The First NewsMon, 13 Jul 2020 10:21:44 +0200Presidential challenger believes in victory despite exit poll resultshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-challenger-believes-in-victory-despite-exit-poll-results-14026<p>Polish presidential challenger Rafal Trzaskowski, who according to an Ipsos exit poll got 49.6 percent of votes in the run-off elections on Sunday, said he believes in victory as he expects the counting of all votes to reverse the initial result.</p>Sun, 12 Jul 2020 22:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mo7si55kvubzoqapg2wiyb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-challenger-believes-in-victory-despite-exit-poll-results-14026Andrzej Duda likely wins Polish presidential elections - Ipsos exit pollshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/andrzej-duda-likely-wins-polish-presidential-elections---ipsos-exit-polls-14024<p>Rightwing President Andrzej Duda likely won a second term of office in the Sunday presidential elections in Poland, according to an exit poll by the Ipsos public opinion research centre for the public TVP and private TVN and Polsat television broadcasters.</p>Sun, 12 Jul 2020 21:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8achfbomkrkpsdezpao7r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/andrzej-duda-likely-wins-polish-presidential-elections---ipsos-exit-polls-14024The natural look: hand-made cosmetics on a rollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-natural-look-hand-made-cosmetics-on-a-roll-14021<p><span lang="EN-GB">From mixing ingredients at home to having their products on supermarket shelves, Polish home-grown natural cosmetics brands are expanding fast as more and more consumers shun mass-produced products and turn to something more original and greener.</span></p>Sun, 12 Jul 2020 19:19:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qvsei1xu2qccze7qc7f3vt.pngThe popularity of hand-made cosmetics is on the rise.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-natural-look-hand-made-cosmetics-on-a-roll-14021Turnout in Poland's presidential election at 52.1 pct by 5 pmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/turnout-in-polands-presidential-election-at-521-pct-by-5-pm-14019<p>Voter turnout in the second round of Poland's presidential election amounted to 52.1 percent by 5 pm on Sunday, the State Electoral Commission (PKW) said during a press conference at 6:30 pm. Voting began at 7:00 am and is slated to run to 9:00 pm.</p>Sun, 12 Jul 2020 19:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/skcmt5i7axqj68fx8ag8s8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/turnout-in-polands-presidential-election-at-521-pct-by-5-pm-14019Poland for strong EU - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-strong-eu---fm-14017<p>Poland is for a strong European Union "capable of quickly reacting to contemporary challenges," including to the coronavirus epidemic crisis, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz has told the Spanish ABC daily.</p>Sun, 12 Jul 2020 16:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland for strong EU - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-strong-eu---fm-14017Town-scape: artist turns head with amazing depictions of citieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/town-scape-artist-turns-head-with-amazing-depictions-of-cities-14015<p><span lang="EN-GB">Already established as one of Poland’s best-loved artists, the reputation of Tytus Brzozowski is set to hit uncharted levels as anticipation builds over the release of a new series of paintings commissioned as part of his nascent cooperation with Instytut Polonika.</span></p>Sun, 12 Jul 2020 15:37:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ac9g5opqdzuhqonwntyv.jpegKatowice: Brzozowski’s work is known for his surreal, dream-like depictions of cityscapes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/town-scape-artist-turns-head-with-amazing-depictions-of-cities-14015Turnout in Poland's presidential election at 24.73 pct by noonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/turnout-in-polands-presidential-election-at-2473-pct-by-noon-14013<p>Voter turnout in the second round of Poland's presidential election amounted to 24.73 percent by noon on Sunday, the State Electoral Commission (PKW) said during a press conference at 1:30 pm. Voting began at 7:00 am and is slated to run to 9:00 pm.</p>Sun, 12 Jul 2020 14:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n8xees7b677ebx66ip3el.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/turnout-in-polands-presidential-election-at-2473-pct-by-noon-14013Polish scientist involved in breakthrough work linking coronavirus effects to geneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-scientist-involved-in-breakthrough-work-linking-coronavirus-effects-to-genes-14011<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Polish researcher has helped make a breakthrough in coronavirus research linking how people react to the virus to their genes.</span></p>Sun, 12 Jul 2020 11:45:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s1slbq7idnyxl379ib29r.jpegDoctor Karolina Chiałkowska: part of team researching the link between the virus and genes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-scientist-involved-in-breakthrough-work-linking-coronavirus-effects-to-genes-14011Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 37,891https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-37891-14009<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 370 since Saturday and reached 37,891, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday morning. Another three people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,571.</p>Sun, 12 Jul 2020 11:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s9qz4f5pdsmgnizu7fp6dc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-37891-14009Polish electoral commission to hold four conferences on election dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-electoral-commission-to-hold-four-conferences-on-election-day-14007<p>The State Electoral Commission (PKW) will hold four press conferences on Sunday, the day of the second round of presidential election in Poland.</p>Sun, 12 Jul 2020 09:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kis4kis8i393r137r5rtnq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-electoral-commission-to-hold-four-conferences-on-election-day-14007Poland to choose president in run-off vote on Sundayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-choose-president-in-run-off-vote-on-sunday-14005<p>Poles are voting on Sunday to elect their president for a five-year term. The first round on June 28 eliminated nine other candidates, leaving conservative incumbent Andrzej Duda to face centrist challenger Rafal Trzaskowski in a tight presidential run-off.</p>Sun, 12 Jul 2020 09:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/adgl1eb7zjcm4xcdp3nf4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-choose-president-in-run-off-vote-on-sunday-14005Close encounter of third kind: the mystery surrounding an alleged alien abduction that still captures the imaginationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/close-encounter-of-third-kind-the-mystery-surrounding-an-alleged-alien-abduction-that-still-captures-the-imagination-14003<p><span lang="EN-GB">Tucked away in the quiet village of Emilcin in south-eastern Poland is a unique memorial. Featuring a cube balanced on a plinth it commemorates an alleged alien abduction that whisked a local farmer away in a UFO.</span></p>Sat, 11 Jul 2020 19:25:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qttkaez1jzvbzlse32ywd.jpegThe memorial commemorating the 1978 “Emilcin incident”.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/close-encounter-of-third-kind-the-mystery-surrounding-an-alleged-alien-abduction-that-still-captures-the-imagination-14003Embassy contests German daily over "Polish concentration camp" misnomerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/embassy-contests-german-daily-over-polish-concentration-camp-misnomer-14001<p>The Polish embassy in Berlin has demanded the German "Allgauer Zeitung" daily to revise the false phrase "Polish concentration camp" it used on its official website, the Radio Information Agency (IAR) informed on Saturday.</p>Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:37:00 +0200https://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEmbassy contests German daily over "Polish concentration camp" misnomerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/embassy-contests-german-daily-over-polish-concentration-camp-misnomer-14001Poland marks Volhynia Massacre anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-marks-volhynia-massacre-anniversary-14000<p>A ceremony in front of Warsaw's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Saturday marked the 77th anniversary of the 1943-45 Volhynia Massacre in which Ukrainian nationalists killed about 100,000 Polish nationals in the regions of Volhynia and Eastern Galicia (pre WW2 eastern Poland).</p>Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:24:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8pem1roncbynzgoz098gv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-marks-volhynia-massacre-anniversary-14000Kraków and Gliwice unveil new graduation towers to help the people breathehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-and-gliwice-unveil-new-graduation-towers-to-help-the-people-breathe-13998<p><span lang="EN-GB">New graduation towers, tall structures packed with brushwood that give people the chance to inhale mineral-packed healing vapours, have opened in Kraków and Gliwice.</span></p>Sat, 11 Jul 2020 13:08:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zuhs8lesevp75p9a7kkw.jpegAll you need is the air that you breathe: the new graduation tower in Gliwice.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-and-gliwice-unveil-new-graduation-towers-to-help-the-people-breathe-13998Poland may come out of economic slowdown well - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-come-out-of-economic-slowdown-well---minister-13996<p>Poland has chances to come out of the coronavirus epidemic-caused economic slowdown in good shape, Finance Minister Tadeusz Koscinski said in a Saturday interview for the Nasz Dziennik daily.</p>Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:45:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ekudtfar2uqd5ovxks1w7v.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-come-out-of-economic-slowdown-well---minister-13996Ancient aches: tooth decay plagued ancestors scientists findhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ancient-aches-tooth-decay-plagued-ancestors-scientists-find-13994<p><span lang="EN-GB">Although tooth decay is associated with the sugary diets of the modern world, a study of ancient teeth by Polish scientists has revealed that the painful problem is nothing new.</span></p>Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:36:00 +0200ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bbwl8b1w6q9v432nfaccss.pngSome of the ancient teeth examined in the study.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ancient-aches-tooth-decay-plagued-ancestors-scientists-find-13994Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 37,521https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-37521-13992<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 305 since Friday evening and reached 37,521, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another 6 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,568.</p>Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5xj5e6d2wxanc3s11bjvm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-37521-13992Poland, Spain argue for swift adoption of EU recovery plan - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-spain-argue-for-swift-adoption-of-eu-recovery-plan---fm-13991<p>Poland and Spain want the European Commission's EU economic recovery plan to be adopted as quickly as possible, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said in Madrid on Friday.</p>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a4gzxc6r68untz0qkm4meq.jpegSpeaking at a joint press conference with his Spanish counterpart, Arancha Gonzalez Laya, Czaputowicz said the Friday talks focused on the EU recovery plan.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-spain-argue-for-swift-adoption-of-eu-recovery-plan---fm-13991Poland supports Germany's priorities for EU presidency - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-supports-germanys-priorities-for-eu-presidency---finmin-13989<p>Poland supports the economic and financial priorities of Germany's EU presidency, Polish Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński said after an informal meeting of the Ecofin Council, the EU's economy and finance ministers, on Friday.</p>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e3knhvw229kknidchj3iil.jpeg“We attach special importance to activities in the fiscal area, including better efficiency in fighting tax evasion,” Kościński said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-supports-germanys-priorities-for-eu-presidency---finmin-13989President recalls Volhynia Massacre anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-recalls-volhynia-massacre-anniversary-13988<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda on Friday recalled the National Day of Remembrance of the massacre of Poles by Ukrainian nationalists during WWII which Poland observes on July 11.</p>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:43:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3euw5k0o6ak9i34ywxfxk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-recalls-volhynia-massacre-anniversary-13988Opposition presidential runner says he needs more than just slim victoryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-presidential-runner-says-he-needs-more-than-just-slim-victory-13987<p>Poland's Civic Coalition (KO) presidential runner Rafał Trzaskowski said on Friday, the last campaigning day before the run-off vote, he needs more than just a narrow advantage to win.</p>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sruasbq4ergpblh5azmrvc.jpegTrzaskowski declared his independence from the government but at the same time readiness to cooperate and support its "rational decisions."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-presidential-runner-says-he-needs-more-than-just-slim-victory-13987US army to test emergency deployment readiness in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-army-to-test-emergency-deployment-readiness-in-poland-13986<p>Five hundred soldiers of the US armored forces deployed to Europe as part of the Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (EDRE) will exercise at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, north-west Poland, from July 14 to August 23, the Polish defence ministry said on Friday.</p>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6qa1nd0rgoi3vnn5r21598.jpegAn initially planned for May, combined Allied Spirit exercise involving about 4,000 US troops and 2,000 Polish troops was conducted at Drawsko Pomorskie training ground in June as part of the large-scale Defender exercises.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-army-to-test-emergency-deployment-readiness-in-poland-13986Anniversary of Jedwabne pogrom commemoratedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anniversary-of-jedwabne-pogrom-commemorated-13984<p>Jedwabne, in Poland's northeastern Podlaskie province, commemorated on Friday the 79th anniversary of a 1941 German-inspired pogrom of the town's Jewish population by their Polish neighbours.</p>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:31:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ey3bd63w1orn8w18371bik.jpegSchudrich said he was moved by the sheer number of people who wanted to come to Jedwabne despite the pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anniversary-of-jedwabne-pogrom-commemorated-13984Medical cannabis in Poland: A growing businesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/medical-cannabis-in-poland-a-growing-business-509<p>We talk to Andrew de Roy of the Central European Cannabis Form (www.cecf.eu) to find out more about medical cannabis in Poland.</p><p>Why has Poland become one of the leading liberal European countries in medical cannabis?</p><p>How did one strong Polish woman change the country's politicians' opinions in the space of one programme?</p><p>How big will the medical cannabis industry be?</p><p>Tune in to this episode of #HeartofPoland with Patrick Ney to find out more.</p>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:23:00 +0200BusinessHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m74s0gpbsbme3jkzat4xb8.jpegMedical Cannabis in Poland: A Growing Businesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/medical-cannabis-in-poland-a-growing-business-509Unbe-LEAF-able! Poznań plant lovers raise over 5k for cash-strapped grannyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unbe-leaf-able-poznan-plant-lovers-raise-over-5k-for-cash-strapped-granny-13982<p>A cash-strapped granny who to make ends meet put her favourite pot plant up for sale had the surprise of her life when kind-hearted plant-lovers raised over 5,000 zł to help her out.</p>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:08:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v1fq79qsjvl4vbxz2fl6g9.pngThe plant has sentimental value for Mrs Łucja as she has been cultivating it for 20 years since buying it with her late husband.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unbe-leaf-able-poznan-plant-lovers-raise-over-5k-for-cash-strapped-granny-13982President believes Poles able to build just and prosperous countryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-believes-poles-able-to-build-just-and-prosperous-country-13980<p>Incumbent President Andrzej Duda in the last hours of the presidential campaign expressed trust that, together, Poles are able to build a just, prosperous and strong country.</p>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t6c19xuh1sh1fpfppl5xnt.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-believes-poles-able-to-build-just-and-prosperous-country-13980Health minister says epidemic is waning in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-minister-says-epidemic-is-waning-in-poland-13978<p>The epidemic is in decline and, although this is positively surprising, people should still use common sense, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski appealed during a press conference on Friday.</p>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jca7hl3fgcogkr63whs90s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-minister-says-epidemic-is-waning-in-poland-13978Warsaw station to get stunning new multi-billion zł facelifthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-station-to-get-stunning-new-multi-billion-zl-facelift-13976<p><span lang="EN-GB">A neglected Warsaw railway station is to get a stunning 2.4 bln PLN facelift.</span></p>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:55:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wddj3haxp3cdaeogeu781.jpegThe modern, minimalistic makeover will turn Warszawa Zachodnia (Warsaw West) station into Poland’s most modern train station.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-station-to-get-stunning-new-multi-billion-zl-facelift-13976Kraków team give art-lovers a thrill with their live restoration of Józef Chełmoński masterpiecehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-team-give-art-lovers-a-thrill-with-their-live-restoration-of-jozef-chelmonski-masterpiece-13974<p><span lang="EN-GB">One of Poland’s most beloved paintings, Józef Chełmoński’s ‘Four-In-Hand’, is undergoing a thorough restoration that will make the optical illusion of life-size galloping horses even more realistic.</span></p>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:45:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w2z8fsuc2wbk7x9dcqdb1f.jpegSpecialists from the National Museum in Kraków are removing dirt and yellowed varnish so that the work can regain the painting’s original colour and power of expression.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-team-give-art-lovers-a-thrill-with-their-live-restoration-of-jozef-chelmonski-masterpiece-13974Poland's budget situation exceeds EC's expectations - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-situation-exceeds-ecs-expectations---pm-13972<p>The budgetary situation in Poland, after June, exceeded the expectations of the European Commission, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday.</p>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:07:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's budget situation exceeds EC's expectations - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-situation-exceeds-ecs-expectations---pm-13972Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 37,216https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-37216-13970<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 265 since Thursday morning and reached 37,216, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another 11 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,562.&nbsp;</p>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oelpdoqy2jgyydsdpxadm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-37216-13970Final day of Poland's presidential election campaignhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/final-day-of-polands-presidential-election-campaign-13968<p>Friday is the last day of the presidential campaign before the Sunday run-off election.</p>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8xr2bavtnpg54c1zmjmjdm.pngThe campaign will end on Friday at midnight.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/final-day-of-polands-presidential-election-campaign-13968Five Polish universities join European Universities Initiativehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/five-polish-universities-join-european-universities-initiative-13966<p>The European Commission announced on Thursday that five Polish universities have been added to the consortia of the European Universities Initiative.</p>Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:57:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ohz9qzz6nde761zusqzss.jpegWarsaw University of Technology.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/five-polish-universities-join-european-universities-initiative-13966Polish team to compete in the Handball World Cup 2021https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-team-to-compete-in-the-handball-world-cup-2021-13963<p>Polish handball players will take part in the 2021 World Cup in Egypt thanks to a "wild card" situation, the International Handball Federation announced on Thursday evening.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 21:05:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yg953afbdopy4vvh0cczs.jpegDespite the coronavirus pandemic, Polish handball players train in Władysławowo.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-team-to-compete-in-the-handball-world-cup-2021-13963President pledges bold stance, demands respect for Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pledges-bold-stance-demands-respect-for-poland-13962<p>Re-election seeking President Andrzej Duda on Thursday told voters in Wieliczka, southern Poland that he aimed to pursue an ambitious and bold policy aimed to make Poland a respected country.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 20:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cofb84i66080a6xxxsrz4y.jpegDuda said that democracy in Poland was becoming stronger and as proof named the high turnout in previous elections, which showed Poles felt increasingly involved in public life.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pledges-bold-stance-demands-respect-for-poland-13962Polls vary on July 12 election outcomehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polls-vary-on-july-12-election-outcome-13961<p>Polls varied in their Thursday predictions of this Sunday's second election round between incumbent President Andrzej Duda and centrist contender Rafał Trzaskowski.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 20:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolls vary on July 12 election outcomehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polls-vary-on-july-12-election-outcome-13961Former PMs appeal for support for Trzaskowskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-pms-appeal-for-support-for-trzaskowski-13959<p>Three Polish former PMs, Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Leszek Miller and Marek Belka on Thursday appealed for support for Civic Coalition presidential candidate Rafał Trzaskowski.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 19:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/35vk7c955opo28e2opk3t9.jpegIn a joint statement published on Facebook, the PMs argued that supporting Trzaskowski is the only "way to prevent further destruction of our state and national community."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-pms-appeal-for-support-for-trzaskowski-13959PM announces Local Investment Fundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-announces-local-investment-fund-13956<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday in Busko Zdrój, southern Poland, announced a Local Investment Fund to aid local development and modernisation undertakings. Morawiecki was in Busko Zdrój for talks with the city's authorities.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wpl1l37kgkk2u3dx979gbu.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-announces-local-investment-fund-13956Polish firms receive almost EUR 12.7 billion under anti-crisis packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-receive-almost-eur-127-billion-under-anti-crisis-package-13955<p>Over 315,000 companies employing 2.94 million people have so far received PLN 56.8 billion (EUR 12.7 billion) under the Polish Development Fund's (PFR) financial shield amid the coronavirus pandemic, PFR said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 17:40:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish firms receive almost EUR 12.7 billion under anti-crisis packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-receive-almost-eur-127-billion-under-anti-crisis-package-13955Incumbent president gains support of Federation for Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-gains-support-of-federation-for-poland-13953<p>Incumbent President Andrzej Duda will have the official backing of the Federation for the Republic of Poland (FdR) in the July 12 run-off round of the Polish presidential election, party leader Marek Jakubiak announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 16:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s0fgynkt0of0tl6x8qsfx5q.jpegJakubiak also said that President Duda, if re-elected, should assume patronage over war reparations from Germany.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-gains-support-of-federation-for-poland-13953Poland is European leader for growth of investments in start-ups, says new reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-european-leader-for-growth-of-investments-in-start-ups-says-new-report-13949<p>A new report shows that Poland is leading the way in Europe for the growth of investments in start-ups.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 16:28:00 +0200BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/91v8icd5vcotawacawfaqs.jpegLast year was a record year for Poland in terms of funding rounds with over $300 million being raised.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-european-leader-for-growth-of-investments-in-start-ups-says-new-report-13949In Napoleonic times, Danzig (now Gdańsk) was a republic… not a lot of people know thathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-napoleonic-times-danzig-now-gdansk-was-a-republic-not-a-lot-of-people-know-that-13947<p>Today’s Gdańsk is a part of the bustling Tricity and the most important city on the Polish coastline.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 15:40:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ayyptbozx48d83edvjtu.jpegIn 1807, the Treaties of Tilsit saw the then city of Danzig also become independent, if only for seven years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-napoleonic-times-danzig-now-gdansk-was-a-republic-not-a-lot-of-people-know-that-13947Webber unravels incredible story of a Bolshevik-fighting polar bear adopted by Polish battalionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/webber-unravels-incredible-story-of-a-bolshevik-fighting-polar-bear-adopted-by-polish-battalion-13945<p><span lang="EN-GB">In the unlikely event that you challenged me to name an inspirational bear then I’d most likely nominate one that’s made a meaningful impact on my life: Fozzie, Rupert, Yogi or Paddington.</span></p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 15:07:00 +0200LifeWebber's Worldhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q71zdubrcs9m6ve7jxcnf.jpegStriking a paws: Webber with a statue of Baśka Murmańska.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/webber-unravels-incredible-story-of-a-bolshevik-fighting-polar-bear-adopted-by-polish-battalion-13945Poland's public finances in good condition despite crisis - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-public-finances-in-good-condition-despite-crisis---pm-13943<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki declared on Thursday that Poland's public finances were in good condition, despite the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 13:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tgxjnzltoyzncgrn661xj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-public-finances-in-good-condition-despite-crisis---pm-13943Poland to invest up to EUR 67 mln in nitrocellulose planthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-invest-up-to-eur-67-mln-in-nitrocellulose-plant-13941<p>The Polish government will invest PLN 300-400 mln (EUR 67-89 mln) in restoring the country's nitrocellulose production capacity, PM Mateusz Morawiecki announced during a visit to the Mesko plant in Skarzysko-Kamienna, central Poland.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 13:09:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8jxo8bk4wdv65qc9exjvco.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-invest-up-to-eur-67-mln-in-nitrocellulose-plant-13941Wrocław technology scans your EYES to make contactless paymentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-technology-scans-your-eyes-to-make-contactless-payments-13939<p><span lang="EN-GB">It may seem like science fiction, but a Wrocław company has come up with a revolutionary form of payment which scans your eyes.</span></p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 12:48:00 +0200BusinessSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/obw9rfgpisje9f8ocp3b7.jpegThe ‘eye-catching’ payment method uses a digitally scanned image of the iris which is then converted into a special code to authorize the payment.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-technology-scans-your-eyes-to-make-contactless-payments-13939New job offers up m/m, down y/y in Poland in June - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-job-offers-up-mm-down-yy-in-poland-in-june---report-13937<p>The number of new job offers went down by 16 percent year on year and grew by 26 percent month on month in Poland in June 2020, Grand Thornton has written in a report.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 11:03:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNew job offers up m/m, down y/y in Poland in June - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-job-offers-up-mm-down-yy-in-poland-in-june---report-13937Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 36,951https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-36951-13935<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 262 since Wednesday and reached 36,951, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another nine people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,551.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 10:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5zet53kixb4n942q2if2g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-36951-13935Most Poles want president to be independent from gov'thttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-want-president-to-be-independent-from-govt-13933<p>Some 48 percent of Poles say they would like their head of state to represent a different political party than the government and only every third respondent says the president and government should come from the same camp, a poll by United Survey shows.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 10:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMost Poles want president to be independent from gov'thttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-want-president-to-be-independent-from-govt-13933Poles are ready for return of coronavirus - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-are-ready-for-return-of-coronavirus---daily-13931<p>Poles are ready for another coronavirus attack, with most of them giving up plans for foreign trips and over 40 percent saving money for a rainy day, shows a poll published by the daily Rzeczpospolita on Thursday.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 10:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9ogshuksh2vsyije2a0ki.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-are-ready-for-return-of-coronavirus---daily-13931Poland protests German media interference in presidential electionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-protests-german-media-interference-in-presidential-elections-13929<p>Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek on Wednesday protested to the German Charges d' Affaires against what he described as the German media's attempts to influence Poland's ongoing presidential elections.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 10:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8z2iobywg7cgair0ph52sg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-protests-german-media-interference-in-presidential-elections-13929Opposition presidential runner holds slim lead in voter support pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-presidential-runner-holds-slim-lead-in-voter-support-poll-13927<p>Forty-five percent of respondents to a July survey conducted by Kantar, said they would vote for the Civic Coalition's (KO) Rafal Trzaskowski, while 44 pct said they would support incumbent President Andrzej Duda in the presidential run-off vote on July 12.</p>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 10:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ohqz4a50w8dmm4mj0n8nm.jpegThe survey was conducted on July 3-8 on a representative sample of 978 adult residents of Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-presidential-runner-holds-slim-lead-in-voter-support-poll-13927Polish gaming industry one of world's best, says presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gaming-industry-one-of-worlds-best-says-president-13926<p>The Polish gaming industry, Polish IT specialists and programmers are among the best in the world, President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday, four days before the second round of the presidential election.</p>Wed, 08 Jul 2020 20:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vjjopnug0cempspm0hvgi9.jpegThe president took part in a "Summer with esports" event during which he stressed that the gaming industry in Poland is a "true industry," open to talents.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gaming-industry-one-of-worlds-best-says-president-13926President appeals to politicians for post-election talks on Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appeals-to-politicians-for-post-election-talks-on-poland-13925<p>President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday appealed to Poland's opposition, including the Polish People's Party (PSL), the Polish Coalition and the Confederation grouping, for post-election talks about major national issues.</p>Wed, 08 Jul 2020 20:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3eml6nm7jkhvwtezgb86j.jpegDuda also thanked the present United Right government for its work over the past five years, calling it "wise and well-weighed."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appeals-to-politicians-for-post-election-talks-on-poland-13925Opposition leader appeals for high election turnouthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-leader-appeals-for-high-election-turnout-13923<p>Borys Budka, head of Poland's biggest opposition party Civic Platform (PO), on Wednesday appealed for a high voter turnout at the July 12 presidential election, in which incumbent President Andrzej Duda will stand against Rafał Trzaskowski from the PO-led Civic Coalition (KO).</p>Wed, 08 Jul 2020 18:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h4a84q4t2rvzl921poro6m.jpegBudka encouraged support for Trzaskowski, who in his opinion promised "an open, smiling, tolerant and democratic" Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-leader-appeals-for-high-election-turnout-13923Incumbent president leads voter support poll ahead of run-off electionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-leads-voter-support-poll-ahead-of-run-off-election-13921<p>Incumbent President Andrzej Duda saw his support at 47 pct ahead of run-off election, while his rival Rafał Trzaskowski of the Civic Coalition could count on 46 pct of the votes, shows a survey by Social Changes pollster for wPolityce.pl.</p>Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eyylrlxfqrzvgp2mra1c.jpegAndrzej Duda (pictured) saw his support at 47 pct ahead of run-off election, while his rival Rafał Trzaskowski could count on 46 pct of the voteshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-leads-voter-support-poll-ahead-of-run-off-election-13921Poland will quickly overcome short-term slowdown - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-quickly-overcome-short-term-slowdown---pm-13920<p>Poland's GDP will record the lowest decline in the EU, says the EC, and Eurostat reports that Poland has the second lowest unemployment. Poland's forecast for 2021 shows that it will soon exit the short-term economic slowdown, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook.</p>Wed, 08 Jul 2020 15:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pvj5vx95ww6ocwjnw9w7e.jpeg"Our forecasts for 2021 show that the economic rebound will be strong enough to quickly overcome this short-term slowdown," wrote Morawiecki.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-quickly-overcome-short-term-slowdown---pm-13920German media is trying to 'help' Poles make the 'right' election decision, says Belgium academichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-media-is-trying-to-help-poles-make-the-right-election-decision-says-belgium-academic-13915​​​A Belgian professor has claimed that German media is trying to influence the presidential run offs in Poland with negative reports about Andrzej Duda and positive reports about Rafal Trzaskowski.​​​Wed, 08 Jul 2020 14:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ku56054ncgtufrukqg9dm.jpegProfessor Engels said: "This campaign is indisputably not only the result of the usual differences of opinion in politics because, after all, a lively discourse between opposing positions is the basis of democracy, but it is the very conscious result of a desire to influence German (and also Polish) public opinion."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-media-is-trying-to-help-poles-make-the-right-election-decision-says-belgium-academic-13915Harrowing WWII letter in a bottle found hidden inside train station wallhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-wwii-letter-in-a-bottle-found-hidden-inside-train-station-wall-13913<p>A haunting letter written by two forced labourers during WWII has been found inside a bottle at a train station in Poland.</p>Wed, 08 Jul 2020 13:59:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l2gg2okscd8ygyfxhl8yy.jpegThe letter dated 1941 says: “Both of us from Kalisz walled up this card as a reminder. Whoever finds this card will remember the Nazi war against people like the Teuton’s displaced people.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/harrowing-wwii-letter-in-a-bottle-found-hidden-inside-train-station-wall-13913Are skeletal remains found in Commie horror prison those of WWII hero Witold Pilecki?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/are-skeletal-remains-found-in-commie-horror-prison-those-of-wwii-hero-witold-pilecki-13909<p>A human body found in an unmarked grave has led to speculation that the remains could belong to wartime hero Witold Pilecki, the Polish officer who volunteered to go to Auschwitz.</p>Wed, 08 Jul 2020 13:22:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cbh5j7g8cle3xfnay8aha.pngResearchers will use DNA samples to try and determine if the remains found at the prison belong to Witold Pilecki.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/are-skeletal-remains-found-in-commie-horror-prison-those-of-wwii-hero-witold-pilecki-13909Opposition presidential runner calls for transparency on pardonshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-presidential-runner-calls-for-transparency-on-pardons-13907<p>Poland's Civic Coalition (KO) presidential runner Rafal Trzaskowski said on Wednesday that the presidential pardon system must be as transparent as possible and appealed to incumbent President Andrzej Duda to disclose information about pardons granted by him.</p>Wed, 08 Jul 2020 12:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vy6y0ryyhew9bll5scx7g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-presidential-runner-calls-for-transparency-on-pardons-13907Colourful outbreak of mural-osis transforms Warsaw districthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/colourful-outbreak-of-mural-osis-transforms-warsaw-district-13904<p>Still widely known as Warsaw’s dormitory suburb, a spate of enviable new developments and an increasingly rich restaurant and leisure offer have contributed generously to Ursynów’s burgeoning reputation as a desirable place to live.</p>Wed, 08 Jul 2020 12:30:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y348zqc71casc6uvhm5s2o.pngPerhaps nothing better expresses Ursynów’s bold new direction than its colourful outbreak of mural-osis.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/colourful-outbreak-of-mural-osis-transforms-warsaw-district-13904Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 36,689https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-36689-13902<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 277 since Tuesday morning and reached 36,689, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another fifteen people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,542.</p>Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kuhydnp0uetoshkhsd3gia.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-36689-13902President active till campaign ends but no room for debate - spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-active-till-campaign-ends-but-no-room-for-debate---spokesman-13900<p>The campaign route of President Andrzej Duda seeking re-election has been planned out, he will be active until its very end but there is no time for any debate with his rival in the runoff vote, Duda's election staff member Radoslaw Fogiel said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c8xvym9kv7wyj05j7krr1.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-active-till-campaign-ends-but-no-room-for-debate---spokesman-13900Trzaskowski may lose key supporters due to holiday voter rules - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trzaskowski-may-lose-key-supporters-due-to-holiday-voter-rules---press-13898<p>Voters who changed their polling stations before the June 28 first round of Polish presidential elections, most of them supporting presidential challenger Rafal Trzaskowski, may find themselves barred from voting in the run-off, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reports.</p>Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ytvyxj9w0ik8f8uzb7u8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trzaskowski-may-lose-key-supporters-due-to-holiday-voter-rules---press-13898Almost half of Poles optimistic about future - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/almost-half-of-poles-optimistic-about-future---poll-13897<p>Forty-five percent of Poles believe that the situation in the country is heading in the right direction, while 40 percent of them claim the opposite, a survey by the CBOS pollster shows.</p>Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAlmost half of Poles optimistic about future - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/almost-half-of-poles-optimistic-about-future---poll-13897Culture minister responds to presidential candidate's negligence chargeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/culture-minister-responds-to-presidential-candidates-negligence-charges-13896<p>Culture Minister Piotr Gliński on Tuesday responded to opposition presidential candidate Rafał Trzaskowski's accusations that his ministry was not offering sufficient aid to artists under the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 21:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v55ir2ooxltfo2getm5.jpegIn his reply on Twitter, Gliński refuted Trzaskowski's accusations.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/culture-minister-responds-to-presidential-candidates-negligence-charges-13896Gov't failed to ensure equal EU subsidies for farmers - Trzaskowskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-failed-to-ensure-equal-eu-subsidies-for-farmers---trzaskowski-13895<p>Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS), which came into power in 2015, did not live up to its election promise of ensuring EU subsidies for Polish farmers at an equal level to those in the West, presidential candidate Rafał Trzaskowski said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hx6k18eamwpe35w13zkhxv.jpegTrzaskowski said that PiS politicians like to take photos with farmers and talk about supporting them, but nothing much comes out of it.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-failed-to-ensure-equal-eu-subsidies-for-farmers---trzaskowski-13895Companies receive over EUR 12 bln under Financial Shieldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/companies-receive-over-eur-12-bln-under-financial-shield-13894<p>Over 312,000 entrepreneurs have already received PLN 56.3 billion (EUR 12.5 billion) in aid granted as part of the Financial Shield of the Polish Development Fund (PFR), the PFR announced on Twitter on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 19:34:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCompanies receive over EUR 12 bln under Financial Shieldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/companies-receive-over-eur-12-bln-under-financial-shield-13894President, PM, opposition presidential runner top trust ranking - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-opposition-presidential-runner-top-trust-ranking---poll-13893<p>President Andrzej Duda is Poland's most trusted politician, followed by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Duda's contender in the presidential run-off, Rafał Trzaskowski, according to a recent survey by IBRIS pollster for Onet news portal, published on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 18:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z8fdqa24gobgkayhyc5yjd.jpegDuda is trusted by 50 percent of respondents, 8.7 percentage points up from a previous poll run in June.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-opposition-presidential-runner-top-trust-ranking---poll-13893Ex-presidents to back current president's rival in run-off votehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ex-presidents-to-back-current-presidents-rival-in-run-off-vote-13891<p>Former Polish presidents Bronisław Komorowski and Aleksander Kwaśniewski said on Tuesday that they would support incumbent President Andrzej Duda's rival Rafał Trzaskowski in the July 12 run-off round of Poland's presidential election.</p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 18:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ugcu96ra36ru9k1tyngk.jpegFormer Polish presidents Bronisław Komorowski (L) and Aleksander Kwaśniewski (R).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ex-presidents-to-back-current-presidents-rival-in-run-off-vote-13891Polish agriculture to get biggest ever funds from EU - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-agriculture-to-get-biggest-ever-funds-from-eu---president-13889<p>In its next seven-year budget, the European Union will earmark EUR 33.5 bln for Polish agriculture, the biggest funds Polish farmers have ever received from the EU, Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday at an election rally in Augustów, north-eastern Poland.</p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 17:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k33u7ks2jpv0moadidrn.jpeg"The next budget perspective will offer the biggest ever money for Polish agriculture as, right now, the European Commission says that there will be EUR 33.5 bln to spend on Polish agriculture over the next seven-year perspective, in 2021-27," Duda said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-agriculture-to-get-biggest-ever-funds-from-eu---president-13889Polish economy to expand by 5 pct in Q3 - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-to-expand-by-5-pct-in-q3---official-13888<p>Poland's GDP will grow by 5 pct in the third quarter of the year, Paweł Borys, head of the state-run Polish Development Fund (PFR) told a press conference on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 17:18:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2775uubrvgmeq76pcf27gq.jpeg"We are coming out of the economic hibernation in the second quarter," Borys said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-to-expand-by-5-pct-in-q3---official-13888Former interior designer leads foodie revolution with Poland’s first fully-vegan dairyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-interior-designer-leads-foodie-revolution-with-polands-first-fully-vegan-dairy-13886<p>A former interior designer is now leading the way in plant-based dairy products after setting up Poland’s first fully-vegan production firm.</p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:27:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7myaf2df6142wun2d08qow.jpegAfter taking over the family business, Magda Kubit is now leading the way plant-based dairy products.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-interior-designer-leads-foodie-revolution-with-polands-first-fully-vegan-dairy-13886Almost 80 pct of firms plan to keep jobs - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/almost-80-pct-of-firms-plan-to-keep-jobs---report-13885<p>Seventy-nine percent of companies in Poland plan to keep jobs, whereas 18 percent mainly small firms found difficulties with covering liabilities, according to July's study by the Polish Development Fund (PFR) and Polish Economic Institute (PIE).</p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 15:46:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAlmost 80 pct of firms plan to keep jobs - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/almost-80-pct-of-firms-plan-to-keep-jobs---report-13885Looted art regained after WWII showcased in Instagram galleryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/looted-art-regained-after-wwii-showcased-in-instagram-gallery-13883<p><span lang="EN-GB">Works of art stolen by Germany during World War Two and regained by Poland in recent years are to be showcased by the Ministry of Culture on its Instagram account.&nbsp;</span></p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 14:50:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p4yjfh3yn6owoycnb8zp7.jpegThe actual number of war losses that Poland suffered during World War II is difficult to estimate. One estimate puts the total number at 516,000 works of art.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/looted-art-regained-after-wwii-showcased-in-instagram-gallery-13883V4 meeting shows group setting tone for recovery - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-meeting-shows-group-setting-tone-for-recovery---fm-13881<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said that the Tuesday meeting of the foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries shows that the Group is setting the tone for direct cooperation during recovery from the coronavirus crisis.</p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 14:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ue6aa3qh0yrdp1schzcjga.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-meeting-shows-group-setting-tone-for-recovery---fm-13881War reparations still live issue in Polish-German relations - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/war-reparations-still-live-issue-in-polish-german-relations---minister-13879<p>Though there is no Polish government's official stand on war reparations, no negotiating position with Germany, the topic is present in talks among officials and exists in Polish-German relations, Deputy PM, Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWar reparations still live issue in Polish-German relations - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/war-reparations-still-live-issue-in-polish-german-relations---minister-13879Here it comes! Warsaw to get woonerf by end of yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/here-it-comes-warsaw-to-get-woonerf-by-end-of-year-13875<p><span lang="EN-GB">Warsaw will get its first woonerf by the end of the year, developers have said.</span></p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:08:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qtk0trz5joerry9787icy.jpegA Dutch term that can be translated as ‘living street’, a woonerf is an urban area designed to slow traffic and allow pedestrians greater space within a city, usually incorporating outdoor seating.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/here-it-comes-warsaw-to-get-woonerf-by-end-of-year-13875Poland's GDP will drop by 4.6 pct in 2020, EU forecastshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-will-drop-by-46-pct-in-2020-eu-forecasts-13873<p>The Polish economy will shrink by 4.6 percent in 2020 and will expand by 4.3 percent in 2021, as the HICP inflation declines to 2.7 percent in 2020 and edges up to 2.8 percent in 2021, the European Commission (EC) said in its Spring 2020 Economic Forecast.</p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:30:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP will drop by 4.6 pct in 2020, EU forecastshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-will-drop-by-46-pct-in-2020-eu-forecasts-13873Epidemic slowly dying down in most parts of Poland - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/epidemic-slowly-dying-down-in-most-parts-of-poland---minister-13870<p>The opinion that the coronavirus epidemic is slowly ending in most parts of the country is justified, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6eu6n054r85az9k7hge4kk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/epidemic-slowly-dying-down-in-most-parts-of-poland---minister-13870Hello Boys! Poland’s hottest Instagram star sends internet wild with her glam pics - but who is Weronika Bielik?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hello-boys-polands-hottest-instagram-star-sends-internet-wild-with-her-glam-pics---but-who-is-weronika-bielik-13868<p>A former law student is sending the internet into meltdown with her sizzling Instagram snaps.</p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:02:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hy16hrlr2mpfsjw3idzlti.pngWith nearly 3 million followers on social media, Weronika Bielik is the second most popular internet star in Poland, with only footy ace Robert Lewandowski boasting more followers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hello-boys-polands-hottest-instagram-star-sends-internet-wild-with-her-glam-pics---but-who-is-weronika-bielik-13868Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 36,412https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-36412-13866<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 257 since Monday morning and reached 36,412, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another seven people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,528.</p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 10:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yvg89ky1qijh2xvca8y7.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-36412-13866Providing access to Covid-19 vaccine is state's duty - president's aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/providing-access-to-covid-19-vaccine-is-states-duty---presidents-aide-13864<p>It is the state's responsibility to ensure that Poles have access to a coronavirus vaccine, Polish President Andrzej Duda top aide Krzysztof Szczerski said on Tuesday commenting on Duda's earlier statement.</p>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 10:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f36v3f7gq10r54b20um2fq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/providing-access-to-covid-19-vaccine-is-states-duty---presidents-aide-13864Polish Post to deliver almost 194,000 ballot packageshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-post-to-deliver-almost-194000-ballot-packages-13863<p>The Polish Post has received nearly 194,000 postal voting packages to deliver before the July 12 run-off presidential vote, the state-owned company said on Monday.</p>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 21:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cwax1ezhpvux9fw37j425l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-post-to-deliver-almost-194000-ballot-packages-13863Where can you safely fly to from Poland?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/where-can-you-safely-fly-to-from-poland-13859<p>With an increasing number of countries lifting travel bans and with the list of quarantine-free countries being updated on a daily basis, here are the places you can fly to now:</p>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 18:39:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uqn982xjeoaoqc7dsm9i3.jpegAn increasing number of countries have lifted their travel bans.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/where-can-you-safely-fly-to-from-poland-13859Poland donates disinfectants to Iraq to help in COVID-19 fight - NATOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-donates-disinfectants-to-iraq-to-help-in-covid-19-fight---nato-13858<p>Polish authorities have donated 1,000 litres of disinfectants to Iraq for use in the battle against the COVID-19 epidemic, NATO has announced. Earlier, Poland had also sent 50,000 protective masks to Iraq.</p>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jsi5s141mtpzjsv0rmnwoq.jpegThe disinfectants were delivered on Sunday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-donates-disinfectants-to-iraq-to-help-in-covid-19-fight---nato-13858President's same-sex adoption ban reaches lower househttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidents-same-sex-adoption-ban-reaches-lower-house-13857<p>A presidential bill amending the Constitution to forbid persons in same-sex unions to adopt children has reached the Sejm (lower house), the house informed on Monday. Duda announced the bill on Saturday, signed it on Monday morning and sent it to the Sejm on the same day.</p>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hl06p5dig5fd5yap9c6u.jpeg"I am very happy that I can fulfil my promise which I made on Saturday. But, above all, I am very glad that I have been implementing what I have planned since the beginning of my presidency," Duda saidhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidents-same-sex-adoption-ban-reaches-lower-house-13857Treasure under wraps in Nazi diary?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/treasure-under-wraps-in-nazi-diary-13853<p>The location of 28 tonnes of Nazi-era gold hidden by the Waffen SS in the dying days of World War Two has been pinpointed to an aristocratic palace in Lower Silesia.</p>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:41:00 +0200HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nfvx1sp1l1erua3s5ebv8.jpegAccording to the SS officer’s diary, the gold worth billions of euros is at the bottom of a disused well in the grounds of the Hochberg Palace in Roztoka, near Wałbrzych.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/treasure-under-wraps-in-nazi-diary-13853Best place in Poland?https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/best-place-in-poland-505<p>Who knows Poland better than Alex Webber? He's a legendary Poland expat, perhaps the most travelled Brit in Poland.</p><p>- What's his favourite place in Poland?</p><p>- Best place to holiday in Poland?</p><p>- How much Polish do you need to learn to visit Poland?</p><p>You can read his funny, hilarious articles on holidays in Poland on TFN in the Webber's World section.</p>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:21:00 +0200Art & CultureLifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eua20p2baol764hveczuvi.jpegBest place in Poland?https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/best-place-in-poland-505Polish unemployment rate likely up to 6.1 pct in June - labour ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-unemployment-rate-likely-up-to-61-pct-in-june---labour-ministry-13852<p>Poland's unemployment rate likely went up by 0.1 percentage point month on month to 6.1 pct at the end of June 2020, according to estimate from the Labour Ministry.</p>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:54:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish unemployment rate likely up to 6.1 pct in June - labour ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-unemployment-rate-likely-up-to-61-pct-in-june---labour-ministry-13852President Duda still most trusted politician - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-still-most-trusted-politician---poll-13851<p>Fifty-six percent of Poles declared confidence in President Andrzej Duda in June, which puts him on top of the confidence ranking. Trust in the president remained unchanged from the previous month, a survey by the CBOS pollster shows.</p>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iq8igrzj1jjxc99empunn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-still-most-trusted-politician---poll-13851Treaty of Zgorzelec establishing Poland’s post WWII border with Germany signed 70 years ago todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/treaty-of-zgorzelec-establishing-polands-post-wwii-border-with-germany-signed-70-years-ago-today-13849<p>Seventy years ago today Poland signed its first ever border treaty with Germany.</p>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:08:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s082ncc5l6vh2pd6p9xah.jpegA temporary border between Poland and Germany was made in 1945, but it would not become official until five years later.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/treaty-of-zgorzelec-establishing-polands-post-wwii-border-with-germany-signed-70-years-ago-today-13849Opole team come up with wind-assisted ‘eco-fence’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opole-team-come-up-with-wind-assisted-eco-fence-13845<p>A new eco-friendly solution to energy generation could help harness renewable energy on a large scale.</p>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 15:20:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2jhdod8tjk7bxz5dixxg4q.jpegMade up of vertical wind turbines which can be inserted into a vertical frame to fit as the wind blows the Wind Panel’s rotors are set in motion and spin silently along the vertical axis, generating electricity that can then be used in the complex that the panels surround.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opole-team-come-up-with-wind-assisted-eco-fence-13845Fewer tourists travelling in Poland in May - GUShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fewer-tourists-travelling-in-poland-in-may---gus-13843<p>The number of tourists who spent at least one night in guesthouses and hotels in Poland in May 2020 decreased by 88.1 percent year on year to 210,800, according to Central Statistical Office (GUS) data released on Monday.</p>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:18:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o6gd53qjr6mmmyhehrqq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fewer-tourists-travelling-in-poland-in-may---gus-13843Retail sales up by 1.7 pct y/y in May - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-by-17-pct-yy-in-may---eurostat-13841<p>Polish retail sales grew by 1.7 percent year on year in May 2020 after a 9.9-percent decrease in April. Month on month, retail sales rose by 10.1 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, said on Monday.</p>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:13:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales up by 1.7 pct y/y in May - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-by-17-pct-yy-in-may---eurostat-13841Polish Mining group resumes operations in all mineshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mining-group-resumes-operations-in-all-mines-13839<p>All pits of the Polish Mining Group (PGG), which suspended or limited coal production three weeks ago due to the coronavirus pandemic, are returning to normal operation as of today, company spokesman Tomasz Glogowski said on Monday.</p><article><br></article>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 12:46:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rfb1xzhvujcdw86zcv5tl9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mining-group-resumes-operations-in-all-mines-13839Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 36,155https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-36155-13837<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 205 since Sunday and reached 36,155, the Ministry of Health said on Monday. Another four people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,521.</p>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 10:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ryerd8vpy5264djezdzv8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-36155-13837Poland's unemployment at historically low level - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-at-historically-low-level---pm-13835<p>May unemployment rate in Poland is 3 percent, according to European Commission data, the second lowest level in the whole European Union, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on social media late on Sunday.</p>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 10:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment at historically low level - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-at-historically-low-level---pm-13835Rising high in the times of Covid: Warsaw’s office space still on the rise despite pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rising-high-in-the-times-of-covid-warsaws-office-space-still-on-the-rise-despite-pandemic-13833<p>The construction of six new skyscrapers that will soon make their mark on the Warsaw skyline is supposed to finish by the end of the year. Born in better times the coronavirus and the economic crisis has now cast a shadow over their future, so TFN decided to examine the outlook for Warsaw’s upcoming most wanted addresses.</p>Sun, 05 Jul 2020 19:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fc6mxe25id7g0w8cq0bux.jpegVarso Place: just one of the new buildings taking shape in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rising-high-in-the-times-of-covid-warsaws-office-space-still-on-the-rise-despite-pandemic-13833Incumbent president's rival leads in run-off election pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-presidents-rival-leads-in-run-off-election-poll-13831<p>A total of 47.2 pct of those surveyed said they would vote for Rafał Trzaskowski in the second round of the run-off election, while current President Andrzej Duda can count on 45.9 pct support, shows an IBRiS poll for the Wirtualna Polska (WP) web portal.</p>Sun, 05 Jul 2020 17:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ozl9xqasyve3bi3iqsm0eh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-presidents-rival-leads-in-run-off-election-poll-13831Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 35,950https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-35950-13830<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 231 since Saturday and reached 35,950, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday. Another five people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,517.</p>Sun, 05 Jul 2020 17:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lbgtko3dx5nqcjdrilq09.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-35950-13830‘I thought of the building as a huge piece of trunk’: architecture firm gives housing an original twisthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-thought-of-the-building-as-a-huge-piece-of-trunk-architecture-firm-gives-housing-an-original-twist-13828<p>An award winning firm of architects known for its ground-breaking designs for single residences and interior designs has created two new projects near Warsaw</p>Sun, 05 Jul 2020 13:06:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1gpt1v0lalj9jokti0jva.jpegCircle Wood: integrates trees into the design.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-thought-of-the-building-as-a-huge-piece-of-trunk-architecture-firm-gives-housing-an-original-twist-13828World on a plate: Polish photographer travels the globe to snap people preparing foodhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-on-a-plate-polish-photographer-travels-the-globe-to-snap-people-preparing-food-13825<p>A Polish food photographer on assignment for National Geographic has travelled from Poland to distant Kyrgyzstan to capture how people around the world prepare, serve and enjoy food.</p>Sun, 05 Jul 2020 11:27:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2wwrcdbsgsvz994cqpkz1d.jpegDistant lands: the photographer travelled to Kyrgyzstan to photograph the food culturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-on-a-plate-polish-photographer-travels-the-globe-to-snap-people-preparing-food-13825Flat-pack success: IKEA turns to Poland for its furniturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flat-pack-success-ikea-turns-to-poland-for-its-furniture-13823<p>Buying something in IKEA? There is a good chance it was made in Poland, as one-fifth of its products are made in Polish factories. In fact half of all IKEA’s wooden furniture is made in Poland, by companies under the IKEA Industry brand.</p>Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:49:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6zobevg90eqh70yk6zes.jpegIKEA now relies heavily on Polish-made products.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flat-pack-success-ikea-turns-to-poland-for-its-furniture-13823Artist pays homage to Warsaw districts with striking silver jewelleryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artist-pays-homage-to-warsaw-districts-with-striking-silver-jewellery-13820<p>A Kraków-based student has caught the attention of Poland’s design sector with a jewellery project inspired by her love of Warsaw.</p>Sat, 04 Jul 2020 15:32:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f48m89f6vfm8k13dc2f096.jpegThe bridge across the Wisła inspired the Powiśle piece.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artist-pays-homage-to-warsaw-districts-with-striking-silver-jewellery-13820Investments necessary to overcome crisis - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/investments-necessary-to-overcome-crisis---polish-pm-13819<p>Addressing a meeting with local government reps in Mrągowo, north-eastern Poland, on Saturday, PM Mateusz Morawiecki underlined that small, medium-sized and large investments were necessary for Poland to overcome the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Sat, 04 Jul 2020 14:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ftxo90ifa7ptai1mp94za.jpegReferring to statements, according to which the condition of Poland's public finances was poor, PM Morawiecki underlined that the demand for the recent issue of Poland's eurobonds was six times higher than the supply.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/investments-necessary-to-overcome-crisis---polish-pm-13819Polish President congratulates US counterpart on American Independence Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-congratulates-us-counterpart-on-american-independence-day-13818<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda sent on Saturday a congratulatory message to US President Donald Trump on the occasion of the US Independence Day.</p>Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vr0win7kzei8ajmlfntidr.jpegDuda pointed out that 2020 is a special year for the two nations as they are set to elect their presidents. He wished Trump perseverance in conducting his presidential campaign.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-congratulates-us-counterpart-on-american-independence-day-13818Poznań firm bags green award for AI-equipped bin that sorts rubbish automaticallyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-firm-bags-green-award-for-ai-equipped-bin-that-sorts-rubbish-automatically-13816<p>A Poznań-based firm has won international recognition for developing a smart bin that can sort and compress rubbish automatically, and contact the collection company when it’s full.</p>Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:04:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kwb3rh69lgcx58mkrpykn.pngAll sorted: the smart big can sort rubbish by itself.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-firm-bags-green-award-for-ai-equipped-bin-that-sorts-rubbish-automatically-13816Witold Bańka: I will never let WADA become part of the political game (interview)https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/witold-banka-i-will-never-let-wada-become-part-of-the-political-game-interview-13813<p>"I will never let WADA become part of the political game," Witold Bańka, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, emphasized in an interview with PAP. At the end of June, the U.S. Congress received a report criticizing WADA, including for being slow in its actions against Russia.</p>Sat, 04 Jul 2020 11:23:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x3ptaxmq43ctw8i5h5dp4.jpeg“It seems to be that, if two strong powers, like the U.S. and Russia, are criticizing us equally, then it may be the best evidence that WADA is an independent organization and can respond to that criticism,” says Bańka.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/witold-banka-i-will-never-let-wada-become-part-of-the-political-game-interview-13813Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 35,719https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-35719-13812<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 314 since Friday and reached 35,719, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another four people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,512.</p>Sat, 04 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hruvbi8h30qcfic5f559jo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-35719-13812Air France launches Paris-Krakow connectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/air-france-launches-paris-krakow-connection-13810<p>French flag carrier Air France launched a new connection on Friday, flying from Paris to the southern Polish city of Krakow with flights initially two to four times a week and eventually daily.</p>Fri, 03 Jul 2020 20:34:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAir France launches Paris-Krakow connectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/air-france-launches-paris-krakow-connection-13810Poland's cybersecurity centre fends off 20,000 attacks - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cybersecurity-centre-fends-off-20000-attacks---mod-13808<p>Poland's National Centre for Cyberspace Security (NCBC) foiled over 20,000 attacks by hackers in the first quarter of 2020, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said at a Friday ceremony during which a military standard was bestowed upon the centre.</p>Fri, 03 Jul 2020 17:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l6zrjcj6vra3y5sp6685in.jpegPoland's National Centre for Cyberspace Security (NCBC) foiled over 20,000 attacks by hackers in the first quarter of 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cybersecurity-centre-fends-off-20000-attacks---mod-13808Swinoujscie terminal receives 100th LNG shipmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/swinoujscie-terminal-receives-100th-lng-shipment-13806<p>The Swinoujscie gas terminal in north-western Poland received its 100th liquefied natural gas cargo on Friday. The 90,000 tonnes LNG shipment came from Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited (Qatargas) aboard the Al-Safliya LNG tanker.</p>Fri, 03 Jul 2020 16:29:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/93gkk9ughifkr30li8yu5q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/swinoujscie-terminal-receives-100th-lng-shipment-13806From tinned fish to luxury watches – the man who changed career to found Poland’s premium watch brandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-tinned-fish-to-luxury-watches--the-man-who-changed-career-to-found-polands-premium-watch-brand-13803<p><span lang="EN-GB">A former fish producer has turned his passion for watches and his love of the sea into a thriving luxury watch brand.</span></p>Fri, 03 Jul 2020 14:58:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jpnrcnc40yhqhp8g3alp4.jpegKnop decided to combine his passion for the sea with his passion for watches.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-tinned-fish-to-luxury-watches--the-man-who-changed-career-to-found-polands-premium-watch-brand-13803V4 wants to help reform EU - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-wants-to-help-reform-eu---polish-pm-13802<p>The Visegrad Group, comprising Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, wants to help the EU in its reforms, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said at a joint press conference after a meeting with his V4 peers in Warsaw on Friday.</p>Fri, 03 Jul 2020 14:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g1xuqivw0jazek8wo17cs.jpegThe joint press conference after a V4 summit in Warsaw on Friday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-wants-to-help-reform-eu---polish-pm-13802Office on wheels with all mod cons hits capital to help remote workershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/office-on-wheels-with-all-mod-cons-hits-capital-to-help-remote-workers-13799<p>Poland’s first rentable office on wheels has opened for business in Warsaw, bringing some of the benefits of an office to the workers rather than the workers having to commute to the office.</p>Fri, 03 Jul 2020 13:34:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2wtg10racf5uv643zc3tk.jpegThe creators of Biuronakółkach believe the mobile office can fill a gap in the market created by the pandemic when people working remotely need to meet their colleagues but do not want to deal with the risks of having to enter a big office building.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/office-on-wheels-with-all-mod-cons-hits-capital-to-help-remote-workers-13799Brain of giant prehistoric rabbit reconstructed to understand evolutionary development of mammalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brain-of-giant-prehistoric-rabbit-reconstructed-to-understand-evolutionary-development-of-mammals-13797<p>Scientists have created a virtual “cast” of the brain of a prehistoric rabbit that lived millions of years ago, providing insights into the evolutionary development of mammals’ brains.</p>Fri, 03 Jul 2020 12:40:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ah2on6kqaldxt2y9nnwc.jpegThe reconstructed brain will help scientists understand the evolution of mammals 34 million years ago.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brain-of-giant-prehistoric-rabbit-reconstructed-to-understand-evolutionary-development-of-mammals-13797'Back on Track' is motto of Poland's V4 presidency - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/back-on-track-is-motto-of-polands-v4-presidency---president-13795<p>President Andrzej Duda declared on Friday that Poland's presidency of the Visegrad Group will be inspired by the motto 'Back on Track' and stated that it meant a return to a path of development, a return to contacts among people, and to economic cooperation.</p>Fri, 03 Jul 2020 12:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l7objj7d0ajt8qrnc7jyoh.jpegPresident Duda (pictured with the PM Morawiecki) noted that during the coronavirus pandemic, all the V4 countries "managed to cope well with health problems."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/back-on-track-is-motto-of-polands-v4-presidency---president-13795Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 35,405https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-35405-13794<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 259 since Thursday morning and reached 35,405, the Ministry of Health said on Friday. Another 15 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,507.</p>Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b0629l3vgguuos5379nk2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-35405-13794Polish-Slovak trade must return to good growth after pandemic - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-slovak-trade-must-return-to-good-growth-after-pandemic---pm-13793<p>Over the past years, Polish-Slovak trade went up by more than one-third, but this excellent growth has been halted by the coronavirus pandemic, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday, adding Poland and Slovakia had a plan to get back on the growth track.</p>Fri, 03 Jul 2020 10:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0hfv7y4qq97c93oyanc91am.jpegMorawiecki met on Friday with his Slovak counterpart, Igor Matovic, before a summit of the Visegrad Group (V4), a regional lobby which apart from Poland and Slovakia, also comprises the Czech Republic and Hungary.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-slovak-trade-must-return-to-good-growth-after-pandemic---pm-13793Polish banking sector nets EUR 0.75 bln in January-Mayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-eur-075-bln-in-january-may-13792<p>The Polish banking sector posted a net profit of PLN 3.38 billion (EUR 0.75 billion) in January-May 2020, a 42.2 percent decrease year on year, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) said in a Friday report.</p>Fri, 03 Jul 2020 10:35:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2lqzbfuuz3yjelsejsqrsi.jpegNBPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-eur-075-bln-in-january-may-13792Thirty-two injured in coach-truck collisionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thirty-two-injured-in-coach-truck-collision-13789<p>Thirty-two people were injured, six seriously, in a collision between a coach and two trucks in Boguslawice near Czestochowa, southern Poland, on Thursday.</p>Thu, 02 Jul 2020 17:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uld10pdskh9iv07qsurvyl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thirty-two-injured-in-coach-truck-collision-13789Open’er Festival goes onlinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opener-festival-goes-online-13787<p>Open’er is going online! For the first time since 2002, the legendary Open’er Festival won’t take place at the Gdynia Kossakowo Airport.</p>Thu, 02 Jul 2020 16:03:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bh8i6r6uftlv8cloftunec.pngFor the first time since 2002, the legendary Open’er Festival won’t take place at the Gdynia Kossakowo Airport.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opener-festival-goes-online-13787Baby born on car-choked highway is safe and soundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/baby-born-on-car-choked-highway-is-safe-and-sound-13785<p><span lang="EN-US">A new-born child took its first breath on a busy car-choked Warsaw road after the mother failed to make it to the hospital in time owing to a traffic jam.</span></p>Thu, 02 Jul 2020 15:51:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nqm4tcp8mhcflrfibrhpm5.jpegThe baby was born in a car on the Wisłostrada, one of the capital’s busiest and most important traffic arteries.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/baby-born-on-car-choked-highway-is-safe-and-sound-13785Poland's largest bank PKO BP launches car-buying apphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-largest-bank-pko-bp-launches-car-buying-app-13783<p>Poland's state-owned PKO BP bank launched the "Automarket" app for purchasing brand new and used vehicles, integrated with the bank's electronic channels, the company said in a press release on Thursday.</p>Thu, 02 Jul 2020 15:42:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uqg64mfj2arjos497zvj1.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-largest-bank-pko-bp-launches-car-buying-app-13783Hero anti-terror dog gets new LEASH of life after retiring from long arm of the PAWhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hero-anti-terror-dog-gets-new-leash-of-life-after-retiring-from-long-arm-of-the-paw-13781<p><span lang="EN-GB">A hero police dog is retiring from the long-arm-of-the-PAW following a seven-year crime-busting career with the Counter Terrorist cops.</span></p>Thu, 02 Jul 2020 15:29:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4jzgn1rdxe3iovzhza2uyc.jpegAfter seven years on the force, nine-year-old Dutch Shepherd Rico is looking forward to a slower pace of life.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hero-anti-terror-dog-gets-new-leash-of-life-after-retiring-from-long-arm-of-the-paw-13781Grotty old PRL hotel gets stunning new modern makeoverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grotty-old-prl-hotel-gets-stunning-new-modern-makeover-13779<p>A tired-looking 1980s hotel in Poland has been magically transformed into an ultra-modern must-visit place to stay inspired by the surrounding landscape.</p>Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:13:00 +0200BusinessArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/22uswoj2yb5tls2g4qqv6.pngWhat was a dreary and uninviting building has been totally transformed by Warsaw-based architects Mateusz Tański & Associates (MTA Architekci), and design studio Tremend.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grotty-old-prl-hotel-gets-stunning-new-modern-makeover-13779Three Polish institutions to fight fake news on financial markethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-polish-institutions-to-fight-fake-news-on-financial-market-13778<p>The Polish Press Agency (PAP), GovTech Polska, a Polish government technological agency, and the Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) will jointly fight disinformation on the Polish financial market under their #FakeHunter fake news-busting software.</p>Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:52:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dz5ojovawz9slymj77ay8.jpegCommenting on the project, PAP's President Wojciech Surmacz noted that "enabling the use, copying, development and further dissemination of this tool in this difficult time is part of the concern for health and social security."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-polish-institutions-to-fight-fake-news-on-financial-market-13778Poland's unemployment rate at 3.0 pct in May - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-30-pct-in-may---eurostat-13777<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached 3.0 percent in May 2020, up from 2.9 in April, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:08:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate at 3.0 pct in May - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-30-pct-in-may---eurostat-13777Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 35,146https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-35146-13776<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 371 since Wednesday morning and reached 35,146, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday. Another 15 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,492.</p>Thu, 02 Jul 2020 11:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oznchsbbjb5txm1rj5o6l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-35146-13776Poland is key partner on Western Balkans, Eastern Partnership - EU officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-key-partner-on-western-balkans-eastern-partnership---eu-official-13775<p>Poland supports the integration plans of the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) with the European Union and is a key player in these regions, Olivier Varhelyi, EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, told PAP on Thursday.</p>Thu, 02 Jul 2020 10:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eytaugdkkpntbnjyal3j3.jpegVarhelyi said that talks in Warsaw with the Polish authorities will concern both integration with the European Union of the Western Balkans and EaP, as well as EU support in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-key-partner-on-western-balkans-eastern-partnership---eu-official-13775MoD recommends chief of general staff to lead NATO Military Committeehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mod-recommends-chief-of-general-staff-to-lead-nato-military-committee-13773<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced on Wednesday that he had recommended Rajmund Andrzejczak, chief of the general staff of the Polish armed forces, to take up the position of Chairman of NATO's Military Committee.</p>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 22:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fqrkzbv9gzt81uo8ze6gnw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mod-recommends-chief-of-general-staff-to-lead-nato-military-committee-13773FM attends videoconference on IT in combatting epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-attends-videoconference-on-it-in-combatting-epidemic-13771<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz took part in a videoconference on Wednesday on the application of IT technology in combatting the coronavirus epidemic. The meeting was hosted by Estonia and Singapore.</p>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dkhwj3703lvnlm69j2qn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-attends-videoconference-on-it-in-combatting-epidemic-13771Nine countries including Poland petition EP over Mobility Packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nine-countries-including-poland-petition-ep-over-mobility-package-13769<p>Nine EU states, including Poland, have protested to the European Parliament (EP) against what they call protectionist and discriminative regulations in the EU's Mobility Package, the Polish Infrastructure Ministry announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNine countries including Poland petition EP over Mobility Packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nine-countries-including-poland-petition-ep-over-mobility-package-13769Poland takes over rotating presidency of Visegrad Grouphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-over-rotating-presidency-of-visegrad-group-13767<p>Poland took over the annual rotating presidency of the Visegrad Group (V4) on July 1, the Foreign Ministry wrote in a Wednesday press release.</p>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/llsvr935ntxu6vfnx61x.jpegFrom left V4 defenses ministers JAROSLAV NAD of Slovakia, Czech LUBOMIR METNAR, PAWEL WOZNY of Poland and Hungarian TIBOR BENKO speak during the press conference in Prague, Czech Republic, June 24, 2020.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-over-rotating-presidency-of-visegrad-group-13767Ford Ranger instead of Nissan Navara for Polish army – defence ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ford-ranger-instead-of-nissan-navara-for-polish-army--defence-ministry-13765<p>The Ford Ranger, not the Nissan Navara, will replace the off-road Honker, announced the Ministry of Defence, which annexed the contract for the delivery of 485 new vehicles. The change is related to the closure of a Spanish Nissan factory due to the pandemic.</p>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/udlht1i4pkm12twzikkhbnl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ford-ranger-instead-of-nissan-navara-for-polish-army--defence-ministry-13765Owl you need is love! Poznań owls swoop into Austria to help save populationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/owl-you-need-is-love-poznan-owls-swoop-into-austria-to-help-save-population-13763<p><span lang="EN-GB">Poznań Zoo’s reputation for action-based preservation initiatives has received another boost after the facility announced the latest departure of Ural Owls destined to be reintroduced into the wild as part of a wider, longer-term effort to save the species from extinction in Austria.&nbsp;</span></p>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:37:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fyyccczus6a2kt3jr3bzku.jpegThe owls are specially bred at Poznań zoo for relocation to Austria.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/owl-you-need-is-love-poznan-owls-swoop-into-austria-to-help-save-population-13763IT whizz creates incredible eco-computer to show how ‘real’ computers workhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-whizz-creates-incredible-eco-computer-to-show-how-real-computers-work-13761<p>An IT whizz has come up with an eco-friendly mechanical computer to teach users how modern computers work.</p>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 13:26:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i3z7uw37gyd2g2z6dupj.jpegTomasz came up with the idea while in the mountains without internet during lockdown.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-whizz-creates-incredible-eco-computer-to-show-how-real-computers-work-13761Polish film industry figures become members of American Film Academyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-industry-figures-become-members-of-american-film-academy-13758<p>Creators of the film 'Corpus Christi,' director Jan Komasa, scriptwriter Mateusz Pacewicz and editor Przemysław Chruścielewski, and 'Cold War' casting director Magdalena Szwarcbart, are among the new members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.</p>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:54:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tw11lo1mvltmrgd1i5zuq.jpegAmong the new members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is Jan Komasa.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-industry-figures-become-members-of-american-film-academy-13758Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 34,775https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-34775-13757<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 382 since Tuesday morning and reached 34,775, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday. Another 14 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,477.</p>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mda7sujj0fstb0my6pxjn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-34775-13757US troops presence in Poland proves Polish-US friendship - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-troops-presence-in-poland-proves-polish-us-friendship---president-13756<p>The presence of US troops in Poland is evidence of Polish-US friendship, President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday at a meeting with the Polish and American soldiers taking part in Defender-Europe 20 Plus military exercises in Drawsko Pomorskie, northwestern Poland.</p>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8t5c5mxdkqbw9kevkn5m9.jpegThe president thanked the command of the Drawsko training ground and all commanders for the efficient running of the exercises.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-troops-presence-in-poland-proves-polish-us-friendship---president-13756Poland's manufacturing PMI up m/m in Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-up-mm-in-june-13755<p>Poland's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) grew to 47.2 points in June 2020 from 40.6 points in May, the economic research company IHS Markit reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:48:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's manufacturing PMI up m/m in Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-up-mm-in-june-13755Victory! Gazprom coughs up USD 1.5 bln owed to PGNiGhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/victory-gazprom-coughs-up-usd-15-bln-owed-to-pgnig-13754<p>Russian gas conglomerate Gazprom has reimbursed Poland's gas monopolist PGNiG with PLN 1.5 bln following a Stockholm arbitration court verdict which said the Russian firm had used excessive prices in transactions with PGNiG.</p>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cxukoetaz1imledvnlh7.jpegPGNiG won the arbitration proceedings against Gazprom on March 30.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/victory-gazprom-coughs-up-usd-15-bln-owed-to-pgnig-13754Poles can fly to more countries as gov't lifts further travel banshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-can-fly-to-more-countries-as-govt-lifts-further-travel-bans-13752<p>From July 1, the Polish government has lifted restrictions on air travel to such countries as the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, South Korea and Ukraine.</p>Wed, 01 Jul 2020 09:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9ogbc0ipfsgt63a53vclge.jpegA new government decree lifts travel bans to European Free Trade Association, European Economic Area and European Union member countries, as well as Switzerland, with the exception of Sweden and Portugal.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-can-fly-to-more-countries-as-govt-lifts-further-travel-bans-13752Poland's debt up by 5.5 pct q/q in Q1 - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-debt-up-by-55-pct-qq-in-q1---minfin-13750<p>Poland's debt increased by PLN 54.5 bln (EUR 12.2 bln) or 5.5 percent quarter on quarter at the end of the first quarter of 2020 and reached PLN 1,045 bln (EUR 235 bln), the Finance Ministry reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 30 Jun 2020 19:52:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's debt up by 5.5 pct q/q in Q1 - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-debt-up-by-55-pct-qq-in-q1---minfin-13750Poland receives EUR 1.59 billion from EU funds in May - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-159-billion-from-eu-funds-in-may---minfin-13749<p>Poland received EUR 1.59 billion from EU funds in May 2020, including EUR 779 million in current transfers and EUR 808 million in capital transfers, the Finance Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 30 Jun 2020 19:41:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland receives EUR 1.59 billion from EU funds in May - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-159-billion-from-eu-funds-in-may---minfin-13749Nearly all expats voted in presidential electionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-all-expats-voted-in-presidential-elections-13747<p>Almost 87 percent of Polish expat voters voted in Sunday's Polish presidential election, Deputy Foreign Minister Piotr Wawrzyk said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 30 Jun 2020 17:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNearly all expats voted in presidential electionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-all-expats-voted-in-presidential-elections-13747Independent presidential candidate Holownia sets up political grouphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/independent-presidential-candidate-holownia-sets-up-political-group-13745<p>Szymon Holownia, an independent presidential candidate who came third in the first round of Poland's presidential elections last Sunday, will set up a social and civic movement, 'Poland 2050', according to Holownia's Tuesday announcement.</p>Tue, 30 Jun 2020 16:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ijedxaujg1blmnpo3pm.jpegHolownia took 13.87 percent of the vote in the June 28 election.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/independent-presidential-candidate-holownia-sets-up-political-group-13745Pawsome Idea! Friends launch Booksy-style service for pets after near fatal experiencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pawsome-idea-friends-launch-booksy-style-service-for-pets-after-near-fatal-experience-13743<p><span lang="EN-GB">Spurred by their own negative experiences, a team of five friends – mainly students – are looking to take the pet world by storm after launching what some have dubbed the animal equivalent of booking.com.</span></p>Tue, 30 Jun 2020 15:53:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/80har867urda18mktyd9g.jpegPals Maciej Kadras and Karolina plan to bring together a range of animal services and present them under one, easy-to-use umbrella.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pawsome-idea-friends-launch-booksy-style-service-for-pets-after-near-fatal-experience-13743Banks lend EUR 829.2 mln in consumer loans in May 2020 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banks-lend-eur-8292-mln-in-consumer-loans-in-may-2020---central-bank-13741<p>Polish banks lent PLN 3.7 billion (EUR 829.2 million) in consumer loans in May 2020, up from PLN 2.62 billion (EUR 587.5 bln) in April, the country's central bank (NBP) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 30 Jun 2020 15:43:00 +0200https://images.thefirstnews.com/d7q8skulpsavxm18o335h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banks-lend-eur-8292-mln-in-consumer-loans-in-may-2020---central-bank-13741From high life to van life! Warsaw couple trade in highflying jobs for life on the road – and absolutely love it!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-high-life-to-van-life-warsaw-couple-trade-in-highflying-jobs-for-life-on-the-road--and-absolutely-love-it-13739<p>A Warsaw couple who left the big smoke for a life on the road have become internet sensations after sharing their ‘van life’ journey on social media.</p>Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:53:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ql3mgxnhiuccd3d7w2n4f.jpegZosia and Kuba show that, with the right attitude and preparation, a life of travel is not just a fantasy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-high-life-to-van-life-warsaw-couple-trade-in-highflying-jobs-for-life-on-the-road--and-absolutely-love-it-13739Kraków airport signs EU aviation health safety declarationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-signs-eu-aviation-health-safety-declaration-13738<p>Kraków Airport, in southern Poland, has signed a declaration initiated by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), aimed at applying and promoting new safety rules to counteract the COVID-19 pandemic.</p>Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:38:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jh4u7humib567buwgm3oi.jpegThe document, called "Aviation Industry Charter for COVID-19," has so far been adopted by 20 European airport operators and 18 airlines.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-signs-eu-aviation-health-safety-declaration-13738Touching WWII love story between Polish musician and Scottish nurse uncovered after discovery of haunting waltzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/touching-wwii-love-story-between-polish-musician-and-scottish-nurse-uncovered-after-discovery-of-haunting-waltz-13735<p>The discovery of a melancholy waltz written during World War Two by a Polish musician in a Scottish hospital has prompted a search for both the musician and the Scottish nurse to whom it was dedicated.</p>Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:01:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oi2r0mzu7dc1fpry6v7ef.jpegThe melancholy piece entitled A Girl’s Tears by musician Bolesław ‘Bollo’ Ilnicki was found in a Scottish hospital where the nurse had looked after him during WWII.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/touching-wwii-love-story-between-polish-musician-and-scottish-nurse-uncovered-after-discovery-of-haunting-waltz-13735Poland's CPI at 3.3 pct y/y in June - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-at-33-pct-yy-in-june---stats-office-13734<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 3.3 percent year on year and by 0.7 percent month on month in June 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported in a flash estimate on Tuedsay.</p>Tue, 30 Jun 2020 11:52:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rso37sphvsdvtw3aiji1fb.jpegGUShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-at-33-pct-yy-in-june---stats-office-13734Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 34,393https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-34393-13733<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 239 since Monday morning and reached 34,393, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another 19 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,463.</p>Tue, 30 Jun 2020 11:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/olchqjs0afzj72rfdcega.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-34393-13733America vs. Poland. Dave z Amerykihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/america-vs-poland-dave-z-ameryki-502<p>Dave z Ameryki - David Kalvinsky - has been capturing Polish hearts since posting his first YouTube videos a couple of years back.</p><p>Born in Łódź, brought up in the US, his adorable accent and perspectives on life in Poland and the US have seen him amass one of the biggest social media followings of any 'foreigner' living in Poland.</p><p>Is it his 'adorable accent' or his witty take on cultural differences,, or his passion for helping Poles polish their English? Find out more about Dave z Ameryki in this latest episode of #HeartofPoland.</p>Tue, 30 Jun 2020 11:13:00 +0200LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/80876epey0apm2e0xttc1.pngAmerica vs. Poland. Dave z Amerykihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/america-vs-poland-dave-z-ameryki-502Incumbent president receives 43.5 pct of votes - official resultshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-receives-435-pct-of-votes---official-results-13730<p>Incumbent Polish President Andrzej Duda, supported by the ruling Law and Justice party, won 43.5 percent of the votes during the first round of the presidential election held on June 28 , the State Electoral Commission officially announced on Tuesday morning.</p>Tue, 30 Jun 2020 08:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6h0dpl021jba5v67n5uuc.jpegAndrzej Duda won 43.5 percent of the votes during the first round of the presidential election held on June 28.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-receives-435-pct-of-votes---official-results-13730Poles abroad mark record turnout at presidential elections - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-abroad-mark-record-turnout-at-presidential-elections---ministry-13728<p>Sunday's presidential elections brought on a record turnout in expat Polish communities, with over 387 thousand nationals registering for the vote worldwide despite the coronavirus epidemic, the Polish Foreign Ministry informed on Monday.</p>Mon, 29 Jun 2020 22:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o7h718wv3efrd4aoa2gy6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-abroad-mark-record-turnout-at-presidential-elections---ministry-13728Polish GDP expected to fall by 3.2 pct 2020 - Fitchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gdp-expected-to-fall-by-32-pct-2020---fitch-13727<p>The Fitch ratings agency on Monday maintained Poland's GDP growth forecast at -3.2. percent in 2020 and at 4.5 percent in 2021.</p>Mon, 29 Jun 2020 17:52:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish GDP expected to fall by 3.2 pct 2020 - Fitchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gdp-expected-to-fall-by-32-pct-2020---fitch-13727Polish-Czech border in Silesia to be fully reopened on Tuesdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-czech-border-in-silesia-to-be-fully-reopened-on-tuesday-13725<p>The Polish-Czech border in Silesia province, southern Poland, will be fully reopen from Tuesday, June 30, and travelers will no longer be required to submit current coronavirus, the Czech Health Ministry said on Monday.</p>Mon, 29 Jun 2020 17:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/964ydlwsfui2t8oiulrjvo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-czech-border-in-silesia-to-be-fully-reopened-on-tuesday-13725Promise of free concerts and fire trucks sees largest election turnout for 25 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/promise-of-free-concerts-and-fire-trucks-sees-largest-election-turnout-for-25-years-13722<p>The 64.4 percent voter turnout at yesterday’s presidential elections, the highest election turnout in 25 years, has brought other rewards following numerous initiatives to get people to the ballot box.</p>Mon, 29 Jun 2020 16:45:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ynr77ta86hk5vc1s56cs.pngA-list artists said they will organize a free music festival in the city with the highest percentage of voters, while the Ministry of Interior and Administration promised to donate 16 fire trucks to municipalities with the best results.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/promise-of-free-concerts-and-fire-trucks-sees-largest-election-turnout-for-25-years-13722Discovery of massive fortifications suggests Poznań was FIRST capital of Poland, say archeologistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/discovery-of-massive-fortifications-suggests-poznan-was-first-capital-of-poland-say-archeologists-13717<p>The discovery of a massive defensive wall at a construction site in Poznań has sent archaeologists wild with speculation that this could mean that the city was the first capital of Poland.</p>Mon, 29 Jun 2020 15:29:00 +0200ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hem7nce6oxufji6op7l8rs.jpegBuilt out of wood, stone and sand, the defensive walls were 40 meters thick and stood 12 meters tall, the biggest of their kind in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/discovery-of-massive-fortifications-suggests-poznan-was-first-capital-of-poland-say-archeologists-13717Poland supports Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in tackling pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-supports-georgia-armenia-and-azerbaijan-in-tackling-pandemic-13716<p>As part of Allied solidarity and support to the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) members and partner countries, Poland has recently provided medical aid to Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NATO wrote on Monday.</p>Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e7fma5d3r1voyxr5mct3z.jpegThe delivered aid followed a request for support from Georgia through the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC), NATO’s main civil emergency response mechanism.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-supports-georgia-armenia-and-azerbaijan-in-tackling-pandemic-13716Poland a European leader when it comes to FDI, says new rankings reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-a-european-leader-when-it-comes-to-fdi-says-new-rankings-report-13713<p>The latest fDi Intelligence rankings show that Poland is a leader on the European market.</p>Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:06:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hwxp19dfqxxdd5z90rklf.jpegThe rankings created by London-based fDi Intelligence, which is owned by the Financial Times, has become a bible for foreign investors who use the lists when deciding which European city to base their next investment in.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-a-european-leader-when-it-comes-to-fdi-says-new-rankings-report-13713Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 34,154https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-34154-13712<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 247 since Sunday and reached 34,154, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another six people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,444.</p>Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vij62qakeerzca68k41s4m.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-34154-13712Incumbent president - 43.67 pct; Trzaskowski 30.34 pct - partial resultshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president---4367-pct-trzaskowski-3034-pct---partial-results-13711<p>Incumbent President Andrzej Duda won 43.67 pct of the vote in the Sunday presidential election while his main rival Rafał Trzaskowski - 30.34 pct, the State Electoral Commission said on Monday morning, having published results from 99.78 pct of polling stations.</p>Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rvovguzbevfzn9ereb1tc.jpegVoter turnout in the Sunday presidential election reached 64.4 percent, said the State Electoral Commission.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president---4367-pct-trzaskowski-3034-pct---partial-results-13711Polish labour market index up in June - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labour-market-index-up-in-june---biec-13710<p>The Labour Market Index, which predicts future changes in the level of unemployment in Poland, went up by nearly 1.0 point in June, for the third time in a row, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 29 Jun 2020 10:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gr5ysujppz7a8b05hqyl7d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labour-market-index-up-in-june---biec-13710Incumbent president - 45.2 pct; Trzaskowski 28.9 pct - partial resultshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president---452-pct-trzaskowski-289-pct---partial-results-13709<p>Incumbent President Andrzej Duda won 45.24 pct of the vote in the Sunday presidential election while his main rival Rafał Trzaskowski - 28.92 pct, the State Electoral Commission said on Monday morning, having published results from 87.16 pct of polling stations.</p>Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/omiqjklwttahwh12pag4rt.jpegAndrzej Duda won 45.24 pct of the vote in the Sunday presidential election.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president---452-pct-trzaskowski-289-pct---partial-results-13709President says his election victory is clearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-his-election-victory-is-clear-13707<p>President Andrzej Duda said after the close of Sunday's presidential election that he owed his victory in the vote to his supporters. Duda, commenting the initial exit figures in Lowicz, central Poland, said his victory was "absolutely decisive."</p>Sun, 28 Jun 2020 22:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qm5krlds3qcjxc1e1hrtmj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-his-election-victory-is-clear-13707Duda at 41.8 pct, Trzaskowski at 30.4 pct - Ipsos exit pollshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-at-418-pct-trzaskowski-at-304-pct---ipsos-exit-polls-13705<p>Incumbent right-wing President Andrzej Duda and centrist Civic Coalition candidate Rafal Trzaskowski entered the second round of the presidential election, winning 41.8 percent and 30.4 percent of the vote, respectively, an Ipsos exit poll showed.</p>Sun, 28 Jun 2020 21:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y41kx8zjaei2rx5tcnctyj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-at-418-pct-trzaskowski-at-304-pct---ipsos-exit-polls-13705Iceland demonstrators protest migrant exploitation after 3 Poles die in firehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iceland-demonstrators-protest-migrant-exploitation-after-3-poles-die-in-fire-13703<p>A demonstration against the exploitation of migrant labourers took place on Sunday in the Icelandic capital Reykyavik, after Thursday's death of 3 Poles in a fire in one of the city's tenement buildings for migrant workers.</p>Sun, 28 Jun 2020 19:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgIceland demonstrators protest migrant exploitation after 3 Poles die in firehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iceland-demonstrators-protest-migrant-exploitation-after-3-poles-die-in-fire-13703Turnout in Poland's presidential election at 47.89 pct by 5 pmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/turnout-in-polands-presidential-election-at-4789-pct-by-5-pm-13701<p>Turnout in the Sunday presidential election amounted to 47.89 percent by 5 pm, the State Electoral Commission announced during a press conference at 6.30 pm.</p>Sun, 28 Jun 2020 19:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d0uq5fvmzlpdt6i6n7o5uu.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/turnout-in-polands-presidential-election-at-4789-pct-by-5-pm-13701All together now: Polish foundation raises money for Ukrainian Poles hit by pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-together-now-polish-foundation-raises-money-for-ukrainian-poles-hit-by-pandemic-13699<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Polish foundation is raising money to help Poles living in western Ukraine who have been severely affected by the pandemic.</span></p>Sun, 28 Jun 2020 19:36:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a4qf6p6t0l4d39lek6lkgr.jpegA helping hand: the foundation distributes aid to Poles in western Ukraine.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-together-now-polish-foundation-raises-money-for-ukrainian-poles-hit-by-pandemic-13699New book explores the life and times of the English princess who once graced Zamek Książhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-book-explores-the-life-and-times-of-the-english-princess-who-once-graced-zamek-ksiaz-13697<p><span lang="EN-GB">One day after what would have been her 147th birthday, a new English-language book is set to hit the shelves tomorrow lifting the lid on the life of “the Silesian Princess Diana”, Daisy of Pless.</span></p>Sun, 28 Jun 2020 16:47:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uq5cskjhcsjsq91x9gclf.pngPrincess Daisy von Pless: now called the “Silesian Princess Diana”. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-book-explores-the-life-and-times-of-the-english-princess-who-once-graced-zamek-ksiaz-13697Poznan protests of 1956 a symbol of struggle for everyday freedom - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-protests-of-1956-a-symbol-of-struggle-for-everyday-freedom---pm-13695<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter on Sunday that "64 years ago, workers, citizens took to the streets in Poznan," and that "the Poznan June is a symbol of the struggle for basic freedoms - the right of every human being to a dignified life."</p>Sun, 28 Jun 2020 16:08:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hwcg3e7kuxftbeh31ws3ms.jpegThe Poznan 1956 protests, also known as the Poznan 1956 uprising or Poznan June, were the first of several massive protests against the People's Republic of Poland government. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-protests-of-1956-a-symbol-of-struggle-for-everyday-freedom---pm-13695Turnout in Poland's presidential election at record high - PKWhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/turnout-in-polands-presidential-election-at-record-high---pkw-13693<p>The State Electoral Commission (PKW) described voter turnout in the Sunday presidential election recorded by noon as record high. It amounted to 24.08 percent, the PKW announced.</p>Sun, 28 Jun 2020 14:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gdps75uw9253ulollqrql9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/turnout-in-polands-presidential-election-at-record-high---pkw-13693Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 33,907https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-33907-13691<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 193 since Saturday and reached 33,907, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday morning. Another four people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,438.</p>Sun, 28 Jun 2020 11:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kf6ccnxft9fc5ent9whzpl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-33907-13691Looking loo-vly: winner announced in competition for royal park WChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/looking-loo-vly-winner-announced-in-competition-for-royal-park-wc-13689<p><span lang="EN-US">A new design for public toilets in Warsaw’s Łazienki Park has been chosen in a competition. With its simple lines, the winner complements, but does not compete with, the park's historical buildings.</span></p>Sun, 28 Jun 2020 10:55:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xbgwwv8ldjn2q06ygb2pvb.jpegThe winner: the winning design features a tree at its heart.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/looking-loo-vly-winner-announced-in-competition-for-royal-park-wc-13689Three Poles die in fire in Icelandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-poles-die-in-fire-in-iceland-13687<p>Three Polish citizens died in a fire which broke out in a residential building in Reykjavik downtown on Thursday. The information was confirmed on Saturday by the Polish ambassador to Iceland after the bodies of the vicitms had been identified.</p>Sun, 28 Jun 2020 09:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgThree Poles die in fire in Icelandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-poles-die-in-fire-in-iceland-13687Poland holds delayed presidential election on Sundayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-holds-delayed-presidential-election-on-sunday-13685<p>Poles are voting on Sunday to elect their president for a five-year term. The vote had been due to take place on May 10 but was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.</p>Sun, 28 Jun 2020 09:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d1e5rsgc309eq1ukdk3f2c.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-holds-delayed-presidential-election-on-sunday-13685National air carrier launches full holiday schedule from Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-air-carrier-launches-full-holiday-schedule-from-warsaw-13683<p>National flag carrier LOT Polish Airlines said in a Saturday press release that it would fly a full holiday schedule from Warsaw as well as from nine regional airports.</p>Sat, 27 Jun 2020 18:56:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h7ifpar3wnnc51oph6q1uj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-air-carrier-launches-full-holiday-schedule-from-warsaw-13683Hundreds evacuated amid flooding in southeast Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-evacuated-amid-flooding-in-southeast-poland-13682<p>About 400 evacuations were conducted by the State Fire Service around Rzeszow in the southeastern Polish Podkarpackie province on Friday night and Saturday morning, PM Mateusz Morawiecki reported after a meeting of the local crisis committee on Saturday.</p>Sat, 27 Jun 2020 18:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qik1lxulzwj6uksd2943to.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-evacuated-amid-flooding-in-southeast-poland-13682International Chopin festival set to hit Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/international-chopin-festival-set-to-hit-warsaw-13679<p>An international music festival devoted to the works of Chopin and other composers such as Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Józef Nowakowski, Franciszek Lessel will run from August 15 to September 1.</p>Sat, 27 Jun 2020 18:52:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cnes7orxqxb3nua619g2f.pngThe music of Chopin will come to Warsaw later this summer. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/international-chopin-festival-set-to-hit-warsaw-13679Ikea opens “house of tomorrow” in Szczecin to showcase future livinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ikea-opens-house-of-tomorrow-in-szczecin-to-showcase-future-living-13677<p><span lang="EN-GB">Ikea has created the world’s first ‘House of Tomorrow’ in order to promote sustainability in urban environments and an eco-friendly lifestyle that limits the amount of waste produced by households.</span></p>Sat, 27 Jun 2020 17:32:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/scuzmf8dlbeg7p5vdbi9j.jpegGoing green: the house of the future, acc.ording to Ikeahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ikea-opens-house-of-tomorrow-in-szczecin-to-showcase-future-living-13677Polish, British PMs talk bilateral relations over phonehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-british-pms-talk-bilateral-relations-over-phone-13675<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki held a telephone conversation on Saturday with British counterpart Boris Johnson on bilateral relations, international security and the situation of Poles in UK during the pandemic, Morawiecki said on social media.</p>Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, British PMs talk bilateral relations over phonehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-british-pms-talk-bilateral-relations-over-phone-13675Out of the ashes: new exhibition highlights Warsaw’s Muranów district, once the centre of Warsaw’s Jewish life, and once reduced to rubblehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/out-of-the-ashes-new-exhibition-highlights-warsaws-muranow-district-once-the-centre-of-warsaws-jewish-life-and-once-reduced-to-rubble-13671<p><span lang="EN-GB">After three months of closure, the world famous POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw re-opened its doors on June 26. With the award-winning permanent exhibition still off limits, visitors instead are invited to take a journey into the district that the museum calls home in a new temporary exhibition – ‘Tu Muranów’.</span></p>Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:38:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zkt2g9go2xsk3ki1khpbld.jpegThe exhibition on Muranów is organised by the POLIN Museum.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/out-of-the-ashes-new-exhibition-highlights-warsaws-muranow-district-once-the-centre-of-warsaws-jewish-life-and-once-reduced-to-rubble-13671Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 33,714https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-33714-13669<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 319 since Friday morning and reached 33,714, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another six people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,435.</p>Sat, 27 Jun 2020 12:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u0tsgs2d8p9lsg6tcrcxz.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-33714-13669Recorded delivery: postcards from artists document life under lockdownhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/recorded-delivery-postcards-from-artists-document-life-under-lockdown-13666<p><span lang="EN-GB">Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts (ASP) has been inundated with postcards as part of a project it has launched to document the effects of isolation on artists during the COVID lockdown.</span></p>Sat, 27 Jun 2020 11:43:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4177fvdapmlw8yap3xc9xr.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/recorded-delivery-postcards-from-artists-document-life-under-lockdown-13666Four Cultures festival to be held in Lodz in Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-cultures-festival-to-be-held-in-lodz-in-september-13664<p>This year's Four Cultures festival in the central Polish city of Lodz will be shortened from 10 days to four due to the coronavirus epidemic and will run under the slogan 'Future with no return.'</p>Sat, 27 Jun 2020 11:35:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pqjd0yuhr3euxvtn5mi4.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-cultures-festival-to-be-held-in-lodz-in-september-13664Driver of Warsaw's fatal bus crash charged over drugshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/driver-of-warsaws-fatal-bus-crash-charged-over-drugs-13662<p>The driver of a city bus that plunged off an overpass in Warsaw, killing one person and injuring over a dozen, has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, prosecutors said on Friday.</p>Fri, 26 Jun 2020 20:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z0pehowtvk6lm238hqqex.jpegOne person died in the crash and over 20 people were injured, four of them seriously.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/driver-of-warsaws-fatal-bus-crash-charged-over-drugs-13662Incumbent president leads presidential election poll on 45 pct supporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-leads-presidential-election-poll-on-45-pct-support-13660<p>Forty-five percent of respondents to a survey by government-owned pollster CBOS declared they would vote to re-elect Polish President Andrzej Duda in the first round of upcoming presidential elections, scheduled for June 28.</p>Fri, 26 Jun 2020 18:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nmpdpmq2i2dqtmrby08re.jpegSupport for Duda (pictured) fell by 4 percentage points (pps) since the previous CBOS poll of late May/early June, while Trzaskowski's share of the vote rose by 4 pps. Holownia's pubic support has remained flat.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-leads-presidential-election-poll-on-45-pct-support-13660PM thanks students and teachers for work during 'atypical' school yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-thanks-students-and-teachers-for-work-during-atypical-school-year-13659<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki took part in end of the school year ceremonies at a public primary school in Pionki, central Poland, during which he thanked students and teachers for their efforts during this 'atypical' school year.</p>Fri, 26 Jun 2020 15:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xuexanmd49l4pc0qs64alw.jpegThe prime minister wished students and teachers a safe summer vacation. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-thanks-students-and-teachers-for-work-during-atypical-school-year-13659Bike sales and manufacturing soar thanks to COVID-19 lockdownhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bike-sales-and-manufacturing-soar-thanks-to-covid-19-lockdown-13656<p>The sale and manufacturing of bicycles have reached a four year high in Poland.</p>Fri, 26 Jun 2020 15:14:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3mg1sqmtr2dg100e2454y.jpegA major factor that has driven sales is that while Poland was locked down it was possible to go out on bicycles.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bike-sales-and-manufacturing-soar-thanks-to-covid-19-lockdown-13656Central Europe's Three Seas Fund to present first projects in Octhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-europes-three-seas-fund-to-present-first-projects-in-oct-13654<p>The Three Seas Fund, designed to support regional cross-border investments in Central and Eastern Europe, will show its first viable projects in October, PAP was told by Pawel Nierada, deputy CEO of Poland's state-owned development bank BGK.</p>Fri, 26 Jun 2020 14:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCentral Europe's Three Seas Fund to present first projects in Octhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-europes-three-seas-fund-to-present-first-projects-in-oct-13654Polish hotels still suffering from effects of coronavirus epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hotels-still-suffering-from-effects-of-coronavirus-epidemic-13652<p>Despite the lifting of many coronavirus-related restrictions in Poland, over three-quarters of city hotels and nearly half of those located outside cities reported that they had booked only 20 percent of their rooms for July and August, the Rzeczpospolita daily wrote on Friday.</p>Fri, 26 Jun 2020 14:28:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o9gaud2wlnruzalogntwz.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hotels-still-suffering-from-effects-of-coronavirus-epidemic-13652Gifted artist ‘tears up rule book’ to create gorgeous bronze water sculptureshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gifted-artist-tears-up-rule-book-to-create-gorgeous-bronze-water-sculptures-13650<p><span lang="EN-US">A Polish artist has managed to add movement to sculpture by using water to give her work the “pure joy of life”.</span></p>Fri, 26 Jun 2020 14:15:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/19u5pq3iy4upgrmk5pwg5n.jpegMałgorzata Chodakowska from Łódż spends around 6 months to bring each sculpture to life with her amazing water technique.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gifted-artist-tears-up-rule-book-to-create-gorgeous-bronze-water-sculptures-13650CD Projekt Red teams up with Japanese studio for incredible new anime series on Netflixhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cd-projekt-red-teams-up-with-japanese-studio-for-incredible-new-anime-series-on-netflix-13648<p><span lang="EN-GB">Polish video game company CD Projekt Red is to create an anime set in the world of its game Cyberpunk 2077.</span></p>Fri, 26 Jun 2020 13:22:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r5hktdskm8wx5wd7gwrsf.pngTo be released on Netflix, the series called Cyberpunk: Edgerunners will be based on Projekt Red’s hotly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 game.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cd-projekt-red-teams-up-with-japanese-studio-for-incredible-new-anime-series-on-netflix-13648Restrictions may return in Poland if epidemic situation worsens in fallhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/restrictions-may-return-in-poland-if-epidemic-situation-worsens-in-fall-13646<p>If the coronavirus epidemic situation will be difficult in the fall, some restrictions may return, but certainly not in the same form as they were introduced so far, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski told Polish Radio Three on Friday.</p>Fri, 26 Jun 2020 12:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1s0d4a18t4i65iq8bawa9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/restrictions-may-return-in-poland-if-epidemic-situation-worsens-in-fall-13646Poland's workforce exceeds 13 million at end of 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jch-polands-workforce-exceeds-13-million-at-end-of-2019-13644<p>The number of people working in Poland at the end of 2019 grew by 1.5 percent year on year to 13.02 million, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 26 Jun 2020 12:19:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9jpn4qt6d1l8jd82ub70e.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jch-polands-workforce-exceeds-13-million-at-end-of-2019-13644Poland's Leading Economic Indicator up in June - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-leading-economic-indicator-up-in-june---biec-13642<p>The Leading Economic Indicator (WWK), which forecasts future economic activity in Poland, went up by 9 points m/m to 144.3 points in June 2020, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 26 Jun 2020 11:24:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Leading Economic Indicator up in June - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-leading-economic-indicator-up-in-june---biec-13642Duda wins first round of election, anything possible in second - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-wins-first-round-of-election-anything-possible-in-second---poll-13640<p>Incumbent President Andrzej Duda is assured of winning the first round of the presidential election but in the second round he leads Rafal Trzaskowski by only 1 percentage point and anything is possible, shows an IBRIS survey for the Rzeczpospolita daily.</p>Fri, 26 Jun 2020 11:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/268nzc9unnau6lrc6ux4ip.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-wins-first-round-of-election-anything-possible-in-second---poll-13640Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 33,395https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-33395-13638<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 285 since Thursday morning and reached 33,395, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another 17 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,429.</p>Fri, 26 Jun 2020 11:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gjnsto2ux5t1ppuehjveh8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-33395-13638Polish Mining Group says virus outbreak at mines endinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mining-group-says-virus-outbreak-at-mines-ending-13636<p>The Polish Mining Group (PGG) said on Thursday that the situation regarding large-scale coronavirus infections among miners is getting much better, as 78 percent of infected miners have so far recovered.</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 21:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8hcznikehzp34rkqlorho6.jpegPGG spokesperson Tomasz Glogowski said that the scale of screening tests at PGG is "unique on a European scale" in industrial plants.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mining-group-says-virus-outbreak-at-mines-ending-13636Incumbent president leads presidential election poll on 40 pct supporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-leads-presidential-election-poll-on-40-pct-support-13634<p>Forty percent of respondents to a poll by Kantar for the TVN and TVN 24 private TV channels declared they would vote to re-elect Polish President Andrzej Duda in the first round of upcoming presidential elections, scheduled for June 28.</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 18:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4bakyidqijtppp9blfh0bd.jpegIf Duda faced Trzaskowski in a second round, the current president would win with 47 percent against 45 percent of the vote, the poll showed.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-leads-presidential-election-poll-on-40-pct-support-13634Tsar Trekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tsar-trek-13632<p>It’s not often that I hear common sense spoken in a bar, but I’ll give credit where it’s due, for that’s where I was when I heard these words of wisdom: “Hotels shouldn’t be judged by their stars or facilities,” opined my comrade for the evening, “but by whether or not they speak to your soul.”</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 17:15:00 +0200LifeWebber's Worldhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lgpcaz4gh30vf8eafeextn.jpegWebber travelled deep into Białowieża to find Tsar Nicholas II’s private train – which is now a hotel.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tsar-trek-13632Gdynia designers give tired old shopfronts a makeover with impressive resultshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdynia-designers-give-tired-old-shopfronts-a-makeover-with-impressive-results-13625<p>Traffic Design, an NGO from Gdynia, is reinventing the style of Polish shop fronts, signs, and streets.</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 15:19:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fd2e5z33579x11iqedtlf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdynia-designers-give-tired-old-shopfronts-a-makeover-with-impressive-results-13625Poland's biggest petroleum firm to open China branch later this yearhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-biggest-petroleum-firm-to-open-china-branch-later-this-year-13623<p>In the second half of 2020, PKN Orlen, Poland's biggest petroleum company, will open Orlen China, in that country, announced PKN Orlen in a press statement.</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 14:37:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s5qyelj4x6nj8csf4qlkj.jpegOrlen products have been available in China since 2016.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-biggest-petroleum-firm-to-open-china-branch-later-this-year-13623Polish medical supplies on route to Azerbaijanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-medical-supplies-on-route-to-azerbaijan-13621<p>A military aircraft carrying PLN 90,000 (EUR 22,230) worth of protective medical supplies to help Azerbaijan in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic took off from Wroclaw airport in western Poland on Thursday, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 14:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d2kae2lhv1g2c4iad1mko.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-medical-supplies-on-route-to-azerbaijan-13621Bus plunges from Warsaw bridgehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bus-plunges-from-warsaw-bridge-kills-two-13619<p>A Warsaw city bus has veered off the Grota-Roweckiego bridge in northern Warsaw and plunged down to a multi-lane north-south transit route along the Vistula River. The articulated bus was torn in two, with the back section left hanging from the bridge.</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 14:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/39ysfrtqh253sq32mnz7ne.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bus-plunges-from-warsaw-bridge-kills-two-13619US companies to have best investment conditions in Poland - Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-companies-to-have-best-investment-conditions-in-poland---duda-13617<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda has declared that there is "a green light to offer US companies the best possible investment conditions in Poland," and stated that bilateral trade has recently grown by 50 percent.</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 14:21:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jv9mocjnymmm11a5t4629i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-companies-to-have-best-investment-conditions-in-poland---duda-13617Mass 16th century grave reveals grim remains of over 100 children with coins in their mouthshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mass-16th-century-grave-reveals-grim-remains-of-over-100-children-with-coins-in-their-mouths-13615<p><span lang="EN-GB">The remains of over 100 children, some with coins in their mouths, have been discovered in south-east Poland confirming local legends of a children's graveyard.</span></p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 12:37:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cd1es7m8nwgwg8fasp1rj.jpegThe remains were uncovered by archaeologists after construction workers discovered human bones during roadworks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mass-16th-century-grave-reveals-grim-remains-of-over-100-children-with-coins-in-their-mouths-13615Poland will build nuclear reactors with capacity of 6-9 GW - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-build-nuclear-reactors-with-capacity-of-6-9-gw---official-13613<p>The Polish government's commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, has announced that Poland will build nuclear power plants with a capacity of 6-9 gigawatts (GW), and that the first reactor would be ready in 2023.</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 12:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland will build nuclear reactors with capacity of 6-9 GW - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-build-nuclear-reactors-with-capacity-of-6-9-gw---official-13613Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 33,119https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-33119-13611<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 298 since Wednesday morning and reached 33,119, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another 16 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,412.</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 11:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c1c7suwubwwieygk0ja3n.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-33119-13611Poland among countries interested in receiving US troops - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-countries-interested-in-receiving-us-troops---president-13609<p>As there were at least a few countries interested in receiving US soldiers, including Poland, it was important for Poland to discuss this first, said President Andrzej Duda, who met with US President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 10:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bv8k1rg4amg4qz6yedtq3m.jpeg"Our talks concerned additional US forces not covered by these agreements," said Duda.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-countries-interested-in-receiving-us-troops---president-13609Plans to reinterpret Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact raise concernhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/plans-to-reinterpret-ribbentrop-molotov-pact-raise-concern-13607<p>The heads of the foreign affairs committees of the Polish lower house and parliaments of the Baltic States have voiced their concern over Russia's attempts to distort history by means of a new interpretation of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact.</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 10:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPlans to reinterpret Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact raise concernhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/plans-to-reinterpret-ribbentrop-molotov-pact-raise-concern-13607Students will go back to schools from Sept, PM pledgeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/students-will-go-back-to-schools-from-sept-pm-pledges-13605<p>Polish pupils and students will go back to schools from September and students will return to universities from October, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki told local public media on Thursday.</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 10:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7g0zp60an9q4vl0u40wfqf.jpegSchools have remained closed since March 12 and classes have been held solely online.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/students-will-go-back-to-schools-from-sept-pm-pledges-13605Poland, US sign joint declaration on 5Ghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-us-sign-joint-declaration-on-5g-13603<p>Poland and the United States signed a joint declaration on 5G technology in Washington on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump announced.</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 10:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/21l9x1c8zq8zf5y9ypp6u.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-us-sign-joint-declaration-on-5g-13603Duda, Trump announce nuclear energy dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-trump-announce-nuclear-energy-deal-13601<p>Presidents Andrzej Duda and Donald Trump announced on Wednesday the signing of a deal on development of nuclear energy in Poland, which Duda said would be signed as soon as possible.</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 10:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6vzsxq0kshjk78e5czaz4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-trump-announce-nuclear-energy-deal-13601"America loves Poland, and America loves the Polish people" - White Househttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/america-loves-poland-and-america-loves-the-polish-people---white-house-13599<p>The White House released a statement on Wednesday in connection with Polish President Andrzej Duda's meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington titled 'America loves Poland, and America loves the Polish people.'</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 09:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n5jebvt96rwg4lnvild2r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/america-loves-poland-and-america-loves-the-polish-people---white-house-13599Duda, Trump issue declaration on defence cooperation, nuclear powerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-trump-issue-declaration-on-defence-cooperation-nuclear-power-13597<p>Enhanced defence cooperation through development of plans to strengthen military ties and the start of a new chapter in energy cooperation through a partnership to develop nuclear energy are foreseen in a joint declaration between the Polish and US presidents.</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 09:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cksph6yt1accmxdfvkqxa.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-trump-issue-declaration-on-defence-cooperation-nuclear-power-13597Polish-US cooperation never before on such good level - Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-cooperation-never-before-on-such-good-level---duda-13595<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday that Polish-US cooperation had recently been raised to a level never seen before, and stated that the concrete effects of his politics were visible today.</p>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 09:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bnuak227a1a6ijimhguecm.jpegThe Polish president added that the cooperation was beneficial to both Poland and the US. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-cooperation-never-before-on-such-good-level---duda-13595National carrier initiates 130 routes to 36 holiday resortshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-carrier-initiates-130-routes-to-36-holiday-resorts-13594<p>Poland's LOT national airline will launch 130 connections to the 36 most popular European holiday resorts from 10 domestic airports as part of the summer connection network, the company said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 24 Jun 2020 20:56:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b3oyfxrzqxebxqka0s3apn.jpegFrom July 3, the airline will launch flights to Croatia, Spain, Italy, Malta, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Georgia, Macedonia, Cyprus, Albania, Santorini, Kos, Corfu and Crete.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-carrier-initiates-130-routes-to-36-holiday-resorts-13594Poland runs over 63,000 investments with EU funds since 2014https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-runs-over-63000-investments-with-eu-funds-since-2014-13593<p>As many as 63,335 investments valued at PLN 468.4 billion (EUR 105.2 billion) have been implemented with co-financing from European Union funds from 2014 to June 21, 2020, the Polish Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 24 Jun 2020 18:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j7hb7404xrr1zn77ftkcp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-runs-over-63000-investments-with-eu-funds-since-2014-13593President hopes US visit helps boost bilateral tieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-hopes-us-visit-helps-boost-bilateral-ties-13592<p>President Andrzej Duda told a press briefing in Washington on Wednesday that he hoped his commencing US visit will help intensify Polish-US relations. He added that he also hoped US President Donald Trump will pay a return visit to Poland.</p>Wed, 24 Jun 2020 17:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wicc8ailgvi4htjuds2q.jpegDuda said he hoped his visit will help intensify Poland's relations with the US, and observed that the coronavirus epidemic has given a "new perspective" to international cooperation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-hopes-us-visit-helps-boost-bilateral-ties-13592Poland to gain USD 8 bln a year in production shift from China - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-gain-usd-8-bln-a-year-in-production-shift-from-china---report-13591<p>Poland might benefit from a change in trade routes after the coronavirus pandemic, according to experts from the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) who believe the country might gain over USD 8 bln annually through production being moved from China.</p>Wed, 24 Jun 2020 17:41:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3vhnk02sfhkj3ixled4iki.jpegThe most dependent on supplies from China are global computer production, electronics and optical products, textile products and clothing.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-gain-usd-8-bln-a-year-in-production-shift-from-china---report-13591Polish convoy of medical supplies leaves for Ukraine and Moldovahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-convoy-of-medical-supplies-leaves-for-ukraine-and-moldova-13589<p>Firefighters set off on Wednesday morning to Ukraine and Moldova carrying medical equipment from the Polish government worth PLN 3 million (EUR 674,000), with 12 lorries destined for Ukraine and four to Moldova, said Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński.</p>Wed, 24 Jun 2020 17:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/snhjkifhz1bg2ov0e7kahu.jpegThe Polish government is sending personal protection equipment, gloves, masks, overalls and disinfectant fluids to Ukraine and Moldova.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-convoy-of-medical-supplies-leaves-for-ukraine-and-moldova-13589Warsaw becomes first city in Poland to join EBRD’s Green Cities projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-becomes-first-city-in-poland-to-join-ebrds-green-cities-project-13587<p>Warsaw has become the first city in Poland to join the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) Green Cities urban sustainability programme.</p>Wed, 24 Jun 2020 16:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0lyk7xvhspwkjzbigoiwjf.jpegWarsaw was chosen after satisfying the key entry requirement: initiating an investment trigger project that either reduced CO2 emissions or increases energy efficiency.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-becomes-first-city-in-poland-to-join-ebrds-green-cities-project-13587Poland signs LNG terminal expansion dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-signs-lng-terminal-expansion-deal-13585<p>Polskie LNG, the operator of the LNG Terminal in Świnoujście, together with the Management of Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports, on Wednesday signed a deal with a consortium of TGE Gas Engineering and PORR for the expansion of the terminal.</p>Wed, 24 Jun 2020 15:41:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fz5lgpl1fdgcdu9idovpz.jpegThe contract involves the construction of a third LNG tank, a second loading/unloading berth and infrastructure to bunker and load LNG on ships.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-signs-lng-terminal-expansion-deal-13585Poland to take over presidency of Visegrad Group in Julyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-take-over-presidency-of-visegrad-group-in-july-13583<p>Poland will take over the presidency of the Visegrad Group (V4) from the Czech Republic on 1 July, Poland's representation to the EU in Brussels plans to mark the occasion by organising over 300 political, economic and cultural events within six months.</p>Wed, 24 Jun 2020 14:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rrfunpnhi8of5h4mrmvfc.jpegPoland's presidency of the V4 is to be inaugurated on June 30 at the headquarters of the Polish Armed Forces in Brussels.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-take-over-presidency-of-visegrad-group-in-july-13583Stockholm museum to return 16th-century painting after finding it was stolen at end of warhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stockholm-museum-to-return-16th-century-painting-after-finding-it-was-stolen-at-end-of-war-13581<p><span lang="EN-US">A work of art by the School of Lucas Cranach the Elder is to be returned to the city of Wrocław after documentation was discovered proving it was looted in the wake of WWII.</span></p>Wed, 24 Jun 2020 13:45:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5lcmeqvuhbwdjmu293lvup.pngStockholm’s Nationalmuseum said it will return The Lamentation of Christ by Lucas Cranach the Elder to Poland after discovering it had been stolen in the wake of WWII.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stockholm-museum-to-return-16th-century-painting-after-finding-it-was-stolen-at-end-of-war-13581Poland's coal production down by 39.5 pct y/y in May - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-coal-production-down-by-395-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-13580<p>Production of coal in Poland fell by 39.5 percent year on year in May 2020, reaching 3.2 million tonnes, the Central Statistics Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 24 Jun 2020 13:38:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0ictoc8uyyhfsm0ilz3vflf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-coal-production-down-by-395-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-13580Poland's passenger car production plunges 91.9 pct y/y in May - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-passenger-car-production-plunges-919-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-13578<p>Poland's passenger car output fell by 91.9 percent year on year in May 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 24 Jun 2020 13:23:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3e4pnt9ikcgim5sp74rerk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-passenger-car-production-plunges-919-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-13578New industrial orders down 24.7 pct y/y in May - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-industrial-orders-down-247-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-13577<p>Poland's new industrial orders fell by 24.7 percent year on year in May 2020 after a 30.2 percent year on year decrease in April, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 24 Jun 2020 11:24:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y7dxiichbnvsojizrr9fo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-industrial-orders-down-247-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-13577Poland's unemployment at 6.0 percent in May - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-at-60-percent-in-may---stats-office-13575<p>Poland's unemployment grew to 6.0 percent in May 2020 from 5.8 percent in April, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 24 Jun 2020 11:20:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7g4wyekc0oo7mq9hmori.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-at-60-percent-in-may---stats-office-13575Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 32,821https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-32821-13574<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 294 since Tuesday morning and reached 32,821 the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another 21 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,396.</p>Wed, 24 Jun 2020 11:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gujc42na3qdtw4simm9s4d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-32821-13574Google to invest up to 2 bln USD in cloud support hubhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/google-to-invest-up-to-2-bln-usd-in-cloud-support-hub-13572<p>Google is to invest up to 2 billion USD in a data centre to support cloud services in Poland, the daily Puls Biznesu reported Wednesday.&nbsp;</p>Wed, 24 Jun 2020 11:06:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4onm8rk7cthaylzf28ct68.pngThe investment will be Google’s largest ever in Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/google-to-invest-up-to-2-bln-usd-in-cloud-support-hub-13572Polish president says he will discuss military, energy issues with Trumphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-says-he-will-discuss-military-energy-issues-with-trump-13571<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday that during his White House talks with US President Donald Trump he will discuss Poland's stronger military security as well as energy independence and investments in new technology and energy security.</p>Tue, 23 Jun 2020 19:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t3pajtt1m8ov0uc0qn6ziq.jpegSpeaking at the Kraków Airport on Tuesday, Duda said he was pleased with Trump's invitation, stressing he had received it "as the first among presidents from around the world, to visit the United States after a long break in international relations caused by the coronavirus."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-says-he-will-discuss-military-energy-issues-with-trump-13571President granted Man of the Year award by Solidarność weeklyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-granted-man-of-the-year-award-by-solidarnosc-weekly-13566<p>President Andrzej Duda said that the idea of solidarity meant the defence of worker rights for the good of the building of a social market economy system. Duda made the statement while receiving the 2019 Man of the Year award granted by Tygodnik Solidarność.</p>Tue, 23 Jun 2020 18:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ncw9ahskw59bi9lo5qsl5.jpeg"This is a special award since it is being granted to me by Tygodnik Solidarność, a weekly which was so dear to my president, to Lech Kaczyński, who was so often recalled here today," the president said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-granted-man-of-the-year-award-by-solidarnosc-weekly-13566Hiding place for WWII treasure found in forests near crumbling mansionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hiding-place-for-wwii-treasure-found-in-forests-near-crumbling-mansion-13565<p>An emptied WWII treasure cache has been discovered in Komorów, Lower Silesia.</p>Tue, 23 Jun 2020 17:13:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9fjb3lrpoajxrgjv4m4f0s.jpegThe cache was found buried under a pile of stones deep in the forests near Świdnica.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hiding-place-for-wwii-treasure-found-in-forests-near-crumbling-mansion-13565Changes to Poland's budget probably on lesser scale - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/changes-to-polands-budget-probably-on-lesser-scale---pm-13564<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Tuesday said that the scale of the amendment of the 2020 budget law would most likely be smaller in size.</p>Tue, 23 Jun 2020 15:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nfl1az60q3bip3anxlyr2j.jpegThe PM noted that the economic situation "seems to be even under better control," as the government "over two, three months has allocated all our reserves to save jobs."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/changes-to-polands-budget-probably-on-lesser-scale---pm-13564May's M3 money supply up - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mays-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-13562<p>Poland’s M3 money supply grew in May 2020 by 16.0 percent year on year and by 2.7 month on month to PLN 1.72 trillion (EUR 387 billion), the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 23 Jun 2020 15:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/58fl2eokf5yiucww19kq4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mays-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-13562Controversial erotic thriller dubbed one of the worst films EVER becomes global smashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/controversial-erotic-thriller-becomes-global-smash-13560<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Polish erotic thriller that focuses on the relationship between an Italian mafia boss and the woman he kidnaps has become a smash hit on the Netflix streaming service.</span></p>Tue, 23 Jun 2020 14:39:00 +0200BusinessArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bai7cis1eq9sfgrwp3c15j.jpegDirected by Barbara Białowąs and Tomasz Mandles, 365 Days is currently the most popular feature film in the British and US edition of Netflix and in second place worldwide.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/controversial-erotic-thriller-becomes-global-smash-13560Poland holds international consultations as Duda, Trump set to meethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-holds-international-consultations-as-duda-trump-set-to-meet-13558<p>Before his Wednesday visit to the White House, Polish President Andrzej Duda conducted talks with Vilnius, while his top aide Krzysztof Szczerski spoke with Kiev and is due to talk with US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, Szczerski told PAP on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 23 Jun 2020 13:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland holds international consultations as Duda, Trump set to meethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-holds-international-consultations-as-duda-trump-set-to-meet-13558Fifth official Duda-Trump meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fifth-official-duda-trump-meeting-13556<p>The June 24 meeting in Washington of Polish President Andrzej Duda and US President Donald Trump will be the fifth official bilateral meeting between the presidents.</p>Tue, 23 Jun 2020 13:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z2ahj54okbvpgzncwtz.jpegApart from official bilateral meetings, the Polish and US president have met informally several times during multilateral talks, including at NATO summits, meetings of the UN General Assembly, meetings of the Economic Forum in Davos or the funeral of former US President George Bush.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fifth-official-duda-trump-meeting-13556What a champ! Accessory designer bags first place in prestigious New York handbag comphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/what-a-champ-accessory-designer-bags-first-place-in-prestigious-new-york-handbag-comp-13554<p><span lang="EN-GB">Up-and-coming fashion accessories designer Alexandra Klimek has won the 2020 Independent Handbag Designer Awards.</span></p>Tue, 23 Jun 2020 12:55:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ypzmueguennpyatim9v8a.pngAlexandra Klimek came up with the winning design during lockdown.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/what-a-champ-accessory-designer-bags-first-place-in-prestigious-new-york-handbag-comp-13554Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 32,527https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-32527-13552<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 300 since Monday morning and reached 32,527 the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another 16 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,375.</p>Tue, 23 Jun 2020 11:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a2nyvzwmd9kdvze2p23c4q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-32527-13552US military involvement developing as planned - Polish FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-military-involvement-developing-as-planned---polish-fm-13550<p>Expansion of the American military presence in Poland is progressing according to plan, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told PAP in reference to one of the topics on the agenda of the White House talks between the Polish and US presidents on Wednesday.</p>Tue, 23 Jun 2020 10:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v5w0twy69xu9p1hkk4zak.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-military-involvement-developing-as-planned---polish-fm-13550More than 1,500 firms in Poland with US capital - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-than-1500-firms-in-poland-with-us-capital---report-13548<p>There are over 1,500 businesses in Poland with American capital, which employ 267,000 people, says a report by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Poland and KPMG in Poland.</p>Tue, 23 Jun 2020 10:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMore than 1,500 firms in Poland with US capital - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-than-1500-firms-in-poland-with-us-capital---report-13548Polish, NATO generals discuss defence capabilitieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-nato-generals-discuss-defence-capabilities-13547<p>Poland's Chief of the General Staff, General Rajmund Andrzejczak and Jörg Vollmer, Commander of the Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum met in Warsaw on Monday to discuss NATO's operational plans and allied defense capabilities in north-eastern Europe.</p>Mon, 22 Jun 2020 19:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jeek2m4vzvpnjr9l2llo7a.jpeg"We discussed NATO's operational plans and further expansion of cooperation," said General Andrzejczak (R) after the meeting [pictured with General Vollmer (L)].https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-nato-generals-discuss-defence-capabilities-13547Poland's debt up by 0.9 pct m/m in May - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-debt-up-by-09-pct-mm-in-may---minfin-13546<p>Poland's debt increased by PLN 10.2 bln (EUR 2.29 bln) or 0.9 percent month on month in May 2020, the Finance Ministry reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 22 Jun 2020 17:35:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's debt up by 0.9 pct m/m in May - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-debt-up-by-09-pct-mm-in-may---minfin-13546Bone marrow foundation teams up with tattoo artists to encourage body art lovers to become donorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bone-marrow-foundation-teams-up-with-tattoo-artists-to-encourage-body-art-lovers-to-become-donors-13544<p>A new campaign is encouraging people who are getting tattooed to become bone marrow donors.</p>Mon, 22 Jun 2020 16:55:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dj7nmwgrc68ffhjevciaja.pngThe new campaign is encouraging people who are getting tattooed to become bone marrow donors.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bone-marrow-foundation-teams-up-with-tattoo-artists-to-encourage-body-art-lovers-to-become-donors-13544Over EUR 22 billion in aid injected into Polish economyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-eur-22-billion-in-aid-injected-into-polish-economy-13543<p>Polish companies received PLN 100 billion (EUR 22.46 billion), some 5 percent of the country’s GDP under the government anti-crisis shield scheme launched 100 days ago.</p>Mon, 22 Jun 2020 16:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4gp7yff4ym3qrbg810z2fd.jpegAccording to Borys, "data for May confirm that the economic downturn was in April, and now the economy has entered the next stage of expansion."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-eur-22-billion-in-aid-injected-into-polish-economy-13543Jewellery brand turns old plastic into gorgeous eco-collectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewellery-brand-turns-old-plastic-into-gorgeous-eco-collection-13541<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Poznań-based jewellery brand has created an environmentally-conscious collection that uses synthetic stones made out of plastic that has been processed to give it a second life.</span></p>Mon, 22 Jun 2020 14:47:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fqpeoa01tib5pg0uqzehlp.pngThe New Stone collection has been created from waste materials and inspired by anxiety about what we will leave behind in the world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewellery-brand-turns-old-plastic-into-gorgeous-eco-collection-13541Over 385,000 Poles already registered to vote abroad - MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-385000-poles-already-registered-to-vote-abroad---mfa-13539<p>As many as 385,349 Poles have registered abroad for Poland's presidential elections scheduled for June 28, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Voters can submit applications for inclusion in the electoral register in constituencies abroad until June 25.</p>Mon, 22 Jun 2020 13:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver 385,000 Poles already registered to vote abroad - MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-385000-poles-already-registered-to-vote-abroad---mfa-13539PM sums up crisis response 100 days after state of epidemic declaredhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-sums-up-crisis-response-100-days-after-state-of-epidemic-declared-13537<p>One hundred days after Poland announced a state of epidemic, PLN 100 billion (EUR 22.49 billion) has been transferred to save five million jobs, PM Mateusz Morawiecki told a Monday press conference summing up the government's crisis response.</p>Mon, 22 Jun 2020 13:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6xux0lj4efj833b9lep3wd.jpegAccording to the PM, decisions taken by the government in the wake of the outbreak were the best possible.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-sums-up-crisis-response-100-days-after-state-of-epidemic-declared-13537Skull dug-uppery: Skull of prehistoric bison found in Warsaw metrohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/skull-dug-uppery-skull-of-prehistoric-bison-found-in-warsaw-metro-13535<p><span lang="EN-GB">The skull of a prehistoric steppe bison has been found at&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-US">a metro construction site in Warsaw.</span></p>Mon, 22 Jun 2020 12:47:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ogbixzzen07m09pk277jr.jpegThe ancient remains consisting of the front part of the skull and both horns measuring 90cm each.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/skull-dug-uppery-skull-of-prehistoric-bison-found-in-warsaw-metro-13535Retail sales down 7.7 pct y/y in May - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-down-77-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-13534<p>Poland's retail sales decreased in real terms by 7.7 percent year on year and rose by 14.9 percent month on month in May 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 22 Jun 2020 12:38:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wds2tkvgi8e2dlmqj6rgmu.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-down-77-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-13534Good talk held with Polish president – NATO secretary generalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/good-talk-held-with-polish-president--nato-secretary-general-13532<p>NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday that he had talked with President Andrzej Duda about NATO's response to COVID-19, as well as about transatlantic ties, ahead of the Polish president's visit to Washington.</p>Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5euvu19bjwde1bkwuzxiy.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/good-talk-held-with-polish-president--nato-secretary-general-13532Restored urban area in Tirana named after Frederic Chopinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/restored-urban-area-in-tirana-named-after-frederic-chopin-13530<p>A new park named after Poland’s most famous pianist and composer Frederic Chopin was opened in the Albania's capital on June 21, celebrated as World Music Day, Albania’s ATA agency has reported.</p>Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:58:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yukp70gqbmi4h9z8q8riff.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/restored-urban-area-in-tirana-named-after-frederic-chopin-13530Poland generates 10GW from renewables, solar fastest growing sourcehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-generates-10gw-from-renewables-solar-fastest-growing-source-13528<p>Renewable energy sources in Poland currently account for 10 GW of power with the fastest developing green energy source being solar power, the Climate Ministry said in a Monday press release.</p>Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:21:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i1n6yn8lohq44v0jhv7gq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-generates-10gw-from-renewables-solar-fastest-growing-source-13528Poland's GDP to reach close to 4 pct next year - development minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-reach-close-to-4-pct-next-year---development-min-13526<p>Next year, Poland's GDP growth will accelerate to nearly 4 percent, faster than in countries of Western Europe, Deputy Prime Minister and Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz told the Gazeta Wyborcza daily on Monday.</p>Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:18:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP to reach close to 4 pct next year - development minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-reach-close-to-4-pct-next-year---development-min-13526Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 32,227https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-32227-13524<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 296 since Sunday and reached 32,227, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another three people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,359.</p>Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zshc1btym3ttrhoxkhk5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-32227-13524Just the ticket: Stunning design for Warsaw tower scoops top award to find “library for tomorrow”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/just-the-ticket-design-for-warsaw-tower-scoops-top-award-to-find-library-for-tomorrow-13521<p>A Dutch-based architectural practice has thrust Mokotów into the spotlight after basing their winning entry to find a “library for tomorrow” in the southern Warsaw suburb.</p>Sun, 21 Jun 2020 18:35:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/03zg5sovfqofunm3wt7ggr.jpegThe Book Tower: placing a large emphasis on learning.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/just-the-ticket-design-for-warsaw-tower-scoops-top-award-to-find-library-for-tomorrow-13521US ambassador to Poland comments Fort Trump statement in Bolton's bookhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-to-poland-comments-fort-trump-statement-in-boltons-book-13520<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher tweeted on Sunday that the words of former US security advisor John Bolton, who claimed that US President Donald Trump could not recall agreeing to a Fort Trump in Poland, were misleading as the name 'Fort Trump' was never under consideration.</p>Sun, 21 Jun 2020 17:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y1do9ouk6on4z38ld0ga33.jpeg“What is a reality is the defense cooperation agreement that both presidents signed. It’s on track and on schedule. There will be more U.S. troops in Poland!” Mosbacher wrote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-to-poland-comments-fort-trump-statement-in-boltons-book-13520Incumbent president leads voter support poll ahead of electionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-leads-voter-support-poll-ahead-of-elections-13519<p>In the first round of presidential elections, the Incumbent President Andrzej Duda could count on 41 percent of the vote, ahead of opposition Civic Coalition (KO) candidate Rafał Trzaskowski on 27.1 percent, a survey by IBRIS for the Wp.pl portal shows.</p>Sun, 21 Jun 2020 16:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8o5m9effs1fpb3ppyfmli.jpegSupport for Duda, rose by 0.3 percentage points since the previous poll conducted for wp.pl last week, while Trzaskowski's backing fell by 0.9 percentage points.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-leads-voter-support-poll-ahead-of-elections-13519Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 31,931https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-31931-13518<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 311 since Saturday and reached 31,931 the Ministry of Health said on Sunday morning. Another 10 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,356.</p>Sun, 21 Jun 2020 15:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1dz52azrnuq5vonkh491f6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-31931-13518Sunny side up: Poland’s solar energy output soarshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sunny-side-up-polands-solar-energy-output-soars-13516<p>Poland’s expected solar energy output is to peak at 8 gigawatt (GW) by 2025 and possibly place the country in the EU’s top 10, according to the latest report by the Renewable Energy Institute (IEO in Polish).</p>Sun, 21 Jun 2020 14:09:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gb9dc9kne4gjr99707z5b.jpegThe growing popularity of solar panels for domestic housing has helped increase the amount of solar power generated.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sunny-side-up-polands-solar-energy-output-soars-13516Gdańsk medical team make a world’s first with operation on babyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-medical-team-make-a-worlds-first-with-operation-on-baby-13513<p>A Gdańsk medical team has carried out a rare medical procedure for the first time in the world on a child under the age of two.</p>Sun, 21 Jun 2020 11:19:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vn7c6yw4sla189ctf4axn6.jpegThe medical team that carried out the operation in Gdańsk.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-medical-team-make-a-worlds-first-with-operation-on-baby-13513Lego makeover: old figures get transformed into celebritieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lego-makeover-old-figures-get-transformed-into-celebrities-13511<p>A Warsaw student is breathing new life into old Lego figures by turning them into custom-made effigies of celebrities.</p>Sat, 20 Jun 2020 18:27:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0vpdf06vxgkm5nys3hoba9.jpegA once humdrum Lego figure is now recast as singer Taco Hemmingway.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lego-makeover-old-figures-get-transformed-into-celebrities-13511Poland needs to develop knowledge capital, PM sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-needs-to-develop-knowledge-capital-pm-says-13510<p>Poland's development model must be based on Polish knowledge capital, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said during his visit to the visual systems company Scanway in the south-western city of Wroclaw on Saturday.</p>Sat, 20 Jun 2020 17:21:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0q3lmafojaxp176u80rffx5.jpegScanway's example shows that Poland needs to adopt a development model that is based on knowledge capital, according to Morawiecki.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-needs-to-develop-knowledge-capital-pm-says-13510PM pledges EUR 112,000 for investment in every Polish municipalityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-pledges-eur-112000-for-investment-in-every-polish-municipality-13509<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Saturday vowed to transfer at least PLN 500,000 (EUR 112,000) to each of all 2,477 municipalities under an investment scheme suggested by President Andrzej Duda.</p>Sat, 20 Jun 2020 16:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lohuoesnrzr4667anngilg.jpegMorawiecki said that "we need a president that has suggested it, a president that passes balls to the government, and not an ideological assailant who trips the government up, we need close cooperation."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-pledges-eur-112000-for-investment-in-every-polish-municipality-13509If you go down to ‘The Woods’ today: chilling Polish-language thriller becomes Netflix hithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/if-you-go-down-to-the-woods-today-chilling-polish-language-thriller-becomes-netflix-hit-13506<p>Following on from the emphatic global success enjoyed by ‘1983’, ‘The Woods’, the country’s second Polish-language Netflix original production, has stormed the international charts since debuting on the streaming platform last Friday.</p>Sat, 20 Jun 2020 15:25:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/johkcs9ixqbjgz8zp5w3l.jpeg‘The Woods’: keeping people on the edge of their seats around the world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/if-you-go-down-to-the-woods-today-chilling-polish-language-thriller-becomes-netflix-hit-13506Poland to scrap plane passenger limits from Julyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-scrap-plane-passenger-limits-from-july-13504<p>Poland will lift passenger limits from July 1 on both regular and charter flights, Deputy PM and Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz has announced.</p>Sat, 20 Jun 2020 14:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hzkb9xmhh4i93ewui8e6eo.jpegDomestic flights were resumed on June 1.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-scrap-plane-passenger-limits-from-july-13504Poland hits out a Putin’s “manipulation” of historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hits-out-a-putins-manipulation-of-history-13503<p>Poland has lashed out at Vladimir Putin after the Russian leader penned an article attributing much of the blame for the start of the Second World War to Poland, while appearing to gloss over the Soviet invasion of eastern Poland.</p>Sat, 20 Jun 2020 11:38:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yrv6c6zvneeulcfblz3vyj.jpegSoviet tanks roll into Poland, or, as Putin prefers to call it, the “eastern borderlines”.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hits-out-a-putins-manipulation-of-history-13503Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 31,620https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-31620-13502<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 309 since Friday and reached 31,620 the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another 12 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,346.</p>Sat, 20 Jun 2020 11:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tuukxaaxwgmnx4obbqynp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-31620-13502Polish presidential poll to be held by all-mail vote in two municipalitieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-poll-to-be-held-by-all-mail-vote-in-two-municipalities-13501<p>Poland's June 28 presidential election will be conducted in two municipalities solely by post, the State Electoral Commission (PKW) announced on Friday evening, following recommendations by Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski.</p>Sat, 20 Jun 2020 10:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/od2dwx4b48htqlqqi2snt.jpegAs coronavirus case incidence rate exceeds 100 per 10,000 population in Baranów, western Poland and Marklowice, southern Poland, only a postal vote can be administered in these two municipalities, Szumowski said earlier on Friday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-poll-to-be-held-by-all-mail-vote-in-two-municipalities-13501Poland will get more EU recovery money than opponents claimed - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-get-more-eu-recovery-money-than-opponents-claimed---pm-13499<p>Poland will get a bigger share of the European Union's EUR 750 bln post-pandemic recovery fund than the government's political opponents claimed, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said at a press conference held at the PM's Office.</p>Fri, 19 Jun 2020 16:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/38lj3sie2vd72sef54uhqs.jpegMost of the funds are subsidies, and a smaller part is made up of long-term loans with low interest rates, close to zero percent, Morawiecki said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-get-more-eu-recovery-money-than-opponents-claimed---pm-13499Poland sends protective gear to Georgia and Armenia - MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-protective-gear-to-georgia-and-armenia---mfa-13498<p>Polish military planes carrying protective gear for hospitals, doctors and nurses, has set off from Poland for Georgia and Armenia, while another plane with similar equipment is expected to reach Azerbaijan in coming days, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.</p>Fri, 19 Jun 2020 16:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qamkrhm7neru9h8uqkp7hm.jpegDeputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński said that the transport is a gesture of solidarity with our partners, the Eastern Partnership countries.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-protective-gear-to-georgia-and-armenia---mfa-13498Gruesome remains found on housing estate at site of former secret police prisonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gruesome-remains-found-on-housing-estate-at-site-of-former-secret-police-prison-13495<p>The remains of three people have been found on the site of a former communist-era prison in Warsaw, where anti-communist fighters were imprisoned.</p>Fri, 19 Jun 2020 15:43:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9axngh8i5j4e7gercetfyv.pngThe skeletal remains were found near the prison known as “Toledo”, which operated from 1944-1956, first being run by the Soviet NKVD, and later by Poland’s communist-era Ministry of Public Security.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gruesome-remains-found-on-housing-estate-at-site-of-former-secret-police-prison-13495Corporation, financial transaction tax discussed at EU summit - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corporation-financial-transaction-tax-discussed-at-eu-summit---pm-13494<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said after a Friday meeting of the European Council that the heads of government of the EU member states had taken a step closer towards a levy on big corporations and a financial transaction tax.</p>Fri, 19 Jun 2020 15:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vqa7dyrn9s8tf66qtflnnn.jpeg"Poland strives to integrate, to reconcile several perspectives with each other and we have managed that pretty well," said Morawiecki, adding that Poland had proposed "new, interesting solutions," which represented a step forward.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corporation-financial-transaction-tax-discussed-at-eu-summit---pm-13494Polish opposition MEP to chair EP committee on tackling cancerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-opposition-mep-to-chair-ep-committee-on-tackling-cancer-13492<p>The European Parliament (EP) has established a special committee on the fight against cancer to be headed by an MEP of the Polish opposition Civic Platform (PO) or Polish People's Party (PSL) camp.</p>Fri, 19 Jun 2020 14:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish opposition MEP to chair EP committee on tackling cancerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-opposition-mep-to-chair-ep-committee-on-tackling-cancer-13492Coronavirus crisis may be a turning point in EU history - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-crisis-may-be-a-turning-point-in-eu-history---polish-pm-13488<p>The current crisis is a major turning point in the history of the EU and a real stimulus for economic growth is needed, such as the Recovery Fund corresponding to real economic problems of member states, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on social media on Friday.</p>Fri, 19 Jun 2020 14:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/23y0s7z65o2xcn7ea9ft88.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-crisis-may-be-a-turning-point-in-eu-history---polish-pm-13488Fascinating photos of old Warsaw found in rubbish dumphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-photos-of-old-warsaw-found-in-rubbish-dump-13490<p><span lang="EN-GB">Black-and-white photographs found in the rubbish in Warsaw offer a snapshot of what the city looked like almost half a century ago.</span></p>Fri, 19 Jun 2020 14:37:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u4px23u1p6mmhp51u26v.jpegThe previously-unseen images show streets and buildings Bielany and Żoliborz, from the 1960s.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-photos-of-old-warsaw-found-in-rubbish-dump-13490Epidemiological situation in Silesia stablised - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/epidemiological-situation-in-silesia-stablised---minister-13485<p>The epidemiological situation in the southern Polish province of Silesia has been stablised and after the end of a cessation in coal mining, collieries will be able to return safely to work, State Assets Minister, Deputy PM Jacek Sasin said on Friday.</p>Fri, 19 Jun 2020 13:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jydjtestuur68zossj34q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/epidemiological-situation-in-silesia-stablised---minister-13485Hey, big spender! Poland splashes out more on culture than most other EU countries, says new reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hey-big-spender-poland-splashes-out-more-on-culture-than-most-other-eu-countries-says-new-report-13483<p><span lang="EN-US">Poland spent nearly twice the EU average on cultural services in 2018 according to an EU report.</span></p>Fri, 19 Jun 2020 12:38:00 +0200BusinessArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vd9mdluqghn7zr7zhcul37.jpegThe report by Eurostat shows that Poland out-spent countries such as Italy, France, Spain and the UK, proportionally, on cultural services including supporting national monuments, funding for museums, theatres and art programmes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hey-big-spender-poland-splashes-out-more-on-culture-than-most-other-eu-countries-says-new-report-13483Producer prices down by 1.5 pct y/y in May - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/producer-prices-down-by-15-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-13481<p>Poland's producer prices went down by 1.5 percent year on year in May 2020 and remained flat month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 19 Jun 2020 11:48:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hvzwsy4lchu0x2zkccgac8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/producer-prices-down-by-15-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-13481Poland's industrial production down 17 pct y/y in May - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-down-17-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-13479<p>Poland's industrial output fell by 17.0 percent year on year in May 2020, after a 24.6 percent decrease year on year in April, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 19 Jun 2020 11:45:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ujh2z4ep25em9ncgpufl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-down-17-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-13479Poland to have Europe's shallowest recession - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-have-europes-shallowest-recession---pm-13477<p>Poland will have the shallowest recession in Europe, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in an interview published in Friday's edition of the Rzeczpospoplita daily, adding that GDP might fall by less than 4 pct this year.</p>Fri, 19 Jun 2020 11:41:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aogsd7kw0ok17pocwibsf2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-have-europes-shallowest-recession---pm-13477Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 31,316https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-31316-13475<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 352 since Thursday and reached 31,316 the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another 18 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,334.</p>Fri, 19 Jun 2020 11:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2gwu6yxq32rznqijhrlhw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-31316-13475Polish, US presidents to discuss military cooperation, tradehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-presidents-to-discuss-military-cooperation-trade-13472<p>The upcoming June 24 Washington meeting between the Polish and US presidents is to focus on defence and cooperation issues, Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 18 Jun 2020 19:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8skmj1m0vl8m2roowmdt6.jpegPresident Duda said he would discuss with the US president plans linked with further US decisions as to where US units will be relocated, an issue which US President Donald Trump addressed just a few days ago.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-presidents-to-discuss-military-cooperation-trade-13472I just called to say I love... Łódźhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-just-called-to-say-13470<p>After months of dreaming, it finally happened. I boarded a train and left Warsaw behind. And to which exotic world did I arrive?</p>Thu, 18 Jun 2020 18:14:00 +0200LifeWebber's Worldhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/50enezzktanqg50rr2pich.jpegWith lockdown over, Webber makes plans to head to one of his favourite cities in Poland, Łódż!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-just-called-to-say-13470A royal experience: Visit the Royal Castle in Warsaw online!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-royal-experience-visit-the-royal-castle-in-warsaw-online-13468<p>The Royal Castle has one of the best 18th century interiors in Europe. And, located in the old town of Warsaw, it used to be one of the most important buildings in Poland where, among other things, the constitution of 3rd May 1791 was adopted.</p>Thu, 18 Jun 2020 15:58:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fq22xr2ejsznabt0j4k0l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-royal-experience-visit-the-royal-castle-in-warsaw-online-13468Poland's internet trade may reach EUR 22.4 bln this year - Fin Minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-internet-trade-may-reach-eur-224-bln-this-year---fin-min-13467<p>The value of Polish trade on the internet in 2020 may exceed PLN 100 bln (EUR 22.4 bln), Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński was quoted on Twitter as saying by the ministry.</p>Thu, 18 Jun 2020 15:49:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mamgb7fifwlngjjmdj2rn.jpeg“According to forecasts, in the next five years, trade over the Internet will grow by 20 percent year on year,” said Kościński.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-internet-trade-may-reach-eur-224-bln-this-year---fin-min-13467Berlin placed children under the care of paedophiles for years - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/berlin-placed-children-under-the-care-of-paedophiles-for-years---report-13466<p>German authorities in Berlin for 30 years routinely placed homeless children under the care of paedophile men, as part of the so-called Kentler Project, assuming they would make ideal foster parents, a study conducted by the University of Hildesheim has found.</p>Thu, 18 Jun 2020 15:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yoa8iaerbo2royq82p8xl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/berlin-placed-children-under-the-care-of-paedophiles-for-years---report-13466Computer game ‘This War of Mine’ to be put on school reading listhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/computer-game-this-war-of-mine-to-be-put-on-school-reading-list-13464<p><span lang="EN-US">A popular computer game that looks at war through the eyes of civilians will be added to the optional school reading list by the education ministry, the prime minister has announced.</span></p>Thu, 18 Jun 2020 14:55:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7qk0gmxdi0ydqfu1rafmii.jpegProduced by Warsaw-based company 11bit Studios, the elevation of the game to the optional reading list is also an affirmation of the burgeoning reputation of the Polish computer games industry.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/computer-game-this-war-of-mine-to-be-put-on-school-reading-list-13464Sensitive and ‘dialogue-provoking’ design for Cursed Soldiers’ monument unveiledhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sensitive-and-dialogue-provoking-design-for-cursed-soldiers-monument-unveiled-13462<p><span lang="EN-GB">A new monument honouring the memory of Poland’s so-called Cursed Soldiers is one step closer to being realized after a winning design was approved by a jury composed of architects, artists and Wrocław city councillors.</span></p>Thu, 18 Jun 2020 14:29:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lwulmi0465gtqxira34og.jpegSeeking to arouse feelings of respect while giving a clear message to future generations, the team behind it chose to meet the challenge by designing “monumental glass casts” in which “silhouettes of soldiers on a 1:1 scale would be placed in cuboids”.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sensitive-and-dialogue-provoking-design-for-cursed-soldiers-monument-unveiled-13462Foreign direct investments grew in Poland despite crisis - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-direct-investments-grew-in-poland-despite-crisis---daily-13460<p>Despite the weakest investor sentiment in history, the number of foreign direct investments (FDI) in Poland grew to 165 in the first months of 2020, from 145 last year, the Puls Biznesu (PB) daily wrote on Thursday.</p>Thu, 18 Jun 2020 14:18:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgForeign direct investments grew in Poland despite crisis - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-direct-investments-grew-in-poland-despite-crisis---daily-13460Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 31,015https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-31015-13456<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 314 since Wednesday evening and reached 31,015, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another 30 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,316.</p>Thu, 18 Jun 2020 12:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o4wunlnqklrtd1t0mlrpl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-31015-13456Tesco heads for checkout from Poland in 819 mln PLN salehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tesco-heads-for-checkout-from-poland-in-819-mln-pln-sale-13453<p>British supermarket group Tesco has said it is selling its Polish branch for PLN 819 mln (EUR 183.5 mln) and intends to concentrate on other markets in the Central Europe region.</p>Thu, 18 Jun 2020 11:39:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ur2vl8r2pco34ls5dnwtsx.jpegTesco announced it is leaving Poland after 25 years. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tesco-heads-for-checkout-from-poland-in-819-mln-pln-sale-13453Poland's average wage up in May - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-wage-up-in-may---stats-office-13451<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 1.2 percent year on year to PLN 5,119.94 (EUR 1,150.47) in May 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 18 Jun 2020 10:46:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7zhh8xestlv4tyf7wkc5dt.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-wage-up-in-may---stats-office-13451Poland's recession no deeper than 5 pct of GDP in 2020 - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-recession-no-deeper-than-5-pct-of-gdp-in-2020---minfin-13449<p>Poland will suffer a maximum drop of 5 percent of its GDP in 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis, but the country's economy will rebound by 4-5 percent in 2021, Finance Minister Tadeusz Koscinski told PAP.</p>Thu, 18 Jun 2020 10:09:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's recession no deeper than 5 pct of GDP in 2020 - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-recession-no-deeper-than-5-pct-of-gdp-in-2020---minfin-13449Presidential candidates hold second debatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-candidates-hold-second-debate-13447<p>A presidential debate with 11 candidates running for the top post was held on public TV (TVP 1 and TVP Info channels) on Wednesday evening.</p>Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vfvfn9q05cng6ergddgb8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-candidates-hold-second-debate-13447Incumbent President Duda enjoys 38-pct support ahead of election - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-duda-enjoys-38-pct-support-ahead-of-election---poll-13446<p>Thirty-eight percent of respondents to a June survey on Poles' electoral preferences, conducted by Kantar, declared they would vote for the incumbent president, Andrzej Duda, with the Civic Coalition (KO)'s Rafał Trzaskowski on 27 pct in the first round.</p>Wed, 17 Jun 2020 20:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/48tvsnpmrvg8f6ct6ki68n.jpegIf Duda came up against Trzaskowski in a second round of voting, he would gain 41 percent of the vote to the KO candidate's 43 percent, with 16 percent of voters not knowing who to vote for in a second round, according to the poll.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-duda-enjoys-38-pct-support-ahead-of-election---poll-13446Charity art auction for refugees to be held in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/charity-art-auction-for-refugees-to-be-held-in-warsaw-13445<p>A fund-raising event titled Refugees Welcome Charity Art Auction 2020 will be held on September 13, the Museum of Modern Art and the Ocalenie (Salvation) Foundation in Warsaw announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 17 Jun 2020 17:15:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4q6rr1cbymld78oarg33vq.jpegArtists who have donated work for the charity auction include Paweł Althamer (pictured), Babi Badalov, Miriam Cahn, Rafał Dominik, Zuzanna Golińska, Robert Kuśmirowski, Olga Micińska, Karol Radziszewski, Joanna Rajkowska, Tadeusz Rolke, Maciej Sieńczyk, Agata Słowak, Marek Sobczyk, Radek Szlaga, Iza Tarasewicz and Artur Żmijewski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/charity-art-auction-for-refugees-to-be-held-in-warsaw-13445Majority of Poles satisfied with govt's handling of virus crisishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-poles-satisfied-with-govts-handling-of-virus-crisis-13444<p>As many as 70 percent of Poles said they were satisfied with how the government is dealing with the coronavirus crisis, while 25 percent of people voiced the opposite opinion on the matter, results of a poll carried out by CBOS pollster showed.</p>Wed, 17 Jun 2020 16:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8m32kq5z6xu35i59d4vxzc.jpegAccording to CBOS, the government's efforts are most appreciated by the supporters of the ruling party, while most critical of them were young people aged 18-24.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-poles-satisfied-with-govts-handling-of-virus-crisis-13444Online lessons present history of Auschwitz and horrifying fate of Poles who ended up therehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/online-lessons-present-history-of-auschwitz-and-horrifying-fate-of-poles-who-ended-up-there-13442<p>The fate of the 150,000 Poles who were sent to Auschwitz during World War Two is the subject of a series of online lessons that have been released by the Auschwitz Museum on its website.</p>Wed, 17 Jun 2020 15:19:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wp82gd1557kjvcuoaatc49.jpegThe thirteen lessons from the Auschwitz Museum describe the fate of the 150,000 Poles in detail using text, photographs, prisoners records, mug shots, transport lists, site plans, quotes, prisoner art work and charts.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/online-lessons-present-history-of-auschwitz-and-horrifying-fate-of-poles-who-ended-up-there-13442Poland seeks tighter ties with US - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-tighter-ties-with-us---mod-13440<p>Poland wants its relations with the US to be even closer, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said during a visit to a training ground in Drawsko Pomorskie, northwestern Poland, where Polish and American soldiers take part in Defender-Europe 20 military exercises.</p>Wed, 17 Jun 2020 13:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k09dyjl276l2vi430y5ed.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-tighter-ties-with-us---mod-13440EP committees to address German court ruling on 'Polish death camps'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ep-committees-to-address-german-court-ruling-on-polish-death-camps-13438<p>The European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs and Committee on Culture will deal with the issue of the failure of the German ZDF television to execute the judgment of the Polish court regarding an apology for using the term "Polish extermination camps."</p>Wed, 17 Jun 2020 13:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEP committees to address German court ruling on 'Polish death camps'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ep-committees-to-address-german-court-ruling-on-polish-death-camps-13438“Lockdown never ends for us!’ Down’s Syndrome theatre actors reveal their plight in powerful videohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lockdown-never-ends-for-us-downs-syndrome-theatre-actors-reveal-their-plight-in-powerful-video-13436<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Warsaw theatre has made a video featuring actors with Down’s syndrome to highlight the fact that for some people with disabilities the lockdown will “never end”.</span></p>Wed, 17 Jun 2020 13:04:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w46m2404xzbbupe4cyroq.pngTalking directly to the camera the actors from The Theatre 21 in Warsaw read comments found on social media about how the lockdown has curtailed such delights for ‘normal’ people as travel to exotic destinations, trips to music festivals and parties.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lockdown-never-ends-for-us-downs-syndrome-theatre-actors-reveal-their-plight-in-powerful-video-13436Poland's foreign trade surplus at EUR 0.8 bln after April - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-08-bln-after-april---stats-office-13434<p>Poland's foreign trade surplus totalled EUR 0.8 billion at the end of April 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 17 Jun 2020 11:46:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y899xi8enq25qy1x3xgyx.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-08-bln-after-april---stats-office-13434Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 30,701https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-30701-13432<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 506 since Tuesday and reached 30,701 the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another 14 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,286.</p>Wed, 17 Jun 2020 11:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8hokdp0h57vqcxn04ybw6n.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-30701-13432Poland resumes international flightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-resumes-international-flights-13430<p>On Wednesday, international passenger air traffic resumed to and from Poland after a three-month break due to the COVID-19 epidemic, airlines and airports have introduced new guidelines to ensure the safe transport of passengers.</p>Wed, 17 Jun 2020 11:37:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qtvqfwv1qnmco7lto7dde.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-resumes-international-flights-13430Mamma Mia! Remains of Egyptian ‘mummy’ found in Lublin schoolhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mamma-mia-remains-of-egyptian-mummy-found-in-lublin-school-13428<p>A mysterious bone thought to be a fragment of an Egyptian mummy has been found at a school in Lublin.&nbsp;</p>Wed, 17 Jun 2020 11:26:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u07c3townkknc50sngcjh.jpegThe bone is thought to have been brought to the school in the 19th century.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mamma-mia-remains-of-egyptian-mummy-found-in-lublin-school-13428Polish archbishop pays tribute to late PAP journalisthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archbishop-pays-tribute-to-late-pap-journalist-13426<p>Stanislaw Karnacewicz was an icon of Polish press journalism, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, the president of the Polish Bishops' Conference (KEP), said in a condolence message to the family and friends of a long-standing employee of PAP who died on June 13.</p>Wed, 17 Jun 2020 10:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e7xewzbtqu90d4bv8hjfxor.jpegStanislaw. Karnacewicz died on June 13 at the age of 70.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-archbishop-pays-tribute-to-late-pap-journalist-13426Man sets himself on fire near House of Parliament in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/man-sets-himself-on-fire-near-house-of-parliament-in-warsaw-13424<p>A middle-aged man on a bike has set himself on fire in front of a WWII monument in Warsaw.</p>Tue, 16 Jun 2020 18:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g3bxnl9bfle3io5dwuve7v.jpegThe police spokesman said that the man did not have any letters or banners with him, and the motives for his actions remained unknown.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/man-sets-himself-on-fire-near-house-of-parliament-in-warsaw-13424May's core inflation rate up m/m at 3.8 pct - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mays-core-inflation-rate-up-mm-at-38-pct---central-bank-13423<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 3.8 percent year on year in May 2020, up from 3.6 percent in April, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 16 Jun 2020 17:54:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2lqzbfuuz3yjelsejsqrsi.jpegNBPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mays-core-inflation-rate-up-mm-at-38-pct---central-bank-13423Gdynia cleared as huge WWII parachute bomb weighing ONE TONNE is detonated 3km out to seahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdynia-cleared-as-huge-wwii-parachute-bomb-weighing-one-tonne-is-detonated-3km-out-to-sea-13420<p>The centre of Gdynia was evacuated today when explosive experts moved in to detonate a one tonne WWII bomb lying off the coast.</p>Tue, 16 Jun 2020 17:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/egg77quop1i4afpcksfz1p.pngThe bomb used during the siege of Westerplatte was detonated as police kept curious passersby away from Gdynia’s centre.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdynia-cleared-as-huge-wwii-parachute-bomb-weighing-one-tonne-is-detonated-3km-out-to-sea-13420Polish condolences following tragic tanker explosionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-condolences-following-tragic-tanker-explosion-13418<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda in a message to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping expressed words of sympathy and support for the families of the victims of a tanker explosion in Wenling.</p>Tue, 16 Jun 2020 16:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k2n654ve9mavk9i8t1rooa.jpeg18 people were killed and at least 189 were injured after a truck carrying liquefied gas exploded on a highway in Southeast China on Saturday causing severe damage to nearby buildings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-condolences-following-tragic-tanker-explosion-13418She’s the face behind some of the biggest brand campaigns going, but who is Olka Osadzińska?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shes-the-face-behind-some-of-the-biggest-brand-campaigns-going-but-who-is-olka-osadzinska-13415<p>With her work visible across the country, domestically it’s a portfolio that includes the billboard campaign for the current hit thriller Hejter, magazine covers for Newsweek and Elle, murals for Costa Coffee and interior wall art for Skanska and the Warsaw Puro hotel.</p>Tue, 16 Jun 2020 15:40:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/754napelqkpehnben339cw.jpegWith a client-base that reads like a who’s who of contemporary brands, Olka Osadzińska is one of Poland’s leading creative exports.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shes-the-face-behind-some-of-the-biggest-brand-campaigns-going-but-who-is-olka-osadzinska-13415Number of companies higher than before pandemic - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-companies-higher-than-before-pandemic---minister-13413<p>Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Jadwiga Emilewicz on Tuesday said that the current number of companies operating in Poland is up by 14,600 compared to before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Tue, 16 Jun 2020 14:48:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0wtxrlyii1ofy37y4efc7.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-companies-higher-than-before-pandemic---minister-13413EUR 240 bln needed to attain climate neutrality by 2030 in Poland - minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-240-bln-needed-to-attain-climate-neutrality-by-2030-in-poland---min-13411<p>Poland needs EUR 240 billion for necessary investments aimed at achieving climate neutrality in 2030, Funds and Regional Policy Minister Malgorzata Jarosinska-Jedynak said at two-day United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 16 Jun 2020 14:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jjofhlj43nh3qq0jiv23v.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-240-bln-needed-to-attain-climate-neutrality-by-2030-in-poland---min-13411Climate min, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency discuss Poland's energy planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/climate-min-oecd-nuclear-energy-agency-discuss-polands-energy-plan-13409<p>Poland's Climate Minister Michal Kurtyka held an online debate on Monday with the head of OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) William D. Magwood, about the draft Polish Energy Policy until 2040 (PEP 2040), the climate ministry said in a Tuesday press release.</p>Tue, 16 Jun 2020 13:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7w7rof4bg6vk4pv2zofdgg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/climate-min-oecd-nuclear-energy-agency-discuss-polands-energy-plan-13409Labour costs in Poland up 9.0 pct y/y in Q1 of 2020 - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-costs-in-poland-up-90-pct-yy-in-q1-of-2020---eurostat-13408<p>Nominal hourly labour costs grew in Poland by 9.0 percent year on year in the first quarter of 2020, after a 5.9-percent rise in the 4th quarter of 2019, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 16 Jun 2020 13:20:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLabour costs in Poland up 9.0 pct y/y in Q1 of 2020 - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-costs-in-poland-up-90-pct-yy-in-q1-of-2020---eurostat-13408Malczewski’s The Piano Lesson looted during WWII finally returns to Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/malczewskis-the-piano-lesson-looted-during-wwii-finally-returns-to-warsaw-13406<p>A painting by one of the greatest and most acclaimed artists in the history of Polish art which disappeared from the National Museum in Warsaw after the fall of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 has finally returned home.</p>Tue, 16 Jun 2020 12:59:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/19p3yhphqacbqa3qr8zrxu.jpegThe Piano Lesson by Jacek Malczewski shows the artist’s sisters at a piano in Radom.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/malczewskis-the-piano-lesson-looted-during-wwii-finally-returns-to-warsaw-13406Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 30,195https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-30195-13405<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 407 since Monday and reached 30,195 the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another 16 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,272.</p>Tue, 16 Jun 2020 10:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wfljbn8v4anu8qu0v6m7x.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-30195-13405Over 300,000 Poles will vote abroad - MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-300000-poles-will-vote-abroad---mfa-13403<p>Around 330,000 Poles registered abroad for Poland's presidential elections scheduled on June 28, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 16 Jun 2020 10:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver 300,000 Poles will vote abroad - MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-300000-poles-will-vote-abroad---mfa-13403Poland's C/A surplus at EUR 1.2 bln in April - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ca-surplus-at-eur-12-bln-in-april---central-bank-13402<p>Poland recorded a EUR 1.163 billion current account surplus in April 2020, against a EUR 1.070 billion current account surplus market consensus, according to National Bank of Poland (NBP) figures released on Monday.</p>Mon, 15 Jun 2020 18:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2lqzbfuuz3yjelsejsqrsi.jpegNBPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ca-surplus-at-eur-12-bln-in-april---central-bank-13402Russian Gazprom must refund USD 1.5 bln to Poland's gas monopolist PGNiGhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russian-gazprom-must-refund-usd-15-bln-to-polands-gas-monopolist-pgnig-13401<p>On June 5, PGNiG and Gazprom signed an annex to the Yamal contract, under which the Polish company expects to receive a USD 1.5 bln net return by July 1, 2020, PGNiG has said in a statement.</p>Mon, 15 Jun 2020 17:41:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4ean0az7ao3t100f8zucki.jpegThe Polish company announced in March 2020, that it had won an arbitration case against Gazprom.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russian-gazprom-must-refund-usd-15-bln-to-polands-gas-monopolist-pgnig-13401Ryanair resumes nearly 200 Polish flights in summer schedulehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ryanair-resumes-nearly-200-polish-flights-in-summer-schedule-13400<p>Irish low-cost airline Ryanair plans to resume almost 200 routes to and from Poland from July 1 as part of its summer flight schedule after a suspension due to the coronavirus epidemic in Poland, the company said on Monday.</p>Mon, 15 Jun 2020 17:08:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9z5cvnz39x9med73vnu37j.jpegAccording to the airline, some routes will be available in the last week of June. All details about the timetable can be found on the carrier's website.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ryanair-resumes-nearly-200-polish-flights-in-summer-schedule-13400Treasure trove of WWII silver found in ruins of 14th century castlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/treasure-trove-of-wwii-silver-found-in-ruins-of-14th-century-castle-13398<p>A treasure chest bursting with precious silver goblets, cutlery and tableware has been unearthed in the ruins of a 14th century castle in Nowy Sącz.</p>Mon, 15 Jun 2020 16:43:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8by8iuys605wvbv3bwg7w.jpegThe find which includes precious goblets, vases, tableware and cutlery is thought to have belonged to Jewish families before the war and may have been taken from them by occupying German forces.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/treasure-trove-of-wwii-silver-found-in-ruins-of-14th-century-castle-13398Poland's electricity consumption, production down y/y in Mayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-electricity-consumption-production-down-yy-in-may-13397<p>Electricity consumption in Poland went down by 8.85 percent year on year in May 2020 to 12,460 GWh, according to power grid operator Polskie Sieci Energetyczne (PSE).</p>Mon, 15 Jun 2020 16:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1oc4sljbgm7h8bpa0e69ki.jpegEnergy production in May amounted to 11.195 GWh, a drop of 12.22 pct y/y.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-electricity-consumption-production-down-yy-in-may-13397Would SHOE believe it! Eco fashion firm comes up with shoes made from appleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/would-shoe-believe-it-eco-fashion-firm-comes-up-with-shoes-made-from-apples-13395<p>A Warsaw-based streetwear brand is producing shoes made from apple leather.</p>Mon, 15 Jun 2020 15:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6ekqte3hjnhn14ni3ix28.jpegProduced from the fruits’ skin, apple leather has a texture that resembles traditional leather and is breathable.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/would-shoe-believe-it-eco-fashion-firm-comes-up-with-shoes-made-from-apples-13395Polish university listed among top schools in Financial Times rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-university-listed-among-top-schools-in-financial-times-ranking-13393<p>Kozminski University in Warsaw has been ranked 20th in the prestigious Financial Times (FT) ranking of MBA Finance Programmes.</p>Mon, 15 Jun 2020 14:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish university listed among top schools in Financial Times rankinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-university-listed-among-top-schools-in-financial-times-ranking-13393Silesian boffins create DIY respirators which ANYONE can use at homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/silesian-boffins-create-diy-respirators-which-anyone-can-use-at-home-13391<p><span lang="EN-GB">A cutting-edge respirator which will enable physicians to remotely monitor patients’ health condition through the internet, is being developed by scientists in Silesia.</span></p>Mon, 15 Jun 2020 13:02:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7jod0gx9ramr7c55dblkj.jpegThe respirator, which offers professional care away from hospitals with remote supervision of skilled medical personnel, is simple enough to be used at home and by people without a medical background.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/silesian-boffins-create-diy-respirators-which-anyone-can-use-at-home-13391Defender-Europe 20 commanders say Polish-US exercises essentialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defender-europe-20-commanders-say-polish-us-exercises-essential-13389<p>Modified Polish-US DEFENDER-Europe 20 Plus military exercises with the participation of armed forces are essential to ensure reliability, combat capacity and deterrence, the commanders of the Defender-Europe 20 Plus exercise have said.</p>Mon, 15 Jun 2020 12:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDefender-Europe 20 commanders say Polish-US exercises essentialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defender-europe-20-commanders-say-polish-us-exercises-essential-13389Poland's inflation in May at 2.9 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-may-at-29-percent-yy---stats-office-13387<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 2.9 percent year on year in May 2020 and fell by 0.2 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday.</p><article><br></article>Mon, 15 Jun 2020 11:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/usmdj7dk7capvp8r3kw2gm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-may-at-29-percent-yy---stats-office-13387Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 29,788https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-29788-13385<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 396 since Sunday and reached 29,788 the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another nine people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,256.</p>Mon, 15 Jun 2020 11:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s4agptc4bjv7pb0p4d3yc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-29788-13385Poland has coped well against COVID-19 epidemic - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-coped-well-against-covid-19-epidemic---health-minister-13383<p>The coronavirus epidemic cannot be fully controlled, but the Polish government and medical services are reacting, figuratively speaking, as soon as they see smoke, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski told the Do Rzeczy weekly.</p>Mon, 15 Jun 2020 11:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hwlcrnj0kudq81qca4jcxn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-coped-well-against-covid-19-epidemic---health-minister-13383Poles can travel freely to most EU countries from Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-can-travel-freely-to-most-eu-countries-from-monday-13382<p>From Monday, Poles are able to travel freely to, among other countries, Greece and France. On Saturday, Poland abolished quarantine obligations on entering the country, as well as controls at internal EU borders.</p>Mon, 15 Jun 2020 10:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles can travel freely to most EU countries from Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-can-travel-freely-to-most-eu-countries-from-monday-13382President writes to foreign media about his LGBT statementshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-writes-to-foreign-media-about-his-lgbt-statements-13380<p>President Andrzej Duda on Sunday responded to foreign criticism of his statements about the LGBT minority at a Saturday election rally in Brzeg, south-western Poland. His words, which criticised 'LGBT ideology,' evoked hefty criticism from Poland's opposition and foreign media.</p>Sun, 14 Jun 2020 20:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8zhsr8irgtfzzw62t3q65s.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-writes-to-foreign-media-about-his-lgbt-statements-13380Poland seeks support of allies for more US troops in Poland - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-support-of-allies-for-more-us-troops-in-poland---pm-13378<p>Poland is convincing NATO allies, including the United States, to increase the US military presence in Poland in order to strengthen the Alliance's eastern flank, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday.</p>Sun, 14 Jun 2020 20:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vgy7xhju5dmxyem0b2dy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-seeks-support-of-allies-for-more-us-troops-in-poland---pm-13378Changes in Poland over past five years very positive - dep PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/changes-in-poland-over-past-five-years-very-positive---dep-pm-13376<p>Poland has changed in an unimaginable and unprecedented positive way because the government has been supporting families, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Jadwiga Emilewicz in Kalisz, central Poland, on Sunday.</p>Sun, 14 Jun 2020 19:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4fylw6zirk87vhns2nasi8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/changes-in-poland-over-past-five-years-very-positive---dep-pm-13376Game on: Warsaw’s first games room opens its doorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/game-on-warsaws-first-games-room-opens-its-doors-13374<p>The first ‘Zagrywki’, or games bar, has opened in Warsaw, hoping to entertain the city’s masses with a variety of attractions.</p>Sun, 14 Jun 2020 18:42:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/njvg6cfuvfha78dyosxvcd.jpegThe 1,500-square-metre facility is spread over three floors and has two bars, a kitchen, three karaoke rooms, an 11-hole crazy golf course, beer pong tables, skee-ball, shuffleboards, classic pong, foosball tables and classic pinball machines.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/game-on-warsaws-first-games-room-opens-its-doors-13374President commemorates first transport of Polish prisoners to Auschwitzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-commemorates-first-transport-of-polish-prisoners-to-auschwitz-13372<p>President Andrzej Duda commemorated the 80th anniversary of the first transport of Polish prisoners to the Auschwitz Nazi-German death camp, in south-eastern Poland, during a visit to Oswiecim (Auschwitz) on Sunday.</p>Sun, 14 Jun 2020 16:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m68joa6auqpf8g6fki8s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-commemorates-first-transport-of-polish-prisoners-to-auschwitz-13372Foundation asks US president to rename Fort Bragg Fort Kosciuszkohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foundation-asks-us-president-to-rename-fort-bragg-fort-kosciuszko-13370<p>The New York-based Kosciuszko Foundation has requested US President Donald Trump that Fort Bragg in North Carolina be renamed Fort Kosciuszko. In an open letter to the US head of state, it stated that all Americans could be proud of Kosciuszko.</p>Sun, 14 Jun 2020 15:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFoundation asks US president to rename Fort Bragg Fort Kosciuszkohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foundation-asks-us-president-to-rename-fort-bragg-fort-kosciuszko-13370Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 29,392https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-29392-13368<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 375 since Saturday evening and reached 29,392 the Ministry of Health said on Sunday afternoon. Another ten people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,247.</p>Sun, 14 Jun 2020 15:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iu573k7kic19ucstxb6o5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-29392-13368Renovation restores Białystok’s railway station’s former gloryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/renovation-restores-bialystoks-railway-stations-former-glory-13366<p><span lang="EN-US">Białystok Railway Station is being restored to its former glory and will soon boast an interior modelled on the one from 1910.</span></p>Sun, 14 Jun 2020 15:43:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gwjjxozj2ed7nqb5vm7ydc.jpegThe new station design will be reminiscent of the early 20th Century.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/renovation-restores-bialystoks-railway-stations-former-glory-13366Letters from Auschwitz: online exhibition shows letters from one of the first prisoners sent to the infamous Nazi camphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/letters-from-auschwitz-online-exhibition-shows-letters-from-one-of-the-first-prisoners-sent-to-the-infamous-nazi-camp-13363<p><span lang="EN-GB">A collection of 21 letters sent from Auschwitz by Tadeusz Korczowski, a prisoner among the first transport of Poles to be sent to the camp, is being showcased on Google Arts &amp; Culture.</span></p>Sun, 14 Jun 2020 12:50:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bqj6w3gl0xka2tzlas8y.pngA letter from Tadeusz Korczowski to his wife, written in German.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/letters-from-auschwitz-online-exhibition-shows-letters-from-one-of-the-first-prisoners-sent-to-the-infamous-nazi-camp-13363So good to “bee” back home: beekeeper turns disaster into triumph after criminals trash his hiveshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/so-good-to-bee-back-home-beekeeper-turns-disaster-into-triumph-after-criminals-trash-his-hives-13361<p><span lang="EN-GB">A beekeeper who had his apiary destroyed by vandals has managed to resurrect his business thanks to a remarkable online fundraiser that has allowed him to rebuild his hives, expand his honey-making business and educate the world about the remarkable insects.</span></p>Sat, 13 Jun 2020 18:50:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wopd31360kz19r1zgltz.jpegTomasz inspects the work of some of his Warsaw bees.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/so-good-to-bee-back-home-beekeeper-turns-disaster-into-triumph-after-criminals-trash-his-hives-13361President praises Polish government's fight against coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-praises-polish-governments-fight-against-coronavirus-13359<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Saturday that the steps taken by the government to fight against the coronavirus were effective, and that testifying to this were the statistics of infections and deaths per one million citizens.</p>Sat, 13 Jun 2020 17:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qez0u8gmep8j00wrhs8y2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-praises-polish-governments-fight-against-coronavirus-13359Via Carpathia route to be ready by end-2025 -- ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/via-carpathia-route-to-be-ready-by-end-2025----minister-13357<p>Polish Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk declared on Saturday that the Via Carpathia route will be ready by the end of 2025. He made the statement in Niemce, south-eastern Poland, where he spoke about a tender for the construction of its new stretch.</p>Sat, 13 Jun 2020 17:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4lobkuchzk460ebkvwytpn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/via-carpathia-route-to-be-ready-by-end-2025----minister-13357Putting the dream on ice: the Polish Olympians who have to wait another year before going for goldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/putting-the-dream-on-ice-the-polish-olympians-who-have-to-wait-another-year-before-going-for-gold-13355<p><span lang="EN-GB">Around the world the hopes and dreams of hundreds of athletes were put on hold when the Tokyo Olympic Games were delayed until next year owing to the Covid outbreak.</span></p>Sat, 13 Jun 2020 15:31:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c3529bu29bwylg679ic8uq.jpegRower Agnieszka Kobus-Zawojska’s Olympic dreams are on hold.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/putting-the-dream-on-ice-the-polish-olympians-who-have-to-wait-another-year-before-going-for-gold-13355Eleven candidates to run in presidential elections - electoral bodyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eleven-candidates-to-run-in-presidential-elections---electoral-body-13354<p>The State Electoral Commission (PKW) announced on Saturday that in total 11 candidates are officially running in the presidential elections to be held on June 28.</p>Sat, 13 Jun 2020 11:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/baulzri6k83egy87xu4ku.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eleven-candidates-to-run-in-presidential-elections---electoral-body-13354Royal mail: rare collection of letters from Polish kings goes on sale in the Stateshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royal-mail-rare-collection-of-letters-from-polish-kings-goes-on-sale-in-the-states-13352<p><span lang="EN-GB">A large number of rare letters written by Polish kings and rulers has appeared for sale in an auction house in the United States. The auction has prompted a scramble among the Polish diaspora in America to secure the documents and send them to back to Poland.</span></p>Sat, 13 Jun 2020 11:30:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e9ov8kfyjjfd6ljc5vl447.jpegA letter from Stanisław Augustus Poniatowski, Poland’s last king.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/royal-mail-rare-collection-of-letters-from-polish-kings-goes-on-sale-in-the-states-13352Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 29,017https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-29017-13350<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 440 since Friday and reached 29,017, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another 15 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,237.</p>Sat, 13 Jun 2020 10:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rc9yram86vazl2ueh8eejn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-29017-13350Polish firms receive over EUR 18 billion under anti-crisis packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-receive-over-eur-18-billion-under-anti-crisis-package-13348<p>The government has so far granted over PLN 81.8 billion (ca. EUR 18.4 bn) in aid to Polish firms within the framework of the financial shield scheme overseen by the Polish Development Fund (PFR), Labour and Social Policy Minister, Marlena Malag has told PAP.</p>Sat, 13 Jun 2020 10:00:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cdk5vhmissw4dj02r9wi36.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-receive-over-eur-18-billion-under-anti-crisis-package-13348Polish FM attends first meeting of Coalition for the Sahelhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-attends-first-meeting-of-coalition-for-the-sahel-13347<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz took part in a videoconference on Friday as the first meeting of the Coalition for the Sahel, organised by the European Union and G5 Sahel, bringing together officials of 60 countries and international organisations.</p>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 21:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4k1xrwij9pv4h0c6s6dfv4.jpeg"The aim of our cooperation is to fight cross-border criminal networks and increase the resistance of the countries of the Sahel to crisis," Czaputowicz stated.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-attends-first-meeting-of-coalition-for-the-sahel-13347Keeping fit with Slavic gymnasticshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/keeping-fit-with-slavic-gymnastics-13345<p>With summer upon us, we all need time to rest and recuperate, but what about finding new ways of keeping fit and looking good?</p>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 17:52:00 +0200SportLifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uupq4f0bhm0kii7d37nkw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/keeping-fit-with-slavic-gymnastics-13345Poland could receive over EUR 157.5 bln from EU - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-could-receive-over-eur-1575-bln-from-eu---pm-13344<p>Poland could receive over PLN 700 billion (EUR 157.5 billion) from the EU's Economic Recovery Fund and the new EU budgetary perspective, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told the polstanews.pl portal on Friday.</p>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 17:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fsaguei7zlbr7gypfps9u.jpegOn Thursday, Morawiecki took part in a meeting of the leaders of the Visegrad Group (V4, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary) in Lednice, in the Czech region of Moravia, devoted to the European Recovery Fund project.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-could-receive-over-eur-1575-bln-from-eu---pm-13344Poland's Forgotten Hero?https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polands-forgotten-hero-499<p>An in-depth profile of Poland's forgotten war hero, General Stanisław Maczek, with Polish Military Historian Jenny Grant.</p><p>Discover the remarkable true story of the hero who escaped Poland's borders on false papers and embarked on an extraordinary odyssey to fight on against Nazism - whilst having his citizenship stripped by his own countrymen in post-war Poland.</p><p>From the September Campaign in '39 to the Battle of Falaise Gap and beyond, even ordinary Poles tend to forget the contribution of this extraordinary character.</p>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 17:13:00 +0200HistoryHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zgzzsjj6cdfpvlnus279r.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polands-forgotten-hero-499Down but far from out: Poland’s first-quarter GDP drop one of the lowest says OECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/down-but-far-from-out-polands-first-quarter-gdp-drop-one-of-the-lowest-says-oecd-13341<p>OECD economists have praised Poland for recording one of the lowest drops in GDP during the first phase of the pandemic but warned a second wave would require significant funding to support the economy.</p>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 16:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3lijmh8ate4ma6ljeb32bh.jpegPoland’s economy will take a hit this year but one not as big as others.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/down-but-far-from-out-polands-first-quarter-gdp-drop-one-of-the-lowest-says-oecd-13341Polish crews to help out in French PSA planthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-crews-to-help-out-in-french-psa-plant-13340<p>The French PSA auto manufacturer will move several hundred Polish workers from its Gliwice, southern Poland plant to its factory in Sevelnord Hordain, whose crew has been depleted by coronavirus epidemic downtime, France's AFP news agency said on Friday.</p>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 16:13:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qpavd3043pc94ma3mpha4f.jpegThe Poles will be employed at the French plant for three months to enable it to resume its three-shift work plan.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-crews-to-help-out-in-french-psa-plant-13340Polish, Lithuanian PMs reopen mutual borderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-pms-reopen-mutual-border-13338<p>Polish and Lithuanian PMs, Mateusz Morawiecki and Saulius Skvernelis on Friday morning officially reopened the border between the two countries.</p>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 14:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gcnw5joixtvrt828x49dvg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-pms-reopen-mutual-border-13338Eight EU members, including Poland, appeal for aid to steel industryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eight-eu-members-including-poland-appeal-for-aid-to-steel-industry-13336<p>Polish Deputy PM and Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz as well as ministers representing seven other EU member states in a joint letter seen by PAP appealed to EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan for protection of the EU's steel market.</p>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 13:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hg64ylxprqojx6quy285ot.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eight-eu-members-including-poland-appeal-for-aid-to-steel-industry-13336All EU states pass pandemic peak except Poland and Sweden - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-eu-states-pass-pandemic-peak-except-poland-and-sweden---report-13334<p>The first wave of coronavirus infection has reached its peak in all European Union states except Poland and Sweden, according to the latest report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).</p>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 13:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/back3wsufs7u9va91dwq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-eu-states-pass-pandemic-peak-except-poland-and-sweden---report-13334Poland's industrial production down in April - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-down-in-april---eurostat-13332<p>Poland's industrial production dropped by 25.1 percent year on year in April 2020, after falling 4.9 percent year on year in March, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 13:36:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's industrial production down in April - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-down-in-april---eurostat-13332Stay safe in Lublin: eastern town ranked as Poland’s safest cityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stay-safe-in-lublin-eastern-town-ranked-as-polands-safest-city-13330<p><span lang="EN-GB">Lublin has been named the safest city in Poland, in the latest ranking confirming the town’s growing reputation as a good place to live in.</span></p>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 13:16:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ejjrefo6ax4xs8eloc1v6.jpegA safe place to be: Lublin is Poland’s safest city, according to a survey.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stay-safe-in-lublin-eastern-town-ranked-as-polands-safest-city-13330Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 28,577https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-28577-13328<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 376 since Thursday evening and reached 27,842, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another seven people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,222.</p>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 11:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ezxnaapfiz8h3r95ahirwg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-28577-13328Polish architects scoop international award with plywood emergency centre designhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-architects-scoop-international-award-with-plywood-emergency-centre-design-13326<p><span lang="EN-GB">A team of young Polish architects has won an international competition to build an emergency operations centre in Africa.</span></p>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 10:59:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ve27qsp5s8chwsq00jccv.pngThe award-winning design for the emergency centrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-architects-scoop-international-award-with-plywood-emergency-centre-design-13326Polish presidential aide refutes Reuter's report on Fort Trump failurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-aide-refutes-reuters-report-on-fort-trump-failure-13324<p>Polish presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski on Friday called a report by Reuter's new agency on the alleged failure of the Fort Trump concept "total disinformation." Fort Trump is Poland's plan to set up a permanent US military base in Poland.</p>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 10:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yxninnhf4vilxlhjvx5ml.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-aide-refutes-reuters-report-on-fort-trump-failure-13324Poland holds talks with potential partners for planned airport hubhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-holds-talks-with-potential-partners-for-planned-airport-hub-13322<p>Talks are ongoing with Incheon airport in Seoul and Narita airport in Tokyo on potential cooperation during the planning stages of the Central Transportation Port (CPK), a major airport hub to be located in central Poland, acting CPK CEO Mikolaj Wild has told PAP.</p>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 10:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7jsx0cc1urbgw1s98vr2sl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-holds-talks-with-potential-partners-for-planned-airport-hub-13322Additional EU funds may boost economy by year-end - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/additional-eu-funds-may-boost-economy-by-year-end---polish-pm-13321<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has expressed the conviction that planned additional EU funds may contribute to a visible economic growth by the end of this year.</p>Thu, 11 Jun 2020 19:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5yshasc478reno8boxhxlo.jpegMorawiecki said that the V4 countries above all need funds for road and rail infrastructure projects, but also for the Common Agricultural Policy, the equalisation of subsidies and development of rural areas.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/additional-eu-funds-may-boost-economy-by-year-end---polish-pm-13321Hitting new heights: football fan rents crane to watch his teamhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hitting-new-heights-football-fan-rents-crane-to-watch-his-team-13320<p>A football support took his love for the game to a new level by hiring a crane so he could watch a match live.</p>Thu, 11 Jun 2020 19:21:00 +0200SportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3obss72gmji087h1wee3sl5.jpegSupporter found novel way of circumventing the rule excluding fans from stadiums because of the coronavirus lockdown.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hitting-new-heights-football-fan-rents-crane-to-watch-his-team-13320Poland will have smallest drop in GDP of any EU country - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-have-smallest-drop-in-gdp-of-any-eu-country---pm-13319<p>Data from the European Commission and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development show that Poland will have the smallest decrease in GDP of all EU countries due to the coronavirus pandemic, PM Mateusz Morawiecki told a local TV broadcaster on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 11 Jun 2020 19:09:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ykidi69e1afunfdroxpx79.jpeg"Eighty percent of companies receive it (financial support - PAP) within 24-36 hours, this is a fast-moving pace," Morawiecki said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-have-smallest-drop-in-gdp-of-any-eu-country---pm-13319Corpus Christi Day faithful take to the streets despite the virushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corpus-christi-day-faithful-take-to-the-streets-despite-the-virus-13317<p>Believers took to the streets across Poland to celebrate Corpus Christi on June 11 despite the country still struggling to put a lid on the coronavirus outbreak.</p>Thu, 11 Jun 2020 18:24:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a93jj1jjlida8hrh1d02ee.jpegThe faithful keep their distance during celebration in Kraków.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corpus-christi-day-faithful-take-to-the-streets-despite-the-virus-13317Poland leads war against Covid-19 in Europe - French dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-leads-war-against-covid-19-in-europe---french-daily-13316<p>Catherine Chaitgnoux, deputy head of the foreign department of French financial daily Les Echos wrote that, for the first time in 30 years of uninterrupted growth, Poland will enter a recession, but good management of the crisis should reduce economic damage.</p>Thu, 11 Jun 2020 17:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jvd9c8q0z4h4pgmhtzhxno.jpegThe daily points out that Poland is less dependent on the German automotive industry than its Czech or Slovak neighbours, which allows it to remain independent of the economic situation in Germany.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-leads-war-against-covid-19-in-europe---french-daily-13316Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 28,201https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-28201-13315<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 359 since Wednesday evening and reached 28,201 the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another nine people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,215.</p>Thu, 11 Jun 2020 15:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/brw17nz5ztr52zgkhuz8r.jpegOut of the total number of new infection cases, 157 were identified in the Silesia mining region of southern Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-28201-13315Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 27,842https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-27842-13313<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 282 since Tuesday evening and reached 27,842, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday evening. Another 23 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,206.</p>Wed, 10 Jun 2020 19:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b0g1gorzg9d3sdkwzqswdy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-27842-13313Fiat's Tychy car plant to resume production on June 16https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fiats-tychy-car-plant-to-resume-production-on-june-16-13312<p>Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has annouced that production at its factory in Tychy, southern Poland, will resume on June 16.</p>Wed, 10 Jun 2020 18:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oc5b78jopdqscu3bkje6r.jpeg"The Tychy plant is already fully prepared to resume production, both technically and, above all, in terms of safety and sanitary requirements," said FCA spokeswoman in Poland Dziekanowska.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fiats-tychy-car-plant-to-resume-production-on-june-16-13312Long-forgotten, mystical practice of Slavic gymnastics sees resurgence in popularityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/long-forgotten-mystical-practice-of-slavic-gymnastics-sees-resurgence-in-popularity-13310<p>A long-forgotten practice known as Slavic gymnastics is regaining popularity thanks to a group of women looking to give it the same status as yoga.</p>Wed, 10 Jun 2020 17:36:00 +0200SportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y0v2a45rxugppv8btxj0hc.jpegThe therapeutic exercises are said to have been passed on from pre-Christian Slavic communities that nurtured their connection with nature, as well as the strength and beauty of their women.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/long-forgotten-mystical-practice-of-slavic-gymnastics-sees-resurgence-in-popularity-13310Poland to reopen borders with EU countries on Saturdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-open-boundaries-with-eu-countries-13309<p>Poland is to open its borders with EU countries as of June 13, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced in Łochów, north of Warsaw, on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 10 Jun 2020 16:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oyacngh282lqjy4qi6y2.jpegMorawiecki, visiting one of Poland's largest styrofoam factories, said Poland needs to restore normal trade relations with the European Union countries as quickly as possible.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-open-boundaries-with-eu-countries-13309Over a million tested in Poland for COVID-19 - Health Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-a-million-tested-in-poland-for-covid-19---health-ministry-13308<p>To date, 1,109,909 samples have been tested in Poland for the presence of coronavirus from 1,007,719 people, with 22,000 tests having been conducted in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 10 Jun 2020 15:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9onyk4prr0oynwwt5ro0ts.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-a-million-tested-in-poland-for-covid-19---health-ministry-13308At end first quarter, 11 pct of Poles worked remotely - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/at-end-first-quarter-11-pct-of-poles-worked-remotely---stats-office-13306<p>At the end of the first quarter of 2020, 11 percent of Polish workers were working remotely due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 10 Jun 2020 15:35:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5nbr15evkvw70yltp9zh7d.jpegGUS reported that more people in the public sector worked remotely than in the private sector.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/at-end-first-quarter-11-pct-of-poles-worked-remotely---stats-office-13306Poland urges EU to build up stocks of medicines, medical equipmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-urges-eu-to-build-up-stocks-of-medicines-medical-equipment-13304<p>Poland's PM, Mateusz Morawiecki, along the leaders of five other European Union countries, has called for greater collaboration to tackle future pandemics including maintaining a three-month stock of critical medicines, supplies and equipment across the EU.</p>Wed, 10 Jun 2020 14:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8ep8cjhhivaqjrs70oft1n.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-urges-eu-to-build-up-stocks-of-medicines-medical-equipment-13304Room of failed Hitler assassination plot recreated in fascinating detailhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/room-of-failed-hitler-assassination-plot-recreated-in-fascinating-detail-13302<p><span lang="EN-GB">The room in which the most important plot to kill Adolf Hitler during World War Two was carried out has been recreated in fascinating detail.</span></p>Wed, 10 Jun 2020 14:28:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wrmuva5ij6nwch6htag7bf.jpegThe reconstruction used archive documents, photographs, witness testimony and the knowledge of local guides to recreate the room as it was in July 1944.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/room-of-failed-hitler-assassination-plot-recreated-in-fascinating-detail-13302EU funds help companies survive crisis - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-funds-help-companies-survive-crisis---minister-13299<p>Grants from EU funds including subsidies to wage payments and working capital are helping companies survive the difficult times in the wake of coronavirus, Funds and Regional Policy Minister Malgorzata Jarosinska-Jedynak said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 10 Jun 2020 14:00:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v7ld9z1r1kcgxw0rx50di9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-funds-help-companies-survive-crisis---minister-13299Wrocław women blow socks off the Irish with their cheery sock designshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-women-blow-socks-off-the-irish-with-their-cheery-sock-designs-13297<p><span lang="EN-GB">Two Polish women are making a splash in Ireland with their colourful socks.</span></p>Wed, 10 Jun 2020 13:52:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nn1d5g52tq42zavvctogb.jpegJoanna Zalech and Aleksandra Kiełdanowicz founded Irish Socksciety together after meeting in Ireland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-women-blow-socks-off-the-irish-with-their-cheery-sock-designs-13297Poland's GDP to drop by 7.4 pct if pandemic subsides - OECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-drop-by-74-pct-if-pandemic-subsides---oecd-13296<p>Poland's economy will shrink by 7.4 percent in 2020 and will rebound by 4.8 percent next year provided that there is only one wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 10 Jun 2020 11:33:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP to drop by 7.4 pct if pandemic subsides - OECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-drop-by-74-pct-if-pandemic-subsides---oecd-13296First boxing event in Europe post-COVIDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-boxing-event-in-europe-post-covid-13293<p>The first boxing event in Europe since the COVID-19 lockdown was lifted is to take place on June 12.</p>Wed, 10 Jun 2020 11:18:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p4jkd5julmvhz610cmgmb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-boxing-event-in-europe-post-covid-13293Budget has liquidity despite crisis relief spending - Polish FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/budget-has-liquidity-despite-crisis-relief-spending---polish-finmin-13291<p>The Polish budget's liquidity is positive despite the extraordinary relief and support spending due to the coronavirus crisis, Finance Minister Tadeusz Koscinski told the Gazeta Polska Codziennie newspaper.</p>Wed, 10 Jun 2020 11:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9s9tlqz9fh6hywijthxnam.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/budget-has-liquidity-despite-crisis-relief-spending---polish-finmin-13291Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 27,668https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-27668-13289<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 108 since Tuesday evening and reached 27,668 the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another eight people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,191.</p>Wed, 10 Jun 2020 11:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0vlvg3g9ftg4ccb1pc9wz2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-27668-13289Health Minister's brother refutes opposition's attackshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-ministers-brother-refutes-oppositions-attacks-13287<p>Marcin Szumowski, a biotech company owner, in an interview with PAP, rebutted the political opposition's allegations of his brother, Polish Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski being in conflict of interest.</p>Wed, 10 Jun 2020 10:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a1oe34dzcx5ngvw6c69dhc.jpegIn Marcin Szumowski's opinion, the attacks came because his brother received "too high ratings in the polls."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-ministers-brother-refutes-oppositions-attacks-13287Poland Now winners announcedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-now-winners-announced-13286<p>Twenty-six companies have been awarded in this year's 30th 'Teraz Polska' (Poland Now) entrepreneurship competition. also distinguished were 16 products, 9 services and one innovation.</p>Tue, 09 Jun 2020 20:04:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xwca4apg0ujij37qdhx6u.jpegKornhauser-Duda thanked Polish enterprisers for their help to hospitals, social services and schools during the coronavirus epidemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-now-winners-announced-13286OECD head says Polish economy treated mildly by Covid crisishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oecd-head-says-polish-economy-treated-mildly-by-covid-crisis-13285<p>Poland has recorded a moderate GDP decline due to the coronavirus crisis compared to other OECD member states, Angel Gurria, secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) told PAP.</p>Tue, 09 Jun 2020 18:38:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zmqtuuvz0sf8qjh8jrn0p.jpegGurria said Poland's 0.5 percent GDP drop in the first quarter of this year, although the biggest since 1998, was very limited compared to other OECD members.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oecd-head-says-polish-economy-treated-mildly-by-covid-crisis-13285Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 27,560https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-27560-13284<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 400 since Monday evening and reached 27,560, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday evening. Another 19 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,183.</p>Tue, 09 Jun 2020 18:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zwdil3zmijh7kil1yl25h7.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-27560-13284Polish Mining group halts operations in most mineshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mining-group-halts-operations-in-most-mines-13283<p>The Polish Mining Group (PGG) has decided to halt operations at ten of its pits from June 12 to July 3 after a Tuesday meeting with trade unions. The stopover was announced on Monday by the State Assets Ministry.</p>Tue, 09 Jun 2020 18:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xcafrsm0ps87t2kihxp6tn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mining-group-halts-operations-in-most-mines-13283Polish PM expects high infection count among miners as tests progresshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-expects-high-infection-count-among-miners-as-tests-progress-13282<p>Coal mines are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus and the government expects high numbers of detected infections in the next 8-10 days, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 09 Jun 2020 17:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c7etpt9yj6rrsjucw8l4d.jpegMorawiecki said 200 to 300 new infections could be detected daily in the region in the coming days.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-expects-high-infection-count-among-miners-as-tests-progress-13282How biz-tsar! Is silver ‘vodka vessel’ found in field that of Russian Tsar?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-biz-tsar-is-silver-vodka-vessel-found-in-field-that-of-russian-tsar-13279<p>A ‘priceless’ boat-shaped silver drinking vessel thought to belong to Russian Tsar Alexander III has been found in a field in Poland by archeologists searching for a WWII plane.</p>Tue, 09 Jun 2020 16:01:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eze094420ihpehe7ibddrq.jpegMarkings reveal that the vessel was made in the workshops of the Grachev Brothers in Petersburg, who were the official suppliers of Tsar Alexander III.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-biz-tsar-is-silver-vodka-vessel-found-in-field-that-of-russian-tsar-13279Polish Development Fund launches aid programme for large companieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-development-fund-launches-aid-programme-for-large-companies-13277<p>The Polish Development Fund (PFR) on Tuesday launched a project whereby large Polish companies with over 249 employees could submit requests for coronavirus-related assistance. The programme is worth PLN 25 billion (EUR 5.7 billion), PFR said in a communique.</p>Tue, 09 Jun 2020 15:21:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g8fo1wds9qq2bdjf3oboc2.jpeg"We are waiting for the EC's approval of equity instruments," PFR President Paweł Borys announced.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-development-fund-launches-aid-programme-for-large-companies-13277Cops seize over 3 tonnes of cocaine worth more than 3 billion PLN hidden inside barrels of pineapple pulphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cops-seize-over-3-tonnes-of-cocaine-worth-more-than-3-billion-pln-hidden-inside-barrels-of-pineapple-pulp-13274<p>Over 3.2 tonnes of cocaine worth an estimated PLN 3 billion have been found stashed inside barrels of frozen pineapple pulp.</p>Tue, 09 Jun 2020 14:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l8x75am2spcuhjvcgfd0p.pngOfficers found over 144 barrels of the drug after it had travelled from Ecuador to Hamburg and then by road to Gdynia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cops-seize-over-3-tonnes-of-cocaine-worth-more-than-3-billion-pln-hidden-inside-barrels-of-pineapple-pulp-13274Two Algerians found hiding under semi-trailer truck in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-algerians-found-hiding-under-semi-trailer-truck-in-poland-13272<p>The Polish Border Guard seized in Raba Wyzna (southern Poland) two Algerians who came from Bosnia and Herzegovina hidden under a semi-trailer truck. The men, aged 37 and 39, left Algeria a year and a half ago to seek a better place to live.</p>Tue, 09 Jun 2020 12:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uzdg5m1ezi954rqvx9lwl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-algerians-found-hiding-under-semi-trailer-truck-in-poland-13272Gas giant PGNiG signs biggest ever LNG contracthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gas-giant-pgnig-signs-biggest-ever-lng-contract-13270<p><span lang="EN-GB">Gas giant PGNiG has signed its biggest ever contract to build a regasification plant providing 19,000 tonnes of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).</span></p>Tue, 09 Jun 2020 11:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uprlexjxpo0wiag1msnpqk.jpegPGNIG Obrot Detaliczny (PGNiG's retail arm) President Henryk Mucha said: "The volume of delivery foreseen for LG is over twice as high as our previous biggest contract.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gas-giant-pgnig-signs-biggest-ever-lng-contract-13270Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 27,365https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-27365-13268<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 205 since Monday evening and reached 27,365 the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another six people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,172.</p>Tue, 09 Jun 2020 10:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g4uoi871stcmangem2wu1.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-27365-13268EUR 2.26 bln earmarked for green investments in 2020 – climate ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-226-bln-earmarked-for-green-investments-in-2020--climate-minister-13266<p>This year, nearly PLN 10 billion (EUR 2.26 bln) will go to support green investments, Climate Minister Michal Kurtyka has said. He stated the money would be allocated for, among other projects, eco-friendly transport, energy efficiency and photovoltaic development.</p>Tue, 09 Jun 2020 10:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tqcupqcl7ctmpzwijx0788.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-226-bln-earmarked-for-green-investments-in-2020--climate-minister-13266Polish companies to export food worth over EUR 1 mln to Singaporehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-companies-to-export-food-worth-over-eur-1-mln-to-singapore-13264<p>Over 40 containers filled with Polish foodstuffs are to reach Singapore in the coming months. The signed contracts are worth around PLN 5 million (EUR 1.13 million) and experts believe that there will be more long-term deals.</p>Tue, 09 Jun 2020 10:14:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish companies to export food worth over EUR 1 mln to Singaporehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-companies-to-export-food-worth-over-eur-1-mln-to-singapore-13264PKP Cargo plans to launch permanent connection with Chinahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkp-cargo-plans-to-launch-permanent-connection-with-china-13262<p>Polish rail freight carrier PKP Cargo is planning to launch a permanent intermodal connection with China soon, in response to the interest of Polish producers in exporting food in containers, PKP Cargo has said in a press release.</p>Tue, 09 Jun 2020 10:11:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6ede3um02taic4y7hmejr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkp-cargo-plans-to-launch-permanent-connection-with-china-13262Polish energy sector joins call for EU aidhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-energy-sector-joins-call-for-eu-aid-13261<p>Companies and associations representing the energy sector in eight "new" EU countries, including Poland, called for broader compensation mechanisms to help the sector undergo necessary modernisation in view of the new 2030 CO2 reduction target.</p>Mon, 08 Jun 2020 21:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/abjnwev10mtdaqrh66fxn8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-energy-sector-joins-call-for-eu-aid-13261NATO functioning efficiently despite pandemic - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-functioning-efficiently-despite-pandemic---president-13259<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday assured Poles that NATO, despite the pandemic, was working efficiently.</p>Mon, 08 Jun 2020 21:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kg9rqse1d4tqtz8bg8qgqb.jpeg"All targets have been hit," announced the president as he congratulated all the generals and crews and "all those who prepared the exercise."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-functioning-efficiently-despite-pandemic---president-13259Poland's GDP to drop by 4.2 pct in 2020 - World Bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-drop-by-42-pct-in-2020---world-bank-13258<p>The Polish economy will contract by 4.2 percent in 2020 and the country will see economic growth again in 2021, at 2.8 percent, the World Bank said in its latest report on Monday.</p>Mon, 08 Jun 2020 19:52:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/upevn5z7vf9oh3n5knwau.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-drop-by-42-pct-in-2020---world-bank-13258Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 27,160https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-27160-13257<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 599 since Sunday evening and reached 27,160, the Ministry of Health said on Monday evening. Another 9 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,166.</p>Mon, 08 Jun 2020 19:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sd7pjem9ma1j2mun7th8p.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-27160-13257Viral challenge raises incredible 9mln PLN for one the world’s most expensive drugs to save toddler’s lifehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/viral-challenge-raise-incredible-9mln-pln-for-one-the-worlds-most-expensive-drugs-to-save-toddlers-life-13233<p>An 18-month-old baby suffering from a rare and fatal disease could soon be cured after an online challenge went viral and raised over 9 million PLN to cover the cost of treatment.</p>Mon, 08 Jun 2020 18:08:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d6c7ny1iwxoyhvg1v73a6j.pngAfter hearing about the plight of 18-month-old baby Wojtek (centre), the push ups challenge swept across the country.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/viral-challenge-raise-incredible-9mln-pln-for-one-the-worlds-most-expensive-drugs-to-save-toddlers-life-13233Late baroque magnate residence has opened its virtual doorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/late-baroque-magnate-residence-has-opened-its-virtual-doors-13229<p>Zamoyski Museum is a palace located in Kozłówka, a village in the Lublin Voivodeship. It is a residence, where two families Bieliński and Zamoyski used to live.</p>Mon, 08 Jun 2020 15:16:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6lmqi2bvgq6kf8hfa5t79.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/late-baroque-magnate-residence-has-opened-its-virtual-doors-13229Business service centres take over as Polish export leader - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/business-service-centres-take-over-as-polish-export-leader---press-13227<p>In terms of export value, service centres have overtaken automotive parts and furniture producers as Poland's main export, with a growth dynamic higher than the increase in jobs, the Puls Biznesu daily wrote on Monday.</p>Mon, 08 Jun 2020 14:29:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBusiness service centres take over as Polish export leader - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/business-service-centres-take-over-as-polish-export-leader---press-13227Gdańsk 2020 ‘lockdown’ exhibitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-2020-lockdown-exhibition-13224<p>A special online exhibition of artists’ reactions to changing realities during COVID-19 lockdown has begun.</p>Mon, 08 Jun 2020 14:06:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bhyzxsk7qc4j2a721gcjy.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-2020-lockdown-exhibition-13224Musician creates riverside ‘sound benches’ to enhance the sounds of mother naturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/musician-creates-riverside-sound-benches-to-enhance-the-sounds-of-mother-nature-13222<p><span lang="EN-GB">Visitors to rural stretches of the River Odra will be able to absorb the sounds of nature this summer thanks to shell-like ‘sound-benches’ that will enhance all of mother nature’s chirping, tweeting, croaking and singing.</span></p>Mon, 08 Jun 2020 13:39:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b30v2qyjx3p0dy362i9xmt4.jpegShell-like in design the benches are designed to collect sound and bounce them into the ears of people sitting down.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/musician-creates-riverside-sound-benches-to-enhance-the-sounds-of-mother-nature-13222Fascinating photos documenting life under communism revealed after museum staff use lockdown to sift through 15,000 negativeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-photos-documenting-life-under-communism-revealed-after-museum-staff-use-lockdown-to-sift-through-15000-negatives-13218<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Silesian museum has revealed how it has used</span> the coronavirus pandemic to its advantage by using the lockdown period to engage in the epic process of sorting over 15,000 negatives shot by the prolific photojournalist Władysław Orłowski.</p>Mon, 08 Jun 2020 13:09:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4yajel6xzjad03e3z0ijfq.pngOften mundane when taken at face value, no topic was deemed too prosaic for Władysław Orłowski’s lens as this picture of a jolly woman riding through town on a horse-drawn carriage shows.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-photos-documenting-life-under-communism-revealed-after-museum-staff-use-lockdown-to-sift-through-15000-negatives-13218Poland no longer second category NATO member - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-no-longer-second-category-nato-member---mod-13216<p>Poland is ceasing to be a second category member of the North Atlantic Alliance, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Monday commenting on Reuters agency report that some of 9,500 US soldiers to be pulled out from Germany will be transferred to Poland.</p>Mon, 08 Jun 2020 12:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g32e8i9plp93inbiyn9cbz.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-no-longer-second-category-nato-member---mod-13216Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 26,780https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-26780-13214<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 219 since Sunday evening and reached 26,780 the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another four people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,161.</p>Mon, 08 Jun 2020 11:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/al9proqniocv2pdkkad7s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-26780-13214President responds to Floyd affairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-responds-to-floyd-affair-13213<p>President Andrzej Duda said on Sunday that he was appalled at the killing of Afro-American George Floyd in Minneapolis by a policeman who strangled him by kneeling on his neck, and said that legal steps against Floyd's killer should be taken.</p>Sun, 07 Jun 2020 19:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j0qlk4wppkdwwnpr8pdbp.jpeg"I condemn all acts of violence, hooliganism and vandalism, and, unfortunately, this is the picture we are getting from the US. The situation is often simply an excuse for robbery," Duda said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-responds-to-floyd-affair-13213Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 26,561https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-26561-13212<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 575 since Saturday evening and reached 26,561, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday evening. Another 4 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,157.</p>Sun, 07 Jun 2020 18:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4y6ecgl7vlqep6e7nvn2u8.jpegTo date, Poland has carried out 1,056,000 coronavirus tests, including 18,100 over the past 24 hours.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-26561-13212Polish PM backs president's development planhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-backs-presidents-development-plan-13210<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has expressed his full support for the Duda Plan of solidary development for the entire country in the coming years.</p>Sun, 07 Jun 2020 17:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lkjk3lcjfz2oohvjif3il.jpegPresident Duda says that the planned Central Transportation Port (CPK) will offer huge development prospects for the coming decades and is expected to provide an estimated 150,000 jobs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-backs-presidents-development-plan-13210Polish film makes the big league at the Cannes Film Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-makes-the-big-league-at-the-cannes-film-festival-13209<p>The Polish film ‘Sweat’ has been chosen for the Cannes 2020 Official Selection alongside productions by household names such as Wes Anderson, Francois Ozon and Steve McQueen.</p>Sun, 07 Jun 2020 15:00:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5t5wk01l4w4pv9e66qstzo.jpeg‘Sweat’ examines the difference between people’s social media lives and their private lives.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-makes-the-big-league-at-the-cannes-film-festival-13209Picture perfect: new exhibition explores the life and work and Jan Marcin Szancer, one of Poland’s greatest book illustratorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/picture-perfect-new-exhibition-explores-the-life-and-work-and-jan-marcin-szancer-one-of-polands-greatest-book-illustrators-13207<p>A new exhibition has opened in Kraków focusing on Polish-Jewish illustrator Jan Marcin Szancer, famed for his pictures in children’s books.</p>Sun, 07 Jun 2020 11:43:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/drg635q0p1fxhvzdi8kj.jpegJan Marcin Szancer’s illustrations form part of the backdrop to children’s lives.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/picture-perfect-new-exhibition-explores-the-life-and-work-and-jan-marcin-szancer-one-of-polands-greatest-book-illustrators-13207The invisible drone: unmanned aircraft that has chameleon camouflage takes to the skieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-invisible-drone-unmanned-aircraft-that-has-chameleon-camouflage-takes-to-the-skies-13205<p>A Katowice-based company has developed a drone that can disappear into thin air thanks to cutting-edge technology.</p>Sat, 06 Jun 2020 18:03:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nde28yitt8ijjd52uq9fxi.jpegThe Prometheus droid can blend into its surroundings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-invisible-drone-unmanned-aircraft-that-has-chameleon-camouflage-takes-to-the-skies-13205Polish medics to help in coronavirus fight in Tajikistanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-medics-to-help-in-coronavirus-fight-in-tajikistan-13203<p>The Polish emergency medical team set out on a mission to Tajikistan on Saturday to aid the country in its fight against coronavirus pandemic.</p>Sat, 06 Jun 2020 16:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j8c1tjuvwtfhlx9odh5w6.jpegDue to the suspension of air traffic, air transport provided by the army is the only way to reach Central Asia, which battles not only against COVID 19 but also against other diseases, and where Polish and WHO doctors are running polio vaccination programmes, Jabłoński said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-medics-to-help-in-coronavirus-fight-in-tajikistan-13203Polish PM would welcome US troops pulled out from Germanyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-would-welcome-us-troops-pulled-out-from-germany-13202<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday he hopes that some American soldiers withdrawn from Germany will come to Poland and strengthen the NATO's eastern flank.</p>Sat, 06 Jun 2020 14:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pzhpr6tbya6rh2j4kc8wo.jpegAccording to the prime minister, "the real threat comes from the eastern border" and therefore transferring American troops to the eastern flank will strengthen the security of all of Europe. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-would-welcome-us-troops-pulled-out-from-germany-13202Face to face: artist creates stunning 3D portraits of Chopinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/face-to-face-artist-creates-stunning-3d-portraits-of-chopin-13200<p>The most lifelike image ever created of Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin has been produced by an Iranian computer graphics artist.</p>Sat, 06 Jun 2020 14:20:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o9fxa5e1h7kd2frv44lyk.jpegBack from the dead. The 3D image of Chopin.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/face-to-face-artist-creates-stunning-3d-portraits-of-chopin-13200Poland extends ban on international flights to June 16https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-ban-on-international-flights-to-june-16-13199<p>Poland will extend a ban on international flights until June 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a government decree published late on Friday.</p>Sat, 06 Jun 2020 13:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vzruofpyxmbdmu6ktttvt.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-ban-on-international-flights-to-june-16-13199Poland to re-open borders with Lithuania within days - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-re-open-borders-with-lithuania-within-days---pm-13198<p>Poland will re-open borders with Lithuania in the coming days, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told RMF FM radio broadcaster on Saturday.</p>Sat, 06 Jun 2020 11:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9nwmm53qqgqkht8bzn5f8n.jpegSince Lithuania has opened borders with Latvia and Estonia, Poland will also be opened to these three Baltic countries, Morawiecki added.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-re-open-borders-with-lithuania-within-days---pm-13198Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 25,669https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-25669-13197<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 259 since Friday evening and reached 25,669 the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another six people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,143.</p>Sat, 06 Jun 2020 11:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/94ox21h7sv6y17xi0kf0zo.jpegOut of the total number of new infection cases, 195 were identified in the Silesia mining region of southern Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-25669-13197IBB Polonia on course for Champions League after retaining English league titlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ibb-polonia-on-course-for-champions-league-after-retaining-english-league-title-13195<p>IBB Polonia, a Polish expat volleyball team, have been crowned English league champions after the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The club had 13 wins under their belt and sat at the top of the table when all matches were suspended.</p>Sat, 06 Jun 2020 11:26:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6nt1twfl29vxs8xwvw0p2.jpegChampions once again. Polonia won the title for the seventh time.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ibb-polonia-on-course-for-champions-league-after-retaining-english-league-title-13195Poles Saving Lives Around the Worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/poles-saving-lives-around-the-world-497<p>Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Kenya, South Sudan, Venezuala, Iraq, Kurdistan, Ukraine - what do they all have in common?<br><br>They're all areas of the world undergoing active wars or suffering from the effects of conflict. But they're also areas where Poles are doing great work helping to save lives.</p><p>Meet Magdalena Foremska from PAH, the Polish Humanitarian Action, to find out more about how ordinary Poles are supporting the poor, sick and needy in conflict and Covid-hit countries around the world.</p><p>Let's celebrate Polish humanitarianism! </p>Fri, 05 Jun 2020 19:59:00 +0200LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/osn0909h9fh8og1gmhw93t.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/poles-saving-lives-around-the-world-497Anniversary of first Auschwitz transport of Polish inmates on June 14https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anniversary-of-first-auschwitz-transport-of-polish-inmates-on-june-14-13192<p>Observations marking the 80th anniversary of the first transport of Polish prisoners to the WWII Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp in Oswiecim, southern Poland, will be held on June 14, with holy masses celebrated on the occasion, the Culture Ministry has said.</p>Fri, 05 Jun 2020 19:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3fhq9lzzuxaprxt473bwi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anniversary-of-first-auschwitz-transport-of-polish-inmates-on-june-14-13192Stay at home, change the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/stay-at-home-change-the-world-495<p>Artur Racicki is on a mission. The serial entrepreneur has a passion for products and people that will positively impact the world.&nbsp;</p><p>A lover of Poland and travelling, we talk to Artur to find out:</p><p>His favourite place in Poland<br>How he manages fatherhood and multiple businesses<br>His patriotic campaign #zostanwpolsce to help local business<br>If he was King of Poland, what would he change?<br>How living in the US has changed his perception of Poland and Polish businesses<br><br>Share this episode, subscribe and check out our other awesome interviews .</p>Fri, 05 Jun 2020 19:22:00 +0200Heart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/14tcdekeym7ibbgn4ue1t.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/stay-at-home-change-the-world-495Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 25,410https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-25410-13191<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 233 since Friday morning and reached 25,410 the Ministry of Health said on Friday evening. Another ten people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,137.</p>Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/up0wt961x66yxqfx84yo9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-25410-13191Poland's D-Day Story livehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-d-day-story-live-13188<p>Discover the important role of Poland's military during the Normandy landings at this special anniversary event.</p>Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:53:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kjxekonjb4je8la8ximih.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-d-day-story-live-13188Polish epidemic aid reaches Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-epidemic-aid-reaches-belarus-13186<p>A Polish epidemic aid convoy with 300 tonnes of face masks, disinfectants, medicines and respirators for Belarus reached the Belarusian capital Minsk on Friday. .</p>Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/quxirm6yajom3f2zwzryk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-epidemic-aid-reaches-belarus-13186Egg-cellent! Polish eggs arrive in Singapore as part of 5mln PLN COVID-19 dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/egg-cellent-polish-eggs-arrive-in-singapore-as-part-of-5mln-pln-covid-19-support-package-13184<p><span lang="EN-GB">Thousands of Polish eggs have arrived in Singapore as part of a 5 million PLN deal to help out the country following supply disruptions caused by COVID-19.</span></p>Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:30:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bm30zow931m1lki69ttse.jpegThe truckloads of eggs arrived after the Singaporean government sent out an SOS to help with their food supplies following problems caused by COVID-19.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/egg-cellent-polish-eggs-arrive-in-singapore-as-part-of-5mln-pln-covid-19-support-package-13184Poland may get EUR 3 bln extra for agriculture in EU budget - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-get-eur-3-bln-extra-for-agriculture-in-eu-budget---official-13183<p>The European Commission (EC) has suggested a EUR 26.5 bln increase in the EU's agriculture budget in 2021-27, of which Poland may get an additional PLN 3 bln, EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said in Warsaw on Friday.</p>Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:38:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland may get EUR 3 bln extra for agriculture in EU budget - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-get-eur-3-bln-extra-for-agriculture-in-eu-budget---official-13183Haired about this? BBC’s Polish weatherman goes down a storm with his lockdown lockshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/haired-about-this-bbcs-polish-weatherman-goes-down-a-storm-with-his-lockdown-locks-13180<p>BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker has sent viewers wild after appearing on Twitter to deliver his lockdown forecast.</p>Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:42:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6a55l6bdl9xie6otdlopjj.pngKnown for his short back and sides, Schafernaker’s new look has sent fans wild.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/haired-about-this-bbcs-polish-weatherman-goes-down-a-storm-with-his-lockdown-locks-13180Polish unemployment rate edges up to 6.0 pct in May - labour ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-unemployment-rate-edges-up-to-60-pct-in-may---labour-ministry-13179<p>Poland's unemployment rate went up by 0.2 ppt month on month to 6.0 pct at end-May, according to estimate from the Labour Ministry.</p>Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish unemployment rate edges up to 6.0 pct in May - labour ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-unemployment-rate-edges-up-to-60-pct-in-may---labour-ministry-13179First Polish company offered coronavirus aid by European lender EBRDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-polish-company-offered-coronavirus-aid-by-european-lender-ebrd-13175<p>Poland's pharmaceutical group Pelion will be the country's first company receiving aid from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development's (EBRD) coronavirus response funds, the bank announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6lk8p23pernet68hkxzwyo.jpeg"As Poland copes with the coronavirus crisis and its longer-term impact, it is vitally important to act now to prevent future harm," Grzegorz Zielinski, EBRD Regional Director, Central Europe and the Baltic states, was quoted as saying in the bank's news release.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-polish-company-offered-coronavirus-aid-by-european-lender-ebrd-13175Polish-Israeli relations thaw with appointment of Israel’s new foreign ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-relations-thaw-with-appointment-of-israels-new-foreign-minister-13173<p>Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz spoke to his new Israeli counterpart this week, in what has been heralded a “reset” between the two countries.</p>Fri, 05 Jun 2020 12:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w00vhswjfj4iu5nhd7pkg.jpegA recent telephone conversation between the countries’ foreign ministers has been interpreted as the sign of a reset in relations between Israel and Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-israeli-relations-thaw-with-appointment-of-israels-new-foreign-minister-13173Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 25,177https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-25177-13171<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 129 since Thursday evening and reached 25,177 the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another ten people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,127.</p>Fri, 05 Jun 2020 11:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rp9775j9izccar11u7e5b.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-25177-13171Poland's lower house boosts unemployment aidhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lower-house-boosts-unemployment-aid-13170<p>The Sejm (lower house) passed a bill on Thursday night offering PLN 1,400 (EUR 316) monthly for three months to people who lost their jobs during the pandemic and raising the unemployment benefit by some 40 percent from September 1.</p>Fri, 05 Jun 2020 10:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gbljq0v49irst4bpyr7xh.jpegThe legislation gained overwhelming support in the Sejm, with 430 MPs voting in favour, 15 against and nine abstaining.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lower-house-boosts-unemployment-aid-13170Poland's lower house passes fourth business relief packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lower-house-passes-fourth-business-relief-package-13169<p>The Sejm (lower house) passed the 'Anti-Crisis Shield 4.0' on Thursday , the fourth economic relief package aimed at counteracting the coronavirus crisis, with measures including loan payment suspension and prolonged care allowance.</p>Fri, 05 Jun 2020 09:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2tmo7zjptyxw9w7m1macvn.jpegTwo hundred and twenty-eight MPs voted in favour of the bill, 189 were against and 38 abstained.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lower-house-passes-fourth-business-relief-package-13169Get onboard The Matrixhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/get-onboard-the-matrix-13165<p><span lang="EN-GB">It’s all in the planning.</span></p>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 18:45:00 +0200LifeWebber's Worldhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x4kvqh3kqonzt4lkh2syzq.jpegWebber reveals his secret weapon for tracking down his favourite type of places, which this week includes a haunted castle and ends with a foamy adventure.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/get-onboard-the-matrix-13165Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 25,048https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-25048-13163<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 361 since Wednesday and reached 25,048 the Ministry of Health said on Thursday evening. Another two people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,117.</p>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 18:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0qo8qy3jsfyrjau7lyjghi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-25048-13163US ambassador praises Poland's role in collapse of communismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-praises-polands-role-in-collapse-of-communism-13161<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher tweeted on Thursday, the anniversary of the first partially free elections in post-war Poland, that the anniversary was a reminder of Poland's historic role in the collapse of communism in Europe.</p>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 18:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n3532t3fjwu2631mfjtxg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-praises-polands-role-in-collapse-of-communism-13161Over 200,000 foreigners left Poland amid coronavirus pandemic - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-200000-foreigners-left-poland-amid-coronavirus-pandemic---report-13159<p>Following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, 223,000 foreigners left Poland in March and April, 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 18:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sisv1nyzuu8lovkt0kxkks.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-200000-foreigners-left-poland-amid-coronavirus-pandemic---report-13159Polish PM asks for and receives vote of confidence in governmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-asks-for-and-receives-vote-of-confidence-in-government-13157<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki addressing the Sejm (lower house) on Thursday said that if opposition MPs had enough votes, then they should recall the government or stop festering and inventing alternative subjects.</p>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 18:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6zybbkbadtmeg0yftea0qd.jpegIn the course of the lengthy speech, the PM lashed out at the opposition, accusing them of political brawls, when, according to him, Poles need stability and peace.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-asks-for-and-receives-vote-of-confidence-in-government-13157Dazzling 13th century Wieliczka Salt Mine to reopen – and here’s a peek at what you’ve been missing!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dazzling-13th-century-wieliczka-salt-mine-to-reopen--and-heres-a-peek-at-what-youve-been-missing-13154<p><span lang="EN-GB">Poland’s spectacular salt mine is reopening is doors to visitors this weekend, after closing temporarily due to the coronavirus.</span></p>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 15:56:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rdykk306o6q4vlknuh7p8.pngWith its dazzling chambers decorated with chandeliers, the Wieliczka Salt Mine looks more like a fairy-tale palace than how people usually imagine a mine.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dazzling-13th-century-wieliczka-salt-mine-to-reopen--and-heres-a-peek-at-what-youve-been-missing-13154Vote of confidence in gov't necessary to help it work - Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vote-of-confidence-in-govt-necessary-to-help-it-work---duda-13153<p>Addressing the Sejm (lower house) on Thursday, President Andrzej Duda said the proposal of a vote of confidence in the government was designed to stop the process of making it difficult for the cabinet to fight against the pandemic and its economic effects.</p>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 14:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yo0tzre3orq2tgqbdegqgd.jpegThe president praised a speech delivered by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vote-of-confidence-in-govt-necessary-to-help-it-work---duda-13153PM launches fierce attack against opposition in confidence vote speechhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-launches-fierce-attack-against-opposition-in-confidence-vote-speech-13152<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who has asked for a vote of confidence in his government, in his speech in parliament lashed out at the opposition, accusing them of political brawls, when, according to him, Poles need stability and peace.</p>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 14:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e61e3ge51saou4hxz0368a.jpegThe prime minister said that Poles need efficiency, justice and measures that improve their reality in terms of healthcare and the economy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-launches-fierce-attack-against-opposition-in-confidence-vote-speech-13152Poland, EC aid Belarus to combat epidemic - EU sourcehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ec-aid-belarus-to-combat-epidemic---eu-source-13150<p>Poland, in cooperation with the European Commission, will aid Belarus in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic; a convoy of 44 trucks with protective gear is expected to set off from Poland on Thursday, Poland's Permanent Representation to the EU has said.</p>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 14:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uvohnqzp3kjnr7bxu45kdd.jpegBelarus is on the list of ten countries with the highest number of infected inhabitants per million.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ec-aid-belarus-to-combat-epidemic---eu-source-13150Retail sales down by 9.9 pct y/y in April - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-down-by-99-pct-yy-in-april---eurostat-13149<p>Polish retail sales fell by 9.9 percent year on year in April 2020 after a 0.4-percent decrease in March. Month on month, retail sales fell by 7.7 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 13:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales down by 9.9 pct y/y in April - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-down-by-99-pct-yy-in-april---eurostat-13149Polish defence min inaugurates Polish-US exerciseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-defence-min-inaugurates-polish-us-exercises-13148<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak on Thursday morning inaugurated the two-week Defender-Europe 20 Plus Polish-US military exercise at a range in Drawsko Pomorskie in north-western Poland.</p>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 12:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mtw0auir74giixy0ur2kr.jpegDefender-Europe 20 Plus will involve the biggest transport of US troops to Europe in 25 years as part of a connected exercise, the Allied Spirit, originally planned for May.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-defence-min-inaugurates-polish-us-exercises-13148Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 24,826https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-24826-13147<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 139 since Wednesday evening and reached 24,826 the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another two people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,117.</p>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 12:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3b4oykufvdk9kcy18yd1td.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-24826-13147Against all Odds! Dolny Śląsk lockdown athlete breaks Ironman world record from homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/against-all-odds-dolny-slask-lockdown-athlete-breaks-ironman-world-record-from-home-13144<p>An athlete from the Dolny Śląsk region is celebrating after completing a triathlon indoors and, in the process, smashing an Ironman world record set just weeks previously by German superstar Jan Frodeno at his home in Girona.</p>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 11:54:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d827b80mg3l2hykdteco9s.jpegCompleting his Ironman triathlon in 7-hours, 35-minutes and 14-seconds, Wilkowiecki’s team tried to match real world conditions as closely as possible.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/against-all-odds-dolny-slask-lockdown-athlete-breaks-ironman-world-record-from-home-13144Wrocław start-up partners with Microsoft to digitize early diagnosticshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-start-up-partners-with-microsoft-to-battle-killer-virus-13143<p>A Wrocław-based start-up performing online medical diagnoses and triage has teamed up with US tech giant Microsoft.</p>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 11:02:00 +0200BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1gqc0k2gu1s1sel12y7b25.jpegThe Infermedica team from Wrocław are in jubilant mood after their sophisticated AI algorithms for giving online diagnoses was picked up by Microsoft for its Healthcare Bot.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-start-up-partners-with-microsoft-to-battle-killer-virus-13143Polish people voted for a free Poland on June 4, 1989 - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-people-voted-for-a-free-poland-on-june-4-1989---president-13140<p>President Andrzej Duda stated on Twitter on Thursday that on June 4, 1989, the Polish people voted in solidarity for an independent Poland, and underlined that solidarity has always been a topical value.</p>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 10:28:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j7dxav3en2a9lfvbx63bh5.jpegThirty one years ago, on June 4, 1989, Poland held its first partially free elections under a deal reached by the then communist authorities and the opposition.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-people-voted-for-a-free-poland-on-june-4-1989---president-13140Official explains new rules helping non-EU physicians work in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/official-explains-new-rules-helping-non-eu-physicians-work-in-poland-13139<p>In an interview with the daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, deputy Health Minister Józefa Szczurek-Żelazko presented new regulations helping non-EU physicians start working in Poland. She said such rules were in force in many EU countries.</p>Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:27:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jx6djocylj9wchp90j5jb.jpegSzczurek-Żelazko said that all information regarding such medical procedures, like, for instance, abortion, are provided by the National Health Fund (NFZ).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/official-explains-new-rules-helping-non-eu-physicians-work-in-poland-13139Anti-crisis shield provides over EUR 1.3 bln in small business loanshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-crisis-shield-provides-over-eur-13-bln-in-small-business-loans-13138<p>To date, more than 1.1 million low-interest redeemable loans have been made available to micro-enterprises to a value of over PLN 5.8 billion (EUR 1.31 billion), Family, Labour and Social Policy Minister Marlena Maląg has told PAP.</p>Wed, 03 Jun 2020 20:35:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3ws1x02jcyl3xuuqyxnj68.jpegThe minister said there was high interest for low-interest and redeemable loans of up to PLN 5,000 (EUR 1,133) for micro-enterprises to cover the costs of doing business.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/anti-crisis-shield-provides-over-eur-13-bln-in-small-business-loans-13138Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 24,687https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-24687-13137<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 292 since Tuesday evening and reached 24,687, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday evening. Another 23 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,115.</p>Wed, 03 Jun 2020 18:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sw7nnlzftnclc742bqank.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-24687-13137Polish aid programme both largest and most innovative in region - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-aid-programme-both-largest-and-most-innovative-in-region---pm-13136<p>The Polish economic relief programme in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic was not only the largest in the region, but also the most innovative, PM Mateusz Morawiecki told participants of the Impact conference in Kraków, southern Poland, on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 03 Jun 2020 16:48:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8qh9qr2b8b2b73woko6vpw.jpegThanks to this largest entrepreneur support package in the country's history, the Polish economy is doing best in Europe, according to the European Commission, Morawiecki said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-aid-programme-both-largest-and-most-innovative-in-region---pm-13136HackYeah Online 2020 to kick off this weekendhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hackyeah-online-2020-to-kick-off-this-weekend-13135<p>HackYeah Online 2020 June edition is a virtual edition of the largest stationary hackathon in Europe. The aim of the event is to bring together the most creative minds from all over the world in order to create technological solutions to current business issues.</p>Wed, 03 Jun 2020 16:30:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qkmhme3mgxdvyf3njsrql.jpegThe participants will have a total of 40 hours to work on the project.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hackyeah-online-2020-to-kick-off-this-weekend-13135Polish researcher awarded Italy's Knight's Cross for work on coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-researcher-awarded-italys-knights-cross-for-work-on-coronavirus-13133<p>Polish medical biologist Maciej Tarkowski based in Milan has been distinguished with the Knight's Cross by Italian President Sergio Mattarella for his services in fighting the coronavirus epidemic, Italy's Presidential Palace announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 03 Jun 2020 15:54:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fpbitgtvikvs5jyjg17ieg.jpegProfessor Maciej Tarkowski, a doctor and biologist, has been working with researchers under the leadership of Professor Massimo Gallu at Milan's Sacco Hospital since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-researcher-awarded-italys-knights-cross-for-work-on-coronavirus-13133Planned airport hub to boost economic development, says Govt.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/planned-airport-hub-to-boost-economic-development-says-govt-13131<p>The Central Transportation Port (CPK), a major airport hub to be located in central Poland, will be a huge development impulse for the Polish economy, President Andrzej Duda told a Wednesday press conference, held jointly with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.</p>Wed, 03 Jun 2020 15:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lkjk3lcjfz2oohvjif3il.jpegPresident Duda says that the planned Central Transportation Port (CPK) will offer huge development prospects for the coming decades and is expected to provide an estimated 150,000 jobs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/planned-airport-hub-to-boost-economic-development-says-govt-13131Matejko’s ‘lost’ masterpiece breaks auction record after being sold for staggering 7mln PLNhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/matejkos-lost-masterpiece-breaks-auction-record-after-being-sold-for-staggering-7mln-pln-13129<p>A portrait by Jan Matejko has broken the Polish auction record after being sold for a staggering 7 million zlotys.</p>Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:40:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i253izlzw6a3ztx963z2it.jpegThe 1872 painting “Portrait of Professor Karol Gilewski, M.D” was bought by a private bidder at an auction organized by Polswiss Art on June 2nd.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/matejkos-lost-masterpiece-breaks-auction-record-after-being-sold-for-staggering-7mln-pln-13129Poland's unemployment rate at 2.9 pct in April - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-29-pct-in-april---eurostat-13127<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached 2.9 percent in April 2020, unchanged from March, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:14:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate at 2.9 pct in April - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-29-pct-in-april---eurostat-13127Die Welt praises Poland's effective actions during pandemic crisishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/die-welt-praises-polands-effective-actions-during-pandemic-crisis-13126<p>Poland has been operating efficiently and conducting proper economic policy in times of the coronavirus crisis, the online portal of the German daily Die Welt wrote on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wtwdh2rdamfzh0osmjojjm.jpegAccording to the portal welt.de, it was also easier for Poland to deal with the coronavirus pandemic as the country is less integrated with other regions of the world than other European countries.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/die-welt-praises-polands-effective-actions-during-pandemic-crisis-13126Poland to hold presidential ballot on June 28https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-hold-presidential-ballot-on-june-28-13124<p>Poland will hold its presidential election on June 28, Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elżbieta Witek announced on Wednesday, adding that she had received no objections concerning the proposed election calendar from the State Electoral Commission (PKW).</p>Wed, 03 Jun 2020 12:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/etjdsgi6r6pxnhv2x97a2.jpegThe Sejm speaker expressed hope that the election campaign will be fair and that all the election activities will be carried out efficiently.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-hold-presidential-ballot-on-june-28-13124Documentary turns life-saving clams used to detect water pollution at Warsaw pumping station into internet starshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/documentary-turns-life-saving-clams-used-to-detect-water-pollution-at-warsaw-pumping-station-into-internet-stars-13119<p>Eight clams in a Warsaw pumping station that protect the lives of hundreds of thousands of people have become stars in their own right thanks to a documentary film.</p>Wed, 03 Jun 2020 11:58:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hqou8lfzk7d3i7clcldkq.jpegIf the mussels, which are very sensitive to pollution, detect polluted water they clam up, an action that triggers alarms owing to special sensors attached to their shells.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/documentary-turns-life-saving-clams-used-to-detect-water-pollution-at-warsaw-pumping-station-into-internet-stars-13119Poland determined to save national air carrier LOT - dep PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-determined-to-save-national-air-carrier-lot---dep-pm-13118<p>The Polish government is determined to save the country's flag carrier LOT amid similar moves made by other European governments, Deputy PM and State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin told Polish private Radio Zet on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 03 Jun 2020 11:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bgjb1gkvbz903bgcm3k1ddw.jpegThe government may "support LOT with external cash injections," Deputy PM said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-determined-to-save-national-air-carrier-lot---dep-pm-13118Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 24,545https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-24545-13117<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 150 since Tuesday evening and reached 24,545 the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another ten people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,102.</p>Wed, 03 Jun 2020 10:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x2ixmjw9sn6cvr88akkxl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-24545-13117Poland sees three-fold increase in Ukrainian workers arrivalshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sees-three-fold-increase-in-ukrainian-workers-arrivals-13116<p>The number of Ukrainian workers coming to Poland increased nearly three times in May to 94,000 compared to under 34,000 in April, daily Rzeczpospolita wrote on Wednesday citing data from the country's border guard headquarters.</p>Wed, 03 Jun 2020 10:33:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/itqeeph0qqefpu0ty19grn.jpegThe demand for foreign labour during the pandemic has increased by 20 percent year on year in Poland's logistics and agro-food sectorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sees-three-fold-increase-in-ukrainian-workers-arrivals-13116Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 24,395https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-24395-13114<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 236 on Tuesday and reached 24,395 the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday evening. Another 18 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,092.</p>Tue, 02 Jun 2020 19:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hgt7dta4j6rbcgpt1a5ig.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-24395-13114Large investments help develop Poland - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/large-investments-help-develop-poland---president-13112<p>President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday that large investments contributed to Poland's development. Duda made the statement on the construction site of the S-61 Via Baltica expressway in central Poland.</p>Tue, 02 Jun 2020 17:16:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n0y8ebavkznohs6tzrrv.jpegWhen ready, the Polish S61 Via Baltica stretch will be 341 kilometres long.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/large-investments-help-develop-poland---president-13112Spectacular observation tower to once again crown Śnieżnik mountain nearly 50 years after controversial demolitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spectacular-observation-tower-to-once-again-crown-snieznik-mountain-nearly-50-years-after-controversial-demolition-13110<p><span lang="EN-GB">Nearly half a century after its controversial demolition a spectacular observation tower is set to once again crown Śnieżnik mountain on the Polish-Czech border.</span></p>Tue, 02 Jun 2020 16:51:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gq68s8zk4pqq9jlwh3zbqc.pngNearly half a century after its controversial demolition the spectacular observation tower is set to once again crown Śnieżnik mountain on the Polish-Czech border.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spectacular-observation-tower-to-once-again-crown-snieznik-mountain-nearly-50-years-after-controversial-demolition-13110Polish advertising market up 0.5 pct in Q1 2020 – media agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-advertising-market-up-05-pct-in-q1-2020--media-agency-13108<p>The total value of Poland's advertising market stood at PLN 2.1 billion (EUR 478 million) in the first quarter of 2020, up by 0.5 percent, the Publicis Groupe media agency reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 02 Jun 2020 16:36:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish advertising market up 0.5 pct in Q1 2020 – media agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-advertising-market-up-05-pct-in-q1-2020--media-agency-13108Award-winning Indie singer to give interactive gig onlinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/award-winning-indie-singer-to-give-interactive-gig-online-13105<p>Indie-rocker Daria Zawiałow is to hold an online concert and is inviting fans to choose both the stage design and songs.</p>Tue, 02 Jun 2020 14:41:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uz9a8aezqzgavwg5jhl46.jpegDaria Zawiałowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/award-winning-indie-singer-to-give-interactive-gig-online-13105Polish nation passes coronavirus crisis test - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-nation-passes-coronavirus-crisis-test---pm-13104<p>The entire Polish nation has managed to pass the unprecedented test in the midst of the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic due to unity and solidarity, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 02 Jun 2020 14:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3ibl5wbv7k5g1ztou4mrje.jpegAccording to Morawiecki, the previous government, the Civic Platform (PO) - Polish People's Party (PSL) coalition of 2007-2015, would not have been able to manage the pandemic situation in a better way than the present one due to a "gigantic budget gap."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-nation-passes-coronavirus-crisis-test---pm-13104Russia's share in Poland's crude imports drops to 61.5 pct in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russias-share-in-polands-crude-imports-drops-to-615-pct-in-2019-13103<p>Russia's share in Poland's crude oil imports fell to 61.5 pct in 2019 from 68 percent in 2018, according to information by the National Bank of Poland (NBP).</p>Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6etspc4a8omsfd65g3ih2.jpegRafineria Płockhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russias-share-in-polands-crude-imports-drops-to-615-pct-in-2019-13103Tree-mendous! Couple buy entire forest to save fauna and wildlifehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tree-mendous-couple-buy-entire-forest-to-save-it-from-timber-merchants-13100<p>A ‘Free Forest’ will be created in Poland to preserve trees and other wildlife after being bought by an eco-minded couple from Kraków.</p>Tue, 02 Jun 2020 12:22:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7424tck4hkdxxzj2xszud.jpegThe initiative was organised by environmental educational trainer and nature guide Mieszko Stanisławski, and trainer and yoga teacher Karolina Stanisławska.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tree-mendous-couple-buy-entire-forest-to-save-it-from-timber-merchants-13100Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 24,271https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-24271-13098<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by107 since Monday evening and reached 24,271 the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another seven persons have died, bringing the death toll to 1,074.</p>Tue, 02 Jun 2020 10:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3csexsu6rjg31qy1m0hf5h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-24271-13098Foreign workers sent EUR 882 mln from Poland in Q4 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-workers-sent-eur-882-mln-from-poland-in-q4-2019-13097<p>In the 4th quarter of 2019 foreigners working in Poland sent PLN 3.9 billion (EUR 882 million) to their home countries, down by PLN 200 million (EUR 45 million) year on year, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 02 Jun 2020 09:52:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h6pff66e5bdoy9oyijzys9.jpegbanknotyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-workers-sent-eur-882-mln-from-poland-in-q4-2019-13097Warsaw to help restore Washington Kosciuszko memorialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-help-restore-washington-kosciuszko-memorial-13094<p>Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski has declared the city's help in restoring a memorial to Polish and US national hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko, located in front to the White House in Washington DC.</p>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xusrlcs9ssepl9iinoo3jt.jpegThe Washington memorial has been sprayed with slogans criticising racism and US President Donald Trump.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-help-restore-washington-kosciuszko-memorial-13094Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 24,165https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-24165-13092<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 380 since Sunday evening and reached 24,165 the Ministry of Health said on Monday afternoon. Another ten people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,074.</p>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w453fc54dsedfoduxg1z8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-24165-13092Poland's central bank transfers EUR 1.67 bln to state coffershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-central-bank-transfers-eur-167-bln-to-state-coffers-13091<p>The National Bank of Poland (NBP) transferred PLN 7.4 billion (EUR 1.67 billion) to the state budget on Monday, the NBP wrote in a press release.</p>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 18:34:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's central bank transfers EUR 1.67 bln to state coffershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-central-bank-transfers-eur-167-bln-to-state-coffers-13091Remarkable 93-year-old film showing construction of Łódź sewer canals found in Americahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remarkable-93-year-old-film-showing-construction-on-lodz-sewer-canals-found-in-america-13089<p><span lang="EN-GB">Unique footage from 1927 showing the construction of Łódź’s sewer systems has been found in the United States.</span></p>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:29:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3jo2j7nndi72zik1r9dczx.jpegShowing workers laying down pipes, the footage is the only film documenting the construction of the city’s sewage system, which was considered a technological marvel at the time.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remarkable-93-year-old-film-showing-construction-on-lodz-sewer-canals-found-in-america-13089Silesia brings in most modern 3D printing technology in the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/silesia-brings-in-most-modern-3d-printing-technology-in-the-world-13086<p>A new 3D printing incubator in Poland will bring the latest technology to local businesses and support innovation across a range of sectors.</p>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:12:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3csgeln8emy10mnwa1m3u0a.pngThe cutting-edge device, which can be used for full-colour printing using multiple materials, can be used to create sophisticated models used in dentistry, such as an anatomical model of a human head.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/silesia-brings-in-most-modern-3d-printing-technology-in-the-world-13086Natural cosmetics industry presents its goods at Warsaw trade showhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/natural-cosmetics-industry-presents-its-goods-at-warsaw-trade-show-13084<p>Natural cosmetics trade show Ekocuda will take place on the 27th and 28th of June in Centrum Praskie Koneser in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:24:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/icwfj4nqdqovtbcw7170o.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/natural-cosmetics-industry-presents-its-goods-at-warsaw-trade-show-13084Over 931,000 samples tested for coronavirus in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-931000-samples-tested-for-coronavirus-in-poland-13082<p>A total of 931,520 samples have so far been tested for coronavirus in Polish laboratories, while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased to 23,987, the Polish Ministry of Health said on Monday.</p>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h2wf6rut5nb5xoc55c130i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-931000-samples-tested-for-coronavirus-in-poland-13082No regular classes before end of school year - education minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-regular-classes-before-end-of-school-year---education-min-13081<p>Traditional classes at Polish schools will not be restored in Poland before the end of the school year on June 26, due to the coronavirus pandemic, whereas online education schemes remain in force, Education Minister Dariusz Piontkowski said on Monday.</p>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nd92x21970jb5uo33iria.jpegFull-time classes at schools were suspended in Poland on March 12.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-regular-classes-before-end-of-school-year---education-min-13081Senate may vote on 2020 presidential election bill today or tomorrowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-may-vote-on-2020-presidential-election-bill-today-or-tomorrow-13080<p>The Senate upper house is expected to vote on the ruling party's 2020 presidential ballot bill this evening or on Tuesday morning, depending on the pace of work in the committees and at plenary sessions, Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki told reporters on Monday.</p>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/46g1pdxk9ydo6aurxye4d.jpegGrodzki said he is glad the State Electoral Commission's (PKW) resolution, which states that there was no possibility to vote in the May-10 scheduled presidential elections, was finally published in the Journal of Laws on Monday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-may-vote-on-2020-presidential-election-bill-today-or-tomorrow-13080Rioters vandalise statue of Polish-US hero Tadeusz Kościuszko as violent protests erupt across Americahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rioters-vandalise-statue-of-polish-us-hero-tadeusz-kosciuszko-as-violent-protests-explode-across-america-13077<p>The Tadeusz Kościuszko monument in Washington DC was vandalized last night in rioting that has engulfed the United States after the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis.</p>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zr5zcie8oehk610nbhl9.jpegThe plinth, which stands in front of the White House in Lafayette Park, was graffitied with vulgar attacks against President Trump and anti-racist slogans.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rioters-vandalise-statue-of-polish-us-hero-tadeusz-kosciuszko-as-violent-protests-explode-across-america-13077Unemployment expected to grow to 6.2 pct in May - economic institutehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unemployment-expected-to-grow-to-62-pct-in-may---economic-institute-13076<p>Poland's unemployment rate is likely to rise to a level of 6.2 percent in May from 5.8 percent in April, the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) said in its recent analysis.</p>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 12:33:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUnemployment expected to grow to 6.2 pct in May - economic institutehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unemployment-expected-to-grow-to-62-pct-in-may---economic-institute-13076Poland sends protective gear to Western Balkan stateshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-protective-gear-to-western-balkan-states-13075<p>A convoy of seven fire trucks with Polish aid for Western Balkan countries affected by the coronavirus epidemic has reached its unloading point in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Polish State Fire Service tweeted on Monday.</p>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 11:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j6ifsy0v6rsvfae8ktnnas.jpegThe mission involves 14 firefighters from the Polish State Fire Service. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-protective-gear-to-western-balkan-states-13075Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 23,987https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-23987-13074<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 202 since Sunday evening and reached 23,987 the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another person has died, bringing the death toll to 1,065.</p>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 10:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dizqdhdctov0fhp20oe8cm8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-23987-13074President conveys best wishes to children on their dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-conveys-best-wishes-to-children-on-their-day-13073<p>President Andrzej Duda extended his best wishes to children on International Children's Day on Monday.</p>Mon, 01 Jun 2020 10:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kbsr7nrwxwhi0q821k1mic.jpegInternational Children's Day has been observed in Poland since 1952.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-conveys-best-wishes-to-children-on-their-day-13073Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 23,786https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-23786-13070<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 219 since Saturday evening and reached 23,786 the Ministry of Health said on Sunday afternoon. Another three people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,064.</p>Sun, 31 May 2020 19:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jwxp7uojk397bjr777tjmj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-23786-13070Polish carrier resumes domestic flights on June 1https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-carrier-resumes-domestic-flights-on-june-1-13068<p>Poland's LOT national airline will resume some domestic routes from June 1, and the carrier's new flight schedule will be announced in early June, LOT's deputy CEO, Michal Fijol, told PAP on Sunday.</p>Sun, 31 May 2020 18:32:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xe6cacwunul8zn0lja6d6u.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-carrier-resumes-domestic-flights-on-june-1-13068Colour my vinyl, colour my lifehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/colour-my-vinyl-colour-my-life-13066<p><span lang="EN-GB">Our lives are often regulated by fashion. There’s fashion in the fashion, there’s fashion in our vacation destinations (hope this comes back soon), there’s even fashion in politics – I skip this one, for I find myself quite unfashionable in that field. But what is vogue in the music business I follow closely. Not necessarily in strictly music terms, I must admit.</span></p>Sun, 31 May 2020 17:43:00 +0200Dan Sessionhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oyqvou598k559etbjbjk8.jpegColoured vinyl records are now all the rage.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/colour-my-vinyl-colour-my-life-13066Digging up the past: building work throws up fascinating remnants of Poznań’s historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/digging-up-the-past-building-work-throws-up-fascinating-remnants-of-poznans-history-13063<p><span lang="EN-GB">Ongoing efforts to revitalize Poznań’s Rynek Lazarski have unearthed a series of sensational archaeological finds that have given a unique glimpse into the lives of the city’s former habitants.</span></p>Sun, 31 May 2020 17:11:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ws4h2vqmb3w3gseva4aw.jpegHistorians in Poznań scour the ground for more finds.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/digging-up-the-past-building-work-throws-up-fascinating-remnants-of-poznans-history-13063President marks Polish Peasant Movement Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-marks-polish-peasant-movement-day-13061<p>President Andrzej Duda laid flowers in Krakow, southern Poland, on Sunday at the monument to Wincenty Witos (1874-1945), a prominent peasant movement member, parliamentarian and Polish prime minister before WW2, as Poland observes Peasant Movement Day on May 31.</p>Sun, 31 May 2020 16:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o83q9f9eu59sh7f4o6efq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-marks-polish-peasant-movement-day-13061The way ahead: developers encourage Poles back to their officeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-way-ahead-developers-encourage-poles-back-to-their-offices-13059<p><span lang="EN-GB">As people across Poland prepare to take tentative steps back to their offices, developers and owners of office buildings are working on how to adapt their properties to the post-pandemic environment, and how to ensure people will remain safe and free from the clutches of the virus.</span></p>Sun, 31 May 2020 15:34:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ijozupylkh8op1h028ho.jpegVirus fighting: a one-way system at the Olivia Business Centre in Gdańsk.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-way-ahead-developers-encourage-poles-back-to-their-offices-13059Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 23,686https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-23686-13057<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 115 since Saturday evening and reached 23,686 the Ministry of Health said on Sunday morning. Another three people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,064.</p>Sun, 31 May 2020 14:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/no6xesx7vmr2eeaak3bn4l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-23686-13057Isle away the hours: YouTube star spends lockdown stranded on remote island off the Somali coasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/isle-away-the-hours-polish-traveller-spends-lockdown-on-remote-island-off-the-somali-coast-13054<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Polish blogger and traveller is spending the lockdown stuck on the remote Yemeni desert island of Socotra. Located off the coast of Somalia and with only 60,000 inhabitants it’s a perfect spot for self-isolation and introducing the incredible isle to the wider world.</span></p>Sun, 31 May 2020 11:34:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f2rrqnj32ug67gaub7m443.pngCastaway: Eva on the island of Socotra.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/isle-away-the-hours-polish-traveller-spends-lockdown-on-remote-island-off-the-somali-coast-13054Step back in time: Łódź skansen opens again after multi-million złoty overhaulhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/step-back-in-time-lodz-skansen-opens-again-after-multi-million-zloty-overhaul-13052<p><span lang="EN-US">After a two-year renovation the Łódź Wooden Architecture Skansen has opened for business again. Even though it is located just off the city centre, the open-air museum can take visitors back in time with its mix of old-time buildings.</span></p>Sat, 30 May 2020 19:11:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q4omxhl0sbm921k6jjhu74.jpegThe museum has benefited from a PLN-15 million overhaul.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/step-back-in-time-lodz-skansen-opens-again-after-multi-million-zloty-overhaul-13052Shipping channel on Vistula Spit to give Poland sovereignty - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shipping-channel-on-vistula-spit-to-give-poland-sovereignty---president-13050<p>The shipping channel on the Vistula Spit will serve to strengthen Polish sovereignty, independence and freedom, said President Andrzej Duda during a visit to the construction site on Saturday.</p>Sat, 30 May 2020 15:05:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c539mbklh41gufijvzdy9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shipping-channel-on-vistula-spit-to-give-poland-sovereignty---president-13050Up, up and away: aviation museum offers virtual tourshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-up-and-away-aviation-museum-offers-virtual-tours-13048<p><span lang="EN-GB">The Polish Aviation Museum in Kraków has thrown open its doors for some pandemic-dodging virtual tours.</span></p>Sat, 30 May 2020 14:49:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q0gzem40j1pqing1v73mg.pngThe museum has been rated by CNN as one of the best in the world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-up-and-away-aviation-museum-offers-virtual-tours-13048Poland lifts restriction on wearing masks in open spaces from Saturdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lifts-restriction-on-wearing-masks-in-open-spaces-from-saturday-13047<p>As of Saturday, Poles will not have to wear masks to cover their mouth and nose when out in public, provided they keep a two-metre distance between themselves It will still be mandatory to wear masks in shops, churches and on public transport.</p>Sat, 30 May 2020 14:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/te8l0zbmuafth1lw8vuxz.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lifts-restriction-on-wearing-masks-in-open-spaces-from-saturday-13047Falling water levels reveal tragic wartime history of Poznań lakehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/falling-water-levels-reveal-tragic-wartime-history-of-poznan-lake-13045<p><span lang="EN-GB">Low water levels have revealed a tragic secret that has lain beneath the depths of a lake in Poznań since the Second World War.</span></p>Sat, 30 May 2020 12:12:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0guasw4cq3iowtynj8n90fn.jpegPoznań’s Lake Rusałska: a local beauty spot with a tragic history.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/falling-water-levels-reveal-tragic-wartime-history-of-poznan-lake-13045Civil Aviation Authority okays flights under new hygiene ruleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/civil-aviation-authority-okays-flights-under-new-hygiene-rules-13043<p>Poland's Civil Aviation Authority (ULC), has said flights can resume with the observance of rules for the safety of passengers and airport staff, UCL President Piotr Samson announced on Friday.</p>Sat, 30 May 2020 11:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dr01wipk8hw7nknswzrvll.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/civil-aviation-authority-okays-flights-under-new-hygiene-rules-13043Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 23,376https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-23376-13042<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 221 since Friday evening and reached 23,376 the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. No new COVID-19 related deaths have been reported since Friday.</p>Sat, 30 May 2020 11:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/egj0jgwspbk0uchhf3dbzy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-23376-13042Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 23,155https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-23155-13041<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 192 since Friday morning and reached 23,155 the Ministry of Health said on Friday evening. Another eight people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,051.</p>Fri, 29 May 2020 19:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/okbpmjz84zrg776og5ziiw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-23155-13041Poland and UK sign bilateral voting rights treatyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-uk-sign-bilateral-voting-rights-treaty-13039<p>Both Polish and British citizens can continue to stand and vote in local elections in each other’s countries following the UK’s exit from the EU under a new agreement signed by the two governments, the Polish foreign minister said in a Friday statement.</p>Fri, 29 May 2020 17:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland and UK sign bilateral voting rights treatyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-uk-sign-bilateral-voting-rights-treaty-13039Polish soccer fans will soon return to stadiums - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-soccer-fans-will-soon-return-to-stadiums---pm-13038<p>Polish football fans will likely be able to attend matches from June 19, provided that at least three-quarters of seats are left empty, PM Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 29 May 2020 17:10:00 +0200News & PoliticsSporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qus17y34w5shce1h6glnl.jpegPoland's top league, Ekstraklasa, is "something else than just a game, something else than just a sport," Morawiecki said, adding that the matches promote "Polish business, the Polish will to fight, our skills, our capabilities."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-soccer-fans-will-soon-return-to-stadiums---pm-13038Europe’s oldest time capsule found in rural Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europes-oldest-time-capsule-found-in-rural-poland-13037<p>A proper blast from the past this week as Europe’s oldest hidden time capsule is revealed in Poland… What’s inside? Listen to this week’s Debrief to find out!</p>Fri, 29 May 2020 16:11:00 +0200HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oyg37h90mage4smaoqg4o.jpegDates on the papers that emerged from the mottled canister confirmed that the time capsule was placed in the upper reaches of the church when it was first built in 1797.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europes-oldest-time-capsule-found-in-rural-poland-13037Poland may conduct mass screenings for coronavirus in coming monthshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-conduct-mass-screenings-for-coronavirus-in-coming-months-13035<p>Most countries, including Poland, are planning to introduce screening tests to see how many people were actually affected by coronavirus, Health Ministry spokesman Wojciech Andrusiewicz said on Friday, adding the tests may take place in the coming months.</p>Fri, 29 May 2020 15:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/22b4ree446q85jurew078x.jpegAndrusiewicz, addressing a press conference, said that "there is a large number of people undiagnosed for coronavirus because they are going through the infection without any symptoms and do not even see a need to contact a doctor."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-conduct-mass-screenings-for-coronavirus-in-coming-months-13035Special forces thwart cyber attack as hackers spread fake news to damage US-Polish relationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/special-forces-thwart-cyber-attack-as-hackers-spread-fake-news-to-damage-us-polish-relations-13032<p>Polish news websites have come under cyber-attack aimed at damaging Poland’s military alliance with the United States.</p>Fri, 29 May 2020 15:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4un23gep7258nasfrh4tfo.pngThe attacks, which targeted several national and regional news sites, involved hackers posting articles ridiculing the effectiveness and preparedness of Polish soldiers and equipment.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/special-forces-thwart-cyber-attack-as-hackers-spread-fake-news-to-damage-us-polish-relations-13032Gov't approves report on 2019 budget implementationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-approves-report-on-2019-budget-implementation-13030<p>The government has passed a resolution that approves a report on the implementation of the 2019 budget, the Finance Ministry announced on Friday, adding that the budget closed with a PLN 13.7 billion (EUR 3.1 billion) deficit. .</p>Fri, 29 May 2020 14:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGov't approves report on 2019 budget implementationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-approves-report-on-2019-budget-implementation-13030Poland on right track to defeating COVID-19 epidemic - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-on-right-track-to-defeating-covid-19-epidemic---pm-13028<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday that he was convinced that Poland was on the proper path to overcoming the COVID-19 epidemic.</p>Fri, 29 May 2020 13:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dkhybokqjkxe7ke9pzena.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-on-right-track-to-defeating-covid-19-epidemic---pm-13028Spell-binding photos tell fascinating story of 19th century Polish emigration to South America - and of their modern-day descendantshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spell-binding-photos-tell-fascinating-story-of-19th-century-polish-emigration-to-south-america---and-of-their-modern-day-descendants-13026<p>A photography project by two cousins offers an intimate portrait of the Polish diaspora in South America, past and present.</p>Fri, 29 May 2020 12:31:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q3sxo7hc2hpkakfdftmrgs.pngIn their ongoing project “Waiting for the Snow”, cousins Katarzyna and Marianne Wasowska offer an intimate portrait of Poles who emigrated to Brazil and Argentina, and of their descendants. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spell-binding-photos-tell-fascinating-story-of-19th-century-polish-emigration-to-south-america---and-of-their-modern-day-descendants-13026Health comes before economy, PM says, praising gov't crisis responsehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-comes-before-economy-pm-says-praising-govt-crisis-response-13024<p>The health of Poles cannot be sacrificed for economic results, but Poland has managed to get the best of both worlds in its response to the coronavirus pandemic, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Friday.</p>Fri, 29 May 2020 12:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w1iim03lrsgvreew59fbg.jpegThe prime minister thanked those who have contributed to the success, as well as all Poles who "have bravely endured the discomforts of the national quarantine."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-comes-before-economy-pm-says-praising-govt-crisis-response-13024Poland's CPI at 2.9 pct y/y in May - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-at-29-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-13022<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 2.9 percent year on year and fell by 0.2 percent month on month in May 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported in a flash estimate on Friday.</p>Fri, 29 May 2020 11:27:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rr2zs5yq1fi26agfkr1ca.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-at-29-pct-yy-in-may---stats-office-13022Poland's GDP up 2.0 pct y/y in 1st quarter - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-up-20-pct-yy-in-1st-quarter---stats-office-13020<p>The Polish economy grew by 2.0 percent year on year in the first quarter of 2020, down from a 3.2 percent growth in the fourth quarter, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday. In its earlier flash estimate, GUS put the Q1 growth rate figure at 1.9 pct.</p>Fri, 29 May 2020 11:24:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bxt1l2e371sqagnz41s7zs.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-up-20-pct-yy-in-1st-quarter---stats-office-13020Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 22,964https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-22964-13019<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 141 since Thursday evening and reached 22,964 the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another five people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,043.</p>Fri, 29 May 2020 10:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bv9bgtxyofo3814gidsn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-22964-13019New exhibition of unique ceramics opens at Royal Castle in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-exhibition-of-unique-ceramics-opens-at-royal-castle-in-warsaw-13017<p>'The King's Extraordinary Gift' is an exhibition of a set of dishes from the Turkish Sultan's table service, gathered from Polish collections. It is the first exhibition at the Royal Castle since its reopening after the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Fri, 29 May 2020 10:10:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qwpd4ohoacneh7bhkwbt.jpegRoyal Castle, Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-exhibition-of-unique-ceramics-opens-at-royal-castle-in-warsaw-13017Polish F-16 pilots escort US bomber flight over Poland – ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-f-16-pilots-escort-us-bomber-flight-over-poland--minister-13015<p>For the second time this month, Polish F-16 pilots have escorted the flight of a US B-1B bomber over Poland, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has written on Twitter.</p>Fri, 29 May 2020 10:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kuohbbcwwxnyyndl8ldea.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-f-16-pilots-escort-us-bomber-flight-over-poland--minister-13015EUR 8 billion for Poland from EU Just Transition Fundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-8-billion-for-poland-from-eu-just-transition-fund-13013<p>The EC's new EU budget proposal grants Poland EU 8 billion under a new Just Transition Fund, an instrument to aid the member states in adjusting their energy systems to climate demands. Poland would thus be the fund's biggest beneficiary.</p>Thu, 28 May 2020 20:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEUR 8 billion for Poland from EU Just Transition Fundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-8-billion-for-poland-from-eu-just-transition-fund-13013Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 22,825https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-22825-13012<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 352 since Wednesday evening and reached 22,4825, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday evening. Another10 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,038.</p>Thu, 28 May 2020 19:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6eymrhj8c43rkw565bohfo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-22825-13012Moody's downgrades Poland's GDP growth to -3.8 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-downgrades-polands-gdp-growth-to--38-pct-in-2020-13011<p>Ratings agency Moody's has downgraded Poland's economic growth forecast to minus 3.8 percent from an earlier forecasted negative of -2.0 percent growth in 2020.</p>Thu, 28 May 2020 19:02:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMoody's downgrades Poland's GDP growth to -3.8 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-downgrades-polands-gdp-growth-to--38-pct-in-2020-13011The name’s Webber…and Poland is my game!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-names-webberand-poland-is-my-game-13008<p>Being asked to write a recurring travel column is actually rather a daunting challenge – where the heck do I begin?</p>Thu, 28 May 2020 17:18:00 +0200LifeWebber's Worldhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/arxa3naz9zc524g5ge00l3.jpegThey used to call him the fat Hugh Grant, now they just call him fat. TFN columnist Alex Webber takes you inside Webber’s World.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-names-webberand-poland-is-my-game-13008Poland's Monetary Council cuts basic reference interest ratehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-cuts-basic-reference-interest-rate-13007<p>Poland's Monetary Policy Council (RPP) on Wednesday cut the country's basic reference interest rate by 40 bps to 0.10 percent.</p>Thu, 28 May 2020 15:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Monetary Council cuts basic reference interest ratehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-cuts-basic-reference-interest-rate-13007Building that survived WWII given listed monument statushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/building-that-survived-wwii-given-listed-monument-status-13005<p><span lang="EN-GB">A building that survived the Warsaw Uprising has been added to the register of monuments, a reminder of the city’s pre-war elegance and its dramatic history since then. &nbsp;</span></p>Thu, 28 May 2020 14:50:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xlguxrvsntm3gsozpqshea.jpegThe building at 126 Chmielna Street is not only a rare reminder of what central Warsaw looked like before the war, but also bears the scars of the city’s 20th century history.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/building-that-survived-wwii-given-listed-monument-status-13005Artist brings Modlin fortress back to life with stunning murals depicting the pasthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artist-brings-modlin-fortress-back-to-life-with-stunning-murals-depicting-the-past-13003<p><span lang="EN-GB">An artist whose work went viral last year after he transferred the urban concept of street art to the Polish countryside is back in the news after revealing the fruits of his latest endeavour at the historic Modlin Fortress.</span></p>Thu, 28 May 2020 12:38:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7y2qbn38sgegzuf3f6h3n7.pngDrawing his inspiration from the patriotic film Pan Tadeusz, Arkadiusz Andrejkow used stills from Ryszard Ordyński’s 1928 movie as the basis of his latest project.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artist-brings-modlin-fortress-back-to-life-with-stunning-murals-depicting-the-past-13003President says Europe needs new stimulus for economic growthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-europe-needs-new-stimulus-for-economic-growth-13001<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda believes that Europe should be given a new stimulus for economic development, and that the approaching crisis, resulting from the coronavirus epidemic, can be compared to some of the world's most severe crises.</p>Thu, 28 May 2020 11:32:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oynf8fqgbllpcvty9v4yzj.jpegAccording to Duda, what is needed today is a new mechanism, which will help develop investments on a broad scale.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-europe-needs-new-stimulus-for-economic-growth-13001Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 22,600https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-22600-12999<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 129 since Wednesday and reached 22,600 the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another two people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,030.</p>Thu, 28 May 2020 11:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/06x3oklf2aw3dnuex931ro.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-22600-12999Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 22,473https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-22473-12998<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 399 since Tuesday evening and reached 22,473, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday evening. Another 4 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,028.</p>Wed, 27 May 2020 19:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hl9mabesevk813d90qgrl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-22473-12998Presidential vote a must, June 28 the final date - ruling party leaderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-vote-a-must-june-28-the-final-date---ruling-party-leader-12997<p>Ruling party leader Jarosław Kaczyński said on Wednesday that the presidential elections in Poland will take place at latest on June 28 despite attempts to disrupt them.</p>Wed, 27 May 2020 18:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/my81uil1q3mabnrlls75ck.jpegKaczyński during Wednesday's media statement.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-vote-a-must-june-28-the-final-date---ruling-party-leader-12997Pilot, spy and decorated underground officer who was later jailed by the Soviets, Kazimierz Leski died 20 years ago todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pilot-spy-and-decorated-underground-officer-who-was-later-jailed-by-the-soviets-kazimierz-leski-died-20-years-ago-today-12995<p>As head of counter-intelligence in one of Poland’s most secretive WWII resistance groups, Kazimierz Leski was high up on the Gestapo’s list of most-wanted.</p>Wed, 27 May 2020 18:00:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/58mh6mpp058quwg5wt9us.jpegKazimierz Leski was head of counter-intelligence with the super secretive the Musketeers resistance group which included super spy Krystyna Skarbek.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pilot-spy-and-decorated-underground-officer-who-was-later-jailed-by-the-soviets-kazimierz-leski-died-20-years-ago-today-12995Poland's largest bank appoints presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-largest-bank-appoints-president-12994<p>The Supervisory Board of Poland's state-owned PKO BP bank reappointed Zbigniew Jagiełło its president, the bank announced on Wednesday in a press release.</p>Wed, 27 May 2020 16:52:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u6zbap4mm4bhjkiqxdzun.jpegThe statement said that Zbigniew Jagiełło has been the president of the management board of PKO Bank Polski since October 2009.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-largest-bank-appoints-president-12994Polish foreign minister makes first visit abroad since epidemic hithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foreign-minister-makes-first-visit-abroad-since-epidemic-hit-12993<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz visited Prague on Wednesday, his first foreign visit since the start of the coronavirus epidemic, to discuss with his Czech counterpart Tomas Petricek the re-opening of borders and regional policy.</p>Wed, 27 May 2020 15:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/991zfwv5z357coi2ua2jq.jpegCzaputowicz said the epidemic situation in the V4 is better than in other EU member states, which prompted Poland to reinstate cross-border work.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foreign-minister-makes-first-visit-abroad-since-epidemic-hit-12993Poland lifts more lockdown restrictions after ‘containing’ killer virushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lifts-more-lockdown-restrictions-after-containing-killer-virus-12990<p>The government has said it will further ease lockdown restrictions by opening fitness clubs, theatres and cinemas as well as scrapping the face mask requirement in open spaces.</p>Wed, 27 May 2020 15:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1khha0y9kvetprdhnfceq8.jpegPM Morawiecki said Poland had “contained the disease, the coronavirus pandemic” better than most other countries in the world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lifts-more-lockdown-restrictions-after-containing-killer-virus-12990Presidential election should be held in June - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-election-should-be-held-in-june---pm-12988<p>The presidential election should take place in June, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday and appealed to the Senate to proceed the ballot bill "without any delay".</p>Wed, 27 May 2020 14:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresidential election should be held in June - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-election-should-be-held-in-june---pm-12988Poland overtakes Italy in trade with Germany - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-overtakes-italy-in-trade-with-germany---ministry-12986<p>Poland has overtaken Italy and become Germany's fifth biggest trade partner, the Development Ministry said on Tuesday, adding that bilateral trade rose by 6.6 percent in the first two months of 2020, which brought the trade balance to PLN 21 bln (EUR 4.7 bln).</p>Wed, 27 May 2020 14:07:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland overtakes Italy in trade with Germany - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-overtakes-italy-in-trade-with-germany---ministry-12986EIB to support Polish solar energy projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eib-to-support-polish-solar-energy-project-12984<p>The European Investment Bank (EIB) signed its first loan on Wednesday to a company building and running photovoltaic plants in Poland.</p>Wed, 27 May 2020 13:20:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEIB to support Polish solar energy projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eib-to-support-polish-solar-energy-project-12984PM says Poland is on top of the pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-says-poland-is-on-top-of-the-pandemic-12982<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday that Poland was on top of the coronavirus pandemic and had managed the crisis better than some of the world's richest countries.</p>Wed, 27 May 2020 12:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y5ps1pvv8slekzbzjul79r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-says-poland-is-on-top-of-the-pandemic-12982Hel is Paradise: Hel Peninsula ranked 3rd best post-coronavirus beach destination in Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hel-is-paradise-hel-peninsula-ranked-3rd-best-post-coronavirus-beach-destination-in-europe-12980<p>The beaches of the Hel Peninsula in the north of Poland have been named as the 3rd safest seaside destination to go to on holiday in post-COVID-19 Europe.</p>Wed, 27 May 2020 12:46:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b9487dx56pnqkm3qxq9cr.pngThe European Best Destinations report said that Hel Peninsula was chosen for the size of its beaches and Poland’s low levels of coronavirus. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hel-is-paradise-hel-peninsula-ranked-3rd-best-post-coronavirus-beach-destination-in-europe-12980President stresses importance of local government in interview with PAPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-stresses-importance-of-local-government-in-interview-with-pap-12978<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda, in an interview with PAP published on Wednesday, the 30th anniversary of Poland's first fully-free ballot after the fall of communism, the May 27 local elections, stressed the importance of local self-government for society.</p>Wed, 27 May 2020 11:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rry80zfcjxeyam7r6faeks.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-stresses-importance-of-local-government-in-interview-with-pap-12978Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 22,303https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-22303-12977<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 229 since Tuesday and reached 21,867 the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another one person has died, bringing the death toll to 1,025.</p>Wed, 27 May 2020 10:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v09u7z13hreeho22309ef.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-22303-12977Poland expects EU post-pandemic support to be fair - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expects-eu-post-pandemic-support-to-be-fair---minister-12975<p>Poland is ready to support the EU's post-pandemic recovery fund if the support is fair for all countries and sectors affected by coronavirus, Polish EU Minister Konrad Szymanski told PAP on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 26 May 2020 19:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s6w7c5luwfa3ngo7s7z6tq.jpegSzymanski said Poland was positive about increasing the borrowing headroom by the EU beyond the EU budget limit.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expects-eu-post-pandemic-support-to-be-fair---minister-12975Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 22,074https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-22074-12974<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 445 since Monday and reached 22,074, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday evening. Another 17 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,024.</p>Tue, 26 May 2020 19:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/38ueip25zxpmun24v3o9j8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-22074-12974Could 16th century palace be hiding 28-tonnes of Nazi gold? SS diary reveals palace is one of five secret locations where Germans stashed WWII treasureshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/could-16th-century-palace-be-hiding-28-tons-of-nazi-gold-ss-diary-reveals-palace-is-one-of-five-secret-location-12971<p><span lang="EN-GB">The location of 28 tonnes of Nazi-era gold hidden by the Waffen SS in the dying days of World War Two has been pinpointed to an aristocratic palace in Lower Silesia.</span></p>Tue, 26 May 2020 18:39:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ll712lyfz5jips4h5w8f.pngAccording to the SS officer’s diary, the gold worth billions of euros is at the bottom of a disused well in the grounds of the Hochberg Palace in Roztoka, near Wałbrzych.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/could-16th-century-palace-be-hiding-28-tons-of-nazi-gold-ss-diary-reveals-palace-is-one-of-five-secret-location-12971Election must take place by Aug. 6 - lower house speakerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/election-must-take-place-by-aug-6---lower-house-speaker-12969<p>Poland's presidential election must take place by August 6, the end of incumbent President Andrzej Duda's term, Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 26 May 2020 17:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uiwri95f996g8bp42tco6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/election-must-take-place-by-aug-6---lower-house-speaker-12969Fitch lowers Poland's GDP growth forecast in 2020, raises it for 2021https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-lowers-polands-gdp-growth-forecast-in-2020-raises-it-for-2021-12967<p>Fitch Agency has downgraded Poland's economic growth forecast in 2020 to minus 3.2 percent year on year from the minus 1.7 percent expected in late April, and raised it to 4.5 percent in 2021 from 4.3 percent forecast earlier.</p>Tue, 26 May 2020 17:20:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFitch lowers Poland's GDP growth forecast in 2020, raises it for 2021https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-lowers-polands-gdp-growth-forecast-in-2020-raises-it-for-2021-12967Virtual walk through Elbląg’s old townhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/virtual-walk-through-elblags-old-town-12965<p>Elbląg is one of the oldest cities in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship and the delightful old town is a place that every tourist should visit.</p>Tue, 26 May 2020 16:25:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mz1g6d6ffq9jw294gf0jso.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/virtual-walk-through-elblags-old-town-12965President appoints new Supreme Court's chief and penal chamber headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appoints-new-supreme-courts-chief-and-penal-chamber-head-12963<p>President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday officially appointed Malgorzata Manowska as the first president of Poland's Supreme Court (SN) and Michal Laskowski as the president of the SN leading its Penal Chamber.</p>Tue, 26 May 2020 16:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bkbmemf7rdfdu2427st90j.jpegManowska replaces Judge Malgorzata Gersdorf, whose term of office expired on April 30. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appoints-new-supreme-courts-chief-and-penal-chamber-head-12963Here we go! Convoy sets off with 70 tons of coronavirus aid for Western Balkanshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/here-we-go-convoy-sets-off-with-70-tons-of-coronavirus-aid-for-western-balkans-12961<p><span lang="EN-GB">A convoy of six trucks carrying over 70 tons of humanitarian aid departed from Warsaw today to help Western Balkan countries in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic.</span></p>Tue, 26 May 2020 15:46:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uqj8zabuh9m8coau9qi8pi.jpegThe 70 tons of humanitarian aid is for Western Balkan countries to help them fight the coronavirus pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/here-we-go-convoy-sets-off-with-70-tons-of-coronavirus-aid-for-western-balkans-12961Poland's passenger car production plunges 99 pct y/y in April - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-passenger-car-production-plunges-99-pct-yy-in-april---stats-office-12959<p>Poland's passenger car output fell by unprecedented 99 percent year on year in April 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 26 May 2020 14:12:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x8u88qahprpllqmwep5zs.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-passenger-car-production-plunges-99-pct-yy-in-april---stats-office-12959Banking sentiment indicator up in Mayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banking-sentiment-indicator-up-in-may-12957<p>Poland's banking sentiment indicator (Pengab) rose by 27.4 points month on month in May 2020 to minus 23.4 points, according to the Polish Bank Association (ZBP) and the Kantar TNS market research centre.</p>Tue, 26 May 2020 14:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBanking sentiment indicator up in Mayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banking-sentiment-indicator-up-in-may-12957Poland’s first ecological golf course to tee off near Poznańhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-first-ecological-golf-course-to-tee-off-near-poznan-12955<p><span lang="EN-GB">A golf course development company is looking to take ecology to a whole new level with a fully water-independent golf course.</span></p>Tue, 26 May 2020 13:28:00 +0200BusinessSportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9pp89oqcohd1qyxq1s3tup.pngBlack Water Links from Tarnowo Podgórne is aiming to set up a new 18-hole course near Poznań using only reclaimed water from a nearby sewage treatment plant.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-first-ecological-golf-course-to-tee-off-near-poznan-12955BAEL unemployment at 3.1 pct in Q1 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bael-unemployment-at-31-pct-in-q1---stats-office-12953<p>The Polish unemployment rate calculated according to Population Economic Activity Research (BAEL) in the first quarter of 2020 measured 3.1 percent, up from 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 26 May 2020 12:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9qx98njzpkrbnnvmprvg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bael-unemployment-at-31-pct-in-q1---stats-office-12953Over 3,600 miners test positive for coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-3600-miners-test-positive-for-coronavirus-12951<p>The total number of miners confirmed with coronavirus infection stood at 3,640 on Tuesday morning, coal companies are still receiving the results of large-scale coronavirus testing, information provided by sanitary services coal industries has shown.</p>Tue, 26 May 2020 12:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tv8hgf62l7qrq7logc4ob.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-3600-miners-test-positive-for-coronavirus-12951Poland to announce new stage of defrosting economy on Wednesdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-announce-new-stage-of-defrosting-economy-on-wednesday-12949<p>Poland is to announce a timetable of further steps aimed at the defrosting of its economy on Wednesday at the latest, spokesman for the government Piotr Muller said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 26 May 2020 11:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to announce new stage of defrosting economy on Wednesdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-announce-new-stage-of-defrosting-economy-on-wednesday-12949New industrial orders down 30.2 pct y/y in April - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-industrial-orders-down-302-pct-yy-in-april---stats-office-12947<p>Poland's new industrial orders fell by 30.2 percent year on year in April 2020 after a 6.4 percent year on year decrease in March, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 26 May 2020 11:28:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5bgxuz497jayn46tl327g8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-industrial-orders-down-302-pct-yy-in-april---stats-office-12947Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 21,867https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-21867-12945<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 236 since Monday and reached 21,867 the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another six people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,013.</p>Tue, 26 May 2020 11:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wnsadummufp0losb7x5h31.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-21867-12945EC approves Poland's EUR 2.2 bln aid packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-polands-eur-22-bln-aid-package-12943<p>The European Commission has approved a Polish PLN 10 billion (EUR 2.2 billion) subsidised loan scheme to support large enterprises in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.</p>Tue, 26 May 2020 10:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEC approves Poland's EUR 2.2 bln aid packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-polands-eur-22-bln-aid-package-12943Europe needs solidarity during crisis - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europe-needs-solidarity-during-crisis---polish-pm-12941<p>The coronavirus pandemic and its economic consequences have an incomparably greater dimension than all crises in the last century therefore Europe needs solidarity and cooperation, PM Mateusz Morawiecki told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) German daily.</p>Tue, 26 May 2020 10:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ub9cbtstsplfwjwu2il4f5.jpegMorawiecki pointed out possible solutions to problems related to the epidemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europe-needs-solidarity-during-crisis---polish-pm-12941Sales of artefacts in Poland exceed EUR 36 mln in 2019 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sales-of-artefacts-in-poland-exceed-eur-36-mln-in-2019---stats-office-12939<p>The sales of artefacts and antiques in Poland in 2019 reached PLN 162.5 million (EUR 36.1 million), up by PLN 29.1 million (EUR 6.5 million) or 21.8 percent year on year, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) has reported.</p>Tue, 26 May 2020 10:00:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u3on25tffdcw7w8hgdm6h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sales-of-artefacts-in-poland-exceed-eur-36-mln-in-2019---stats-office-12939Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 21,631https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-21631-12937<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 341 since Sunday evening and reached 21,631 the Ministry of Health said on Monday evening. Another 11 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,007.</p>Mon, 25 May 2020 21:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6kaocwzhg476y9epoy7nvh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-21631-12937Mystery of where 17th century diplomat buried is solved after scientists find remains using geo-radarhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mystery-of-where-17th-century-diplomat-buried-is-solved-after-scientists-find-remains-using-geo-radar-12934<p>The tomb of a 17th century diplomat, politician, and lawyer who helped end the Thirty Years’ War has been discovered in the northwest of Poland, bringing to an end a centuries-old mystery.</p>Mon, 25 May 2020 18:55:00 +0200ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xbd6qfgvsi5kmpz2j604a.jpegThe remains of Maciej von Krockow brings an end to a centuries-old mystery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mystery-of-where-17th-century-diplomat-buried-is-solved-after-scientists-find-remains-using-geo-radar-12934Polish TV serial receives international awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-tv-serial-receives-international-award-12936<p>Polish TV serial The Pleasure Principle (Zasada Przyjemności) has received the Platinum REMI Award in the mini-series category during the WorldFest International Film Festival in Houston, the Office of Polish Film Awards announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 25 May 2020 18:47:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9ihf3yd5e4s87kzuf2xokd.jpegThe serial, directed by Dariusz Jabłoński, premiered last June on the Canal+ channel.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-tv-serial-receives-international-award-12936Polish president, PM honour WW2 hero Witold Pileckihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-honour-ww2-hero-witold-pilecki-12932<p>President Andrzej Duda spoke on Monday with Zofia Pilecka, daughter of Polish WW2 hero Witold Pilecki, to mark the 72nd anniversary of Pilecki's execution by Poland's post-war communist regime. Pilecki was executed in a Warsaw prison on May 25, 1948.</p>Mon, 25 May 2020 17:15:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/chvc8rob72jhcgwerznloq.jpegPilecki is best known for deliberately allowing himself to be captured by the Germans and sent to the notorious Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp in south-eastern Poland, the main site of the Holocaust.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-honour-ww2-hero-witold-pilecki-12932Tenor moves frontline medical workers to tears with powerful Nessun Dorma serenadehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tenor-moves-frontline-medical-workers-to-tears-with-powerful-nessun-dorma-serenade-12923<p>A Polish opera singer moved doctors and nurses to tears when he turned up at their hospital in Warsaw and belted out a powerful rendition of the famous Puccini aria Nessun Dorma.</p>Mon, 25 May 2020 16:01:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/evdz0pwth067w9mo7wbwjg.pngSmartly dressed in a shirt and jacket, tenor Leszek Świdziński sang the aria in the hospital courtyard as medical workers watched on from the building’s windows.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tenor-moves-frontline-medical-workers-to-tears-with-powerful-nessun-dorma-serenade-12923April's M3 money supply up - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/aprils-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-12922<p>Poland’s M3 money supply grew in April 2020 by 14.0 percent year on year and by 2.7 month on month to PLN 1.67 trillion (EUR 371 billion), the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 25 May 2020 15:40:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2lqzbfuuz3yjelsejsqrsi.jpegNBPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/aprils-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-12922Poland's budget deficit at EUR 4.2 bln after Aprilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-deficit-at-eur-42-bln-after-april-12921<p>Poland recorded an PLN 18.9-billion (EUR 4.2-billion) budget deficit after April 2020, the Finance Ministry reported in a Monday communique.</p>Mon, 25 May 2020 15:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's budget deficit at EUR 4.2 bln after Aprilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-deficit-at-eur-42-bln-after-april-12921Polish gas monopolist to extract 115,000 tonnes of crude oil at Skogulhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-monopolist-to-extract-115000-tonnes-of-crude-oil-at-skogul-12918<p>Polish gas monopolist PGNiG plans to extract 115,000 of crude oil from the Skogul deposit in Norway in 2020, PGNiG reported in a communique on Monday.</p>Mon, 25 May 2020 14:39:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ibbjyoja6ift6nw93pfsf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-monopolist-to-extract-115000-tonnes-of-crude-oil-at-skogul-12918Virtual ‘Penderecki garden’ to bloom on composer’s birthday in celebration of his workshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/virtual-penderecki-garden-to-bloom-on-composers-birthday-in-celebration-of-his-works-12914<p><span lang="EN-GB">A new interactive website celebrating the work of composer Krzysztof Penderecki has been launched.</span></p>Mon, 25 May 2020 14:09:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0tyj25mpwkujm7pizr6g3t.pngA video preview with text reads: “This autumn enter the gates of a place inspired by an outstanding composer and conductor.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/virtual-penderecki-garden-to-bloom-on-composers-birthday-in-celebration-of-his-works-12914Poland may lift obligation to use face maskshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-lift-obligation-to-use-face-masks-12912<p>A decision on lifting the obligation to wear face masks on the streets will likely be announced today or tomorrow, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski told TV broadcaster Polsat News on Monday morning.</p>Mon, 25 May 2020 14:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v7i6iyjm03v19ygsjngds.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-lift-obligation-to-use-face-masks-12912Poland granted EUR 2.9 bln from EU to combat epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-granted-eur-29-bln-from-eu-to-combat-epidemic-12910<p>Poland has already received 13.4 billion (EUR 2.97 billion) under subsidies from the European Union to fight the coronavirus epidemic and introduce economic aid programmes, Funds and Regional Policy Minister Malgorzata Jarosinska-Jedynak said on Monday.</p>Mon, 25 May 2020 13:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland granted EUR 2.9 bln from EU to combat epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-granted-eur-29-bln-from-eu-to-combat-epidemic-12910Pharmaceutical market to grow by 3.0 percent y/y in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pharmaceutical-market-to-grow-by-30-percent-yy-in-2020-12908<p>The value of Poland's pharmaceutical market will grow to PLN 38.3 billion (EUR 8.5 billion) in 2020, up by 3.0 percent on the previous year, according to a report by PEX PharmaSequence, a company monitoring the market.</p>Mon, 25 May 2020 12:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPharmaceutical market to grow by 3.0 percent y/y in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pharmaceutical-market-to-grow-by-30-percent-yy-in-2020-12908Corporate investment outlays up 4.3 pct in Q1 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corporate-investment-outlays-up-43-pct-in-q1---stats-office-12906<p>Polish non-financial enterprises increased their investment spending by 4.3 percent year on year in the first quarter of 2020 to PLN 29.6 billion (EUR 6.5 billion), the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 25 May 2020 11:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gcebd3kzac4aaixkc02jt.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corporate-investment-outlays-up-43-pct-in-q1---stats-office-12906Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 21,440https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-21440-12905<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 148 since Sunday and reached 21,440 the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Since no new virus-related deaths were reported over the last 24 hours, the death toll remained at 996.</p>Mon, 25 May 2020 11:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qi8jfjj57jfx8j1322khx.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-21440-12905Stars in her eyes: the woman who wants to blast off into spacehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stars-in-her-eyes-the-woman-who-wants-to-blast-off-into-space-12898<p>On May 18, 25-year-old Agnieszka Elwertowska finished leading a remote analogue mission at Habitat Marte in Brazil. Named Demeter (both the mission’s name and logo were designed by the Pole), it simulated a Mars mission, during which the crew members are cut off in different parts of the base due to a sand storm.</p>Sun, 24 May 2020 19:50:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cs22b2gloqee0e9vc698x.jpegAgnieszka Elwertowska planning to get into space.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stars-in-her-eyes-the-woman-who-wants-to-blast-off-into-space-12898Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 21,326https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-21326-12901<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 488 since Saturday morning and reached 21,326 the Ministry of Health said on Sunday evening. Another six people have died, bringing the death toll to 996.</p>Sun, 24 May 2020 19:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/itz60hy3zer78zgs6a7lx.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-21326-12901Developer introduces technology to keep buildings virus freehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/developer-introduces-technology-to-keep-buildings-virus-free-12900<p>One of the leading office developers on the Polish market has started to introduce “state-of-the-art technology solutions” to its buildings in Poland to help them adapt to the pandemic environment.</p>Sun, 24 May 2020 19:00:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xikxwk9wmrovcmuaeosuk.jpegThe Warsaw Hub: one of the buildings that will benefit from the new technology.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/developer-introduces-technology-to-keep-buildings-virus-free-12900‘I’ve always loved the atmosphere of the traditional London café or the old school American diner, and the milk bar is the Polish equivalent’: How an Irish chef shook-up the milk bar scenehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ive-always-loved-the-atmosphere-of-the-traditional-london-cafe-or-the-old-school-american-diner-and-the-milk-bar-is-the-polish-equivalent-how-an-irish-chef-shook-up-the-milk-bar-scene-12896<p>The meteoric pace of Poland’s food revolution has been well-documented since first breaking out little less than 10 years ago. Yet whilst the spotlight has tended to fall on more fashionable concepts and cuisines, it is perhaps the evolution of the domestic institution that is the humble milk bar that arguably presents the best measure of how far the country has come in embracing new mindsets and models.</p>Sun, 24 May 2020 17:24:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1sbts3dnsa2lu2shgls6rr.jpegTom Naughton inside his Kraków milk bar.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ive-always-loved-the-atmosphere-of-the-traditional-london-cafe-or-the-old-school-american-diner-and-the-milk-bar-is-the-polish-equivalent-how-an-irish-chef-shook-up-the-milk-bar-scene-12896Vintage fashion market to hit Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vintage-fashion-market-to-hit-warsaw-12895<p>A vintage fashion show and market will bring the styles of the past to Warsaw on May 30.</p>Sun, 24 May 2020 15:59:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wpfmignkcjq758fhhayy.jpegThe market will take place on May 30.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vintage-fashion-market-to-hit-warsaw-12895Teatr 21 to cooperate with Germany's Muencher Kammerspielehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/teatr-21-to-cooperate-with-germanys-muencher-kammerspiele-12894<p>In the 2020-2021 season, the Warsaw-based Teatr 21 (Theatre 21) will begin cooperation with the Muencher Kammerspiele, one of Germany's most important theatres.</p>Sun, 24 May 2020 15:01:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4ok7fw5js9a7jusrc9xp8f.jpeg The Warsaw theatre group regularly cooperates with the European network of theatres "Crossing the Line."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/teatr-21-to-cooperate-with-germanys-muencher-kammerspiele-12894Wolfing it down: Ice Age hunters tucked into wolf meat, researchers findhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wolfing-it-down-ice-age-hunters-tucked-into-wolf-meat-researchers-find-12891<p>Polish researchers has discovered that wolves were among the animals eaten by hunters in Europe during the Ice Age, around 30,000 years ago.</p>Sun, 24 May 2020 11:10:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ws7jk9757gch4el7lnu87m.jpegOn the menu. Despite their fearsome reputation wolves ended up as food.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wolfing-it-down-ice-age-hunters-tucked-into-wolf-meat-researchers-find-12891Road workers dig up remnants of downed WWII Soviet aircrafthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/road-workers-dig-up-remnants-of-downed-wwii-soviet-aircraft-12888<p>Road workers near Suwałki in north-eastern Poland have discovered the engine and guns from a World War II Soviet ground-attack aircraft shot down by the Germans.</p>Sat, 23 May 2020 19:01:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tdqvbmhv7kq7xh7ldnk9lm.jpegThe engine and the machine gun discovered by road workers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/road-workers-dig-up-remnants-of-downed-wwii-soviet-aircraft-12888All fired up: Warsaw’s former power plant lives again as cutting-edge mixed use projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-fired-up-warsaws-former-power-plant-lives-again-as-cutting-edge-mixed-use-project-12886<p>As the Polish economy begins to thaw following its two-months in cold storage, the much anticipated opening of Elektrownia Powiśle has come as light relief during these uncertain times and a welcome sign that life flowers anew.</p>Sat, 23 May 2020 17:06:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ku32s86jj1kdmhqolbbytm.jpegNew generation: Elektrownia Powiśle lies in area once known for urban decay.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-fired-up-warsaws-former-power-plant-lives-again-as-cutting-edge-mixed-use-project-12886Poland managed to halt mass-scale unemployment growthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-managed-to-halt-mass-scale-unemployment-growth-12885<p>Family and Labour Minister Marlena Maląg has told PAP that Poland has managed to stop a mass-scale unemployment rise, and added that 73,300 new jobless were registered in the first three weeks of May, down by 1,000 from the previous month.</p>Sat, 23 May 2020 14:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l4xp33azvjbvxcccc3q3nn.jpegThe minister declared that the government "will be doing its best to protect jobs."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-managed-to-halt-mass-scale-unemployment-growth-12885MOCAK Museum keeps the good times rolling with virtual tourshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mocak-museum-keeps-the-good-times-rolling-with-virtual-tours-12882<p>The MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, which focuses on art from the past 20 years, is offering virtual tours of its exhibits.</p>Sat, 23 May 2020 13:28:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/adpn5kitpepj6qkfw6vyy.jpegThe MOCAK Museum in Kraków has thrown open its virtual doors.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mocak-museum-keeps-the-good-times-rolling-with-virtual-tours-12882Passenger air connections to be restored in three stageshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/passenger-air-connections-to-be-restored-in-three-stages-12880<p>Poland will restart passenger air connections in three stages. Domestic flights will be resumed on June 1, European ones will come next while intercontinental flights will be the last but only to such destinations where the coronavirus epidemic is under control.</p>Sat, 23 May 2020 12:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ihnjjpwwuj8jb34hac2y3.jpegOn Friday, the Journal of Laws published an ordinance regarding the current ban on flights. It has prolonged the ban on international flights for another 14 days until June 6, and on domestic flights for another eight days to May 31.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/passenger-air-connections-to-be-restored-in-three-stages-12880Sign here: new mural celebrates the ancient art of letteringhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sign-here-new-mural-celebrates-the-ancient-art-of-lettering-12879<p>A new mural celebrating the art of lettering with a beautifully painted alphabet has appeared in a Warsaw neighbourhood, blending in with its elegant pre-war architecture.</p>Sat, 23 May 2020 11:26:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0kux5kv6j2tkhzhno2v9hrb.jpegThe mural demonstrates the beauty of letter writing.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sign-here-new-mural-celebrates-the-ancient-art-of-lettering-12879Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 20,838https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-20838-12877<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 219 and reached 20,838, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another eight people have died, bringing the death toll to 990.</p>Sat, 23 May 2020 11:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/duaw9lnl23h50y2pm8f923.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-20838-12877Wizz Air suspends all Polish flights until June 6https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wizz-air-suspends-all-polish-flights-until-june-6-12876<p>Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air announced on Friday it was suspending all flights in its Polish network until June 6 in connection with the extension of restrictions on international flights due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Sat, 23 May 2020 10:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7r6ksdqltv7voq22hcumy.jpegThe airline said that 120 percent of the original value of reservations would automatically be sent to the clients' Wizz Air account for use in the next 24 months on the carrier's products and services.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wizz-air-suspends-all-polish-flights-until-june-6-12876Poland: Coronavirus SUCCESS?https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/poland-coronavirus-success-492<p>Tomasz Rożek is Poland's biggest science YouTuber. In this special Coronavirus episode of Poland's best English-language programme, Heart of Poland, we talk to Tomasz about how Poland is handling the COVID-19 crisis.</p><p>Is Poland a Coronavirus success story?</p><p>What does Tomasz think about the changes to government restrctions?</p><p>Why has the situation in Poland looked so different compared to other countries, such as Italy and Spain?</p><p>All this and more in the latest episode of #HeartofPoland.</p>Sat, 23 May 2020 10:19:00 +0200ScienceHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k5z2z7jhvc6eac8se1ql.pngHOP Rożekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/poland-coronavirus-success-492Polish PM praises decisions of health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-praises-decisions-of-health-minister-12875<p>Thanks to the quick decisions of Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski, we are in a much better position than most of the countries of Western Europe in terms of both public health and the economy, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday.</p>Fri, 22 May 2020 20:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ugrapbpusj8r7ghxazfoi.jpeg"I'm glad we have such a good, effective minister as Minister Szumowski," Morawiecki said. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-praises-decisions-of-health-minister-12875Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 20,619https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-20619-12874<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 476 since Thursday and reached 20,619 the Ministry of Health said on Friday evening. Another 10 people have died, bringing the death toll to 982.</p>Fri, 22 May 2020 18:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fgyb772729m4m68x80cmgn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-20619-12874Special charter flight from UK for Poles wishing to return homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/special-charter-flight-from-uk-for-poles-wishing-to-return-home-12872<p>Next Wednesday, May 27, a special charter flight is planned from London to Warsaw for Poles who somehow got stuck in the UK during the lockdown period and wish to return home, the Polish embassy has announced.</p>Fri, 22 May 2020 18:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dlstw2bmazh06utc93oktaw.jpegThe embassy said the flight would be one-way only and is not meant for people who live permanently in the UK and want to visit Poland, but for Polish residents or people coming back permanently.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/special-charter-flight-from-uk-for-poles-wishing-to-return-home-12872PM says Poland has opportunity to win new marketshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-says-poland-has-opportunity-to-win-new-markets-12871<p>Rapid reactions and an ability to adapt to new conditions are creating an opportunity for Polish companies to win new markets, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday, adding that the economy is starting to pick up.</p>Fri, 22 May 2020 17:06:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6c74i9ew8tcyfe8hw35jap.jpeg“We decided to protect both human health, human life, but also the economy,” said Morawiecki.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-says-poland-has-opportunity-to-win-new-markets-12871Poznań choirs come together with hauntingly beautiful performance to inspire hope during dark days of killer virushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-choirs-come-together-with-hauntingly-beautiful-performance-to-inspire-hope-during-dark-days-of-killer-virus-12868<p>Choirs from across Poznań have come together for a special performance that offers the world hope and solidarity through music as it struggles against the coronavirus.</p>Fri, 22 May 2020 15:56:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/quhnyaeg7bpexeup2tozl9.jpeg Conductor Jacek Sykulski, who led the performance in a dark suit and a mask, said: “People are meeting who have a need to bring hope – for themselves, at this tough time for musicians, as well as for others.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-choirs-come-together-with-hauntingly-beautiful-performance-to-inspire-hope-during-dark-days-of-killer-virus-12868Polish gov't support for 14 airports to reach EUR 31 mlnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-support-for-14-airports-to-reach-eur-31-mln-12866<p>Fourteen Polish airports are entitled to receive support under the government's anti-crisis programme, with the total amount of subsidies reaching PLN 142 mln (EUR 31.42 mln), Deputy Infrastructure Minister Marcin Horala told a Friday press conference.</p>Fri, 22 May 2020 15:08:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pv93q2wqomkhekfyhrsqt.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-support-for-14-airports-to-reach-eur-31-mln-12866It’s International Bio-Diversity Day and Poland has around 63k animal and plant species to brag abouthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-international-bio-diversity-day-and-poland-has-around-63k-animal-and-plant-species-to-brag-about-12864<p><span lang="EN-GB">Despite Poland modernising and building national networks of road and railways the percentage of land that is forest is increasing, currently at about 30 percent of the land area, it is expected to grow to 33 percent by 2050. This is essential for maintaining the 63,000 species as over 65 percent or nearly 41,000 species live in the forests.</span></p>Fri, 22 May 2020 14:41:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e58pdoq4sup3u31xsieryh.pngThe Białowieża Forest is the oldest forest in Europe and spans over 140,000 hectares across Poland and Belarus. It has eleven trees that have been named including the 135 feet tall Dąb Car (Czar Oak). The Polish part of the forest has also been immortalised, tree by tree, to scale in popular video game Minecraft with over 50 billion 1 m³ blocks being used during its mapping.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-international-bio-diversity-day-and-poland-has-around-63k-animal-and-plant-species-to-brag-about-12864Craft beer crisis!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/craft-beer-crisis-12862<p>Has the coronavirus put a cork back in the bottle for Polish craft brewers?</p>Fri, 22 May 2020 14:17:00 +0200BusinessPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f0wlzvwnwinjtvffzefo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/craft-beer-crisis-12862Issues around faulty masks from China being dealt with – dep ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/issues-around-faulty-masks-from-china-being-dealt-with--dep-minister-12860<p>The matter of defective masks from China will be investigated by the Chinese government and the producers of the masks, said Deputy Minister of Health Janusz Cieszynski at a press conference on Friday.</p>Fri, 22 May 2020 13:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/um5291zo4di35gfayfjedn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/issues-around-faulty-masks-from-china-being-dealt-with--dep-minister-12860Guidelines being prepared for events, weddings, amusement parks - minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/guidelines-being-prepared-for-events-weddings-amusement-parks---min-12858<p>The Ministry of Development announced in a press statement on Friday that it was consulting on guidelines for events, weddings and amusement parks, which were among the industries waiting to reopen.</p>Fri, 22 May 2020 13:02:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5tvgvpw224kir3d3gty4u.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/guidelines-being-prepared-for-events-weddings-amusement-parks---min-12858Polish woman, world's oldest Righteous, celebrates 101st birthdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-woman-worlds-oldest-righteous-celebrates-101st-birthday-12856<p>Anna Kozminska, the oldest living Righteous Among the Nations honoree, celebrates her 101st birthday on Friday, the Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) has said in a communique sent to PAP.</p>Fri, 22 May 2020 12:57:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tppl2ib35cs1bb0r3jugix.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-woman-worlds-oldest-righteous-celebrates-101st-birthday-12856Secret hoard hidden by Auschwitz prisoners found in chimney during renovation workhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/secret-hoard-hidden-by-auschwitz-prisoners-found-in-chimney-during-renovation-work-12854<p><span lang="EN-GB">A secret stash of knives, forks, scissors, tools, pieces of leather and parts of shoes hidden by prisoners under a chimney has been found at Auschwitz.</span></p>Fri, 22 May 2020 12:30:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jf7l14bxp4vgjljjnhsli.jpegWhen the workers stripped away post-war masonry they were astonished to find knives, forks, hooks, scissors, pieces of leather, cobbler's tools and parts of shoes obviously hidden by prisoners of the German-operated camp.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/secret-hoard-hidden-by-auschwitz-prisoners-found-in-chimney-during-renovation-work-12854Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 20,379https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-20379-12852<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 236 since Thursday and reached 20,379 the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another person has died, bringing the death toll to 973.</p>Fri, 22 May 2020 11:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r9965p6rjtutoj4shr7h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-20379-12852Poland freezes int'l air traffic till June 6, domestic till end-Mayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-freezes-intl-air-traffic-till-june-6-domestic-till-end-may-12850<p>Poland will extend the ban on international air connections until June 6, and on domestic flights until May 31, according to a draft regulation prepared by the Ministry of Infrastructure.</p>Fri, 22 May 2020 10:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jrl7xse9wlc1zyufxnibyk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-freezes-intl-air-traffic-till-june-6-domestic-till-end-may-12850Pole elected to European aviation executive bodyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-elected-to-european-aviation-executive-body-12849<p>Head of Poland's Civil Aviation Authority (ULC) Piotr Samson has been elected a member of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Coordinating Committee, ULC announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 21 May 2020 19:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lzuzbcidts7w1jg9883yya.jpegAs a member of the Coordinating Committee, Samson will be responsible for cooperation with international civil aviation organisations.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-elected-to-european-aviation-executive-body-12849Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 20,143https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-20143-12848<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 405 since Wednesday evening and reached 20,143, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday evening. Another ten people have died, bringing the death toll to 972.</p>Thu, 21 May 2020 18:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nupm8v4kab8kc2qc7sw7zk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-20143-12848Over half of Polish firms received gov't aidhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-half-of-polish-firms-received-govt-aid-12847<p>Fifty-seven percent of Polish companies have received government aid so far, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 21 May 2020 17:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vmov76ytt4h4z0kecaotkg.jpeg"Society and economy are one whole," said the PM, and at the same time pointed to the importance of protecting jobs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-half-of-polish-firms-received-govt-aid-12847David Lynch premieres long-awaited film collaboration with Poznań composer Marek Żebrowskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/david-lynch-premieres-long-awaited-film-collaboration-with-poznan-composer-marek-zebrowski-12844<p>A new film by David Lynch with music by Poznań composer Marek Żebrowski has premiered on YouTube.</p>Thu, 21 May 2020 16:51:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5aqtf89goe9gyjwwa6vg37.jpegThe 10-minute short film was animated and directed by Twin Peaks creator David Lynch with music performed by the Penderecki String Quartet composed by Poznań composer Marek Żebrowski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/david-lynch-premieres-long-awaited-film-collaboration-with-poznan-composer-marek-zebrowski-12844Presidential elections planned for June 28 - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-elections-planned-for-june-28---pm-12843<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday that the government plans to hold presidential elections on June 28 as a later date is precluded due to the expiry date of the current presidential term.</p>Thu, 21 May 2020 15:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3o8inza9mgkdydb6lgfb2.jpeg"We want to fulfil our constitutional obligations and conduct these elections in line with the constitution and today we plan to do that on June 28," the PM said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-elections-planned-for-june-28---pm-12843Cheers to that! CD Projekt named Europe’s most valuable video game companyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cheers-to-that-cd-projekt-named-europes-most-valuable-video-game-company-12840<p><span lang="EN-GB">Warsaw-based CD Project has become the most valuable video game company in Europe.</span></p>Thu, 21 May 2020 14:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b6vpxqmnfe9bhn4onpife.jpegThe company behind The Witcher games has plenty to celebrate as they are named most valuable video game company in the whole of Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cheers-to-that-cd-projekt-named-europes-most-valuable-video-game-company-12840Monetary policy official says Polish central bank may buy shareshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/monetary-policy-official-says-polish-central-bank-may-buy-shares-12838<p>The entry of the National Bank of Poland (NBP) on the equity market is "a very real scenario," Eryk Lon, a member of the rate-setting body Monetary Policy Council (RPP) said in an interview with the online radio Wnet on Thursday.</p>Thu, 21 May 2020 13:57:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMonetary policy official says Polish central bank may buy shareshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/monetary-policy-official-says-polish-central-bank-may-buy-shares-12838Polish Grandmaster defeats reigning world speed chess championhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-grandmaster-defeats-reigning-world-speed-chess-champion-12836<p>Jan-Krzysztof Duda (22) from Wieliczka in southern Poland on Wednesday defeated Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen in the seventh round of the prestigious Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge online speed chess tournament.</p>Thu, 21 May 2020 12:55:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3sef49ulq3fruq5cjgghgi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-grandmaster-defeats-reigning-world-speed-chess-champion-12836Gran-tastic! Granny Teresa becomes oldest person in Poland to beat coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gran-tastic-granny-teresa-becomes-oldest-person-in-poland-to-beat-coronavirus-12834<p><span lang="EN-GB">A 103-year-old woman has become the oldest person in Poland to recover from the coronavirus.</span></p>Thu, 21 May 2020 12:26:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/40bzlp2klsu89hpf93sttq.pngAt the age of 103, Teresa Wójcik is the oldest person in Poland to survive the killer coronavirus.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gran-tastic-granny-teresa-becomes-oldest-person-in-poland-to-beat-coronavirus-12834Poland's industrial production down 24.6 pct y/y in April - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-down-246-pct-yy-in-april---stats-office-12832<p>Poland's industrial output fell by 24.6 percent year on year in April 2020, after a 2.3 percent decrease year on year in March, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 21 May 2020 11:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nyy9s0tvkccrm91g1dsnr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-down-246-pct-yy-in-april---stats-office-12832Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 19,983https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-19983-12830<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 245 since Wednesday evening and reached 19,983, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday evening. Another three people have died, bringing the death toll to 965.</p>Thu, 21 May 2020 11:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xsjl0qpkn9enzum16x811d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-19983-12830Gdynia Film Festival postponed until 2021https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdynia-film-festival-postponed-until-2021-12828<p>Due to the prevailing epidemiological situation in Poland and government recommendations regarding the organisation of mass events, the 45th Polish Film Festival (FPFF) in Gdynia, a port city on the Baltic coast of Poland, has been postponed until 2021.</p>Thu, 21 May 2020 08:55:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x2phmw7g5dymz6pefv9xm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdynia-film-festival-postponed-until-2021-12828Polish, German FMs discuss opening of EU internal bordershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-german-fms-discuss-opening-of-eu-internal-borders-12827<p>The gradual opening of the EU's internal borders dominated Wednesday's videoconference between Polish and German foreign ministers Jacek Czaputowicz and Heiko Maas, the Polish Foreign Ministry said.</p>Wed, 20 May 2020 20:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/flknzln9hespjqry7o4txs.jpegCzaputowicz voiced Poland's support for the solution proposed by the EC, but said that the key criterion in decisions on relaxing border checks was the current epidemic situation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-german-fms-discuss-opening-of-eu-internal-borders-12827Polish State Treasury debt at EUR 240 bln at end of Aprilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-state-treasury-debt-at-eur-240-bln-at-end-of-april-12826<p>The Polish State Treasury debt at the end of April 2020 stood at PLN 1.07 trillion (EUR 240 billion), up by PLN 35.4 billion (EUR 7.7 billion) or 3.4 percent from March, the Finance Ministry reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 20 May 2020 19:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish State Treasury debt at EUR 240 bln at end of Aprilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-state-treasury-debt-at-eur-240-bln-at-end-of-april-12826It was 40 years ago today! Anniversary marks sailor’s historic solo circumnavigation of the globehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-was-40-years-ago-today-anniversary-marks-sailors-historic-solo-circumnavigation-of-the-globe-12824<p>Forty years ago today, legendary sailor Henryk Jaskuła entered the port in Gdynia to become the first Pole in history to complete a non-stop solo voyage around the globe.</p>Wed, 20 May 2020 18:46:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g26otq2s3hmwy5fz4ehxb.jpegReturning as a hero, Henryk Jaskuła arrives in Gdynia after becoming first Pole in history - and third in the world - to circumnavigate globe single-handedly without entering a port.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-was-40-years-ago-today-anniversary-marks-sailors-historic-solo-circumnavigation-of-the-globe-12824American woman says she is Pole who went missing 26 years ago after being kidnapped and SOLD by her dadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/american-woman-says-she-is-pole-who-went-missing-26-years-ago-after-being-kidnapped-and-sold-by-her-dad-12821<p>An adopted woman from the US who traced her biological parents to the town of Legnica in Lower Silesia thinks she could be the same person who went missing from Poland 26 years ago as a young girl.</p>Wed, 20 May 2020 17:20:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m2du5eeaqjagm0ypuw6xq.pngMonika Bielawska was one-years-old when she disapproved from outside a pharmacy in Legnica. Face-ageing technology shows what she would look like today.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/american-woman-says-she-is-pole-who-went-missing-26-years-ago-after-being-kidnapped-and-sold-by-her-dad-12821Poland, Great Britain sign transportation port cooperation agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-great-britain-sign-transportation-port-cooperation-agreement-12820<p>A cooperation agreement was signed between representatives of Poland and Great Britain on Wednesday regarding, among other areas, the planning of airport and railway infrastructure for the needs of the Central Transportation Port (CPK).</p>Wed, 20 May 2020 16:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3it5s59xcn50t200cdu5w2a.jpegThe Memorandum of Understanding was signed by deputy Infrastructure Minister and Government Commissioner for the Central Transportation Port Marcin Horała (R) and UK Ambassador to Poland Jonathan Knott (L).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-great-britain-sign-transportation-port-cooperation-agreement-12820Polish HICP inflation up by 2.9 pct y/y in April - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-29-pct-yy-in-april---eurostat-12819<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) rose by 2.9 percent year on year in April 2020, down from the 3.9 percent growth in the previous month, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 20 May 2020 14:50:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish HICP inflation up by 2.9 pct y/y in April - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-29-pct-yy-in-april---eurostat-12819This year's GDP decline may exceed 3.4 pct - finance ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/this-years-gdp-decline-may-exceed-34-pct---finance-ministry-12817<p>Poland's Ministry of Finance does not rule out a downward correction to its current GDP growth forecast of minus 3.4 percent, the deputy director of the ministry's macroeconomic policy department, Joanna Beza-Bojanowska, told a Wednesday press conference.</p>Wed, 20 May 2020 14:48:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgThis year's GDP decline may exceed 3.4 pct - finance ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/this-years-gdp-decline-may-exceed-34-pct---finance-ministry-12817Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 19,569https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-19569-12816<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 301 since Tuesday evening and reached 19,569, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another five people have died, bringing the death toll to 953.</p>Wed, 20 May 2020 14:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4jyh4zeq4dajqt5evktlk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-19569-12816Gov't endorses new business relief packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-endorses-new-business-relief-package-12814<p>The Polish government rubberstamped a new package of measures on Thursday intended to help Polish companies weather the coronavirus crisis and prevent hostile takeovers of Polish businesses whose valuation has dropped in the economic downturn.</p>Wed, 20 May 2020 14:41:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ndf2tl1onbz9v9jm3yz.jpeg"Our main goal is to protect Polish companies, jobs and consumers against the negative effects of Covid-19," the ministry said in a press release.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-endorses-new-business-relief-package-12814Pilot lands private helicopter at petrol station to fill up on gashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pilot-lands-private-helicopter-at-petrol-station-to-fill-up-on-gas-12810<p>A helicopter pilot left motorists open-mouthed when he landed his chopper at a petrol station, pushed it to a pump, filled it up, and then flew off. &nbsp;</p>Wed, 20 May 2020 14:18:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uo5c34kf2gd3cbbg94q54.pngThe pilot landed his helicopter at a patrol station in Garwolin. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pilot-lands-private-helicopter-at-petrol-station-to-fill-up-on-gas-12810Polish consumer sentiment up 6.3 pps y/y in Mayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-consumer-sentiment-up-63-pps-yy-in-may-12808<p>Poland’s consumer sentiment improved in May from its April's level as the indicator of current consumer confidence (BWUK) rose by 6.3 percentage points to minus 30.1 points, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 20 May 2020 13:38:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h9h1xz1k0dvafdwm6ms6o.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-consumer-sentiment-up-63-pps-yy-in-may-12808PM appoints new anti-corruption chief, security dep headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-appoints-new-anti-corruption-chief-security-dep-head-12806<p>Andrzej Strozny was named as the new head of Poland's Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA), Daniel Karpeta as his deputy and Bartosz Jarmuszkiewicz as deputy chief of the Internal Security Agency (ABW) on Thursday.</p>Wed, 20 May 2020 12:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPM appoints new anti-corruption chief, security dep headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-appoints-new-anti-corruption-chief-security-dep-head-12806Companies emerging from lockdown well, finds new reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/companies-emerging-from-lockdown-well-finds-new-report-12804<p>The economic situation surrounding Polish companies is showing signs of improvement as the economy defrosts and the effects of the government’s anti-crisis shield kicks in, a report has found.</p>Wed, 20 May 2020 12:22:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vjvrqfstdhnn9x8gwuqvfm.jpegSome 89 percent of companies that lack the cash to survive even a month have benefited from the shield, while 76 percent of those that have reserves for a month have also tapped into the shield.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/companies-emerging-from-lockdown-well-finds-new-report-12804Average corporate wage up 1.9 pct y/y in April - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-up-19-pct-yy-in-april---stats-office-12801<p>Poland's average corporate gross monthly wage in April 2020 amounted to PLN 5,285 ( EUR 1,160), up by 1.9 percent year on year, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 20 May 2020 11:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w23wtz6ttyg2leewjfgwms.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-up-19-pct-yy-in-april---stats-office-12801Poland’s landscape erupts into colour with spectacular splashes of yellowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-landscape-erupts-into-colour-with-spectacular-splashes-of-yellow-12799<tr><td><p>Forget living in a Yellow Submarine, how about some Yellow fields supreme!</p></td></tr>Wed, 20 May 2020 09:44:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sitncc6dhkzipaoj8ihy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-landscape-erupts-into-colour-with-spectacular-splashes-of-yellow-12799Up-and-coming filmmakers join top directors to create series of short movies reflecting life under lockdown for HBOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-and-coming-filmmakers-join-top-directors-to-create-series-of-short-movies-reflecting-life-under-lockdown-for-hbo-12796<p>An anthology of 14 short films by Polish authors exploring life under lockdown are being produced by HBO Europe.</p>Tue, 19 May 2020 18:12:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nl3ic7kegyjh1xm15qpslo.pngThe anthology of 14 short films being produced by HBO Europe explores life under lockdown.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/up-and-coming-filmmakers-join-top-directors-to-create-series-of-short-movies-reflecting-life-under-lockdown-for-hbo-12796Poland spends EUR 88 mln on global virus fight - Foreign Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-spends-eur-88-mln-on-global-virus-fight---foreign-ministry-12794<p>Poland is spending over PLN 400 mln (EUR 88 mln) on fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in the world, funding vaccine, drug and test research, Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński said at a Tuesday press briefing, as quoted in his ministry's press release.</p>Tue, 19 May 2020 18:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e4v6yjn879vbj8rhnv0bi.jpegJabłoński said Poland is spending some PLN 350 mln (EUR 77 mln) on research into developing vaccines, drugs and tests against the coronavirus.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-spends-eur-88-mln-on-global-virus-fight---foreign-ministry-12794Polish PM hopes EC will soon approve aid package for large companieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-hopes-ec-will-soon-approve-aid-package-for-large-companies-12793<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki believes that the European Commission (EC) will approve an aid package for large companies in the coming days. He made the statement during an economic forum of the Polish Development Fund (PFR) on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 19 May 2020 17:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cadhqjmqw4dpxs3wunste.jpeg"We are ready, we want to obey European regulations," Morawiecki said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-hopes-ec-will-soon-approve-aid-package-for-large-companies-12793Site of mass WWII killings known as Death Valley to be exhumed after researchers discover remainshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/site-of-mass-wwii-killings-known-as-death-valley-to-be-exhumed-after-researchers-discover-remains-12791<p>The remains of men, women and children executed by Nazi thugs at a site known as Death Valley in the north of Poland are to be exhumed after 75 years.</p>Tue, 19 May 2020 16:23:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kh2mz0g41e6jcacjotroy.pngArchaeologists want to find the killing fields where around 1,000 Poles were murdered by the SS in the town of Chojnice.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/site-of-mass-wwii-killings-known-as-death-valley-to-be-exhumed-after-researchers-discover-remains-12791Docs come up with artificial intelligence system to identify COVID-19 with X-rayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/docs-come-up-with-artificial-intelligence-system-to-identify-covid-19-with-x-rays-12789<p><span lang="en-GB">Scientists have developed an online system for detecting early signs of coronavirus using X-rays.</span></p>Tue, 19 May 2020 14:57:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y0x6ivmpfv4suk6sfkbfe.jpegBy analysing a patient’s chest X-rays with their artificial intelligence CIRCA system, scientists are able to distinguish coronavirus symptoms from other pulmonary infections. (illustrative photo).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/docs-come-up-with-artificial-intelligence-system-to-identify-covid-19-with-x-rays-12789No sharp increase in unemployment in Poland, so far - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-sharp-increase-in-unemployment-in-poland-so-far---pm-12788<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday that, so far, Poland had not been hit by any sharp rise in unemployment or mass layoffs.</p>Tue, 19 May 2020 14:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNo sharp increase in unemployment in Poland, so far - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-sharp-increase-in-unemployment-in-poland-so-far---pm-12788PM presents plan for protecting economy in video featuring Warsaw Uprising herohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-presents-plan-for-protecting-economy-in-video-featuring-warsaw-uprising-hero-12786<p><span lang="en-GB">The PM has taken to social media to present his plan for bridging the gap with richer countries, by releasing a video featuring Warsaw Uprising hero Wlodzimierz Wisniewski.</span></p>Tue, 19 May 2020 12:37:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kbzlpnkualdbiitpk9s7su.pngTaking to Twitter, the PM said that Poland’s plan to protect with economy will help bridge the gap with the richest countries.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-presents-plan-for-protecting-economy-in-video-featuring-warsaw-uprising-hero-12786Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 19,080https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-19080-12785<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 195 since Monday evening and has reached 19,080, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another five people have died, bringing the death toll to 941.</p>Tue, 19 May 2020 10:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/of14kfyol9okoe7zixh2d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-19080-12785Over 80 pct of Polish companies suffer lower turnoverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-80-pct-of-polish-companies-suffer-lower-turnover-12783<p>The turnover of 82 percent of Polish companies declined in April this year, compared to levels from a year ago, according to a survey conducted for the Business Center Club and 4 Business &amp; People.</p>Tue, 19 May 2020 09:16:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver 80 pct of Polish companies suffer lower turnoverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-80-pct-of-polish-companies-suffer-lower-turnover-12783Polish carrier resumes domestic flights on June 1https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-carrier-resumes-domestic-flights-on-june-1-12782<p>Poland's LOT national airline will resume some domestic routes from June 1, the carrier announced on Monday. All LOT flights were suspended in mid-March owing to the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Mon, 18 May 2020 21:16:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3p4xj7xcqjqxk3fn8tfses.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-carrier-resumes-domestic-flights-on-june-1-12782Poem by renowned Polish poet recited at EC press conferncehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poem-by-renowned-polish-poet-recited-at-ec-press-confernce-12781<p>European Commission spokeswoman Marta Wieczorek, during a European Commission (EC) conference on Monday, recited the poem "Nothing Twice" by Polish Nobel Prize winner Wisława Szymborska.</p>Mon, 18 May 2020 19:34:00 +0200News & PoliticsArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2akxvh9r4j3znhl0c5i11.jpegSzymborska's poem contemplates that everything in life happens only once and one should enjoy every moment.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poem-by-renowned-polish-poet-recited-at-ec-press-confernce-12781Kraków Airport seals apron expansion dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-seals-apron-expansion-deal-12780<p>Kraków Airport in southern Poland has signed a contract for the expansion of its apron. The nearly PLN 134 million (EUR 29.4 million) project will add 15 new slots for code C aircraft.</p>Mon, 18 May 2020 19:04:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nzrxooelarejw09iawp69b.jpegInfrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk said at the signing that the commencement of the project proved the Polish construction sector's resilience to the coronavirus epidemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-seals-apron-expansion-deal-12780Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 18,885https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-18885-12779<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 356 since Sunday and has reached 18,885, the Ministry of Health said on Monday afternoon. A further 11 people have died, bringing the death toll to 936.</p>Mon, 18 May 2020 18:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4rd7alf6yyxw19aa9rvmdm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-18885-12779Ceremony at Polish war cemetery marks battle of Monte Cassinohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ceremony-at-polish-war-cemetery-marks-battle-of-monte-cassino-12778<p>May 18 marks the 76th anniversary of the 1944 Battle of Monte Cassino in which Polish forces, under the command of General Władysław Anders, played a key role.</p>Mon, 18 May 2020 18:11:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vxc0dy8qd0jzfxo0zyhewc.jpegMonte Cassino, a historic 6th-century hilltop abbey which stood in the path of the Allies' progress to Rome, was used by the Germans as an observation point for their artillery, located on the other side of the hill.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ceremony-at-polish-war-cemetery-marks-battle-of-monte-cassino-12778Runners cover distance greater than world’s circumference in bid to raise cash for National Parkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/runners-cover-distance-greater-than-worlds-circumference-in-bid-to-raise-cash-for-national-park-12776<p>A charity run for the Biebrza National Park took an unexpected turn, when instead of covering 3,500 km in three days, the runners reached an astonishing 53,400 km.</p>Mon, 18 May 2020 16:04:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/afj685cwzo6ol6ykjj1dp.jpegTo raise money to help the Biebrza National Park, of which 5,500 hectares has been destroyed by fire, the runners planned a 3,500km run, which turned into 53,400km – over 13,000km more than the earth’s 40,008 km circumference.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/runners-cover-distance-greater-than-worlds-circumference-in-bid-to-raise-cash-for-national-park-12776Poland third best place to invest in post-COVID worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-third-best-place-to-invest-in-post-covid-world-12774<p><span lang="EN-US">Poland has been ranked the third best country in the world to invest in this year, beating economic heavy weights such as the United States and Germany, according to research by a leading business magazine.</span></p>Mon, 18 May 2020 14:38:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a5xpcvqd5nmolwnrg1t2vb.jpegPoland was one of only three European states to make the top 10 along with Britain and its neighbour the Czech Republic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-third-best-place-to-invest-in-post-covid-world-12774EBRD invests in Poland's renewable energyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ebrd-invests-in-polands-renewable-energy-12773<p>The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will grant five loans totalling PLN 280 million (EUR 63 mln) for a portfolio of almost 200 MW in wind and solar energy in Poland, EBRD said in a Monday press statement.</p>Mon, 18 May 2020 14:11:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEBRD invests in Poland's renewable energyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ebrd-invests-in-polands-renewable-energy-12773Epidemic will speed up digitalisation in the economy - dep PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/epidemic-will-speed-up-digitalisation-in-the-economy---dep-pm-12771<p>Addressing the European Economic Congress on Monday, Polish Deputy PM and Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said that the epidemic "will accelerate digitalisation in the economy, especially in such branches as services, trade and remote work."</p>Mon, 18 May 2020 14:09:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xpu4ktq1vtk43lwxyjrkg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/epidemic-will-speed-up-digitalisation-in-the-economy---dep-pm-12771Desa Unicum decorates streets of Warsaw with public art ahead of its first ever street art auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/desca-unicum-decorates-streets-of-warsaw-with-public-art-ahead-of-its-first-ever-street-art-auction-12767<p><span lang="EN-GB">In central Warsaw, walls, pavements and even cups of coffee and bits of fruit have found themselves plastered with street art as part of a concerted action conducted by the country’s most prestigious auction house.</span></p>Mon, 18 May 2020 13:25:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1383tchpes4eapebwxqfhdv.jpegPrimed around the slogan Już jest pięknie (It’s already beautiful), Desa Unicum’s project coincides with the easing of the lockdown and its first street art auction.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/desca-unicum-decorates-streets-of-warsaw-with-public-art-ahead-of-its-first-ever-street-art-auction-12767President, FM, US ambassador mark centenary of birth of St. John Paul IIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-fm-us-ambassador-mark-centenary-of-birth-of-st-john-paul-ii-12765<p>President Andrzej Duda, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher and Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek paid tribute to the late Polish-born Pope John Paul II on the centenary of his birth on Monday.</p>Mon, 18 May 2020 12:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zduuz6f2j4afzzlsasmi3.jpegBorn in the town of Wadowice in 1920, Karol Wojtyła was elected the 264th pope on October 16, 1978.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-fm-us-ambassador-mark-centenary-of-birth-of-st-john-paul-ii-12765Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 18,529https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-18529-12762<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 135 since Sunday morning and has reached 18,529, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday afternoon. A further six people have died, bringing the death toll to 925.</p>Sun, 17 May 2020 19:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qvj47sui3kntjiaxjpizf8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-18529-12762New book shines light on forgotten Polish Nazi hunter who brought Auschwitz commandant to trialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-book-shines-light-on-forgotten-polish-nazi-hunter-who-brought-auschwitz-commandant-to-trial-12759<p><span lang="EN-GB">With his name largely faded from history, a Polish Nazi hunter that interrogated some of the biggest monsters of the 20th century has been returned to the spotlight following the publication of a new book celebrating his life and work.</span></p>Sun, 17 May 2020 19:03:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jw6b7bhoiqlx0vov5ffqg.pngSehn, far left, walks through the gates at Auschwitz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-book-shines-light-on-forgotten-polish-nazi-hunter-who-brought-auschwitz-commandant-to-trial-12759Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 18,394https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-18394-12758<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 137 since Saturday and has reached 18,394, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday. Another four people have died, bringing the death toll to 919.</p>Sun, 17 May 2020 16:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xdszibmle7l2xdtpt6df2c.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-18394-12758St. John Paul II remembered by Polish primate in interview with PAPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/st-john-paul-ii-remembered-by-polish-primate-in-interview-with-pap-12756<p>St. John Paul II was someone who built bridges between people and approached others with great openness, said Primate of Poland Archbishop Wojciech Polak in an interview for PAP. Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II.</p>Sun, 17 May 2020 15:21:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zyik5r9t7gd1sld23daya.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/st-john-paul-ii-remembered-by-polish-primate-in-interview-with-pap-12756Doctor battles anti-vaxxers to bring facts to the public during the pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/doctor-battles-anti-vaxxers-to-bring-facts-to-the-public-during-the-pandemic-12754<p><span lang="EN-GB">A family doctor has taken on the anti-vaxxer movement, fighting back against fake news and launching a website to combat medical misinformation.</span></p>Sun, 17 May 2020 15:13:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7htu8113gsaqk4ioe1.pngDoctor Dawid Ciemięga: taking on the fake-news spreaders.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/doctor-battles-anti-vaxxers-to-bring-facts-to-the-public-during-the-pandemic-12754Poznań branches out with walkway in the treeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-branches-out-with-walkway-in-the-trees-12752<p><span lang="EN-GB">A new walkway in Poznań has opened giving people the chance to leave the stresses of city life behind them by getting up high amongst the trees.&nbsp;</span></p>Sun, 17 May 2020 11:56:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pc0ga7uedtfbjpt19gu5tu.jpegTaking the high way: the new pathway weaves its way through the trees.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-branches-out-with-walkway-in-the-trees-12752Economy getting back on its feet thanks to professional measures - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/economy-getting-back-on-its-feet-thanks-to-professional-measures---pm-12750<p>The Polish economy is pulling up from the slowdown caused by the coronavirus epidemic thanks to professional measures undertaken by the government, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday in Katowice, southern Poland.</p>Sat, 16 May 2020 21:52:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qenom8dx6592mv9uj021e6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/economy-getting-back-on-its-feet-thanks-to-professional-measures---pm-12750Running on empty: entrepreneurs struggle to weather the lockdown stormhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/running-on-empty-entrepreneurs-struggle-to-weather-the-lockdown-storm-12748<p><span lang="EN-GB">Tadeusz Gołębiewski, the owner of some of the biggest hotels in Poland has taken out a PLN 30 million loan, using his own assets as collateral, so he can keep paying his employees. But not all entrepreneurs can do this. TFN takes a look at how they’re coping with the lockdown and what assistance they need the most.</span></p>Sat, 16 May 2020 20:07:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ira0rok4lrr8nirjmg99.jpegKeeping things going. Gołębiowski’s hotel in Karpacz will benefit from the loan.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/running-on-empty-entrepreneurs-struggle-to-weather-the-lockdown-storm-12748A buzz about building: bee hotels open in bid to give vital insects a boosthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-buzz-about-building-bee-hotels-open-in-bid-to-give-vital-insects-a-boost-12746<p><span lang="EN-GB">Poland is becoming a hive of building activity. But the construction boom is focused on the country’s smallest inhabitants – insects. To help pollinators by replacing their destroyed habitats, both individuals and city authorities are all busy as bees setting up insect hotels.&nbsp;</span></p>Sat, 16 May 2020 17:40:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6kbujg2vb0raqlgboyl6rv.jpegHome from home. One of the insect hotels in Wrocław.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-buzz-about-building-bee-hotels-open-in-bid-to-give-vital-insects-a-boost-12746Chopin in the park goes online to avoid Covid lockdownhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chopin-in-the-park-goes-online-to-avoid-covid-lockdown-12743<p><span lang="EN-GB">With the spread of the coronavirus, the popular Chopin concerts in Warsaw’s Łazienki Park are going virtual. For the first time ever, they will be held online, starting this weekend.</span></p>Sat, 16 May 2020 13:30:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pn9u5k72ht9zv5fctfj.jpegThe concerts have always pulled in the crowds but the need for social distancing has now put them online. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chopin-in-the-park-goes-online-to-avoid-covid-lockdown-12743‘Wood’ you believe it: “wood temple” showcases use of natural material in architecturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wood-you-believe-it-wood-temple-showcases-use-of-natural-material-in-architecture-12741<p><span lang="EN-GB">A new building in Poland shows what can be achieved with wood when modern architecture, traditional influences and respect for the environment are combined.&nbsp;</span></p>Sat, 16 May 2020 11:50:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pg9381jceemm3obu6edxx8.jpegWooden wonder: the building showcases wood’s natural beauty.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wood-you-believe-it-wood-temple-showcases-use-of-natural-material-in-architecture-12741Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 18,184https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-18184-12740<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 168 since Friday and has reached 18,184, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday. Another 5 people have died, bringing the death toll to 912.</p>Sat, 16 May 2020 11:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ab8hu5bdpeaw1olbgmz328.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-18184-12740World at Waste? Poland on the Casehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/world-at-waste-poland-on-the-case-490<p>Agata Frankiewicz is on a mission.</p><p>Listed as one of the 'Top 50 boldest women changing the world for better' in 2018, Agata is working to connect corporations wasting gigantic amounts of materials each year with creators and artists who spin beautiful products from things others throw away.</p><p>The concept is simple. It's called upcycling and it could radically change the world, reducing waste and its impact on the environment. But someone has to kick start the revolution.&nbsp;</p><p>In this online, live episode of Heart of Poland our show host, Patrick Ney, talks to Agata about her journey to growing upcycling hub Deko Eko (<a href="https://pocztam.pap.pl/owa/redir.aspx?C=8b53da5104ab467dadc7e2b400b13053&URL=https%3a%2f%2fdekoeko.com%2f" shape="rect" target="_blank">dekoeko.com</a>) connecting corporations with artists and creators, from a handful of employees to 12 and growing, from startup to seed funded, from Poland-based to European-wide.&nbsp;</p><p>As with every business interview, Patrick goes behind the company front-of-house and will ask Agata about her favourite places in Poland, and the challenges that she's faced and overcome and the journey she's on as a person and a Pole.&nbsp;</p><p>Tune in and share!&nbsp;</p>Sat, 16 May 2020 10:10:00 +0200BusinessHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7j1kmd8f3wgr62phk82z.pngWorld at Waste? Poland on the Casehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/world-at-waste-poland-on-the-case-490German regulator's decision on Nord Stream 2 a victory for Poland - Dep PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-regulators-decision-on-nord-stream-2-a-victory-for-poland---dep-pm-12738<p>Germany's Bundesnetzagentur energy regulator on Friday refused derogation to the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, thus subjecting it to EU regulations. Polish Deputy PM Jacek Sasin said the decision meant a victory for Poland.</p>Fri, 15 May 2020 20:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0uk31gxt1tjm4h2iaca829.jpegThe German energy regulator's decision follows a protest against Nord Stream 2's exemption from EU law lodged in March by Poland's PGNiG oil and gas operator. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-regulators-decision-on-nord-stream-2-a-victory-for-poland---dep-pm-12738“We surprised the world!” PM jubilant as Poland looks set to be country least affected by recessionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-surprised-the-world-pm-jubilant-as-poland-looks-set-to-be-country-least-affected-by-recession-12735<p>Poland looks set to be one of the countries least affected by the oncoming recession, according to new data.</p>Fri, 15 May 2020 19:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c18lfhi1ewgp702szvqke.jpegHappy Morawiecki said that because of Poland’s strong GDP and handling of the coronavirus, the country will “come out of this crisis victorious."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-surprised-the-world-pm-jubilant-as-poland-looks-set-to-be-country-least-affected-by-recession-12735Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 18,016https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-18016-12734<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 401 since Thursday and reached 18,016, the Ministry of Health said on Friday evening. Another 24 people have died, bringing the death toll 907.</p>Fri, 15 May 2020 18:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eodovjbh0me3ja56x1vu3k.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-18016-12734Poland enjoys export growth in Q1, unlike most EU peers - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-enjoys-export-growth-in-q1-unlike-most-eu-peers---ministry-12733<p>Poland is among only four EU member states that posted growth in the first quarter of 2020, the Development Ministry said in a Friday comment to preliminary data published by the EU's statistical agency Eurostat.</p>Fri, 15 May 2020 17:51:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland enjoys export growth in Q1, unlike most EU peers - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-enjoys-export-growth-in-q1-unlike-most-eu-peers---ministry-12733Warsaw mayor named opposition's presidential candidatehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-mayor-named-oppositions-presidential-candidate-12732<p>Poland's main opposition party Civic Platform (PO) on Friday named Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski their new candidate for president after Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska pulled out from the race, PO leader Borys Budka has announced.</p>Fri, 15 May 2020 17:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bd333r5rgtqmzq8f9hm3r.jpegRafał Trzaskowski the new Civic Platform candidate for president.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-mayor-named-oppositions-presidential-candidate-12732Law-n and Order! No mowing grassland, councils say as they roll out urban meadows schemehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/law-n-and-order-no-mowing-grassland-councils-order-as-they-roll-out-urban-meadows-scheme-12729<p>City councils have limited the amount of mowing – and in some cases banned it outright – to replace perfectly manicured public lawns with ‘wild’ city centre meadows.</p>Fri, 15 May 2020 16:38:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aczxe6jzx6nbv2cig6nych.jpegFacing the threat of drought and the need for savings, Polish cities have turned ‘avant-gardeners’ by banning mowing and creating ‘cheap ‘n’ easy’ flowery urban meadows instead.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/law-n-and-order-no-mowing-grassland-councils-order-as-they-roll-out-urban-meadows-scheme-12729Poland's PFR fund pays out EUR 5.49 billion in crisis aid to companieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-pfr-fund-pays-out-eur-549-billion-in-crisis-aid-to-companies-12728<p>The Polish Development Fund (PFR) has paid out nearly PLN 25 billion (EUR 5.49 billion) in aid to companies over the past weeks under its financial shield mechanism, PFR deputy head Bartosz Marczuk wrote on Twitter on Friday.</p>Fri, 15 May 2020 16:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/09wv87rrklzdk1cmbar33p.jpegMarczuk wrote that nearly 120,000 companies, employing some 1.2 million people, had already benefited from the shield aimed at cushioning the impact of the coronavirus crisis.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-pfr-fund-pays-out-eur-549-billion-in-crisis-aid-to-companies-12728Poland's Future Inflation Index hits record low in May - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-future-inflation-index-hits-record-low-in-may---biec-12726<p>Poland's Future Inflation Index (WPI), an indicator that predicts consumer price trends over the coming months, fell by 3 points in May 2020, the largest one-off decline in 20 years, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) wrote on Friday</p>Fri, 15 May 2020 14:18:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Future Inflation Index hits record low in May - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-future-inflation-index-hits-record-low-in-may---biec-12726Banking sector's net profit down 48.5 pct y/y in Q1 – national bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-12724<p>The net profit of the Polish banking sector amounted to PLN 1.46 bln (EUR 320 mln) in January-March 2020, which means that it dropped 48.5 pct year on year, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) has reported.</p>Fri, 15 May 2020 14:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5z0978630p5rsswel6666b.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/-12724Unemployment benefit to rise to EUR 262.9 a month plus bonus - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unemployment-benefit-to-rise-to-eur-2629-a-month-plus-bonus---pm-12722<p>The Polish government is increasing the unemployment benefit to PLN 1,200 (EUR 262,9) per month and introducing three months' benefits to the tune of PLN 1,300 (EUR 284.8) per person out of work, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a Friday press conference.</p>Fri, 15 May 2020 14:05:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pmu8rjket73esm1i8itkm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unemployment-benefit-to-rise-to-eur-2629-a-month-plus-bonus---pm-12722My heart will always be in Nowy Sącz: Exhibition in honour of theatre dame Zofia Rysiównahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/my-heart-will-always-be-in-nowy-sacz-exhibition-in-honour-of-theatre-dame-zofia-rysiowna-12720<p><span lang="EN-GB">A beautiful exhibition in honour of Zofia Rysiówna’s 100 birthday is being held in the cellars of the J. Szujski Public Library in Nowy Sącz.</span></p>Fri, 15 May 2020 14:04:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lz54r8f7ug6zevdji0xlr.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/my-heart-will-always-be-in-nowy-sacz-exhibition-in-honour-of-theatre-dame-zofia-rysiowna-12720Finance ministry sells record EUR 1.18 bln in savings bonds in Aprillhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/finance-ministry-sells-record-eur-118-bln-in-savings-bonds-in-aprill-12717<p>Poland's Ministry of Finance sold savings bonds to a record value of PLN 5.4 billion (EUR 1.18 billion) in April , Deputy Finance Minister Piotr Nowak announced in a Friday press release.</p>Fri, 15 May 2020 13:07:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFinance ministry sells record EUR 1.18 bln in savings bonds in Aprillhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/finance-ministry-sells-record-eur-118-bln-in-savings-bonds-in-aprill-12717Stats office data confirm resilience of Polish economy - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stats-office-data-confirm-resilience-of-polish-economy---ministry-12715<p>Data published by Poland's Central Statistical Office (GUS) on Friday confirm the resilience of the Polish economy, the Ministry of Development tweeted on Friday commenting on GDP data from GUS, adding that Poland's slowdown would be the smallest in the EU.</p>Fri, 15 May 2020 13:05:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fxjs4irw3nuzx207zknhd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stats-office-data-confirm-resilience-of-polish-economy---ministry-12715The Gdańsk man who brought US giant Amazon to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-gdansk-man-who-brought-us-giant-amazon-to-poland-12713<p><span lang="EN-GB">People change the world in many different ways.</span></p>Fri, 15 May 2020 12:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gidg05ik0xby5ugolsp27d.pngAfter selling his text-to-speech technology to Amazon, the American giant moved its business to Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-gdansk-man-who-brought-us-giant-amazon-to-poland-12713Poland's inflation in April at 3.4 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-april-at-34-percent-yy---stats-office-12711<p>Prices of consumer goods and services grew by 3.4 percent year on year in April 2020 and stood at -0.1 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 15 May 2020 11:53:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qvsp8yqmd903tud678xzn5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-april-at-34-percent-yy---stats-office-12711Poland's GDP up 1.9 pct y/y in Q1 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-up-19-pct-yy-in-q1---stats-office-12709<p>The Polish economy grew by 1.9 percent year on year in the first quarter of 2020 after a 3.2 percent growth in the fourth quarter of 2019, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said in a flash estimate on Friday.</p>Fri, 15 May 2020 11:04:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eqt6rbg4t9nzp25qtdt0sn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-up-19-pct-yy-in-q1---stats-office-12709Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 17,850https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-17850-12707<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased since Thursday evening by 235 and reached 17,850, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another 10 people have died, bringing the death toll to 893.</p>Fri, 15 May 2020 10:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yiss9h5aioi7fdqevgvld.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-17850-12707Opposition Kidawa-Blonska pulls out from presidential racehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-kidawa-blonska-pulls-out-from-presidential-race-12705<p>The main opposition party, the centrist Civic Platform (PO)'s candidate for the presidential elections, Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska, supported by the broader Civic Coalition (KO),withdrew from the delayed presidential election, she told a Friday briefing.</p>Fri, 15 May 2020 10:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2y65dudbz94ainms3v3wa9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-kidawa-blonska-pulls-out-from-presidential-race-12705Lufthansa to resume flights from Frankfurt to Warsaw, Krakówhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lufthansa-to-resume-flights-from-frankfurt-to-warsaw-krakow-12704<p>German flag carrier Lufthansa will resume flights from Frankfurt to Warsaw and Kraków, southern Poland, at the beginning of June, the airline has announced.</p>Thu, 14 May 2020 20:39:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ose0moh83plhktbcnk428t.jpegLufthansa will offer 17 flights a week to the two major Polish cities.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lufthansa-to-resume-flights-from-frankfurt-to-warsaw-krakow-12704Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 17,615https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-17615-12703<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 146 since Thursday morning and reached 17,615, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday evening. Another 14 people have died, bringing the death toll to 883.</p>Thu, 14 May 2020 18:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/75q5vryh4a559yejhkih6c.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-17615-12703Trouble brewing? Breweries brace themselves for long-term consequences of lockdownhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trouble-brewing-breweries-brace-themselves-for-long-term-consequences-of-lockdown-12700<p>Bolted shut for two months, yesterday’s news that pubs can reopen next week has been greeted with measured optimism by the country’s craft beer scene as it thrashes to survive the longer-term consequences of the lockdown.</p>Thu, 14 May 2020 16:39:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/svb0wxogycp53ya3x50eh.jpegWelcome as the news has been, choppy waters lie ahead and will need to be navigated carefully by an industry left listing by the pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trouble-brewing-breweries-brace-themselves-for-long-term-consequences-of-lockdown-12700Poland's C/A surplus at EUR 2.4 bln in March - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ca-surplus-at-eur-24-bln-in-march---central-bank-12699<p>Poland recorded a EUR 2.438 billion current account surplus in March 2020, against a EUR 565 million current account surplus market consensus, according to National Bank of Poland (NBP) figures released on Thursday.</p>Thu, 14 May 2020 15:59:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w151mrx6h5chwl2yc79ux.jpegNBPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ca-surplus-at-eur-24-bln-in-march---central-bank-12699Remains of WWII German warship sunk by RAF’s Dambusters raised from Szczecin seabedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remains-of-wwii-german-warship-sunk-by-rafs-dambusters-raised-from-szczecin-seabed-12697<p><span lang="EN-GB">Fragments of the Lützow, a German World War Two heavy cruiser which was sunk by the famous British Dambusters squadron in 1945, have been raised from the bottom of a shipping channel in the Szczecin Lagoon.</span></p>Thu, 14 May 2020 14:48:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ghsyufuipdwqo9a8qyt7aa.pngThe fragments of the Lützow warship settled at the bottom of the channel in April 1945 when the ship was the target of an air raid by the RAF 617 ‘Dambusters’ squadron.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remains-of-wwii-german-warship-sunk-by-rafs-dambusters-raised-from-szczecin-seabed-12697EC thanks Polish health min for warning about substandard masks from EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-thanks-polish-health-min-for-warning-about-substandard-masks-from-eu-12695<p>EC Commissioner Stella Kyriakides thanked Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski for his warning about the masks received from the European Union, which did not comply with quality standards, Deputy Health Minister Janusz Cieszynki said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 14 May 2020 14:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mukt4bpzthbtb9igana97.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-thanks-polish-health-min-for-warning-about-substandard-masks-from-eu-12695DeeZee launches online shoe stores in four countrieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deezee-launches-online-shoe-stores-in-four-countries-12693<p>DeeZee, one of the largest online footwear stores in Poland, opened four online shops in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania, the company reported in a press release on Thursday.</p>Thu, 14 May 2020 13:42:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pfjrq9uy2qi084tnjpfp.pngDeeZee was established in 2005.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deezee-launches-online-shoe-stores-in-four-countries-12693Warsaw artist’s head-turning portraits get artworld talkinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-artists-head-turning-portraits-get-artworld-talking-12691<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Warsaw-based artist is creating something of a stir on the international art scene with her transformation of classical portraits which challenge the way we perceive beauty.</span></p>Thu, 14 May 2020 13:24:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l1jmw4jonsilbfsfwc2ah.jpegUsing oil on canvas, Ewa Juszkiewicz replicates the rich colours and textures of original portraits, extending this to the features she has added covering the women’s faces.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-artists-head-turning-portraits-get-artworld-talking-12691Crushing the coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crushing-the-coronavirus-12689<p>As we enter our third month of coronalockdown, we take a look at steps being taken to help fight the COVID-19 virus…</p>Thu, 14 May 2020 11:36:00 +0200ScienceLifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uqfech3r0dqdu8mn6uipd.jpegProfessor Maciej Drąg says that stopping either of the two key enzymes he has identified “stops the replication of the virus 100 percent.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crushing-the-coronavirus-12689Poland's virus reproduction rate falls below 1 - health minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-virus-reproduction-rate-falls-below-1---health-min-12687<p>The basic reproduction number, or the number of new infections generated by each case of coronavirus, has fallen below 1 in Poland, which means that the epidemic is subsiding, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 14 May 2020 11:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/66ee8zq9ecw5308ksvynfn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-virus-reproduction-rate-falls-below-1---health-min-12687Poland's foreign trade surplus at EUR 0.9 bln after March - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-09-bln-after-march---stats-office-12686<p>Poland's foreign trade surplus totalled EUR 0.9 billion at the end of March 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 14 May 2020 11:00:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lwsjmeih6go6u0ozxjc2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-09-bln-after-march---stats-office-12686Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 17,469https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-17469-12684<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased since Wednesday evening by 265 and reached 17,469, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another eight people have died, bringing the death toll to 869.</p>Thu, 14 May 2020 10:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/04pbjd4y56gnlfa7zkxin0l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-17469-12684Thailand reopens market for Polish eggs - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thailand-reopens-market-for-polish-eggs---ministry-12682<p>Poland has received official certification from the Thai government that lifts a ban on the export of Polish eggs and egg products to Thailand, the Agriculture Ministry has said citing the Chief Veterinary Inspectorate (GIW).</p>Thu, 14 May 2020 10:05:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3io8v28r09vbtob55ji418.jpegPoland is the seventh largest producer of eggs in the European Union.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thailand-reopens-market-for-polish-eggs---ministry-12682Russia is whitewashing its role in WW2 - gov't officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-is-whitewashing-its-role-in-ww2---govt-official-12681<p>Russia is resorting to disinformation to whitewash its negative role in World War II, Stanisław Żaryn, the spokesperson for Poland's special services coordinator, wrote in a Wednesday statement to PAP.</p>Wed, 13 May 2020 20:33:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8gwde4idvbvur6ekhdz2i.jpegAn inconvenient truth: German and Soviet officers greet each other after the invasion of Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-is-whitewashing-its-role-in-ww2---govt-official-12681Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 17,204https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-17204-12679<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased since Tuesday evening by 283 and reached 17,204, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday evening. Another 22 people have died, bringing the death toll to 861.</p>Wed, 13 May 2020 19:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dlkm29ev24twqdzinupaop.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-17204-12679Modified Polish-US military exercises to take place in June – ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/modified-polish-us-military-exercises-to-take-place-in-june--ministry-12678<p>Modified Polish-US DEFENDER-Europe 20 Plus military exercises will take place on June 5-19 at the Drawsko Pomorskie training grounds in northwestern Poland, the Polish Ministry of National Defense announced in a statement on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 13 May 2020 18:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/buaprtr3kfcmpjv2x2lvyn.jpegDEFENDER-Europe 20 was to run from February to April, and 29,000 US soldiers from the US and from those stationed in Europe were to participate in exercises on training grounds in, among other locations, Poland, Germany and the Baltic States.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/modified-polish-us-military-exercises-to-take-place-in-june--ministry-12678PM appeals to EU leaders for greater Common Agricultural Policy outlayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-appeals-to-eu-leaders-for-greater-common-agricultural-policy-outlays-12676<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday that on Tuesday he had sent a letter to EU leaders and EC President Ursula von der Leyen appealing for greater EU expenditures of 10 pct on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the 2021-2027 EU budget.</p>Wed, 13 May 2020 18:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d19hz8zd4dhkq0p70hmn2c.jpegIn the PM's opinion, "in order to increase the EU budget, it is necessary to fight tax havens because all EU states lose a huge amount of money on the taxation of the richest companies, the richest people, in tax havens."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-appeals-to-eu-leaders-for-greater-common-agricultural-policy-outlays-12676Consumer loans surge but economists warn of future ‘consumption collapse’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/consumer-loans-surge-but-economists-warn-of-future-consumption-collapse-12674<p>Poles went on buying frenzy once they were allowed back into shopping malls with shoppers applying for 24,000 consumer loans on May 4 alone, the first day of opening.</p>Wed, 13 May 2020 17:40:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/doj9q2857ygnqek0whik8g.jpegThe first day of opening shopping malls, customers went on a buying binge applying for 24,000 consumer loans on May 4 alone, the first day of opening.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/consumer-loans-surge-but-economists-warn-of-future-consumption-collapse-12674University boffins create ‘disinfection gate’ that kills bacteria and virus in one minutehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/university-boffins-create-disinfection-gate-that-kills-bacteria-and-virus-in-one-minute-12670<p>A disinfecting gate that can kill 90 percent of bacteria and viruses in just one minute has been designed by engineers from the Silesian University of Technology.</p>Wed, 13 May 2020 15:31:00 +0200ScienceStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sg12tpi3jvgmjtpbayx09.jpegIn an attempt to bring a ‘modicum of normalcy’ to a post-COVID-19 world, the disinfection gate, which in the future will be used in public places such as airports, museums, and train stations is already operating in two hospitals. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/university-boffins-create-disinfection-gate-that-kills-bacteria-and-virus-in-one-minute-12670Beer we go! Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers to reopen next week!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beer-we-go-pubs-restaurants-and-hairdressers-to-reopen-next-week-12668<p><span lang="EN-GB">Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers are to reopen next week, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday.</span></p>Wed, 13 May 2020 14:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yckza18tydawpgw8axiua.jpegBars and restaurants will reopen next week.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beer-we-go-pubs-restaurants-and-hairdressers-to-reopen-next-week-12668PAP, GovTech Polska offer #FakeHunter open source codehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pap-govtech-polska-offer-fakehunter-open-source-code-12666<p>The Polish Press Agency (PAP) and GovTech Polska, a Polish government technological agency, have decided to offer an open source code to their landmark #FakeHunter fake news-busting software to anyone interested.</p>Wed, 13 May 2020 14:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/35uqp46sm27ne9prjwju3.jpegThe #FakeHunter service is available at https://fakehunter.pap.pl/https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pap-govtech-polska-offer-fakehunter-open-source-code-12666June 28 is optimal date for presidential election - dep PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/june-28-is-optimal-date-for-presidential-election---dep-pm-12664<p>Poland sees June 28 as the optimal and most realistic date for holding the presidential election, deputy PM and State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin told the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) daily on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 13 May 2020 12:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ugsyhrfii9b63tzc0815s8.jpegSasin added that the already printed electoral packages could be used in the new elections.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/june-28-is-optimal-date-for-presidential-election---dep-pm-12664First patients receive potential COVID-19 jabs - Pfizer Poland headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-patients-receive-potential-covid-19-jabs---pfizer-poland-head-12662<p>A group of 12 people have received a potential vaccine against the COVID-19 disease as part of clinical trials carried out in Germany, Pfizer Poland Country Manager Dorota Hryniewiecka-Firlej has said in an interview with PAP.</p>Wed, 13 May 2020 12:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fdgfh82pkf7saxu5i0jlgf.jpegClinical trials comprise four stages, and each of them must end in a positive result before the trials can proceed to the next one.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-patients-receive-potential-covid-19-jabs---pfizer-poland-head-12662Oldest time capsule in Europe found hidden in church spirehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oldest-time-capsule-in-europe-found-hidden-in-church-spire-12659<p><span lang="EN-GB">The oldest time capsule ever discovered in Europe and equal in age to the oldest in the world has been discovered in Lower Silesia.</span></p>Wed, 13 May 2020 12:22:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cnmmmozj1av5ajh1l4d0mu.pngThe time capsule dates back to 1797 making it the oldest in Europe and the second oldest in the world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oldest-time-capsule-in-europe-found-hidden-in-church-spire-12659Poland's industrial production down in March - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-down-in-march---eurostat-12657<p>Poland's industrial production dropped by 4.7 percent year on year in March 2020, after growing by 3.4 percent year on year in February, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 13 May 2020 12:02:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's industrial production down in March - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-down-in-march---eurostat-12657Polish government extends border controls until June 12https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-government-extends-border-controls-until-june-12-12655<p>Poland's government has decided to extend border controls for another 30 days, until June 12, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 13 May 2020 11:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p5gm67wzvap3gl9g40qg68.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-government-extends-border-controls-until-june-12-12655Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 17,062https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-17062-12654<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 180 since Tuesday evening to reach 17,062, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another 8 people have died, bringing the death toll to 847.</p>Wed, 13 May 2020 10:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1htkqgcoyqvv3qqeu5any9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-17062-12654EBRD says Polish economy will shrink by 3.5 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ebrd-says-polish-economy-will-shrink-by-35-pct-in-2020-12652<p>Poland's economy will contract by 3.5 percent in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and will return to a 4.0 percent growth in 2021, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said in its latest report.</p>Wed, 13 May 2020 10:32:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEBRD says Polish economy will shrink by 3.5 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ebrd-says-polish-economy-will-shrink-by-35-pct-in-2020-12652Upper house deputy speaker announces his resignationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/upper-house-deputy-speaker-announces-his-resignation-12650<p>Senate, upper house, Deputy Speaker Stanislaw Karczewski is resigning from the post, and returning to the medical profession, he told the private radio broadcaster RMF FM on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 13 May 2020 09:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gahejwp4txm3pe2zbd253u.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/upper-house-deputy-speaker-announces-his-resignation-12650Roma association publishes guidebook for Auschwitz visitorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roma-association-publishes-guidebook-for-auschwitz-visitors-12648<p>The Roma Association in Poland has published the first guidebook for visitors to the former Nazi German Auschwitz death camp. Its goal is to present the history of Roma inmates murdered in the camp.</p>Wed, 13 May 2020 09:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nwyf06loyo9x1vm3ouqafg.jpegRoma were the third biggest group deported to Auschwitz after Jews and Poles.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roma-association-publishes-guidebook-for-auschwitz-visitors-12648Poland's GDP decline should not exceed 5 pct in 2020 - experthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-decline-should-not-exceed-5-pct-in-2020---expert-12646<p>Poland's Monetary Policy Council (RPP) member Łukasz Hardt said on Tuesday that Poland's GDP should not shrink by more that 5 percent in 2020 while the unemployment rate should not reach a two-digit value and would likely stand at 7-8 percent.</p>Tue, 12 May 2020 20:20:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ka07ze719fku5u1wp2ok9.jpegAccording to Hardt, "the moment of the deepest economic slowdown is already behind Poland but the return to normalcy - if possible at all until an effective coronavirus vaccine is invented - will be long-lasting." https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-decline-should-not-exceed-5-pct-in-2020---expert-12646Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 16,921https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-16921-12645<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 595 and reached 16,921, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday evening. Another 12 people have died, bringing the death toll to 839.</p>Tue, 12 May 2020 18:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bg50ebr7amszuwk8ahed9o.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-16921-12645Opel's Polish plant to restart engine productionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opels-polish-plant-to-restart-engine-production-12644<p>Opel's engine factory based in the southern city of Tychy will restart production of car engines on Monday, after a two-month break. The company, which is part of the French PSA Group, has introduced new safety measures to mitigate the coronavirus threat.</p>Tue, 12 May 2020 17:59:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2qgkg190uz7njg15x012wi.jpegThe Tychy facility launched the production of PSA'a PureTech engines in January 2019.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opels-polish-plant-to-restart-engine-production-12644President signs new National Security Strategyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-new-national-security-strategy-12643<p>President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday signed a new National Security Strategy for Poland. Among others, the document includes measures related to the current coronavirus epidemic.</p>Tue, 12 May 2020 16:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/owcbfw5q4rfrm3s50brh5b.jpegMorawiecki said the strategy will define the shape of future security laws and provisions, and stressed that security was fundamental for national development. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-new-national-security-strategy-12643Rare book featuring 37 Picasso engravings to be put up for auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rare-book-featuring-37-picasso-engravings-to-be-put-up-for-auction-12640<p>A rare piece of art history has gone on display in Warsaw.</p>Tue, 12 May 2020 16:37:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gzoh4imfj7ee1dvohtdsfk.jpegThe book Carmen, by Prosper Mérimée, which includes sketches signed by Picasso was gifted to his friend Stanisław Dawski, also a renowned artist.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rare-book-featuring-37-picasso-engravings-to-be-put-up-for-auction-12640President, health minister, US ambassador convey wishes to nurseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-health-minister-us-ambassador-convey-wishes-to-nurses-12639<p>The Polish presidential couple, health minister and US ambassador to Poland conveyed their best wishes to nurses and midwives on the International Nurses Day on Tuesday. They also expressed their gratitude for their hard work during the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Tue, 12 May 2020 16:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2hi3bbi6c0t2va1gsaetew.jpegThe president and his wife stated that the epidemic had hit coronavirus-infected people the hardest, but had also turned out extremely difficult for health service staff.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-health-minister-us-ambassador-convey-wishes-to-nurses-12639Teacher’s pets: Teacher becomes online hit with guinea pig geography lessonshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/teachers-pets-teacher-becomes-online-hit-with-guinea-pig-geography-lessons-12635<p>A primary school teacher has become an online hit with her geography lessons using guinea pigs.</p>Tue, 12 May 2020 15:36:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cskh9lvf57wui5bv8483w.jpegThe endearing videos entitled "Geography with guinea pigs" became an instant hit with the first one being watched by over 30,000 people.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/teachers-pets-teacher-becomes-online-hit-with-guinea-pig-geography-lessons-12635Polish economy most resilient to virus crisis in EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-most-resilient-to-virus-crisis-in-eu-12633<p>The Polish economy is perceived as the most resilient to the pandemic crisis in the European Union, Bloomberg agency reported on its website.</p>Tue, 12 May 2020 14:43:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fj1kg3opxgommmejqt56r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-most-resilient-to-virus-crisis-in-eu-12633More than 90 percent of Poles fear rise in unemployment - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-than-90-percent-of-poles-fear-rise-in-unemployment---survey-12632<p>In April 2020, the percentage of Poles who feared an increase in unemployment rose to 91.2 percent from 34.7 percent in April 2019, a survey by IRG SGH and the Association of Financial Companies in Poland shows.</p>Tue, 12 May 2020 13:37:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMore than 90 percent of Poles fear rise in unemployment - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-than-90-percent-of-poles-fear-rise-in-unemployment---survey-12632Investigation uncovers web of Russian agents behind string of bomb threatshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/investigation-uncovers-web-of-russian-agents-behind-string-of-bomb-threats-12630<p><span lang="EN-GB">Russia’s military intelligence service was behind 700 bomb threats emailed to schools in Poland last year during the exam period, a radio station has claimed.</span></p>Tue, 12 May 2020 13:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/57161uj3i568vcnrzyez.jpegInvestigators were able to track traces left behind online, leading them to a server hall in St. Petersburg. (Illustrative photo).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/investigation-uncovers-web-of-russian-agents-behind-string-of-bomb-threats-12630Poland's average wage up in Q1 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-wage-up-in-q1---stats-office-12628<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 7.7 percent year on year to PLN 5,331.47 (EUR 1,169.90) in the first quarter of 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 12 May 2020 13:08:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's average wage up in Q1 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-wage-up-in-q1---stats-office-12628Presidential ballot most likely on June 28 or July 5 - Agreement headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-ballot-most-likely-on-june-28-or-july-5---agreement-head-12626<p>The most likely dates for the presidential election are June 28 or July 5, after Poland's May 10 all-mail vote was cancelled, Jaroslaw Gowin, leader of the Agreement party, a junior ruling coalition member, told a private broadcaster TVN24 on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 12 May 2020 11:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u2czuaxpkkh8womer57ej.jpegGowin said that all three parties of the United Right, PiS, Agreement and Solidarity Poland signed up to the amendment.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-ballot-most-likely-on-june-28-or-july-5---agreement-head-12626Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 16,561https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-16561-12625<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 235 since Monday evening and reached 16,561, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Sixteen more people have died, bringing the death toll to 827.</p>Tue, 12 May 2020 10:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8z5vua4zfly3q3ukhcbhs2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-16561-12625EC approves Poland's support package for companieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-polands-support-package-for-companies-12624<p>The European Commission approved on Monday Poland's EUR 450 million support programme for the Polish economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 21:02:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pds5p9pov9hhw858vpv5jb.jpegIt is estimated that approximately 7,000 enterprises will benefit from the support.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-polands-support-package-for-companies-12624Construction sector least hit by pandemic - infrastructure min.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/construction-sector-least-hit-by-pandemic---infrastructure-min-12623<p>Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk said on Monday that the coronavirus disease will not slow down construction work and assured that 1.5 million jobs in the sector are not at risk.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 20:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4ifosb90tyecmuw23yvn.jpegAdamczyk noted that 1.5 million jobs in the construction sector are "not at risk".https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/construction-sector-least-hit-by-pandemic---infrastructure-min-12623Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 16,326https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-16326-12622<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 330 since Sunday and reached 16,326, the Ministry of Health said on Monday afternoon. Eleven more people have died, bringing the death toll to 811.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 19:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kflwp6brlflo9hdlgqcwf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-16326-12622Hero docs save COVID-19 mum with blood of virus survivor after premature birthhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hero-docs-save-covid-19-mum-with-blood-of-virus-survivor-after-premature-birth-12620<p>A woman in severe condition with coronavirus and who gave birth in her 30th week of pregnancy has recovered after being treated with survivor plasma.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 19:17:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9hge3tmnvvc909t1knsst.jpegMedical staff saved the woman’s life after giving her the blood plasma of a Covid-19 convalescent (illustrative photo).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hero-docs-save-covid-19-mum-with-blood-of-virus-survivor-after-premature-birth-12620German Commerzbank to retain majority stake in mBankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-commerzbank-to-retain-majority-stake-in-mbank-12619<p>Commerzbank AG has decided not to sell its Polish subsidiary mBank, the German bank's head office in Frankfurt announced on Monday as reported by the dpa press agency.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 17:53:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kee6hwkawc8bazc0j9b97g.jpegPolish mBank S.A. will remain part of the Commerzbank Group.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-commerzbank-to-retain-majority-stake-in-mbank-12619Feline Fine! Adorable Pallas’s cat kittens introduced to the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/feline-fine-adorable-pallass-cat-kittens-introduced-to-the-world-12617<p>A litter of adorable Pallas’s cats has been born in Poznań zoo.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 17:30:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vfgec8yq15k7xlodesi2ho.jpegOne of the six unbearably cute Pallas’s cats born at Poznan zoo.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/feline-fine-adorable-pallass-cat-kittens-introduced-to-the-world-12617The Times on removal of plaque commemorating Tver executions of Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-times-on-removal-of-plaque-commemorating-tver-executions-of-poles-12616<p>British national daily The Times on Monday ran a commentary on the recent removal by Russian nationalists of a plaque commemorating 6,000 Polish officer POWs murdered in 1940 by the Soviet NKVD security police in Tver, a city some 180 km north-west of Moscow.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 17:20:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hrmwg2zooz8thp0kfazmpq.jpegThe plaque, located on a building that used to house the NKVD headquarters, commemorated Polish inmates of the Ostashkov POW camp in western Russia, who were executed in the building during World War II.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-times-on-removal-of-plaque-commemorating-tver-executions-of-poles-12616Poland's electricity production, consumption down y/y in Aprilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-electricity-production-consumption-down-yy-in-april-12615<p>Electricity production in Poland went down by 11.55 percent year on year in April 2020 to 11,088 GWh, according to power grid operator Polskie Sieci Energetyczne (PSE).</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 15:51:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vsh77mg2uc2hay4hmrafy.jpegApril's electricity consumption reached 12,116 GWh, down by 9.76 percent year on year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-electricity-production-consumption-down-yy-in-april-12615New model suggests COVID-19 is more infectious but less deadly than previously thoughthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-model-suggests-covid-19-is-more-infectious-but-less-deadly-than-previously-thought-12612<p>A COVID-19 global spread model which shows that while the virus is more infectious &nbsp;than previously thought it is also less deadly, has been created by three Polish scientists.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 15:19:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j7rm7vu9sso1kf895uvmly.jpegThe COVID-19 global spread model which shows that while the virus is more infectious than previously thought it is also less deadly.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-model-suggests-covid-19-is-more-infectious-but-less-deadly-than-previously-thought-12612Ambassador declares USA ready to defend Poland and NATOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ambassador-declares-usa-ready-to-defend-poland-and-nato-12610<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher declared on Monday that the USA was ready to defend Poland and NATO. She made the statement referring to the Polish MoD's tweet regarding the flight of a US bomber being escorted by Polish fighter jets.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 14:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hed913shmwovyttmz9bkb.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ambassador-declares-usa-ready-to-defend-poland-and-nato-12610Rating agency S&P revises Polish GDP decline forecast to 4 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rating-agency-sp-revises-polish-gdp-decline-forecast-to-4-pct-in-2020-12608<p>S&amp;P Global Ratings has revised its forecast for the decline in Poland's GDP to -4 percent in 2020 from the previous -2 percent, according to an S&amp;P report from May 7.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 13:56:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRating agency S&P revises Polish GDP decline forecast to 4 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rating-agency-sp-revises-polish-gdp-decline-forecast-to-4-pct-in-2020-12608Poland among European countries with low virus rate per mln - health minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-european-countries-with-low-virus-rate-per-mln---health-min-12606<p>Poland is one of the European countries where the virus rate per million inhabitants is very low, which proves that gov't recommendations and decision in this matter have been correct, Minister of Health Lukasz Szumowski told a Monday press conference.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 13:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nynvw71qlra495plbk1z4k.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-among-european-countries-with-low-virus-rate-per-mln---health-min-12606Health minister says postal voting the only possibility during epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-minister-says-postal-voting-the-only-possibility-during-epidemic-12604<p>Polish Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski expressed his conviction on Monday that postal voting was the safest method and the only one that could be carried out during the epidemic.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 13:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6aybb4koizc5radt70lrfa.jpegThe presidential election was planned to be held on May 10.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-minister-says-postal-voting-the-only-possibility-during-epidemic-12604Poland's energy security not threatened - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-energy-security-not-threatened---official-12602<p>Deputy PM and State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin declared on Monday that, at the moment, Poland's energy security was not threatened and that Poland had large coal reserves. He admitted that coal extraction could be suspended in another one or two mines.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 13:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pix4x2twzqoh7jg683ia3w.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-energy-security-not-threatened---official-12602Polish fighter jets escort American strategic bomberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fighter-jets-escort-american-strategic-bomber-12600<p>Polish F-16 and MiG-29 fighter jets escorted an American B-1B bomber stationed in Europe within the framework of the Bomber Task Force mission, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 13:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish fighter jets escort American strategic bomberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fighter-jets-escort-american-strategic-bomber-12600Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 16,206https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-16206-12598<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 210 since Sunday and reached 16,206, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another three people have died, bringing the death toll to 803.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 10:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fr1y2wyuzgix5x2s1m1i9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-16206-12598Polish Border Guard detains four Tajikistani terrorism suspectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-border-guard-detains-four-tajikistani-terrorism-suspects-12596<p>The Polish Border Guard, in cooperation with the Internal Security Agency (ABW) has detained four citizens of Tajikistan believed to have been involved in persuading converts to Islam in Poland to conduct terrorist activities.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 10:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4yvj27fgyayft9vw285ku.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-border-guard-detains-four-tajikistani-terrorism-suspects-12596Poland prolongs air traffic banhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-prolongs-air-traffic-ban-12594<p>Poland has extended its air traffic ban until May 23 in line with a prime ministerial ordinance published on Sunday.</p>Mon, 11 May 2020 10:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nzefowso0nk5ngsyh3ftg4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-prolongs-air-traffic-ban-12594Feeling the heat: Polish-designed temperature checking gates take the fight to the virushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/feeling-the-heat-polish-designed-temperature-checking-gates-take-the-fight-to-the-virus-12592<p>Gates with thermal cameras designed by engineers from the Silesian University in Gliwice that can check the temperature of people entering buildings have been installed at medical facilities to curb the spread of COVID-19.</p>Sun, 10 May 2020 18:52:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cf87e17vbthyxowqk0kqe.jpegThe gates can detect somebody with temperature in a matter of seconds.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/feeling-the-heat-polish-designed-temperature-checking-gates-take-the-fight-to-the-virus-12592Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 15,996https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-15996-12590<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 345 since Saturday and reached 15,996, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday afternoon. Fifteen more people have died, bringing the death toll to 800.</p>Sun, 10 May 2020 18:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fojwdu0vr0o8tc4e1xsvq8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-15996-12590PM praises Germany's constitutional court ruling in presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-praises-germanys-constitutional-court-ruling-in-press-12589<p>Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) has ruled that the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) does not have unlimited power, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki was quoted as saying in an article on page one of Sunday's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) German daily.</p>Sun, 10 May 2020 16:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rosz5fm0rdl26v4cusopcph.jpegThe Polish prime minister stated that the German court's ruling of May 5 on the matter of bond purchases by the European Central Bank (ECB) is "one of the most important verdicts in the history of the European Union."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-praises-germanys-constitutional-court-ruling-in-press-12589Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 15,821https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-15821-12588<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 311 since Saturday and reached 15,510, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday morning. Fourteen people have died, bringing the death toll to 791.</p>Sun, 10 May 2020 15:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pohyfznum4m6q5c7s0vcu5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-15821-12588Only 10 pct of hotels reopen after lifting of restrictionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/only-10-pct-of-hotels-reopen-after-lifting-of-restrictions-12586<p>Ten percent of hotels in Poland reopened after a loosening of restrictions in the hospitality sector on May 4, said the Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry (IGHP) on Saturday.</p>Sun, 10 May 2020 14:56:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fk5b8xpagmn2v44j7iooh.jpegIGHP's General Secretary Marcin Maczyński told PAP that at the beginning of May, only 10 percent of establishments reopened, where food services operated in the 'room service' and 'take-out' systems.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/only-10-pct-of-hotels-reopen-after-lifting-of-restrictions-12586Floating dream house: pensioner builds houseboat out of recycled scraps from destroyed househttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/floating-dream-house-pensioner-builds-houseboat-out-of-recycled-scraps-from-destroyed-house-12584<p>A pensioner has built a houseboat with scraps he recycled from the demolished home of a deceased neighbour.</p>Sun, 10 May 2020 14:50:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m53yw4ojclu5ebkpgz6sh.jpegMessing about on the river. Jungst at work on his dream boat.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/floating-dream-house-pensioner-builds-houseboat-out-of-recycled-scraps-from-destroyed-house-12584Bringing the past online: Łódź makes museum night online to beat the lockdownhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bringing-the-past-online-lodz-makes-museum-night-online-to-beat-the-lockdown-12582<p>Łódź has not let the coronavirus scupper the city’s annual museum night in May. Not wanting to let the people down museums are offering a digitalized version of the event.</p>Sun, 10 May 2020 13:04:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dc8y9425npdleeamisoh4g.jpegThe event will allow people to see hundreds of pictures and a live concert.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bringing-the-past-online-lodz-makes-museum-night-online-to-beat-the-lockdown-12582Polish photographers win big in international food photo competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-photographers-win-big-in-international-food-photo-competition-12580<p>Polish photographers picked up prizes and honours at the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2020 awards, a ceremony highlighting the world’s best snappers of food.</p>Sun, 10 May 2020 11:39:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n1koz6bydznkud382h8l3.jpegThe shot ‘Olek Eating Pancakes’ won Anna Włodarczyk from Łódź first place in the Food for the Family category.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-photographers-win-big-in-international-food-photo-competition-12580Polish revelation: man behind “greatest bad movie ever made” turns out to be from Poznańhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-revelation-man-behind-greatest-bad-movie-ever-made-turns-out-to-be-from-poznan-12577<p>Tommy Wiseau, the director of ‘The Room’, a movie that has developed a cult following despite it being considered to be one of the worst films ever made, is Polish.</p>Sat, 09 May 2020 18:52:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/60172ggtkk7v7dwd71dlze.jpegTommy Wiseau, or Tomasz Wieczorkiewicz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-revelation-man-behind-greatest-bad-movie-ever-made-turns-out-to-be-from-poznan-12577Holy See receives medical supplies from Poland - Warsaw Archdiocesehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holy-see-receives-medical-supplies-from-poland---warsaw-archdiocese-12575<p>The Vatican has received masks, disinfectants and protective suits sent from Poland, to aid in the fight with coronavirus pandemic, the Warsaw Archdiocese press office told PAP on Saturday.</p>Sat, 09 May 2020 18:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g0m7w3pxarmm2budt9v8m.jpegThe Warsaw Archdiocese said the transport was officially received by Papal Almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, who will look after its distribution.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/holy-see-receives-medical-supplies-from-poland---warsaw-archdiocese-12575Nazi German Stutthof concentration camp liberation anniversary markedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nazi-german-stutthof-concentration-camp-liberation-anniversary-marked-12573<p>On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German Stutthof concentration camp on Saturday, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Deputy PM and Culture Minister Piotr Gliński, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and his German counterpart Heiko Maas honoured its victims.</p>Sat, 09 May 2020 15:36:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tiuf8ozdtc742vfqqt7ak.jpegAn estimated 65,000 people perished in the camp, 28,000 of whom were of Jewish descent. According to historians, the camp's female population numbered around 46,000.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nazi-german-stutthof-concentration-camp-liberation-anniversary-marked-12573Drive-in cinema to bring film magic to lockdown Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/drive-in-cinema-to-bring-film-magic-to-lockdown-warsaw-12572<p>The Warsaw public will soon be able to take in some of the magic of the silver screen thanks to a drive-in cinema.</p>Sat, 09 May 2020 14:51:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d0asisa4kzje236ytykp5n.jpegCalled Moonlight the cinema will open on May 28.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/drive-in-cinema-to-bring-film-magic-to-lockdown-warsaw-12572Polish PM, EU leaders deliver short speeches on Europe Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-eu-leaders-deliver-short-speeches-on-europe-day-12571<p>Europe is a promise of the future, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in a five-minute video, in which other European Union leaders also delivered a short speech on the occasion of Europe Day held on May 9.</p>Sat, 09 May 2020 13:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3s1blnzw7wajlu9n8d1g68.jpegPM Morawiecki said that "Europe is more than the legacy of the past. Europe is also a promise of the future, in which the fundamental rule of action is solidarity."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-eu-leaders-deliver-short-speeches-on-europe-day-12571FM attends Security Council meeting marking anniversary of WWII's endhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-attends-security-council-meeting-marking-anniversary-of-wwiis-end-12570<p>Addressing a Security Council sitting held to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and discuss the council's role in preventing international crimes, Polish FM Jacek Czaputowicz noted Russia's undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia.</p>Sat, 09 May 2020 13:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kvu38rpnw3nxk2jcfbzn1r.jpegMinister Jacek Czaputowicz was quoted as saying that Poland was the first victim of the German and Soviet aggression, and that after the end of World War Two it could not benefit from freedom, since it had fallen into the Soviet sphere of influence together with the entire Central and Eastern Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-attends-security-council-meeting-marking-anniversary-of-wwiis-end-12570Fortunes of Gdańsk video-conferencing firm soar as world signs up for online meetingshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fortunes-of-gdansk-video-conferencing-firm-soar-as-world-signs-up-for-online-meetings-12567<p>A Gdańsk-based video-conferencing firm has recorded a huge increase in business, with customers from around the world lining up to make the most of its services during lockdown.</p>Sat, 09 May 2020 12:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6hnnmdy2xgvk0vhhclcs5o.jpegVideo conferences have become popular owing to the pandemic lockdown.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fortunes-of-gdansk-video-conferencing-firm-soar-as-world-signs-up-for-online-meetings-12567Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 15,510https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-15510-12566<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 144 since Friday evening and reached 15,510, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. One person has died, bringing the death toll to 777.</p>Sat, 09 May 2020 11:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n6t43jbpj98b9jmlzl5po.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-15510-12566Wish you were here: Tychy museum makes a splash by sending out postcards of old photos of town to help keep spirits uphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wish-you-were-here-tychy-museum-makes-a-splash-by-sending-out-postcards-of-old-photos-of-town-to-help-keep-spirits-up-12564<p>A Silesian museum has responded to the coronavirus epidemic by sending out cheerful postcards to local residents in a bid to keep their spirits from flagging.</p>Sat, 09 May 2020 10:53:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pkz6kboy1jd0oqjjhc3pmm.jpegMemories of yesteryear. The photo of children playing is one of the postcards sent to residents.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wish-you-were-here-tychy-museum-makes-a-splash-by-sending-out-postcards-of-old-photos-of-town-to-help-keep-spirits-up-12564Polish, British PMs discuss 75th anniversary of World War II's endhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-british-pms-discuss-75th-anniversary-of-world-war-iis-end-12563<p>Commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and Polish-British relations were the topics of a Friday telephone conversation between Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki and his British counterpart Boris Johnson, the PM's office said on Friday.</p>Sat, 09 May 2020 09:47:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/32bcdxou5a9jez2eye0zbg.jpegRecounting his conversation with Johnson on Facebook, Morawiecki wrote that Poland and Britain will continue to stand guard of the historical truth about World War II.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-british-pms-discuss-75th-anniversary-of-world-war-iis-end-12563EU grants Poland EUR 120.9 mln for epidemic fighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-grants-poland-eur-1209-mln-for-epidemic-fight-12561<p>The Polish health service has received PLN 550 million (EUR 120.9 million) from the EU's Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment for the fight against the COVoD-19 epidemic, the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 08 May 2020 19:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEU grants Poland EUR 120.9 mln for epidemic fighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-grants-poland-eur-1209-mln-for-epidemic-fight-12561PM lays wreath at Tomb of Unknown soldier to mark VE Day anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-lays-wreath-at-tomb-of-unknown-soldier-to-mark-ve-day-anniversary-12560<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, when fighting in Europe stopped at the end of World War II.</p>Fri, 08 May 2020 18:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oqjg2736n6r6tnuzyq1emx.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-lays-wreath-at-tomb-of-unknown-soldier-to-mark-ve-day-anniversary-12560Poland signs declaration on 75th anniversary of WWII's end - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-signs-declaration-on-75th-anniversary-of-wwiis-end---fm-12558<p>Reminders about historical truth are necessary especially in times of disinformation, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said referring to a declaration signed on Thursday on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.</p>Fri, 08 May 2020 17:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/96mu245926vybuvbxfv8lp.jpeg"We must constantly remind ourselves of this historical truth, it is necessary in view of the disinformation activities carried out by other countries, and this declaration is just such a manifestation to counteracting it," the minister said. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-signs-declaration-on-75th-anniversary-of-wwiis-end---fm-12558Prominent Britons praise Poles' role in World War IIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prominent-britons-praise-poles-role-in-world-war-ii-12556<p>Prince Michael of Kent, Winston Churchill's great grandson, the director of the RAF Museum and historian Roger Moorhouse were among the British figures highlighting the role of Poles in the war effort during WWII, on the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday.</p>Fri, 08 May 2020 17:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1n45nlyplqwet3reg00ge.jpegPrince Michael of Kent, Queen Elizabeth's cousin, wrote about the role of Polish pilots flying with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the Battle of Britainhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prominent-britons-praise-poles-role-in-world-war-ii-12556Polish Development Fund sells EUR 4.1 bln in five-year bondshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-development-fund-sells-eur-41-bln-in-five-year-bonds-12554<p>The Polish investment vehicle Polish Development Fund (PFR) on Friday sold PLN 18.5 billion (EUR 4.1 billion) in five-year bonds at an annual interest rate of 1.625 percent, PFR head Pawel Borys wrote on Twitter.</p>Fri, 08 May 2020 17:10:00 +0200https://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Development Fund sells EUR 4.1 bln in five-year bondshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-development-fund-sells-eur-41-bln-in-five-year-bonds-12554Berlin to honour the 12,000 Poles who took part in the Battle of Berlinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/berlin-to-honour-the-12000-poles-who-took-part-in-the-battle-of-berlin-12552<p><span lang="EN-GB">Germany plans to commemorate Polish soldiers who fought in the Battle of Berlin by mounting a plaque on the Polytechnic building in the city.</span></p>Fri, 08 May 2020 16:26:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0dt2s5ysgmprmuz3mm3iuqb.jpegPolish soldiers raised the Polish flag on the Victory Column in Berlin’s Tiergarten on 2 May 1945.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/berlin-to-honour-the-12000-poles-who-took-part-in-the-battle-of-berlin-12552Transforming Online Education during Coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/transforming-online-education-during-coronavirus-488<p>What if you could radically speed up the amount of time it takes to learn online? What it would mean to you to be able to accelerate your child's education using AI and machine learning?</p><p>If that sounds like something for the richest elite, think again. Pole Marek Wójcik has set up Virtual Teacher to smash through traditional maths teaching and provide a tool for children around the world.&nbsp;</p><p>Discover how Marek set this revolutionary system up drawing from his years of experience as an educator and how he plans to scale Virtual Teacher to go global.&nbsp;</p><p>In the international Coronavirus crisis period, Marek is showing yet again that 'Polak Potrafi' - a Pole can get it done.&nbsp;</p>Fri, 08 May 2020 16:01:00 +0200LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4imezzb26auihscnvbjdvr.pngTransforming Online Education during Coronavirus https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/transforming-online-education-during-coronavirus-488Polish oil company sends medical supplies to Vatican to fight pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-oil-company-sends-medical-supplies-to-vatican-to-fight-pandemic-12551<p>PKN Orlen, Poland's biggest petroleum company, has sent medical supplies to the Vatican and to the Office of Papal Charities to aid in the fight against COVID-19, PKN Orlen announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 08 May 2020 15:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/olh9bg0v7qee4wyv08xtia.jpegPKN Orlen said that thanks to the help provided, the institutions headed by the Papal Almsgiver will be able to support those most vulnerable to coronavirus during the pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-oil-company-sends-medical-supplies-to-vatican-to-fight-pandemic-12551Polish FM holds consultations with Partnership countries' counterpartshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-holds-consultations-with-partnership-countries-counterparts-12549<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz has held a round of consultations with the foreign ministers of Eastern Partnership (EP) countries, the Foreign Ministry wrote in a Friday press release.</p>Fri, 08 May 2020 15:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/99xafztnaiwn2u1nlvclvc.jpegDuring the talks, Czaputowicz assured his interlocutors of Poland's unwavering support for the ambitious development of the Eastern Partnership policy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-holds-consultations-with-partnership-countries-counterparts-12549President says WWII anniversary is "bittersweet" for Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-wwii-anniversary-is-bittersweet-for-poland-12548<p>The end of World War II is a "bittersweet" anniversary for Poland, President Andrzej Duda said on Friday which marked 75 years since the war ended in Europe. Peace meant that the carnage of Poles ended, but the country fell under Soviet influence, Duda said.</p>Fri, 08 May 2020 14:52:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wz7s0dql6jfhm9biyflzkr.jpegDuda laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-wwii-anniversary-is-bittersweet-for-poland-12548Grave business! Funeral homes see drop in business as fewer people are dying DESPITE spread of COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grave-business-funeral-homes-see-drop-in-business-as-fewer-people-are-dying-despite-spread-of-covid-19-12546<p>The funeral industry has seen half of its business ‘shrink’ as surprising data reveals that despite the spreading pandemic, the number of people getting buried is lower than the norm.</p>Fri, 08 May 2020 14:30:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8atsmupe7uside5co3pam.jpegAccording to the Polish Chamber of Funeral Industry, in some regions of Poland, the revenues of funeral homes in March fell by as much as 40 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grave-business-funeral-homes-see-drop-in-business-as-fewer-people-are-dying-despite-spread-of-covid-19-12546Deputy PM vows ‘strong protest’ over removal of Katyń memorial plaques in Russian cityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deputy-pm-vows-strong-protest-over-removal-of-katyn-memorial-plaques-in-russian-city-12544<p>Deputy Prime Minister and Culture Minister Piotr Gliński has hit out at Russia over the removal of two commemorative Katyń plaques in the northwestern Russian city of Tver.</p>Fri, 08 May 2020 13:37:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uz0hu29483ova4rzy31sb.jpegGliński said that the removal of the plaques was a sad matter for Polish-Russian relations.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deputy-pm-vows-strong-protest-over-removal-of-katyn-memorial-plaques-in-russian-city-12544Firm to charter free flights to return Ukrainian workers to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/firm-to-charter-free-flights-to-return-ukrainian-workers-to-poland-12543<p>A Ukrainian employment agency is launching free charter flights for Ukrainians hoping to return to Poland for work.</p>Fri, 08 May 2020 12:18:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yb7zgmupb2lgembtgry62r.jpegAt the end of March, thousands of Ukrainians queued at the Polish-Ukrainian border to enter Ukraine before the country closed its borders.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/firm-to-charter-free-flights-to-return-ukrainian-workers-to-poland-12543Polish PM calls for remembrance of WWII and its victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-calls-for-remembrance-of-wwii-and-its-victims-12542<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday, the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, called for remembrance of the victims of the global conflict and of the "inhumane regimes."</p>Fri, 08 May 2020 11:46:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eyau4soilxi4ezd9nx9ye4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-calls-for-remembrance-of-wwii-and-its-victims-12542Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 15,200https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-15200-12541<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 153 since Thursday evening and reached 15,200, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. One person has died, bringing the death toll to 756.</p>Fri, 08 May 2020 10:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bh9vqdxvpcwegmcr739co6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-15200-12541Polish PM scorns Russia's policy of history in La Stampahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-scorns-russias-policy-of-history-in-la-stampa-12539<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki in an interview with the Italian broadsheet La Stampa said that Russia invites to its historical debate only those who agree with the Kremlin's narrative, while Poland, a WWII victim, is being turned into the perpetrator.</p>Fri, 08 May 2020 09:57:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8q99gu26271plbyfsaeg.jpegMorawiecki said that during WWII Poles had shown heroism on many fronts, recalling the Battle of Monte Cassino and the Polish pilots' participation in the Battle of Britain.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-scorns-russias-policy-of-history-in-la-stampa-12539US ambassador pays tribute to Polish heroes who fought in World War Twohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-pays-tribute-to-polish-heroes-who-fought-in-world-war-two-12538<p>America shall remain forever grateful to Poland's valiant heroes and their sacrifice for freedom, wrote US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher, on Twitter, on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two.</p>Fri, 08 May 2020 09:01:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2ay5szwlqh40uargo3ug4f.jpegThe text was presented in Polish and English. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-pays-tribute-to-polish-heroes-who-fought-in-world-war-two-12538President Duda on geopolitics for Washington Posthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-on-geopolitics-for-washington-post-12536<p>The coronavirus epidemic forces the need to look for new geopolitical strategies and conceptions, President Andrzej Duda said in an opinion piece for Thursday's US Washington Post daily. Duda proposed five pillars on which these strategies should be built.</p>Thu, 07 May 2020 21:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r940clifv6tx798wnhe2.jpegThe first pillar, Duda said, was "peace through law," with binding laws executed equally towards all, regardless of their economic or military strength.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-on-geopolitics-for-washington-post-12536Central Europe, US FMs mark 75th anniversary of World War II's endhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-europe-us-fms-mark-75th-anniversary-of-world-war-iis-end-12534<p>The Foreign Ministers of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and the U.S. Secretary of State on Thursday issued a joint statement on the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII.</p>Thu, 07 May 2020 20:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCentral Europe, US FMs mark 75th anniversary of World War II's endhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/central-europe-us-fms-mark-75th-anniversary-of-world-war-iis-end-12534Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland tops 15,000https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-tops-15000-12533<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 324 since Wednesday evening and reached 15,047, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday evening. Another 22 people have died, bringing the death toll to 755.</p>Thu, 07 May 2020 19:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8ddlpvy9jk8uz4y22urc3s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-tops-15000-12533Today marks centenary of when Poles seized back Kyiv from Bolshevikshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/today-marks-centenary-of-when-poles-seized-back-kyiv-from-bolsheviks-12531<p>When Polish forces seized Kyiv 100 years ago after a lightning campaign that left the Red Army in panic and disarray, it came as a surprise.</p>Thu, 07 May 2020 16:38:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x0vc60q5ebktuj36p26r.jpegPolish Army on Chain Bridge in Kyiv, May 1920. The occupation of the Ukrainian capital was an unintended cherry on the cake.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/today-marks-centenary-of-when-poles-seized-back-kyiv-from-bolsheviks-12531Cops bust Dark Web hacker gang InfinityBlack in joint raid with Swisshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cops-bust-dark-web-hacker-gang-infinityblack-in-joint-raid-with-swiss-12529<p>A hacking gang called InfinityBlack which distributed stolen user credentials to obtain expensive electronics has been busted by Polish police.</p>Thu, 07 May 2020 15:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5czpx71kdaxx2byzq0a8oo.pngPolish cops nabbed dark web hacking gang members in raids across Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cops-bust-dark-web-hacker-gang-infinityblack-in-joint-raid-with-swiss-12529Polish president satisfied with ruling camp's election dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-satisfied-with-ruling-camps-election-deal-12528<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda, speaking at a press conference on Thursday, expressed satisfaction with an election agreement that the parties comprising the ruling United Right coalition had managed to reach the day before.</p>Thu, 07 May 2020 14:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e4ryr9i2qt713uaxkqp3s.jpeg"I can express great satisfaction that this agreement has been reached," Duda said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-satisfied-with-ruling-camps-election-deal-12528Phoenix from the flames - the birth of Wrocławhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/phoenix-from-the-flames---the-birth-of-wroclaw-12526<p>With the guns silent for the first time in 80-days, it would have been an eerie calm that greeted German residents 75 years ago in the city that had hitherto been known to them as Breslau.</p>Thu, 07 May 2020 13:06:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hbyav3kv6tq2xfn1fgilm.jpegWith the guns silent for the first time in 80-days, it would have been an eerie calm that greeted German residents 75 years ago in the city that had hitherto been known to them as Breslau.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/phoenix-from-the-flames---the-birth-of-wroclaw-12526Polish history institute disappointed with German WWII ceremonyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-history-institute-disappointed-with-german-wwii-ceremony-12525<p>Polish issues were missing at German ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II, PAP was told by Hanna Radziejowska, head of the Pilecki Institute in Berlin, a Polish government history facility.</p>Thu, 07 May 2020 12:38:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish history institute disappointed with German WWII ceremonyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-history-institute-disappointed-with-german-wwii-ceremony-12525Polish researchers develop low-budget ventilator - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-researchers-develop-low-budget-ventilator---daily-12522<p>A less expensive alternative to professional ventilators has been developed by Polish researchers to help healthcare workers in the fight with the coronavirus epidemic, the Rzeczpospolita daily wrote on Thursday.</p>Thu, 07 May 2020 11:41:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tc3j2nc9125r7zws8t8ix.jpegThe estimated cost of producing the ventilator will not exceed PLN 10,000 (EUR 2,200) less than one tenth of the cost of a used traditional hospital ventilator.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-researchers-develop-low-budget-ventilator---daily-12522Lower house rejects Senate's veto to postal ballot billhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-rejects-senates-veto-to-postal-ballot-bill-12521<p>The Sejm (the lower house of Polish parliament) on Thursday morning rejected the Senate's veto to the ruling party's postal vote bill. Now the legislation will go to the president for signature before becoming law.</p>Thu, 07 May 2020 10:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n7kuaqq1y5impvg4mxk88.jpegTwo hundred and thirty-six MPs voted to reject the Senate resolution to turn down the postal vote bill, 213 were against and 11 abstained.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-rejects-senates-veto-to-postal-ballot-bill-12521Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 14,898https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-14898-12520<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 158 since Wednesday evening and reached 14,898, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another four people have died, bringing the death toll to 737.</p>Thu, 07 May 2020 10:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gh8ih0bcjimgrn436o0ji.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-14898-12520Ruling coalition presents new presidential election solutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-coalition-presents-new-presidential-election-solution-12519<p>The leaders of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and its coalition ally the Agreement party announced in a joint Wednesday statement that they have prepared a solution that would guarantee Poles the opportunity to participate in democratic elections.</p>Thu, 07 May 2020 09:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r7p72gw3f9mpz81o6magkl.jpeg“Law and Justice and the Jarosław Gowin's Agreement party have prepared a solution that will guarantee Poles the opportunity to take part in democratic elections,” reads the statement by PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński and Agreement party head Jarosław Gowin (pictured).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-coalition-presents-new-presidential-election-solution-12519Record monthly sale of government bonds - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-monthly-sale-of-government-bonds---minister-12517<p>The Polish government sold bonds worth over PLN 5.4 billion (EUR 1.2 bln) in April, Deputy Finance Minister Pawel Nowak wrote on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 06 May 2020 20:14:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRecord monthly sale of government bonds - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/record-monthly-sale-of-government-bonds---minister-12517Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 14,740https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-14740-12515<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 309 since Tuesday evening and reached 14,740, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday evening. Another 17 people have died, bringing the death toll to 733.</p>Wed, 06 May 2020 19:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kmutqgdo4wdrh5wvz3qmp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-14740-12515Lithuania opens borders for Polish employeeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuania-opens-borders-for-polish-employees-12513<p>From May 11 Lithuania will allow entry for Polish employees, research staff and business travellers without quarantine requirements. Lithuanian FM Linas Linkevicius said that the country may totally open its border with Poland in early summer.</p>Wed, 06 May 2020 17:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8c0l6otgwd6f13zbb7klc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuania-opens-borders-for-polish-employees-12513Exports from Poland fall in March - Polish Chamber of Commercehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exports-from-poland-fall-in-march---polish-chamber-of-commerce-12511<p>Exports from Poland in March fell by 15.8 pct y/y and 12.3 pct m/m, according to forecasts of economists from the Polish Chamber of Commerce (KIG). They added that the volume of exports in the coming months would fall sharply.</p>Wed, 06 May 2020 17:33:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgExports from Poland fall in March - Polish Chamber of Commercehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/exports-from-poland-fall-in-march---polish-chamber-of-commerce-12511Poland records unprecedented decline in job offers - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-records-unprecedented-decline-in-job-offers---daily-12509<p>The number of jobs offered online on Polish recruiting websites fell in April by a record 28 percent month on month, the daily Rzeczpospolita wrote on Wednesday citing analysis by researcher BIEC and the University of IT and Management in Rzeszow (WSIiZ) .</p>Wed, 06 May 2020 16:34:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ypnm9fl7agqpshfychatcr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-records-unprecedented-decline-in-job-offers---daily-12509Poland’s economy set to be least affected in EU by COVID-19 pandemic, says reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economy-set-to-be-least-affected-in-eu-by-covid-19-pandemic-says-report-12507<p><span lang="EN-GB">The Polish economy is set to be the least affected in the EU by the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the virus bringing an end to around three decades of uninterrupted economic growth in Poland.</span></p>Wed, 06 May 2020 15:49:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/25ewoqj5l5lh21ok3jak8t.jpegAlthough the crisis is likely to bring an end to around 30 years of economic growth, the EU expects Poland to get away with the least amount of damage with growth in 2021 predicted to rise by 4 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economy-set-to-be-least-affected-in-eu-by-covid-19-pandemic-says-report-12507At Last! Proud mum gives birth to baby boy in ‘abnormal village’ where for a DECADE only girls were bornhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/at-last-proud-mum-gives-birth-to-baby-boy-in-abnormal-village-where-for-a-decade-only-girls-were-born-12504<p><span lang="EN-GB">A village where only girls have been born for the last 10 years has finally seen the birth of a baby boy.</span></p>Wed, 06 May 2020 15:14:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5kef1cyz1zpn86eu90uycs.pngThe birth of baby Bartek comes as a huge relief to the village which was catapulted into the glare of global media attention last year. Proud mum Anna said that the birth was a double miracle as last year she had to a serious operation without which it would have been impossible to have a successful pregnancy. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/at-last-proud-mum-gives-birth-to-baby-boy-in-abnormal-village-where-for-a-decade-only-girls-were-born-12504Poland's general gov't deficit to rise to 9.5 pct of GDP in 2020 - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-general-govt-deficit-to-rise-to-95-pct-of-gdp-in-2020---ec-12501<p>Poland's general government deficit will increase to 9.5 percent of GDP in 2020, and decrease to 3.8 percent in 2021, according to the spring forecast by the European Commission (EC).</p>Wed, 06 May 2020 14:24:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's general gov't deficit to rise to 9.5 pct of GDP in 2020 - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-general-govt-deficit-to-rise-to-95-pct-of-gdp-in-2020---ec-12501Reality TV stars come to aid of hospital nurse whose car was vandalisedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/reality-tv-stars-come-to-aid-of-hospital-nurse-whose-car-was-vandalised-12499<p>Two reality TV star brothers have come to the aid of a nurse whose car was vandalised.</p>Wed, 06 May 2020 13:42:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1qjs6oppyh6vj3r7vgmwf.jpegAfter seeing a post on social media by the nurse’s daughter, Rafał and Grzegorz Chmielewscy, better known as the Collins Brothers, swung into action.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/reality-tv-stars-come-to-aid-of-hospital-nurse-whose-car-was-vandalised-12499Poland's GDP will drop by 4.3 pct in 2020, EU forecastshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-will-drop-by-43-pct-in-2020-eu-forecasts-12497<p>The Polish economy will shrink by 4.3 percent in 2020 and will expand by 4.1 percent in 2021, as the HICP inflation declines to 2.5 percent in 2020 and edges up to 2.8 percent in 2021, the European Commission (EC), the EU's executive arm, said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 06 May 2020 12:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lpqb9w66urxvqxbn8ex8e.jpegRisks to the forecast are tilted to the downside, according to the EC.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-will-drop-by-43-pct-in-2020-eu-forecasts-12497Speaker to query Constitutional Tribunal over election postponementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/speaker-to-query-constitutional-tribunal-over-election-postponement-12496<p>Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elżbieta Witek directed a query on Wednesday to Poland's Constitutional Tribunal regarding the constitutionality of postponing presidential elections, originally scheduled for May 10, PAP learnt unofficially from the Sejm Office.</p>Wed, 06 May 2020 10:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4dve7jes7ps34l568w6wu.jpegWitek said she could not make a decision to postpone the election until the court issues a positive opinion on the matter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/speaker-to-query-constitutional-tribunal-over-election-postponement-12496Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 14,647https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-14647-12495<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 218 since Tuesday evening and reached 14,647, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another seven people have died, bringing the death toll to 723.</p>Wed, 06 May 2020 10:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2760qkcul8cp2vdkiajqm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-14647-12495Poland's unemployment rate grows to 5.7 pct in April - labour minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-grows-to-57-pct-in-april---labour-min-12493<p>Poland's jobless rate likely increased by 0.3 ppt month on month to ca. 5.7 percent at the end of April, Labour Minister Marlena Maląg told public radio PR1 on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 06 May 2020 10:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/97a4eppzewdta1ym1pu69n.jpegMaląg said that the reading "does not reflect the real situation" and that underlying unemployment is likely higher.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-grows-to-57-pct-in-april---labour-min-12493Electoral Commission says election on May 10 not possiblehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/electoral-commission-says-election-on-may-10-not-possible-12491<p>Answering a query from the Polish Sejm (lower house) speaker, the State Electoral Commission (PKW) announced that it will be impossible to hold presidential elections on May 10 due to legal and organisational reasons.</p>Wed, 06 May 2020 09:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r38yyy5guqmfe9bronopo.jpegMarciniak said the PKW needed time to prepare and organise the elections while observing all procedures envisaged by law.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/electoral-commission-says-election-on-may-10-not-possible-12491Third Polish coal mine suspends extractionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/third-polish-coal-mine-suspends-extraction-12490<p>Coal extraction at the Sośnica coal mine in Gliwice, southern Poland, is suspended as of Wednesday after 43 employees have tested positive for the presence of the coronavirus.</p>Wed, 06 May 2020 09:43:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6eepph1tygf38e287o8a9c.jpegThe Sośnica coal mine is suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/third-polish-coal-mine-suspends-extraction-12490Senate rejects bill on postal voting in 2020 presidential electionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-rejects-bill-on-postal-voting-in-2020-presidential-election-12489<p>Poland's Senate (upper house) on Tuesday evenig rejected a bill on postal voting in the 2020 presidential election. There were 50 votes for rejecting the draft, 35 against and one abstention. Now the bill returns to the Sejm (lower house).</p>Wed, 06 May 2020 09:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hakk795qufhgtx084dfnk.jpegThe Senate rejected a bill on postal voting in the 2020 presidential election.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-rejects-bill-on-postal-voting-in-2020-presidential-election-12489Parliament speaker says Constitution allows election on May 23https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliament-speaker-says-constitution-allows-election-on-may-23-12487<p>Polish Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek said on Tuesday that the Constitution allows the presidential election to be held on Saturday, May 23. This is the latest possible date of this election envisaged by the Constitution, she added.</p>Tue, 05 May 2020 21:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgParliament speaker says Constitution allows election on May 23https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliament-speaker-says-constitution-allows-election-on-may-23-12487Amazon to provide over 100 jobs in Lodzhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amazon-to-provide-over-100-jobs-in-lodz-12485<p>Amazon will offer over 100 jobs in its new e-commerce centre in Lodz, central Poland. Amazon already employs 700 in a 2019-opened centre in the Lodz suburb Pawlikowice.</p>Tue, 05 May 2020 19:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0ye0hhu8yz1lcv1prh3161d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amazon-to-provide-over-100-jobs-in-lodz-12485Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 14,431https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-14431-12483<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 425 on Tuesday and reached 14,431, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday evening. Another 19 people have died, bringing the death toll to 716.</p>Tue, 05 May 2020 18:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/74xprfn5sa7bekohfcnsg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-14431-12483Wrocław Prof makes major breakthrough in battle against killer virushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-prof-makes-major-breakthrough-in-battle-against-killer-virus-12481<p><span lang="EN-GB">Scientists in Wrocław have made a major breakthrough in the battle against coronavirus after discovering similarities between the COVID-19 killer virus and the 2002-2004 SARS epidemic.</span></p>Tue, 05 May 2020 17:34:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/je04f5jtrqsmhqzrxxjgl.jpegProfessor Maciej Drąg says that stopping either of the two key enzymes he has identified “stops the replication of the virus 100 percent.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-prof-makes-major-breakthrough-in-battle-against-killer-virus-12481PGNiG finalises purchases of shares in Gina Krog and Alve Nord fieldshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pgnig-finalises-purchases-of-shares-in-gina-krog-and-alve-nord-fields-12479<p>PGNiG Upstream Norway, a subsidiary of Polish gas monopolist PGNiG, has finalised the purchase of shares in the Gina Krog and Alve Nord fields, PGNiG has said in a press release.</p>Tue, 05 May 2020 16:41:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPGNiG finalises purchases of shares in Gina Krog and Alve Nord fieldshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pgnig-finalises-purchases-of-shares-in-gina-krog-and-alve-nord-fields-12479Surprise! Zoo staff stunned after ‘100-year-old’ lemur they thought was dying gives birth to adorable puphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/surprise-zoo-staff-stunned-after-100-year-old-lemur-they-thought-was-dying-gives-birth-to-adorable-pup-12477<p><span lang="EN-GB">A ‘100-year-old’ dwarf lemur has stunned zookeepers in Zamość by giving birth to a baby boy, which the zoo says makes her the oldest recorded mother of the species.&nbsp;</span></p>Tue, 05 May 2020 16:11:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6zev1l55qd30daokghshvv9.jpegThe adorable pup was born in Zamość zoo, in the south of Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/surprise-zoo-staff-stunned-after-100-year-old-lemur-they-thought-was-dying-gives-birth-to-adorable-pup-12477Poland's GDP to fall by 0.5 pct in 2020 - business lobbyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-fall-by-05-pct-in-2020---business-lobby-12475<p>Poland's economy will contract by 0.5 percent in 2020 amid the coronavirus epidemic, and the growth will rebound to 5 percent in 2021, the Polish Chamber of Commerce (KIG) has forecast in its latest report.</p>Tue, 05 May 2020 15:56:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP to fall by 0.5 pct in 2020 - business lobbyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-fall-by-05-pct-in-2020---business-lobby-12475Man sets world record for running marathon around five-metre loop in his gardenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/man-sets-world-record-for-running-marathon-around-five-metre-loop-in-his-garden-12473<p><span lang="EN-GB">A man who ran a marathon around his bed has now set a new world record for doing a full marathon around a five-metre circle in his back garden.</span></p>Tue, 05 May 2020 15:41:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/77dso6l53rhl1qntdzwjs.pngMachnik took 13 hours to complete 8,440 laps of the tight circle, raising money to donate towards fighting COVID-19.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/man-sets-world-record-for-running-marathon-around-five-metre-loop-in-his-garden-12473Polin Museum in Your Homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polin-museum-in-your-home-12471<p><span lang="EN-GB">The Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews is one of the museums most visited by tourists in Warsaw.</span></p>Tue, 05 May 2020 15:12:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ck3z8zt6pb94fw3rm08l6h.jpegThe Polin Museum in Warsaw is one of the most visited by tourists.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polin-museum-in-your-home-12471Poland's PKN Orlen fuel concern imports 3 million protective maskshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-pkn-orlen-fuel-concern-imports-3-million-protective-masks-12470<p>Top Polish fuel concern PKN Orlen has imported another batch of nearly 3 million disposable protective masks to Poland, the company said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 05 May 2020 14:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2jr5qg43jyf7ohdq8j7flq.jpegPKN Orlen CEO Daniel Obajtek stressed that the company "uses every opportunity to help Poles" during this difficult time.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-pkn-orlen-fuel-concern-imports-3-million-protective-masks-12470The Warsaw we never knew: Stunning photos of pre-war Warsaw moved onlinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-warsaw-we-never-knew-stunning-photos-of-pre-war-warsaw-moved-online-12469<p>Fotoplastikon Warszawski is home to over 7,000 photographs from Poland, one third of them presenting pictures of old Warsaw.</p>Tue, 05 May 2020 14:35:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f6tzt0pgvd7u7lzgh3ypq.jpegFotoplastikon together with the Warsaw Uprising Museum has organized an online presentation of photos that present pre-war Warsaw between 1910-1915.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-warsaw-we-never-knew-stunning-photos-of-pre-war-warsaw-moved-online-12469Microsoft to invest $1bln in Poland as new figures show US pumped 21.6 billion in to the country last year alonehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/microsoft-to-invest-1bln-in-poland-as-new-figures-show-us-pumped-216-billion-in-to-the-country-last-year-alone-12468<p>Microsoft is to invest 1 billion USD in Poland and open a data centre providing cloud services to businesses and government institutions.</p>Tue, 05 May 2020 13:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b7e411leh2n0g6foj4v7cun.jpegMicrosoft said it had signed an agreement with Poland’s cloud provider Chmura Krajowa.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/microsoft-to-invest-1bln-in-poland-as-new-figures-show-us-pumped-216-billion-in-to-the-country-last-year-alone-12468Health minister believes 20,000-30,000 Poles infected with COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-minister-believes-20000-30000-poles-infected-with-covid-19-12467<p>Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski on Tuesday said he suspected that between 20,000 and 30,000 people in Poland were infected with COVID-19.</p>Tue, 05 May 2020 13:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3w98btov93qz9h75hu24ue.jpeg“As is the case all over the world, there are more people with the virus than shown by positive tests. This is obvious,” Szumowski said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-minister-believes-20000-30000-poles-infected-with-covid-19-12467Human life depends on solidarity in the age of pandemic - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/human-life-depends-on-solidarity-in-the-age-of-pandemic---polish-pm-12466<p>In a world facing the global coronavirus pandemic human life depends on whether we manage to demonstrate solidarity and cooperation, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in an article posted on the Ukrainian opinion-forming portal Dzerkalo Tyzhnia on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 05 May 2020 12:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qr2adc4735op4nkd0azb.jpegAccording to the Polish prime minister, solidarity is needed not only inside the EU, but also with its neighbours.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/human-life-depends-on-solidarity-in-the-age-of-pandemic---polish-pm-12466Poles stranded in Afghanistan return to Poland by military planehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-stranded-in-afghanistan-return-to-poland-by-military-plane-12465<p>Polish citizens stranded in Kabul, due to the pandemic, have been flown back to Poland aboard a military plane, the Armed Forces Operational Command has reported. Soldiers from Operation Resolute Support assisted in the transport.</p>Tue, 05 May 2020 11:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ho16ecgx096clvjgmyrgg.jpegPoles returned by CASA C-295M military transport plane from the 8th Transport Aviation Base.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-stranded-in-afghanistan-return-to-poland-by-military-plane-12465Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 14,242 - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-14242---ministry-12464<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 236 since Monday morning and reached 14,242, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another 3 people have died, bringing the death toll to 700.</p>Tue, 05 May 2020 11:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o59rar80ig0kw6i20ti49g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-14242---ministry-12464MFA launches portal promoting Polish entrepreneurs on foreign marketshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mfa-launches-portal-promoting-polish-entrepreneurs-on-foreign-markets-12463<p>To support Polish companies in searching for new outlets in the turbulent times of the epidemic, the Foreign Ministry has launched a website promoting their offer on international markets, deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński has told PAP.</p>Tue, 05 May 2020 10:07:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zousudyqpaq435vosmnx3q.jpeg"At the moment, we are focusing on Asian markets but we also expect significant interest from Africa, especially in respect of medical solutions and food products," Jabłoński said. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mfa-launches-portal-promoting-polish-entrepreneurs-on-foreign-markets-12463Polish airports service 49 million passengers in 2019https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-airports-service-49-million-passengers-in-2019-12462<p>Polish airports processed almost 49 million passengers in 2019, a 75 percent rise on the preceding year, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (ULC).</p>Tue, 05 May 2020 09:24:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5eoj07h06ycpv9upf9mci.jpegRyanair cheap carrier carried over 11.95 million passengers to and from Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-airports-service-49-million-passengers-in-2019-12462Against all odds! CEE region reins in COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/against-all-odds-cee-region-reins-in-covid-19-12460<p>Poland and the CEE region have managed to put the brakes on the pandemic.</p>Mon, 04 May 2020 21:30:00 +0200News & PoliticsPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uvp4uoe68ylg9mxx0l408.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/against-all-odds-cee-region-reins-in-covid-19-12460V4 countries pledge EUR 3 mln to vaccines against COVID-19 - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-countries-pledge-eur-3-mln-to-vaccines-against-covid-19---polish-pm-12456<p>The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, the four Visegrad Group (V4) member countries, have pledged EUR 3 mln to speed up the development of a vaccine and drugs to fight the coronavirus epidemic, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday.</p>Mon, 04 May 2020 20:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pvbir8wfp85dcrj8sn7x.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-countries-pledge-eur-3-mln-to-vaccines-against-covid-19---polish-pm-12456New vehicle registrations down 66 pct y/y in April - Samarhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-vehicle-registrations-down-66-pct-yy-in-april---samar-12454<p>A total of 17,865 new passenger cars and small delivery vehicles were registered in Poland in April 2020, down 65.83 percent from the same month in 2019, Samar, an institute monitoring the car market, reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 04 May 2020 20:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNew vehicle registrations down 66 pct y/y in April - Samarhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-vehicle-registrations-down-66-pct-yy-in-april---samar-12454Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 14,006 - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-14006---ministry-12452<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 313 since Sunday afternoon and reached 14,006, the Ministry of Health said on Monday afternoon. Another 20 people have died, bringing the death toll to 698.</p>Mon, 04 May 2020 20:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o4kayceur19zv08e4y3tp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-14006---ministry-12452Show me the Monet! Warsaw’s Royal Castle leads the way in bringing museums out of the coldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/show-me-the-monet-warsaws-royal-castle-leads-the-way-in-bringing-museums-out-of-the-cold-12450<p><span lang="EN-GB">The Royal Castle in Warsaw opened its doors to visitors today for the first time since the country was put into deepfreeze due to the coronavirus pandemic.</span></p>Mon, 04 May 2020 20:01:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7oc2lc8pvxxq87hbjzla9.jpegThe go-ahead come 53 days after the castle closed its doors in March and is part of the second stage of what the government is calling ‘defrosting the economy’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/show-me-the-monet-warsaws-royal-castle-leads-the-way-in-bringing-museums-out-of-the-cold-12450Iconic 1980’s satire ‘Miś’ premiered 39 years ago todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iconic-1980s-satire-mis-premiered-39-years-ago-today-12448<p><span lang="EN-GB">An iconic movie which depicted the absurdity of life under communism and miraculously escaped state censorship, premiered 39 years ago today.</span></p>Mon, 04 May 2020 18:35:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qxr4h1rxk501py5pmn6h1t.jpegThe film by director Stansiław Bareja premiered on 4th May 1981 and tells the story of a character nicknamed Miś (bear) and his absurd dealings with communism.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/iconic-1980s-satire-mis-premiered-39-years-ago-today-12448Chopin Piano Competition postponed until 2021https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chopin-piano-competition-postponed-until-2021-12446<p>This year's 18th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition has been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus epidemic, the competition's spokesperson Andrzej Laskowski said on Monday.</p>Mon, 04 May 2020 17:36:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3zj429ad8kjcaoc3mesxna.jpegChopin Piano Competition postponed until 2021.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/chopin-piano-competition-postponed-until-2021-12446Amateur snapper captures life during lockdown – and now his pics are in Voguehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amateur-snapper-captures-life-during-lockdown--and-now-his-pics-are-in-vogue-12444<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Wrocław photographer has been documenting life under lockdown with shots of people in his neighbourhood as they self-isolate on their balconies.</span></p>Mon, 04 May 2020 16:35:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9r5ilq1dkwnsnfw1t25ubp.pngMaciej’s idea of photographing his neighbours in lockdown came about while he and his partner were on their daily walk in their neighbourhood.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amateur-snapper-captures-life-during-lockdown--and-now-his-pics-are-in-vogue-12444Orlen boss calls for social and economic responsibility in times of pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-boss-calls-for-social-and-economic-responsibility-in-times-of-pandemic-12442<p>In an article recently published in The Washington Post, president of Poland’s biggest oil refiner Orlen writes about the economically and socially responsible strategies to respond to difficult times of pandemic, a need to integrate the fuel and energy sectors and the mission of building a multi-energy group. </p>Mon, 04 May 2020 15:29:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e35vxd3ynrimjq9hl5kc7.jpegOrlen CEO Daniel Obajtek points to the importance of economic patriotism and social responsibility.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-boss-calls-for-social-and-economic-responsibility-in-times-of-pandemic-12442Gas what! Baltic Pipe gas pipeline construction to start within days, says presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gas-what-baltic-pipe-gas-pipeline-construction-to-start-within-days-says-president-12440<p><span lang="EN-GB">Construction work on of the Baltic Pipe project to bring Norwegian gas from Denmark to Poland, "a milestone towards the full diversification of gas supplies", is due to begin in the next few days, President Andrzej Duda told a Monday briefing.</span></p>Mon, 04 May 2020 14:59:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o8s0p7gublg1clb7qu4z14.jpegThe full launch of the gas pipeline is planned for October 1, 2022. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gas-what-baltic-pipe-gas-pipeline-construction-to-start-within-days-says-president-12440Value of contracts for EU co-financing up over month - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/value-of-contracts-for-eu-co-financing-up-over-month---ministry-12439<p>The value of contracts for co-financing from the European Union increased by PLN 4 billion (EUR 877 million) over the course of one month, Poland's Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy said on Monday.</p>Mon, 04 May 2020 14:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgValue of contracts for EU co-financing up over month - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/value-of-contracts-for-eu-co-financing-up-over-month---ministry-12439Polish Senate head says election should be held when safe to do sohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-senate-head-says-election-should-be-held-when-safe-to-do-so-12438<p>Polish Senate (upper house) Speaker Tomasz Grodzki believes that the presidential election should be held on a date which will ensure the security of voters and electoral committee staff.</p>Mon, 04 May 2020 12:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sfz87d89mdklndy5ohkei.jpeg"The election should not be held on May 10. It should take place on a date which will ensure the security and health of voters, as well as all people servicing the voting process," Grodzki underlined.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-senate-head-says-election-should-be-held-when-safe-to-do-so-12438Polish gov't officials suggest election on May 10 not possiblehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-officials-suggest-election-on-may-10-not-possible-12437<p>Polish government officials on Monday expressed their opinion that it would be rather impossible to hold the presidential election on May 10.</p>Mon, 04 May 2020 12:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dit1dxdpcc6vvsmxbjjq3p.jpegMinister of State Assets Jacek Sasin underlined that May 10 was a date which was "rather difficult to keep."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-officials-suggest-election-on-may-10-not-possible-12437Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 13,937https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-13937-12436<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 244 since Sunday afternoon and reached 13,937, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another 5 people have died, bringing the death toll to 683.</p>Mon, 04 May 2020 11:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/39ktu1u1lwbswmhufytis8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-13937-12436World leaders mark Poland's May 3 Constitution anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-leaders-mark-polands-may-3-constitution-anniversary-12433<p>Numerous world leaders including US President Donald Trump, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Hungarian President Janos Ader on Sunday congratulated Polish head of state Andrzej Duda on the 229th anniversary of Poland 1791 May 3rd Constitution.</p>Sun, 03 May 2020 20:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sxljh7fmiwdk73zek1hb3i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/world-leaders-mark-polands-may-3-constitution-anniversary-12433Polish-food products get export boost from supermarket chainshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-food-products-get-export-boost-from-supermarket-chains-12430<p><span lang="EN-GB">In-house supermarket brands that are made in Poland have become hits outside the country, boosting Polish exports.</span></p>Sun, 03 May 2020 18:48:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6pubeo7odxb190mlyb25jb.jpegForeign chains have provided a lucrative line of business for Polish producers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-food-products-get-export-boost-from-supermarket-chains-12430Polish president makes address on Constitution Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-makes-address-on-constitution-day-12428<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda, in his official address marking the 229th anniversary of the passage of Poland's historic 1791 May 3rd Constitution, the first document of its kind in Europe, said Poland needed constitutional safeguards during the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Sun, 03 May 2020 17:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5ypvdpfj4i7bmkuyna5inp.jpeg"We are one community, and together we want to strive for our common good, a free Republic," the president said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-makes-address-on-constitution-day-12428Kraków gallery opens online show of Beksiński paintingshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-gallery-opens-online-show-of-beksinski-paintings-12426<p><span lang="EN-GB">Zdzisław’s Beksiński’s paintings are known around the world owing to the unique style of the Polish artist. From April 25 people have been able 50 of his paintings thanks to an online gallery. The physical gallery is located in Nowohuckie Centrum Kulftury (NCK) in Kraków. The paintings were painted mainly in the 1980s, from what is known as the “fantastic period” of the artist’s life during which he created most famous works.&nbsp;</span></p>Sun, 03 May 2020 17:18:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k3tap2l3v3d8x7vroda0f.pngBeksiński was one of Poland’s best-known artists.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-gallery-opens-online-show-of-beksinski-paintings-12426Poland's food prices may rise faster due to extreme weather - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-food-prices-may-rise-faster-due-to-extreme-weather---report-12424<p>The trend of food price growth may accelerate due to the risk of drought in Poland, state economic researcher the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) said in its recent analysis.</p>Sun, 03 May 2020 16:52:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's food prices may rise faster due to extreme weather - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-food-prices-may-rise-faster-due-to-extreme-weather---report-12424Un-bee-lievable: lifestyle blogger causes a buzz by joining passion for bees with Polish designhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/un-bee-lievable-lifestyle-blogger-causes-a-buzz-by-joining-passion-for-bees-with-polish-design-12421<p><span lang="EN-US">A popular lifestyle blogger has rallied the world of Polish design to spotlight the plight of bees and their importance in the wider context of the planet</span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA">’</span><span lang="EN-US">s ecosystem after convincing a bevy of on-edge designers to produce a range of items inspired by the insect.</span></p>Sun, 03 May 2020 16:10:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gmjc4xrolh4b8muful4zs.jpegPutting bees first: all the products reflect the bee theme.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/un-bee-lievable-lifestyle-blogger-causes-a-buzz-by-joining-passion-for-bees-with-polish-design-12421Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 13,693https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-13693-12419<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 318 since Saturday afternoon and reached 13,693, the Ministry of Health said on early Sunday afternoon. Another 15 people have died, bringing the death toll to 678.</p>Sun, 03 May 2020 14:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jbmyqkm36x162o8oij3m6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-13693-12419Poland's Constitution: the who, what, why, where and when of Europe's oldest constitutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-constitution-the-who-what-why-where-and-when-of-europes-oldest-constitution-304<p>Poland took time to celebrate the signing of the first modern constitution in Europe (and second only to the United States in the world) on May 3.</p>Sun, 03 May 2020 12:17:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/Jan%20Matejko%20-%20Polish%20Constitution.jpgKonstytucjahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-constitution-the-who-what-why-where-and-when-of-europes-oldest-constitution-304Law of physics not universal, new research by Polish scientists findshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/law-of-physics-not-universal-new-research-by-polish-scientists-finds-12416<p><span lang="EN-US">Research by Polish scientists has revealed that billions of lightyears away the laws of physics are different from the ones on Earth.</span></p>Sun, 03 May 2020 11:42:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zpnza6h30fg2q8a0usclp.jpegThe study a quasar has shown that the rules of physics can vary, depending on where you are.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/law-of-physics-not-universal-new-research-by-polish-scientists-finds-12416Ahead of the game: Poland and Central Europe keep virus under wrapshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ahead-of-the-game-poland-and-central-europe-keep-virus-under-wraps-12413<p><span lang="EN-GB">As the Polish government announced plans to relax the country’s strict lockdown measures on Thursday, the fact that Poland, along with other Central European countries, appeared to have done a better job at containing the virus that their affluent Western peers triggered international interest.</span></p>Sat, 02 May 2020 18:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tdfg0bn66bn0k32znk44ba.jpegPoland was quick to react to dangers posed by the virus.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ahead-of-the-game-poland-and-central-europe-keep-virus-under-wraps-12413Polish university constructs automatic resuscitatorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-university-constructs-automatic-resuscitator-12411<p>An automatic resuscitator that can assist in light cases of breathing incapacity has been constructed by the Faculty of Energy and Environmental Engineering at the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, southern Poland.</p>Sat, 02 May 2020 18:40:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eqhfbncvfwwtalxnbtso3a.jpegThe product is still at the prototype phase and is looking for an economic partner.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-university-constructs-automatic-resuscitator-12411Poles can register to vote in any country with Polish mission - MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-can-register-to-vote-in-any-country-with-polish-mission---mfa-12409<p>The possibility to enroll on the electoral register for presidential elections planned for May 10 has been ensured for all Polish citizens living in a country with a Polish diplomatic mission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has informed PAP.</p>Sat, 02 May 2020 18:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles can register to vote in any country with Polish mission - MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-can-register-to-vote-in-any-country-with-polish-mission---mfa-12409Polish food exports may suffer from drought - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-food-exports-may-suffer-from-drought---report-12407<p>Poland's agricultural exports may fall due to the risk of serious drought according to experts from the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) cited in Saturday's Gazeta Polska Codzinnie daily.</p>Sat, 02 May 2020 15:54:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish food exports may suffer from drought - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-food-exports-may-suffer-from-drought---report-12407Flags flutter high as nation marks National Flag Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flags-flutter-high-as-nation-marks-national-flag-day-12405<p><span lang="EN-GB">Public and residential buildings flew the red and white national flag on May 2 as the country celebrated National Flag Day despite the pandemic.</span></p>Sat, 02 May 2020 14:27:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0fr7p6t2zu7hr1b1noxeuu.jpegThe current Polish flag was adopted on February 9, 1990.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/flags-flutter-high-as-nation-marks-national-flag-day-12405Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 13,375https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-13375-12404<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 270 since Friday evening and reached 13,375, the Ministry of Health said on early Saturday afternoon. Another 13 people have died, bringing the death toll to 664.</p>Sat, 02 May 2020 13:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fet6wh8trkhd21mgj6xtte.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-13375-12404FM addresses Polish diaspora on their dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-addresses-polish-diaspora-on-their-day-12402<p>On the occasion of the Day of Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad, falling on May 2, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz spoke about the importance of national unity amongst Polish communities around the world, in a video statement posted on the foreign ministry's website.</p>Sat, 02 May 2020 13:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q2he7a6520n71ov0ypyr47.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fm-addresses-polish-diaspora-on-their-day-12402President marks anniversary of Third Silesian Uprisinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-marks-anniversary-of-third-silesian-uprising-12400<p>President Andrzej Duda laid flowers at the monument to Silesian Uprising leader Wojciech Korfanty as Poland marks the 99th anniversary of the 3rd Silesian Uprising falling on May 2.</p>Sat, 02 May 2020 12:40:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5icmpn63innu5idht7xgxm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-marks-anniversary-of-third-silesian-uprising-12400Hero bomber pilot killed by coronavirus at age of 102https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hero-bomber-pilot-passes-away-aged-102-12398<p>One of the last Polish pilots to see action during the Second World War, taking part in dozens of raids over Germany and Italy, has died aged 102 after catching coronavirus.</p>Sat, 02 May 2020 12:09:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gsngwn25atvci2onqj7ksp.jpegStachiewicz at the controls. He would take part in 33 raids.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hero-bomber-pilot-passes-away-aged-102-12398Amazon to donate 100,000 masks to Poland - US ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amazon-to-donate-100000-masks-to-poland---us-ambassador-12395<p>The US e-commerce giant Amazon will supply another 100,000 surgical masks to Polish medical staff to help contain the spread of the COVID19 epidemic in the country, US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher, announced in a Friday tweet.</p>Fri, 01 May 2020 18:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eyb2rl0zyszaarey42djb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amazon-to-donate-100000-masks-to-poland---us-ambassador-12395Polish medical delegation essential says Chicago medical society headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-medical-delegation-essential-says-chicago-medical-society-head-12394<p>The mission of Polish military doctors in Chicago is vital in helping their peers in the daily fight against the coronavirus, Marek Rudnicki President of Polish-American Medical Society (ZLP) in the US city told PAP.</p>Fri, 01 May 2020 16:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/njs9ni3k1ockufkdgrg58.jpegThe mission started with a visit to the McCormick Place Convention Center, the largest field hospital in Chicago, where the Polish doctors worked alongside their US counterparts to treat Covid-19 patients, Rudnicki said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-medical-delegation-essential-says-chicago-medical-society-head-12394Polsat TV signs preliminary deal to buy portal operator Interia Grouphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polsat-tv-signs-preliminary-deal-to-buy-portal-operator-interia-group-12392<p>Private Polish TV broadcaster Polsat has concluded a preliminary deal with Bauer Media Group to buy web portal operator Interia Group, Polsat spokesman Tomasz Matwiejczuk has informed PAP.</p>Fri, 01 May 2020 16:13:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cwvimhrvotghycu91t80v.jpegAccording to a press release the transaction will be financed entirely from Polsat's own funds.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polsat-tv-signs-preliminary-deal-to-buy-portal-operator-interia-group-12392Poland runs over 255,500 projects thanks to EU funds in last 16 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-runs-over-255500-projects-thanks-to-eu-funds-in-last-16-years-12390<p>In the 16 years of Poland's membership of the European Union, the country has implemented over 255,500 investments co-financed from EU funds, Minister of Funds and Regional Policy Malgorzata Jarosinska-Jedynak has told PAP.</p>Fri, 01 May 2020 14:48:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n5g9gbmks0qquix3tddava.jpegPoland joined the European Union on May 1, 2004. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-runs-over-255500-projects-thanks-to-eu-funds-in-last-16-years-12390Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 13,105https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-13105-12389<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 228 since Thursday evening and reached 12,877, the Ministry of Health said on early Friday afternoon. Another 7 people have died, bringing the death toll to 651.</p>Fri, 01 May 2020 13:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z3d5fhxcefr2otpey260l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-13105-12389New ‘lockdown charge’ on video-on-demand platforms to help support film industryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-lockdown-charge-on-video-on-demand-platforms-to-help-support-film-industry-12387<p><span lang="EN-GB">Poland plans to help support its film industry with a new contribution from video-on-demand providers.</span></p>Fri, 01 May 2020 13:49:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n7fg08ktapalfhijfcz84.pngThe new charge, which would be paid to the Polish Film Institute, could bring in an estimated 15 million złoty (3.3 million euros) this year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-lockdown-charge-on-video-on-demand-platforms-to-help-support-film-industry-12387Deputy PM Gliński offers vision of post-pandemic realityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deputy-pm-glinski-offers-vision-of-post-pandemic-reality-12385<p><span lang="EN-GB">The Deputy Prime Minister, Culture Minister Piotr Glinski has outlined his vision of the post-pandemic world and its challenges, offering insight from Polish experience.</span></p>Fri, 01 May 2020 12:08:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yxiuc7a3mxjcd8y9759ocq.jpegWriting in the Wall Street Journal, Piotr Gliński laid out Poland’s preparedness for combatting the long-term effects COVID-19 and calls for global solidarity.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deputy-pm-glinski-offers-vision-of-post-pandemic-reality-12385President informs Pope about Polish epidemic aid - presidential aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-informs-pope-about-polish-epidemic-aid---presidential-aide-12383<p>President Andrzej Duda has informed Pope Francis about Poland's epidemic aid to other countries in a telephone conversation, Duda aide Krzysztof Szczerski reported on Thursday, adding the Pope called Poland's aid a "magnificent sign of international solidarity."</p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 20:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aqlneeio4yb9jn3k1f8nug.jpegThe Pope assured Duda of his intention to pray at John Paul II's tomb on the anniversary day.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-informs-pope-about-polish-epidemic-aid---presidential-aide-12383Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 12,877https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-12877-12382<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 237 since Wednesday evening and reached 12,877, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday evening. Another 20 people have died, bringing the death toll to 644.</p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 19:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6z3fmz9t2a8cdez76yyb9w.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-12877-12382Not all startups are beards sitting in a garage, says new reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-all-startups-are-beards-sitting-in-a-garage-says-new-report-12380<p>While it is tempting to stereotype startups as being all about eco hipsters and techno geeks, a survey carried out by Poland’s largest bank has revealed some surprising statistics.</p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 17:20:00 +0200BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/60ooob7kmcaseguqbvbs4.jpegThe traditional perception of start-ups being a couple of guys with beards working in a garage is partially outdated.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/not-all-startups-are-beards-sitting-in-a-garage-says-new-report-12380Fewer Polish firms went bankrupt in Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fewer-polish-firms-went-bankrupt-in-march-12378<p>One hundred and one companies went bankrupt in March 2020, an 11.4 percent decrease month on month, the Export Credit Insurance Corporation (KUKE) said in a Thursday statement.</p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 17:02:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFewer Polish firms went bankrupt in Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fewer-polish-firms-went-bankrupt-in-march-12378Poland suffers EUR 2.1 bln deficit in Q1 - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-suffers-eur-21-bln-deficit-in-q1---finmin-12375<p>Poland's budget deficit reached PLN 9.4 bln (EUR 2.07 bln) in the first three months of the year, the Finance Ministry reported on Thursday. The data point to the first effects of the coronavirus crisis on the state budget.</p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 15:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pn6f3ekeephv9vofiormk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-suffers-eur-21-bln-deficit-in-q1---finmin-12375Postal voting the easiest procedure to introduce - PKW headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/postal-voting-the-easiest-procedure-to-introduce---pkw-head-12373<p>The head of the State Electoral Commission (PKW) announced on Thursday that, keeping in mind the health and lives of the electorate and polling station staff, special voting methods should be introduced and added that postal voting was the easiest such procedure.</p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 14:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9vhlba5scmaxph6hk4u4yl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/postal-voting-the-easiest-procedure-to-introduce---pkw-head-12373Inflation CPI to drop to about 3.0 pct in May - Development Minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-cpi-to-drop-to-about-30-pct-in-may---development-min-12371<p>Poland's CPI (Consumer Price Index) will decline to about 3.0 percent in May, the Development Ministry said in a comment to inflation data published by the Central Statistical Office (GUS) on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 14:33:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t86n980egmknrlb7khmewc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-cpi-to-drop-to-about-30-pct-in-may---development-min-12371Long arm of the awww! Kind-hearted cops delight lockdown boy with birthday surprisehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/long-arm-of-the-awww-cops-delight-lockdown-boy-with-birthday-surprise-12368<p>A six-year-old boy who was devastated to find he couldn’t spend his birthday with his friends because of lockdown had the surprise of his life when local police turned up with toys and entertainment.</p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 14:18:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rfxrrpf74k220ahbfjf1i.pngBlue dog mascot Sznupek and a Silesian police officer send birthday wishes to lockdown birthday boy Antoś. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/long-arm-of-the-awww-cops-delight-lockdown-boy-with-birthday-surprise-12368Polish Antidote to Coronavirus Medicine Mayhemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-antidote-to-coronavirus-medicine-mayhem-486<p>How do you take a 200 year old Doctor's piece of essential medical equipment that we hardly ever notice and revolutionise its use?<br>Simple. You give it to a Pole.</p><p>In this special Coronavirus edition of Heart of Poland our host Patrick Ney talks to the CEO of Polish technology company StethoMe, Wojciech Radomski, about their incredible journey to transform the humble stethoscope and radically improve testing - straight from the patient's home.<br><br>With Coronavirus presenting a huge challenge for medical professionals around the world and a huge opportunity for telemedicine companies, this interview will be sure to inspire Polish entrepreneurs and those fond of the phrase 'Polak Potrafi' </p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 13:54:00 +0200LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/22qnjpyr44dngnkmfboltb.pngPolish Antidote to Coronavirus Medicine Mayhemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-antidote-to-coronavirus-medicine-mayhem-486Poland receives EUR 1.99 billion from EU funds in March - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-199-billion-from-eu-funds-in-march---minfin-12366<p>Poland received EUR 1.99 billion from EU funds in March 2019, including EUR 621 million in current transfers and EUR 1.37 billion in capital transfers, the Finance Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 13:18:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland receives EUR 1.99 billion from EU funds in March - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-199-billion-from-eu-funds-in-march---minfin-12366Poland's unemployment rate at 3.0 pct in March - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-30-pct-in-march---eurostat-12364<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached 3.0 percent in March 2020, unchanged from February, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 12:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate at 3.0 pct in March - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-30-pct-in-march---eurostat-12364Polish head of state appoints acting Supreme Court presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-head-of-state-appoints-acting-supreme-court-president-12363<p>President Andrzej Duda has appointed Kamil Zaradkiewicz acting first president of Poland's Supreme Court until the court's new head is appointed in a standard procedure, Duda's spokesperson Blazej Spychalski announced on Twitter on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 12:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/108925rsthfku8ht6rqtegr.jpegZaradkiewicz will take over from Malgorzata Gersdorf, whose six-year term expires on Thursday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-head-of-state-appoints-acting-supreme-court-president-12363Komasa triumphs again as cyber thriller The Hater picks up gong at US film festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/komasa-triumphs-again-as-cyber-thriller-the-hater-picks-up-gong-at-us-film-festival-12361<p>Film director Jan Komasa’s Suicide Room: The Hater (Sala Samobojcow.Hejter) has won the Best International Narrative Feature award at New York's Tribeca Film Festival.</p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 11:56:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5c9n2r16c7w6svukqhe13m.jpegSuicide Room: The Hater is a story of obsession and acceptance in a world of social media and fake news where the online paid hate industry can lead to revenge and individual downfall. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/komasa-triumphs-again-as-cyber-thriller-the-hater-picks-up-gong-at-us-film-festival-12361Poland's inflation in April at 3.4 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-april-at-34-percent-yy---stats-office-12359<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 3.4 percent year on year in April 2020 and remained unchanged month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported in a flash estimate on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 11:04:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1f7gp2y8fut3v35xn8mgxi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-april-at-34-percent-yy---stats-office-12359European Economic Congress Online to be held May 18-20https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-economic-congress-online-to-be-held-may-18-20-12357<p>The European Economic Congress (EEC) in Katowice, postponed until September due to the coronavirus pandemic, will have an online element to be held on May 18-20, during which more than a dozen virtual debates are planned on current economic challenges.</p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 11:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e0z6puokfignikex6ax2cg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-economic-congress-online-to-be-held-may-18-20-12357V4 official presents Poland's presidency planshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-official-presents-polands-presidency-plans-12355<p>During its annual presidency of the regional Visegrad Group (V4), Poland plans to foster the group's united policy towards the re-building of the EU economy after the coronavirus crisis, the Polish government commissioner for the V4 presidency told PAP.</p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 10:52:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgV4 official presents Poland's presidency planshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-official-presents-polands-presidency-plans-12355Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 12,781https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-12781-12353<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 141 since Wednesday evening and reached 12,781, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another four people have died, bringing the death toll to 628.</p>Thu, 30 Apr 2020 10:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u4g5sku2kaqdh4m59w9oxo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-12781-12353Connecting Europe instrument grants Poland EUR 439 mln for transporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/connecting-europe-instrument-grants-poland-eur-439-mln-for-transport-12352<p>Advances of PLN 2 bln (EUR 439 mln) from the EU's Connecting Europe instrument will go to state rail carrier PKP, the General Directorate of National Roads and Motorways and sea port management firms, the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy has announced.</p>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 20:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fx1lgy2kfzdqb0sczn6jlp.jpegConnecting Europe facility supports the biggest infrastructural investments.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/connecting-europe-instrument-grants-poland-eur-439-mln-for-transport-12352Border checks prolonged until May 13 - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/border-checks-prolonged-until-may-13---ministry-12351<p>Checks on Poland's borders have been prolonged until May 13 in light of the continuing coronavirus epidemic, the Polish Interior Ministry informed PAP on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 20:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cpeil774z7o8t9l7my4hxn.jpegThe border checks will be carried out by the border guard, police, firefighters and the army.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/border-checks-prolonged-until-may-13---ministry-12351Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 12,640https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-12640-12350<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 422 since Tuesday evening and reached 12,640, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday evening. Another 28 people have died, bringing the death toll to 624.</p>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 18:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tdabc9xwaumg602jbjmb2v.jpegCurrently, Poland has over 85 laboratories able to test samples for the presence of coronavirus.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-12640-12350Duda presents five-point coronavirus recovery plan to European leadershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-presents-five-point-coronavirus-recovery-plan-to-european-leaders-12348<p>In a letter to European leaders, Polish President Andrzej Duda has written that the time has come to consider how the world and international cooperation will look once the coronavirus pandemic has been defeated, and proposed a five-point plan.</p>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 18:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ogy8mh2vggsodq1yiwhjz.jpeg"Let's treat this current time as a challenge, that we must meet mindful of future generations," Duda concluded. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-presents-five-point-coronavirus-recovery-plan-to-european-leaders-12348How a Pole brought coffee to Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-a-pole-brought-coffee-to-europe-12346<p>It was Jerzy Kulczycki who is thought to have opened the first coffee house in Vienna following the Ottoman siege there in 1683.</p>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 17:31:00 +0200HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k2qlup8w3qad5seyx9z1bi.jpegThe Pole opened the first café in Vienna back in 1683.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-a-pole-brought-coffee-to-europe-12346Polish elections outside Article 7 procedures - EC V-Phttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-elections-outside-article-7-procedures---ec-v-p-12345<p>The EC has no plans to take up the subject of Poland's May-planned presidential elections under the EU's sanctioning Article 7 procedures, EC Vice-President Vera Jourova said on Wednesday in Brussels, adding she nonetheless has reservations about the elections.</p>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 17:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3diulqmnf2bvtuc06eypr.jpegJourova pointed out that the elections could not violate EU treaties or other international agreements.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-elections-outside-article-7-procedures---ec-v-p-12345New interactive map gives chilling insight into horrors of Hitler’s concentration camp for childrenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-interactive-map-gives-chilling-insight-into-horrors-of-hitlers-concentration-camp-for-children-12343<p>The dark history of a German concentration camp for Polish children that operated in Łódź during World War Two has been recreated in granular detail in an immersive multimedia experience.</p>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 16:08:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cwdv8lik5edqk1lhepbyka.jpegThe map from the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) has been developed to help visitors better understand the monster camp where up to 3,000 Polish children aged from 2 to 16 years old were imprisoned between December 1942 and January 1944.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-interactive-map-gives-chilling-insight-into-horrors-of-hitlers-concentration-camp-for-children-12343Two million jobs already rescued thanks to anti-crisis package - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-million-jobs-already-rescued-thanks-to-anti-crisis-package---pm-12342<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday that the government wants to rescue as many work places as possible and that two million jobs have already been saved thanks to the benefits of the economic package in the so-called anti-crisis shield.</p>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 15:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/njuu7jqsqtmp7qd5ztfh8d.jpegThe prime minister acknowledged that the anti-crisis shield was financed from Poland's budget.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-million-jobs-already-rescued-thanks-to-anti-crisis-package---pm-12342Let’s Dance! From stage to football terraces, one of Poland’s best kept secrets is how well it can strut its stuffhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lets-dance-from-stage-to-football-terraces-one-of-polands-best-kept-secrets-is-how-well-it-can-strut-its-stuff-12340<p><span lang="EN-GB">Many may wrongly assume that the famous Polka dance originated in or was named after Poland, both assumptions are wrong.</span></p>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 14:45:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8glvlvh3e7r3zzmxm5eaz.jpegInternational Dance Day reveals how good Poles are at dancing.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lets-dance-from-stage-to-football-terraces-one-of-polands-best-kept-secrets-is-how-well-it-can-strut-its-stuff-12340Polish President proposes steps for international cooperation once pandemic endshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-proposes-steps-for-international-cooperation-once-pandemic-ends-12338<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda addressed a letter to the presidents and heads of EU countries, as well to those of the Eastern Partnership and Western Balkan countries, containing international cooperation proposals once the coronavirus pandemic has been defeated.</p>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 14:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hm66zx39to61b7p0qizv4v.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-proposes-steps-for-international-cooperation-once-pandemic-ends-12338Getting back to business: Shopping centres, hotels and kindergartens to reopen next week, says PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/getting-back-to-business-shopping-centres-hotels-and-kindergartens-to-reopen-next-week-says-pm-12333<p><span lang="EN-GB">Poland will re-open shopping centres and hotels from May 4 and creches and kindergartens from May 6, PM Mateusz Morawiecki has announced.</span></p>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 13:29:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mugmjwx3jddb84oryfl6pq.jpegIn an online press conference PM Mateusz Morawiecki unveiled the government’s step-by-step plan to getting the country out of lockdown.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/getting-back-to-business-shopping-centres-hotels-and-kindergartens-to-reopen-next-week-says-pm-12333Polish officials join international climate debate around pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-officials-join-international-climate-debate-around-pandemic-12328<p>Polish Climate Minister Michal Kurtyka participated, via Tuesday videoconference in the 11th Petersberg Climate Dialogue, an annual meeting on global climate policy, organised by the German gov't, the ministry has said.</p>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a9ajl9ttctjbuwe6m62ctv.jpegKurtyka pointed to the need to finalise initiated key energy investments, as well as the development and implementation of low-carbon innovations, while supporting employment, especially in the regions most affected by energy transformation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-officials-join-international-climate-debate-around-pandemic-12328Poland's Economic Sentiment Indicator falls in April - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economic-sentiment-indicator-falls-in-april---ec-12327<p>Poland's Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) declined in April 2020 to 61.7 points from 97.8 points in the previous month, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:28:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Economic Sentiment Indicator falls in April - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economic-sentiment-indicator-falls-in-april---ec-12327LOT in talks with Boeing to convert Dreamliners into cargo planeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-in-talks-with-boeing-to-convert-dreamliners-into-cargo-planes-12325<p><span lang="EN-GB">LOT Polish Airlines is in talks with US plane manufacturing giant Boeing to convert its fleet of 787 Dreamliners into cargo planes in a bid to ride out the global air traffic slowdown.</span></p>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 11:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jjpayyv9zugpder1kdyzc.jpegLOT hopes that by switching to cargo it will cut its losses and protect their bottom lines in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that has grounded virtually all passenger flights.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-in-talks-with-boeing-to-convert-dreamliners-into-cargo-planes-12325New recoveries on the rise in Poland - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-recoveries-on-the-rise-in-poland---pm-12323<p>Poland has a chance, for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak, to see the daily number of new recoveries exceed the number of new infections, PM Mateusz Morawiecki announced at a news conference on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 11:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l9gvaun46cqfpepjenymu5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-recoveries-on-the-rise-in-poland---pm-12323Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 12,415https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-12415-12320<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 197 since Tuesday evening and reached 12,415, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another 10 people have died, bringing the death toll to 606.</p>Wed, 29 Apr 2020 11:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uj1hpr2qbrkzq88nund59.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-12415-12320Polish GDP will drop by 3.4 pct in 2020, gov't says in EU reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gdp-will-drop-by-34-pct-in-2020-govt-says-in-eu-report-12319<p>The Polish economy will contract by 3.4 percent in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Polish government predicted in an updated Convergence Programme, an EU-required fiscal plan for the next three years.</p>Tue, 28 Apr 2020 20:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wnv7n6jm4m6zaig5cge09.jpegThe Polish GDP will go down for the first time since the early 1990s, the Finance Ministry said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gdp-will-drop-by-34-pct-in-2020-govt-says-in-eu-report-12319Poland receives third consignment of US LNGhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-third-consignment-of-us-lng-12318<p>Poland's PGNiG oil and gas corporation has received the third consignment of US LNG under a long-term deal with the US Cheniere company, PGNiG CEO Jerzy Kwieciński said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 28 Apr 2020 19:48:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ugclev9jm3ogcrch43vky.jpegKwieciński said that US gas supplies help ensure Poland's gas security.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-third-consignment-of-us-lng-12318Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 12,218https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-12218-12317<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 316 since Monday evening and reached 12,218, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday evening. Another 34 people have died, bringing the death toll to 596.</p>Tue, 28 Apr 2020 19:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cxmq1afkxrur3ry5nehrrk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-12218-12317Considered Poland’s greatest panorama painter, Jan Styka died 95 years ago todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/considered-polands-greatest-panorama-painter-jan-styka-died-95-years-ago-today-12315<p>Known for his breath-taking panoramas and large historical battle pieces, Jan Styka, who died 95 years ago today, was one of Poland’s artistic greats.</p>Tue, 28 Apr 2020 17:40:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wao1ptlnboq4vpyjcy6tac.jpegThe man behind masterpieces such as the Racławice Panorama and The Crucifixion, Jan Styka was also a great orator, his patriotic speeches being printed in French in 1915 under the title ‘The Soul of Poland’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/considered-polands-greatest-panorama-painter-jan-styka-died-95-years-ago-today-12315President calls for rational water managementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-calls-for-rational-water-management-12313<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda appealed for rational management of water resources, shortly after meeting with fruit growers in Dylewo, central Poland, on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 28 Apr 2020 16:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fhfbgyfhyisngevi6qdg2t.jpegDuda noted that a total of nine large retention reservoirs are planned to be built, as well as 30 smaller reservoirs and even smaller ones on individual farms.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-calls-for-rational-water-management-12313Poznań designers come up with ingenious ‘water bollards’ to beat droughthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-designers-come-up-with-ingenious-water-bollards-to-beat-drought-12311<p>In response to the worsening drought, a trio of Polish designers and architects have created unique city watering system.</p>Tue, 28 Apr 2020 15:14:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s7vlqn7hlgsuv814g9zu7.jpegThe unassuming bollards perform three functions: storing rainwater, sprinkling and protecting plants.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-designers-come-up-with-ingenious-water-bollards-to-beat-drought-12311Social insurance contributions down 20 pct compared to last year - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/social-insurance-contributions-down-20-pct-compared-to-last-year---daily-12309<p>Through 20 days of April, payments to the country's social insurance institution (ZUS), have fallen by 20 percent, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) daily wrote on Tuesday citing ZUS data regarding revenues from contributions.</p>Tue, 28 Apr 2020 14:33:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jgq0bx9897mpksyeezimsp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/social-insurance-contributions-down-20-pct-compared-to-last-year---daily-12309Eco firm launches new initiative to prevent food waste with home fermentation kithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eco-firm-launches-new-initiative-to-prevent-food-waste-with-home-fermentation-kit-12307<p><span lang="EN-GB">An eco-friendly firm behind a revolutionary edible food packaging initiative has now come up with an ingenious way to prevent food waste.</span></p>Tue, 28 Apr 2020 14:19:00 +0200ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6dqg14twwxfoqdmob9k66m.jpegMakeGrowLab’s new initiative called Babcha Boy helps prevent food waste with fermentation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eco-firm-launches-new-initiative-to-prevent-food-waste-with-home-fermentation-kit-12307Disinfecting streets really DOES reduce the spread of COVID-19 and could become the new normhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/disinfecting-streets-really-does-reduce-the-spread-of-covid-19-and-could-become-the-new-norm-12305<p><span lang="EN-US">Scientists have found that disinfecting public spaces really does help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.</span></p>Tue, 28 Apr 2020 12:47:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hyje3e99rsdtui3fpza8c.jpegThe scientists studied the impact of disinfecting on a sample of 20 busy public areas in Kraków between 17 March and 6 April. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/disinfecting-streets-really-does-reduce-the-spread-of-covid-19-and-could-become-the-new-norm-12305Santander Bank Polska nets EUR 170.9 mln in 1st quarter of 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/santander-bank-polska-nets-eur-1709-mln-in-1st-quarter-of-2020-12303<p>Santander Bank Polska's 1st quarter net profit fell to PLN 170.9 million (EUR 37.78 million) from PLN 339 million (EUR 74.93 million) in the 1st quarter of 2019, the bank has announced in a report.</p>Tue, 28 Apr 2020 12:40:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bc4a4ch9zhul9qhqtescf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/santander-bank-polska-nets-eur-1709-mln-in-1st-quarter-of-2020-12303Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 12,089https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-12089-12302<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 187 since Monday evening and reached 12,089, the Ministry of Health said onTuesday morning. Another eight people have died, bringing the death toll to 570.</p>Tue, 28 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/di5zlicsy1vcbe1g6vgl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-12089-12302Toyota-Poland will resume production on May 4https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/toyota-poland-will-resume-production-on-may-4-12301<p>Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland will restart its plants in south-western Poland on May 4. Both plants have been closed owing to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.</p>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 20:58:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/324cqrn7euhf0hg13kii8b.jpegthe plants, which make engines, gearboxes and hybrid transmission systems, will resume work gradually.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/toyota-poland-will-resume-production-on-may-4-12301PKN Orlen, Energa on course to forming strong, multi-energy concernhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-energa-on-course-to-forming-strong-multi-energy-concern-12300<p>Poland’s largest refiner PKN Orlen, which has recently taken over state-controlled utility Energa, said the acquisition will help build a strong, national multi-energy concern.</p>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 19:49:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wboneuzi2myw9v09msmm.jpeg"Both, Energa and Orlen, need a strong multi-energy concern. Such concerns may implement Poland's energy policies," said Obajtek.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-energa-on-course-to-forming-strong-multi-energy-concern-12300Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 11,902https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-11902-12299<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 285 since Sunday evening and reached 11,902, the Ministry of Health said on Monday evening. Another 27 people have died, bringing the death toll to 562.</p>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 18:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x6un0he5fsftzsefzr1c6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-11902-12299Volkswagen's Polish plants restart productionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/volkswagens-polish-plants-restart-production-12297<p>Volkswagen Poznań, a Polish unit of the German car maker, is gradually reinstating manufacturing after a five-week break caused by the coronavirus threat, the company's spokesperson, Patrycja Kasprzyk said on Monday.</p>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 18:24:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fp8tfojry3izsnuy82jlhm.jpegVolkswagen Poznań has paid full wages for its employees over the five weeks of closure, in line with arrangements made with the company's trade union, Solidarność Volkswagen Poznań.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/volkswagens-polish-plants-restart-production-12297Incredible literary “jewel” missing for 500 years found at online auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-literary-jewel-missing-for-500-years-found-at-online-auction-12295<p>A long-lost Latin script from which the first printed book in Polish was translated has been discovered at auction after disappearing for 500 years.</p>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 17:30:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6avoz1o94na9s5c56nn9m.jpegThe 1522 ‘Ecclesiastes’ from which the first printed book in Polish was translated, was discovered by a Polish lawyer on an auction website in Austria.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-literary-jewel-missing-for-500-years-found-at-online-auction-12295First issue of Polish "corona bonds" ends in successhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-issue-of-polish-corona-bonds-ends-in-success-12294<p>The first issue of the "corona bonds" conducted by the Polish Development Fund (PFR) ended in success, PFR head Paweł Borys wrote on Twitter on Monday.</p>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 16:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kxzyi10h9vjqdr6gdk4bc.jpeg"Demand for our bonds proved higher than we assumed. We raised PLN 16.3 billion (EUR 3.6 billion) from the issue instead of the planned PLN 15 billion (EUR 3.32 billion)," wrote Borys.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-issue-of-polish-corona-bonds-ends-in-success-12294‘First lady of Polish sports’ Irena Szewińska wins prestigious all time ranking of female athleteshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-lady-of-polish-sports-irena-szewinska-wins-prestigious-all-time-ranking-of-female-athletes-12292<p>Polish sprinter Irena Szewińska has been posthumously named one of the greatest athletes of all time by the prestigious US magazine "Track &amp; Field".</p>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 14:56:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o4m5ji0u9okgysmrtyh8ps.jpegDubbed the first lady of Polish sports, Irena Szewińska dominated women's athletics for nearly two decades.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-lady-of-polish-sports-irena-szewinska-wins-prestigious-all-time-ranking-of-female-athletes-12292President will not privatise hospitals for as long as he holds officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-will-not-privatise-hospitals-for-as-long-as-he-holds-office-12290<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda declared on Monday that he would never approve the privatisation of public hospitals "as long as he holds the post," and signed a declaration to this effect.</p>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 14:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iojikrlesgkk04vl1sbnq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-will-not-privatise-hospitals-for-as-long-as-he-holds-office-12290Former Polish education minister posthumously awardedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-polish-education-minister-posthumously-awarded-12288<p>Recently deceased former Polish Education Minister Krystyna Lybacka was posthumously awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, on Monday, for her outstanding public service.</p>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 13:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3tgvhgpsqx54axsgtlytcu.jpegLybacka, who joined the Democratic Left Alliance in 1999, was the education minister in the government of Leszek Miller (2001-2004).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-polish-education-minister-posthumously-awarded-12288EPP calls on Polish gov't to declare state of emergency, postpone votehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/epp-calls-on-polish-govt-to-declare-state-of-emergency-postpone-vote-12286<p>The presidium of the European People's Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament (EP) has called on the Polish government to declare a state of emergency and hold the presidential election, planned for May 10, after the end of the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 13:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t4typhkdhqc4bd7xc7xgba.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/epp-calls-on-polish-govt-to-declare-state-of-emergency-postpone-vote-12286Polish Development Fund issues four-year bonds worth EUR 3.3 blnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-development-fund-issues-four-year-bonds-worth-eur-33-bln-12284<p>The Polish Development Fund (PFR) began on Monday its first issue of four-year bonds valued at PLN 15 billion (EUR 3.31 billion), PFR President Pawel Borys wrote on Twitter.</p>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 13:38:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Development Fund issues four-year bonds worth EUR 3.3 blnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-development-fund-issues-four-year-bonds-worth-eur-33-bln-12284Warsaw app shows US medical staff how to prepare before dealing with COVID-19 patientshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-app-shows-us-medical-staff-how-to-prepare-before-dealing-with-covid-19-patients-12282<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Warsaw-based start-up has created has created a virtual platform to train US medical staff on how to properly put on items of protective gear and disinfect hands when working with coronavirus infected patients.</span></p>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 12:49:00 +0200ScienceStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8ffx9agbgykm7sdkqlarfl.pngThe online training, designed in just a few days, assists medical personnel in hospitals throughout the United States.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-app-shows-us-medical-staff-how-to-prepare-before-dealing-with-covid-19-patients-12282Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 11,761https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-11761-12280<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 144 since Sunday and reached 11,761, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another four people have died, bringing the death toll to 539.</p>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 10:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8drp9xcibpubc9sik95vvi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-11761-12280Decisions on further stages of easing restrictions soon - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decisions-on-further-stages-of-easing-restrictions-soon---official-12278<p>Polish government spokesperson Piotr Mueller announced on Monday that decisions regarding further stages of relaxing the binding coronavirus epidemic-related restrictions and on reopening of the economy would be made in the coming days.</p>Mon, 27 Apr 2020 10:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5i0y20fc6065oniqatavvm.jpegAsked whether the second stage could be launched on May 4 or 11, Mueller answered that both dates were being taken into account.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/decisions-on-further-stages-of-easing-restrictions-soon---official-12278Rail travel ban, arrival quarantine prolonged indefinitelyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rail-travel-ban-arrival-quarantine-prolonged-indefinitely-12277<p>Poland's ban on international rail travel and the 14-day quarantine period for persons arriving in the country have been prolonged until further notice by a government directive issued on Sunday.</p>Sun, 26 Apr 2020 22:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/60mg1tbdq8r3a6rfpks07r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rail-travel-ban-arrival-quarantine-prolonged-indefinitely-12277Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 11,617https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-11617-12276<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 550 since Saturday morning and reached 11,617, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday evening. Another 36 people have died, bringing the death toll to 535.</p>Sun, 26 Apr 2020 18:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jyjswhcopanwewi7q0njcd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-11617-12276Wizz Air extends suspension of all flights to and from Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wizz-air-extends-suspension-of-all-flights-to-and-from-poland-12273<p>Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air has extended the suspension of all of its flights to and from Poland in view of continued coronavirus-related restrictions covering international flights.</p>Sun, 26 Apr 2020 16:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xaf8nopu6fdfdjfm28m21f.jpegThe airline, in a Saturday announcement said that the suspension has been prolonged until May 9.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wizz-air-extends-suspension-of-all-flights-to-and-from-poland-12273Fifty-one pct of Poles praise PM's work - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fifty-one-pct-of-poles-praise-pms-work---poll-12271<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's work was positively appraised by 51 percent of Poles, while 42 percent voiced negative opinions, according the latest poll by the Estymator public opinion research centre for the DoRzeczy.pl portal.</p>Sun, 26 Apr 2020 15:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ar6li6z219gwyw4rjwkyjf.jpegMorawiecki's work was positively appraised by 51 percent of Poles.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fifty-one-pct-of-poles-praise-pms-work---poll-12271Un-bean-lievable: the fascinating story about the Pole who saved Vienna and founded its coffee culturehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/un-bean-lievable-the-fascinating-story-about-the-pole-who-saved-vienna-and-founded-its-coffee-culture-12269<p>When Jerzy Franciszek Kulczycki opened Vienna’s first coffee shop in 1683, and in so doing kickstarted the world famous Viennese café culture, he thought he was onto a winner.</p>Sun, 26 Apr 2020 14:26:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/anfy2eogsqdbnsmiwstn9h.jpegThe memory lives on: a statue of Kulczycki in Turkish dress and with a coffee pot.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/un-bean-lievable-the-fascinating-story-about-the-pole-who-saved-vienna-and-founded-its-coffee-culture-12269Poland faces drought as dry spring follows dry winterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-faces-draught-as-dry-spring-follows-dry-winter-12267<p>The Polish Institute of Meteorology and Water Management has warned the country is facing the possibility of the “worst drought &nbsp;we’ve ever had to deal with”.</p>Sun, 26 Apr 2020 11:44:00 +0200ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rnokkxoyx1vaeecurc7jq.jpegWater levels on the River Wisła are already approaching the record lows seen in 2015 despite it still being spring.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-faces-draught-as-dry-spring-follows-dry-winter-12267Running wild: animals make the most of lockdown to hit the towns and come out to playhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/running-wild-animals-make-the-most-of-lockdown-to-hit-the-towns-and-come-out-to-play-12264<p>All it took was two weeks of lockdown for nature to regain its rightful place in forests deserted by people, even appearing where they usually doesn’t venture. While the lockdown and the ban on entering forests were in place, wild animals came out of the woods and even started exploring the human domain.</p>Sat, 25 Apr 2020 19:32:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yhl8z5scvq94334waevdl.jpegKings of the road. Dear in Zakopane make the most of the lack of people.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/running-wild-animals-make-the-most-of-lockdown-to-hit-the-towns-and-come-out-to-play-12264Devastating fire in Poland's biggest national park under controlhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/devastating-fire-in-polands-biggest-national-park-under-control-12262<p>A massive fire that had been devastating Biebrza National Park since Sunday was largely contained as of Saturday afternoon and the army had built a temporary bridge to improve access to the park for firefighters.</p>Sat, 25 Apr 2020 18:35:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rgs30i1sr7bfqkcyx31kj9.jpegMilitary engineers on Saturday completed the construction of a temporary bridge to improve access to the national park for firefighters and other services.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/devastating-fire-in-polands-biggest-national-park-under-control-12262Poles taking better care of their health - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-taking-better-care-of-their-health---poll-12261<p>Over half of Poles, 53.3 percent, were more considerate of their health than in the corresponding period of last year, showed the latest research by IBRiS Institute released on Saturday.</p>Sat, 25 Apr 2020 18:25:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/54gz2wubhyd8ity5j3cn46.jpegThe study said that the coronavirus epidemic in Poland had mobilised the vast majority of Poles to monitor their health much more than they did before.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-taking-better-care-of-their-health---poll-12261‘We have forgiven but not forgotten’: one of Belarus’s last surviving Auschwitz victims recalls her time in the Nazi’s most infamous camphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-have-forgiven-but-not-forgotten-one-of-belaruss-last-surviving-auschwitz-victims-recalls-her-time-in-the-nazis-most-infamous-camp-12259<p>“Strong genes and the help of Poles allowed me to survive,” recalls Aleksandra Barysawa of her time in German death camps. As a seven-year-old girl the Belarusian was sent first to Majdanek concentration camp and then to Auschwitz. Today, she is one of the 50 remaining former Auschwitz prisoners living in Belarus, and one of the dozen that came to Poland on the 75th anniversary of the camp’s liberation.</p>Sat, 25 Apr 2020 17:25:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tzwalijfa4jqc12mt82tye.jpegChildren at Auschwitz on the day of liberation. Barysawa was one of them.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-have-forgiven-but-not-forgotten-one-of-belaruss-last-surviving-auschwitz-victims-recalls-her-time-in-the-nazis-most-infamous-camp-12259Poland will amend anti-crisis measures soon, PM sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-amend-anti-crisis-measures-soon-pm-says-12258<p>The next batch of Poland's anti-crisis solutions will focus on the country's social insurance institution (ZUS), micro and large companies and VAT exemptions on books, PM Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Saturday.</p>Sat, 25 Apr 2020 16:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ijn7wjudhll9ak2zfit139.jpegAccording to Morawiecki, the government's measures have saved between 1.5 million and 2 million jobs, so far. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-amend-anti-crisis-measures-soon-pm-says-12258Poland eases restrictions on sporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-eases-restrictions-on-sport-12257<p>Polish football and speedway fans will be able to watch their sports again after Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, announced an easing of restrictions on outdoor recreational sport from May 4.</p>Sat, 25 Apr 2020 13:21:00 +0200News & PoliticsSporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wjxpft0oe47bidqd7zyfr.jpegThe first PKO Ekstraklasa football game will be held on May 29, but without the presence of the public, Morawiecki said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-eases-restrictions-on-sport-12257Rock around the lockdown: music stars take to Facebook to help the elderlyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rock-around-the-lockdown-music-stars-take-to-facebook-to-help-the-elderly-12255<p>Some of the country’s leading music stars have got together to entertain—and raise money for--the elderly via Facebook to help keep their spirits up during the pandemic lockdown.</p>Sat, 25 Apr 2020 11:59:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8bckn0lbe86idet9gr18dd.jpegBanding together: the music stars perform at home for charity.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rock-around-the-lockdown-music-stars-take-to-facebook-to-help-the-elderly-12255Polish cross-border workers stage protests against restrictionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-cross-border-workers-stage-protests-against-restrictions-12252<p>Residents of a number of Polish towns on the German and Czech borders protested on Friday against restrictions that cut them off from their jobs or left them stranded in nearby German and Czech locations.</p>Sat, 25 Apr 2020 11:16:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ahfyboexxai6kbi7i4i6ap.jpegThe protests were held on the German border in Rosówek, Gubin, Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Leknica, Słubice, Zgorzelec and Porajów. Several protests were mirrored on the German side of the border.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-cross-border-workers-stage-protests-against-restrictions-12252Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 11,067https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-11067-12251<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 175 since Friday evening and reached 11,067, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Five people have died since Friday, bringing the death toll to 499.</p>Sat, 25 Apr 2020 10:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z65w6luh9ej3yidl07epg2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-11067-12251Firefighters contain fire in Poland's biggest national parkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/firefighters-contain-fire-in-polands-biggest-national-park-12250<p>Firefighters on Friday afternoon managed to contain a massive fire that had been devastating Biebrza National Park since Sunday, province fire brigade commander, Jarosław Wendt, has announced.</p>Sat, 25 Apr 2020 10:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0psbxsz4pdqbldd4yx6bxt.jpegThe firefighters were still putting out pockets of fire.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/firefighters-contain-fire-in-polands-biggest-national-park-12250Poland sends epidemic aid to Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-epidemic-aid-to-belarus-12248<p>A Polish transport of antiseptics, face masks and medicines for Belarus reached the country's Grodno region and its capital, Minsk, on Friday. The aid was brought to Belarus by Polish firemen.</p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 19:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ryz11c1pjfps0deab0gyea.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-epidemic-aid-to-belarus-12248Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 10,892https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-10892-12246<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 381 since Thursday evening and reached 10,892, the Ministry of Health said on Friday afternoon. Forty people have died since Thursday, bringing the death toll to 494.</p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 19:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/miawgp53d8nwig7jq12lef.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-10892-12246Award-winning family firm liked by Kim Kardashian on new mission to save Poland’s beeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/award-winning-family-firm-liked-by-kim-kardashian-on-new-mission-to-save-polands-bees-12240<p><span lang="EN-GB">A small, husband and wife firm producing award-winning handmade wooden products has started a new campaign to help Poland’s bee population.</span></p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 17:50:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fhxftqjzdro7msogrl79f.jpegGosia and Wiesiek Borowy from Wooden Story plan to save Poland’s bees with their ‘Help the bees! (Be)e your friend’ initiative.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/award-winning-family-firm-liked-by-kim-kardashian-on-new-mission-to-save-polands-bees-12240Temporary bridge to help fight nature park blaze - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/temporary-bridge-to-help-fight-nature-park-blaze---mod-12238<p>Military engineers will build a temporary bridge to improve access to Biebrza National Park where firefighters have been battling a massive fire that has razed some 6,000 hectares of Poland's biggest nature reserve.</p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 17:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1wmwn6zyjgu095x46ai51wk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/temporary-bridge-to-help-fight-nature-park-blaze---mod-12238Poles are GRUMPY! Karol Paciorekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/poles-are-grumpy-karol-paciorek-484<p>Karol Paciorek dropped his studies to start Youtubing back in the wild days of 2010 and has gone on to dominate the Polish Youtube having produced over 2000 videos in the past 10 years. His 90 interviews with famous artists and people also include interviews with potential candidates for Polish presidents.</p><p>- Discover the secret to the Polish small-torn mentality and how the Polish village has changed immensely in the last 10 years</p><p>- What unites Poles outside of big cities</p><p>- How Karol started off in the wilderness of the Polish Youtube scene in 2010</p><p>- What Karol's wife would say his biggest WEAKNESS is</p><p>- How Karol fears is interviews DON'T go well</p><p>- How the Polish presidential candidates have to FIGHT for attention</p><p>- What would Karol Paciorek do if he was KING of Poland</p><p>- What ONE thing Karol would do to improve Poland</p><p>- Karol's favourite place in Poland</p><p>- Why Poles are grumpy?</p><p>(This episode was recorded on the 13th March in Warsaw, Poland prior to the Coronavirus lockdown).</p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 15:23:00 +0200LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zhka5nybmoe6og8ocqnon.pngPoles are Grumpy?!https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/poles-are-grumpy-karol-paciorek-484Coronavirus Diary #8https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-8-12236<p>In this episode of the Coronavirus Diary I'm in the garden, and I'm wondering whether all these stats the govenrment are giving us really hold up...</p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 15:01:00 +0200LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/88bouzbc9kdqbtn80ro9vh.jpegCoronavirus Diary #8https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-8-12236Polish docs fly out to US to help in the fight against coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-docs-fly-out-to-us-to-help-in-the-fight-against-coronavirus-12234<p>Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato secretary general, has praised the deployment of Polish military medical staff to the USA to assist American doctors in their fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.</p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 14:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s8xmdj1qwgcnzv0eyxwqu.jpegDispatched by Warsaw’s Military Institute of Medicine the team of nine military medical staff will assist American doctors in their fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-docs-fly-out-to-us-to-help-in-the-fight-against-coronavirus-12234EC not to address Polish election issue under Art.7 procedure - spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-not-to-address-polish-election-issue-under-art7-procedure---spokesman-12233<p>The European Commission (EC) is not planning to take a stand on Poland's planned presidential elections within the Art. 7 procedure, EC spokesman Christian Wigand said on Friday, in contrast to the position presented on Thursday by EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders.</p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 14:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEC not to address Polish election issue under Art.7 procedure - spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-not-to-address-polish-election-issue-under-art7-procedure---spokesman-12233School, kindergarten and creche closure prolonged to May 24 in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/school-kindergarten-and-creche-closure-prolonged-to-may-24-in-poland-12232<p>Education Minister Dariusz Piontkowski announced on Friday that the Polish government had decided that schools, kindergartens and creches will remain closed in Poland until May 24 due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 12:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3f0g23efr9inzphrnpykcl.jpegThe education minister said that primary and high school students "will continue their remote learning" during the coronavirus shutdown. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/school-kindergarten-and-creche-closure-prolonged-to-may-24-in-poland-12232Unemployment likely to grow to 9-10 pct by year end - deputy PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unemployment-likely-to-grow-to-9-10-pct-by-year-end---deputy-pm-12231<p>Polish Deputy PM and Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said that the unemployment rate was likely to grow to 9-10 percent by the end of 2020, and that the number of registered jobless could even reach 1.5 million.</p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 12:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7ri404s1onko6c3lk3319.jpegReferring to unemployment benefit, Emilewicz said that earlier - in the golden years for employees - its increase was unjustified but in the current situation "it will have to be raised." https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unemployment-likely-to-grow-to-9-10-pct-by-year-end---deputy-pm-12231Muslims in Poland start Holy month of Ramadanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/muslims-in-poland-start-holy-month-of-ramadan-12230<p>Polish Muslims, like followers of Islam all over the world, on Friday began the month long fast of Ramadan.</p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 12:20:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cpm3xziwxgw9m73doyi5j.jpegAmid the epidemic, the President of the Muslim Religious Union of Poland Tomasz Miśkiewicz appealed to the faithful to pray at homes, not in mosques and prayer houses.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/muslims-in-poland-start-holy-month-of-ramadan-12230Scientists develop infrared technology to detect people with coronavirus systemshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-develop-infrared-technology-to-detect-people-with-coronavirus-systems-12227<p>A Polish team of scientists are working on a system that can spot individuals with COVID-19 using thermal imaging.</p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:43:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a4ymbpqkudguugb8mkaezc.jpegData indicates that elevated body temperature is one of the key symptoms of coronavirus infection.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-develop-infrared-technology-to-detect-people-with-coronavirus-systems-12227Poland's wholesale sales up y/y in March - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-wholesale-sales-up-yy-in-march---stats-office-12226<p>The wholesale sales of Poland's trading firms grew by 4 percent year on year in March 2020 and by 11.1 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/emal2beszdaq3rr3ok1v.jpegGUShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-wholesale-sales-up-yy-in-march---stats-office-12226Poland's unemployment at 5.4 percent in March - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-at-54-percent-in-march---stats-office-12225<p>Poland's unemployment fell to 5.4 percent in March 2020 from 5.5 percent in February, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:11:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rso37sphvsdvtw3aiji1fb.jpegGUShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-at-54-percent-in-march---stats-office-12225Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 10,759https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-10759-12224<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 248 since Thursday evening and reached 10,759, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another nine people have died, bringing the death toll to 463.</p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fyegm9k041f12cawq63t8bh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-10759-12224Poland backs higher EU budget, EU Reconstruction Fundhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-backs-higher-eu-budget-eu-reconstruction-fund-12222<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki supports the concept of an EU Reconstruction Fund and increasing the EU budget during the Thursday summit of the European Council aimed at bridging divisions over the bloc’s financial response to the pandemic, PM's Office has said in a statement.</p>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 10:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t50h02hlezbu1ikkf2c1bi.jpegDuring the summit, the Polish prime minister pointed out "the need to mobilise loan funds from the market on the principles indicated by the European Commission in the Reconstruction Plan" and "the need for new funds in the EU budget to be allocated for non-repayable aid," the statement said citing Morawiecki.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-backs-higher-eu-budget-eu-reconstruction-fund-12222Permanent US general in Poland in line with presidential agreement - security bureauhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/permanent-us-general-in-poland-in-line-with-presidential-agreement---security-bureau-12220<p>The permanent stationing of a US general in Poland will strengthen the presence of US forces in the country, National Security Bureau (BBN) head Pawel Soloch said on Thursday in connection with the expected nomination of a Polish-stationed US Army colonel to general's rank.</p>Thu, 23 Apr 2020 21:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g1ig71q3fszuv5i3t25rm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/permanent-us-general-in-poland-in-line-with-presidential-agreement---security-bureau-12220NATO head praises Polish military doctors on mission to Chicagohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-head-praises-polish-military-doctors-on-mission-to-chicago-12218<p>NATO head Jens Stoltenberg has praised Polish military doctors currently on their way to Chicago to help their peers in the daily fight against the coronavirus.</p>Thu, 23 Apr 2020 19:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xzoaiq2f1eh3uv08j89k05.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nato-head-praises-polish-military-doctors-on-mission-to-chicago-12218Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 10,511https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-10511-12216<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 166 since Thursday morning and reached 10,511, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday afternoon. Another nineteen people have died, bringing the death toll to 454.</p>Thu, 23 Apr 2020 18:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qe49mj9gqad1qkfxg7x569.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-10511-12216Young patients travel to US for medical treatment - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/young-patients-travel-to-us-for-medical-treatment---ministry-12214<p>A further number of young patients were granted permission to fly to the US for specialised medical treatment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced.</p>Thu, 23 Apr 2020 17:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgYoung patients travel to US for medical treatment - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/young-patients-travel-to-us-for-medical-treatment---ministry-12214March's M3 money supply up - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/marchs-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-12213<p>Poland’s M3 money supply grew in March 2020 by 11.8 percent year on year and by 3.1 percent month on month to PLN 1.63 trillion (EUR 359 billion), the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 23 Apr 2020 17:29:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/itrgxz4fb5e6ka8d48fnq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/marchs-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-12213Plastic bag containing over 100k zl left next to a bible inside a hospice finally finds a home after two yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/plastic-bag-containing-over-100k-zl-left-next-to-a-bible-inside-a-hospice-finally-finds-a-home-after-two-years-12211<p><span lang="EN-GB">A bizarre case involving a plastic bag containing over 100,000 zl left in a hospice alongside an old bible has finally been resolved after a two year hunt for the owner.</span></p>Thu, 23 Apr 2020 17:05:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/atm16ybkrdq1l3m3e2xbqa.jpegThe money was left in a plastic bag lying under a table in the hospice’s lobby in Słupsk.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/plastic-bag-containing-over-100k-zl-left-next-to-a-bible-inside-a-hospice-finally-finds-a-home-after-two-years-12211Gdańsk scientist makes crucial headway in understanding killer virus by isolating COVID-19 DNA from infected patienthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-scientist-makes-crucial-headway-in-understanding-killer-virus-by-isolating-covid-19-dna-from-infected-patient-12209<p>The full DNA sequence of the coronavirus virus has been taken from an infected patient after being isolated by scientists at Gdańsk University.</p>Thu, 23 Apr 2020 14:17:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fjzje0yduanf421ny32zs.jpegDr. Łukasz Rąbalski (pictured) from Gdańsk University is the first in Poland to obtain the full genetic sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, isolated directly from a Polish patient.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdansk-scientist-makes-crucial-headway-in-understanding-killer-virus-by-isolating-covid-19-dna-from-infected-patient-12209EC approves Poland's EUR 7.7-billion aid programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-polands-eur-77-billion-aid-programme-12208<p>The European Commission (EC) has approved eleven aid programmes of the Polish government valued at a PLN 35.1 billion (EUR 7.7 billion) intended to support companies affected by the crisis caused by the coronavirus epidemic, the EC announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 23 Apr 2020 14:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7j8o8h7x53n15dfefxyf4k.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-polands-eur-77-billion-aid-programme-12208Polish consumer sentiment down y/y in Aprilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-consumer-sentiment-down-yy-in-april-12207<p>Poland’s consumer sentiment notably deteriorated in April from its March level as the indicator of current consumer confidence (BWUK) fell by 37.7 percentage points to minus 36.4 points, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 23 Apr 2020 13:00:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rso37sphvsdvtw3aiji1fb.jpegGUShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-consumer-sentiment-down-yy-in-april-12207Word up! Iranian actor spreads word of one of Poland's theatrical greats with first ever translations into Persianhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/word-up-iranian-actor-spreads-word-of-one-of-polands-theatrical-greats-with-first-ever-translations-into-persian-12204<p>Plays by Polish writer Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz have been translated into Persian for the first time – by an actor who found time to work on the project while in home quarantine.</p>Thu, 23 Apr 2020 12:36:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/63qlot97vd8yzd4ixns0b.jpegThis is the first time works by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (pictured) have been translated into Persian.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/word-up-iranian-actor-spreads-word-of-one-of-polands-theatrical-greats-with-first-ever-translations-into-persian-12204Border Guard aircraft join fire fight in Poland's biggest nature parkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/border-guard-aircraft-join-fire-fight-in-polands-biggest-nature-park-12203<p>Two Border Guard PZL-Kania helicopters and a PZL-104 Wilga plane have joined efforts to contain a massive fire that has raged in the north-eastern Polish Biebrza National Park since Sunday, the Polish Border Guard announced on Twitter on Thursday.</p>Thu, 23 Apr 2020 11:54:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c6ha3dc6ibcsuneyom13.jpegSeveral hundred people battle the fire including troops of the Territorial Defence Force, park employees and local residents.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/border-guard-aircraft-join-fire-fight-in-polands-biggest-nature-park-12203Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 10,346https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-10346-12202<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 177 since Wednesday evening and reached 10,346, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another nine people have died, bringing the death toll to 435.</p>Thu, 23 Apr 2020 11:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dbvbnqkrzeggyacpnxx58o.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-10346-12202PM to present European Council with position related in German presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-to-present-european-council-with-position-related-in-german-press-12199<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Thursday that he would present to the European Council by teleconference the position he had outlined in an article for Thursday's edition of Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).</p>Thu, 23 Apr 2020 10:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yed692ug5dsbzou7pcffg.jpeg“What is needed is a fiscal stimulus, which will come from the heart of the European Union and renew our economies,” Morawiecki wrote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-to-present-european-council-with-position-related-in-german-press-12199Pandemic will not delay arms deliveries to Poland – US manufacturershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pandemic-will-not-delay-arms-deliveries-to-poland--us-manufacturers-12198<p>The coronavirus pandemic and restrictions related to it will not delay deliveries of US arms ordered by the Polish government, US weapons manufacturers have said.</p>Thu, 23 Apr 2020 09:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r4b3vo0c8j4aeaonvf5p9.jpegOn Tuesday, Minister of Defence Mariusz Błaszczak declared that there would be no substantial correction to modernisation plans and that all key programmes would be finalised.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pandemic-will-not-delay-arms-deliveries-to-poland--us-manufacturers-12198Play telcom to buy Virgin Mobile for over EUR 13 millionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/play-telcom-to-buy-virgin-mobile-for-over-eur-13-million-12197<p>P4, operator of the Play mobile network, has signed a preliminary deal to buy a 100 percent stake in the Polish unit of Virgin Mobile, the company has announced.</p>Thu, 23 Apr 2020 09:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yvbkwrr0d8cpb8e7zkaj.jpegP4, a unit of Play Communications, said it will finance the acquisition from its own resources and available financing.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/play-telcom-to-buy-virgin-mobile-for-over-eur-13-million-12197Europe needs a new balance, says PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europe-needs-a-new-balance-says-pm-12195<p>"Hermann Hesse once wrote that 'We cannot help it and we are responsible all the same.' Today we are faced with the biggest crisis in public health, society and the economy in recent decades. And, although no one could predict or predict the pandemic, it is we who are responsible for its long-term effects.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 23:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u6izowknbfrmwrmpntzli.pngPM lays out vision for post COVID-19 Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europe-needs-a-new-balance-says-pm-12195President, NATO head discuss NATO activity during epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-nato-head-discuss-nato-activity-during-epidemic-12193<p>NATO's tasks during the coronavirus epidemic were the subject of a Wednesday videoconference between Polish President Andrzej Duda and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, head of the President's Office Krzysztof Szczerski has told PAP.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 20:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aiysh5ahe49h3z287qpsa4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-nato-head-discuss-nato-activity-during-epidemic-12193Ministry allocates further EUR 110 mln for economic aid programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ministry-allocates-further-eur-110-mln-for-economic-aid-programme-12190<p>A new Polish programme worth PLN 500 million (EUR 110 million) for companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic has received approval from the European Commission (EC), Minister of Funds and Regional Policy Malgorzata Jarosinska-Jedynak has told PAP.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 20:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMinistry allocates further EUR 110 mln for economic aid programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ministry-allocates-further-eur-110-mln-for-economic-aid-programme-12190Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 10,169https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-10169-12188<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 313 since Tuesday evening and reached 10,169, the Ministry of Health said on Wedensday evening. Another 25 people have died, bringing the death toll to 426.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 20:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hflltif2r9tlt6pag78iio.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-10169-12188Poland works on safe rules for eventual reopening of shopping mallshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-works-on-safe-rules-for-eventual-reopening-of-shopping-malls-12185<p>The Polish government is working on terms under which shopping malls might eventually reopen for business, Deputy PM and Minister of Development Jadwiga Emilewicz told PAP after a video conference with industry representatives, attended by PM Mateusz Morawiecki.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 18:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wkwl2xuu74sxjxw69g6y8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-works-on-safe-rules-for-eventual-reopening-of-shopping-malls-12185LOT implements extraordinary solutions to survive COVID crisishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-implements-extraordinary-solutions-to-survive-covid-crisis-12183<p>Polish flag carrier PLL LOT is halting investments, lowering wages and negotiating with leasing companies to optimise aircraft contracts, as part of its measures to survive the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, LOT spokesman Michal Czernicki has told PAP.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 18:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eu5cs4p8h7eqljy6whz0yg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lot-implements-extraordinary-solutions-to-survive-covid-crisis-12183Fitch cuts Poland's 2020 growth forecastshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-cuts-polands-2020-growth-forecasts-12181<p>Poland's economic growth will decline to minus 1.7 percent in 2020, the ratings agency Fitch said in its latest forecast, cutting its previous growth estimate of minus 0.6 percent.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 18:27:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFitch cuts Poland's 2020 growth forecastshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fitch-cuts-polands-2020-growth-forecasts-12181Firefighters battle to contain worst fires for over 100 years as they ravage largest national park in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/firefighters-battle-to-contain-worst-fires-for-over-100-years-as-they-ravage-largest-national-park-in-poland-12179<p><span lang="EN-GB">Wild fires are devastating Poland’s largest national park and causing a natural catastrophe for wildlife.</span></p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 16:42:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p27z50coneacopgfjbfyio.jpegThe wild fires are being exacerbated by an unprecedented drought in Poland, which the meteorological office is saying is worse than any in the last 100 years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/firefighters-battle-to-contain-worst-fires-for-over-100-years-as-they-ravage-largest-national-park-in-poland-12179Read all about it! Indie bookstores get helping hand to weather lockdown stormhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/read-all-about-it-indie-bookstores-get-helping-hand-to-weather-lockdown-storm-12177<p><span lang="EN-GB">In a bid to help local bookshops weather the coronavirus pandemic storm, Kraków has launched a book-saving project.</span></p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 15:17:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y6pzo3sglg8cgtystvsikt.jpegFinancial help is on hand to help Krakow’s small and independent bookstores struggling during the coronavirus lockdown.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/read-all-about-it-indie-bookstores-get-helping-hand-to-weather-lockdown-storm-12177PGE energy company resigns from EUR 221 mln projects planned for 2020-24https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pge-energy-company-resigns-from-eur-221-mln-projects-planned-for-2020-24-12175<p>Poland's largest power producer PGE has withdrawn from investment projects, planned for the 2020-2024 period and valued at over PLN 1.0 billion (EUR 220.8 million), due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 15:05:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ft5qeeu1lzdfnph3r2vx6d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pge-energy-company-resigns-from-eur-221-mln-projects-planned-for-2020-24-12175US daily publishes life story of late Polish war heroinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-daily-publishes-life-story-of-late-polish-war-heroine-12173<p>The New York Times (NYT) on Monday published a major article documenting the life of Walentyna Janta-Połczyńska, secretary and confidante to former WWII-era Polish Prime Minister in exile Władysław Sikorski, who passed away in New York in early April.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 13:32:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/27s3xokz5lmoensk2m18ob.jpegAccording to NYT, Janta-Połczyńska served as a translator for the Americans stationed in Frankfurt, Germany.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-daily-publishes-life-story-of-late-polish-war-heroine-12173Polish PM vows to maintain large air hub project amid crisishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-vows-to-maintain-large-air-hub-project-amid-crisis-12172<p>The government will continue its involvement in the Central Transportation Port (CPK), a major airport hub to be located in central Poland, as such investments will help the country emerge from the crisis, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 13:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tvdyzwfubx9it66m1ul1.jpegThe prime minister took part in a Q&A session on Facebook on Tuesday evening.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-vows-to-maintain-large-air-hub-project-amid-crisis-12172Could forgotten graves of WWI soldiers be lying in remote southern village?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/could-forgotten-graves-of-wwi-soldiers-be-lying-in-remote-southern-village-12169<p>The forgotten graves of soldiers slaughtered on the Eastern Front during WWI appear to have been discovered by a history group that hope to identify those buried so as to award them the remembrance they deserve.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 12:18:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uyxhexer99qf78ak71yt.jpegThe Świętokrzyska Exploration Group along with WWI military expert Marek Lis have embarked upon an historical detective investigation to uncover forgotten WWI cemetery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/could-forgotten-graves-of-wwi-soldiers-be-lying-in-remote-southern-village-12169Poland's horizontal transmission of coronavirus down - health ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-horizontal-transmission-of-coronavirus-down---health-ministry-12168<p>The horizontal transmission of coronavirus has been reduced in Poland, there is no direct large contagion in human aggregates, there is no human to human transmission on the streets, the Polish Ministry of Health said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 12:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u8i1yc7c6to0mn7ul9crk.jpegThe transmission in society has been moderate and has been contained by the restrictions already imposed by the government, according to the spokesperson.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-horizontal-transmission-of-coronavirus-down---health-ministry-12168Retail sales down 9.0 pct y/y in March - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-down-90-pct-yy-in-march---stats-office-12167<p>Poland's retail sales decreased in real terms by 9.0 percent year on year and by 3.3 percent month on month in March 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 11:21:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales down 9.0 pct y/y in March - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-down-90-pct-yy-in-march---stats-office-12167Poland's welfare index down in April - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-welfare-index-down-in-april---biec-12166<p>The welfare index, which reflects the economic condition of Polish society, went down by 2.0 points month on month in April 2020, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 11:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c3is0kunkgcrkkc2gxslpr.jpegBIEC wrote that salaries are expected to be reduced on a much larger scale in the coming months. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-welfare-index-down-in-april---biec-12166Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 10,034https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-10034-12165<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 178 since Tuesday evening and reached 10,034, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another 3 people have died, bringing the death toll to 404.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 10:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4k02bj4hdh61poqxqxvvaf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-10034-12165Poland's budget deficit may exceed 4 pct of GDP - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-deficit-may-exceed-4-pct-of-gdp---pm-12164<p>Poland may run up a budget deficit exceeding 4 percent of GDP in 2020 and could be facing deflationary risks, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday night during a Q&amp;A session on Facebook.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 10:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mmmr9d6n9weco9mxbhnmw.jpegIn Morawiecki's opinion, Poland could shortly be facing the risk of deflation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-deficit-may-exceed-4-pct-of-gdp---pm-12164Former Finance Ministry official appointed Pekao bank's CEOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-finance-ministry-official-appointed-pekao-banks-ceo-12163<p>The Supervisory Board of Poland's major bank Pekao has appointed former deputy finance minister, Leszek Skiba, the CEO of the bank in which the government has a controlling stake through state-run companies.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 09:50:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i4e5kqnzs6p4vy9rda5aq.jpegIn the Finance Ministry, Skiba was responsible for supervision over Poland's macroeconomic policy and tax legislation as well as legislative support for financial and capital markets.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-finance-ministry-official-appointed-pekao-banks-ceo-12163Poland's number of jobless grows by 30,000 in April - labour minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-number-of-jobless-grows-by-30000-in-april---labour-min-12162<p>The number of Poland's unemployed has so far increased by 30,000 in April, Labour Minister Marlena Maląg has told public TV broadcaster TVP Info.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 09:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d35d3coz5ojp4r6tm70dif.jpeg"In April, the data (on the unemployed) is 30,000 persons more against the previous month," Maląg said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-number-of-jobless-grows-by-30000-in-april---labour-min-12162German-Polish scientific cooperation honoured with Copernicus Awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-polish-scientific-cooperation-honoured-with-copernicus-award-12161<p>Prof. Stefan Dziembowski from Warsaw University and Prof. Sebastian Faust from the Technical University of Darmstadt have won the 2020 Copernicus Award for their outstanding cooperation in the field of cryptography and IT security.</p>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 09:32:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ey0yw2tuuxic9acd10c4u6.jpegDziembowski (R) and Faust (L) have been working together for ten years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/german-polish-scientific-cooperation-honoured-with-copernicus-award-12161Q&A FB session with president on Thursday at 6:00 pmhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/qa-fb-session-with-president-on-thursday-at-600-pm-12160<p>A Question &amp; Answer session with Polish President Andrzej Duda will take place on Facebook on Thursday at 6:00 pm.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 21:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wy7jcmji6whqzclvn7wtp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/qa-fb-session-with-president-on-thursday-at-600-pm-12160First Jewish grammar school since 1968 to open in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-jewish-grammar-school-since-1968-to-open-in-warsaw-12158<p>On September 1 the Lauder-Morasha School Complex in Warsaw, the first group of Jewish schools founded in post-communist Poland, will open a grammar school. Its patron will be Zuzanna Ginczanka, a Polish-Jewish poet killed by the Nazis in 1944.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 21:21:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bk3inta90z50x19umnved9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/first-jewish-grammar-school-since-1968-to-open-in-warsaw-12158Polish charity organisation brings in more aid from Chinahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-charity-organisation-brings-in-more-aid-from-china-12156<p>Poland's Grand Christmas Aid Orchestra charity organisation is bringing in a further transport of medical equipment from China. The contingent is expected to arrive by air in the coming days, the organisation announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 19:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/av129aq05vg90j9qehd9e6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-charity-organisation-brings-in-more-aid-from-china-12156Poland to wait with budget amendment until data are solid - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-wait-with-budget-amendment-until-data-are-solid---finmin-12154<p>Poland will not be in a hurry to amend its 2020 budget as it is still unclear how big the deficit may need to be as the coronavirus epidemic keeps spreading, Finance Minister Tadeusz Koscinski told Polish Radio One on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 19:49:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ga5xfwem02x4s04abbbgk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-wait-with-budget-amendment-until-data-are-solid---finmin-12154Poland closes negotiations to buy Javelin missileshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-closes-negotiations-to-buy-javelin-missiles-12152<p>The Polish Defence Ministry has concluded negotiations regarding the purchase of US launch units and Javelin anti-tank guided missiles. An agreement to this effect will be signed soon, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 19:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mmrct4w4h6str7uju3w4f.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-closes-negotiations-to-buy-javelin-missiles-12152Vigil lights commemorate Holocaust victims on Auschwitz sitehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vigil-lights-commemorate-holocaust-victims-on-auschwitz-site-12151<p>Six vigil lights were lit on Tuesday at the memorial site of the Nazi-German Auschwitz death camp in southern Poland to commemorate six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. In 1951, the Israeli parliament instituted April 21 as Holocaust Remembrance Day.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 19:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n3641rve3tdoviegf7qr9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vigil-lights-commemorate-holocaust-victims-on-auschwitz-site-12151Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 9,856https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-9856-12150<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 263 since Monday evening and reached 9,856, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday evening. Another 21 people have died, bringing the death toll to 401.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 19:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2zljth34gp669dyegr39v3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-9856-12150Military institute sends medical teams to Sloveniahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/military-institute-sends-medical-teams-to-slovenia-12148<p>A team of Polish medics from the Military Institute of Medicine (WIM) will take part in a medical training mission in Slovenia from Wednesday to Friday. During their stay they will exchange know-how in aiding victims of the coronavirus epidemic with their Slovenian colleagues.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 17:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/08t85ewv23xs94gu3jko9e.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/military-institute-sends-medical-teams-to-slovenia-12148Poland's April industrial output may drop by 5 pct - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-april-industrial-output-may-drop-by-5-pct---ministry-12146<p>Poland's economic output will most likely see a 5 percent year-on-year decline in April, the Development Ministry wrote on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 16:53:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's April industrial output may drop by 5 pct - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-april-industrial-output-may-drop-by-5-pct---ministry-12146Raise money to fight recession, Poland’s finance minister tells EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/raise-money-to-fight-recession-polands-finance-minister-tells-eu-12143<p>Poland is calling for the EU to raise money for a recession-fighting fund by giving itself tax-raising powers and by putting big global companies in the taxation cross-hairs.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 16:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7rcbok9urnp3cr4zc6ma8f.jpegKościński said the money would be used by EU countries to help them cope with the financial damage stemming from the lockdown introduced to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/raise-money-to-fight-recession-polands-finance-minister-tells-eu-12143Otterly adorable! Trio of endangered otter pups born in Łódź zoohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/otterly-adorable-trio-of-endangered-pups-born-in-lodz-zoo-12141<p><span lang="EN-GB">An endangered giant otter has given birth to three gorgeous pups at Łódź zoo.</span></p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 15:27:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s47u16pvhcdvxax986zy0c.jpegThe zoo in the city of Łódz announced the arrival of the trio this week.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/otterly-adorable-trio-of-endangered-pups-born-in-lodz-zoo-12141Polish doctors to take part in medical mission to Chicago - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-doctors-to-take-part-in-medical-mission-to-chicago---mod-12140<p>The Polish doctors will fly to Chicago on Wednesday as part of the medical mission to help the US fight the coronavirus, Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 14:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/75siygxpdmf5ldck8qw97p.jpegThe minister noted that medical missions would continue as doctors, apart from helping, acquire the knowledge necessary to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-doctors-to-take-part-in-medical-mission-to-chicago---mod-12140Q&A with Polish PM Morawiecki on Tuesday eveninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/qa-with-polish-pm-morawiecki-on-tuesday-evening-12139<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will take part in a Tuesday evening Q&amp;A session on Facebook devoted to the fight against coronavirus, the current situation and government plans.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 14:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v94vfkj7ihdif68pjtdu6n.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/qa-with-polish-pm-morawiecki-on-tuesday-evening-12139EU needs to release huge funds to save European economy - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-needs-to-release-huge-funds-to-save-european-economy---polish-pm-12138<p>The European Union should dedicate large budgets to rescue the European economy amid the crisis caused by the coronavirus epidemic, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieck told a Tuesday press conference.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 14:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pu577uli51apwajagi8d.jpegAccording to Morawiecki, the present talks focus on releasing funds to boost infrastructure investments, innovation and attract many jobs to Europe that "emigrated" to Southeast Asia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-needs-to-release-huge-funds-to-save-european-economy---polish-pm-12138Polish celebrity chef saves his bacon despite Covid lockdownhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-celebrity-chef-saves-his-bacon-despite-covid-lockdown-12134<p>Chef and restaurateur Damian Wawrzyniak has gone from managing Michelin-starred kitchens to baking bread for delivery to adapt to the pandemic lockdown.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 14:13:00 +0200BusinessPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lda6umtf0uetjvnobwinmm.jpegUK-based chef Damian Wawrzyniak has transformed his business to cope with the lockdown.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-celebrity-chef-saves-his-bacon-despite-covid-lockdown-12134Former Polish education minister dieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-polish-education-minister-dies-12133<p>Krystyna Łybacka, Poland's former Education Minister died at the age of 74 in Poznań, western Poland, on Monday.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 14:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iwnd4r9vu7knzfd4u27v1.jpegŁybacka was a long-time MP (1991-2004) and a Member of the European Parliament (2014-2019).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-polish-education-minister-dies-12133Poland's industrial production down 2.3 pct y/y in March - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-down-23-pct-yy-in-march---stats-office-12132<p>Poland's industrial output fell by 2.3 percent year on year in March 2020, after a 4.9 percent increase year on year in February, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 13:14:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f8sc6z54zf505bcfbnvq8h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-down-23-pct-yy-in-march---stats-office-12132We SHALL overcome, says PM as he reassures Govt will do “everything” to save jobshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-shall-overcome-says-pm-as-he-reassures-govt-will-do-everything-to-save-jobs-12130<p>The prime minister has said his government will make all possible efforts to help Polish companies get through the turbulent times of the epidemic and save as many jobs as possible.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 13:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/86id070o1icr2y9laqazg.jpegSpeaking on Tuesday, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said that although “a storm can’t be avoided” Poland is harnessing one of the highest percentages of GDP to save jobs and support entrepreneurs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-shall-overcome-says-pm-as-he-reassures-govt-will-do-everything-to-save-jobs-12130Polish NGO “working harder than ever” to protect most vulnerable in war-torn countries from COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ngo-working-harder-than-ever-to-protect-most-vulnerable-in-war-torn-countries-from-covid-19-12128<p>With COVID-19 ravaging lives across the globe, those living in countries blighted by war are more exposed than ever.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 12:35:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1pq3x5m066klsn8nz4peng.jpegPolish Humanitarian Action (PAH, Polska Akcja Humanitarna), has gone into overdrive in its mission to save the lives of those living in countries blighted by war.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-ngo-working-harder-than-ever-to-protect-most-vulnerable-in-war-torn-countries-from-covid-19-12128Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 9,737https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-9737-12126<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 144 since Monday evening and reached 9,737, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another five people have died, bringing the death toll to 385.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 11:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n3oyqsncmsahsi4wlc532.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-9737-12126Polish city invited to EC's #EUvsVirus internet hackathon eventhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-city-invited-to-ecs-euvsvirus-internet-hackathon-event-12124<p>The central Polish city of Płock has been invited to the group of partners of the #EUvsVirus internet hackathon event organised by the European Commission, to be held on April 24-26.</p>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 09:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y8skddbnu8rwbhzzmzsi1h.jpegThe concept of the event is to create innovative projects in response to the social challenges related to the coronavirus epidemic, the city of Płock explained in announcing the news.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-city-invited-to-ecs-euvsvirus-internet-hackathon-event-12124Unemployment may jump to 10 pct at end 2020 - Labour Ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unemployment-may-jump-to-10-pct-at-end-2020---labour-minister-12122<p>Poland's unemployment rate may grow to as much as 10 percent at the end of 2020, Family, Labour and Social Policy Minister Marlena Maciag has told radio broadcaster RMF FM.</p>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 21:11:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgUnemployment may jump to 10 pct at end 2020 - Labour Ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unemployment-may-jump-to-10-pct-at-end-2020---labour-minister-12122Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 9,593https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-9593-12121<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 306 since Sunday evening and reached 9,593, the Ministry of Health said on Monday evening. Another 20 people have died, bringing the death toll to 380.</p>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 19:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vwtitmz0chhb7exy1mxs6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-9593-12121Daredevils relieve lockdown boredom by parachuting out of block of flatshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/daredevils-relieve-lockdown-boredom-by-parachuting-out-of-block-of-flats-12119<p><span lang="EN-GB">Two men decided to spice up their lockdown lives by parachuting from the 20<sup>th</sup> floor of a high rise block of flats</span></p>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 17:18:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fi0m9xgcu9g5kqdjuper3d.pngThe bored daredevils decided to spice up their lockdown boredom by parachuting from the 20th floor of a high rise apartment block.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/daredevils-relieve-lockdown-boredom-by-parachuting-out-of-block-of-flats-12119Survival Island: Warsaw architect wins international comp to save locals on SINKING islandshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/survival-island-warsaw-architect-wins-international-comp-to-save-locals-on-sinking-islands-12117<p><span lang="EN-GB">With the low-lying, isolated islands of Kiribati threatened by rising sea levels, a Polish architect has found his work going viral after winning an international competition that has sought to find solutions to save the threatened Pacific paradise.</span></p>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 16:34:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fnyo9ljy4dvlfwzxuj28rp.pngMarcin Kitala’s vision of inter-locking, pentagonal-shaped platforms has been met with acclaim for its creative approach to a looming tragedy that could see the islands swallowed by the ocean within just fifty years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/survival-island-warsaw-architect-wins-international-comp-to-save-locals-on-sinking-islands-12117Ministry agrees to takeover of power firm by fuel companyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ministry-agrees-to-takeover-of-power-firm-by-fuel-company-12112<p>The Polish Ministry of State Assets approved on Monday a takeover of energy firm Energa by Poland's biggest petroleum company PKN Orlen valued at PLN 1.78 billion (EUR 394.2 million), the ministry said on Twitter on Monday.</p>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 15:43:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1kjvcv6zfmhp5yvblpfuv.jpegOn April 1, Orlen secured an unconditional consent from the European Commission to take over Energa.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ministry-agrees-to-takeover-of-power-firm-by-fuel-company-12112Poland will overcome epidemic and jobs will be saved - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-overcome-epidemic-and-jobs-will-be-saved---pm-12110<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday declared that his government is implementing the strategy of cautiously reopening the economy, as it did not want a rapid increase in new coronavirus cases.</p>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 15:08:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bwhg9hctjvel481e2dg1a.jpegReferring to the anti-crisis shield, the PM said that close to one million employees and half a million companies will benefit from the project. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-overcome-epidemic-and-jobs-will-be-saved---pm-12110President pledges to maintain child subsidy, retirement age schemeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pledges-to-maintain-child-subsidy-retirement-age-schemes-12108<p>Incumbent President Andrzej Duda pledged on Monday that if he keeps his post, there will certainly not be a liquidation of 500 Plus child aid programme and the retirement age will not be raised. "I'm for a Poland Plus," he said.</p>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 14:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q61lw2l6kodf4r3j9euwdi.jpegDuda also said that, regardless of the crisis, he favours the future vision of "Poland Plus," in which programmes supporting families and ordinary people will be maintained.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pledges-to-maintain-child-subsidy-retirement-age-schemes-12108Start-up sees revenues increase 210 percent with their digital ‘Skin’ marketplacehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/start-up-sees-revenues-increase-210-percent-with-their-digital-skin-marketplace-12106<p>A Szczecin start-up has seen its revenues rocket with an online digital marketplace for gamers to trade skins (the appearance items they use during a game) which they have won while playing video games.</p>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 14:20:00 +0200BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yuon9grluvk5psqloib35o.jpegBy providing gamers with a place for them to sell items they win while playing video games, SkinWallet saw turnover exceed 1 million PLN in March this year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/start-up-sees-revenues-increase-210-percent-with-their-digital-skin-marketplace-12106Polish security forces detain Lebanese terrorist suspecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-security-forces-detain-lebanese-terrorist-suspect-12105<p>Poland's Border Guard and Internal Security Agency (ABW) detained, on April 16, a Lebanese citizen suspected of terrorist activities, the spokesperson of the Minister-Special Services Coordinator, Stanisław Żaryn, said on Monday.</p>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 13:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x8gld4w8cvshy8u6q6fis.jpegAccording to ABW, the foreigner planned to organise a network, in Poland and other EU countries, aimed at carrying out terrorist attacks in Western European countries.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-security-forces-detain-lebanese-terrorist-suspect-12105Average corporate wage up 6.3 pct y/y in March - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-up-63-pct-yy-in-march---stats-office-12104<p>Poland's average corporate gross monthly wage in March 2020 amounted to PLN 5,489.21 (ca. EUR 1,220), up by 6.3 percent year on year, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 13:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rso37sphvsdvtw3aiji1fb.jpegGUShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-up-63-pct-yy-in-march---stats-office-12104Polish pharmaceutical market grows by 33.0 percent y/y in Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pharmaceutical-market-grows-by-330-percent-yy-in-march-12102<p>The value of Poland's pharmaceutical market grew by 30.0 pct y/y and by 23.3 pct m/m to PLN 4.13 bln (EUR 914,051 mln) in March, 2020, according to a report by pharmaceutical researcher PEX PharmaSequence.</p>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 13:39:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/syi6l5u0x3fi5kq7z1k19e.jpegThe average Polish pharmacy recorded gross sales of PLN 301,000 (EUR 66,623) in March, 39.7 percent more year-on-year.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pharmaceutical-market-grows-by-330-percent-yy-in-march-12102Security, domestic production, efficiency are our logistics models - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/security-domestic-production-efficiency-are-our-logistics-models---pm-12100<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday declared that "security, mass-scale availability, domestic production wherever possible, and efficiency are our logistics models in the fight against the coronavirus."</p>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 12:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z284dq9bk9spf5nys4ep1j.jpegMorawiecki told that his government “has been doing its best to obtain materials and equipment from the entire world and, at the same time, to launch domestic production.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/security-domestic-production-efficiency-are-our-logistics-models---pm-12100Poland's unemployment unlikely to exceed 10 percent this year - fund CEOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-unlikely-to-exceed-10-percent-this-year---fund-ceo-12099<p>Head of the Polish Development Fund (PFR) Paweł Borys said that Poland's unemployment rate was rather unlikely to reach above 10 percent in 2020.</p>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 12:23:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nfwwutenz7h9dwtfln3unv.jpegAccording to Borys Poland has a chance to protect against a significant increase in unemployment, above 10 percent.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-unlikely-to-exceed-10-percent-this-year---fund-ceo-12099Poland's GDP likely to drop by 4.9 pct in 2020 - financial institutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-likely-to-drop-by-49-pct-in-2020---financial-institution-12097<p>The Institute of International Finance (IIF) expects that Poland's GDP growth will shrink by 4.9 percent in 2020, IIF said in a report released on Monday.</p>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 12:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j3hkvc47psbxi9v6hamws.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-likely-to-drop-by-49-pct-in-2020---financial-institution-12097Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 9,453https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-9453-12096<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 166 since Sunday and reached 9,453, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another two people have died, bringing the death toll to 362.</p>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 10:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lp2yuils3xj6faqcaarg4w.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-9453-12096Virtual tour of sculptures depicting Nazi death camp scenes openshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/virtual-tour-of-sculptures-depicting-nazi-death-camp-scenes-opens-12094<p>"Treblinka Through the Eyes of Samuel Willenberg," an exhibition of sculptures by a witness to German crimes committed in the Treblinka extermination camp, built and operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during WWII, can be viewed online from Sunday.</p>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 09:03:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0wusnii17mhcq87kk4tk6v.jpegWhen Willenberg was 70 years old and living in Israel, he enrolled on a sculpture course and turned his experiences into art by creating 15 sculptures that show traumatic events that he either witnessed or was directly involved in at the German extermination camp.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/virtual-tour-of-sculptures-depicting-nazi-death-camp-scenes-opens-12094Poland receives nearly 27,000 rapid coronavirus tests from S. Koreahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-nearly-27000-rapid-coronavirus-tests-from-s-korea-12092<p>Around 27,000 rapid coronavirus tests have arrived in Poland from South Korea. Within a week, they will be distributed among emergency units in Polish hospitals, Health Ministry spokesman Wojciech Andrusiewicz has announced.</p>Sun, 19 Apr 2020 23:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xdx6psxe3yixsit3t3hcm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-nearly-27000-rapid-coronavirus-tests-from-s-korea-12092White House thanks Duda for pledge to send Polish doctors to Chicagohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/white-house-thanks-duda-for-pledge-to-send-polish-doctors-to-chicago-12090<p>US President Donald Trump, in a telephone conversation on Saturday, thanked his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda for Poland's aid to his country in combating the coronavirus epidemic, the White House reported in a statement.</p>Sun, 19 Apr 2020 23:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWhite House thanks Duda for pledge to send Polish doctors to Chicagohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/white-house-thanks-duda-for-pledge-to-send-polish-doctors-to-chicago-12090Polish rescue workers to help doctors in Kyrgyzstan in coronavirus fighthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-rescue-workers-to-help-doctors-in-kyrgyzstan-in-coronavirus-fight-12088<p>Rescue workers from the Polish Centre for International Aid (PCPM) will support doctors in Kyrgyzstan in the fight against coronavirus, announced the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Sunday.</p>Sun, 19 Apr 2020 18:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ls28rdm5hejo4737ij3uq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-rescue-workers-to-help-doctors-in-kyrgyzstan-in-coronavirus-fight-12088Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 9,287https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-9287-12087<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 545 on Sunday and reached 9,287, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday evening. Another thirteen people have died, bringing the death toll to 360.</p>Sun, 19 Apr 2020 18:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xq05dmdj4cottes9pbzgve.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-9287-12087Saving the spirit: project keeps memory alive of boy murdered in Holocausthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/saving-the-spirit-project-keeps-memory-alive-of-boy-murdered-in-holocaust-12085<p><span lang="EN-GB">Once lost amid the anonymous statistics of WWII, recent years have seen Henio Żytomirski become the symbolic face of Lublin’s Holocaust, his story now familiar to tens of thousands of people across the world. Today, a new video released to social media by the city’s Brama Grodzka – Teatr NN cultural institution celebrates his life.</span></p>Sun, 19 Apr 2020 17:29:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yujo388rhrr8kpn8xesqg6.pngHenio, dressed as a king, celebrates his birthday. He would only live to be about nine.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/saving-the-spirit-project-keeps-memory-alive-of-boy-murdered-in-holocaust-12085Polish, US presidents discuss bilateral cooperation, NATOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-presidents-discuss-bilateral-cooperation-nato-12083<p>Polish and US Presidents Andrzej Duda and Donald Trump, via phone, spoke about bilateral cooperation during the coronavirus epidemic, NATO's committment to the fight against the virus and economic collaboration aimed at combatting the effects of the pandemic.</p>Sun, 19 Apr 2020 16:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nxw17qv9ob7wjwe6bvade.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-presidents-discuss-bilateral-cooperation-nato-12083Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 9,082https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-9082-12082<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 340 since Saturday and reached 9,082, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday. Another three people have died, bringing the death toll to 350.</p>Sun, 19 Apr 2020 16:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wjhemvx5dga5dkeccd0ca.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-9082-12082Twinkle, twinkle little star: Polish satellites on the scene when a nova is bornhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/twinkle-twinkle-little-star-polish-satellites-on-the-scene-when-a-nova-is-born-12080<div><div><p>Two Polish nanosatellites have helped observe a series of cosmic explosions and the birth of a ‘new’ star. A nova, rather than an actual new star, is a series of powerful eruptions that make an already existing star temporarily shine brighter even thousands or millions of times.</p></div></div>Sun, 19 Apr 2020 16:13:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8r8hbzxhbhmncbrhgtlkt.jpegThe Polish satellites were part of the BRITE networkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/twinkle-twinkle-little-star-polish-satellites-on-the-scene-when-a-nova-is-born-12080‘I am a Jew. My place is in the struggle against the Nazis for the honour of my people and for a free Poland’: the little-known story of the female assassin who terrorised the Nazishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-am-a-jew-my-place-is-in-the-struggle-against-the-nazis-for-the-honour-of-my-people-and-for-a-free-poland-the-little-known-story-of-the-female-assassin-who-terrorised-the-nazis-12076<p><span lang="EN-GB">When the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising erupted 77 years ago on April 19, it was not just Jewish men who decided to take up arms against the Germans.</span></p>Sun, 19 Apr 2020 13:13:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/193jo8u1306lz2itgq4fjd.pngNiuta Tajtelbaum: once walked into Gestapo headquarters to assassinate a Nazi officer.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-am-a-jew-my-place-is-in-the-struggle-against-the-nazis-for-the-honour-of-my-people-and-for-a-free-poland-the-little-known-story-of-the-female-assassin-who-terrorised-the-nazis-12076Former model and biotechnologist Kasia Gandor explaining Coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/former-model-and-biotechnoligst-kasia-gandor-explaining-coronavirus-478<p>Kasia Gandor's films about Coronavirus have reached hundreds of thousands of viewers. As biotechnologist science enthusiast and well-known YouTuber, she had to cut short her trip around &nbsp;South-East Asia to return to Poland.<br><br>Find out:<br>-Where the Heart of Poland is according to Kasia Gandor<br>-The films Kasia is most proud of<br>-The unexpcted benefit of Coronavirus for Kasia Gandor<br>-Whether Kasia has ever deleted one of her films, and why<br>-The most boring question Kasia gets asked<br>-Where Kasia's fans come from<br>-Kasia's journey as a filmmaker with a passion for explaining complex stories about the world<br>-Why Poles are naturally good for science and the wuality of Polish science education<br>-The mad unpredictability of the YouTube algorithm<br>-What is it Kasia LIKES about Poland what she would change<br>-Why Poland needs to work on its national branding and who the most famous Polish person is in South East Asia<br>-The huge issue with water levels and drought in Poland in 2020</p>Sun, 19 Apr 2020 09:14:00 +0200LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/25isr6255upadxxca9u2r.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/former-model-and-biotechnoligst-kasia-gandor-explaining-coronavirus-478Over 192,000 samples tested for coronavirus in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-192000-samples-tested-for-coronavirus-in-poland-12075<p>A total of 192,960 samples have so far been tested for coronavirus in Polish laboratories, while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased to 8,563, the Polish Ministry of Health said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 18 Apr 2020 18:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jw67x89qco6wdpsrik3ya.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-192000-samples-tested-for-coronavirus-in-poland-12075Postal vote only secure election form amid epidemic - health minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/postal-vote-only-secure-election-form-amid-epidemic---health-min-12073<p>A safe presidential election in its traditional form would be possible in two years at the earliest due to the coronavirus epidemic, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said on Friday and added that if political parties disagree on it, the only secure form is postal voting.</p>Sat, 18 Apr 2020 18:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h9syxuxhu4oazgbdt7bxfa.jpeg"We will be able to provide guidelines regarding the postal vote once we know the technical details of such elections," Szumowski said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/postal-vote-only-secure-election-form-amid-epidemic---health-min-12073Studies predict second wave of virus infections in autumn - dep ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/studies-predict-second-wave-of-virus-infections-in-autumn---dep-minister-12071<p>All the forecasts say that in the autumn there may occur a second wave of coronavirus infections and, worse still, it may compound an epidemic of flu, which takes a deadly toll each year in Poland, Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 18 Apr 2020 17:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7025x8t1cmsq3kxvmn5qy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/studies-predict-second-wave-of-virus-infections-in-autumn---dep-minister-12071Ambassador lauds US involvement in Polish fight against coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ambassador-lauds-us-involvement-in-polish-fight-against-coronavirus-12069<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher, in a Saturday tweet, praised the efforts of US companies in Poland to help contain the spread of the COVID19 epidemic in the country.</p>Sat, 18 Apr 2020 17:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w8rmdexvlhk23q6fyxpwe.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ambassador-lauds-us-involvement-in-polish-fight-against-coronavirus-12069‘I’ve worked in Michelin kitchens, but now I’m on my bike delivering takeaways’: how leading chef turned lockdown nightmare into platter of successhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ive-worked-in-michelin-kitchens-but-now-im-on-my-bike-delivering-takeaways-how-leading-chef-turned-lockdown-nightmare-into-platter-of-success-12067<p><span lang="EN-GB">Rather than firing his staff amid the current economic downturn, Polish chef and restaurateur Damian Wawrzyniak has responded to the Covid-19 crisis by hiring.</span></p>Sat, 18 Apr 2020 17:13:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lda6umtf0uetjvnobwinmm.jpegUK-based chef Damian Wawrzyniak has transformed his business to cope with the lockdown.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ive-worked-in-michelin-kitchens-but-now-im-on-my-bike-delivering-takeaways-how-leading-chef-turned-lockdown-nightmare-into-platter-of-success-12067Poland gets rapid coronavirus screening tests – dep health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-gets-rapid-coronavirus-screening-tests--dep-health-minister-12065<p>Poland has received a delivery of rapid screening tests enabling the detection of coronavirus within fifteen minutes, Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska said on Saturday, adding that the tests will go to medical staff first.</p>Sat, 18 Apr 2020 15:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rcuw9qma5yectkk2i4rno6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-gets-rapid-coronavirus-screening-tests--dep-health-minister-12065Another 20 transports of protective gear soon expected in Poland - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/another-20-transports-of-protective-gear-soon-expected-in-poland---fm-12063<p>More than 20 additional transports of protective equipment are due to arrive soon in Poland and efforts are being made around the world to repatriate the remaining Polish citizens willing to return to the country, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told PAP on Saturday.</p>Sat, 18 Apr 2020 15:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ecvq8bf952g08rmtrv531r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/another-20-transports-of-protective-gear-soon-expected-in-poland---fm-12063Poland to focus on coronavirus research development - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-focus-on-coronavirus-research-development---pm-12062<p>The Polish government's priority for the coming weeks and months is the development of research on coronavirus so that the country can be self-sufficient in the production of medicines and tests, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has written on Facebook.</p>Sat, 18 Apr 2020 15:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wbcmluxjsfeji0d1j9ek6p.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-focus-on-coronavirus-research-development---pm-12062Monumental effort: Poland’s historic monuments stand tallhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/monumental-effort-polands-historic-monuments-stand-tall-12056<p>April 18 is the International Day for Monuments and Sites, and Poland boast 17 UNESCO World Heritage Monuments and Sites, and nationally has nearly 3,000 monuments and sites that registered on the National Inventory of Historical Monuments.</p>Sat, 18 Apr 2020 13:12:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9f9ijoxwroolotoyqgeei.jpegThe spiralling path that leads up to the top of the 35-metre mound, 330 metres above sea level, gives a picturesque view of the city and River Wisła. Built to commemorate Polish leader Tadeusz Kosciuszko in 1820 the mound contains soil from battlefields Kosciuszko fought on in America and Poland. During the construction many Poles came from around the country and even abroad to help with its construction, many bringing small amounts of soil and adding it to the mound, symbolising their unity despite their geographical distance.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/monumental-effort-polands-historic-monuments-stand-tall-12056New app plots way to avoid coronavirus in daily lifehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-app-plots-way-to-avoid-coronavirus-in-daily-life-12054<p><span lang="EN-GB">Polish scientists have created a new app that estimates the risks posed by the coronavirus by giving users a personalised assessment that can help them plan their daily lives and reduce the chances of being infected.</span></p>Sat, 18 Apr 2020 11:10:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l0j15uqfkcqbwpiknbxwes.jpegCombing personal data with information on the disease, the app tells people where it is safe to go.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-app-plots-way-to-avoid-coronavirus-in-daily-life-12054Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 8,563https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-8563-12053<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 184 since Friday evening and reached 8,563, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another seven people have died, bringing the death toll to 339.</p>Sat, 18 Apr 2020 10:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n9nfh0faacleohptb5vng.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-8563-12053Remembrance institute marks Warsaw Ghetto Uprising anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remembrance-institute-marks-warsaw-ghetto-uprising-anniversary-12051<p>Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) on Friday commemorated the Sunday-falling 77th anniversary of the outbreak of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, in which Warsaw's Jews rose up against the Germans.</p>Sat, 18 Apr 2020 09:55:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/phjv1da95tj656l0af69cw.jpegTo mark the occasion, IPN deputy head Mateusz Szpytma laid flowers at a memorial to the insurgents.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remembrance-institute-marks-warsaw-ghetto-uprising-anniversary-12051Singapore opens its market to Polish meat products and eggs - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/singapore-opens-its-market-to-polish-meat-products-and-eggs---ministry-12049<p>Singapore will open its market to Polish eggs and egg and meat products, the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday, citing the Singaporean veterinary services.</p>Sat, 18 Apr 2020 09:19:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSingapore opens its market to Polish meat products and eggs - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/singapore-opens-its-market-to-polish-meat-products-and-eggs---ministry-12049President signs bill on relief package for firms amid pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-bill-on-relief-package-for-firms-amid-pandemic-12048<p>President Andrzej Duda signed a bill on the so-called 'anti-crisis shield' including specific support instruments aimed at mitigating the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, the president's office said on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Apr 2020 20:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ofnfcz9okkbyo88d56e7b.jpegThe majority of the bill signed by the president relates to aid for companies.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-bill-on-relief-package-for-firms-amid-pandemic-12048President signs law facilitating use of EU funds to fight coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-law-facilitating-use-of-eu-funds-to-fight-coronavirus-12047<p>President Andrzej Duda has signed into law a bill that makes it easier to spend EU funds on fighting the coronavirus epidemic, the PM's Office said on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Apr 2020 19:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ll59jo01ydj6bf2hqdm6q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-law-facilitating-use-of-eu-funds-to-fight-coronavirus-12047“Sweet little patient” Hania recovers after battling both cancer AND coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sweet-little-patient-hania-recovers-after-battling-both-cancer-and-coronavirus-12044<p>A nine-year-old girl has been hailed a hero after recovering from the coronavirus whilst battling against leukemia.</p>Fri, 17 Apr 2020 17:50:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tdenjptgd5kx8evlgsxzg.jpegHania overcame both coronavirus and cancer at the hospital in Wrocław.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sweet-little-patient-hania-recovers-after-battling-both-cancer-and-coronavirus-12044Polish photographer wins prize in World Press Photo competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-photographer-wins-prize-in-world-press-photo-competition-12042<p>Polish photographer Tomek Kaczor won first prize in the Portrait of the Year category of the 2020 World Press Photo competition for his photo 'Awakening,' it was announced on Thursday.</p>Fri, 17 Apr 2020 17:22:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qh5zamfppphzjkza6t8sad.jpegFifteen-year-old Armenian girl, Anna, who has recently woken from a catatonic state brought on by Resignation Syndrome, sits in a wheelchair, flanked by her parents.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-photographer-wins-prize-in-world-press-photo-competition-12042Polish, Chinese PMs discuss cooperation in face of pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-chinese-pms-discuss-cooperation-in-face-of-pandemic-12041<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang on Thursday discussed the fight against coronavirus and purchases of medical equipment, the Polish government's press office wrote on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Apr 2020 17:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/57bpwuyc9oxe4b2jufnpxe.jpegMateusz Morawiecki and Li Keqiang (pictured) agreed that the pandemic not only creates problems in the area of public health, but also creates completely new economic challenges.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-chinese-pms-discuss-cooperation-in-face-of-pandemic-12041Energy firm Tauron to build 5-MW solar power farm in southern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energy-firm-tauron-to-build-5-mw-solar-power-farm-in-southern-poland-12040<p>The Tauron Group is to build a 5-MW photovoltaic farm at the site of the former Jaworzno I Power Station, in southern Poland, the firm has announced in a press release.</p>Fri, 17 Apr 2020 16:32:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s8az3c4pkmpve0e06wqins.jpegTauron Group intends to build photovoltaic installations on its territories to a combined capacity of 75-150MWp.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energy-firm-tauron-to-build-5-mw-solar-power-farm-in-southern-poland-12040Gaming firm defies COVID-19 to become first company of the year to float on Warsaw Stock Exchangehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gaming-firm-defies-covid-19-to-become-fist-company-of-the-year-to-float-on-warsaw-stock-exchange-12037<p>The first company of the year has floated on the Warsaw Stock Exchange main market despite turbulent market conditions.</p>Fri, 17 Apr 2020 16:01:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5jyfjuisy4bffi0uhoxr.jpegBartek Gajewski, Games Operators CEO, told TFN: “The share offering turned out to be a success and is an expression of investors' confidence in the business success of Games Operators and our plans for the future.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gaming-firm-defies-covid-19-to-become-fist-company-of-the-year-to-float-on-warsaw-stock-exchange-12037Sewing rooms across the country mobilised into action to produce 100 million face maskshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sewing-rooms-across-the-country-mobilised-into-action-to-produce-100-million-face-masks-12034<p>Poland has harnessed the power of hundreds of “sewing rooms” scattered across the country in an effort to produce millions of face masks, vital in the war against the coronavirus.</p>Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ap7wzz0xq25pngdr8b5yyn.jpegThe Polish Sewing Rooms initiative will see 200 small-scale garment producers working alongside seven large clothing manufacturers to stitch together the 100 million face masks by the end of June.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sewing-rooms-across-the-country-mobilised-into-action-to-produce-100-million-face-masks-12034Polish HICP inflation up by 3.9 pct y/y in March - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-39-pct-yy-in-march---eurostat-12032<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) rose by 3.9 percent year on year in March 2020, down from the 4.1 percent growth in the previous month, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Apr 2020 13:28:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish HICP inflation up by 3.9 pct y/y in March - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-39-pct-yy-in-march---eurostat-12032Medical teams get free COVID-19 tests in new Drive-thru initiativehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medical-teams-get-free-covid-19-tests-in-new-drive-thru-initiative-12026<p><span lang="EN-US">A new initiative that will see frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19 getting access to free on-the-road tests has opened up across Poland.</span></p>Fri, 17 Apr 2020 13:01:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r5x4b7p4mip4has89xiik.jpegMakeshift roadside tents will provide medical workers with free coronavirus tests.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medical-teams-get-free-covid-19-tests-in-new-drive-thru-initiative-12026Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland surpasses 8,000https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-surpasses-8000-12024<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 296 since Thursday evening and reached 8,214, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another four people have died, bringing the death toll to 318.</p>Fri, 17 Apr 2020 11:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4bbd17p70qu5o6cnqg46h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-surpasses-8000-12024Polish PM queries EU's response to virus in Spanish daily El Mundohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-slams-eus-response-to-virus-in-spanish-daily-el-mundo-12022<p>Slow reactions and individual interests of the member states are the European Union's main problems, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, published on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Apr 2020 10:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pamyt4yvnl3w7dq73x7k9.pngPolish PM slams EU's response to virus in Spanish daily El Mundohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-slams-eus-response-to-virus-in-spanish-daily-el-mundo-12022Poland relaxes some epidemic restrictionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-relaxes-some-epidemic-restrictions-12020<p>From April 20 the government will relax some restrictions introduced in connection with the coronavirus epidemic, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said at a Thursday press conference with Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski.</p>Fri, 17 Apr 2020 08:53:00 +0200https://images.thefirstnews.com/to7m2qb8of51zwqblpnl.jpegMorawiecki said that the "deeper sense" of the government's restrictions was that they bought time to combat the epidemic and helped save lives.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-relaxes-some-epidemic-restrictions-12020Coronavirus Diary #7https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-7-12018<p>After a month in lockdown, The Debrief host John Beauchamp pines for the open road and is showing signs of going slightly mad...</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 20:51:00 +0200LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/99bux01a4f6r9ds9oakbss.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-7-12018Senate files amendments to coronavirus shieldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-files-amendments-to-coronavirus-shield-12017<p>The Senate, upper house, on Thursday filed amendments to the government's anti-crisis shield, a package of laws to protect the Polish economy from the effects of the coronavirus epidemic. The amendments were passed by the chamber in a 98 to 1 vote with one abstention.</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 20:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lj9kpf4jappzbmxhicsmwa.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-files-amendments-to-coronavirus-shield-12017Epidemic restrictions relaxed from Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/epidemic-restrictions-relaxed-from-monday-12016<p>Current epidemic restrictions in Poland will be relaxed as of Monday, the government said on Thursday, changes will include the reopening of forests and parks to the public.</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 19:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tmrnekw3yz8wby1kei9pp.jpegEased will be shopper limits in grocery markets, with 4 persons per 1 cash register allowed in shops up to 100 sqm and 1 person per 15 sqm in markets over 100 sqm.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/epidemic-restrictions-relaxed-from-monday-12016Turkey sends 90,000 protective suits to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/turkey-sends-90000-protective-suits-to-poland-12014<p>Turkey is sending four aircraft carrying 90,000 protective suits to Poland in order to help in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic, Poland's Ambassador to Turkey Jakub Kumoch said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 19:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aabg0b5zsglchgy62efcbe.jpegKumoch wrote on Twitter that the project was made possible thanks to the cooperation of the president's offices of Poland and Turkey.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/turkey-sends-90000-protective-suits-to-poland-12014Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 7,918https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-7918-12013<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 336 since Wednesday evening and reached 7,918, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday afternoon. Another 28 people have died, bringing the death toll to 314.</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 18:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l4zufppa7mo58ymq180a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-7918-12013Cosmetics ‘shop’ with a difference helps victims of domestic violencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cosmetics-shop-with-a-difference-helps-victims-of-domestic-violence-12011<p>A fictitious online shop has been setup to help victims of domestic violence seek help without alerting their abusers during the pandemic lockdown.</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 15:55:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qlmnrke7bkjch8hp65ilo.jpegThe Chamomiles and pansies shop helps people suffering from domestic abuse though secret messages.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cosmetics-shop-with-a-difference-helps-victims-of-domestic-violence-12011Volkswagen's Polish plant to restart production on April 27https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/volkswagens-polish-plant-to-restart-production-on-april-27-12009<p>Volkswagen Poznan, a Polish unit of the German car maker, will gradually reinstate manufacturing from April 27, after a five-week break caused by the coronavirus threat, the company said in a news release on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 14:49:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rtedv6ublzk9smwcfmrw8n.jpegVolkswagen Poznan, which employs 11,000 people and operates four plants, suspended production on March 19.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/volkswagens-polish-plant-to-restart-production-on-april-27-12009March's core inflation rate unchanged m/m at 3.6 pct - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/marchs-core-inflation-rate-unchanged-mm-at-36-pct---central-bank-12007<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 3.6 percent year on year in March 2020, unchanged from February, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 14:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mdhbqi6nd1lt7mp00qf2g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/marchs-core-inflation-rate-unchanged-mm-at-36-pct---central-bank-12007Eurasian hoopoe spotted in Polish mountains for first time in 50 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eurasian-hoopoe-spotted-in-polish-mountains-for-first-time-in-50-years-12005<p><span lang="EN-GB">An Eurasian hoopoe has been sighted in southern Poland, just three 3km from the peaks of the Tatra Mountains, for the first time in decades.</span></p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 14:27:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a9g40flyg39z5gz7mzjpk.jpegThe Eurasian hoopoe was spotted in the village of Jurgów, 15 km from the mountain resort town of Zakopane by local resident Kinga Mateusiak.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eurasian-hoopoe-spotted-in-polish-mountains-for-first-time-in-50-years-12005Vast majority of entrepreneurs in favour of restarting economyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vast-majority-of-entrepreneurs-in-favour-of-restarting-economy-12003<p>Over 84 percent of entrepreneurs believe it is necessary to start resuming the frozen economy, of which particular individual areas have been closed by government decisions amid the coronavirus epidemic, according to a study by the Business Center Club (BCC).</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 14:06:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/twt2qfsb1ni2v5vh33vr04.jpegAccording to the president of BCC, Marek Goliszewski, the recession in the economy is spreading faster than coronavirus in society and the cost of the current slowdown in the economy stands at PLN 7-8 billion (EUR 1.5-1.7 billion) per day.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/vast-majority-of-entrepreneurs-in-favour-of-restarting-economy-12003No problem with access to coronavirus tests in Poland - Health Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-problem-with-access-to-coronavirus-tests-in-poland---health-ministry-12001<p>Spokesman for the Health Ministry Wojciech Andrusiewicz declared on Thursday that there was no problem in Poland with access to coronavirus tests, and added that next week there should be 20,000 tests carried out daily.</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 13:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jzk85sizm3xuapotxwae.jpegAndrusiewicz told a press conference that over the last 24 hours, there were 11,800 tests conducted in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-problem-with-access-to-coronavirus-tests-in-poland---health-ministry-12001Spain to get 20,000 litres of Polish disinfectant - Foreign Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spain-to-get-20000-litres-of-polish-disinfectant---foreign-ministry-11999<p>A transport of 20,000 litres of Polish disinfectant will soon reach Spain by road as a truck transport was scheduled to set off on Thursday, Poland's Foreign Ministry has said in a news release.</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 13:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/icmnolrtpvffa9pzhz03l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spain-to-get-20000-litres-of-polish-disinfectant---foreign-ministry-11999Forgotten document found hidden in Minsk archive could reveal secrets of ‘Belarusian List’ – an NKVD death list of nearly 4,000 murdered Poleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forgotten-document-found-hidden-in-minsk-archive-could-reveal-secrets-of-belarusian-list--an-nkvd-death-list-of-nearly-4000-murdered-poles-11997<p>The greatest mystery of the Katyn massacre – the contents of the 'Belarusian Katyn List' – is closer to being solved after the chance discovery of a key document in a Minsk archive.</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 13:36:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1x4vdr587syuk66ehdsclh.jpegThe bodies of the Polish victims are widely believed to be buried in Kuropaty, an area of woodland now within the boundaries of Minsk. The site was used in the 1930s to bury victims of the Great Purge.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forgotten-document-found-hidden-in-minsk-archive-could-reveal-secrets-of-belarusian-list--an-nkvd-death-list-of-nearly-4000-murdered-poles-11997President appoints new Polish science ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appoints-new-polish-science-minister-11995<p>Acting on the motion of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, President Andrzej Duda has appointed Wojciech Murdzek as the new Polish minister of science and higher education, the PM's Office reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 12:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z4p81c5ifrven68035n4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appoints-new-polish-science-minister-11995Poland's industrial production up in February - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-february---eurostat-11993<p>Poland's working-day adjusted industrial production rose by 3.6 percent year on year in February 2020, after growing by 3.4 percent year on year in January 2020, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 12:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's industrial production up in February - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-in-february---eurostat-11993Moody's expects Poland's GDP to drop by 2 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-expects-polands-gdp-to-drop-by-2-pct-in-2020-11991<p>Rating agency Moody's believes that Poland's economy will shrink by 2.0 percent in 2020 and grow by 3.4 percent in 2021, but sees very little chance for a rating upgrade.</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 11:24:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMoody's expects Poland's GDP to drop by 2 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-expects-polands-gdp-to-drop-by-2-pct-in-2020-11991Moody's confirms Polish banking system's stabilityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-confirms-polish-banking-systems-stability-11990<p>Ratings agency Moody's has maintained a stable outlook for the Polish banking system despite the fact that the country is likely to see its first recession in 29 years.</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 10:50:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMoody's confirms Polish banking system's stabilityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-confirms-polish-banking-systems-stability-11990Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 7,771https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-7771-11988<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 189 since Wednesday afternoon and reached 7,771, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another six people have died, bringing the death toll to 292.</p>Thu, 16 Apr 2020 10:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cxshmidaionf6cfwaaq2xj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-7771-11988White goods maker Amica restarts production after two-week breakhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/white-goods-maker-amica-restarts-production-after-two-week-break-11987<p>After two weeks of downtime, electrical appliances manufacturer Amica has recommenced production at its factory in Wronki, western Poland, PAP Biznes has learnt.</p>Wed, 15 Apr 2020 20:36:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e2hwt4vtkv88ezab9sz7sf.jpegAmica halted production at its Wronki plant between April 1 and 14 due to limitations related to the coronavirus epidemic and expected interruption in the component supply chain.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/white-goods-maker-amica-restarts-production-after-two-week-break-11987Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 7,582https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-7582-11986<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 174 since Wednesday morning and reached 7,582, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday evening. Another 18 people have died, bringing the death toll to 286.</p>Wed, 15 Apr 2020 20:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/od0wbiayd6m92ip6ohaxe9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-7582-11986Poland's foreign currency reserves up in Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-currency-reserves-up-in-march-11985<p>Poland's Finance Ministry had at its disposal the equivalent of EUR 6.76 billion at the end of March 2020, up from EUR 6.38 billion at the end of February, the Finance Ministry wrote in a Wednesday statement.</p>Wed, 15 Apr 2020 19:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k526jprfsqni5ek20b1a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-currency-reserves-up-in-march-11985Back to the future: New design brings ‘ye olde’ rural concept to bustling Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/back-to-the-future-new-design-brings-ye-olde-rural-concept-to-bustling-warsaw-11983<p>A new design brings rural life to central Warsaw, with a park inspired by the countryside.</p>Wed, 15 Apr 2020 17:37:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jnbvbezugrhrrf3tdhf2n.jpegEntitled “Wieśland, or an urban fantasy under the thatched roof”, their design offers to bring the slower pace of country life to Poland’s buzzing capital.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/back-to-the-future-new-design-brings-ye-olde-rural-concept-to-bustling-warsaw-11983Kraków prof comes up with clever DIY origami face maskshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-prof-comes-up-with-clever-diy-origami-face-masks-11980<p>A designer from Kraków has come up with an ingenious way of protecting yourself against coronavirus – with origami masks made from paper towels.</p>Wed, 15 Apr 2020 15:28:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u0q64qgh9gqlmlyuoejbpn.jpegThe origami masks can be made by using just a paper towel, two rubber bands, and a stapler.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-prof-comes-up-with-clever-diy-origami-face-masks-11980Majority of Poles want to help others - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-poles-want-to-help-others---survey-11979<p>Close to three out of four Poles (73 percent) said that they were willing to help others in need, reported a recent CBOS poll.</p>Wed, 15 Apr 2020 15:24:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0k0vc6caqp73msd0stit9t.jpegCBOS reported that the percentage of people leaning towards altruism was not only higher than two years ago when the issue was last examined, but also at the highest point since the question had been asked, that is, since 2002.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-poles-want-to-help-others---survey-11979Poland to get rapid screening tests by end of week – dep health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-get-rapid-screening-tests-by-end-of-week--dep-health-minister-11976<p>Poland will receive near the end of the week a delivery of rapid screening tests that will speed up the diagnosis of coronavirus, Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska said at a press conference in Warsaw on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Apr 2020 14:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sz2wykt8dogedebyav6kn7.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-get-rapid-screening-tests-by-end-of-week--dep-health-minister-11976PM says Poland needs to stimulate economy on many levelshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-continue-local-road-investments-amid-crisis---pm-11974<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday that Poland needs activities to stimulate the economy on many levels and that the Local Government Roads Fund is an element of the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Wed, 15 Apr 2020 14:06:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9cku1cr0h6w41g57imhtkr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-continue-local-road-investments-amid-crisis---pm-11974Polish biotech firm starts production of coronavirus testshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-biotech-firm-starts-production-of-coronavirus-tests-11972<p>Amplicon, a Polish biotechnology company based in the south-western city of Wroclaw, has launched the manufacturing of Covid-19 diagnostic tests and reported that it can produce 15,000 such tests per week.</p>Wed, 15 Apr 2020 13:41:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0feukr3y0jkrgyowpiq26an.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-biotech-firm-starts-production-of-coronavirus-tests-11972The Art of the matter: Witty reproductions of classic paintings show police enforcing COVID-19 lockdownhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-art-of-the-matter-witty-reproductions-of-classic-paintings-show-police-enforcing-covid-19-lockdown-11969<p>A well-known Gdańsk-born artist has seen his popularity surge further after modifying classic works of art to feature Polish police officers enforcing lockdown laws and writing out fines.</p>Wed, 15 Apr 2020 13:11:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z0so5m3w2wfsuap7jg187.pngThe modifications show classic works of art featuring Polish police officers enforcing lockdown laws. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-art-of-the-matter-witty-reproductions-of-classic-paintings-show-police-enforcing-covid-19-lockdown-11969Poland's foreign trade surplus at EUR 1.3 bln after Feb. - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-13-bln-after-feb---stats-office-11967<p>Poland's foreign trade surplus totalled EUR 1.3 billion at the end of February 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Apr 2020 11:51:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3q45c4s9x6a3km4fy3y2k4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-13-bln-after-feb---stats-office-11967Poland's inflation in March at 4.6 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-march-at-46-percent-yy---stats-office-11965<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 4.6 percent year on year in March 2020 and by 0.2 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Apr 2020 11:11:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cudks8av35ngj19b301bcw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-march-at-46-percent-yy---stats-office-11965Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 7,408https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-7408-11964<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 206 since Tuesday afternoon and reached 7,408, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another 5 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 268.</p>Wed, 15 Apr 2020 10:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9ge2ps0nidwsxdftdg74h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-7408-11964WSJ praises Poland, Eastern Europe for fight against coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wsj-praises-poland-eastern-europe-for-fight-against-coronavirus-11963<p>The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) wrote that Eastern Europe could teach the western part of the continent a lesson about the coronavirus and added that countries of the region, including Poland, had quickly introduced restrictions and, to some extent, had infections under control.</p>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 20:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jqjg1qntvs557dwzz670a.jpegAccording to WSJ countries of Central and Eastern Europe, including Poland, had quickly introduced restrictions and, to some extent, had infections under control.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wsj-praises-poland-eastern-europe-for-fight-against-coronavirus-11963Poland calls on governments to free prisoners of consciencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-calls-on-governments-to-free-prisoners-of-conscience-11962<p>Poland and the Alliance to Advance International Religious Freedom has appealed to governments worldwide to free prisoners of conscience, i.e. persons convicted for their religious beliefs, the Polish Foreign Ministry informed on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 19:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland calls on governments to free prisoners of consciencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-calls-on-governments-to-free-prisoners-of-conscience-11962Poland's Q1 growth 'visibly lower' than in previous quarter - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-q1-growth-visibly-lower-than-in-previous-quarter---minfin-11961<p>Poland's economic growth in the first quarter of 2020 was still positive but "visibly lower" than the 3.2 percent annual growth rate posted in the previous quarter, Deputy Finance Minister Leszek Skiba wrote in an answer to an MP query.</p>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 19:18:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yhk4ikp5ufnfscu861fq.jpegSkiba said his prediction was based on hard data for January and February and forecasts for March.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-q1-growth-visibly-lower-than-in-previous-quarter---minfin-11961Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 7,202https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-7202-11960<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 153 since Tuesday morning and reached 7,202, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday afternoon. Another 12 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 251.</p>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 18:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e1zh7zqcbze80r28t4py2q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-7202-11960Blood-y great! Warsaw docs to use blood of recovered COVID-19 victims to help new sufferershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blood-y-great-warsaw-docs-to-use-blood-of-recovered-covid-19-victims-to-help-new-sufferers-11954<p>A new method of treating coronavirus patients by administering blood plasma donated by people who have already recovered from COVID-19, has been introduced in a Warsaw hospital.</p>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 18:03:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ugcja7dal565ovuctxaz.jpegA special team at the Central Clinical Hospital of Ministry of the Interior and Administration (MSWiA) found treatment was showing positive results after just two weeks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blood-y-great-warsaw-docs-to-use-blood-of-recovered-covid-19-victims-to-help-new-sufferers-11954Famed 'White Eagle' chain to enter back into servicehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/famed-white-eagle-chain-to-enter-back-into-service-11955<p>The chain of the Order of the White Eagle is set to be used by Poland's head of state for the first time since the 1930s.</p>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 17:19:00 +0200HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4tknllt116jk61q11prrhk.pngThe last time Chain of the Order of the White Eagle was used was in 1939 when it adorned Poland’s pre-war president Ignacy Mościcki at a New Year’s party.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/famed-white-eagle-chain-to-enter-back-into-service-11955Poland to see first recession in nearly three decades - IMFhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-see-first-recession-in-nearly-three-decades---imf-11953<p>Poland's economy will shrink by 4.6 percent this year after nearly three decades of uninterrupted growth, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecast in the spring edition of its comprehensive report, the World Economic Outlook.</p>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 16:46:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7je76w55wgg7al652pa2i5.jpegAccording to IMF annual average inflation will reach 3.2 percent in 2020 and 2.6 percent in 2021.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-see-first-recession-in-nearly-three-decades---imf-11953Art market sees boom during pandemic lockdownhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/art-market-sees-boom-during-pandemic-lockdown-11951<p>Poland’s art market is thriving as collectors turn to online auctions that enable them to buy works of art while social distancing due to the coronavirus.</p>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 15:54:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eq0gef47dcaw8zv6ixpe4.pngJacek Malczewski’s “Artysta i chimera” (The artist and the chimera) sold for a record 3.1 million złoty.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/art-market-sees-boom-during-pandemic-lockdown-11951Nearly 150,000 samples tested for coronavirus in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-150000-samples-tested-for-coronavirus-in-poland-11950<p>A total of 148,321 samples have so far been tested for coronavirus in Polish laboratories and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased to 7,049, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 15:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z2879patjr87dpct3fcwju.jpegIn the last 24 hours, over 4,600 samples have been tested.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-150000-samples-tested-for-coronavirus-in-poland-11950Electricity from coal-fired plants grows to 50.21 pct y/y in Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/electricity-from-coal-fired-plants-grows-to-5021-pct-yy-in-march-11948<p>The production of electricity in Poland based on the burning of coal grew in March 2020 to 50.21 percent from 46.79 in March 2019, according to data from state owned transmission system operator PSE.</p>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 14:41:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgElectricity from coal-fired plants grows to 50.21 pct y/y in Marchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/electricity-from-coal-fired-plants-grows-to-5021-pct-yy-in-march-11948Here she comes! Largest plane in the world lands in Warsaw with COVID-19 supplieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/here-she-comes-largest-plane-in-the-world-lands-in-warsaw-with-covid-19-supplies-11946<p><span lang="EN-GB">Initiated by the PM’s office, the ‘mother of all planes’ landed to cheers.</span></p>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 13:21:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5x3sz8b4kyef2ni6556cw9.jpegThe ginormous Antonov An-225 Mriya arrived from China Tuesday morning with its huge load.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/here-she-comes-largest-plane-in-the-world-lands-in-warsaw-with-covid-19-supplies-11946Poland to reopen economy from April 19 - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-reopen-economy-from-april-19---health-minister-11944<p>Poland will slowly begin to reopen its economy from April 19, said Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski on Tuesday morning, adding that if not for the isolation, the number of patients would be much higher.</p>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 12:48:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fehiaixwulzz3heywhjp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-reopen-economy-from-april-19---health-minister-11944Deflation possible in Poland in 2021 - rate setterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deflation-possible-in-poland-in-2021---rate-setter-11942<p>Monetary Policy Council (RPP) member Grazyna Ancyparowicz has told PAP that Poland may have a negative growth rate in 2020 and experience deflation in 2021.</p>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 11:48:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2kmw6eetl7azi7q4fvujr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/deflation-possible-in-poland-in-2021---rate-setter-11942Government to loosen coronavirus restrictions in coming days - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-to-loosen-coronavirus-restrictions-in-coming-days---official-11941<p>The Polish government on Wednesday or Thursday will announce its first decisions on loosening the coronavirus restrictions that are in place, government spokesperson Piotr Muller told Polish Radio Three on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 11:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ri55oi67bqmq9b3u8vzgm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-to-loosen-coronavirus-restrictions-in-coming-days---official-11941Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 7,049https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-7049-11940<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 117 since Monday afternoon and reached 7,049, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another six persons have died bringing the death toll to 251.</p>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 11:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uki62fl4e7q23o8nnq6c.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-7049-11940Polish banking sector among strongest in the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-among-strongest-in-the-world-11938<p>The Polish banking sector belongs to one of the strongest in the world. It has high liquidity and capital at a level that most European countries can envy us, President of the Polish Development Fund (PFR) Pawel Borys wrote on Monday.</p>Tue, 14 Apr 2020 08:49:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hony8c93gaquwtxqpwgink.jpegThe PFR president emphasised that the Polish banking sector "is among the strongest in the world."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-among-strongest-in-the-world-11938President, PM, US Ambassador mark Katyn Forest Massacrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-us-ambassador-mark-katyn-forest-massacre-11937<p>President Andrzej Duda, PM Mateusz Morawiecki and US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher on Monday paid homage to the victims of the 1940 Katyn Forest Massacre, in which Soviet secret police executed 22,000 Polish officers, policemen and administrative staff.</p>Mon, 13 Apr 2020 18:54:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ney9ebzplyygmumed2ao.jpegApril 13 marks the 80th anniversary of the Katyn Forest executions. Pictured the Polish war cemetery in Katyn.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pm-us-ambassador-mark-katyn-forest-massacre-11937Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 6,934https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-6934-11936<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 260 since Sunday afternoon and reached 6,934, the Ministry of Health said on Monday afternoon. Another 13 persons have died bringing the death toll to 245.</p>Mon, 13 Apr 2020 17:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qtwfxjad4dxnyzycordc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-6934-11936Poland reports 17.4 coronavirus cases per 100,000 persons - GIShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-174-coronavirus-cases-per-100000-persons---gis-11935<p>The average incidence rate of coronavirus in Poland is 17.4 per 100,000 people, announced the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate (GIS) on Twitter on Monday.</p>Mon, 13 Apr 2020 17:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/onctzhtz177n3hzvsy6l4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-reports-174-coronavirus-cases-per-100000-persons---gis-11935Polish Aviation Group withdraws from acquisition of Condor airlineshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-aviation-group-withdraws-from-acquisition-of-condor-airlines-11934<p>The Polish Aviation Group (PGL), the parent company of Polish national airline PLL LOT on Monday announced it is withdrawing from its takeover of the German airline Condor.</p>Mon, 13 Apr 2020 16:37:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g511a47fxb99ijtsnbu3lr.jpegPGL, a Polish state-owned company, was to take over Condor which employed around 5,000 people and operated about 60 aircraft.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-aviation-group-withdraws-from-acquisition-of-condor-airlines-11934Biting into the future: restaurants roll out pay-first-eat-later initiative to help them weather the coronavirus stormhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/biting-into-the-future-restaurants-roll-out-pay-first-eat-later-initiative-to-help-them-weather-the-coronavirus-storm-11931<p>Restaurants, cafe, bars, and even theatres and barbers left grappling with the turmoil of lockdown have started to roll out an initiative that should alleviate some of the economic pain.</p>Sun, 12 Apr 2020 18:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/272tfyoajlkh6waaraqeb02.jpegEmpty tables, empty chairs. The lockdown has shut down business for cafés and restaurants.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/biting-into-the-future-restaurants-roll-out-pay-first-eat-later-initiative-to-help-them-weather-the-coronavirus-storm-11931Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 6,674https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-6674-11930<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 318 since Saturday afternoon and reached 6,674, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday afternoon. Another 24 persons have died bringing the death toll to 232.</p>Sun, 12 Apr 2020 17:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/19li0ee2bdx9qtcz90pts9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-6674-11930The scrum of it: virus could take wind out of Polish rugby’s sailshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-scrum-of-it-virus-could-take-wind-out-of-polish-rugbys-sails-11928<p>Another sporting casualty of the coronavirus outbreak, Poland’s burgeoning rugby union scene has been left ruing what could have been an April to remember after the national team’s games scheduled for the following two weekends were axed with the side locked in a battle for second place in their group.</p>Sun, 12 Apr 2020 16:52:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/23qzx0otg0lmnz9xdh7mih.jpegDuaine Lindsay: the man in charge of Poland’s rugby fortunes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-scrum-of-it-virus-could-take-wind-out-of-polish-rugbys-sails-11928Horse sanctuary calls for help to save hundreds of animals from starvationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/horse-sanctuary-calls-for-help-to-save-hundreds-of-animals-from-starvation-11924<p>Europe’s largest horse sanctuary has launched a dramatic SOS for help after the coronavirus pandemic savaged its funding, leaving hundreds of horses and other animals at risk of death.</p>Sun, 12 Apr 2020 12:03:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jfhh0cdbpos0se343qf1qae.jpegThe foundation says that its horses could starve unless funding is found.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/horse-sanctuary-calls-for-help-to-save-hundreds-of-animals-from-starvation-11924‘The poor aren’t just hungry on Saturday or Wednesday, they’re hungry throughout the week’: charity battles the virus to feed Warsaw’s hungryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-poor-arent-just-hungry-on-saturday-or-wednesday-theyre-hungry-throughout-the-week-charity-battles-the-virus-to-feed-warsaws-hungry-11921<p>Approaching their third anniversary of operations, a Sikh-run charity has won a new wave of plaudits after choosing to carry on through the lockdown and continue with their mission of feeding Warsaw’s poor.</p>Sat, 11 Apr 2020 17:47:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ncz4xzzlbsjji2c1o631lr.jpegCooking up kindness. Volunteers wrestle with the huge vats of food.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-poor-arent-just-hungry-on-saturday-or-wednesday-theyre-hungry-throughout-the-week-charity-battles-the-virus-to-feed-warsaws-hungry-11921Presidential couple convey Easter wisheshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-couple-convey-easter-wishes-11920<p>The Polish first couple, President Andrzej Duda and his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, have conveyed their wishes for a peaceful Easter full of mutual warmth, hope and peace and for the holidays to pass in health and safety.</p>Sat, 11 Apr 2020 14:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h42z0nnrav9xxmcfcabe5i.jpegThe president and first lady appealed to Poles to observe beautiful Polish traditions as much as possible, because thanks to them Polish homes would be full of "the festive atmosphere of the holidays."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-couple-convey-easter-wishes-11920Step in the right direction: shoemaker CCC saves jobs due to anti-crisis fundinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/step-in-the-right-direction-shoemaker-ccc-saves-jobs-due-to-anti-crisis-funding-11918<p>Shoemaker CCC has managed to safeguard several thousand jobs by tapping into the government’s ‘anti-crisis shield’.</p>Sat, 11 Apr 2020 13:27:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oh9b2vkgpggdh2k2ncl16c.jpegLike many retailers CCC has been hit hard shop closures.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/step-in-the-right-direction-shoemaker-ccc-saves-jobs-due-to-anti-crisis-funding-11918Poland treating 2,426 coronavirus patients at hospitals - Health Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-treating-2426-coronavirus-patients-at-hospitals---health-ministry-11916<p>As of Friday, 2,426 people were undergoing hospital treatment in Poland due to Covid-19, and 375 people had recovered from the illness, the Health Ministry reported on Saturday.</p>Sat, 11 Apr 2020 12:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z6li9ourpgftpj4ydgabml.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-treating-2426-coronavirus-patients-at-hospitals---health-ministry-11916Eurocash seeks thousands of new employees to meet surging demand for foodhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eurocash-seeks-thousands-of-new-employees-to-meet-surging-demand-for-food-11914<p>The cash-and-carry firm Eurocash has announced it will hire over 2,000 workers to help it meet increased demand caused by the coronavirus crisis.</p>Sat, 11 Apr 2020 11:36:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2kgf97smnm7uvgm93niais.jpegOn the hunt for employees. Eurocash is looking for an extra 2,000 workers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eurocash-seeks-thousands-of-new-employees-to-meet-surging-demand-for-food-11914Europe has obligation to help Italy, PM tells Italian daily La Repubblicahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europe-has-obligation-to-help-italy-pm-tells-italian-daily-la-repubblica-11913<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in the Saturday edition of Italian daily La Repubblica that Europe has an obligation to help Italians struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, adding that the EU has effective tools to tackle an economic crisis.</p>Sat, 11 Apr 2020 11:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zl8bbpdov9ssquolthczs.jpeg"In the course of a couple of weeks, Europe and Italy have changed forever. This year wasn't supposed to look like that," said Morawiecki.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/europe-has-obligation-to-help-italy-pm-tells-italian-daily-la-repubblica-11913Ratings agency S&P maintains Poland's A- ratinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ratings-agency-sp-maintains-polands-a--rating-11911<p>Global ratings agency S&amp;P has maintained Poland's A- long-term foreign currency debt rating, pointing to the country's diversified economy, safe debt levels and strong macroeconomic foundations, Poland's Finance Ministry said in a Friday evening news release.</p>Sat, 11 Apr 2020 11:12:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w4mf2ybdfxd7roui43qfq.jpegAccording to S&P, Poland's economy will shrink in 2020 due to the coronavirus epidemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ratings-agency-sp-maintains-polands-a--rating-11911Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 6,088https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-6088-11909<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 133 since Friday evening and reached 6,088, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another 14 people have died.</p>Sat, 11 Apr 2020 10:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fqp5okuz2uyo9encgstd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-6088-11909Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 5,955https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-5955-11907<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 213 since Friday morning and reached 5,955, the Ministry of Health said on Friday afternoon. Another six persons have died.</p>Fri, 10 Apr 2020 18:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q3zuhech77pqmr5b94gwj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-5955-11907Taiwan sends Poland half a million masks in gesture of solidarityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/taiwan-sends-poland-half-a-million-masks-in-gesture-of-solidarity-11905<p>A cargo of half a million surgical masks sent by the Taiwanese authorities as a sign of solidarity during the coronavirus epidemic has arrived in Warsaw under the auspices of the 'Taiwan can help, and Taiwan is helping' campaign.</p>Fri, 10 Apr 2020 18:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fd32z092jplodabp5f7qw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/taiwan-sends-poland-half-a-million-masks-in-gesture-of-solidarity-11905Kraków firm introduces contactless mobile capsule for coronavirus testshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-firm-introduces-contactless-mobile-capsule-for-coronavirus-tests-11902<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Kraków-based company has designed a capsule station for testing whether people have been infected with COVID-19.</span></p>Fri, 10 Apr 2020 17:36:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jez5ulo8ssfevij9m4mq65.jpegThe mobile testing station offers a sanitary and contactless solution for checking the temperature of people entering hospitals, shops or workplaces.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-firm-introduces-contactless-mobile-capsule-for-coronavirus-tests-11902Polish labs capacity to stand at nearly 20,000 coronavirus tests dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labs-capacity-to-stand-at-nearly-20000-coronavirus-tests-daily-11900<p>The capacity of Polish laboratories conducting coronavirus tests is likely to reach 20,000 tests per day, Health Ministry spokesman Wojciech Andrusiewicz said on Friday, adding that currently, the daily rate of testing is at 16,000.</p>Fri, 10 Apr 2020 16:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yh79e00nx5zeyw0hdkbvb.jpegAccording to the ministry's spokesperson, there are no problems with the availability of tests in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labs-capacity-to-stand-at-nearly-20000-coronavirus-tests-daily-11900Animal harm? Bats are not to blame for coronavirus, humans are, says zoology profhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/animal-harm-bats-are-not-to-blame-for-coronavirus-humans-are-11898<p><span lang="EN-GB">A leading zoologist has said that although bats or pangolins were the likely source of the coronavirus pandemic, humans were the cause of it – and the animals could actually be the key to fighting it.</span></p>Fri, 10 Apr 2020 15:21:00 +0200ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fm89stibfkjlya9anoyjw.jpegFruit bats for sale are packed into small cages on the streets – but it’s because people eat them that is the problem, not the bats themselves.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/animal-harm-bats-are-not-to-blame-for-coronavirus-humans-are-11898Smolensk disaster is greatest tragedy in Poland's post-war history - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/smolensk-disaster-is-greatest-tragedy-in-polands-post-war-history---pm-11897<p>The 2010 fatal crash of the presidential plane in Smolensk, Russia is the greatest tragedy in Poland's history since WWII, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on social media on Friday, marking the disaster's 10th anniversary.</p>Fri, 10 Apr 2020 14:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xt8se4tfxgjgzid1nekp.jpeg"The death of the President of the Republic of Poland Professor Lech Kaczyński, his wife Maria and the remaining 94 passengers of a government aircraft was a blow like a thunderbolt from the blue," wrote Morawiecki.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/smolensk-disaster-is-greatest-tragedy-in-polands-post-war-history---pm-11897Poland calls on Russia to return wreckage of government planehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-calls-on-russia-to-return-wreckage-of-government-plane-11896<p>The Foreign Ministry has forwarded a diplomatic note to the Russian embassy calling for the immediate return of the wreckage of the Polish government airplane that crashed in Smolensk, western Russia, ten years ago.</p>Fri, 10 Apr 2020 13:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6nn3bnnenkwyfskvvvna2.jpegTo this day, the wreckage of the aircraft remains at the Smolensk North airport.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-calls-on-russia-to-return-wreckage-of-government-plane-11896“It was a moment of complete emptiness. A bottomless despair.” The Smolensk air disaster 10 years onhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-was-a-moment-of-complete-emptiness-a-bottomless-despair-the-smolensk-air-disaster-10-years-on-11894<p>On Sunday 10 April ten years ago, Poland woke to its 9/11.</p>Fri, 10 Apr 2020 12:12:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3nlvj77h9iptcwndq2nvs8.jpegPiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński whose brother Lech, then president of Poland, was killed in the crash, attends the graves of the victims of the Smolensk catastrophe at the Powązki Military Cemetery in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-was-a-moment-of-complete-emptiness-a-bottomless-despair-the-smolensk-air-disaster-10-years-on-11894Poland fights FakeNews virushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/poland-fights-fakenews-virus-476<p>Poland is fighting back against the FakeNews virus! Fake News online rumours have sown panic and fear around the world. Hard to trace and highly convincing, users often share fake news with others... unwittingly spreading it ever onwards.</p><p>The new Polish FakeHunter initiative could become a model for how countries can fight this issue - well beyond the Coronavirus crisis. Hundreds of unpaid volunteers have come forward to support the Polish Government to assess and verify fake news.</p><p>These 'FakeHunters' are taking the fight to the rumours, misinformation spreading like wildfire across the internet!</p><p>Find out more in this special Coronavirus edition of our #HeartofPoland programme where our host, Patrick Ney, talks to Łukasz Świerzewski about how the FakeHunter initiative has been created.</p><p>Share this episode to raise awareness and visit www.fakehunter.pap.pl.</p>Fri, 10 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0200News & PoliticsHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ap8uxl6dbwo4pfijkvtk1w.pngPoland fights FakeNews virushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/poland-fights-fakenews-virus-476Top Polish officials mark anniversary of 2010 Smolensk air disasterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-polish-officials-mark-anniversary-of-2010-smolensk-air-disaster-11892<p>Poland's top officials on Friday marked the 10th anniversary of the Smolensk air disaster, which killed Poland's president and a large number of top state and military officials during a failed landing attempt in western Russia.</p>Fri, 10 Apr 2020 11:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d98h555io5ubrpunk7ikj.jpegPrime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Speaker of the Sejm, lower house, Elżbieta Witek and head of the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) Jarosław Kaczyński laid wreaths and flowers at monuments to Lech Kaczyński and to the victims of the disaster, located on Warsaw's Piłsudskiego Square.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/top-polish-officials-mark-anniversary-of-2010-smolensk-air-disaster-11892Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 5,742https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-5742-11891<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 167 since Thursday evening and reached 5,742, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another person has died.</p>Fri, 10 Apr 2020 11:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9tf0mj43qp9w95rdzpjlwj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-5742-11891Late President Kaczyński's legacy key for ruling party - party leaderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/late-president-kaczynskis-legacy-key-for-ruling-party---party-leader-11889<p>Establishment of the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) party would not have been possible without the heritage of President Lech Kaczyński who died in the Smolensk air crash, PiS head and the late president's brother said on Friday, the fatal disaster's 10th anniversary.</p>Fri, 10 Apr 2020 09:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s4hv18x4so56ytvmr8ge5.jpegIn Jaroslaw Kaczyński's view, his brother undertook many actions Poland needed and his work at the Ministry of Justice related to the fight against crime gave him huge popularity.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/late-president-kaczynskis-legacy-key-for-ruling-party---party-leader-11889Ten contenders to run in presidential election - electoral commissionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ten-contenders-to-run-in-presidential-election---electoral-commission-11887<p>Ten candidates will face off in the presidential election in May, including incumbent president Andrzej Duda, the State Electoral Commission announced on Thursday. The last candidates were registered earlier on the same day.</p>Thu, 09 Apr 2020 21:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/takatctgje9djitqrb7ys5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ten-contenders-to-run-in-presidential-election---electoral-commission-11887Poland finances 95 pct of its borrowing needs - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-finances-95-pct-of-its-borrowing-needs---finmin-11885<p>Poland has financed around 95 percent of its gross borrowing needs foreseen in the 2020 budget law, the Finance Ministry wrote on Thursday.</p>Thu, 09 Apr 2020 19:40:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vhi399wabup9138hbv1gst.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-finances-95-pct-of-its-borrowing-needs---finmin-11885Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 5,575https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-5575-11881<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 234 since Thursday morning and reached 5,575, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday afternoon. Another ten persons have died.</p>Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jzzbeykcmm6faq13485pd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-5575-11881Cor-moaner virus? Industry experts on how to overcome the COVID-19 lockdown blueshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cor-moaner-virus-industry-experts-on-how-to-overcome-the-covid-19-lockdown-blues-11879<p><span lang="EN-GB">With the entire country standing on a ‘war on covi-19’ footing, millions have found themselves working from home as isolation rules and restrictions kick-in. As a consequence, many have fallen into a ‘Netflix-for-breakfast and pants-till-dinner’ routine. TFN’s Alex Webber finds out how to avoid the pitfalls.</span></p>Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:35:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/23h9noyaas7ecf80at47no.pngThese leading professionals have different ways of dealing with home working.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cor-moaner-virus-industry-experts-on-how-to-overcome-the-covid-19-lockdown-blues-11879Production of Polish coronavirus tests has already begunhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/production-of-polish-coronavirus-tests-has-already-begun-11878<p>Funds for the production of the first 100,000 coronavirus tests have already been transferred to the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Former Minister of Science and Higher Education Jarosław Gowin said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 09 Apr 2020 15:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xgtxyus3ucf8msi6ybwdj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/production-of-polish-coronavirus-tests-has-already-begun-11878Poland prolongs all coronavirus restrictionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-prolongs-all-coronavirus-restrictions-11877<p>The Polish government will prolong all restrictions put in place, so far, to fight the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Thursday.</p><article><br></article>Thu, 09 Apr 2020 14:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9bejl6xplqfbdhhrrfbnpk.jpegMorawiecki said that analyses confirm the effectiveness of the strategy applied by the authorities.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-prolongs-all-coronavirus-restrictions-11877Poland’s economy to slowdown but will still see future growth, says World Bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economy-to-slowdown-but-will-still-see-future-growth-says-world-bank-11874<p>The World Bank has forecast a significant slowdown in the Polish economy in 2020.</p>Thu, 09 Apr 2020 13:40:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j6fuaprnn8ijouioz6dv7.jpegWhile predicting recessions for several of Poland’s European neighbours the report also notes that: “Poland has fiscal and monetary space to mitigate the adverse effects of lower global and domestic demand and shield its financially vulnerable populations, potentially leading to a quicker rebound in 2021 and 2022.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economy-to-slowdown-but-will-still-see-future-growth-says-world-bank-11874President swears-in new constitutional judgehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-swears-in-new-constitutional-judge-11872<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday swore-in Bartłomiej Sochański as a Constitutional Tribunal judge, after the Sejm, the lower house of parliament, nominated him for the post on Monday, the Tribunal said in a news release.</p>Thu, 09 Apr 2020 12:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0chu5vfvz2tqa090ultb09.jpegSochański, 65, specialises in human rights, European law and penal commercial law.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-swears-in-new-constitutional-judge-11872Lock-down trims 2 pp from Poland's GDP growth every month - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lock-down-trims-2-pp-from-polands-gdp-growth-every-month---finmin-11871<p>Every month of the national lock-down in the face of the coronavirus threat takes away 2 percentage points from Poland's GDP growth rate, Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 09 Apr 2020 12:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ckzda09yaocujjysarnhbc.jpegAccording to the finance minister, the government may amend its anti-crisis shield, an economic relief programme, as required, even every two or three weeks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lock-down-trims-2-pp-from-polands-gdp-growth-every-month---finmin-11871Polish president appoints new deputy PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-appoints-new-deputy-pm-11870<p>Acting on the motion of the prime minister, Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday appointed Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz Poland's new deputy PM.</p>Thu, 09 Apr 2020 12:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qk32dzejbhie2b6ttqk27g.jpegJadwiga Emilewicz replaced Jarosław Gowin, who resigned his post of deputy PM on Monday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-appoints-new-deputy-pm-11870Cycling king proves he really is a CHAMP by offering frontline COVID-19 fighters apartments for freehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cycling-king-proves-he-really-is-a-champ-by-offering-frontline-covid-19-fighters-apartments-for-free-11868<p>Road racer Michał Kwiatkowski has proven he’s a champ both on and off the track after announcing he will make his flats in Toruń available to health care workers who are fighting the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Thu, 09 Apr 2020 11:44:00 +0200SportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7ro0vkaqupdng44c2jod1.jpegMichał Kwiatkowski said he had “no words to thank healthcare workers” and that he was ‘opening the doors’ to his Toruń apartments for them to use.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cycling-king-proves-he-really-is-a-champ-by-offering-frontline-covid-19-fighters-apartments-for-free-11868Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 5,341https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-5341-11867<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 136 since Wednesday evening and reached 5,341, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another six persons have died.</p>Thu, 09 Apr 2020 10:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gxprwsbgwlfi2mexdy6fn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-5341-11867Lower house passes add-on to relief programmehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-passes-add-on-to-relief-programme-11866<p>The Polish Sejm (lower house) in the early hours on Thursday passed a bill adding support measures to the already introduced PLN 212 bln (EUR 46.81 bln) relief package aimed to defend the Polish economy against the economic fallout of the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Thu, 09 Apr 2020 10:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ssj6m5k0gk8nlhfkchibxk.jpegThe bill was passed with 233 votes in favour, 183 against and 37 abstentions. The legislation now goes to the Senate, the upper house.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-passes-add-on-to-relief-programme-11866Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 5,205https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-5205-11863<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland increased on Wednesday by 205 and reached 5,205, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday evening. The death toll grew by 23 to 159.</p>Wed, 08 Apr 2020 20:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6zywk6u6luuvl6h6exmnh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-5205-11863PM presents 2nd coronavirus shieldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-presents-2nd-coronavirus-shield-11861<p>The government's second coronavirus shield is worth at least PLN 100 billion (EUR 22 billion), which together with the first shield brings the government's aid to enterprises to PLN 320-330 (EUR 70.5-72.7 billion), PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday presenting the plan.</p>Wed, 08 Apr 2020 19:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0v6noromwhea9bws5nrtbbu.jpegMorawiecki said the funding from the second shield will be activated within the coming 2-3 weeks and is expected to help preserve 2-5 million jobs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-presents-2nd-coronavirus-shield-11861Well done, girls! Cooking pals close award-winning restaurant and take up sewing to help local hospital in fight against coronavirushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/well-done-girls-cooking-pals-close-award-winning-restaurant-and-take-up-sewing-to-help-local-hospital-in-fight-against-coronavirus-11855<p>Two restaurant-owning friends are leading a team of Polish women in Britain who are sewing scrubs for medical staff at their local hospital.</p>Wed, 08 Apr 2020 15:42:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nnvxe4hb3ds8qetgl33by2.pngKatarzyna Sitko exchanges her restaurant for a sewing machine to help front-line staff in the UK battle coronavirus. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/well-done-girls-cooking-pals-close-award-winning-restaurant-and-take-up-sewing-to-help-local-hospital-in-fight-against-coronavirus-11855Health Ministry launches virtual coronavirus diagnostic toolhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-ministry-launches-virtual-coronavirus-diagnostic-tool-11853<p>Poland's Health Ministry launched a virtual tool on Wednesday that makes it possible to check for coronavirus disease symptoms and assess the risk of infection.</p>Wed, 08 Apr 2020 15:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cv7qnzi2459rvcint3ttk.jpegPeople who are concerned about their symptoms can receive a quick evaluation of their condition.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-ministry-launches-virtual-coronavirus-diagnostic-tool-11853Poland adds EUR 22 bln to anti-crisis packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-adds-eur-22-bln-to-anti-crisis-package-11851<p>The Polish government will offer at least another PLN 100 bln (EUR 22 bln) to help rescue Polish jobs and businesses, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 08 Apr 2020 15:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ohrp8z17emh38uwlfhf2a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-adds-eur-22-bln-to-anti-crisis-package-11851Poland's Monetary Policy Council cuts all interest rateshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-policy-council-cuts-all-interest-rates-11849<p>Poland's Monetary Policy Council (RPP) cut all the country's interest rates on Wednesday by 50 bps, with the reference rate set at 0.50 bps, RPP said in a statement.</p>Wed, 08 Apr 2020 15:09:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/alaj42odjzdicp6lcpm5os.jpegWednesday's cut brings Poland's interest rates to their lowest levels on record.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-policy-council-cuts-all-interest-rates-11849Jewel of the Commonwealth set to make official comeback after being locked away for over 80 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewel-of-the-commonwealth-set-to-make-official-comeback-after-being-locked-away-for-over-80-years-11847<p>The Jewel of the Commonwealth is set to make an official comeback after being given the thumbs up by Poland’s culture minister.</p>Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:25:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6t7wahpykxijx400qiuvn.pngLast worn in 1939 by pre-war president Ignacy Mościcki the Chain of the Order of the White Eagle is Poland’s oldest and most important award.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jewel-of-the-commonwealth-set-to-make-official-comeback-after-being-locked-away-for-over-80-years-11847EU's top court tells Poland to suspend judicial disciplinary bodyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eus-top-court-tells-poland-to-suspend-judicial-disciplinary-body-11845<p>The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on Wednesday obliged Poland to immediately suspend the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court that was set up by the ruling coalition to take disciplinary measures against judges.</p>Wed, 08 Apr 2020 13:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i4t9629kgnrvogse3qvx8.jpeg"We'll be considering different variants of how to respond to the Court of Justice of the European Union's ruling with regard to the scope it was issued in," PAP was told by Polish Deputy Justice Minister Anna Dalkowska on Wednesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eus-top-court-tells-poland-to-suspend-judicial-disciplinary-body-11845Polska Britannica: Intimate and beautiful photos that lay hidden for over 40 years have premiered inside a powerful documentary albumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polska-britannica-intimately-beautiful-photos-that-lay-hidden-for-over-40-years-turned-into-powerful-new-documentary-album-11843<p>Sat hidden in a drawer for over forty years, photographs taken by Czesław Siegieda documenting the lives of Britain’s Polish community in the late 70s have found themselves the subject of wide acclaim after being released in a lovingly rendered book exploring the life and times of this displaced group.</p>Wed, 08 Apr 2020 11:59:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q1xrwlzxuma04rdgfw3re.jpegShot principally between 1974 and 1981,Czesław Siegieda’s Polska Britannica is a tender, gentle hymn to those that started anew in an alien land.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polska-britannica-intimately-beautiful-photos-that-lay-hidden-for-over-40-years-turned-into-powerful-new-documentary-album-11843Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 5,000https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-5000-11841<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has increased by 152 since Tuesday evening and reached 5,000, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. The death toll grew to 136.</p>Wed, 08 Apr 2020 10:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4pgjruiorsk62lohi6dntn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-5000-11841Financial support for culture sector to reach EUR 882 mln - culture minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/financial-support-for-culture-sector-to-reach-eur-882-mln---culture-min-11840<p>The value of support for the culture sector in Poland amid the coronavirus epidemic may reach even PLN 4 billion (EUR 882.2 mln), almost as much as the culture ministry's annual budget, Culture Minister Piotr Gliński told the Gazeta Polska daily on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 08 Apr 2020 10:12:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e5v1i8m2z68t6egjq6sg.jpegGliński said that the culture sector was one of the first to be affected by restrictions implemented by the government and will probably need much more time to return to its pre-epidemic state.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/financial-support-for-culture-sector-to-reach-eur-882-mln---culture-min-11840Polish PM says his thoughts are with the British peoplehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-says-his-thoughts-are-with-the-british-people-11839<p>"In these difficult days my thoughts and prayers are with all the British people, and especially with @BorisJohnson and his loved ones. Stay strong, my friend," Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.</p>Wed, 08 Apr 2020 09:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0e4h9vberqairvl7z9ztp.jpegMorawiecki tweeted to British people and Boris Johnson.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-says-his-thoughts-are-with-the-british-people-11839Poland's chief rabbi sends greetings on Passoverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-chief-rabbi-sends-greetings-on-passover-11838<p>In a letter marking this year's Pesach, a major Jewish holiday, Poland's chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich wished all the best to all people celebrating the holiday. He admitted that this year's Passover will still be Pesach but will differ from what is expected.</p>Wed, 08 Apr 2020 09:18:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fmwau8j5u3lhbcks43u0sk.jpegSchudrich wished everybody Hag Kaszer We-Sameach, be safe and happy.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-chief-rabbi-sends-greetings-on-passover-11838PAP, GovTech Polska launch #FakeHunter app to fight disinformationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pap-govtech-polska-launch-fakehunter-app-to-fight-disinformation-11836<p>The Polish Press Agency (PAP) and GovTech Polska, the Polish government's technology agency, are launching the #FakeHunter mobile app to fight disinformation about the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Wed, 08 Apr 2020 09:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k2sxm6xjevr1tfauotxi8i.jpegAll verified reports will be included in a special news service linked with the #FakeHunter app.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pap-govtech-polska-launch-fakehunter-app-to-fight-disinformation-11836Polish president, PM and lower house applaud medical staffhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-and-lower-house-applaud-medical-staff-11834<p>Poland today is full of grateful applause for its physicians and medical staff, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Tuesday. He also pledged support for all services employed to combat the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 20:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qragjl3yjqj0ko1sdycyjsm.pngPoland today is full of grateful applause for its physicians and medical staff, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebookhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-pm-and-lower-house-applaud-medical-staff-11834Orlen opens 1st German fuel station under own brandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-opens-1st-german-fuel-station-under-own-brand-11832<p>Poland's PKN Orlen petroleum corporation has opened its first fuel station under the Orlen brand in Germany. In Germany Orlen already operates about 600 stations under the Orlen-Star brand.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 20:32:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k39jmt7sdhzyitqozhmuj.jpegThe first Orlen station is located in Seeberg-Ost near Berlin.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/orlen-opens-1st-german-fuel-station-under-own-brand-11832Poland's GDP to fall by 2.6 pct in 2020 and grow by 3.2 pct in 2021https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-fall-by-26-pct-in-2020-and-grow-by-32-pct-in-2021-11830<p>Poland's economy will drop by 2.6 percent in 2020 and expand by 3.2 percent in 2021, according to the results of a survey conducted by the National Bank of Poland (NBP). Average inflation will reach 3.2 percent in 2020 and 2.5 percent in 2021.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 20:24:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bwveqmj66dseys3sskzbw9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-fall-by-26-pct-in-2020-and-grow-by-32-pct-in-2021-11830Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 4,848https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-4848-11822<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 182 and reached 4,848, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday evening. The death toll grew to 129.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 20:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5k1ojmvkrkuthvk2fi0dn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-4848-11822Over 340,000 aid applications under coronavirus shield - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-340000-aid-applications-under-coronavirus-shield---minister-11828<p>Over 340,000 applications for aid under the government's coronavirus shield have come in so far, Family, Labour and Social Policy Minister Marlena Malag informed on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 20:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver 340,000 aid applications under coronavirus shield - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-340000-aid-applications-under-coronavirus-shield---minister-11828World's biggest aircraft to bring tonnes of protective gear to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-biggest-aircraft-to-bring-tonnes-of-protective-gear-to-poland-11826<p>The Antonov An-225 Mriya, the world's biggest airplane, will bring to Poland 400 tonnes of protective equipment purchased by the country's copper conglomerate KGHM and fuel firm Lotos, KGHM said in a news release on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 20:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/illnjocfzognvfl6gyh8q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/worlds-biggest-aircraft-to-bring-tonnes-of-protective-gear-to-poland-11826Second coronavirus shield will save most jobs - ruling partyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/second-coronavirus-shield-will-save-most-jobs---ruling-party-11823<p>The government's planned second shield against the coronavirus epidemic will be directed where employment is most endangered and should help save most jobs, the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 20:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSecond coronavirus shield will save most jobs - ruling partyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/second-coronavirus-shield-will-save-most-jobs---ruling-party-11823Poland sends disinfectants to Italy and San Marinohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-disinfectants-to-italy-and-san-marino-11820<p>Poland will deliver supplies of disinfectants to Italy and San Marino, as part of aid in combating the coronavirus pandemic, the Polish Ministries of Foreign Affairs and State Assets tweeted on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 16:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/78qyf7jusjahqysa42hqcm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-disinfectants-to-italy-and-san-marino-11820Poland to add EUR 2.43 bln to anti-crisis shieldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-add-eur-243-bln-to-anti-crisis-shield-11818<p>Poland will add measures worth a total of PLN 11 bln (EUR 2.43 bln) to its already introduced PLN 212 bln (EUR 46.81 bln) relief package aimed to defend the Polish economy against the economic fallout of the coronavirus epidemic, a cabinet official has said.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 16:38:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q73jr0c7djxm47um39b0h.jpegThe complementary measures are aimed to protect jobs, said Lukasz Schreiber, head of the Council of Ministers Standing Committee.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-add-eur-243-bln-to-anti-crisis-shield-11818Poland’s most outstanding WWII flying ace sentenced to death by Stalinist kangaroo court 70 years ago todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-most-outstanding-wwii-flying-ace-sentenced-to-death-by-stalinist-kangaroo-court-70-years-ago-today-11816<p><span lang="EN-GB">Seventy</span><span lang="EN-SG">&nbsp;years ago today, Poland’s best World War II ace pilot was sentenced to death by a Communist court.</span></p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 16:31:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8rghzpnu9zg79vpqedy95.jpegStanisław Skalski saw action first in Poland following the outbreak of war, later in Africa, Malta and the UK.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-most-outstanding-wwii-flying-ace-sentenced-to-death-by-stalinist-kangaroo-court-70-years-ago-today-11816Over 92,000 samples tested for coronavirus in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-92000-samples-tested-for-coronavirus-in-poland-11815<p>A total of 92,215 samples have, so far, been tested for coronavirus in Polish laboratories, while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased to 4,532, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xbg109ecf2bcnirc4x6l8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-92000-samples-tested-for-coronavirus-in-poland-11815Extraordinary moment snapper captures incredibly rare albino deer in fields near his homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-moment-snapper-captures-incredibly-rare-albino-deer-in-fields-near-his-home-11812<p>An incredibly rare albino deer has been photographed in south-eastern Poland.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:38:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i31e9dl82of9q4xcepy8u.jpegSnapper Adrian spotted the rare albino deer in the village of Staszęcin, south-east Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/extraordinary-moment-snapper-captures-incredibly-rare-albino-deer-in-fields-near-his-home-11812Health min thanks medical staff for their fight against epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-min-thanks-medical-staff-for-their-fight-against-epidemic-11811<p>On the occasion of World Health Day, Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski thanked on Tuesday health-care workers for their enormous efforts and commitment in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 13:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uewvgpavtj63ixn0mzpc2.jpeg“On the occasion of World Health Day, I offer you my sincere thanks,” Szumowski tweeted.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-min-thanks-medical-staff-for-their-fight-against-epidemic-11811National grid operator PGE Systemy and Nokia create world’s first 5G private networkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-grid-operator-pge-systemy-and-nokia-create-worlds-first-5g-private-network-11807<p>Nokia and PGE Systemy have created the world’s first 5G private network for power grid operators.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:14:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kzy65znli3bc9d0osmwmyd.jpegThe private wireless network will potentially support 15,000-20,000 private radio users as well as wireless connectivity for up to 14 million smart meters.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-grid-operator-pge-systemy-and-nokia-create-worlds-first-5g-private-network-11807Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 4,532https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-4532-11806<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland since Monday evening has increased by 119 and reached 4,532, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. The death toll grew by four to 111.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 10:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 4,532https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-4532-11806Polish MPs pass bill allowing postal vote in presidential electionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mps-pass-bill-allowing-postal-vote-in-presidential-elections-11805<p>Poland's Sejm, lower house, on Monday night passed a bill envisaging postal voting as the only way to cast a vote in the 2020 presidential election, presently scheduled for May 10, as the country struggles with a coronavirus epidemic.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 09:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ohvxneausch6obsjyxzhr.jpegThe bill was backed by 230 MPs of the conservative ruling party Law and Justice (PiS), while 226 MPs of other parties were against and two abstained.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mps-pass-bill-allowing-postal-vote-in-presidential-elections-11805Polish president sends message of support to British PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-sends-message-of-support-to-british-pm-11804<p>President Andrzej Duda, on Twitter on Monday evening, wrote that he wished British Prime Minister Boris Johnson a speedy recovery. Johnson is currently in intensive care in London suffering from coronavirus.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 09:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/im5qvuzc17vhu431025hd.jpeg"My thoughts are with Prime Minister @BorisJohnson and his family at this testing time. I wish him a full and swift recovery," wrote the president in English, late Monday evening.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-sends-message-of-support-to-british-pm-11804Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 4,413https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-4413-11803<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland increased on Monday by 311 and reached 4,413, the Ministry of Health said on Monday evening. The death toll grew by 13 to 107.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 09:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 4,413https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-4413-11803Solidarity Union inspiration for today's epidemic aid - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-union-inspiration-for-todays-epidemic-aid---pm-11802<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki voiced pride on Monday in Poland's medical aid mission in Lombardy, Italy. Morawiecki wrote on Facebook that Poland's 1980s Solidarity Union inspired its will to aid others in face of today's coronavirus epidemic.</p>Tue, 07 Apr 2020 09:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ijph6zd8otmhmgwc0wthch.jpeg"I feel pride in Poland's medical mission in (...) Lombardy. The great Polish Solidarity (Union - PAP) is our inspiration and gives us strength and hope," the PM wrotehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-union-inspiration-for-todays-epidemic-aid---pm-11802Another 212 new coronavirus cases in Poland - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/another-212-new-coronavirus-cases-in-poland---ministry-11801<p>Another 212 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 4,413, the Ministry of Health announced on Monday afternoon.</p>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 18:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAnother 212 new coronavirus cases in Poland - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/another-212-new-coronavirus-cases-in-poland---ministry-11801Polish bulldozer receives 'Oscar of design' awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-bulldozer-receives-oscar-of-design-award-11799<p>The TD-16N caterpillar bulldozer produced in Stalowa Wola, southeastern Poland, has become the first item of construction machinery produced in Poland ever to win the prestigious Red Dot Product Design Award, known as the 'Oscar of design.'</p>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/79kxn959q07wh7m8dqpr8f.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-bulldozer-receives-oscar-of-design-award-11799New Polish Constitutional Tribunal judge electedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-polish-constitutional-tribunal-judge-elected-11797<p>Bartlomiej Sochanski was elected by the Sejm, lower house, as a new judge to Poland's Constitutional Tribunal (TK), in a Monday vote of 234 for, 223 against and two abstentions.</p>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 16:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNew Polish Constitutional Tribunal judge electedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-polish-constitutional-tribunal-judge-elected-11797Rescuers risk lockdown to save lives of THIRTY baby sealshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rescuers-risk-lockdown-to-save-lives-of-thirty-baby-seals-11795<p><span lang="EN-US">Thirty sick or orphaned seal pups are receiving special care in seal hospitals after being rescued on the Baltic coast despite lockdown regulations.</span></p>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 16:34:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ni5y5ia45swz5f2bqlw28.jpegThe young seals were found on the Baltic coast.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rescuers-risk-lockdown-to-save-lives-of-thirty-baby-seals-11795Warsaw’s POLIN museum releases DIY daffodil video to mark anniversary of Ghetto Uprisinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-polin-museum-releases-diy-commemorative-daisies-video-to-mark-anniversary-of-ghetto-uprising-11793<p><span lang="EN-GB">As the 77<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising approaches, the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews has announced plans to take its commemorative activities online in light of the country’s ongoing battle with the coronavirus.</span></p>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 15:58:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/50bbwffltcbwacevgt1si.pngWith mass gatherings suspended, the museum has instead organized a digital campaign that will allow people to print and fold their own commemorative daffodil to wear at home during the lockdown.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaws-polin-museum-releases-diy-commemorative-daisies-video-to-mark-anniversary-of-ghetto-uprising-11793Four times more infections if there were no restrictions - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-times-more-infections-if-there-were-no-restrictions---minister-11791<p>If Poland had not introduced restrictions on movement and self-isolation, there would be now an estimated 16,500 coronavirus cases in the country, four times more than the present figure, Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski said in the lower house on Monday.</p>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 14:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nmf0ys1x6joai1fum8ltma.jpegAccording to Szumowski, Polish laboratories test around 8,000 samples per day, while their daily potential is up to 13,500.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-times-more-infections-if-there-were-no-restrictions---minister-11791Coronavirpuss! Could your cat be the purrfect antidote to COVID-19?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirpuss-could-your-cat-be-the-purrfect-antidote-to-covid-19-11788<p>Having pets at home could increase people’s resistance to coronavirus, according to a Polish doctor working with COVID-19 patients in Spain.</p>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 14:16:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dayhu1dh9meicz3tn03yi.jpegAlthough further research is needed, Polish doctor Sabina Olex-Condo who deals with coronavirus patients in Spain found that people with cats appeared to be more immune than those without.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirpuss-could-your-cat-be-the-purrfect-antidote-to-covid-19-11788Fighting disease… with viruses?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fighting-disease-with-viruses-11786<p>It’s not just misery and despair in this time of COVID-19, and not all viruses want to kill us. We look at new clinical tests ongoing in Wrocław.</p>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 13:51:00 +0200SciencePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/itw866b8mvjlwczae77cui.jpegThe Institute is supported by the Bacteriophage Laboratory, which stores over 600 different phages.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fighting-disease-with-viruses-11786Polish deputy PM resignshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-deputy-pm-resigns-11785<p>Polish Deputy PM Jaroslaw Gowin announced on Monday that he has tendered his resignation. He added his Agreement party remains in the United Right coalition and that his groupings candidate for deputy PM is Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz.</p>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 13:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ogt0d7m0hyrmtxlm38n5.jpegAddressing a press conference, Gowin stated that, at the current moment, "we should all be focused on two things, namely, the fight against coronavirus and the struggle for the Polish economy."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-deputy-pm-resigns-11785Poland's top army commander has recovered from coronavirus - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-top-army-commander-has-recovered-from-coronavirus---mod-11784<p>General Jarosław Mika, the general commander of Poland's armed forces, has recovered from coronavirus and returned to work, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak tweeted on Monday.</p>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 13:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6dz11bhhavkb6113ehrls7.jpegOn March 10, the ministry said that Mika had tested positive for coronavirus after he returned from a military meeting in Germany. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-top-army-commander-has-recovered-from-coronavirus---mod-11784Coronavirus infections to reach peak in May or June - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-infections-to-reach-peak-in-may-or-june---polish-pm-11782<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Monday that the number of coronavirus infections in Poland will reach its peak in May or June, and stated that discipline was what mattered most at this current stage of the coronavirus epidemic.</p>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 11:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3926p7j8twbjh5peblfo6.jpegAddressing the Polish Sejm (lower house), the prime minister said that the government "has been doing everything to prevent the spread of the virus."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-infections-to-reach-peak-in-may-or-june---polish-pm-11782Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 4,201https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-4201-11781<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland since Sunday has increased by 99 and reached 4,201, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. The death toll grew from 94 to 98.</p>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 10:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 4,201https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-4201-11781Nearly EUR 870 mln to support culture in Poland during epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-eur-870-mln-to-support-culture-in-poland-during-epidemic-11780<p>Poland's Culture Ministry is ready to spend up to PLN 4 billion (EUR 869.6 million) to support artists and cultural institutions to cover their financial losses suffered as a result of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, the Gazeta Polska Codziennie has reported.</p>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 09:05:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yjtrfsarrnjoz8100lugl.jpeg"Culture on the Internet" is the first of a package of aid programmes planned by Culture Minister Piotr Gliński, the daily wrote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-eur-870-mln-to-support-culture-in-poland-during-epidemic-11780Over 55,000 Poles return to Poland during Flight Home campaign - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-55000-poles-return-to-poland-during-flight-home-campaign---ministry-11778<p>More than 55,000 Poles returned to the country thanks to the Flight Home operation aimed at repatriating Poles from around the world, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Sunday.</p>Sun, 05 Apr 2020 19:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/einm3ghxs9anhavi8uxc1m.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-55000-poles-return-to-poland-during-flight-home-campaign---ministry-11778Polish city receives protective masks from its Chinese partner cityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-city-receives-protective-masks-from-its-chinese-partner-city-11776<p>The southern Polish city of Kielce has received 12,000 protective masks from Taizhou, its Chinese partner city, announced the mayor of Kielce, Bogdan Wenta.</p>Sun, 05 Apr 2020 19:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish city receives protective masks from its Chinese partner cityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-city-receives-protective-masks-from-its-chinese-partner-city-11776Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 4,102https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-4102-11775<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased to 4,102, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday afternoon. The death toll has increased to 94.</p>Sun, 05 Apr 2020 19:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 4,102https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-4102-11775Lockdown and isolation: the summer a Polish city defeated an outbreak of one of the world’s deadliest diseaseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lockdown-and-isolation-the-summer-a-polish-city-defeated-an-outbreak-of-one-of-the-worlds-deadliest-diseases-11773<p><span lang="EN-GB">The city of Wrocław is in a full lockdown and surrounded by a sanitary cordon. But this is not 2010, it is 1963 and the city has been hit by one of the last outbreaks in Europe of one of the world’s greatest killers; smallpox.</span></p>Sun, 05 Apr 2020 19:12:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y2jzxhn3ce9ca5b2b8hzf.pngMedical staff in protective clothing battle the disease.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lockdown-and-isolation-the-summer-a-polish-city-defeated-an-outbreak-of-one-of-the-worlds-deadliest-diseases-11773Number of tested samples nearing 8,000 per day - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-tested-samples-nearing-8000-per-day---ministry-11772<p>Over forty laboratories across Poland are testing some 7,800 samples per day for the presence of coronavirus, wrote the Polish Health Ministry on Sunday. So far, 80,757 samples have been tested.</p>Sun, 05 Apr 2020 16:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of tested samples nearing 8,000 per day - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-tested-samples-nearing-8000-per-day---ministry-11772Love in a lockdown: Despite being separated by over 2,000km, lovebirds plan to marry onlinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/love-in-a-lockdown-despite-being-separated-by-over-2000km-lovebirds-plan-to-marry-online-11770<p><span lang="EN-GB">The story of a Polish-Turkish couple physically separated by the global coronavirus pandemic is a reminder that love conquers all. Rather than get married this month, they will mark the date together online.</span></p>Sun, 05 Apr 2020 13:18:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9786es5sjywndamszmbjse.jpegMarcin and Guelcin: won’t let the virus get in the way of love.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/love-in-a-lockdown-despite-being-separated-by-over-2000km-lovebirds-plan-to-marry-online-11770Polish fashion app aiming to be big in Korea after striking collaboration agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fashion-app-aiming-to-be-big-in-korea-after-striking-announcing-collaboration-agreement-11768<p><span lang="EN-GB">A fashion app that allows people to find, and buy, the clothes worn on screen during TV shows is set to become a hit in Asia after its developers began cooperating with popular TV shows in Korea.</span></p>Sun, 05 Apr 2020 11:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i8guee5ct7lby6fdvqhmej.jpegSouth Korea bound: Clotify co-founders Mikołaj Krzemiński and Maciej Szurek.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fashion-app-aiming-to-be-big-in-korea-after-striking-announcing-collaboration-agreement-11768Polish officials update action plan to contain epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-officials-update-action-plan-to-contain-epidemic-11766<p>Polish PM's Office head Michal Dworczyk and Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski told a Saturday press conference about the government’s current actions aimed at halting coronavirus spread.</p>Sat, 04 Apr 2020 18:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0vdhz5h3rl9n9yhfd7pzrn.jpegAccording to Szumowski, Poland has bought 1,000 additional ventilators of which 165 have already been delivered.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-officials-update-action-plan-to-contain-epidemic-11766Into the deep blue yonder: 70 years since first Polish chopper took to the skieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/into-the-deep-blue-yonder-70-years-since-first-polish-chopper-took-to-the-skies-11764<p><span lang="EN-GB">Seventy years ago engineer Bronisław Żurakowski made Polish aviation history when he climbed into BŻ-1 GIL, the first experimental helicopter made in Poland, and took it into the skies.</span></p>Sat, 04 Apr 2020 18:02:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f5ongv11p8kd5wds63a6hn.pngAviation pioneer: the first Polish-designed helicopter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/into-the-deep-blue-yonder-70-years-since-first-polish-chopper-took-to-the-skies-11764Coronavirus Diary #6https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-6-11762<p>It’s the Debrief Coronavirus Diary part six, and today we’re keeping it local. Very local…</p>Sat, 04 Apr 2020 17:38:00 +0200LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jjsarhcvt823eyath8ge7.pngJohn Beauchamp locked away in his garden in Żoliborz, Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-diary-6-11762Arm forces: disabled man powers his way across Iceland in epic hand-bike challengehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/arm-forces-disabled-man-powers-his-way-across-iceland-in-epic-hand-bike-challenge-11759<p><span lang="EN-GB">A newly released video has shown the incredible journey of a wheelchair-bound Pole who rode across Iceland on a hand-bike.</span></p>Sat, 04 Apr 2020 15:06:00 +0200SportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oisbo3d66rlvac8itshiu.jpegDariusz Sobczak on the road in Iceland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/arm-forces-disabled-man-powers-his-way-across-iceland-in-epic-hand-bike-challenge-11759Poland wants floral rugs and falconry added to UNESCO heritage listhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-floral-rugs-and-falconry-added-to-unesco-heritage-list-11756<p>The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage submitted a motion to include the tradition of floral rugs made for the Catholic festival of Corpus Christi and falconry on the prestigious UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.</p>Sat, 04 Apr 2020 13:41:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6em3k875sfckzk7lnq94w.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-floral-rugs-and-falconry-added-to-unesco-heritage-list-11756Nearly 73,000 samples tested for coronavirus in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-73000-samples-tested-for-coronavirus-in-poland-11754<p>A total of 72,901 samples have so far been tested for coronavirus in Polish laboratories, while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased to 3,303, the Polish Ministry of Health said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 04 Apr 2020 13:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNearly 73,000 samples tested for coronavirus in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-73000-samples-tested-for-coronavirus-in-poland-11754Return of the penguins: much-loved birds set up shop in Silesiahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/return-of-the-penguins-much-loved-birds-set-up-shop-in-silesia-11751<p><span lang="EN-GB">After a break of over 40 years, penguins have returned to the Silesian Zoo in south-western Poland as part of a project focusing on animals from the polar regions.</span></p>Sat, 04 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rhq5rpb027iuwvr81cvddc.jpegA Humboldt penguin: the type of bird now at the Silesian Zoo.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/return-of-the-penguins-much-loved-birds-set-up-shop-in-silesia-11751Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 3,503https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-3503-11749<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 120 since Friday evening to reach 3,503, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. The death toll has increased by two to 73.</p>Sat, 04 Apr 2020 11:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 3,503https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-3503-11749Russia was ready to co-organise Smolensk observances - Russian MFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-was-ready-to-co-organise-smolensk-observances---russian-mfa-11747<p>The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it had expressed 'full readiness' to co-organise the Polish delegation's official visit to Smolensk and Katyn on April 10 to commemorate the 2010 Smolensk air disaster.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 20:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oe3qejlg8gmhl1fmzhahla.jpegIn the Katyn Forest, Soviet security forces mass-executed 22,000 Polish POWs, mainly army officers, policemen and administration staff.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/russia-was-ready-to-co-organise-smolensk-observances---russian-mfa-11747Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 3,266https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-3266-11746<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 117 since Friday morning to reach 3,266, the Ministry of Health said on Friday afternoon. The death toll has increased by five to 65.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 19:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 3,266https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-rises-to-3266-11746Archbishop Gądecki calls for suspension of political rivalryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archbishop-gadecki-calls-for-suspension-of-political-rivalry-11744<p>Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, the president of the Polish Bishops' Conference (KEP) appealed on Friday to all representatives of political groupings and electoral committees to stop any political competition regarding the presidential elections.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 18:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4jsqull9gchrxo1f68vz9l.jpegGądecki, in his statement issued on Friday, said that "in the social teaching of the Catholic Church, the principal criteria for assessing social life is the principle of the common good."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archbishop-gadecki-calls-for-suspension-of-political-rivalry-11744As Poland’s first proper horror storms to No1 on Netflix, TFN talks to director Bartosz M. Kowalski about his ode to the B-films he grew up withhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-polands-first-proper-horror-storms-to-no1-on-netflix-tfn-talks-to-director-bartosz-m-kowalski-about-his-ode-to-the-b-films-he-grew-up-with-11742<p>Billed as Poland’s first slasher film, W lesie dziś nie zaśnie nikt (Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight) has found itself storming Netflix after its original cinematic premier last month was canned after shutdown measures were introduced to curb the spread of Covid-19.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 17:05:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i77w2julqma18tf3wmrrqv.jpegInstagram sensation Julia Wieniawa puts in a star performance as a bereaved heroine.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/as-polands-first-proper-horror-storms-to-no1-on-netflix-tfn-talks-to-director-bartosz-m-kowalski-about-his-ode-to-the-b-films-he-grew-up-with-11742Surge in Poles' payments by BLIK to continue – payment system operatorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/surge-in-poles-payments-by-blik-to-continue--payment-system-operator-11741<p>Payments by BLIK, a mobile system which allows users to shop without using a card, surged in some sectors by over 200 percent, and the upward trend will likely continue, reported the Polish Payment Standard (PSP) in a press statement on Friday.</p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 15:27:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0oty8jzd08pyvgmht8ps1h.jpegAccording to PSP, in March, the activity of BLIK users increased most in stores selling consumer electronics and household applianceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/surge-in-poles-payments-by-blik-to-continue--payment-system-operator-11741Astonishing story of unsung WWII hero premieres in captivating new documentaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/astonishing-story-of-unsung-wwii-hero-premieres-in-captivating-new-documentary-11739<p><span lang="EN-GB">A film telling the incredible story of Poland’s only undefeated World War Two general is to receive its online premiere this evening.</span></p>Fri, 03 Apr 2020 14:50:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s1jbhfdwuw8ajkyp51gw6u.pngTank commander General Stanisław Maczek’s life is portrayed in the first online screening of the film ‘Invincible. The story of General Stanisław Maczek’ and marks the 128th anniversary of the general’s birth earlier this week.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/astonishing-story-of-unsung-wwii-hero-premieres-in-captivating-new-docu