The First NewsFri, 25 Sep 2020 12:52:09 +0200The show must go on! Locals rally round to save ‘oldest cinema in the world’ from closurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-show-must-go-on-locals-rally-round-to-save-oldest-cinema-in-the-world-from-closure-16052<p>Locals in the city of Szczecin have come together to try and save one of the world’s oldest cinemas from closing down. &nbsp;</p>Fri, 25 Sep 2020 10:47:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7nivkovuqomvsno9jdq1g.jpegThe arthouse Kino Pionier 1907 has officially been operating since 1909, though there are sources showing that it is even older and, as its name suggests, was already there in 1907.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-show-must-go-on-locals-rally-round-to-save-oldest-cinema-in-the-world-from-closure-16052Poland to host world's largest cosmetics fair in Octoberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-host-worlds-largest-cosmetics-fair-in-october-16050<p>Poland will host the next edition of WeCosmoprof, the world's largest cosmetics fair, in October. According to Polish development ministry, the event will provide Polish cosmetics companies with an opportunity to increase their orders. </p>Fri, 25 Sep 2020 10:12:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cu2vt4ercx7jpnyfsu3cu.jpegPoland to host world's largest cosmetics fair in Octoberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-host-worlds-largest-cosmetics-fair-in-october-16050Energa-Operator to build nearly 280 charging stations for electric carshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energa-operator-to-build-nearly-280-charging-stations-for-electric-cars-16048<p>Poland's electricity provider Energa-Operator, in cooperation with local governments, will build approximately 280 charging stations for electric vehicles in Poland, Energa has said in a press release.</p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 21:35:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ammx1bh45699ukbqs9hpsv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energa-operator-to-build-nearly-280-charging-stations-for-electric-cars-16048Poland, Lithuania sign declaration to build Rail Baltica by 2026https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lithuania-sign-declaration-to-build-rail-baltica-by-2026-16046<p>Poland and Lithuania want the Rail Baltica route to link Poland, the Baltic States and Finland by 2026. A declaration to this effect was signed on Thursday in Vilnius by Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk and Lithuanian Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevic.</p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 20:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland, Lithuania sign declaration to build Rail Baltica by 2026https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lithuania-sign-declaration-to-build-rail-baltica-by-2026-16046Poland accedes to Board of Governors of Int'l Atomic Energy Agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accedes-to-board-of-governors-of-intl-atomic-energy-agency-16044<p>Poland has been selected for the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 19:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland accedes to Board of Governors of Int'l Atomic Energy Agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-accedes-to-board-of-governors-of-intl-atomic-energy-agency-16044Poland, Italy favour expanding North-South cooperation - Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-italy-favour-expanding-north-south-cooperation---duda-16042<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda, summing up his two-day official visit to Rome, said Italy is an important partner for Poland and the visit showed both sides' will to further expand international cooperation along the North-South axis.</p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 19:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zgmmuebeucd7huqm2lnm69.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-italy-favour-expanding-north-south-cooperation---duda-16042EC president, V4 leaders discuss migration, Belarus, epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-president-v4-leaders-discuss-migration-belarus-epidemic-16039<p>The migration crisis, the situation in Belarus and measures against the Covid-19 epidemic dominated Thursday talks in Brussels between EC head Ursula von der Leyen and the prime ministers of Visegrad Group (V4) countries Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.</p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6605s5c734idprd5yhiw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-president-v4-leaders-discuss-migration-belarus-epidemic-16039Zombie horror fungus which kills insects and then grows out of their HEADS spotted in local forestshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/zombie-horror-fungus-which-kills-insects-and-then-grows-out-of-their-heads-spotted-in-local-forests-16037<p>This is the horrifying moment a ‘zombie horror’ fungus was photographed bursting out of a wasp’s head.</p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:44:00 +0200ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ef7y7rvmierbxdd5j86z1d.pngCaptured in Baligród Forest District in the Bieszczady Mountains (south-eastern Poland), the hideous images show the moment the fungus bursts out of a wasp’s head. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/zombie-horror-fungus-which-kills-insects-and-then-grows-out-of-their-heads-spotted-in-local-forests-16037Presidential couple pay tribute to fallen Polish troops at Monte Cassinohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-couple-pay-tribute-to-fallen-polish-troops-at-monte-cassino-16035<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda laid flowers on Thursday at the Polish Military Cemetery at Monte Cassino in southern Italy, the site of a 1944 battle in which Polish forces played a key role.</p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/03v5z4jzxuuz0l8km5lrrp2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-couple-pay-tribute-to-fallen-polish-troops-at-monte-cassino-16035PM appoints commissioner for youth policyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-appoints-commissioner-for-youth-policy-16033<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has appointed Piotr Mazurek as the new Government Commissioner for Youth Policy and as an Undersecretary of State in the Prime Minister's Office, the <a href="http://gov.pl/" target="_blank">gov.pl</a> website has announced.</p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/72jnc246i63ishgfdk914.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-appoints-commissioner-for-youth-policy-16033Start-up looking to revolutionise eco-shopping with vending machines to refill plastic bottleshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/start-up-looking-to-revolutionise-eco-shopping-with-vending-machines-to-refill-plastic-bottles-16031<p>A Polish start-up wants to “revolutionise the shopping experience” and cut plastic waste by placing vending-machine style “refill-o-mats” in shops where customers can refill bottles rather than discarding them.</p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kc2453hup11ndgvkkxab5.jpegRather than discarding plastic bottles, customers can use vending-machine style “refill-o-mats” in shops to refill them. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/start-up-looking-to-revolutionise-eco-shopping-with-vending-machines-to-refill-plastic-bottles-16031Poland and Lithuania to improve roads in border regionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-lithuania-to-improve-roads-in-border-regions-16029<p>The governments of Poland and Lithuania will support local authorities in their efforts to improve roads in their border regions, reads a letter of intent signed in Vilnius on Thursday by Ministers Andrzej Adamczyk and Jaroslav Narkevic, who are responsible for transport.</p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 15:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y2g012xvmxlw7k6ik2dsza.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-lithuania-to-improve-roads-in-border-regions-16029Polish army to receive six micro-class drones - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-army-to-receive-six-micro-class-drones---ministry-16027<p>Polish Special Forces will receive six sets of micro-class unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), the Ministry of Defence tweeted on Thursday.</p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 15:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cwrpcqwkste9jfb8o6omy.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-army-to-receive-six-micro-class-drones---ministry-16027V4 will stick to migration principles, Polish PM says after EU meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-will-stick-to-migration-principles-polish-pm-says-after-eu-meeting-16025<p>The regional Visegrad Group (V4) has a clear vision about the migration issue and will stick to its own principles, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said after a meeting of V4 leaders with European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday. </p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ypl9mg7igj5mic68isl5c.jpegV4 will stick to migration principles, Polish PM says after EU meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-will-stick-to-migration-principles-polish-pm-says-after-eu-meeting-16025A daring escape from internment and a treacherous route through sea mines secured the Orzeł submarine’s place in historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-daring-escape-from-internment-and-a-treacherous-route-through-sea-mines-secured-the-orzel-submarines-place-in-history-16021<p>The wartime history of the Polish submarine the Orzeł is one of the most spectacular, daring and improbable stories from the high seas during the Second World War.</p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:22:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o67amld24z9x000fuvt2og.jpegTrapped in the port in Tallinn, the pride of the Polish underwater fleet made an audacious escape under fire, followed by a miraculous journey without navigational aids to Britain in waters infested with German vessels intent on sinking it. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-daring-escape-from-internment-and-a-treacherous-route-through-sea-mines-secured-the-orzel-submarines-place-in-history-16021Aid plan for Belarus well received - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/aid-plan-for-belarus-well-received---polish-pm-16019<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday after a meeting of V4 representatives with EC President Ursula von der Leyen that "we have presented our proposal of an aid plan for Belarus," and added "it has been received very well at this stage." </p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 13:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k0livnm5er0x3d5fnbykv.jpegAid plan for Belarus well received - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/aid-plan-for-belarus-well-received---polish-pm-16019Mastercard offers USD 200,000 to help digitise Polish firmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mastercard-offers-usd-200000-to-help-digitise-polish-firms-16017<p>US payment giant Mastercard will offer a grant of USD 200,000 for the digitisation of Polish small and medium-sized companies, Mastercard announced on Thursday. </p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 12:46:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lfx3qnl39edpoaip7ww5c.jpegMastercard offers USD 200,000 to help digitise Polish firmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mastercard-offers-usd-200000-to-help-digitise-polish-firms-16017Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 82,809https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-82809-16014<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased since Wednesday by 1,136 new infections, a new record number, and reached 82,809, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another 25 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,369.</p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 11:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s8k8tzmgzjhcrl6j34wi5k.jpegNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 82,809https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-82809-16014President delivers speech at UN General Assembly sessionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-delivers-speech-at-un-general-assembly-session-16012<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda took part on Wednesday in the 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75), during which he appealed for a declaration of "global solidarity" to overcome current crises in the world and supported human rights in Belarus. </p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 10:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fupinu6ytsdq9osqi7dpt.jpegPresident delivers speech at UN General Assembly sessionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-delivers-speech-at-un-general-assembly-session-16012Poland to adopt German transformation model for mining industryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-adopt-german-transformation-model-for-mining-industry-16009<p>Poland will adopt a long-term model of transforming its mining industry and departing from its reliance on coal, following the example of Germany, agreed a government delegation and mining unions on Thursday morning after hours of talks. </p>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 10:10:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hay5mva6cedmlxpjgd50b.jpegPoland to adopt German transformation model for mining industryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-adopt-german-transformation-model-for-mining-industry-16009Most Poles favour support for Belarusianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-favour-support-for-belarusians-16007<p>As many as 71 percent of Poles believe their country should support the democratic aspirations of Belarusians while only 20 percent believe Warsaw should remain neutral in Minsk's domestic conflict, according to a survey by the CBOS pollster.</p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 21:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMost Poles favour support for Belarusianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-favour-support-for-belarusians-16007Lukashenko aware his presidency is a problem - presidential aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lukashenko-aware-his-presidency-is-a-problem---presidential-aide-16005<p>The secret inauguration ceremony of Alexander Lukashenko for his sixth term as President of Belarus shows that his presidency is a problem, and Lukashenko is aware of this, presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 21:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yeu0yrys7mjy5y2uoand7i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lukashenko-aware-his-presidency-is-a-problem---presidential-aide-16005Over 400 miners hold underground protesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-400-miners-hold-underground-protest-16003<p>The number of miners of the Polish Mining Group (PGG) holding an underground protest has grown to over 400 according to unionists.</p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 21:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOver 400 miners hold underground protesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-400-miners-hold-underground-protest-16003Non-democratic elections cannot result in recognition of president - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/non-democratic-elections-cannot-result-in-recognition-of-president---pm-16001<p>A non-democratic election cannot result in the recognition of a thus-chosen president, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday, commenting on reports about the swearing in of Belarusian head of state Alexander Lukashenko.</p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 21:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wsd89ah30ynf3jn1cxkb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/non-democratic-elections-cannot-result-in-recognition-of-president---pm-16001Polish defence contractor PGZ to make Patriot missile transportershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-defence-contractor-pgz-to-make-patriot-missile-transporters-15999<p>Jelcz and Wojskowe Zakłady Uzbrojenia (WZU), divisions of the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ), will produce tractor units to transport missiles for Poland's Patriot air defence system, PGZ has announced.</p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 19:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish defence contractor PGZ to make Patriot missile transportershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-defence-contractor-pgz-to-make-patriot-missile-transporters-15999Poland's wholesale sales edge up y/y in August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-wholesale-sales-edge-up-yy-in-august---stats-office-15997<p>The wholesale sales of Poland's trading firms rose by 0.8 percent year on year in August 2020 and went down by 6.9 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 18:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/25lfdloe6iyln5x2d9ldl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-wholesale-sales-edge-up-yy-in-august---stats-office-15997Lukashenko should not be recognised as Belarusian president - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lukashenko-should-not-be-recognised-as-belarusian-president---ministry-15995<p>A president elected in a non-democratic election cannot be recognised as a legal head of state, the Polish Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday responding to earlier reports about the swearing in of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.</p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 18:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ptvliy9oi4nkio3qyo6abf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lukashenko-should-not-be-recognised-as-belarusian-president---ministry-15995Poland's Lewandowski nominated for "UEFA Player of the Year" awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lewandowski-nominated-for-uefa-player-of-the-year-award-15993<p>Polish national team striker Robert Lewandowski, German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (both Bayern Munich) and Belgian Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) are the final three candidates for the "UEFA Player of the Year" award - the European Union announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:03:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b15b3zv4fnufolvqxtw5p8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-lewandowski-nominated-for-uefa-player-of-the-year-award-15993Financial crime fighter named one of top 25 women in FinTechhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/financial-crime-fighter-named-one-of-top-25-women-in-fintech-15991<p><span lang="EN-GB">A crime-busting Polish woman has been named one of the top 25 female leaders in the FinTech industry.</span></p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:57:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/faqqu1e03ml94z4h8czigi.pngJulia Markiewicz, who is the co-founder and COO of Silent Eight, was named in the Financial Technology Report, for her “expert ability to adapt to changing markets, strengthen company procedures, and pilot new initiatives.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/financial-crime-fighter-named-one-of-top-25-women-in-fintech-15991Polish, Italian presidents discuss EU's economy, Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-italian-presidents-discuss-eus-economy-belarus-15989<p>The presidents of Poland and Italy, Andrzej Duda and Sergio Mattarella, on Wednesday discussed the future of the EU economy after the Covid-19 pandemic and the situation in Belarus, head of the Polish President's Office Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP.</p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/42zr3iu289rha4scic1dau.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-italian-presidents-discuss-eus-economy-belarus-15989Polish consumer sentiment up y/y in Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-consumer-sentiment-up-yy-in-september-15987<p>Poland’s consumer sentiment improved in September from its August level as the indicator of current consumer confidence (BWUK) rose by 0.2 percentage points to minus 15.0 points, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:36:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kjfjcahtj7i7xkmilemx8t.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-consumer-sentiment-up-yy-in-september-15987Cargo shipments down 8.4 pct y/y in August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cargo-shipments-down-84-pct-yy-in-august---stats-office-15985<p>Poland's cargo shipments fell in all transport sectors in August 2020 by 8.4 percent year on year to 46.2 million tonnes, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:28:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/blg9176nzwsgqy0wk8yy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cargo-shipments-down-84-pct-yy-in-august---stats-office-15985Poland's auto production up 3.7 pct y/y in August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-auto-production-up-37-pct-yy-in-august---stats-office-15983<p>Poland's passenger car output rose by 3.7 percent year on year in August 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:21:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/upxav7ghjfyu6fqwnirdp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-auto-production-up-37-pct-yy-in-august---stats-office-15983Here it is! Lublin firm says it has world's first effective treatment for COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/here-it-is-lublin-firm-says-it-has-worlds-first-effective-treatment-for-covid-19-15981<p><span lang="EN-GB">Poland is on track to become the first country in the world to have an effective treatment for neutralising the Covid-19 virus after a drug was released for non-commercial clinical trials.</span></p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:09:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dz4uxc415btkzf8yrmd3j.jpegOn show, the first batch of a drug to combat COVID-19 from the plasma of convalescents.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/here-it-is-lublin-firm-says-it-has-worlds-first-effective-treatment-for-covid-19-15981Poland's coal production down by 15.8 pct y/y in August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-coal-production-down-by-158-pct-yy-in-august---stats-office-15979<p>Production of coal in Poland fell by 15.8 percent year on year in August 2020, reaching 4.24 million tonnes, the Central Statistics Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday. </p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:56:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8rlcmtxoghaarj0crj0ym.jpegPoland's coal production down by 15.8 pct y/y in August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-coal-production-down-by-158-pct-yy-in-august---stats-office-15979Masterpieces worth over 7K inherited by Kraków city after being found in dead collector’s flathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/masterpieces-worth-over-7k-inherited-by-krakow-city-after-being-found-in-dead-collectors-flat-15977<p>An art collection of masterpieces worth PLN 716,000 which belonged to a woman who died without heirs has been inherited by the city of Kraków. </p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:40:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kela2pe6vesj1rwwybj39.jpegThe collection, which includes 100 paintings by Polish masters such as Jacek Malczewski, and Jerzy and Wojciech Kossak, was discovered after the woman, who hasn’t been named, passed away in 2011.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/masterpieces-worth-over-7k-inherited-by-krakow-city-after-being-found-in-dead-collectors-flat-15977Poland's unemployment rate at 6.1 percent m/m in August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-61-percent-mm-in-august---stats-office-15975<p>Poland's unemployment remained flat at 6.1 percent m/m in August 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Wednesday. </p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:30:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l4popt7m2b824yc094lmoc.jpegPoland's unemployment rate at 6.1 percent m/m in August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-61-percent-mm-in-august---stats-office-15975Polish president urges EU's self-sufficiency in Covid-19 drugshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-urges-eus-self-sufficiency-in-covid-19-drugs-15972<p>Europe should become self-sufficient in the production of drugs needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Polish President Andrzej Duda said at the infectious diseases agency Spallanzani Institute in Rome on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6idb3ljsayombi1wb1wmic.jpegPolish president urges EU's self-sufficiency in Covid-19 drugshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-urges-eus-self-sufficiency-in-covid-19-drugs-15972Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 81,673https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-81673-15970<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased since Tuesday by 974 new infections and reached 81,673, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another 28 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,344. </p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7ax8x9ya8pwfpqv5vp189.jpegNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 81,673https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-81673-15970New industrial orders down 5.3 pct y/y in August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-industrial-orders-down-53-pct-yy-in-august---stats-office-15967<p>Poland's new industrial orders fell by 5.3 percent year on year in August 2020 after a 0.1 percent year-on-year increase in July, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Wednesday. </p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:40:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wl6rvmwabug12enqfx0ou7l.jpegNew industrial orders down 5.3 pct y/y in August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-industrial-orders-down-53-pct-yy-in-august---stats-office-15967Labour productivity down in January-August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-productivity-down-in-january-august---stats-office-15965<p>Poland's labour productivity in industry fell by 2.7 percent year on year in the first eight months of 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Wednesday. </p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:34:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1jr8wl69oob3deov1v9gwd.jpegLabour productivity down in January-August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-productivity-down-in-january-august---stats-office-15965Debt of Poles grows to EUR 10.6 bln - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/debt-of-poles-grows-to-eur-106-bln---report-15963<p>Poles' debts are growing and total almost PLN 47.8 billion (EUR 10.6 bln), up from PLN 44.8 billion (EUR 9.9 bln) at the end of the previous year, a recent report by the National Debt Register (KRD) said. </p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 10:35:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDebt of Poles grows to EUR 10.6 bln - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/debt-of-poles-grows-to-eur-106-bln---report-15963Polish book and plays at PesText festival in Hungaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-book-and-plays-at-pestext-festival-in-hungary-15960<p>A book by Polish writer Andrzej Stasiuk, translated into Hungarian by Lajos Palfavi, was presented on the first day of the PesText literary festival in Budapest. The festival focuses on literary works of Visegrad Group artists. </p>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 09:37:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wxihgrfpgtdoa47hzq4j.jpegPolish book and plays at PesText festival in Hungaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-book-and-plays-at-pestext-festival-in-hungary-15960Polish presidential couple arrives in Italyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-couple-arrives-in-italy-15958<p>President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda on Tuesday afternoon arrived in Italy for a three-day visit, marking Duda's first foreign trip after his re-election in July.</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ag099ozue8fb0yeayr74ng.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-couple-arrives-in-italy-15958Speedier defence spending hikes a remedy for GDP decline - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/speedier-defence-spending-hikes-a-remedy-for-gdp-decline---official-15956<p>Raising defence spending at a faster pace could compensate for the GDP drop expected in result of the COVID-19 epidemic, National Security Bureau (BBN) head Pawel Soloch said on Tuesday at a conference hosted by the Defence 24 web portal.</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/19b4nyott6x7p85bg0isih.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/speedier-defence-spending-hikes-a-remedy-for-gdp-decline---official-15956Coronavirus impacted politics, military, economy - Polish MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-impacted-politics-military-economy---polish-mod-15954<p>The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on politics, the economy and the military, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said in a pre-recorded video screened on the second day of a Washington-based think-tank's conference on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCoronavirus impacted politics, military, economy - Polish MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-impacted-politics-military-economy---polish-mod-15954No grounds to end Article 7 procedure against Poland, Hungary - EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-grounds-to-end-article-7-procedure-against-poland-hungary---eu-15952<p>Germany's Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth announced on Tuesday that there were no grounds to end the Article 7 procedure against Poland and Hungary. Germany currently holds the rotating six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union.</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7egq5sssy2u5drmfsv8gfd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-grounds-to-end-article-7-procedure-against-poland-hungary---eu-15952Polish FinMin says EU needs union of capital marketshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-finmin-says-eu-needs-union-of-capital-markets-15950<p>Polish Finance Minister Tadeusz Koscinski believes that the EU needs a union of capital markets more than ever before, with its goal being the development of strong European financial markets and brokers that are capable of competing in the international arena.</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/79ph8z6skpstdvgvn55l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-finmin-says-eu-needs-union-of-capital-markets-15950Response from junior coalition member a matter of hours - ruling partyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/response-from-junior-coalition-member-a-matter-of-hours---ruling-party-15948<p>Leader of Law and Justice (PiS) Jaroslaw Kaczynski presented on Monday conditions for the future existence of the United Right coalition to Zbigniew Ziobro, the head of Solidary Poland, a junior coalition member, PAP was told by PiS spokeswoman Anita Czerwinska.</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgResponse from junior coalition member a matter of hours - ruling partyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/response-from-junior-coalition-member-a-matter-of-hours---ruling-party-15948Poland's budget deficit hits EUR 2.96 bln after Augusthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-deficit-hits-eur-296-bln-after-august-15946<p>The budget deficit amounted to PLN 13.3 bln (EUR 2.96 bln) after August, Deputy Finance Minister Piotr Patkowski announced on Tuesday, adding that the data suggest that Poland's economic situation is stabilising.</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 18:54:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's budget deficit hits EUR 2.96 bln after Augusthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-deficit-hits-eur-296-bln-after-august-15946Poland wants EU to support cultivation of protein cropshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-eu-to-support-cultivation-of-protein-crops-15944<p>Poland is among 15 EU signatories of a declaration advocating raised support for protein crop cultivation in the Community, the Polish Agriculture Ministry announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 18:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland wants EU to support cultivation of protein cropshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-eu-to-support-cultivation-of-protein-crops-15944Polish president calls for 'just transformation' of mining industryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-calls-for-just-transformation-of-mining-industry-15942<p>President Andrzej Duda said on Twitter after a meeting with Solidarity trade union leader Piotr Duda on Tuesday that the Polish mining industry should be reformed through a just transformation introduced via social dialogue.</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president calls for 'just transformation' of mining industryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-calls-for-just-transformation-of-mining-industry-15942Opposition party to motion for dismissal of justice ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-party-to-motion-for-dismissal-of-justice-minister-15940<p>The Civic Coalition (KO) has decided to file a motion of no confidence in Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro, KO parliamentary caucus head Borys Budka said on Tuesday. According to Budka, Ziobro "has ruined the Polish system of justice and prosecution."</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x392cgoouxc8pg72dsu57a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-party-to-motion-for-dismissal-of-justice-minister-15940Senate to process new animal protection law in Oct - speakerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-to-process-new-animal-protection-law-in-oct---speaker-15939<p>The Polish upper house, the Senate, will debate the new animal protection law that triggered a serious government crisis after a lower house vote, but likely as late as October 9 due to required amendments, Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/buicji6ib9ne96jek0vmbs.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-to-process-new-animal-protection-law-in-oct---speaker-15939Mortgages up in August 2020 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mortgages-up-in-august-2020---central-bank-15937<p>The total value of outstanding mortgages in August 2020 rose month on month by PLN 1 billion (EUR 222.42 mln) to PLN 481.4 billion (EUR 106.8 billion), the National Bank of Poland (NBP) reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/38velm491d281l97fmglqc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mortgages-up-in-august-2020---central-bank-15937Presidential election result arouses no doubts among most Poles - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-election-result-arouses-no-doubts-among-most-poles---poll-15935<p>The results of the presidential election published by the State Electoral Commission (PKW) do not arouse any doubts among 76 percent of respondents to a CBOS poll. Thirty-seven percent say they are totally reliable and 39 percent say they are rather reliable.</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresidential election result arouses no doubts among most Poles - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-election-result-arouses-no-doubts-among-most-poles---poll-15935August's M3 money supply up - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/augusts-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-15933<p>Poland’s M3 money supply grew in August 2020 by 16.2 percent year on year and by 0.3 percent month on month to PLN 1.74 trillion (EUR 386 billion), the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:36:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4phdlh33rtx4yxvf0xu9dr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/augusts-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-15933The name’s Bond… the Real James Bond! Documents reveal spy called James Bond worked at British Embassy in Warsaw in 1960shttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-names-bond-the-real-james-bond-documents-reveal-spy-called-james-bond-worked-at-british-embassy-in-warsaw-in-1960s-15931<p><span lang="EN-GB">A British secret agent working in Poland during the Cold War was a portly gentleman called James Bond who was “interested in women”, researchers have discovered.</span></p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:15:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sgjxvq7ve8hllrfjg65pe.pngInvestigators at the Institute of National Remembrance found documents showing that the man, whose full name was James Albert Bond, arrived in Warsaw on February 18, 1964. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-names-bond-the-real-james-bond-documents-reveal-spy-called-james-bond-worked-at-british-embassy-in-warsaw-in-1960s-15931Poland's economic situation in September similar to August - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economic-situation-in-september-similar-to-august---report-15929<p>The indicator measuring the condition of the economy in most areas of Poland's economy remains at a similar level or is better in September than in August, the Central Statistical Office said in a report released on Tuesday. </p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:40:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qo4lyuzcmdj4h371w5kfs.jpegPoland's economic situation in September similar to August - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economic-situation-in-september-similar-to-august---report-15929Wroclove doc wins international prize for kissing researchhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclove-doc-wins-international-prize-for-kissing-research-15927<p>A Wrocław scientist has bagged an international prize for her ‘improbable’ research into kissing. </p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:26:00 +0200ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/msrx53bqh0ccyedq0i4nls.jpegThe research published in Nature’s Scientific Reports found that in poorer countries, romantic mouth-to-mouth kissing is more important in long-term relationships.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclove-doc-wins-international-prize-for-kissing-research-15927Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 80,699https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-80699-15925<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased since Monday by 711 new infections and reached 80,699, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another 18 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,316. </p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zmhq648lpqcnhqzyrgc6a.jpegNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 80,699https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-80699-15925EU must take decisive action over Belarus - dep FM for The Independenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-must-take-decisive-action-over-belarus---dep-fm-for-the-independent-15923<p>Poland and the EU need to react immediately to the developments in Belarus after the country's President Alexander Lukashenko repeatedly used brutal force against protesters, Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz wrote in the British daily The Independent. </p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/blnb5s93ydos3h6rxg834g.jpegEU must take decisive action over Belarus - dep FM for The Independenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-must-take-decisive-action-over-belarus---dep-fm-for-the-independent-15923Happy Ending! Twenty years ago today, production of the iconic ‘Maluch’ ended with a series called Happy Endhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/happy-ending-twenty-years-ago-today-production-of-the-iconic-maluch-ended-with-a-series-called-happy-end-15921<p>The legendary Polish Fiat 126p known as the “Maluch” (the little one) ended production in Poland 20 years ago today. </p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:16:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cv7g01kj7g84gccwqu9gzs.jpegDespite its miniscule size, the car fulfilled the dream of Poles struggling under the communist rationing.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/happy-ending-twenty-years-ago-today-production-of-the-iconic-maluch-ended-with-a-series-called-happy-end-15921Happy Ending! Twenty years ago today, production of the iconic ‘Maluch’ ended with a series called Happy Endhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/happy-birthday-little-one-iconic-fiat-126p-known-fondly-as-maluch-little-one-tuns-46-today-6875<p>The legendary Polish Fiat 126p known as the “Maluch” (the little one) ended production in Poland 20 years ago today. </p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:24:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hajsjwi2fcjft9z0yv1uv.jpegDespite its miniscule size, the car fulfilled the dream of Poles struggling under the communist rationing.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/happy-birthday-little-one-iconic-fiat-126p-known-fondly-as-maluch-little-one-tuns-46-today-6875Seventy-one pct of Poles favour enhanced animal protection law - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/seventy-one-pct-of-poles-favour-enhanced-animal-protection-law---poll-15917<p>Seventy-one percent of respondents to a United Surveys poll for the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) daily and RMF FM radio station favour the strengthening of animal protection laws.</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/njxtcja4viat8wc4oxxuqe.jpegSeventy-one pct of Poles favour enhanced animal protection law - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/seventy-one-pct-of-poles-favour-enhanced-animal-protection-law---poll-15917Consumer sentiment down in September - Kantar TNShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/consumer-sentiment-down-in-september---kantar-tns-15915<p>The TNS Consumer Index, which measures the degree of optimism among Polish consumers, fell in September by 2.6 points to minus 17.7 points, according to a survey by researcher Kantar TNS. </p>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgConsumer sentiment down in September - Kantar TNShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/consumer-sentiment-down-in-september---kantar-tns-15915Polish thoroughbreds shine at European Championship for Arabian Horseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-thoroughbreds-shine-at-european-championship-for-arabian-horses-15913<p>Poland's world-renowned Arabian thoroughbreds won four gold, five silver and three bronze medals at the 2020 European Championship for Arabian Horses in Prague, dominating five of the event's seven categories, the Polish Agriculture Ministry announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 21:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish thoroughbreds shine at European Championship for Arabian Horseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-thoroughbreds-shine-at-european-championship-for-arabian-horses-15913Poland for world without domination of some states over others - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-world-without-domination-of-some-states-over-others---president-15911<p>President Andrzej Duda in a debate on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations said that Poland, for the last 75 years through its active participation in the work of the UN, has strived for a world without domination of some countries over other countries.</p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 21:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kw0d186isgpf9klkb8hpn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-for-world-without-domination-of-some-states-over-others---president-15911Polish F-16s to take part in exercise in Baltic airspace - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-f-16s-to-take-part-in-exercise-in-baltic-airspace---ministry-15909<p>Polish F-16 multirole fighter aircraft will participate in the next edition of the Ramstein Alloy aerial training drills organised in airspace over the Baltic countries to improve air policing procedures, the Polish Defence Ministry announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 20:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p2f5iqkv2u5v8i80532a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-f-16s-to-take-part-in-exercise-in-baltic-airspace---ministry-15909Poland's PGNiG to raise gas output in Norway to 0.9 bln m3 in 2021https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-pgnig-to-raise-gas-output-in-norway-to-09-bln-m3-in-2021-15907<p>The PGNiG gas company plans to raise it annual gas production output to 0.9 billion cubic metres in Norway in 2021 after the planned acquisition of two new fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.</p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 19:56:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zhmsiod8iwssgkat12xbv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-pgnig-to-raise-gas-output-in-norway-to-09-bln-m3-in-2021-15907Cop that: Silesian Spiderman arrested in bid to conquer Paris’s second tallest skyscraperhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cop-that-silesian-spiderman-arrested-in-bid-to-conquer-pariss-second-tallest-skyscraper-15905<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Polish daredevil saw his dream of scaling the Tour Montparnasse evaporate after being thwarted mid-run by an emergency crew who had been alerted to his harness-free climb.</span></p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 18:43:00 +0200SportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qwcdpq2d685wfnw1t8qgn.pngDubbed the Silesian Spiderman, Marcin Banot was intercepted half-way through his climb and later placed under arrest by French authorities.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cop-that-silesian-spiderman-arrested-in-bid-to-conquer-pariss-second-tallest-skyscraper-15905Poland, Baltic states join forces on 5G Connected and Automated Mobilityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-baltic-states-join-forces-on-5g-connected-and-automated-mobility-15903<p>Digital Affairs Minister Marek Zagorski and his counterparts from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have signed a memorandum summing up their countries' to-date cooperation in introducing 5G and Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) solutions.</p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland, Baltic states join forces on 5G Connected and Automated Mobilityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-baltic-states-join-forces-on-5g-connected-and-automated-mobility-15903Polish author receives Italian literary awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-author-receives-italian-literary-award-15901<p>Polish author and Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk has received the 'La storia in un romanzo 2020' award at the Italian Pordenonelegge Literary Festival, according to the <a href="http://wroclaw.pl/" target="_blank">Wroclaw.pl</a> web portal.</p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:27:00 +0200News & PoliticsArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g4aq1o72pqebyrqpnz2vs.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-author-receives-italian-literary-award-15901Regional airports record 60 pct decline in passenger traffichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/regional-airports-record-60-pct-decline-in-passenger-traffic-15899<p>Poland's 13 regional airports handled 63 percent fewer passengers in the first half of the year than in the same period in 2019, according to a report by the Polish Regional Airports Association (ZRPL) released on Monday.</p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vjxa6bfo4mdnaiiya3hqg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/regional-airports-record-60-pct-decline-in-passenger-traffic-15899Duda's Italian visit to show solidarity in fight against pandemic - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dudas-italian-visit-to-show-solidarity-in-fight-against-pandemic---aide-15897<p>One of the purposes of Polish President Adndrzej Duda's three-day visit to Italy, due to begin on Tuesday, is to show European solidarity in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the President Office's head Krzysztof Szczerski said on Monday.</p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9n40zydg58dei152k2ljhh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dudas-italian-visit-to-show-solidarity-in-fight-against-pandemic---aide-15897Pick-up artist: the man who knows all about the art of picking mushroomshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pick-up-artist-the-man-who-knows-all-about-the-art-of-picking-mushrooms-7959<p>When the nights get dark early and the temperature drops, Poles love to gather in the forest for one their favourite autumnal pastimes, mushroom picking. The idea of waking up before dawn and trudging off into the middle of dew-covered woods might sound absurd to those from other countries but for many Poles it is the natural thing to do.</p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:40:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3esq4o6f68yj79n5tugmm.jpegThe fungus experience: mushroom picking is cemented in Polish culture.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pick-up-artist-the-man-who-knows-all-about-the-art-of-picking-mushrooms-7959EC opens inquiry into allocation of mobile radio frequencies by Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-opens-inquiry-into-allocation-of-mobile-radio-frequencies-by-poland-15894<p>The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the allocation by the Polish authorities of mobile radio frequencies to telecoms operator Sferia is in line with EU state aid rules.</p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEC opens inquiry into allocation of mobile radio frequencies by Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-opens-inquiry-into-allocation-of-mobile-radio-frequencies-by-poland-15894France's Iliad bids for 100 pct in Polish mobile phone operator Playhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/frances-iliad-bids-for-100-pct-in-polish-mobile-phone-operator-play-15892<p>French telecoms group Iliad is bidding for 100 pct of Polish peer Play Communications at PLN 39 per share, Play and Iliad said in separate press releases on Monday.</p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 14:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a5ywra10r2nyc7v7yqwrt.jpegFrance's Iliad bids for 100 pct in Polish mobile phone operator Playhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/frances-iliad-bids-for-100-pct-in-polish-mobile-phone-operator-play-15892Retail sales likely to grow by ca. 5 pct in September - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-likely-to-grow-by-ca-5-pct-in-september---ministry-15889<p>Poland's retail sales are likely to go up by around 5 percent year on year in September 2020, according to Development Ministry analysts. </p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:49:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lddd45fpd9ix24rlvvx42.jpegRetail sales likely to grow by ca. 5 pct in September - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-likely-to-grow-by-ca-5-pct-in-september---ministry-15889Warsaw Stock Exchange poised for majority purchase of Armenia’s Securities Exchangehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-stock-exchange-poised-for-majority-purchase-of-armenias-securities-exchange-15887<p>The Warsaw Stock Exchange (GPW) has agreed the purchase of a majority interest in the Armenia Securities Exchange (AMX) from the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA). </p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:23:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mxl4523i5eb7b6w7gw8w6p.jpegThe purchase, made from the Central Bank of Armenia, would see the Warsaw Stock Exchange take a 65% interest in the Armenia Securities Exchange.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-stock-exchange-poised-for-majority-purchase-of-armenias-securities-exchange-15887Poland's construction output down in August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-construction-output-down-in-august---stats-office-15884<p>Poland's construction output decreased by 12.1 percent year on year in August 2020 and fell by 3.5 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday. </p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:09:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kuqxelkkr8sanmm2tvn6h.jpegPoland's construction output down in August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-construction-output-down-in-august---stats-office-15884Housing starts down y/y in July - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/housing-starts-down-yy-in-july---stats-office-15881<p>Housing starts in Poland fell by 0.3 percent year on year and by 10.3 percent month on month in August 2020, to 19,460 units, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday. </p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:01:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/djx89732alh9d6mfszhp7r.jpegHousing starts down y/y in July - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/housing-starts-down-yy-in-july---stats-office-15881Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 79,988https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-79988-15879<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased since Sunday by 748 new infections and reached 79,988, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another five persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,298. </p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sqaz5hdztshaxvanqcot1j.jpegNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 79,988https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-79988-15879Retail sales up 0.5 pct y/y in August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-05-pct-yy-in-august---stats-office-15877<p>Poland's retail sales increased in real terms by 0.5 percent year on year and fell by 2.4 percent month on month in August 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday. </p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales up 0.5 pct y/y in August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-05-pct-yy-in-august---stats-office-15877EU migration and asylum policy needs new opening - Polish officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-migration-and-asylum-policy-needs-new-opening---polish-official-15875<p>Poland's Permanent Representative to the EU Andrzej Sadoś wrote in an article titled "Towards a balanced EU migration policy" and published by Euractiv that "we need a fresh start in EU migration and asylum policy." </p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/abfbo1bl4wcu1cmkj7xkv.jpegEU migration and asylum policy needs new opening - Polish officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-migration-and-asylum-policy-needs-new-opening---polish-official-15875Three presidents call on EU to enlarge aid package for Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-presidents-call-on-eu-to-enlarge-aid-package-for-belarus-15872<p>The presidents of Poland, Lithuania, and Romania have appealed to the EU to enlarge its aid package designed to help a democratic economic transformation of Belarus. </p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 10:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qaf0igcy6i81oi7kw0at6w.jpegThree presidents call on EU to enlarge aid package for Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-presidents-call-on-eu-to-enlarge-aid-package-for-belarus-15872British author of book about Polish WWII hero visits Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-author-of-book-about-polish-wwii-hero-visits-warsaw-15870<p>British journalist and writer Jack Fairweather, who visited Warsaw to promote his book "The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero Who Infiltrated Auschwitz," noted that the first reports about the horrors in Auschwitz were prepared by Witold Pilecki. </p>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 09:18:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c4n6plplf7w8x9ejvxwg9.jpegBritish author of book about Polish WWII hero visits Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-author-of-book-about-polish-wwii-hero-visits-warsaw-15870Motorcyclists from Poland manifest solidarity with Belarusianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/motorcyclists-from-poland-manifest-solidarity-with-belarusians-15868<p>Motorcyclists from all over Poland gathered near the Polish-Belarusian border crossing in Kuznica, eastern Poland, on Sunday, to display their solidarity with the Belarusian people.</p>Sun, 20 Sep 2020 20:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMotorcyclists from Poland manifest solidarity with Belarusianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/motorcyclists-from-poland-manifest-solidarity-with-belarusians-15868Solidarity mining branch announces state of strike readinesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-mining-branch-announces-state-of-strike-readiness-15867<p>The Solidarity union's mining and energy branch has announced a state of strike readiness due to mounting threats to the country's energy and mining sectors, Jaroslaw Grzesik, head of the union's Mining and Energy Secretariat, stated on Saturday.</p>Sun, 20 Sep 2020 19:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSolidarity mining branch announces state of strike readinesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-mining-branch-announces-state-of-strike-readiness-15867Conflict over animal bill vote only a catalyst - ruling party officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/conflict-over-animal-bill-vote-only-a-catalyst---ruling-party-official-15865<p>Head of the Law and Justice (PiS) Executive Committee Krzysztof Sobolewski has told PAP that the conflict in the United Right was not the result of the amended animal protection bill but was rather 'a catalyst or a litmus paper' of the current situation in the coalition.</p>Sun, 20 Sep 2020 18:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgConflict over animal bill vote only a catalyst - ruling party officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/conflict-over-animal-bill-vote-only-a-catalyst---ruling-party-official-15865Poland takes two medals at European Canoe Slalom Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-two-medals-at-european-canoe-slalom-championships-15863<p>Poland has won two bronze medals at this year's European Canoe Slalom Championships which ended in Prague on Sunday.</p>Sun, 20 Sep 2020 18:12:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2mgzu6wmo3k1ogvjbprva1j.jpegThird placed Grzegorz Hedwig, Kacper Sztuba and Szymon Zawadski of Poland celebrate on podium after the men's Canoe (C1) team final at the Canoe Slalom European Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, 20 September 2020. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-takes-two-medals-at-european-canoe-slalom-championships-15863Ruling on animal law will reflect welfare of animals and farmers - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-on-animal-law-will-reflect-welfare-of-animals-and-farmers---president-15861<p>President Andrzej Duda said on Sunday that in his decision on a new animal rights protection law he will take into account the welfare of both animals and farmers.</p>Sun, 20 Sep 2020 18:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRuling on animal law will reflect welfare of animals and farmers - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-on-animal-law-will-reflect-welfare-of-animals-and-farmers---president-15861No place, no home: famous Polish museum in Switzerland faces eviction from castle homehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-place-no-home-famous-polish-museum-in-switzerland-faces-eviction-from-castle-home-15858<p><span lang="EN-GB">For 150 years the Polish Museum in Rapperswil, Switzerland, has been a haven for Poles abroad and an unexpected source of Polish memorabilia and artwork. But with the local authorities wanting the museum out of the medieval Rapperswil Castle it will now have to look for a new home.</span></p>Sun, 20 Sep 2020 17:47:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6q2r0stsbnjezxeoyqo6tf.jpegHome fit for a museum: Castle Rapperswil in Switzerland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-place-no-home-famous-polish-museum-in-switzerland-faces-eviction-from-castle-home-15858Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 79,240https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-79240-15856<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased since Saturday by 910 new infections and reached 79,240, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday morning. Another 11 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,293.</p>Sun, 20 Sep 2020 15:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5dc4cq3g0nl2vulw4thfxw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-79240-15856Warsaw to commemorate WWII Katyn massacre victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-commemorate-wwii-katyn-massacre-victims-15854<p>The 13th Katyn March of Shadows to honour thousands of Polish POWs and others killed by the Soviet NKVD during World War II will start at 3 pm at the Polish Army Museum and proceed through the streets of central Warsaw.</p>Sun, 20 Sep 2020 15:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWarsaw to commemorate WWII Katyn massacre victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-commemorate-wwii-katyn-massacre-victims-15854That’s the spirit: first Polish Orthodox Church built in a 100 years opens its doors to the faithfulhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thats-the-spirit-first-polish-orthodox-church-built-in-a-100-years-opens-its-doors-to-the-faithful-15852<p><span lang="EN-GB">The first Polish Orthodox church to open in Warsaw in a 100 years opened its doors on September 20. The Hagia Sophia Church was consecrated by Archbishop of Warsaw Sawa, Metropolitan of All Poland.</span></p>Sun, 20 Sep 2020 14:29:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ymwfi9kf2dm4zkko0mjud5.jpegThe church is blessed by Archbishop of Warsaw and Metropolitan of All Poland Sawa.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thats-the-spirit-first-polish-orthodox-church-built-in-a-100-years-opens-its-doors-to-the-faithful-15852UK honours daring Polish agent who became Churchill’s favourite spyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uk-honours-daring-polish-agent-who-became-churchills-favourite-spy-15850<p><span lang="EN-GB">Winston Churchill’s favourite spy Krystyna Skarbek has finally been officially remembered in the United Kingdom by the unveiling of a commemorative Blue Plaque in her honour.</span></p>Sun, 20 Sep 2020 11:38:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7wf0ok7v6fimk0isyksvq.jpegThe daring agent and the inspiration behind the Bond character Vesper Lynd.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uk-honours-daring-polish-agent-who-became-churchills-favourite-spy-15850Axe you like it: ancient chopper handed to museum by anonymous donorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/axe-you-like-it-ancient-chopper-handed-to-museum-by-anonymous-donor-15848<p><span lang="EN-GB">A museum in the south east of Poland has hit the news after receiving an anonymous package containing historical artefacts unearthed by local treasure hunters, among them, an axe believed to date from the 10th or 11th century.</span></p>Sat, 19 Sep 2020 18:36:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zosxspjxsqnkz6ql1nx91f.jpegThe axe dates back around a 1,000 years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/axe-you-like-it-ancient-chopper-handed-to-museum-by-anonymous-donor-15848Pole takes bronze in European Canoe Slalom Championshipshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-takes-bronze-in-european-canoe-slalom-championships-15846<p>Polish canoeist Mateusz Polaczyk of the Zawisza Bydgoszcz team took bronze in the K1 Men's Kayak classification at this year's European Canoe Slalom Championships in Prague on Saturday.</p>Sat, 19 Sep 2020 15:12:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/krv5rkv4npo62cwsftlr36.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-takes-bronze-in-european-canoe-slalom-championships-15846Fundraisers campaign to buy rubbish-collecting pensioner new carhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fundraisers-campaign-to-buy-rubbish-collecting-pensioner-new-car-15842<p><span lang="EN-GB">Internet users have started a fundraising campaign to buy an SUV for a retired post office worker who has cleared hundreds of tonnes of rubbish from forests and lakes for years.</span></p>Sat, 19 Sep 2020 13:17:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1e1g89flrb2lq1oydrfu.pngTaking in the trash: Waldemar Woźniak gets to work clearing rubbish.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fundraisers-campaign-to-buy-rubbish-collecting-pensioner-new-car-15842Polish PM condemns use of "child hostages" in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-condemns-use-of-child-hostages-in-belarus-15840<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki expressed indignation on Twitter on Saturday at the news that Belarusian authorities had taken a child away from pro-democracy activists and put him in care.</p>Sat, 19 Sep 2020 13:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7ru1asonxwy06z3o5aqro0n.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-condemns-use-of-child-hostages-in-belarus-15840Remembering the Polish anti-Soviet independence movement founded 75 years agohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remembering-the-polish-anti-soviet-independence-movement-founded-75-years-ago-15838<p>We take a look at the Freedom and Independence movement formed to combat Soviet terror in Poland following World War 2.</p>Sat, 19 Sep 2020 11:52:00 +0200HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/503x3krou08rydo0sdp4a.jpegHaving suffered so much during the years of German occupation, when World War II was officially over, Poland was again under foreign domination and the country was in the grip of Soviet terror.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remembering-the-polish-anti-soviet-independence-movement-founded-75-years-ago-15838Nazi horror camp for Polish children: new book reveals 'heart-breaking' accounts from survivors of the camp in Łódź that postwar Germany tried to hush uphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/camp-of-horror-the-little-known-history-of-a-nazi-camp-just-for-children-15836<p><span lang="EN-GB">Instead of cuddles and bedtime stories, Polish children as young as two would hear “<em>Achtung! Raus! Polnische Schweine!”</em> barked at them by degenerate German guards who treated them like animals.</span></p>Sat, 19 Sep 2020 11:36:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fuz6w5jbw8ehhp48c5qvbk.jpegCamp commandant SS-Sturmbannführer Karl Ehrlich reviews new arrivals. He is remembered by survivors as cold and cruel.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/camp-of-horror-the-little-known-history-of-a-nazi-camp-just-for-children-15836Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 78,330https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-78330-15834<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased since Friday by a daily record of 1,002 new infections and reached 78,330, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another 12 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,282.</p>Sat, 19 Sep 2020 11:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qc5jy54gtkpt6mxloxcte.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-78330-15834Polish FM vows continued support for Belarus at HRC's special sessionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-vows-continued-support-for-belarus-at-hrcs-special-session-15832<p>Poland will continue to support Belarusian society in its pursuit of the full use of fundamental freedoms and its determination to live in a democratic country, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau told the UN Human Rights Council's Friday debate on Belarus.</p>Sat, 19 Sep 2020 09:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish FM vows continued support for Belarus at HRC's special sessionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-vows-continued-support-for-belarus-at-hrcs-special-session-15832A free, democratic Belarus vital for European welfare, security - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-free-democratic-belarus-vital-for-european-welfare-security---pm-15831<p>A free, democratic Belarus is a vital element of European welfare and security, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Friday. He also announced a Polish-Lithuanian action plan for Belarus, torn by mass protests since August amid election-rigging allegations</p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 20:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nr3lny4aeio3v37ouhz5.jpeg“Soon I will present our joint plan for Belarus,” Morawiecki wrote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-free-democratic-belarus-vital-for-european-welfare-security---pm-15831US ambassador hails Polish-US military cooperation ratification billhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-hails-polish-us-military-cooperation-ratification-bill-15830<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher, addressing Polish Defence Ministry Mariusz Błaszczak in a Friday tweet, praised their joint efforts leading to the conclusion of the new Polish-US Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).</p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 20:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9weqr8rew8al4m1lh8wf5f.jpegOn Thursday Poland's Sejm, lower house, passed a law empowering the president to ratify the new Polish-American military cooperation deal, which foresees an increase in the number of US soldiers stationed in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-hails-polish-us-military-cooperation-ratification-bill-15830Two’s company: the lure of Toruń and Bydgoszczhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/twos-company-the-lure-of-torun-and-bydgoszcz-15827<p>A tale of two cities: Bydgoszcz and Toruń are medieval trading centres and also modern and bustling hubs of culture, tourism, and art. Although often considered at odds with each other, the two neighbouring cities have both a rich history and a more modern face to offer to visitors, each with their own twist.</p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 19:56:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wl0i8f12waq4vij6p3dge3.jpegCity of water: rivers and canals run through Bydgoszcz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/twos-company-the-lure-of-torun-and-bydgoszcz-15827Polish films screened at Busan International Film Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-films-screened-at-busan-international-film-festival-15825<p>Two films by Polish producers, 'I Never Cry' by Piotr Domalewski and 'Quo vadis, Aida?' by Ewa Puszczyńska, were selected for screening at the 25th Busan International Film Festival held on October 21-30 in Busan, South Korea.</p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:38:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oiyzs60c7xcpdiia1n7fvi.jpegEwa Puszczyńska, the producer of film 'Quo vadis, Aida?', selected for screening at the 25th Busan International Film Festival.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-films-screened-at-busan-international-film-festival-15825EC vice-president expresses optimism over Poland's energy transitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-vice-president-expresses-optimism-over-polands-energy-transition-15824<p>European Commission (EC) Vice-President Frans Timmermans has told a Polish daily that a transition, which is to offer a development prospect to regions based on coal, should be prepared now and that, with regard to this issue, he was optimistic about Poland.</p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m32uv6qan9ip5u4gapg64.jpegTimmermans expressed his conviction that the Polish people had already started to understand what the dependence on coal meant for air and health, and what price had to be paid for this.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-vice-president-expresses-optimism-over-polands-energy-transition-15824Polish president mulling Belarus sanctions - Lithuanian presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-mulling-belarus-sanctions---lithuanian-president-15823<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda is considering imposing national sanctions on Belarus, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Friday after a telephone conversation with his Polish counterpart.</p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish president mulling Belarus sanctions - Lithuanian presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-mulling-belarus-sanctions---lithuanian-president-15823The price is right: international auction house adopts Polish algorithm to track trending artistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-price-is-right-international-auction-house-adopts-polish-algorithm-to-track-art-prices-15820<p><span lang="EN-GB">An international chain of auction houses has adopted an algorithm devised by a Polish family that helps price the work of young and lesser-known artists.</span></p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:23:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9awo5gburor1rgdkldjv2j.jpegCelina Imielińska, co-Founder and partner at Art Data Laboratories LLC.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-price-is-right-international-auction-house-adopts-polish-algorithm-to-track-art-prices-15820Poland's September industrial output may rise by up to 8 pct - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-september-industrial-output-may-rise-by-up-to-8-pct---ministry-15819<p>Poland's economic output will most likely see an 8-percent year-on-year increase in September, the Development Ministry wrote on Tuesday.</p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:54:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's September industrial output may rise by up to 8 pct - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-september-industrial-output-may-rise-by-up-to-8-pct---ministry-15819Ruling party suspends 15th member over animal bill votehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fourteen-ruling-party-members-suspended-15817<p>Kazimierz Moskal, deputy chair of the Sejm (lower house) Education, Science and Youth Affairs Committee, is the 15th member of ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) to be suspended for voting against new animal protection laws, PiS MP Krzysztof Sobolewski said on Friday.</p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/13me99ysg1sgorkcn89kat.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fourteen-ruling-party-members-suspended-15817President extends wishes to Jewish community on Rosh Hashanahhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-extends-wishes-to-jewish-community-on-rosh-hashanah-15815<p>Polish President Andrzej Dude extended his best wishes on Friday to the country's Jewish community on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah, New Year in the Jewish calendar.</p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident extends wishes to Jewish community on Rosh Hashanahhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-extends-wishes-to-jewish-community-on-rosh-hashanah-15815Poland calls for “EUR-1 billion” fund to help Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-calls-for-eur-1-billion-fund-to-help-belarus-15813<p><span lang="EN-GB">Poland has called for the EU to establish a EUR-1 billion stabilisation fund to help neighbouring Belarus.</span></p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qr49kugo5zdcc093e6x3v.jpegMorawiecki made the call for the fund while visiting Lithuania.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-calls-for-eur-1-billion-fund-to-help-belarus-15813Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 77,328https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-77328-15811<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 757 since Thursday and reached 77,328, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another 17 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,270.</p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ocbdqx0o5mojoc0vy2erld.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-77328-15811Poland's industrial production up 1.5 pct y/y in August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-15-pct-yy-in-august---stats-office-15809<p>Poland's industrial output rose by 1.5 percent year on year in August 2020, after a 1.1-percent increase year on year in July, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:22:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/exzxswqpo661trwdw62l4v.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-15-pct-yy-in-august---stats-office-15809Minority cabinet or early election a possibility - party officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/minority-cabinet-or-early-election-a-possibility---party-official-15807<p>Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) caucus head Ryszard Terlecki stated on Friday morning that if nothing changes in the situation which occurred yesterday, there is a possibility of a minority cabinet or early parliamentary elections.</p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMinority cabinet or early election a possibility - party officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/minority-cabinet-or-early-election-a-possibility---party-official-15807Parliament passes ratification bill for Polish-US military cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliament-passes-ratification-bill-for-polish-us-military-cooperation-15805<p>Poland's Sejm (lower house) passed a law on Thursday empowering the president to ratify a Polish-American military cooperation agreement, which foresees an increase in the number of US soldiers stationed in Poland.</p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgParliament passes ratification bill for Polish-US military cooperationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliament-passes-ratification-bill-for-polish-us-military-cooperation-15805Parliament adopts bill changing Poland's animal protection lawshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliament-adopts-bill-changing-polands-animal-protection-laws-15803<p>The Sejm (lower house) on Thursday night adopted amendments to Polish animal protection laws, including a ban on fur breeding and restrictions on ritual slaughter.</p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wzwhvzomqr99gzugkllbo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/parliament-adopts-bill-changing-polands-animal-protection-laws-15803Krakow Airport to have new flight connection to Luxembourghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-to-have-new-flight-connection-to-luxembourg-15801<p>As of November 30, Krakow Airport, in southern Poland, will have a new connection to Luxembourg. It will be launched by Luxair Luxembourg Airlines, a new carrier at the airport.</p>Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ca614sk4ah8d0hq5aww3r8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-to-have-new-flight-connection-to-luxembourg-15801New Polish visa procedures allow easier entry for Belarusianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-polish-visa-procedures-allow-easier-entry-for-belarusians-15799<p>From Thursday, Belarusians will be allowed to enter Poland via visas issued for tourist purposes and by those issued for participation in the Poland.Business Harbour programme, according to a new Ministry of Interior and Administration regulation.</p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e7qobaxfgkmssasxa0c2q7.jpegGrodecki noted in the interview with PAP that, in accordance with sanitary recommendations, all persons entering Poland from Belarus will be required to undergo quarantine. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-polish-visa-procedures-allow-easier-entry-for-belarusians-15799Differences stall ruling coalition's animal protection talkshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/differences-stall-ruling-coalitions-animal-protection-talks-15796<p>The ruling United Right (ZP) coalition has suspended talks on a proposed new animal protection law over differences between the coalition parties, Sejm (lower house) speaker Ryszard Terlecki said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mzpgt0xbntbd5tebbhpgij.jpegTerlecki (R) said that PiS and United Right MPs who fail to vote according to the party's instructions will be suspended in their membership and deprived of all currently held government posts.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/differences-stall-ruling-coalitions-animal-protection-talks-15796Polish-Lithuanian consultations focus on Belarus, securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-consultations-focus-on-belarus-security-15793<p>The situation in Belarus, regional and transatlantic security, economic cooperation and cooperation on the EU forum were among the topics of the first Polish-Lithuanian intergovernmental consultations that took place in Vilnius on September 16-17</p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sc1p65lsqy8fn5m90qalua.jpegNoting the significant support of Poland and Lithuania for Belarusian society and assistance to the victims of repression in that country, Minister Szynkowski vel Sęk declared that Warsaw and Vilnius would continue to cooperate closely in this area.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-consultations-focus-on-belarus-security-15793US ambassador honours Polish soldiers fighting against WWII Soviet invadershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-honours-polish-soldiers-fighting-against-wwii-soviet-invaders-15792<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher paid tribute on Thursday to Polish soldiers fighting against the Red Army on September 17, 1939, as Poland marked 81 years since the Soviet invasion.</p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:29:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zixaartzkfhngfdrk72ae.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-honours-polish-soldiers-fighting-against-wwii-soviet-invaders-15792Picture this: Warsaw’s famed Caricature Museum hits 42https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/picture-this-warsaws-famed-caricature-museum-hits-42-15789<p>Warsaw’s Caricature Museum, the only one in Poland and one of only 50 in the world, celebrates its 42nd anniversary this week.</p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:08:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sjt7ngny29fpojc3kqthw.jpegThe Caricature Museum has been entertaining visitors for 42 years.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/picture-this-warsaws-famed-caricature-museum-hits-42-15789EUR 18.9 bln for Poland by end-2022 in EU recovery deal - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-189-bln-for-poland-by-end-2022-in-eu-recovery-deal---ec-15787<p>Poland will receive EUR 18.9 billion in subsidies from the EU post-pandemic recovery package in the years 2021-2022 and an additional EUR 4.1 in 2023, the latter figure ultimately depending on the country's unemployment rates, the European Commission (EC) has said.</p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEUR 18.9 bln for Poland by end-2022 in EU recovery deal - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-189-bln-for-poland-by-end-2022-in-eu-recovery-deal---ec-15787Polish, US ambassadors to EU discuss nuclear energy policy in Brusselshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-ambassadors-to-eu-discuss-nuclear-energy-policy-in-brussels-15783<p>Polish ambassador to the EU Andrzej Sados and his US counterpart Ronald Gidwitz held talks on Thursday in Brussels during which they discussed, among other issues, nuclear energy, EU energy policy as well as the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.</p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, US ambassadors to EU discuss nuclear energy policy in Brusselshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-ambassadors-to-eu-discuss-nuclear-energy-policy-in-brussels-15783EP adopts resolution on rule of law in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ep-adopts-resolution-on-rule-of-law-in-poland-15781<p>The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution stating the progressing deterioration of the rule of law in Poland.</p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEP adopts resolution on rule of law in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ep-adopts-resolution-on-rule-of-law-in-poland-15781Polish, Lithuanian PMs sign strategic partnership agreementhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-pms-sign-strategic-partnership-agreement-15778<p>The Polish and Lithuanian prime ministers, Mateusz Morawiecki and Saulius Skvernelis, signed a declaration during inter-governmental consultations on Thursday concerning a Polish-Lithuanian strategic partnership.</p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k4o89iefssmzxhlkom05k.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-pms-sign-strategic-partnership-agreement-15778The Magic of Polish Literature... in Englishhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-magic-of-polish-literature-in-english-523<p>When I first Marek Kazmierski it was to talk about his first EVER translation of Jan Brzechwa's 'Akademia Pana Kleksa' into English - but as it turned out he's on a one man mission to bring Polish literature classics to the wider world! Discover his passion and dedication in this special episode of Heart of Poland.</p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:21:00 +0200LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hpdlgwlrq6p4q0yhqp6fnl.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-magic-of-polish-literature-in-english-523Polish, Lithuanian PMs sign declaration on Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-pms-sign-declaration-on-belarus-15776<p>The Polish and Lithuanian prime ministers, Mateusz Morawiecki and Saulius Skvernelis, signed a declaration in Vilnius on Thursday stating that the two countries' support the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Belarus.</p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bhkvrfu676izuzt3wckuif.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-pms-sign-declaration-on-belarus-15776Polish HICP inflation up by 3.7 pct y/y in August - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-37-pct-yy-in-august---eurostat-15775<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) rose by 3.7 percent year on year in August 2020, against a 3.7 percent increase a month earlier, Eurostat, the European Union's statistics office, reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:34:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish HICP inflation up by 3.7 pct y/y in August - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-37-pct-yy-in-august---eurostat-15775Poland's average corporate wage up in August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-corporate-wage-up-in-august---stats-office-15773<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 4.1 percent year on year to PLN 5,337.65 (EUR 1,198.8) in August 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:29:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7wve2vkobycbt6u7pp42j.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-corporate-wage-up-in-august---stats-office-15773Snow time: computer winter survival game draws upon real-life experiences of Arctic explorerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snow-time-computer-winter-survival-game-draws-upon-real-life-experiences-of-arctic-explorer-15771<p><span lang="EN-US">A Kraków-based video game developer has created a winter survival game based upon the real-life experiences of a Polish polar explorer.</span></p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:01:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wshn2t3n3nlqbcn8v5aeo.jpegSurvival game. Competitors have to battle the bitter elements to survive.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snow-time-computer-winter-survival-game-draws-upon-real-life-experiences-of-arctic-explorer-15771Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 76,571https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-76571-15769<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 837 since Wednesday and reached 76,571, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another 16 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,253.</p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h7bgfr4gemqv63j9ettgr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-76571-15769Prosecutors file for arrest of air controllers over Smolensk disasterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prosecutors-file-for-arrest-of-air-controllers-over-smolensk-disaster-15767<p>An investigative team of the Polish National Prosecutor's Office has filed to a Warsaw court for the temporary arrest of three Russian air traffic controllers who were on duty at the time when a Polish presidential plane crashed in Smolensk on April 10, 2010.</p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/57ym8p80k575ya9iglwlvk.jpeg"The charges against the controllers concern deliberately causing an air traffic accident resulting in the deaths of many people," National Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Ewa Bialik told PAP.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prosecutors-file-for-arrest-of-air-controllers-over-smolensk-disaster-15767Polish PM meets with Lithuanian top officials in Vilniushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-meets-with-lithuanian-top-officials-in-vilnius-15765<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki held a meeting with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Thursday in Vilnius after which he laid wreaths with Lithuanian PM Saulius Skvernelis at the monument of Polish and Lithuanian heroes at Vilnius's Rasos Cemetery.</p>Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zssoxrcfr1do5uzhgnotd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-meets-with-lithuanian-top-officials-in-vilnius-15765Polish soldiers to join NATO mission in Turkeyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-soldiers-to-join-nato-mission-in-turkey-15764<p>Up to 80 Polish soldiers will join a NATO mission in Turkey under a decision signed by President Andrzej Duda, head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) Paweł Soloch said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 19:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8nxeuadc1mav7qzi2feh8g.jpegPoland will send to Turkey a Bryza patrol and reconnaissance plane, as well as up to 80 soldiers and military personnel.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-soldiers-to-join-nato-mission-in-turkey-15764Climate ministry concerned about EC proposal to up CO2 reduction targethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/climate-ministry-concerned-about-ec-proposal-to-up-co2-reduction-target-15763<p>The Polish Ministry of Climate has stated that it was uneasy about the European Commission's proposal, announced on Wednesday, to increase the emission reduction target by 2030 to "at least 55 percent," without its presenting any measures to implement this.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 18:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/518r09b9ypdkh0vrg2rj3h.jpegIn a statement published on Wednesday, the Polish Climate Ministry stated that it was concerned about the announcement made by the president of the EC.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/climate-ministry-concerned-about-ec-proposal-to-up-co2-reduction-target-15763Polish flag carrier LOT suspends scheduled flights to Francehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-flag-carrier-lot-suspends-scheduled-flights-to-france-15762<p>Polish national airline PLL LOT has announced the suspension of scheduled flights to France in line with a government ban.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 17:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jziy068mtsqkoceijc7f.jpegPolish flag carrier LOT suspends scheduled flights to France.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-flag-carrier-lot-suspends-scheduled-flights-to-france-15762August's core inflation rate down to 4.0 pct - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/augusts-core-inflation-rate-down-to-40-pct---central-bank-15761<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 4.0 percent year on year in August 2020, against 4.3 percent in July, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:52:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m9x50xu6uw7upyowuy16.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/augusts-core-inflation-rate-down-to-40-pct---central-bank-15761Rolling out the welcome mat: Wrocław appoints plenipotentiary for its Belarusianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rolling-out-the-welcome-mat-wroclaw-appoints-plenipotentiary-for-its-belarusians-15759<p>Wrocław has appointed a plenipotentiary for relations with people from Belarus who move to the city.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xkp92wfzwlrasg1n1yxq99.jpegThe new plenipotentiary Tatiana Andrushka with Jacek Sutryk, the mayor of Wrocław.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rolling-out-the-welcome-mat-wroclaw-appoints-plenipotentiary-for-its-belarusians-15759Poland's rating supported by good growth prospects - Moody'shttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-rating-supported-by-good-growth-prospects---moodys-15758<p>Good growth outlook supports Poland's rating, with the country facing a number of credit challenges including a significant structural deficit and a return to fiscal rules after the pandemic, rating agency Moody's wrote in a report dated September 15.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bdyxn4wfzy9ktolfml1u6.jpegOn September 11, Moody's did not update Poland's credit rating. This means that the country's long-term foreign currency rating continues at A2 with a stable outlook.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-rating-supported-by-good-growth-prospects---moodys-15758Athletes to compete in 24 sports at 2023 European Games in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/athletes-to-compete-in-24-sports-at-2023-european-games-in-poland-15755<p>Athletes from all over Europe will compete in 24 sports at the 3rd European Games in Poland in 2023, Sports Minister Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk said at a Wednesday press conference, adding that the organisers want the event to be of a high profile.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:19:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f2mo7hoq0rt4indlrdvk6o.jpeg"We hope that the event will be very popular. We wanted it to be linked to the European Championship, which would raise its rank," Dmowska-Andrzejuk told the press conference on the 2023 European Games.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/athletes-to-compete-in-24-sports-at-2023-european-games-in-poland-15755Energy group PGE intends to offer 100-pct green power by 2050https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energy-group-pge-intends-to-offer-100-pct-green-power-by-2050-15751<p>The PGE Group wants to offer only green energy by 2050, company representatives told a Wednesday press conference.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:40:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t5bx1sviwani9aa5vq8p9s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energy-group-pge-intends-to-offer-100-pct-green-power-by-2050-15751Gunned down and buried alive. Polish body hunters find WWII boy herohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remains-of-wwii-boy-buried-alive-by-germans-found-15749<p><span lang="EN-GB">The body of a seven-year-old boy who was buried alive by the Germans during WWII has been uncovered near Białystok. The boy was machine gunned as he raced to warn his parents about the approach of German soldiers. Now, after 77 years, he can be laid to rest alongside his mother and father.</span></p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:32:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8bgwnuwsphsv98r03g5alr.pngLast traces. The remains of Romuald Lenczewski.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remains-of-wwii-boy-buried-alive-by-germans-found-15749Independent presidential candidate's movement launches parliamentary workhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/independent-presidential-candidates-movement-launches-parliamentary-work-15747<p>A civic movement "Poland 2050," set up by the supporters of Szymon Holownia, an independent candidate who garnered nearly 14 pct in the first round of Poland's presidential vote on June 28, inaugurated its work in parliament on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 13:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/djjhok4mx5s4tt5l1yors6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/independent-presidential-candidates-movement-launches-parliamentary-work-15747Polish PM to attend intergovernmental talks in Lithuania on Thursdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-attend-intergovernmental-talks-in-lithuania-on-thursday-15745<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will travel to Vilnius on Wednesday, where Polish-Lithuanian intergovernmental consultations will take place on Thursday. A declaration will also be signed on the strategic partnership of both countries and on Belarus.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 13:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/getfwwm6yjai0wtvfp7s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-attend-intergovernmental-talks-in-lithuania-on-thursday-15745Poland ranks 32nd in Responsible Development Index - economic institutehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ranks-32nd-in-responsible-development-index---economic-institute-15743<p>Poland took 32nd place in the Responsible Development Index (RDI) prepared by the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) to measure the level of development of countries as an alternative to GDP growth, PIE said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 13:13:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j41vwnrn44qep2hxvnusj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ranks-32nd-in-responsible-development-index---economic-institute-15743EC president says no room in EU for 'LGBT-free' zoneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-president-says-no-room-in-eu-for-lgbt-free-zones-15741<p>European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen said in Brussels on Wednesday there is no room in the EU for 'LGBT-free zones,' following a Monday debate at the European Parliament (EP) on the existence of such zones in Poland.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 13:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kt68po9we3njnvvhjb01dp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-president-says-no-room-in-eu-for-lgbt-free-zones-15741Poland plans new incentives to boost investmentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-plans-new-incentives-to-boost-investments-15739<p>The Polish government readies more than 20 tax and regulatory changes and simplifications to help attract capital to Poland and support development and foreign expansion of domestic businesses, the daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 13:04:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland plans new incentives to boost investmentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-plans-new-incentives-to-boost-investments-15739Pedal power: the history of the Tour de Polognehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pedal-power-the-history-of-the-tour-de-pologne-15737<p><span lang="EN-GB">Dating back to 1928, the gruelling Tour de Pologne has become Poland’s premiere cycling event. Competitors have to cover hundreds of kilometres across the country in a supreme test of fitness and endurance. Over the years it has been interrupted by war, and seen numerous thrills and spills.</span></p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 12:11:00 +0200SportHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eud24tsbchk88478x507d.jpegOn the road. Competitors jostle for position in the Tour de Pologne.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pedal-power-the-history-of-the-tour-de-pologne-15737Poland sees drop in tourist figures for July - GUShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sees-drop-in-tourist-figures-for-july---gus-15735<p>The total number of tourists visiting Poland in July decreased year on year by 34.7 percent to 2.7 million, according to Central Statistical Office (GUS) data released on Thursday.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 11:40:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9tzvek3v0xlnhtpmiswc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sees-drop-in-tourist-figures-for-july---gus-15735Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 75,734https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-75734-15733<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 600 since Tuesday and reached 75,734, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another 10 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,237.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v4o5u5wtoyjj1uqdt5uai.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-75734-15733Poles positive about financial situation despite epidemic - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-positive-about-financial-situation-despite-epidemic---survey-15731<p>After six months of the COVID-19 epidemic, Poles still assess their financial situation as good, however, the proportion of pessimists in this matter has grown, according to a study by the Santander Consumer Bank (SCB).</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:54:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/udq35wrxpjgccyc4x80eya.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-positive-about-financial-situation-despite-epidemic---survey-15731New German Ambassador to Poland presents credentials to presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-german-ambassador-to-poland-presents-credentials-to-president-15729<p>Germany's new ambassador to Poland, Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven, presented his credentials on Tuesday to Polish President Andrzej Duda, the final procedure before starting his diplomatic mission.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c6pu86qf2a580jrp6uhkl.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-german-ambassador-to-poland-presents-credentials-to-president-15729Concert of solidarity with Belarus at National Stadium on Sept. 26https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/concert-of-solidarity-with-belarus-at-national-stadium-on-sept-26-15727<p>A concert of solidarity with Belarus will be staged at the National Stadium in Warsaw on September 26, with the participation of Polish and Belarusian artists.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:05:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vn32nhukl0lhezwjnvby48.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/concert-of-solidarity-with-belarus-at-national-stadium-on-sept-26-15727Poland extends flight ban to 30 states, including Francehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-flight-ban-to-30-states-including-france-15725<p>Poland is extending its flight ban to 30 countries, including France, until September 29. It will come into force on Wednesday, September 16, according to a new government regulation published in the Journal of Laws.</p>Wed, 16 Sep 2020 08:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cv8bljwa7e57i4vr19dlg8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-flight-ban-to-30-states-including-france-15725EIB grants EUR 19 mln loan for Szczecin urban revitalisation projectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eib-grants-eur-19-mln-loan-for-szczecin-urban-revitalisation-projects-15723<p>The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted two municipal social building associations a total of PLN 85 million (EUR 19.07 million) in loans for the revitalisation of the Downtown and Stare Dabie districts of the northern Polish city of Szczecin.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 20:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eodd6qv7098b5kallx31fv.jpegSzczecin is the second city in Poland to receive loans from the EIB to finance an urban development plan.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eib-grants-eur-19-mln-loan-for-szczecin-urban-revitalisation-projects-15723Belarus to be main subject of Polish-Lithuanian consultations - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarus-to-be-main-subject-of-polish-lithuanian-consultations---official-15722<p>The situation in Belarus will be in the focus of Polish-Lithuanian intergovernmental consultations in Vilnius on Thursday, the Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/urqrt7f3gnhtovznslbo8.jpegJabłoński rejected accusations by Belarusian and Russian propaganda that this is interference in the internal affairs of Belarus.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarus-to-be-main-subject-of-polish-lithuanian-consultations---official-15722New virus laws to regulate higher necessity response - gov't spokespersonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-virus-laws-to-regulate-higher-necessity-response---govt-spokesperson-15721<p>Planned amendments to current epidemic laws are meant to regulate responses in higher necessity situations, government spokesperson Piotr Mueller announced on Tuesday. The amendments are to have their second reading in the Sejm (lower house) on Wednesday.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 17:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tcn7d9lwgb8fyvoaa11u2u.jpegExplaining the motives behind the new laws, Mueller said that "we want to introduce some measure of protection for persons who have had to make very difficult decisions out of concern for the health and lives of citizens."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-virus-laws-to-regulate-higher-necessity-response---govt-spokesperson-15721Poland's foreign currency reserves up in August - Finance Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-currency-reserves-up-in-august---finance-ministry-15719<p>Poland's Finance Ministry had at its disposal the equivalent of EUR 8.19 billion at the end of August 2020, up from EUR 7.16 billion at the end of July, the ministry wrote in a Tuesday statement.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 17:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's foreign currency reserves up in August - Finance Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-currency-reserves-up-in-august---finance-ministry-15719Poland donates module homes to refugees in Syria, Greecehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-donates-module-homes-to-refugees-in-syria-greece-15717<p>Over the next several weeks, Poland will send over 600 module homes to refugees in Syria and Greece, Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński and Deputy Interior Minister Bartosz Grodecki announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j3ae96potud4adj0edj1ao.jpegGrodecki said that the aid for Syria and Greece was an act of solidarity on the part of the Polish government. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-donates-module-homes-to-refugees-in-syria-greece-15717Pole in science team that detected possible presence of life on Venushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-in-science-team-that-detected-possible-presence-of-life-on-venus-15714<p>A Pole is among the group of international scientists that stunned the world by discovering a gas in the atmosphere of Venus that might come from a living organism.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:23:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d9zymcwlxioj9ulgnvlb6.jpegDoctor Janusz Pętkowski from the MIT.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pole-in-science-team-that-detected-possible-presence-of-life-on-venus-15714President receives credentials from new German ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-receives-credentials-from-new-german-ambassador-15713<p>President Andrzej Duda received credentials from the new German Ambassador to Poland. The acceptance of credentials by the head of state is the last stage of the procedure, after which Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven would start his diplomatic mission in Warsaw.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fome50qdejicqzdke207w9.jpegArndt Freytag von Loringhoven is a former ambassador to the Czech Republic (2014-16), served as deputy head of the BND, Germany's foreign intelligence agency (2007-10) and, since 2016, was NATO's first chief of intelligence.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-receives-credentials-from-new-german-ambassador-15713Poland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-15712<p>Poland's Monetary Policy Council (RPP) left the country's interest rates unchanged on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:05:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-15712UK memorial to Polish pilots gets upgrade to mark 80th anniversary of Battle of Britainhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uk-memorial-to-polish-pilots-gets-upgrade-to-mark-80th-anniversary-of-battle-of-britain-15708<p><span lang="EN-GB">The Polish Air Force Memorial in London has been boosted to Grade II* status&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-GB">making it one of Britain's most valued heritage sites.</span></p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 14:38:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ahcmeulzl5gm01w23qzeh.pngThe Polish Air Force memorial has been upgraded by Historic England. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/uk-memorial-to-polish-pilots-gets-upgrade-to-mark-80th-anniversary-of-battle-of-britain-15708Warsaw court says PM's election decision grossly violated the lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-court-says-pms-election-decision-grossly-violated-the-law-15706<p>The Warsaw Administrative Court on Tuesday ruled that PM Mateusz Morawiecki by obligating Polish Post to prepare all-mail presidential election this past May has grossly violated the law.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 14:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/reo68qpqadoil1ysctrk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-court-says-pms-election-decision-grossly-violated-the-law-15706Government approves 7.7 pct minimum wage hike from 2021https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-approves-77-pct-minimum-wage-hike-from-2021-15704<p>The minimum monthly wage in Poland will be raised from the current PLN 2,600 (EUR 585) to PLN 2,800 (EUR 630) from January 1, 2021, up by 7.7 percent, under a draft regulation adopted by the Cabinet on Tuesday, the Government Information Centre (CIR) has said in a statement.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 13:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9p30sczqxjthqzgj913uis.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-approves-77-pct-minimum-wage-hike-from-2021-15704Lower house to debate animal protection bill at upcoming sittinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-to-debate-animal-protection-bill-at-upcoming-sitting-15702<p>The Sejm, lower house, will work on a bill aimed at raising animal protection in Poland during its Wednesday and Thursday session, Sejm Deputy Speaker Ryszard Terlecki told PAP on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 12:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLower house to debate animal protection bill at upcoming sittinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-to-debate-animal-protection-bill-at-upcoming-sitting-15702Number of foreigners in Polish social insurance system risinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-foreigners-in-polish-social-insurance-system-rising-15700<p>The number of foreigners registered with the Polish Social Security Institution (ZUS) grew to 658,200 after August 2020, up by 30,000 since the end of July.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 12:33:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zop3fh523699she7cea6ct.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-foreigners-in-polish-social-insurance-system-rising-15700Poland's foreign trade surplus at EUR 5.6 bln after July - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-56-bln-after-july---stats-office-15698<p>Poland's foreign trade surplus totalled EUR 5.6 billion at the end of July 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 12:13:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9t9bw1eu63v5fejo72j3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-56-bln-after-july---stats-office-15698Polish plastic organisation joins global fight to rid world of plastic pollutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-plastic-organisation-joins-global-fight-to-rid-world-of-plastic-pollution-15696<p><span lang="EN-GB">A coalition of Polish organisations has joined the international fight against plastic waste by signing up to a global campaign aiming to reduce the scourge of plastic pollution.</span></p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 12:05:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w2zirwn6i3zvkuvve795o.jpegPlastic waste is a major source of pollution.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-plastic-organisation-joins-global-fight-to-rid-world-of-plastic-pollution-15696Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 75,134https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-75134-15694<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 605 since Monday and reached 75,134, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another 24 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,227.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 11:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/91m3q71ivh8pzi8lyzgvo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-75134-15694Poland's inflation in August at 2.9 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-august-at-29-percent-yy---stats-office-15692<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 2.9 percent year on year in August 2020 and fell by 0.1 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 10:56:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kjen9w7ydfp2q7bg8yf0r8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-august-at-29-percent-yy---stats-office-15692Poland's Future Inflation Index up in September - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-future-inflation-index-up-in-september---biec-15691<p>Poland's Future Inflation Index (WPI), an indicator that predicts consumer price trends over the coming months, rose by 0.5 point month on month to 70.8 points in September 2020, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) wrote in a report on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 10:23:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Future Inflation Index up in September - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-future-inflation-index-up-in-september---biec-15691Number of new job offers down in Poland in August - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-new-job-offers-down-in-poland-in-august---report-15689<p>The number of new job offers went down by 21.8 percent year on year and by 3.5 percent month on month in Poland in August 2020, Grant Thornton has written in a report.</p>Tue, 15 Sep 2020 09:43:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lamc89gcra9yoko98kmyqe.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-new-job-offers-down-in-poland-in-august---report-15689President Duda to pay visit to Vatican, Italy next weekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-to-pay-visit-to-vatican-italy-next-week-15688<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda will pay a visit to the Holy See and Italy next week. This will be Duda's first foreign visit since being sworn in for a second term in August.</p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 20:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident Duda to pay visit to Vatican, Italy next weekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-to-pay-visit-to-vatican-italy-next-week-15688Wrocław to deliver electric buses to Norway's Bodohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-to-deliver-electric-buses-to-norways-bodo-15687<p>Volvo's Wrocław plant will deliver 31 electric city buses to Norway's northern city of Bodo. The buses, together with charging and servicing infrastructure, are to be delivered by July 2021.</p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 20:13:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d7w8fn3zndr5lhm3qbjv5.jpegThe contract has been signed for the delivery of 17 12-metre Volvo 7900 Electric models, and 14 large capacity Volvo 7900 electric articulated buses which can carry up to 120 passengers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaw-to-deliver-electric-buses-to-norways-bodo-15687Poland to propose "Marshall Plan for Belarus" - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-propose-marshall-plan-for-belarus---pm-15685<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday informed that he will propose a "Marshall Plan for Belarus" at the next EU Council sitting. Earlier on Monday Morawiecki discussed Belarus with parliamentary caucuses and circles.</p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 18:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0z3qtyiun3mg5ti6cr5pj8e.jpegRegarding the three-hour parliamentary talks, Morawiecki said it was "building" to see that Poland's government and opposition were able to unite around the Belarusian situation, which he called "of major importance for Poland."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-propose-marshall-plan-for-belarus---pm-15685Warsaw architects scoop international award for house designhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-architects-scoop-international-award-for-house-design-15683<p>The Warsaw-based architectural studio 81.waw.pl won the 2020 International Architecture Award in the Private House category for a design that seamlessly blends into a surrounding field and isolates its owners from a nearby busy road, leaving them in a private enclave.</p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 17:42:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bj7q63hejvl19zq2bd2qm1g.jpegAward winner: the stunning design of the Field House.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-architects-scoop-international-award-for-house-design-15683V4, CEE ambassadors, EU's Brexit negotiator meet over EU-UK relationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-cee-ambassadors-eus-brexit-negotiator-meet-over-eu-uk-relations-15681<p>At the initiative of Poland, a meeting was held between EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and the ambassadors of V4 countries and those from the surrounding regions to discuss the state of negotiations on future relations between the EU and Great Britain.</p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 16:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kg66ky0jcbi2xtnk9hmjro.jpegMichel Barnier had presented the ambassadors with the state of negotiations between London and Brussels.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-cee-ambassadors-eus-brexit-negotiator-meet-over-eu-uk-relations-15681Poles positive about actions of government to combat COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-positive-about-actions-of-government-to-combat-covid-19-15680<p>Fifty-seven percent of Poles expressed positive opinions on the government's activities to combat the COVID-19 epidemic, whereas a negative view was expressed by 36 percent, according to the results of a CBOS poll released on Monday.</p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 16:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zcghxlilw5gxbbjdfedww.jpegFifty-seven percent of Poles expressed positive opinions on the PM Morawiecki government's activities to combat the COVID-19 epidemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-positive-about-actions-of-government-to-combat-covid-19-15680Waste not, want not: designer comes up with bio-plates made from agri-wastehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/waste-not-want-not-designer-comes-up-with-bio-plates-made-from-agri-waste-15676<p>A Polish bio-designer has created a biodegradable material from pulped sugar beet leaves that can be used for tableware, packaging, and other products.</p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 15:52:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wta0f3sttljgwbahkgindl.jpegWaste into product: the bio-plates made from sugar beet waste.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/waste-not-want-not-designer-comes-up-with-bio-plates-made-from-agri-waste-15676Polish PM to present 'Marshall Plan' for Belarus to European leadershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-present-marshall-plan-for-belarus-to-european-leaders-15674<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, on behalf of the Visegrad Group (V4), will unveil a project of economic activities, dubbed the 'Marshall Plan' for Belarus, at the next meeting of European leaders, PM Office head Michal Dworczyk said on Monday.</p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 14:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ocpa60ymk4m8vkqbagikkg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-present-marshall-plan-for-belarus-to-european-leaders-15674Poles no longer obliged to self-isolate in Lithuania, Finlandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-no-longer-obliged-to-self-isolate-in-lithuania-finland-15672<p>Poles can now travel freely to Lithuania and, as of September 19, to Finland, as both countries have lifted coronavirus pandemic-related quarantine requirements for some countries, including Poland.</p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 14:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fux8lzanfo7elky6e0zxtw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-no-longer-obliged-to-self-isolate-in-lithuania-finland-15672Polish gas network operator joins European Clean Hydrogen Alliancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-network-operator-joins-european-clean-hydrogen-alliance-15670<p>The European Commission has accepted the application of gas transmission operator Gaz-System to join the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance whose focus is on supporting the creation of a hydrogen-based economy in the EU.</p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 14:02:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yse87760f5ovl6arejkh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-gas-network-operator-joins-european-clean-hydrogen-alliance-15670Poland to ship nearly 25 tonnes of food to aid Lebanon after explosionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-ship-nearly-25-tonnes-of-food-to-aid-lebanon-after-explosion-15668<p>On Monday, a container with humanitarian aid organised by Polish Redemptoris Missio foundation based in Poznan, western Poland, is due to head to Lebanon.</p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 13:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to ship nearly 25 tonnes of food to aid Lebanon after explosionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-ship-nearly-25-tonnes-of-food-to-aid-lebanon-after-explosion-15668Polish airmen who fought in the Battle of Britain honoured in Londonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-airmen-who-fought-in-the-battle-of-britain-honoured-in-london-15666<p>British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Polish Ambassador to England Arkady Rzegocki in London on Monday paid tribute to Polish fighter pilots who, during World War Two, fought in the Battle of Britain, the Foreign Ministry has said.</p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 13:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yxhmk9sr0mr9ea5jchul8a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-airmen-who-fought-in-the-battle-of-britain-honoured-in-london-15666Poland's industrial production up y/y in July - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-yy-in-july---eurostat-15664<p>Poland's working-day adjusted industrial production rose by 0.9 percent year on year in July 2020, after falling by 4.4 percent year on year in June 2020, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 12:11:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's industrial production up y/y in July - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-yy-in-july---eurostat-15664Digital affairs committee adopts policy for AI developmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/digital-affairs-committee-adopts-policy-for-ai-development-15663<p>The Polish Council of Ministers Committee for Digital Affairs adopted on Monday a policy for the development of artificial intelligence (AI) in Poland, an important step towards taking advantage of the opportunities offered by AI.</p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDigital affairs committee adopts policy for AI developmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/digital-affairs-committee-adopts-policy-for-ai-development-15663Forester finds ancient Neolithic settlement in Elbląg woodhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forester-finds-ancient-neolithic-settlement-in-elblag-wood-15661<p><span lang="EN-GB">A forester who found bits of broken pottery in woods near the northern town of Elbląg led archaeologists to the remnants of a Neolithic settlement that had lain buried for thousands of years.</span></p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:26:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/si3qdz5dlkrw5b7xss84b.jpegPast evidence: some of the pottery fragments in the Elbląg forest.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forester-finds-ancient-neolithic-settlement-in-elblag-wood-15661Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 74,529https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-74529-15659<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 377 since Sunday and reached 74,529, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another 15 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,203.</p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 10:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y9iigyanbdqp91e3liu1g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-74529-15659Nord Stream 2 has cost Europe too much - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nord-stream-2-has-cost-europe-too-much---pm-15657<p>The German-Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project has already cost Europe too much. The stake is European security, credibility and independence, and it is rising from year to year, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote for Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily.</p>Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9ur7iy2f3clmf6ew68exts.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nord-stream-2-has-cost-europe-too-much---pm-15657Polish agriculture is our and Europe's reason of state - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-agriculture-is-our-and-europes-reason-of-state---pm-15655<p>Polish agriculture is Poland's and Europe's reason of state, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday at a harvest thanksgiving event in Bralin, western Poland.</p>Sun, 13 Sep 2020 19:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5f3vmoqb7bvlaw57btgo1n.jpegPolish agriculture is our and Europe's reason of state - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-agriculture-is-our-and-europes-reason-of-state---pm-15655Thread carefully: new firm reinvents traditional Polish wall hangingshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thread-carefully-new-firm-reinvents-traditional-polish-wall-hangings-15653<p>A young Polish brand has reinvented a traditional wall hanging known as a “kilim” by producing bold hand-made accessories that add colour, pattern and texture to modern homes. </p>Sun, 13 Sep 2020 17:19:00 +0200BusinessArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r02uxh2m60shj3lfdv538u.jpegWall of art: two of Splot’s wall hangings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thread-carefully-new-firm-reinvents-traditional-polish-wall-hangings-15653Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 74,152https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-74152-15651<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 502 since Saturday and reached 74,152, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday morning. Another 6 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,188. </p>Sun, 13 Sep 2020 16:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hnz7ob4nhf9indx9dmtip.jpegNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 74,152https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-74152-15651On the road: travel blogger pedals west to east along Poland’s southern borderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-the-road-travel-blogger-pedals-west-to-east-along-polands-southern-border-15648<p>One of Poland’s most famous travel bloggers has cycled the length of Poland’s mountainous southern border from west to east as part of a gruelling challenge that saw her cycle up to 100 kilometres a day.</p>Sun, 13 Sep 2020 15:51:00 +0200SportLifeTravelLifestylehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/scvuqugguw6erkv0o2hg6.jpegZu Beck covered over 700 kilometres during her journey.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-the-road-travel-blogger-pedals-west-to-east-along-polands-southern-border-15648Internet highest-grossing advertising market in Q2 - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/internet-highest-grossing-advertising-market-in-q2---report-15645<p>Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the internet overtook television becoming Poland's most lucrative advertising market in the 2nd quarter of 2020, the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) said in a report published on Saturday. </p>Sun, 13 Sep 2020 15:12:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgInternet highest-grossing advertising market in Q2 - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/internet-highest-grossing-advertising-market-in-q2---report-15645Poland's beating hearthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-beating-heart-15643<p>In this episode of The Debrief, host John Beauchamp manages to squeeze a few minutes out of video maker Paddy Ney's busy schedule to talk about his show Heart of Poland.</p>Sun, 13 Sep 2020 13:36:00 +0200LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/992lu4dg2e7mgw76hkg92.jpegVideo maker and host of the Heart of Poland is The Debrief's guest.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-beating-heart-15643Witch you believe it: historians examine case of women executed for witchcraft 400 years agohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/witch-you-believe-it-historians-examine-case-of-women-executed-for-witchcraft-400-years-ago-15641<p>The case of a Pomeranian noblewoman who was beheaded and then burned at the stake after being convicted of witchcraft is being reviewed by academics 400 years after her execution. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p>Sun, 13 Sep 2020 11:34:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/guvbdea6tld19zzk1f4lpt.jpegThe anniversary of Sydonia’s death has spurned new interest in her case.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/witch-you-believe-it-historians-examine-case-of-women-executed-for-witchcraft-400-years-ago-15641Last post: long-lost letter returned to recipient after 23 years in university libraryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/last-post-long-lost-letter-returned-to-recipient-after-23-years-in-university-library-15639<p>A letter from a grandfather to his granddaughter, tucked away in an embryology textbook 23 years ago, has been returned to its owner after it was discovered by a Wrocław University student.</p>Sat, 12 Sep 2020 19:05:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2mbt5y8dqim3t0fs532eyt.pngJagienka Apolinarska and the letter she found.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/last-post-long-lost-letter-returned-to-recipient-after-23-years-in-university-library-15639Moody's upholds Poland's rating at A2https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-upholds-polands-rating-at-a2-15637<p>Rating agency Moody's did not update Poland's credit rating on Friday. This means that the country's long-term foreign currency rating continues at A2 with a stable outlook. </p>Sat, 12 Sep 2020 16:50:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4vqjvfo9o8p3mx7wvgfb4e.jpegMoody's upholds Poland's rating at A2https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moodys-upholds-polands-rating-at-a2-15637Smart snaps: Huawei smartphone photo competition produces stunning resultshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/smart-snaps-huawei-smartphone-photo-competition-produces-stunning-results-15634<p>Poland’s creative photographers have shown what is possible with beautiful photos taken on their Huawei smartphones.</p>Sat, 12 Sep 2020 15:35:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/msazebgvm82o2w284jlzt.pngCompetition winner ‘Sea of the blue light’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/smart-snaps-huawei-smartphone-photo-competition-produces-stunning-results-15634V4 PMs issue statement urging Russia to investigate Navalny's poisoninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-pms-issue-statement-urging-russia-to-investigate-navalnys-poisoning-15632<p>The prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, the four countries that make up the regional Visegrad Group (V4), in a joint statement urged Russia to carry out a thorough investigation into the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.</p>Sat, 12 Sep 2020 13:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a64dvvrtviuvxclu7u9eh.jpegV4 PMs issue statement urging Russia to investigate Navalny's poisoninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v4-pms-issue-statement-urging-russia-to-investigate-navalnys-poisoning-15632Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 73,650https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-73650-15630<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 603 since Friday and reached 73,650, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another 13 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,182. </p>Sat, 12 Sep 2020 12:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7qcu9ndm6pl0cxamvr2wrl6.jpegNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 73,650https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-73650-15630Neanderthal molar thousands of years older than first thoughthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/neanderthal-molar-thousands-of-years-older-than-first-thought-15628<p>New research shows that Neanderthal remains found in Poland are the oldest in Central Europe, dating back more than 100,000 years. </p>Sat, 12 Sep 2020 12:06:00 +0200ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kar8epllrgn5ttc0mbltbi.pngIllustration. Small part of a Neanderthal's bone. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/neanderthal-molar-thousands-of-years-older-than-first-thought-15628Neutralisation of huge WWII bomb to start in Octoberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/neutralisation-of-huge-wwii-bomb-to-start-in-october-15625<p>In mid-October, divers of the 8th Coastal Defence Flotilla will start work on neutralising the Tallboy bomb discovered at the bottom of the Piastowski Canal in Swinoujscie (northwestern Poland). It was one of the largest air bombs to be used during World War II. </p>Sat, 12 Sep 2020 11:02:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/up7lqg2wj1jq5p16ny7akd.jpegNeutralisation of huge WWII bomb to start in Octoberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/neutralisation-of-huge-wwii-bomb-to-start-in-october-15625'Mosquito State' director of photography awarded at Venice Film Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mosquito-state-director-of-photography-awarded-at-venice-film-festival-15623<p>Eric Koretz, the Polish director of photography for Filip Jan Rymysza's psychedelic horror movie 'Mosquito State' was awarded the Bisato d'Or prize by critics at this year's 77th Venice Film Festival. </p>Sat, 12 Sep 2020 09:52:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d4ixa1e0s1v257pfo1o7ws.jpeg'Mosquito State' director of photography awarded at Venice Film Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mosquito-state-director-of-photography-awarded-at-venice-film-festival-15623Warsaw commemorates Polish victims of September 11 terrorist attackshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-commemorates-polish-victims-of-september-11-terrorist-attacks-15621<p>On Friday, the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in the USA, in front of the monument to Polish victims in Warsaw's Skaryszewski Park, a ceremonial laying of wreaths and flowers took place.</p>Fri, 11 Sep 2020 19:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgWarsaw commemorates Polish victims of September 11 terrorist attackshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-commemorates-polish-victims-of-september-11-terrorist-attacks-15621Belarus should hold free elections, Polish PM says after V4 meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarus-should-hold-free-elections-polish-pm-says-after-v4-meeting-15620<p>The Visegrad Group (V4) agree that there should be free presidential elections organised in Belarus and also appeals for the release of political prisoners, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said after a V4 meeting in Poland's eastern city of Lublin on Friday.</p>Fri, 11 Sep 2020 17:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8firhnl2ozk89a5ulxiim.jpeg"We all agree that Belarus should hold free elections so that the Belarusian nation can on its own and in a sovereign way determine their fate and future," Morawiecki said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarus-should-hold-free-elections-polish-pm-says-after-v4-meeting-15620Encrypted WWII love poems decoded after being found hidden in closethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/encrypted-wwii-love-poems-decoded-after-being-found-hidden-in-closet-15617<p>A collection of love letters and poetry between Home Army soldier and poet Józef Szczepański, a.k.a. ‘Ziutek’ and his girlfriend have been discovered hidden in a closet.</p>Fri, 11 Sep 2020 17:11:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bkh2qk05x4471gpgvo8dxf.jpegThe love letters and poetry were found to be between Home Army soldier and poet Józef Szczepański, a.k.a. ‘Ziutek’ and his girlfriend Halina Kobylińska.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/encrypted-wwii-love-poems-decoded-after-being-found-hidden-in-closet-15617Poland will definitely buy COVID-19 vaccine - health ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-definitely-buy-covid-19-vaccine---health-ministry-15615<p>Poland will definitely obtain a vaccine against COVID-19; the country has a great influence on negotiations and the purchase of a vaccine at the EU level, Health Ministry spokesman Wojciech Andrusiewicz said on Friday.</p>Fri, 11 Sep 2020 16:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5ag5c74yf7u2w88rsb6qgj.jpegAccording to Andrusiewicz, the signing of the contract with the British-Swedish company does not close talks with other producers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-definitely-buy-covid-19-vaccine---health-ministry-15615European Heritage Days to open in Poland this weekendhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-heritage-days-to-open-in-poland-this-weekend-15613<p>The 28th European Heritage Days (EHD) will take place in Poland over the next two weekends on Sept. 12-13 and Sept. 19-20. The organisers have planned close to 600 events throughout Poland under the slogan "Moja Droga" (My Way).</p>Fri, 11 Sep 2020 15:48:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jl2clrzlz4dmaav47grfh.jpegAccording to the organisers, this year's slogan “My Way” is an invitation to travel through Polish culture and history, to find one's own way to discover local heritage, as well as to discover the tourist routes connecting the monuments and places that are evidence of important historic events.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-heritage-days-to-open-in-poland-this-weekend-15613The systematic massacre of all children under 10 will forever be a stain on humanity, says TFN’s Stuart Dowellhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-systematic-massacre-of-all-children-under-10-will-forever-be-a-stain-on-humanity-says-tfns-stuart-dowell-15611<p>When men from the SS entered the Łódź Ghetto to take away all the young Jewish children, the effect on the parents was literally paralysing.</p>Fri, 11 Sep 2020 15:07:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9nxzykke9qgszndg0esj5.jpegChildren rounded up for deportation to the Chełmno death camp, September 1942.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-systematic-massacre-of-all-children-under-10-will-forever-be-a-stain-on-humanity-says-tfns-stuart-dowell-15611Poland to spend EUR 247 mln on relief for firms investing in automationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-spend-eur-247-mln-on-relief-for-firms-investing-in-automation-15609<p>A tax break for entrepreneurs, that will allow the deduction of 50 percent costs incurred for investments in automation by Polish companies, will total PLN 1.1 billion (EUR 247.2 million) over five years, Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said on Friday. </p>Fri, 11 Sep 2020 14:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jfkr74ljjvfmla8fuonnlf.jpegPoland to spend EUR 247 mln on relief for firms investing in automationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-spend-eur-247-mln-on-relief-for-firms-investing-in-automation-15609Polish PM welcomes V4 counterparts in Lublinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-welcomes-v4-counterparts-in-lublin-15607<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki welcomed his Visegrad Group (V4) counterparts in Lublin, eastern Poland, on Friday noon, before a meeting planned to focus on the forthcoming extraordinary EU summit and the situations in Belarus and Russia. </p>Fri, 11 Sep 2020 14:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c6y3m66h2xonjhmcwga9do.jpegPolish PM welcomes V4 counterparts in Lublinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-welcomes-v4-counterparts-in-lublin-15607Poland aims to ease windfarm law by year end - development minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-aims-to-ease-windfarm-law-by-year-end---development-min-15604<p>The government would like to conclude work on the legislative correction to the so-called distance act, which limits the development of Poland's onshore wind energy, by the end of this year, Deputy PM and Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said on Friday. </p>Fri, 11 Sep 2020 14:18:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kwu0z28j1u88smiuvwt3a.jpegPoland aims to ease windfarm law by year end - development minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-aims-to-ease-windfarm-law-by-year-end---development-min-15604Going for gold – and getting TWENTY NINE! The 1972 Olympics saw Poland pick up more gold medals than everhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-for-gold--and-getting-twenty-nine-the-1972-olympics-saw-poland-pick-up-more-gold-medals-than-ever-15602<p><span lang="en-GB">The 1972 Olympics ended on 11</span><span lang="en-GB"><sup>th</sup></span><span lang="en-GB">&nbsp;September, and was an event that drew the attention of the World, not only because it was the 20</span><span lang="en-GB"><sup>th</sup></span><span lang="en-GB">&nbsp;edition of the greatest sport contest but because it was held in the Western half of a divided Germany.</span>&nbsp;</p>Fri, 11 Sep 2020 13:55:00 +0200SportHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ahdzv1tb0o74xuxk72g6yu.pngOver seven events, Poland took a staggering 29 gold medals in athletics, boxing, fencing, shooting, and weightlifting, foil fencing – in which they picked up five for each team player – another 19 for each member of the football team.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/going-for-gold--and-getting-twenty-nine-the-1972-olympics-saw-poland-pick-up-more-gold-medals-than-ever-15602Poland's photovoltaic capacity exceeds 2.5 GWhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-photovoltaic-capacity-exceeds-25-gw-15600<p>Poland's photovoltaic capacity amounted to 2528.37 MW on 1 September, 2020, up by 168.7 percent year on year, power grid operator Polskie Sieci Energetyczne (PSE) said on Friday. </p>Fri, 11 Sep 2020 12:55:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fatw0gma4gkha3fpj0mhpn.jpegPoland's photovoltaic capacity exceeds 2.5 GWhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-photovoltaic-capacity-exceeds-25-gw-15600Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 73,047https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-73047-15598<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 594 since Thursday and reached 73,047, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another 10 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,169. </p>Fri, 11 Sep 2020 12:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vvatkyk6uja35tgrm770te.jpegNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 73,047https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-73047-15598Number of retail parks in Poland doubles over decade - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-retail-parks-in-poland-doubles-over-decade---report-15596<p>The number of retail parks in Poland has grown two-fold over the last ten years, according to the report 'Retail parks and convenience centres in Poland' by real estate consultancy JLL and Trei Real Estate Poland. </p>Fri, 11 Sep 2020 12:29:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jknesyl2h1rifusgmx3y7i.jpegNumber of retail parks in Poland doubles over decade - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-retail-parks-in-poland-doubles-over-decade---report-15596Belarusian opposition leader praises support of all Polish partieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusian-opposition-leader-praises-support-of-all-polish-parties-15594<p>Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has expressed her satisfaction that all political parties in Poland have a similar opinion about what is happening in Belarus. She made the statement after a meeting with Civic Platform (PO) leader Borys Budka. </p>Fri, 11 Sep 2020 10:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6etl4nq8myen6j4yrhof1.jpegBelarusian opposition leader praises support of all Polish partieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusian-opposition-leader-praises-support-of-all-polish-parties-15594EP to debate Poland on Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ep-to-debate-poland-on-monday-15589<p>An EP debate on the situation in Poland is scheduled for Monday afternoon, EP press services informed PAP on Thursday. On the agenda among others will be Warsaw's rule of law conflict with the EC and the introduction of "LGBT-free zones" in some Polish regions. </p>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 19:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4gh2fbrtqv9zl6yvbxb2oc.jpegEP to debate Poland on Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ep-to-debate-poland-on-monday-15589Poland removes 'red' virus zones, cuts down 'yellow' zones to threehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-removes-red-virus-zones-cuts-down-yellow-zones-to-three-15586<p>The number of Poland's counties subject to additional restrictions due to a growth of new coronavirus infections in those areas has dropped from 10 to three, with none being classified as red zones, Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska said on Thursday. </p>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 19:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2n8n4aqg4ejtutv7mq04ro.jpegPoland removes 'red' virus zones, cuts down 'yellow' zones to threehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-removes-red-virus-zones-cuts-down-yellow-zones-to-three-15586Polish MEPs launch all-party initiatives to help Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-meps-launch-all-party-initiatives-to-help-belarus-15583<p>The Polish MEPs announced common all-party initiatives to help Belarus during the tough political situation in the country and want to nominate Belarusian society for the Sakharov Prize and invite oppositionist Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to the European Parliament. </p>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 18:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pqfd1i3a9qhzyy8jepop8.jpegPolish MEPs launch all-party initiatives to help Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-meps-launch-all-party-initiatives-to-help-belarus-15583Field tests carried out on new Polish autonomous military vehiclehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/field-tests-carried-out-on-new-polish-autonomous-military-vehicle-15581<p>Field tests are being carried out on the Perun autonomous reconnaissance-combat vehicle at a site in Gizycko, northeastern Poland, by the Tarnow Mechanical Plant (ZMT), the Polish Armament Group (PGZ), to which ZMT belongs, announced on Thursday. </p>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 17:58:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k5wqa1nffrvsyspasswm.pngField tests carried out on new Polish autonomous military vehiclehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/field-tests-carried-out-on-new-polish-autonomous-military-vehicle-15581Władysław Szpilman’s prestigious Grotrian-Steinweg piano just one of the items under the hammer at ‘The Pianist’ auctionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wladyslaw-szpilmans-prestigious-grotrian-steinweg-piano-just-one-of-the-items-under-the-hammer-at-the-pianist-auction-15577<p>The personal effects of Władysław Szpilman, the protagonist of Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning film, The Pianist, will go under the hammer later this month in an auction set to attract global interest. </p>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 16:04:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cjid3z5y7qhztcsm6joz7i.jpegOrganized by the Warsaw-based Desa Unicum, the items which go on public display tomorrow ahead were provided by Szpilman’s sons.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wladyslaw-szpilmans-prestigious-grotrian-steinweg-piano-just-one-of-the-items-under-the-hammer-at-the-pianist-auction-15577Poland to build infrastructure for 20,000 US troops - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-build-infrastructure-for-20000-us-troops---mod-15576<p>Poland will construct an infrastructure that will be able to house even more than 20,000 US troops, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 14:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hjjui48jb1nbaugyxz437l.jpegQuoting an August 15 agreement between Poland and the United States, Błaszczak said that the deal offers "a legal framework to make the US presence permanent."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-build-infrastructure-for-20000-us-troops---mod-15576Poland 2nd biggest EU supplier of goods to Germany - economic institutehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-2nd-biggest-eu-supplier-of-goods-to-germany---economic-institute-15575<p>Poland has strengthened its position as an important trade partner of Germany, as it was the second EU supplier of goods to the country and the fourth in the world, the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 14:08:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/elr3hz8svwdzws8lj4c59.jpegPoland is not only an exporter of cars to the German market, but also supplies parts and automotive accessories to German factories producing cars for export.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-2nd-biggest-eu-supplier-of-goods-to-germany---economic-institute-15575President to accept credentials from new German ambassador on Sept 15https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-accept-credentials-from-new-german-ambassador-on-sept-15-15574<p>President Andrzej Duda will accept credentials from new German ambassador to Poland Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven on September 15, presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski has told PAP.</p>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fome50qdejicqzdke207w9.jpegArndt Freytag von Loringhoven is a former ambassador to the Czech Republic (2014-16), served as deputy head of the BND, Germany's foreign intelligence agency (2007-10) and, since 2016, was NATO's first chief of intelligence.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-accept-credentials-from-new-german-ambassador-on-sept-15-15574Oscar contender Never Gonna Snow Again swamped with rave reviewshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oscar-contender-never-gonna-snow-again-swamped-with-rave-reviews-15572<p>Poland’s candidate for the 2021 Academy Awards has been showered with praise after being shown at the Venice International Film Festival.</p>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 13:25:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i1pewmwgywctktu0ojcb4m.pngDirected by Małgorzata Szumowska and her long-time collaborator Michał Englert, the film was described by the Hollywood Reporter as “a joy to watch, particularly Englert’s inspired lighting.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oscar-contender-never-gonna-snow-again-swamped-with-rave-reviews-15572Poland sends humanitarian aid to Beiruthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-humanitarian-aid-to-beirut-15571<p>The Polish military Hercules C130 aircraft took off on Thursday from Warsaw to Beirut carrying personal protective equipment and food provided by the Polish charity Caritas, the Defence Ministry tweeted on Thursday morning.</p>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 13:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gi2res7qgtwh9aaykprxrs.jpegAn explosion in early August at a harbour depot in Beirut containing chemicals killed at least 172 people, injured over 6,000 and left 300,000 homeless.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sends-humanitarian-aid-to-beirut-15571Polish opposition parties agree to meet PM over Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-opposition-parties-agree-to-meet-pm-over-belarus-15570<p>All Polish parliamentary opposition parties, as well as the ruling camp, have declared they will come to next week's meeting with PM Mateusz Morawiecki that will be devoted to the ongoing Belarusian crisis.</p>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 13:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish opposition parties agree to meet PM over Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-opposition-parties-agree-to-meet-pm-over-belarus-15570Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 72,453https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-72453-15569<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 506 since Wednesday and reached 72,453, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another 12 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,159.</p>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 13:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2w7xbd0u9n8ymej4rbucqm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-72453-15569Belarusian oppositionist awarded at Economic Forum in southern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusian-oppositionist-awarded-at-economic-forum-in-southern-poland-15568<p>Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Belarusian opposition leader and presidential runner in August's national elections, was awarded a special distinction at the 10th Economic Forum in Karpacz, southern Poland.</p>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 12:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4qigloyzvoup9qbjrr1vh.jpegThe award was granted by the Programme Council of the Forum, and presented by Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, who emphasised that Tikhanovskaya is "a great symbol of the fight for the values dearest to us Poles - for dignity, freedom, human rights, and democracy."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusian-oppositionist-awarded-at-economic-forum-in-southern-poland-15568Woman captured in one of WWII’s most harrowing photos dies at age of 93https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/woman-captured-in-one-of-wwiis-most-harrowing-photos-dies-at-age-of-93-15566<p>The woman who as a young girl was the subject of one the most famous and shocking photographs of WWII has died aged 93.</p>Thu, 10 Sep 2020 12:43:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ojlq3d9welt7bxemtk7fp.jpegKazimiera Mika was pictured by American photographer Julien Bryan kneeling beside the body of her dead sister just moments after they had been machine-gunned by German aircraft.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/woman-captured-in-one-of-wwiis-most-harrowing-photos-dies-at-age-of-93-15566Continuation of work on Nord Stream 2 huge mistake - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/continuation-of-work-on-nord-stream-2-huge-mistake---pm-15565<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Wednesday assessed that the continuation of work by Germany and Russia on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was a mistake of great calibre.</p>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 20:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rq1fcp2mgltqyx4enwi1h.jpegMorawiecki argued that the matter of Belarus is also a matter for Poland. "The borders of Belarus are 196 km from Warsaw and we certainly want Belarus to be a sovereign, independent country, free and democratic, because this is in the best interest of Poland," he added. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/continuation-of-work-on-nord-stream-2-huge-mistake---pm-15565Polish opera director awarded Women in Cinema Award at Venice festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-opera-director-awarded-women-in-cinema-award-at-venice-festival-15564<p>Director of the Warsaw Chamber Opera (WOK), Alicja Węgorzewska, on Tuesday received the Women in Cinema Award (WiCA) at the 77th Venice International Film Festival.</p>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 20:36:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k3mudfrekko77wochyjmzn.jpegWiCA was awarded to Węgorzewska for her artistic activity, the production of opera films, and for her commitment to supporting the talent of young artists in a difficult situation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-opera-director-awarded-women-in-cinema-award-at-venice-festival-15564Poznań officially named seat of US Army V Corps forward HQhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-officially-named-seat-of-us-army-v-corps-forward-hq-15563<p>Poland's western city of Poznań has been officially selected, US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 19:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n2h096rld3avhkqklrwuw.jpegPoland's western city of Poznań has been officially selected, US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher announced on Wednesday.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poznan-officially-named-seat-of-us-army-v-corps-forward-hq-15563Rating agency S&P keeps Polish GDP decline forecast at 4 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rating-agency-sp-keeps-polish-gdp-decline-forecast-at-4-pct-in-2020-15562<p>S&amp;P Global Ratings maintained its forecast for the decline in Poland's GDP at -4 percent in 2020, according to a press statement released on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 18:07:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3ue1eyl4102ns1q64qyed.jpegIn 2021, S&P sees GDP growth rebounding to 5 percent. This would mean that Poland's GDP per capita would once again grow above USD 15,000.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rating-agency-sp-keeps-polish-gdp-decline-forecast-at-4-pct-in-2020-15562Polish public finances in very good condition - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-public-finances-in-very-good-condition---finmin-15561<p>The state budget is prepared for the crisis, and public finances are very healthy, Polish Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński told the Economic Forum 2020, in Karpacz, southern Poland, on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 18:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/giporiugdvb3e45pw2sxl.jpegAccording to Kościński, next year's deficit will be "slightly smaller." https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-public-finances-in-very-good-condition---finmin-155613,000-year-old village found on building site of Warsaw swimming poolhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/3000-year-old-village-found-on-building-site-of-warsaw-swimming-pool-15558<p>A 3,000-year-old village has been discovered on the construction site of a new swimming pool in Warsaw.</p>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 16:27:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6gghss08bi7po8bm3bnpnb.jpegThe remains of the prehistoric settlement were discovered in what it is today’s Białołęka district of the cityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/3000-year-old-village-found-on-building-site-of-warsaw-swimming-pool-15558Solidarity chief pledges support for Belarusian unions, activistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-chief-pledges-support-for-belarusian-unions-activists-15556<p>The leader of Poland's historic Solidarity trade union, Piotr Duda, following Wednesday talks with Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, said Solidarity was one with all those fighting for freedom and democracy in Belarus.</p>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 16:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gcvgx7qeifvj3v066u2ze.jpegThe Belarusian oppositionist received from Duda a medal bearing the image of Polish-born Pope Saint John Paul II blessed by independence martyr Father Jerzy Popieluszko and a coin from the National Bank of Poland issued to mark Solidarity's 40th anniversary.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-chief-pledges-support-for-belarusian-unions-activists-15556Poland's Q2 GDP drop among slightest in EU - Development Minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-q2-gdp-drop-among-slightest-in-eu---development-min-15554<p>Poland is the sixth best-coping EU economy in terms of economic contraction due to the coronavirus lockdown in the second quarter of 2020, the Development Ministry said in a Wednesday analysis.</p>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 15:35:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/162le6xykvt831yzg41sdp.pngAccording to data presented by the EU's statistical office, Eurostat, on Tuesday, the euro zone's GDP slumped by 14.7 percent year on year in the second quarter of 2020, while the figure for the entire EU was a 13.9 percent decline.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-q2-gdp-drop-among-slightest-in-eu---development-min-15554Two new pieces by iconic artist Magdalena Abakanowicz go on display in Warsaw parkhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-new-pieces-by-iconic-artist-magdalena-abakanowicz-go-on-display-in-warsaw-park-15549<p>Magdalena Abakanowicz is considered to be one of the most internationally recognized Polish artists, especially for the Abakans and the innovative use of textiles in sculptures.</p>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 15:14:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ilx2oi9lhdko4u0lnotrkf.jpegOften described as transcending the classic approach to sculpting, the 2005 group entitled ‘Zinaxin and Dolacin’ are emblematic of their creator's style.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-new-pieces-by-iconic-artist-magdalena-abakanowicz-go-on-display-in-warsaw-park-15549Belarusians in need can count on Poland, Polish PM tells Tikhanovskayahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusians-in-need-can-count-on-poland-polish-pm-tells-tikhanovskaya-15547<p>Poland is an open home for all Belarusians who need help, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki told Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya as they held a press conference together in Warsaw on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 13:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kvmv8br31bbpz9fmbawit.jpegBelarusians in need can count on Poland, Polish PM tells Tikhanovskayahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusians-in-need-can-count-on-poland-polish-pm-tells-tikhanovskaya-15547PKN Orlen to spend over EUR 5.6 bln on CO2 emissions reduction by 2030https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-to-spend-over-eur-56-bln-on-co2-emissions-reduction-by-2030-15545<p>Polish fuel firm PKN Orlen estimates that capital expenditure on projects to reduce CO2 emissions will amount to over PLN 25 billion (EUR 5.6 bln) by 2030, the group has announced in a press release. </p>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 13:32:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l3075976bwe2gj13nw9x67.jpegPKN Orlen to spend over EUR 5.6 bln on CO2 emissions reduction by 2030https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-to-spend-over-eur-56-bln-on-co2-emissions-reduction-by-2030-15545Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 71,947https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-71947-15543<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 421 since Tuesday and reached 71,497, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another 11 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,147. </p>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 13:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tzgkdij5gplxgkw7rcptro.jpegNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 71,947https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-71947-15543Polish PM calls for EU support for Belarusianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-calls-for-eu-support-for-belarusians-15541<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki described events in Belarus as a "breakthrough" on Wednesday and "a matter of the highest importance, also for Poland and the whole of Europe," adding that Belarus "must be supported by the EU." </p>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 12:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6zdpram7epxsmrdiz9kcz.jpegPolish PM calls for EU support for Belarusianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-calls-for-eu-support-for-belarusians-15541Australian mining firm launches arbitration proceedings against Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/australian-mining-firm-launches-arbitration-proceedings-against-poland-15538<p>Australian mining firm Prairie Mining has launched international arbitration proceedings against Poland, claiming damages for the alleged hindering of the development of its two coal mines located in the country, the company said in a news release. </p>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 10:54:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y1dnct2edxrsn97ljq1jjg.jpegAustralian mining firm launches arbitration proceedings against Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/australian-mining-firm-launches-arbitration-proceedings-against-poland-15538PKN Orlen CEO named Man of the Year of 2020 Economic Forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-ceo-named-man-of-the-year-of-2020-economic-forum-15535<p>Daniel Obajtek, the CEO of the Polish state-run fuel giant PKN Orlen, has been awarded the title of Man of the Year of the 2020 Economic Forum 2020, now underway in Karpacz, southern Poland.</p>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 10:49:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5sbflscur8lsu7z6625b8.jpegPKN Orlen CEO named Man of the Year of 2020 Economic Forumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-ceo-named-man-of-the-year-of-2020-economic-forum-15535Stunning golden time capsule full of art and literature to be opened in 2120https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-golden-time-capsule-full-of-art-and-literature-to-be-opened-in-2120-15533<p>A time capsule filled with 4,000 pieces of art and literature has been sealed in Kraków and is now on show in the city ahead of a wider national tour that will see it displayed around Poland in some of the country’s best-known tourist hotspots.</p>Wed, 09 Sep 2020 10:20:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n22neor7tsgbc1xgo7fl.pngResembling a golden crown, the contents of the time capsule contain public visions of how the world will look in 100 years’ time when it will be opened by future generations. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-golden-time-capsule-full-of-art-and-literature-to-be-opened-in-2120-15533Polish PM to attend EU debate on EU-China relationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-attend-eu-debate-on-eu-china-relations-15532<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki will on Wednesday attend a videoconference on EU-China relations, along with several other EU prime ministers and European Council President Charles Michel, the Polish government press service CIR has announced.</p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 20:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM to attend EU debate on EU-China relationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-attend-eu-debate-on-eu-china-relations-15532'Snowball effect' in Belarus unstoppable - Solidarity leaderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snowball-effect-in-belarus-unstoppable---solidarity-leader-15531<p>The process that is underway in Belarus is unstoppable, Solidarity Union leader Piotr Duda said on Tuesday after returning from the Belarusian capital city Minsk.</p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 20:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w2sk1dgpnynhmfwg9qbv7.jpegDuda said that Poland was striving to help Belarus, but had to move within diplomatic boundaries to avoid accusations of meddling in the internal affairs of the country.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/snowball-effect-in-belarus-unstoppable---solidarity-leader-15531Energy transformation will create 300,000 jobs in Poland - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energy-transformation-will-create-300000-jobs-in-poland---minister-15530<p>The energy transformation that Poland faces will generate about 300,000 well-paid jobs over the next 20 years, Climate Minister Michał Kurtyka said at a Tuesday debate at the Economic Forum in Karpacz, south-western Poland.</p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 19:55:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/se5u12sxzp8ao9986eu4v.jpegKurtyka said Polish coal mining regions will receive a total of PLN 60 bln (EUR 13.5 bln) to transform their industry into more environmentally-friendly sectors.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/energy-transformation-will-create-300000-jobs-in-poland---minister-15530Ruling party plans to ban fur farming, use of animals for entertainmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-plans-to-ban-fur-farming-use-of-animals-for-entertainment-15529<p>Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) plans to file a bill banning fur farming and the use of animals for entertainment purposes. The legislation is to go to the Sejm (lower house) still this week.</p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 19:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t3a2vb9fb6mjfj1s9j3j8k.jpegPiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński said Poland needs new animal protection legislation, and voiced hope for the bill's support above political divisions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-plans-to-ban-fur-farming-use-of-animals-for-entertainment-15529Programme for Belarusian companies to be launched in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/programme-for-belarusian-companies-to-be-launched-in-poland-15528<p>Polish Deputy PM and Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz stated on Tuesday that "a programme is being launched in Poland directed to companies, start-ups and freelancers who feel the political uncertainty in Belarus today and are seeking safe harbour."</p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 18:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3iacr5r88qye4hulzzebr.jpegEmilewicz explained that PM Mateusz Morawiecki had obliged her to prepare "a programme, which will help young technology companies, firms, which are very active on the Belarusian market, to find a safe place, safe harbour in Poland."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/programme-for-belarusian-companies-to-be-launched-in-poland-15528Poland's economy likely to grow by 7-8 pct q/q in Q3 - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economy-likely-to-grow-by-7-8-pct-qq-in-q3---official-15527<p>Polish GDP may increase by as much as 7-8 percent quarter on quarter in the third quarter of 2020, while declining to 2-3 percent throughout the whole of 2020, Head of the Polish Development Fund (PFR) Paweł Borys told public broadcaster TVP Info on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 18:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/33hca4uh4sswv9ma7pvlsp.jpegBorys noted that economists are now raising their forecasts for the whole year of 2020 and that thanks to a stronger rebound in Q3, "we have a chance for (...) the [2020] GDP decline to amount merely to some 2-3 percent."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economy-likely-to-grow-by-7-8-pct-qq-in-q3---official-15527EU funds might start working in Polish economy by Q1 2021 - dep PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-funds-might-start-working-in-polish-economy-by-q1-2021---dep-pm-15526<p>The funds that Poland expects to receive from the European Union will be able to start working in the economy by as early as the first quarter of 2021, Deputy Prime Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said on Tuesday during a press briefing.</p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 17:09:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/95rk7lgltnpnkuq7wkfq.jpegThe deputy PM, who is also minister for development, said the Development Ministry would start public consultations in the coming weeks on projects the funds could be spent on.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-funds-might-start-working-in-polish-economy-by-q1-2021---dep-pm-15526Forty-five pct of Poles optimistic about future - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forty-five-pct-of-poles-optimistic-about-future---poll-15525<p>As many as 45 percent of Poles voiced positive opinions about the situation in the country, up by one percentage point from the previous study, according to a poll by CBOS pollster.</p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 16:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j0a8t14grqyncq79s5rkq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forty-five-pct-of-poles-optimistic-about-future---poll-15525Monster black hole discovered after scientists observe two smaller black holes colliding 7 billion years agohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/monster-black-hole-discovered-after-scientists-observe-two-smaller-black-holes-colliding-7-billion-years-ago-15523<p>The creation of a massive black hole, with a mass 142 times greater than the Sun, has been detected after two medium-sized black holes collided 7 billion years ago.</p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 15:31:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c4rjon8hf4ss25of3uyrlk.jpegThe two so-called GW190521 black holes merged to form the new massive black hole, the first time such large black holes have been observed either by gravity or by electromagnetic observations.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/monster-black-hole-discovered-after-scientists-observe-two-smaller-black-holes-colliding-7-billion-years-ago-15523Sanctions against Russia should be severe, Polish PM tells Bloomberghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sanctions-against-russia-should-be-severe-polish-pm-tells-bloomberg-15520<p>Russia should face very strong sanctions following the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and Germany should drop support for a controversial Russian gas link, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki told Bloomberg in an interview broadcast on Tuesday. </p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 14:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vetlxpa9rkme0gq5udyev.jpegSanctions against Russia should be severe, Polish PM tells Bloomberghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sanctions-against-russia-should-be-severe-polish-pm-tells-bloomberg-15520Polish students win gold and silver medals at EU IT Olympiadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-students-win-gold-and-silver-medals-at-eu-it-olympiad-15518<p>Polish students won the gold and silver medals at the 4th European Junior Olympiad in Informatics 2020 (EJOI ) held in a remote mode, the Education Ministry said on Tuesday. </p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 14:40:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aoj4rjbxsn6fdp0q5j1j7c.jpegPolish students win gold and silver medals at EU IT Olympiadhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-students-win-gold-and-silver-medals-at-eu-it-olympiad-15518Poland's role to keep Belarus on EU agenda - PM's Office headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-role-to-keep-belarus-on-eu-agenda---pms-office-head-15516<p>Poland does not consent to the Russian Federation seeing Belarus as being in its sphere of influence and Poland's role is to keep Belarus on the EU agenda, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, Michal Dworczyk, told a local radio station on Tuesday. </p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 14:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ewch0ep4m75t1d8zu69eba.jpegPoland's role to keep Belarus on EU agenda - PM's Office headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-role-to-keep-belarus-on-eu-agenda---pms-office-head-15516Feline fine! Firemen named heroes after cats rescued from blazing flatshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/feline-fine-firemen-named-heroes-after-cats-rescued-from-blazing-flats-15513<p>Firemen in Gdynia have become internet stars after rescuing two cats from a blazing block of flats. </p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 13:56:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n9cznu2hh8flocf0kkpr79.jpegThe Gdynia fire brigade had been attending a routine callout when events took a turn and they ended up saving the lives of the two moggies.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/feline-fine-firemen-named-heroes-after-cats-rescued-from-blazing-flats-15513Blooming marvelous! PM tells Bloomberg Poland’s recession will be ‘mild’ and złoty is strengtheninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blooming-marvelous-pm-tells-bloomberg-polands-recession-will-be-mild-and-zloty-is-strengthening-15511<p>The prime minister has said Poland will have the “mildest recession” in the European Union as the country looks to rebound from the economic hit caused by the Covid crisis. </p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 12:43:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4l5ed3sa2z2erlnjl383qs.jpegThe PM said Poland will have the “mildest recession” in the European Union.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/blooming-marvelous-pm-tells-bloomberg-polands-recession-will-be-mild-and-zloty-is-strengthening-15511Polish banking sector nets EUR 0.98 bln in January-Julyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-15509<p>The Polish banking sector posted a net profit of PLN 4.35 billion (EUR 0.98 billion) in January-July 2020, a 52.1 percent decrease year on year, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) said in a Tuesday report.</p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 12:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b9sxd3yf1e7tpdkzitsl9.jpegPolish banking sector nets EUR 0.98 bln in January-Julyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-banking-sector-nets-15509Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 71,526https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-71526-15507<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 400 since Monday and reached 71,526, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another 12 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,136. </p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 11:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/44pxwzn8iziqzqcys69nhb.jpegNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 71,526https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-71526-15507Coal to play a reduced role in Poland's energy mix - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coal-to-play-a-reduced-role-in-polands-energy-mix---press-15505<p>A new draft energy policy until 2040 foresees the share of coal in the energy mix falling to 35.6 - 56 percent in 10 years, compared to the 56-60 percent provided for in a government report last November, the Puls Biznesu business daily reported on Tuesday. </p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 10:11:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qzdyrmo9dwpsndua74zaqe.jpegCoal to play a reduced role in Poland's energy mix - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coal-to-play-a-reduced-role-in-polands-energy-mix---press-1550528th International Defense Industry Exhibition opens in Kielcehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/28th-international-defense-industry-exhibition-opens-in-kielce-15503<p>Some 185 companies from 15 countries have announced their participation in the 28th International Defense Industry Exhibition starting in Kielce on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 08 Sep 2020 10:04:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vqednjytna2ic2zf9no8b.jpeg28th International Defense Industry Exhibition opens in Kielcehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/28th-international-defense-industry-exhibition-opens-in-kielce-15503Poland's development bank seeks extension of EU aid programmeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-development-bank-seeks-extension-of-eu-aid-programmes-15502<p>The Polish state-owned development bank BGK will negotiate an extension of all EU coronavirus relief programmes until the end of 2021, BGK CEO Beata Daszyńska-Muzyczka told a press conference on Monday.</p>Mon, 07 Sep 2020 18:38:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/157qcf447tcvj1e58yt6oh.jpegBGK CEO Beata Daszyńska-Muzyczka.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-development-bank-seeks-extension-of-eu-aid-programmes-15502EIB offers EUR 10-mln loan to Polish medical researcherhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eib-offers-eur-10-mln-loan-to-polish-medical-researcher-15501<p>The European Investment Bank (EIB) has offered a EUR 10-mln loan to Polish company Scope Fluidics to develop diagnostics equipment for infectious diseases, the bank said in a news release on Monday.</p>Mon, 07 Sep 2020 15:38:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/41kq2vxmwyctjxz1ouub8o.jpegScope Fluidics uses microfluidic technologies and focuses on rapid characterisation of antibiotic resistance of bacteria and on ultra-fast detection of bacterial and viral pathogens, EIB said about the benefactor.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eib-offers-eur-10-mln-loan-to-polish-medical-researcher-15501Cops hunt grave robbers who dug up CHILD’s tomb in search of treasurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cops-hunt-grave-robbers-who-dug-up-childs-tomb-in-search-of-treasure-15499<p>Grave robbers who dug up a child’s tomb are being hunted by the police.</p>Mon, 07 Sep 2020 15:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ng8sahnje6k94whh05x6ka.jpegThe child’s grave has indications suggesting that the person who dug it up may have been looking for treasure.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cops-hunt-grave-robbers-who-dug-up-childs-tomb-in-search-of-treasure-15499‘Thank you for saving my life,’ says COVID man after Zabrze surgeons carry out world’s second-only double lung transplanthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thank-you-for-saving-my-life-says-covid-man-after-zabrze-surgeons-carry-out-worlds-second-only-double-lung-transplant-15497<p>Surgeons in Zabrze have entered the history books after becoming only the second medical team in the world to successfully carry out a double lung transplant on a patient infected with COVID-19. </p>Mon, 07 Sep 2020 14:46:00 +0200ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cssnuqrdfrm98u5x3uhf6q.jpegGrzegorz Lipiński was rushed to hospital after being struck down by the killer virus in August.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thank-you-for-saving-my-life-says-covid-man-after-zabrze-surgeons-carry-out-worlds-second-only-double-lung-transplant-15497Three Seas project development serves entire EU - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-seas-project-development-serves-entire-eu---president-15495<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said that the development of the Three Seas project and cooperation within the initiative serve the entire EU. He made the statement while opening the Three Seas Stock Exchanges Conference in Krakow, southern Poland, on Monday. </p>Mon, 07 Sep 2020 14:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pa153nmc46ehau7jsjs1iw.jpegThree Seas project development serves entire EU - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-seas-project-development-serves-entire-eu---president-15495Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 71,126https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-71126-15493<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 302 since Sunday and reached 71,126, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another four persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,124. </p>Mon, 07 Sep 2020 14:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5po88pdjpw5123yi5qjfp7p.jpegNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 71,126https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-71126-15493Solidarity head leaves for Belarus on Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-head-leaves-for-belarus-on-monday-15491<p>Solidarity trade union head Piotr Duda is leaving for Belarus on Monday to meet with leader of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions Alexander Yaroshuk, Duda's spokesman Marek Lewandowski announced. </p>Mon, 07 Sep 2020 14:09:00 +0200https://images.thefirstnews.com/9x0bt5s6r2rh1eta6ll99f.jpegSolidarity head leaves for Belarus on Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-head-leaves-for-belarus-on-monday-15491Culture ministry opens exhibition on late president in Solidarityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/culture-ministry-opens-exhibition-on-late-president-in-solidarity-15489<p>An exhibition, entitled 'Lech Kaczynski. A man of solidarity,' telling the story of the late president and his engagement in the trade union, was opened on Monday at the yard of the Culture Ministry in Warsaw. </p>Mon, 07 Sep 2020 13:56:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9hxty27e0ptllnlhpbwor.jpegCulture ministry opens exhibition on late president in Solidarityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/culture-ministry-opens-exhibition-on-late-president-in-solidarity-15489Polish production plant for patriot missile parts to be built in ‘milestone agreement’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-production-plant-for-patriot-missile-parts-to-be-built-in-milestone-agreement-15486<p>Military Aviation Works WZL1 and American company Lockheed Martin have launched the construction of a production plant in eastern Poland to produce components for missiles selected as armaments for the Polish Patriot anti-aircraft and missile system. </p>Mon, 07 Sep 2020 13:39:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y2dhtbg7ljbga47bzsk1r8.jpegThe PAC-3 MSE missiles produced by Lockheed Martin are the main element of the future Polish air defence system.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-production-plant-for-patriot-missile-parts-to-be-built-in-milestone-agreement-15486Poland's economy to rebound in last two quarters - dep PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economy-to-rebound-in-last-two-quarters---dep-pm-15484<p>The third and the fourth quarters of 2020 will see an economic recovery despite the difficulties connected with a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Deputy PM and Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz told private TV broadcaster Polsat News on Monday.</p>Mon, 07 Sep 2020 11:22:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i55cwwp424eqscv1qez29b.jpegPoland's economy to rebound in last two quarters - dep PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economy-to-rebound-in-last-two-quarters---dep-pm-15484Polish PM to talk with Belarusian opposition leader about aid for Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-talk-with-belarusian-opposition-leader-about-aid-for-belarus-15482<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will talk with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Warsaw on Wednesday about possible, additional aid measures for Belarus, PAP was told on Monday by government spokesman Piotr Mueller. </p>Mon, 07 Sep 2020 11:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rkk7cmrm66menu9l25qa1u.jpegPolish PM to talk with Belarusian opposition leader about aid for Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-talk-with-belarusian-opposition-leader-about-aid-for-belarus-15482Factory producing parts for Patriot missiles built in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/factory-producing-parts-for-patriot-missiles-built-in-poland-15480<p>Military Aviation Works WZL1 and American company Lockheed Martin have launched the construction of a production plant in Deblin, eastern Poland, to produce components for missiles selected as armaments for the Polish Patriot anti-aircraft and missile system. </p>Mon, 07 Sep 2020 10:41:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6u146s2s9r2nc490mm6d7.jpegFactory producing parts for Patriot missiles built in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/factory-producing-parts-for-patriot-missiles-built-in-poland-15480US Ambassador says US-Poland relations closer since she took the posthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-says-us-poland-relations-closer-since-she-took-the-post-15479<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher tweeted on Sunday that since she submitted her credentials to the Polish president two years ago, relations between the United States and Poland have become closer.</p>Sun, 06 Sep 2020 20:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2420ro3sbxkv5vti0ms36.jpegThe US ambassador to Warsaw is a member of the influential think tank Atlantic Council and the Foreign Policy Association.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-says-us-poland-relations-closer-since-she-took-the-post-15479Polish PM bemoans "double standard" on democracy in Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-bemoans-double-standard-on-democracy-in-europe-15478<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Saturday that in Europe a "double standard" is applied to assessing democracy and that richer EU countries" too nonchalantly criticise" countries of the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region.</p>Sun, 06 Sep 2020 20:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cyszxjikuqdwoqm5ni1js8.jpegAccording to the Polish PM, "rich EU countries, who have not experienced communism for themselves, too nonchalantly criticise our countries, and formulate unfair accusations."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-bemoans-double-standard-on-democracy-in-europe-15478Belarusian oppositionists to take part in Poland's Economic Forum 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusian-oppositionists-to-take-part-in-polands-economic-forum-2020-15477<p>Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya will be among the Belarusian guests of the Economic Forum 2020, which commences this week in the southern Polish town of Karpacz, the event's organisers told PAP on Saturday.</p>Sun, 06 Sep 2020 19:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/965uat2aj777f4ih2odmut.jpegBelarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya will be among the Belarusian guests of the Economic Forum 2020.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusian-oppositionists-to-take-part-in-polands-economic-forum-2020-15477Taking the pulse: Polish artists design installation that interacts with traffic data from Chinese cityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/taking-the-pulse-polish-artists-design-installation-that-interacts-with-traffic-data-from-chinese-city-15474<p>Polish artists have created a shimmering installation at Shenzen airport in China, which turns real-time data into a moving sculpture. ‘The Shimmering Pulse’ uses natural inspiration and new technology to map movement in the bustling metropolis.</p>Sun, 06 Sep 2020 18:57:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q38y281vpdxf0igygzdie.jpegClose inspection: members of the public check out ‘The Shimmering Pulse’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/taking-the-pulse-polish-artists-design-installation-that-interacts-with-traffic-data-from-chinese-city-15474Polish PM expresses outrage over slogan in Ukrainian villagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-expresses-outrage-over-slogan-in-ukrainian-village-15471<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday he was outraged to learn of an anti-Polish slogan written in the Ukrainian village of Huta Pieniacka, where many Poles perished at the hands of Ukrainian nationalists during World War II.</p>Sun, 06 Sep 2020 18:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p7g816zigtolekb3e1gy1.jpegThe monument commemorating the victims of the massacre in Huta Pieniacka.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-expresses-outrage-over-slogan-in-ukrainian-village-15471Lublin to host Jewish Culture Festivalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lublin-to-host-jewish-culture-festival-15470<p>Jewish tradition will be presented through music, performances, meetings and educational activities at the Lubliner Festiwal, the 1st Jewish Culture Festival, in Lublin, eastern Poland, which begins on Tuesday.</p>Sun, 06 Sep 2020 15:55:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g4rejouqmsrtyrk2i7emc.jpegThe world-famous cantor Yoni Rose will perform at the opening of the festival.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lublin-to-host-jewish-culture-festival-15470Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 70,824https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-70824-15469<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 437 since Saturday and reached 70,824, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday morning. Another seven persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,120.</p>Sun, 06 Sep 2020 14:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ogdxtlvc0d1kmlll3muer.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-70824-15469Guns in the attic: school gets shock when WWII weapons components found in lofthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/guns-in-the-attic-school-gets-shock-when-wwii-weapons-components-found-in-loft-15467<p>Pieces of World War II rifles have been found in the attic of a school in eastern Poland but just why they were left there decades ago remains a mystery.</p>Sun, 06 Sep 2020 13:45:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rpghba896ve19z8hsncb2d.jpegThree rifle barrels were part of the find.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/guns-in-the-attic-school-gets-shock-when-wwii-weapons-components-found-in-loft-15467Scientists reveal the dark Nazi history of Oświęcim’s treeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-reveal-the-dark-nazi-history-of-oswiecims-trees-15464<p>Dendrologists in Oświęcim have carried out pioneering research to find out whether trees on a World War Two-era housing estate were planted by Germans responsible for over a million deaths at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.</p>Sun, 06 Sep 2020 10:29:00 +0200ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/omo7ut4ujydqmjx8oiipr.jpegCasting a shadow: the trees in the garden have a dark past.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-reveal-the-dark-nazi-history-of-oswiecims-trees-15464Poland demands end to political repression in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-demands-end-to-political-repression-in-belarus-15463<p>Polish PM's Office Head Michał Dworczyk told reporters on Saturday that "every person persecuted in Belarus can count on the support of the Polish state."</p>Sat, 05 Sep 2020 19:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/merl6kxw2bdajhh1fwl4.jpegKovalkova said that she was told to either leave Belarus or face a long prison term.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-demands-end-to-political-repression-in-belarus-15463It's our duty to honour Ukrainians who saved Poles - PiS leaderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-our-duty-to-honour-ukrainians-who-saved-poles---pis-leader-15462<p>Poland's ruling party Law and Justice leader told participants of a meeting of Catholic broadcasters Radio Maryja and TV Trwam, in Toruń, northern Poland, on Saturday that it was the obligation of Poles to honour Ukrainians who saved Poles during the Volhynia Massacre.</p>Sat, 05 Sep 2020 18:51:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qsah457x2wmi69nh6560uj.jpeg"The commemoration of those, who during this terrible slaughter and extreme cruelty, sacrificed their lives (...) to save their Polish neighbours, is the duty of the Polish people," Jarosław Kaczyński said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-our-duty-to-honour-ukrainians-who-saved-poles---pis-leader-15462Polish PM to meet Belarusian opposition leader on Sept. 9https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-meet-belarusian-opposition-leader-on-sept-9-15461<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki will meet with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Warsaw on Wednesday, September 9, PAP was told on Saturday by PM's Office head Michał Dworczyk.</p>Sat, 05 Sep 2020 18:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g9qps29a6tswe80uid23ie.jpegTsikhanouskaya has been probably forced to leave Belarus and is now in Lithuania. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-meet-belarusian-opposition-leader-on-sept-9-15461Presidential couple launches National Reading Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-couple-launches-national-reading-day-15460<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda inaugurated the 9th National Reading Day at the Saski Garden in Warsaw on Saturday, with a reading of 'Balladyna,' a drama written by Polish Romantic-era playwright and poet Juliusz Słowacki.</p>Sat, 05 Sep 2020 18:02:00 +0200News & PoliticsArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i42ds3rqs9tmcoswwgbw0c.jpegThe president said that Juliusz Słowacki's "Balladyna" is literature that "is deeply rooted in our Polish history and mentality.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-couple-launches-national-reading-day-15460Archaeologists unearth forgotten WWI war graveshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archaeologists-unearth-forgotten-wwi-war-graves-15458<p>Working in close collaboration with local volunteers and Community of Komańcza, a team of archaeologists from Kraków’s Jagiellonian University have discovered the remains of two World War One cemeteries as well as solved the mystery of an obelisk mentioned in The Good Soldier Svejk around Łupków in the region of Podkarpacie.</p>Sat, 05 Sep 2020 17:39:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nrxudewf5wqyw9ei48j7z.jpegWar grave: the remains of soldiers in the newly discovered cemetery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archaeologists-unearth-forgotten-wwi-war-graves-15458Game time: Polish gaming firms head to the stock exchange as market growshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/game-time-polish-gaming-firms-head-to-the-stock-exchange-as-market-grows-15456<p>The Poland’s gaming sector is enjoying heady times at the moment with companies lining up to open on the stock market on the back of the sector seeing 32-percent growth in revenue last year.</p>Sat, 05 Sep 2020 13:05:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mov698hd7v6z6ebiy431t.jpegDrago Entertainment’s Otherland game.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/game-time-polish-gaming-firms-head-to-the-stock-exchange-as-market-grows-15456Poles willingly engage in charitable activities - UNICEF spokespersonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-willingly-engage-in-charitable-activities---unicef-spokesperson-15455<p>Poles like to engage in charity not only financially, but also with their free time and good hearts, UNICEF Poland spokeswoman Monika Kacprzak told PAP on the occasion of the International Day of Charity falling on Saturday.</p>Sat, 05 Sep 2020 12:04:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pgbt3dyvo42kl98mr5ym5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-willingly-engage-in-charitable-activities---unicef-spokesperson-15455Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 70,387https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-70387-15454<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 567 since Friday and reached 70,387, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another 13 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,113.</p>Sat, 05 Sep 2020 11:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dqwrdg6vgvbi8wx35a6x6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-70387-15454Sex bonds: jewellery firm launches collection for men and womenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sex-bonds-jewellery-firm-launches-collection-for-men-and-women-15453<p>A Polish jewellery brand has released a new collection that celebrates the importance of connection between people, with pieces that can be worn by both women and men.</p>Sat, 05 Sep 2020 10:48:00 +0200BusinessArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e7q553u71mrznjtrj3zun.jpegAll together: the jewellery is designed for men and women.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sex-bonds-jewellery-firm-launches-collection-for-men-and-women-15453President to receive credentials from new German ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-receive-credentials-from-new-german-ambassador-15452<p>The Polish president's chief aide Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP on Saturday that President Andrzej Duda had agreed to receive credentials from new German Ambassador to Poland Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven.</p>Sat, 05 Sep 2020 10:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sj0ilctt81rxpal6tuxsrr.jpegArndt Freytag von Loringhoven is a former ambassador to the Czech Republic (2014-16), a former deputy head of Germany's BND intelligence service (2007-10) and the first head of NATO intelligence (from 2016). https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-to-receive-credentials-from-new-german-ambassador-15452Poland decorates British historianhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-decorates-british-historian-15451<p>British historian Roger Moorhouse has been awarded the Cavalier's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for popularising Polish history in Britain.</p>Sat, 05 Sep 2020 09:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fz302s6cuuhv80uwfqmyrq.pngMoorhouse said he found Polish history fascinating and that he was proud to have contributed to presenting its true picture in light of current attempts to distort it.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-decorates-british-historian-15451Poland in 3rd round of US Open Grand Slamhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-in-3rd-round-of-us-open-grand-slam-15450<p>Poland's Iga Świątek beat American Sachia Vickery 6: 7 (5-7), 6: 3, 6: 4 in the second round of the US Open Grand Slam tournament.</p>Fri, 04 Sep 2020 20:56:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1gfwsy3z3par10sc2iwmo.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-in-3rd-round-of-us-open-grand-slam-15450Visegrad Group stronger than ever - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/visegrad-group-stronger-than-ever---pm-15449<p>The Visegrad Group (V4, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary - PAP) is stronger than ever, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook after Friday's signing of a cooperation agreement by the V4 finance ministers.</p>Fri, 04 Sep 2020 18:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lv5h8zp04ropcco5qsaqdf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/visegrad-group-stronger-than-ever---pm-15449Poland denies territorial claims on Belarus - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-denies-territorial-claims-on-belarus---mod-15448<p>Poland has no territorial claims on any country, including Belarus, the Polish Defence Ministry announced in its official position regarding information on the deployment of one half of the Belarusian army on the country's border with Poland and Lithuania.</p>Fri, 04 Sep 2020 17:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland denies territorial claims on Belarus - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-denies-territorial-claims-on-belarus---mod-15448Fundraising campaign underway to help 93-year-old ex-fireman and WWII veteran restore his beloved old fire enginehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fundraising-campaign-underway-to-help-93-year-old-ex-fireman-and-wwii-veteran-restore-his-beloved-old-fire-engine-15446<p>A fund-raising campaign has been started to help a WWII veteran and former volunteer fireman restore the vintage fire engine he once used to save lives.</p>Fri, 04 Sep 2020 15:52:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9y296k6rp4v9qwum7tofbq.pngJózef Miehle says to restore his old fire engine would be a dream come true.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fundraising-campaign-underway-to-help-93-year-old-ex-fireman-and-wwii-veteran-restore-his-beloved-old-fire-engine-15446Poland manages to keep pandemic in check - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-manages-to-keep-pandemic-in-check---president-15445<p>Poland has been keeping the coronavirus pandemic under control, President Andrzej Duda said on Friday after a Cabinet Council meeting devoted to government strategies in fighting the Covid-19 disease.</p>Fri, 04 Sep 2020 15:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rg89w5ti36q4adbihgyc8.jpeg"We can openly say that we have the situation under control," Duda said, thanking society for observing the government restrictions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-manages-to-keep-pandemic-in-check---president-15445Poland 16th in Europe for virus cases - health officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-16th-in-europe-for-virus-cases---health-official-15444<p>Poland occupies 16th place in Europe in terms of the number of coronavirus infections, Chief Sanitary Inspector Jarosław Pinkas told a Friday sitting of the Cabinet Council, a consultative body comprising the president and government,</p>Fri, 04 Sep 2020 14:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cefvid1jeqm1uaawwn8svq.jpegThe chief sanitary inspector explained that to a great extent the epidemic now has a focal nature and that focal points dominate in work places and in private events, particularly weddings.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-16th-in-europe-for-virus-cases---health-official-15444Hero firemen save 450-year-old oak after suspected vandals set it ablazehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hero-firemen-save-450-year-old-oak-after-suspected-vandals-set-it-ablaze-15442<p>A 450-year-old oak tree called Wincenty has been saved after firemen scrambled into action following reports of it being set on fire. </p>Fri, 04 Sep 2020 14:34:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7k475ayloyuew9n1p4g8m.pngWhen fire crews arrived at the site in southeast Poland’s Podkarpackie region they found smoke billowing out of the tree named Wincenty, which has been a national monument since 1966.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hero-firemen-save-450-year-old-oak-after-suspected-vandals-set-it-ablaze-15442Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 69,820https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-69820-15440<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 691 since Thursday and reached 69,820, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another eight persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,100.</p>Fri, 04 Sep 2020 14:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i911x82186dhewvpg3eef.jpegNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 69,820https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-69820-15440EIB grants Poland EUR 650-mln credit line to tackle COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eib-grants-poland-eur-650-mln-credit-line-to-tackle-covid-19-15437<p>The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted Poland a credit line of EUR 650 million to finance actions related to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the fields of health care and public protection, the EIB announced on Friday. </p>Fri, 04 Sep 2020 14:08:00 +0200News & PoliticsBusinesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/03dh742g7mewvtgnqqr1jic.jpegEIB grants Poland EUR 650-mln credit line to tackle COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eib-grants-poland-eur-650-mln-credit-line-to-tackle-covid-19-15437Only vaccine will end coronavirus pandemic, Polish president sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/only-vaccine-will-end-coronavirus-pandemic-polish-president-says-15435<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda, in an opening address at a Cabinet Council meeting on Friday, said that the eradication of the coronavirus and the related threat can only be achieved through a vaccine and medications. </p>Fri, 04 Sep 2020 14:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kaucdwv9kre89dd804k1fi.jpegOnly vaccine will end coronavirus pandemic, Polish president sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/only-vaccine-will-end-coronavirus-pandemic-polish-president-says-15435Warsaw one of Europe’s Top 10 eco-friendly cities, says new reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-one-of-europes-top-10-eco-friendly-cities-says-new-report-15433<p>Warsaw is one Europe’s 10 greenest cities and one of the continent’s least polluted metropolises, according to a ranking published today.</p>Fri, 04 Sep 2020 12:53:00 +0200News & PoliticsLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/er5nevgznns52bs62rl1xi.jpegWhen it came to greenery the survey looked at the number of parks and gardens, wildlife areas, forests, playgrounds and bodies of water found in cities across Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-one-of-europes-top-10-eco-friendly-cities-says-new-report-15433Olga Tokarczuk nominated for the International Dublin Literary Awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/olga-tokarczuk-nominated-for-the-international-dublin-literary-award-15431<p>Polish author and Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk's novel "Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead" has been shortlisted for the prestigious International Dublin Literary Award presented annually for a literary work published in English. </p>Fri, 04 Sep 2020 10:04:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3qdnc1e3pm66kge935nain.jpegOlga Tokarczuk nominated for the International Dublin Literary Awardhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/olga-tokarczuk-nominated-for-the-international-dublin-literary-award-15431Poland changes approach to dealing with epidemic - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-changes-approach-to-dealing-with-epidemic---health-minister-15429<p>Health Minister Adam Niedzielski on Thursday announced a change in the approach towards COVID-19, from the spring defence against a pandemic to a "flexible risk management" in the fall.</p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 20:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/saajssol47dom19p91jt7.jpegThe minister said after a stage of drastic measures applied in the spring defence against the pandemic "we are changing the nature of our response, moving away from measures applied nationwide, to measures dedicated to regions and tailored to the scale of the phenomenon."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-changes-approach-to-dealing-with-epidemic---health-minister-15429Polish PM says Navalny's poisoning attempted by "hostile regime"https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-says-navalnys-poisoning-attempted-by-hostile-regime-15428<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, in a Thursday tweet on the poisoning of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, wrote that "we are dealing with a hostile regime."</p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 19:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xb6e8fpr7l0y2590hyvzg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-says-navalnys-poisoning-attempted-by-hostile-regime-15428Transformation of mining regions may boost investment - EC's Timmermanshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/transformation-of-mining-regions-may-boost-investment---ecs-timmermans-15427<p>Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans on Thursday said that transformation of mining regions may generate investment worth an estimated EUR 100 billion during the next seven years.</p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 18:59:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/388atm44253r7t0usjmrv.jpegThe EC vice-president assessed that Poland has huge potential for the development of the hydrogen economy, as well as biogas and offshore wind energy. In his opinion Poland may become a leader on a European scale in these areas.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/transformation-of-mining-regions-may-boost-investment---ecs-timmermans-15427Polish PM stresses importance of major public investmentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-stresses-importance-of-major-public-investments-15425<p>Large-scale public investments and encouraging businesspeople to invest have become particularly important in the times of the coronavirus crisis, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Facebook on Thursday after a closed-door meeting at the European Economic Congress.</p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 17:27:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mpbmre5td1imu6qsvxam9.jpegThe congress has been taking place in the Polish southern city of Katowice, where Morawiecki met with businesspeople attending the event.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-stresses-importance-of-major-public-investments-15425Four Cultures Festival starts in central Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-cultures-festival-starts-in-central-poland-15424<p>The Łódź Festival of Four Cultures, highlighting the contribution of Poles, Jews, Russians and Germans to the development of the central Polish city, began on Thursday and will this year feature concerts, performances, workshops and walks.</p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 17:01:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6lbqwcaj95mqlxd488pzy.jpegThe motto of this year's festival, "A future without return", refers to the current pandemic reality.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/four-cultures-festival-starts-in-central-poland-15424"Solidarity is Poland's second name" - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-is-polands-second-name---pm-15421<p>Addressing Thursday's official gathering in Zabrze, southern Poland, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Solidarity trade union's birth, PM Mateusz Morawiecki stated that "Solidarity is Poland's second name."</p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 16:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0jrstc4fc3d5yf71ozgao6h.jpeg"Solidarity is the direction of our actions and the direction which should guide the politics of every good government and those who represent working people," Morawiecki said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-is-polands-second-name---pm-15421Remains of 7,000-year-old jar with ‘creepy’ horned face found in Neolithic househttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remains-of-7000-year-old-jar-with-creepy-horned-human-face-found-in-neolithic-house-15418<p>A 7,000-year-old jar shaped like a horned human face has been discovered in the remnants of a Neolithic house.</p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 16:15:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vaxb8vccpgpfykgc4gip3u.jpegAccording to archaeologists the unusual artefact which measures 10cm across and has clearly defined eyes and a nose with two protrusions that resemble horns could be “connected to religious practices.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remains-of-7000-year-old-jar-with-creepy-horned-human-face-found-in-neolithic-house-15418EC criticises Polish flight banhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-criticises-polish-flight-ban-15416<p>The European Commission (EC) on Thursday criticised the Polish flight ban to several dozen countries which Warsaw introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus and said that there were other more adequate measures to stop the virus.</p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 15:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bp81c5tnzv60fulun9hw4wv.jpegOn Wednesday, Poland restricted air travel to 44 countries, including Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Spain, Romania and the United States.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-criticises-polish-flight-ban-15416Retail sales up by 4.3 pct y/y in July - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-by-43-pct-yy-in-july---eurostat-15414<p>Polish retail sales grew by 2.0 percent year on year in July 2020 after a 2.7-percent y/y increase in June. Month on month, retail sales rose by 1.7 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 15:39:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales up by 4.3 pct y/y in July - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-by-43-pct-yy-in-july---eurostat-15414From Poźrzadło to Łagów: Webber explores the abundant pleasures of rustic lifehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-pozrzadlo-to-lagow-webber-explores-the-abundant-pleasures-of-rustic-life-15411<p>And so, onto the abundant pleasures of countryside living. Copious in number, it’d take a full day to list them all, but for me the rustic life is all about being woken first thing by a large and lusty cock-a-doodle-doo.</p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 15:30:00 +0200LifeWebber's WorldRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gh1nubm2b1c2tp2y8b3tj7.jpegŁagów sits on Poland’s western rump penned in by emerald green forests and a pair of placid lakes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-pozrzadlo-to-lagow-webber-explores-the-abundant-pleasures-of-rustic-life-15411Ssssssurprise! Gun raid cops in horror snake discoveryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ssssssurprise-gun-raid-cops-in-snake-horror-discovery-15408<p>Police searching for illegal weapons had the shock of their lives when they raided an apartment and came face to face with a dozen deadly snakes.</p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 13:44:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p5wfgnxxyyvu35oj5z3h.jpegOfficers found 11 huge snakes, most of which were pythons and anacondas, during a raid at a property in Poznań.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ssssssurprise-gun-raid-cops-in-snake-horror-discovery-15408Poland receives EUR 1.08 billion from EU funds in July - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-108-billion-from-eu-funds-in-july---minfin-15406<p>Poland received EUR 1.08 billion from EU funds in July 2020, including EUR 200.7 million in current transfers and EUR 883.4 million in capital transfers, the Finance Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. </p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 13:21:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6ay118xzjug51khedzxiyk.jpegPoland receives EUR 1.08 billion from EU funds in July - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-108-billion-from-eu-funds-in-july---minfin-15406Agnieszka Radwańska joins top athletes with message of solidarity for Belarus protestorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/agnieszka-radwanska-joins-top-athletes-with-message-of-solidarity-for-belarus-protestors-15403<p><span lang="en-GB">Tennis ace Agnieszka Radwańska has joined other Polish athletes to express their solidarity with Belarus in a video that tells the protesters there that “we are with you!”.</span>&nbsp;</p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 12:47:00 +0200News & PoliticsSporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2e0hz0dwcbvwhpzko05at.jpegTennis ace Agnieszka Radwańska is just one of over 20 Polish athletes to express their solidarity with Belarus in a video.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/agnieszka-radwanska-joins-top-athletes-with-message-of-solidarity-for-belarus-protestors-15403Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 69,129https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-69129-15401<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 612 since Wednesday and reached 69,129, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another 14 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,092.</p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 12:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zuonog27zwa3c4iwvt3dwd.jpegNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 69,129https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-69129-15401Shutting down mines is inevitable, Polish deputy PM sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shutting-down-mines-is-inevitable-polish-deputy-pm-says-15399<p>The process of shutting down Polish coal mines is inevitable and the Polish Mining Group (PGG) has prepared a plan to close down four unprofitable mines, Deputy PM and State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin told private radio RMF FM on Thursday. </p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 10:50:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/52taqi5xf4wddet0xhbdhd.jpegShutting down mines is inevitable, Polish deputy PM sayshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/shutting-down-mines-is-inevitable-polish-deputy-pm-says-15399Coronavirus may boost foreign investors' interest in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-may-boost-foreign-investors-interest-in-poland-15396<p>The coronavirus pandemic may increase Poland's attractiveness in the eyes of foreign investors and strengthen the country's position as a regional leader in terms of foreign direct investment, the acting head of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) told PAP. </p>Thu, 03 Sep 2020 10:20:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/696zsgkpf084rv9sipihuq.jpegCoronavirus may boost foreign investors' interest in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coronavirus-may-boost-foreign-investors-interest-in-poland-15396Renewables to account for 13-14 pct of power usage in 2020 - dep minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/renewables-to-account-for-13-14-pct-of-power-usage-in-2020---dep-min-15393<p>Poland may not reach the target level of 15 percent of renewable energy sources (RESs) in general gross energy consumption in 2020, with a share of 13-14 percent more likely, Deputy Climate Minister Ireneusz Zyska announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 20:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bc9qcnpz0avg4cn5tell7e.jpegZyska highlighted the growth of solar power in Poland. "We built the first 1 GW over eight years, and the second GW will emerge in a mere eight months," he said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/renewables-to-account-for-13-14-pct-of-power-usage-in-2020---dep-min-15393Funds minister announces new innovation programme for SMEshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/funds-minister-announces-new-innovation-programme-for-smes-15391<p>Polish Minister of Funds and Regional Policy Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak announced a new programme on Wednesday that will provide grants and loans to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to encourage innovative projects.</p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 19:33:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i2up1mim2rrxixihs5cac.jpegThe minister highlighted that a significant share of the funds for Polish entrepreneurs will be funds for innovation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/funds-minister-announces-new-innovation-programme-for-smes-15391Belarusian opposition council member arrives in Poland for conferencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusian-opposition-council-member-arrives-in-poland-for-conference-15390<p>A member of Belarus's opposition council Pavel Latushko said on Wednesday he had left for Poland to take part in the Economic Forum in Krynica, southern Poland, but that he had not emigrated, Belarusian media have reported.</p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 19:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ywiptktp8kvoyaa0fmjnq.jpegLatushko is a former culture minister, diplomat and head of the main state drama theatre, dismissed from this position for supporting the anti-government protests.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusian-opposition-council-member-arrives-in-poland-for-conference-15390On the 40th anniversary of Warsaw’s Old Town being added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list, TFN takes a look at the ‘youngest’ Old Town and its many wondershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-the-40th-anniversary-of-warsaws-old-town-being-added-to-unescos-world-heritage-list-tfn-takes-a-look-at-the-youngest-old-town-and-its-many-wonders-15387<p>Forty years ago today, the Old Town in Warsaw was officially added to the UNESCO’s World Heritage list.</p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 18:02:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4du75tlocf9znih3khe0yc.jpegWarsaw’s Old Town can be considered one of the youngest in Europe, since the buildings standing today are the result of an enormous effort to recreate and rebuild the destroyed city.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-the-40th-anniversary-of-warsaws-old-town-being-added-to-unescos-world-heritage-list-tfn-takes-a-look-at-the-youngest-old-town-and-its-many-wonders-15387Polish economic institute revises country's 2020 GDP decline to -3.1https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economic-institute-revises-countrys-2020-gdp-decline-to--31-15385<p>Polish Economic Institute (PIE) experts have revised the forecast of a decline in Poland's GDP in 2020 from -4.2 to -3.1 percent, according to the PIE's monthly magazine.</p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 17:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish economic institute revises country's 2020 GDP decline to -3.1https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economic-institute-revises-countrys-2020-gdp-decline-to--31-15385Plugged in and ready to go...https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/plugged-in-and-ready-to-go-15384<p>In this episode of the Debrief, we put the show into fifth gear as we hurtle towards the future of electric cars in Poland…</p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 17:26:00 +0200BusinessPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ed8o5wbvperzo3n6zf38k.jpegFully charged the Vosco can travel up to 250 kilometres.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/plugged-in-and-ready-to-go-15384Solidarity brought together the people of Europe - former EP headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-brought-together-the-people-of-europe---former-ep-head-15383<p>Poland's NSZZ Solidarność (Solidarity) trade union, established 40 years ago, did not only change Poland and the whole of Europe, but also created a base of solidarity between European residents, former EP president Hans-Gert Poettering said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 16:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ct3noxcqbftut7g3ilm5.jpegSpeaking at the inauguration of the 12th European Economic Congress, Poettering noted that the establishment of the Solidarity movement brought huge changes, not only to Poland but also to Europe and his own country, Germany.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-brought-together-the-people-of-europe---former-ep-head-15383Polish MEPs, PM hold Belarus debate in European Parliamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-meps-pm-hold-belarus-debate-in-european-parliament-15382<p>Polish European Parliamentarians (MEPs) from different European Parliament (EP) groups held a debate on the situation in Belarus on Monday that was also attended online by Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki.</p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 16:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zqjpju4jrbadxnylagxaw.jpegAnna Fotyga, an MEP representing Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS), who co-organised the debate, said the discussion was very good. "We'll be meeting more often. Something that PM Morawiecki initiated has been bringing results," she said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-meps-pm-hold-belarus-debate-in-european-parliament-15382Huge mural celebrating footy ace Kazimierz Deyna goes up in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/huge-mural-celebrating-footy-ace-kazimierz-deyna-goes-up-in-warsaw-15378<p>Sports fans converged upon Warsaw’s Ursynów district yesterday evening to commemorate the anniversary of the passing of Kazimierz Deyna and to witness the unveiling of a giant mural dedicated to his memory.</p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 15:11:00 +0200Art & CultureSporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gqjzzz7egztmyykm1sx9di.jpegSports fans converged upon Warsaw’s Ursynów district to commemorate the anniversary of the passing of Kazimierz Deyna and to witness the unveiling of a giant mural dedicated to his memory.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/huge-mural-celebrating-footy-ace-kazimierz-deyna-goes-up-in-warsaw-15378Freedom and Independence group formed to combat Soviet terror founded 75 years ago todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/freedom-and-independence-group-formed-to-combat-soviet-terror-founded-75-years-ago-today-15376<p>Before his execution on March 1st, 1951, Lt. Col. Łukasz Ciepliński took pen to paper and wrote: “I am glad to be murdered as a Catholic for the holy faith, as a Pole for my homeland and as a man for truth and justice. &nbsp;</p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 14:15:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/503x3krou08rydo0sdp4a.jpegHaving suffered so much during the years of German occupation, when World War II was officially over, Poland was again under foreign domination and the country was in the grip of Soviet terror.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/freedom-and-independence-group-formed-to-combat-soviet-terror-founded-75-years-ago-today-15376Tesco to cut jobs and close more stores in Poland - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tesco-to-cut-jobs-and-close-more-stores-in-poland---daily-15374<p>The British supermarket group Tesco has announced plans to cut jobs, close its online store and a few other hypermarkets in Poland, the Puls Biznesu daily wrote on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 13:50:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k9h7tvk65res4623ioj2.jpegTesco to cut jobs and close more stores in Poland - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tesco-to-cut-jobs-and-close-more-stores-in-poland---daily-15374Polish diplomats barred from laying flowers in Russian city of Tverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-diplomats-barred-from-laying-flowers-in-russian-city-of-tver-15372<p>Polish diplomats will not be allowed to lay flowers at a building that once was the local headquarters of the dreaded Soviet secret police NKVD, charge d'affaires of the Polish Embassy in Moscow Jacek Sladewski said. </p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 13:42:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xwakdn313lgrwbdizf24k.pngPolish diplomats barred from laying flowers in Russian city of Tverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-diplomats-barred-from-laying-flowers-in-russian-city-of-tver-15372Pope Francis salutes Poland's Solidarity Union during General Audiencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pope-francis-salutes-polands-solidarity-union-during-general-audience-15370<p>Pope Francis marked the 40th anniversary of the founding of Poland's Solidarity union during Wednesday's general audience in the Vatican, the first in six months with the participation of the faithful. </p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 13:38:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0jdphjyct1oshwzswjf7je.jpegPope Francis salutes Poland's Solidarity Union during General Audiencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pope-francis-salutes-polands-solidarity-union-during-general-audience-15370Poland to spend EUR 6.14 billion for the disabled in 2020 - minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-spend-eur-614-billion-for-the-disabled-in-2020---min-15368<p>Poland will spend over PLN 27 billion (EUR 6.14 billion) on support for people with disabilities this year, up by PLN 12 billion (EUR 2.73 billion) from 2015, Polish Family and Labour Minister Marlena Malag said on Wednesday. </p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 13:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vaeq37qc2smpqi0rskrsm.jpegPoland to spend EUR 6.14 billion for the disabled in 2020 - minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-spend-eur-614-billion-for-the-disabled-in-2020---min-15368Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 68,517https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-68517-15366<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 595 since Tuesday and reached 68,517, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another 20 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,078. </p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 11:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bc03xtinr6rd2l62r98o2h.jpegNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 68,517https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-68517-15366Poland's new foreign minister vows to continue predecessor's policyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-new-foreign-minister-vows-to-continue-predecessors-policy-15364<p>Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, who recently took over from Jacek Czaputowicz, has said in an interview with PAP that he will continue the country's foreign policy in coordination with the government and the president. </p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 11:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hx0dbcouwmdumhi1yfzux8.jpegPoland's new foreign minister vows to continue predecessor's policyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-new-foreign-minister-vows-to-continue-predecessors-policy-15364Poland extends flight ban to 44 countrieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-flight-ban-to-44-countries-15362<p>Poland is banning until September 15 direct flights from 44 countries in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the country, in line with the government's regulation published on Wednesday after midnight. </p>Wed, 02 Sep 2020 10:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eke9xdmkrsiynl6xhoq3c.jpegPoland extends flight ban to 44 countrieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-flight-ban-to-44-countries-15362Polish students take two gold medals at int’l programming competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-students-take-two-gold-medals-at-intl-programming-competition-15360<p>Polish students captured two gold medals and two silver medals at the 27th Central European Olympiad in Informatics (CEOI 2020) which took place in Nagykanizsa, Hungary, announced the Ministry of Education on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 19:05:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qgyr7rea09c9vfeyv7bzn9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-students-take-two-gold-medals-at-intl-programming-competition-15360President calls Cabinet Council sitting for Fridayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-calls-cabinet-council-sitting-for-friday-15359<p>President Andrzej Duda has called for a sitting of the Cabinet Council, a consultative body comprising the president and the government, for Friday to debate epidemic-related issues.</p>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 17:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6qaluxn8w7at09tsqd5pd.jpegA previous sitting of the council, in connection with the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, took place in mid-March.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-calls-cabinet-council-sitting-for-friday-15359More than half of Poles satisfied with work of presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-than-half-of-poles-satisfied-with-work-of-president-15358<p>The work of President Andrzej Duda is positively assessed by 56 percent of Poles, while 38 percent are of the opposite opinion, show the results of a CBOS survey carried out in August.</p>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 17:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pptv9fq3mrm5irrmy9ioo.jpegCompared to the July poll, the percentage of those satisfied with Andrzej Duda's presidency increased by 3 percentage points (pps).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-than-half-of-poles-satisfied-with-work-of-president-15358Germans unveil memorial to Polish WWII liberators of Berlinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/germans-unveil-memorial-to-polish-wwii-liberators-of-berlin-15357<p>A three-metre high memorial to Polish soldiers who took part in the liberation of Berlin in1945 was unveiled on Tuesday in the city's Charlottenburg district.</p>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 16:42:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b2v68agnbag4s8i9t93v4.jpegThe flag-shaped obelisk carries an inscription in German and Polish which commemorates Polish units fighting in the ranks of the Allies in the 1945 Battle of Berlin.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/germans-unveil-memorial-to-polish-wwii-liberators-of-berlin-15357Scientists find ‘cannabis extract’ can help save bees from pesticide poisoninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-find-cannabis-extract-can-help-save-bees-from-pesticide-poisoning-15354<p>Scientists have discovered that hemp extract can help bees survive poisoning by pesticides.</p>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 15:47:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zj0gpjxoohrno4hu6ests.jpegA team from Lublin’s Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, led by Professor Aneta Ptaszyńska (pictured), are the first in the world to test the longevity of bees who have been exposed to pesticides after receiving hemp extract.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-find-cannabis-extract-can-help-save-bees-from-pesticide-poisoning-15354Poland's unemployment rate at 3.2 pct in July - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-32-pct-in-july---eurostat-15353<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached 3.2 percent in July 2020, down from 3.3 in June, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 15:30:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate at 3.2 pct in July - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-32-pct-in-july---eurostat-15353Poland's manufacturing PMI down in Augusthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-down-in-august-15352<p>Poland's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell to 50.6 points in August 2020 from 52.8 in July, the economic research company IHS Markit reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 15:19:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/js8dubusemcc7pnodrc0tb.jpegAccording to the latest research results, the economic conditions in the Polish industry continued to improve, but at a slower pace than a month earlier.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-down-in-august-15352Poland's CPI up 2.9 pct y/y in August - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-up-29-pct-yy-in-august---stats-office-15351<p>Prices of consumer goods and services likely increased by 2.9 percent year on year and fell by 0.1 percent month on month in August 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported in a flash estimate on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 15:03:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qy32yps4m7iwmujjjf0xnm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-up-29-pct-yy-in-august---stats-office-15351From Gdańsk to Berlin: Runners take on 675km challenge to raise money for charity and seal Polish-German relationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-gdansk-to-berlin-runners-take-on-675km-challenge-to-raise-money-for-charity-and-seal-polish-german-relations-15349<p><span lang="en-GB">A&nbsp;</span><span lang="en-GB">team of runners are running the 675 km between Gdańsk and Berlin to raise money for charity, while highlighting the importance of good relations between Poland and Germany.</span>&nbsp;</p>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 14:47:00 +0200SportLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m7hlj7o7hog6csot4q50a.jpegThe run begins today on 1 September, the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, which began in 1939 with the German invasion of Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-gdansk-to-berlin-runners-take-on-675km-challenge-to-raise-money-for-charity-and-seal-polish-german-relations-15349Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 67,922https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-67922-15347<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 550 since Monday and reached 67,922, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another 19 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,058.</p>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 14:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/upb9mk7quxfxt9awy6y2wj.jpegNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 67,922https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-67922-15347How the death of a farmer and a bungled siege of a radio tower gave Hitler his justification to unleash WWIIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-the-death-of-a-farmer-and-a-bungled-siege-of-a-radio-tower-gave-hitler-his-justification-to-unleash-wwii-15345<p>On the evening of 31 August 1939, a seven-man SS team disguised as Poles stormed the radio station in the then German city of Gleiwitz. </p>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 13:28:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r1odf9tww7k3xtf37rqip.pngA seven-man SS team disguised as Poles stormed a Radio station in the then German city of Gleiwitz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/how-the-death-of-a-farmer-and-a-bungled-siege-of-a-radio-tower-gave-hitler-his-justification-to-unleash-wwii-15345Poles are guardians of truth about World War II - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-are-guardians-of-truth-about-world-war-ii---pm-15342<p>Poles are today guardians of the truth about World War Two, that history lesson must also be read today, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during ceremonies to mark the 81st anniversary of the outbreak of WW II. </p>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 11:04:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qoocnvjn1cajjm4ppdagoq.jpegPoles are guardians of truth about World War II - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-are-guardians-of-truth-about-world-war-ii---pm-15342WWII outbreak anniversary marked by ceremony in Westerplattehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wwii-outbreak-anniversary-marked-by-ceremony-in-westerplatte-15340<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda took part in an early morning ceremony in Westerplatte, near Gdansk, on Tuesday to mark the 81st anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two. </p>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 09:57:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zw2pco49xuhyltfvigae5.jpegWWII outbreak anniversary marked by ceremony in Westerplattehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wwii-outbreak-anniversary-marked-by-ceremony-in-westerplatte-15340Solidarity grew from desire for dignity - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-grew-from-desire-for-dignity---president-15339<p>The Solidarity trade union grew out of a desire and a demand for dignity, President Andrzej Duda said in Gdańsk, northern Poland, on Monday, at ceremonies marking the 40th anniversary of the founding of the union.</p>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 18:20:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/os07eiryn4joqkh9nw60gs.jpegDuda stated that the protesters wished a life of dignity and were prepared to demand it.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-grew-from-desire-for-dignity---president-15339Brussels criticises Central Europe due to competition - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brussels-criticises-central-europe-due-to-competition---polish-pm-15338<p>The reprimands that Brussels has been addressing to Central Europe are motivated by the West's concerns about the growing competitiveness of the region, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said at an international forum in Slovenia on Monday.</p>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 18:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBrussels criticises Central Europe due to competition - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brussels-criticises-central-europe-due-to-competition---polish-pm-15338Wałęsa says August Agreements were greatest victory in Poland's historyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/walesa-says-august-agreements-were-greatest-victory-in-polands-history-15336<p>Former Solidarity leader and former Polish president Lech Wałęsa said on Monday that the 1980 August Agreements were the greatest victory in Poland's history. He made the statement on the 40th anniversary of their signing in Gdańsk, northern Poland.</p>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 17:35:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/75hots4c7lgzml8rd5jtek.jpegWałęsa says August Agreements were greatest victory in Poland's history.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/walesa-says-august-agreements-were-greatest-victory-in-polands-history-15336Poland's GDP to drop by 4 pct in 2020 - development minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-drop-by-4-pct-in-2020---development-min-15335<p>The Polish economy will contract by 4 percent in 2020 and investment will fall by 9 percent, with a 3-percent drop in consumption, Deputy PM and Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz told a news conference on Monday.</p>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 17:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u7hp09w45rf5ftb3rqtgz2.jpegEmilewicz said that the assumed 4-percent GDP drop "will still be the best result among European Union members."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-drop-by-4-pct-in-2020---development-min-15335From the Niagara falls to Rio de Janeiro’s statue of Christ the Redeemer, the colours of Poland light up to mark 40 years since historic pro-democracy agreementshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-the-niagara-falls-to-rio-de-janeiros-statue-of-christ-the-redeemer-the-colours-of-poland-light-up-to-mark-40-years-since-historic-pro-democracy-agreements-15333<p>Monuments all over the world have lit up with the colours of the Polish flag and the logo of Solidarity to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the trade union’s creation and the signing of the August Agreements.</p>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 16:27:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/indp9lergu98e9244y0taf.jpegNiagara Falls on the American-Canadian border followed suit, with a beautiful 15-minute display of lights in the Polish national colours displayed on its waters.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/from-the-niagara-falls-to-rio-de-janeiros-statue-of-christ-the-redeemer-the-colours-of-poland-light-up-to-mark-40-years-since-historic-pro-democracy-agreements-15333Poland thanks Swedes for their support of Solidarity unionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-thanks-swedes-for-their-support-of-solidarity-union-15332<p>A message of gratitude to Swedes for their support offered to the Solidarity trade union and Poland's striving for freedom in the 1980s was published in the Aftonbladet daily on Monday. It was signed by the Polish Embassy and the Polish Institute in Stockholm.</p>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 16:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland thanks Swedes for their support of Solidarity unionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-thanks-swedes-for-their-support-of-solidarity-union-15332Medical Miracle! Woman in vegetative state for 158 days gives birth to baby girlhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medical-miracle-woman-in-vegetative-state-for-158-days-gives-birth-to-baby-girl-15330<p>A mother in a vegetative state and in intensive care for 158 days after suffering a massive heart attack has given birth to a baby girl.</p>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 15:18:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/618jn9svhxe5c1ij80dq2p.jpegLittle Emilia was born on August 17, weighing a healthy 2.5 kilograms.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medical-miracle-woman-in-vegetative-state-for-158-days-gives-birth-to-baby-girl-15330Polish, Slovenian PMs discuss Belarus, regional projectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-slovenian-pms-discuss-belarus-regional-projects-15329<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, during his visit to Slovenia on Monday, met with his Slovenian counterpart, Janez Jansa, ahead of an international forum, the Polish PM's Office reported on Twitter.</p>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 15:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, Slovenian PMs discuss Belarus, regional projectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-slovenian-pms-discuss-belarus-regional-projects-15329Poland's GDP drops by 8.2 pct y/y in Q2 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-drops-by-82-pct-yy-in-q2---stats-office-15327<p>Poland's gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 8.2 percent year on year in the second quarter of 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported in Monday, in line with an earlier flash estimate. </p>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 14:45:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/52sjyncqjkkhppqziybba7.jpegPoland's GDP drops by 8.2 pct y/y in Q2 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-drops-by-82-pct-yy-in-q2---stats-office-15327PM talks to Slovenian daily about Poland and its post Covid EU futurehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-talks-to-slovenian-daily-about-poland-and-its-post-covid-eu-future-15325<p>Defending Poland’s strategy for containing the Covid-19 pandemic, Morawiecki told the Slovenian daily newspaper Delo that &nbsp;Poland was prepared for a “critical situation,” having stocked up on equipment and supplies but also by investing in the medical know-how of doctors, who, the PM pointed out, have been saving lives in other countries, including Slovenia.</p>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 14:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/817dti3r2ueo1ig1hpi9ir.pngPrime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki laid out his vision for Poland and Europe, and the country’s place within the EU in an interview for Slovenia’s biggest daily, Delo.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-talks-to-slovenian-daily-about-poland-and-its-post-covid-eu-future-15325Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 67,372https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-67372-15322<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 502 since Sunday and reached 67,372, the Ministry of Health said on Monday. Another six persons have died, bringing the death toll to 2,039.</p>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 13:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lw88gzbgirmf4876r10ym.jpegNumber of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 67,372https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-67372-15322600-year-old axe heads used in hand-to-hand fighting in Battle of Grunwald found in fieldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/600-year-old-axe-heads-used-in-hand-to-hand-fighting-in-battle-of-grunwald-found-in-field-15320<p>Two battle axes used in hand-to-hand fighting at the Battle of Grunwald over 600 years ago have been found by detectorists during a sweep of the famous battle site in northern Poland. </p>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 13:16:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qakcepc3dejejfpncbhs3e.jpegThe discovery of the battle axes has been called an archaeological sensation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/600-year-old-axe-heads-used-in-hand-to-hand-fighting-in-battle-of-grunwald-found-in-field-15320Communism would not have fallen in Europe without Solidarity - US ambhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/communism-would-not-have-fallen-in-europe-without-solidarity---us-amb-15317<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher wrote on Twitter on Monday that "without the agreement signed in August which led to the creation of Solidarity, communism would not have fallen in Europe." </p>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 11:21:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ll4mge8xcfmnxthz6bpsj.jpegCommunism would not have fallen in Europe without Solidarity - US ambhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/communism-would-not-have-fallen-in-europe-without-solidarity---us-amb-15317Many similarities between Belarus and Poland of 1980 - Polish diplomathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/many-similarities-between-belarus-and-poland-of-1980---polish-diplomat-15315<p>Poland's permanent representative to the EU, Andrzej Sados, wrote in an article published by Euractive.com that "there are unexpectedly many similarities between what is going on in Belarus now and what was taking place in Poland in 1980." </p>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 11:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7kw4d9u7ko4f09vpl1et.jpegMany similarities between Belarus and Poland of 1980 - Polish diplomathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/many-similarities-between-belarus-and-poland-of-1980---polish-diplomat-15315CIA doc says secret Nazi tunnel complex lies buried in southern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cia-doc-says-secret-nazi-tunnel-complex-lies-buried-in-southern-poland-15311<p>A declassified CIA report has ended decades of speculation by confirming the existence of a Nazi underground factory complex in the Góry Lisie Mountains in the south-west of Poland; now, the hunt is on to find its entrance to see what secrets may lurk within.</p>Sun, 30 Aug 2020 17:34:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s9l09nsrrfelf05zchyef.jpegThe CIA report mentions a secret Nazi tunnel complex.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cia-doc-says-secret-nazi-tunnel-complex-lies-buried-in-southern-poland-15311Szczecin celebrates August Agreements anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/szczecin-celebrates-august-agreements-anniversary-15310<p>Commemorations of the 40th anniversary of the 1980 August Agreements which instituted the Solidarity Union launched on Sunday in the northwestern coastal city Szczecin, one of the main centres of worker protests which led to the union's foundation.</p>Sun, 30 Aug 2020 17:15:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kjqsqx0fvxt6ne7qr6cdzo.jpegSealed on August 31, 1980, the August Agreements were an accord between the rising Solidarity Union and Poland's communist authorities.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/szczecin-celebrates-august-agreements-anniversary-15310Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 66,870https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-66870-15309<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 631 since Saturday morning and reached 66,870, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday. Another person has died, bringing the death toll to 2,033.</p>Sun, 30 Aug 2020 16:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kva9jtyy8xlxnw4uio6h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-66870-15309Ruling coalition continues to lead voter support pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-coalition-continues-to-lead-voter-support-poll-15306<p>Voter support for the ruling United Right camp grew by 2 ppts since the turn of June-July to reach 44 percent in August, according to the latest study by the CBOS pollster.</p>Sun, 30 Aug 2020 15:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRuling coalition continues to lead voter support pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-coalition-continues-to-lead-voter-support-poll-15306Kielce’s famed “UFO” bus station glitters once again following overhaulhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kielces-famed-ufo-bus-station-glitters-once-again-following-overhaul-15304<p>Often compared to a flying saucer, Kielce’s most iconic building has reopened for business after a thorough two-year revamp that saw everything but its steel skeleton dismantled.</p>Sun, 30 Aug 2020 14:36:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fivhap01o8bekn1o327jsp.jpegBack to its best: Kielce’s distinctive UFO bus station has been restored to its former glory.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kielces-famed-ufo-bus-station-glitters-once-again-following-overhaul-15304New database shines spotlight on overlooked women artistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-database-shines-spotlight-on-overlooked-women-artists-15301<p>A Polish art historian is filling a gap in the history of European art by building, and sharing, an online database highlighting the lives and work of overlooked female artists.</p>Sun, 30 Aug 2020 12:10:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/beklvb0vpa4za0qpzb1oi.jpegJolanta Marcolla is one of the artists being highlighted by the programme.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-database-shines-spotlight-on-overlooked-women-artists-15301Trunk it easy: elephants at Warsaw zoo get cannabis to destresshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trunk-it-easy-elephants-at-warsaw-zoo-get-cannabis-to-destress-15299<p>Elephants at Warsaw Zoo will receive CBD oil, a product derived from cannabis, to help them destress, and, if it works, other animals could also receive some of the soothing oil.</p>Sat, 29 Aug 2020 17:39:00 +0200ScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dx1dl6v56te6yf2t87ce0e.jpegWarsaw Zoo elephants will soon be getting cannabis oil.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trunk-it-easy-elephants-at-warsaw-zoo-get-cannabis-to-destress-15299Merkel calls Poland's Solidarity 'heroes of freedom'https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/merkel-calls-polands-solidarity-heroes-of-freedom-15298<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel, marking the 40th anniversary of Poland's anti-communist Solidarity trade union, said on Saturday that the union launched processes that led to the collapse of the Berlin Wall, calling the unionists "heroes of freedom."</p>Sat, 29 Aug 2020 17:07:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wktmrk0fwxk9mj1s3cxff.jpegMerkel said that Solidarity had a significant impact on her life and Solidarity people were her "European heroes of freedom."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/merkel-calls-polands-solidarity-heroes-of-freedom-15298Łódź food-tech firms wins international recognition and fundinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-food-tech-firms-wins-international-recognition-and-funding-15296<p>A pioneering Łódź firm working in the food-technology sector has been named a “rising food star” of European innovation and technology, and has been granted access to millions of euros in EU funding.</p>Sat, 29 Aug 2020 13:55:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fd5k17bwbrg3rmjzb6vp7z.jpegNapiFeryn’s co-founders Piotr Wnukowski and Magdalena Kozłowska.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-food-tech-firms-wins-international-recognition-and-funding-15296Former presidential candidate Hołownia announces new initiativeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-presidential-candidate-holownia-announces-new-initiatives-15294<p>Szymon Hołownia, an independent conservative presidential candidate who lost to incumbent President Andrzej Duda in July, on Saturday announced new initiatives by his recently-established association Poland 2050.</p>Sat, 29 Aug 2020 13:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5n41m91jbuhwuw3tc1ap0f.jpegThe conservative candidate built his movement on notions of independence from Poland's well-established political parties, promising to make the voice of ordinary citizens better heard in public life.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-presidential-candidate-holownia-announces-new-initiatives-15294Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 66,239https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-66239-15293<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 759 since Friday morning and reached 66,239, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another 14 people have died, bringing the death toll to 2,032.</p>Sat, 29 Aug 2020 12:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wa8tmtlwls1q5kp88nnu9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-66239-15293Poland's PM would like to see Belarus join the free nations of Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-pm-would-like-to-see-belarus-join-the-free-nations-of-europe-15292<p>PM Morawiecki in an interview with Radio Rodzina in the western city of Wrocław on Saturday said that he would like the Belarusian people to join the family of free, democratic nations in Europe as soon as possible.</p>Sat, 29 Aug 2020 11:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lg2yqauqikbh9o569tmwf6.jpegThe prime minister was in Wrocław on Friday at a ceremony to name one of the city's squares after his father Kornel Morawiecki, a 1980s anti-communist oppositionist.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-pm-would-like-to-see-belarus-join-the-free-nations-of-europe-15292Space-age tunnel built under new business districthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/space-age-tunnel-built-under-new-business-district-15290<p>A futuristic tunnel resembling the inside of a spacestation has been built under Warsaw, as part of a rapidly-growing business district in the west of the city.</p>Sat, 29 Aug 2020 11:06:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7aupg19tcemsy2gcfliafe.jpegTunnel to the future: the new passage’s design resembles a space station.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/space-age-tunnel-built-under-new-business-district-15290PM says Poland drafted good "post-coronavirus" budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-says-poland-drafted-good-post-coronavirus-budget-15289<p>Poland's draft 2021 budget law is a good "post-coronavirus" budget, PM Mateusz Morawiecki told Catholic Radio Rodzina on Saturday, adding that the draft would be sent for consultation with employers and unions later in the day.</p>Sat, 29 Aug 2020 10:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPM says Poland drafted good "post-coronavirus" budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-says-poland-drafted-good-post-coronavirus-budget-15289Sanctions against Belarus underway - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sanctions-against-belarus-underway---fm-15288<p>Sanction procedures against selected members of the Belarusian authorities are underway, Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said on Friday in Berlin after a two-day informal meeting of EU foreign Ministers.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 20:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSanctions against Belarus underway - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sanctions-against-belarus-underway---fm-15288US bombers over Poland shows readiness to cooperate in NATO - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-bombers-over-poland-shows-readiness-to-cooperate-in-nato---mod-15286<p>Today's flights of US bombers over Poland shows the country's readiness to cooperate with NATO and the professionalism of the Polish Armed Forces, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak wrote on Twitter on Friday.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 20:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xw7n9b2fjc6w5tdh1an8b.jpegFour American strategic bombers will fly over Europe and two over North America within the framework of the long-planned 'Allied Sky' exercises.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-bombers-over-poland-shows-readiness-to-cooperate-in-nato---mod-15286Ambassador in Belarus informed about President's guidelines - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ambassador-in-belarus-informed-about-presidents-guidelines---aide-15284<p>Presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP on Friday he had informed the Polish ambassador in Belarus about the Polish president's guidelines and expectations regarding the events in Belarus and the situation of the country's Polish minority.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 19:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgAmbassador in Belarus informed about President's guidelines - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ambassador-in-belarus-informed-about-presidents-guidelines---aide-15284Polish FM calls on EU to demand int'l investigation into Navalny affairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-calls-on-eu-to-demand-intl-investigation-into-navalny-affair-15283<p>The EU should demand from the Russian government an "internationalisation" of the investigation into an attempt to poison Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said in Berlin on Friday.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 18:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t8b6awkmjdrek8r60x1i86.jpegRau said that one of the subjects of an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers was the poisoning attempt on Navalny.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-calls-on-eu-to-demand-intl-investigation-into-navalny-affair-15283Situation in Belarus evolving in wrong direction - president's aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/situation-in-belarus-evolving-in-wrong-direction---presidents-aide-15282<p>The situation in Belarus has been evolving in a negative direction and it seems that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been adopting a tougher stance, according to Polish presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 18:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/twvpedjh4nv6r2tpmmmup.jpegProtests have been ongoing in Belarus since the contested August 9 presidential election, in which incumbent strongman Alexander Lukashenko was declared to be the winner with over 80 percent of votes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/situation-in-belarus-evolving-in-wrong-direction---presidents-aide-15282Emergence of Solidarity a breakthrough - Polish PM for Ukrainian portalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/emergence-of-solidarity-a-breakthrough---polish-pm-for-ukrainian-portal-15280<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in an article on Friday on Ukrainian portal European Truth on the 40th anniversary of the emergence of the Solidarity trade union, that the movement was „a real breakthrough" and "unimaginable in the soviet bloc".</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 17:18:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEmergence of Solidarity a breakthrough - Polish PM for Ukrainian portalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/emergence-of-solidarity-a-breakthrough---polish-pm-for-ukrainian-portal-15280Poland's top general candidate for head of NATO Military Committeehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-top-general-candidate-for-head-of-nato-military-committee-15279<p>General Rajmund Andrzejczak has been put forward as a candidate for the head of the NATO Military Committee, the Ministry of Defence announced on Twitter on Friday.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 16:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fegkx6v26sa1dysvaqwfpm.jpegThe Chief of General Staff of the Polish Army, General Rajmund Andrzejczak.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-top-general-candidate-for-head-of-nato-military-committee-15279Polish PM thanks Japan's Abe for cooperation, wishes him recoveryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-thanks-japans-abe-for-cooperation-wishes-him-recovery-15277<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday thanked his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for his cooperation and wished him the best of health after Abe decided to step down due to health problems.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 16:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oa6a4i7wrks1o0z1hnve.jpegAbe, the longest serving Japanese prime minister, announced his resignation on Friday due to health problems.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-thanks-japans-abe-for-cooperation-wishes-him-recovery-15277Yummy! Talented Teresa stuns internet in international comp with her incredible cake designshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/yummy-talented-teresa-stuns-internet-in-international-comp-with-her-incredible-cake-designs-15275<p>A talented baker has gained international recognition after taking second place in an online cake design contest.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 15:37:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u2dcnky1ekhbux57aub46e.pngTalented Teresa took second place in the online cake design contest.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/yummy-talented-teresa-stuns-internet-in-international-comp-with-her-incredible-cake-designs-15275EC approves EUR 234 million to upgrade railway line in southern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-eur-234-million-to-upgrade-railway-line-in-southern-poland-15272<p>The European Commission announced in a press statement on Friday that it had approved an investment of over EUR 234 million from the Cohesion Fund to modernise almost 117 km of the Skawina-Zakopane railway line in southern Poland.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 15:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9vbnv0ngocn25q18nlam5f.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-eur-234-million-to-upgrade-railway-line-in-southern-poland-15272Bring on the gold!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bring-on-the-gold-15270<p>A 17th century church in the heart of Poland’s capital Warsaw has just had a very expensive make-over.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 14:32:00 +0200Art & CulturePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/35ap9kzd18wyf0ezc9g4wm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bring-on-the-gold-15270Best English language podcast on Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/best-english-language-podcast-on-poland-521<p>Meet John Beauchamp - he's been busy making the best podcast on Poland!&nbsp;</p><p>Europe’s oldest time capsule found in rural Poland <a href="https://pocztam.pap.pl/owa/redir.aspx?C=13597e46f8b246b395bb37dd550347c9&URL=https%3a%2f%2fbit.ly%2f3b6sbHz" target="_blank">https://bit.ly/3b6sbHz</a><br><br>Warsaw Uprising papers saved from a skip <a href="https://pocztam.pap.pl/owa/redir.aspx?C=13597e46f8b246b395bb37dd550347c9&URL=https%3a%2f%2fbit.ly%2f3hwT8GZ" target="_blank">https://bit.ly/3hwT8GZ</a><br><br>Living with COVID 19 <a href="https://pocztam.pap.pl/owa/redir.aspx?C=13597e46f8b246b395bb37dd550347c9&URL=https%3a%2f%2fbit.ly%2f31zipur" target="_blank">https://bit.ly/31zipur</a><br><br>Search for 'The Debrief' online on all good podcast platforms. </p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 14:28:00 +0200LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/90866x1jvwgpf2pol6hysr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/best-english-language-podcast-on-poland-521Poland, Ukraine team up to fight tax fraudhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ukraine-team-up-to-fight-tax-fraud-15268<p>Polish and Ukrainian finance ministers have signed a bilateral declaration on strengthening cooperation in fighting tax fraud and carousel VAT fraud, the Polish Finance Ministry reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 14:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland, Ukraine team up to fight tax fraudhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ukraine-team-up-to-fight-tax-fraud-15268Poland's inflation expectations up m/m in August - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-expectations-up-mm-in-august---ec-15265<p>Poland's consumer inflation expectations rose to 47.1 points in August 2020 from 43.5 points in July, the European Commission's Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 13:58:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's inflation expectations up m/m in August - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-expectations-up-mm-in-august---ec-15265Poland one of the best places in Europe for start-ups, says new reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-one-of-the-best-places-in-europe-for-start-ups-says-new-report-15263<p><span lang="EN-GB">A new study on the best place for start-ups shows that Poland has the 3rd healthiest economy in Europe.</span></p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 13:39:00 +0200BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i12b84l45lfc1g16egkmkc.jpegPoland was ranked 5th in the cost of doing business category, based on cost of living where Poland ranked third behind Romania and Bulgaria, average salary and corporate tax.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-one-of-the-best-places-in-europe-for-start-ups-says-new-report-15263Unsung and often unseen Łódź old town square to get stunning new facelifthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unsung-and-often-unseen-lodz-old-town-square-to-get-stunning-new-facelift-15260<p><span lang="EN-GB">Unsung and often uns</span>een, Łódź’s Old Town Square is set for a new lease of life after ambitious plans were announced for its dramatic renovation.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 13:03:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0b9jsur8kxcyieu3ow3ik.jpegŁódź’s Old Town Square stands on the edge of a bright, new dawn.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unsung-and-often-unseen-lodz-old-town-square-to-get-stunning-new-facelift-15260PGNiG and Toyota to develop hydrogen technology in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pgnig-and-toyota-to-develop-hydrogen-technology-in-poland-15257<p>Toyota Motor Poland and the Polish gas monopolist PGNiG have signed an agreement on cooperation in the development of hydrogen technology in Poland, PGNiG reported in a press release. Part of the agreement includes a pilot hydrogen refuelling station.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 12:29:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ufj0dg9mz0gdhvwj0ym4pn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pgnig-and-toyota-to-develop-hydrogen-technology-in-poland-15257Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 65,480https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-65480-15255<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 791 since Thursday morning and reached 65,480, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another nine people have died, bringing the death toll to 2,018.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 11:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l680hotgh4jnkudft9w22.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-65480-15255Poland's unemployment at 7-8 pct at year-end - labour ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-at-7-8-pct-at-year-end---labour-minister-15253<p>Given the support that the Polish government has already offered to Polish businesses and due to the re-opening of the economy, the unemployment rate will likely be capped at 7-8 percent at the end of the year, the family and labour minister said on Friday.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 11:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment at 7-8 pct at year-end - labour ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-at-7-8-pct-at-year-end---labour-minister-15253'Miracle You've Never Heard Of' campaign comes to a close – ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/miracle-youve-never-heard-of-campaign-comes-to-a-close--ministry-15251<p>The 'Miracle You've Never Heard Of' campaign about the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, involving two spots, three languages, five articles in the foreign press, sixty posts and dozens of influencers has ended, wrote the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage on Twitter.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 11:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qxab9sagg76edpjty9bm3.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/miracle-youve-never-heard-of-campaign-comes-to-a-close--ministry-15251Solidarity logo to appear on iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazilhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-logo-to-appear-on-iconic-christ-the-redeemer-statue-in-brazil-15249<p>On Sunday evening, one of the most famous and recognisable cultural and religious objects in the world, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, will have the Polish Solidarity trade union logo projected onto it, to mark the union's 40th anniversary.</p><article><br></article>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 10:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/277s8hmw1qidwu5c1w10au.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-logo-to-appear-on-iconic-christ-the-redeemer-statue-in-brazil-15249Situation in Belarus evolving in wrong direction - president's aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/situation-in-belarus-evolving-in-wrong-direction---presidents-aide-15245<p>The situation in Belarus has been evolving in a negative direction and it seems that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been adopting a tougher stance, according to Polish presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski.</p>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 09:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgSituation in Belarus evolving in wrong direction - president's aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/situation-in-belarus-evolving-in-wrong-direction---presidents-aide-15245Belarus MFA summons Polish charge d'affaires in Minskhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarus-mfa-summons-polish-charge-daffaires-in-minsk-15243<p>The Belarusian Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned Polish Embassy's Charge d'Affaires Marcin Wojciechowski to express a strong protest against "open attempts by the Polish side to interfere in the internal affairs of Belarus."</p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 21:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBelarus MFA summons Polish charge d'affaires in Minskhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarus-mfa-summons-polish-charge-daffaires-in-minsk-15243Poland rejects Belarusian accusations of diplomatic war - dep FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-rejects-belarusian-accusations-of-diplomatic-war---dep-fm-15241<p>There is no consent in Poland to Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko's unfounded claims about a diplomatic war against Belarus and Poland's plotting to annex Belarus's Grodno region, Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 20:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland rejects Belarusian accusations of diplomatic war - dep FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-rejects-belarusian-accusations-of-diplomatic-war---dep-fm-15241Polish aid truck denied entry to Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-aid-truck-denied-entry-to-belarus-15239<p>A humanitarian aid truck sent by the Solidarity trade union to Minsk on Thursday was denied entry to Belarus by the Belarusian Border Guard.</p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 19:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6elz51gcwf3yv78au2wg9p.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-aid-truck-denied-entry-to-belarus-15239August 1980 cornerstone of a free Poland - presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/august-1980-cornerstone-of-a-free-poland---president-15237<p>August 1980 was the foundation of a free Poland and initiated major changes that transformed Europe and the world, President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday, marking the 40th anniversary of the August 1980 worker strikes that gave rise to the Solidarity Union.</p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 17:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8n7wsccaw4gklvxhlktsf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/august-1980-cornerstone-of-a-free-poland---president-15237Poland calls on Russia to withdraw from plans to intervene in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-calls-on-russia-to-withdraw-from-plans-to-intervene-in-belarus-15235<p>Russia should not intervene militarily in Belarus under the false pretext of "restoring control" there, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 17:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cs0nmeu4e0fx40h2dwblsi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-calls-on-russia-to-withdraw-from-plans-to-intervene-in-belarus-15235Gold rush! Tonnes of gold found in Silesian villagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gold-rush-tonnes-of-gold-found-in-silesian-village-15233<p><span lang="EN-US">Massive gold deposits have been discovered outside a village in Poland, according to new research approved by the Ministry of the Environment.</span></p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 16:29:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d6thjcpuqh8dfexki6s14r.jpegA tonne of pure gold along with 5,000 tonnes of gold ore have been found at a site in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gold-rush-tonnes-of-gold-found-in-silesian-village-15233Polish Jazz Festival in Tel Aviv launches on Thursdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-jazz-festival-in-tel-aviv-launches-on-thursday-15231<p>A concert by the Marcin Wasilewski Trio in Warsaw's SPATiF club on Thursday will kick-off the Polish Jazz Festival in Tel Aviv, concerts will be performed in Israel and Poland and can be watched online.</p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 16:15:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8lcaq5go0e6mi8buu5hx1p.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-jazz-festival-in-tel-aviv-launches-on-thursday-15231Poland's business relief scheme will boost deficit to 12 pct of GDPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-business-relief-scheme-will-boost-deficit-to-12-pct-of-gdp-15229<p>The PFR shield, a multi-billion government programme aimed to prop up Polish businesses hit by the coronavirus crisis, will have to be included in the general government deficit in 2020, raising it to 12 pct of the country's GDP, a deputy minister said.</p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 16:11:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's business relief scheme will boost deficit to 12 pct of GDPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-business-relief-scheme-will-boost-deficit-to-12-pct-of-gdp-15229When Brad met Nicole! Pitt dating Warsaw-born model Nicole Poturalskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/when-brad-met-nicole-pitt-dating-warsaw-born-model-nicole-poturalski-15227<p>Hollywood A-list celebrity Brad Pitt has caused a stir amongst his legions of social-media fans after being seen in the company of Warsaw-born model Nicole Poturalski.</p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 14:51:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cteyeaofrzcw7lmo9001k.pngThe couple are now believed to be on holiday in the south of France where Pitt has a chateaux.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/when-brad-met-nicole-pitt-dating-warsaw-born-model-nicole-poturalski-15227Poland one of the biggest producers of bikes in the EUhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-one-of-the-biggest-producers-of-bikes-in-the-eu-15224<p>Poland is in the top five of bicycle producers in the EU according to Eurostat data and is taking the e-bike market by storm.</p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 14:12:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8xff873636oo1lho7o7mv9.jpegPolish e-bike exports have been easily growing from 16,000 bikes in 2018, to almost 40,000 last year and already 48,000 this year. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-one-of-the-biggest-producers-of-bikes-in-the-eu-15224Polish aid truck awaits clearance at Belarusian borderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-aid-truck-awaits-clearance-at-belarusian-border-15222<p>A humanitarian aid truck sent by the Solidarity (S) trade union to Minsk is stuck at the terminal on the Belarusian side of the border and was yet to be cleared to continue its journey, the S spokesman Marek Lewandowski told PAP on Thursday.</p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 13:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish aid truck awaits clearance at Belarusian borderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-aid-truck-awaits-clearance-at-belarusian-border-15222PM calls for release of political prisoners in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-calls-for-release-of-political-prisoners-in-belarus-15220<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on Twitter on Thursday for the Belarusian authorities to release illegally held and interrogated oppositionists, writing that the norm should be dialogue, not dictates.</p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 13:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n5upwv0hgo3zb3v7bv10s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-calls-for-release-of-political-prisoners-in-belarus-15220Poland's Leading Economic Indicator up 6.5 points m/m in August - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-leading-economic-indicator-up-65-points-mm-in-august---biec-15218<p>The Leading Economic Indicator (WWK), which forecasts future economic activity in Poland, went up by 6.5 points m/m to 159.2 points in August 2020, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 12:30:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Leading Economic Indicator up 6.5 points m/m in August - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-leading-economic-indicator-up-65-points-mm-in-august---biec-15218Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 64,689https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-64689-15216<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 887 since Wednesday morning and reached 64,689, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another 16 people have died, bringing the death toll to 2,010.</p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 12:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/erhqwvmsawoym7ommhs8yq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-64689-15216Poland expects EUR 18.7 bln deficit in 2021 - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expects-eur-187-bln-deficit-in-2021---minfin-15215<p>Poland's draft budget law for 2021 envisages a deficit of PLN 82.3 bln (EUR 18.7 bln), Finance Minister Tadeusz Koscinski said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 12:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland expects EUR 18.7 bln deficit in 2021 - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-expects-eur-187-bln-deficit-in-2021---minfin-15215Auschwitz museum slams disturbing new TikTok trend where people pretend to be Holocaust victimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-slams-disturbing-new-tiktok-trend-where-people-pretend-to-be-holocaust-victims-15213<p><span lang="EN-GB">The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum has warned that videos posted on the TikTok social media platform of people pretending to be Holocaust victims in heaven were trivialising history and disrespecting the actual victims of Nazi crimes against humanity.</span></p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 12:08:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mciqyp9s4cedvnillega.jpegThe videos, dubbed by some of their critics as “trauma porn”, feature teenagers pretending to be in heaven and acting out Holocaust scenes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-museum-slams-disturbing-new-tiktok-trend-where-people-pretend-to-be-holocaust-victims-15213Majority of parents want children to return to school on Sept 1https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-parents-want-children-to-return-to-school-on-sept-1-15211<p>Given a choice, 68.4 percent of parents would send their child to school from September 1, and 27.2 percent would not, according to a poll for the daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) and RMF FM radio.</p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 10:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2jo4ol5hfnl7rvzc3n3d3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/majority-of-parents-want-children-to-return-to-school-on-sept-1-15211Poland streamlines visa programme for Belarusianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-streamlines-visa-programme-for-belarusians-15210<p>The Polish PM decided to reinstate the standard operation of Polish consulates in Belarus and introduced facilitations in issuing visas, PM's Office head Michal Dworczyk said on Thursday, adding that three Belarusian victims of repression have come to Poland.</p>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 09:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland streamlines visa programme for Belarusianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-streamlines-visa-programme-for-belarusians-15210Sovereign Belarus is in best interests of Polish state - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sovereign-belarus-is-in-best-interests-of-polish-state---pm-15209<p>A sovereign Belarus lies in Poland's best interests, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday at talks on Belarusian developments with opposition parliamentary groups. Morawiecki stressed that Poland "cannot be and is not indifferent to the Belarusian situation."</p>Wed, 26 Aug 2020 20:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4e8a8ausmj581crz6n9o0u.jpegMorawiecki said Poland wanted to be "an ambassador of the Belarusian cause."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sovereign-belarus-is-in-best-interests-of-polish-state---pm-15209President appoints new ministershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appoints-new-ministers-15207<p>President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday appointed Zbigniew Rau as the new foreign minister and Adam Niedzielski as the new health minister. Rau replaces Jacek Czaputowicz, while Niedzielski takes over for Łukasz Szumowski.</p>Wed, 26 Aug 2020 17:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gbe99hxz7nchycbjw8krws.jpegPresident Andrzej Duda (2L), PM Mateusz Morawiecki (2R) during the appointment of Adam Niedzielski (R) as the Minister of Health and Zbigniew Rau (L) as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appoints-new-ministers-15207Poland to spend additional EUR 1.25 billion to boost investmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-spend-additional-eur-125-billion-to-boost-investment-15205<p>The government wants to spend an extra PLN 5.5 billion (EUR 1.25 billion) on COVID-19 pandemic countermeasures in 2020, according to a Wednesday press statement.</p>Wed, 26 Aug 2020 16:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to spend additional EUR 1.25 billion to boost investmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-spend-additional-eur-125-billion-to-boost-investment-15205Foreign ministry advises against travel to Spainhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-ministry-advises-against-travel-to-spain-15203<p>Poland's Foreign Ministry recommends avoiding travel to Spain, in particular to Madrid, Catalonia, Aragon, La Rioja, the Basque country and Navarre due to the high number of coronavirus infections, the ministry said on Wednesday via the 'Poles abroad' website.</p>Wed, 26 Aug 2020 15:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wnu2kpgo3ax9grlslfeg.jpegThe ministry emphasised that in all the mentioned regions it is obligatory to wear protective masks in public spaces, including outdoors.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-ministry-advises-against-travel-to-spain-15203'Free Cities' pact stands behind Belarusians - Warsaw mayorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/free-cities-pact-stands-behind-belarusians---warsaw-mayor-15201<p>Bratislava, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw have jointly adopted a position condemning the breach of law and civil liberties in Belarus and the 'Free Cities' pact stands behind Belarusians, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski tweeted on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 26 Aug 2020 14:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/18fw73cyq0cbqua0q6sqg9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/free-cities-pact-stands-behind-belarusians---warsaw-mayor-15201Warsaw to be transformed with a 237-km-long green-route connecting 129 places across the capitalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-be-transformed-with-a-237-km-long-green-route-connecting-129-places-across-the-capital-15199<p><span lang="en-GB">Plans are afoot for a 237-km-long green-route connecting 129 places across Warsaw. &nbsp;</span></p>Wed, 26 Aug 2020 14:12:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wjys6pbljc1xxj9x67r62.pngThe route proposed by the Warsaw Development Forum will encompass the whole city.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-be-transformed-with-a-237-km-long-green-route-connecting-129-places-across-the-capital-15199WWII German U-boat sunk after colliding with another sub found at bottom of Baltichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wwii-german-u-boat-sunk-after-colliding-with-another-sub-found-at-bottom-of-baltic-15197<p><span lang="en-GB">The wreck of a German submarine from World War II has been found off the Polish Baltic coast.</span></p>Wed, 26 Aug 2020 13:21:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gv8yr3o0p6t1rwqevvj8cp.jpegThe U-boat was found at the bottom of the Baltic by a specialist diving team.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wwii-german-u-boat-sunk-after-colliding-with-another-sub-found-at-bottom-of-baltic-15197PM's Office offers opposition group Polska 2050 meeting on Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pms-office-offers-opposition-group-polska-2050-meeting-on-belarus-15195<p>The head of the Polish Prime Minister's Office, MIchal Dworczyk, has offered an individual meeting on the issue of Belarus to Polska 2050, the opposition grouping of former independent presidential candidate Szymon Holownia, Holownia announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 26 Aug 2020 12:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPM's Office offers opposition group Polska 2050 meeting on Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pms-office-offers-opposition-group-polska-2050-meeting-on-belarus-15195Long-lost soundtrack to ‘landmark’ pre-war film found in Italyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/long-lost-soundtrack-to-landmark-pre-war-film-found-in-italy-15193<p>The soundtrack to a 1930 film by Ryszard Ordynski, 'Janko Muzykant' (Janko the Musician) has turned up in a private collection in Italy.</p>Wed, 26 Aug 2020 11:30:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7uiwek0hgsuuz8ww8ot4xq.pngThe film starred Witold Conti as the older Janko. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/long-lost-soundtrack-to-landmark-pre-war-film-found-in-italy-15193Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 63,802https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-63802-15192<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 729 since Tuesday morning and reached 63,802, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another 17 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,994.</p>Wed, 26 Aug 2020 11:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wnys8sdkq3olknp2v5pm9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-63802-15192Thousands of new online shops open during pandemic - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thousands-of-new-online-shops-open-during-pandemic---daily-15190<p>During the first half of the year almost 5,500 new online stores were registered in Poland, and slightly over 2,000 were deleted, wrote the Rzeczpospolita daily on Wednesday, quoting a Bisnode Polska survey.</p>Wed, 26 Aug 2020 09:35:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dv473xzd5zab29clqrvdf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thousands-of-new-online-shops-open-during-pandemic---daily-15190Poland's rate of unemployment to hit 7-8 pct at year-end - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-rate-of-unemployment-to-hit-7-8-pct-at-year-end---minister-15189<p>The rate of unemployment in Poland will rise to 7-8 percent at the end of the year, Family and Labour Minister Marlena Malag told Polish Radio One on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 26 Aug 2020 09:33:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's rate of unemployment to hit 7-8 pct at year-end - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-rate-of-unemployment-to-hit-7-8-pct-at-year-end---minister-15189Largest annual jewellery fair in Central Europe opens in Gdanskhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/largest-annual-jewellery-fair-in-central-europe-opens-in-gdansk-15187<p>The 27th Amberif International Amber and Jewellery Fair, the largest jewellery event in Central and Eastern Europe begins on Wednesday in the northern city of Gdansk. This year, almost 240 exhibitors from 13 countries will take part in the fair.</p>Wed, 26 Aug 2020 09:25:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gugajasf54u4hdhxt960wk.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/largest-annual-jewellery-fair-in-central-europe-opens-in-gdansk-15187Solidarity sends aid convoy to Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-sends-aid-convoy-to-belarus-15185<p>The Solidarity trade union on Tuesday announced that it will send an aid convoy with food to Belarus. The union has also established a PLN 1 million (EUR 230,000) aid fund for Belarus.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 20:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ruq6voqpv84877cyj7r01.jpegDuda said the Solidarity convoy would set off for Belarus on Wednesday, but added that he did not know if it will be allowed to enter the country. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-sends-aid-convoy-to-belarus-15185Govt launches campaign to buy Polish flags for municipalitieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-launches-campaign-to-buy-polish-flags-for-municipalities-15186<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Facebook on Tuesday that the government will finance the purchase of masts and flags for all municipalities that sign-up to the "Under the White and Red" campaign.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 19:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6f859lzmbc8w32ph25oxkc.jpeg"The Polish flag belongs to everyone, it symbolises many values, including the most important ones - freedom and solidarity. Let's be proud of it and hang it all over Poland!" the PM pointed out.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-launches-campaign-to-buy-polish-flags-for-municipalities-15186Poland extends flight ban to 43 countrieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-flight-ban-to-43-countries-15184<p>The Polish government has prepared a regulation that extends the flight ban to 43 countries until September 1 due to the increased spread of the coronavirus.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 19:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hf5lmov0mwcqx11ml76xkl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-flight-ban-to-43-countries-15184PM appeals for support of Belarusianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-appeals-for-support-of-belarusians-15183<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Tuesday issued a Facebook appeal for support of the Belarusian people in their struggle for democracy.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 17:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dtcncfxqbs60btkrcjawqkf.jpegThe PM encouraged internauts to copy his "Solidarity With Belarus" frame onto their profiles.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-appeals-for-support-of-belarusians-15183Changes in Polish mining unavoidable but well-prepared - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/changes-in-polish-mining-unavoidable-but-well-prepared---pm-15182<p>The changes in Polish mining are unavoidable but the process will be well-prepared and every lost job in mining will be replaced with a new one in other industries, PM Mateusz Morawiecki told local Radio Katowice on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 17:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/irh0dlktmq5vlkzd76imy.jpegThe coronavirus epidemic has sped up economic processes, including the process of changes in mining, Morawiecki said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/changes-in-polish-mining-unavoidable-but-well-prepared---pm-15182Reshuffle of Polish cabinet in September or early October - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/reshuffle-of-polish-cabinet-in-september-or-early-october---pm-15181<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Tuesday said that a government reshuffle will most likely take place in late September or early October.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 15:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8z3twgyg3i9e87zcx4m28j.jpegMorawiecki said the aim of the reshuffle was to make government's performance even more efficient.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/reshuffle-of-polish-cabinet-in-september-or-early-october---pm-15181History through a lens: Momentous events surrounding Gdańsk Agreements retold in fascinating new exhibition to mark 40th anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/history-through-a-lens-momentous-events-surrounding-gdansk-agreements-retold-in-fascinating-new-exhibition-to-mark-40th-anniversary-15177<p>Forty years ago a historic deal was struck after strikes in Gdańsk leading to the establishment of the Solidarity trade union.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 15:15:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7qjle5o3vlx7m2t3swsy54.jpegStanisław Składanowski who had worked at the Lenin Shipyard since 1968 documented the strikes with over 1,000 photos now on show in Gdańsk.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/history-through-a-lens-momentous-events-surrounding-gdansk-agreements-retold-in-fascinating-new-exhibition-to-mark-40th-anniversary-15177Gov't wants Silesia to be industrial heart of Poland - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-wants-silesia-to-be-industrial-heart-of-poland---pm-15175<p>The Polish government wants the southern province of Silesia to be the industrial heart of the country, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in Katowice, the capital of Silesia, on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 14:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lhjredom69xvqk0z68237.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-wants-silesia-to-be-industrial-heart-of-poland---pm-15175Most important Bible in Polish history first published 421 years ago todayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-important-bible-in-polish-history-first-published-421-years-ago-today-15173<p>The Jakub Wujek Bible, the main translation of the holy scriptures used by the Polish church for over three centuries was published 421 years ago today.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 14:14:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t6d3tqkz60ais0113avju9.jpegWhat made this particular version of the Bible so important, and as centuries would prove almost timeless, was its clear and simple language, accuracy, and versatility. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-important-bible-in-polish-history-first-published-421-years-ago-today-15173One in five small companies wants to increase employment - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-in-five-small-companies-wants-to-increase-employment---poll-15172<p>The employment situation is improving with one in five small companies in Poland (over 17 pct) planning to take on staff, according to the August edition of the 'CoronaBalance SME' survey. In the previous edition, such declarations were made by 14.8 pct of SMEs.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:49:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOne in five small companies wants to increase employment - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-in-five-small-companies-wants-to-increase-employment---poll-15172Poland's wholesale sales up y/y in July - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-wholesale-sales-up-yy-in-july---stats-office-15171<p>The wholesale sales of Poland's trading firms rose by 2.9 percent year on year in July 2020 and went up by 7.2 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:14:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7r9hnhukikutv8r33fltdr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-wholesale-sales-up-yy-in-july---stats-office-15171Cargo shipments down 10.9 pct y/y in July - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cargo-shipments-down-109-pct-yy-in-july---stats-office-15169<p>Poland's cargo shipments fell in all transport sectors in July 2020 by 10.9 percent year on year to 46.3 million tonnes, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nzuoe2ujuwoww5dx89ycol.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cargo-shipments-down-109-pct-yy-in-july---stats-office-15169Poland's coal production down by 5.7 pct y/y in July - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-coal-production-down-by-57-pct-yy-in-july---stats-office-15167<p>Production of coal in Poland fell by 5.7 percent year on year in July 2020, reaching 5.0 million tonnes, the Central Statistics Office (GUS) announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:06:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6q3iw9wqk1gaize9cv02cb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-coal-production-down-by-57-pct-yy-in-july---stats-office-15167We LAKE this a lot!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-lake-this-a-lot-15165<p>A beautiful heart-shaped lake has been spotted hidden deep in the forest in Międzyrzecz County.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 12:21:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bqwc23cihxorosy5b7srb8.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-lake-this-a-lot-15165Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 63,073https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-63073-15163<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 763 since Monday morning and reached 63,073, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another 17 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,977.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 11:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q0whwrgoo1f9oclevzaja.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-63073-15163Poland's auto production slides 30.2 pct y/y in July - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-auto-production-slides-302-pct-yy-in-july---stats-office-15161<p>Poland's passenger car output fell by 30.2 percent year on year in July 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 10:52:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ehrd7532smt73f4qrs6vro.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-auto-production-slides-302-pct-yy-in-july---stats-office-15161Poland's unemployment rate at 6.1 percent m/m in July - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-61-percent-mm-in-july---stats-office-15159<p>Poland's unemployment remained flat at 6.1 percent m/m in July 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 10:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w785s5bcz58hby2w3tq3k.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-61-percent-mm-in-july---stats-office-15159Poland to request engagement in EP over Belarus - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-request-engagement-in-ep-over-belarus---official-15157<p>During meetings with representatives of Poland's political forces, the government will request maximum engagement on the Belarus issue within the European Parliament (EP) by its political factions, the head of the PM's Office, Michal Dworczyk, said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 25 Aug 2020 10:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to request engagement in EP over Belarus - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-request-engagement-in-ep-over-belarus---official-15157Solidarity co-founder laid to rest in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-co-founder-laid-to-rest-in-warsaw-15156<p>Henryk Wujec, a former anti-communist activist and one of the founding fathers of the Solidarity trade union, was laid to rest on Monday in Warsaw's Powązki Military Cemetery. Wujec died on August 15 aged 79.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 20:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g350vhrswzrwf5csh0yve.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/solidarity-co-founder-laid-to-rest-in-warsaw-15156Bubbly Bielik back in Warsaw - or should we say Phwoar-saw!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bubbly-bielik-back-in-warsaw---or-should-we-say-phwoar-saw-15152<p>Blonde bombshell Veronika Bielik has delighted her 2.9 million fans by turning up in Warsaw, showing off her to-die-for curves in a nude cap-sleeve mini dress.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 20:29:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l9iqgnkq8vmcldb5noy6h.jpegThe darling of the internet is back in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bubbly-bielik-back-in-warsaw---or-should-we-say-phwoar-saw-15152Big investments contribute to economic growth, presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/big-investments-contribute-to-economic-growth-president-15150<p>Large investments are not only the engine of economic growth but also the foundation of future civilisation development, President Andrzej Duda wrote in a letter to participants of the 3rd Development Vision Forum in Gdynia.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 19:27:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m8t3xmibwngdar8x29ggui.jpegThe two-day forum is devoted to innovative economic policies.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/big-investments-contribute-to-economic-growth-president-15150Polish economy strong through diversity - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-strong-through-diversity---minister-15149<p>Diversity is the strength of the Polish economy during the coronavirus epidemic, Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński said on Monday at the opening of the 3rd Development Visions Forum in Gdynia, northern Poland.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 17:53:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y4u9jdjc92cu240m7zdf9.jpegKościński said not all economic sectors in Poland suffered equally from the epidemic, and some, like home deliveries and IT, were managing well.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-economy-strong-through-diversity---minister-15149AvDet intensive F-16 pilot training in Poland until September 11 - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/avdet-intensive-f-16-pilot-training-in-poland-until-september-11---mod-15148<p>Until September 11, the AvDet intensive F-16 pilot training programme will be ongoing in Poland with planned support exercises with an AWACS aircraft and flights with American tankers, the Polish Ministry of Defence announced on Twitter on Monday.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 17:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/chbk3ld93d8ics53m5wvd8.jpegFlights within the framework of AvDet will be conducted until September 11.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/avdet-intensive-f-16-pilot-training-in-poland-until-september-11---mod-15148Do you know your Hurdy-gurdy from your Burczybas?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/do-you-know-your-hurdy-gurdy-from-your-burczybas-15146<p>1: Suka biłgorajska, which can be roughly translated to ‘Bilgoraj bitch’, is a fiddle-like traditional Polish instrument.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 16:30:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dpz1vm1u2697nzwd00ge.jpegOn International Strange Music Day, TFN takes a look at some of the odder folk music instruments in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/do-you-know-your-hurdy-gurdy-from-your-burczybas-15146July's M3 money supply up - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/julys-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-15145<p>Poland’s M3 money supply grew in July 2020 by 16.8 percent year on year and fell by 0.3 percent month on month to PLN 1.74 trillion (EUR 396 billion), the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 15:56:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w151mrx6h5chwl2yc79ux.jpegNBPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/julys-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-15145Oświęcim Jewish Museum conducts anti-discrimination educationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oswiecim-jewish-museum-conducts-anti-discrimination-education-15144<p>The Jewish Museum in Oświęcim, the site of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp, is running educational activities this autumn aimed at teachers, activists and NGOs, which will be conducted via internet due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 15:43:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rsh7apgz1dt82oah04u8l.jpegThe Jewish Center, of which the museum is a part, is the only living trace of the Jewish presence in the town of Oświęcim, the name of which was changed to Auschwitz by the Germans.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/oswiecim-jewish-museum-conducts-anti-discrimination-education-15144Remains of 2,000-year-old monkeys buried like sleeping CHILDREN reveal Romans and ancient Egyptians imported them from India as household petshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remains-of-2000-year-old-monkeys-buried-like-sleeping-children-reveal-romans-and-ancient-egyptians-imported-them-from-india-as-household-pets-15142<p><span lang="EN-GB">Ancient Romans and Egyptians imported monkeys from India as household pets, &nbsp;Polish archaeologists have discovered.</span></p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 14:56:00 +0200ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9tzpvw7vu7vix6slavmte.jpegArchaeologists from the Warsaw University’s Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology were in the process of excavating a vast animal cemetery when they came across the monkey skeletons.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remains-of-2000-year-old-monkeys-buried-like-sleeping-children-reveal-romans-and-ancient-egyptians-imported-them-from-india-as-household-pets-15142McDonald’s worker crushed to death in fridgehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mcdonalds-worker-crushed-to-death-in-fridge-15140<p><span lang="EN-GB">A McDonald’s worker was crushed to death when a shelf of products in a walk-in refrigerator fell on top of her.</span></p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 14:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lxiunztlppo6zmurqmru3j.jpegThe 31-year-old woman who has not been named was found at the branch in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, southern Poland, but attempts to resuscitate her failed.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mcdonalds-worker-crushed-to-death-in-fridge-15140Polish PM says coronavirus is modern-day world warhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-says-coronavirus-is-modern-day-world-war-15138<p>The coronavirus epidemic is a kind of modern-day world war that changes the balance of power, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in his opening address at the 3rd Development Visions Forum in the coastal city of Gdynia on Monday.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 14:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cxjfx7ll20ohuo1ajgx65s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-says-coronavirus-is-modern-day-world-war-15138Restaurant spending in August 43 pct higher than last year – analystshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/restaurant-spending-in-august-43-pct-higher-than-last-year--analysts-15136<p>In August this year, average weekly restaurant spending was more than 43 percent higher than a year ago, wrote Santander Bank Polska economists on Monday, after an analysis of transactions made with the payment cards of its customers.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 14:02:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lmi6vrl5q1ql4yi3uda9d8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/restaurant-spending-in-august-43-pct-higher-than-last-year--analysts-15136EC offers EUR 11.2 bln to protect Polish jobshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-offers-eur-112-bln-to-protect-polish-jobs-15135<p>The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, on Monday proposed EUR 11.2 bln in low-interest loans for Poland to help the country protect jobs endangered by the coronavirus crisis.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 14:00:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEC offers EUR 11.2 bln to protect Polish jobshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-offers-eur-112-bln-to-protect-polish-jobs-15135Unbelievable tale of children born and imprisoned in notorious Gestapo prison retold in harrowing new bookhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unbelievable-tale-of-children-born-and-imprisoned-in-notorious-gestapo-prison-retold-in-harrowing-new-book-15132<p>Jan Herburt Heybowicz was just three months old when he was imprisoned in Pawiak.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 13:30:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hp7vdjdwyxceqppp8kqzhj.pngAuthor Sylwia Winnik gathered together eight accounts of children who spent part of their childhood in the German prison for her new book Dzieci z Pawiaka (The Children from Pawiak).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unbelievable-tale-of-children-born-and-imprisoned-in-notorious-gestapo-prison-retold-in-harrowing-new-book-15132Polish non-financial firms suffer 22.8 pct y/y drop in H1 net resultshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jch-polish-non-financial-firms-suffer-228-pct-yy-drop-in-h1-net-results-15130<p>Polish non-financial enterprises suffered a 22.8 percent year-on-year decline in their net financial results in the first half of this year, to PLN 50.4 billion (EUR 11.4 bln), the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 12:03:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ioyiugo7qan9auvgvoyh1u.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/jch-polish-non-financial-firms-suffer-228-pct-yy-drop-in-h1-net-results-15130Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 62,310https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-62310-15128<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 548 since Sunday and reached 62,310, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another five people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,960.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 11:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/im5ancvpbycm08dvy45scg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-62310-15128Corporate investment outlays down 6.1 pct in H1 2020 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corporate-investment-outlays-down-61-pct-in-h1-2020---stats-office-15126<p>Polish companies decreased their investment spending by 6.1 percent year on year in the first half of 2020 to PLN 61.5 billion (EUR 14 billion), the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 10:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4geqp96cxq5f34himxkckf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/corporate-investment-outlays-down-61-pct-in-h1-2020---stats-office-15126Bayern Munich win UEFA Champions League with Poland's Lewandowskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bayern-munich-win-uefa-champions-league-with-polands-lewandowski-15124<p>German football club Bayern Munich became the winners of this season's UEFA Champions League in a final on Sunday against Paris Saint-Germain, which they won 1:0 (0:0). Poland's Robert Lewandowski played the entire match for the winning side.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 10:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wcreaos0oyqjkftj02yjti.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bayern-munich-win-uefa-champions-league-with-polands-lewandowski-15124Art Picnic Ukrainian culture festival starts Monday in Krakowhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/art-picnic-ukrainian-culture-festival-starts-monday-in-krakow-15122<p>Ukrainian art, literature, music and fashion will be on show during the Art Picnic event starting on Monday at the cultural institute in Krakow, southern Poland.</p>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 08:59:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2gzzcpmmk9xo4gf0ubddnk.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/art-picnic-ukrainian-culture-festival-starts-monday-in-krakow-15122Trump recalls visit to Poland in Twitter messagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trump-recalls-visit-to-poland-in-twitter-message-15120<p>US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday „Happy Sunday! We want GOD!" and posted a short film of his 2017 visit to Poland and speech at Warsaw's Krasinski Square.</p>Sun, 23 Aug 2020 19:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hvo68c7ywlvayfqhjeaf7a.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trump-recalls-visit-to-poland-in-twitter-message-15120Nine killed, seven injured in road accident in southern Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nine-killed-seven-injured-in-road-accident-in-southern-poland-15118<p>Nine people were killed and seven injured when a minibus collided with a coach on national road number 88 in Gliwice, in the southern province of Silesia late on Saturday evening. All the passengers of the minibus were killed.</p>Sun, 23 Aug 2020 17:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5k2an5bn2gfhon0eik03te.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nine-killed-seven-injured-in-road-accident-in-southern-poland-15118Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 61,762https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-61762-15117<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 581 since Saturday and reached 61,762, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday morning. Another four people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,955.</p>Sun, 23 Aug 2020 16:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0f9n41rkhvzotce28ez638.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-61762-15117NeSpoon is back, and this time with stunning ceramic wall arthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nespoon-is-back-and-this-time-with-stunning-ceramic-wall-art-15115<p>A Warsaw street artist has ended months of anticipation after posting photos of her new workpiece on social media.</p>Sun, 23 Aug 2020 16:39:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ssrfemr37jbavq0ud8fc8a.jpegAfter an eight-month gap, NeSpoon has completed her latest piece of work at Warsaw’s Propaganda Gallery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nespoon-is-back-and-this-time-with-stunning-ceramic-wall-art-15115No foaling around! Horseback queen Anna Sokólska wins first official Polish mounted archery comphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-foaling-around-horseback-queen-anna-sokolska-wins-first-official-polish-mounted-archery-comp-15113<p>Horse-riding archery queen Anna Sokólska has won the first official Polish Championships at the 9th International Horse Archery Competition held in Grunwald.</p>Sun, 23 Aug 2020 15:13:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/693sjdj88msumtvhhlwym.jpegHorse-riding archery queen Anna Sokólska delighted judges with her expertise in horseback archery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-foaling-around-horseback-queen-anna-sokolska-wins-first-official-polish-mounted-archery-comp-15113Today marks Black Ribbon Day and the signing of the Ribbentrop-Molotov pacthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/today-marks-black-ribbon-day-and-the-signing-of-the-ribbentrop-molotov-pact-15111<p><span lang="EN-GB">On 23 August 1939, German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov met in Moscow to sign a document that would change the course of history.</span></p>Sun, 23 Aug 2020 12:36:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o98g3w3l0vil1fgxen5v.pngOfficially known as the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, August 23rd was chosen as it coincides with the date of the 1939 non-aggression pact between the USSR and Nazi Germany which would see a German-Soviet carve-up of Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/today-marks-black-ribbon-day-and-the-signing-of-the-ribbentrop-molotov-pact-15111Quality of ‘Polish Gothic’ jewellery found in graves as good as that of the Romanshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/quality-of-polish-gothic-jewellery-found-in-graves-as-good-as-that-of-the-romans-15109<p>A treasure trove of ancient jewellery from a 2,000-year-old Gothic cemetery in modern-day Poland is as good as that produced by the Romans, says a leading archaeologist.</p>Sat, 22 Aug 2020 15:08:00 +0200ScienceHistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ic0g0srf1k1u5nn43hbee.pngThe treasure trove of ancient jewellery from a 2,000-year-old Gothic cemetery in modern-day Poland is as good as that produced by the Romans.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/quality-of-polish-gothic-jewellery-found-in-graves-as-good-as-that-of-the-romans-15109Skyway Festival of Lights sees Toruń lit up in spectacular colourhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/skyway-festival-of-lights-sees-torun-lit-up-in-spectacular-colour-15107<p>The 11th edition of the spectacle will be a drive-thru event along a 5km course consisting of 12 zones.</p>Sat, 22 Aug 2020 13:24:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/x52tx8z8tyg4zrqi4hahu.jpegIn Zone 1 they will pass the Toruń entrance gate and luminous stones at a length of over 70-80 meters, stones of various sizes will be placed, some of which are over 1.5 meters wide.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/skyway-festival-of-lights-sees-torun-lit-up-in-spectacular-colour-15107Development Visions Forum starts on Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/development-visions-forum-starts-on-monday-15105<p>The 3rd Development Visions Forum devoted to innovative economic policies will commence on Monday at the Polish Naval Academy in Gdynia, northern Poland. The meeting is under the patronage of Poland's PM Mateusz Morawiecki.</p>Sat, 22 Aug 2020 12:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgDevelopment Visions Forum starts on Mondayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/development-visions-forum-starts-on-monday-15105Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 61,181https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-61181-15103<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 900 since Friday and reached 61,181, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another 13 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,951.</p>Sat, 22 Aug 2020 12:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vqzbdx6lvx87auh36z6b4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-61181-15103Beemobile is the sweetest car in Poland!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beemobile-is-the-sweetest-car-in-poland-15101<p>A special car to service Katowice apiaries has been introduced to the city’s streets.</p>Sat, 22 Aug 2020 11:19:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8txo858oa8pzg3sgrupon.jpegThe Beemobile is the brainchild of luxury car dealers Pietrzak Group and beekeeping company Pszczelarium. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beemobile-is-the-sweetest-car-in-poland-15101Just over one-third of Poles approve direction country is headed – pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/just-over-one-third-of-poles-approve-direction-country-is-headed--poll-15099<p>The "Social Moods Of Poles" survey carried out in August by the Kantar pollster shows that 35 pct of Poles have a positive opinion on the course of affairs in the country, whereas 48 pct have a negative opinion.</p>Sat, 22 Aug 2020 10:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgJust over one-third of Poles approve direction country is headed – pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/just-over-one-third-of-poles-approve-direction-country-is-headed--poll-15099Polish-US military aviation exercises underway in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-military-aviation-exercises-underway-in-poland-15097<p>Polish-American military aviation manoeuvres are taking place in Łask, central Poland. Polish pilots are training with US F-16 pilots from the 480th Fighter Squadron, stationed at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany.</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 19:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s91mog4xnpb5ev5idel9q.jpegA total of 18 F-16 jets and over 300 US airmen arrived in Poland from Germany to take part in the exercises.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-military-aviation-exercises-underway-in-poland-15097Warsaw University opens doors to Belarusian studentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-university-opens-doors-to-belarusian-students-15096<p>Warsaw University will accept students expelled from Belarusian colleges amidst the mass social protests underway in the country, the rector of the university Marcin Pałys announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 18:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8425mtr6ciqrphzzuctzg.jpeg"Our academic community is on the side of all who want freedom, democracy, civic society and the rule of law in Belarus," said Pałys in a press release detailing the programme.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-university-opens-doors-to-belarusian-students-15096Poland plans to extend flight ban to 63 countrieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-plans-to-extend-flight-ban-to-63-countries-15095<p>A new draft regulation of the Council of Ministers, extends the list of countries banned from passenger air traffic with Poland from 44 to 63 countries.</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 16:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hbqv8go0o8taq4jqirs1ht.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-plans-to-extend-flight-ban-to-63-countries-15095Poland’s economy is one of the strongest performers coming out of COVID19 recessionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economy-is-one-of-the-strongest-performers-coming-out-of-covid19-recession-15093<p><span lang="EN-GB">Inflation figures for August are expected to rise by about 3 percent year-on-year, while prices of goods and services are expected to fall by 0.1 percent month-on-month, according to the Development Ministry analysts.</span></p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 14:46:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7ozw2468188905a9tyv55n.jpegRetail sales increased in real terms by 3.0 percent year-on-year and by 6.5 percent month-on-month in July 2020.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economy-is-one-of-the-strongest-performers-coming-out-of-covid19-recession-15093Poland to get first power from Baltic wind farms in late 2024https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-get-first-power-from-baltic-wind-farms-in-late-2024-15091<p>The Baltic Sea will become a major source of green power in Poland as it is expected to provide some 20 percent of the country's power needs, Deputy State Assets Minister Zbigniew Gryglas said on Friday, vowing that wind farms will start working in late 2024.</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 14:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland to get first power from Baltic wind farms in late 2024https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-get-first-power-from-baltic-wind-farms-in-late-2024-15091Polish Foreign Ministry award laureate says she is honouredhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foreign-ministry-award-laureate-says-she-is-honoured-15089<p>Somali activist Ilwad Elman wrote on Twitter on Friday that, on behalf of the entire Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre (EPHRC) team, she was honoured to receive the 2020 Pro Dignitate Human award granted by the Polish Foreign Ministry.</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 14:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bahcy6pk4i2yt5i04cnju.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foreign-ministry-award-laureate-says-she-is-honoured-15089"All hands on deck" motto of new health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-hands-on-deck-motto-of-new-health-minister-15087<p>Adam Niedzielski, named by the PM as the new Polish health minister, said on Friday that he wanted to base his actions on dialogue, openness and cooperation. He added that he would present a new coronavirus strategy for the autumn after he was appointed.</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 13:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gbc7ofrd7wpm2p0m7szi6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/all-hands-on-deck-motto-of-new-health-minister-15087Poland may retain July's retail sales growth also in August - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-retain-julys-retail-sales-growth-also-in-august---ministry-15085<p>In August, Poland's retail sales growth may remain at the 3.0 percent level reached in July, the Development Ministry said in a comment to July's retail sales data published by the Central Statistical Office (GUS) on Friday.</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 13:30:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/befa0w0brmq2jijb3w95km.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-may-retain-julys-retail-sales-growth-also-in-august---ministry-15085Hero police officer dies after saving drowning girlhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hero-police-officer-dies-after-saving-drowning-girl-15083<p><span lang="EN-GB">A policeman has died after saving the life of a drowning girl.</span></p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 13:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/95k43ey882alftejbjjknk.jpegSergeant Marcin Szpyruk was on holiday with his family in the coastal resort of Sztutowo when he spotted the 12-year-old floundering in the water (illustration photo).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hero-police-officer-dies-after-saving-drowning-girl-15083Poland is Germany's biggest trade partner in Central-Eastern Europehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-germanys-biggest-trade-partner-in-central-eastern-europe-15081<p>Head of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations Olivier Hermes announced on Friday that Poland placed first on the list of Germany's trade partners in Central-Eastern Europe.</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 13:01:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q04yuedkdcgdaoqu5reab.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-is-germanys-biggest-trade-partner-in-central-eastern-europe-15081Is the Polish economy OK?https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/is-the-polish-economy-ok-519<p>Coronavirus was paralysing the global economy and fear was in the air the last time we talked to Economist Piotr Arak of the Polish Economic Institute.&nbsp;</p><p>March 2020 seems like a long time ago now, doesn't it?</p><p>The question is if you're looking to do business in Poland, live here or invest, is now the right time?</p><p>Or is the Polish economy about to implode?</p><p>Our host journalist Patrick Ney will talk to Piotr to find out what the latest figures tell us about the future for Poland's economy.&nbsp;</p><p>Are mass job losses around the corner? What will inflation to do Poland's economy? Are Polish consumers terrified about future prospects?</p><p>Find out all this and more in this episode of #HeartofPoland</p><p>Watch the March episode with Piotr to find out if his predictions came true <a href="https://pocztam.pap.pl/owa/redir.aspx?C=067a2cc1322e419b9cccaac10f3a0d9b&URL=https%3a%2f%2fyoutu.be%2fBvmjtI-qdA8" shape="rect" target="_blank">https://youtu.be/BvmjtI-qdA8</a>&nbsp;</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 12:56:00 +0200BusinessHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jn5ktz84yrhkf1bzcgx5t.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/is-the-polish-economy-ok-519Students return to schools on Sept 1 - Health Minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/students-return-to-schools-on-sept-1---health-min-15079<p>The school year in Poland will start on September 1 as students will generally return to their classrooms, apart from exceptional cases where online teaching will be introduced, Health Ministry spokesperson Wojciech Andrusiewicz said on Friday.</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 12:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3tls5xclvpu87ltu7in5bf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/students-return-to-schools-on-sept-1---health-min-15079Fascinating new map of pre-war Wrocław uncovers long-forgotten German signshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-new-map-of-pre-war-wroclaw-uncovers-long-forgotten-german-signs-15077<p><span lang="EN-GB">A map of fast-disappearing pre-war German shop signs, advertising and other street graphics in Wrocław is being created in an attempt to save them from oblivion.</span></p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 12:23:00 +0200HistoryRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xte7z0a5n1o0ky01ku095io.jpegThe signs are often only visible when plaster applied after the war has started to fall off. This why the project is called ‘Looking at Breslau from Under the Plaster’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fascinating-new-map-of-pre-war-wroclaw-uncovers-long-forgotten-german-signs-15077Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 60,281https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-60281-15075<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by a new daily record of 903 since Thursday morning and reached 60,281, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another 13 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,938.</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 11:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qmkaybpf4x9mayy9aip67.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-60281-15075Housing starts down y/y in July - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/housing-starts-down-yy-in-july---stats-office-15073<p>Housing starts in Poland fell by 1.2 percent year on year and went up by 15.6 percent month on month in July 2020, to 21,690 units, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 11:05:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e4ngc0s88wc18p1wsoyya5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/housing-starts-down-yy-in-july---stats-office-15073Poland supports efforts to give Navalny best possible treatment - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-supports-efforts-to-give-navalny-best-possible-treatment---pm-15071<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter on Friday that "Poland supports the efforts to provide Alexei Navalny with the best available treatment."</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 10:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f8l20tzh9ujczrwwdf92iq.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-supports-efforts-to-give-navalny-best-possible-treatment---pm-15071Poland's construction output down in July - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-construction-output-down-in-july---stats-office-15070<p>Poland's construction output decreased by 10.9 percent year on year in July 2020 and fell by 3.6 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 10:41:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d4kmq0dxvmlw8lp4olksk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-construction-output-down-in-july---stats-office-15070Retail sales up 3.0 pct y/y in July - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-30-pct-yy-in-july---stats-office-15068<p>Poland's retail sales increased in real terms by 3.0 percent year on year and by 6.5 percent month on month in July 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 10:22:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/no3ko503oyjp040g6uo9d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-30-pct-yy-in-july---stats-office-15068Lodz economic zone attracts PLN 1 bln of investments despite pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-economic-zone-attracts-pln-1-bln-of-investments-despite-pandemic-15066<p>The Lodz economic zone has attracted more than PLN 1 bln (EUR 228 mln) in 20 investments this year despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Puls Biznesu broadsheet wrote in its Friday edition.</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 10:11:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p07ij6xattgjgivrmd1qb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-economic-zone-attracts-pln-1-bln-of-investments-despite-pandemic-15066Polish Radio One to launch special broadcasts for Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-radio-one-to-launch-special-broadcasts-for-belarus-15064<p>The Management Board of Polish Radio S.A. has decided to modify its current radio programme schedule and introduce special news services in Belarusian on Polish Radio One (PR), which will be devoted to the current situation in Belarus.</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 09:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Radio One to launch special broadcasts for Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-radio-one-to-launch-special-broadcasts-for-belarus-15064PM praises new foreign and health ministershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-praises-new-foreign-and-health-ministers-15062<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki has stated that the new ministers, experienced professionals, namely Adam Niedzielski and Zbigniew Rau, "will be the foundation of our team strengthening Poland."</p>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 09:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7oyx4esy2l6ufpdk1qv1he.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-praises-new-foreign-and-health-ministers-15062Poles must aid Belarusians in their struggle - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-must-aid-belarusians-in-their-struggle---pm-15060<p>Poles must aid the Belarusians in their difficult struggle, which is not over yet, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said at a Thursday press conference. Earlier, Morawiecki met with members of the Belarusian opposition.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 20:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iztqlxk5hri764vazboh7n.jpegThe Polish PM said Poland wanted changes in Belarus to take place through dialogue, as this would enable "truly free" elections in the country and Belarus' accession to "the family of free, democratic European peoples."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-must-aid-belarusians-in-their-struggle---pm-15060PM Morawiecki pays tribute to late PM Olszewskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-pays-tribute-to-late-pm-olszewski-15058<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday laid flowers at the tomb of former Polish Prime Minister Jan Olszewski, marking the former PM's 90th birthday anniversary.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 19:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jouy6x9z9m22ob1qo9p7t.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-morawiecki-pays-tribute-to-late-pm-olszewski-15058Seven 'red' zones, 12 'yellow' zones in Poland - deputy health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/seven-red-zones-12-yellow-zones-in-poland---deputy-health-minister-15057<p>Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska said on Thursday that two new counties in Poland had been named 'red' zones, while two others had been changed from 'red' to 'yellow' zones.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 19:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kmxomahigxzzn1c9pkpj.jpegIn all, there are now seven 'red' zone and 12 'yellow' zone counties, Kraska said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/seven-red-zones-12-yellow-zones-in-poland---deputy-health-minister-15057Polish PM announces Poland's new health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-announces-polands-new-health-minister-15056<p>To-date National Health Fund (NFZ) head Adam Niedzielski will be Poland's new health minister, PM Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Thursday. Niedzielski will replace former health minister Łukasz Szumowski.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 18:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p2mjgiurcm2ja586jdztw.jpegAdam Niedzielski will be the new health minister.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-announces-polands-new-health-minister-15056New Polish foreign minister named - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-polish-foreign-minister-named---pm-15055<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Thursday afternoon that Zbigniew Rau will be the new Polish foreign minister.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 18:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/940jz4xlzl69ne9192fwv.jpegZbigniew Rau will be the new Polish foreign minister.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-polish-foreign-minister-named---pm-15055President signs amendments to posted workers act into lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-amendments-to-posted-workers-act-into-law-15054<p>President Andrzej Duda has signed into law amendments to the act on posted workers. They are designed to incorporate the European Parliament and European Council directive of June 28, 2018, into the Polish legal system, the President's Office has reported.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 18:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPresident signs amendments to posted workers act into lawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-signs-amendments-to-posted-workers-act-into-law-15054PM thanks outgoing foreign minister for his workhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-thanks-outgoing-foreign-minister-for-his-work-15052<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki has expressed his gratitude to the outgoing foreign minister for his work. "Jacek Czaputowicz is a person of high class and a great professional," the PM said.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 17:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zt6l0kvv6zjhbow9a0kza.jpegPM Morawiecki expressed his thanks to Czaputowicz (pictured) and expressed his conviction that the outgoing minister would surely use his experience to continue his service for Poland. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-thanks-outgoing-foreign-minister-for-his-work-15052State aid as part of anti-crisis shield proves effective - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/state-aid-as-part-of-anti-crisis-shield-proves-effective---minister-15051<p>The Polish family and labour minister has told PAP that "state intervention as part of the anti-crisis and financial shields has been effective." She added that the aid, which exceeded PLN 130 bln (EUR 29.5 bln), has helped the economy and saved over 5 mln jobs.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 16:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/es61kr8qhv59g5x3ug22o.jpeg"August data are also optimistic," said Maląg, adding that they were a sign that the economy was returning to the right path. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/state-aid-as-part-of-anti-crisis-shield-proves-effective---minister-15051Gorgeous amber chess set returns to Gdańsk after 300 yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gorgeous-amber-chess-set-returns-to-gdansk-after-300-years-15048<p>A magnificent amber chess set – one of just four similar ones that have survived to this day – has returned to Gdańsk after over 300 years.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 16:05:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/78f5kphactcvxchm6iuo5s.jpegThe amber chess set made around 1690 has returned to the city after being bought by the Gdańsk Museum.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gorgeous-amber-chess-set-returns-to-gdansk-after-300-years-15048The man who would not be king: Webber recalls a rural retreat of magic and madnesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-man-who-would-not-be-king-webber-recalls-a-rural-retreat-of-magic-and-madness-15046<p>It’s a sentiment that I’m pretty sure everyone involved in this writing racket would express – it’s kicking-off a column from scratch that’s always the biggest challenge.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 15:09:00 +0200LifeWebber's WorldHotelshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vcc7gpuwwhjexo1e7a41.jpegKiermusy’s Dworek nad Łąkami is not your typical hotel.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-man-who-would-not-be-king-webber-recalls-a-rural-retreat-of-magic-and-madness-15046Writer, musician, activist Piotr Szczepanik dies aged 78https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/writer-musician-activist-piotr-szczepanik-dies-aged-78-15044<p>Piotr Szczepanik, a renowned Polish musician, writer and actor also known for his communist-era opposition activism died on Thursday at the age of 78.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 14:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zdpcpazhf69v5j1l8av2w.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/writer-musician-activist-piotr-szczepanik-dies-aged-78-15044Free and democratic Belarus in Poland's interest - Senate speakerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/free-and-democratic-belarus-in-polands-interest---senate-speaker-15041<p>A free and democratic Belarus is in the deepest and most vital interest of Poland, Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki said on Thursday after a meeting with Belarusian oppositionist Veranika Tsepkalo.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 14:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/38vmu8i71j6tigxlz75voc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/free-and-democratic-belarus-in-polands-interest---senate-speaker-15041PM calls for support of Belarusian citizenshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-calls-for-support-of-belarusian-citizens-15039<p>Remembering August 1980 and the legacy of 'Solidarity,' we want to support civil society in Belarus and its efforts to achieve full democracy and freedom, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Thursday.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 13:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s3hr3n4hsage78kl72a45h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-calls-for-support-of-belarusian-citizens-15039MFA monitoring reports of Russian oppositionist's apparent poisoninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mfa-monitoring-reports-of-russian-oppositionists-apparent-poisoning-15038<p>Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Thursday it was following with concern the development of events around the apparent poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 13:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMFA monitoring reports of Russian oppositionist's apparent poisoninghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mfa-monitoring-reports-of-russian-oppositionists-apparent-poisoning-15038Whopping 35-billion-pixel Toruń photo is largest panorama in Poland and one of the largest in the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/whopping-35-billion-pixel-torun-photo-is-largest-panorama-in-poland-and-one-of-the-largest-in-the-world-15036<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Polish husband-and-wife team of photography pioneers has produced the biggest ever photo-panorama in Poland.</span></p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 13:21:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z4qedo3ndvd3nm9u4xtsu4.jpegAt 35 billion pixels, the giga-panorama is the largest to ever have been made in Poland and one of the largest in the world.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/whopping-35-billion-pixel-torun-photo-is-largest-panorama-in-poland-and-one-of-the-largest-in-the-world-15036Polish gov't amends 2020 budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-amends-2020-budget-15035<p>The Polish government on Thursday endorsed amendments to the country's budget law for this year, raising the deficit to PLN 109.3 bln (EUR 24.9 bln) as spending soared and revenues plummeted due to the coronavirus crisis.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 12:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish gov't amends 2020 budgethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-govt-amends-2020-budget-15035Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 59,378https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-59378-15033<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 767 since Wednesday and reached 59,378, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another 12 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,925.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 12:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ir46o29ufpcuvoh7id6a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-59378-15033Producer prices down y/y, up m/m in July - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/producer-prices-down-yy-up-mm-in-july---stats-office-15031<p>Poland's producer prices went down by 0.6 percent year on year in July 2020 and grew by 0.3 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 11:39:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g95444z37oftqkkur0xop.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/producer-prices-down-yy-up-mm-in-july---stats-office-15031Poland's industrial production up y/y and m/m in July - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-yy-and-mm-in-july---stats-office-15029<p>Poland's industrial output grew by 1.1 percent year on year in July 2020, after a 0.5 percent increase year on year in June, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 10:59:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l8wgc84qojob7jy39b3gcf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-yy-and-mm-in-july---stats-office-15029Polish foreign minister resignshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foreign-minister-resigns-15027<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz has tendered his resignation to the prime minister on Thursday, PAP was told by the Foreign Ministry on Thursday morning.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 10:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/konzubo21nqrlbc0iec.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foreign-minister-resigns-15027Polish-American aviation exercises begin in Lask - Defence Minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-american-aviation-exercises-begin-in-lask---defence-min-15025<p>The AvDet Polish-American air exercises have started in Lask, central Poland. Polish pilots will train with their American peers stationed in Germany, the Polish Ministry of Defence wrote on Twitter on Thursday.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 10:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0wq0tta4f0k4j9ds6bpdml.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-american-aviation-exercises-begin-in-lask---defence-min-15025Customers seek mortgages, but banks remain wary - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/customers-seek-mortgages-but-banks-remain-wary---press-15024<p>The growing demand for mortgages in Poland is not translating into banks' willingness to offer them as total mortgage sales are still one-fourth lower than a year ago, the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna broadsheet wrote on Thursday.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 09:50:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCustomers seek mortgages, but banks remain wary - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/customers-seek-mortgages-but-banks-remain-wary---press-15024Home food deliveries expected to boom in autumn - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/home-food-deliveries-expected-to-boom-in-autumn---press-15022<p>Having food delivered from restaurants to the home is becoming ever more popular in Poland and a second wave of coronavirus in the autumn will mean a flood of new orders for delivery services, Thursday's edition of the Rzeczpopolita daily reported.</p>Thu, 20 Aug 2020 09:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k694l2b1ifhnigln7zu5f.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/home-food-deliveries-expected-to-boom-in-autumn---press-15022Enter Air reaches agreement with Boeing over 737 MAX damageshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/enter-air-reaches-agreement-with-boeing-over-737-max-damages-15020<p>Private Polish airline Enter Air has struck a deal with US plane-maker Boeing to settle damages caused by the grounding of its B737 MAX 8 aircraft as well as changing the delivery date of four further planes ordered earlier.</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 20:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wcnzshugpd7akzxrq1ymi.jpegEnter Air General Director Grzegorz Połaniecki said the current market situation was difficult and it made no sense to accept more new planes, particularly since the financing offers today are not very attractive.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/enter-air-reaches-agreement-with-boeing-over-737-max-damages-15020European Council critical of Belarus election process - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-council-critical-of-belarus-election-process---polish-pm-15018<p>The European Council at its Wednesday videoconference criticised the execution of the recent Belarusian presidential election and believes it should be repeated, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said after the meeting.</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 17:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/p2s495e7hmmdjh4a30eal.jpegMorawiecki said sanctions against those acting against demonstrators in Belarus were strongly supported, adding that Belarusian society should not suffer as a result.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-council-critical-of-belarus-election-process---polish-pm-15018EU Council strongly supports sanctions against Belarus - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-council-strongly-supports-sanctions-against-belarus---polish-pm-15017<p>Following a sitting of the European Council on Wednesday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said sanctions against those acting against demonstrators in Belarus were strongly supported, adding that Belarusian society should not suffer as a result.</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 16:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8db2ercpsuleq1yg0j8jl.jpegThe PM specified that the sanctions should concern those people who have taken part in direct actions of putting down demonstrations, in beating protestors, oppositionists or those expressing objection to the rule of President Alexander Lukashenko.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-council-strongly-supports-sanctions-against-belarus---polish-pm-15017Polish PM against sanctions hitting Belarusian people - sourcehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-against-sanctions-hitting-belarusian-people---source-15016<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki told a videoconference of EU heads of state and government on Belarus that Poland was for sanctions on those involved in suppressing protests in Belarus but against measures hitting Belarusians, PAP was told by an unofficial source.</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 15:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM against sanctions hitting Belarusian people - sourcehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-against-sanctions-hitting-belarusian-people---source-15016Warsaw to get country’s first mobility hubhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-get-countrys-first-mobility-hub-15014<p><span lang="EN-GB">As interest in shared transport grows, Poland is about to get its first “mobility hub”, which could help transform how people get around town.&nbsp;</span></p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 14:49:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bgapajrknvhkui5hoepgy.jpegThe hub will give people a central point where they can access various types of shared transport.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-to-get-countrys-first-mobility-hub-15014Gloomy unemployment and wage scenarios not true - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gloomy-unemployment-and-wage-scenarios-not-true---official-15012<p>President of the Polish Development Fund (PFR) Pawel Borys wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that "gloomy predictions regarding unemployment and wages have not come true."</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 14:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0j5040hv1dtuefob0ftkkz.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gloomy-unemployment-and-wage-scenarios-not-true---official-15012Over 50 pct of Poles for return of Sunday shopping - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50-pct-of-poles-for-return-of-sunday-shopping---poll-15010<p>Fifty-one percent of respondents to a poll commissioned by CBRE, an international advisory and commercial real estate investment company, want shops in Poland to be open every day, including Sundays.</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 14:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rkfsksp6v30dngc2atmdw5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-50-pct-of-poles-for-return-of-sunday-shopping---poll-15010Eco firms go global with electromobilityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eco-firms-go-global-with-electromobility-15008<p><span lang="EN-GB">Electromobility is no longer a futuristic pipe dream and Polish companies are operating around the world in every sector.</span></p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 14:11:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xzm0q0drfb9bgx47l612e5.jpegSolaris has become a leading provider of zero emission buses in over 750 cities in 32 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eco-firms-go-global-with-electromobility-15008Belarusian opposition figure Veronika Tsepkalo arrives in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusian-opposition-figure-veronika-tsepkalo-arrives-in-poland-15006<p>Veronika Tsepkalo, who took part in the Belarusian presidential election campaign of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, and her husband Valery Tsepkalo, who was not allowed to participate in the election, have arrived in Poland along with their children, reports Polsat News.</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 13:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBelarusian opposition figure Veronika Tsepkalo arrives in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusian-opposition-figure-veronika-tsepkalo-arrives-in-poland-15006'My US-Poland Love Affair'https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/my-us-poland-love-affair-517<p>Kasia Mecinski like you've never seen her before.&nbsp;</p><p>Hear from one of Youtube's biggest Polish-American stars on her life as a Pole in America, growing up in Chicago's Polish community. &nbsp;As an author, entrpreneur and film maker she's been on a journey to discover her Polishness and rediscover the country of Poland.&nbsp;</p><p>Discover who wins.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>American wedding vs Polish wedding</p><p>Hot dog vs. Kielbasa</p><p>Sushi (Kasia lived in Tokyo) vs. Pierogi&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Find out more about Kasia's latest booking challenging the way women are perceived and written about online and the 1 thing about Kasia's life than most people don't understand.&nbsp;</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 13:47:00 +0200LifeHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gju4mmq8zxuppo80t4lg8.jpegKasia Mecinski like you've never seen her beforehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/my-us-poland-love-affair-517We are proud of health service staff - PM on Facebookhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-are-proud-of-health-service-staff---pm-on-facebook-15004<p>"We are proud of the sacrifice made by doctors and health service staff during the coronavirus pandemic," PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Wednesday, adding that "at the same time, we have been allocating record-high funds to support them."</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 12:58:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t0g116xeuv7hy0u2j6l5g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/we-are-proud-of-health-service-staff---pm-on-facebook-15004Polish HICP inflation up by 3.7 pct y/y in July - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-37-pct-yy-in-july---eurostat-15002<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) rose by 3.7 percent year on year in July 2020, against a 3.8 percent increase a month earlier, reports Eurostat, the European Union's statistics office.</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 12:56:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish HICP inflation up by 3.7 pct y/y in July - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-37-pct-yy-in-july---eurostat-15002Visegrad Group presidents issue joint statement on Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/visegrad-group-presidents-issue-joint-statement-on-belarus-15000<p>The presidents of the Visegrad Group (V4) states have issued a joint statement on Belarus, in which they have called on the Belarusian authorities to open up the path for a political solution to the crisis.</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 12:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgVisegrad Group presidents issue joint statement on Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/visegrad-group-presidents-issue-joint-statement-on-belarus-15000Can he do it? A hattrick from Lewy tonight will put him on par with Ronaldo for most goals in a season – four will give him the recordhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/can-he-do-it-a-hattrick-from-lewy-tonight-will-put-him-on-par-with-ronaldo-for-most-goals-in-a-season--four-will-give-him-the-record-14998<p><span lang="EN-GB">Tonight Robert Lewandowski and his Bayern Munich team take on Lyon and a win will take them through to the Champions League Final.</span></p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 12:02:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/44uw7ggv9otmawy1mza1vf.jpegTonight’s crucial semi-final could see Lewandowski equal Ronaldo’s Champions League goal record.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/can-he-do-it-a-hattrick-from-lewy-tonight-will-put-him-on-par-with-ronaldo-for-most-goals-in-a-season--four-will-give-him-the-record-14998Polish current and future consumer sentiment worsen in Augusthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-current-and-future-consumer-sentiment-worsen-in-august-14996<p>Current and future consumer moods in Poland were lower in August than in the previous month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 11:35:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l0jvx65n6ue5lkarsn8ks.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-current-and-future-consumer-sentiment-worsen-in-august-14996Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 58,611https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-58611-14994<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 735 since Tuesday and reached 58,611, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another 17 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,913.</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 10:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ot6dn2liz3l5jsvapq6g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-58611-14994Poland's average corporate wage up in July - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-corporate-wage-up-in-july---stats-office-14992<p>Poland's average corporate gross wage rose by 3.8 percent year on year to PLN 5,381.65 (EUR 1,223.1) in July 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 10:21:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eiism9guh3lyysoiajaosi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-average-corporate-wage-up-in-july---stats-office-14992Poland's agri-food exports up by 7 pct y/y in H1https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-agri-food-exports-up-by-7-pct-yy-in-h1-14990<p>The value of exports of Polish agricultural and food products in the first six months of 2020 increased by 7 percent year on year to EUR 16.4 billion, reported the National Support Centre for Agriculture (KOWR), citing data from the Ministry of Finance.</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 10:06:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's agri-food exports up by 7 pct y/y in H1https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-agri-food-exports-up-by-7-pct-yy-in-h1-14990New health minister in several days - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-health-minister-in-several-days---pm-14988<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki has announced that the name of a new health minister, who will replace Lukasz Szumowski, will be announced in several days. He has also declared that "it will be a competent person with a broad knowledge of health protection."</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 09:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/01v4528t8izoa584mjjflwd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-health-minister-in-several-days---pm-14988Polish hotels record mixed results in July due to epidemic - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hotels-record-mixed-results-in-july-due-to-epidemic---survey-14986<p>In July, 34 percent. of hotels in Poland recorded an occupancy rate of below 30 pct, the same number had an occupancy rate of up to 60 pct, and 32 pct above 60 pct, according to a survey conducted by the Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry (IGHP).</p>Wed, 19 Aug 2020 09:56:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish hotels record mixed results in July due to epidemic - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hotels-record-mixed-results-in-july-due-to-epidemic---survey-14986Poland wants freedom for Belarus, pledges EU aidhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-freedom-for-belarus-pledges-eu-aid-14985<p>Poland wants to see freedom and democracy in Belarus and promises the support of the whole EU, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday in Katowice, southern Poland. The situation in Belarus will be the subject of a Wednesday online EU summit.</p>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 20:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cmfositq3xa8bjbihxpg5.jpeg"We believe this battle for freedom and democracy will end with success, and that this very difficult time will be dealt with by peaceful means," Morawiecki said in Katowice.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-freedom-for-belarus-pledges-eu-aid-14985President, NATO head discuss Belarus - presidential aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-nato-head-discuss-belarus---presidential-aide-14984<p>President Andrzej Duda and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg are in talks on regional security in the context of developments in Belarus, Duda aide Krzysztof Szczerski tweeted on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 18:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5jnkf892amfj1hyoa3uoar.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-nato-head-discuss-belarus---presidential-aide-14984Poland's budget deficit at EUR 3.7 bln at end-Julyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-deficit-at-eur-37-bln-at-end-july-14983<p>Poland's budget deficit reached PLN 16.3 bln (EUR 3.72 bln) at the end of July, the Finance Ministry told PAP on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 17:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's budget deficit at EUR 3.7 bln at end-Julyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-deficit-at-eur-37-bln-at-end-july-14983So long, Tom! Historic bridge saved from Tom Cruise bombhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/so-long-tom-historic-bridge-saved-from-tom-cruise-bomb-14980<p>A historic bridge intended for demolition as part of a stunt featuring in the next Mission: Impossible film appears to have had its fate safeguarded following an international outcry that saw it come to global attention.</p>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 17:06:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xzbsk8xzono0dw8a1yvaaae.jpegThe historic bridge near Jelenia Góra was to be blown to smithereens in new Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible film.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/so-long-tom-historic-bridge-saved-from-tom-cruise-bomb-14980Polish health minister resignshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-health-minister-resigns-14979<p>Polish Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski tendered his resignation on Tuesday, saying he would remain an MP but wanted to return to the medical profession.</p>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 16:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/254besmkhdtix904kx4rd9l.jpegSzumowski, a professor of medical sciences, was appointed health minister in January 2018. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-health-minister-resigns-14979Elizabeth Debicki to star as Princess Di in The Crown, but who is she?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/elizabeth-debicki-to-star-as-princess-di-in-the-crown-but-who-is-she-14977<p>Elizabeth Debicki, an Australian actress of Polish origin, is to become the new Princess Diana for the two final seasons of Netflix’s The Crown series.</p>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 15:38:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7wmy038tf353tacjl00wxm.pngDebicki (left) will replace Emma Corrin as Princess Diana for the two final seasons of Netflix’s The Crown series.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/elizabeth-debicki-to-star-as-princess-di-in-the-crown-but-who-is-she-14977Only 4 pct of Poland's firms laid off employees amid epidemic - studyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/only-4-pct-of-polands-firms-laid-off-employees-amid-epidemic---study-14976<p>A mere 4 percent of Poland's companies said they had to make redundancies, according to the 'COVID-19 Business Pulse Survey - Poland' carried out by the World Bank and the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP).</p>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 15:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bbdzossw5odk8nex49d48.jpeg"Polish companies are not giving up and are actively looking for solutions that would allow them to survive this difficult time," said World Bank economist Łukasz Marć.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/only-4-pct-of-polands-firms-laid-off-employees-amid-epidemic---study-14976Committee on Istanbul Convention presents withdrawal bill to parliamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/committee-on-istanbul-convention-presents-withdrawal-bill-to-parliament-14974<p>A citizens' initiative committee aimed at withdrawing Poland from the Council of Europe's Istanbul Convention on domestic violence has formally announced its existence to the Sejm (lower house).</p>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 14:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCommittee on Istanbul Convention presents withdrawal bill to parliamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/committee-on-istanbul-convention-presents-withdrawal-bill-to-parliament-14974At last! After 52 years Kraków skyscraper finally nears completionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/at-last-after-52-years-krakow-skyscraper-finally-nears-completion-14972<p>Nearly half a century in the making, one of Kraków’s most recognizable landmarks, a building that for decades has both haunted and dominated the city’s skyline with its menacing dimensions, has finally taken its final, finished form.</p>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 14:23:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0fep4rv8b0baq8y7focfs8i.jpegThe 102.5-metre structure has been completed and finished off with so-called Nordic Royal aluminium sheets to lend it a golden glow on Kraków’s skyline.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/at-last-after-52-years-krakow-skyscraper-finally-nears-completion-14972Polish company launches production of a drug for COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-company-launches-production-of-a-drug-for-covid-19-14970<p>Biomed Lublin has started production of the first batch of a drug for COVID-19 from convalescent plasma. It will be subjected to clinical trials that will begin in about two months, said representatives of Biomed and the Medical University of Lublin on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 14:11:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s4of81hpgsr5qjgksqahcf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-company-launches-production-of-a-drug-for-covid-19-14970EUR 250 mln in extra EU funds provided for company liquidity loanshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-250-mln-in-extra-eu-funds-provided-for-company-liquidity-loans-14968<p>Funds and Regional Policy Minister Malgorzata Jarosinska-Jedynak announced on Tuesday the ministry was making PLN 1.1 billion (EUR 250 million) of EU funds available in loans to ensure companies' financial liquidity.</p>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 13:23:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q39rfiq9w39tz41g0mvy2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-250-mln-in-extra-eu-funds-provided-for-company-liquidity-loans-14968Pulled pork! Archaeologists hit the PIG time after digging up Bronze Age children’s toy pigshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pulled-pork-archaeologists-hit-the-pig-time-after-digging-up-bronze-age-childrens-toy-pigs-14965<p>Archaeologists have found what could be Bronze Age "children's toys" from thousands of years ago, which are shaped like pigs.</p>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 13:05:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fgy7kzsfgf9qe5v4aiwiko.jpegJust a few centimetres long with a visible snout and ears, the figurines were discovered at a settlement from around 3,500 years ago.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pulled-pork-archaeologists-hit-the-pig-time-after-digging-up-bronze-age-childrens-toy-pigs-14965Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 57,876https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-57876-14963<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 597 since Monday and reached 57,876, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another 11 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,896.</p>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 11:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ayf1lbshkvj7ct9fro253.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-57876-14963Poland and Hungary to jointly assist victims of religious persecutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-hungary-to-jointly-assist-victims-of-religious-persecution-14961<p>Poland and Hungary have reached an agreement to help persecuted religious groups and to counteract threats to religious freedom, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced in a press statement.</p>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 11:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland and Hungary to jointly assist victims of religious persecutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-hungary-to-jointly-assist-victims-of-religious-persecution-14961Poles invest more in foreign stock marketshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-invest-more-in-foreign-stock-markets-14959<p>Polish investors are increasingly interested in investing in foreign markets, with such total investments reaching PLN 2 billion (EUR 455 mln) only in June, the Rzeczpospolita daily wrote on Tuesday citing the data of NBP, Poland's central bank.</p>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 09:54:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles invest more in foreign stock marketshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-invest-more-in-foreign-stock-markets-14959Polish PM, FM, Tsikhanouskaya discuss Belarus crisishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-fm-tsikhanouskaya-discuss-belarus-crisis-14957<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki and FM Jacek Czaputowicz on Monday spoke on the telephone with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, main opposition candidate in the recent and currently mass-protested presidential election in Belarus.</p>Mon, 17 Aug 2020 21:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6ua795rn47cgsmmeee2hf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-fm-tsikhanouskaya-discuss-belarus-crisis-14957Poland, Hungary sign humanitarian aid memorandumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hungary-sign-humanitarian-aid-memorandum-14955<p>A Polish-Hungarian memorandum on cooperation in carrying humanitarian aid was signed on Monday in Budapest by Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski and Hungary's Minister of State for aid to persecuted Christians Tristan Azbej.</p>Mon, 17 Aug 2020 18:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland, Hungary sign humanitarian aid memorandumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-hungary-sign-humanitarian-aid-memorandum-14955Poland uses up 86.6 pct of allocated EU funds - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-uses-up-866-pct-of-allocated-eu-funds---minister-14954<p>Poland has so far used up 86.6 percent of EU funds allocated to the country under the EU's 2014-2020 budget, Polish Funds Minister Malgorzata Jarosinska-Jedynak wrote on Twitter on Monday.</p>Mon, 17 Aug 2020 17:37:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland uses up 86.6 pct of allocated EU funds - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-uses-up-866-pct-of-allocated-eu-funds---minister-14954PM tells media owner to not ‘twist the truth’ over 1920 Battle of Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-tells-media-owner-to-not-twist-the-truth-over-1920-battle-of-warsaw-14951<p><span lang="EN-GB">PM Mateusz Morawiecki has written to the head of Poland's branch of the&nbsp;</span>Swiss-German media group Ringier Axel Springer&nbsp;<span lang="EN-GB">(RASP) press publishers over coverage of the 1919-20 Polish-Bolshevik War in which Poland defeated a Europe-advancing Red Army.</span></p>Mon, 17 Aug 2020 16:48:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mn6ydfc7vei7quiakesm6j.jpegPM Morawiecki told the head of Axel Springer in Poland that ‘no one is allowed to relativize history’ and ‘we cannot allow the true picture of this war to be distorted.’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-tells-media-owner-to-not-twist-the-truth-over-1920-battle-of-warsaw-14951Polish, Lithuanian PMs discuss EU sanctions against Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-pms-discuss-eu-sanctions-against-belarus-14949<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and his Lithuanian counterpart Linas Linkevicius in a telephone conversation on Monday discussed EU sanctions against Belarus, the Polish Foreign Ministry said on Twitter.</p>Mon, 17 Aug 2020 16:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r8nd8wxc45g0jfjk8klkb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-pms-discuss-eu-sanctions-against-belarus-14949July's core inflation rate up to 4.3 pct - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/julys-core-inflation-rate-up-to-43-pct---central-bank-14947<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 4.3 percent year on year in July 2020, against 4.1 percent in June, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 17 Aug 2020 15:29:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m8zc7nl1xgl53nop0ylfaw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/julys-core-inflation-rate-up-to-43-pct---central-bank-14947European Council sitting on Belarus a success for PM - senior officialshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-council-sitting-on-belarus-a-success-for-pm---senior-officials-14944<p>The initiative of Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for a European Council sitting on Belarus ended in success, said Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński, while the head of the PM's Office, Michał Dworczyk said the EU could not be passive on the issue.</p>Mon, 17 Aug 2020 14:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cg5qkimo0zfprdy1l3d42n.jpeg"The development of events confirmed the diagnosis of the situation formulated by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki," Dworczyk said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/european-council-sitting-on-belarus-a-success-for-pm---senior-officials-14944Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia sustain appeal to Belarus - Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lithuania-latvia-estonia-sustain-appeal-to-belarus---duda-14943<p>Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia maintain the position in their appeal to the Belarusian authorities, the four countries' readiness to support a political process to implement the free will of the Belarusian people, Polish President Andrzej Duda tweeted on Monday.</p>Mon, 17 Aug 2020 14:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iw43ptcwhb6iy6pqt07df.jpeg"I have just held a teleconference with the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Its purpose was to exchange views on the developments in Belarus, especially in the context of regional security. Our four countries maintain the position expressed in the appeal to the Belarusian authorities," Duda wrote on Twitter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lithuania-latvia-estonia-sustain-appeal-to-belarus---duda-14943Design student comes up with beautiful mountain therapy centre to beat depressionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/design-student-comes-up-with-beautiful-mountain-therapy-centre-to-beat-depression-14941<p>An architecture student has designed an innovative getaway for people with depression, where they can recover in a supportive natural environment.</p>Mon, 17 Aug 2020 13:32:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bcwfwoez1vcgpxjcygg8n7.jpegThe therapy is the result of a change in lifestyle as well as a change from an urban environment to the beautiful landscape of almost forgotten Bieszczady, which favours silence and a metaphorical "journey" towards health and harmony of spirit.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/design-student-comes-up-with-beautiful-mountain-therapy-centre-to-beat-depression-14941Poland's foreign trade surplus at EUR 4.9 bln after June - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-49-bln-after-june---stats-office-14940<p>Poland's foreign trade surplus totalled EUR 4.9 billion at the end of June 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 17 Aug 2020 13:05:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rso37sphvsdvtw3aiji1fb.jpegGUShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-49-bln-after-june---stats-office-14940Polish film-makers appeal for European solidarity over Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-makers-appeal-for-european-solidarity-over-belarus-14939<p>Polish film-makers, including award-winning directors Agnieszka Holland, Paweł Pawlikowski and Andrzej Jakimowski, have demanded that the Belarusian authorities immediately cease violence and called on Europe to show solidarity with Belarusians.</p>Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:25:00 +0200News & PoliticsArt & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nx4z6bhw1l74v28hf4rs9n.jpegAgnieszka Holland, Andrzej Jakimowski and Paweł Pawlikowski called on all European governments to take immediate and decisive action to pressure the Belarusian government to take the demanded steps and to support the Belarusian nation in fighting for its rights.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-film-makers-appeal-for-european-solidarity-over-belarus-14939Global solar developer Photon Energy plans to enter Polish markethttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/global-solar-developer-photon-energy-plans-to-enter-polish-market-14938<p>Photon Energy, an Amsterdam-based global solar power solutions and services company, plans to enter the Polish photovoltaic market, the company said in a Monday press release.</p>Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:01:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fllg5jhzhfkbp12gnhaj8.jpegPhoton Energy said that Maciej Górski, a former board member of Enea power and CEO of PGE Energia Odnawialna, the renewable energy arm of the largest Polish energy utility, PGE, was appointed the company's Country Head responsible for the Polish market.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/global-solar-developer-photon-energy-plans-to-enter-polish-market-14938Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 57,279https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-57279-14936<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 595 since Sunday and reached 57,279, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another eight people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,885.</p>Mon, 17 Aug 2020 11:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5ig93mg1apdkh2188fhtd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-57279-14936Łódź Four Cultures Festival to be held in early Septemberhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-four-cultures-festival-to-be-held-in-early-september-14935<p>This year's Four Cultures Festival, one of the most important annual events in the central city of Łódź, which covers music, theatre and visual arts, will be held on September 3-6 and due to the pandemic will include a number of online events.</p>Mon, 17 Aug 2020 09:04:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6lbqwcaj95mqlxd488pzy.jpegThe motto of this year's festival, "A future without return", refers to the current pandemic reality.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-four-cultures-festival-to-be-held-in-early-september-14935US media on Polish-US defence dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-media-on-polish-us-defence-deal-14934<p>Following a defence cooperation deal between Poland and the US, signed on Saturday, US media wrote that it paves the way to deploy more US troops from Germany to Poland, including intelligence and reconnaissance forces.</p>Sun, 16 Aug 2020 20:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7w5iel0nv8eaan6wbzdbf.jpeg"Troop levels matter (...) but the world has moved on too," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, referring to threats posed in space, cyberspace and disinformation campaigns.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-media-on-polish-us-defence-deal-14934Poland's defence minister pays tribute to Battle of Warsaw soldiershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-defence-minister-pays-tribute-to-battle-of-warsaw-soldiers-14932<p>Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak on Sunday paid tribute to the soldiers of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw at the Cemetery of Soldiers of the Polish-Bolshevik War in Radzymin, north-east of Warsaw.</p>Sun, 16 Aug 2020 18:23:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v5yvxy2wcgs9gl9qnqw2.jpegBłaszczak laid a wreath on the graves of those who died a hundred years ago in the Battle of Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-defence-minister-pays-tribute-to-battle-of-warsaw-soldiers-14932Staged battle: Miracle on the Vistula re-enacted in theatrical spectaclehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/staged-battle-miracle-on-the-vistula-re-enacted-in-theatrical-spectacle-14930<p>The pitch at the PGE Narodowy stadium in Warsaw turned into a huge battlefield on the night of August 15. Instead of Ronaldo and Lewandowski, it was Piłsudski and Leon Trotski who faced each other at the national stadium as Poles celebrated the historic victory over Bolshevik Russia in 1920.</p>Sun, 16 Aug 2020 17:49:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t72pnntjmxna19t537ogvj.jpegBattle lines: The Miracle on Vistula takes the stage.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/staged-battle-miracle-on-the-vistula-re-enacted-in-theatrical-spectacle-14930Defence deal with Poland will strengthen NATO and Europe - Trumphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defence-deal-with-poland-will-strengthen-nato-and-europe---trump-14929<p>The new defence pact between the US and Poland, signed on Saturday, will increase the presence of US troops in Poland, strengthen NATO's deterrent capabilities and European security, US President Donald Trump said in a statement posted on the White House website.</p>Sun, 16 Aug 2020 16:25:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fpem14t8hn6o8st2vbidvp.jpegThe agreement with Poland is part of the actions that are to increase the military's ability to carry out their mission, Trump wrote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defence-deal-with-poland-will-strengthen-nato-and-europe---trump-14929Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 56,684https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-56684-14928<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 594 since Saturday and reached 56,684, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday morning. Another eight people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,877.</p>Sun, 16 Aug 2020 15:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/khio1ap3li1dl1j4e51fn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-56684-14928Talk of the town: chatbot med-tech firm banks $10 million in fundinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/talk-of-the-town-chatbot-med-tech-firm-banks-10-million-in-funding-14926<p>A Wrocław med-tech firm has received $10 million in funding to help it expand into German and US markets.</p>Sun, 16 Aug 2020 14:59:00 +0200BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yw4ko5x7sncxpfxcjadtz9.pngAsk a computer: sick people first deal with a chatbot to help them diagnose their problem.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/talk-of-the-town-chatbot-med-tech-firm-banks-10-million-in-funding-14926House and home: Piłsudski’s old manor opens as museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/house-and-home-pilsudskis-old-manor-opens-as-museum-14922<p>“Józef Piłsudski is one of the greatest Poles in history,” said President Andrzej Duda on Friday, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Warsaw Battle, during the opening ceremony of the Józef Piłsudski Museum in Sulejówek. “He played the biggest role in the victory in the war with the Bolsheviks in 1920.”</p>Sun, 16 Aug 2020 10:48:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/95ppc9b9rhe7v3dqmx1zvc.jpegPiłsudski’s old home is now open to visitors.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/house-and-home-pilsudskis-old-manor-opens-as-museum-14922Łódź firm snaps up leading international award for head-turning house designhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-firm-snaps-up-leading-international-award-for-head-turning-house-design-14920<p>A Łódź based architectural practice has been recognised for the creativity of its non-standard solutions after triumphing at this year’s prestigious Iconic Awards, beating off stiff competition from abroad in the process.</p>Sat, 15 Aug 2020 17:16:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/np96syehxkmk62u7howhij.jpegAward winner: the Re: Long House project.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-firm-snaps-up-leading-international-award-for-head-turning-house-design-14920Pompeo sums up Poland visithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pompeo-sums-up-poland-visit-14918<p>US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday summed up his current visit to Poland at a press conference following talks with Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.</p>Sat, 15 Aug 2020 16:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pqhqwtgygzrudoc620ba.jpegUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pompeo-sums-up-poland-visit-14918President and US Secretary of State Pompeo discuss Belarus - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-and-us-secretary-of-state-pompeo-discuss-belarus---aide-14917<p>Saturday's talks between Polish President Andrzej Duda and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were devoted entirely to the situation in Belarus, presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski told PAP.</p>Sat, 15 Aug 2020 15:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/605g7r7zptt0ptur6kj2zzq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-and-us-secretary-of-state-pompeo-discuss-belarus---aide-14917President lays wreath at monument to Marshal Józef Piłsudskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-lays-wreath-at-monument-to-marshal-jozef-pilsudski-14916<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda laid a wreath at a memorial to inter-war Polish strongman Marshal Józef Piłsudski on Saturday to mark both Armed Forces Day and the centenary of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw.</p>Sat, 15 Aug 2020 15:20:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/og149rpug0ih7v1s9tdo3a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-lays-wreath-at-monument-to-marshal-jozef-pilsudski-14916Prime Minister salutes Battle of Warsaw on its centenaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prime-minister-salutes-battle-of-warsaw-on-its-centenary-14915<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in a Saturday Twitter post referred to the 1920 Battle of Warsaw in which Polish forces defeated the Bolsheviks as "the victory of freedom over enslavement".</p>Sat, 15 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tq34qktzdvnt6z2sepg21.jpeg"The 1920 Battle of Warsaw is the history of the victory of freedom over enslavement," Morawiecki wrote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prime-minister-salutes-battle-of-warsaw-on-its-centenary-14915New defence pact stands for higher level of cooperation with US - Dudahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-defence-pact-stands-for-higher-level-of-cooperation-with-us---duda-14914<p>The Aug. 15 signing of the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between Poland and the United States takes the two countries to the next stage of reinforced military cooperation, President Andrzej Duda said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 15 Aug 2020 13:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/molt98y1eurw8tg1j37e3q.jpeg"Not only will there be more US soldiers, not only will there be more American infrastructure in our country, but also the guarantee that our soldiers will stand shoulder to shoulder in case of any threat, be it to Poland or the US," Duda said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-defence-pact-stands-for-higher-level-of-cooperation-with-us---duda-14914Polish MoD, US Secretary of State sign new defence cooperation dealhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-us-secretary-of-state-sign-new-defence-cooperation-deal-14912<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak and visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have signed an Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement envisaging an increased presence of US soldiers in Poland and tighter military cooperation between the two countries.</p>Sat, 15 Aug 2020 13:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/57tutmye4pcmxapldk4y0q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-us-secretary-of-state-sign-new-defence-cooperation-deal-14912Instant success: the story of Gadu-Gadu, Poland’s first instant messaging systemhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/instant-success-the-story-of-gadu-gadu-polands-first-instant-messaging-system-14910<p>Twenty years ago on August 15, communications for a generation of Poles was revolutionised with the launch of the first Polish instant messenger system.</p>Sat, 15 Aug 2020 12:59:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f12n327834anw3wnai54u.jpegGadu-Gadu: 20 years old and still going.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/instant-success-the-story-of-gadu-gadu-polands-first-instant-messaging-system-14910Italian daily publishes PM's article on Battle of Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/italian-daily-publishes-pms-article-on-battle-of-warsaw-14909<p>On Saturday, the centenary of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, Italian daily La Stampa published a text on its website by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the historic importance of the battle.</p>Sat, 15 Aug 2020 12:01:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ba2xtd7x44bafgnbkjqyf5.jpegMorawiecki wrote the Iron Curtain had denied the battle its rightful place in world history, both in popular culture and in history textbooks. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/italian-daily-publishes-pms-article-on-battle-of-warsaw-14909US Secretary of State arrives in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-secretary-of-state-arrives-in-poland-14907<p>US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has come to Warsaw to meet with Poland's top officials, sign a new US-Poland defence deal and attend the commemoration of the centennial of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, in which Polish forces defeated the Bolsheviks.</p>Sat, 15 Aug 2020 11:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i0f2iov3mer4w0rio5doxo.jpegUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has come to Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-secretary-of-state-arrives-in-poland-14907Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 56,090https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-56090-14906<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 771 since Friday and reached 56,090, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another 11 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,869.</p>Sat, 15 Aug 2020 11:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/67y92q24ke933dffxj1wcm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-56090-14906US ambassador says defence deal will enable enhanced US military presencehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-says-defence-deal-will-enable-enhanced-us-military-presence-14905<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher tweeted on Friday that the signing on Saturday of an Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) will pave the way for an increased and sustained US military presence in Poland.</p>Sat, 15 Aug 2020 10:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rq296bodc1b9jj0i6y0u6.jpeg"Tomorrow's EDCA signing will deepen American-Polish military cooperation, support the building out of infrastructure, bring direct benefits to the Polish economy and enable an increased and lasting military presence of the USA in Poland," the ambassador wrote on Twitter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-says-defence-deal-will-enable-enhanced-us-military-presence-14905IT company pens contract with US Homeland Security departmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-company-pens-contract-with-us-homeland-security-department-14902<p>A Wrocław company has signed an agreement to provide advanced intelligence software to America’s Department of Homeland Security.</p>Sat, 15 Aug 2020 09:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hzq48p44h5475msesdidl.jpegDataWalk’s software will be used to aid border security.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/it-company-pens-contract-with-us-homeland-security-department-14902President, PM commemorate Battle of Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-commemorates-battle-of-warsaw-14900<p>President Andrzej Duda and PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday commemorated the centenary of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw at a ceremony in front of a memorial to the battle's fallen in Warsaw's Powązki Cemetery.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 21:09:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r852ip48d7x1ct3g0tgq.jpegDuda said that the Poles who fought in 1920 knew well what it was to be born in slavery and were therefore eager to fight for their freedom.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-commemorates-battle-of-warsaw-14900PM's text on Battle of Warsaw published in world presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pms-text-on-battle-of-warsaw-published-in-world-press-14899<p>A part of the New Media Institute's 'Telling Poland to the World' initiative of publicising Poland abroad, a piece by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the importance of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw was published by a number of foreign titles on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 20:56:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/j5qhuc0oqwjidvyiln8t.jpegIn his article, PM Morawiecki referred to August 15, 1920, as a "Node point, which defines the further course of events," of Poland and Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pms-text-on-battle-of-warsaw-published-in-world-press-14899EU ministers greenlight sanctions on Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-ministers-greenlight-sanctions-on-belarus-14898<p>The EU members' foreign ministers on Friday agreed to individual sanctions against Belarus at a videoconference devoted to the situation in the country. Representing Poland at the talks was Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 19:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3hvg9pq9lks569b5gfa7o.jpegCzaputowicz said after the conference that Poland supported the sanctions, which are to embrace persons who manipulated the Belarusian presidential elections and employed violence against protesters demonstrating against the exit poll results.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-ministers-greenlight-sanctions-on-belarus-14898Polish, German presidents discuss Belarus situationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-german-presidents-discuss-belarus-situation-14897<p>In the view of Polish President Andrzej Duda and Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeir, "the foundation of a solution to the situation i Belarus is internal dialogue," the head of the President's Office, Krzysztof Szczerski, said after talks between the two.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 19:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, German presidents discuss Belarus situationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-german-presidents-discuss-belarus-situation-14897PM outlines EUR 11.3-mln aid package for Belarusianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-outlines-eur-113-mln-aid-package-for-belarusians-14896<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told the Sejm (lower house of parliament) on Friday that the government is preparing a PLN 50-milllion (EUR 11.3-million) aid package for Belarusians including facilitated entry and access to work in Poland.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 19:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w6vv1nx1ovmnt7323gxyf.jpegThe PM announced the expansion of a Polish and Polish-American aid programme for victims, saying they could gain the opportunity to study and work in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-outlines-eur-113-mln-aid-package-for-belarusians-14896More infrastructure investment needed after epidemic - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-infrastructure-investment-needed-after-epidemic---pm-14895<p>Infrastructure upgrades in Poland will have to speed up if the national economy is to draw new investment as it comes out of the coronavirus epidemic, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday opening a new stretch of the A2 motorway in central Poland.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s1ovogthed1qglfc4w7pvj.jpegCommenting on the newly-opened A2 stretch, Morawiecki said the A2 route was part of a major European thouroughfare, and observed that it will also make communication easier for local communities in its vicinity.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-infrastructure-investment-needed-after-epidemic---pm-14895Belarus frees last Polish detaineehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarus-frees-last-polish-detainee-14894<p>The last of four Poles arrested in the Belarusian capital Minsk amidst mass election protests in the city has been released, PAP learnt on Friday from diplomatic sources in Minsk. The three other Poles were freed on Thursday.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBelarus frees last Polish detaineehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarus-frees-last-polish-detainee-14894Atomic energy agency sends Poland COVID-19 diagnostic equipmenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/atomic-energy-agency-sends-poland-covid-19-diagnostic-equipment-14893<p>At the request of Poland's National Atomic Energy Agency (PAA), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has given Polish sanitary services equipment to aid in the diagnosis of coronavirus infection, the Ministry of Climate announced on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w854xt9s0yipw77e70wrh9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/atomic-energy-agency-sends-poland-covid-19-diagnostic-equipment-14893Inflation to slightly exceed 3 pct y/y in August - Development Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-to-slightly-exceed-3-pct-yy-in-august---development-ministry-14891<p>Poland's inflation will slightly exceed 3 percent year on year in August 2020, while prices of goods and services will fall by 0.1 percent month on month, according to Development Ministry analysts.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 15:49:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgInflation to slightly exceed 3 pct y/y in August - Development Ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/inflation-to-slightly-exceed-3-pct-yy-in-august---development-ministry-14891Polish left-wing MEP to head EP delegation to Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-left-wing-mep-to-head-ep-delegation-to-belarus-14888<p>MEP Robert Biedron from Poland's Left bloc will head the European Parliament delegation which is to start a three-day visit to Belarus on Friday. The parliamentarians are to support Belarusian society over protests after the presidential elections.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 14:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/yyxh18mdbeja6le1803w.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-left-wing-mep-to-head-ep-delegation-to-belarus-14888President Duda hands general-rank nominations to 13 officershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-hands-general-rank-nominations-to-13-officers-14885<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda handed general-rank nominations to 13 officers during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace on the eve of Polish Army Day and the centenary of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, in which Polish forces halted a Europe-advancing Red Army.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 13:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pqihnh5uspk6tt8dgi39e.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-hands-general-rank-nominations-to-13-officers-14885GDP results show Poland dealing with economic crisis best in EU - minhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdp-results-show-poland-dealing-with-economic-crisis-best-in-eu---min-14883<p>Commenting on the latest data on Poland's GDP 8.2-percent decrease in second quarter of 2020, Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said that these figures confirm Poland is doing best in the EU with counteracting the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 13:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/plezivhhe68y5w2y0dkqse.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gdp-results-show-poland-dealing-with-economic-crisis-best-in-eu---min-14883Poland's economy likely to grow by 4-5 pct q/q in Q3 - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economy-likely-to-grow-by-4-5-pct-qq-in-q3---official-14882<p>President of the Polish Development Fund (PFR) Pawel Borys on Friday expressed his conviction that Poland's economy was likely to increase by 4-5 percent quarter on quarter in the third quarter of 2020.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:24:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q4dsadkbbud5hvx6rv514.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economy-likely-to-grow-by-4-5-pct-qq-in-q3---official-14882Polish lower house condemns violence used by Belarusian authoritieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lower-house-condemns-violence-used-by-belarusian-authorities-14880<p>The Sejm (lower house) unanimously adopted a resolution on Friday in which it condemned the use of brutal violence and mass repression by the authorities of Alexander Lukashenko and asked the government to rapidly accept refugees from Belarus.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish lower house condemns violence used by Belarusian authoritieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lower-house-condemns-violence-used-by-belarusian-authorities-14880Photographer turns Google street view into fascinating candid series documenting life in (mainly) rural Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/photographer-turns-google-street-view-into-fascinating-candid-series-documenting-life-in-mainly-rural-poland-14878<p>To overcome lockdown boredom, snapper Monika Stpiczyńska decided to take a virtual tour around Poland using Google street view.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 11:56:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rrmnqm9iwyau9djiej5lwl.pngSnapper Monika Stpiczyńska found an incredibly candid presentation of everyday life in cities, towns, and villages.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/photographer-turns-google-street-view-into-fascinating-candid-series-documenting-life-in-mainly-rural-poland-14878Poland's inflation in July at 3.0 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-july-at-30-percent-yy---stats-office-14876<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 3.0 percent year on year in July 2020 and fell by 0.2 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 11:22:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0azz4yxwsxe3jzxywemksg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-july-at-30-percent-yy---stats-office-14876Battle of Warsaw centenary should be observed in Poland and Europe - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/battle-of-warsaw-centenary-should-be-observed-in-poland-and-europe---pm-14874<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday that the centenary of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw should be celebrated not only in Warsaw and Poland, but also all over Europe.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 11:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k5hubzsqhqznmvxawu28.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/battle-of-warsaw-centenary-should-be-observed-in-poland-and-europe---pm-14874U.S. commitment to Poland’s and NATO’s security is ironclad - US ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-commitment-to-polands-and-natos-security-is-ironclad---us-ambassador-14872<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher wrote on Twitter on Friday that she was in full agreement with Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak and admitted that U.S. commitment to Poland’s and NATO’s security is ironclad.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 11:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/87inxypmyb9hrdda0sx5z5.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-commitment-to-polands-and-natos-security-is-ironclad---us-ambassador-14872Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 55,319https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-55312-14870<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 832 since Thursday and reached 55,319, the Ministry of Health said on Friday. Another fifteen people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,858.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 11:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6regmfhv6so28vo6mzohd3.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-55312-14870Poland's GDP down 8.2 pct y/y in Q2 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-down-82-pct-yy-in-q2---stats-office-14868<p>The Polish economy fell by 8.2 percent year on year in the first quarter of 2020 after a 2.0 percent growth in the first quarter of 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said in a flash estimate on Friday.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:35:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2w7zuf09vkcu61mv9jggq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-down-82-pct-yy-in-q2---stats-office-14868Five Polish prisoners released from Belarusian prisonshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/five-polish-prisoners-released-from-belarusian-prisons-14866<p>Five Polish citizens were released from Belarusian prisons by Thursday night, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz announced on Friday morning.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oyuwugjfi6jg2fctg9l9l7.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/five-polish-prisoners-released-from-belarusian-prisons-14866Czech, Polish PMs call for repeat presidential vote in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/czech-polish-pms-call-for-repeat-presidential-vote-in-belarus-14864<p>Czech PM Andrej Babis on Twitter on Friday morning said that he had held a conversation with Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki. The two politicians appealed for a repeat presidential vote in Belarus and an urgent videoconference of the European Council.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1tqze3xee52clh1eoawc5p.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/czech-polish-pms-call-for-repeat-presidential-vote-in-belarus-14864The past cannot affect Polish-Israeli relations - Israeli ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-past-cannot-affect-polish-israeli-relations---israeli-ambassador-14862<p>History must be remembered and passed on to new generations, but the past cannot affect Polish-Israeli relations, says Israeli Ambassador to Poland, Alexander Ben Zvi.</p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3emyioyd5z7fbeta91xghk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-past-cannot-affect-polish-israeli-relations---israeli-ambassador-14862Telling the world about the Battle of Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/telling-the-world-about-the-battle-of-warsaw-14860<p><span lang="EN-GB">Polish material showing the impact the 1920 Battle of Warsaw had on European history is being released in Germany, Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Greece, and even Algeria and Indonesia.</span></p>Fri, 14 Aug 2020 06:56:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lvojqaewmqsc0llv3rwxf.jpegOn the eve of the battle, with the Poles almost down to their last bullets, a train arrived from Hungary with 55 wagons bursting at the seams with 22 million rounds of ammunition.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/telling-the-world-about-the-battle-of-warsaw-14860Three detained Polish citizens freed in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-detained-polish-citizens-freed-in-belarus-14858<p>Three of four Polish citizens who were detained during protests in Minsk were freed on Thursday, Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz tweeted.</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2020 20:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgThree detained Polish citizens freed in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/three-detained-polish-citizens-freed-in-belarus-14858Diplomats from Poland, other countries honour man killed in Minsk protestshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/diplomats-from-poland-other-countries-honour-man-killed-in-minsk-protests-14857<p>Ambassadors of Poland, EU member states, the USA, Great Britain, Japan and Switzerland laid flowers on Thursday at the site near the Pushkin Metro Station in Minsk where a protester was killed on Tuesday.</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2020 18:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4s6ch0vrouwfijuep55vya.jpeg"We are here together to show solidarity with those who have suffered and to recall what our governments say, demanding that violence be stopped, prisoners released and dialogue with society started," said Polish Ambassador to Belarus Artur Michalski after laying flowers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/diplomats-from-poland-other-countries-honour-man-killed-in-minsk-protests-14857Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia urge de-escalation in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lithuania-latvia-estonia-urge-de-escalation-in-belarus-14856<p>The presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have called on the Belarusian authorities to de-escalate tensions in the country, Polish President Andrzej Duda's top aide, Krzysztof Szczerski, said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia urge de-escalation in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lithuania-latvia-estonia-urge-de-escalation-in-belarus-14856Two Polish citizens fined, freed in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-polish-citizens-fined-freed-in-belarus-14854<p>Two Polish citizens who were detained during protests in Minsk were fined on Thursday for taking part in an illegal gathering and will be freed, PAP has learned unofficially from the Polish diplomatic mission in Minsk.</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgTwo Polish citizens fined, freed in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-polish-citizens-fined-freed-in-belarus-14854Two seriously hurt in helicopter crashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-seriously-hurt-in-helicopter-crash-14853<p>Two people were hospitalised with serious injuries after their Robinson R44 light helicopter crashed into the Vistula river near Sady, outside Warsaw, at about 14:00 on Thursday, the local fire chief informed PAP.</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kcvx3y3vmmja7vzm1wtno9.jpegSix emergency vehicles attended the scene as well as one boat.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-seriously-hurt-in-helicopter-crash-14853More countries can enter Poland by air - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-countries-can-enter-poland-by-air---ministry-14851<p>The Interior Ministry in a Thursday amendment expanded the list of countries whose citizens can enter Poland by air.</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2020 14:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/51bhz1z9khvz9vhpej92b.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-countries-can-enter-poland-by-air---ministry-14851Defence Minister distinguishes army's prime lifesavershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defence-minister-distinguishes-armys-prime-lifesavers-14849<p>Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak on Thursday decorated Polish soldiers distinguished in lifesaving and rescue operations. The decorations were part of centenary observations of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, in which Polish forces halted a Europe-advancing Red Army.</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2020 14:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/w2g7x2me12qg9nzo4rm9y5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/defence-minister-distinguishes-armys-prime-lifesavers-14849On 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw, TFN’s Stuart Dowell looks back at the ‘battle that saved Europe’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-100th-anniversary-of-the-battle-of-warsaw-tfns-stuart-dowell-looks-back-at-the-battle-that-saved-europe-14846<p>Poland’s victory against Bolshevik Russia at the Battle of Warsaw, which took place on a vast stretch of open land east of the Vistula 100 years ago this week, has been famously trumpeted as one of the most important battles in the history of the world.</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:27:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3dar07yt9im8wwqp671ocs.jpegHad it not been for Polish troops, the Red Army would have advanced across the whole of Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-100th-anniversary-of-the-battle-of-warsaw-tfns-stuart-dowell-looks-back-at-the-battle-that-saved-europe-14846MoD opens exhibition on Battle of Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mod-opens-exhibition-on-battle-of-warsaw-14844<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak on Thursday opened an exhibition dedicated to the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, in which Polish forces stopped the Europe-advancing Red Army. Poland marks the 100th anniversary of the victory on August 15.</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nz5mqmu5074cu7al5lm7t.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mod-opens-exhibition-on-battle-of-warsaw-14844Should it stay or should it go? Łódź Unicorn gets ‘permanent residency’ as locals vote on final locationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/should-it-stay-or-should-it-go-lodz-unicorn-gets-permanent-residency-as-locals-vote-on-final-location-14839<p>One of Łódź’s quirkiest landmarks is to get ‘permanent status’ after becoming one of the city’s most photographed and popular tourist attractions.</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:58:00 +0200Art & CultureLifeRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2eiabqydc24a8trn6hbeyj.jpegThe metal Unicorn statue was originally planned as a temporary installation but after becoming a major hit with tourists and photographers city officials have decided to keep it.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/should-it-stay-or-should-it-go-lodz-unicorn-gets-permanent-residency-as-locals-vote-on-final-location-14839US forces will remain in Poland regardless of presidency - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-forces-will-remain-in-poland-regardless-of-presidency---mod-14837<p>US forces will remain in Poland regardless of who is US president, as guaranteed by Poland's Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement with the US, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Thursday on Polish Radio.</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:48:00 +0200https://images.thefirstnews.com/yui9aphq2kkltbj74gpdph.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-forces-will-remain-in-poland-regardless-of-presidency---mod-14837Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 54,487https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-54487-14835<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 811 since Wednesday and reached 54,487, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday. Another fourteen people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,844</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tg4efsw70z497u5po4on5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-54487-14835Belarusians must decide their future - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusians-must-decide-their-future---mod-14833<p>Belarusians must be supported in their strive for freedom but it is they alone who will have to decide about their future, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Thursday on Polish Radio, commenting ongoing protests in Belarus after Sunday's presidential elections.</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7qntq8gtk79wda8umivfl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belarusians-must-decide-their-future---mod-14833One in four Poles fears losing their job - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-in-four-poles-fears-losing-their-job---poll-14832<p>Twenty-five percent of Poles believe that the risk of losing their job is high, showed a recent study by the Pollster Research Institute.</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:47:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOne in four Poles fears losing their job - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-in-four-poles-fears-losing-their-job---poll-14832Colourful ‘comic-strip’ mural goes up to mark 100th anniversary of Battle of Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/colourful-comic-strip-mural-goes-up-to-mark-100th-anniversary-of-battle-of-warsaw-14830<p>A new mural to mark the 100th anniversary of Poland defeating the Soviet army and stopping its westward advance into Germany and beyond has gone up in Warsaw.&nbsp;</p>Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:03:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h7ua9g06xth6n9ptn4v05h.jpegThe mural features historical figures who took part in the fighting and are drawn like characters in a comic strip. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/colourful-comic-strip-mural-goes-up-to-mark-100th-anniversary-of-battle-of-warsaw-14830Polish, Lithuanian presidents agree joint steps towards Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-presidents-agree-joint-steps-towards-belarus-14829<p>The presidents of Poland and Lithuania have agreed to act together and strive to implement a three-point plan for the region's leaders to help resolve the political crisis in Belarus, the Polish President's top aide said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 20:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, Lithuanian presidents agree joint steps towards Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-presidents-agree-joint-steps-towards-belarus-14829PM declares readiness to aid Poles in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-declares-readiness-to-aid-poles-in-belarus-14827<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki tweeted on Wednesday that having spoken by phone with the head of the Union of Poles in Belarus, Andżelika Borys, he had told her that Poland was ready to grant humanitarian aid to Poles in Belarus.</p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 18:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c11m1sz9rgwi5ik00pl2z.jpegThe prime minister noted that "both Poles living in Poland and in Belarus, express solidarity with the victims of the pacification."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-declares-readiness-to-aid-poles-in-belarus-14827Most schools to return to regular lessons - education ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-schools-to-return-to-regular-lessons---education-minister-14825<p>Most municipalities in Poland have a standard epidemiological situation, which enables school directors to prepare for a return to traditional lessons, Education Minister Dariusz Piontkowski has said.</p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tj9vtq348gei00a6ssnpc.jpegPiontkowski said the "vast majority" of educational establishments, including schools, preschools and kindergartens, could return to normal lessons with direct contact between teachers and pupils.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-schools-to-return-to-regular-lessons---education-minister-14825Polish travellers to quarantine in Norwayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-travellers-to-quarantine-in-norway-14824<p>Norway said on Wednesday it would re-impose ten-day quarantine measures from Saturday on travellers from Poland and several other countries which reported a COVID-19 case rise.</p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 16:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/10kcp8ibyjvfcvpv193ivcv.jpegNorwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Wednesday that her government is not against free travel, but has to react "so that the situation from the spring, when the country was completely shut down, does not repeat itself."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-travellers-to-quarantine-in-norway-14824Roadworks reveal 150 Jewish headstoneshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roadworks-reveal-150-jewish-headstones-14822<p>Some 150 Jewish gravestones have been unearthed during &nbsp;construction work in the south-eastern Polish town of Leżajsk.</p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 16:12:00 +0200HistoryPodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hh77gsn6b3r64olkt5ts3h.jpegSome of the headstones still retain gold lettering and coloured painting.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/roadworks-reveal-150-jewish-headstones-14822Brainy Wrocław space team beat off global competition to win TWO awards for Life on Mars projectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brainy-wroclaw-space-team-beat-off-global-competition-to-win-two-awards-for-life-on-mars-projects-14820<p>Students from Wrocław have beaten off stiff international competition to take two top places at a Life on Mars project.</p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:34:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/81bh8jlvcfd0p39z2lmtyn.jpegWrocław’s Innspace team took two awards at the competition held in China.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/brainy-wroclaw-space-team-beat-off-global-competition-to-win-two-awards-for-life-on-mars-projects-14820Hundreds of artwork missing since WWII recovered in police swoophttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-of-artwork-missing-since-wwii-recovered-in-police-swoop-14817<p><span lang="EN-GB">Over 400 works of art that were thought to have been lost have now been returned to a museum in Bydgoszcz.</span></p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:49:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xjon6akec4may03juqoyjv.jpegThe works of art include paintings and graphic works from Leon Wyczółkowski, one of the leading representatives of realistic painting of the Young Poland period.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-of-artwork-missing-since-wwii-recovered-in-police-swoop-14817PM, head of Union of Poles in Belarus discuss situation in Minskhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-head-of-union-of-poles-in-belarus-discuss-situation-in-minsk-14815<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki held a telephone conversation with the head of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB) Angelika Borys, during which they spoke about the protests in Belarus and the situation of Polish citizens in the country.</p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pu032q3elsnupqrddak3c.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-head-of-union-of-poles-in-belarus-discuss-situation-in-minsk-14815Gov't to raise pensions for anti-communist activists to EUR 543 - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-to-raise-pensions-for-anti-communist-activists-to-eur-543---pm-14813<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Wednesday that pensions for activists of the anti-communist opposition and people repressed for political reasons will be raised to the amount of PLN 2,400 (EUR 543).</p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1770db9gn9p1ooizizm10r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-to-raise-pensions-for-anti-communist-activists-to-eur-543---pm-14813President appeals to UNHRC for response to Belarus crisishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appeals-to-unhrc-for-response-to-belarus-crisis-14811<p>President Andrzej Duda in a Wednesday letter to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) appealed to the council to call on Belarusian authorities to refrain from violence against demonstrators and release arrested demonstrators.</p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7t15ifmh82rfplhc5a30pl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-appeals-to-unhrc-for-response-to-belarus-crisis-14811Where’s my Kacper? Desperate mum pleads for son’s release as ambassador to Belarus demands ‘LET OUR STUDENTS GO!’ as Minsk clashes rage onhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wheres-my-kacper-desperate-mum-pleads-for-sons-release-as-ambassador-to-belarus-demands-let-our-students-go-as-minsk-clashes-rage-on-14809<p><span lang="EN-GB">Poland’s ambassador to Belarus has demanded the release of three Polish students arrested during violent clashes between protestors and riot police in the capital Minsk.</span></p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/56qnl1ft01ux8f85kxjask.pngPoland’s ambassador to Belarus demanded the students’ release as the desperate mum of one of the students says she hasn’t heard from her son since Monday night and pleads for his release.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wheres-my-kacper-desperate-mum-pleads-for-sons-release-as-ambassador-to-belarus-demands-let-our-students-go-as-minsk-clashes-rage-on-14809EU must actively support Belarus in crisis - Polish FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-must-actively-support-belarus-in-crisis---polish-fm-14806<p>EU partners sympathetically supported our initiative to convene an urgent Foreign Affairs Council on Belarus, the EU must be active in looking for ways to stop the repression used against Belarusian society, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told PAP on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vwdpg8dkqmhoy13yaos6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-must-actively-support-belarus-in-crisis---polish-fm-14806President will write to UN HR Council on Belarus - top aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-will-write-to-un-hr-council-on-belarus---top-aide-14804<p>President Andrzej Duda will write to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) members with an appeal for them not to show indifference towards the developments in Belarus, Duda aide Krzysztof Szczerski informed on Wednesday. Szczerski said the letter will be sent on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mgafoz8nq2jtyhdx0zjae.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-will-write-to-un-hr-council-on-belarus---top-aide-14804Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 53,676https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-53676-14802<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 715 since Tuesday, another daily record set since Saturday when 843 Covid-19 cases were diagnosed, and reached 53,676, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/82a2bnx3cgojtujfbo1ht.jpeg.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-53676-14802Nuclear, renewable power to help reach climate goals - dep ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nuclear-renewable-power-to-help-reach-climate-goals---dep-minister-14800<p>Nuclear and renewable energy will help Poland switch to a low-emission economy and attain the EU's climate neutrality goals, Deputy Climate Minister Adam Guiborge-Czetwertynski told the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNuclear, renewable power to help reach climate goals - dep ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nuclear-renewable-power-to-help-reach-climate-goals---dep-minister-14800Two Polish students detained in clashes in Minsk - opposition MPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-polish-students-detained-in-clashes-in-minsk---opposition-mp-14798<p>Following demonstrations in Belarus after last Sunday's presidential elections, two Polish students have been arrested in Minsk, Polish MP Michal Szczerba from Poland's main opposition, Civic Coalition (KO), has said, adding that the Polish consular authorities were working on the matter.</p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uxjcoobuupbnufn1nhtde.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/two-polish-students-detained-in-clashes-in-minsk---opposition-mp-14798More firms reopen after epidemic - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-firms-reopen-after-epidemic---ministry-14796<p>Increasingly more Polish companies are resuming business after the coronavirus epidemic-caused closedowns, the Development Ministry informed on Tuesday quoting the national CEIDG company register.</p>Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3dqutl2nc47cf8n0rbtyxv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-firms-reopen-after-epidemic---ministry-14796Belsat staffers held by Belarusian policehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belsat-staffers-held-by-belarusian-police-14795<p>Six employees of the Polish Belsat satellite TV channel aimed at Belarus are being held by Belarusian police, Belsat head Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy told PAP on Tuesday. She added that the whereabouts of one Belsat cameraman are unknown.</p>Tue, 11 Aug 2020 19:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/npckt19xyqa51yzly5o6t.jpegThe detentions hang together with mass demonstrations in Belarus after last Sunday's presidential elections in the country. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/belsat-staffers-held-by-belarusian-police-14795Gov't raises retirement, disability pensions for anti-communist activistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-raises-retirement-disability-pensions-for-anti-communist-activists-14794<p>The Polish government on Tuesday approved a draft law on anti-communist opposition activists and persons persecuted for political reasons under which their disability or old-age pension will be increased to PLN 2,400 (EUR 545) if it is lower now.</p>Tue, 11 Aug 2020 18:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgGov't raises retirement, disability pensions for anti-communist activistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-raises-retirement-disability-pensions-for-anti-communist-activists-14794Polish, Baltic MPs call on Belarusian authorities not to use forcehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-baltic-mps-call-on-belarusian-authorities-not-to-use-force-14793<p>The heads of the foreign affairs parliamentary committees from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on Tuesday lodged an appeal to the Belarusian authorities to stop using force, release jailed protesters and start social dialogue.</p>Tue, 11 Aug 2020 17:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3xebg54ftcuwiflu28e7yi.jpegThousands of opposition supporters who protested the results met with a tough police crackdown in Minsk and several other Belarusian cities for two straight nights.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-baltic-mps-call-on-belarusian-authorities-not-to-use-force-14793Venice contender ‘Never Gonna Snow Again’ is first film to enter Oscar racehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-contender-never-gonna-snow-again-is-first-film-to-enter-oscar-race-14789<p>‘Never gonna snow again’ directed by Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert has been announced as the Polish candidate for Oscars 2021 in the Best International Feature Film category.</p>Tue, 11 Aug 2020 16:47:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qnlifnimcme7iyucpyqpc.jpegNever Gonna Snow Again has been described as “a universal story about man, which elevates Polish cinema to the heights of great European masters.”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/venice-contender-never-gonna-snow-again-is-first-film-to-enter-oscar-race-14789Rare medieval sword and artefacts from first Piast Dynasty found fully intact at bottom of lakehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rare-medieval-sword-and-artefacts-from-first-piast-dynasty-found-fully-intact-at-bottom-of-lake-14787<p>A rare, fully intact sword from the 10th century has been found at the bottom of a lake.</p>Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:16:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7e34c1kqjq3brl5h2j5q5.pngThe incredible discovery was made by archaeologists scouring Lake Lednica near Poznań and Gniezno.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rare-medieval-sword-and-artefacts-from-first-piast-dynasty-found-fully-intact-at-bottom-of-lake-14787Domestic air traffic in Poland down by 47 pct in August - agencyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/domestic-air-traffic-in-poland-down-by-47-pct-in-august---agency-14785<p>Air traffic within Polish airspace and at Polish airports on August 3-9 fell by 47 percent year on year, according to data released by the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PAZP) on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 11 Aug 2020 14:46:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nvq1xkhtm2uqs58dirham.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/domestic-air-traffic-in-poland-down-by-47-pct-in-august---agency-14785Poland wants to join EU deal for coronavirus vaccinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-to-join-eu-deal-for-coronavirus-vaccine-14783<p>The Polish government wants to join the EU agreement on the purchase of a potential vaccine against COVID-19, according to a draft resolution put on the legislative agenda of the Council of Ministers.</p>Tue, 11 Aug 2020 14:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ala3cvy4z7jo4nuhtoaln.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-wants-to-join-eu-deal-for-coronavirus-vaccine-14783Polish Army to take over organisation of WWII outbreak observances - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-army-to-take-over-organisation-of-wwii-outbreak-observances---mod-14781<p>From this year on annual commemorations of the outbreak of WWII will be held by the Polish Army and not, as until now, by the authorities of the northern city of Gdansk, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4taqrim9gyel8lv1i5ko3r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-army-to-take-over-organisation-of-wwii-outbreak-observances---mod-14781Polish FM initiative on Belarus backed by Latvia, Estonia and Finlandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-initiative-on-belarus-backed-by-latvia-estonia-and-finland-14779<p>An initiative by Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz to organise a meeting of EU foreign ministers on the elections in Belarus was supported on Tuesday by his counterparts from Latvia, Estonia and Finland at a conference in the Latvian capital of Riga.</p>Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2ovc8o3hntia3on6xybioq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-initiative-on-belarus-backed-by-latvia-estonia-and-finland-14779Poland sees huge drop in tourist figures for June - GUShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sees-huge-drop-in-tourist-figures-for-june---gus-14777<p>The total number of tourists visiting Poland in June decreased year on year by 62.7 percent to 1.3 million, according to Central Statistical Office (GUS) data released on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tte5sb68mwjaadpp8qsy07.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-sees-huge-drop-in-tourist-figures-for-june---gus-14777Mövenpick hotel brand to open luxury project in Kołobrzeg and Zakopane, cementing Poland’s growing reputation as tourist hotspothttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moevenpick-hotel-brand-to-open-luxury-project-in-kolobrzeg-and-zakopane-cementing-polands-growing-reputation-as-tourist-hotspot-14774<p>Switzerland’s five-star Mövenpick hotel brand have made their ambitions for Poland known after signing a deal with Marvipol Development for the construction of a luxury project on the shores of the Baltic Sea.</p>Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:19:00 +0200BusinessHotelshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/don5kcipinc3m5ucbxazqv.jpegGazing right onto the ocean, the complex will allow guests direct access to the beach and will include state-of-the-art spa and conference facilities.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/moevenpick-hotel-brand-to-open-luxury-project-in-kolobrzeg-and-zakopane-cementing-polands-growing-reputation-as-tourist-hotspot-14774Mask and you shall receive! Gdańsk National Museum issues series of beautiful art face maskshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mask-and-you-shall-receive-gdansk-national-museum-issues-series-of-beautiful-art-face-masks-14771<p>The National Museum in Gdańsk has created masks showcasing works of art in its collection.</p>Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:33:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d27ci3zf9a1bsw3cyokj5.jpegThe National Museum has launched a series of masks that combine function with culture, which will bring its collection to a wider audience, outside its own walls.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mask-and-you-shall-receive-gdansk-national-museum-issues-series-of-beautiful-art-face-masks-14771Poles critical of reopening schools, not wearing masks - studyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-critical-of-reopening-schools-not-wearing-masks---study-14769<p>Fifty-one percent of Poles negatively assess the government's decision to reopen schools on September 1, whereas 80 percent support the introduction of penalties for not wearing a face mask in enclosed public places, shows the latest United Surveys study.</p>Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/azxwrkw7zeudt0aqg0vll.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-critical-of-reopening-schools-not-wearing-masks---study-14769Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 52,961https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-52961-14767<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 551 since Monday and reached 52,961, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another 12 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,821.</p>Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9qyvwgxbnwf64xfsg5q9hy.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-52961-14767Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine urge Belarus not to use force against protestershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lithuania-ukraine-urge-belarus-not-to-use-force-against-protesters-14765<p>The foreign ministers of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine have called on Belarus authorities to refrain from using force amid mass protests following the contested re-election victory of President Alexander Lukashenko.</p>Tue, 11 Aug 2020 09:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6ooh55zertlkv83hd3jpdf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lithuania-ukraine-urge-belarus-not-to-use-force-against-protesters-14765Poles more anxious about financial situation amid pandemic - studyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-more-anxious-about-financial-situation-amid-pandemic---study-14763<p>Following record spikes in the number of confirmed coronavirus infections, Polish consumers plan to spend more on food, household goods and books in the coming weeks, indicates the latest Deloitte Global State of the Consumer Tracker study.</p>Tue, 11 Aug 2020 08:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xcygolgmtbtni90ag7scl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-more-anxious-about-financial-situation-amid-pandemic---study-14763Poland EU's prime cucumber producerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-eus-prime-cucumber-producer-14762<p>Poland is the EU's leading cucumber supplier, the Polish Development Fund wrote on Twitter on Monday, quoting Eurostat figures.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 21:01:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3phnikgk8dyeisnr6t4uar.jpegThe Polish Development Fund wrote that Poland has been the EU's chief cucumber producer since 2000. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-eus-prime-cucumber-producer-14762Polish and EU officials discuss Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-eu-officials-discuss-belarus-14761<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz on Monday held talks with EU officials on the recent developments in Belarus around Sunday's presidential elections in the country, a source close to the EU has told PAP.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 18:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish and EU officials discuss Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-and-eu-officials-discuss-belarus-14761Polish president says he is monitoring situation in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-says-he-is-monitoring-situation-in-belarus-14760<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Twitter on Monday that he was closely watching the situation after Belarus's presidential elections and would react appropriately as it develops.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h9lobjz41emal90wn5dht7.jpeg“We are monitoring matters on an ongoing basis and we will respond adequately to events and circumstances,” Duda tweeted.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-says-he-is-monitoring-situation-in-belarus-14760Kind-hearted fundraisers raise over 300k for family of hero who died saving drowning childrenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kind-hearted-fundraisers-raise-over-300k-for-family-of-hero-who-died-saving-drowning-children-14757<p>An online fundraiser has gathered over 330,000 Euros for the family of a Polish man who died rescuing three children from the North Sea.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:38:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bj7o95tp98aftsgo0ru84.jpegDevoted 36-year-old dad Marcin Kolczyński died whilst heroically saving the lives of three children in the north sea.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/kind-hearted-fundraisers-raise-over-300k-for-family-of-hero-who-died-saving-drowning-children-14757Twelfth European Economic Congress to be held in Katowice and onlinehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/twelfth-european-economic-congress-to-be-held-in-katowice-and-online-14756<p>The 12th European Economic Congress, planned for September 2-4, will be held in a 'hybrid' form, both stationary at Katowice's International Congress Centre and online with European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans among the guests.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:58:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fscokz7394ullic9w0jcdm.jpegEuropean Commission vice-president in charge for European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, will be among the guests of the 12th European Economic Congress.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/twelfth-european-economic-congress-to-be-held-in-katowice-and-online-14756Over 150 Jewish gravestones pillaged by Hitler’s troops to build a road found buried under small town market squarehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-150-jewish-gravestones-pillaged-by-hitlers-troops-to-build-a-road-found-buried-under-small-town-market-square-14753<p>Over 150 Jewish gravestones have been found under a market square in a small town in southern Poland.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:15:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qa2c08q4xlncfylkpy91i.jpegThe gravestones were laid during Nazi-Germany’s WII occupation to harden the road surface.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/over-150-jewish-gravestones-pillaged-by-hitlers-troops-to-build-a-road-found-buried-under-small-town-market-square-14753More 'red zones' if sanitary restrictions neglected - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-red-zones-if-sanitary-restrictions-neglected---health-minister-14751<p>Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said on Monday that "the more sanitary regulations are neglected by people, the bigger number of 'red' zones will be established all over Poland, and, finally, we will have significant restrictions in the whole of the country."</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/260loo8vafucxf3q6k227n.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-red-zones-if-sanitary-restrictions-neglected---health-minister-14751Water hero Krzysztof is! Extreme athlete smashes Guinness record after swimming 48 hours NON-STOP!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/water-hero-krzysztof-is-extreme-athlete-smashes-guinness-record-after-swimming-48-hours-non-stop-14749<p>A Polish extreme athlete has swum his way into the Guinness Book of Records by swimming non-stop for 48 hours in the longest endurance swim in a lake.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:35:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wc8cs88dm5c6cu427lezp.pngKrzysztof Gajewski covered about 130km beginning at 5 o’clock in the afternoon on Friday and finishing at the same hour two days later.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/water-hero-krzysztof-is-extreme-athlete-smashes-guinness-record-after-swimming-48-hours-non-stop-14749EU must act to prevent possible use of force in Belarus - Polish FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-must-act-to-prevent-possible-use-of-force-in-belarus---polish-fm-14748<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Monday that the EU had to take steps in order to prevent the possibility of the use of force in Belarus, and declared that Poland would be encouraging activity to this effect.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEU must act to prevent possible use of force in Belarus - Polish FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-must-act-to-prevent-possible-use-of-force-in-belarus---polish-fm-14748Lukashenko's charges against Poland are groundless - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lukashenkos-charges-against-poland-are-groundless---fm-14746<p>The charges made by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, according to which, participants in post-election protests in Belarus were being steered from Poland, Great Britain and the Czech Republic, are groundless, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLukashenko's charges against Poland are groundless - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lukashenkos-charges-against-poland-are-groundless---fm-14746Composite Leading Indicator for Poland down in July - OECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/composite-leading-indicator-for-poland-down-in-july---oecd-14744<p>The Composite Leading Indicator (CLI) for Poland fell by 1.27 percent year on year and rose by 0.15 percent month on month, to 98.51 points in July 2020, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgComposite Leading Indicator for Poland down in July - OECDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/composite-leading-indicator-for-poland-down-in-july---oecd-14744Lines laid down by Poland, Lithuania should be continued by EU - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lines-laid-down-by-poland-lithuania-should-be-continued-by-eu---aide-14742<p>The Polish president's chief aide, Krzysztof Szczerski, has told PAP that the directions laid down by the Polish and Lithuanian heads of state in their joint statement should be continued by the EU.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLines laid down by Poland, Lithuania should be continued by EU - aidehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lines-laid-down-by-poland-lithuania-should-be-continued-by-eu---aide-14742Polish PM says Poland obliged to support Belarusianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-says-poland-obliged-to-support-belarusians-14740<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Twitter on Monday said that Poles are obliged to show solidarity and support Belarusians.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM says Poland obliged to support Belarusianshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-says-poland-obliged-to-support-belarusians-14740National Security Council sitting over Belarus considered - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-security-council-sitting-over-belarus-considered---official-14738<p>A sitting of the National Security Council (RBN) is being considered since the situation in Belarus is very dynamic and dangerous from the point of view of our interests, Polish presidential minister Andrzej Dera said on Monday.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNational Security Council sitting over Belarus considered - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/national-security-council-sitting-over-belarus-considered---official-14738Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 52,410https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-52410-14736<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 619 since Sunday and reached 52,410, the Ministry of Health said on Monday. Another two people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,809.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 11:17:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6mut2cpylqdy8urkuz6xt9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-52410-14736Polish PM asks EC, European Council heads to hold EU summit on Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-asks-ec-european-council-heads-to-hold-eu-summit-on-belarus-14734<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has appealed to the heads of the European Commission and the European Council to convene an extraordinary summit regarding Belarus, the government spokesman announced on Monday morning.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ji6jxoprigb4p3qv7taau.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-asks-ec-european-council-heads-to-hold-eu-summit-on-belarus-14734Polish, Lithuanian presidents jointly appeal to Belarusian authoritieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-presidents-jointly-appeal-to-belarusian-authorities-14732<p>The Polish and Lithuanian presidents have appealed to the Belarusian authorities to fully recognise and observe democratic standards, to stop violence, and to respect fundamental freedoms and human and civil rights.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, Lithuanian presidents jointly appeal to Belarusian authoritieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-presidents-jointly-appeal-to-belarusian-authorities-14732Polish Foreign Ministry concerned about situation in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foreign-ministry-concerned-about-situation-in-belarus-14731<p>The Polish Foreign Ministry has expressed deep concern over the brutal crackdown on post-election protests in Belarus, and underlined that the tough response of uniformed services, the use of force towards peaceful protesters and arbitrary arrests are unacceptable.</p>Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish Foreign Ministry concerned about situation in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-foreign-ministry-concerned-about-situation-in-belarus-14731Stallion Ferrum wins best horse at 42nd Arabian Horse National Showhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stallion-ferrum-wins-best-horse-at-42nd-arabian-horse-national-show-14729<p>A stallion called Ferrum from the Michalow stud farm was named on Sunday the best horse of the 42nd National Show of Purebred Arabian Horses in Janow Podlaski, eastern Poland, at which almost 140 horses from state and private stud farms were shown.</p>Sun, 09 Aug 2020 19:30:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/syn788mn6ao90bdk12cht.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stallion-ferrum-wins-best-horse-at-42nd-arabian-horse-national-show-14729Torun remembrance park honours Poles who saved Jews in World War IIhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/torun-remembrance-park-honours-poles-who-saved-jews-in-world-war-ii-14727<p>A National Remembrance Park was opened in the north-central Polish city of Torun on Saturday in honour of those who risked their lives to save Jews in Poland during the Second World War.</p>Sun, 09 Aug 2020 17:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8zma68mx7hkj3k87g90d4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/torun-remembrance-park-honours-poles-who-saved-jews-in-world-war-ii-14727Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 51,791https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-51791-14725<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 624 since Saturday and reached 51,791, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday. Another seven people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,807.</p>Sun, 09 Aug 2020 17:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/98dsi01uzbos53e6qjqowp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-51791-14725One dead, 24 hospitalised in Polish coach crash in Hungaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-dead-24-hospitalised-in-polish-coach-crash-in-hungary-14723<p>One person was killed and 24 hospitalised, including one seriously injured, when a coach carrying Polish tourists crashed on a motorway outside Kiskunfelegyhaza in Hungary early on Sunday morning, Hungarian National Ambulance Service spokesman Pal Gyoerfi reported.</p>Sun, 09 Aug 2020 17:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOne dead, 24 hospitalised in Polish coach crash in Hungaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-dead-24-hospitalised-in-polish-coach-crash-in-hungary-14723‘It’s perhaps not the easiest thing in the world to find beauty in Silesia or Katowice’: an artist turns heads with pictures of his home regionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-perhaps-not-the-easiest-thing-in-the-world-to-find-beauty-in-silesia-or-katowice-an-artist-turns-heads-with-pictures-of-his-home-region-14720<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Katowice-based artist has captured the imagination of Poles far and wide with his stunning images of Silesia that present the nation’s industrial heartland in an enchantingly whimsical manner.</span></p>Sun, 09 Aug 2020 16:22:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f3zmau24a0apn22yvwojm8.jpegTrams float across a Silesian cityscape.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/its-perhaps-not-the-easiest-thing-in-the-world-to-find-beauty-in-silesia-or-katowice-an-artist-turns-heads-with-pictures-of-his-home-region-14720Health professionals oppose criminalisation of no-fault medical errorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-professionals-oppose-criminalisation-of-no-fault-medical-errors-14717<p>Healthcare workers staged a protest in Warsaw on Saturday against the introduction of regulations which they claimed make them criminally liable for no-fault medical errors. They also demanded an increase in healthcare spending by the state.</p>Sun, 09 Aug 2020 15:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/djw3dmr0x5haxiqaj97zb.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-professionals-oppose-criminalisation-of-no-fault-medical-errors-14717Making the cut: Olsztyn Planetarium becomes listed buildinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/making-the-cut-olsztyn-planetarium-becomes-listed-building-14715<p><span lang="EN-US">The Olsztyn Planetarium has become the first modernist building in the city to be added to the national list of historic and protected buildings in Poland.</span></p>Sun, 09 Aug 2020 14:32:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fnsz4hm7um6bjj05etldn.jpegThe planetarium in Olsztyn.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/making-the-cut-olsztyn-planetarium-becomes-listed-building-14715Grass stop: Warsaw’s first environmentally friendly bus stop opens for businesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grass-stop-warsaws-first-environmentally-friendly-bus-stop-opens-for-business-14713<p><span lang="EN-GB">A new eco-friendly bus stop sporting a lawned roof and special anti-bird-crash glass has been unveiled in Warsaw.</span></p>Sun, 09 Aug 2020 10:43:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hqflh6nz4tscllztgyp4j.jpegGoing green: the stop comes with special grass that can survive on little water.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/grass-stop-warsaws-first-environmentally-friendly-bus-stop-opens-for-business-14713Conservationists roll out the gold for Warsaw altarshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/conservationists-roll-out-the-gold-for-warsaw-altars-14710<p>Two altars in Warsaw’s Carmelite Church are being renovated with at least 64 square metres of pure gold to restore their baroque character and look.</p>Sat, 08 Aug 2020 19:16:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z91x39hrmfilpbn8u8sis.jpegThat’s a wrap. Conservationists working with gold.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/conservationists-roll-out-the-gold-for-warsaw-altars-14710EU Commissioner urges Poland to release detained LGBT rights activisthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-commissioner-urges-poland-to-release-detained-lgbt-rights-activist-14707<p>Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe Dunja Mijatovic on Saturday appealed to Poland to "immediately release" Michal Sz. aka 'Margo,' an LGBT rights activist detained by a court order on Friday. Michal Sz. claims a female identity.</p>Sat, 08 Aug 2020 13:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6dlgy616o8xjt1sfj6iqdq.jpeg“I call for the immediate release of LGBT activist Margot,” Mijatovic wrote on Twitter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-commissioner-urges-poland-to-release-detained-lgbt-rights-activist-14707Paws for thought: where it’s best to be a pet in Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/paws-for-thought-where-its-best-to-be-a-pet-in-warsaw-14706<p>A new ranking has come out on just how pet-friendly Warsaw’s districts are by looking at aspects such as green spaces and access to vets.</p>Sat, 08 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s4i13pkajhe7kcg1u5r5b.jpegThe ranking looked at factors such as green spaces and vet access in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/paws-for-thought-where-its-best-to-be-a-pet-in-warsaw-14706Pompeo to sign Poland-US defence cooperation deal in Warsaw on Aug 15https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pompeo-to-sign-poland-us-defence-cooperation-deal-in-warsaw-on-aug-15-14705<p>US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his August 15 visit to Warsaw will sign the new US-Poland Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) and meet with Poland's top officials, Polish President Andrzej Duda's top aide Krzysztof Szczerski said on Saturday.</p>Sat, 08 Aug 2020 12:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8mlw482kw5c7hrkcm89jz8.jpeg"It’ll be a very important and productive trip, I expect," Pompeo told reporters at the US Department of State.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pompeo-to-sign-poland-us-defence-cooperation-deal-in-warsaw-on-aug-15-14705Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 51,167https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-51167-14704<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 843 since Friday morning, a new daily record set for the sixth time since last week, and reached 51,167, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning.</p>Sat, 08 Aug 2020 11:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rhkxaz7pvv84u79xpnq0jg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-51167-14704On the up: Poland scores high in global property indexhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-the-up-poland-scores-high-in-global-property-index-14702<p>Poland has been ranked top in Central Europe and fifth in the world for regulatory and legal transparency in the Global Real Estate Transparency Index 2020.</p>Sat, 08 Aug 2020 11:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6l35lp4onj7pefc1o1h1j9.jpegLooking bright: Poland has performed well in the global index.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-the-up-poland-scores-high-in-global-property-index-14702Multiple arrests after Warsaw LGBT protesthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/multiple-arrests-after-warsaw-lgbt-protest-14700<p>Police have arrested 48 people after LGBT rights activists staged a protest on Friday evening in central Warsaw over a court decision to detain another LGBT rights activist for damaging a van with anti-LGBT slogans in June. The protest evolved into skirmishes with police.</p>Sat, 08 Aug 2020 10:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z3ozp4r2draowt5rdrc3.jpeg.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/multiple-arrests-after-warsaw-lgbt-protest-14700LGBT rights activists stage protest in Warsaw centrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lgbt-rights-activists-stage-protest-in-warsaw-centre-14698<p>Several dozen LGBT rigths activists staged a protest on Friday evening in the centre of Warsaw over a court decision to detain another LGBT rights activist for damaging a van with anti-LGTB slogans in June.</p>Sat, 08 Aug 2020 09:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5zeh0qqn63fpwscjp5rci.jpegThe activists sat on the sidewalk at the Nicolaus Copernicus Monument on Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street, blocking the passage of a police car carrying Michal Sz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lgbt-rights-activists-stage-protest-in-warsaw-centre-14698Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia impose quarantine on travellers from Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuania-latvia-estonia-impose-quarantine-on-travellers-from-poland-14697<p>Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have introduced a 14-day quarantine for travellers from Poland in connection with rising coronavirus infection figures in the country.</p>Fri, 07 Aug 2020 18:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/07v4vbacekh5e5sh9vtn3f4.jpegLithuania currently has 442 confirmed coronavirus infections, 81 people have died from the disease.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuania-latvia-estonia-impose-quarantine-on-travellers-from-poland-14697Poland to extends flight ban to 45 countries until August 25https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-extends-flight-ban-to-45-countries-until-august-25-14696<p>The Polish government wants to extend its ban on international flights to August 25, 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, with 45 countries on the banned list, the government wrote on Friday in a draft decree on the extension.</p>Fri, 07 Aug 2020 18:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d9esagb7gs5o0vate31o4.jpegAccording to the draft, the ban will not apply to international flights ordained or consented to by the Prime Minister or carried out for the needs of the Polish Armed Forces and allied forces. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-extends-flight-ban-to-45-countries-until-august-25-14696Special development: photo exhibition of Książ shows castle in all its former gloryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/special-development-photo-exhibition-of-ksiaz-shows-castle-in-all-its-former-glory-14693<p>Widely regarded as the most spectacular castle in Poland, an online exhibition has cast new light on the glories of Książ by presenting a host of colourized, previously unpublished images that demonstrate the full extent of the bastion’s pre-war splendour.</p>Fri, 07 Aug 2020 16:41:00 +0200HistoryRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/342dnu3o51m8c23e58bgvu.jpegSome of the pictures have been coloured in a technicolour style to highlight detail and give them a 1930s look.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/special-development-photo-exhibition-of-ksiaz-shows-castle-in-all-its-former-glory-14693Poland, France, Germany appeal for free and fair elections in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-france-germany-appeal-for-free-and-fair-elections-in-belarus-14692<p>The foreign ministers of the so-called Weimar Triangle of Poland, France and Germany issued a joint statement on Friday in which they called on the Belarus authorities to conduct this Sunday's presidential elections in a free and fair manner.</p>Fri, 07 Aug 2020 15:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland, France, Germany appeal for free and fair elections in Belarushttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-france-germany-appeal-for-free-and-fair-elections-in-belarus-14692Poles cut their spending due to inflation - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-cut-their-spending-due-to-inflation---report-14691<p>Nearly four out of five Poles feel the effects of price rises, and more than half have more problems with everyday expenses than before the pandemic, according to a study for the BIG InfoMonitor debt register, published on Friday.</p>Fri, 07 Aug 2020 15:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/90i3ave0n0ls99j5jzjlij.jpegAccording to the survey conducted for the BIG InfoMonitor, almost nine out of ten respondents noticed a change in prices.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-cut-their-spending-due-to-inflation---report-14691Driving force: one firm hopes to revive the Polish automotive industry with electric vehicles based on 50s classichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/driving-force-one-firm-hopes-to-revive-the-polish-automotive-industry-with-electric-vehicles-based-on-50s-classic-14689<p><span lang="EN-GB">A company in Kutno is hoping to resurrect the Polish automotive industry and take on the world with a series of electric cars.</span></p>Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g5724t4k28xlm15ddz6i9.jpegOld and the new: the Vosco stands beside its 1950s inspiration.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/driving-force-one-firm-hopes-to-revive-the-polish-automotive-industry-with-electric-vehicles-based-on-50s-classic-14689New national lockdown ruled out - dep PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-national-lockdown-ruled-out---dep-pm-14687<p>Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin said on Friday that Poland will not impose a general lockdown again despite rising coronavirus infection numbers in the country.</p>Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/loq16f8sk7x9k4qpj59r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-national-lockdown-ruled-out---dep-pm-14687Health minister announces tighter controls at tourist destinationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-minister-announces-tighter-controls-at-tourist-destinations-14684<p>Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said on Friday he had asked the Interior Ministry and the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate (GIS) to increase controls at tourist destinations in Poland as well as in 'yellow' and 'red' districts where additional restrictions apply.</p>Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kywpt3lq1tmvr0tr1m1v.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-minister-announces-tighter-controls-at-tourist-destinations-14684Polish health system ready for second wave of epidemic - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-health-system-ready-for-second-wave-of-epidemic---minister-14683<p>Poland's healthcare system is now better prepared to fight a possible second wave of coronavirus infections than in March, Deputy Health Minister Jozefa Szczurek-Zelazko said on Friday.</p>Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l4ylfu6yv4hg84q2bqrrf9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-health-system-ready-for-second-wave-of-epidemic---minister-14683Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 50,324https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-50324-14681<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 809 since Thursday morning, a new daily record set for the fifth time since last week, and reached 50,324, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning.</p>Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mla4fvcw1oj2ji3z8fc0k.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-50324-14681Under the influence: Warsaw firm launches massive influencer marketing campaignhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/under-the-influence-warsaw-firm-launches-massive-influencer-marketing-campaign-14679<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Warsaw-based influence marketing agency has launched one of the biggest marketing campaigns in social media history by teaming up with a Chinese e-commerce website.</span></p>Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:52:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gkt7i4s3gqche9bhaz82j.jpegindaHash’s campaign will include 100,000 influencers.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/under-the-influence-warsaw-firm-launches-massive-influencer-marketing-campaign-14679Polish unemployment rate estimated at 6.1 pct in July - labour ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-unemployment-rate-estimated-at-61-pct-in-july---labour-ministry-14677<p>Poland's unemployment rate has likely remained unchanged from June and stayed at 6.1 pct at end-July, preliminary estimates from the Labour Ministry show.</p>Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:41:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish unemployment rate estimated at 6.1 pct in July - labour ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-unemployment-rate-estimated-at-61-pct-in-july---labour-ministry-14677President justifies cost of US military presence in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-justifies-cost-of-us-military-presence-in-poland-14675<p>President Andrzej Duda has said that the presence of US forces in Poland is worth the sensible, honest and above all fair price that was negotiated.</p>Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ow7gdmnsbg8h233nlkmbf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-justifies-cost-of-us-military-presence-in-poland-14675Poland a potential host for next season's neutral matches - UEFAhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-a-potential-host-for-next-seasons-neutral-matches---uefa-14673<p>Poland is one of the countries in which football matches might be played next season, which could not be played in their original location due to the coronavirus pandemic, UEFA has announced.</p>Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dldpdz1j5uqwkgf5yjhnl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-a-potential-host-for-next-seasons-neutral-matches---uefa-14673US Ambassador congratulates newly sworn-in Polish presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-congratulates-newly-sworn-in-polish-president-14672<p>Following Thursday's swearing-in ceremony of the re-elected Polish President Andrzej Duda, US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher congratulated him in a Twitter post.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 20:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ub9ly5tfgwd3btrnqedgq.jpeg“Good luck, Mr. President!,” Mosbacher tweeted.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-ambassador-congratulates-newly-sworn-in-polish-president-14672President receives supreme command of armed forceshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-receives-supreme-command-of-armed-forces-14671<p>A ceremony was held on Thursday afternoon at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Warsaw's Pilsudskiego Square to bestow upon President Andrzej Duda the supreme command of Poland's armed forces.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5bbx6ljrmf2ik6c8bd5dq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-receives-supreme-command-of-armed-forces-14671President Duda renamed Grand Master of highest Polish ordershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-renamed-grand-master-of-highest-polish-orders-14670<p>Upon becoming re-elected as Polish president, Andrzej Duda officially assumed the leadership of the orders of the White Eagle and of Polonia Restituta in a ceremony held at the Royal Castle in Warsaw on Thursday.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zfr4xr1k5seimoxwdxmyy.jpegDuda noted that both of these orders are "symbols of a free Poland, these orders are symbols of a strong Poland."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-renamed-grand-master-of-highest-polish-orders-14670Webber disguises himself as an alien to visit Poland’s Roswellhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/webber-disguises-himself-as-an-alien-to-visit-polands-roswell-14668<p>It can’t just be me that’s noticed the curious Polish compulsion to benchmark towns and cities against those found abroad: you’ve got Łódź, for instance, proudly nicknaming itself ‘The Manchester of Poland’; Zamość billed as the Padova of the North; and Wrocław (not to mention Bydgoszcz) laying claim to be the country’s Venice.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 15:55:00 +0200Webber's WorldRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3axwvyk4dqnyk4gsev4s2.jpegWebber assumed the alter ego of a creature called Alain the Alien before proceeding to startle train passengers, knock on random doors, emerge from bushes and hand out Martian masks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/webber-disguises-himself-as-an-alien-to-visit-polands-roswell-14668Artist uses ‘hundreds of voices from across the globe’ in new ‘polyphonic’ projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artist-uses-hundreds-of-voices-from-across-the-globe-in-new-polyphonic-project-14666<p>An experimental structure by a Polish artist is being shown at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 14:37:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4x6gsxigrn6sdl9wffiya.jpegThe project transforms the site into a place to explore a new language of architecture and architecture of language.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/artist-uses-hundreds-of-voices-from-across-the-globe-in-new-polyphonic-project-14666Duda says he is a president of Polish affairshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-declares-to-be-a-president-of-polish-affairs-14664<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda declared in a speech inaugurating his second term to be a president of Polish affairs, and underlined that this would be the motto of his presidency.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 14:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0i9qluan2oukmlw6gd8e8vj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-declares-to-be-a-president-of-polish-affairs-14664Beautiful collectors’ notes issued to commemorate 1920 Battle of Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beautiful-collectors-notes-issued-to-commemorate-1920-battle-of-warsaw-14662<p>A new collectors’ edition of 20 zloty banknotes to commemorate the 1920 Battle of Warsaw have ben released by the National Bank of Poland.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 14:11:00 +0200BusinessHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8rhfk1mm986keu27qit13k.pngThe battle which the notes commemorate, has been called one of 20 battles that decided the fate of the world as the unexpected victory halted the westward advance of Communism.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/beautiful-collectors-notes-issued-to-commemorate-1920-battle-of-warsaw-14662Film fans get sneak peak at gorgeous new animation from Oscar-winning Loving Vincent directorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-fans-get-sneak-peak-at-gorgeous-new-animation-from-oscar-winning-loving-vincent-director-14660<p>A new film uses painting-based animations to tell the classic story of life in the Polish countryside over a century ago.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 13:04:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kiawgvenvpm8oooi6n0144.jpegDirected by Dorota Kobiela, the artwork for the new adaptation of Władysław Reymont’s masterpiece Chłopi has been completely hand-painted.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/film-fans-get-sneak-peak-at-gorgeous-new-animation-from-oscar-winning-loving-vincent-director-14660PM on Duda reelectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-on-duda-reelection-14658<p>President Andrzej Duda's reelection is a magnificent victory, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook after Duda's swearing in on Thursday.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 12:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0y2tkpp4cueok64in1vdre9.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-on-duda-reelection-14658Port of Gdansk among Europe's top 20https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/port-of-gdansk-among-europes-top-20-14656<p>Despite the global crisis and the coronavirus pandemic, the Port of Gdansk on the Polish Baltic coast advanced to the top 20 European ports in the first half of 2020, the company's spokeswoman, Anna Drozd, said on Wednesday.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 12:05:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/odidwvoii53citgmusef5.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/port-of-gdansk-among-europes-top-20-14656Duda says Poles have the right to decide who is their presidenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-says-poles-have-the-right-to-decide-who-is-their-president-14654<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said in a speech inaugurating his second term that "power comes from the will of the people," and underlined that "the nation has expressed its will in the election."</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q39yb8nyvzbbj6n3jit8g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-says-poles-have-the-right-to-decide-who-is-their-president-14654Imports of used cars down y/y in July - Samarhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/imports-of-used-cars-down-yy-in-july---samar-14652<p>In July 2020, a total of 88,328 used vehicles were brought into Poland, a 7.2 percent decline from the same period last year, Samar, an institute monitoring the car market, reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgImports of used cars down y/y in July - Samarhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/imports-of-used-cars-down-yy-in-july---samar-14652PM lays wreath at Wola Slaughter memorialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-lays-wreath-at-wola-slaughter-memorial-14650<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday in Warsaw laid flowers under a memorial plaque to the 1944 Wola Slaughter to mark the massacre's 76th anniversary.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ysr0dd77b4h71ggpjyi1th.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-lays-wreath-at-wola-slaughter-memorial-14650Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 49,515https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-49515-14648<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 726 since Wednesday, a daily record since the outbreak of the epidemic, and reached 49,515, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another eighteen people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,774.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r6h6noptiiyldrjyhcy9i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-49515-14648President Duda sworn in for second termhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-sworn-in-for-second-term-14646<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda took the oath of office before the National Assembly on Thursday morning and started his second term. The head of state will deliver an address and will assume supervision over the armed forces.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i1up8hmsd3ijzh7ey27r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-sworn-in-for-second-term-14646Health minister says face masks obligatory in nine countieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-minister-says-face-masks-obligatory-in-nine-counties-14644<p>Polish Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski announced on Thursday that sanitary regime regulations will be reintroduced in nine counties of the provinces of Wielkopolskie, western Poland, Malopolskie and Slaskie, southern Poland, and Lodzkie, central Poland.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 10:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a31s7zo1inqjpmrbcp47dh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/health-minister-says-face-masks-obligatory-in-nine-counties-14644Polish rescue mission off to Beiruthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-rescue-mission-off-to-beirut-14642<p>A team of rescuers with search dogs, medical personnel and humanitarian aid experts set off from Warsaw to the Lebanese capital Beirut on Wednesday evening to aid victims of a Tuesday explosion in the city which killed at least 135 people and injured about 5,000.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 10:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/55010o24617yheckue839r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-rescue-mission-off-to-beirut-14642US Secretary of state confirms visit to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-secretary-of-state-confirms-visit-to-poland-14640<p>US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has confirmed that he is leaving on Monday for the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria and Poland, and described the countries as America's friends.</p>Thu, 06 Aug 2020 10:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/slu9kid3qum7ne51icfy0m.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-secretary-of-state-confirms-visit-to-poland-14640Polish FM calls Lebanse counterpart, pledges Poland's helphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-calls-lebanse-counterpart-pledges-polands-help-14639<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz on Wednesday held a telephone conversation with Lebanon's new minister of foreign affairs, Charbel Wehbe, to convey his condolences after the Beirut blast killed at least 135 people and injured nearly 5,000.</p>Wed, 05 Aug 2020 20:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/8wp1oeo535v1z3zfg6rgci.jpegThe Polish official told his counterpart that Poland was sending to Lebanon trained Polish rescuers, medical personnel and first aid supplies as part of the support.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-fm-calls-lebanse-counterpart-pledges-polands-help-14639Dutch cyclist in serious condition after Polish race crashhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dutch-cyclist-in-serious-condition-after-polish-race-crash-14638<p>Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen, who suffered an accident at the end of the first stage of the 77th Tour de Pologne bicycle race, is in a chemically-induced coma and his condition is described as serious, the race's press office has informed PAP.</p>Wed, 05 Aug 2020 20:11:00 +0200Sporthttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5vk1flfogvrirwh5lo38oc.jpegThe injured cyclists were taken to hospital by air ambulance.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dutch-cyclist-in-serious-condition-after-polish-race-crash-14638Pompeo to visit Europe, including Poland, next week - Politicohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pompeo-to-visit-europe-including-poland-next-week---politico-14637<p>US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to tour Central and Eastern European capitals, including Warsaw, next week to discuss the redeployment of American troops in Europe, Brussels-based portal Politico wrote on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 05 Aug 2020 19:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/78data9oesc5ajcsyzqkvb.jpegAccording to the portal's information, Pompeo on Saturday will head to Poland, where his visit will coincide with the commemoration of the Battle of Warsaw, Poland's 1920 victory over the Bolsheviks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pompeo-to-visit-europe-including-poland-next-week---politico-14637Opposition bloc calls on MFA to build Belarus-supporting EU coalitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-bloc-calls-on-mfa-to-build-belarus-supporting-eu-coalition-14636<p>Poland's Civic Coalition (KO) opposition bloc has appealed to the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to build a European coalition in support of a democratic Belarus ahead of Sunday's presidential election in that country.</p>Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgOpposition bloc calls on MFA to build Belarus-supporting EU coalitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-bloc-calls-on-mfa-to-build-belarus-supporting-eu-coalition-14636PM marks WWII 'Wola Slaughter' anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-marks-wwii-wola-slaughter-anniversary-14635<p>In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki remembered the 'Wola Slaughter' perpetrated by Nazi Germany during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, as "the worst civilian massacre of the Second World War" on the event's 76th anniversary.</p>Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:35:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kulktn20l4v2ge3hhyz1.jpegThe prime minister stated that "none of the German criminals, who were responsible for the 'Wola Slaughter,' were punished."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-marks-wwii-wola-slaughter-anniversary-14635Forgotten history of “Little Nuremburg” trials revealed in fascinating new bookhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forgotten-history-of-little-nuremburg-trials-revealed-in-fascinating-new-book-14632<p>A new book published this month claims WWII monster Josef Mengele may have appeared in front of a Polish court in the chaos of the immediate post-war years before eluding justice.</p>Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:13:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nhv2bh2u0jq0phupbjbdn.jpegFacts gathered by the book’s author suggest Mengele paid one last visit to the Lower Silesian region well after the war.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/forgotten-history-of-little-nuremburg-trials-revealed-in-fascinating-new-book-14632Polish schools to start regular classes on September 1 - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-schools-to-start-regular-classes-on-september-1---ministry-14630<p>The Education Ministry plans a regular school year start on September 1, Education Minister Dariusz Piontkowski said at a press conference on Wednesday, adding that there will be no facemask obligation during classes.</p>Wed, 05 Aug 2020 14:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i5rl92r8q4mo3p9mccv18.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-schools-to-start-regular-classes-on-september-1---ministry-14630‘I Will!’ Bubbly Ola Ciupa says YES to marriage!!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-will-bubbly-ola-ciupa-says-yes-to-marriage-14628<p><span lang="EN-GB">Steamy Ola Ciupa has broken the hearts of her 500k-plus fans after saying YES when rapper boyfriend Jakub Flas popped the question.</span></p>Wed, 05 Aug 2020 14:23:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2x55m08iugleryhbeu7y.pngOla Ciupa has been relaxing at the Mitsis Alila Resort & Spa in Greece.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-will-bubbly-ola-ciupa-says-yes-to-marriage-14628President Duda summarises 5 years of presidency in online resumehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-summarises-5-years-of-presidency-in-online-resume-14626<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday summed up his to-date presidency in an introduction to an online resume of his first office term. Duda wrote that he is proud of what he managed to accomplish.</p>Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bw9p6kbpxq8c9mvx6e7uwm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-summarises-5-years-of-presidency-in-online-resume-14626Retail sales up by 2.0 pct y/y in June - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-by-20-pct-yy-in-june---eurostat-14625<p>Polish retail sales grew by 2.0 percent year on year in June 2020 after a 1.7-percent y/y increase in May. Month on month, retail sales rose by 3.3 percent, Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:01:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgRetail sales up by 2.0 pct y/y in June - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-up-by-20-pct-yy-in-june---eurostat-14625Polish rescuers to fly to Beirut as apocalyptic images reveal scale of devastation after mega-explosion ripped through cityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-rescuers-to-fly-to-beirut-as-apocalyptic-images-reveal-scale-of-devastation-after-mega-explosion-ripped-through-city-14623<p><span lang="EN-GB">Poland's State Fire Service (PSP) is on standby to send rescuers to the Lebanese capital Beirut, where a massive explosion on Tuesday killed at least 100 people and injured thousands.</span></p>Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/thum0kap19kr1ubd657x.pngBeirut’s Hiroshima! Mega-explosion leaves the Lebanese capital in state of horrified shock.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-rescuers-to-fly-to-beirut-as-apocalyptic-images-reveal-scale-of-devastation-after-mega-explosion-ripped-through-city-14623New vehicle registrations down 11.93 pct y/y in July - Samarhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-vehicle-registrations-down-1193-pct-yy-in-july---samar-14621<p>A total of 48,260 new passenger cars and small delivery vehicles were registered in Poland in July 2020, down 11.93 percent from the same month in 2019, Samar, an institute monitoring the car market, reported on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:20:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNew vehicle registrations down 11.93 pct y/y in July - Samarhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-vehicle-registrations-down-1193-pct-yy-in-july---samar-14621Saint Dominic’s Fair is 760 years old!https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/saint-dominics-fair-is-760-years-old-14619<p>A myriad of street performances, concerts, and stands with curiosities and souvenirs – despite the pandemic, the Saint Dominic’s Fair is still going strong in Gdańsk and for the 760th time!</p>Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:13:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jp2k18on27891w1a894krk.jpegThe 23-day-long event is one of the largest open-air cultural and trade events in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/saint-dominics-fair-is-760-years-old-14619Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 48,789https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-48789-14617<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 640 since Tuesday, and reached 48,789, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another eighteen people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,756.</p>Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:30:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/r9n3whxm8oh4phc4imn4pd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-48789-14617President expresses condolences over explosion in Beiruthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-expresses-condolences-over-explosion-in-beirut-14613<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda has sent his condolences to the families of the victims of Tuesday's massive explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut, which killed nearly 80 people and injured thousands.</p>Wed, 05 Aug 2020 10:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qnfwqphjd6912jqgd949gx.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-expresses-condolences-over-explosion-in-beirut-14613Military parade on August 15 cancelledhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/military-parade-on-august-15-cancelled-14611<p>A military parade on August 15, the Polish Army Day, which this year coincides with the centenary of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, in which Poland halted a Europe-advancing Red Army, has been cancelled for epidemic safety reasons, the Defence Ministry announced on Tuesday evening.</p>Wed, 05 Aug 2020 09:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aoe8ekom5mf0h9t3cyy4s7r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/military-parade-on-august-15-cancelled-14611Polish side prepared for Gazprom appeal against Nord Stream 2 finehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-side-prepared-for-gazprom-appeal-against-nord-stream-2-fine-14609<p>The Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) is prepared for Russian gas giant Gazprom's appeal against a PLN 213 million (EUR 47 million) fine imposed on it by the Polish authority, UOKiK head Tomasz Chrostny told PAP on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 04 Aug 2020 19:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vqjij10u5frhxyeroxhmtb.jpegChrostny assured that all proceedings in the matter had been carried through correctly, and said he was certain UOKiK will be able to defend its position in court.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-side-prepared-for-gazprom-appeal-against-nord-stream-2-fine-14609Share of e-commerce in Poland's retail trade uphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/share-of-e-commerce-in-polands-retail-trade-up-14607<p>During several weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, the share of e-commerce in Poland's retail trade grew from 5.5 percent at the end of 2019 to nearly 12 percent, reads a report by the Santander bank.</p>Tue, 04 Aug 2020 17:32:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgShare of e-commerce in Poland's retail trade uphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/share-of-e-commerce-in-polands-retail-trade-up-14607Mum gives birth to massive 7kg baby girlhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mum-gives-birth-to-massive-7kg-baby-girl-14605<p>A woman has given birth to one of the largest babies born in Poland, with her daughter weighing in at close to a massive 7 kilograms.</p>Tue, 04 Aug 2020 17:04:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aq3joaeok960c0e2g12fnbg.jpegAt birth, baby Maja weighed 6,860 grams.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mum-gives-birth-to-massive-7kg-baby-girl-14605Sign language interpreter sends Uprising concert-goers wildhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sign-language-interpreter-sends-uprising-concert-goers-wild-14602<p>A sign-language interpreter has become an overnight sensation after her appearance on a live TV concert commemorating the Warsaw Uprising.</p>Tue, 04 Aug 2020 15:28:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/78dni1za2o8lo1q39ra0y.jpegMałgorzata Limanówka’s enthusiastic signing for deaf and hard of hearing viewers went down a storm.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sign-language-interpreter-sends-uprising-concert-goers-wild-14602US V Corps in Poland crowning achievement of our actions - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-v-corps-in-poland-crowning-achievement-of-our-actions---mod-14601<p>Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said in Kraków, southern Poland, on Tuesday that placing the forward command of the 5th US Army Corps in Poland is the crowning achievement of efforts to increase the American military presence in Poland.</p>Tue, 04 Aug 2020 15:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gq8ecjpcrg5sx0glgdo1tj.jpegBłaszczak recalled last year's declarations by US president Donald Trump and Poland's President Andrzej Duda which he pointed out "determined the permanent presence of American troops in Poland".https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-v-corps-in-poland-crowning-achievement-of-our-actions---mod-14601Poland's GDP to fall by 8 pct in Q2 of 2020 - economic institutehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-fall-by-8-pct-in-q2-of-2020---economic-institute-14599<p>Poland's economic growth will decrease by 8 percentage points in the second quarter of 2020, according to experts from the Polish Economic Institute (PIE).</p>Tue, 04 Aug 2020 14:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP to fall by 8 pct in Q2 of 2020 - economic institutehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-fall-by-8-pct-in-q2-of-2020---economic-institute-14599Sip, sip hooray! It’s blonde stunner Karolina Pisarekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sip-sip-hooray-its-blonde-stunner-karolina-pisarek-14597<p><span lang="EN-GB">Sultry Karolina Pisarek is creating waves again, but not because of her stunning looks.</span></p>Tue, 04 Aug 2020 14:16:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gw2jtxj3l7tus0zvb1ku6c.pngKarolina shot to fame after taking second place in Top Model.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sip-sip-hooray-its-blonde-stunner-karolina-pisarek-14597Swastika-emblazoned boulder of Hitler’s Protection Battalion found in Wolf’s Lairhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/swastika-emblazoned-boulder-of-hitlers-protection-battalion-found-in-wolfs-lair-14595<p><span lang="EN-GB">A boulder emblazoned with a swastika that belonged to the battalion that defended Hitler at his eastern headquarters has been discovered in north-east Poland.</span></p>Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:53:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/buf91or3sidovly32cag8i.jpegTreasure hunter Artur Troncik, who is known for his historical finds, made the incredible discovery after spotting a rock partly sticking out of the ground.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/swastika-emblazoned-boulder-of-hitlers-protection-battalion-found-in-wolfs-lair-14595Poland tightens coronavirus measures amid record infectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-tightens-coronavirus-measures-amid-record-infections-14593<p><span lang="EN-GB">The government has announced new coronavirus guidelines following a record infection rise over three days of last week, peaking at 658 cases on Saturday.</span></p>Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0ydky2jevvhagbyzxrx09ba.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-tightens-coronavirus-measures-amid-record-infections-14593Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 48,189https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-48189-14591<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 680 since Monday, a daily record since the outbreak of the epidemic, and reached 48,149, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another six people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,738.</p>Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y5vrtsg4avn9m8vgr27tya.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-48189-14591Family ministry working on action plan against second wave of epidemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/family-ministry-working-on-action-plan-against-second-wave-of-epidemic-14588<p>A specially appointed team within the Family, Labour and Social Policy Ministry is developing a plan of action to counteract the negative effects of COVID-19 before a second wave of the epidemic, the ministry's head Marlena Malag has told PAP.</p>Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6jvqvfgh18ugljd1bttl3m.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/family-ministry-working-on-action-plan-against-second-wave-of-epidemic-14588Coal sales up m/m, down y/y in Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coal-sales-up-mm-down-yy-in-june-14587<p>Poland's coal sales in June 2019 stood at 4 million tonnes, up from 3.46 million tonnes in May 2020 and down from 4.44 mln tonnes in June 2019, Poland's Industrial Development Agency (ARP) has said.</p>Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCoal sales up m/m, down y/y in Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coal-sales-up-mm-down-yy-in-june-14587Poland launches construction of Battle of Warsaw Museumhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-launches-construction-of-battle-of-warsaw-museum-14585<p>The construction of a museum devoted to the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, in which Polish forces halted a Europe-advancing Red Army, was launched by Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak on a historic battlefield in Ossow, near Warsaw, on Monday.</p>Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ditpg1iqoggsaiyl0pn8lg.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-launches-construction-of-battle-of-warsaw-museum-14585The Warsaw Uprising Explained by author Dr Alexandra Richiehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-warsaw-uprising-explained-by-author-dr-alexandra-richie-514<p><span dir="auto">In this special episode of&nbsp;</span>Heart of Poland<span dir="auto">&nbsp;you'll be able to watch one of the most authoritative experts on the Warsaw Uprising and author of exclaimed book 'Warsaw 1944' , Historian Dr. Alexandra Richie, discuss this epic battle of World War 2. Why did the Warsaw Uprising break out when it seems so obviously destined to fail? Why did the battle last for so long when Poles were so outgunned? Did the Red Army really stop and watch the Polish Home Army destroy itself? &nbsp;Discover how soldiers fell in love in the war-torn streets between battle.</span></p>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 19:30:00 +0200HistoryHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qp7nvalbp6mey9jmehknht.jpegThe Warsaw Uprising Explained by author Dr Alexandra Richie.https://www.thefirstnews.com/video/the-warsaw-uprising-explained-by-author-dr-alexandra-richie-514US-Poland defence deal to enhance deterrence against Russia - Pentagonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-poland-defence-deal-to-enhance-deterrence-against-russia---pentagon-14584<p>US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, announcing on Monday the completion of the US-Poland Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) negotiations, said the deal will enhance deterrence against Russia, strengthen NATO and reassure the Allies.</p>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 18:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mrtc1jnogdp1vzsxmhh1.jpeg"We congratulate the negotiators on this important milestone for U.S.-Polish relations and our collective transatlantic security," the US defense secretary said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-poland-defence-deal-to-enhance-deterrence-against-russia---pentagon-14584Polish firms receive EUR 13.8 billion under anti-crisis packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-receive-eur-138-billion-under-anti-crisis-package-14583<p>A total of 345,542 companies employing 3.12 million people have so far received PLN 60.05 billion (EUR 13.75 billion) under the Polish Development Fund's (PFR) financial shield amid the coronavirus pandemic, PFR head Paweł Borys said on Monday.</p>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 15:49:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6q296ca1s7s0rz4ykbsreld.jpegBorys underlined that the aid programme to micro companies and SMEs helped keep 2.5 million jobs.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-receive-eur-138-billion-under-anti-crisis-package-14583Space agency signs 2.5 million EUR contract for TITAN robotic arm projecthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/space-agency-signs-25-million-eur-contract-for-titan-robotic-arm-project-14582<p>Polish company PIAP Space has signed a contract worth 2.5 million Euros with the European Space Agency to build a robotic arm for fixing satellites on orbit.</p>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 15:36:00 +0200BusinessSciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q889ob03setdqgx2gthc.jpegThe robotic arm will be used to service satellites in the Earth’s orbit.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/space-agency-signs-25-million-eur-contract-for-titan-robotic-arm-project-14582Lodz marks international Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-marks-international-roma-and-sinti-genocide-remembrance-day-14580<p>Lodz in central Poland on Monday marked the International Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Day in the city's World War Two Jewish ghetto, better known as the Litzmannstadt Ghetto. Over 5,000 city's inhabitants were killed by the Germans.</p>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 14:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLodz marks international Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-marks-international-roma-and-sinti-genocide-remembrance-day-14580President Duda to be sworn in for second term on Thursdayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-to-be-sworn-in-for-second-term-on-thursday-14578<p>On Thursday, August 6, Polish President Andrzej Duda will take the oath of office before the National Assembly and will start his second term. The head of state will deliver an address and will assume supervision over the armed forces.</p>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 14:32:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6j4gisaqiz7vpmv8pcyngl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-to-be-sworn-in-for-second-term-on-thursday-14578Krakow airport services over 205,000 passengers in Julyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-services-over-205000-passengers-in-july-14576<p>The Krakow-Balice International Airport in southern Poland serviced 205,600 passengers in July, 74 percent less than in the previous year, the airport announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 14:29:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xocvhlrxgvutqxqma9g4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-airport-services-over-205000-passengers-in-july-14576Goodfellas! Eagerly-awaited DeNiro, Nobu and Teper hotel finally opens its doorshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/goodfellas-eagerly-awaited-deniro-nobu-and-teper-hotel-finally-opens-its-doors-14574<p><span lang="EN-GB">Widely viewed as the most anticipated hotel launch in recent Polish history, the Nobu Hotel Warsaw welcomed its first paying guests earlier in the day.</span></p>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 14:28:00 +0200BusinessHotelshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7uqbxxpzxkt1shzlcnlvs.jpegFamously fronted by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro and film producer Meir Teper, the Warsaw branch represents the luxury brand’s 12th hotel and 43rd restaurant.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/goodfellas-eagerly-awaited-deniro-nobu-and-teper-hotel-finally-opens-its-doors-14574Poland's Supreme Court says that presidential election is validhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-supreme-court-says-that-presidential-election-is-valid-14572<p>The Chamber of Extraordinary Control and Public Affairs of Poland's Supreme Court on Monday announced that the presidential election held in July 2020 was valid.</p>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 13:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ruabwu9dzrg0yl8r1tzscnh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-supreme-court-says-that-presidential-election-is-valid-14572Polish MoD, US ambassador deny media reports on US troopshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-us-ambassador-deny-media-reports-on-us-troops-14570<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak on Monday said that the mass media information regarding the regulations governing the stationing of US troops in Poland were untrue. The US ambassador has also denied media reports to this effect.</p>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xobefk3r78tycmyehcrlo.jpeg"Stop fake news! The information regarding the regulations governing the stationing of US troops in Poland are untrue. The agreement will be published after it has been signed. Disinformation harms Poland's security."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-mod-us-ambassador-deny-media-reports-on-us-troops-14570Coal energy to come to end in Poland by 2060 at the latest - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coal-energy-to-come-to-end-in-poland-by-2060-at-the-latest---official-14568<p>Deputy PM Jacek Sasin has told the daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna that Poland should cease to be based on coal energy by 2060 at the latest. He added that a feasible repair programme for the mining sector had to be ready in two months.</p>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgCoal energy to come to end in Poland by 2060 at the latest - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/coal-energy-to-come-to-end-in-poland-by-2060-at-the-latest---official-14568Japan lifts ban on imports of Polish poultry and eggshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/japan-lifts-ban-on-imports-of-polish-poultry-and-eggs-14566<p>Japan has lifted a ban on imports of Polish poultry and poultry products as well as eggs and egg products, the Chief Veterinary Inspectorate announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:50:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wxnz83wp2oifr9gh9txe.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/japan-lifts-ban-on-imports-of-polish-poultry-and-eggs-14566Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 47,469https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-47469-14564<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 575 since Sunday morning and reached 47,469, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another one person has died, bringing the death toll to 1,732.</p>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0y4bjc6o8v5mp18v7fhv9c.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-47469-14564Polish antitrust institution fines Gazpromhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-antitrust-institution-fines-gazprom-14562<p>The Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has placed a nearly PLN 213 million (ca.EUR 47 million) fine on Russia's Gazprom "for the lack of cooperation in an inquiry concerning the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project," UOKiK reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:30:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qfj9h7e7sdrru40u5wf3b.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-antitrust-institution-fines-gazprom-14562Polish-US deal on US military presence in Poland on Aug. 15 - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-deal-on-us-military-presence-in-poland-on-aug-15---daily-14560<p>An agreement on the presence of US soldiers in Poland is to be signed on August 15, Polish Army Day and the centenary of the Battle of Warsaw, in which Polish forces defeated Soviet troops, the daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/88wkj00iqaywn12q6bhb2.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-us-deal-on-us-military-presence-in-poland-on-aug-15---daily-14560Poland's manufacturing PMI up m/m in Julyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-up-mm-in-july-14559<p>Poland's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) grew to 52.8 points in July 2020 from 47.2 points in June, the economic research company IHS Markit reported on Monday.</p>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:18:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ziek572qtnen6jjdhtg0c8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-manufacturing-pmi-up-mm-in-july-14559Couple create interactive Muslim map of Poland to show the many faces of Polish Islamhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/couple-create-interactive-muslim-map-of-poland-to-show-the-many-faces-of-polish-islam-14557<p>A Polish couple have made an interactive map of Poland marking sites and communities connected with Islam in an effort to demonstrate that there is more to the country than Tatars when it comes to the Muslim faith.</p>Sun, 02 Aug 2020 19:21:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/z5v2uproorl0sy3fhr3a7k.jpegThe Muslim map aims to lift the lid on Islam in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/couple-create-interactive-muslim-map-of-poland-to-show-the-many-faces-of-polish-islam-14557Treblinka death camp tragedy will never be forgotten - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/treblinka-death-camp-tragedy-will-never-be-forgotten---polish-pm-14555<p>"We are honouring the fallen in this unequal fight and paying homage to all Holocaust victims," the Polish prime minister wrote in a letter read out during observances of the 77th anniversary of a prisoner revolt at the Treblinka Nazi German death camp on Sunday.</p>Sun, 02 Aug 2020 18:52:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/723sruv20xbnyt2ku05uoj.jpegTreblinka was one of the main extermination sites for European Jews, the death count coming second only to the main Holocaust site Auschwitz in south Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/treblinka-death-camp-tragedy-will-never-be-forgotten---polish-pm-14555Ukraine introduces quarantine for people travelling from Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukraine-introduces-quarantine-for-people-travelling-from-poland-14554<p>Ukraine has put Poland on a list of countries of heightened COVID-19 risk; people travelling from Poland to Ukraine must spend 14 days in quarantine, the government service gov.pl has announced.</p>Sun, 02 Aug 2020 18:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3hlsn9joqryfl75ku8jd68.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukraine-introduces-quarantine-for-people-travelling-from-poland-14554Global economic crisis just beginning - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/global-economic-crisis-just-beginning---pm-14553<p>The economic crisis the world is struggling with has only just begun with unprecedented simultaneous impacts in supply, demand and liquidity, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in the 'Sieci' weekly to be published on Monday.</p>Sun, 02 Aug 2020 17:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hnqfklzwjzzluwb7hdzjb.jpegMorawiecki expressed the opinion that Poland can be an innovative and effectively acting country in difficult times.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/global-economic-crisis-just-beginning---pm-14553Warsaw Uprising soldiers are Western civilization heroes - White Househttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-uprising-soldiers-are-western-civilization-heroes---white-house-14552<p>In an article titled 'Heroes of Western Civilization: 76 Years After the Warsaw Uprising' published on the 76th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising on Saturday, the White House recalled President Donald Trump's speech delivered in Warsaw in July 2017.</p>Sun, 02 Aug 2020 16:33:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/na2n3s3lzsqzhoxd2kgz.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-uprising-soldiers-are-western-civilization-heroes---white-house-14552Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 46,894https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-46894-14551<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 548 since Saturday morning and reached 46,894 the Ministry of Health said on Sunday morning. Another ten people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,731.</p>Sun, 02 Aug 2020 15:38:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9269ob6rl6qgerffpjb5qt.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-46894-14551Smog-eating mural goes up on Warsaw wallhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/smog-eating-mural-goes-up-on-warsaw-wall-14549<p>Warsaw has become one of 13 international cities to pioneer the use of “smog-eating” murals after an eco-friendly, hand-painted project utilizing innovative pro-environmental technology was unveiled a few days back.</p>Sun, 02 Aug 2020 14:54:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nd44lpez9k9m592uve69.jpegFlower power: Warsaw’s anti-smog mural.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/smog-eating-mural-goes-up-on-warsaw-wall-14549What lies beneath: cave and tunnel network discovered under castlehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/what-lies-beneath-cave-and-tunnel-network-discovered-under-castle-14547<p>Archaeologists have discovered a cave and a network of unexplored tunnels and fissures under one of Poland’s most famous castles.</p>Sun, 02 Aug 2020 12:10:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/q93rfogo1kmihedy0mwm.jpegCastle Olszytn on its limestone crags.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/what-lies-beneath-cave-and-tunnel-network-discovered-under-castle-14547Explorers to probe mystery castle for hidden chambershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/explorers-to-probe-mystery-castle-for-hidden-chambers-14545<p>A group of explorers will scan the mysterious Czocha Castle in Lower Silesia with lasers in the hunt for undiscovered rooms and corridors.</p>Sat, 01 Aug 2020 18:30:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cm9gee1j3dt15zolub6wky.jpegCzocha Castle in Lower Silesia.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/explorers-to-probe-mystery-castle-for-hidden-chambers-14545Polish capital pays tribute to 1944 heroic act of resistancehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-capital-pays-tribute-to-1944-heroic-act-of-resistance-14542<p>,Sirens sounded throughout Warsaw at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, the exact time of the August 1, 1944, outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising against the city's Nazi German invaders, to mark the revolt's 76th anniversary.</p>Sat, 01 Aug 2020 17:23:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6k70oh1iaoxp66o3sst5k.jpegAs the sirens wailed, traffic and pedestrians stopped throughout the city for a minute of silence in tribute to the fighters and victims of the bloody WWII insurgency.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-capital-pays-tribute-to-1944-heroic-act-of-resistance-14542Lower house delegation honours WWII freedom fightershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-delegation-honours-wwii-freedom-fighters-14541<p>The Speaker of Sejm, lower house, Elżbieta Witek, together with the Presidium of the Sejm, on Saturday laid a wreath at the Monument to the Polish Underground State and Home Army in front of the Sejm building.</p>Sat, 01 Aug 2020 16:24:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zay69qqwrflx7vgk3jfgvd.jpegThe Sejm delegation under Witek laid a wreath at the Monument to the Polish Underground State and Home Army in front of the Sejm building.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-delegation-honours-wwii-freedom-fighters-14541Waste map, want not: zero-waste map points Kraków in a green directionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/waste-map-want-not-zero-waste-map-points-krakow-in-a-green-direction-14539<p>Maps have appeared in Kraków showing residents and tourists shops that stock goods minus unnecessary packaging, and where they can have broken items fixed rather than throwing them away.</p>Sat, 01 Aug 2020 16:02:00 +0200LifeRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9wsftvozxxn3e1kcjtccub.jpegMapping the future: the map tells people where to go to go green.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/waste-map-want-not-zero-waste-map-points-krakow-in-a-green-direction-14539Senate speaker, Warsaw mayor lay flowers to dead of Warsaw Uprisinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-speaker-warsaw-mayor-lay-flowers-to-dead-of-warsaw-uprising-14538<p>Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki and Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski laid flowers on Saturday at the 'Fallen Undefeated' monument in Warsaw's Wola district to mark the 76th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, World War II's biggest armed insurgency against German occupation.</p>Sat, 01 Aug 2020 14:40:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/a7okxapfi7qzeffwcxwei.jpegOn the 76th anniversary of the uprising's outbreak, Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki and Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski laid flowers at the 'Fallen Undefeated' monument in the company of Wanda Traczyk-Stawska, an uprising insurgent and leader of the Social Committee for the Warsaw Uprising Cemetery.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/senate-speaker-warsaw-mayor-lay-flowers-to-dead-of-warsaw-uprising-14538Prime Minister honours Warsaw Uprising fightershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prime-minister-honours-warsaw-uprising-fighters-14536<p>On the 76th anniversary of the outbreak of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against Poland’s Nazi German occupiers, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki paid tribute to the insurgents during commemorative ceremonies held at the Warsaw Rising Museum on Saturday.</p>Sat, 01 Aug 2020 14:07:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f8qheb3yr4egsrt4utwtfs.jpegThe prime minister laid flowers at a bell commemorating the uprising's commander, Gen. Antoni Chruściel, nom-de-guerre Monter, located at the Warsaw Rising Museum.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/prime-minister-honours-warsaw-uprising-fighters-14536The last guard: The AK men who still carried their weapons after the Uprising’s endhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-last-guard-the-ak-men-who-still-carried-their-weapons-after-the-uprisings-end-14533<p>That the Warsaw Uprising lasted 63 days from August 1 to October 2, 1944 is a fact indelibly etched into the mind of every Pole.</p>Sat, 01 Aug 2020 12:58:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nztzwqh4pkmhd417fnkw.jpegAK troops march out of Warsaw. But for some the battle was not quite over.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-last-guard-the-ak-men-who-still-carried-their-weapons-after-the-uprisings-end-14533President pays tribute to "martyrs" of Warsaw's Wola Slaughterhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pays-tribute-to-martyrs-of-warsaws-wola-slaughter-14532<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda laid a wreath on Saturday at a monument in Warsaw's Wola district that commemorates the liquidation of Wolski hospital by the Nazi German occupiers in 1944 as part of the Wola Slaughter, one of the bloodiest events of the Warsaw Uprising.</p>Sat, 01 Aug 2020 12:15:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/o0gmct5e2jjt9lcx8dc5p.jpegThe liquidation of Wolski hospital was one of the most murderous episodes within the Wola Slaughter.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-pays-tribute-to-martyrs-of-warsaws-wola-slaughter-14532Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 46,346https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-46346-14531<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 658 since Friday morning, a record for the third consective day since the outbreak of the epidemic, and reached 46,346 the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning.</p>Sat, 01 Aug 2020 11:28:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i0igrnmbzubqduayt8u49m.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-46346-14531Poland marks 1944 Warsaw Uprising anniversaryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-marks-1944-warsaw-uprising-anniversary-14529<p>Poland is commemorating today the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising against the city's Nazi German occupiers 76 years ago. The main ceremonies in Poland's capital will be attended by top officials.</p>Sat, 01 Aug 2020 09:40:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/97rjjavn2c4cuinbuubomn.jpegThe Warsaw Uprising was the largest underground military operation in German-occupied Europe.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-marks-1944-warsaw-uprising-anniversary-14529Polish top officials pay tribute to Warsaw Uprising insurgentshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-top-officials-pay-tribute-to-warsaw-uprising-insurgents-14528<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski paid tribute to the insurgents of the Warsaw Uprising on Friday, a day before the 76th anniversary of the uprising's outbreak.</p>Fri, 31 Jul 2020 20:17:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9le75oerign15qkbiaeleu.jpegThe commemorations began with wreath laying ceremony at the Warsaw Uprising Monument at Krasinskich square in Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-top-officials-pay-tribute-to-warsaw-uprising-insurgents-14528Gov't considers new restrictions after record rise in COVID-19 caseshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-considers-new-restrictions-after-record-rise-in-covid-19-cases-14526<p>Additional coronavirus restrictions could be imposed for regions in Poland with the largest spikes in cases, but no decision has yet been made and the restrictions are unlikely to be nationwide, Poland's government spokesman Piotr Muller said on Friday.</p>Fri, 31 Jul 2020 18:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uhqicakeujod3dbc1njqgd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/govt-considers-new-restrictions-after-record-rise-in-covid-19-cases-14526‘I investigated the past to free myself’: One woman’s incredible story to commemorate her Polish-Jewish family lost in the Holocausthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-investigated-the-past-to-free-myself-one-womans-incredible-story-to-commemorate-her-polish-jewish-family-lost-in-the-holocaust-14523<p>Evelyn Fine wants to travel to Poland to place four memorials and by doing so lift a pall that has hovered over her family since the Holocaust, and to ease her late father’s pain.</p>Fri, 31 Jul 2020 15:16:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/opgy6ynl6zlt1twl6p0at9.pngEvelyn Fine plans to lay two stolpersteine outside the old family home which still stands in Grajewo in memory of her great-grandparents who lived there.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/i-investigated-the-past-to-free-myself-one-womans-incredible-story-to-commemorate-her-polish-jewish-family-lost-in-the-holocaust-14523Labour ministry team to develop plan against second wave of COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-ministry-team-to-develop-plan-against-second-wave-of-covid-19-14521<p>A team has been appointed within the Labour Ministry to develop a plan of action to counteract the effects of COVID-19 before a second wave of the epidemic, the ministry has said.</p>Fri, 31 Jul 2020 14:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xulyn4mfxn2z652ys8mtm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/labour-ministry-team-to-develop-plan-against-second-wave-of-covid-19-14521Poland and Croatia lead EU battery recyclinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-croatia-lead-eu-battery-recycling-14519<p>Data released by Eurostat shows that Poland has the second highest level of battery recycling in the EU.</p>Fri, 31 Jul 2020 14:29:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vv6eojkpgtgmnzc22zxf6j.jpegFigures from Eurostat show a dramatic growth in the battery recycling done in Poland with over 500 percent more batteries recycled in 2018 compared to 2010.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-and-croatia-lead-eu-battery-recycling-14519Polish, Belarusian FMs discuss need to release political prisonershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-belarusian-fms-discuss-need-to-release-political-prisoners-14517<p>Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz spoke on Friday with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei and drew attention to, among other issues, the need to release political prisoners. He also stated support for independence, reported the MFA.</p>Fri, 31 Jul 2020 13:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish, Belarusian FMs discuss need to release political prisonershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-belarusian-fms-discuss-need-to-release-political-prisoners-14517Poland's foreign trade surplus at EUR 1.2 bln in 2019 - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-12-bln-in-2019---stats-office-14515<p>Poland's foreign trade deficit reached EUR 1.2 billion last year, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Friday.</p>Fri, 31 Jul 2020 13:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eiv6t0lumzfj91umadg909.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-12-bln-in-2019---stats-office-14515US corps command in Poland to play vital role on NATO's eastern flankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-corps-command-in-poland-to-play-vital-role-on-natos-eastern-flank-14512<p>The US corps command in Poland will be the most important US command on the eastern flank of NATO, and this is a great achievement, Minister of Defence Mariusz Blaszczak has said.</p>Fri, 31 Jul 2020 12:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/22uays8jrm8trwdmgvtdf.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-corps-command-in-poland-to-play-vital-role-on-natos-eastern-flank-14512Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 45,688https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-45688-14510<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 657 since Thursday, a daily record since the outbreak of the epidemic, and reached 45,688, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning.</p>Fri, 31 Jul 2020 11:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/92rt54ldzeqmw1ov3xpjk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-45688-14510Poland's CPI at 3.1 pct y/y in July - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-at-31-pct-yy-in-july---stats-office-14508<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 3.1 percent year on year and fell by 0.1 percent month on month in July 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported in a flash estimate on Friday.</p>Fri, 31 Jul 2020 10:48:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d5vs7fvx1rddp33wtaa08k.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-cpi-at-31-pct-yy-in-july---stats-office-14508The wall-climbing artist whose avian murals have taken 60s housing estate to new heightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-wall-climbing-artist-whose-avian-murals-have-taken-60s-housing-estate-to-new-heights-14506<p>A housing estate in Kraków has found itself coming to the unlikely attention of the nation’s bird lovers and street art enthusiasts after an ongoing programme to beautify its buildings saw its walls splashed with colourful XL images of Poland’s avian wonders.</p>Fri, 31 Jul 2020 09:57:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/57d71me85gdplz5j8vuen.pngArtist Wojciech Rokosz decided on an avian theme to compliment the surrounding trees and reference the richness of the local birdlife. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-wall-climbing-artist-whose-avian-murals-have-taken-60s-housing-estate-to-new-heights-14506Poland, US differ in some points on property restitution - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-us-differ-in-some-points-on-property-restitution---ministry-14505<p>The Polish Foreign Ministry reacting to the US Department of State's report under the JUST Act, said that the opinion on the property restitution process in Poland differs in some points from Poland's assessment of the issue.</p>Thu, 30 Jul 2020 18:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland, US differ in some points on property restitution - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-us-differ-in-some-points-on-property-restitution---ministry-14505Banking sentiment indicator up by 2.5 points m/m in Julyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banking-sentiment-indicator-up-by-25-points-mm-in-july-14504<p>Poland's banking sentiment indicator (Pengab) increased by 2.5 points month on month in July 2020 but still remains in the negative territory at minus 3.0 pts, the Polish Bank Association (ZBP) and the Kantar TNS market research centre reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Jul 2020 18:25:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgBanking sentiment indicator up by 2.5 points m/m in Julyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/banking-sentiment-indicator-up-by-25-points-mm-in-july-14504Wish you were here? Polish stunner shares sizzling holiday snapshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wish-you-were-here-polish-stunner-shares-sizzling-holiday-snaps-14500<p>Blonde beauty Karolina Bielawska has sent the internet wild with a set of sizzling holiday bikini snaps.</p>Thu, 30 Jul 2020 17:10:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nyj4vu5uwbo6s6f2sz6kuw.pngTravel-loving Insta-temptress and Miss Polonia winner Karolina Bielawska can’t help teasing her 10k-plus fans with saucy pics from exotic locations.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wish-you-were-here-polish-stunner-shares-sizzling-holiday-snaps-14500Poland listed in US State Department's Report on Jewish Property Claimshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-listed-in-us-state-departments-report-on-jewish-property-claims-14498<p>Poland, among other countries, has been listed in the State Department's annual Act 447 report for not having yet enacted full legislation on domestic property restitution or Holocaust-related confiscation.</p>Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ccc7byvdj4wpo1h2qqg89.jpegThe Act does not require any state to pay compensation for lost property to individuals, organisations or foreign governments and does not oblige any of the countries mentioned in the report to implement changes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-listed-in-us-state-departments-report-on-jewish-property-claims-14498Government considers re-introduction of restrictions - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-considers-re-introduction-of-restrictions---pm-14496<p>The government does not rule out the re-introduction of sanitary restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, but another lockdown is not being considered, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawecki said at a press conference on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Jul 2020 14:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rw4j8jf4vvufdtgynz1uh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-considers-re-introduction-of-restrictions---pm-14496Auschwitz survivor blasts FB boss over Holocaust denialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-survivor-blasts-fb-boss-over-holocaust-denial-14494<p><span lang="EN-GB">Polish Auschwitz survivor Marian Turski has written a letter to social media giant Mark Zuckerberg urging him not to allow Holocaust denial on Facebook.</span></p>Thu, 30 Jul 2020 14:19:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/btg1s3bvsgnev4pynfynw5.pngAuschwitz survivor Marian Turski wrote an open letter in Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung urging Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to remove Holocaust-denying groups, pages and posts as hate speech.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/auschwitz-survivor-blasts-fb-boss-over-holocaust-denial-14494Polish tribunal to examine EU treaty on violence against women - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-tribunal-to-examine-eu-treaty-on-violence-against-women---pm-14492<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday he would ask the Constitutional Tribunal to examine whether the Istanbul Convention on combatting domestic violence is in line with the Polish constitution.</p>Thu, 30 Jul 2020 13:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y3q5h3lc5la9eu2ktfshrv.jpegMorawiecki noted that there are many serious accusations in the public discussion against the Istanbul Convention.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-tribunal-to-examine-eu-treaty-on-violence-against-women---pm-14492Warsaw Uprising commemorations held in the Polish capitalhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-uprising-commemorations-held-in-the-polish-capital-14490<p>President Andrzej Duda, Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski and numerous insurgents took part in Thursday's commemorations in Warsaw, which are part of the events to mark the upcoming 76th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.</p>Thu, 30 Jul 2020 13:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xhnjgxuicrhapf5f7xnp.jpegWhen speaking about the uprising, Duda referenced the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw, in which the fathers and mothers of the Warsaw insurgents fought against Bolsheviks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-uprising-commemorations-held-in-the-polish-capital-14490Doting dad builds country’s smallest pro ski-jumping slope for teenage sonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/doting-dad-builds-countrys-smallest-pro-ski-jumping-slope-for-teenage-son-14488<p><span lang="EN-GB">A man in Poland has built his son what might be the best present ever: a ski jumping slope.</span></p>Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:53:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ssnlc7qgtuqgpearr8zdq.jpegMateusz Seremak decided to build the slope in his garden after his son saw one on holiday and asked if they could have one.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/doting-dad-builds-countrys-smallest-pro-ski-jumping-slope-for-teenage-son-14488Poland's Economic Sentiment Indicator up in July - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economic-sentiment-indicator-up-in-july---ec-14486<p>Poland's Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) rose in July 2020 to 68.2 points from 57.6 points in the previous month, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:42:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Economic Sentiment Indicator up in July - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-economic-sentiment-indicator-up-in-july---ec-14486Poland's unemployment rate at 3.0 pct in June - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-30-pct-in-june---eurostat-14484<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached 3.0 percent in June 2020, up from 2.9 in May, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:29:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's unemployment rate at 3.0 pct in June - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-rate-at-30-pct-in-june---eurostat-14484Poland's inflation expectations down in July - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-expectations-down-in-july---ec-14482<p>Poland's consumer inflation expectations fell to 43.5 points in July 2020 from 46.1 points in June, the European Commission's Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 30 Jul 2020 11:48:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's inflation expectations down in July - EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-expectations-down-in-july---ec-14482Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 45,031https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-45031-14480<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 615 since Wednesday, a daily record since the outbreak of the epidemic, and reached 45,031, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning.</p>Thu, 30 Jul 2020 11:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xsritvwi6ofgk65sfwv9a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-45031-14480Poland's role as Germany's economic partner strengthens - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-role-as-germanys-economic-partner-strengthens---report-14478<p>Poland is currently the fifth most important foreign supplier to Germany, according to a recent report published by a German state-owned development bank KfW.</p>Thu, 30 Jul 2020 09:52:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's role as Germany's economic partner strengthens - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-role-as-germanys-economic-partner-strengthens---report-14478Poland mulls quarantine for returnees from select countrieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-mulls-quarantine-for-returnees-from-select-countries-14476<p>Poland is considering quarantine requirements for people returning from some EU and some non-EU states, a government spokesman Piotr Muller said on Thursday, as the country may face a spike in coronavirus infections.</p>Thu, 30 Jul 2020 09:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/21624xkn7z2nwg9cjbo2td.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-mulls-quarantine-for-returnees-from-select-countries-14476More US troops coming to Poland as planned - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-us-troops-coming-to-poland-as-planned---mod-14474<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said on Wednesday that in line with plans, there will be more US soldiers in Poland, as well as the country hosting the region's most important land forces command.</p>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 20:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ytu2j78cbudknja6g82v4.jpegDefence Minister Błaszczak said: “Everything according to plan!”https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-us-troops-coming-to-poland-as-planned---mod-14474Pentagon announces part of US 'V Corp' to move from Germany to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pentagon-announces-part-of-us-v-corp-to-move-from-germany-to-poland-14473<p>The Pentagon is to start withdrawing almost 12,000 US troops from Germany and deploying 5,600 of them to other NATO member states, including Poland, which will receive part of the V Corps, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 19:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/disikvdbbjo2fdi2ljaesm.jpegEsper said the US intended to start relocating its forces as quickly as possible with the first movements planned in the coming weeks.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pentagon-announces-part-of-us-v-corp-to-move-from-germany-to-poland-14473In first half of 2020, 1,300 people apply for refugee status in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-first-half-of-2020-1300-people-apply-for-refugee-status-in-poland-14472<p>A total of 1,300 foreigners applied for refugee status in Poland in the first half of the year, 650 of them for the first time, the Office for Foreigners' press officer, Jakub Dudziak, has informed PAP.</p>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 19:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgIn first half of 2020, 1,300 people apply for refugee status in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-first-half-of-2020-1300-people-apply-for-refugee-status-in-poland-14472Polish PM says rainbow protest act of vandalismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-says-rainbow-protest-act-of-vandalism-14471<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki commenting the placing of rainbow flags and handkerchiefs with a symbol referring to the anarchist movement on Warsaw monuments wrote that the basic condition for any civilised debate on tolerance is to define the limits of such tolerance.</p>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 17:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1opnxt3sqndeboz5xd5ygw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-says-rainbow-protest-act-of-vandalism-14471Wrocław’s Racławice Panorama Museum to get long-awaited makeoverhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaws-raclawice-panorama-museum-to-get-long-awaited-makeover-14469<p>The incredible Racławice Panorama Museum is getting a long-awaited facelift.</p>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 15:53:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jebx7eyyqop6y3y78nafa.jpegThe works which begin on August 4th and are expected to finish in the next year’s second quarter, will be the most extensive refurbishment since the museum opened.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wroclaws-raclawice-panorama-museum-to-get-long-awaited-makeover-14469Culture Ministry Faces Dilemma over 'Mission Impossible' Bridgehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/culture-ministry-faces-dilemma-over-mission-impossible-bridge-14467<p>Poland's Ministry of Culture and National Heritage is scratching its head over the fate of an old bridge film-makers want to blow up during filming for the seventh 'Mission Impossible' movie.</p>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 15:38:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gwids1d1i5kxie1nov80y9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/culture-ministry-faces-dilemma-over-mission-impossible-bridge-14467The long and holy road… Żyrardów man creates booming business with his Rosary on a Steering Wheel ideahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-long-and-holy-road-zyrardow-man-creates-booming-business-with-his-rosary-on-a-steering-wheel-idea-14464<p><span lang="EN-GB">A Żyrardów man looking to bring a touch of faith to the road with his homemade steering wheel rosaries, has now been flooded with orders from afar away as Canada.</span></p>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 14:48:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h0dcuymkzhvv3d28b8342.jpegHandmade on an old singer sewing machine that belonged to his grandmother, the product has now received a ringing endorsement from the local priest and has turned into a lucrative business, with both local and international demand.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-long-and-holy-road-zyrardow-man-creates-booming-business-with-his-rosary-on-a-steering-wheel-idea-14464Poland to invest in innovative agricultural biogas plantshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-invest-in-innovative-agricultural-biogas-plants-14462<p>Twenty farm-scale biogas plants based on innovative Polish technology, which will allow agricultural substrate management and their conversion into electricity and biomethane will be built under a letter of intent signed at the agriculture ministry on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 14:18:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hn1mcv4yelq2nzta4b09.jpegThe implementation of new investments will improve the economic efficiency of companies belonging to KOWR, Minister of Agriculture Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski said at the signing ceremony.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-invest-in-innovative-agricultural-biogas-plants-14462Nearly 10 pct of Poles considering job-seeking migration - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-10-pct-of-poles-considering-job-seeking-migration---survey-14461<p>As many as 9.9 percent of Polish workers are considering job-seeking migration, according to a Kantar poll commissioned by the Work Service employment agency.</p>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 13:16:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNearly 10 pct of Poles considering job-seeking migration - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nearly-10-pct-of-poles-considering-job-seeking-migration---survey-14461Huge Matejko reproduction with ‘modern twist’ appears on Paris street cornerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/huge-matejko-reproduction-with-modern-twist-appears-on-paris-street-corner-14459<p><span lang="EN-US">An enormous mural inspired by a well-known painting by Polish artist Jan Matejko has appeared on a Paris street corner.</span></p>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 13:10:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4zlkms7tqwuu2ha1jy94rg.jpegThe 6 m wide by 3.5 m high painting shows street artist Pascal Boyart’s "Pensées du bouffon rouge" (Thoughts of the red jester) which he calls a “reprise” of Matejko’s famous Stańczyk painting “with a few additions from our time”.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/huge-matejko-reproduction-with-modern-twist-appears-on-paris-street-corner-14459Living with COVID-19https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/living-with-covid-19-14457<p>In this episode of the Debrief, it’s time to take stock of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Poland and how it’s an opportunity for change in all aspects of our lives…</p>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 12:55:00 +0200Podcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6yn0gjb12jqwbbsisrutld.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/living-with-covid-19-14457Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 44,416https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-44416-14455<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 512 since Tuesday and reached 44,416, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another twelve people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,694.</p>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 10:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g1eybox9wy8ejvotsu7cir.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-44416-14455Polish labour market index down m/m in July - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labour-market-index-down-mm-in-july---biec-14453<p>The Labour Market Index (WRP), which predicts future changes in the level of unemployment in Poland, went down to 72.0 points in July from 73.2 in June, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 10:49:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish labour market index down m/m in July - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-labour-market-index-down-mm-in-july---biec-14453Polish charity sets up new aid projects in Donbashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-charity-sets-up-new-aid-projects-in-donbas-14450<p>The Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) has launched new aid projects in Donbas, western Ukraine, to support, among other people, victims of unexploded bombs, PAP was told by a charity representative on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 10:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish charity sets up new aid projects in Donbashttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-charity-sets-up-new-aid-projects-in-donbas-14450Online Polish classes for foreigners organised by Polish universityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/online-polish-classes-for-foreigners-organised-by-polish-university-14448<p>About 100 students from around the world will be learning about the Polish language and culture during the an online summer school organized by the University of Silesia in Cieszyn, southern Poland, in August.</p>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 09:46:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lkwhy01xccc75k89pqp1h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/online-polish-classes-for-foreigners-organised-by-polish-university-14448Poland extends ban on some international flights to August 11https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-ban-on-some-international-flights-to-august-11-14446<p>The Polish government has extended the ban on international flights to August 11, 2020, whereas the list of flight destinations has changed, the government's Journal of Laws wrote.</p>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 09:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d90doxq0kceinsq6pe055e.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-ban-on-some-international-flights-to-august-11-14446Gravity-defying hill where things roll UP not downhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gravity-defying-hill-where-things-roll-up-not-down-14443<p>Set on a stretch of road running alongside the Łomnica river in the picturesque town of Karpacz in the Karkonosze Mountains lies Magic Hill - or the Karpacz Gravitational Anomaly, to give it its less alluring name.</p>Tue, 28 Jul 2020 17:40:00 +0200LifeRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gsb7mzn8isuqmopqctx1lj.jpegThe hill in Karpacz attracts hundreds of baffled tourists from far and wide.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/gravity-defying-hill-where-things-roll-up-not-down-14443Polish government approves next year's budget guidelineshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-government-approves-next-years-budget-guidelines-14442<p>The Polish government on Tuesday approved guidelines for next year's budget, envisaging a 4-percent GDP growth and inflation at 1.8 percent, the Government Information Centre (CIR) reported.</p>Tue, 28 Jul 2020 16:23:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish government approves next year's budget guidelineshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-government-approves-next-years-budget-guidelines-14442Sleek, elegant and drop dead gorgeous, the Izera electric car is everything hoped for… and morehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sleek-elegant-and-drop-dead-gorgeous-the-izera-electric-car-is-everything-hoped-for-and-more-14439<p>After years of mounting anticipation, the country’s first ever electric car – the Izera – finally made its public debut earlier in the day via an online preview hosted by its creators, ElectroMobility Poland.</p>Tue, 28 Jul 2020 16:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9xy5fil0uweynpled1uka.jpegThe Izera made its public debut earlier in the day via an online preview hosted by its creators, ElectroMobility Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sleek-elegant-and-drop-dead-gorgeous-the-izera-electric-car-is-everything-hoped-for-and-more-14439EC approves EUR 123 million Polish programme to support companieshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-eur-123-million-polish-programme-to-support-companies-14438<p>The European Commission has approved a PLN 545 million (EUR 123 million) Polish scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak.</p>Tue, 28 Jul 2020 15:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ssa359kifqi5iyiiuxf4qb.jpegThe aid measure is limited in time, and excludes companies that were in poor financial condition before December 31, 2019.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-eur-123-million-polish-programme-to-support-companies-14438Military parade to be centrepiece of Battle of Warsaw anniversary - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/military-parade-to-be-centrepiece-of-battle-of-warsaw-anniversary---mod-14436<p>Centenary celebrations of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, the so-called 'Miracle on the Vistula,' will be held in Warsaw on August 15, the centrepiece of which will be a military parade, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 28 Jul 2020 13:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uwdm61iu16wg8zqahb31e.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/military-parade-to-be-centrepiece-of-battle-of-warsaw-anniversary---mod-14436Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine to form Lublin Triangle cooperation formathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuania-poland-ukraine-to-form-lublin-triangle-cooperation-format-14433<p>Coming out of Tuesday talks with his Lithuanian and Ukrainian counterparts, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz announced the formation of the Lublin Triangle cooperation format.</p>Tue, 28 Jul 2020 13:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ffjcip6bl5prd7x6clbfh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuania-poland-ukraine-to-form-lublin-triangle-cooperation-format-14433Tired old Łódź square to get glamorous green facelifthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tired-old-lodz-square-to-get-glamorous-green-facelift-14430<p><span lang="EN-GB">A square in Łódź is to be transformed into a green space where residents and visitors can take a break from city life, surrounded by trees and other foliage.&nbsp;</span></p>Tue, 28 Jul 2020 12:09:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e0o5xbc2de8deghns1qie4.jpegArchitect Małgorzata Borys wants Freedom Square to be a place that people want to go to.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tired-old-lodz-square-to-get-glamorous-green-facelift-14430Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 43,904https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-43904-14428<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 502 since Monday and reached 43,904, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another six people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,682.</p>Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1v3sk77hhhuaib7zmsrf9c.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-43904-14428Poland's Leading Economic Indicator up 9 points m/m in July - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-leading-economic-indicator-up-9-points-mm-in-july---biec-14427<p>The Leading Economic Indicator (WWK), which forecasts future economic activity in Poland, went up by 9 points m/m to 152.8 points in July 2020, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 28 Jul 2020 10:21:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Leading Economic Indicator up 9 points m/m in July - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-leading-economic-indicator-up-9-points-mm-in-july---biec-14427Poland has spent over EUR 90 mln to fight pandemic around the worldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-spent-over-eur-90-mln-to-fight-pandemic-around-the-world-14425<p>Poland has allocated over PLN 400 million (EUR 90.9 million) to fight the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, including funding for research on the coronavirus, vaccines, drugs and tests, the Foreign Ministry reported on Monday.</p>Tue, 28 Jul 2020 09:05:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dtamg57fwtu033jpkf6t.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-has-spent-over-eur-90-mln-to-fight-pandemic-around-the-world-14425Justice ministry applies to withdraw from domestic violence conventionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/justice-ministry-applies-to-withdraw-from-domestic-violence-convention-14422<p>Poland's Ministry of Justice has sent a request to the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy to undertake the necessary work to withdraw from the Council of Europe's so-called Istanbul Convention on combatting domestic violence.</p>Mon, 27 Jul 2020 18:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/uswzywkqwtdgm7vwk8d02h.jpegOn Saturday, Ziobro explained the decision arguing that the convention's provisions include "constructing the so-called socio-cultural gender in opposition to biological sex." In his opinion, Poland does not accept this and considers it harmful.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/justice-ministry-applies-to-withdraw-from-domestic-violence-convention-14422Hundreds of arrowheads and crossbow bolts found in forest could be from Casimir the Great battle fieldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-of-arrowheads-and-crossbow-bolts-found-in-forest-could-be-from-casimir-the-great-battle-field-14420<p>Hundreds of arrowheads and crossbow bolts from a major 14th century battle with King Casimir the Great have been found in a forest in Sanok.</p>Mon, 27 Jul 2020 17:45:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ludfmexd8dk3cuu4hlxdc6.jpegArchaeologists unearthed the huge find during an investigation to find out why the area was being plagued by illegal treasure hunters.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-of-arrowheads-and-crossbow-bolts-found-in-forest-could-be-from-casimir-the-great-battle-field-14420New movie-viewing experience takes off in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-movie-viewing-experience-takes-off-in-poland-14418<p>A fly-in cinema for pilots has opened in the city of Piła.</p>Mon, 27 Jul 2020 16:33:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kddppmne0lai1ultget1r.jpegThis is the first fly-in cinema to emerge in response to the coronavirus crisis which has seen cinemas closed across Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-movie-viewing-experience-takes-off-in-poland-14418Poland buys 1.5 million flu vaccines, ready to import more - officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-buys-15-million-flu-vaccines-ready-to-import-more---official-14417<p>Poland has already ordered 1.5 million flu vaccines and is in talks for the purchase of a further 1.5 million, Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 27 Jul 2020 15:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/99y2k331f2mxtpaluhqshd.jpegThe official admitted that only 4 percent of people had received vaccinatations against the flu in Poland, and added that the number of the vaccines, which had already been ordered, should be sufficient to cover such demand.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-buys-15-million-flu-vaccines-ready-to-import-more---official-14417Łódź sunroof firm calls out Elon Musk on solar panel pricingshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-sunroof-firm-calls-out-elon-musk-on-solar-panel-pricings-14414<p>A solar panel sunroof maker in Łódź has gone head-to-head with billionaire Elon Musk over who has the better roofs.</p>Mon, 27 Jul 2020 15:33:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/le4r95esx1xnqxhf3ni1j.jpegLech Kaniuk, CEO of SunRoof, pointed out that his solar panel roofs were cheaper than Musk’s.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lodz-sunroof-firm-calls-out-elon-musk-on-solar-panel-pricings-14414Amazon to add 500 new jobs in central Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amazon-to-add-500-new-jobs-in-central-poland-14412<p>Amazon will add an additional 500 new jobs in its new e-commerce centre in Łódź, central Poland. Earlier, Amazon announced 100 new jobs in the centre in the Łódź suburb of Pawlikowice, where it already employs 700 workers.</p>Mon, 27 Jul 2020 14:37:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bf61tfnlzejutzq4so2zk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/amazon-to-add-500-new-jobs-in-central-poland-14412Most Poles not cutting spending amid pandemic - EYhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-not-cutting-spending-amid-pandemic---ey-14410<p>The majority of Polish consumers have not limited spending in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and intend to "return to normal" as soon as possible, according to a study published on Monday by the audit services company Ernst &amp; Young (EY).</p>Mon, 27 Jul 2020 13:55:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/shzdrp79k3clr7da15j7g.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-not-cutting-spending-amid-pandemic---ey-14410IMF head praises Poland's actions to tackle coronavirus crisishttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/imf-head-praises-polands-actions-to-tackle-coronavirus-crisis-14408<p>Poland took appropriate and immediate steps to deal with the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva told Polish radio broadcaster RMF FM on Monday.</p>Mon, 27 Jul 2020 11:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5fv10c0e8enm61vtddohdl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/imf-head-praises-polands-actions-to-tackle-coronavirus-crisis-14408Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 43,402https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-43402-14406<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 337 since Sunday and reached 43,402, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another five people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,676.</p>Mon, 27 Jul 2020 10:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bz5mle2hunjneno4b3i3z.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-43402-14406Scientists come up with world’s FIRST uncuttable material after being inspired by shells and grapefruithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-come-up-with-worlds-first-uncuttable-material-after-being-inspired-by-shells-and-grapefruit-14404<p>The world’s first uncuttable material has been created by a team of scientists inspired by ‘grapefruits and shells’.</p>Sun, 26 Jul 2020 18:00:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t9k4f5d7sepv5yqjpuuya.pngNamed after the shape-changing mythical god ‘Proteus’, the super strong material came about after researchers studied the structure of grapefruit peel and sea shells. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/scientists-come-up-with-worlds-first-uncuttable-material-after-being-inspired-by-shells-and-grapefruit-14404Poland should not withdraw from Istanbul Convention, Council of Europe headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-should-not-withdraw-from-istanbul-convention-council-of-europe-head-14402<p>Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejcinovic Buric reacting to recent voices by Polish right-wing politicians calling for Poland's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention said the country should not withdraw.</p>Sun, 26 Jul 2020 17:43:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland should not withdraw from Istanbul Convention, Council of Europe headhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-should-not-withdraw-from-istanbul-convention-council-of-europe-head-14402Cruise missile! Mission Impossible 7 bosses plan to BLOW UP 100-year-old Polish bridgehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cruise-missile-mission-impossible-7-bosses-plan-to-blow-up-100-year-old-polish-bridge-14400<p>An old bridge has become the centre of a bitter battle between Hollywood moguls and outraged locals after it was announced that producers of the new Mission: Impossible 7 film intend to blow it up as part of a stunt.</p>Sun, 26 Jul 2020 17:03:00 +0200Art & CultureLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6gqvk3dspiqegb3dutxyj5.jpegTom Cruise’s new Mission Impossible film could feature a stunt in which an historic 1909 suspension bridge near Jelenia Góra is blown to smithereens. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/cruise-missile-mission-impossible-7-bosses-plan-to-blow-up-100-year-old-polish-bridge-14400Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 43,065https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-43065-14398<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 443 since Saturday and reached 43,065, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday afternoon. Another seven people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,671.</p>Sun, 26 Jul 2020 16:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1z4tajht951tvrf7lyzu3f.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-43065-14398Poland, Ukraine join forces to tackle tuberculosis on borderlandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ukraine-join-forces-to-tackle-tuberculosis-on-borderland-14396<p>Poland and Ukraine are working together in a RRTB project aimed at reducing the risk of tuberculosis (TB) epidemiology in the border areas of the two countries, Funds and Regional Policy Ministry said in a Saturday statement.</p>Sun, 26 Jul 2020 15:31:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland, Ukraine join forces to tackle tuberculosis on borderlandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-ukraine-join-forces-to-tackle-tuberculosis-on-borderland-14396Enchanting little ‘origami house’ has two-fold purpose of ‘isolation and reflection’https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/enchanting-little-origami-house-has-two-fold-purpose-of-isolation-and-reflection-14394<p>Silesian architects have come up with the latest in innovation with this delightful “Origami house”.</p>Sun, 26 Jul 2020 11:37:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0omcigstwfuo700jbcidwm9.jpegLocated in the city of Toruń, the design was inspired by the ancient Japanse art of paper-folding.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/enchanting-little-origami-house-has-two-fold-purpose-of-isolation-and-reflection-14394PM appeals to Polish firms use domestic products and technologyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-appeals-to-polish-firms-use-domestic-products-and-technology-14392<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a Saturday press conference in Gdynia, northern Poland, that Polish companies and institutions should take advantage of Polish products and Polish technology.</p>Sat, 25 Jul 2020 16:57:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pe550gyn2u3uorbdcgzcs.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-appeals-to-polish-firms-use-domestic-products-and-technology-14392President thanks police for their service during pandemichttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-thanks-police-for-their-service-during-pandemic-14390<p>During Saturday ceremonies in Warsaw marking Police Day, President Andrzej Duda thanked Polish police officers for their actions in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.</p>Sat, 25 Jul 2020 16:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ndn50tgo4krd22xbzwu82o.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-thanks-police-for-their-service-during-pandemic-14390Who is Baśka the Bear?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/who-is-baska-the-bear-14388<p>Does the world-famous Wojtek now have competition as a bear fighting alonsigside Polish troops?</p>Sat, 25 Jul 2020 16:26:00 +0200LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/qxdb72xx6jbu3irgr6sfa.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/who-is-baska-the-bear-14388Infrastructure investments key to V4 Group's security - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/infrastructure-investments-key-to-v4-groups-security---polish-pm-14386<p>Strategic infrastructure projects will strengthen not only the economic and military security of Poland but the whole V4 group, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said as Poland has recently taken over the regional bloc's annual rotating presidency.</p>Sat, 25 Jul 2020 13:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5ncmz564phiem3i1k5r67q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/infrastructure-investments-key-to-v4-groups-security---polish-pm-14386Crumbling old tenement block transformed into stunning new talent hubhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crumbling-old-tenement-block-transformed-into-stunning-new-talent-hub-14384<p>A crumbling old 19th century building has been given a new lease of life after being turned into a sparkling new hub for artists and startups.</p>Sat, 25 Jul 2020 13:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/diy5a8iakk80278uccfnzlc.jpegThe 19th century building has been given a new lease of life.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crumbling-old-tenement-block-transformed-into-stunning-new-talent-hub-14384They did it! Gorzów couple travel 45,000km around the world in old PRL carhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/they-did-it-gorzow-couple-travel-45000km-around-the-world-in-old-prl-car-14382<p>A couple from western Poland have proved that at least some things designed under communism were made to last after they drove a Soviet-era Fiat 125p around the world.</p>Sat, 25 Jul 2020 11:22:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h8nij0dsh6m5kkajtyp1o.jpegAsia and Paweł Poterski spent two years driving around the world in their 1990’s Fiat 125p car.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/they-did-it-gorzow-couple-travel-45000km-around-the-world-in-old-prl-car-14382Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 42,622https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-42622-14380<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 584 since Friday and reached 42,622, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another nine people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,664.</p>Sat, 25 Jul 2020 11:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/4gybjloevggy2qaksvs8fl.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-42622-14380More spectators allowed at open air eventshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-spectators-allowed-at-open-air-events-14378<p>From Saturday, Poland eases restrictions on the number of spectators present at open air events, including stadiums, increasing the maximum percentage of occupied seats to 50 percent from 25 percent, according to a Culture Ministry communique.</p>Sat, 25 Jul 2020 10:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xblchvbzirkgmoee2bh8l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-spectators-allowed-at-open-air-events-14378Poles have learned to live with coronavirus - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-have-learned-to-live-with-coronavirus---pm-14376<p>Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday said that Poles are less afraid of the coronavirus and are less worried about the introduction of any rules if the pandemic were to escalate.</p>Sat, 25 Jul 2020 10:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/928g8zkc5jnddgo5rzla8i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-have-learned-to-live-with-coronavirus---pm-14376No gov't reshuffle decisions yet, PM says after party meetinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-govt-reshuffle-decisions-yet-pm-says-after-party-meeting-14374<p>Talks are continuing and but real decisions concerning the upcoming government reshuffle are yet to be made, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki told the Polsat News private broadcaster on Friday after the ruling United Right camp's meeting earlier in the day.</p>Fri, 24 Jul 2020 21:03:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c3h5lhbrm0mli3dy6o0uee.jpegAfter the change, the government should be more "dynamic," decision-making should be "swift" and investment processes should be "easier," Morawiecki said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-govt-reshuffle-decisions-yet-pm-says-after-party-meeting-14374Polish students grab five medals in int'l computer science competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-students-grab-five-medals-in-intl-computer-science-competition-14373<p>Polish contestants have won five medals in the online-held 26th Baltic Olympiad in Informatics (BOI), the world's most prestigious computer science competition for secondary school students, the education ministry tweeted on Friday.</p>Fri, 24 Jul 2020 18:36:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b7uug0f1chu2sugnm14lpi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-students-grab-five-medals-in-intl-computer-science-competition-14373Poland earmarks EUR 27 bln annually to save coronavirus-affected firmshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-earmarks-eur-27-bln-annually-to-save-coronavirus-affected-firms-14372<p>The government will allocate PLN 120 million (EUR 27 mln) annually in the next ten years for saving or restructuring enterprises hit by the effects of the pandemic under the public aid act signed into law on Friday by President Andrzej Duda.</p>Fri, 24 Jul 2020 17:09:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ig8yblpiz4dkfhj0k6fjw.jpegThe new solutions are addressed at SME and large companies in the process of bankruptcy or facing the threat of liquidation.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-earmarks-eur-27-bln-annually-to-save-coronavirus-affected-firms-14372Polish Violin Sensation Maria Sławekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-violin-sensation-maria-slawek-512<p>Maria Sławek first picked up a violin aged 4 and hasn't put one down ever since.</p><p>Her remarkable love for music has seen her tour the world and in this film she plays pieces of music with cellist Marcin Zdunik from her album 'Rejoice' in the beautiful setting of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.</p><p>Have you ever heard Bach being played in such beautiful settings?</p><p>Check out Maria's website http://mariaslawek.com/</p>Fri, 24 Jul 2020 16:56:00 +0200Art & CultureHeart of Polandhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y6kyt9htokfof0ftlp5y.jpegPolish Violin Sensation Maria Sławekhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/video/polish-violin-sensation-maria-slawek-512Tonnes of amber worth over 130mln lying at bottom of Vistula Spit canal sitehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tonnes-of-amber-worth-over-130mln-lying-at-bottom-of-vistula-spit-canal-site-14370<p>Around seven tonnes of amber worth PLN 138 million may be lying at the bottom of the Vistula Spit canal, say officials at the Ministry of State Assets.</p>Fri, 24 Jul 2020 15:34:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ps4j3jkgdo8wacwko3wdtq.pngThe tonnes of amber is said to be lying at the bottom of the Vistula Spit canal which when completed will connect the Gdańsk Bay and Vistula Lagoon,https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/tonnes-of-amber-worth-over-130mln-lying-at-bottom-of-vistula-spit-canal-site-14370Having a rail of a time! Train enthusiast beats record for longest distance travelled in 24 hourshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/having-a-rail-of-a-time-train-enthusiast-beats-record-for-longest-distance-travelled-in-24-hours-14368<p><span lang="EN-GB">A train enthusiast has broken the record for the longest distance travelled within the region around Warsaw in 24 hours, covering over 1000 km.</span></p>Fri, 24 Jul 2020 14:31:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zz9oe0b2lbplu6ywhurbwj.jpegTravelling on the notoriously slow Koleje Mazowieckie regional line, Karol Pakuła covered 1049 km within 24 hours, beating the previous challenge set in 2011 of 1001 km.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/having-a-rail-of-a-time-train-enthusiast-beats-record-for-longest-distance-travelled-in-24-hours-14368Poland winner of EU summit - German dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-winner-of-eu-summit---german-daily-14366<p>In the opinion of a Frankfurter Rundschau journalist, Poland has achieved success at the EU summit, since it has won the largest amount of money from both the newly negotiated EU budget and the Recovery Fund.</p>Fri, 24 Jul 2020 14:10:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland winner of EU summit - German dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-winner-of-eu-summit---german-daily-14366Former SS guard found guilty of mass murderhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-ss-guard-found-guilty-of-mass-murder-14364<p><span lang="EN-GB">A 93-year-old former SS concentration camp guard has been found guilty of being an accessory to mass murder during WWII, in what is probably the last ever trail of an ex Nazi to take place in Germany.</span></p>Fri, 24 Jul 2020 13:02:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m2wfa1ko7fff912zb9ip4.jpeg93-year-old Bruno Dey was found guilty of ‘complicity’ in mass murder and given a two-year suspended sentence.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-ss-guard-found-guilty-of-mass-murder-14364Lower house passes bill on aid for people exiled to Soviet Unionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-passes-bill-on-aid-for-people-exiled-to-soviet-union-14362<p>The Polish Sejm (lower house) passed on Friday a presidential draft law on granting financial benefits to Poles who were exiled or deported to the Soviet Union in the years 1939-56.</p>Fri, 24 Jul 2020 11:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLower house passes bill on aid for people exiled to Soviet Unionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-passes-bill-on-aid-for-people-exiled-to-soviet-union-14362Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 42,038https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-42038-14360<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 458 since Thursday and reached 42,038, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another four people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,655.</p>Fri, 24 Jul 2020 11:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ji6y1w21qe2cof6gh4r32.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-42038-14360Unemployment growth rate slowing month by month - labour ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unemployment-growth-rate-slowing-month-by-month---labour-minister-14358<p>The growth rate of unemployment is slowing down month by month, as the number of unemployed increased by 6.2 percent in April compared to March, in May by 4.8 percent, and in June by only 1.5 percent, Labour Minister Marlena Malag said on Friday.</p>Fri, 24 Jul 2020 11:08:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kpro39vqnq7r9q74639y6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/unemployment-growth-rate-slowing-month-by-month---labour-minister-14358This year's WWII outbreak ceremonies to be organised by Polish Army - MoDhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/this-years-wwii-outbreak-ceremonies-to-be-organised-by-polish-army---mod-14356<p>Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced on Friday that this year's observances of the outbreak of WWll will be organised by the Polish Army on September 1 at Westerplatte, northern Poland.</p>Fri, 24 Jul 2020 11:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c9a27kacr3ia6qtr5cdo1q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/this-years-wwii-outbreak-ceremonies-to-be-organised-by-polish-army---mod-14356EC approves Poland's support project for enterprises worth EUR 2.6 blnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-polands-support-project-for-enterprises-worth-eur-26-bln-14354<p>The European Commission has approved Poland's support programme for enterprises affected by the coronavirus epidemic, worth PLN 11.5 billion (EUR 2.6 billion), EC Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager has announced.</p>Fri, 24 Jul 2020 10:03:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEC approves Poland's support project for enterprises worth EUR 2.6 blnhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-approves-polands-support-project-for-enterprises-worth-eur-26-bln-14354EU budget not threatened at moment - Polish official on EP resolutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-budget-not-threatened-at-moment---polish-official-on-ep-resolution-14352<p>Polish European Minister Konrad Szymanski has told PAP that, in his opinion, the new EU budget was not yet at risk. He made the statement following a resolution in which the European Parliament had not approved the budget agreement.</p>Fri, 24 Jul 2020 10:00:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgEU budget not threatened at moment - Polish official on EP resolutionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-budget-not-threatened-at-moment---polish-official-on-ep-resolution-14352Poland, Slovenia urge EP to accept EU summit compromisehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-slovenia-urge-ep-to-accept-eu-summit-compromise-14351<p>Poland and Slovenia have called on the European Parliament to promptly accept the Tuesday compromise on the EU's next budget and recovery package reached by the EU Council, Poland's PM's office tweeted after Thursday's Polish-Slovenian ministerial talks in Warsaw.</p>Thu, 23 Jul 2020 19:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zrwx7ra6cae2fuid7rp41.jpegSlovenian Foreign Minister Anze Logar during an official visit to Warsaw.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-slovenia-urge-ep-to-accept-eu-summit-compromise-14351Webber gets intrepid in gold train territoryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/webber-gets-intrepid-in-gold-train-territory-14349<p>It was what, two weeks or so ago that I found myself thrust into the spotlight, being grilled live on air by none other than TFN’s own Patrick Ney as part of his Heart of Poland series of interviews?</p>Thu, 23 Jul 2020 17:30:00 +0200HistoryWebber's WorldRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2jaf6fewhea3humz0ezsey.jpegWhenever Webber’s near Wałbrzych, something brings out his inner Indiana Jones…https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/webber-gets-intrepid-in-gold-train-territory-14349Government to double funds for local governments to EUR 2.7 bln - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-to-double-funds-for-local-governments-to-eur-27-bln---pm-14348<p>The government will double the budget of the Fund for Local Investments to PLN 12 billion (EUR 2.7 billion), Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday, adding this will boost local governments' capacity to implement new infrastructure projects.</p>Thu, 23 Jul 2020 16:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/aierv19cbsoomvpw6715i.jpegMorawiecki noted that apart from the financial aid given by the government to Polish enterprises amid the coronavirus pandemic, local governments also needed "similar support."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-to-double-funds-for-local-governments-to-eur-27-bln---pm-14348Game on! Warsaw games company makes dramatic debut on Warsaw Stock Exchangehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/game-on-warsaw-games-company-makes-dramatic-debut-on-warsaw-stock-exchange-14347<p>A Warsaw games company has successfully debuted on the Warsaw Stock Exchange with a 200 percent increase on its opening price.</p>Thu, 23 Jul 2020 16:38:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/iat06rdvyr1nwmj2wfll2.jpegGaming Factory raised 17 million from its share sales with an IPO (Initial Public Offering) price of 15.50 PLN which quickly rose to 46 PLN in the TKO (Theoretical Opening Price).https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/game-on-warsaw-games-company-makes-dramatic-debut-on-warsaw-stock-exchange-14347Search launched for lost Viking cemeteryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/search-launched-for-lost-viking-cemetery-14345<p>Archaeologists are searching for a lost Viking cemetery in northern Poland, which will shed further light on the death and burial rites of the area’s medieval inhabitants.</p>Thu, 23 Jul 2020 16:06:00 +0200ScienceHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nv1b8omut8v7m452scf79.jpegUsing ground-penetrating radar to try and identify the site, archaeologists say the likelihood of finding skeletons was high.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/search-launched-for-lost-viking-cemetery-14345Polish PM tough negotiator - Austrian chancellorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-tough-negotiator---austrian-chancellor-14344<p>Commenting on the recent EU summit, Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Austrian public broadcaster Osterreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) that Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki demonstrated an unflinching stance at the recent EU budget summit.</p>Thu, 23 Jul 2020 15:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/krjrn1ikw88blpaeg9alr.jpegSebastian Kurz and Mateusz Morawiecki during the EU summit in Salzburg in 2018.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-tough-negotiator---austrian-chancellor-14344New Netflix Original film sees a powerhouse line up of writers including Nobel prize winner Olga Tokarczukhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-netflix-original-film-sees-a-powerhouse-line-up-of-writers-including-nobel-prize-winner-olga-tokarczuk-14342<p>The first Polish film to be commissioned as a new Netflix original is set to hit our screens this Autumn.</p>Thu, 23 Jul 2020 15:12:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eut4obh1ce9urux657yuse.jpegEntitled Erotica 2022, the production set in a surreal future where women are treated like products will be the first Polish film to appear as an original on the network.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-netflix-original-film-sees-a-powerhouse-line-up-of-writers-including-nobel-prize-winner-olga-tokarczuk-14342FinMin praises 2019 budget execution in parliamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/finmin-praises-2019-budget-execution-in-parliament-14340<p>Polish Finance Minister Tadeusz Koscinski, addressing the Sejm (lower house) public finance committee on Thursday, praised the government's execution of the 2019 budget, saying that good economic times were used to ensure financial security and stability.</p>Thu, 23 Jul 2020 14:39:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgFinMin praises 2019 budget execution in parliamenthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/finmin-praises-2019-budget-execution-in-parliament-14340New ‘walkabout’ audio guides for foreigners reveal key locations of Warsaw Uprisinghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-walkabout-audio-guides-for-foreigners-reveal-key-locations-of-warsaw-uprising-14338<p>A series of audio guides for foreigners uncovering secrets of the Warsaw Uprising has been launched in a joint initiative between the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Warsaw Rising Musuem.</p>Thu, 23 Jul 2020 13:23:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ouagevdwlncc85u4huc6fk.jpegThe ten podcasts use geolocation technology to describe the history of key Uprising places which have since disappeared from the map. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-walkabout-audio-guides-for-foreigners-reveal-key-locations-of-warsaw-uprising-14338Poland's budget deficit at EUR 3.9 bln at end-Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-deficit-at-eur-39-bln-at-end-june-14336<p>Poland's budget deficit reached PLN 17.12 bln (EUR 3.88 bln), the Finance Ministry said on its website on Thursday.</p>Thu, 23 Jul 2020 13:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's budget deficit at EUR 3.9 bln at end-Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-budget-deficit-at-eur-39-bln-at-end-june-14336New industrial orders down 2.4 pct y/y in June - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-industrial-orders-down-24-pct-yy-in-june---stats-office-14334<p>Poland's new industrial orders fell by 2.4 percent year on year in June 2020 after a 24.7 percent year-on-year decrease in May, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 23 Jul 2020 11:27:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v4d28tzpmvwwu6i0ip3fp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-industrial-orders-down-24-pct-yy-in-june---stats-office-14334Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 41,580https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-41580-14332<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 418 since Wednesday morning and reached 41,580, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another nine people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,651.</p>Thu, 23 Jul 2020 11:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xhaek0w7cn8ormqaody3xj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-41580-14332Poland's unemployment at 6.1 percent in June - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-at-61-percent-in-june---stats-office-14330<p>Poland's unemployment grew to 6.1 percent in June 2020 from 6.0 percent in May, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 23 Jul 2020 11:14:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/235whu4gxo9iqd73b12nyi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-unemployment-at-61-percent-in-june---stats-office-14330Video games experiencing 'golden age' - newspaperhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/video-games-experiencing-golden-age---newspaper-14328<p>Polish video game producers are experiencing a period of rapid development, and the pandemic is only helping. Their stock values, as listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE), have rebounded significantly after the pandemic, writes the Rzeczpospolita daily on Thursday.</p>Thu, 23 Jul 2020 09:42:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wsao7j3gkboiszre2hzzj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/video-games-experiencing-golden-age---newspaper-14328Poland's GDP to grow by 4 pct in 2021, budget guidelines showhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-grow-by-4-pct-in-2021-budget-guidelines-show-14327<p>The Polish GDP will go up by 4 percent in 2021 after a 4.6 percent GDP drop in 2020, while inflation will decline to 1.8 percent in 2021 from this year's 3.3 percent, the government guidelines to next year's budget show, as reported by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.</p>Thu, 23 Jul 2020 09:40:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP to grow by 4 pct in 2021, budget guidelines showhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-grow-by-4-pct-in-2021-budget-guidelines-show-14327Most Polish firms want to maintain employment levels - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-polish-firms-want-to-maintain-employment-levels---survey-14325<p>As many as 83 percent of Polish companies plan for employment to remain unchanged despite the coronavirus epidemic, according to the latest research by the state-owned Polish Development Fund (PFR) and the government advisory body, the Polish Economic Institute (PIE).</p>Thu, 23 Jul 2020 09:36:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kx1hbqw0perh1w67a4uwq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-polish-firms-want-to-maintain-employment-levels---survey-14325Polish former transport minister placed under arrest for 3 monthshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-former-transport-minister-placed-under-arrest-for-3-months-14324<p>Poland's former Transport Minister Sławomir Nowak will remain in custody for the next three months, a Warsaw court decided on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 22 Jul 2020 19:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zcrrdva9psqo7653jyh4wc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-former-transport-minister-placed-under-arrest-for-3-months-14324Poland biggest beneficiary of EU's Cohesion Fund - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-biggest-beneficiary-of-eus-cohesion-fund---pm-14322<p>PM Mateusz Morawiecki, on Wednesday, in his report to the Sejm (lower house) on the results of the marathon EU summit, said that Poland was the biggest beneficiary of the Cohesion Fund, while the agreed upon EU budget raises Poland's chances for a golden decade.</p>Wed, 22 Jul 2020 18:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m0ybeqn69lf8ldlvg9w1rw.jpegMorawiecki told MPs that it was a good "or even very good budget for Poland," https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-biggest-beneficiary-of-eus-cohesion-fund---pm-14322June's M3 money supply up - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/junes-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-14321<p>Poland’s M3 money supply grew in June 2020 by 18.1 percent year on year and by 1.6 percent month on month to PLN 1.75 trillion (EUR 393 billion), the National Bank of Poland (NBP) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 22 Jul 2020 16:29:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2lqzbfuuz3yjelsejsqrsi.jpegNBPhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/junes-m3-money-supply-up---central-bank-14321Wish you were here? Artist creates delightful posters of Poland’s most scenic sightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wish-you-were-here-artist-creates-delightful-posters-of-polands-most-scenic-sights-14315<p>A Poznań graphic designer has created a series of posters depicting some of Poland’s most alluring destinations.</p>Wed, 22 Jul 2020 16:04:00 +0200Art & CultureRegionshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h8vtbkwmprc4rd6mz80vub.jpegThe series of paintings by Katarzyna Nowakowska brings a nostalgic and fable-like feel to the representation of some of Poland’s beloved vacation spots.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wish-you-were-here-artist-creates-delightful-posters-of-polands-most-scenic-sights-14315Lublin marks anniversary of Nazi German death camp liquidationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lublin-marks-anniversary-of-german-nazi-death-camp-liquidation-14313<p>Poland's eastern city of Lublin on Wednesday marked the 76th anniversary of the liquidation of Majdanek, a death camp where Nazi Germans killed around 80,000 people, including 60,000 Jews between 1941 and 1944.</p>Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:17:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v1wpulu00fb921eftxxsyf.jpegMajdanek, or KL Lublin, was a Nazi German extermination camp on the outskirts of the city of Lublin during the World War Two German occupation of Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lublin-marks-anniversary-of-german-nazi-death-camp-liquidation-14313Poland's Q1 general gov't deficit at 4.1 pct of GDP - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-q1-general-govt-deficit-at-41-pct-of-gdp---eurostat-14311<p>Poland's seasonally adjusted general government deficit stood at 4.1 percent of GDP in the 1st quarter of 2020, the EU's statistical office Eurostat announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 22 Jul 2020 13:59:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Q1 general gov't deficit at 4.1 pct of GDP - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-q1-general-govt-deficit-at-41-pct-of-gdp---eurostat-14311Poland's deficit will reach ca. 23 bln this year - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-deficit-will-reach-ca-23-bln-this-year---finmin-14310<p>Poland's budget deficit will increase to about PLN 100 bln (EUR 22.6 bln) this year due to the coronavirus crisis, Finance Minister Tadeusz Koscinski said on Wednesday as he reiterated his earlier estimates of a likely 4.5-4.6 GDP drop this year.</p>Wed, 22 Jul 2020 13:33:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's deficit will reach ca. 23 bln this year - FinMinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-deficit-will-reach-ca-23-bln-this-year---finmin-14310EU budget a chance for Poland's golden decade - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-budget-a-chance-for-polands-golden-decade---pm-14308<p>Commenting on the deal reached by EU leaders on Tuesday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that the EU budget would be a support for Poland's sustainable economy and thanks to it the chance for a prosperous future in Poland is significantly higher.</p>Wed, 22 Jul 2020 13:09:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/klb3v2lka2bdzy0oyywp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-budget-a-chance-for-polands-golden-decade---pm-14308Lower house adopts resolution commemorating Battle of Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-adopts-resolution-commemorating-battle-of-warsaw-14306<p>The Polish Sejm (lower house) adopted on Wednesday a resolution commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw, in which Polish forces halted the westwards-advancing Red Army. The battle was the turning point of the 1919-1921 Polish-Bolshevik War.</p>Wed, 22 Jul 2020 13:07:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgLower house adopts resolution commemorating Battle of Warsawhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lower-house-adopts-resolution-commemorating-battle-of-warsaw-14306Poland will benefit most from EU's cohesion fund - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-benefit-most-from-eus-cohesion-fund---pm-14304<p>Poland will be the biggest beneficiary from the EU's cohesion fund under the bloc's 2021-27 budget, PM Mateusz Morawiecki told the parliament on Wednesday, a day after he returned from marathon negotiations in Brussels.</p>Wed, 22 Jul 2020 13:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xf0uvcx9ylrq9qdmravmr.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-will-benefit-most-from-eus-cohesion-fund---pm-14304Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 41,162https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-41162-14301<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 380 since Tuesday morning and reached 41,162, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another six people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,642.</p>Wed, 22 Jul 2020 13:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tdg5fzzcr7rpplgb1eaf8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-41162-14301Working in a box! Is this the future for post-covid office workers?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/working-in-a-box-is-this-the-future-for-post-covid-officer-workers-14297<p>A Polish company has developed a solution for open-plan offices - soundproof pods with adaptable spaces that let employees focus on their work, regardless of what is happening around them.</p>Wed, 22 Jul 2020 12:39:00 +0200BusinessLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/13hzi7l81aucyf55xlvxzg.jpegAs companies decide how and when employees should return to the office after working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, office space company Vank says the answer could be in ‘soundproof pods’.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/working-in-a-box-is-this-the-future-for-post-covid-officer-workers-14297Identity of child murdered in Auschwitz found scrawled inside old shoehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/identity-of-child-murdered-in-auschwitz-found-scrawled-inside-old-shoe-14295<p>The identity of a six-year-old boy who was gassed to death in Auschwitz death camp has been discovered after a handwritten inscription was found inside an old shoe.</p>Wed, 22 Jul 2020 10:52:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5wr6q1doc1jwwx82csqfk.jpegThe identity of the murdered six-year-old was made after museum staff found the description inside the shoe. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/identity-of-child-murdered-in-auschwitz-found-scrawled-inside-old-shoe-14295One in ten Poles has financial problems due to pandemic - reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-in-ten-poles-has-financial-problems-due-to-pandemic---report-14293<p>The coronavirus pandemic has made every tenth Pole experience financial problems, whereas the worst economic situation was reported by 40 percent of senior citizens, according to a study by the IBRIS pollster commissioned by Santander Consumer Bank (SCB).</p>Wed, 22 Jul 2020 09:42:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hvo5aiezhbndnb6w2rbxgv.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/one-in-ten-poles-has-financial-problems-due-to-pandemic---report-14293President says EU budget negotiations ended in successhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-eu-budget-negotiations-ended-in-success-14289<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday that the negotiations regarding a new EU budget had come to a successful end, and expressed his hope that the EU funds would be spent well in Poland.</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 19:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3993gsaj9dlu7uxtntsga.jpegThe incumbent president made the statement after he had received an official resolution from the State Electoral Commission on his re-election as the Polish head of state for another five-year term of office.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-says-eu-budget-negotiations-ended-in-success-14289Incumbent president receives Commission's resolution on his re-electionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-receives-commissions-resolution-on-his-re-election-14287<p>Incumbent President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday afternoon received the State Electoral Commission's (PKW) resolution on his re-election for another five years in office at a ceremony held at the Royal Castle in Warsaw.</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 18:11:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2e9fv27jskh3psjv6o6bir.jpegPresident Duda won the presidential election in the run-off vote, having received 51.03 percent of the votes.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-receives-commissions-resolution-on-his-re-election-14287Poland's ruling party leader praises EU summit resulthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ruling-party-leader-praises-eu-summit-result-14286<p>Leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party Jarosław Kaczyński told PAP on Tuesday that the result of the EU summit "is a huge success of Poland, since we have achieved as much as possible."</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 17:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e7ubg907z3pzqcak6y8yf.jpegThe PiS leader said that PM Mateusz Morawiecki had achieved another huge success for Poland, after the election victory of President Andrzej Duda.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ruling-party-leader-praises-eu-summit-result-14286No rule of law conditions in next EU budget - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-rule-of-law-conditions-in-next-eu-budget---polish-pm-14285<p>The payments from the EU's 2021-27 budget will not be made dependent on the state of the rule of law in individual member states, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook, commenting on a marathon budget summit that ended in the early hours on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 17:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fuudj3o3hmhs7a792rn8j.jpeg"It is a huge cash injection for our country. All Poles will benefit from it," Morawiecki wrote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-rule-of-law-conditions-in-next-eu-budget---polish-pm-14285Poland to make list of beneficiaries of EU's low-interest loanshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-make-list-of-beneficiaries-of-eus-low-interest-loans-14284<p>The Polish government will prepare a list of projects that could be financed under privileged loans from the EU, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 17:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/2a6c82rvae557kqt5lo5s.jpegMorawiecki noted that the low-interest loan solutions are very advantageous not only for Poland, but also other EU Member States, including the "more frugal" ones.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-make-list-of-beneficiaries-of-eus-low-interest-loans-14284Mysterious crop circles leave locals baffled after appearing in village fieldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mysterious-crop-circles-leave-locals-baffled-after-appearing-in-village-field-14280<p>Crop circles that look like they could have been left by UFOs have been found in Poland.</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 16:12:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/6epwo382i6emqoxej03m1b.pngThe enormous circles were discovered in the village of Nadarzyce in west central Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mysterious-crop-circles-leave-locals-baffled-after-appearing-in-village-field-14280Production of VW’s eCrafter launched in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/production-of-vws-ecrafter-launched-in-poland-14278<p>Volkswagen Poznań, a Polish unit of the German car maker, has launched regular production of VW electric Crafter model at its Września plant, western Poland, the company announced.</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 15:45:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/nwctrglfxolyhaglrdi1bj.jpegThe e-Crafter electric delivery van has been constructed on the base of the existing Crafter model solely produced in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/production-of-vws-ecrafter-launched-in-poland-14278WWII tour de force hits bookshelves in the UShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wwii-tour-de-force-hits-bookshelves-in-the-us-14276<p>A book detailing the harrowing first days of World War II has gone on sale in the US.</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 15:12:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0n9zhtfk9yarsrn70xikhz.pngAuthor Roger Moorhouse drew on letters, memoirs, and diaries to present a dramatic account of the military events entwined with a tragic human story of courage and suffering and a dark tale of diplomatic betrayal.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wwii-tour-de-force-hits-bookshelves-in-the-us-14276Value of US investments in Poland to grow in coming yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/value-of-us-investments-in-poland-to-grow-in-coming-years-14275<p>The value of US investments in Poland, including digital projects, is expected to grow in the coming years, Piotr Arak, director of the Polish Economic Institute (PIE), has told PAP.</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 14:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgValue of US investments in Poland to grow in coming yearshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/value-of-us-investments-in-poland-to-grow-in-coming-years-14275Poland's online sales down in June - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-online-sales-down-in-june---stats-office-14273<p>The share of online sales in Poland's retail sales fell to 7.7 percent in June from 9.1 percent in the previous month, the Central Statistical Office said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 13:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3qxovefuxfds8gg1rm7fl7.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-online-sales-down-in-june---stats-office-14273On the right track: Railways to get massive investment to improve connections in east of the countryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-the-right-track-railways-to-get-massive-investment-to-improve-connections-in-east-of-the-country-14271<p>A 1.5 billion PLN investment has been announced in seven railway projects in Eastern Poland by PLK (Polskie Linie Kolejowe).</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 12:51:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0u6bw86c938u1idjo0xtup.pngRailways in the east of the country will see a massive 1.5bln PLN investment.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/on-the-right-track-railways-to-get-massive-investment-to-improve-connections-in-east-of-the-country-14271Poland's construction output down in June - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-construction-output-down-in-june---stats-office-14269<p>Poland's construction output decreased by 2.4 percent year on year in June 2020 and rose 12.5 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 12:39:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/f7m9l3smnza1uor0nzme19.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-construction-output-down-in-june---stats-office-14269Poland achieves unprecedented success at EU summit - ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-achieves-unprecedented-success-at-eu-summit---minister-14267<p>Poland as a top beneficiary of the EU's next long-term budget and the bloc's recovery package has achieved an unprecedented success, Polish European Affairs Minister Konrad Szymanski said on Tuesday, commenting on the deal reached by EU leaders earlier in the day.</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 12:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wun1jl5vtznyn6uzw78d9s.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-achieves-unprecedented-success-at-eu-summit---minister-14267Housing starts down y/y in June - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/housing-starts-down-yy-in-june---stats-office-14265<p>Housing starts in Poland slumped by 1.0 percent year on year and went up by 25.0 percent month on month in June 2020, to 18,763 units, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 12:08:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l3in4usk5751ltb7rqik8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/housing-starts-down-yy-in-june---stats-office-14265Retail sales down 1.3 pct y/y in June - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-down-13-pct-yy-in-june---stats-office-14263<p>Poland's retail sales decreased in real terms by 1.3 percent year on year and rose by 8.4 percent month on month in June 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.</p><article><br></article>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 12:06:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/7q5o3dj0gl7f1sezyfrvrw.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/retail-sales-down-13-pct-yy-in-june---stats-office-14263Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 40,782https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-40782-14261<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 399 since Monday morning and reached 40,782, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another nine people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,636.</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 11:56:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5s269ty121c1oi85vn9vvs.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-40782-14261EUR 160 bln for Poland in EU recovery deal - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-160-bln-for-poland-in-eu-recovery-deal---pm-14258<p>Poland will be a beneficiary of EUR 160 billion of the EU post-pandemic recovery package after EU leaders reached a deal on the stimulus plan and the EU's next common budget during a marathon summit in Brussels, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday morning.</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 10:05:00 +0200https://images.thefirstnews.com/38cvhh2jrlagwmtdjibjgs.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eur-160-bln-for-poland-in-eu-recovery-deal---pm-14258Poland's welfare index down in July - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-welfare-index-down-in-july---biec-14257<p>The welfare index, which reflects the economic condition of Polish society, went down by 0.4 point month on month in July 2020, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 10:03:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's welfare index down in July - BIEChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-welfare-index-down-in-july---biec-14257Polish flag carrier LOT resumes Budapest-Seoul flightshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-flag-carrier-lot-resumes-budapest-seoul-flights-14255<p>Polish national airline LOT on Monday reinstated its direct Budapest-Soul connection after a four-month suspension due to the coronavirus epidemic, Budapest Airport operator has announced.</p>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 10:00:00 +0200BusinessTravelhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lrfew07rdwaaelg8ru3gf6.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-flag-carrier-lot-resumes-budapest-seoul-flights-14255Poland to receive Cohesion Policy funding to overcome COVID-19 effectshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-receive-cohesion-policy-funding-to-overcome-covid-19-effects-14254<p>The European Commission has approved modifications of three cohesion policy operational programmes in Poland, redirecting EUR 618 million in Cohesion Policy funding to address the effects of the coronavirus crisis in the Polish economy and health system.</p>Mon, 20 Jul 2020 20:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c00tywu8jc0aw2d4y145u7.jpeg"We cannot waste any time in fighting the coronavirus pandemic," Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms Elisa Ferreira was quoted as saying on the EC website.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-receive-cohesion-policy-funding-to-overcome-covid-19-effects-14254Polish PM sticks to his rule of law, climate goal objectionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-sticks-to-his-rule-of-law-climate-goal-objections-14253<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki, speaking in Brussels on Monday, the fourth day of the EU's marathon summit, reiterated Poland's opposition to the rule of law conditions to be included in the bloc's budget and linking recovery fund payments with climate goals.</p>Mon, 20 Jul 2020 18:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dvz8loqmmgk9qwyt2hlfv.jpeg"In order for (the compromise - PAP) to be acceptable to Poland, we need to achieve what we've been talking about from the very beginning, that is, a lack of any arbitrariness on the part of EU bodies, EU institutions, mainly in the area of the rule of law," Morawiecki told reporters.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-sticks-to-his-rule-of-law-climate-goal-objections-14253Kraków docs become first in Poland to use sci-fi style holograms to help with opshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-docs-become-first-in-poland-to-use-sci-fi-style-holograms-to-help-with-ops-14249<p>A hospital in Kraków has become the first in Poland to use holograms when planning and performing surgeries on liver and pancreatic tumours.</p>Mon, 20 Jul 2020 16:13:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oc0y54c3npbv0ngs5g455.jpegThe CarnaLife Holo system allows surgeons to create a holographic image that can be rotated and examined helping surgeons better plan and carry out operations. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/krakow-docs-become-first-in-poland-to-use-sci-fi-style-holograms-to-help-with-ops-14249Baltic man’s huge Titanic replica breaks world record for largest amber sculpture everhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/baltic-mans-huge-titanic-replica-breaks-world-record-for-largest-amber-sculpture-ever-14247<p>A Baltic craftsman has broken the Guinness World Record for the largest amber sculpture ever made.</p>Mon, 20 Jul 2020 15:40:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cj0sf9wvasrhsz7rg88b5c.jpegTomasz Ołdziejewski spent a month building his record-breaking 1.5-metre-long replica of the Titanic ship.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/baltic-mans-huge-titanic-replica-breaks-world-record-for-largest-amber-sculpture-ever-14247US investments in Poland reach USD 62.7 billion - ministryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-investments-in-poland-reach-usd-627-billion---ministry-14246<p>US investments in Poland have already totalled USD 62.7 billion, including over 50 percent or USD 38.3 billion, which have been underestimated, the Development Ministry wrote on Monday in a report covering the last 30 years.</p>Mon, 20 Jul 2020 15:01:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/zs20uqxq534cxkwm0u49j.jpegEmilewicz underlined that the position of US companies in Poland "is the result of a long history of investments and the development of US business in Poland."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-investments-in-poland-reach-usd-627-billion---ministry-14246V-shape recovery ahead, say economistshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v-shape-recovery-ahead-say-economists-14244<p><span lang="EN-GB">Industrial output has exceeded all expectations and suggests that Poland’s post coronavirus lockdown recovery will be “quite quick”, say experts.</span></p>Mon, 20 Jul 2020 14:48:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mr305cbve1hqcdej6ro4t.jpegThe year-on-year 0.5-percent increase in Poland's sold industrial production in June is beating all forecasts.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/v-shape-recovery-ahead-say-economists-14244President Duda still most trusted politician - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-still-most-trusted-politician---poll-14242<p>Fifty-four percent of Poles declared confidence in President Andrzej Duda in late June and early July, which places him top in the confidence ranking. Trust in the president fell by 2 percentage points from the previous survey, a CBOS poll shows.</p>Mon, 20 Jul 2020 14:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/27i3y8xmtx5jj9stg7ee4.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-still-most-trusted-politician---poll-14242Polish firms receive EUR 12.9 billion under anti-crisis packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-receive-eur-129-billion-under-anti-crisis-package-14240<p>Over 325,300 companies employing 3.02 million people have so far received PLN 58.14 billion (EUR 12.9 billion) under the Polish Development Fund's (PFR) financial shield amid the coronavirus pandemic, PFR said on Monday.</p>Mon, 20 Jul 2020 13:40:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish firms receive EUR 12.9 billion under anti-crisis packagehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-firms-receive-eur-129-billion-under-anti-crisis-package-14240Former transport minister detained on corruption chargeshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-polish-minister-was-making-illegal-financial-gains---ukraine-14237<p>Poland's former Transport Minister Sławomir N. (last name withheld) was detained on Monday on charges of corruption, leading an organised crime group and money laundering, PAP was told by a spokesperson for the district prosecution in Warsaw.</p>Mon, 20 Jul 2020 13:02:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ncfatm8aua8sdtqknoco3.pngAccording to the Ukrainian side, the investigation embraces four persons, three of them, including Slawomir N. have been detained in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/former-polish-minister-was-making-illegal-financial-gains---ukraine-14237Poles biggest supporters of green energy in Central Europe - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-biggest-supporters-of-green-energy-in-central-europe---poll-14235<p>Poles are at the forefront of Central European countries in terms of support for the green transformation, shows a study conducted by the Institute for Market and Social Research IBRiS cited by Monday's Rzeczpospolita daily.</p>Mon, 20 Jul 2020 12:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoles biggest supporters of green energy in Central Europe - pollhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poles-biggest-supporters-of-green-energy-in-central-europe---poll-14235Polish pharmaceutical market down y/y, up m/m in Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pharmaceutical-market-down-yy-up-mm-in-june-14233<p>The value of Poland's pharmaceutical market fell by 6.6 percent year on year in June 2020 and grew by 8.3 percent month on month to PLN 2.66 billion (EUR 591.1 million), according to a report by pharmaceutical researcher PEX PharmaSequence.</p>Mon, 20 Jul 2020 12:33:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish pharmaceutical market down y/y, up m/m in Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pharmaceutical-market-down-yy-up-mm-in-june-14233Producer prices down y/y, up m/m in June - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/producer-prices-down-yy-up-mm-in-june---stats-office-14231<p>Poland's producer prices went down by 0.8 percent year on year in June 2020 and grew by 0.4 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Monday.</p>Mon, 20 Jul 2020 12:15:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3ye9ejzo3fhqfb9pu3afhi.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/producer-prices-down-yy-up-mm-in-june---stats-office-14231Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 40,383https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-40383-14229<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 279 since Sunday and reached 40,383, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another four people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,627.</p>Mon, 20 Jul 2020 10:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ghevki6k1v8mi7k5yjw2u.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-40383-14229Poland's industrial production up y/y and m/m in June - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-yy-and-mm-in-june---stats-office-14227<p>Poland's industrial output grew by 0.5 percent year on year in June 2020, after a 17.0 percent decrease year on year in May, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Monday.</p>Mon, 20 Jul 2020 10:54:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/b9idzg4uea506lqnn3185dq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-up-yy-and-mm-in-june---stats-office-14227Government readies new tools to combat economic crisis - dep PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-readies-new-tools-to-combat-economic-crisis---dep-pm-14225<p>The government's new tools to support the Polish economy affected by the Covid-19 epidemic will include "micro-shields" for the most endangered industries, deputy PM and Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz told Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily on Monday.</p>Mon, 20 Jul 2020 10:50:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l4ebfosbbdo54sy5nuloh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/government-readies-new-tools-to-combat-economic-crisis---dep-pm-14225Poland’s new Polar ice station set to take shape in Antarcticahttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-new-polar-ice-station-set-to-take-shape-in-antarctica-14221<p>Five years after the conceptual design was first unveiled by the prestigious Kuryłowicz &amp; Associates architectural practice, two Poznań studios are racing against time to complete the final executive design for the Polish Academy of Sciences research station in Antarctica.</p>Sun, 19 Jul 2020 18:36:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/vm1h7c5d6rl0g1niu1z7m.jpegUp against the elements: the new station will withstand the buffering of the winds.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-new-polar-ice-station-set-to-take-shape-in-antarctica-14221EU criticism of Poland 'overblown' - US ambassadorhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-criticism-of-poland-overblown---us-ambassador-14220<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher told Reuters in an interview that the European Union's criticism of Poland regarding democratic values was 'overblown,' and that the EU has been reluctant to acknowledge how much progress Poland has made.</p>Sun, 19 Jul 2020 17:35:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5fv0tlzo9ndta44c7ive9a.jpegThe US ambassador stated that the EU has been reluctant to acknowledge how much progress Poland has made, particularly when it comes to economic growth.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/eu-criticism-of-poland-overblown---us-ambassador-14220Poland's ruling party leader announces gov't reshuffle, PM will remainhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ruling-party-leader-announces-govt-reshuffle-pm-will-remain-14218<p>The leader of Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) has announced a government reshuffle but underlined that PM Mateusz Morawiecki will continue to head the Council of Ministers. He added the reshuffe will take place after the holidays.</p>Sun, 19 Jul 2020 16:59:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9wx97juznpcjnlyqlx48w.jpeg"There will surely be a government reshuffle, but it will not concern the prime minister," Kaczyński said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-ruling-party-leader-announces-govt-reshuffle-pm-will-remain-14218Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 40,104https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-40104-14217<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 358 since Saturday and reached 40,104, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday. Another six people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,624.</p>Sun, 19 Jul 2020 16:53:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/exrgxsfptgctpz2ixg65q.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-40104-14217Poland cannot agree to rule of law clause - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-cannot-agree-to-rule-of-law-clause---pm-14216<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in Brussels on Sunday that Poland cannot agree to the proposal for a very general rule of law clause, since it poses a huge threat not only to Poland, but also to Central Europe.</p>Sun, 19 Jul 2020 16:45:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/pv0ddwsroy4ct0dpmokjo.jpegPM Morawiecki stated that the proposal of a mechanism linking EU funds with the rule of law was a tool in the hands of stronger states which could start blackmailing other countries at any moment.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-cannot-agree-to-rule-of-law-clause---pm-14216Work to start on museum for notorious Płaszów concentration camphttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/work-to-start-on-museum-for-notorious-plaszow-concentration-camp-14214<p>Eleven years after the idea was first touted, work is finally due to begin on a museum on the site of the former KL Płaszów concentration camp in Kraków.</p>Sun, 19 Jul 2020 15:56:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ckki4z3j970cm9b8so1um.jpegKL Płaszów concentration camp as it was during the war.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/work-to-start-on-museum-for-notorious-plaszow-concentration-camp-14214Still many divisive issues at EU summit - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/still-many-divisive-issues-at-eu-summit---polish-pm-14213<p>Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in Brussels that, despite two days of talks, there were still deep differences among EU members over the allocation of funds and the governance of the recovery fund and its structure, namely the proportion between grants and loans.</p>Sun, 19 Jul 2020 15:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xmnnv5u857guzh9bqk5iy.jpegMorawiecki stated that that there were fundamental fissures, especially between the Northern European countries, which he described as 'frugal states,' and the Southern European countries.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/still-many-divisive-issues-at-eu-summit---polish-pm-14213That’s a wrap: scientists come up with self-dissolving bandageshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thats-a-wrap-scientists-come-up-with-self-dissolving-bandages-14212<p>Polish scientists have designed a self-dissolving dressing fibre based on bee saliva, which not only helps heal wounds but also doesn’t need to be taken off.</p>Sun, 19 Jul 2020 10:27:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/arwj15v8lmoen54vj928s.jpegThe new fibre dissolves so doctors don’t have to remove it.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thats-a-wrap-scientists-come-up-with-self-dissolving-bandages-14212The Polish woman in the Ottoman court: the amazing story of the Pole who married the sultanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-polish-woman-in-the-ottoman-court-the-amazing-story-of-the-pole-who-married-the-sultan-14210<p>Married to Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, a 16th-century ruler of the Ottoman Empire, Hurram Sultan, also known as Roxelana, was one of the most powerful women in the world. But before she rose to prominence from the sultan’s harem she was born as Aleksandra Lisowska in Poland, far from Ottoman lands.</p>Sat, 18 Jul 2020 18:43:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ynus0fp9gdamctfafmdzc.jpegHurram Sultan, who was born as Aleksandra Lisowska in Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/the-polish-woman-in-the-ottoman-court-the-amazing-story-of-the-pole-who-married-the-sultan-14210Polish PM attends regional coordination meeting on the sidelines of EU summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-attends-regional-coordination-meeting-on-the-sidelines-of-eu-summit-14209<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Saturday attended a coordination meeting of the regional Visegrad (V4) group (comprising also the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia) on the sidelines of the ongoing EU summit in Brussels, an EU source told PAP.</p>Sat, 18 Jul 2020 15:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/eonrg2tzexu0eid3g0m164.jpegPolish PM attended a coordination meeting of the regional Visegrad (V4) group.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-attends-regional-coordination-meeting-on-the-sidelines-of-eu-summit-14209In-stream advertising firm gets shot at millions in funding after winning international competitionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-stream-advertising-firm-gets-shot-at-millions-in-funding-after-winning-international-competition-14206<p>A Warsaw-based firm is heading to the UK after winning a prestigious start-up prize that could help it secure millions of euros in funding.</p>Sat, 18 Jul 2020 14:37:00 +0200BusinessStart-upshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lr0x1sx1zrep3kysxapp5.jpeginStreamly allows content providers on the video game streaming site Twitch to include non-intrusive adshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/in-stream-advertising-firm-gets-shot-at-millions-in-funding-after-winning-international-competition-14206No consensus among EU leaders on recovery fund - Polish PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-consensus-among-eu-leaders-on-recovery-fund---polish-pm-14205<p>There is no agreement between the northern countries and their southern peers on rules for disbursement of the recovery aid, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in Brussels on Friday after the EU leaders ended their talks for the first day before midnight.</p>Sat, 18 Jul 2020 12:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t7pohjsgugd7vnfn8aa7al.jpegMorawiecki pointed out that from Poland's perspective there was also a dispute regarding the policy in the area of energy transformation and, recalling the conclusions of the European Council's December meeting, reiterated that Poland would need "its own path" to reach climate neutrality.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/no-consensus-among-eu-leaders-on-recovery-fund---polish-pm-14205Back of the net: football star Lewandowski invests in fish restauranthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/back-of-the-net-football-star-lewandowski-invests-in-fish-restaurant-14202<p>Polish football star Robert Lewandowski is moving from the goal business to the food business by investing in a multi-million-złoty restaurant complex in the Polish Lake District.</p>Sat, 18 Jul 2020 11:50:00 +0200BusinessFoodhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/g5li8y2oo447147o2a7e2.jpegFood on water. The restaurant will stand on stilts in the lake.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/back-of-the-net-football-star-lewandowski-invests-in-fish-restaurant-14202Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 39,746https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-39746-14201<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 339 since Friday morning and reached 39,746, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another six people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,618.</p>Sat, 18 Jul 2020 11:14:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/kgye8e5jdb4wwulirhogx.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-39746-14201A helping hand for Poles in Ukrainehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-helping-hand-for-poles-in-ukraine-14198<p>A foundation is helping Poles living in Ukraine get through the COVID-19 crisis.</p>Sat, 18 Jul 2020 09:04:00 +0200LifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/br0qdgwcftixlvfh25lj.jpeg“These people are no longer active professionally and with the announcement of lockdown, they needed to acquire a large number of products at once,” says Sabadasz.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/a-helping-hand-for-poles-in-ukraine-14198Polish PM to meet with Merkel, Macron on the sidelines of EU summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-meet-with-merkel-macron-on-the-sidelines-of-eu-summit-14196<p>Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will meet tonight with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the ongoing EU summit in Brussels, PAP was told by a diplomatic source.</p>Fri, 17 Jul 2020 20:46:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish PM to meet with Merkel, Macron on the sidelines of EU summithttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-pm-to-meet-with-merkel-macron-on-the-sidelines-of-eu-summit-14196Reconstruction Fund no replacement for cohesion, Common Agricultural Policy funding - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/reconstruction-fund-no-replacement-for-cohesion-cap-funding---pm-14194<p>The EU's Economic Reconstruction Fund cannot be a replacement for the to-date cohesion and agricultural policy, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Jul 2020 20:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mlus5i5qmkobwsa9khmiz6.jpegMorawiecki is at the ongoing EU summit in Brussels, at which EU leaders will seek agreement around the Community's next budget and a planned reconstruction fund for the EU members' economies in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/reconstruction-fund-no-replacement-for-cohesion-cap-funding---pm-14194Poland to sport 150 horses on national show in Janów Podlaskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-sport-150-horses-on-national-show-in-janow-podlaski-14192<p>A record number of 150 horses from 40 owners will be presented at the 42nd national championships of Arabian horses in Janów Podlaski, eastern Poland, on August 7-9, the head of the Polish Jockey Club, Tomasz Chalimoniuk, told a videoconference on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Jul 2020 17:21:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ro5o4w0bb782rplvnnuh8q.jpegLast year's Pride of Poland auction generated EUR 1.7 mln in profit. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-to-sport-150-horses-on-national-show-in-janow-podlaski-14192Loving husband plants enormous heart to honour promise in memory of his late wifehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/loving-husband-plants-enormous-heart-to-a-honour-promise-in-memory-of-his-late-wife-14190<p>When Maria met her Indian husband, the future they had planned together looked bright.</p>Fri, 17 Jul 2020 16:28:00 +0200LifeHotelshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/xdxh3oppt1qg2iqlnq65ge.jpegCreated out of shrubs, the heart is located on a hill in the village of Solina in the Bieszczady Mountains in south-eastern Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/loving-husband-plants-enormous-heart-to-a-honour-promise-in-memory-of-his-late-wife-14190Poland receives EUR 1.04 billion from EU funds in June - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-104-billion-from-eu-funds-in-june---minfin-14188<p>Poland received EUR 1.04 billion from EU funds in June 2020, including EUR 266.7 million in current transfers and EUR 778.1 million in capital transfers, the Finance Ministry said in a statement on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Jul 2020 16:16:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland receives EUR 1.04 billion from EU funds in June - MinFinhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-receives-eur-104-billion-from-eu-funds-in-june---minfin-14188Polish HICP inflation up by 3.8 pct y/y in June - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-38-pct-yy-in-june---eurostat-14186<p>Poland's Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) rose by 3.8 percent year on year in June 2020, up from the 3.4 percent growth in the previous month, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Jul 2020 14:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish HICP inflation up by 3.8 pct y/y in June - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-hicp-inflation-up-by-38-pct-yy-in-june---eurostat-14186Incredible story of journalist who cycled across Africa to document life under colonialismhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-story-of-journalist-who-cycled-across-africa-to-document-life-under-colonialism-14184<p>From 1931 to 1936 Polish explorer, reporter and photographer completed an extraordinary journey across Africa – from Tripoli in Libya to the continent's southernmost point and then back to Algeria.</p>Fri, 17 Jul 2020 14:03:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/blqn1ogxukspurd2ztq6j7.pngKazimierz Nowak left behind an exceptional record of African life in the thirties, thanks to over 10,000 photographs and descriptions of his adventures and the people he encountered. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incredible-story-of-journalist-who-cycled-across-africa-to-document-life-under-colonialism-14184US envoy thanks MFA for backing in Nord Stream casehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-envoy-thanks-mfa-for-backing-in-nord-stream-case-14182<p>US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher has thanked Polish Foreign Ministry for support of US latest steps aimed to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.</p>Fri, 17 Jul 2020 13:50:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/rs4ag13hkimwok1t0r8.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/us-envoy-thanks-mfa-for-backing-in-nord-stream-case-14182Average corporate wage up 3.6 pct y/y in June - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-up-36-pct-yy-in-june---stats-office-14180<p>Poland's average corporate gross monthly wage in June 2020 amounted to PLN 5,286 (EUR 1,176), up by 3.6 percent year on year, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Friday.</p>Fri, 17 Jul 2020 12:50:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dfqywyb57q7y6qj509et4i.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/average-corporate-wage-up-36-pct-yy-in-june---stats-office-14180Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 39,407https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-39407-14178<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 353 since Thursday morning and reached 39,407, the Ministry of Health said on Friday morning. Another eight people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,612.</p>Fri, 17 Jul 2020 12:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cr6v2fd7kgkgjguzc3d6g9.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-39407-14178Warsaw tops global ranking for businesshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-tops-global-ranking-for-business-14176<p>When it comes to the costs of running a business, Warsaw is among the top cities in the OECD countries and first in terms of business broadband.</p>Fri, 17 Jul 2020 12:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m82pzg0psl1tnzvcnlv1e.jpegWarsaw is an attractive location for running a business, according to a global ranking by British website Utility Bidder.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-tops-global-ranking-for-business-14176Poland's GDP to fall by 5.4 pct in 2020 - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-fall-by-54-pct-in-2020---central-bank-14174<p>Poland's economic growth will decline by 5.4 percent in 2020 and will rebound by 4.9 percent in 2021 and 3.7 percent in 2022, while the CPI inflation will remain high, at 3.3 percent this year, the National Bank of Poland's (NBP) central projection shows.</p>Fri, 17 Jul 2020 12:13:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d1491o6r019v6846gnowe.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-to-fall-by-54-pct-in-2020---central-bank-14174Poland against rule of law conditions on EU funds payouts - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-against-rule-of-law-conditions-on-eu-funds-payouts---pm-14172<p>Poland will not agree to an arbitrary definition of the rule of law issue, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said before an EU summit devoted to the bloc's next seven-year budget, as he opposed EU plans to tie EU funds payouts with the state of the rule of law.</p>Fri, 17 Jul 2020 11:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/msxzgg762si0vhxrkv8n.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-against-rule-of-law-conditions-on-eu-funds-payouts---pm-14172Poland against conditions on payments from transformation fund - PMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-against-conditions-on-payments-from-transformation-fund---pm-14170<p>Poland sees no ground for currently proposed conditions of payments from the EU's energy transformation fund, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in Brussels on Friday before the start of an EU summit.</p>Fri, 17 Jul 2020 11:29:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fdiphqfigx5073ynsurqz05.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-against-conditions-on-payments-from-transformation-fund---pm-14170Foreign investors returning to Poland - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-investors-returning-to-poland---press-14169<p>The lifting of the lockdown measures have encouraged foreign investors to set up businesses in Poland, with 8.5 percent more such firms having been established in June compared to May, the Puls Biznesu daily writes in its weekend edition.</p>Fri, 17 Jul 2020 10:13:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgForeign investors returning to Poland - presshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-investors-returning-to-poland---press-14169Polish President Duda to be sworn-in for second term on Aug. 6https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-duda-to-be-sworn-in-for-second-term-on-aug-6-14167<p>Incumbent President Andrzej Duda will be sworn-in for a second term in office on August 6 in front of the National Assembly.</p>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 18:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fia3xsw8qkiistdmsggk6h.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-duda-to-be-sworn-in-for-second-term-on-aug-6-14167New EU member states bring more benefits than costs, says new reporthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-eu-member-states-bring-more-benefits-than-costs-says-new-report-14163<p>New member states benefit the EU significantly, a new report has shown.</p>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 17:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tmv7yjmafonousegdjnra.jpegThe report says that "old" EU countries trade three times more with new member than before the 2004 accessions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-eu-member-states-bring-more-benefits-than-costs-says-new-report-14163Steamy Anna-Maria Sieklucka joins Instagram royalty – but who is she?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/steamy-anna--maria-sieklucka-joins-instagram-royalty--but-who-is-she-14159<p>The star of controversial erotic thriller 365 Days has seen her popularity soar after her Instagram account was flooded with followers.</p>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 15:55:00 +0200Art & Culturehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/y4epfa4h1iqogm3zeukiv.jpeg365 Days star Anna-Maria Sieklucka has seen her popularity rocket.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/steamy-anna--maria-sieklucka-joins-instagram-royalty--but-who-is-she-14159Surprised dad ‘sabres the moment’ he finds 100-year-old sword under pile of leaveshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/surprised-dad-sabres-the-moment-he-finds-100-year-old-sword-under-pile-of-leaves-14157<p>A man clearing some undergrowth away so his family could sit by a stream was in for a shock when he unearthed a 19th-century Prussian sabre that had remained buried for over a 100 years.</p>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 15:26:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tvwdns9elcl5rhi63gh2l.jpegThe 100-year-old sword was a typical Prussian artillery sabre from the 19th-century that most officers would have carried at the time.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/surprised-dad-sabres-the-moment-he-finds-100-year-old-sword-under-pile-of-leaves-14157June's core inflation rate up to 4.1 pct - central bankhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/junes-core-inflation-rate-up-to-41-pct---central-bank-14155<p>Poland's core inflation, excluding the prices of food and energy, measured 4.1 percent year on year in June 2020, against 3.8 percent in May, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 15:14:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/68pyzryoc9k7qqlvzkmipp.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/junes-core-inflation-rate-up-to-41-pct---central-bank-14155Nobel winners defend Warsaw-based int'l research centrehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nobel-winners-defend-warsaw-based-intl-research-centre-14153<p>Eleven Nobel Prize winners from the fields of physiology or medicine and chemistry have written a letter to University of Warsaw (UW) asking the rector-elect's support for the UW-based International Research Agenda ReMedy unit, which is facing liquidation.</p>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:47:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/owwuslow1ohwddyal97k28.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/nobel-winners-defend-warsaw-based-intl-research-centre-14153WANTED! Hunt gets underway for unnamed FEMALE war criminal in Germanyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wanted-hunt-launched-for-mystery-ss-beast-in-germany-14151<p><span lang="EN-GB">An arrest warrant for a 93-year-old former female SS concentration camp guard who tormented Warsaw Uprising heroines has been issued by Polish prosecutors.</span></p>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:04:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ycbltbfmh3po2jfs8dzm5l.pngThe identity of the 93-year-old former female concentration camp guard is being withheld from the public so that she does not go in to hiding as Poland’s IPN issues a European Arrest Warrant.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/wanted-hunt-launched-for-mystery-ss-beast-in-germany-14151MinFin forecasts 4-4.5 pct GDP growth in 2021, in line with EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/minfin-forecasts-4-45-pct-gdp-growth-in-2021-in-line-with-ec-14149<p>Poland's Finance Ministry expects the country's economic growth to rebound by 4-4.5 percent in 2021, which is much in line with the forecast issued by the European Commission (EC), Finance Minister Tadeusz Koscinski said on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 13:42:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMinFin forecasts 4-4.5 pct GDP growth in 2021, in line with EChttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/minfin-forecasts-4-45-pct-gdp-growth-in-2021-in-line-with-ec-14149An English princess... in Silesia?https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/an-english-princess-in-silesia-14147<p>Debrief host John Beauchamp speaks to the author of a new book in English about Princess Daisy von Pless, an English-born noblewoman who lived the high life in what is now southern Poland at the turn of the 20th century.</p>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 13:27:00 +0200HistoryLifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sqqs1tzy29bk4sds3ouai.jpegPrincess Daisy von Pless: now called the “Silesian Princess Diana”.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/an-english-princess-in-silesia-14147Poland with big chances to get record funds from EU - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-with-big-chances-to-get-record-funds-from-eu---fm-14145<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Thursday that there were big chances that Poland would obtain record-high funding from the EU recovery fund without the condition of linking it to the rule of law, a stipulation which Poland does not accept.</p>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 13:11:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland with big chances to get record funds from EU - FMhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-with-big-chances-to-get-record-funds-from-eu---fm-14145Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 39,054https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-39054-14143<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 333 since Wednesday morning and reached 39,054, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another eleven people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,605.</p>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 13:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/s889m1jpmktkrsluign6a.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-39054-14143PM warns of 5G dangers and calls for ‘technology solidarity’ with UShttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-warns-of-5g-dangers-and-calls-for-technology-solidarity-with-us-14141<p>The prime minister has warned about the dangers of using 5G networks controlled by “an authoritarian regime” and stressed the need for Europe to stand beside the United States when it came to technology networks.</p>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 12:04:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/i7l5myz5irhdx62h53ufuj.jpegJust who should provide 5G networks has caused controversy in North American and Europe owing to security fears surrounding Chinese firms.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pm-warns-of-5g-dangers-and-calls-for-technology-solidarity-with-us-14141Opposition seeks invalidation of presidential electionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-seeks-invalidation-of-presidential-election-14139<p>Poland's main opposition party, the Civic Platform (PO), whose candidate Rafal Trzaskowski lost to incumbent President Andrzej Duda by two percentage points in Sunday's presidential election, has filed for invalidation of the vote with the Supreme Court.</p>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 11:55:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l93pb7k68diqevf1alzg7o.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/opposition-seeks-invalidation-of-presidential-election-14139New passenger car registrations down 20.5 pct y/y in Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-passenger-car-registrations-down-205-pct-yy-in-june-14138<p>A total of 35,797 new passenger cars were registered in Poland in June 2020, down by 20.5 percent from the same month in 2019, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) announced on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 09:16:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgNew passenger car registrations down 20.5 pct y/y in Junehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-passenger-car-registrations-down-205-pct-yy-in-june-14138Polish factoring market turnover up in first half of 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-factoring-market-turnover-up-in-first-half-of-2020-14136<p>Factoring firms grouped in the Polish Factors Association (PZF) recorded a turnover of PLN 135.1 billion (EUR 30.2 billion) in the first half of 2020, up by 2.4 percent year on year, PZF reported on Thursday.</p>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 08:46:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish factoring market turnover up in first half of 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-factoring-market-turnover-up-in-first-half-of-2020-14136Agreement on stationing of US troops in Poland near - US officialhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/agreement-on-stationing-of-us-troops-in-poland-near---us-official-14135<p>Polish-US negotiations regarding an agreement on defense cooperation, including an increase in the American contingent in Poland by a thousand soldiers, were close to finalisation, said US Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 20:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/oxb676us8bd01tdf80vkrew.jpegOn Tuesday, in Warsaw, McCarthy held talks with Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak concerning the implementation of an agreement concluded between Polish President Andrzej Duda and US President Donald Trump on increasing the US troop presence.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/agreement-on-stationing-of-us-troops-in-poland-near---us-official-14135Face of ‘500-year-old man’ REBUILT using 3D technologyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/face-of-500-year-old-man-rebuilt-using-3d-technology-14133<p>Scientists have reconstructed the face of a Pole from 500 years ago using 3D printing technology.</p>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +0200Sciencehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/65v5naap8xihyazlfvzrjf.jpegThe face of the man was reconstructed using 3D technology.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/face-of-500-year-old-man-rebuilt-using-3d-technology-14133Stunning pic of a ‘Birthing Daphnia’ takes top photography prizehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-pic-of-a-birthing-daphnia-takes-top-photography-prize-14131<p>A photograph by Poland's Marek Miś of a daphnia giving birth has won the international Wiki Science Competition in the microscopy images category, Wikimedia Polska announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:42:00 +0200Art & CultureScienceLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/l8a1z68h7mr0gqi1lht6.pngMiś's winning photo shows the moment when the daphnia, better known as a water flea, is giving birth.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stunning-pic-of-a-birthing-daphnia-takes-top-photography-prize-14131Duda latest victim of Russian pranksters in call pretending to be UN chiefhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-latest-victim-of-russian-pranksters-in-call-pretending-to-be-from-un-head-14129<p>Poland’s security services have launched an investigation after two Russian comics pretending to be UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres posted a prank call with President Andrzej Duda onto YouTube.</p>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/um2p7470c3a6g9a0eyhyqx.jpegThe President’s office has confirmed that the call is genuine. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-latest-victim-of-russian-pranksters-in-call-pretending-to-be-from-un-head-14129Original Polish Enigma machine used to break WWII German codes sent to Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/original-polish-enigma-machine-used-to-break-wwii-german-codes-sent-to-poland-14127<p>A Polish copy of an Enigma encryption machine that was used to break German codes in France and Britain during World War Two is on its way to Poland.</p>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:00:00 +0200Historyhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/obr5s34v3ls7findq4uz0n.pngThe Enigma double is being donated by the Polish Institute in London to the Museum of Polish History, which is currently being built at the Citadel in Warsaw. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/original-polish-enigma-machine-used-to-break-wwii-german-codes-sent-to-poland-14127Polish, Lithuanian officials commemorate historic battle in Polandhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-officials-commemorate-historic-battle-in-poland-14125<p>Poland's and Lithuania's top officials on Wednesday marked the 610th anniversary of the July 15, 1410 Battle of Grunwald, in which Polish-Lithuanian forces defeated the German–Prussian Teutonic Knights.</p>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:49:00 +0200News & PoliticsHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wro7dmqtvnj1qnh8gmeawn.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-lithuanian-officials-commemorate-historic-battle-in-poland-14125Fuel firms merger will bolster Poland's position in region - Orlen CEOhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fuel-firms-merger-will-bolster-polands-position-in-region---orlen-ceo-14123<p>The upcoming merger of Poland's biggest petroleum company PKN Orlen with its smaller competitor Lotos will strengthen the country's position in the region, PKN Orlen CEO Daniel Obajtek said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:20:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/d7wg3vxcu2wq7kyk9idur.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/fuel-firms-merger-will-bolster-polands-position-in-region---orlen-ceo-14123Poland, Lithuania hold ministerial talks on energy securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lithuania-hold-ministerial-talks-on-energy-security-14121<p>Security of gas supply, synchronisation of energy systems and offshore development in the Baltic region have been discussed by Polish Climate Minister Michal Kurtyka and Lithuanian Energy Minister Zygimantas Vaiciunas, the climate ministry said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland, Lithuania hold ministerial talks on energy securityhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-lithuania-hold-ministerial-talks-on-energy-security-14121Poland's foreign trade surplus at EUR 2 bln after May - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-2-bln-after-may---stats-office-14119<p>Poland's foreign trade surplus totalled EUR 2.0 billion at the end of May 2020, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) announced on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:04:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/em8efwgzjojzn6szoqkur.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-foreign-trade-surplus-at-eur-2-bln-after-may---stats-office-14119Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 38,721https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-38721-14117<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 264 since Tuesday morning and reached 38,721, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday morning. Another six people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,594.</p>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gg1p9qgc85fxr7gj5dv89.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-38721-14117Poland's inflation in June at 3.3 percent y/y - stats officehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-june-at-33-percent-yy---stats-office-14115<p>Prices of consumer goods and services increased by 3.3 percent year on year in June 2020 and by 0.6 percent month on month, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Wednesday.</p>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 11:56:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/wwdhoa6awcv9r36jy8rwd.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-inflation-in-june-at-33-percent-yy---stats-office-14115Poland extends ban on international flights to July 28https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-ban-on-international-flights-to-july-28-14113<p>The Polish government has extended the ban on international flights to July 28, 2020, whereas the list of flying destinations remained unchanged, the government's Journal of Laws wrote.</p>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 11:51:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/28v6qlzexrqodj3bhycpk.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-extends-ban-on-international-flights-to-july-28-14113Independent candidate's movement files for registrationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/independent-candidates-movement-files-for-registration-14111<p>The supporters of Szymon Holownia, a Polish independent candidate who garnered nearly 14 percent of votes in the first round of the presidential elections, have filed for the registration of their movement under the name of "Poland 2050," Holownia's aide said.</p>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 09:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/fxo6ezrwo6ayv45zb8ls2o.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/independent-candidates-movement-files-for-registration-14111Warsaw airport serviced 46,000 passengers in June, down 97.4 pct y/yhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-airport-serviced-46000-passengers-in-june-down-974-pct-yy-14109<p>Warsaw's Chopin Airport processed around 46,000 travelers in June, a 97.4-percent decrease year on year, the air terminal's press office has reported in a statement.</p>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 09:34:00 +0200BusinessTravelhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/przwobdvessxzozvszo2d.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/warsaw-airport-serviced-46000-passengers-in-june-down-974-pct-yy-14109Polish president sends congratulations to France on National Dayhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-sends-congratulations-to-france-on-national-day-14108<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda sent a congratulatory message to his French counterpart on France's National day on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 19:22:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lsdkgcwifbpasmwvwf7uef.jpegBastille Day is celebrated on July 14 and marks the birth of the French Republic. It is the National Day of France. https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-president-sends-congratulations-to-france-on-national-day-14108Presidential run-off a one-against-all clash - Kaczyńskihttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-run-off-a-one-against-all-clash---kaczynski-14106<p>The second round of presidential election was a one-against-all battle, which is why I am so pleased by Andrzej Duda's victory, leader of the ruling Law and Justice party Jarosław Kaczyński has told PAP.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 18:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/1nnowgr91uc7xb1fwvm4j3.jpegCommenting on cooperation with the reelected president, Kaczyński said he was sure there will be occasional differences of opinion, but according to him they will not hinder their "generally good cooperation."https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-run-off-a-one-against-all-clash---kaczynski-14106Poland's GDP likely to drop from -7.2 pct to -4.2 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-likely-to-drop-from--72-pct-to--42-pct-in-2020-14104<p>Poland's GDP is expected with a 50-percent chance to drop from -7.2 percent to - 4.2 percent in 2020, while the economy is likely to grow by 2.1-6.6 percent in 2021, and by 1.9.-6.0 percent in 2022, reads the central bank's new projection.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 17:41:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's GDP likely to drop from -7.2 pct to -4.2 pct in 2020https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-gdp-likely-to-drop-from--72-pct-to--42-pct-in-2020-14104PAP activates #FakeHunter Chatbot service against coronavirus fake newshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pap-activates-fakehunter-chatbot-service-against-coronavirus-fake-news-14103<p>The Polish Press Agency (PAP) has activated a new #FakeHunter Chatbot service to verify fake news about the coronavirus epidemic. The service is part of the agency's 2020-launched #FakeHunter project designed to track down fake news about the epidemic.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 17:00:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/bzaq24jh15rn3zkzwjopp.jpeg"This novatory tool bases on artificial intelligence algorithms, it learns and develops through its interaction with users and from the data they put into it," PAP President Wojciech Surmacz said.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pap-activates-fakehunter-chatbot-service-against-coronavirus-fake-news-14103Foreign leaders congratulate President Duda on reelectionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-leaders-congratulate-president-duda-on-reelection-14102<p>President Andrzej Duda, following his Sunday victory in the run-off vote, has received scores of congratulatory messages from world leaders, including the US, Slovenian and Slovak presidents, as well as British prime minister.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 16:40:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5n9pc4fritnj715tchpgel.jpegPoland's incumbent president Duda was re-elected for a five-year term of office on Sunday with 51.03 percent of the vote.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/foreign-leaders-congratulate-president-duda-on-reelection-14102Bedder than all the rest! With Poland’s furniture business booming, firms are now eyeing up US expansionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bedder-than-all-the-rest-with-polands-furniture-business-booming-firms-are-now-eyeing-up-us-expansion-14099<p>Polish furniture companies are joining forces to ramp up their presence on the US market.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 15:44:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/e9qo101tpsjorr5pcprh.jpegFirms such as Poland’s RAW have already made an impression on the US market, and more intend to follow.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/bedder-than-all-the-rest-with-polands-furniture-business-booming-firms-are-now-eyeing-up-us-expansion-14099PKN Orlen fuel concern to take control over gas giant PGNiGhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-fuel-concern-to-take-control-over-gas-giant-pgnig-14098<p>Poland's largest fuel company PKN Orlen has signed a letter of intent with the State Treasury to gain control over the country's gas monopolist PGNiG, PKN Orlen said in a Tuesday statement.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 15:34:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/3soe893g1gnj4odtde4qq.jpegPKN Orlen will play the leading role in the capital and organisational consolidation with PGNiG as the entity to take control over the gas company, according to the statement.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pkn-orlen-fuel-concern-to-take-control-over-gas-giant-pgnig-14098Poland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-14096<p>Poland's Monetary Policy Council (RPP) left the country's interest rates unchanged on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 14:26:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's Monetary Council leaves interest rates unchangedhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-monetary-council-leaves-interest-rates-unchanged-14096EC green lights merger of gas and oil giants Lotos and Orlenhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-green-lights-merger-of-gas-and-oil-giants-lotos-and-orlen-14094<p><span lang="EN-GB">The European Commission has approved the acquisition of Grupa Lotos by PKN Orlen.</span></p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 14:17:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/m5hv6qe6ve8p7ib3qzkui.pngToday's decision follows an in-depth investigation by the European Commission of the proposed merger between the two large Polish integrated oil and gas companies.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ec-green-lights-merger-of-gas-and-oil-giants-lotos-and-orlen-14094Sweetened by honeyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sweetened-by-honey-14092<p>A Polish beekeeper has had all his expectations surpassed after an online crowdfunding drive has got him back in business after his hives were wrecked by vandals earlier this year.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 13:10:00 +0200BusinessLifePodcastshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ntb2kzurf8nwifjir1hpko.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sweetened-by-honey-14092Mass grave of WWII German paratroopers found in fieldhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mass-grave-of-wwii-german-paratroopers-found-in-field-14090<p><span lang="EN-GB">A mass grave containing the skeletal remains of 18 German paratroopers killed during the final throes of WWII has been found in a field in Poland.&nbsp;</span></p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 12:47:00 +0200HistoryLifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/u7i01a60dpbvu3r7d3iukn.jpegThe grizzly find dating back to 1945 was uncovered in the village of Kożlice in southwest Poland.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mass-grave-of-wwii-german-paratroopers-found-in-field-14090Poland's industrial production down in May - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-down-in-may---eurostat-14088<p>Poland's industrial production dropped by 15.3 percent year on year in May 2020, after falling 25.1 percent year on year in April, the European Union's statistics office, Eurostat, reported on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 12:35:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's industrial production down in May - Eurostathttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-industrial-production-down-in-may---eurostat-14088More Poles buying online amid epidemic - studyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-poles-buying-online-amid-epidemic---study-14086<p>Every sixth Pole is making online purchases amid the coronavirus pandemic and e-shopping is gaining popularity, primarily among the inhabitants of large cities, according to a study prepared by Santander Consumer Bank (SCB).</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 12:31:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hahyzt5cayvlq9un3cj8.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/more-poles-buying-online-amid-epidemic---study-14086Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 38,457https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-38457-14084<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 267 since Monday morning and reached 38,457, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another 12 people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,588.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cjdr9g7sx3jn2vqxemaom.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-38457-14084Poland imports electricity due to high prices of Polish energy - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-imports-electricity-due-to-high-prices-of-polish-energy---daily-14082<p>During the first five months of this year, Polish energy imports were 39 percent higher than a year ago, despite a drop in demand, reports Tuesday's edition of the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) daily.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:10:00 +0200Businesshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland imports electricity due to high prices of Polish energy - dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/poland-imports-electricity-due-to-high-prices-of-polish-energy---daily-14082Open Letter from the Board of EANA to the President of Slovenia, to the Speaker of the National Assembly and to the Prime-ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/open-letter-from-the-board-of-eana-to-the-president-of-slovenia-to-the-speaker-of-the-national-assembly-and-to-the-prime-minister-14080<p>Dear President of the Republic of Slovenia Pahor,</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 10:41:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ut08oqovzvsfcljv05hd2r.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/open-letter-from-the-board-of-eana-to-the-president-of-slovenia-to-the-speaker-of-the-national-assembly-and-to-the-prime-minister-14080President Duda to pay his first post-relection foreign visit to Romehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-to-pay-his-first-post-relection-foreign-visit-to-rome-14078<p>President Andrzej Duda will most likely pay his first foreign visit after his reelection, to Rome and the Vatican, presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski said on Tuesday.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:48:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/05ghg2wv6ndbohachpyu05.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-to-pay-his-first-post-relection-foreign-visit-to-rome-14078President Duda receives congratulations from Trump, Johnsonhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-receives-congratulations-from-trump-johnson-14076<p>President Andrzej Duda, following his Sunday victory in the presidential election, has received scores of congratulatory messages from world leaders, including US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/h3vw29tf09gwwkdrr6i5pf.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-receives-congratulations-from-trump-johnson-14076Most Poles say sex offenders register sufficient - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-say-sex-offenders-register-sufficient---survey-14075<p>Eighty-two percent of Poles in a survey by the Kantar pollster said the current sex offenders register in Poland offered sufficient protection against paedophilia. Five percent said the register was insufficient.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgMost Poles say sex offenders register sufficient - surveyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/most-poles-say-sex-offenders-register-sufficient---survey-14075Poland's run-off vote well run, but public broadcaster biased - OSCEhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-run-off-vote-well-run-but-public-broadcaster-biased---osce-14073<p>The second round of the presidential elections in Poland was properly organised despite legal shortcomings, but it suffered due to the public media's hostility, its rhetoric of intolerance and its bias, the OSCE said on Monday.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:21:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPoland's run-off vote well run, but public broadcaster biased - OSCEhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-run-off-vote-well-run-but-public-broadcaster-biased---osce-14073Trzaskowski promises to continue political strugglehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trzaskowski-promises-to-continue-political-struggle-14071<p>Although Rafal Trzaskowski lost the Sunday presidential election he has pledged to continue the opposition’s fight to retrieve the country from the hands of one party.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:18:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/n2zj33307jl9cao0wbkget.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/trzaskowski-promises-to-continue-political-struggle-14071Incumbent president re-elected on 51.03 pct backing - official resultshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-re-elected-on-5103-pct-backing---official-results-14070<p>Poland's incumbent President Andrzej Duda was re-elected for a five-year term of office on Sunday on 51.03 percent of the vote, the State Electoral Commission (PKW) announced at a press conference on Monday evening, presenting the official election results.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 20:27:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/lwzoperjl3uyg8oi5tnkq.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/incumbent-president-re-elected-on-5103-pct-backing---official-results-14070Spanish media comment on Poland after presidential electionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spanish-media-comment-on-poland-after-presidential-elections-14068<p>After the second round of presidential elections in Poland, the Spanish media wrote that after a relatively low turnout in previous decades, this time almost 70 pct of those authorised to vote cast their ballots in the election.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 20:13:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/hajiy461d1i25kejfs5qpoh.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/spanish-media-comment-on-poland-after-presidential-elections-14068British press reports on Poland's presidential electionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-press-reports-on-polands-presidential-election-14067<p>British media devoted a lot of attention to the second round of presidential elections in Poland, which resulted in the victory of incumbent President Andrzej Duda, who represents the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 18:01:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/cssrt5z1czjwpa219mxum.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/british-press-reports-on-polands-presidential-election-14067Built as a temporary replacement, Warsaw’s ‘Summer Theatre’ became one of the capital’s best loved attractionshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/built-as-a-temporary-replacement-warsaws-summer-theatre-became-one-of-the-capitals-best-loved-attractions-14065<p>Opened on July 14th, 1870, the ‘Teatr Letni w Ogrodzie Saskim’ also known as the Summer Theatre, quickly became a standout landmark on the Warsaw map.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 17:28:00 +0200Art & CultureHistoryhttps://images.thefirstnews.com/mt1hi0bu6qlyebavatpoe.jpegNo one expected Warsaw’s ‘Summer Theatre’ would become one of the capital’s best loved attractions.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/built-as-a-temporary-replacement-warsaws-summer-theatre-became-one-of-the-capitals-best-loved-attractions-14065President Duda receives congratulations from foreign leadershttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-receives-congratulations-from-foreign-leaders-14064<p>President Andrzej Duda after his Sunday victory in the presidential election received scores of congratulatory message from world leaders.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 17:12:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sm95dcobjtaq39velw417.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-duda-receives-congratulations-from-foreign-leaders-14064Ex-soldier who went on the run with his pet PUMA hands himself (and the big cat) inhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ex-soldier-who-went-on-the-run-with-his-pet-puma-hands-himself-and-the-big-cat-in-14062<p>An Afghan war veteran who went on the run with his pet puma has handed himself in after a two day cat and manhunt.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 16:20:00 +0200Lifehttps://images.thefirstnews.com/epvsyp2lj1q43j79fv5jcd.jpegKamil S. has had Nubia the puma since she was a cub.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ex-soldier-who-went-on-the-run-with-his-pet-puma-hands-himself-and-the-big-cat-in-14062Number of coronavirus-infected persons down in Poland - health ministerhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-coronavirus-infected-persons-down-in-poland---health-minister-14060<p>Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski declared on Monday that the number of coronavirus-infected Poles has been decreasing, and that the statistics have been improving. He also thanked the Polish medical staff, mass media and his co-workers.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 15:54:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/69nsa77ze72no7p5s3o3g.jpegSzumowski said that, as of today, there would be not be any more daily press conferences but declared that coronavirus statistics would be published every day.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-coronavirus-infected-persons-down-in-poland---health-minister-14060Lithuanian president to visit Poland for historic battle commemorationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanian-president-to-visit-poland-for-historic-battle-commemoration-14058<p>Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda will visit Poland on July 15 to mark the anniversary of the 1410 Battle of Grunwald, in which Polish-Lithuanian forces defeated the German–Prussian Teutonic Knights, Polish presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski said on Monday.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 15:36:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/jz4d9ohhb8o8z5xbi6kg0d.jpegThe Lithuanian president will be the first head of state to visit Poland since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanian-president-to-visit-poland-for-historic-battle-commemoration-14058President Duda's rival congratulates him on election victoryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-dudas-rival-congratulates-him-on-election-victory-14057<p>Rafał Trzaskowski, the Civic Coalition (KO) candidate for president and current Warsaw mayor, on Twitter on Monday, congratulated President Andrzej Duda on his victory in the run-off round of the presidential election on Sunday.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 15:19:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/tt3kma0d7vcwhv382wdz.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/president-dudas-rival-congratulates-him-on-election-victory-14057Poland's presidential vote outcome a blow to liberals - Washington Posthttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-presidential-vote-outcome-a-blow-to-liberals---washington-post-14056<p>Incumbent populist Andrzej Duda's narrow victory in Poland's presidential election is a blow to liberals and centrists, the US daily Washington Post wrote on its website on Monday.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 15:08:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gimnzltd6yw8zqr7lmhhep.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-presidential-vote-outcome-a-blow-to-liberals---washington-post-14056Duda wins 51.12 pct of votes - results from 99.98 pct of polling stationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-wins-5112-pct-of-votes---results-from-9998-pct-of-polling-stations-14054<p>Incumbent President Andrzej Duda received 51.12 percent of the votes in the presidential run-off election on Sunday, according to results from 99.98 percent of polling stations, the State Electoral Commission (PKW) said on its website on Monday afternoon.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 14:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/v1tj98n3qvpiiv3fgtnj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-wins-5112-pct-of-votes---results-from-9998-pct-of-polling-stations-14054Italian press about Polish presidential vote: a divided countryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/italian-press-about-polish-presidential-vote-a-divided-country-14052<p>'A divided Poland' and 'a conflict of two souls, of one nation' are among the commentaries published on Monday by Italy's biggest newspapers in articles referring to President Andrzej Duda's win in Sunday's presidential runoff vote.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 14:42:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgItalian press about Polish presidential vote: a divided countryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/italian-press-about-polish-presidential-vote-a-divided-country-14052Poland’s ‘deeply private First Daughter’ stuns crowd with election speechhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-deeply-private-first-daughter-stuns-crowd-with-election-speech-14050<p><span lang="EN-GB">President Duda’s daughter made a surprise appearance at last night’s election when she appeared alongside her dad to address the gathered crowds.</span></p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 14:33:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/naujkvq5oios6duewf02yh.jpegKinga Duda rarely speaks in public and never gives interviews.https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-deeply-private-first-daughter-stuns-crowd-with-election-speech-14050Polish presidential vote result reinforces ruling party - Belgian dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-vote-result-reinforces-ruling-party---belgian-daily-14048<p>Incumbent Andrzej Duda's win in the presidential runoff strengthens the position of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, in power since 2015, the Belgian daily Le Soir wrote on Monday, adding that the "conservative" candidate defeated the "liberal."</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 14:00:00 +0200https://images.thefirstnews.com/img/og_image.jpgPolish presidential vote result reinforces ruling party - Belgian dailyhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polish-presidential-vote-result-reinforces-ruling-party---belgian-daily-14048Lithuanian FM hopes good cooperation with Poland will continuehttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanian-fm-hopes-good-cooperation-with-poland-will-continue-14046<p>Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius expressed his hope that Poland and Lithuania would maintain the current intensity and quality of the cooperation between states after the presidential elections in Poland, won by President Andrzej Duda on Sunday.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 13:24:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/5s1hss47r4rng9loi9svan.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/lithuanian-fm-hopes-good-cooperation-with-poland-will-continue-14046Presidential election result a sign of deep divisions in Polish nationhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-election-result-a-sign-of-deep-divisions-in-polish-nation-14044<p>EUobserver wrote in a commentary on Monday that the result of the presidential runoff election in Poland was a sign of deep divisions among the Polish people.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 12:49:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/t27qs7v5mpdl71nql10rza.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/presidential-election-result-a-sign-of-deep-divisions-in-polish-nation-14044Hungarian PM congratulates Polish president on election victoryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hungarian-pm-congratulates-polish-president-on-election-victory-14042<p>Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban expressed on Monday his congratulations to President Andrzej Duda on winning the Polish presidential election and posted a Facebook picture of him and Duda with the inscription "Bravo!"</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 12:26:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/0ersto4c7pxbnjtfexuo59.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hungarian-pm-congratulates-polish-president-on-election-victory-14042Duda's win will help ruling party continue radical reforms - Politicohttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dudas-win-will-help-ruling-party-continue-radical-reforms---politico-14040<p>Andrzej Duda's success in the presidential election is a victory for the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party which now has a clear path to continue its radical programme of restructuring Poland, Brussels-based portal Politico wrote on Monday.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 11:52:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/9jvwwk3w41onvosez8k2l.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dudas-win-will-help-ruling-party-continue-radical-reforms---politico-14040Czech Republic congratulates Polish president on election victoryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/czech-republic-congratulates-polish-president-on-election-victory-14038<p>Jiri Ovcacek, spokesman for Czech President Milos Zeman congratulated Polish President Andrzej Duda on his victory in the presidential elections and declared that it was good news for the Visegrad Group, among other organisations.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 11:44:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/ou66o61bgcdly1d74h9pw.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/czech-republic-congratulates-polish-president-on-election-victory-14038Ukrainian president congratulates Polish counterpart on election victoryhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukrainian-president-congratulates-polish-counterpart-on-election-victory-14036<p>Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Twitter on Monday congratulated his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda on his victory in the Sunday presidential runoff vote.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 11:37:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/c59c3uxkjpqwn0q8cfjm.pnghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ukrainian-president-congratulates-polish-counterpart-on-election-victory-14036Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 38,190https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-38190-14034<p>The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 299 since Sunday and reached 38,190, the Ministry of Health said on Monday morning. Another five people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,576.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 11:20:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/k67394jtq6zgminxmnnul.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/number-of-confirmed-coronavirus-cases-in-poland-reaches-38190-14034Duda's victory will ensure president-government cooperation - spokesmanhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dudas-victory-will-ensure-president-government-cooperation---spokesman-14032<p>The victory of incumbent President Andrzej Duda will guarantee, in the next term of office, "constructive cooperation" between the president and the government, government spokesman Piotr Muller told PAP, commenting on the partial results of the presidential election.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 11:15:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/dj8pvyuji58ajdaz263omm.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/dudas-victory-will-ensure-president-government-cooperation---spokesman-14032Sunday election turnout at 68.12 pct - Electoral Commissionhttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sunday-election-turnout-at-6812-pct---electoral-commission-14030<p>Having presented official results from 99.97 percent of polling stations, the State Electoral Commission (PKW) announced on Monday that the turnout in the runoff vote of the presidential election on Sunday reached 68.12 percent.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 11:06:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/gcook9kbbdpo2da8gkcvlc.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sunday-election-turnout-at-6812-pct---electoral-commission-14030Duda wins 51.21 pct of votes - results from 99.97 pct of polling stationshttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-wins-5121-pct-of-votes---results-from-9997-pct-of-polling-stations-14028<p>Having presented unofficial partial results from 99.97 percent of polling stations on Monday, the State Electoral Commission (PKW) said that incumbent President Andrzej Duda received 51.21 percent of the votes in the presidential run-off election on Sunday.</p>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 10:57:00 +0200News & Politicshttps://images.thefirstnews.com/sluu65xu4o67i1uk61gj.jpeghttps://www.thefirstnews.com/article/duda-wins-5121-pct-of-votes---results-from-9997-pct-of-polling-stations-14028Presidential 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 +0200BusinessFoodhttps://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 & PoliticsLifeTravelhttps://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 +0200BusinessTravelhttps://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 & CulturePoland NowHotelshttps://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 +0200LifeTravelhttps://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/p