger Cars) factory in Warsaw produced its last car.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iconic-factory-that-introduced-legendary-syrena-and-polonez-cars-closed-10-years-ago-today-20058Poland exports EUR 34 bln of agri-food products in 2020 - ag. ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-exports-eur-34-bln-of-agri-food-products-in-2020---ag-minister-20056<p>Poland's export sales of agri-food products rose by 7 percent year on year, despite the pandemic, the agriculture minister has said.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 13:56:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland exports EUR 34 bln of agri-food products in 2020 - ag. ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-exports-eur-34-bln-of-agri-food-products-in-2020---ag-minister-20056New industrial orders down 6.7 pct y/y in January - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-industrial-orders-down-67-pct-yy-in-january---stats-office-20055<p>Poland's new industrial orders fell by 6.7 percent year on year in January 2020 after a 9.4 percent year-on-year rise in December, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 13:37:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e0dfyoesmptgqrhwrbgmot.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-industrial-orders-down-67-pct-yy-in-january---stats-office-20055Poland able to vaccinate 60-70 percent of adult population by autumnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-able-to-vaccinate-60-70-percent-of-adult-population-by-autumn-20053<p>Limited supplies of vaccines are restricting the vaccination rate in Poland, the health minister has said.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 13:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e6ixw4jdr6efqizi98v407.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-able-to-vaccinate-60-70-percent-of-adult-population-by-autumn-20053Historic bridge at centre of Tom Cruise row to be put back into service after renovationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/historic-bridge-at-centre-of-tom-cruise-row-to-be-put-back-into-service-after-renovation-20051<p><span lang="EN-GB">The historic bridge at the centre of last year’s Mission Impossible scandal is to be returned to the care of local authorities who have pledged to renovate it so that it can once again be used for train traffic.</span></p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 13:22:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n1z54xpepe9526v3nzf87u.jpegThe 151-metre Pilchowice Bridge was saved after plans to blow it up for the new Mission Impossible film were revealed.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/historic-bridge-at-centre-of-tom-cruise-row-to-be-put-back-into-service-after-renovation-20051Poland reports 6,310 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-6310-new-coronavirus-infections-20050<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Monday by 6,310 new cases and reached 1,648,962, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 12:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fvx3qq3ti3bipxoibtb4ss.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-6310-new-coronavirus-infections-20050Lies about Polish responsibility for Holocaust threat to national securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lies-about-polish-responsibility-for-holocaust-threat-to-national-security-20048<p>Poland could be isolated and its security threatened by Russian misinformation and a slander campaign alleging Polish responsibility for the Holocaust, a government official has warned in a press article.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 12:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLies about Polish responsibility for Holocaust threat to national securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lies-about-polish-responsibility-for-holocaust-threat-to-national-security-20048Poland's wholesale sales up y/y in January - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-wholesale-sales-up-yy-in-january---stats-office-20046<p>The wholesale sales of Poland's trading firms rose by 4.4 percent year on year in January 2021 and fell by 6.6 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 11:42:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/myurfbq58de5l58a7d0zud.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-wholesale-sales-up-yy-in-january---stats-office-20046Poland's unemployment rate up to 6.5 pct m/m in January - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-up-to-65-pct-mm-in-january---stats-office-20044<p>Poland's unemployment rate went up to 6.5 percent in January 2020 from 6.2 percent recorded in the previous month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 11:38:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t168p1xcyxf6gpjjhoy1a4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-up-to-65-pct-mm-in-january---stats-office-20044Report reveals digital learning issues in Polish educationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/report-reveals-digital-learning-issues-in-polish-education-20042<p>The pandemic has revealed the growing problem of “hardware exclusion” in Polish households when it comes to digital learning, a report of the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) has shown.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 11:01:00 +0100https://images.thefirstnews.com/locumf9rehd98t0wxuwjy7.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/report-reveals-digital-learning-issues-in-polish-education-20042EU to sanction Russian officials responsible for Navalny's imprisonmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-to-sanction-russian-officials-responsible-for-navalnys-imprisonment-20040<p>The EU will impose sanctions on Russian individuals involved in the imprisonment of opposition activist Alexei Navalny.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 10:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEU to sanction Russian officials responsible for Navalny's imprisonmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-to-sanction-russian-officials-responsible-for-navalnys-imprisonment-20040Most Poles against more pandemic restrictions - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-against-more-pandemic-restrictions---poll-20038<p>Only 21 percent Poles are in favour of stricter lockdown restrictions, while the vast majority prefer no changes or even a further loosening of them, a recent poll has shown.</p>Tue, 23 Feb 2021 09:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q2rjwvm93xpoxxqg29ntr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-against-more-pandemic-restrictions---poll-20038FM, EU ministers, Blinken discuss EU, Russia, transatlantic tieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-eu-ministers-blinken-discuss-eu-russia-transatlantic-ties-20036<p>EU-Russia relations, Belarus and transatlantic ties dominated the EU foreign ministers' Monday talks in Brussels, with Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau representing Poland.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 20:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFM, EU ministers, Blinken discuss EU, Russia, transatlantic tieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-eu-ministers-blinken-discuss-eu-russia-transatlantic-ties-20036Warsaw bourse lists world record number of game developershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-bourse-lists-world-record-number-of-game-developers-20034<p>The Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) has become the world's leading bourse in terms of the number of game developers listed, the exchange reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 18:56:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWarsaw bourse lists world record number of game developershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-bourse-lists-world-record-number-of-game-developers-20034Polish Venture Capital funds market experiencing unprecedented growthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-venture-capital-funds-market-experiencing-unprecedented-growth-20032<p>Poland's Venture Capital funds market is developing rapidly, with 2020 being a record year, the head of the state-owned Polish Development Fund (PFR) Ventures has said.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 18:32:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y95t6djf1jq0mprhify4n3i.jpegSpeaking during a video conference on Monday, Paweł Borys said Poland was becoming a regional leader when it came to venture capitalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-venture-capital-funds-market-experiencing-unprecedented-growth-20032Locals build over 1,000 snowmen to raise money for dying toddlerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/locals-build-over-1000-snowmen-to-raise-money-for-dying-toddler-20029<p>Crowds gathered by a frozen lake in the north-east of Poland this weekend to build 1,000 snowmen as part of a charity fundraiser for a two-year old boy in need of life-saving heart surgery.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 16:47:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/01rq110p21erxzx7rzxzpj.jpegLocals in the village of Korycin turned out in their droves to build 1,000 snowmen to help raise money.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/locals-build-over-1000-snowmen-to-raise-money-for-dying-toddler-20029Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen unveils new F1 carhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/alfa-romeo-racing-orlen-unveils-new-f1-car-20028<p>Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen team has unveiled its 2021 Formula 1 car in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 16:07:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ezhl895lqytq0pwh8uyh9.jpegThe event was attended by team drivers Poland’s Robert Kubica, Finland's Kimi Raikkonen and Italy's Antonio Giovinazzi.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/alfa-romeo-racing-orlen-unveils-new-f1-car-20028Mortgages, consumer loans down m/m in Januaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mortgages-consumer-loans-down-mm-in-january-20027<p>The total value of mortgages and consumer loans granted in January 2021 decreased month on month, Poland's central bank has reported.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:59:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o4e5vnf4pzks4fificn4wb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mortgages-consumer-loans-down-mm-in-january-20027January's M3 money supply up y/y - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/januarys-m3-money-supply-up-yy---central-bank-20025<p>Poland’s M3 money supply grew in January 2021 by 16.8 percent year on year and fell by 0.1 percent month on month to PLN 1.82 trillion (EUR 404 billion), the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:41:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgJanuary's M3 money supply up y/y - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/januarys-m3-money-supply-up-yy---central-bank-20025Grandma at centre of Holocaust defamation row tells historians ‘write the truth about history’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grandma-at-centre-of-holocaust-defamation-row-tells-historians-write-the-truth-about-history-20021<p><span lang="EN-GB">The grandmother at the centre of a controversial defamation case in which two Holocaust historians were ordered by a court to apologise for writing that her late uncle was complicit in a massacre of Jews during WWII has appealed to the researchers to ‘write the truth about history’.</span></p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 14:39:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bwovsr0hl7kmqq12d81ij8.pngFilomena Leszczyńska, the 80-year-old niece of wartime village mayor Edward Malinowski who historians said was complicit in a massacre of Jews during WWII, said: “If these researchers are well-educated and intelligent people, why is their research biased? Research should be impartial.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grandma-at-centre-of-holocaust-defamation-row-tells-historians-write-the-truth-about-history-20021President calls on Belarus to stop repressions and Russia to free Navalnyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-calls-on-belarus-to-stop-repressions-and-russia-to-free-navalny-20019<p>Poland’s president has used an address to the UN Human Rights Council to call on Belarus to stop political repression, and for Moscow to free the jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 13:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident calls on Belarus to stop repressions and Russia to free Navalnyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-calls-on-belarus-to-stop-repressions-and-russia-to-free-navalny-20019Former far-right activist will not head IPN branch - unofficial reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-far-right-activist-will-not-head-ipn-branch---unofficial-report-20017<p>Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), the body charged with investigating wartime and communist-era crimes, has announced a man with past ties to a far-right group has resigned as acting head of IPN's Wrocław branch.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 13:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFormer far-right activist will not head IPN branch - unofficial reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-far-right-activist-will-not-head-ipn-branch---unofficial-report-20017Polish, Ukrainian FM's call for end to Nord Stream 2 constructionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ukrainian-fms-call-for-end-to-nord-stream-2-construction-20016<p>The foreign ministers of Poland and Ukraine have called for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to be stopped because it is an attempt to “sabotage Europe’s energy security”.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 13:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, Ukrainian FM's call for end to Nord Stream 2 constructionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ukrainian-fms-call-for-end-to-nord-stream-2-construction-20016Poland's welfare index down in February - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-welfare-index-down-in-february---biec-20015<p>The welfare index, which reflects the economic condition of Polish society, went down by 2 points month on month in February 2021, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 12:32:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's welfare index down in February - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-welfare-index-down-in-february---biec-20015Wrocław and Warsaw ‘punching above their weight’ says report which ranks them as 15th and 20th Global Cities of the Futurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-and-warsaw-punching-above-their-weight-says-report-which-ranks-them-as-15th-and-20th-global-cities-of-the-future-20013<p><span lang="EN-GB">Wrocław and Warsaw have made it into the top 25 in the latest Global Cities of the Future ranking, reflecting their business and economic appeal.</span></p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 12:21:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k418x7l7cj9lxtn1q2ns.jpegIn the latest Global Cities of the Future ranking, fDi Intelligence wrote: “Poland is upholding its reputation of having a well-educated workforce, coupled with good cost effectiveness.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-and-warsaw-punching-above-their-weight-says-report-which-ranks-them-as-15th-and-20th-global-cities-of-the-future-20013Around 7-8 mln Poles may have immunity to Covid-19 - health minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/around-7-8-mln-poles-may-have-immunity-to-covid-19---health-min-20011<p>Up to 8 million Poles may have immunity to the coronavirus, the Polish health minister has said.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 11:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0ri9ez2943lmvzmsx0jdupa.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/around-7-8-mln-poles-may-have-immunity-to-covid-19---health-min-20011Poland reports 3,890 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-3890-new-coronavirus-infections-20009<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Sunday by 3,890 new cases and reached 1,642,658, the Ministry of Health said on Monday.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 11:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h2ho8bmxrahgzdm2r57vq5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-3890-new-coronavirus-infections-20009Poland may demand negative coronavirus test result at border - health minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-demand-negative-coronavirus-test-result-at-border---health-min-20007<p>Poland may demand a negative coronavirus test result to enter the country without quarantine, the Polish health minister said on Monday.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 11:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yjpzl91zn2dg9ilifcyn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-demand-negative-coronavirus-test-result-at-border---health-min-20007Nearly half of Belarusian IT specialists choose to work in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-half-of-belarusian-it-specialists-choose-to-work-in-poland-20005<p>Close to 50 percent of all Belarusian IT specialists fleeing their homeland have chosen Poland as their new home, according to Belarusian media.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 10:46:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7giem350qgyfjcfyzbndfj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-half-of-belarusian-it-specialists-choose-to-work-in-poland-20005Poland accomplishes record cut in VAT gaphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accomplishes-record-cut-in-vat-gap-20003<p>Poland’s policies on closing the VAT gap could be adopted by Germany and other countries because they have been so successful, the deputy finance minister has claimed.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 10:17:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland accomplishes record cut in VAT gaphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accomplishes-record-cut-in-vat-gap-20003Poles no longer fear refugees – pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-no-longer-fear-refugees--poll-20002<p>A new survey commissioned by the Polish branch of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) shows that Poles are far more open to refugees than they were a few years ago.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 10:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles no longer fear refugees – pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-no-longer-fear-refugees--poll-20002Deputy State Assets Minister dismissedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deputy-state-assets-minister-dismissed-20000<p>Poland’s ruling right-wing coalition has come under new pressure after the prime minister sacked a senior member of a junior party from his ministerial post.</p>Mon, 22 Feb 2021 10:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o5q5lu88329o33vz85rtdi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deputy-state-assets-minister-dismissed-20000mf Hospital in Southern Poland ready to admit patients from Slovakiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mf-hospital-in-southern-poland-ready-to-admit-patients-from-slovakia-19998<p>The governor of Malopolskie province announced on Saturday in Nowy Targ that the Podhale Specialist Hospital can admit patients from Slovakia, a country particularly affected by the pandemic.</p>Sun, 21 Feb 2021 16:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgmf Hospital in Southern Poland ready to admit patients from Slovakiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mf-hospital-in-southern-poland-ready-to-admit-patients-from-slovakia-19998Poland reports 7,038 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-7038-new-coronavirus-infections-19996<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Saturday by 7,038 new cases and reached 1,638,767, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday.</p>Sun, 21 Feb 2021 15:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u5d34t98uzqivsqqdt0wqd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-7038-new-coronavirus-infections-19996Solidary Poland says Kowalski dismissal breaches coalition agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidary-poland-says-kowalski-dismissal-breaches-coalition-agreement-19994<p>Politicians of the junior ruling coalition party Solidary Poland (Solidarna Polska) have said in a communique sent to PAP that they oppose the dismissal of party member Janusz Kowalski as deputy minister of state assets, arguing that it breaches a coalition deal.</p>Sat, 20 Feb 2021 17:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSolidary Poland says Kowalski dismissal breaches coalition agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidary-poland-says-kowalski-dismissal-breaches-coalition-agreement-19994EU vaccine policy partly responsible for third wave - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-vaccine-policy-partly-responsible-for-third-wave---health-minister-19992<p>The EU's vaccination procurement policy is partly responsible for the third coronavirus wave in Europe, Poland's health minister said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 20 Feb 2021 15:14:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ideijizjuld2bb15v1rzzu.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-vaccine-policy-partly-responsible-for-third-wave---health-minister-19992Will the polonaise dance its way onto UNESCO heritage list?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/will-the-polonaise-dance-its-way-onto-unesco-heritage-list-19990<p>In this episode of the Debrief, we speak to Romana Agnel from Cracovia Danza and Alek Laskowski from the Chopin Institute about one of Poland’s most famous dances and moves to put it on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage.</p>Sat, 20 Feb 2021 15:05:00 +0100LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pm59a6l0bqpejw4pd1mbhe.jpegKnown as “polonez” in Polish, it is a Polish stately processional dance performed by couples who walk around the dance hall.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/will-the-polonaise-dance-its-way-onto-unesco-heritage-list-19990Year eight and exam students might return to school in March - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/year-eight-and-exam-students-might-return-to-school-in-march---minister-19988<p>The return to school of year eight and matriculation (matura) exam students may be possible in March, though not at the beginning of the month, Poland's health minister said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 20 Feb 2021 12:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0qbh5imdxjeivsgpayz1h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/year-eight-and-exam-students-might-return-to-school-in-march---minister-19988Poland reports 8,510 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-8510-new-coronavirus-infections-19987<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Friday by 8,510 new cases and reached 1,631,727, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 20 Feb 2021 11:35:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fhxzsbh38pkfxf6r8d5jyv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-8510-new-coronavirus-infections-19987Deputy State Assets Minister to be dismissedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deputy-state-assets-minister-to-be-dismissed-19985<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has signed the dismissal of Deputy State Assets Minister Janusz Kowalski, State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 20 Feb 2021 11:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/87thyj4f4aoeakvzazjxz4.jpegKowalski is a member of Solidary Poland (Solidarna Polska), a junior ally of the ruling Law and Justice party.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deputy-state-assets-minister-to-be-dismissed-19985Poland considering partial closure at Czech, Slovak borders - health minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-considering-partial-closure-at-czech-slovak-borders---health-min-19983<p>Poland may impose restrictions at the country's borders with Slovakia and the Czech Republic due to the worsening pandemic situation in those countries, the Polish health minister said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 20 Feb 2021 10:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fw799w2isowyh7cm4tewqf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-considering-partial-closure-at-czech-slovak-borders---health-min-19983Senate resolution calls for EU extension of sanctions against Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-resolution-calls-for-eu-extension-of-sanctions-against-russia-19982<p>Poland's Senate on Friday adopted a resolution calling on the EU to extend sanctions against Russia after the country's court had ordered opposition leader Alexey Navalny be sent to a prison camp.</p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 20:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1usd1yi6njfboeolzib2r.jpegBogdan Klich, chairman of the Foreign and European Union Affairs Committee, said the Polish Senate is not alone in this appeal, adding that a similar resolution was passed by the Senate of the Czech Republic and others are or will be adopted by the Senates of the Baltic states. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-resolution-calls-for-eu-extension-of-sanctions-against-russia-19982South African Covid-19 variant found in Poland - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/south-african-covid-19-variant-found-in-poland---health-minister-19980<p>Poland has discovered the South African variant of the coronavirus on its territory, the health minister said on Friday.</p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 19:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ennws3gm6kai8x3rjksbvb.jpeg"In addition to the British variant, the South African variant has appeared in Poland," Adam Niedzielski told a news conference.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/south-african-covid-19-variant-found-in-poland---health-minister-19980Four Polish cities qualify for European Green Capital titlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-polish-cities-qualifiy-for-european-green-capital-title-19979<p>The Polish cities of Gdańsk, Kraków, Rzeszów and Warsaw are among a group of 16 cities which have qualified for the European Green Capital Award 2023.</p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 18:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wj10qe0jfflpk2ltjobeo.jpegIn the past, the southern Polish city of Kraków had also qualified for the European Green Capital Award 2022 title, placing fifth.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-polish-cities-qualifiy-for-european-green-capital-title-19979Over 3 mln Covid-19 vaccinations possible by end of Q1 - gov't officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-3-mln-covid-19-vaccinations-possible-by-end-of-q1---govt-official-19978<p>If Poland receives its promised vaccine quota, it will be possible to inoculate more than three million people against the coronavirus by the end of the first quarter of this year, a government official said on Friday.</p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 17:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dy77m41edwlqs4re9kvm6i.jpegMichał Dworczyk, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, told a press conference that Poland expects to receive over eight million vaccines in the first quarter of 2021.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-3-mln-covid-19-vaccinations-possible-by-end-of-q1---govt-official-19978Polish agri-food exports up 7 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-agri-food-exports-up-7-pct-in-2020-19977<p>Exports of Polish agricultural and food products rose by 7 percent year on year in 2020, according to a state-owned agricultural agency.</p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 16:07:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/th32c03inccidhnwmcna.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-agri-food-exports-up-7-pct-in-2020-19977Poland's battery sector pulls in investmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-battery-sector-pulls-in-investment-19975<p>Poland has become a European leader in the production of lithium-ion batteries, with exports booming despite the pandemic.</p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 14:46:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's battery sector pulls in investmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-battery-sector-pulls-in-investment-19975Northvolt to invest USD 200 million in battery planthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/northvolt-to-invest-usd-200-million-in-battery-plant-19974<p>Swedish battery producer Northvolt, will open a plant in Gdansk, Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 14:10:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNorthvolt to invest USD 200 million in battery planthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/northvolt-to-invest-usd-200-million-in-battery-plant-19974Retail sales down in January - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-down-in-january---stats-office-19972<p>Poland's retail sales decreased in real terms by 6.0 percent year on year, and dropped by 24.9 percent month on month in January 2021, the Central Statistical Office said on Friday.</p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 14:06:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g6ule88iqdp7u6dv4jhgqi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-down-in-january---stats-office-19972Now, that is HUGE! Huuuge Games breaks records with IPO on Warsaw Stock Exchangehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/now-that-is-huge-huuuge-games-breaks-records-with-ipo-on-warsaw-stock-exchange-19970<p>Warsaw’s Huuuge Games company has made history after making the largest IPO in Polish history the largest mobile gaming IPO in European history.</p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 13:42:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dq82xl4lxof6998nzd59ic.jpegThe company that has 10 offices in eight countries around the world made the largest gaming IPO in Polish history and the largest mobile gaming IPO in European history today.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/now-that-is-huge-huuuge-games-breaks-records-with-ipo-on-warsaw-stock-exchange-19970Third coronavirus wave already in Poland - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/third-coronavirus-wave-already-in-poland---health-minister-19968<p>Poland is already in the grip of the third coronavirus wave, the health minister has said.</p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 13:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ac3u2mpf6ilyrbtb68kvig.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/third-coronavirus-wave-already-in-poland---health-minister-19968World’s first smog allergy study shows you can be allergic to smoghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-first-smog-allergy-study-shows-you-can-be-allergic-to-smog-19966<p><span lang="EN-GB">Ground-breaking study by Polish scientists has shown that red blood cells produce an allergic response when exposed to smog particles in 75 percent of healthy individuals and 83 percent of already allergic individuals.</span></p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 12:41:00 +0100ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dhdvu8p6tae4tf1pz5yuo8.jpegBlood collected from participants was exposed to samples of Kraków smog particles in laboratory conditions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-first-smog-allergy-study-shows-you-can-be-allergic-to-smog-19966New app brings Mars exploration closer to life on Earthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-app-brings-mars-exploration-closer-to-life-on-earth-19963<p><span lang="EN-GB">Polish developer Immersion has created an augmented reality application that allows users to follow NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover on its historic mission to the Red Planet.</span></p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 12:32:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xdjoij0zc4d0psbdux42x8.pngThe mobile app from Warsaw-based firm Immersion VR presents NASA’s ‘Perseverance’ rover mission and the surface of Mars in an interactive way.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-app-brings-mars-exploration-closer-to-life-on-earth-19963Kielce guitar whizz wows rock royalty with mind-blowing rendition of Led Zeppelin epichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kielce-lad-wows-rock-royalty-with-mind-blowing-rendition-of-led-zeppelin-epic-19961<p><span lang="EN-GB">A 20-year-old guitarist from Kielce has been wowing the music world with his searing rendition of Led Zeppelin’s epic ‘Kashmir’.</span></p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 11:58:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mj9dnq9hh38ip2sijx9ywh.jpegThe jaw-dropping performance by 20-year-old Marcin Patrzałek has now gone viral with leading heavyweight rock stars and music journals describing the performance as ‘genius’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kielce-lad-wows-rock-royalty-with-mind-blowing-rendition-of-led-zeppelin-epic-19961Poland reports 8,777 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-8777-new-coronavirus-infections-19959<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Thursday by 8,777 new cases and reached 1,623,218, the Ministry of Health said on Friday.</p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 11:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8yf6peppr8ostw8z3xaprl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-8777-new-coronavirus-infections-19959Coronavirus claims lives of 94 doctors, 73 nurses - health ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-claims-lives-of-94-doctors-73-nurses---health-ministry-19957<p>The coronavirus has contributed to the deaths of 94 doctors and 73 nurses in Poland as well as two laboratory diagnosticians, 13 dentists, five pharmacists, seven paramedics and five midwives, the Ministry of Health data have revealed.</p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 10:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b9w7kbbvlenvvhkbakte.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-claims-lives-of-94-doctors-73-nurses---health-ministry-19957Poland offers scholarships to nearly 800 persons persecuted in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-offers-scholarships-to-nearly-800-persons-persecuted-in-belarus-19955<p>Poland has offered nearly 800 scholarships to Belarusians under a programme to help those being persecuted.</p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 10:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland offers scholarships to nearly 800 persons persecuted in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-offers-scholarships-to-nearly-800-persons-persecuted-in-belarus-19955Majority of Poles downbeat on national situation - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-poles-downbeat-on-national-situation---poll-19953<p>Sixty-one percent of respondents to a February poll believe things in Poland are going badly, whereas 23 percent are optimistic about the situation.</p>Fri, 19 Feb 2021 09:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMajority of Poles downbeat on national situation - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-poles-downbeat-on-national-situation---poll-19953Poland can offer Czechs and Slovaks places in temporary hospitals - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-can-offer-czechs-and-slovaks-places-in-temporary-hospitals---pm-19951<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has pledged that Poland is ready to offer places in temporary hospitals to Covid-19 patients from the Czech Republic and Slovakia.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 20:11:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w1n2mo43hb1p0azim4yv.jpeg"We are prepared to help our Czech and Slovak neighbours by making available places in temporary hospitals in the southern part of the country," Morawiecki told a press conference in the southern Polish city of Katowice, on Thursday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-can-offer-czechs-and-slovaks-places-in-temporary-hospitals---pm-19951Senate opposes appointment of new ombudsmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-opposes-appointment-of-new-ombudsman-19948<p>Poland's Senate voted on Thursday against approving the appointment of Piotr Wawrzyk to the post of ombudsman.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 19:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jyv0j82az50vbsr97zdvw.jpegThe Sejm (lower house of parliament) forwarded Deputy Foreign Minister Wawrzyk as the ruling Law and Justice party's candidate for ombudsman, but the appointment required Senate approval.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-opposes-appointment-of-new-ombudsman-19948Income from food exports sets record in 2020 - agriculture ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/income-from-food-exports-sets-record-in-2020---agriculture-minister-19949<p>Revenue from agri-food exports hit a record high in 2020 of EUR 34 billion, EUR 2 billion more than a year earlier, the agriculture minister has said.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 18:53:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5cadlm23hgouo2dcqhpt.jpegIn a video conference Grzegorz Puda said that the growth in export revenue was the result of a number of factors including a favourable zloty exchange rate to the euro and dollar, which aided competitiveness on international markets.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/income-from-food-exports-sets-record-in-2020---agriculture-minister-19949Poland offers to accept 200 Covid-19 patients from Slovakiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-offers-to-accept-200-covid-19-patients-from-slovakia-19946<p>Poland is ready to admit 200 Slovak patients suffering from Covid-19 and to provide them with care in intensive care units, Slovakia's deputy foreign minister has said.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 18:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fovh2xkj644j4lb30k225.jpegRecent data from the Slovak Ministry of Health show that hospitals have a record number of Covid-19 patients and people suspected of having the disease.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-offers-to-accept-200-covid-19-patients-from-slovakia-19946Poland's main opposition party presents women's rights projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-main-opposition-party-presents-womens-rights-project-19945<p>Civic Platform, Poland's main opposition party, has proposed the liberalisation of the abortion laws as part of a new project focusing on women’s rights.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 17:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d0pp1krh2z7maacn0db3l.jpegAgnieszka Pomaska, a PO MP, said that the "Women's Rights Package" should give women a sense of security "at every stage of life". https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-main-opposition-party-presents-womens-rights-project-19945British Covid-19 strain spreading in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-covid-19-strain-spreading-in-poland-19943<p>The UK coronavirus variant has increased its share of Covid-19 infections in Poland to 9 percent, the health minister has said.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 16:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z49qwwtau1jc80v1hsgzik.jpegAdam Niedzielski told the Sejm, the lower house of parliament, on Thursday that the firsts tests carried had shown the variant accounted for 5 percent of infections.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-covid-19-strain-spreading-in-poland-19943Harrowing new book tells extraordinary tale of women who set up illegal scout group in WWII death camphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-new-book-tells-extraordinary-tale-of-women-who-set-up-illegal-scout-group-in-wwii-death-camp-19940<p>The astonishing story of how a group of Polish women set up the only fully-fledged scout troop under the noses of the Germans in a concentration camp during World War Two has been told in a new book.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 15:26:00 +0100Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8tz58m1kq2kp0bp3j4m4j.jpegA group of Polish female political prisoners in Ravensbrück concentration camp formed the clandestine ‘Mury’ Scout Troop.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-new-book-tells-extraordinary-tale-of-women-who-set-up-illegal-scout-group-in-wwii-death-camp-19940Polish firm in talks on Covid vaccine licencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firm-in-talks-on-covid-vaccine-licence-19938<p>Poland may begin producing Covid-19 vaccines under a foreign licence, a government official said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 14:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y0nylgj9675il9pndfa5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firm-in-talks-on-covid-vaccine-licence-19938Animals that served the state could get financial supporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/animals-that-served-the-state-could-get-financial-support-19936<p>The Polish state will financially support retired animals trained for the state services, the interior ministry has proposed.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 14:07:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e3zj9yf5ac63axnghjent6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/animals-that-served-the-state-could-get-financial-support-19936Small house, grand designs: Couple build dream home from secondhand materials for just 6,000zł - complete with rustic kitchen, cosy fireplace and chic decorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/small-house-grand-designs-couple-build-dream-home-from-secondhand-materials-for-just-6000zl---complete-with-rustic-kitchen-cosy-fireplace-and-chic-decor-19934<p>A creative couple from Lesser Poland have completed their own ‘Grand Designs’ style project using materials collected from family and friends to create an impressively stylish home for only 6,000 PLN.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 13:32:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5mnkcyqxdrnxkoen6g8r.pngJanusz and Karolina Gruchacz took just six months to finish their petite 35 sqm summer home.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/small-house-grand-designs-couple-build-dream-home-from-secondhand-materials-for-just-6000zl---complete-with-rustic-kitchen-cosy-fireplace-and-chic-decor-19934EC summons Poland over EU forest protection rulinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-summons-poland-over-cjeu-forest-protection-ruling-19932<p>The European Commission has called on Poland to abide to a ruling on animal and animal habitat protection in the Białowieża Forest.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 13:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEC summons Poland over EU forest protection rulinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-summons-poland-over-cjeu-forest-protection-ruling-19932Twenty-five Polish banks report EUR 330 mln in total losses in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/twenty-five-polish-banks-report-eur-330-mln-in-total-losses-in-2020-19931<p>Poland’s financial supervisor has said eight commercial and 17 cooperative banks with a combined market share of 8.5 percent reported a total loss of PLN 1.5 billion (EUR 330 million) in 2020.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 13:26:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTwenty-five Polish banks report EUR 330 mln in total losses in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/twenty-five-polish-banks-report-eur-330-mln-in-total-losses-in-2020-19931Polish president condemns detention of Belarusian journalistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-condemns-detention-of-belarusian-journalists-19929<p>President Andrzej Duda has condemned the Belarusian authorities after two TV journalists were jailed on charges of inciting protests.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 12:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president condemns detention of Belarusian journalistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-condemns-detention-of-belarusian-journalists-19929Health ministry seizes ventilators to secure non-delivery claimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-ministry-seizes-ventilators-to-secure-non-delivery-claims-19927<p>Over 400 medical ventilators have been seized at Warsaw's Chopin Airport in the latest twist to a medical procurement scandal dating back to the first wave of the pandemic.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 12:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oji4a8tb5ghse6bj5h683.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-ministry-seizes-ventilators-to-secure-non-delivery-claims-19927Poland reports 9,073 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-9073-new-coronavirus-infections-19925<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Wednesday by 9,073 new cases and reached 1,614,446, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 12:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6kaugz1u3hp53jsn6qiyg3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-9073-new-coronavirus-infections-19925Kraków start-up teams up with US nuclear firm to fly to the moon and extract rare energy isotopehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-start-up-teams-up-with-us-nuclear-firm-to-fly-to-the-moon-and-extract-rare-energy-isotope-19922<p>A Kraków start-up has teamed up with a US nuclear company to carry out an unmanned mission to the moon to extract a rare and valuable isotope of helium thought to be the key to the production of pure nuclear energy.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 12:07:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e5wk5cpj905xbtxqxcuz.jpegHelium isotope, known as helium-3 is found in much greater quantities in natural stores on the moon than those on Earth, where it is 100 million times more abundant.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-start-up-teams-up-with-us-nuclear-firm-to-fly-to-the-moon-and-extract-rare-energy-isotope-19922Poland to start decanting of Covid-19 vaccines in autumnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-start-decanting-of-covid-19-vaccines-in-autumn-19920<p>Poland will need months to open a new coronavirus vaccine decanting facility, a deputy health minister has said.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 11:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bzyuwshurk9mmd6isfrvh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-start-decanting-of-covid-19-vaccines-in-autumn-19920Poland's industrial production up in January - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-january---stats-office-19919<p>Poland's industrial output rose by 0.9 percent year on year in January 2021, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 10:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xx13rj5d2e94w6r9zb9vf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-january---stats-office-19919Sugar tax hits soft drink saleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sugar-tax-hits-soft-drink-sales-19918<p>Sales of soft drinks have fallen by 16 percent following the introduction of a new sugar tax, Poland's Market Monitoring Centre (CMR) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 10:24:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jrxw14pejtrx4erss1clfh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sugar-tax-hits-soft-drink-sales-19918Poland 'first' in EU vaccination ratehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-first-in-eu-vaccination-rate-19916<p>Poland leads the EU's first-dose coronavirus vaccination ranking, the government's vaccination commissioner has said.</p>Thu, 18 Feb 2021 10:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/89kw8pi8ar5tjrjef258jj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-first-in-eu-vaccination-rate-19916Visegrad Group PMs meet to map out futurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/visegrad-group-pms-meet-to-map-out-future-19915<p>The heads of government of Visegrad Group (V4) countries met in Krakow, southern Poland, on Wednesday, to map out the future of the V4 and to discuss ways to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.</p>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 19:24:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/43l434swhdp61ff4j90fhy.jpegThe Polish prime minister said the four Visegrad countries were a "driving force of economic development in the whole of Europe," but added that the pandemic had changed the "colourful hues" of the economy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/visegrad-group-pms-meet-to-map-out-future-19915V4 leaders declare further cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-leaders-declare-further-cooperation-19911<p>The Visegrad Group countries will continue to work on strengthening regional cooperation and fight the effects of the pandemic, the prime ministers of the four countries pledged in a declaration.</p>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 15:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j9uiqlt1rdehvn0sd27px.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-leaders-declare-further-cooperation-19911Presence of UK coronavirus variant is growing in Poland - health minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presence-of-uk-coronavirus-variant-is-growing-in-poland---health-min-19910<p>The UK coronavirus variant has started to spread in Poland, the health minister has warned.</p>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 15:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u6fb69qeyeizbtzffevflk.jpegNiedzielski said the rising rates of infection were a cause for concern.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presence-of-uk-coronavirus-variant-is-growing-in-poland---health-min-19910Auschwitz survivors accuse Germany of negligence in pursuing Nazi war criminalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-survivors-accuse-germany-of-negligence-in-pursuing-nazi-war-criminals-19906<p><span lang="EN-GB">A committee of Auschwitz survivors has accused German courts of negligence in pursuing and prosecuting Nazi criminals.</span></p>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 14:49:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1gk1bx7rqjiqplyhjsp4qi.jpegEstablished by the occupying Germans in 1940, by the end of the war over 1 million people had been killed through gassings, starvation, exhaustion, disease, individual executions, or beatings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-survivors-accuse-germany-of-negligence-in-pursuing-nazi-war-criminals-19906Gov't coalition party calls on Finance Ministry to withdrawn from ad taxhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-coalition-party-calls-on-finance-ministry-to-withdrawn-from-ad-tax-19904<p>Poland's Junior government coalition party Agreement has called on the Finance Ministry to scrap a controversial media tax project or revise it.</p>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 14:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGov't coalition party calls on Finance Ministry to withdrawn from ad taxhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-coalition-party-calls-on-finance-ministry-to-withdrawn-from-ad-tax-19904Man builds country’s first igloo in shape of a CAT and puts it on Airbnb for 500zł per night!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/man-builds-countrys-first-igloo-in-shape-of-a-cat-and-puts-it-on-airbnb-for-500zl-per-night-19902<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Wrocław man has created Poland’s first igloo to rent – in the shape of a cat.</span></p>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 14:06:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v4l6i4kh3sorgqp9uzwx.pngThe cat igloo, or ‘Kitlloo’ as it’s called, took four days to build and is listed on Airbnb as a 1-bedroom accommodation with a private bathroom.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/man-builds-countrys-first-igloo-in-shape-of-a-cat-and-puts-it-on-airbnb-for-500zl-per-night-19902Polish industrial policy must be tied to EU funding - Dep PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-industrial-policy-must-be-tied-to-eu-funding---dep-pm-19900<p>Poland's industrial policy has to be closely tied to EU funding for it to succeed, Jaroslaw Gowin, a deputy prime minister, has said.</p>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 13:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish industrial policy must be tied to EU funding - Dep PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-industrial-policy-must-be-tied-to-eu-funding---dep-pm-19900Dep PM critcises church sluggishness against paedophile priesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dep-pm-critcises-church-sluggishness-against-paedophile-priest-19898<p>Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Gowin has attacked the Polish Catholic Church, saying it was a “scandal” that it had done nothing to stop an alleged paedophile priest.</p>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 12:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/meo1rd5lfh88jexw7y4ip4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dep-pm-critcises-church-sluggishness-against-paedophile-priest-19898Port of Gdansk 3rd in Baltic reloading in Januaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/port-of-gdansk-3rd-in-baltic-reloading-in-january-19896<p>The Port of Gdansk was the third busiest on the Baltic last month when it came to handling trans-shipments, the port's spokeswoman reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPort of Gdansk 3rd in Baltic reloading in Januaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/port-of-gdansk-3rd-in-baltic-reloading-in-january-19896Poland reports 8,694 new coronavirus infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-8694-new-coronavirus-infections-19894<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Tuesday by 8,694 new cases and reached 1,605,372, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 11:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c55jfxrd3whtag2drxipc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-8694-new-coronavirus-infections-19894Secret tunnels found under Szczecin’s Ducal Castle leave historians baffledhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/secret-tunnels-found-under-szczecins-ducal-castle-leave-historians-baffled-19892<p><span lang="EN-GB">Dating from mediaeval times, researchers have discovered two secret tunnels running underneath the Ducal Castle in the northern city of Szczecin.</span></p>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 11:36:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/skfi0hrpydgzv5mhg676lq.pngThe surprising find was made after expert cavers began exploring a network of passages that had been constructed during WWII.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/secret-tunnels-found-under-szczecins-ducal-castle-leave-historians-baffled-19892Beauty and cosmetic chains expand despite recessionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beauty-and-cosmetic-chains-expand-despite-recession-19890<p>Large chains selling cosmetic and beauty products have managed to rebuff the worst of the pandemic recession, opening more stores and online platforms.</p>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 10:59:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBeauty and cosmetic chains expand despite recessionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beauty-and-cosmetic-chains-expand-despite-recession-19890Poland's average corporate wage up y/y in January - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-corporate-wage-up-yy-in-january---stats-office-19888<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 4.8 percent year on year to PLN 5,536.80 (EUR 1,231.47) in January 2021, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 10:53:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wk6k3ygegycyceizee5c4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-corporate-wage-up-yy-in-january---stats-office-19888New opposition party forms parliamentary grouphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-opposition-party-forms-parliamentary-group-19886<p>Opposition movement Polska 2050 will have its own group in parliament after three MPs decided to join forces to represent it.</p>Wed, 17 Feb 2021 09:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/30lhsptw70e34xs8chc17f.jpegFormed last year by Catholic journalist and former presidential candidate Szymon Holownia, Polska 2050 has become a centre-right party that has managed to get some politicians from its rivals to defect to its ranks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-opposition-party-forms-parliamentary-group-19886Ruling coalition continues to enjoy highest voter supporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-coalition-continues-to-enjoy-highest-voter-support-19885<p>Support for the ruling United Right coalition rose by 2 percentage points to 31 percent in February, while support for the main opposition grouping, the Civic Coalition, fell 5 points to 18 percent, the Kantar pollster reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 20:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRuling coalition continues to enjoy highest voter supporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-coalition-continues-to-enjoy-highest-voter-support-19885Poland condemns attack on coalition forces in Iraqhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-condemns-attack-on-coalition-forces-in-iraq-19884<p>Poland condemns a Monday rocket attack on US-led coalition forces in Erbil, Iraq, the foreign ministry said in a Tuesday statement.</p>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 20:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland condemns attack on coalition forces in Iraqhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-condemns-attack-on-coalition-forces-in-iraq-19884Poland to spend more on disabled persons and their carershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-spend-more-on-disabled-persons-and-their-carers-19883<p>Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has announced that, in 2021, spending on assistance for people with disabilities and their carers will grow by 91 percent from 2015.</p>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 17:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gyyxcdm52blfsttdt8j7q4.jpeg"In 2021, outlays on assistance for disabled persons and their carers will reach PLN 29.63 billion (EUR 6.6 billion), up by 91 percent from 2015," Morawiecki told a joint press conference with the family and social policy minister on Tuesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-spend-more-on-disabled-persons-and-their-carers-19883Polish FinMin says recession one of EU's 'mildest'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-finmin-says-recession-one-of-eus-mildest-19881<p>Poland has experienced one of the least damaging recessions in the European Union, the finance minister has claimed during a video conference of his European peers.</p>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 17:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lyov0x3cwqyoay5sferz.jpegKościński said that Poland's post-Covid recovery measures will focus on improving the quality of, and access to, health care, digital technology and better air quality.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-finmin-says-recession-one-of-eus-mildest-19881Almost half of Poles plan to get vaccinated against Covid-19 - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/almost-half-of-poles-plan-to-get-vaccinated-against-covid-19---poll-19879<p>Close to 50 percent of Poles plan to get vaccinated against Covid-19, a new poll has shown.</p>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 17:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cjekk10uyi4n4xuhk72rnf.jpegThe researchers wrote that those most interested in vaccinations are people aged over-60, people with a higher education, and residents of big cities.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/almost-half-of-poles-plan-to-get-vaccinated-against-covid-19---poll-19879Bored advertising exec becomes overnight sensation after handcrafting beautiful wooden spoons during lockdownhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bored-advertising-exec-becomes-overnight-sensation-after-handcrafting-beautiful-wooden-spoons-during-lockdown-19875<p>Bartek Kaczmarek is ‘over the spoon’ after his collection of gorgeous handcrafted wooden spoons became an internet hit.</p>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 15:55:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i53mkj618w8ep4b36freoc.jpegBartek Kaczmarek began carving wood as a way to relieve lockdown boredom.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bored-advertising-exec-becomes-overnight-sensation-after-handcrafting-beautiful-wooden-spoons-during-lockdown-19875Most parents against influenza vaccination for childrenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-parents-against-influenza-vaccination-for-children-19873<p>Over 60 percent of Polish parents do not intend to vaccinate their children against influenza this winter, a survey by the National Anti-Influenza Programme revealed on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 14:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1afchq5chwvrxpfm1ftb0d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-parents-against-influenza-vaccination-for-children-19873EU FMs set to speak with Navalny aide on Sunday - sourcehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-fms-set-to-speak-with-navalny-aide-on-sunday---source-19871<p>EU foreign ministers will talk with Leonid Volkov, an aide to imprisoned Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, PAP has learnt from an EU diplomatic source.</p>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 14:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEU FMs set to speak with Navalny aide on Sunday - sourcehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-fms-set-to-speak-with-navalny-aide-on-sunday---source-19871English Heritage issues plea for memories of elite Polish unit that trained at UK stately home during WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/english-heritage-issues-plea-for-memories-of-elite-polish-unit-that-trained-at-uk-stately-home-during-wwii-19868<p><span lang="EN-GB">An appeal for wartime memories has been launched on the 80th anniversary of the first mission of the Cichociemni, the elite Polish commandos who trained in Britain to lead the resistance against the Germans in occupied Poland.</span></p>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 13:44:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2a2u1o1li5apmmt47d3c2g.pngThe elite special-operations paratroopers were trained in the UK to carry out covert operations, sabotage and intelligence-gathering in occupied Poland. Most of them completed their training at Audley End House, an early 17th-century country house outside Saffron Walden, Essex, England.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/english-heritage-issues-plea-for-memories-of-elite-polish-unit-that-trained-at-uk-stately-home-during-wwii-19868Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,596,673https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1596673-19866<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Monday by 5,178 new cases and reached 1,596,673, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 12:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/za0le1ol33sm4hbab6xe9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1596673-19866Polish and British cops bust organised crime ringhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-british-cops-bust-organised-crime-ring-19864<p>Polish police have detained a man suspected of leading an organised crime group in Great Britain, the Police Central Investigative Bureau (CBSP) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 12:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/annkdm13417ukv3l1g8gmq.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-british-cops-bust-organised-crime-ring-19864President to review bill on advertising tax – presidential aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-review-bill-on-advertising-tax--presidential-aide-19862<p>Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, will examine a controversial advertising tax bill when it is in its final stages, the president's chief aide has told PAP.</p>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 10:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident to review bill on advertising tax – presidential aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-review-bill-on-advertising-tax--presidential-aide-19862Decisions on pandemic restrictions not before next weekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decisions-on-pandemic-restrictions-not-before-next-week-19860<p>New decisions on further pandemic restrictions not earlier than next week, the government spokesperson said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 10:52:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5mwign47kb56nwgldhiqhs.jpegMueller also referred to the health minister's earlier announcement that Covid-19 infections were on the rise, and said the government will have to "monitor the situation carefully."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decisions-on-pandemic-restrictions-not-before-next-week-19860Coronavirus infections on the rise - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-infections-on-the-rise---health-minister-19858<p>The Polish health minister has warned that the number of coronavirus infections is rising, saying that Tuesday’s count was 1,000 more than a week ago.</p>Tue, 16 Feb 2021 10:15:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3cgkrm58c1sxgprs2mtcc9.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-infections-on-the-rise---health-minister-19858Poland in second place in EU for industrial productionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-in-second-place-in-eu-for-industrial-production-19855<p>Poland has recorded the second best result among the EU countries achieving an increase in industrial production of 6.1 percent year on year, a deputy development minister has said.</p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 20:37:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rcrn0wy48kdah90j6a0hq4.jpegRobert Tomanek said that only Slovakia recorded higher growth (6.8 percent).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-in-second-place-in-eu-for-industrial-production-19855Polish economy has solid foundation due to national growth project - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-has-solid-foundation-due-to-national-growth-project---pm-19853<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said the Polish economy has a solid foundation, while industry has a competitive edge thanks to the Strategy for Responsible Development national growth programme.</p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 19:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wwq8tzmlq7vvjr4ow3ia.jpegDuring a Monday press conference at the Prefabrykacja S.A. construction company, Morawiecki said that many Polish companies had increased employment during the crisis and gained new sales markets.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-has-solid-foundation-due-to-national-growth-project---pm-19853Exports contribute to 10-fold growth in foreign trade surplus in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exports-contribute-to-10-fold-growth-in-foreign-trade-surplus-in-2020-19852<p>Poland's foreign trade surplus grew 10-fold in 2020, the Ministry of Development, Labour and Technology wrote in a commentary following the release of the latest data on Polish exports.</p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 18:48:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zjkwlw80subrdjlmumdme.jpeg"Polish exports are one of the key factors supporting economic growth," Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Development, Labour and Technology Jaroslaw Gowin was quoted in a Monday press release as saying.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exports-contribute-to-10-fold-growth-in-foreign-trade-surplus-in-2020-19852Poland accuses French radio station of "fake news"https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accuses-french-radio-station-of-fake-news-19851<p>The Polish foreign ministry has accused a French radio station of producing “fake news” after it accused Warsaw of trying to prohibit any reference to its liability for crimes committed by the Nazis during World War Two.</p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 18:28:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland accuses French radio station of "fake news"https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accuses-french-radio-station-of-fake-news-19851Poland's C/A surplus at EUR 430 million in December - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ca-surplus-at-eur-430-million-in-december---central-bank-19849<p>Poland's current account surplus hit EUR 430 million in December 2020, against market expectations of EUR 1.05 billion, according to National Bank of Poland figures released on Monday.</p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 17:40:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o4e5vnf4pzks4fificn4wb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ca-surplus-at-eur-430-million-in-december---central-bank-19849Poland may restore restrictions if epidemic worsens - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-restore-restrictions-if-epidemic-worsens---health-minister-19848<p>The government could reinstate Covid-19 restrictions at a regional level, if the pandemic situation deteriorates, the health minister has said.</p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 17:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iqzejrw72sm6vnhsmr7e.jpegNiedzielski said that tests performed across the country have shown that around 5 percent of Covid-19 cases had been caused by the British mutation of the coronavirus.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-restore-restrictions-if-epidemic-worsens---health-minister-19848Moose on the loose: Scientists calculate when cars are most likely to hit moosehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moose-on-the-loose-scientists-calculate-when-cars-are-most-likely-to-hit-moose-19846<p>A new study has identified when cars are most likely to hit a moose on the road, with practical implications for drivers’ safety – as well as that of the animals themselves.</p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 16:26:00 +0100Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ww23e80zyqy3q31reo9ae.jpegThe study, the first of its kind in Central Europe, analysed over a decade’s worth of collisions between moose and vehicles in Poland, spanning from 2003 to 2019.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moose-on-the-loose-scientists-calculate-when-cars-are-most-likely-to-hit-moose-19846Belarusian man honoured after film of him pushing stranded bus out of snow goes viralhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarussian-man-honoured-after-film-of-him-pushing-stranded-bus-out-of-snow-goes-viral-19843<p>A Belarussian man has been hailed a hero after he was seen pushing a bus out of a snow-clogged street in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 15:33:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3z1uq5wxl766aonzx04dvq.jpegThe man identified as Dmitry Salogub was captured on camera by a TV camera crew as local journalist Paweł Łukasik reported on traffic problems caused by the stranded bus.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarussian-man-honoured-after-film-of-him-pushing-stranded-bus-out-of-snow-goes-viral-19843V4 gives region stronger position in EU - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-gives-region-stronger-position-in-eu---pm-19842<p>The Polish prime minister has praised the Visegrad Group, saying that it had given its members a “stronger bargaining position” in the EU while being “an advocate of regional interests.”</p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 15:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5tkeq7t37lqyijq3xjs07.jpegMorawiecki stressed that the V4 founding members were driven by the desire to establish regional cooperation and the aspiration to become members of the European family. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-gives-region-stronger-position-in-eu---pm-19842Snow laughing matter! Is this year’s freeze worse than the ‘Winter of the Century’?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snow-laughing-matter-is-this-years-freeze-worse-than-the-winter-of-the-century-19840<p><span lang="EN-GB">With arguments breaking out on social media over whether the current sub-zero temperatures were worse than previously, TFN compares the situation today with the ‘worst winter on record’ – 1978/1979.</span></p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 14:13:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9eosptpg3lcoga4kb2q56.pngAfter a prolonged spell of sub-zero temperatures many are reflecting on the ‘Winter of the century’ and asking which was worse the 1978/1979 winter or this year’s 2020/2021 cold snap?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snow-laughing-matter-is-this-years-freeze-worse-than-the-winter-of-the-century-19840Part of opposition bloc backs abortion on request up to 12 weekshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/part-of-opposition-bloc-backs-abortion-on-request-up-to-12-weeks-19838<p>Some members of the Civic Coalition (KO), Poland’s main opposition grouping, are in favour of abortion on request, PAP has learned.</p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 12:26:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPart of opposition bloc backs abortion on request up to 12 weekshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/part-of-opposition-bloc-backs-abortion-on-request-up-to-12-weeks-19838Economy to return to dynamic path of growth this year - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/economy-to-return-to-dynamic-path-of-growth-this-year---pm-19836<p>Poland's economy will return to rapid growth this year, the prime minister wrote on Facebook on Monday.</p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 12:13:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/293wv4jg3wyremq577uz3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/economy-to-return-to-dynamic-path-of-growth-this-year---pm-19836Poland's foreign trade surplus at EUR 12 bln in 2020 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-12-bln-in-2020---stats-office-19834<p>Poland's foreign trade surplus totalled EUR 12.0 billion at the end of December 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 11:41:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7zhxwlv8iad10aq0oc5rjj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-12-bln-in-2020---stats-office-19834Poland's inflation in January at 2.7 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-january-at-27-percent-yy---stats-office-19832<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 2.7 percent year on year in January 2021 and by 1.2 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 11:28:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3hwqli3swb53trq0satvb8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-january-at-27-percent-yy---stats-office-19832Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,591,497https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1591497-19830<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Sunday by 2,543 new cases and reached 1,591,497, the Ministry of Health said on Monday.</p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 11:24:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qit7sez93393gl3ystruwq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1591497-19830Poland plans to strengthen armed forces - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-plans-to-strengthen-armed-forces---mod-19828<p>Poland will enlarge its armed forces due to the threat posed by Russia, the country’s defence minister has said.</p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 10:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7liojmpe0rydw96liji45a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-plans-to-strengthen-armed-forces---mod-19828Pfizer, BioNTech vaccines arrive in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pfizer-biontech-vaccines-arrive-in-poland-19826<p>Close to 360,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Poland on Monday, the national Material Reserves Agency (ARM) reported.</p>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 10:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p1tqikjpxznazxkqsw33b.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pfizer-biontech-vaccines-arrive-in-poland-19826Advertising tax will not compromise media pluralism - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/advertising-tax-will-not-compromise-media-pluralism---pm-19825<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said that the government’s planned tax on media advertising revenue will not limit the freedom of expression nor affect media pluralism.</p>Sun, 14 Feb 2021 17:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5wb1bw766qvpt5b2vmuoq.jpegIn a Saturday post on Facebook Morawiecki said that the government's actions "are in line with the general trend of work within the EU and OECD aimed at fairer taxation of global corporations, primarily in the internet sector, but also in the media sector."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/advertising-tax-will-not-compromise-media-pluralism---pm-19825Polish ski mountaineers die in Slovak Tatrashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ski-mountaineers-die-in-slovak-tatras-19823<p>Two Polish ski mountaineers died on Saturday in an avalanche under the Kondratova Kopa peak in Slovakia's Western Tatras mountain range, Slovak rescuers said on Sunday.</p>Sun, 14 Feb 2021 16:39:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish ski mountaineers die in Slovak Tatrashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ski-mountaineers-die-in-slovak-tatras-19823Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,588,955https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1588955-19822<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Saturday by 5,334 new cases and reached 1,588,955, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday.</p>Sun, 14 Feb 2021 16:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ivxzpci41wj4g4f4e90h0l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1588955-19822Poles believe EU Recovery Plan will ease economic fallout from pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-believe-eu-recovery-plan-will-ease-economic-fallout-from-pandemic-19821<p>The results of a recent survey show that 86 percent of Poles believe that the EU Recovery Plan will make it possible to quickly overcome the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Sat, 13 Feb 2021 16:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles believe EU Recovery Plan will ease economic fallout from pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-believe-eu-recovery-plan-will-ease-economic-fallout-from-pandemic-19821Tremors continue in Poland's ruling party's ally as members expelledhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tremors-continue-in-polands-ruling-partys-ally-as-members-expelled-19820<p>Agreement, a junior partner that is key to maintaining the parliamentary majority of the ruling United Right coalition, has expelled eight of its members, including three MPs, in yet another stage of a broader conflict in the party.</p>Sat, 13 Feb 2021 15:54:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTremors continue in Poland's ruling party's ally as members expelledhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tremors-continue-in-polands-ruling-partys-ally-as-members-expelled-19820Coronavirus found on Polish mink farm can be transmitted to humanshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-found-on-polish-mink-farm-can-be-transmitted-to-humans-19819<p>A SARS-CoV-2 strain found on a Polish mink farm can be directly transmitted from the animals to humans and vice versa, the Agriculture Ministry has said.</p>Sat, 13 Feb 2021 14:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1o7ttjccaa79flzvzuqezo.jpegThe infection on the Polish mink farm in the northern county of Kartuzy was detected in late January. All 5,800 minks have been culled.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-found-on-polish-mink-farm-can-be-transmitted-to-humans-19819US congressmen voice support for Poland-backed regional projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-congressmen-voice-support-for-poland-backed-regional-project-19817<p>More than a dozen Democratic and Republican members of the US Congress in a letter to US President Joe Biden have expressed their support for the Polish-Croatian regional cooperation initiative that now comprises 12 Central and Eastern European countries.</p>Sat, 13 Feb 2021 12:12:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUS congressmen voice support for Poland-backed regional projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-congressmen-voice-support-for-poland-backed-regional-project-19817Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,583,621https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1583621-19815<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Friday by 6,586 new cases and reached 1,583,621, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 13 Feb 2021 11:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lub9tyrloqopn0xl6btkzr.jpegIn all, 2,071,009 Poles have already been vaccinated against Covid-19, according to data posted on the official government website, gov.pl.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1583621-19815Is Poland’s big freeze cause for climate concern?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/is-polands-big-freeze-cause-for-climate-concern-19812<p>As Poland weathers its first proper winter in years with the mercury dropping to over -20 degrees Celsius and snowfall covering much of the country, we turn our attention towards the climate in general.</p>Sat, 13 Feb 2021 10:30:00 +0100BusinessLifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dvjlu068vf53eck2d0gxgl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/is-polands-big-freeze-cause-for-climate-concern-19812Tremors shake Poland's ruling party's ally as members suspendedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tremors-shake-polands-ruling-partys-ally-as-members-suspended-19811<p>Agreement, a junior partner that is key to maintaining a parliamentary majority by the ruling United Right coalition, has suspended eight of its members, including three MPs, in yet another stage of a broader conflict in the party.</p>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 20:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nxh9qopza2rs8nmk7ytc7s.jpegAccording to Agreement's deputy spokesperson Jan Strzeżek, the eight members "have numerously breached the party's statutes."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tremors-shake-polands-ruling-partys-ally-as-members-suspended-19811Ruling party leads poll, newcomer gains supporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-leads-poll-newcomer-gains-support-19809<p>Poland's governing right-wing United Right coalition is backed by 33 percent of voters, but a new grassroots movement, the conservative Poland 2050, has overcome the so-far main opposition group, the centrist Civic Coalition (KO).</p>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 19:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRuling party leads poll, newcomer gains supporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-leads-poll-newcomer-gains-support-19809Most Poles pessimistic about changes in country - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-pessimistic-about-changes-in-country---poll-19807<p>Sixty-six percent of Poles are pessimistic about the changes in their country, the Kantar pollster revealed in a survey on Friday.</p>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 19:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMost Poles pessimistic about changes in country - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-pessimistic-about-changes-in-country---poll-19807Opposition MPs say “ghost hospitals” cost millionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-mps-say-ghost-hospitals-cost-millions-19805<p>Two opposition MPs have criticised the Polish government for pumping hundreds of millions into 30 makeshift Covid-19 hospitals, of which 13 had not treated any patient as of end-January.</p>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 17:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k6r6wjdkd5v0ziqdte5ct.jpegDariusz Joński (R) and Michał Szczerba (L) organised a press conference to present their findings concerning the additional coronavirus hospitals that the government has built to tackle a wave of infections.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-mps-say-ghost-hospitals-cost-millions-19805Nine million Poles now have 'trusted profile' says PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nine-million-poles-now-have-trusted-profile-says-pm-19804<p>The prime minister said over nine million Poles have created an electronic “trusted profile” in two years.</p>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 16:02:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wrcbg1ds29mqdyg5urvq9e.jpeg"Citizens are discovering that this modern, virtual contact with offices is possible, effective, convenient and time saving, while providing a better quality of services," said Morawiecki. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nine-million-poles-now-have-trusted-profile-says-pm-19804Poland's 2020 economic results much above forecasts - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-2020-economic-results-much-above-forecasts---finmin-19803<p>Poland’s finance minister has said new GDP data shows that the economic results for Q4 last year and the whole of 2020 were “significantly better” than expected.</p>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 15:16:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3eg211nhuxk8pucmka8j2d.jpeg"Only Ireland and Lithuania achieved better results," Kościński said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-2020-economic-results-much-above-forecasts---finmin-19803Poland among most innovative countries, says Global Innovation Indexhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-most-innovative-countries-says-global-innovation-index-19801<p><span lang="EN-GB">Poland has advanced in the latest innovation ranking compiled by Bloomberg, scoring particularly well when it comes to manufacturing value-added and high-tech density.</span></p>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 14:28:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a1og8x8qvyt3gg4xz10x.jpegRanking 23rd in the 2021 Bloomberg Innovation Index, Poland advanced by two places since last year’s ranking.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-most-innovative-countries-says-global-innovation-index-19801Poland’s first ever Banksy exhibition opens in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-first-ever-banksy-exhibition-opens-in-warsaw-19799<p><span lang="EN-GB">Poland’s cultural life has taken its first tentative steps towards recovery with the opening of a Banksy exhibition in Warsaw.</span></p>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 14:18:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hd0fvzy9qxl5ef1h4oqlo.jpegTitled “The Art of Banksy. Without Limits”, the exhibition is the first large-scale presentation of the artist’s works ever to be held in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-first-ever-banksy-exhibition-opens-in-warsaw-19799AstraZeneca vaccine to be given to adults aged 18–65https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/astrazeneca-vaccine-to-be-given-to-adults-aged-1865-19797<p>The AstraZeneca vaccine may be used on Polish adults under the age of 65, according to the government's Medical Council.</p>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 13:08:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hvjobk5fmw5obj0o0h2bhj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/astrazeneca-vaccine-to-be-given-to-adults-aged-1865-19797Poland to get 0.5 mln AstraZeneca vaccines on March 2https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-get-05-mln-astrazeneca-vaccines-on-march-2-19795<p>Around half a million AstraZeneca vaccines will arrive in Poland on March 2, the government’s commissioner for the national Covid vaccination programme has said.</p>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 12:33:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/35mudgbn2ssjcnfe8iedk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-get-05-mln-astrazeneca-vaccines-on-march-2-19795Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,577,036https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1577036-19793<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Thursday by 6,379 new cases and reached 1,577,036, the Ministry of Health said on Friday.</p>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rhw8q3csvirythoxxt31.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1577036-19793Cops & cobblers: Kraków cops surprise homeless man with new pair of shoes so he can start workhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cops--cobblers-krakow-cops-surprise-homeless-man-with-new-pair-of-shoes-so-he-can-start-work-19791<p><span lang="EN-GB">A homeless man in Kraków had the surprise of his life when kind-hearted policemen bought him a new pair of shoes so he could start a new job.</span></p>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 12:24:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ra5j7zjjahugz2qobw9t.jpegWell known to the policemen from their regular patrols and monitoring of the city’s homeless, the man struck up a conversation with the familiar officers, saying he had been offered a job.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cops--cobblers-krakow-cops-surprise-homeless-man-with-new-pair-of-shoes-so-he-can-start-work-19791Alcohol sales support budget - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/alcohol-sales-support-budget---daily-19789<p>The state is raking in more money from spirit sales due to an increase in excise tax, according to the newspaper Rzeczpospolita.</p>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 11:30:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/68khoenkftsodyi684mb2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/alcohol-sales-support-budget---daily-19789Pandemic hits Poland's culture and entertainment sector hardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pandemic-hits-polands-culture-and-entertainment-sector-hard-19787<p>The level of debt held by the culture and entertainment sector soared to PLN 35 million (EUR 7.8 million) last year as it struggled to cope with the effects of the pandemic lockdown.</p>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 11:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPandemic hits Poland's culture and entertainment sector hardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pandemic-hits-polands-culture-and-entertainment-sector-hard-19787Poland reopens cinemas, culture institutions from Fridayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reopens-cinemas-culture-institutions-from-friday-19785<p>Polish cinemas, theatres, hotels and swimming pools can open again on Friday as part of a gradual loosening of lockdown restrictions.</p>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 10:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t1mw8ic1o73olbm32mo2h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reopens-cinemas-culture-institutions-from-friday-19785Senate against advertising tax - house speakerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-against-advertising-tax---house-speaker-19782<p>The democratic majority in Poland's Senate (upper house) will not accept the government’s planned tax on business advertising revenue, the house speaker said on Thursday.</p>Fri, 12 Feb 2021 09:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSenate against advertising tax - house speakerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-against-advertising-tax---house-speaker-19782Poland among EU leaders in cumulative economic growth in past two yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-eu-leaders-in-cumulative-economic-growth-in-past-two-years-19779<p>European Commission data show that Poland is among four EU countries that recorded positive cumulative economic growth in the last two years.</p>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 20:25:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland among EU leaders in cumulative economic growth in past two yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-eu-leaders-in-cumulative-economic-growth-in-past-two-years-19779Polish micro-firms receive EUR 577 million from anti-crisis packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-micro-firms-receive-eur-577-million-from-anti-crisis-package-19777<p>Over 30,000 micro entities have to date received PLN 2.6 billion (EUR 577 billion) from the Polish Development Fund's (PFR) financial shield amid the coronavirus pandemic, PFR said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 19:29:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zzy3o9b1puen3ypzb71ugf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-micro-firms-receive-eur-577-million-from-anti-crisis-package-19777Frozen (literally) in time, Sioło Budy is a magic little snapshot of off-grid existencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/frozen-literally-in-time-siolo-budy-is-a-magic-little-snapshot-of-off-grid-existence-19774<p>I guess there’s a slim chance you might be reading this on some sunny beach, sipping a cocktail from a halved husk of coconut; so if that’s the case, well done. You win. Me, on the other hand, I might as well be reporting from Ice Station Zebra.</p>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 18:32:00 +0100LifeWebber's WorldRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wt71clvi5gclzl3rmlchb.jpegThis “village within a village” is exactly the place to go to enjoy the wilds of Poland in their rawest form.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/frozen-literally-in-time-siolo-budy-is-a-magic-little-snapshot-of-off-grid-existence-19774Polish economy second best in coping with pandemic - bank headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-second-best-in-coping-with-pandemic---bank-head-19772<p>According to the EC, Poland is second-best in the EU in coping with the Covid-19 pandemic, a top bank official said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 16:42:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ihnfcteg7uhtvnq14icqj9.jpegLeszek Skiba, head of Poland's Pekao SA bank, wrote on Twitter that EC forecasts placed Poland's economy second in Europe in coping with the pandemic after Ireland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-second-best-in-coping-with-pandemic---bank-head-19772Microsoft and Oracle announce cloud partnership for Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/microsoft-and-oracle-announce-cloud-partnership-for-poland-19771<p>Software producers Microsoft and Oracle will form a partnership to make cloud services more accessible in Poland, the companies have said.</p>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 16:36:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMicrosoft and Oracle announce cloud partnership for Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/microsoft-and-oracle-announce-cloud-partnership-for-poland-19771Museum of Happiness brings ‘sweet art’ to capitalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/museum-of-happiness-brings-sweet-art-to-capital-19768<p>A museum dedicated to happiness has opened in Warsaw, offering sweetness, fantasy and an escape from the outside world.</p>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 15:55:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2dy7tk9jgxk5lb5zcsxnjs.jpegOccupying almost 800 square metres of space, the pastel-coloured museum is decorated with items and areas that offer a cheerful backdrop for visitors to photograph themselves with.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/museum-of-happiness-brings-sweet-art-to-capital-19768Medical heroes transform into fairy tale legends in stunning calendar to raise money for facemaskshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medical-heroes-transform-into-fairy-tale-legends-in-stunning-calendar-to-raise-money-for-facemasks-19766<p><span lang="EN-GB">A group of doctors have brought fairy tale characters to life in a calendar to raise funds for protective facemasks.</span></p>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 14:38:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i6dn8hkyyg48ujd2ngrip.jpegProf. Mikołaj Spodaryk from the University Children's Hospital in Kraków-Prokocim dresses up as a character from Leszek Kołakowski’s ‘Who will cheer up the unlucky Rhino?’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medical-heroes-transform-into-fairy-tale-legends-in-stunning-calendar-to-raise-money-for-facemasks-19766Opposition moves to halt controversial ad taxhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-moves-to-halt-controversial-ad-tax-19764<p>Polish opposition leaders have said they will hold joint consultations on how to stop a controversial tax on media advertising revenue that some have claimed threatens free speech.</p>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 14:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOpposition moves to halt controversial ad taxhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-moves-to-halt-controversial-ad-tax-19764Poland in seventh place globally for export growth prospects - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-in-seventh-place-globally-for-export-growth-prospects---report-19763<p>The Polish economy is in seventh place globally when it comes to export development prospects, according to a report by the Polish Economic Institute.</p>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 12:55:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland in seventh place globally for export growth prospects - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-in-seventh-place-globally-for-export-growth-prospects---report-19763Nearly half of Poles critical of government handling pandemic - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-half-of-poles-critical-of-government-handling-pandemic---poll-19762<p>Close to 50 percent of Poles believe the government is failing to control the Covid-19 pandemic, a survey has revealed.</p>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 12:44:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNearly half of Poles critical of government handling pandemic - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-half-of-poles-critical-of-government-handling-pandemic---poll-19762Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,570,658https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1570658-19760<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Wednesday by 7,008 new cases and reached 1,570,658, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 11:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/syq8w8zb821gp8mic6i8v.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1570658-19760Polish PM scorns German president for backing disputed pipelinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-scorns-german-president-for-backing-disputed-pipeline-19758<p>Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has criticised the German president for backing a controversial Russia-Germany gas pipeline, calling it "an anti-EU project."</p>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 10:59:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p3i4q2pxpn4d6ssm7280a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-scorns-german-president-for-backing-disputed-pipeline-19758Poland receives 141,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-141000-astrazeneca-vaccine-doses-19756<p>Poland received 141,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine early on Thursday morning, and had 82,000 Moderna vaccines due to arrive later in the day the head of the Material Reserves Agency has told PAP.</p>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 10:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/adfkj9yawr4yfakln3d8k.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-141000-astrazeneca-vaccine-doses-19756Many teachers willing to be vaccinated - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/many-teachers-willing-to-be-vaccinated---official-19754<p>A high percentage of teachers have signed up to be inoculated against Covid-19, the government’s commissioner for the national Covid vaccination programme has said.</p>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 10:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gxyrertqqpeatomlxsou.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/many-teachers-willing-to-be-vaccinated---official-19754Polish furniture sales set new recordhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-furniture-sales-set-new-record-19752<p>The Polish furniture sector has managed to defy the pandemic recession with sales passing the PLN 50.6 billion (EUR 11.26 billion) mark last year.</p>Thu, 11 Feb 2021 10:21:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mtsf8z5xkhohjn1j3bdpy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-furniture-sales-set-new-record-19752EC helps Poland to provide Ukraine with 1.2 mln AstraZeneca vaccineshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-helps-poland-to-provide-ukraine-with-12-mln-astrazeneca-vaccines-19751<p>The European Commission is assisting Poland in reselling 1.2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Ukraine, EC Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 20:17:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z40srivhddhrtf4ihm07ui.jpegDombrovskis said that one of the ways the EU is supporting Ukraine to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is by exploring options to help provide vaccines to the country.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-helps-poland-to-provide-ukraine-with-12-mln-astrazeneca-vaccines-19751PGE signs deal with Danish Orsted for multi-billion offshore projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pge-signs-deal-with-danish-orsted-for-multi-billion-offshore-project-19750<p>Polish energy group PGE has signed an agreement with Danish energy concern Orsted to create a joint venture company to build two offshore wind farms to an estimated combined value of PLN 35-40 billion (EUR 7.8-8.9 billion).</p>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 19:00:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jm3qi07mtys1lwlzixpxnz.jpegPGE President Wojciech Dąbrowski told PAP Biznes the investment would be conducted using the project finance formula.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pge-signs-deal-with-danish-orsted-for-multi-billion-offshore-project-19750Up in smoke! Poland has second biggest decline in smokers in EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-in-smoke-poland-has-second-biggest-decline-in-smokers-in-eu-19748<p>Poland has seen the 2nd biggest decline among EU nations in the average number of cigarettes smoked by users each day, according to a new report.</p>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 17:11:00 +0100News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/371bkzmm9d98qa1tu8ug79.jpegOn average Poles smoked 13.3 cigarettes a day less than they did in 2017.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-in-smoke-poland-has-second-biggest-decline-in-smokers-in-eu-19748EC concerned over Polish ad taxhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-concerned-over-polish-ad-tax-19746<p>EC spokesperson Christian Wigand on Wednesday expressed the Commission's fears over media pluralism in Poland in connection with the government's plans to tax advertising revenue.</p>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 15:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEC concerned over Polish ad taxhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-concerned-over-polish-ad-tax-19746Polish storks making major contribution to revival of UK stork populationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-storks-making-major-contribution-to-revival-of-uk-stork-populations-19744<p><span lang="EN-GB">These stunning sunset photos of Polish storks were taken a few days ago at the Knepp Estate in the UK, where the elegant birds are leading a significant rewilding project aimed at restoring wild storks to the UK.</span></p>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 14:54:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3ez5wykmin3gikttultab.pngNearly 300 storks have been transferred from Warsaw Zoo since the project began four years ago and there are plans for more in the next few months.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-storks-making-major-contribution-to-revival-of-uk-stork-populations-19744Polish president speaks for growth-climate compromisehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-speaks-for-growth-climate-compromise-19742<p>Supporting economic growth while taking care of the environment seems to be a key challenge today, Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 13:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president speaks for growth-climate compromisehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-speaks-for-growth-climate-compromise-19742EC president praises Poland's vaccination programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-president-praises-polands-vaccination-programme-19740<p>The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has praised Poland as an example of an EU country dealing best with the vaccination process, the head of the prime minister’s office said.</p>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 12:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mhkilk2jygjp6x6fmctz9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-president-praises-polands-vaccination-programme-19740Campaign launched to add Polonaise dance to UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/campaign-launched-to-add-polonaise-dance-to-unesco-list-of-intangible-cultural-heritage-19738<p><span lang="EN-GB">A new campaign is looking to add the Polonaise dance to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.</span></p>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 12:17:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1w67ocfzghayr1p3cq85ao.jpegThe campaign was initiated by Polish dancer and choreographer Romana Agnel, founder of the Cracovia Danza Court Ballet in Kraków, the only professional court and historical dance ensemble in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/campaign-launched-to-add-polonaise-dance-to-unesco-list-of-intangible-cultural-heritage-19738Poles will get jabs despite delays - gov't spokesmenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-will-get-jabs-despite-delays---govt-spokesmen-19736<p>Despite delays in the delivery of vaccines, the government estimates that around three million people will be vaccinated in Poland by the end of March, Poland's government spokesperson said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 11:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r2m5qmjfgmw2fy20hmqba.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-will-get-jabs-despite-delays---govt-spokesmen-19736Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,563,645https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1563645-19734<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Tuesday by 6,930 new cases and reached 1,563,645, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 11:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hoaiwnylrhzt0gd6j25qk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1563645-19734Last year's budget deficit at PLN 85 billion - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/last-years-budget-deficit-at-pln-85-billion---minister-19732<p>According to Finance Ministry estimates, last year's budget deficit came to about PLN 85 billion (EUR 18.9 billion), Finance Minister Tadeusz Koscinski told PAP on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 11:01:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rrlsgylg4xevt0kqo0hq9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/last-years-budget-deficit-at-pln-85-billion---minister-19732Most Poles for less restrictive abortion laws - United Surveyshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-for-less-restrictive-abortion-laws---united-surveys-19730<p>Over 70 percent of Poles favour more liberal abortion laws, according to a new poll published on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 10:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMost Poles for less restrictive abortion laws - United Surveyshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-for-less-restrictive-abortion-laws---united-surveys-19730Private media in Poland protest advertising taxhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/private-media-in-poland-protest-advertising-tax-19728<p>Sections of the privately owned media in Poland imposed a news blackout on Wednesday morning in protest over a proposed new tax on advertising revenue.</p>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 10:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m6v0iz15wfr6nt1revcb.jpegTelevision news channels TVN24 and Polsat News broadcast a special message in place of their regular programme schedule while the TVN24, Onet and Interia web portals blocked access to online articles.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/private-media-in-poland-protest-advertising-tax-19728Polish director's 'Charlatan' on Oscars shortlisthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-directors-charlatan-on-oscars-shortlist-19726<p>A film directed by renowned Polish director Agnieszka Holland has been shortlisted for the 93rd Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Film category.</p>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 09:54:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1vb9qmy6bloul6coqlq9gg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-directors-charlatan-on-oscars-shortlist-19726Facebook unblocks IPN pagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/facebook-unblocks-ipn-page-19724<p>Facebook has unblocked the English-language page of Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), a national organisation set up to investigate Nazi and communist crimes against the Polish people.</p>Wed, 10 Feb 2021 09:46:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d327br1aqvfbuvcwfjuar6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/facebook-unblocks-ipn-page-19724Holocaust historians to apologise in libel casehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holocaust-historians-to-apologise-in-libel-case-19723<p>A Warsaw court has ordered two prominent Holocaust scholars to apologise to a woman who claimed her uncle had been slandered in a historical book which suggested he had collaborated with the Germans and robbed a Jewish woman during WWII.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 20:44:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgHolocaust historians to apologise in libel casehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holocaust-historians-to-apologise-in-libel-case-19723Ruling coalition ups support, opposition downhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-coalition-ups-support-opposition-down-19722<p>Support for the ruling United Right coalition rose to 29 percent in January (25 percent in December), main opposition grouping Civic Coalition fell 2 points to 23 percent, the Kantar pollster reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 20:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRuling coalition ups support, opposition downhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-coalition-ups-support-opposition-down-19722Ad tax to level the field for domestic media companies - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ad-tax-to-level-the-field-for-domestic-media-companies---pm-19721<p>Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has defended a planned tax on media advertising revenue by saying it is intended to level the playing field for domestic companies against multinational corporations.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 19:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b2pp28eewxf0ohyftwfrt.jpegThe prime minister has said the reason for the tax is to produce greater equality.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ad-tax-to-level-the-field-for-domestic-media-companies---pm-19721GDP growth unthreatened - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdp-growth-unthreatened---pm-19720<p>Poland's expected 4-percent GDP growth this year appears unthreatened, the prime minister said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 18:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a6d5ye6pf88mlm2njzmrcm.jpeg"The 4 percent appears unthreatened," Morawiecki said. "If I were to say, I'd opt for us crossing the 4-percent level this year."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdp-growth-unthreatened---pm-19720Visegrad Group is key to Central Europe's cooperation, president sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/visegrad-group-is-key-to-central-europes-cooperation-president-says-19716<p>The regional Visegrad Group (V4), comprising the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, is the main catalyst of cooperation in Central Europe, the Polish president said at a V4 meeting.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 16:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3md16da9ua9qg9w8ce0z4s.jpegA two-day summit of the V4 presidents started in the Polish seaside resort of Jurata on Tuesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/visegrad-group-is-key-to-central-europes-cooperation-president-says-19716Facebook blocking IPN over WWII content demands strong reaction, warns Culture Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/facebook-blocking-ipn-over-wwii-content-demands-strong-reaction-warns-culture-ministry-19713<p>Poland's culture ministry has demanded action after Facebook blocked the English-language page of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) over a post from May on German plans to Germanise Polish children during World War Two.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 15:46:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cgozhj3oxp9aham4f5m1o.pngFacebook blocked the Institute of National Remembrance after it posted information about the Germanisation of Polish children during WWII.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/facebook-blocking-ipn-over-wwii-content-demands-strong-reaction-warns-culture-ministry-19713Covid-19 reproduction "R" number for Poland around 1 - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-19-reproduction-r-number-for-poland-around-1---health-minister-19711<p>The SARS-CoV-virus reproduction "R" number for Poland is fluctuating at around 1, which means that one carrier infects one person, health minister said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 15:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/48kn9gwav2srrjtbidsx7.jpeg"At the national level, we are hovering at around the value of 1 (0.981 - PAP)," Adam Niedzielski wrote on Twitter, presenting the latest data on the country's R value.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/covid-19-reproduction-r-number-for-poland-around-1---health-minister-19711Poland-based Bollywood blockbuster starring ‘India’s James Bond’ a watershed moment in bilateral cultural relations, says directorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-based-bollywood-blockbuster-starring-indias-james-bond-a-watershed-moment-in-bilateral-cultural-relations-says-director-19709<p><span lang="EN-GB">Touted as the first ever big budget Indian-Polish film collaboration, anticipation is building around the upcoming release of No Means No, a Bollywood blockbuster shot largely in the south of Poland.</span></p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 14:41:00 +0100Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ftinpla3vdff5xqidamo3j.jpegTelling the story of an Indian man visiting Poland to take part in a skiing championship, the plot of No Means No quickly takes a twist after the protagonist falls in love with a Polish woman.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-based-bollywood-blockbuster-starring-indias-james-bond-a-watershed-moment-in-bilateral-cultural-relations-says-director-19709Composite Leading Indicator for Poland up y/y, m/m in January - OECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/composite-leading-indicator-for-poland-up-yy-mm-in-january---oecd-19708<p>The Composite Leading Indicator (CLI) for Poland rose by 2.08 percent year on year, and by 0.01 percent month on month to 99.73 points in January 2021, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 14:27:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgComposite Leading Indicator for Poland up y/y, m/m in January - OECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/composite-leading-indicator-for-poland-up-yy-mm-in-january---oecd-19708Polish goods should have broader access to Chinese markethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-goods-should-have-broader-access-to-chinese-market-19706<p>President Andrzej Duda has called for China to provide greater access for Polish goods to the Chinese market.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 14:21:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ew7jxsz0n86cyg1ri3v7a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-goods-should-have-broader-access-to-chinese-market-19706Polish e-commerce market expected to grow 12 pct annually - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-e-commerce-market-expected-to-grow-12-pct-annually---report-19704<p>Poland's e-commerce market will probably grow at 12-percent a year for the next five years , and will hit PLN 162 billion (EUR 36 billion) in 2026, PwC consulting firm said in a report.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 14:18:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish e-commerce market expected to grow 12 pct annually - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-e-commerce-market-expected-to-grow-12-pct-annually---report-19704CD Projekt video games company suffers cyber-attack, data thefthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cd-projekt-video-games-company-suffers-cyber-attack-data-theft-19702<p>Polish computer game maker CD Projekt, the company behind the blockbuster The Witcher game, has been hacked by attackers who managed to access its internal network, the company said on Twitter.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 13:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iasojltrxj9pftda66n87.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cd-projekt-video-games-company-suffers-cyber-attack-data-theft-19702Who’s that man? Extraordinary moment local hero strips naked and plunges into icy lake to rescue drowning deerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/whos-that-man-extraordinary-moment-local-hero-strips-naked-and-plunges-into-icy-lake-to-rescue-drowning-deer-19700<p><span lang="EN-GB">This is the extraordinary moment a man was spotted stripping to his briefs before wading into a freezing lake to rescue a drowning deer.</span></p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 12:13:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rm9l6tnwjpi17a9k55qypo.jpegWearing only black underwear and a woollen hat, the mystery man was spotted wading through the subzero waters to rescue the baby deer. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/whos-that-man-extraordinary-moment-local-hero-strips-naked-and-plunges-into-icy-lake-to-rescue-drowning-deer-19700Borrell's Moscow visit shows EU lacks common policy towards Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/borrells-moscow-visit-shows-eu-lacks-common-policy-towards-russia-19698<p>A senior Polish official has condemned a recent visit by Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, to Moscow as a disaster for the concept of European strength and unity.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 11:40:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBorrell's Moscow visit shows EU lacks common policy towards Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/borrells-moscow-visit-shows-eu-lacks-common-policy-towards-russia-19698Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,556,685https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1556685-19696<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Monday by 4,029 new cases and reached 1,556,685, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 11:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v3roi1wni5e25zzl4lpyc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1556685-19696Gov't announces delay in Moderna vaccine deliveryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-announces-delay-in-moderna-vaccine-delivery-19694<p>The next batch of the Moderna vaccine destined for Poland will be delayed and contain 20,000 units less than expected, a government official announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 11:06:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ps7512cov39qtnqc3uf7n.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-announces-delay-in-moderna-vaccine-delivery-1969467,000 more excess deaths in 2020 than in year beforehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/67000-more-excess-deaths-in-2020-than-in-year-before-19692<p>Poland recorded 67,000 more deaths in 2020 than in the previous year, with 70 percent of them due to Covid-19, according to a recent Health Ministry report.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 10:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xrabs5tb9zo19j4lzpu8az.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/67000-more-excess-deaths-in-2020-than-in-year-before-19692Tough lockdown could return if infection rate exceeds 10,000https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tough-lockdown-could-return-if-infection-rate-exceeds-10000-19690<p>The health minister has said he will recommend a return to tougher lockdown restrictions, if the number of daily new infections exceeds 10,000.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 09:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dqb52b4yb6hlgtfazn1s3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tough-lockdown-could-return-if-infection-rate-exceeds-10000-19690Polish e-car batteries set to become export hit - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-e-car-batteries-set-to-become-export-hit---daily-19688<p>Poland could become a European centre for the production of electric car batteries on the back a flourishing export market, a leading newspaper has reported.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 09:51:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mskbbni8tr8jdqshyphr1.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-e-car-batteries-set-to-become-export-hit---daily-19688More Poles intend to take Covid-19 vaccine - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-poles-intend-to-take-covid-19-vaccine---poll-19686<p>The number of Poles intending to get vaccinated against Covid-19 has increased to 75 percent, according to a new poll published today.</p>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 09:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j5cdaftjjj8j395rxs656.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-poles-intend-to-take-covid-19-vaccine---poll-19686Wrongly-accused Pole gets EUR 2.86 mln in return for 18 years in jailhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wrongly-accused-pole-gets-eur-286-mln-in-return-for-18-years-in-jail-19684<p>Tomasz Komenda, a Pole that was wrongly-sentenced to 25 years in prison for a murder he had not committed, will get a total of PLN 12.8 million (EUR 2.86 million) in compensation, a court has ruled.</p>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 20:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d2l7l9t6dqpjb75u03sfgo.jpeg"This case has no precedence in the Polish justice system," said Zbigniew Ćwiąkalski (pictured L) Tomasz Komenda’s (R) lawyer.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wrongly-accused-pole-gets-eur-286-mln-in-return-for-18-years-in-jail-19684Poland expels Russian diplomathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expels-russian-diplomat-19683<p>Poland has decided to expel a Russian diplomat from the Russian General Consulate in Poznań, western Poland, the Polish Foreign Ministry said on Monday. The move follows Russia's Friday expulsion of a Polish diplomat from Moscow, the ministry said.</p>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 18:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8ubspgx7q78rark6uucbt.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expels-russian-diplomat-19683Don’t worry be frappe, Kraków officials tell locals as they sprinkle COFFEE on pathways to stop people slipping overhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dont-worry-be-frappe-krakow-officials-tell-locals-as-they-sprinkle-coffee-on-pathways-to-stop-people-slipping-over-19678<p>Eco city officials in Kraków have been sprinkling coffee grounds on public pathways instead of sand or salt as an ecological way to safeguard against slippery conditions.</p>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 16:31:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/olop9jsnaetluqng037gvc.jpegOfficials in Kraków have been sprinkling coffee grounds on public pathways instead of sand or salt as an ecological way to safeguard against slippery conditions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dont-worry-be-frappe-krakow-officials-tell-locals-as-they-sprinkle-coffee-on-pathways-to-stop-people-slipping-over-19678Polish economic decline among “least severe” in EU - IMFhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economic-decline-among-least-severe-in-eu---imf-19677<p>Polish economic growth fell by 3.4 percent in 2020, according to International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates, one of the “least severe” contractions in the EU.</p>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 16:02:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish economic decline among “least severe” in EU - IMFhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economic-decline-among-least-severe-in-eu---imf-19677Poland working to increase Covid-19 vaccine deliveries - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-working-to-increase-covid-19-vaccine-deliveries---pm-19676<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday that Poland was “urging” EU leaders to increase supplies of Covid-19 vaccines.</p>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 15:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eipjcj574e6un5khbyy8ij.jpegMorawiecki said that the distribution and organisation of vaccines has been precisely planned since October.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-working-to-increase-covid-19-vaccine-deliveries---pm-19676Firefighters continue battling fire in Kraków city archiveshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/firefighters-continue-battling-fire-in-krakow-city-archives-19675<p>Firefighters in Kraków have been battling a blaze that broke out in the city’s archives for 36 hours.</p>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 14:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/we1izjnkhbl4mvejjrzonj.jpegSub-zero temperatures are adding to the difficulties facing the firefighters, who have to wear breathing apparatus and work in shifts. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/firefighters-continue-battling-fire-in-krakow-city-archives-19675Largest Gothic altar in the world at Kraków’s St Mary’s Basilica is finally revealed after five years painstaking renovationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/largest-gothic-altar-in-the-world-at-krakows-st-marys-basilica-is-finally-revealed-after-five-years-painstaking-renovation-19671<p>After five years of painstaking renovation using cutting-edge technology, the famous altar in Kraków’s St Mary’s Basilica has regained the shine and colours that would have stunned worshippers when it was completed at the end of the 15th century by master artist Wit Stwosz.</p>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 14:15:00 +0100Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pkqjsziku0l33zc3f12bgf.jpegWeighing 250kg, measuring 13-metres high and costing nearly 14 million PLN, the altarpiece took five years to restore.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/largest-gothic-altar-in-the-world-at-krakows-st-marys-basilica-is-finally-revealed-after-five-years-painstaking-renovation-19671Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,552,686https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1552686-19669<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Sunday by 2,431 new cases and reached 1,552,686, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning.</p>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 12:32:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j6knnhkn6knzr4d9r2iz.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1552686-19669Students falling behind during remote learninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/students-falling-behind-during-remote-learning-19667<p>Research on remote schooling shows that students are falling far behind in their studies, covering up to 60-70 percent less material over an entire school year, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza wrote on Monday, citing World Bank data.</p>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 12:23:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x6c6d9c5eci09a4q6qix7dv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/students-falling-behind-during-remote-learning-19667Teachers over 60 to be vaccinated from Friday - education ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/teachers-over-60-to-be-vaccinated-from-friday---education-minister-19665<p>Polish teachers over the age of 60 will be vaccinated, if sufficient vaccine doses are delivered, the education minister said on Monday.</p>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 11:05:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xgpsc0u8j3n98r89si778.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/teachers-over-60-to-be-vaccinated-from-friday---education-minister-19665Ad tax could limit freedom of speech says TV networkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ad-tax-could-limit-freedom-of-speech-says-tv-network-19663<p>A leading independent television network in Poland has claimed a new advertising tax could limit freedom of speech.</p>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 10:58:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAd tax could limit freedom of speech says TV networkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ad-tax-could-limit-freedom-of-speech-says-tv-network-19663Restaurant sector lobby to sue State Treasury - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/restaurant-sector-lobby-to-sue-state-treasury---press-19661<p>About 200 hospitality sector companies plan to join a class action lawsuit against the state owing to losses run up under lockdown restrictions.</p>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 10:50:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e0xuboz32s605orxcs2xtf6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/restaurant-sector-lobby-to-sue-state-treasury---press-19661Poland exceeds EU average of Covid-19 vaccination doses administeredhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-exceeds-eu-average-of-covid-19-vaccination-doses-administered-19659<p>Poland has exceeded the EU average of coronavirus vaccination doses given per 100 people, overtaking Germany and France, a government official has announced.</p>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 10:43:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8kmblzpby8rym8ujhrlv0i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-exceeds-eu-average-of-covid-19-vaccination-doses-administered-19659Polish expats send EUR 867.1 mln back home in Q3, 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-expats-send-eur-8671-mln-back-home-in-q3-2020-19657<p>Polish people living abroad transferred PLN 3.9 billion (EUR 867.1 million) to their home country in the third quarter of 2020, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 08 Feb 2021 10:19:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6ii6o6ua6d9kp6yiccryrc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-expats-send-eur-8671-mln-back-home-in-q3-2020-19657Polish, Lithuanian ambassadors in UK appeal for support of Belarusianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-ambassadors-in-uk-appeal-for-support-of-belarusians-19655<p>Polish and Lithuanian ambassadors to Great Britain, in an article published by the British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph, appealed for support of Belarusian nation victimised by Alexander Lukashenko's regime.</p>Sun, 07 Feb 2021 22:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, Lithuanian ambassadors in UK appeal for support of Belarusianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-ambassadors-in-uk-appeal-for-support-of-belarusians-19655Poland launches second round of Covid-19 testing of teachershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-launches-second-round-of-covid-19-testing-of-teachers-19653<p>Poland on Sunday resumed screening tests for SARS-CoV-2 for teachers of grades 1-3 pupils in primary and special needs schools.</p>Sun, 07 Feb 2021 20:50:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bproz2bn3za3oj3263exdo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-launches-second-round-of-covid-19-testing-of-teachers-19653Polish president on Central Europe's success story in Morocco's dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-on-central-europes-success-story-in-moroccos-daily-19651<p>Morocco's French-language daily Le Matin has published an article by President Andrzej Duda praising Central Europe as a "community of success and aspirations," as part of the "Telling the World About Poland: The Decade of Central Europe" media project.</p>Sun, 07 Feb 2021 17:48:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mar63apgi3zy2mnkvkojn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-on-central-europes-success-story-in-moroccos-daily-19651Poland urges EC to launch aid package for Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-urges-ec-to-launch-aid-package-for-belarus-19649<p>Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU on Sunday called on the European Commission to activate a comprehensive plan of economic support for Belarus.</p>Sun, 07 Feb 2021 16:30:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland urges EC to launch aid package for Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-urges-ec-to-launch-aid-package-for-belarus-19649Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,550,255https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1550255-19647<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Saturday by 4,728 new cases and reached 1,550,255, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday.</p>Sun, 07 Feb 2021 16:00:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ejma614g5dbh677etum3eu.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1550255-19647Nine million tonnes of food wasted in Poland annuallyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nine-million-tonnes-of-food-wasted-in-poland-annually-19645<p>Around nine million tonnes of food are wasted in Poland every year while, at the same time, there are some 1.6 million people living in extreme poverty, the Federation of Polish Food Banks has reported.</p>Sat, 06 Feb 2021 17:36:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNine million tonnes of food wasted in Poland annuallyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nine-million-tonnes-of-food-wasted-in-poland-annually-19645Polish ski jumper places second in World CUP event in Klingenthalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ski-jumper-places-second-in-world-cup-event-in-klingenthal-19643<p>Kamil Stoch of Poland placed second in the FIS ski jumping World Cup event in Klingenthal, Germany, on Saturday. Halvor Egner Granerud of Norway won the competition.</p>Sat, 06 Feb 2021 16:59:00 +0100Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z19ow302e1r0altpaq3b3k.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ski-jumper-places-second-in-world-cup-event-in-klingenthal-19643Opposition party plans sharply criticised by other politicianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-party-plans-sharply-criticised-by-other-politicians-19641<p>The plan of Poland's main opposition party to establish a 'Coalition 276' in order to win power in Poland have been sharply criticised by both ruling party politicians and representatives of other opposition groupings.</p>Sat, 06 Feb 2021 15:38:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOpposition party plans sharply criticised by other politicianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-party-plans-sharply-criticised-by-other-politicians-19641Poland has among lowest gov't, local gov't deficits in EU - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-among-lowest-govt-local-govt-deficits-in-eu---minfin-19640<p>According to forecasts by the European Commission, in 2021, Poland will be in the top ten of EU countries with the lowest deficits in the government and local government sectors, the Ministry of Finance reported on Saturday.</p>Sat, 06 Feb 2021 15:36:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland has among lowest gov't, local gov't deficits in EU - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-among-lowest-govt-local-govt-deficits-in-eu---minfin-19640PM condemns aggression against journalistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-condemns-aggression-against-journalists-19638<p>Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has stated that aggression against journalists, including cases of assault and battery as well as property damage, should be firmly condemned.</p>Sat, 06 Feb 2021 13:56:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPM condemns aggression against journalistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-condemns-aggression-against-journalists-19638Opposition party criticises gov't for fight against Covid-19 pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-party-criticises-govt-for-fight-against-covid-19-pandemic-19636<p>The leader of the opposition Civic Platform (PO) has stated that the government "has failed the test" in the struggle against the coronavirus pandemic, and that Poles cannot count on the state's support.</p>Sat, 06 Feb 2021 13:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/auz6mqbjiuntex6opt8p3.jpegBudka also said that Poland had one of the worst places in Europe as far as the public finance deficit was concerned, and repeated that the government had failed the test.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-party-criticises-govt-for-fight-against-covid-19-pandemic-19636Forty-seven pct of Poles would visit restaurants despite restrictionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forty-seven-pct-of-poles-would-visit-restaurants-despite-restrictions-19634<p>A survey conducted for the <a href="http://rp.pl/" target="_blank">rp.pl</a> website found that 47 percent of the Polish public would make use of a restaurant if it were opened despite Covid-19 countermeasures.</p>Sat, 06 Feb 2021 13:37:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3tb1juupte5rmlpxi10qy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forty-seven-pct-of-poles-would-visit-restaurants-despite-restrictions-19634Poland to take part in review of US forces abroad - presidential aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-take-part-in-review-of-us-forces-abroad---presidential-aide-19632<p>An announcement by US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin that a review of US forces abroad will be conducted with the participation of allies means that Poland, as a country where US forces are stationed, will take part, the Polish president's chief aide has told PAP.</p>Sat, 06 Feb 2021 13:31:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to take part in review of US forces abroad - presidential aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-take-part-in-review-of-us-forces-abroad---presidential-aide-19632Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,545,530https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1545530-19631<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Friday by 5,965 new cases and reached 1,545,530, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 06 Feb 2021 11:27:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dzv0um13kqotm2gxgf96pg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1545530-19631Polish president says Central Europe is community of successhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-says-central-europe-is-community-of-success-19629<p>Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, has described Central Europe and Poland, which the biggest country of the region, as a community of success and a community of aspirations.</p>Sat, 06 Feb 2021 11:22:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0a1lb0l4oiogwlh464tanv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-says-central-europe-is-community-of-success-19629Culture-starved Poles flocking back to museumshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/culture-starved-poles-flocking-back-to-museums-19627<p>Museums and galleries are now open again across the country, including the reopening of the Gallery of Ancient Art at the National Museum in Warsaw.</p>Sat, 06 Feb 2021 09:04:00 +0100LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bg7rdr1xjjs7njz2q8woy3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/culture-starved-poles-flocking-back-to-museums-19627Grave business! Teen spends five years restoring German cemetery to ‘give back dignity’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grave-business-teen-spends-five-years-restoring-german-cemetery-to-give-back-dignity-19621<p>A teenager has become a pioneer in cemetery restoration after spending five years restoring an abandoned German graveyard to give previous generations ‘dignity.’</p>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 19:30:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zy4krvzuv0eb95ru1k7njq.pngPiotr Marczenia (bottom right) from Świebodzin in Western Poland began cleaning up the forgotten Evangelical cemetery in the nearby village of Podła Góra in 2015 after becoming fascinated with the lives of those who had lived in the place where his mother had been born.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grave-business-teen-spends-five-years-restoring-german-cemetery-to-give-back-dignity-19621Poland warns of ‘appropriate steps’ after Russia expels diplomat for supporting ‘illegal protests’ over jailing of Alexei Navalnyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/breaking-poland-warns-of-appropriate-steps-after-russia-expels-diplomat-for-supporting-illegal-protests-over-jailing-of-alexei-navalny-19625<p>Poland’s Foreign Ministry has warned Russia it will take ‘appropriate steps’ following Moscow’s expulsion of a Polish diplomat for ‘illegal protests’ over the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.</p>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 18:53:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oa9qf4tm2q8so7oi71uvue.jpegPoland’s Consulate in St. Petersburg where the Russian government has expelled a Polish diplomat for supporting ‘illegal protests’ over jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/breaking-poland-warns-of-appropriate-steps-after-russia-expels-diplomat-for-supporting-illegal-protests-over-jailing-of-alexei-navalny-19625Woman, 95, charged with complicity in murder of 10,000 during Holocausthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/woman-95-charged-with-complicity-in-murder-of-10000-during-holocaust-19622<p>A woman who worked as a secretary at a Nazi-German concentration camp has been charged with complicity in the murders of 10,000 people during the Holocaust.</p>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 16:28:00 +0100News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xbcr4xp9ej2ckhcj8qy3m.jpegGerman prosecutors said that the 95-year-old who has not been named was a stenographer and a secretary to the commander of Stutthof concentration camp in what was then Nazi-occupied Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/woman-95-charged-with-complicity-in-murder-of-10000-during-holocaust-19622Poland's official reserve assets up at end-January - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-official-reserve-assets-up-at-end-january---central-bank-19620<p>Poland's official reserve assets grew to EUR 129.8 billion in January 2021 from EUR 125.6 billion in the previous month, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 15:44:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pmq6kml2nmpd0stuj505dh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-official-reserve-assets-up-at-end-january---central-bank-19620Coronavirus kills nearly 200 healthcare workers in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-kills-nearly-200-healthcare-workers-in-poland-19619<p>The coronavirus epidemic has led to the death of 183 Polish healthcare personnel, Health Ministry data show.</p>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 15:07:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bco2al1bwui7ug5h17b3g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-kills-nearly-200-healthcare-workers-in-poland-19619Poland's GDP drops by 3.1 pct in Q4 - ministry estimatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-drops-by-31-pct-in-q4---ministry-estimate-19618<p>The Polish economy shrank by 3.1 percent year on year in the final quarter of 2020, the Finance Ministry said on Friday.</p>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 14:37:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP drops by 3.1 pct in Q4 - ministry estimatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-drops-by-31-pct-in-q4---ministry-estimate-19618Painting of WWII Polish Paratrooper chosen as unsung gem of British arthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/painting-of-wwii-polish-paratrooper-chosen-as-unsung-gem-of-british-art-19615<p><span lang="EN-GB">A powerful painting titled Memories of a Polish Paratrooper has been selected by Art UK as one of the great unsung gems of British art.</span></p>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 13:23:00 +0100Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nx1xfhsrf8gy4iyjfi98.jpegCurrently housed inside St Andrews Museum, Scotland, and taking approximately seven weeks to complete, the painting depicts a Polish paratrooper who has just landed at Arnhem; from his bag, personal keepsakes have spilled onto the pebbled ground.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/painting-of-wwii-polish-paratrooper-chosen-as-unsung-gem-of-british-art-19615Polish hotels to reopen in mid-February - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hotels-to-reopen-in-mid-february---pm-19611<p>Hotels in Poland can reopen from February 12 but will not be allowed to exceed 50-percent capacity, Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, said on Friday.</p>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 12:29:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0vuz3idhoenba1ql9ke88kk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hotels-to-reopen-in-mid-february---pm-19611Highlanders make special woolen mitts for Bernie Sanders after THAT photo went viralhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/highlanders-make-special-woolen-mitts-for-bernie-sanders-after-that-photo-went-viral-19609<p><span lang="EN-GB">Highlanders have been busy making a special pair of gloves to send to American politician Bernie Sanders this week after a photo of him wearing a similar pair went viral in a meme.</span></p>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 12:19:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/30u3slds89szejqfo2hl5.pngThe highlanders felt Sanders would appreciate the gloves after seeing him wearing a pair of woollen mittens in the viral image from the presidential inauguration day.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/highlanders-make-special-woolen-mitts-for-bernie-sanders-after-that-photo-went-viral-19609Abortion a dividing issue for Poland's main opposition party - Tuskhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/abortion-a-dividing-issue-for-polands-main-opposition-party---tusk-19607<p>Poland’s main opposition party could struggle to cope with the polarising effects of the abortion issue on Polish politics, Donald Tusk, the party’s former leader and ex-prime minister, has warned.</p>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 11:51:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i1dm261lgtwnbio7ouc6l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/abortion-a-dividing-issue-for-polands-main-opposition-party---tusk-19607Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,539,564https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1539564-19605<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Thursday by 6,053 new cases and reached 1,539,564, the Ministry of Health said on Friday.</p>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 11:20:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pjt86yc6832591xg4j07g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1539564-19605Poland welcomes decision to halt US troop withdrawal from Germanyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-welcomes-decision-to-halt-us-troop-withdrawal-from-germany-19604<p>Poland has welcomed the decision by the US president to suspend the reduction of American soldiers in Germany, the head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) said on Thursday evening.</p>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 11:18:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland welcomes decision to halt US troop withdrawal from Germanyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-welcomes-decision-to-halt-us-troop-withdrawal-from-germany-19604Poland joins international call for immediate release of Navalnyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-joins-international-call-for-immediate-release-of-navalny-19603<p>Poland has joined forces with six other countries, including the Baltic States and Great Britain, to call for the release of imprisoned Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny.</p>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 11:16:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland joins international call for immediate release of Navalnyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-joins-international-call-for-immediate-release-of-navalny-19603Poland, Baltic states call for fresh sanctions against Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-baltic-states-call-for-fresh-sanctions-against-russia-19601<p>Six EU countries including Poland and the Baltic states have demanded further sanctions against Russian officials over the imprisonment of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, Reuters reported on Thursday citing an anonymous diplomatic source in Brussels.</p>Fri, 05 Feb 2021 10:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland, Baltic states call for fresh sanctions against Russiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-baltic-states-call-for-fresh-sanctions-against-russia-19601Before and after pics reveal extraordinary effect of removing ads from urban landscapehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/before-and-after-pics-reveal-extraordinary-effect-of-removing-ads-from-urban-landscape-19598<p><span lang="EN-GB">Before and after photos from Gdańsk show the dramatic impact of removing massive ads from Poland’s urban landscape.</span></p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 18:10:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9ra9khvyyhama3p9nnzuxk.pngA group called Pogromca Reklamozy (which translates as “the Ad Buster”) has been following the transformation and the difference is striking!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/before-and-after-pics-reveal-extraordinary-effect-of-removing-ads-from-urban-landscape-19598Poland expects further int'l reactions in Navalny case - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expects-further-intl-reactions-in-navalny-case---fm-19596<p>The European Union should absolutely speak with a single voice on the Alexei Navalny issue, Polish Foreign Ministers Zbigniew Rau said on Thursday, adding that further reactions could be expected from the West.</p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 17:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4sfghyk947ccmw1075i1l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expects-further-intl-reactions-in-navalny-case---fm-19596First AstraZeneca vaccines for Poland to arrive on Saturdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-astrazeneca-vaccines-for-poland-to-arrive-on-saturday-19594<p>Poland will get its first supply of AstraZeneca Covid vaccines on Saturday, a government official informed on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 16:49:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m9euhzs5g781b5jkxcg60u.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-astrazeneca-vaccines-for-poland-to-arrive-on-saturday-19594Ukrainian low-cost airline SkyUp to debut at Katowice airporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukrainian-low-cost-airline-skyup-to-debut-at-katowice-airport-19592<p>Ukrainian low-cost airline SkyUp will debut at Katowice Airport this summer bringing the number of flights between the airport and seven destinations in Ukraine to a record 19 a week despite the severe disruption to air travel caused by the pandemic.</p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 16:13:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUkrainian low-cost airline SkyUp to debut at Katowice airporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukrainian-low-cost-airline-skyup-to-debut-at-katowice-airport-19592Poland drafts systemic cancer programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-drafts-systemic-cancer-programme-19590<p>The government is preparing legislation that will set up a new system for the treatment of cancer patients, the health minister has said.</p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 16:03:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qc9yjaf0lx9lje1vyfgn3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-drafts-systemic-cancer-programme-19590Poland earmarks over EUR 40 bln to save 6 mln jobs - labour minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-earmarks-over-eur-40-bln-to-save-6-mln-jobs---labour-min-19588<p>Poland has allocated more than PLN 182 billion (EUR 40.5 billion) to save over six million jobs, the family and social policy minister told a press conference on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 15:57:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pyla9oh8crc3ycno7cnk1g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-earmarks-over-eur-40-bln-to-save-6-mln-jobs---labour-min-19588Situation of micro- and small businesses worsens in 2020 - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/situation-of-micro--and-small-businesses-worsens-in-2020---survey-19585<p>The situation of Polish micro- and small enterprises deteriorated in 2020 compared to 2019, a state-run economic institute has reported.</p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 13:33:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSituation of micro- and small businesses worsens in 2020 - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/situation-of-micro--and-small-businesses-worsens-in-2020---survey-19585Retail sales up by 4.5 pct y/y in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-by-45-pct-yy-in-december---eurostat-19584<p>Polish retail sales grew by 4.5 percent year on year in December 2020 after a 1.6-percent increase year on year in November. Month on month, retail sales inched up by 0.8 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 13:29:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales up by 4.5 pct y/y in December - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-by-45-pct-yy-in-december---eurostat-19584December tourism figures down - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/december-tourism-figures-down---stats-office-19582<p>The total number of tourists in Poland dropped by 80.4 percent year on year in December, while the number of foreign tourists fell by 91.1 percent, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 13:24:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cc735bquhhttr6cdsk6su.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/december-tourism-figures-down---stats-office-19582Łódź firm comes up with world’s first eco-friendly tightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-firm-comes-up-with-worlds-first-eco-friendly-tights-19580<p><span lang="EN-GB">A family firm making women’s tights has become the first in the world to develop a unique line of pantyhose made entirely from recycled fibres.</span></p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 12:38:00 +0100BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8uhw9fwk2qso990gdooqv.pngHosiery manufacturers Gabriella premiered its ‘Now!’ line of tights as part of its vision to transform the industry, starting with its own company.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-firm-comes-up-with-worlds-first-eco-friendly-tights-19580Reopening of hotels could take place from February 14https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/reopening-of-hotels-could-take-place-from-february-14-19578<p>Polish hotels may be able to open again, under a strict sanitary regime, from February 14, the deputy prime minister and development minister said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 11:47:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r1wpbnn5goj32vf357xh3s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/reopening-of-hotels-could-take-place-from-february-14-19578Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,533,511https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1533511-19576<p>The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Wednesday by 6,496 new cases and reached 1,533,511, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 11:19:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4ysdg8m71ixd182xy1rpuc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-1533511-19576Polish estimated unemployment rate rises to 6.5 pct in Januaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-estimated-unemployment-rate-rises-to-65-pct-in-january-19574<p>The country's estimated unemployment rate stood at 6.5 percent at end-January, up from 6.2 percent at end-December, according to data from the Development, Labour and Technology Ministry.</p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 10:52:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish estimated unemployment rate rises to 6.5 pct in Januaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-estimated-unemployment-rate-rises-to-65-pct-in-january-19574All Poles have opportunity to be vaccinated in 2021 - PM's aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-poles-have-opportunity-to-be-vaccinated-in-2021---pms-aide-19572<p>All Poles who want the Covid-19 vaccine should be able to get vaccinated by the end of the year, the head of the prime minister’s office has said.</p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 10:45:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l9t3ox095e97kcs024zpe.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-poles-have-opportunity-to-be-vaccinated-in-2021---pms-aide-19572Over 289,000 Poles have received second dose of Covid-19 vaccinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-289000-poles-have-received-second-dose-of-covid-19-vaccine-19570<p>More than 289,000 people in Poland had received the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by Wednesday morning, government data show.</p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 10:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mob64v398y9jzs8jimmu.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-289000-poles-have-received-second-dose-of-covid-19-vaccine-19570Women's protests not hurting support for ruling party - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/womens-protests-not-hurting-support-for-ruling-party---poll-19568<p>Support for the ruling Law and Justice party remains strong despite protests organised by the Women's Strike movement, the results of a poll published in the Super Express tabloid on Thursday show.</p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 10:28:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3ew9gajqt6gck6vp7s4mlr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/womens-protests-not-hurting-support-for-ruling-party---poll-19568Polish exports up y/y in December - Polish Chamber of Commercehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-exports-up-yy-in-december---polish-chamber-of-commerce-19567<p>Poland's exports in December 2020 grew by 9.9 percent year on year, according to a forecast by economists from the Polish Chamber of Commerce (KIG).</p>Thu, 04 Feb 2021 10:25:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish exports up y/y in December - Polish Chamber of Commercehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-exports-up-yy-in-december---polish-chamber-of-commerce-19567Poland has optimistic economic prospects for 2021https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-optimistic-economic-prospects-for-2021-19565<p>Poland's GDP will grow by at least 4 percent in 2021, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told wPolsce.pl television on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 20:10:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ywpfsk9vse80xamvswht95.jpegMorawiecki said that with the support of funds from the New Deal and the National Recovery Programme "there is a chance that (...) this increase in the next few years will bring very, very positive effects."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-optimistic-economic-prospects-for-2021-19565Ruling United Right camp maintains lead in voter support - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-united-right-camp-maintains-lead-in-voter-support---poll-19564<p>Poland’s governing United Right coalition would have won, if a general election had been held on Sunday, an opinion poll has revealed.</p>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 19:34:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRuling United Right camp maintains lead in voter support - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-united-right-camp-maintains-lead-in-voter-support---poll-19564Poland welcomes extension of Russia, US arms pacthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-welcomes-extension-of-russia-us-arms-pact-19563<p>Poland positively assesses the extension of the New START nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the US, announced the Foreign Ministry in a press release on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 19:04:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland welcomes extension of Russia, US arms pacthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-welcomes-extension-of-russia-us-arms-pact-19563Poland has second lowest unemployment rate in EU - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-second-lowest-unemployment-rate-in-eu---eurostat-19561<p>The unemployment level in Poland in December last year was 3.3 percent, giving Poland the second lowest unemployment rate in the EU, according to data from Eurostat, the bloc's statistical office .</p>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 17:28:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland has second lowest unemployment rate in EU - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-second-lowest-unemployment-rate-in-eu---eurostat-19561Norway and EEA Grants withdraw project co-financing over LGBT resolutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/norway-and-eea-grants-withdraw-project-co-financing-over-lgbt-resolution-19559<p>The south-eastern Podkarpackie province has lost EUR 1.7 million in funding in Norway and EEA Grants after its regional assembly passed a resolution against “LGBT ideology”.</p>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 16:41:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNorway and EEA Grants withdraw project co-financing over LGBT resolutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/norway-and-eea-grants-withdraw-project-co-financing-over-lgbt-resolution-19559Donkey art goes for 200zł a pop as animals turn their noses to painting to raise cash for struggling sanctuaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/donkey-art-goes-for-200zl-a-pop-as-animals-turn-their-noses-to-painting-to-raise-cash-for-struggling-sanctuary-19557<p>A group of donkeys, ponies and horses are bringing out their creative side to produce paintings under a fun initiative launched by their animal sanctuary to help raise funds for its upkeep.</p>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 15:47:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/99q72s0ffctv7px6xet5h.pngThe animals munch on carrots dipped in vet-approved, non-toxic edible paint which they then use to produce the colourful artwork with their mouths and noses.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/donkey-art-goes-for-200zl-a-pop-as-animals-turn-their-noses-to-painting-to-raise-cash-for-struggling-sanctuary-19557Poland's 2020 deficit lower than planned - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-2020-deficit-lower-than-planned---pm-19556<p>The Polish budget deficit, which the government raised to the planned PLN 109.3 bln (EUR 24.3 bln) in the course of the year due to the coronavirus epidemic, reached only PLN 84 bln (EUR 18.7 bln), Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 15:25:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p1a2qb74478kpll1tzj4w.jpeg"The budget deficit for the whole of the past year will be about PLN 25 bln (EUR 5.6 bln) lower than planned in the amended budget law," the prime minister said. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-2020-deficit-lower-than-planned---pm-19556Women's movement prepares abortion billhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/womens-movement-prepares-abortion-bill-19554<p>The leader of Women’s Strike, the organisation that has spearheaded mass abortion protests, has said that Poland faces a “nightmare moment” when a near-total ban on abortion “becomes a fact”.</p>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 14:42:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3hpw8xbdd775a48toff7ny.jpegMarta Lempart made the claim as she and the organisation presented the draft of a bill legalising abortion until the 12th week of pregnancy, which they plan to present to parliament.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/womens-movement-prepares-abortion-bill-19554Warehousing demand rises to 5..2 mln sqm in 2020 - analystshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warehousing-demand-rises-to-52-mln-sqm-in-2020---analysts-19553<p>A new report by real estate consultancy CBRE puts demand for warehouse space in Poland at 5.2 million square metres in 2020, up by 21 percent on 2019.</p>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 14:24:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWarehousing demand rises to 5..2 mln sqm in 2020 - analystshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warehousing-demand-rises-to-52-mln-sqm-in-2020---analysts-19553Gov't set on restoring economic growth - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-set-on-restoring-economic-growth---pm-19551<p>Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has said a “rapid return to economic growth” is a top priority of the government.</p>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 14:15:00 +0100Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ig8rzkcu4lum651ystyqc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-set-on-restoring-economic-growth---pm-19551Huge ‘newspaper mural’ aims to encourage support for restaurantshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/huge-newspaper-mural-aims-to-encourage-support-for-restaurants-19549<p><span lang="EN-GB">A new mural has gone up in Warsaw to encourage support for local restaurants struggling because of the pandemic.&nbsp;</span></p>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 13:43:00 +0100Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jzukq6m7eha60y3dbitg5c.pngDesigned to look like a page of advertisements in a newspaper, with individual boxes advertising different food places around the capital, the mural from Good Looking Studio takes up the whole side of a building.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/huge-newspaper-mural-aims-to-encourage-support-for-restaurants-19549Polish lorry driver wanted in Hungary for migrant smugglinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lorry-driver-wanted-in-hungary-for-migrant-smuggling-19547<p>A Polish lorry driver is on the run in Hungary after police found 32 migrants hiding in his trailer.</p>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 13:09:00 +0100News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish lorry driver wanted in Hungary for migrant smugglinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lorry-driver-wanted-in-hungary-for-migrant-smuggling-19547Local fury as officials plan to build housing estate on site of former POW camphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/local-fury-as-officials-plan-to-build-housing-estate-on-site-of-former-pow-camp-19545<p><span lang="EN-GB">As a prisoner-of-war camp, Stalag VIII-A claimed the lives of thousands of inmates, among them Polish, Soviet and Commonwealth soldiers.</span></p>Wed, 03 Feb 2021 12:45:00 +0100HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xviqzo7gr8y5edu68ferc.jpegSituated in what is now the Lower Silesian town of Zgorzelec, Stalag VIII-A was first established on the eve of WWII to house Polish prisoners.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/local-fury-as-officials-plan-to-build-housing-estate-on-site-of-former-pow-camp-19545